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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

Here is another Thanksgiving side that I've been waiting to share with you...I have never served corn at our Thanksgiving dinner..which really makes no sense to me since it was probably a staple at the first Thanksgiving...And then I found this recipe on Pinterest.  I have to make it...It sounds right up my ally...quick and easy AND made in the slow cooker....Bon Appetit...

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adapted from Gimme some oven

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 (15-ounce) cans whole kernel corn, drained (or 2 pounds frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed and drained)
  • 1 (8-ounce) brick cream cheese, diced
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter, diced
  • optional: 1 tablespoon honey or sugar, if you would like an extra hint of sweetness
  • fine sea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper, to taste
  1. Combine ingredients. Combine corn, cream cheese, milk, butter, honey (if using), and a pinch of salt and pepper in the bowl of a small slow cooker.  Stir briefly to combine.
  2. Slow cook: Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours*, until the cream cheese and butter are melted.  (I recommend checking the corn every 30-45 minutes or so to give it a stir and ensure that it does not accidentally burn.)
  3. Stir and season. Stir the mixture until combined.  Then taste and season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
  4. Serve.  Serve warm and enjoy!


*****   Keep an eye on this so that it does not accidentally burn because of the cream.....


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Sprucing Up Your Mantle

Last week a reader from Chicago emailed me that she wanted some tips to update her mantle.  She was feeling it looked a little dated and needed some sprucing.  I found the diagram below from Magnolia home outlining somethings you can add to your mantle for a updated look.  First you start with an anchor (like a mirror or photo) and build around it with features such as height, symmetry and natural elements!  See below for some of my favorite looks:


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Monday, November 11, 2019

Book Club Monday

This Week's Book Club Monday is another Reese Witherspoon book club pick, The Giver of Stars: A Novel by Jojo Moyes (the author of the BEST book, Me Before You).  Trust me you NEED to read this now because it is soon to be a major motion picture...here is the story....

Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England.  But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.

The leader, and soon Alice's greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who's never asked a man's permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky. 

What happens to them--and to the men they love--becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. These heroic women refuse to be cowed by men or by convention. And though they face all kinds of dangers in a landscape that is at times breathtakingly beautiful, at others brutal, they’re committed to their job: bringing books to people who have never had any, arming them with facts that will change their lives.

Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope and epic in its storytelling. Funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, it is destined to become a modern classic--a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond. 

For more information or to purchase this book, click HERE.


Friday, November 8, 2019

We Got A Group for Hamilton!!!!!

FINALLLYYYYYY!!!!! After 2 Years!!!!!  They gave us a group date for Hamilton....Feb 4th 7:00 pm Mezz seats $230.  We only have 50 tickets and these are going to go fast.  EMAIL ME to save your spot!!!!









Thursday, November 7, 2019

Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes For Thanksgiving Dinner

Today I am starting my Holiday recipe series....I found this Cheesy Hash Brown Potato recipe on Madame Spoiled's Instagram Page. It looks like the perfect side, esp. for Thanksgiving.  She says it is a staple in her family.  It looks awesome...Bon Appetit.

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Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes
2 lbs frozen hash browns
2 cups sour cream
8 oz sharp cheddar
1 can cream of chicken soup

grease 9X10 baking dish
heat soup and cheese until smooth
mix sour cream and hash browns
pour soup over hash brown mixture
add salt & pepper to taste
top with pats of butter
bake at 375 for 1 1/2 hours

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

A Dining Room Sideboard

I love the look of a dining room side board.  Last Thanksgiving was the beginning of the end of my Dining Room.  I know I have written about this but the day after Thanksgiving I was cleaning under my glass top table and I don't know what happened but it shattered in a million pieces.  I was devastated.  Since then that room has snowballed.   I really think what was missing all this time..was a good looking sideboard.  I started doing a research.  What do you think of these....head over to instagram to see what I ended up choosing!!!!!

Grant Gibson dining room

Architectural Digest

Karl Christopher

pinterest

I Like Design Studio

Amanda Wilson

Villavoactiva

Madanistones

Enchanted Home Decor

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Book Club Monday

Sorry we are off one day today and are bring you Book Club Monday one day late.  Yesterday I was working on a group sale for Hamilton for early Feb.  The date will prob be sometime during the first week..I will keep you posted.....

