Entertaining Inspirations Are All Around Us!

January 29, 2015

Entertaining Inspirations

     Entertaining inspirations are all around us if you are attentive!  The table setup below caught my attention when I first saw it!  This simple idea has been in my catalog of ideas for future events for some time.  Maybe you have an upcoming event.  This display would be stunning at your event, too.

   A few years ago, I attended a wedding reception.  Early in the day, I had to stop by the venue.   As the event planner and staff were setting up the areas for the reception buffet, I realized they were using three round tables placed together like a three-leafed clover.   Another table top round was centered on top of those three,  overlapping each of those slightly, creating a perfect spot for a grand centerpiece.

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Entertaining Inspirations – Table Arrangement

   Have you ever seen this before?   As you can see in the picture below, the display was quite lovely and convenient for all of the guests as well.   I just remember thinking, ‘brilliant’!  What a great way to place the tables, versus the more mundane, long row of rectangular buffet tables, which causes a line of hungry people.  

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Entertaining Inspirations – Table Arrangement

   Also, if you can see, under the black serving tray are glass blocks!  It raised the height of the tray, which would not have been quite so impressive set flat on the table.  The glass blocks also visually multiplied the little tea candles sitting on the table.  You can see the yellow of the flame in them!   This same concept could be used with square tables.  That would be really interesting as well.

   This just shows that an inspiration for your events and entertaining,  is all around,  wherever you go!   I am always alert and searching for any creative ideas at restaurants, on television, and while shopping at stores.

   Sometimes, I might miss part of a show because I have focused on what is in the background or how something is displayed.  Is anyone else guilty of this?  Fortunately, today we can rewind and stop the show if necessary!  I love those features!

   The idea for this very display has been in my catalog of ideas for future events for some time.  As you can see in the second picture, the display was quite lovely and convenient for all of the guests as well.

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Entertaining Inspirations – Table Arrangement

    You can see that the center can show off a magnificent display of a floral centerpiece, but a display of artfully arranged decorative items would also be stunning.  Just imagine at a country wedding, maybe some old suitcases and vintage items arranged artfully could be displayed.  There are just so many possibilities!

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Delicious Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup

Delicious Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup

January 28, 2015

   Delicious Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup can be made so easily!   Don’t even think of using those canned soups!  This is filled with flavor and so much better for you!  It is definitely one of our family’s favorite comfort foods, especially when the cold weather begins to set in here in Kentucky.

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   You know, they say chicken soup is good for colds.  I believe that is true. 

   This is another easy and delicious chicken dish with my chicken and broth recipe as a base.  It’s amazing how many different dishes can be made from this simple base recipe.  

Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup

   Make one recipe of chicken and broth and return the strained broth to the stock pot, setting the chicken pieces aside for later.  ( I use the baby carrots and just cut each into two or three pieces. Typically, we have medium grain rice but you can also use long grain rice.)

To this add: 

1 medium onion chopped finely

1 cup cut carrots

2/3 cup white rice

2 chicken bouillon cubes

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon red pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

    Heat the mixture to boiling, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.  Add chicken pieces, stir and simmer for 10 more minutes.  Serve hot.  My family likes a little extra heat, so we sprinkle a little cayenne pepper onto each bowl of soup.

       Sometimes, we have leftovers of this soup and we usually add some more chicken broth when heating the leftover soup.  The rice absorbs a lot of the broth overnight.  It’s not absolutely necessary but we like it a little more on the soupy side.

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    Our family likes my homemade rolls with this soup, which you can see in the picture above, but you could also serve French bread or saltine crackers.  On a cold winter day, this soup hits the spot!  Delicious Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup – it’s the best!Delicious Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

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Master Bath DIY, continued…

January 26, 2015

  The baseboards are up!  We replaced the 3″  with 5 1/4″ baseboards.  My, what a difference.  Love it!

  As I was painting the new color, Autumn Blond, on the walls, I started realizing this color reminds me of seashells!  How appropriate, I love the beach!  It seems I have the sand color on some of my walls, the blue reef color on some and now, I have seashells!   Unwittingly, I have surrounded myself with the place I love, in colors.

   My granddaughter, Sophia, came to spend the night Saturday.  When she saw the color, her first remark was, “It reminds me of seashells.”  Of course she would notice that, too!  She is so creative and artistic, and reinforced my earlier conclusion.

  Crown molding is next, just a slight problem.  It rained and then it snowed and I don’t care to take the electric miter saw outside in that.  I used the miter box and cut two pieces, tacked one in place and guess what.  The corner is not 90º.   It is 92º.  Big gap!  Can’t change the angle on my miter box.  Back to the miter saw….Ugh!  Tomorrow the forecast is supposed to be for better weather.

