Fall Idea House 2016 Part 2

This is the second in a series of peeks into an Idea House full of beautiful decor and vintage finds for the fall season.In Part 1 of Fall Idea House 2016, I mentioned all the layering that I saw. That trend continues in Part 2 as well. Notice, also, the cool blues and mixed metals.

Fall Idea House 2016 Part 2

Remember, it’s a group of decorators that transform this house three times a year with “what’s new” and repurposed items. I’m taking you on this visual tour of ideas and sharing what I’ve found. Everything is beautifully done. Let’s go…..

First, as you enter this house, the dining room is the room that you notice. The centerpiece on the table is elegant and has lots of texture and cool blue color. The tall birch-like vases are filled with any filler (beans, rice, etc.) and then a votive glass sits on top!

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Here’s a close up of the layering on the table and place-setting. Wallpaper or even wrapping paper would work, too!

Look closely at the centerpiece….. bring out those tiny LED lights and use them anytime to make a centerpiece sparkle!

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In this picture, you can see the wood plank that the centerpiece sits on. It adds another layer to the center of the table.

Fall Idea House 2016 Part 2

Above the buffet, the two pictures alone on the wall wouldn’t look balanced, but by layering with two wood pieces, it looks just right in proportion to the space. (another layering idea)

Fall Idea House 2016 Part 2

Next, we walk into the cute vintage kitchen. In the center is a small vintage looking chopping block. Looks like breakfast is being served to guests!

Fall Idea House 2016 Part 2

Salvaged wooden planks line the open shelving. A large copper plate with a wooden squirrel serves as wall art.

Fall Idea House 2016 Part 2

A deep copper mirror provides a wall shelf above the range. On each side, decorative copper lines the candle holders, too.

Fall Idea House 2016 Part 2

One the side of the stove, a vintage shelving unit serves as an organizer for kitchen supplies.

Fall Idea House 2016 Part 2

Here’s another example of layering….   The wall clock is attached to a salvaged metal grid and under it all is a piece of copper.

Fall Idea House 2016 Part 2

This copper wall planter filled with herbs is another metallic accent.

Fall Idea House 2016 Part 2

This is not the best picture, (I apologize) but I wanted to show this easy idea for a curtain. They used a dish towel and attached it to a piece of salvage wood with upholstery tacks. EASY!

Fall Idea House 2016 Part 2

In the small vintage bathroom, there are two mirrors side by side. Above the stool, three small repurposed drawers are topped with a salvaged board for a shelf.

Fall Idea House 2016 Part 2

The old vintage sink is skirted with a copper metallic fabric to hide the plumbing in keeping with the metal theme.

Fall Idea House 2016 Part 2

In the hallway to the upstairs bedrooms, there are large rectangles painted with copper paint. Then, it is layered with an old fence section and topped with a mirror.

Fall Idea House 2016 Part 2

The last idea for this post is at the top of the stairs. The same theme continues by using a large copper painted rectangle, two fence sections, three metal flowers and a coordinating print. The end product looks beautiful!

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Remember, when you don’t have the right size piece for a large wall space, think of how you can layer and make it work!

Happy Decorating!

Phyllis

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Fall Idea House 2016 Part 1

Fall Idea House 2016 Part 1

Ready for some new ideas for your fall decorating and entertaining? You’ll find lots of ideas that can be easily incorporated into your own home. A team of decorators transform this house, three times a year, highlighting new trends, colors, and vintage finds. Of course, the vintage finds are repurposed in many creative ways. Be sure to look for them. I’m sure you’ll be inspired!

Fall Idea House 2016 Part 1

Before you even enter the house, the garage and yard are totally decorated. Lanterns and metal scarecrows adorn the landscape for fall.

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On the end of the garage, wooden cutouts set off the window box of fall foliage.

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Next, the garage is set up as a bar. On the door, was a beer bottle wreath!

 

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On the tables, I thought the metal coasters were great!

 

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Back outside, they didn’t forget the outdoor fireplace!

