Here’s the Dish…On making a special gift for Mother’s Day!

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Flowers for Mother’s Day and a container that is beautiful after the blooms fade!

Recycle, Reuse and REPURPOSE!  Use your imagination and make a wonderful dish garden or centerpiece with something you might have in your kitchen!

Here at MSC, of course, we have our newest Whitewash Bow Collection, perfect for all the spring flowers that are blooming in our local garden shop! We could not resist the petunias, vinca, impatiens and daisies for the bread basket, serving bowl and the pitcher!

 

After choosing our plants, we lined the bowl with fine mesh wire that we also found at the plant shop.  We used this since our breadbasket bowl had holes.  It is not necessary if you don’t have holes in the dish you are using.

In our serving dish, we actually left the plants in the pots and covered with moss!  Giving the plants like this allows Mom to plant the plants wherever she wants, keeps your hands clean and mom’s new dish is not so dirty!

It helps to have a great potting table like this as well!  Thank’s to Keiko’s Dad for this fabulous work space! Potting Bench 2

Now, for the finishing touches to the arrangement, we added Spoon Markers!  They come with FUN sayings (Born to Garden, Free Weeds, Water Me, You are my Sunshine, Grow Dammit & Bloom Dammit) or Herb (Rosemary, Thyme, Basil, Sage, Dill & Thyme).

Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms!

Spur of the moment parties are the best!

Make time for friends during the holidays with a no-fuss but fun get together!  Our graphic design team gets together at the drop of a hat when one of the team feels like cooking for the crowd!  Jordan is always up for hosting and with the first cold snap, she announced it was time to try her new chili recipe!

Our Black and White tabletop collection has the perfect pieces for everyday entertaining! Jordan uses our oversize coffee mugs for chili and our cereal bowls for condiments like sour cream and cheese!

Jordan’s Chili Recipe

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1 package of Hillshire Farms Polska Kielbasa Sausage
  • 1 can light red kidney beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • ketchup and mustard

Dice onion and cook with ground beef. Dice the kielbasa sausage and add that to the ground beef.  In a large pot or crock pot, add the canned ingredients (drain the beans), salt, sugar and chili powder.   Once the beef is cooked all the way through, drain and add to the pot with other ingredients. Stir together and then add some ketchup and mustard to taste. I never measure this… just squirt some of each into the pot and stir and taste till it’s right! Once you have the mixture right, either turn on the crock pot, or simmer in a pot on the oven.

Garnish with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and chopped green onions. Yummy!

 

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Logan and Jeff’s Gender Reveal Party

Are baby showers and couple’s baby showers a thing of the past?  No, not at all, but a gender reveal party is a great excuse to bring family and friends together to celebrate one of life’s most special moments!

I was delighted to be invited to my first gender reveal party this spring and could hardly wait to see how it was done!  My college suite mate Celeste was the first one of our group to get married and naturally the first to become a Grandmother!  And what a wonderful grandmother she will be!

With Logan and Jeff living out of state, Celeste managed to host three parties in this one weekend so they could celebrate a high school graduation and a cousin’s baby shower while everyone was in town.  And in true Celeste-style it was perfect!

Many thanks to Celeste and Logan for including me on this special day for their family!

First, the invite.

 

Food & Decorations – so fun and easy — Pink and Blue!

 

and the REVEAL…

And as all monogram shop owners will tell you… They are really the first to know!  Even before the Grandmothers!

 

 

This is one lucky baby that is so loved!

Go Whimsey!

 

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What is a Charcuterie Plate?

And how do you pronounce it?  (char·cu·te·rie)

Charcuterie is, according to Webster, “a delicatessen specializing in dressed meats and meat dishes.”

For several years we have seen charcuterie boards and plates on menus at our favorite restaurants from NYC to Main Street. So while the GOWHIMSEY team was brainstorming for our catalog photo shoot, we thought of creating a charcuterie and cheese plate for our new ceramic Everyday 2016 rectangle platter.

According to Chris and Steve at the Livewell Network site the combination of dried meats and cheese is a perfect go-to appetizer and get this…NO COOK!  Now that is something we love for summer days in the South!  At http://livewellnetwork.com/Steven-and-Chris/episodes/Charcuterie-and-Cheese-Plate-101/8472341 they give a great shopping list to create this appetizer that fits our rectangle platter perfectly.

 

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We are delighted to be introducing our new Everyday 2016 tabletop line!  This line is only available to retailers so tell your favorite gift shop about this fabulous and fun new line. Follow our blog as we introduce these new piece types and, of course, our favorite recipes!

Here’s to your next opportunity to share a charcuterie board with your friends and family!

Thanks for enjoying our products as much as we enjoy creating and bringing them to you.

Go Whimsey!