Monday, June 30, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

French Baskets

I've been meaning to blog about my French basket find for a little while now.

I purchased all three of these for $20 total.  Aren't they cute?

These reminded me of some baskets I have seen at Restoration Hardware.

They have replaced my ugly plastic waste baskets in the house!

I've linked up with:The Scoop! at Confessions of a Plate Addict/Stone Gable, Metamorphosis Monday's at Between Naps on the Porch,  Inspire Me Tuesday at a Stroll Thru Life, Do Tell Tuesday at a Vintage Zest,  You're Going to Love it Tuesday at Kathe with an E,  Wow us Wednesdays! at Savvy Southern Style, What's it Wednesdays at Ivy & Elephants,  Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours, Feathered Nest Fridays at French Country Cottage, The Charm of Home Sunday Best Showcase at Twigg Studios. Be sure to check out all of these fabulous blogging parties! A big thank you to all of the wonderful hosts!

Written by http://peoniesandorangeblossoms.blogspot.com

Monday, June 23, 2014

Fourth of July Fruit Flags

With Fourth of July just around the corner, I thought I'd share some of my favorite fruit flag desserts that I have found throughout the internet!  I was inspired to search after I posted my flag dessert from Memorial Day, seen HERE.


Browsing through pinterest... I found all of these wonderful flag desserts.  Let's look at them all!

First up though is my fruit flag I made this time for the Fourth of July.  I used golden raspberries, blackberries, and raspberries.  As most of the fruit flags I saw were made with strawberries, I thought mine was a little different.  Now grab a spoon and serve up with ice cream!

Fourth of July Berry Flag with raspberries and black berries

Watermelon, blueberry, and pineapple flag tray...
www.pinterest memorial day food | memorial-day-recipe
4th of july flag dessert source
Strawberry, blueberry, and white chocolate (or yogurt) covered pretzels...
4th of July Snack Idea. great idea  this i could do.
4th of july flag dessert source
Brownie, marshamallow, strawberry, and blueberry flag kabobs...
Brownie Kebabs
fourth of july flag dessert source
Okay, so this isn't in the shape of a flag but it looked so good!  A strawberry, blueberry cheesecake!
Fourth of July!! would be adorable and much healthier over an angel food cake! Just have to figure out how to fix the hole in the middle :)
strawberry blueberry patriotic cheesecake source
Strawberry, blueberry, banana flag kabobs
Fruit flag made of fruit kabobs on a serving tray for 4th of July! #patriotic red white and blue
flag kabobs
Cheese, watermelon, strawberry, blueberry fruit flag
Cheese and fruit flag!  So easy!
fourth of july flag kabob
Blackberry, raspberry, pineapple, strawberry flag...
Fruit flag
fourth of july flag
Fourth of july fruit cake... fruit salad below with cool whip and then strawberries and blueberries.
Layered Fruit Flag Salad
patriotic fruit salad and cake source 
Strawberry, blueberry, marshmallow fruit flag...
Fruit flag!
marshamallow, blueberry, strawberry fruit flag
Strawberry, blueberry, marshmallow fruit flag kabobs!
Fourth of July fruit flag!
marshamallow, strawberry, blueberry fruit kabobs
Fruit tarts!
Cute Food For Kids?: 4th of July Party Food Ideas
flag fruit tarts source
Flag pizza cookie cake
Patriotic Pizzas Recipe
flag pizza cookie cake source
Flag cheesecake bites...
Fruited-Cheesecake Flag
fourth of july cheesecake bites source
Fourth of july flag, this one has cherries!
Serious eats 4th of July flag fruit salad recipe.  Serve with dollops of Truwhip.
source
Ok, not in the shape of a flag... but a deconstructed flag. Had to include this one, a flag tart!
With ready-to-roll sugar cookie dough, fresh fruits, and lemon-cream filling, this dessert is quick to make.
fresh patriotic berry tart source
A sheet cake from the store that someone added fresh cherries and blueberries on top.
Order a sheet cake with white frosting from the bakery. Add blueberries for the stars and cherries for the stripes.
flag cherry and blueberry cake source 
The fruit flag I made for memorial day weekend... golden rapsberries, strawberries, and blueberries! Perfect with ice cream or whipped cream. Or just eat plain!
Fourth of July fruit flag with blueberries, golden raspberries, and strawberries!
Fourth of july raspberry and blueberry cake!
fourth of july flag cake source