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Beautiful fall container gardens greet you before you enter the house. Fall Idea House 2016 Part 1

 

Coppery-orange dried blooms linked together with pink mums in the flower box on the front of the home welcome everyone driving by.

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There is a layering theme running through this house. As you walk into the front porch, a beautiful table is set for a luncheon or dinner. One the table, shipping paper is used as a runner with an orange and green runner over it while adding a salvaged wooden cupboard door on top. The centerpiece display sits on top of the wooden door. Metal cans are used as vase for floral stems as well as candle holders.

 

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The place settings are layered as well. Galvanized metal candle plates make interesting saucers for the mugs.

 

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Up above, a vintage bank teller gate hangs as a ceiling grid with the fall bittersweet foliage.

Fall Idea House 2016 Part 1

Napkins wrapped with raffia and a bittersweet accent are easy to do and look striking!

Fall Idea House 2016 Part 1

Finally, raffia and bittersweet stems are, also, used as tie-back accents on the valance making the porch complete for a festive, fall occasion.

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Did you find some ideas?

This is just a small part of the Idea House. Come back for more ideas in Fall Idea House 2016 Part 2.

Happy Fall decorating!

Phyllis

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Sunflower Tablescape

Sunflower Tablescape

For fall, sunflowers fit right in. They are so cheery and beautiful. Using sunflowers for a Sunflower Tablescape makes a perky, fun table-setting. Lots of china colors go with sunflowers. You can use gold and brown, red, burgundy, white, blue or greens as I have done. This tablescape is also cost-friendly with ideas that you can do in your own home.

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I like to mix china. This set was one that I had at our cabin for many years. You won’t believe what I paid for it. I got it on a closeout at a discount store and paid $8 for 4 (5 piece) place settings! I bought 4-4 placesetting boxes!

 

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Along with the green checked china, I’ve used my green depression glass salad plates and jello molds. Yes, those little green cups are vintage jello molds. (in picture below) I use them to serve a scoop of sherbet, shrimp cocktail, fresh fruit, veggies and dip, sauces, etc.

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The centerpiece was one that I already had, but it didn’t have the yellow sunflowers. So, I merely inserted a few to go with the theme. Check out Fall Tablesetting to see how it originally looked.

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I made the sunflower napkin rings. They are so easy! Instructions on to make them are on Fall Idea House #2.

On a clearance sale after Christmas, I found a large green checked tablecloth on sale for four dollars and made the napkins from it. It’s a good way to get inexpensive napkins, if you can sew a straight-stitch. Buy the 120 inch tablecloth and you will get around 15-20 napkins out of it depending on napkin size.

So, have fun mixing up china, making napkin rings, and sewing napkins! 

Now, “serve with style” with your cost-friendly sunflower tablescape! 

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Vignette with Dried Hydrangeas

I do enjoy using my dried hydrangeas in arrangements! This hydrangea variety is a new one that I bought  two years ago, but it didn’t produce any flowers until last year. Oh, they are so delicate and vivid in color. After picking them, I made a vignette with dried hydrangeas on the English antique side table in my bedroom. The color has not faded one bit through the winter. They look as lovely as the day I made the arrangement.

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I picked up the cute pitcher at an antique store. I had intended to strip it down to just the copper, but instead I left it with the chrome and copper . I liked the variations of color and texture.

The elongated hydrangeas worked well with the narrow pitcher. I was also limited with the dried blooms so needed something to fit the small number of hydrangeas I had available. Next fall, there will be more!
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This dried hydrangea came from the variety called Pinky Winky! Yes, that’s the real name! The bushes do need some care as hydrangeas do not flower on old wood.  On this variety, you need to cut back the old blooms about half-way in the fall or early spring and the new growth will then produce flowers again. Always ask your nursery on how to care for your hydrangea bushes.

In the Washing state area, I’m always envious of the variety of hydrangea bush colors. I wish we could grow some of them in our area. Their vivid colors are so striking.  Alas, our zone and tough winters are too hard on them. So, instead of lamenting the fact that I can’t grow them, I’m happy to have this new, favorite variety. I wonder how many flowers will come this next fall.

