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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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Christmas Cookie Ideas

December 14, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Happy Friday!!!! I’m off to Hydro to see mom and dad today, Dad has been feeling under the weather so I’m going to see them, have lunch and help mom with some holiday baking. It’s been years since we’ve tried our hand at decorated Christmas cookies but we’re going to give it a whirl today. There are so many amazing ideas for decorated cookies, whether it’s using Royal Icing, Buttercream, Colored Sugars, the possibilities are endless. We are going to be using buttercream on cookies cut out in holiday shapes. I’ll share pics if they turn out good. I also have a couple of recipes I want to try for some others that I’ll share. I hope everyone has a great weekend, we had a business party last night and a client’s Christmas party tomorrow night and I plan on doing some cooking during the day on Saturday and Sunday. I leave you now with images and visions of gorgeous Christmas cookies and links to the recipes for more information, hopefully, to inspire you to try your hand at baking and decorating your own. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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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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OH MY GOSH, IT’S DECEMBER!!!!

December 3, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It seems kind of unbelievable but we’ve made it to another December and it rolled back around SO fast. I love this month for so many reasons starting with today is my Dad’s birthday, Happy Birthday Pop!!!! Also, my birthday comes later in the month and then, of course, there’s Christmas and all the hubbub, pomp, and pageantry that goes with that. I love Christmas lights and all the outdoor decorations everyone puts up both fabulous and tacky. I’ve been busy decorating clients’ homes for Christmas since November 5th, I have another house I’m busy doing today and then another later this week for a client who moved right before Thanksgiving. The rest of this month I’m going to share some of the decorating I’ve done for others and in our home for the holidays, I’ll share some recipes of some of our fave holiday treats including cocktails and give you ideas for gifts for everyone on your list. Today we are starting with a look at images of December and all the 12th month of the year brings with it. I’ll see you back here tomorrow, Enjoy!!! (via)

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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!!!

Thanksgiving Cocktails 2018

November 19, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Hello Friends, Happy Thanksgiving Week!!!! It’s three days until the all you can eat holiday, I hope you have your menu planned and your groceries bought and at this point maybe your table is set and decorated. Today we are going to keep on with a tradition of looking at Holiday Cocktails and looking at some yummy and fun concoctions for you and your guests to enjoy before, during, and after the big meal, a couple of them could even be dessert. I hope you’re NOT stressing too bad and remember to breathe and make those lists so you don’t forget anything. Have a great day and I’ll see you back here tomorrow. Enjoy!!!

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Crate & Barrel Thanksgiving Tabletop

November 14, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Today we are going to look at great stuff from Crate & Barrel for your Thanksgiving table and Buffet. Crate & Barrel always has great products with a contemporary feel to the design. Whether it’s dishes with writing on them or pumpkins and turkeys with an artistic edge, you can find it at Crate & Barrel. Let’s have a look at their dishes, napkins, tablecloths and so much more for Turkey Day. Enjoy!!!

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Pottery Barn Tabletop For Thanksgiving

November 13, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s Day 2 of our Thanksgiving Tablescape EXTRAVAGANZA and we are heading over to Pottery Barn. PB is a great place to find almost anything you’re looking for when it comes to home and holiday decor, their designers are always on top of trends as well as creating some unique merchandise. This Fall season they have gorgeous Turkey designs on plates of all sizes and platters as well as bowls. There are gorgeous German Glittered Pumpkins for decorating your table as well as glassware. Let’s take a peek over at Pottery Barn and see what Tablescape Treasures we can find. Enjoy!!!

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Fall Signs From ShanTabulous STudios

November 5, 2018

By Tab Byrum

We have a few signs worked up for Fall at ShanTabulous STudios on Etsy that I want to share with you today. We have a couple that are traditional in color and design and a few others that are more non-traditional, especially in color. I’ll go into more detail below with the photos of the signs. These will all look great sitting on an easel in your entryway to greet your guests, or maybe on your Thanksgiving Buffet table amongst all the goodies or added to the Fall Decorations on your fireplace mantel. They will also make great gifts, especially for those people hosting Thanksgiving and remember, any of our designs can be personalized. Take a peek and Enjoy!!!

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