Archive | September 2010

Recipe Of The Week: Corn On The Cobb

I love corn on the cobb…..just a touch of butter and a sprinkle of salt.

However, after looking at these recipes I’m will to give each one a try!!!

8 Delicious Corn on the Cob Recipes

Crunchy, sweet, and so easy to prepare, corn on the cob is the perfect summer side dish for quick weeknight meals, weekend cookouts, and outdoor picnics. Whether you stick to a simple grilled corn on the cob recipe or jazz it up with flavor-infused butters, corn on the cob definitely won’t disappoint a hungry crowd.

This one looks good!

Mexican-Style Corn on the Cob with Lime, Ancho, and Queso Fresco
From O, The Oprah Magazine

Slathered with queso fresco and ancho chili powder — Mexican street-food style — this recipe for corn on the cob from Michelle Bernstein’s Miami restaurant, Michy’s, is sure to be the hit of your barbecue.
By Michelle Bernstein


4 ear(s) fresh corn, in their husks
4 tablespoon(s) softened unsalted butter
1 tablespoon(s) chopped cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish
1 teaspoon(s) fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon(s) kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1 cup(s) shredded or crumbled queso fresco or mild feta cheese
Pinch of chipotle powder
Pinch of ancho powder


Soak corn in cold water for 1 hour. Preheat a gas grill or a ridged grill pan to medium, or prepare a charcoal grill, letting coals burn until covered with white ash.

Grill corn, turning frequently, until the husks are charred, 25 to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, put butter, cilantro, and lime juice in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, and stir to incorporate the ingredients. Spread the butter mixture on a serving platter.

Remove corn from grill and carefully peel back the husks. (Corn will be very hot!) Remove corn silk and, if desired, wrap some strands of husk around top of corn and knot them. Put the hot cobs on the buttered platter and roll to coat. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the ears, turning them to coat. Sprinkle with chipotle and ancho chili powders and a little extra cilantro. Serve immediately.

Mexican-Style Corn on the Cob with Lime, Ancho, and Queso Fresco

Mexican-Style Corn on the Cob with Lime, Ancho, and Queso Fresco




Simple & Frugal Fall Decorating

I found a new blog!!!!
Love this post on simple and frugal fall decorating!

Simple and Frugal Fall Decorating Ideas
By Melissa Michaels

bhg cut flowers on dishes

I love simple.

If something is simple, frugal & beautiful, I’m a happy girl.

Especially when it comes to decorating. I’m always on the lookout for easy ideas for centerpieces and seasonal decorating tips that don’t take weeks or a big budget to put together. I only have the time and patience these days for maybe a five minute project.These centerpieces from Better Homes & Gardens are right up my alley. Set some flowers or veggies on a dish and voila, you have a centerpiece. Does it get any easier than this?

bhg platter centerpiece

Or skip the dish and put some gourds on a window sill surrounded by garland. Easy!

bhg gourds on a shelf

This next one is extra fancy. Combine sticks with lemons in water. Looks like it took you all day to create!

bhg branch decor

Last year I really had a thing for white pumpkins. How long would it take to set one on a pedestal? I would probably skip the painting on it to save some time, but if you are the crafty sort, you could handle that project. You might even be able to create that design with a Sharpie!

bhg white pumpkin

I thought this next one was super cool looking. Branches are so versatile. I love this idea.

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Cute and clever to use coffee beans to give the vase a nice texture! I love the idea of lining double vases with things like shells or berries to create an interesting visual. It is easy but makes you look like a creative genius.

bhg coffee beans

Last fall I used apples in a apothecary jar as a centerpiece. Do note that if you keep the lid on you will be inadvertently making & green fruit in glass container

Finally, check out this ingenious idea for turning mismatched stemware into a centerpiece! I really love the idea of using what you already have to create something new. Blogger Kim from A Soft Place To Land created this clever Fall centerpiece from an idea she found on the Rachael Ray website. I LOVE IT!


Are you gearing up for fall decorating?Come on over to the forums and let’s get revved up for Fall by sharing some easy ideas and fall nesting rituals! We have a new group called Seasonal Nesters and I’d love for you to join!I’ll be there so don’t leave me to chat by myself.