Do you grow hydrangeas?

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Spring Idea House 2016 Part 2

Part 2 for the Spring Idea House is another glimpse into the ideas and new trends for decor using both new and vintage finds. This house is prepared by a team of decorators that come up with new ways to incorporate unique items into your home decor. If you missed Part 1, you’ll want to check that out, too!

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Right as you enter the main part of the house, a small vintage table is highlighted and made more important by the added salvaged wood pieces placed behind it. The added mirror and drawer pulls also add interest. The beautiful tall arrangement gives it color and height. When a small piece of furniture doesn’t work, add something tall behind it!

Now, as you enter the dining room, the table is set for an elegant party! Grey, the new neutral, becomes the base with pops of coral accents in the flowers, napkins, and table runners. The bottom layer of the table is actually wallpaper that looks like vintage ceiling tiles.

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The same wallpaper makes an accent behind the four mirrors above the sofa table. I actually thought the tiles were actual ones until I touched the wallpaper. They carefully attached the paper with staples instead of hanging it.

 

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Back to the dining room table…… Such an interesting and fun way to use color and drama with just a napkin! Placing it in the wine glass adds height and certainly shows it off!

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The buffet has an assortment of gray vases, white chunky candle sticks, and a dramatic spring arrangement of coral flowers and pussy willows.

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While the kitchen is small, it doesn’t lack for decorating ideas. Vintage blocks, placed on a metal industrial frame, form a unique work island. The top is covered with glass for easy cleaning. 

On the far wall, a vintage sifter, with an added shelf inside, makes a perfect accent for the wall. 

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Repeated square metal serving pieces, with decorative inserts, fit perfectly in this little cove in the kitchen. 

The clock is mounted on top of an old wire rack.

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Over the stove, wall art certainly makes this area beautiful. 

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A small bathroom has a farm (cows and chickens) flavor. Over the sink and stool, an old wire gate with an added shelf, looks amazing while a clothes line holds hand towels. 

The vintage sink has a skirt of chicken wire and fabric to hide the plumbing.

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How’s this for a unique toilet paper holder? 

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Finally, a mounted metal rake serves as a place to hang your purse or scarves as you enter the back door.

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What a variety of decor ideas! Some are easy to do while some will take finding just the right object. Perhaps you have some of these objects stored in your garage and now the inspiration comes to you on how to make it into something special! That’s fun! 

Don’t forget to come back for the next two posts for more decor ideas! Can’t wait to show you!

Hope you enjoyed the variety of ideas. 

Phyllis 

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Amazing Stuffed Jalapanos Recipe

While visiting in Arizona, we had an extended family get-together which grew to over 70 people! One of the relatives brought these Amazing Stuffed Jalapanos! Now, I’m from the midwest and don’t like really hot spicy food, but these were absolutely delicious! My second-cousin, Beth, graciously shared this recipe.

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The recipe makes a generous amount of appetizers, but people absolutely love them and they really go fast. So, plan accordingly. They’re stuffed with a combination of sausage, cream cheese and parmesan cheese. Then, they’re wrapped with bacon. Ooh, my mouth just waters thinking of them. Please don’t shy away from this recipe because you might think of it as way too spicy. You can control the amount of heat. If you want it spicier, just leave some pulp, seeds, or use a spicy sausage for the stuffing. Make one batch spicy and another fairly mild, just to please everyone.

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Amazing Stuffed Jalapenos

Ingredients

  • 15-20 jalapenos
  • 1 lb. breakfast sausage (I used Jimmy Dean)
  • 1 pkg. of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 pkg. bacon

Instructions

  1. Brown and crumble sausage.
  2. Melt cream cheese in with sausage and add parmesan cheese.
  3. WEAR GLOVES
  4. Halve jalapenos, lengthwise
  5. Remove stem and remove seeds and pulp
  6. Fill with sausage mixture
  7. Wrap with 1/2 slice of uncooked bacon
  8. Bake at 425 degrees for 25-30 min.
  9. If you want bacon really crisp, broil on high for 2-3 minutes.
  10. Serve immediately.
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I wanted my family to taste these and give me their opinion. I didn’t want to make the entire recipe for just a couple of people, so  I made half and refrigerated the sausage-cream cheese combination and made the rest two days later. It was nice to have them fresh-made two times in a week.  By the way, the family opinion was that they were AMAZING!

