Tag: fiestaware

Deviled Eggs, Three Ways

Much like Peeps marshmallow candy, deviled eggs are polarizing. You either love them or you hate them. We’re in camp Love Them. Deviled eggs that is, not Peeps.

Because they’re are a pain in the butt to make, I usually make a large batch of deviled eggs, 8-10 whole eggs at a time. We eat them until we don’t want to see another one for six months or so.

This deviled egg plate belonged to my husband’s great aunt, Ruth.

To make hard boiled eggs:
Bring a large pot of water (mine holds 7 quarts) to a rolling boil. Gently, gently lower 8-10 eggs into the water. Don’t crowd them. Leaving the pot uncovered, lower the heat to a medium simmer. Simmer for 14 minutes and transfer the eggs to an ice bath for five minutes. Peel the eggs.

Once the eggs have cooled enough to handle, slice them in half lengthwise and release the cooked yolk into a mixing bowl.

Classic Deviled Eggs
For 8-10 eggs, mix 1/2 cup (or so) of mayonnaise, a little finely ground salt and white pepper into the cooked egg yolks. Add a teaspoon of honey, or other sweetener to taste. Mix until the filling has a smooth texture. Pipe or spoon into egg halves and lightly sprinkle with paprika and chopped flat leaf Italian parsley (optional).

Classic Deviled Eggs with Bacon
Because bacon makes everything better! Mix bacon crumbles into the classic filling, spoon into whites and sprinkle more crumbled bacon on top.

Guacamole Bacon Deviled Eggs:
Not the prettiest deviled egg, but dang, they’re tasty! Serve these babies immediately so that the avocado doesn’t oxidize. My version is loosely based on this one. Instead of making my own guacamole, I take some help from the store and use pre-made. I like the classic guacamole from Aldi.

For 8-10 eggs, I use 6 – 8 oz. of guac. I substitute Cholula hot sauce for the jalapenos, because I never remember to take my contacts out before chopping jalapenos and things get ugly from there. Mix bacon into the filling, sprinkle more on top.

Bring literal deviled eggs to your next Halloween party with little slivers of red bell pepper for horns. So cute! The horns would work well with any of these variations, with or without other garnishes.

Now, go throw that bacon around like confetti!

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Decorating the Hoosier for Summer

Even though it’s still spring, it will feel like summer this weekend with highs in the upper 80’s. I’m so excited because I love all things summer: long days, wearing flip-flops, garden produce, campfires and going to the beach!

I’m getting a jump on summer decor, starting with the Hoosier cabinet. Having red, white and blue as my color scheme, I’ll leave this up from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Of course, the star represents the Star City; and the thermoses are vintage, picnic fun!

Some of these pieces are a nod to my Minnesota childhood. The birch bark canoe is a reminder of summers spent paddling on the lake. The dala horses and the Lisa Larson figurine were gifts to our family from a Swedish exchange student.

I’ve had these metal sand pails for years now. My mother-in-law loved Mary Engelbreit and beach vacations, so these bring back memories of her.

This little guy was part of a Children of the World project that Larson produced for UNICEF. I love his sweet face and little “innie” belly button! He has the cutest bubble butt too, but I’ll try not to embarrass him here.

I’ve collected vintage linens for quite some time. Many of these are gifts from my sister-in-law who started my collection almost 25 years ago.

A little life advice from the Father of His Country. I found this little goodie at a thrift store; and I love the script calligraphy.

The Lone Star State tablecloth was a gift from my Grandpa to his mother when he was working in Texas.

Do you see the navy saucer peeking out from the red bowl? It belonged to my Hoosier Grandma. The California cloth is in memory of my Grandparents; and with love to all my family in the Golden State. The tablecloth is a new piece made to look like vintage, state map hankies.

I’m enjoying the irony of featuring beautiful, English dishes in my celebration of independence from British rule. Which reminds me of the time when my husband wore his Union Jack hoodie to watch the fireworks on July 4th!

The Fiestaware here is a mixture of old and new pieces. The large, navy bowl was my Grandma’s as well; she used her Fiesta everyday.

I usually keep the Hoosier doors open, but here you can see the design on them. I think the hinges and latch are so cool. She’s pretty even when closed!

This cabinet is chock full of sentimental pieces that to an outsider might look a bit like a yard sale! Nearly everything else is gifted, thrifted or from the flea market.

I hope this inspires you to use your well-loved pieces in new and unusual combinations! If you need a few tips for displaying your collectibles, see my Spring Hoosier post.

Bring on summer! I’m ready!

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Tips for Displaying Your Collectibles – Decorating the Hoosier for Spring

This Hoosier cabinet is a kitchen workhorse. It’s been a pantry, storage for extra dishes and large pots but most often it has been a display area for seasonal decorations and collectibles.

Several of the items in here have sentimental value; a memory tied to an experience, found or given to us by family, starting with the Hoosier itself. A gift from my sister.

