Monday, May 31, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Today, we feel inspired to give you some fun ideas for your own home summer update. Hope you enjoy! And have a great Memorial Day weekend.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Fabulous artwork groupings are one of our favorite solutions to a blank wall. And the beautiful thing is--there is no right or wrong way to position artwork groupings. The sky is literally the limit.
Here are some playful, structured, whimsical groupings to feast your eyes on:
This particular room's artistic and playful flare is played up by a collage of paintings climbing up the wall.
Proving that there really doesn't have to be a rhyme or reason for
size, shape, and even position of your artwork. This mix feels casual
An infusion of life, personality and sophistication is established in this grouping that tip toes up this stair case.
There's nothing wrong with a little cleanliness and structure in our lives. It's soothing; and possesses an almost a romantic quality.
By hanging a piece of artwork from a shelf, this settee is ingeniously grounded in the midst of a bookcase full of books.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
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*No purchase necessary to enter the drawing for a $100 gift certificate. One winner will be announced from each store on Monday, May 31. Doors will close early at 5:00 on Monday for the holiday.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
- 8 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup cooked rice
- 1/2 cup ranch-style salad dressing
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 8 (10 inch) flour tortillas
- 2 cups shredded lettuce
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- Cut chicken breast into strips.
- Grilled chicken method: Spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Add chicken, cook over medium-high heat 12 to 15 minutes, or until light brown and juices run clear. Add the water and bring to a boil. Add the rice, cover and remove form the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in the salad dressing.
- Fried Chicken Method: Dip chicken into buttermilk then roll them in the flour mixture. Fry for 3 minutes each side in a 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) skillet with 1 cup of oil in it. Combine the fried chicken strips and the cooked rice pilaf. Stir in the salad dressing.
- Fill each warm tortilla with lettuce, chicken and rice mixture, and tomatoes. Fold in both sides of the wrap. Holding in the folded sides roll the wrap tightly from the bottom to the top, keeping the ingredients firmly packed as you go. Slice each wrap in half diagonally and serve.
- 2 pounds Roma (plum) tomatoes, quartered
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 quart chicken stock
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- salt to taste
- ground black pepper to taste
- Place the tomato halves, cut side up, on a baking tray with the garlic cloves. Drizzle with the oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast at 375 degrees F (195 degrees C) for 1 hour.
- Snip the ends off the garlic cloves, and squeeze the insides into the bowl of a food processor along with the entire contents of the baking tray. Add stock, basil, and vinegar; blend until smooth. Season to taste. Serve either hot or cold.
Top the table with a fresh bouquet of flowers
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Beautiful, one-of-a-kind teacups can be found by the dozens at both our Salt Lake and Pleasant Grove locations. These lovely tea cup inspired ideas are not only easy but overflowed with charm.
*Antique teacups that have lost their saucers still make sweet gifts when fitted with candles.
Tools and Materials
Partially burned candles
Candy or candle thermometer
Teacup Lights How-To
1. In a small pan set over a larger pan of simmering water, melt down old candles; clip the thermometer to the upper pot, and keep temperature at about 185 degrees. Remove old wicks with tongs.
2. Cut a piece of wicking to the cup's height plus 2 inches. Clamp one end to a wick sustainer; tie the other end around a skewer. Dip wicking and sustainer into melted wax to coat them. Remove and stick sustainer to cup's bottom.
3. Pour in the wax, stopping 1/2 inch below the cup's rim. Allow wax to set, about 1 hour. The candle will harden with a well in the center. To even it out, use another skewer to prick a circle of holes about 1/16 inch deep around the wick. Pour in melted wax until surface is 1/4 inch below rim. Cut wick.
Makes 24 cupcakes
1 package chocolate cake mix
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cocoa powder for dusting teacups
Frosting and Decorating Ingredients
1 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 16 ounce jar marshmallow cream
Pink paste food coloring
Assorted candies or small fruits for topping
Let’s Bake Cupcakes!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously spray *teacups with cooking spray and dust inside with cocoa powder.
- Make cake mix according to package directions substituting the same amount of milk for water and adding vanilla extract. Divide batter evenly between 24 prepared heat proof teacups filling ¾ full. Place teacups on cookie sheets and bake for 20-25 minutes or according to package directions for cupcakes.
- Remove from oven and cool on racks for 10 minutes. Remove teacups from cookie sheets and cool on racks for 15 minutes before frosting and decorating.
* All pottery and porcelain teacups/coffee mugs are oven-proof and safe to use in oven temperatures up to 450 degrees F.
Let’s Make Frosting!
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Beat in half of the sugar until fluffy, add the remaining sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and pink food mixing well to blend color evenly.
- Stir in marshmallow cream until well blended.
- Frost and decorate cupcakes.
Kids Cooking Shop Kid-friendly Cooking Tips
- Have children choose the flavor of cake mix and different colors of frosting for cupcakes.
- For birthday parties, write the name of each party attendee with paint pens on the teacups after baking and decorating. Let the kids choose colorful ribbons to tie around the handles of their cupcake teacups.
Friday, May 21, 2010
This chair would look great with a bronze finished floor lamp or accompanied by chocolate or camel leather sofa.
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Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
These ideas are absolutely scrumptious--and they taught me that the sky is the limit. These beautiful images were found at: birthdaygirlblog.com.
The greatest thing about a child's birthday party menu is that it can be as simple as you would like. Some of my favorite birthday party's I've attended have had menus as simple as PB&J, vegetable cups, and cupcakes. Whatever the menu be, presentation is everything! Trust me, you'll be weak in the knees after seeing some of these pictures. Enjoy!
cupcakes, and cake.
Menu: We're seeing a lot of candy. I'm not complaining. I love the
presentation--the beautiful cookie sandwiches are lollies look delectable.
Menu: PB&J sandwiches in fun cutout shapes, salads, vegetables,
and, of course, goodies.
Menu: Perfect for the circus themed party--popcorn, peanuts, goldfish
and cotton candy.
I had some of the most fun finding great party favors. I have posted some wildly creative and spectacular favors for you to take a peek at.
darling custom stickers adhered to the bottom. So
creative and classy!
Just goes to show that favors don't have to be treats-- these sand pail
favors are so fun for this beach themed birthday party.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
I am tickled to say that the girls have been doing a great job selecting fabrics to upholster our custom pieces featured in our Pleasant Grove and Salt Lake stores. Fabrics that are truly what the forecast predicted: cheerful, playful, and injected with happy colors we all just can't get enough of.
Here's a sneak peek:
*Pictures coming soon!
Saturday, May 15, 2010
1. What was your spring inspiration?
My spring inspiration for this room was the yellow Dwell Pillow I got at Target. Winters in Utah can be long and that pillow is exactly what I need to get in the spirit of Spring! I also created a little "Spring" banner to hang across my clock. I hardly get any money for seasonal decorating so this was something cheap and easy to make. The fabrics I used are bright and cheerful!
I feel like the biggest success in this room are my lamps. So many people skip out on lamps when it comes to decorating their spaces. Lamps help create mood lighting as well as create a layered look to your space. I searched and searched for the perfect table lamps for this room. I had something exactly like these in my head so when I saw them at Homegoods I knew they had to be mine! I like them because they are a fun and exciting addition to this room.
4. What advice would you give our readers upon completing the project?
Kirsten, thank you for all of the wonderful advice and insight. Best of luck on finding those last few "Finer Finds."