These are ready for the oven…..   I baked these Stuffed Jalapanos on foil for an easy clean up.

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Baked at 425 degrees and ready to eat!

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Just wait until you taste one…..you’ll be amazed at how delicious they taste! These are perfect for Cinco de Mayo, too, when you’re looking for something Mexican to serve.

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I hope I’ve convinced you how delicious these appetizers taste. They were a big hit at the family get-together!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Zucchini Orange Bread Recipe

Zucchini Orange Bread

A zucchini bread with a hint of orange? Yes, it’s a delightful addition to zucchini bread! Zucchini Orange Bread is a tasty change from the usual zucchini breads. The light orange flavor comes from orange juice and orange peel.

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Perhaps you have some zucchini frozen. If not, buy some fresh from the grocery store. Don’t wait for your crop of zucchini to come in the fall to make this bread. Bake some this week!

 

Zucchini Orange Bread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbsp. grated orange peel
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 8 x 4 loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs until thick and lemon colored.
  3. Gradually beat in sugar
  4. Stir in oil, orange juice, shredded zucchini, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and orange peel.
  5. Mix until well blended.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pans,
  7. Bake for 45-55 minutes.
  8. Let cool for 10 minutes and remove from pans.
  9. Cool on wire racks.
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This recipe goes together quickly and produces two nicely shaped loaves. This is a wonderful alternative to chocolate zucchini bread, too. It’s a vegetable, right? 

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I know your family or guests will enjoy this bread! I like having quick breads in the freezer ready to use.  I pre-slice them before freezing so I can take out only what I’ll use.

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Zucchini Orange Bread! Vegetable and fruit together! Do you agree?

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Canadian Bacon Quiche Recipe

You may think of this Canadian Bacon Quiche Recipe as a breakfast entree, but this is delicious as a brunch or lunch, too. In fact, a breakfast quiche works for a light dinner! Anytime is good for this quiche. This recipe is served at A Spot for Tea in Oklahoma City, OK, where it is a favorite.

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You may have noticed that I’m on a “Gouda Cheese kick” as I have included it in a few of the last recipes posted. It has a wonderful flavor and it’s a nice change from cheddar. In my grocery store, it is included with the regular cheeses and you can buy it already shredded. If you can’t find it there, look in the specialty cheese section of your grocery store. 

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Canadian Bacon Quiche

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup diced Canadian Bacon
  • 1/2 cup shredded Gouda cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 9" unbaked pie crust

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine eggs, half n' half, chopped tomatoes,diced Canadian Bacon, Gouda cheese, garlic salt, pepper, and dried basil.
  2. Mix well and pour mixture into unbaked pie crust.
  3. Bake for 50-60 minutes.
  4. Knife inserted should come out clean when done.
  5. Let quiche rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Cut and serve with fruit.
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The Canadian Bacon Quiche is ready for the oven.

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Done when a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

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What makes this Canadian Bacon Quiche so easy is there is no frying of bacon ahead of time and all the ingredients go together quickly. Canadian bacon is a nice change from bacon and the Gouda cheese is delicious in this quiche!

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Try it and I know you’ll like it!

Enjoy! 

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Scrambled Eggs Alfredo Bake

Scrambled Eggs Alfredo Bake

Scrambled Eggs Alfredo Bake

 

Add a bit of Italian flavor to your morning with this Scrambled Eggs Alfredo Bake Recipe.  This is a very different type of egg bake from the soggy bread recipes. The eggs are scrambled with green pepper, mushrooms, onions, and bacon with an Alfredo sauce added. The delicious combination is topped with dollops of an Italian flavored crust. Keep this recipe on hand as it is a delicious one. By eliminating the crust, it becomes gluten-free and still is wonderful!

