Mother’s Day Gifts From Rifle Paper Co.

May 2, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Rifle Paper Company not only has beautiful greeting cards for mom this Mother’s Day but also beautiful gifts. The stationery line at Rifle goes far beyond cards and tablets as you’ll see today. There are beautiful address books for mom to keep track of family and friends and if mom is a cook there are gorgeous recipe boxes and cards so mom can record all those recipes we’re all so fond of. If you want to get mom a piece of art this year there are beautiful art prints featuring the stylized flowers and colors that Rifle uses so beautifully. Join me today for a look at gifts in stationery from Rifle Paper Company or visit their website here and Enjoy!!! (above image Coral Botanical Art Print)

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13 Halloween Cocktails-Day 2

October 28, 2016

By Tab Byrum


Yesterday we checked out 6 of our 13 recipes for cocktails you and your friends and family can enjoy this Halloween weekend and today we are looking at the rest, so then there were 7. Today we’re looking at a warm drink, a punch, a couple more cocktails, a martini and no party is complete without a round of shots and we have the perfect one for All Hallows Eve. So, chill those glasses make your shopping list and head out to the grocery and liquor stores to create the best kind of spirits for this time of year, Enjoy!!! ( above image is Walker Blood Sangria, via)

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13 Halloween Cocktails-Day 1

October 27, 2016

By Tab Byrum


Halloween is a great excuse for a party, whether you’re get together is large or small a party always calls for cocktails. Today and tomorrow we are going to look at several different cocktails and the recipes to make these spooky elixirs from all over the world wide web. Many of them are based on Fall treats we all know and love like caramel apples. So gather your friends, some munchies and storm the liquor cabinet this Halloween weekend and make your own witch’s brew celebrating the holiday. I’ll share half the recipes today, then check back tomorrow for the rest of the 13, ENJOY MY PRETTIES!!!!

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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



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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Strawberry Pretzel Salad Torte

May 18, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Growing up Jell-O was a mainstay at my Grandma’s house, we had Jell-O in pretty glass dishes with homemade whip cream, and Jell-O chocolate pudding was a quick and easy dessert for those days she called the school to tell us to come eat lunch with her. Mam-Ma used Jell-O in tons of recipes from her Watergate Salad with Pistachio flavored Jell-O pudding and the Chocolate Pudding Dessert we all still talk about. One of the recipes my mom makes using Jell-O is her Strawberry Pretzel Salad, it has salty/sweet pretzel crust and a filling of cream cheese and sugar all topped off with Strawberry Jell-O and berries. This dish goes with everything year round but it’s especially great in the summertime with anything cooked on the grill, since you keep it in the refrigerator it’s always nice and cold and the pretzel crust is one of my very favorite crusts. Strawberry Pretzel Torte is a great recipe to take to a cookout and share, I want to share this Strawberry recipe with you and a few pics to let you know it looks as good as it tastes. A big THANK YOU to mom for making this for me to have and photograph, you’re the BEST!!! Enjoy!!!


Strawberry Pretzel Salad Torte



2 2/3 Cups Crushed Pretzels
2 Stick Melted Butter
3 Tablespoons Sugar + 1 Cup Sugar
1  8oz. Pkg. Cream Cheese, softened
1 Lg. Container Cool Whip
1 Lg. Pkg. Strawberry Jell-O
1  10 oz. Pkg. Frozen Strawberries, thawed.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the first two ingredients in a bowl with 3 Tablespoons of sugar, pat this mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, set aside to cool.

Blend together the softened Cream Cheese and one Cup of sugar in a bowl and spread this mixture over the cooled pretzel crust, cover this layer with Cool Whip, cover, and chill in 
the refrigerator.

While that is chilling dissolve your Strawberry Jell-O in a bowl with two cups of boiling water, stir in the thawed out fruit and 3/4 Cup of cold water. Place this mixture in the refrigerator to chill
until it’s partially set, DO NOT let it completely set up.

Spread the Strawberry Jell-O mixture over the Cool Whip layer, over and chill until ready to serve. 

