Countdown to Thanksgiving: Bread Recipes

To say that Miss Bee loves bread is an understatement.  She has been known to ask my Sister Bee to bring several pans of rolls for Thanksgivings — one pan for her, and one for everyone else. She’s been helping put together our menu for next week and we have a few recipes to consider.  We have had good luck with this recipe Easy Garlic Butter Hawaiian Rolls.  I like them because they are also perfect for making turkey sandwiches later that evening or the next day. Twist:  For recipes where butter is the star, I only bake with European-style butter. Plugra is one brand and Land O Lakes also has a great product. European-style butter has higher milk fat and a richer taste and creamier texture than regular butter. Ingredients 1  package of King’s Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, divided in half. 1 TBL garlic, minced Sea salt flakes, … Continue reading “Countdown to Thanksgiving: Bread Recipes”

What Would Holley Wear: Treasured Accessories

What does a cup of coffee, a puppy, and a glass of wine have in common? Trust me, this is not a joke.  For me, they are “treasured” accessories that complement all my outfits!  And, if I lived in Paris, I would add a loaf of bread and a beret to my list. You are probably wondering how a cup of coffee, puppies, and a glass of wine are fashionable.  I have to admit all three of these are “real life” accessories that bring me joy.  And please know, substitutions are accepted. For instance, your treasured accessories might be a cup of tea, a precious kitten, and a martini straight up! If you think about it, what you wear and what you love are part of your everyday life.  Whether you are walking your dog, meeting a friend for a cup of coffee or at a fabulous wine bar, ya … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Treasured Accessories”

Mrs. Twist’s Guide to Thanksgiving: Make Pies Your Centerpiece!

I came across an inspiration on Pinterest in my quest to share ideas with you to prepare for Thanksgiving.  The article is “Last Minute Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas” and immediately a light bulb went off!  Why do the pies always get put on a side table or the counter when they are the best part of the meal?  Flowers, gourds and pumpkins are nice and the Pilgrims did them justice but, this is 2017, let’s put a twist on it!  Use your pies, some clippings from the yard and create a beautiful, eye-catching, conversation piece.  I guarantee your guests have never seen dessert as the centerpiece. For this challenge, I enlisted the help of Sweet Lucy’s Pies.  Lindsey, the owner, has been my go-to pie gal for a while now.  Her recipes are delicious and inventive using the freshest ingredients she can source and her crust is buttery and flaky.  Hands … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist’s Guide to Thanksgiving: Make Pies Your Centerpiece!”

Thanksgiving and Wine Pairing

A few years ago I purchased some bottles of bubbly from Stacy Ricks at WineShop at Home and have been pleasantly surprised with the high quality of my selections.  I like that I can shop from home for wine without being overwhelmed with the selection at the big box liquor stores.  Stacy knows first-hand how her selections taste.  You can even take a “Find your Vinotype”quiz on their website  by answering just a few questions to narrow down the types of wine your palette prefers (I am a hypersensitive vinotype which means my wine preferences run toward more delicate, dry wines with lower alcohol levels.  Reds have to be especially rich and SMOOTH for my highly sensitive sensory perception). I reached out to Stacy to get her input on wines for Thanksgiving and holiday entertaining.  Here are her suggestions… Thanksgiving Dinner Red:  Dusk Lambrusco pairs well with savory turkey and gravy, … Continue reading “Thanksgiving and Wine Pairing”

Mrs. Twist’s Guide to Thanksgiving: Breakfast Recipes

Since we eat later in the day on Thanksgiving, I like to prepare a breakfast we can enjoy while finishing up the last minute cooking and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on television.  Today I am sharing four tasty, Twist-Lab tested recipes that are wonderful! The taste-testers in the Twist Laboratory love this recipe for Cranberry Christmas Cake which you can find here on my Pinterest board. It’s starts with a 12 oz bag of these ruby jewels.  During the fall and winter season I stock up on fresh cranberries because they freeze really well.  Tip:  If you freeze them don’t wash them first or they will get soggy.  Just keep the bag intact and tuck inside a ziplock bag and throw into the freezer.   You can add a handful of cranberries to your muffin recipes and throw a palm full into your oatmeal while it cooks on … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist’s Guide to Thanksgiving: Breakfast Recipes”

