Nutcracker Sweet Christmas Tea at Southard House 15 Nov 2013, 8:35 am
Business is picking up during the week here at Southard House and I have been working on making beautiful Christmas decorations for each room of the inn since October 31st! We have some very exciting events planned for the coming weeks, including the Enid Lights Up the Plains event on November 29th, our Kenwood Christmas Home Tour and Open House on December 7th, the Nutcracker Sweet Christmas Tea on December 10th, a baby shower on December 14th, and a children's birthday party on December 15th.
This post is dedicated, however, to providing you with some information about the Nutcracker Sweet Christmas Tea that will be held on Tuesday, December 10th from 6:30-8:30 PM. The house will be brimming from wall to wall with beautiful, magical Christmas decorations. This tea is dedicated to all things Nutcracker, so think of pink tutus, glorious nutcrackers painted in pastel hues, lots of candy and treats, and all things girly and sweet. This would be a great tea party to bring your school-age daughters and granddaughters to! It will be a fun time for girls of all ages but it is limited to the first 20 guests so you better buy your tickets early before they run out! Tickets for the tea are $12 for adults and $8 for children and must be purchased in advance. Ticket prices include lots of treats and sweets, a selection of Christmas teas or coffee, a few fun Christmas games with beautiful prizes, a reading of the Nutcracker book (if time allows and we have some children in attendance), a beautiful hand-made nutcracker favor for each guest (worth the ticket price alone), a chance to win a fabulous door prize basket that includes a free night's stay at Southard House, and a tour of our beautiful inn all decorated for Christmas! This tea is also a cookie swap so for each ticket you purchase you are asked to bring two dozen of your favorite Christmas cookies to this tea to share with others. I will have a container for you to take your cookies home in. Can you imagine a beautifully decorated formal dining room with an enormous dining table that seats 12 completely covered with all different types of Christmas cookies that are yours for the taking! Isn't that what dreams are made of? Come share in the dream at the Nutcracker Sweet Cookie Swap Christmas Tea on Tuesday, December 10th from 6:30-8:30 PM at 518 W. Pine in Enid, OK. You can call (580) 231-3960 for more information or to purchase tickets. I hope to see you there!
Blessings to you!
Pumpkin Pie Crescents 4 Nov 2013, 1:32 pm
I made these delicious pumpkin pie crescents for dessert last week and I just have to share this recipe. It is so easy and really delicious. If you are on a diet I do not recommend you make these because you CANNOT have just one and you will be tempted to have at least 4 in one sitting. They taste just like a pumpkin hand pie with a light, flaky crust. Here is the recipe:
Pumpkin Pie Crescents
1 (8 count) package refrigerated crrescent rolls
1/2 can pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup brown sugar
Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. Unroll the crescent rolls and spread about 2 tablespoons of filling on one side of each triangle. Roll the bottom of the triangle up until you reach the point. Place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees.
After the crescents cooled I made a maple glaze with powdered sugar, milk, and maple extract and I drizzled this over the top. Then I sprinkled them with chopped up candied pecans. These are good for dessert but also for breakfast or a snack.
Something you should be aware of is to make sure you give them plenty of time to bake through. The first batch I made was doughy because I did not leave them in the oven long enough. I was afraid of them burning on the outside and I pulled them out too soon. The next batch I made was perfect. I used the jumbo crescent rolls and they had to bake almost 30 minutes! So be patient and they will turn out perfectly. Enjoy!
Halloween Masquerade Tea at Southard House 8 Oct 2013, 9:24 am
I am so excited to share that I will be hosting my first ladies tea here at Southard House on Tuesday evening, October 22, 2013 from 6:30-8:00 PM at Southard House - 518 W. Pine in Enid, OK. The theme will be "Halloween Masquerade" and everyone that wears a masquerade mask will be entered in to a drawing for a door prize basket which will be filled with all kinds of sweet Halloween goodies and a certificate for a free night's stay at Southard House! Tickets are $10 per person and must be purchased in advance by calling me at (580) 231-3960 and we can arrange a time for you to come by the inn to pay for your tickets. This tea is limited to the first 20 ladies so I can seat you all comfortably and we can enjoy our time together. This is not a come-and-go tea. The ticket price includes: a buffet of sweet and savory hors d' oeuvres- including my beautiful cupcakes all dressed up for Halloween, hot tea and coffee, some fun games with prizes, a tour of Southard House, and a party favor for each guest. There is no age limit for this tea.