Photo sources:
Unless otherwise identified, photos are from: Better Homes & Gardens,Apples in Apothecary photo is my own spectacular creation
Final photo: A Soft Place to Land

Melissa Michaels is is all about making things simple and easy, much to the horror of those who like to make life expensive and complicated.



Fall Decorating Ideas

Fall decorating ideas
By M. Dee Dubroff
Info Guru,

It’s that time of year when your children head back to school, the leaves begin to fall and a slight chill lingers in the air. Touches of fall are synonymous with earthly colors and tones and can be as subtle or as flaming as your tastes dictate. Autumn is that special time when inspiration for home décor can and usually does derive almost completely from the creations of dear old Mother Nature herself. The goal of fall decorating ideas is to capture the season, adding spice and warmth and even your own pumpkin patch, if you so desire, to your home and garden.

Fall decorating ideas do not have to be expensive. Almost everything you need is in your own backyard. Colored leaves, pumpkins and gourds, dried corn, or raffia decorations are all flourishes unique to the fall season that make wonderful centerpieces, floral arrangements and wreaths. As is the case of many things, it is the small touches in fall decorating ideas that go a long way in creating a seasonal atmosphere.

What are some specific fall decorating ideas?

1- The versatile pumpkin; both figuratively as a symbol of the season and literally as food

There is perhaps no other food more symbolic of the fall season than the striking orange pumpkin. In October, they are commonplace on windows and doorsteps, but pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween. Mini pumpkins lined up on the mantle of your fireplace make a nice seasonal touch, especially when you place some leaves in between each one. If left intact, they make fine decorations for most of the fall season, and then, just when you thought it was time to say goodbye, there is always pumpkin pie.

If you’re planning on cooking with fresh pumpkin, you will need the sugar pumpkin, a smaller, sweeter variety. The pulp of the larger jack-o-lantern pumpkins is too stringy and watery to cook with, although it is perfect for your windowsill or doorstep. The seeds of these however, can be saved and baked for a delicious crunchy treat. It is a good idea to purchase both kinds for the season. Pumpkins can be used in many different recipes, from soups and breads to treats like pancakes and cookies.

2- Mums, apples, squash and corn; the flowers and vegetables of the season

Most farmers’ markets carry decorative Indian corn with its pale yellow and dark red, brown and black kernels, as well as rows of mums with their petals in rainbows of bright earth tones. Apple reds and greens, intense pumpkin orange and squash in all shades of green and yellow render splashes of fall color to the interior or exterior of your home.

3- Making centerpieces from nature’s bounty

Collect some colorful leaves, pine cones and acorns from your backyard. Gather small pumpkins, gourds, apples and Indian corn. Add a container to reflect the tone of the display. You can add a plain basket or fancy glass and/or bowl. The end result is a unique and beautiful centerpiece for your dining room table.

4- Imaginative table decorations from nature

Make candle-holders out of small gourds and mini pumpkins by cutting off the top of the gourd and scooping out the insides to make room for a small candle or tea light. Elevate the gourds on wooden stands to draw attention to them. Plan these decorations strategically (i.e., the morning before a dinner party) as they will only last for a few days. You might also consider hollowing out the inside of a larger gourd or small squash, to make a bowl in which to serve soup to your guests. If you decide to go that route, make sure to use a uniformly shaped gourd or squash with a flat bottom.

5- Halloween decorations for the home

Consider making the decorations for your home this Halloween. Not only will the extra effort save you money, it will also achieve a natural refined look that can remain in your home for the duration of the fall season. A few fall decorating ideas might include: making ‘tombstones’ for your garden with maybe a few fake spider webs adorning their tops, or some unique candles to spook all those who dare to enter your abode. There are candle molds made to look like zombies and mummies and they are easy and fun to make for children and adults.

Whatever fall decorating ideas you utilize for your home, add a dash of imagination. It goes with the season. Simple, natural touches are best as they can create a look that fits your own home, rendering both the interior and exterior a look that will last you all season.