UPDATE: Thank you to Posed Perfection for featuring this post at Creative Ways Thursdays! 
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 I've linked up with:The Scoop! at Confessions of a Plate Addict/Stone Gable, Inspire Me Tuesday at a Stroll Thru Life, Do Tell Tuesday at a Vintage Zest,  You're Going to Love it Tuesday at Kathe with an E,  Tickle my Tastebuds Tuesday,  Wow us Wednesdays! at Savvy Southern Style, What's it Wednesdays at Ivy & Elephants, Centerpiece Wednesdays at The Style Sisters Feathered Nest Fridays at French Country Cottage, The Charm of Home Say G'day at Natasha in Oz Sunday Best Showcase at Twigg Studios. Be sure to check out all of these fabulous blogging parties! A big thank you to all of the wonderful hosts!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

French Country Tablescape Ideas!

I've had my Summer tablescape up since, well, early May. However, down here it's been feeling like Summer since April!

Let's take a look at my French country table setting:
French country table with French rooster placemats, lavender, and green plates - Peonies and Orange Blossoms
French Country Table Setting
The dried lavender is from my parents' garden. Smells great!
My Mother made me these great placemats quite some time ago.  I was putting the Easter green plates away and set one on top of these placemats, and, voila! Turns out the green looked really good on them!
French country table with French rooster placemats, lavender, and green plates - Peonies and Orange Blossoms
French Country Tablescape with lavender and hens
The faux-lavender in the Anduze pot is from my favorite little store in St. Helena in Napa Valley.
French country table with French rooster placemats, lavender, and green plates - Peonies and Orange Blossoms

I love this French country table setting.  Don't know when I'm going to take it down!! 
Do you have any French country table settings to share?

Written at http://peoniesandorangeblossoms.blogspot.com/


Monday, June 16, 2014

Cherry Almond Macaron Recipe!

Sharing yet another macaron recipe as part of Macaron Mondays.  Today's recipe is Cherry Almond macarons.  They are really good!
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Cherry Almond Macarons Recipe

Friday, June 13, 2014

What's on your desk?

I like looking at other people's desks and seeing how they keep them organized.  I recently updated mine.

We recently got a new tv as the other one was not working all of the time.

The thing is though, the old tv is still working... it just takes a few minutes to warm up.  So we didn't want to just get rid of it.

Then a lightbulb went off!

"Lightbulb!" - Gru, from Despicable Me

How about... a GIANT monitor for my laptop! Brilliant!!
giant tv as a computer monitor! GENIUS!

 Now for a desk tour.  I have some pictures of cats and dogs painted in front of Parisian store fronts.


My ipad mini, iphone, and glasses...


My cute monogrammed kleenex box cover I got in St. Helena over in Napa valley!

 My new Royal Crown Derby donkey sits on my desk


Pen and paper always out to jot down notes
Tiffany silver pen!

The thing I hate most about my desk is my chair.  It is soooo ugly. I'm not even sharing a picture of it.

I need a new desk chair. Maybe this one...
Ballard Designs Louis XVI Desk Chair

Or maybe just a regular French chair.
Vintage French Flour-Sack Desk Chair
Restoration Hardware GrainSack French Desk Chair
Some day I want to get a partner's desk instead so my husband and I can sit across from each other.
Restoration Hardware French Partner's Desk
However, an antique partner's desk would be preferred!
Louis XVI Style Mahogany Partner Desk
What's your desk look like?

 I've linked up with:The Scoop! at Confessions of a Plate Addict/Stone Gable, Merry Mondays at my pinterventures, Metamorphosis Monday's at Between Naps on the Porch, Inspire Me Tuesday at a Stroll Thru Life, Do Tell Tuesday at a Vintage Zest,  You're Going to Love it Tuesday at Kathe with an E,  , Cottage Style Party at Lavender Garden Cottage  Wow us Wednesdays! at Savvy Southern Style, What's it Wednesdays at Ivy & ElephantTreasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours, Feathered Nest Fridays at French Country Cottage, Sunday Best Showcase at Twigg Studios. Be sure to check out all of these fabulous blogging parties! A big thank you to all of the wonderful hosts!