I am hosting teas at Southard House because I love to prepare and host them and because I think it is a great way to make memories, meet new ladies, share special time together, and have fun and relax. If you haven't had time for yourself lately this is an opportunity to set aside some special time for yourself and come relax and have some fun! Our lives are so stressful and hectic and this is a great opportunity to step out of the chaos and come to the peace and tranquility of Southard House for some respite. Our children don't have to have all the fun on Halloween and it is not very often that we as adults get the chance to dress up and have fun - so wear your prettiest masquerade mask and come join me! This will be a special time for you and your daughter, granddaughter, auntie, niece, mother, grandmother, or best friend to make some special memories together. I have hosted so many teas in my private home in the past and they have been such sweet times of fellowship and memory making. I want to share this with you and provide you with the opportunity to do the same! I have heard that tea time is "the coming together to enjoy sweet fellowship face to face and heart to heart." I hope you will join me on Tuesday, October 22nd from 6:30-8:00 PM and you will bring the other ladies you love to share this experience with you! If you have any questions or would like to purchase a ticket, please call me at (580) 231-3960. I hope to see you at the tea!
Blessings to You!
Fall Mantle in Suite Hope 20 Sep 2013, 6:38 pm
I wanted to share the beautiful fall fireplace mantle I have created for my pretty "Marie Antoinette"-inspired room at Southard House. I made most everything by hand that decorates this mantle. I made some pretty princess pumpkins, pink candy corns, a Cinderella slipper and magic wand, a fall crow dressed in pink, an angel dressed as a (good) witch, and a lovely masquerade mask that adorn the mantle.
I made the small candy corns from clay as well and painted them three shades of pink. When they were dry I added some sugar glitter to make them sparkle!
Everything is better with glitter, don't you think? I wonder how many pounds of glitter I have used in my life time? I am sure it is a small fortune's worth!
I have a lot of other projects in the works to share, so until next time . . .
May You Be Blessed!
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Parlor Decorations for Fall 19 Sep 2013, 3:17 pm
I wanted to share some beautiful images of the fall decorations I made for the parlor at my bed and breakfast. I painted the walls a beautiful shade of blue and I really love it, but I didn't think that orange and yellow leaves were going to look right behind a light blue background so I decided to make some pretty decorations for this room. I recovered a cute train case with some linen fabric and lace. I filled it with shredded pages of an old book. Then I painted and decorated some plastic pumpkins in hues of ivory, beige, and brown. I also made that pretty fabric sachet that says "Count Your Blessings". I used hydrangeas, pecans, and pine cones from my own yard to add to the decorations.
These pretty fall decorations are sure to please the guests that visit Southard House this fall. They give the room a very warm, inviting feel although they are also very elegant. I think the guests will feel very welcome.
I have many more projects in the works to share soon, so until next time . . .
May You Be Blessed!
Warm Apple Dumplings 17 Sep 2013, 2:40 pm
Hello Friends! I wanted to share a delicious recipe for warm apple dumplings I made for the New Hope Book Club that meets here at Southard House once a month. This is a great fall recipe and it was very easy and so delicious! You will definitely have to try this recipe!
Place the wrapped apples in a large baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Then mix up 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla, and 1/2 cup butter in a saucepan and cook until it forms a thick syrup - this only takes a few minutes.
I hope you will try this recipe and enjoy this delicious fall dessert!
Until next time - May You Be Blessed!
