Monthly Archive: March, 2012

Place Mat Table Runner, Part I

I was so pleased with look of my exotic elephant table linens today that I dashed back to the store to purchase the matching runner for everyday use … but someone had bought… Continue reading

Reusable Napkin Rings

Today I found myself thinking of two previous posts on napkin rings that I have done: Festively Green Napkin Rings & DIY Valentine-Themed Napkin Rings. These personalized napkin rings would be easy to… Continue reading

So Long, Tomato Dream

Each year, I eagerly buy a slew of flowers, several herbs, and a few tomato plants at the local nursery for seasonal gardening.  Then, I cheerily drive home, humming excitedly as I think… Continue reading

Pineapple Ice Cream

Whenever I think of pineapple, I think of Taboo.  You know, the game where you have to get your partner to guess certain words from cards and there are words you cannot say?… Continue reading

Worldly Table Linens and Stylish Tables in General…

The other day, I might have been shopping, and I might have seen this tablecloth and matching napkins, and I might have bought them in preparation for a stylish dinner that I haven’t… Continue reading

Drinking Chocolate?

Tonight I bought a canister of drinking chocolate for the first time at the store, and brought it home to sample. Drinking chocolate is a bit like hot cocoa, but thicker and richer.… Continue reading

Quick Tip: Perfectly-Edged Mini Desserts

I learned a great trick to make a pristine, scalloped edge for small desserts like ramekin mini pies, tartlets, bite-sized quiches, and cheesecakes: use a scalloped biscuit cutter or a round, scalloped cookie… Continue reading

How to Clean a Juice or Wine Stain From Granite

I’m certainly not an expert when it comes to granite, but I can say from experience that a simple poultice of dishwashing soap and all-purpose flour will remove set-in stains like boozy cranberry… Continue reading

Place Card Primer: Lovely Little Lambs

If you happened by the blog yesterday, I wrote about the lack of lamb decor for Spring, the post was called Where Are The Lambs? I just adore these furry little creatures, so… Continue reading

Where Are The Lambs?

Although this winter went out like a lamb, it surprises me how few lambs I see in stores for Spring decorating. Besides the fact that lambs are cute, they also have a religious… Continue reading

Holy Mole!

This evening, I planned to try mole (pronounced moh-lay), and blog about it here. If you have never tried mole, it is a reddish-brown Mexican sauce known for its many ingredients, including chocolate.… Continue reading

Great Kitchen Tools: The Mini Tongs

Last year, I bought these rounded mini tongs, and I think I have used them for nearly every party I’ve held since.  I love how versatile they are! This particular shape of tongs… Continue reading

Madame Verte’s Easter Basket Picks — For Grown Ups

With the Easter holiday still a few weeks away, I have been thinking pastels, bunnies, eggs, lambs, and candies lately.  Which also brings me to the subject of Easter baskets. Usually mon mari… Continue reading

Easy, Unconventional Coasters

As with many decorative objects around my home, I switch out the coasters in my living room with the seasons. Two of my favorite things to use as coasters are metal candle plates… Continue reading

Spiced Apricot and Honey Goat Cheese

Now, I don’t know how to make homemade goat cheese, but I did come up with some pretty tasty mix-ins to add to plain goat cheese.  This blend of spices, dried apricots, and… Continue reading

Festively Green Napkin Rings

Whether you find yourself celebrating St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, or you just want to add a bit of green to your next supper or Springtime fête, these embellished napkin rings allow for lots… Continue reading