Friday, September 29, 2017

Witches Brew Soup (Thanks to Aunt Julie)

We took Gentry's VW to the store to gather our recipe items. On the way home we stopped by Cierra's pumpkin patch. You probably are wondering where is this Cierra person? Just wait til October comes.

These are the item you'll need for our soup and a soup pot of your choice. 
(Full recipe details at the bottom)

On medium heat, melt butter and sauté the onion to caramelize. Then, add chopped carrots, garlic, salt and pepper, cumin, can of chiles and chicken bouillon. Cook for 10 minutes on Medium. Stir Occasionally.

These 2 items are secrets to the taste. Our favorites! You don't have to use these, you can find your own brand favorites.
The Cream of Chicken with Herbs will be added in the next step and this is Shalana's favorite addition for flavor. 
Keep the heat on Medium and add cream of chicken with herbs, cans of (drained) chicken and a dash of ground red pepper(cayenne)-optional- 
Simmer for 10minutes while stirring occasionally.   

Drain beans in a colander and rinse with cold water and add to the pot. Then add 3 cans of chicken broth, can of (drained) corn and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil while stirring. 
Your soup is done!
Before serving, add 1 cup of heavy whipping cream to thicken.

Here are our favorite soup toppings! Salt and Pepper to taste, a sliced avocado, grated cheese, cilantro, chives, sour cream (we love ricotta) 
All of these are great additions to your bowl of soup,
 You choose to your liking. 
Picture perfect and taste good too!

This is the full recipe with the measurements. 
Right click this image above and save it to your computer. 

A fun little tip 
~ With the extra cilantro you'll be storing in your fridge ~
 Keep it fresh by placing it in a glass of cold water. It will also make the inside of your fridge pretty.

Thanks for joining the joy of cooking with Gentry & Shalana! 
Our cute aprons will be available next week!
See you in October!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Farmhouse Fall Tablescape Idea

Autumn is in the air and it's time to bring out the pumpkins! We want to show the simple steps to putting together a tablescape the next time you are the host!

We started with our "Base" ~ Which is drop cloth, found in the painting section at any hardware store (which is our favorite material to work with) and this darling Table Runner, which is grey imitated linen. It is a great "Base" as we like to say. Before you start a project you need to have your "1st layer" or "1st Step" and then you can go from there building upon it and adding the details on top. So we have our drop cloth that we will lay on the table and rip the edges so they fray cute and also shape it to your table measurement.

With the extra material you've ripped, don't throw it away! Make a cute bow to pin on the ends of the table over your darling Table Runner. The Table Runner is available, click on the link below.

 We added orange halloween lights down the center as well as fresh cut greenery. We are always looking for a good limb from a tree or bush for all of our decor. We have asked neighbors and complete strangers. One time Shalana wanted to follow a truck full of tree limbs to the green dump! We hate to see them go to waste! We now know what limbs dry cute and not so cute...
Ok Step 1, Dropcloth as a tablecloth with the Grey Runner down the middle. Step 2, is your lights with your greenery to cover the cord of your lights. To get rid of the excess cord length on the table, Shalana, gathered the excess together and tied a striped ribbon around. Just a random idea that turned out so cute. 

Step 3, Add your dish ware.  We selected a tin charger, white dinner plate, the pheasant salad plate is a treasure from Pottery Barn (From Gentry's collection), A white beveled soup bowl and this darling velvet pumpkin to top that all off.  As you see below we used it in the table decor but it also would be a great gift for your guest to take home. (We added the name tag with some greenery)
Velvet Pumpkin available  

Step 4, Add a center piece and build out on the runner. We started with this concrete jar and added fresh pumpkins with the velvet pumpkin as well, candle sticks and bit more greenery. Sometimes simple is best.

Look at what a difference adding fresh greenery to the base of that white pumpkin. This is why you should have trees, plants and bushes in your yard. These leaves are from Gentry's yard (freshly planted Buckthorn in the spring)

This is a fresh picked pumpkin from Cierra's Pumpkin Patch. Poke holes in it with a screw driver, shove some bridal wreath branches down deep and you've created a floral piece at the end of the table! Another Drop Cloth bow ~ Remember never throw a remnant away! ~ 
Once again, the Cat finds herself in the photo! Hope you'll still come to dinner...
Step 5, Seat your guest and serve dinner! Autumn brings the cravings of soups and breads in all variety. Soup recipe "Witche's Brew" will be posted tomorrow. 

**Under The Lights**

Bon Appétit 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Fresh Fall Entrance ~ "A Do It Yourself Project"

All you need for this DIY project: 

~Grapevine Wreath 
~Fresh Cut Hydrangeas 

(Check out the video below for the full tutorial)

End results will be this darling fresh wreath for your door. 

Fresh pumpkins from Cierra's garden, with some Potato Vines free falling from a pot above. One of our favorite fillers in a planter pot. Everyone needs a boxwood at their front door, just saying. 
(Check out the video)

Asparagus Ferns are a must. They stay green spring-fall.