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: 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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Birra Birra Craft Pizzeria

April 12, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Last weekend Michael and I were invited to the soft opening, kind of a sneak preview, of Birra Birra Craft Pizzeria here in Oklahoma City. Jeff Dixon is one of the owners of Birra Birra and had sent us an invite, full disclosure I’ve known Jeff since he was about a year old when my mom went to work for his dad in his dad’s new medical practice in Weatherford back in the early ’80s.  Birra Birra is GORGEOUS, it has a sleek feel to it with lots of metal, glass and gorgeous light colored wood used everywhere, it feels very California or dare I even say it, very LA. We had signed up for an 11 am reservation on Saturday, we were immediately seated and given menus, I ordered a cider and Michael tried one of their on tap beers and we ordered their Zucchini Fries as an appetizer while we perused the menu. The bar boasts the longest Ice Rail in the U.S., a great way to keep your beverage chilled while you are sitting and enjoying your food at the bar. Birra Birra is part of the Provision Concepts family of restaurants which also includes Hatch, Broadway 10, and Sidecar Barley & Winebar. Enough chatter, I’m going to share the photos I took on my iPhone and I’ll give you more details with the pics. For any of you locals, Birra Birra is located in the Chisholm Creek area of north OKC,  just off the turnpike between Penn and Western. They have a gorgeous patio area that overlooks the lake and fountains. 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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March 2019

March 4, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Forward, March 
And Welcome Spring,
When Bunnies Bounce
And Birds All Sing.

When March Winds Blow
The Winter Away, 
They Get The World
Ready For April & May. 

Can you believe we’ve entered into the third month of the year, I can’t!! It’s 23 degrees here today and we had a little ice and snow over the weekend but as fast as time is going it will soon be hot, school will be out and I’ll be posting about the 4th of July. Today we are going to start something new, looking at what special events and days are coming up in the month of March. There are hundreds of events on the calendar every year and each one is given a day of the year to be remembered or celebrated, some of them very popular like St. Patrick’s Day and some of them more obscure like National Cheese Doodle Day which is tomorrow. So, here we go with a peek at March and just a few of the fun things you can enjoy and celebrate during the month. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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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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Gift Box Blue

February 19, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Yesterday we discussed and looked back on the life of Louis Comfort Tiffany, the man who helped make Tiffany a household name while keeping its status as a luxury brand. Almost as famous as the Tiffany name is the special shade of blue that is used for all the Tiffany packaging, from shopping bags to ring boxes, you know if you see this color it has to be something special. “Tiffany Blue” is very popular in the world today for decorating and it’s a great color that goes with most everything. The Blue/Green mixture of color looks beautiful with white, black, pink, yellow, red, beige, it’s really hard to find something it won’t go with. Last year my friend Shana and I were working on a project and we were looking for the perfect Tiffany Blue and I discovered “Little Blue Box” from Sherwin Williams and now we’ve used it on lots of stuff and are never disappointed. I’ll show you some examples in today’s post. Today we are going to take a quick look at “Tiffany Blue” and how it has made it’s way far from the world of packaging and into our hearts and homes. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Valentine Goodies From Williams Sonoma

February 11, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Happy Monday!!!! Counting today it’s three days until Valentine’s Day and you definitely need to be thinking about what you are going to do with and for your Valentine. Goodies are always a great idea, whether they come in the form of candy, cookies, cake, chocolate, wine or all the above. Goodies are also a great way to let your special someone know you are paying attention and know what they like. If they always get Twizzlers at the movie then buy 4 packages of Twizzlers, tie a ribbon around them and you have an easy and appealing gift for your Valentine. Today I’m going to share some fun and yummy Goodies, all from Williams Sonoma, that you can buy in your local store or order online and have for Valentine’s Day, and if you’re wondering I love Cinnamon Gummy anything and Chocolate anything…and Champagne. So, without further delay let’s check out the Valentine Goodie aisle at WS and Enjoy!!! 

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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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