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Thanksgiving Tips From Barefoot Contessa

November 20, 2018

By Tab Byrum

10 Barefoot Tips For Thanksgiving

 

One of my favorite people to watch on TV and read her cookbooks is Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. A few years ago she shared her 10 tips for making the preparation of Thanksgiving Dinner a lot easier on you the cook and host. Here’s a link to the article in Elle Magazine and it all still holds true today. 48 hours until operation Turkey Time is a go, I hope you have all your ducks in a row and a game plan, check out this great article for awesome last-minute hints. Enjoy!!!

Harvest Pumpkin Collection @ Williams Sonoma

November 15, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I wanted to reshare this post I did back in August on the Williams Sonoma Harvest Pumpkin Collection. I LOVE the black background on these dishes, it’s also available in white and all the beautiful colors of the gourds, pumpkins, and flowers are gorgeous. This collection is beautiful for display as well as for serving for Thanksgiving. Check it out with me again from back in August.

School has started back here in Oklahoma and it’s only two weeks until Labor Day, a time when our thoughts turn to all things Fall and Pumpkiny. With that in mind, we are going to look at a gorgeous new collection of dishes from Williams Sonoma, the Harvest Pumpkin Collection. The designs for this collection are based on Dutch still life paintings with their vibrant colors of oranges, greens, whites, reds, and purples all on an elegant and timeless black background. All of the pieces in the collection are porcelain glazed in black and with a hand-painted 14-karat gold painted rim. In addition to plates for eating there are also serving pieces and a gorgeous cheeseboard. All of these would be amazing to mix with your existing dishes and as always they would be gorgeous decorative pieces hanging on the wall. Join me today for a look at several pieces from the WS Harvest Pumpkin Collection, I’m anxious to hear what you think, Enjoy!!!

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Halloween Sweet Treats From MacKenzie Ltd.

October 5, 2018

By Tab Byrum

You know how you accidentally find things on the internet? Well, that’s what happened when I found Mackenzie Limited, I was trying to get to the website for MacKenzie-Childs and hit enter as soon as I started typing in Mackenzie and BOOM I was at the website for Mackenzie Limited. Needless to say, I’m thrilled I found them and can’t wait to see what all they offer for holidays and special occasions. Mackenzie’s was founded about 20 years ago and specializes in gourmet treats. They can help you with gifts during the holidays, specialty items to make your party extra special or plan a whole dinner. Today we are going to start with their Halloween treats they have for sale on their website and I’m particularly thrilled about the Halloween Nostalgia Cookies, delicious cookies with a gorgeous vintage them to them. There are lots of other fun and delicious Halloween treats but I’ll go into more detail below with the photos, in the meantime, you can visit Mackenzie’s website here and you can also follow them on Facebook and keep up with what’s going on. Now, let’s dive in and Enjoy!!!

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide ~ For Chef Mom

May 8, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Mother’s Day is the perfect time to get something special for Moms who like to cook, whether they’re a baker, grillers, chefs or just all around awesome cooks there are plenty of awesome things to get Chef Mom. We are going to look at five different companies today who offer awesome products for cooking and dining, all of them great American companies with awesome, fun and sometimes unusual choices. Enjoy!!!

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Purple & Flowers From Le Creuset

April 11, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Last week I told you about the Le Creuset Mickey Mouse tribute collection and while researching that I also saw their new Purple Provence Collection and the Flower Collection, both perfect for Spring. The Provence Collection is inspired by the lavender fields of Southern France and the calmness lavender is supposed to bring to our lives. The Flower Collection is of course inspired by all things floral, with flower shaped cookware or flowers being the handles on top of the lids. If you are looking for a fun whimsical piece for your kitchen or as a gift for a special bride or birthday then check out these two newest looks from Le Creuset. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Italian Chocolate Easter Displays

March 30, 2018

By Tab Byrum

With this weekend being Easter this is the perfect time for me to share with you photos of the amazing Easter displays in chocolate and candy stores we saw on our recent trip to Italy. The displays are gorgeous and involve not only amazing pieces done in chocolate but also gorgeous papers and ribbons. We saw beautiful displays in all the cities we visited with perhaps the most beautiful being in Florence. Join me today for a look at how candy and chocolate are used to celebrate Spring’s big holiday in Italy, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter to all. Enjoy!!!

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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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Tabulous Christmas Flashback: EASY Peanut Clusters

December 18, 2017

By Tab Byrum

A couple of years ago I shared this recipe for ultra easy Homemade Chocolate Peanut Clusters and I’ve had so many people tell me how much they enjoy it that I thought I would share it again. It’s super simple to make, everything goes in the Crock Pot and you walk away and leave it for three hours. When you come back it’s ready to scoop out into gorgeous and delicious heaps of chocolate goodness. Promis me you’ll make some this week and have at least one homemade treat for your family and friends. Enjoy!!! (remember to click on anything in orange to visit the original post)

To see the original post and recipe click here. Christmas Crack Peanut Clusters are only 5 ingredients and a Crock Pot. DO IT!!!!!

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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Turkey Platters: Decorative & Useful

November 17, 2017

By Tab Byrum

In my retail days, we sold a ton of turkey platters, many times people were buying them for decoration in their dining rooms and kitchens but a lot of people also used them every year for Turkey Day. I’ve always been very partial to the Woodland Turkey Platter from Spode, it has beautiful colors with a strong rich brown border and all the gorgeous colors used on the turkey itself. Whether you’re looking for Thanksgiving decoration in your home or something to hold the bird, I’ve brought you some classic and fun choices and linked to the websites they’re coming from. Many of these places will still ship them to you before next Thursday and one of them is even available at a lumber yard. Check out these beautiful dishes and see if anything strikes your Thanksgiving fancy, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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