Warm Apple Dumplings
2 large apples, peeled and sliced
2 8-count cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup butter
1 cup citrus soda
1 tbsp cinnamon and 1/4 cup white sugar for apples
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 baking dish. Cut apples into 8 wedges and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Separate crescent rolls into triangles and wrap each slice of apple in dough. Place wrapped apples in baking dish. Melt butter in a saucepan and add brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Cook until think and pour over apples. Pour soda over apples and bake for 35-45 minutes. Best served warm with ice cream. Enjoy!
Warm Caramel Apple Cake 11 Sep 2013, 7:45 am
At my B&B, Southard House Bed and Breakfast Inn, I serve a delicious dessert to our guests in the evening. Last week I made this amazing caramel apple cake and posted it on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/southardhouse) and had may requests to share the recipe - so here it is!
Warm Caramel Apple Cake
2 Cups all-purpose flour
3/4 Cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large apple - chopped
1 cup caramel baking bits
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup quick oats
6 tablespoons melted butter
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In another bowl, whisk the egg, milk, butter, and vanilla. Stir the wet ingredients in to the dry ingredients until moistened. Fold in the apples and caramels.
Cut out a circle of parchment paper to fit the bottom of your spring form pan. Place parchment paper in the pan and spray the pan and the paper with non-stick cooking spray.
Pour the batter in the pan. In a separate bowl combine the topping ingredients. Sprinkle topping over batter. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Remove from the oven, allow to cool, and enjoy your cake!
This cake is best eaten warm because the gooey caramel is all melty and delicious. To reheat, place a slice of cake on a microwaveable place and heat for 20 seconds. This cake is so delicious!
Baby Girl Banner 16 Aug 2013, 11:00 am
Hello Friends! I created this beautiful banner for a baby shower I hosted at my bed and breakfast, Southard House, and I wanted to share it with you!
I think it is so fun to sit down at my craft table with some pretty supplies and see what comes out of me. I had no idea how this banner was going to turn out because there was no real plan for how to do it. I just started working and this is what I created. I absolutely love it!
I used chipboard pennants for each piece of the banner. I covered the chipboard with pretty pink gingham scrapbook paper, then I started adding pretty pink embellishments.
I painted the chipboard letters a soft baby pink and then added some brilliant glitter to make them sparkle. When the pennants were finished I strung them on to some pretty pink ribbon, then tied pieces of ribbon, lace, and torn fabric in between the pennants to add a vintage look to the banner.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing this pretty little banner I made and it has inspired you in some way. If you would like to see other pictures of the bed and breakfast, the delicious food I prepare, or other crafts I have created, please visit my facebook page at www.facebook/southardhouse.com or my website at www.southardhouse.com for more inspiration.
Have a Blessed Day!
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Vintage Baby Shoes 2 Aug 2013, 1:54 pm
Hello Friends! It is hard to believe that so much time has passed since my last post! Today I wanted to share a special project with you that I created for a baby shower I will be hosting here at Southard House.
I used a lot of distress ink to cut the "new" white appearance down a lot. I used vintage sheet music, vintage laces, and old embellishments to create a "days-gone-by" look for these sweet baby shoes.
Here are the shoes as they will be displayed at the shower! I think they are so adorable and a perfect touch for my vintage baby girl shower. I can't wait to see what the guests think of the beautiful inn when it is all decorated for their special celebration. I have many more projects I created and pictures I took for this shower so I will try to post them soon! If you are interested in me hosting a shower or celebration for you or a friend please visit the inn website at www.southardhouse.com for more information!
Blessing to you!
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Mother's Day Luncheon at Southard House 13 May 2013, 2:14 pmHello Friends!
I hosted a luncheon for my moms on Saturday and wanted to share it with you! I have hosted a Mother's Day brunch or luncheon at my home every year since 2002 and each year it gets better! This year I was so blessed to be able to host at Southard House in Enid, Oklahoma!
Here is the dining table all decorated up for our luncheon. I used lots of pink because the theme was "Marie Antoinette" and because I absolutely love pink. I had a lot of fun with this theme!
I hope this Mother's Day Luncheon inspired you in some way. Please leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you!
Blessings from Southard House!