Vintage Chocolate-Dipped Stir Spoons.

One of the very best gifts during the holiday season are food gifts. I love holiday cooking + baking and then gifting the goodies to our co-workers, friends + neighbors, or bringing a bundle to a holiday party as a hostess gift.

This is one of my favorites, it’s a vintage spin on an idea I’ve seen floating around out there on Pinterest - Chocolate Dipped Stir Spoons. They’re great for stirring into your cup of cocoa or coffee and a sweet little gift, but I’m making them even more beautiful by using vintage spoons instead of the plastic ones. Take a peek.

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The best thing about these sweet little spoon gifts is that they really look like a million bucks without spending a ton of time or money. If you hit up a thrift store or local market, you can generally find silver-plated utensil for a dollar or less a piece.

Simply give them a polish, dip in almond bark and sprinkle on your favorite chopped topping. We used a variety of nuts, pistachios + peppermints to give ours a festive look. You could even pair it with a “hot chocolate mix” in a jar and one of our holiday tea towels or an apron of course and you have a beautiful gift to go.

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CHOCOLATE STIR SPOONS:

  • white chocolate almond bark

  • chocolate almond bark

  • peppermint sticks

  • nuts of your choice

Start by gathering up the spoons you would like to use. Then begin melting your chocolate bark in a sauce pan, or in the microwave. When using the microwave I like to heat it in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, to make sure the chocolate is melting smoothly and evenly. While your chocolates are melting crush up your peppermint sticks, nuts, or topping of your choice.

.Once the chocolate is melted dip each spoon slowly into the chocolate allowing it to cover the base of the spoon. Using your finger tips cover the tip of the spoon with the crushed toppings. Lay each spoon flat on a baking sheet and allow to dry. Use your spoons in your favorite hot cocoa recipe and enjoy.

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Entertaining ideas from your Farmhouse Garden.

As we come to the end of our Farmhouse Garden series I want to show you why all this hard work is worth it. Once your garden bloomed with fresh herbs and you were able to make some delicious recipes, like our Basil Pesto, now I want to show you some tips on entertaining in the comfort of your own home.

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Go on over to The Home Depot Blog to read the full story on all my hosting tips. One of my favorite things about creating the Farmhouse Garden is getting to share of all the fresh ingredients with my friends and family. Also be sure to check our our series here if you missed it.


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How To : Polish Your Silver.

I love the classic vintage look of tarnished silver, but sometimes it is nice to polish these pieces off and see some of the details they have to offer. In just a few simple steps you can have perfectly polished silver. This is great for bringing an old piece back to life or for pieces you find at a thrift store or garage sale. 

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While gathering up your silver, go ahead and get a pot of water boiling. Once you have your silver together, start by finding an aluminum pan to place your silver into. Once you have your pieces are arranged in a single layer sprinkle baking soda over them and into the pan. Next pour the boiling water into the pan and let this sit for a few minutes. 

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Since the silver is going to be very hot, use a pair on tongs to remove from the pan and set them on a heat safe surface. Next you will want to take an old rag and add some silver polish to it. Begin to rub the silver and pay close attention to the grooves and details of the pieces. 

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Using a separate clean rag, begin to buff the pieces and clean off any remaining polish. Complete this process 2-3 times a year if you want your silver to maintain a clean and shiny look. 

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For a more detailed explanation check out this how to video above. Let me know how this worked for you and share some pictures of your treasured silver pieces with me! 


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Summer Canning 101 : Roasted Garlic Roma Tomato Sauce

This summer the tomatoes in my garden grew beautifully. With our summer season coming to an end I have been looking for a way to keep them stocked in my pantry all year long. Luckily I found the perfect recipe to keep that taste alive all winter by using canning. 

Canning + food preservation is one of those arts, especially here in the South. Today I'm teaming up with my friends at Ball Canning for a little “Canning 101” to show you how incredibly easy and fun it is to can yourself and capture all the flavors of summer in a little jar. 

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If you’ve never tried canning before, not to worry. I’m walking you through all the essential tools you’ll need and a step-by-step recipe for a delicious Tomato Sauce that I know your family can enjoy in these next few cold months.  I was pretty intimidated before I tried canning for the first time but once I read more about it and tried it for the first time I was hooked. 

CANNING TOOLS

Before we get started, here is a quick list of tools you’ll need to begin canning :

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ROASTED GARLIC ROMA TOMATO SAUCE

Makes about 3 (32 oz.) Quart Jars

Ingredients: 

  • 9-10 lbs. Roma style tomatoes, rinsed

  • 3 small whole heads of garlic

  • 2 medium onions, small diced (about 1 cup)

  • 1 tsp. olive oil

  • 1 tbsp. fresh oregano, minced

  • 2 tbsp. fresh basil, minced

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • 1/2 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper

  • Ball Citric Acid or bottled lemon juice

Instructions

Roast tomatoes, in batches, on a grill or under a broiler until skins begin to wrinkle and blacken slightly, turning to roast on all sides. Repeat with remaining tomatoes. Place finished tomatoes in a large bowl. 

