Shiny walls…belles love gettin’ lacquered up…
Via The Neo-Trad
We are addicted to roasted cauliflower…
It’s 5 o’clock somewhere…
Now that we are nearing ski season…dreamin’ of a getaway…
We can hear your belles ringin’!
We can’t believe it, but they’re baaack. Thanksgiving and the official kick-off to the holiday season are upon us (in record time, it seems). Time to make a plan, belles! We’ve been working on our gift guides and will be sharing the goods next week. But first, let’s get our ducks…errr, turkeys…in a row for the big, fancy feast next week.
Here are a few of our feast faves…
Squash Casserole (lovingly shared by a dear belle sister-in-law…and this ain’t for low-fat sissies)
3 c summer squash, sliced
1 onion, chopped
5 T butter
1 c mayo
1 pkg Hidden Valley ranch dressing mix
3 eggs, beaten
12 crumbled Ritz crackers
1 c cheddar cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Steam squash and onion until tender. Melt butter as the veggies steam. Once veggies are tender, mix all ingredients and pour into a greased casserole dish. Bake 45 minutes. Loosen belt.
Sides are always an important part of a holiday menu, so this scalloped potatoes is a great addition….loved by all, elegant, beautiful and delish…
Via Pinterest and Food52
Scalloped potatoes with caramelized onions
2 cups whipping cream
4 crushed garlic cloves
3/4 tsp sea salt
1 T olive oil
1 large onion sliced thin, we used our mandoline on the same setting as for the potatoes
3 large Yukon potatoes, peeled (we have used Russett with success as well)
1 cup Gruyere cheese, shredded (we did about 3/4 c of the Gruyere and 1/4 cup…maybe a smidge more…of Comte cheese mixed together)
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1. In a sauce pan combine, the cream, garlic, peppercorns, salt and thyme. Bring to just under a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Set aside.
2. Set oven to 300
3. Sauté onions in olive oil on low heat until golden – about 45 minutes. Slice potatoes very thinly (we recommend this Mandoline)…the thinner the better.
4. In a greased baking dish or casserole (we used an 8×10) layer a quarter of the potatoes, 1/3 of the onions, and 1/4 cup cheese. Repeat two more times, topping with potatoes. Strain cream over casserole. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
5. Place dish on cookie sheet in the oven (to prevent drips). Bake at 300 for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. (you can make ahead up to two days. Refrigerate and then tent with foil and reheat for 30 minutes at 375 before serving.)
And now…time for zee main course!!
We will be using this seasoning paste for our Toms this year. We tried it in the store and it was scrumptious…available at Williams-Sonoma
Finally, gravy is a must, but can be the most frustrating …slaving over a roasting pan, whisking in flour, simmering in the chicken broth while dressed in your finery is no fun in our belle book. So y’all can imagine the delight we displayed when we discovered this fabulous recipe for make ahead turkey gravy. A big shout out to The Food Charlatan for creating this easy, foolproof and delicious time-saver!! Winning!!
We are counting our blessings and giving thanks for all the belles out there. Happy turkey day, y’all!
We ran across an article in the September INSTYLE that really rang our belle! It listed loads of helpful tips from the “experts” on how to make any room look like you really know what you’re doing on the design-front. (and when in doubt…fake it, belle!!)
Here you go…in no particular order…we think they are all worth a share…
Wall sconces should be installed just above eye level…around 66 inches from the floor…so the light doesn’t shine directly at you (and if you hang them too high, they will light the ceiling instead of the room
your bed is generally about 30 inches from the floor…so why not put your nightstand on the same level?? That makes it the perfect height for the alarm, the book, the water…whatever needs to be within reach
8 feet…the best distance for viewing a 42″ TV (the most common size) is 8 feet. Adjust from there for larger or smaller screens
2 inches…An insert that is 2 inches larger than your pillow covers will make pillows seem plush and generous.
84 inches…this is the minimum length for a comfy sofa that will seat up to four people (or one adult lying down). This size also plays nicely with a standard 60-inch coffee table.
1 inch…leave an inch between furniture and the wall…this keeps the upholstery from looking squished and the paint from getting scuffed (a win-win)
29 watts…apparently, GE’s 29 W Halogen Frosted bulb is the most face-flattering of all bulbs out there. Thank goodness someone is studying this!! A belle always wants/needs to look her best. Just sayin’…
This one photo has a plethora of belle-ringing decorating numbers…
7 feet…always hang an overhead lighting fixture at least 7 feet above the floor (don’t want your NBA-sized friends bumpin’ a noggin’)
18 inches…we don’t want you (or those NBA-sized guests) bumpin’ a shin, either. Leave 18 inches between your coffee table and the sofa or other seating
62 inches…the center of your artwork should be between 62 and 66 inches from the floor…that’s the standard measurement in most galleries (and it just makes for good viewin’)
1 1/2 inches…for a tailored drape, allow a break of no more than 1-2 inches (too much puddling can be messy for a tailored, streamlined curtain)
So there you have ’em, belles. It’s easy as 1-2-3 (or 66-30-8-2…)
Focusing on the eggs…because Easter decor and egg hunts would be a bit lame without them…our gift options today are eggs-tra special!
For table decor that will be used year after year…
…these alabaster eggs from Williams Sonoma are deemed totally belle-worthy!
For the powder room…attention to detail, belles…
…these robin’s egg soaps from Terrain are just the ticket!
And for an edible treat…also from Williams Sonoma, we are thinking these Speckled Egg Petit Fours would be extra-belleicious…
This next item can be used year-round, but wouldn’t it help display those colorful eggs in style? We think you and yours need these colorful crates from Anthropologie…
then you can hide ’em with some little “hints” for the kiddos with this egg hunt kit…
…and to occupy the little ones while the egg-hiding happens…
…aren’t these coloring egg cookies perfect?? Order from Eleni’s New York, and everyone’s happy!!
Well, belles…we hope you have gotten some great ideas this week, and hope you are well on your way to having the Easter baskets filled. We’ve done our best!!
We belles love putting a little french-twist on just about anything…so this little twist on a Valentines treat should come as little surprise! In our efforts to curate just the right mix of goodies for all of the sweethearts in your lives, we came upon these Conversation Hearts Macarons…
from Williams Sonoma with flavors to compete with even the best in Paris!
They are shipped frozen so that they arrive perfectly chilled…just right for the Valentine with a sweet tooth! We are sure you will get a sweet, “merci”!
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