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.

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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.  

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.