   This project went so much faster in my mind!

   On a brighter note, Dave bought a new light fixture and installed it easily.  It is nice to have someone who is  experienced with the electric side of things.  I am not, nor do I care to be.

   We have decided to lay wood flooring in the garden bath and dressing area.  Let me get this  o n e roooom

d o n e!

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Master Bath Redo

January 20, 2015

  Yes, my plan was to start organizing some things in the laundry.  Change of plans!  When Dave gets ready to tackle a project, my plans are usually put on hold.  Isn’t that the way it is?  Thank heaven he is finally ready to work on this project; ceramic tile was purchased two  years ago and has been occupying the walk-in closet floor for all this time!

   That being said, I didn’t expect the project to take as long as it has.  In my mind, things just go a lot faster.   Dave removed the toilet and will have to replace the shut-off valve and face plate.  They have rusted.   We began ripping up the old linoleum and the top layer of particle board, which was about 1/8″ thick.  Is that even to code?

   Next, Dave laid down cement backer board and I taped and mortared where the boards came together.   That had to set up for a few hours before I could start laying the tiles. 

   So, on to next day.   Yes, I chose to do that part, because Dave is not that good with pattern repeats.  I know this from experience.

   After getting everything together, laying the tiles out to see what extra pieces needed to be cut and preparing those, I began troweling on the thin set mortar and laying tiles.  It is key to have everything pre cut and ready to go.   Dave helped cut the pieces around the register, which was really helpful.  That done, the tile had to set up overnight.

   Next, was the grout.   The video I watched, said to push the grout into the joints.  If you are not sweating, then you are not doing it right!  My sweater came off pretty quickly, so I must have been doing it right!  Only one blister appeared on my right hand, but my arms are sore today. 

   Oh my gosh!  What a differece the grout makes!  At first, seeing the tile on the floor, I began to question my choice.  The floor looked too busy, but after grouting with antique white, it is just a soft lovely background.    ‘Autumn Blond’ paint, a color from Sherwin Williams, and new baseboard’s are  next, before the room goes back together.  That starts tomorrow.

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If You Like Shrimp Scampi, You’ll Love This Dish!

January 18, 2016

   If You Like Shrimp Scampi, You’ll Love This Dish!  Shrimp is my favorite seafood, but my favorite dish is made from this recipe for shrimp scampi with pasta.  It is amazingly delicious!  It is baked with a delicious panko breadcrumb, butter, garlic, and fresh herb topping that browns while baking.

   Dave and I have visited some very nice restaurants on our trips to the east coast, and I can honestly say that thus far, the shrimp scampi we have had in those restaurants does not have the extra flavor in this recipe.

   Living in Kentucky, not on the coast, we do not have the luxury of fresh shrimp caught right out of the ocean each day.   Every time we take a beach vacation, though, we buy fresh caught shrimp, and this is the dish my family requests.


Shrimp Scampi


2 pounds (about 15 per pound) shrimp
3 -Tblsp. olive oil
2 -Tblsp. Chardonnay
Kosher salt
Black pepper
12 -Tblsp. room temperature unsalted butter
4 tsp. minced garlic
1/4 cup minced shallots
3 -Tblsp. minced fresh parsley
1 tsp. minced fresh rosemary
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp. lemon zest
2 -Tblsp. fresh lemon juice
1 egg yolk
2/3 cup-panko bread flakes


Preheat oven to 425°.


If the shrimp is frozen, thaw in cold water.  Leaving the tails on, peel and devein the shrimp, then butterfly.


Transfer the peeled, deveined, butterflied shrimp to a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add the olive oil, wine, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 tsp of pepper to the bowl of shrimp, and toss gently.  Put this to the side and allow to marinate at room temperature while you prepare the topping.


Mix the softened butter, the garlic, the shallots, parsley, rosemary red pepper flakes, lemon zest, juice, egg yolk, panko bread crumbs, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper together in a small bowl.

 The smell of the butter mixture is so good, you will be salivating at this point!

 Arrange the shrimp around the perimeter of a 14-inch oval casserole dish, butterflied side down with the tails curled up and over the shrimp.

 Pour the leftover marinade over the shrimp.

 Spoon the butter mixture over the top of the shrimp layer.


Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until the shrimp is cooked through.

 While the shrimp is baking, boil the water for pasta.  Thin spaghetti takes only 6 minutes in boiling water.  Time it to be ready to strain, a minute or two after the shrimp scampi comes out of the oven.

Serve over the thin spaghetti or angel hair pasta along with some lemon wedges. Be sure to spoon some of the sauce over the pasta.  Oh, my gosh!  This is so delicious!

 If you love shrimp and crave shrimp scampi right now, you simply must try this recipe for shrimp scampi with pasta!



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