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

Topping:
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

Ingredients:
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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Wreaths & Plaques For The Front Door

May 1, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Earlier in the Spring a client called and asked me to help her with some floral arrangements for her house, she and her husband were hosting a political fundraiser in their home for a candidate running for a local office. A day later she texted me and said she had just been informed that the Governor and First Lady of Oklahoma would be stopping by the fundraiser which I understand to be code for, “we need to up our game a little”. I did three floral arrangements, one was placed in the dining room on the table with the campaign literature, another was placed on the kitchen island where the snacks and hors d’oeuvres were going to be and another small arrangement in the downstairs powder room. She also asked me to come up with something for their front doors if I had time. I called my friend Shana from Ink Stained Fingers and told her I would be dropping off some painted wooden plaques at her house and needed her calligraphy skills on them, I also went online and immediately found a couple of boxwood wreaths and ordered them. I attached the plaques to the wreaths and hung them on the front doors of my client’s house and they look great. This is something Shana and I are definitely planning on selling on our new site when we are up and running. Here are some photos of our creations and I’ll go into more detail with pics. Let me know if you are interested or need anything for your doors, inside or outside, or for any celebrations or holidays. Enjoy!!!

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Creating A Floral Centerpiece On A Stand

April 29, 2019

By Tab Byrum

A few weeks ago I shared the decorations and food I did at a party for a client when she hosted a birthday party for her BFF, some of you messaged me and asked about the floral centerpiece I did on the coffee table. The piece was unique because it was in a crystal bowl on a stand and the bowl was shallow so it would hard to almost impossible to get flowers to stay in the bowl since you would have to cut the stems so short. Today I thought I would share with you how I created the centerpiece and the “tricks” I used to make it secure and full. I’ll share photos I took on my iPhone as I created the centerpiece and we’ll see what it takes to create the above-finished product. Enjoy!!!

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‘The Gown’ A Book Review

April 16, 2019

By Tab Byrum

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Every once in a while I like to share something I’ve experienced, whether it’s a film, a restaurant, a recipe, or a book and today I want to share a wonderful book I finished reading over this past weekend entitled ‘The Gown’. The Gown is a historical novel that follows real events but with some real and some fictional characters, in this case, it’s the wedding of then Princess Elizabeth in 1947 in post-WWII England. The novel opens with Ann who is arriving at her small cottage outside of London and we learn that Ann is an embroider in London for Norman Hartnell in his fashion house. Hartnell was known for the beautiful clothes he designed in the 1930s, 40’s, and 50’s for the ladies in the British Royal Family, especially the King’s consort and current Queen’s mother, Queen Elizabeth. During the story we also meet Miriam, a young Frenchwoman who has made her way to London following the war, she is also a classically trained embroider who goes to work for Hartnell, but she also has a secret. The book does a little time traveling as we meet Heather in 2016 who is Ann’s granddaughter living in modern day Toronto. Without going into a lot of detail and giving anything away we witness the creation of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding dress for her November 1947 wedding to Prince Philip, we watch as the young ladies meet the young men who may or may not be the men of their dreams and come to terms with who they are as well as coming to terms with family secrets and events that shape their lives. The book is a peek behind the curtain at what it’s like to work in a couture fashion house and the research and detail work that goes into creating something like a royal wedding gown. I strongly recommend this book if you enjoy historical fact and fiction novels as well as romance and/or fashion. The Royals make a few appearances in the book but it mostly focuses on these three women as they each struggle in their own lives to live their dreams and become who they were meant to be. I look forward to reading the other books by author Jennifer Robson, I hope you’ll read it and Enjoy!!!

‘The Gown’ author, Jennifer Robson (via)


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