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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Giving Thanks




From our Ivy & Elephants family to yours, we are wishing everyone a safe and holiday! Our Thanksgiving prayer is that your Thanksgiving be filled with the most memorable moments, continuous blessings, and the love of friends and family! 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
xoxoxoxo
Patti & Paula


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

"Mac"ing It for the Holidays

What's It Wednesday #193
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Everyone loves mac & cheese, right? It's a decadent comfort food that can take center stage or make a great side dish.


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For special occasions, my go to recipe is from this book, "LaBelle Cuisine". Nobody does down home cookin' like Ms. Patti! 


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INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 lb macaroni
8 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon butter
½ cup Muenster cheese, shredded
½ cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded
½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
½ cup Monterey jack cheese, shredded
2 cups half-and-half
8 ounces Velveeta cheese, cubed
2 eggs, lightly beaten
¼ teaspoon seasoning salt
18 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350.
Lightly butter a deep 2 ½ quart baking dish.
Fill a large pot with water and bring to a rapid boil.
Add macaroni and the 1 TB oil.
Cook for 7 minutes, or until somewhat tender.
Drain well, and return to the pot.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt 8 TB of the butter.
Stir into macaroni.
In a large bowl, combine all of the shredded cheeses.
To the macaroni, add 1 ½ cups of shredded cheeses, half and half, the cubed cheese and the eggs, and the seasoned salt and pepper.
Transfer to the prepared casserole dish, and top with remaining ½ cup shredded cheese.
Dot with remaining 1 TB of the butter.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and bubbly.
Serve hot.
Serves 8.

This recipe makes enough for a big family gathering or the church potluck. She calls it "Over the Rainbow", I just call it delicious!
Enjoy,
Patti

P/S
She's kicked it up a notch...
Lobster & Shrimp...
AMAZING!!!

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Fall into Autumn

What's It Wednesday #192


This year I fell into Autumn differently than I had in the past. I decided to balance the typical Autumn colors of brown, orange, and yellow with creams and whites.

The dining room table, that use to belong to my great-grandmother Helen, is very dark. Adding creams and silver made the table quite a bit more cheery.


The individual pumpkins for each place setting was a perfect find at Home Goods and the leaf napkins rings from Pier One Imports also brightened up the table.

Balancing the white candles with the three orange pumpkins kept the center piece from looking so dark. 


Michaels was practically giving pumpkins away. My kids had a blast calling themselves strategically placing them all over the house. The cream pumpkins are my new must haves. 


Did you see this napkin holder on my Fall Lunch Bunch post? They are my new Fall fave. I can't wait to find more of them next year. 

Now that the dining table is ready, I can finish my meal planning for Thanksgiving. My family has never been fans of turkey, so we will be having all of our favorite seafood such as conch, crabs, fish, shrimp, mussels, lobster, and oysters. 

I am looking for some delicious side dishes to add to the menu. I hope you can help me out! What will your family be feasting on this Thanksgiving? 

xoxoxoxo
Paula

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Copper Colored Fall

What's It Wednesday #191
Copper is my go-to for fall!

 That little touch of shine works so well with the warm reds and oranges of autumn leaves. 

Hope you don't mind me sharing my copper pieces again.

My classes are going well, so far so good. I miss you all and will visit when I can.
Hugs,
Patti


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