'Dessert'

Valentine Goodies From Williams-Sonoma

January 29, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s still a couple of weeks until Valentine’s Day so you have time to order special goodies for your sweetheart and Williams-Sonoma has some gorgeous and delicious things to choose from this year. Whether you need a special dessert for a home-cooked Valentine’s dinner or just something to say I Love You or maybe I Like You…A Lot, Williams-Sonoma has some great choices. Visit their website here to see all the choices, I hope you like what I’ve collected here for you today. Enjoy!!!

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Food & Gifts From Vermont Country Store

December 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Yesterday I focused on Christmas Candy from Vermont Country Store and today I want to look at some of the other edible treats available from VCS. There are all kinds of fun, delicious, and unusual things available on the VCS website that would be great gifts in addition to just being delicious. Really good food items are always a great gift, whether it’s for someone on your list or for yourself, or maybe you want something new and unusual to serve on Christmas morning. Whether it’s Vermont Maple Syrup for pancakes or wonderful breads from Germany they’re available here. Join me today for a culinary tour and order soon if you’re going to do it, there are only 10 days left until Christmas. Enjoy!!!

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Christmas Candy From Vermont Country Store

December 13, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Candy plays a HUGE role in my family at Christmas, my mom has always been the candy maker and I shared her easy to make and delicious to eat recipe for Chocolate Peanut Clusters here a couple of years ago. When I was growing up I worked in the grocery store in my hometown from the time I was 14 until I graduated from college and at Christmas, we all looked forward to the candy. Christmas candy of all shapes, sizes, and flavors was ordered in bulk and it was our job to unpack it, weight it, price it and display. Hours were spent filling clear bags full of chocolate drops, gumdrops, candy canes, orange slices and so much more. We set up a big table at the front of the store and filled it with bags of candy, I can smell the chocolate and orange slices now sitting here while I’m typing. Today I want to share the candy choices you can order online and have shipped to you at Vermont Country Store, they have a lot of the old favorites as well as some I’ve never heard of but would love to try. All of these would make great gifts for hard to buy for family and friends, great stocking stuffers or just look and taste great sitting out in dishes in your home during the holidays. It’s still 12 days until Christmas but order soon. Enjoy!!! (remember to click on anything in Orange to visit that items webpage)

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Thanksgiving Desserts From Williams-Sonoma

November 16, 2017

By Tab Byrum

If you’re not a baker or even much of a cook remember there are lots of beautiful and tasty options you can buy. If you order by today from Williams-Sonoma that gives you enough time to receive your items by Thanksgiving, but there are only 4 days left to order and receive them by the 23rd. WS does allow you to order the entire meal but I’m always amazed by the beautiful and tasty dessert options they offer. Join me today for a look at pies, cakes, bars, and cookies that you can order and impress even the most finicky foodies in your life. Enjoy!!!

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LA Dinner & Dessert: Hotel Bel Air & Polo Lounge-Beverly Hills Hotel

March 15, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The last time I went to LA it was on a trip with friends and we stayed at the Hotel Bel Air, while we were there we had dinner one night and breakfast every morning at the Wolfgang Puck restaurant located in the hotel’s courtyard. I wanted Michael to see this beautiful place and experience the wonderful food and atmosphere so I made reservations for us at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air for 6 o’clock. (above image via)

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10 Days Of Fall Decor: Williams Sonoma Bakeware

September 30, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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I love to bake, I don’t do a lot of it because of the obvious reason, we would just eat it. But truth be told Williams-Sonoma has beautiful bakeware that could definitely get me in the mood to bake up batches of fall goodies. They have amazing pans that when the cake or bread comes out is full of pumpkins and leaves. There are tools for cutting out amazing Fall inspired pie crusts for Autumn apple or pumpkin pies, and I love the pans that allow you to create small bite size goodies with an Autumn theme. Check out a few of the pieces of bakeware here and head over the  Williams-Sonoma website to see all their amazing pans and utensils for baking Fall goodies. Enjoy!!!

