The Everyday Home Newsletter

Volume 1, Page 3

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Upcoming in the Fall 1999 edition...
Fall is my favorite time of the year. In the next edition, I will share a recipe for a wonderful and arromatic simmering spice that will fill your home with a warm and welcoming scent. Also, some unusual planters for your Fall Decorating. In the "Design Room," I will feature a No-Sew Roman Shade. I promise it will be a good one!

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In the Kitchen with Barb

I grew up on good ole' southern cooking. Its plain fare and simple ingredients established my love of cooking. I have traveled all over the world, and dined at restaurants featuring French cuissine and Belgian mussels. But, the memories of the aromas of my own mother's southern-style homecooking always makes my mouth water and makes me long for the simple tastes I grew up with. I enjoy creating these same recipes in my own kitchen today. Here are two of my favorite recipes. I hope you enjoy.!

Southern Bourbon Ham
1 sm. precooked boneless ham, thawed
1 cup Bourbon
2 cups dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 T. dry mustard (br) Whole cloves

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line large baking pan or dutch oven with enough foil to wrap over the top of the ham to form a "tent." Cut incisions in top of ham 1/4" deep, and about 1" apart to form a criss-cross pattern. At each intersection of the criss-cross, place a whole clove. Pour 3/4 cup of bourbon over ham. Bake, covered, for 25 minutes per pound, basting with the bourbon often. Combine sugar, mustard and 1/4 cup of remaining bourbon. Mix well. Remove ham from oven, uncover, and pat the sugar mixture firmly over the ham. Bake sugar-covered ham uncovered, undisturbed (no basting) at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes more or until sugar has melted and formed a glaze. Remove cloves prior to serving. Goes great with Pineapple Dressing below.

Pineapple Dressing
1/4 lb. butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 lg. (20 oz) can crushed pineapple, drained
5-8 slices bread, broken into small (1") pieces

Cream butter, sugar and eggs with fork. Add pineapple and bread and stir slightly. Bake in 1 1/2 quart casserole for 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Top should be golden brown.

What's Old is New Again...

Turn any garage sale find or flea market chair into garden art by converting it into a decorative planter.

All you need to do is remove the seat if one is present. Create a chicken wire basket and attach to the chair with wire. Line the basket with wet spaghnum moss, then top the moss with a black plastic liner made from either landscaping fabric or trash bags. Fill with a good potting soil mixture and plants of your choice. I like uisng a variety of plants such as ivy that I can train up and around the back of the chair, as well as Wave Petunias that will overflow down the sides. The plants can be changed seasonally. Make sure you water and fertilize often like other container plants.

Be a Guest Writer...

I am looking for guest writers for The Everyday Home Newsletter, as well as The Everyday Decorator web site. If you have just completed a project you are particularly proud of - be it a craft project, a room re-do or maybe even a successful "trash to treasure" project - then, please consider sharing it with others here. If you are interested , please email me and we can discuss this further. Remember - you do not have to be a professional writer - I'm sure not! Hope to hear from you... ~barb~