Archive for August, 2012

Decorate with Pumpkins this Harvest Season

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Welcome to Pumpkin Decorating at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop. We love to celebrate the upcoming fall season with an abundance of pumpkin home decor because pumpkins are perfect to display right through the Thanksgiving holiday. At Sturbridge, we have pumpkin characters, pillows, prints, rugs and more. The harvest season inclusive of Halloween, is the perfect time of year to display the deep oranges, golds and rusts the autumn season presents. Below we categorize our pumpkin decor to better serve your needs of decorating with this theme.

A Pumpkin Here, a Pumpkin There

Pictured here to the left is our new for fall 2012 Burlap Pumpkin Soft Accent. Handcrafted of an orange-rust burlap and adorned with a real twig stem and soft cotton-velvet green leaves. Display on a mantle, side table, as a table centerpiece or with other pillows on a bench. A complementing pumpkin accent is our new White Pumpkin Soft Accent, made of soft cotton velvet. Pumpkins are a a plenty this season and with pumpkin accents throughout your home, it will simply make it feel more “fall.”

Pumpkins on the Floors

A beautiful new accent rug this season that will look charming in your entryway or perhaps near the kitchen sink, is none other than our Pumpkin Candy Corn Jute Rug. Made of 100% natural braided jute, the painted pumpkin with swirling candy corn vines is designed by artist Susan Burd. Or, you might consider our Pumpkin Hooked Rug for a more bold pumpkin look. Three bright orange pumpkins form the focal point, accented with twisty vines and an array of autumn leaves, in 100% hand hooked wool.

Hooked Wool Pumpkins

Speaking of hand hooked wool, at SYW we have hooked wool pillows, rugs and chair pads; all featuring the orange gourd-like squash. A great example is our Wool Hook Harvest Pumpkin Chair Pad, shown here to the left. Made of 100% hand hooked wool, this chair pad brings the beauty of a pumpkin patch to any casual dining environment. New this season our Harvest Pumpkin Pillow, also crafted of 100% hand hooked wool, allows for detail in color and shading to be shown.

Orange Accents in the Kitchen

Don’t forget the kitchen when decorating with a pumpkin theme, it’s most likely the room you spend most of your time in. Our Pumpkin Wagon Salt & Pepper Set is an adorable way to showcase pumpkins in a functional manner. Whimsical yet practical, these shakers are made of durable ceramic and are nestled into a cute metal wagon. When cooking, another handy pumpkin accent to have in the kitchen would be our Alice Backman designed, Pumpkin Potholder. Made in the USA of 100% cotton, this potholder is machine washable and features a silver cloth, heat proof backing.

~ For more Pumpkin Decorating ideas click: HERE.

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Get Ready for Apple Season with the Right Kitchen Tools

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Apple trees were likely one of the first trees to ever be cultivated for mass consumption and have been perfected over time. Improved by the process of selection throughout our history, the apple today looks very different than it once did. We find origins of the apple in both Asia and Europe, and also as a significant part of both religious references and Greek mythology. This popular, sweet fruit has taken on many forms and today, is grown in over 7000 different varieties. So whether you like the tart, green Granny Smiths or the juicy, Red Delicious apples, there’s a reason you love apples and the yummy desserts that they star in. And at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we have a few new kitchen tools that will assist you in making your apple treats this fall.

Pictured above is our Red Apple Master. Making your famous apple pies will never be a daunting process ever again, with this unique kitchen tool. It’s capable of three separate functions: paring, coring, and slicing; all with a stay-sharp, deluxe stainless steel blade. A vacuum base easily clamps and holds the Red Apple Master securely to any smooth table surface. The frame is made of painted red, tool-grade cast aluminum with easy to use black handle. In addition to apples, you may consider using for potatoes and pears.
After you’ve finished baking your pies, crisps, breads and muffins, what do to with the last few apples? Consider making an apple juice, jelly or sauce with our Sauce Master Food Strainer. Shown here to the left, the all-in-one sauce master, could become the only strainer you’ll ever need for your vegetables sauces, fruit jams and purees. It easily forces food through a chrome-plated steel screen, which automatically separates the juice and pulp in one easy operation. Including a standard fine mesh screen, standard spiral, as well as a helpful recipe and instruction booklet. The body of the strainer is crafted of white painted steel and has a capacity of up to 3 quarts.

The Jelly Strainer Stand would be another straining option for your kitchen, with it’s steel legs and hooked feet that bend to fit different sized bowls and pans. If you’re not one to spend time in the kitchen making scrumptious apple pies this upcoming fall season, perhaps a friend or family member would appreciate these tools as a thoughtful gift. Sometimes a great kitchen tool is all you need to lift your spirits, as well as save you time.

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Tuesday Recipe: Inside-Out Lasagna

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Today’s featured recipe is a fun main dish the whole family will love. Tired of the same pasta dishes each week? Well this pasta dish, using whole wheat pasta is a healthy alternative, and will remind you of another classic meal. An Inside-Out Lasagna, features similar ingredients to the standard layered lasagna…with a slight twist. Consider this dish for dinner tonight.

What You’ll Need:

8 ounces whole wheat rotini, or fusilli

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, sliced

8 ounces sliced white mushrooms (approx. 3.5 cups)

1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs

8 cups baby spinach

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

1.2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)


1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until tender, approx. 8-10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain (consider our Enamelware Colander, shown below) and transfer to a large bowl.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft and beginning to brown, approx. 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, salt and pepper to cook, stirring, until the mushrooms release their liquid, approx. 4-6 minutes.

3. Add tomatoes, spinach and crushed red pepper (if using). Increase heat to medium-high; cook, stirring once halfway through, until the spinach is wilted, approx. 4 minutes.

4. Toss the sauce with the pasta and divide among 4 bowls. Dollop each serving with 3 tablespoons of ricotta. Enjoy!

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