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Scrambled Eggs Alfredo Bake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1 c. Bisquick baking mix
  • 1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 6 tbsp. butter, divided
  • 13 eggs, divided
  • 1/4 chopped onion
  • 1/4 c. chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup crumbled, cooked bacon
  • 3/4 cup Alfredo pasta sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 400 degrees
  2. Grease 8x8 baking dish
  3. In a small bowl, add Bisquick, 4 Tbsp butter and Italian seasoning. Blend with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Add 1 egg and stir in gently. Set aside.
  4. In a skillet, over med. heat, saute' onions, peppers, and mushrooms in 2 tbsp. butter, until veggies are tender, but crisp.
  5. Mix 12 eggs together in a bowl.
  6. Add eggs to skillet with the veggies.
  7. Stir occasionally until eggs are set.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in bacon and Alfredo sauce
  9. Spread egg mixture in the prepared 8x8 baking dish.
  10. Plop small dollops of Bisquick mixture over eggs.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes until the topping is light brown.
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Scrambled Egg Mixture in Baking Dish……

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Dollop the Bisquick mixture on top of the eggs.

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Remove when topping is lightly browned.

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If desired, offer remaining warmed Alfredo sauce on the side. Serve with fresh fruit for an outstanding breakfast or brunch.

To shorten the prep time for the morning, cut the veggies and prepare the bacon the evening before. Cover and place in refrigerator. Now, it is so quick and easy to put together in the morning.

This recipe makes a nice option for a holiday brunch. Also, if you like breakfast for dinner, make it in the evening. Anytime is good for this Scrambled Eggs Alfredo Bake.

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Without a doubt, I know you’ll enjoy this “out of the ordinary” egg bake.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by….

Phyllis

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Chicken-Pear Salad with Pear Dressing

What a refreshing, delicious, lo-cal salad to serve! The Chicken-Pear Salad with Pear Dressing is a wonderful tasting combination of flavors with an easy homemade pear dressing. It looks delightful and tastes the amazing!

This is a close-up of the ingredients before adding the dressing. It’s such a pretty combination, don’t you think?

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Chicken-Pear Salad with Pear Dressing

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • Chicken-Pear Salad with Pear Dressing
  • Recipe Type: Salad
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Nancy Heishman in Country Woman Magazine with my variations
  • Prep time: 15 mins
  • Total time: 15 mins
  • Serves: 4
  • A delicious, low-cal, colorful salad.
  • Ingredients
  • DRESSING
  • 3 Tbsp. light olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 medium ripe pears, divided
  • SALAD
  • 8 cups fresh arugula or Spring Mix with Spinach greens
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans,
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • I

Instructions

  1. For dressing combine the first five ingredients in a blender or bullet. Take one pear and peel, halve, and core. Add to blender and process until smooth.
  2. Divide greens among four plates and top with chicken or turkey. Add dried cranberries, onions, pecans. Top with sliced pears (peeled or not) and sprinkle with pear dressing.
  3. Serve immediately.
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The ingredients for the dressing made a little more than 1 cup.  Since I made only two salads, I had leftover dressing. I used the dressing over fresh fruit and it was delicious!

Salad with pear dressing drizzled over it……

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Put this recipe on your list of awesome salads.  Besides being colorful and delicious, it is low-cal, too! The salad is around 360 calories. 

Enjoy!

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Roast Beef Reuben Sandwich

Try this new version of a Reuben. I call it a “Roast Beef Reuben Sandwich”! This sandwich is so delicious with the new combination of flavors that it may become your favorite. My mouth just waters when I think of it. My family loved it!

