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.
Just in time for Mother's day. This easy drink is sure to please.
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)
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.
A few last minute "Hen Picked" Mother's Day gift ideas…(click the image for more details…)
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.
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.
So easy! I have them every morning for breakfast, sometimes with fruit, sometimes with breakfast cookies, sometimes solo.
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
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!
Steps 1 & 2
Steps 3 & 4
Steps 5 & 6
Steps 7 & 8
Pick your favorite goodies and stuff the napkins for a sweet treat on the table.
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.
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)
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!
Now for the Gras to your Mardi! Here is our menu fit for a King!
Thank you to Este for providing these delicious recipes!
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.