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American Heirloom Cake Stands

July 15, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Almost as important as the taste of a good cake is the presentation, and nothing can do that better than a beautiful cake stand. American Heirloom is a wife and husband run company that started out specializing in handmade cutting boards ( a whole different post) and has since evolved into among other things cake stands. Their cake stands are so elegantly simple and the fact that their bases are made of wood (maple and walnut) makes them that much more alluring. Right now the stands come in two different wood types and two different silhouettes, and two different sizes plus some of the stands can be personalized with names, initials, and or dates to make a wonderful gift for weddings or a special birthday for a baker. As you can also see from the above picture the stands can do double duty to help create a beautiful centerpiece for your table or would also be great cheese boards for pre-sliced cheese, or put the crackers on the cake stand and the cheese below it on another board. Join me today for a peek at Amy and Bill’s creations and to see more great products from American Heirloom check out their website. Enjoy!!!

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Gifts For Dad: Eats From Williams-Sonoma

June 7, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and I think that old saying holds a lot of truth, so what better way to endear yourself to dear old dad than with a bunch of goodies from Williams-Sonoma. WS has all kinds of beautiful and tasty gift baskets available, the perfect gift if you aren’t able to get to dad for his special day. There’s also great sauces for the man who likes to BBQ, bread, and pastries for a Father’s Day brunch as well as appetizers, cheeses, and desserts. Join me for an appetizing tour of delectable treats from Williams-Sonoma and hopefully, there’s something here to let your dad how much he’s loved this Father’s Day, Enjoy!!!

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Bella’s Birthday Surprise

May 23, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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I love being part of a surprise so I was more than happy to help my BFF Donna when it came time to surprise her oldest daughter, Bella, on her 14th birthday. Bella LOVES Harry Potter, Mike and I gave her the first book and movie several years ago for Christmas, teenagers are prone to be obsessed with something and for her and her friends it’s Harry. One nice thing about her HP love is that it’s led to a fascination with England and all things British, so her mom and dad decided to surprise her with a trip this Summer to London and Donna asked me to help with the big reveal. Last Friday the 20th was her birthday, and she had a party with her friends the weekend before, but she also had an end of school dance Friday evening so we decided to do a surprise reveal about the family’s upcoming Britsh adventure before the dance. 

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Strawberry Heaven

May 19, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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When I was trying to come up with fairly simple and good recipes using Strawberries my mom told me I had to try Strawberry Heaven, she said it has gotten to be a mainstay at church dinners in my hometown of Hydro, and who can say no to cake, strawberries, Cool Whip, and Cream Cheese. Strawberry Heaven uses Angel Food Cake which is one of my all-time favorites and you can buy Angel Food Cakes already made up in most grocery store bakeries so you don’t even have to turn on the oven to make this dish. Angel Food Cake is light and dreamy and one of my favorite combos is Angel Food cake with Strawberries, so this dish seemed like a natural and tasty way to end our look at the Strawberry and how it has influenced design and how we use it in our everyday lives. Enjoy!!!

Strawberry Heaven

 

Ingredients:

1 Angel Food Cake torn into 1-inch pieces
1  16 oz. container Cool Whip
1  8 oz. Cream Cheese Softened
1 C. Sugar, divided
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Quart fresh strawberries, sliced  ( you can use a 16 oz. bag frozen strawberries, thawed and chopped in place of fresh strawberries)
3 Tablespoons Cornstarch
1  3 oz. box Strawberry Flavored Jell-O
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 Cup Water

Combine 1/2 Cup of Sugar, 3 Tablespoons of Cornstarch, Jell-O, Lemon Juice and water in a pan. Cook this mixture over medium heat stirring constantly until it boils and thickens, remove from the heat, set aside and let cool. After this mixture has cooled stir in the sliced strawberries.

In another bowl toss together the Angel Food Cake pieces with two cups of Cool Whip, press this mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish and set aside.

Combine the softened Cream Cheese, 1/2 Cup of sugar and vanilla, mix this together using an electric mixer until smooth. Spread the remaining Cool Whip into the Cream Cheese mixture and spread this mixture over the cake layer in the pan.
Pour the cooled Strawberry mixture over the Cream Cheese layer and spread it out to cover the cake layer.

Cover and refrigerate at least 2 to 3 hours before serving.

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