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Happy Valentine’s Day 2019

February 14, 2019

By Tab Byrum

To all of our friends and family, we want to wish a very Happy Valentine’s Day. Do something nice for the person you love, however large or small the gesture may be. And if you don’t have someone special right now then do something special for yourself, whatever you do have a wonderful day and as always, Enjoy!!!! 

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Champagne Cocktails For Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Champagne is one of my favorite wines and ways to celebrate and as we approach Valentine’s Day I thought it would be fun to look at a few versions of Champagne Cocktails. Champagne cocktails are when you combine Champagne with other wines or liqueurs to create something completely new. The first Champagne Cocktail I ever had was served at a friend’s house many years ago and was Champagne, Angostura Bitters on a sugar cube, drop the sugar cube into a Champagne glass and add the Champagne. Very good. Today there are lots of versions of a Champagne cocktail, some involve Brandy or other flavored liqueurs. Whatever recipe you prefer, have one or two this Valentine’s Day and 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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I’m Back, Hello February 2019!!!!

February 4, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Hello everyone and Hello February!!!! I hope all is good with all of you, sorry for the extended absence here in the ether but there was a lot going on and I decided to take a small hiatus. The holidays were good and very busy, we got everyone’s Christmas decor down and stored away for another year and then I had other stuff I needed to take care of, all of it good. There’s been a change in something I told you about last year but it’s a good change and I’ll go into more detail at a later date. Right now I’m working on getting things lined up for my clients for Valentine’s Day and I’m also working on some projects here at our casa. Michael and I are continuing to study Spanish on our own after taking Spanish classes 1, 2, 3 and 4 at a local Vo-Tech. We are studying using a couple of different apps and websites and making great strides. We don’t have any grand adventures planned this year but I’m sure that will change, not sure we’ll go to Europe this year but there are lots of places here America we have yet to see and visit so we may take short trips of 3 or 4 days and see some places and do some things we’ve been talking about for quite a while. 

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So, let’s talk February, the second month in the year and the month that most everyone equates with Valentine’s Day, cold weather, and the colors red and pink. I do like February, I’m starting to come out of my post-holiday slump and looking towards the new year ahead of us and hoping to accomplish a lot in the coming months. This year I’m hoping to make some changes here at the blog with the articles I write and the topics I cover. I’m wanting to do more with holidays and celebrations, decorating for these times and events, food, flowers, and sharing with you the things my friend Shana and I are creating for our Etsy shop and website (more on that next week). February is filled with chocolate, champagne, glitter and so much more so let’s take a look at a few things February, I’ll see you back here tomorrow. 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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Hallmark Peanuts Christmas Wrapping 2018

December 13, 2018

By Tab Byrum

If you’ve followed the blog for long or know me then you probably are aware of my love for anything and everything Peanuts, some people like Spiderman, Marvel Superheroes and I love Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang. Every year there are new and wonderful items put out for Christmas featuring Peanuts and this year is no different. Hallmark has become the go-to brand to pick up awesome Peanuts merchandise, especially for the holidays. Today we are going to look at all the fun gift wrap and gift bags you can get from Hallmark to have a Very Peanuts Christmas. This year there are several different Peanuts versions from different decades going all the way back to the beginning. I hope you enjoy this look at Peanuts from Hallmark for Christmas as much as I enjoyed putting it together. Enjoy!!!

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Sundance Ribbons & Trims

December 12, 2018

By Tab Byrum

On Monday and Tuesday, we looked at fun and beautiful Christmas wrapping papers from companies around the world and one of the last ones we looked at was Sundance Catalog and their beautiful and unusual papers based right here in America. While I was checking out the papers and Sundance I also saw an amazing selection of ribbons and trims that coordinate beautifully with their papers and wanted to share them with you today. These ribbons can be used on all kinds of papers whether they’re simple brown kraft paper, white butcher paper or the most elegant papers with damask patterns or the Champagne Paper we saw yesterday from Crate&Barrel. There are velvet ribbons, grosgrain ribbons, pom-poms, and vintage looking ribbons, and no one said they’re only for Christmas, use them year round. Join me today for a peek at what’s available from Sundance and visit the entire selection here at Sundance Catalog.com. Have a great day and Enjoy!!!

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5 Christmas Wrapping Sources, Day 2

December 11, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Today we continue our look at great ways to wrap those Christmas gifts. Yesterday we checked out beautiful papers from some of the less well known and more boutique websites and today we are looking at gift wrap from some of the big stores which you can find in the town where you live or can get to one if need be and online. There’s so much to choose from in colors, style, designs from the traditional Red/Green to bright Pinks, Purples, and Blues. There’s also any style you can think of from Vintage looks to Contemporary and lots of Sparkles. Check out today’s selection and let me know what you think. Enjoy!!!

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5 Christmas Wrapping Paper Sources, Day 1

December 10, 2018

By Tab Byrum

For me, the wrapping of gifts is an art unto itself. Back when I worked in retail I LOVED wrapping gifts and I also loved picking what wrapping papers we were going to use in the store for gift wrap as well as choosing the ones we were going to sell to the public. I’m always amazed every year to see what artists and companies come out with every year that’s new and different. Whether you like traditional, contemporary, dogs, penguins or plain paper with fancy ribbons, there’s something out there for you. Today and tomorrow we are going to take a look at paper selections from 10 different sources, I’m sharing some of the ones that really jumped out at me or made me say, “Ahhhhhh”. I guarantee you can find something that matches your Christmas decor and makes you smile. Today we are looking at papers from some websites that are more “boutique” and tomorrow we are looking at some more well-known sources. Check them all out and Enjoy!!!

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