Cover bowl of tomatoes tightly with plastic wrap. Let tomatoes steam and cool until they are easy to handle. Remove peel and core tomatoes. Slice each one in half and remove seeds; dice into 1-inch chunks. Place diced tomatoes, and any collected juices, into a large saucepan. 

Slice top portion of the heads of garlic, revealing the cloves below, drizzle 1 teaspoon olive oil over cloves in each head. Wrap garlic tightly in aluminum foil and place top side down on the grill with tomatoes; grill until soft, about 30 minutes. Or, roast in a 350 oven for 60 minutes. 

Prepare boiling water canner. Heat jars in simmering water until ready to use, do not boil. Wash lids in warm soapy water and set aside with bands. 

Remove roasted garlic by squeezing the softened heads of garlic allowing the cloves to pop out. Combine garlic, onions, herbs, salt and pepper with tomatoes. Cook over medium heat until heated through, stirring occasionally. 

Add 1/2 teaspoon citric acid or 2 tablespoons lemon juice to a hot jar; ladle hot sauce into hot jar leaving a 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rim. Center lid on jar and apply band, adjust to fingertip tight. Place jar in boiling water canner. Repeat until all jars are filled. 

Process jars 40 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat, remove lid, let jars stand 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool 12-24 hours. Check lids for seal, they should not flex when center is pressed. 


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PRO TIP : Pay special attention to the instruction's required headspace measurement, this recipe calls for 1/2".

It really is so fun and easy to can in your own home. If you have any questions, you can always reference the “Canning 101” section on the Ball® website, it will show you a great step-by-step. Just make sure you keep everything sanitized to minimize any chance of compromising and not properly storing your filled jars.

I'm so excited to be able to preserve these bright and fresh flavors of tomatoes sauce. And, Ball® even has these really cute jar labels over on their site that you can download and print on labels to decorate and customize your own jars.

I’d love to know if you’ve ever canned before or if you’re giving it a try for the first time by sharing with us at #heirloomed and #yesyoucan. And in case you love it as much as I do, pop over here for even more recipes you can try or if you’d rather a hardcopy (like me) Ball® has a great Canning Book. Let me know what you pair your tomato sauce with this fall! 


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3 Ways to Use Vintage Floral Frogs.

When I first picked up this collection of vintage floral frogs from a local antiques market I was visiting, I posted a photo to my Instagram and asked folks to guess what they were. The answers were pretty funny but so many people guessed it right.

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The flower frogs reached their popularity in the mid-twenties to thirties, which is rather apparent by their sturdy nature and craftsmanship but they date back to as early as the 16th century. The frogs are used to make floral arrangements more productive, by stabbing the flower stems into place with the spikes below, also allowing for separation and thoughtful placement of the sprigs.

They are generally made of a heavyweight metal, though you can find varieties in glass, ceramic and porcelain too. Ball ® has also made these floral cages pretty popular over the years too. They come in all shapes + sizes with the most common being the rounds, but you’ll also see rectangular and even these sweet caged frogs that I just love.

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Now that you know, you’ll definitely begin seeing these at vintage and antique shops (or you can shop from our Vintage Goods collection here) so I thought I’d share a few ways in which you can get creative and use them in your own home.

 

3 CREATIVE WAYS TO USE VINTAGE FLORAL FROGS

1.  SPONGE HOLDER

The little metal spikes and solid base provide the perfect rack to set next to your kitchen sink for drying a sponge. You may way to set two next to each other for a maximum area, but this would even work for setting a bar of soap atop the spikes

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2.  PHOTO DISPLAY

Again the little spikes are so utilitarian and the frogs make a beautiful way to display single photographs on a bookshelf, desk or hallway table. They’re especially great where space is limited as they’re much more compact than your average picture frame and I of course love them for displaying beautiful black-and-white vintage photos – the perfect pairing. They're fun to stack too so you can play with the scale and height easily if you have quite a collection of them.

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3.  RECIPE CARD HOLDER

Along the same lines, the floral frogs are super helpful in the kitchen as a recipe card holder, keeping  those family recipe cards a bit less splattered. Simply insert the card into the spikes and you’ll have the flexibility of being able to view both the front and backside of the card while cooking or baking those family favorites. If that’s not for you, you can shop our Wooden Recipe Card Holders instead.

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All in all, these sweet little floral frogs are so beautiful for display in a collection on a bookshelf or coffee table and make great conversation pieces. If you have a potting table or craft room, they make the perfect presentation. Or of course you can use them just as they were intended, for putting together beautiful floral arrangements for your home

Love to know any other ways you can think of to use or display these vintage treasures. #HEIRLOOMED


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