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.  

Oatmeal To Go | Serve it with a napkin

I recently heard from a friend who stashes napkins in her car.  She uses them as "lap mats" when resorting to breakfast on the run.  "Just because its being served in the car doesn't mean it can't be civilized."  Spoken like a true modern woman.  She shared her recipe below.  Yum!

Oatmeal To Go Cups

2 eggs (I use liquid egg whites)

¼ C greek yogurt (I use Oikos triple zero vanilla. The original recipe calls for ¼ C oil)

¼ C stevia (can be adjusted to desired sweetness level.  The original recipe calls for 1 C brown sugar)

½ C unsweetened applesauce

1 ½ C milk of choice (I use vanilla soy milk)

2 tsp vanilla

½ tsp salt

1 tbsp cinnamon

3 C rolled oats

2 tsp baking powder

*Add ins of your choice – I’ve used strawberries, choco chips, blueberries and cherries, apples and cranberries (one of my favorites)

 

Heat oven to 350

I used silicone baking cups, but you can use paper lined muffins tins as well according to the recipe

Mix the eggs, yogurt, and stevia together until the stevia dissolves.

Add applesauce, milk, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk until combined

Stir in the oats and baking powder. 

At this point I divide the batter and add the mix-ins if I’m not making 12 of the same kind

Fill the muffin cups

Bake for 30 mins until they’re golden brown and set

Cool for 5 minutes before removing from the muffin tins.  They can be kept in the fridge or freezer (I made 24 the first time and kept 12 in the fridge and 12 in the freezer – they reheat wonderfully)

Fatten up your regular old Tuesday routine this Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras table linens cotton green gold purple

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Fatten up your regular old Tuesday routine this Mardi Gras, March 4th.

Set a table with rich purples, golds and greens.

Throw some Mardi Gras beads in a glass vase or bowl.  (I can always find a fine selection of broken beads in my kid’s toy chest!)  Fold your napkins into this fleur-de-lis shape.  Light candles and don some gold, green and purple lone Ranger masks!  Voila!

cloth napkin folding gold and white
cloth napkin folding gold and white
gold cotton dinner napkins napkin folding
gold cotton dinner napkins napkin folding

Now for the Gras to your Mardi!  Here is our menu fit for a King!

Mardi Gras place setting cotton table linens green purple
Mardi Gras place setting cotton table linens green purple

Thank you to Este for providing these delicious recipes!

Sausage-and-Shrimp-Jambalaya Hen House Linens
Sausage-and-Shrimp-Jambalaya Hen House Linens
King Cake Hen House Linens
King Cake Hen House Linens

Reservation at the best table in the house | Valentine's Day | Hen House Linens

This Valentine's Day why not make a reservation at the best table in the house.  Yours!  You are open breakfast, lunch and dinner. Set a beautiful table and love on the ones you love best.

SUGAR FOR YOUR SUGARS | Valentine's Baking | Hen House Linens

Okay, so basically this is just food porn, because it ain't no lie that the way to a sweetie's heart is through the stomach.  And there is no reason why that stomach cannot be your own.  

If it brings you pleasure, bake or bakery your way into someone's heart this Valentine's Day.

Cookie Exchange

Each year a few neighbors gather to share in an Annual Cookie Exchange.  The event is one of our families favorite traditions as we each set out to make our favorite cookie recipe and then have an excuse to get together and share and swap.  We then come home with an assortment of goodies to share with extended family who may be visiting for the holidays for unexpected visitors stopping by baring gifts.  (And our intentions are usually to leave a little something for the man the big red suit...but he/she may have already had a few samplings before the big night!)

Here is the recipe for the cookies I will be making this year:

christmas tree forest cookies

makes about 20 large cookies

recipe adapted from elisabeth fülscher's (a swiss legend) cookbook

 

ingredients:

125 g butter, room temperature
1 pinch salt
80 g sugar
2 yolks
1 organic orange, zest
1 tbsp. orange juice
250 g flour

confectioners' sugar and a little milk for the glaze

green food coloring, colored sugar, sprinkles, edible pearls etc.

ingredients:

cream the butter with a mixer. add sugar and yolks and mix for 10 minutes, until the mixture is fluffy. sieve in the flour, add the orange zest and juice and combine everything until a dough forms. this might be a little hard, as the dough is awfully crumbly. but don't despair! simply press it together again and again. cover with cling film and let cool for at least 1 hour or overnight. roll out on a lightly floured surface to about 1 cm thickness and cut out cookies. bake at 160 degrees c / 320 f for about 20 minutes. let cool on a wire rack.

make differently colored glazes, then decorate to your heart's content.