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Quick Tip: Simple Benches

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Looking to incorporate furniture into a room, but don’t want to commit too heavily to a decorative piece? A simple bench is a great way to avoid this. Use a neutral, or natural, colored bench and use other decor to decorate it, turning it into a great statement and eye-catching piece.

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Tuesday Recipe: Caramel Pound Cake

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Happy March! What’s a better way to start off a new month of blog articles than with a dessert recipe?! This Caramel Pound Cake is pretty and delicious; it’s sure to be a big hit with you and your family.

Pound Cake

What you’ll need:

For the cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups softened butter
  • 3 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the icing:

  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

For the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together. Gradually add the eggs and mix until combined.
  3. In another bowl, stir together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Add flour mixture and whipping cream to batter by alternating the wet and dry ingredients until combined. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  5. Pour into a greased and floured Bundt pan and cook for about 1 hour and 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  6. Allow cake to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then turn the cake onto a cooling rack and drizzle with caramel icing.

Caramel

For the icing:

  1. Combine the brown sugar, butter, and whipping cream in a small pot; heat until boiling. Boil for about 2 1/2 minutes while constantly stirring.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract and powdered sugar.
  3. Drizzle, while hot, over the warm cake and serve.

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Thursday’s Theme: Pretty Pineapples

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Pineapple Teapot

Pineapples have been a symbol of hospitality, as well as a coveted commodity, throughout history. In colonial times, growing and harvesting pineapples was extremely difficult. Because of this, pineapples would be displayed as a welcoming symbol when sailors brought the fruit home. Nowadays, pineapples carry this same reputation, although perhaps not as distinctly. Whether you like to just eat pineapples; decorate with the fruit; or adorn your home in pineapple accents; this fruit can be incorporated into your home’s decor throughout the year. Here are some ways in which you can decorate with pineapples.

Pineapple Printout

Pineapple Printouts

The simplest way to decorate with pineapples – and really with any image or theme – is a printout. Whether you use a program like Photoshop or choose to browse Pinterest for printouts, you have almost absolute freedom when it comes to choosing color and size for your pineapple accents. The printout on the left is from the blog live laugh rowe, which blends vibrant and soft colors to create an image pleasing to many tastes.

And remember: using different images with a similar color scheme, or the same image with differing color schemes can create a charming mural-like display on your wall with picture frames. Search for unique frames, and watch a piece of paper with an image on it transform into an art piece you will be proud to display in your home.

Pineapples in Every Room

Pineapple Vine Runner

If you aren’t looking to create a pineapple-themed room, it is best to scatter pineapple accents throughout your home. The best way to do this is with décor like pillows, rugs, light fixtures, and even kitchen accents like teapots and salt & pepper shakers!

A yellow pineapple coordinates with many rustic, as well as more modern colors, allowing it to complement your style and home décor no matter what your design preferences are. Although sprinkling small accents, like our Pineapple Centerpiece Lamp Finial, throughout rooms in your home may not seem to draw a “wow” factor, guests will notice the attention to detail you’re paying with this hospitable fruit symbol.

DIY Pineapple Vase

Pineapple Centerpiece

Unique Uses

Of course, you can always use real pineapples to decorate. Especially for a tropical-themed party or a summertime barbecue, a hollowed out pineapple with a lighted tealight inside makes a perfect centerpiece and lighting accent. Then, you can serve the removed fruit to your guests!

If you’re looking to spruce up an indoor or outdoor space with an unconventional flower arrangement, you can even turn a pineapple into a makeshift vase by carving out only some of the fruit and placing a votive holder or small jar inside to hold the flowers. Use brightly
colored blooms to make the whole piece stand out.

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