Written at http://peoniesnandorangeblossoms.blogspot.com

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Mexican Street Corn Recipe

I have to share this Mexican Street Corn recipe!  It takes corn-on-the-cob to the next level.  Ever seen the street vendors in major cities or tried the chili-lime corn at Disneyland? Well now you can make your own... it's so much better and a lot cheaper!

Mexican Street Corn recipe adapted from Rick Bayless. Perfect for BBQs!

The recipe is adapted from Rick Bayless, Top-Chef winner and Mexican Food Expert.

Mexican Street Corn - printable recipe here

Ingredients
  • 6 ears of fresh sweet corn, still in their husks
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup of Mexican crema (or sour cream mixed with a little bit of milk so it is easily spreadable)
  • 1/3 cup crumbed Mexican queso anejo, queso fresco, or parmesan, feta, or farmer's cheese
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 lime
  • A few sprigs of fresh cilantro
Directions
  1. About an hour before serving, soak the ears of corn with their husks on in a deep bowl of cold water.  Place a plate on top to keep them submerged.
  2. Heat your grill.  Now lay the corn on the grill (with their husks still on) and roast for about 15-20 minutes, turning frequently until the outer leaves are blackened.  Remove.
  3. Let cool for several minutes, then remove the husks and silk.  
  4. About 10 minutes before serving, brush the melted butter onto the corn and then return corn to the grill.  Turn frequently until corn is nicely browned.  
  5. Serve right away, applying some cream, cheese, chili powder.  Then sprinkle with a little juice of a lime and a few sprigs of fresh cilantro. 

Mexican Street Corn recipe adapted from Rick Bayless. Perfect for BBQs!
 Grilling the corn...
Mexican Street Corn recipe adapted from Rick Bayless. Perfect for BBQs!
 One last look... This is perfect for BBQs and just about any other time! Cinco de mayo, Fourth of July, graduation parties, Memorial Day/Labor Day, random Saturday...
Mexican Street Corn recipe adapted from Rick Bayless. Perfect for BBQs!
UPDATE:
This recipe was featured at the Charm of Home "Home Sweet Home" link party and also at Posed Perfection "Creative Ways" link party. Thanks to the hosts for featuring me!
I've linked up with:The Scoop! at Confessions of a Plate Addict/Stone Gable, Merry Mondays at my pinterventures, Inspire Me Tuesday at a Stroll Thru Life, Do Tell Tuesday at a Vintage Zest,  You're Going to Love it Tuesday at Kathe with an E,  Tickle my Tastebuds Tuesday,   Wow us Wednesdays! at Savvy Southern Style, What's it Wednesdays at Ivy & Elephants, Centerpiece Wednesdays at The Style Sisters, Creative Ways at Posed Perfection Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours, Caffeinated Crafters Link Party,, Feathered Nest Fridays at French Country Cottage, Home Sweet Home at the Charm of Home Sunday Best Showcase at Twigg Studios. Be sure to check out all of these fabulous blogging parties! A big thank you to all of the wonderful hosts!


Written at http://peoniesandorangeblossoms.blogspot.com


Monday, June 9, 2014

Orange Macaron Recipe

Did you try those lemon macarons?  Well, it's easy to copy the same recipe with any citrus. I adapted the lemon macaron recipe for orange macarons!
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yum!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Ultimate Guide: French Chairs, Louis style!

 I *love* French Louis chairs.  However, there are four different types of Louis chairs.  I see them frequently mislabeled so I've created a guide on how to tell the difference!

There were four French Kings named Louis and they each had a different style.  The styles take us from Late Renaissance, to Baroque, to Rococo, to Neo-Classical style.  The arm chairs of Louis XIII start of very throne-like, then they become very feminine and low to the ground, then eventually geometrical.  
A guide to French Louis Style Chairs

Monday, June 2, 2014

Pistachio Macaron Recipe!

... the Macaron Monday madness continues. This week I present to you my FAVORITE macaron recipe. Pistachio macarons!
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Pistachio macaron recipe