Halloween Napkins From House of Mirth Studio

September 25, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Over the Summer my friend Shana Myers from Ink Stained Fingers and I decided we needed a name change on the business we are attempting to get up and going. We tried to come up with something that we both had in common and certain authors and their works is one of those things. We discovered we both loved Edith Wharton and her stories of life during the Gilded Age of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and we both love her story entitled “House of Mirth“. We are continuing to get things going which isn’t always easy when we both already have businesses we are trying to run, homes, families, parents and everything else that goes along with living. 

Personalized Halloween Napkins from House of Mirth Studio

We decided to start small and created some napkins that can be used for the upcoming Halloween holiday and will be especially great if you’re having a Halloween Party or Cocktail Party. You can order from us on our Etsy page here at House of Mirth Studio or let us know through email (tab5@att.net), Facebook  or our website here and we’ll make it happen. I’ll go into detail below with the photos of the new product. Enjoy!!!

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Downton Abbey The Movie

September 23, 2019

By Tab Byrum

What better way to head into the Fall season than with the return of an old friend from TV in the form of a new film. I have to say right off the bat that I’m a HUGE fan of Downton Abbey, I have been since the first season it came to our televisions. Like all good things, it had to come to an end and did back in early 2016. So, I was over the moon last year when we began hearing that the writer/creator of Downton, Julian Fellowes, was putting together a film version that would pick up right where the TV series left off. We saw the movie over the weekend and let me say it does NOT disappoint. (above image via)

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Welcome Fall 2019

September 23, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Happy Fall Ya’ll

Autumn Wind
When Autumn wind goes running
It does some magic things
It gives the shadows dancing shoes,
It gives the bright leaves wings –
When Autumn wind goes running.

It curls the bonfire’s tail of smoke
And shares a little whispered joke
With cornstalks who delight to prattle,
It turns a seedpod into a rattle –
When Autumn wind goes running.
      ~Author Unknown

Summer Salads: Grape Salad

June 27, 2019

By Tab Byrum

My mom found the recipe for a Grape Salad a few years ago and tried it out on us and now it’s one of our Summertime favorites. Mom has taken it to different functions and dinners and now her church calls her and asks her to bring Grape Salad for funeral dinners. It’s a pretty simple salad to make although you do need to get your hand mixer out to make the dressing. Grape Salad stores great in the refrigerator, who doesn’t love a cold grape, and with the dressing and topping it’s almost like dessert, actually we each had a small bowl of it yesterday for dessert at lunch. So, grab several bunches of grapes, red, green or both, and whip up this Summer treat for everyone to Enjoy!!!

Grape Salad:

2 lbs Green Grapes
2 lbs Red Grapes
1- 8 oz package Cream Cheese at room temp
1-8 oz Sour Cream
Half Cup Sugar
1 Tsp. Vanilla

Half Cup Brown Sugar
Half Cup Chopped Pecans

Wash and dry your Grapes, I run them under cold water then lay them out on the kitchen counter on paper towels, pat them dry and then let them air dry for a little while. The dryer the Grapes are the better they will take the dressing and you won’t have a watery salad. 
In a bowl combine softened Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, Half Cup Sugar and Vanilla. Using your hand mixer beat this mixture until it’s smooth.
Pull all the Grapes off their stems and place them all in a 9×13 casserole dish, pour the Cream Cheese/Sour Cream mixture over the Grapes and stir well to get all of the Grapes covered.
Make your topping of Brown Sugar and Pecans, you can either sprinkle it over the top of the salad now or wait until right before serving. Personally, I like it sprinkled on and let it combine with the Cream Cheese mixture.
And serve!!!

This salad is simple and very refreshing and like I said it also makes a healthy-ish dessert. It works well with grilled Chicken and Pork or other salads if you’re trying to eat light. Check back tomorrow for our last Salad of the week, this one combines Broccoli, Bacon and Sunflower Seeds. Yum!!!!

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Summer Salads: Cauliflower & Black Olive Salad

June 26, 2019

By Tab Byrum

This salad has long been a staple at our house and my mom has made it for years and years, long before the Cauliflower craze took off that we’re all into now. It’s just 3 ingredients, Pepper and Salt, and SO good, especially if you’re like me and LOVE Black Olives. The only drawback to this recipe is for those people who don’t like Mayonnaise because that’s the dressing for it, just straight up Mayonnaise, personally, it’s one of my favorite condiments and it mixes with the salt and pepper and the juice from the Black Olives to make a great dressing. Try It, You’ll Like It!!!

Cauliflower & Black Olive Salad Ingredients:

1 Large Head of Cauliflower or 2 smaller heads
1 Large Can of Sliced Black Olives
1  Cup of Good Mayonnaise ( start with a cup and you may need to add a little more)
Pepper to taste (I like lots of pepper but do what you like)
Salt to taste

Break apart the head of Cauliflower after washing and place all the florets in a large bowl. Add your Mayonnaise and stir to cover all of the Cauliflower, drain your Sliced Black Olives and add them to the Cauliflower and Mayonnaise mixture and add Pepper and Salt. Stir to combine all the ingredients and taste for seasoning. Now you have a beautiful and delicious Black and White Salad!!!!!

I make this all Summer long and sometimes this is all I’ll have for supper if I just need something to tide me over. It goes great with Chicken dishes and Pork and grilled meats. Enjoy!!!

