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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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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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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Party Flowers & Food

April 10, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Yesterday I shared with you about decorating a client’s home for Spring and Easter as we were getting ready for her to host a Birthday Party for a dear friend, today I want to share the flower arrangments I made for the party and the food I put together. My client had two requests on flowers for the Birthday Party, Pink, and Peonies. I used Pink Peonies, Pink Alstroemeria, Pink Carnations, White Stock, Green Hydrangeas, and Hot Pink Gladiolus. For food we decided it was best to have everything be food that we served at room temperature, we didn’t want to have to deal with ovens and timing to be hot when guests arrived. She also requested a couple of dips and left the rest up to the caterer and me. Long story short, I decided not to use a caterer and made or bought everything myself and put it together at her house on the afternoon of the party. I have lots of photos to share about the flowers and food; I’ll go into more detail with the pics. If you have any specific questions please let me know. Enjoy!!!

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National Margarita Day!!!!

February 22, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Hello everyone and happy Friday!!!! It’s the 22nd of February so that means it’s National Margarita Day. I hope you’ve had a good week and can maybe kick back later today with a nice Mexican cocktail. Whether you like them frozen or on the on the rocks get out there and enjoy a Margarita (responsibly) and some chips and salsa or queso and have a great weekend. (I like mine on the rocks)

Frozen or On The Rocks????

Feliz Dia Nacional de Margarita

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Maddy and Ryan’s Wedding, December 28, 2018

February 13, 2019

By Tab Byrum

With all the hubbub of the holidays and end of year stuff, I haven’t had a chance to post about the wedding I helped with at the end of Christmas week. My friend Shana from Ink Stained Fingers asked me to help her with the wedding of a friend’s daughter, Shanna is a calligrapher and creates a lot of items for weddings, from the invitations to napkins, seating charts, table numbers and so on. So, with her experience Shana had taken on the role of wedding planner, she knows I have experience with doing weddings, especially the flowers, so I did what I could to help create a beautiful night for this young couple. We used muted colors in the table settings with white tablecloths and gray and the bride’s grandfather made and painted wooden boxes that we used on half the tables to hold floral centerpieces I did. We had a gorgeous rustic arch on the stage of the venue that we draped half of it in sheer fabric and the other side was draped in a garland I made by hand and topped with a big arrangement of greenery and flowers I wired together. I’ll go into more detail with the photos and you’ll be glad to know Shana and I are hoping to do more weddings and parties together as we grow our business, more on that later. For now, Enjoy the wedding!!! (above via)

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Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies at Mom On Timeout

December 18, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I LOVE SHORTBREAD COOKIES, they are seriously one of my favorite cookies and they are SO versatile they can be dressed up with nuts, flavorings, and fruits or kept simple and timeless just as shortbread. I had recently seen a recipe for Orange Cranberry Shortbread on the Mom On Timeout website and I loved how they looked and wanted to see if they taste half as good as they look and they do!!!! We made them last Friday when I went to Mom and Dad’s for the day, the recipe is fairly simple and if you bake a lot you may have most everything needed except for Craisins. I’ll attach a link to the recipe for the cookies at the end of the photos and I’ll go into more detail on the cookies with the photos. If you like orange and tart cranberries then give these a try, they also have almond extract which is one of my favorite flavors. They’re slightly crunchy from the sugar on the outside but soft and chewy in the middle with little bites of berry and orange zest. SO GOOD!!!! Enjoy!!!

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Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

December 17, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Last week I told you I was going to Mom and Dad’s for the day to see them, have lunch and help mom with some baking and today I wanted to share the results. If we’re friends on Facebook here or here you’ve already seen them but I’ll share recipes and more photos in today’s post. We used to make lots of cut out cookies and decorate them, at one time we even did them for all the holidays and sold cookie bouquets and at one time we also did custom cakes for people for people so luckily we have a little experience with baking, icing, and decorating. We used a new recipe we found this year on the 12 tomatoes website for Sour Cream Sugar Cookies and they are so so good. They were a little sticky when we first started rolling out so we kneaded in a little more flour and let them get really cold in the refrigerator and floured our board really well when we attempted rolling and cutting the dough again and it worked great. For the icing, we used good old buttercream icing that we used to use on 90% of the cakes we did. It’s easy to work with, takes color well and you can pipe and decorated the cookies using any of the cake decorating tips we already had. I’ll go into a little more detail with the photos. If you’re up for baking this is a great recipe and I’m sharing a link to it at the end of the post. Share your photos if you bake and decorate cookies, have a great week as we count down to a big weekend coming up. Enjoy!!!

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