In the meanwhile, this week's choice is The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. It was so funny, I had this all ready to go and then I got a group text that my book club pick it for this month as well.  Everyone is loving it!!  Here is the story....

At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.
The story is told by Cyril's son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another. It is this unshakable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures.
Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they're together. Throughout their lives, they return to the well-worn story of what they've lost with humor and rage. But when at last they're forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested. - Amazon.com

For more information or to purchase this book, click HERE.


Sunday, November 3, 2019

Have You Considered Pre-Owned?

I have received a few emails about the luxury bag market.  There was another announcement that luxury retailers are going to yet again be raising their already very high prices, much to many consumers dismay.  The only good thing is that designer handbags are only becoming more and more popular and they are holding their value.  So the pre-owned market is hotter than ever.  One of my favorite sites is Fashionphile.  They were just purchased by Neiman Marcus so it is probably the safest place to buy a second hand designer handbag on the web.  They have an incredible authentication process.  Fashionphile will also buy any of the designer accessories hanging around your closet.  Its a great way to get rid of something old and get something new or to make a few extra dollars (and they can add up quickly).  All you have to do is download the app, follow a few steps, upload a couple of photos and within a few days they send you a quote.  If you agree, they send you a pre paid label.  You ship your item and they send you a check or deposit the money for you within a week or so.  The quotes are really fair, comparable if you consigned the item maybe a little higher but the best part, no waiting for your item to sell before you get your $$.  Its so easy.  I have partnered with Fashionphile this week to show you some of my favorite picks on their site.  Boy was it hard to choose.  All kidding aside, Fashionphile is a fabulous find.  Whether you are in the market to buy or just make a few extra dollars!!!  I urge you to check it out!!!




This is a classic bag,,,it's so Jackie O!!!!!!

This is the most fabulous bag...really really gorgeous!!!!

I love the color of this and the cross body style!!!

Please someone buy this bag!! It is so incredible in excellent condition!!!!!

If you are looking for a fabulous spring/summer bag that you will use year after year..this is it!!!!!

Here is a clutch that is timeless and will look as good 20 years from now as it will this weekend!!!!

This Is One Of My All Time Favorite Bags.....love the pearls...

And for people who always wanted this ICONIC Chloe bag......

Preowned is not just for handbags!!!!!!!

These Hermes bracelets make great Christmas gifts. They have so many right now

Love this one too....such a great gift....












Friday, November 1, 2019

The Best Pumpkin Bars for A Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!!!  I wanted to share these awesome easy pumpkin bars with you today.  Some say they have even replaced pumpkin pie in their house.  I am not sure if we can go that far over here,  but they are really good.  I hope everyone had a great Halloween.  We had the best time at the Botanical Garden, celebrating my friend Alicia's Bday, despite the rain.  I have included some fun photos below.  Let me know if you made the bars and how they turned out!!!










Adapted from Julie's Eats & Treats

Ingredients

Base

  • 15.25 oz Box Yellow Cake Mix Reserve 1 c. for topping
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 c. butter meted

Middle

  • 15 oz pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar packed
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Topping

  • 1 c. yellow cake mix That you reserved
  • 1/2 c. butter softened
  • 3/4 c. sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat 350 degrees
  • Mix base ingredients well and press into a 9x13 grease cake pan
  • Mix middle ingredients well and pour over base.
  • Mix topping well, until it's crumbly and sprinkle over middle layer.
  • Bake 50-60 minutes or until it is golden brown and middle is set.
  • Serve with whipped cream on top










Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Carving Pumpkins

Are you getting ready for Halloween?  This year we did not get to carve pumpkins.  With my older 2 away at college and my youngest swamped with studying for tests, over the weekend, we decided to skip this year.  I did see some really great carving kits at CVS, when I went to get treats to hand out at my husbands office party this week (the kids were the cutest and they did tell us that we had the best selection!!!!  WOOOOO HOOOOO)....I decided to do a virtual carving this year...but maybe I might go back to CVS tomorrow AM and get those carving kits...we still have one day.  I so love Halloween...it is my dear friend Alicia's B-day..we are taking her to the NY Botanical Garden for lunch and to see their Spooky Pumpkin Garden.  More on that tomorrow!!!! In the meanwhile:


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