Monday, December 19, 2016


Ultimate Pumpkin Spice Latte & Delicious Pumpkin Roll

for a Heartwarming Dessert

We love this homemade pumpkin spice latte that can be made at home without an expensive machine and it's quite easy.   The heartwarming latte is perfect during the fall and winter months or year-round. The delicious and creamy recipe is simple to make with pure pumpkin and pumpkin spice, whole milk, vanilla, sugar and a rich, dark roast coffee.  The dreamy latte pairs perfectly with our wonderful pumpkin roll recipe.   We also included a variation that includes Bailey's Irish Cream.

 

Whether you are curled up in your chair, wrapped in your favorite throw blanket, sitting by the fireplace overlooking the calm water, or simply enjoying fellowship with family and friends, everyone is sure to enjoy this combination for dessert.

Ultimate Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients (1 Serving)

1 cup milk
2 tablespoons pure pumpkin purée (we used Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin)
1 to 1.5 tablespoons sugar (we used 1.5 tablespoons, but if you would like it less sweet, use 1 tablespoon)
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (we used McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup strong brewed coffee (we used Gevalia Dark Royal Roast - dark roast coffee)
 

 
Topping
Sweetened whipped cream topping (you can use homemade or we used Reddi Wip)
Extra pumpkin pie spice sprinkled on top

Directions
Combine the milk, pumpkin purée, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla to a saucepan over medium heat. While stirring occasionally, heat until hot, but do not boil.  When hot, vigorously whisk the milk mixture in the saucepan until bubbles begin to form.


While foamed milk mixture is heating, prepare coffee.  Pour 1/4 cup coffee into a large mug and add the foamed milk mixture when ready.  You can prepare coffee with a regular coffee maker or we used a Keurig to brew the coffee. 

Top with whipped cream and sprinkle the top lightly with pumpkin pie spice.

For a second variation, add Bailey's Irish Cream liquor before the whipped cream.  We used 1/4 of a shot glass.  Be careful not to add too much as the Irish cream will dominate the pumpkin flavor.  For a delicious combination, serve the Pumpkin Spice Latte with Pumpkin Roll for a heartwarming dessert.

Ultimate Pumpkin Roll


Ingredients
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup pumpkin purée
3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Filling
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

We love extra filling, so for our recipe we did one and half times the filling ingredients.  You can just use the filling measurements above.

Directions (preheat oven to 350 degrees)

Beat eggs and sugar, add pumpkin in main bowl.  Stir in a separate bowl the flour, baking soda and cinnamon.  Gradually add flour, soda and cinnamon mixture to the egg/sugar/pumpkin mixture.  Beat till smooth and thick.  Grease 10 x 15 cookie sheet.  Our cookie sheet was about 7/8” high (close to an inch).  Cut wax paper to fit bottom only and grease wax paper.  Pour on pumpkin spread evenly.  Bake 10- 12 minutes.   Check at 10 minutes using a toothpick to ensure center is baked through.  Be careful not to over bake or cake won't be as moist.
 
While pumpkin cake is baking, sift powdered sugar onto a linen towel.  When done, loosen sides and turn upside down on towel.  Remove the wax paper, pumpkin roll-up in towel and set aside to cool 2 hours. 

When pumpkin roll-up has cooled, then prepare cream cheese filling.   For filling, mix all ingredients till creamy and spread on cool, pumpkin roll-up.   Roll up again and keep wrapped until ready to serve.   Optional: After pumpkin roll is complete and for clean edges on the roll, we cut each side of the pumpkin roll slightly with a knife.  When ready to serve, sprinkle top of pumpkin roll with sifted powdered sugar. 

We hope you enjoy these delicious recipes.


