Cucumber Sesame Noodles | Eating Well

Perfect for a summer day!  Many thanks to Kathleen, our data manager, for sharing this recipe with us!

2 cucumbers

2 carrots

2 tbsp rice vinegar

2 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp soy sauce (I used low sodium)

Ginger powder to taste

Crushed garlic to taste

Toasted sesame seeds (not necessary to toast them, but I could so I did)

1/2 lb peeled and deveined shrimp sauteed until pink in 1 TBS butter or olive oil with a clove of crushed garlic and pinch of salt

Spiralize the cucumbers, and shred the carrots

Mix all the other ingredients in a small bowl

Pour over the cukes and carrots, and mix well until the noodles are coated.  Top with shrimp.

Can be served right away or chilled in the fridge to let the flavors develop a little more. 

I have also now made these with zucchini noodles instead of cucumbers - equally delicious!

Elevate The Everyday Challenge | Hen House Style

Sitting down to a meal with a cloth napkin elevates the everyday. 
People sit up straighter, listen better, linger longer (our words). Try it for yourself. For the next 30 days add a napkin to your nightly table ~even if just for a few times a week~ and see the impact on the people who join you. 

Sacred Spaces | Warm-Up with Hen House Linens

Our National Sales Manager, Christina, recently asked, 

"What if we replace all of the textiles in our house with paper - bedding, curtains, towels, etc - the house would be a cold and uncomfortable place. Yet, this is exactly what we have done to our tables - the most sacred space in our home.  The table is the place where we come to fellowship with the most important people in our lives!  Shouldn't the table be the most warm, inviting, comfortable place in the home?"

Yes, Christina, it should!  

The simple addition of cloth table linens can do the trick.  Try it!

Congratulations Graduates | Go forth with good habits

A friend stopped by recently to pick up napkins to give her graduate.  What was most gratifying about this visit was to hear that her daughter had ASKED for Hen House Linens napkins for her new apartment.  This sweet graduate wants a reminder of family meals around the table and she wants a civilized start to her new life.  She has her priorities straight.  I have no doubt her proud mother knows she is on the right path to a successful and happy home.

Momma's Lemonade | Fresh and Refreshing

Just in time for Mother's day.  This easy drink is sure to please.

lemon-bourbon-mint-cocktail-for-mother's-day

1.5 ounces of Bourbon (don't waste the top shelf sippin' stuff for this recipe)

1 ounce triple sec

4 ounces lemonade (don't skimp on the lemonade. You need the tart and the sweet to balance the bourbon)

Fresh mint.

Combine liquids and stir well. Pour over a glass of ice. Crush a few leaves of mint between your fingers to release the oil, then add to the glass. Garnish with sprig of mint.

The Mother of All Things

Mother.  We all have one and we are all one.  I know Earth Mama, Hot Mama, the Mother of all headaches, Mother May I, MILF, Mama Pajama, Mom Jean, Yummy Mummy, Mommie Dearest, Mother Goose, Yo Mama, Drama Mama, DogMa and Mamma Mia.  And, not a single one of them has ever given birth.  

To be a mother is to nurture.  It's about planting good seeds and watching a tender young thing grow and blossom and become strong enough to stand on its own, so that it may in turn give.  

To all that have raised up beautiful spirits, animals, gardens, businesses, communities, other people's children, and me... I am humbled by your grace, fortitude, and innate drive to cultivate.  

Word to your Mother.

A Family Can Gather For Breakfast | Egg Cups

Our data manager, Kathleen, has been on a breakfast tear these days.  Her husband Kevin is currently deployed.  Kathleen knows that sitting down as a family to eat a meal is the easiest way to keep her family feeling connected, cared for, and "normal" during their father's absence.  She also fiercely believes a healthy breakfast is the best start to the day.  Sometimes, her busy schedule as a "single Mom" makes sitting down for dinner impossible so she makes sure her family eats breakfast together everyday.  Here's a taste of what Kathleen is putting on her table for breakfast.  I'll keep you posted when she shares more of her creations.

Egg Cups

So easy!  I have them every morning for breakfast, sometimes with fruit, sometimes with breakfast cookies, sometimes solo.

Cheddar Spinach

2 cups frozen spinach thawed

1 C shredded cheddar, or cheese of choice.  I shred my own to avoid the cellulose

Liquid egg whites (can use whole eggs as well).

That’s it! For this version at least.

I thaw the spinach and shred the cheese. Mix them together.  I also add ¼ C nutritional yeast.  Spoon the mixture into silicone muffin cups, and top with egg whites.  Couldn’t be any easier.

Bake is 350 oven for 30ish mins until the egg sets.

I keep mine in a Tupperware in the fridge, and heat 2 in the microwave for 45 seconds in the morning.

Other additions I’ve tried – avocado (YUM!), tomatoes, turkey bacon (another YUM!).  It all depends on what you prefer in your eggs

Dinner Napkin Nest for your Easter Table

Blue and White cloth cotton dinner napkin fold

Of course we love napkin folds but they have to be easy like our linens.  This one is very simple and will add an extra 'wow' to your Easter table.  You might even get the children to put the napkins in their laps!  

blue and white cotton dinner napkin folding tips for easter
blue and white cotton dinner napkin folding tips for easter
Cotton blue and white dinner napkin fold
Cotton blue and white dinner napkin fold

Steps 1 & 2

cloth napkin fold blue and white dinner napkins
cloth napkin fold blue and white dinner napkins
Blue and White cotton dinner napkin fold cloth
Blue and White cotton dinner napkin fold cloth

Steps 3 & 4

Easter Napkin Fold
Easter Napkin Fold
Blue and White Easter cloth napkin fold
Blue and White Easter cloth napkin fold

Steps 5 & 6

Easter Dinner Napkin fold blue and white cloth
Easter Dinner Napkin fold blue and white cloth
Cotton cloth dinner napkins blue and white
Cotton cloth dinner napkins blue and white

Steps 7 & 8

Cotton dinner napkin for Easter Blue and white
Cotton dinner napkin for Easter Blue and white

Voila!

Cotton dinner napkins for Easter napkin folding
Cotton dinner napkins for Easter napkin folding

 Pick your favorite goodies and stuff the napkins for a sweet treat on the table.

Easter Table-escape | 2017

I live in Maryland.  I used to live in Hawaii.  Ask me where I wish I was right now?  This winter took a toll on me.  That is abundantly clear from the direction I gave our photographer, Lee as she was preparing to shoot our Easter tablescapes.  "I want orchids.  Water.  Sun.  Glorious Sun...  Go!"  She went.  I like to call this our table-escape.  Heading to the shore for Easter?  Pack some gorgeous linens (they don't take up any room) with your jellybeans and bunny baskets.  Enjoy the renewal that spring brings.