What Would Holley Wear: Classy Girls Wear Pearls

When I think of girls and their pearls, my mind goes straight to Southern girls.  From the time they are born to their wedding day, there’s a good chance someone has gifted them a beautiful strand of pearls.  And though today’s fashion pearls are not as precious, they still bring joy to us Southern girls.  So two things about today’s pearl trend:  …They are on everything from jewelry, shoes, jeans, jackets to handbags.  …And, you can go all out or just add a simple strand to your style!  So, let’s work our way from the bottom up and talk about the great pearl comeback.  This fall, think about adding a pair of pearl-heeled loafers to your wardrobe.  I’m pretty sure Gucci was the first to start this trend.  And if it’s good enough for Gucci, then it must be good enough for the rest of us…right?   A stylish look … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Classy Girls Wear Pearls”

Mrs. Twist’s Guide to Thanksgiving: Recipe Week

This week I will be sharing some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes.  Sweet Potato Delight is a dish Mother and Sister Bee have served for many years at our Thanksgiving table.  I love it and the meal wouldn’t be the same without it.  In fact, Miss Bee always has it at the top of her “wish list” too.  It’s almost like dessert with the buttery, crumbly topping. Sweet Potato Delight 1 large can of sweet potatoes (I usually double the recipe) Heat potatoes and juice and mash thoroughly.  If you want to bake sweet potatoes ones you can, but this tastes just as good. Mix together: One stick of melted butter 1 tsp vanilla 3/4 cup of sugar 1/3 cup of evaporated milk 2 beaten eggs Combine all of the ingredients and pour into a buttered 9×13 dish. Top with the following mixture: 1 cup of brown sugar 1/3 cup of flour … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist’s Guide to Thanksgiving: Recipe Week”

Easy Stovetop Potpourri

This weekend while you are gathering up all your Thanksgiving recipes — see Mrs. Twist’s Thanksgiving Guide here, make this easy three-ingredient stovetop simmering potpourri to fill your home with the smell of clean. Slice one lemon, add three rosemary sprigs, one teaspoon of vanilla and enough water to cover.  I let it sit on the stove at a low simmer.*  It filled the house with the smell of the soaps you purchase at Williams- Sonoma.  I had all the ingredients on-hand, especially the rosemary from the bush in the garden. And here’s a time-saver from PureWow for the holidays regarding cleaning — fake a clean home!  “A deep clean would be lovely, but you’ve got 45 minutes, woman. The most important thing you can do: Clear every counter and tabletop of clutter and hide the mess away, you can deal with that stack of mail in the hamper later.  Then give each surface a … Continue reading “Easy Stovetop Potpourri”

Mrs. Twist’s Guide to Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. Period.  I love the food and the focus on family.  I’ve got lots of experience hosting Thanksgiving meals from watching Mother do it with ease, grace, and in heels, both at home and on our farm back in the day. This guide includes several links to a series of posts I have written — including gathering your recipes, creating shopping lists, recipes, breakfast ideas and wine pairing.  Click on each link to find the topic. Gather all your Recipes: Prepare a recipe booklet with all the recipes you plan to prepare.  This idea, which is brilliant, came to me from bestie.  She has a packet with all the dishes she prepares every Thanksgiving and a timeline for prep. Now, this might require more effort this year, but think how easy it will be to pull this out next year and take the guesswork out … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist’s Guide to Thanksgiving”

What Would Holley Wear: Something Fierce

Are you fierce…in a fashionable way?  Here’s the Urban Dictionary’s definition of fierce:  “A person who can turn the heads of everyone around them.”   Example:  Tyra Banks said to strike a pose and make it fierce! So, two things: …Fierce does not have an age limit (Thank God), …and you do not have to be a super model to be fierce (Thank God…again)! Alrighty then…let’s get down to business and talk about how to give yourself an updated and fierce new look! Another word for fierce is “powerful”.  Who remembers the power suit from the 80’s?  The good news is they are back in style but with a twist…of course!  Instead of a jacket, think about wearing a long vest over your blouse and slacks.  Just roll your sleeves up, and you will be ready to get down to business.   Another trendy look is to replace your slacks … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Something Fierce”