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

May 17, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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All during the month of May we’ve been looking to the Strawberry for inspiration, we’ve looked at it in design from kitchen accessories, artwork, floral design, cocktails and even jewelry. This week we continue sampling Strawberries in their most obvious incarnation, food. Strawberries are one of those foods you can eat and enjoy all by itself or add to so many other dishes and make something good even better. As we head into the warmer months of late Spring and Summer we eat a lot of salads at our house and I’m always looking for ways to up the flavor in salads and Strawberries definitely do the trick. It’s as simple as washing and slicing Strawberries and adding them to your favorite salad ingredients and dressing. I love a good spinach salad, one with red onions, hard-boiled eggs and if you want to make it the main course maybe add some grilled chicken and/or bacon. You can easily add Strawberries to your favorite spinach salad combo and add some amazing flavors. Here’s a spinach salad I made recently using both Strawberries and Blueberries, YUM!!!! Enjoy. 

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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

May 16, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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This week as we wind up our look at Strawberries in the month of May we are going to finish up with recipes, one of my favorite combos is strawberries and chocolate so a strawberry cookie recipe with chocolate chips was a natural yes for me. I found the recipe at Sally’s Baking Addiction and it’s great!! The cookie recipe is a cake mix based recipe which automatically means it’s going to be moist, I whipped these up on a Sunday morning to see what we thought, they are moist, easy to make and very flavorful and I love the hit of chocolate from the chocolate chips. Here are some pics I took using my iPhone and recipe. Enjoy!!!

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Friday Design Roundup~4/15/16

April 15, 2016

By Tab Byrum

There’re lots going on in the world of design, so much that we couldn’t fit it all in regular posts this week, take a look at these stories on color, art, designer toys, Paris, and chicken. Enjoy!!!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve surfed the internet looking at websites for art galleries and artists and you stumble onto an original piece by an artist but I never feel confident enough to buy something, that’s one reason I really enjoyed this article in Elle Decor Magazine on How To Buy Art Like A Pro. Auction and downsizing expert Barry Gordon gives 4 great tips for purchasing art.


I definitely believe color affects they way we feel, you know how you just feel better and more comfortable wearing some colors than others and the same can be said for being in rooms painted certain colors. British designer Vanessa Arbuthnott recently put together a great chart on colors, their meanings, the emotions they bring out and what rooms you should and shouldn’t paint in these colors. It’s featured in this ED article, very interesting.


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We all grew up with Fisher Price toys, now the tot brand is going designer with word that Designer/Author Jonathan Adler has come on board as the Creative Director for Fisher Price. The first collection will debut this fall and include nursery decor, bedding, clothing, and toys. The deal between Adler and Mattel owned FP is for three years and will feature all the bright colors Adler is known for, here’s the announcement and story on the FP website.




Paris is redefining several of its major traffic intersections by having them redesigned to be more accommodating to pedestrians.  The move began in 2013 with the redesign of the Place de la République and has proved to be so popular that it’s being continued at seven sites, the redesigns will give pedestrians and cyclists at least 50% of the public spaces.




And finally today a few recipes to contemplate over the weekend from Food52.com. These all look amazing and I’m definitely going to try the recipe for chicken thighs with tomato, orzo, olives, and feta. Chicken never looked so good.  Have an awesome weekend.

Mellow Cranberry Salad

November 24, 2014

By Tab Byrum

Yesterday was “Eat A Cranberry Day” so I thought I would join in with a couple of Cranberry posts today, especially since it’s Thanksgiving week here in the U.S.  We always had cranberry salad at Thanksgiving at my grandma’s house, there were many times I helped her make the salad.  Her recipe called for fresh whole cranberries that we ground up ourselves using a big metal grinder that hooked to the edge of the counter, yes this was way before food processors.



My mom still makes cranberry salad for holiday get togethers so I asked her for that recipe or one as close as possible and here it is, Mellow Cranberry Salad.  If you make it let me know how it turns out and what you think.  Enjoy!!!

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