Hoppin’ John for the New Year.

A very happy new year to you! Last year was one of the best yet and I have high hopes and big plans for 2018 to beat it.

You know I love a good tradition so here on January 1st I'm celebrating this Southern dish, strangely called Hoppin' John. A dish that dates back to the mid 1800's and originates in the low country of South Carolina, this is about as traditional as they come.

As the tradition goes, I hope you've gotten in your collard greens, black-eyed peas + cornbread  for all the good luck + good fortune that can come your way this year. Below I'm sharing a recipe from my friends over at Dixie Lily from a fun styled shoot I did with them last year.

hoppin john recipe for New Years good luck / heirloomed

HOPPIN' JOHN

  • 1 cup dry blackeyes*
  • 4 thick slices bacon, cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Generous dash each hot red pepper and black pepper
  • 3 cups cooked rice

Soak blackeyes by preferred method. Rinse and drain blackeyes thoroughly. Cook bacon in heavy saucepan until browned. Add onion, green pepper and garlic. Sauté until onion is tender. Add beans, 2 cups water and seasonings. Cover and simmer 40 to 50 minutes or until beans are tender. Remove bay leaf; stir in rice. Continue simmering about 10 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. As an alternative, beans may be served over rice.  Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Enjoy!

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Storing Your Holiday Ornaments.

It can be a challenge to find a way to store all of your Christmas decorations, let alone an aesthetically appealing away to do so. You know I'm a big lover of reusing antique and vintage items in your home and this is a pretty little hack.

That's why I use old Coca-Cola crates to store my ornaments and holiday knick knacks, and we even have a few in the Vintage Goods shop right now. It just reminds of me special attic finds and treasures you'd expect to see in a super old home.

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The slots in the crates are practically made for most ornament sizes and save you the time of making your own partitioned container. You can even store the crates in a more visible closet or on a shelf, rather than hiding a more unsightly plastic container away in the basement, etc. 

For super old + special ornaments I tend to wrap them in Kraft or archival paper for safe keeping and tuck them high away so they're not to be broken.

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This creative, cute and eco-friendly solution goes over well in my house and makes packing up after the holidays a much less daunting task.

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Cranberry Oatmeal with Creamed Honey.

When you're home is filled with family + friends over the holidays, it's always nice to have yummy breakfast items on hand to whip up at a moments notice.

Oatmeal is both warm + filling. so it's a great go-to for Thanksgiving or Christmas time when the cold weather bears down. Adding fresh seasonal elements like some Roasted Cranberries and a drizzle of honey or dash of cinnamon give it a burst of flavor that just screams holiday.

cranberry and creamed honey oatmeal

My friends at Savannah Bee Company sent over this delicious Creamed Honey and it is the perfect accompaniment to top off this breakfast treat.  Hope you'll give this yummy dish a try and I'd love to know your favorite breakfast when guests come to stay #HEIRLOOMED.

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Homemade French Hot Cocoa.

There is nothing that quite brings you back to your childhood like a hot cup of cocoa + marshmallows. There is just something so nostalgic, warming and whimsical about sipping by the fire in a large, cozy mug.

Today I'm sharing a special French version that comes out thicker than the little envelopes you're used to. Hope you'll give it a try - it's great for caroling or enjoying as a Christmas Eve tradition. And, it's a perfect treat for Santa too.

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HOMEMADE FRENCH HOT COCOA

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder (optional, but delicious for intensifying chocolate flavor)
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, at least 70%, chopped

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the whole milk, heavy cream, powdered sugar, and espresso powder until small bubbles appear around the edges. Do not allow the mixture to boil. Remove from saucepan from the heat and stir in the chopped chocolate until melted, returning the sauce to low heat if needed for the chocolate to melt completely. Serve warm, topped off with whipped cream or marshmallows.

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How to : Use Vintage Items in Your Holiday Decor

You know how much I love antiques and vintage items. They make amazing decor and accent pieces, especially around the holidays. Here, I'm sharing a few of my ideas for how to set up your dining room an the rest of your home with unique, vintage holiday decor. 

First, you can use a vintage sled as a one-of-a-kind centerpiece for your holiday buffet or spread. It's festive, seasonal and a conversation starter. 

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vintage items holiday decor sled / heirloomed

Another favorite is arranging vintage ornaments in glass vase to make a colorful piece great for your mantle, the center of your table, or your kitchen island. This one is so easy to pull together and looks beautiful!

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Vintage Christmas Books are so great for the coffee table or bookshelf vignette during holiday time. I also use vintage kids Christmas storybooks for display on the nightstands in the little ones' bedrooms.

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An especially unique decor option, I inherited some beautiful crystal pieces from my great grandmother’s old chandelier that had since broken. I absolutely love them and hang them on the tips of my Christmas tree branches each year. They sparkle and shine and add that extra layer of tradition from generations of use.

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The best part of decorating with vintage items can often be the unexpected find. There is always that one item that you just wait and wait for on your treasure hunts... for me it was this Santa suit from the 1920’s. I left the store without it and for some reason just couldn’t stop thinking about it. My dad went back and bought it for me two weeks later and it hangs on my wall each holiday season now as one of my prized treasures. Showcasing these special finds is usually easy because they’re so unique they shine and stand out all on their own. Love to see yours!

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