Thursday’s Theme: Patriotic Summer Decor Prep

May 16th, 2019

Today we’ve linked up five of our blog posts that feature patriotic decor – for holidays and everyday. We hope you’re able to find some inspiration for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, your summer parties, and for when you want to add a little American spirit to your home throughout the year.

Patriotic Front Step

  • Create a decorative and patriotic centerpiece or tablescape with red, white and blue table settings, whether you add subtle accents (like a flower arrangement or candles) or go all out with placemats, glassware, dishes and American flags.
  • Finally, for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, we recommend using DIY or printable banners, a mini tree decorated with patriotic ornaments, as well as more bold flower arrangements to really make a special occasion statement.

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Tasteful Tuesday: Devil’s Food Cake

May 14th, 2019

A decadent Devil’s Food Cake recipe that uses milk and coffee to create a moist, delicious chocolate cake for any occasion.

What You’ll Need:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ¾ cup granulated sugarTasteful Tuesday
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup freshly brewed coffee
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease and flour two 9″ round cake pans or one 9×13 cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter until smooth then beat in sugar until light and fluffy. Add and incorporate eggs one at a time. Set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a large measuring cup or medium bowl, combine milk, coffee and vanilla.
  5. Starting and ending with the flour, add #3 and #4 alternatively to #2 while mixing until fully incorporated. If using two round cake pans, divide batter evenly; otherwise pour the batter into the prepared 9×13 cake pan.
  6. For two round cake layers, bake for 30-35 minutes in the preheated oven. For a 9×13 cake, bake for 40-45 minutes in the preheated oven. A cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean, and the cake should have begun to pull away form the sides of the pan.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for 8-10 minutes. Remove the round cake layers from their pans and finish cooling on a wire rack (we suggest leaving the 9×13 cake in the pan for easier serving). Cool completely before frosting and decorating.

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Monday Must-Haves: Summer 2019 Function and Style

May 13th, 2019

Summer 2019 has arrived at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, which means there are many new home accents and furnishings in our catalog (both in print and online). Today we’re featuring five must-have pieces that offer both style and function to your home.

Rustic Country Simplify Storage Box | USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Rustic Country Simplify Storage Box

This rustic furniture piece is made in the USA, and as you can see it offers a word of encouragement and extra storage space.

Americana Flag Lazy Susan

A Lazy Susan always makes setting the table and entertaining a little easier. This one is made in the USA and is perfect for your Americana style or celebrating the Fourth of July.

Americana Flag Lazy Susan | USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Metal Planter Wreath

One of our favorite pieces in the Summer 2019 is this wreath. The metal planters will hold faux or real plants (liner recommended), which means you can really create your own look with whatever plants you love.

Metal Planter Wreath | Home and Garden | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Barn Door Chalkboard

The farmhouse charm is strong with this chalkboard. Hang it up in the kitchen, an entryway or a home office space and keep the room stylish and yourself organized.

Barn Door Chalkboard | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopSummer Living Lantern | Outdoor Lighting | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

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Summer Living Lantern

Primitive details meet modern function with this lantern, which can be used indoors or outside (LED candle included). The metal exterior provides extra durability, and the glass panes offer added elegance to the design.

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