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Roast Beef Reuben Sandwich
Recipe Type: Lunch or Dinner Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Author: Phyllis Van Rossum
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
A new combination of flavors make this Roast Beef Rueben Sandwich absolutely delicious!
Ingredients
  • 8 slices of bread- Sourdough
  • Sliced Roast Beef – don’t skimp!
  • 8 slices Gouda cheese
  • Jar of Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage (found ready-made in vegetable aisle) or homemade
  • Coarse Ground Dijon Mustard – optional
  • Butter
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat skillet
  2. Drain Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage
  3. Arrange 8 slices of bread
  4. Place a slice of Gouda Cheese on 4 slices of bread
  5. Layer Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage on top of cheese
  6. Add Roast Beef on top of Cabbage
  7. Top with remaining slice of Gouda Cheese
  8. Spread remaining 4 slices lightly with coarse ground Dijon mustard (optional or serve on the side)
  9. Place those 4 slices with mustard side towards the four cheese-topped sandwiches.
  10. Spread with butter and place buttered side down in pre-heated skillet.
  11. Butter the top of the sandwich while in the skillet
  12. Grill until browned on each side.
  13. While grilling cover with a lid to warm the inside of the sandwich and melt the Gouda cheese

The combination of Roast Beef, Gouda Cheese, along with Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage is fantastic! My husband was skeptical and then after tasting it declared it to be his favorite!! You just have to try it to believe how good it is.

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Serve with Coarse Ground Dijon or regular mustard on the side. Not a mustard fan? You’ll still love it without it.

Wish you could taste it right now. YUM!

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Even if you don’t particularly like a corned beef  with sauerkraut Reuben sandwich, I know you’ll enjoy this one! Try it! 

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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DIY Copper Drapery Rods

My DIY Copper Drapery Rods!

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In my kitchen, I  display my collection of vintage copper tea kettles and coffee pots above the cupboards. I like the patina the copper gets as it ages. While wondering what I was going to do about drapery rods in the kitchen, I got the idea of looking into using copper drapery rods to coördinate with my vintage copper accents!

Here’s a sample of two of the areas above the cupboards where I display my copper pots.

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I looked online, but what I found was a fake copper finish and not real copper plus they were expensive. So, I  went to my local home hardware store to see what they had for copper pipe that might work.  

One problem I had to work around was that the windows were at a 45 degree angle to each other. There was not enough room to put two rod holders in that area. I needed something with a 45 degree angle to tie the two areas together. A custom rod was too expensive.

Also, I wanted to hide that the windows were not centered on each wall when they built the house. That has always bothered me so I hoped that the final product would hide that flaw. (why don’t builders think of those things?)

Deciding to use the copper pipe, but not wanting it so shiny, I researched online about how to give new copper that aged patina. I finally came up with a product that would do the trick in one application. Other ideas like hard-boiled eggs, etc. (yes, that was what one site suggested) were too complicated. The product I found is called, Liver of Sulphur Extended Life Gel. It came in a 4 oz. jar, but I only needed a small 1/2 tsp. to do all the copper. (If you need some, I’ll sell you mine. I don’t think I’ll ever use it up.) Perhaps contact someone who makes jewelry to see if they have something to give patina to the copper.

The 10 ft. length of 3/4 inch copper pipe was around $11.00. I also found a 45 degree copper fitting that would work for the bend in the wall.

The Liver of Sulphur aged the copper, but it was a bit uneven. It was hard to paint the product on a round pipe and then quick stop the aging with Baking Soda solution.

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My husband took some fine steel wool and evened out the patina. Yes, perfect!

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There wasn’t room to add a finial on the end so I just used copper end-caps to finish it off. My husband put the rods up with three drapery rod holders which I had painted with a copper color spray paint and it was perfect! The window placement flaws are hidden and I feel so much better about it and I love my DIY Copper Drapery Rods! They sure cost less than the standard drapery rods and far less than custom ones that were at a 45 degree angle! Total cost was around $25.00 for both windows. (not counting the Liver of Sulfur, but including drapery rod holders) 

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These diy copper drapery rods would go with many combinations of neutral decor as well. I am very happy with how they turned out! Have you thought of using copper pipe?