This bird nest was part of the decor at my Indiana grandma’s 90th birthday party. The china belonged to my grandma in California and was lovingly shipped here by my aunt and uncle. Other items were collected over time from the flea market, thrift stores and yard sales. Some pieces are new, purchased at a discount.

The bunnies are new pieces, the leaf plates are a gift from my mom. The vintage table linens below were collected over time, mostly gifts from my sister-in-law.

“Chocolate” bunny found at TJ Maxx.

This apron was sewn by another sister. She chose cherry fabric for me because at the time we had nine cherry trees on our property.

The Fiestaware is a reminder of my Indiana Grandma and her colorful kitchen. She used Fiesta as her everyday dishes and had a glass front cabinet in her kitchen chock full of it.

These chick vases were found on a shopping trip to Dixie Pottery in Abingdon, VA with my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law. They are new pieces with a vintage look.

This cookbook holder with illustrations cracks me up! If you need an infographic for how to hold a cookbook open; perhaps the cooking is best left to someone else?

My husband bought this little teacup for me. It’s hard to read the message, but it says “Be always happy”. I imagine the original owner drank her tea from it and her thumb resting on the cup wore off the word “always”.

The lemonade pitcher and glasses were a birthday gift from my sister-in-law.

Here are some tips for displaying your collectibles:

  • Decide on a color scheme/theme. In this case, I’ve used all pastel and Spring/Easter items. You could go with brights, all white, monochromatic, etc.
  • Group like items together. Odd numbered groupings look best.
  • Vary the height of the pieces on each shelf. Try to arrange vignettes of triangles and inverted triangles. This creates movement and helps to guide the eye through your display.
  • When decorating shelves or bookcases, group colors and stagger them from right to left in a vertical zig-zag pattern.
  • Most importantly, use what you love! From the outside looking in, this may seem like a strange group of unrelated pieces, but nearly every item reminds me of an experience or someone I love. And that is the real story of my home and yours.

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Luck of the Irish Mini Bunting

Here’s a fun project for your St. Patrick’s celebration. This craft is simple, low-cost and adaptable to the materials you have on hand.

Kiss Me and Lucky Bunting Directions

Kiss Me: Green patterned cardstock, gold letter stickers, paper cutter (or ruler, pencil and scissors), glue, 20” of baker’s twine, 12” wooden skewers

I used scrapbooking cardstock from American Crafts.

Lucky: Gold metallic card stock, gold glitter letter stickers, paper cutter or ruler, pencil and scissors, glue, thin, 20” gold yarn or string, 12” wooden skewers

I used Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue for both of these buntings.

Cutting the cardstock background flags:
Determine the size you will need by measuring the largest letter sticker you will use. The Kiss Me and Lucky letter flags are approximately 2” x 1 1/8”.  To make the notch in the bottom of the flag, measure ¼” from the bottom and mark it. Now find the center and mark it. With a ruler or straight edge, draw a line from the center point to the corner of the flag. Cut along the lines.

Apply the stickers to the front of the flags, taking care to line them up neatly. I did not have a shamrock sticker for the “kiss me” banner, so I cut teardrop shapes out of another sticker to form the leaves and cut a thin curved stem. Now we’ve found a use for all those “Q” stickers! Place a thin line of glue across the top of each letter flag and adhere to the string. Let dry, tie the string to skewers and you’re done!

Rainbow Bunting Directions

Materials: White cardstock, washi tape in rainbow colors (alt: cardstock in rainbow colors), micro pom-poms, (these are 3/8”) paper cutter (or ruler, pencil and scissors), glue, 20” baker’s twine, 12” wooden skewers

If you are using paper for the rainbow bunting, Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue will work just fine to glue the micro pom-poms. If you’re using washi tape, I recommend Beacon Gem-Tac. It bonds well to slick surfaces.

Neatly apply washi tape to white cardstock. If your washi tape has a repeating pattern, make sure to line it up carefully. Next, cut out the flags. The rainbow flags are 1 5/8” x 1 5/8”. To make the inverted triangle, find the center of the bottom edge and mark it with a pencil. Draw a line from that mark to the top left corner. Repeat on the right side and cut along the lines. Now that the individual flags are cut, place a thin line of glue across the top and apply the micro pom-poms. Let dry. Once dry, turn them over and apply a thin line of glue across the top of each flag and adhere to the string in rainbow order. Let dry, tie the string to skewers and you are done!

I hope I’ve explained this clearly. Let me know if you have any questions.

Don’t have a cake plate? Here’s an easy way to create one: Use a coordinating dinner plate and bowl, turn the bowl over and place the plate on top. Super simple. You can use a dab of hot glue to hold them together temporarily. I don’t recommend hot gluing Grandma’s china, but sturdy dishes will be fine. The glue peels right off when you are done with your “cake stand”.

If you don’t have wooden skewers, use fun paper straws instead!

Need a quick centerpiece for your St. Pat’s party? These buntings are equally cute decorating a potted shamrock.

Happy St. Patrick’s!

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