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King Cake Recipes (and a little history)

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

This week’s recipe post is in celebration of Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday – which just so happens to be today! We’re featuring three recipes for King Cake, a dessert served throughout the Christmas season in honor of the three kings. More specifically, this dessert is served during “king cake season,” extending from The Twelfth Night (January 5th) to the day before Lent begins, or Fat Tuesday.

This cake-making tradition was brought to New Orleans from France, and was enhanced by decorating the cake in the official Mardi Gras colors (which originated in Christianity): purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power. Throughout history, a bean was baked inside of the cake as a token of good luck to the person who found it. More commonly now, a Jesus figuring or porcelain figure is baked into the cake as the lucky prize. The one who finds it becomes king (or queen) of the feast, and next year’s celebration falls into their hands.

King Cake - Eric Wagner/Flickr

Eric Wagner/Flickr

So no matter how big your celebration, or whether you choose to include the figurine or not, bake a King Cake and enjoy it with your friends.

Recipes:

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Wednesday Spotlight: Liberty and the USA

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Liberty SignAre you tired of Halloween yet? We hope not, but as we have featured many of our charming spooky décor here on the blog and on our website, today we’re taking time to Spotlight five items related to Lady Liberty; her statue was dedicated today in 1886 by President Grover Cleveland.

Lady Liberty CollectibleLiberty Sign

Made in the USA and featuring key elements of our nation’s flag, this rustic wood sign offers distressed charm and patriotic spirit that you can be proud to display in any room, all year long.

Nautical Stripe Quilt Set

Lady Liberty Collectible

A Lori Mitchell favorite, this Lady Liberty features a little more color and glitz than our taller Lady Liberty statue; perfect for styling a 4th of July centerpiece or adding patriotic spirit to your treasured collectible displays.

Nautical Stripe Quilt

For a master bedroom or guest bedroom, this nautical inspired quilt also complements patriotic décor and country style, with an attractive pairing of solid stripes and plaid. Not to mention, the cotton pieces are machine washable and peacefully soft.

Star & Stripes Lamp

Star & Stripes
Table Lamp

Standing tall and proud on any end table, this made in the USA lamp will emit such elegance and patriotic charm, you’ll want it in your home all year long. Featuring our nation’s colors and a bold white star, this pottery lamp is completed by the drum shade and polished rustic appearance.

2016 Primitive Past Calendar2016 Primitive Past Calendar

Add a refreshing look to any wall each month with a 2016 calendar featuring images from a simpler, primitive time. Charming country furniture and décor can be seen with each flip, creating a finished look with your own primitive home treasures.

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Wednesday Spotlight: Spectacular Shamrocks

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Sheep & Shamrock Braided Jute Chair PadThe shamrock symbol can be traced back to about as early as the 5th century. The patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, used this symbol which is now commonly associated with the internationally celebrated March 17th Feast Day – or, as we know it, St. Patrick’s Day.

Shamrock Jute TrivetFor those of you wanting to decorate your home in green for this holiday, or are looking to proudly display your Irish heritage all year long, we feature some great shamrock-themed items you are sure to enjoy.

Braided Shamrocks

A customer favorite, our braided rugs, stair treads, trivets, and chair pads stand the test of time and the feat of decor coordination. This holds true for general and seasonal decorating, as we like to offer products that can be used for those special times of year, as well as for the rest of the year. Our Sheep & Shamrock selection – featuring Stair Treads, an Oval Rug, and Chair Pads – is great for St. Patrick’s Day, but is also fitting for spring decorating.

Sheep & Shamrock Braided Jute Stair Tread

Our Shamrock Jute Trivet coordinates nicely with this selection, and that’s right, all of these items are made from durable, earth-friendly braided jute. What’s better, they reverse to a non-shamrock back, so you can use them even when shamrocks are not in season.

Sheep & Shamrock Braided Jute RugSheep & Shamrock Braided Jute Rug

Shamrock ThermometerShamrock AccessoriesIrish Lace Shortbread Pan
If you’re looking for more of a novelty item that still serves a functional purpose, check out our Shamrock Thermometer. This tin device features an Irish blessing, and you can always rely on it to give you an accurate reading. For your kitchen, we offer an Irish Lace Shortbread Pan inscribed with shamrocks that will leave a decorative imprint on your cookies. You can also choose to simply display it with other unique cookware, or with your favorite shamrock accents.

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