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Summer Salads: 9 Day Slaw

June 25, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Last week on Friday I posted on Instagram and Facebook lunch I was cooking, I ended up with a day with no appointments and decided to cook and make us a nice lunch. One thing I like to do this time of year is to make things ahead like salads and side dishes and then all we need to do is grill something to go with it and we have a meal, especially since we’re both trying to lose some of our “winter weight”.  I made three salads on Thursday for us to have on Friday and several days after that and put a chicken in the oven to roast Friday morning and I had a lot of people ask me about recipes for the salads and the chicken so I thought I would share the recipes here this week. 

The first recipe I’m going to share this week is 9 Day Slaw, this is a recipe my Grandma Minnie always made, especially in the Summer. It’s pretty quick, easy and DELICIOUS. A quick tip, the recipe calls for 3 pounds of chopped cabbage but I bought pre-chopped cabbage at Sams’s the other day, it comes in two-pound bags and I used two of them, the spices and dressing make enough to cover four pounds. Here we go!!!!

9 Day Slaw

3 Pounds Chopped Cabbage
2 Green Peppers Chopped
1 Large or 2 Small Red Onions
2 Cups Sugar
Chop all the vegetables and place in a large bowl, sprinkle one cup of sugar over the vegetables and stir then sprinkle another cup of sugar over the vegetables and let sit for up to an hour. 

Dressing Ingredients:

1 Cup White Vinegar
1 Cup of Oil ( vegetable or canola)
1 Tablespoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Celery Seed
2 Tablespoons Sugar
Combine all the Dressing Ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat and bring to a boil, remove from the heat and pour over your Cabbage and Vegetable mixture in the bowl and stir to cover all the vegetables. I usually let it sit and cool off then place in a bowl with a lid and store in the refrigerator. The slaw will keep up to 9 days, thus the name 9 Day Slaw.


This Slaw goes great with everything, BBQ, Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, Ham, Chicken, and Pork. Let me know if you try and what you think. Enjoy!!!

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80’s Movie Soundtracks = Movie Musicals

June 24, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Yesterday at lunch Michael came in singing “What A Feeling” from “Fame”, he had heard it on the radio, then it was stuck in our heads and we got to talking about all the great music that came out of the 1980s on movie soundtracks. Today movie musicals are kind of having a rebirth, both on the big screen and the TV, and that got me thinking about how all those 80’s flicks with great music were kind of the movie musical for that decade. My best friend and I bought cassettes together and would ride around for hours in his car listening to the latest and several of them were movie soundtracks, especially this time of year when everyone would have their windows rolled down and a group of us would pull over late at night under a streetlight, listen to music and talk and tease each other about whatever. Today we’re going to look back at 10 of my favorite movie soundtracks for the ’80s and some of the songs that are indelibly written on our brains forever. Let me know what your favorites were and do you still listen to them when you have a chance. Alexa, play the soundtrack from… Enjoy!!!

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A Beautiful Wedding of Pink and White

June 14, 2019

By Tab Byrum

I was able to help this past weekend with the flowers and set up of a wedding here in Oklahoma City. If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter you might have seen some of the photos I posted while we were working. The Bride was very laid back and was open to whatever we suggested, her only request was Protea in her and her bridesmaid’s bouquets. There were 25 tables at the reception and we did three different centerpieces with candles in hurricane vases on some, low crystal bowls with flowers on some and tall centerpieces using tall vases and plastic holders for the bouquets. I’ll show you the photos I took and go into more detail plus a look at some of the beautiful calligraphy work from Shana Myers over at Ink Stain Fingers. Enjoy!!!

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Remembering Doris Day: My Top 10 DD Films

May 16, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Today we are going to continue our look at the actress/singer Doris Day who died this past Monday at the age of 97. Doris started out as a singer in the 1940s and eventually gained fame which led to her being screen-tested and winning her first role in “Romance On The High Seas” in 1948. Eventually, Doris Day would make 39 feature films between 1948 and 1968 before trying her hand at television from 1968 to 1973 and eventually retiring from acting altogether. Doris Day had quite a range as an actress making musicals, comedies and acting in a few dramas. She worked with Alfred Hitchcock among directors and her leading men ranged from Gordon MacRae and Ronald Reagan to Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, and Rock Hudson. Today I’m going to share my thoughts on 10 of my favorite Doris Day films. Let me know what you think and what your favorites are. Enjoy!!! (via)

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Remembering Doris Day: Fashion

May 14, 2019

By Tab Byrum

I love Doris Day and was sad to hear on Monday that she had died at 97. When I was growing up it was still easy to find a Doris Day movie on TV somewhere and there were several things you could count on in her films; lots of laughs, a song or two, gorgeous clothes and a happy ending. Today and tomorrow we are going to look at Doris Day and the influence she had on fashion and some of my favorite Doris Day movies. Doris Day was born Doris Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 3, 1922. Doris began her show business career as a big band singer in 1939 and had her first major hit in 1945 with “Sentimental Journey” with Les Brown and His Band of Renown, she would eventually record 650 sings between the years 1947 and 1967. The first film she made was “Romance On The High Seas” in 1948 which led to a twenty-year film career starring in musicals, comedies, and dramas. She was almost always cast as the woman with a heart of gold and a voice to match. She had many leading men over the years from Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable to James Garner, David Niven, and of course Rock Hudson. One thing Doris Day became known for was wearing the latest in fashion and always looking oh so chic and today we are going to take a look at some of her most chic looks and the influence a lady from Ohio had on the world’s fashion. Enjoy!!! (via)

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