Thanks for stopping by, 

Phyllis

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Gouda Cheese Hash Brown Bake

There’s a favorite restaurant that I like to go to for breakfast. Their Gouda Cheese Hash Brown Bake is amazing! I go there just to have that with an omelet or eggs.  I had never tasted hash browns like that before. I finally asked the cook if he gave out his recipe. He wouldn’t tell me the amounts, but he did give me the ingredients. So, I’ve experimented and have come up with a recipe that tastes like the one at the restaurant. They are the best! You might say they’re GOOD-Ah!

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Gouda Cheese Hash Brown Bake
Recipe Type: Breakfast or Brunch side dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Phyllis@grandparentsplus.com
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Serves: 10-12 servings
Gouda Cheese melted in with a hash brown mixture! The best hash brown recipe you’ll try!
Ingredients
  • Frozen Hash Browns (28-30 oz.)
  • 2 cups shredded Gouda Cheese
  • 3/4 cup yellow onions
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 pint of heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vegetable base (look for this in your soup aisle)
  • Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Thaw hash browns and place in large bowl.
  2. Add shredded Gouda cheese
  3. Saute onions and garlic until translucent in 1-2 T. olive oil and add to bowl.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste
  5. Mix together
  6. Mix 2 tsp of Vegetable Base into 1 pint of heavy cream and stir until combined.
  7. Put hash brown mixture In a grease 9 x 13 pan
  8. Drizzle the heavy cream with vegetable base over the hash browns in the pan.
  9. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour
  10. Remove from oven, cover with foil and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
  11. Cut in squares and serve.

The vegetable base, in this recipe, adds great flavor. It’s a bit expensive, but you’ll use it again and again.

This Gouda Cheese Hash Brown Bake makes a nice big pan. If you have left-overs, just freeze the individual portions to use later. Take out as needed and microwave.

Another great recipe for hash browns are the Shreds. You might want to check them out, too!

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Oh, I’ll still go back to that restaurant for breakfast, but now I can have those hash browns anytime.

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I know you’ll enjoy this recipe!

Phyllis

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Winter Sunset

Most of the beautiful sunsets occur during the summer with the gorgeous colors mirrored across the lake. However, this winter sunset was awesome with the patterns on the ice. I had to take a picture and show that winter can be beautiful, too. 

Winter Sunset

 

 

This is the view out our great-room window! We never tire of the beauty of God’s world around us!

This is not my usual post, but thought I’d share.

Thanks for viewing and Happy New Year!

Phyllis

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About Us

 

My blog is from my experience as an elementary teacher, children’s pastor, mother of 3 , and grandmother (Oma) of 7! The ideas that I share have three requirements: inexpensive, fun to do and look good! All parents, grandparents. teachers or anyone that works with kids needs lots of ideas for crafts, games, and kid-friendly recipes. I hope the ideas I post are helpful and fun!

Along with having great times with grandkids, I like to decorate, cook and entertain. You will see posts that are along this line as well. Sorry, I just can’t stick to one subject. When I find something interesting, I enjoy sharing it. I like variety, don’t you?

How I got started doing this blog:

Each summer, my husband and I have held an” Oma and Opa” Camp for the grandchildren (age 4 and up). The purpose is to have a special time with them where we just have lots of fun activities, laughs and enjoy being together. It is also an opportunity to bond and form friendships with their cousins. We find that having them with just ourselves is quite different from when their parents are around. It is fun to see them become independent, responsible and helpful with what they have learned from home. At the beginning of the 4 day camp, we talk about expectations ( the teacher in me) and what they will be doing. They are so excited and look forward to coming each year. Last year, Kyle, age 4, told his mom that he had waited for Oma and Opa Camp all year!

I  build around a theme and plan activities, crafts, food, games, and Bible stories that relate to it in some way. During camp, I take lots of pictures and after camp is over, I create a photo memory book of all the memories from Oma and Opa Camp. They love these books and look at them over and over.

Many people encouraged me to share these ideas online and so I started to do just that.

I hope you’ll find some interesting things to cook, plan, create or just have a little fun with your family!

Phyllis (Oma)

(By the way, “Oma and Opa” is Dutch for Grandma and Grandpa)

 

 

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