Road Trip!

My family LOVES to travel! We are all wanderlusters at heart and always look forward to our next adventure. As the mom of three teenagers, who always want to take almost everything they own with them, and the wife of an outdoorsman who is always packing hunting and fishing gear- I feel like we look like the Clampetts heading out of town! So whether we are heading to a fun city, the beach, the mountains, or on one of our many road trips to visit family in Tennessee…we take a lot of stuff with us.

Being organized for a trip is essential to a successful and stress-free family vacation (well, is there such a thing?!) and I have learned to pack our suitcases and other gear in the back of my Suburban like a masterful game of Tetris. As long as you have good travel and accessory bags that fit well inside your suitcases and stack well in the trunk of your car, the back of your SUV, or your car topper-you can easily fit it all!

The key to organizing for a family road trip is making sure you have all the necessary travel accessories for your suitcases and duffle bags. Our bins and tote bags are great for the miscellaneous stuff that can be used for packing as well as organizing for just a day excursion.

 

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Putting dresses and blouses, or dress shirts and ties, in garment bags help to keep nicer outfits fresh and wrinkle free! Our selection of garment bags are perfect for all family members.

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And don’t forget, everyone needs their own laundry bag for their dirty clothes! Our laundry bags come many styles to choose from that can be used at home and on the road.

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Packing several cosmetic and jewelry cases for the girls and dopp kits for the guys helps to keep the small things organized. See our wide selection of styles and sizes! With as many travelers as I have, monogramming our travel gear helps keep our stuff personable and organized in our VRBO or hotel.

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A cooler bag for the car helps to keep those travel drinks and snacks cold.

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And last but not least, be sure to bring your travel journal to write about all the fun family adventures to treasure for a lifetime!

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I hope your 2020 adventures are fabulous and fun…and organized!

Happy travels!

Buffy Johnson

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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!

 

Shop our Black and White Ceramic Collection at http://www.gowhimsey.com!

 

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!