Linens featured in this article are from Linens Of The World at https://www.LinensOfTheWorld.com

Bodrum Laurel Paprika Gold Easy Care Placemats
https://www.linensoftheworld.com/Bodrum-Laurel-Paprika-Gold-Set-of-6-Placemats-p/bodr-laurel-pla-pa-1318s6.htm

Bodrum Riviera Paprika Linen Napkins (very soft linen)
https://www.linensoftheworld.com/Bodrum-Riviera-Paprika-Linen-Napkins-Set-of-6-p/bodr-riviera-nap-pa-2222s6.htm

Garnier-Thiebaut Vinyl Placemats in Cappuccino
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Tessitura Pardi Ulivo (Olive) Blue Rustica Linen Large Italian Kitchen Towels
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This article is also featured on Lifestyle By The Water.
 
 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Tried and True Recipes - Step into Fall with Chocolate Pecan Pie


You can feel it in the air.  The weather is just beginning to cool down ever so slightly and the leaves starting to fall.  We can feel the shift to Fall beginning to occur and our minds begin to focus on the holidays ahead.

At Linens Of The World™ we love our Tried and True™ recipes – those that stand the test of time, those we pass on to family and that are always a part of our ‘best of best’ favorites in our own recipe box.  Paula Deen has out done herself again with her delicious Chocolate Pecan Pie, which has a slight twist than our favorite traditional pecan pie.  We love the chocolate layer nestled at the bottom of the pecan pie.

This is a special dessert to serve for Sunday dinner with whipped cream or ice cream.  We choose to serve ours with butter pecan ice cream.  Makes for a wonderful Fall dessert.  Enjoy the Autumn season as it is just about upon us.


For the recipe below, we opted to make our pie crust from scratch using The Southern Living Cookbook 2012 recipe (see below), although you can use the refrigerated pie crust in Paula’s recipe.  We used a 9-inch pie dish, but opted for the Basic Pastry for a 10-inch Pie.  If you want to use a homemade pie crust, skip section 1 below under the instructions


Chocolate Pecan Pie
Makes 1 (9-inch) pie

½ (14.1-ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts
2 (4-ounce) bars bittersweet chocolate, chopped
¼ cup heavy whipping cream
¾ cup light corn syrup
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 large eggs
2 tablespoons butter, melted
¼ teaspoon salt
2 cups chopped pecans

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a 12-inch circle. Fit into a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate, crimping edges if desired. Line crust with parchment paper; cover bottom of crust with pie weights. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove parchment and pie weights.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine chocolate and cream. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Pour chocolate mixture into prepared crust (cooked using Basic Pastry recipe). Chill for 30 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine corn syrup and next 5 ingredients, whisking until smooth. Stir in pecans. Spoon batter over chocolate mixture.
  4. Bake for 1 hour or until center is set, covering pie with aluminum foil halfway through baking time to prevent excess browning, if necessary. Cool completely before serving.  Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
Basic Pastry for a 9-inch Pie (Easy)

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon chilled shortening
3 to 4 tablespoons ice water

Basic Pastry for a 10-inch Pie (Easy)

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon salt
½ cup chilled shortening
4-5 tablespoons ice water

Instructions

1.    Combine flour and salt; cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly.  Sprinkle ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, evenly over surface; stir with a fork until dry ingredients are moistened.  Shape into a ball; cover and chill for at least 30 minutes until ready to use.

2.    Roll pastry to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface.  Place in pie plate; trim off excess pastry along edges.  Fold edges under, and crimp.  When ready to bake pie crust, prick bottom and sides of pastry shell with a fork.  Bake at 450 degrees for 8-9 minutes1 or until ever so slightly golden. 
 
1Original recipe is 10-12 minutes, but we used 8-9 minutes so crust didn’t brown.  Pie crust will cook further with pecan filling.

References:
From Cooking with Paula Deen Magazine | September/October 2012
The Southern Living Cookbook 2012 (Basic Pastry for a 10-Inch Pie)

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Dining Al Fresco on the Lake

 
Sitting here on the terrace overlooking the beautiful lake, there are blissful sounds of families and friends on the boats, in the water or just having fun outside.  Memories abound of vacations for years gone by.  There is a peace of mind that comes while being near the water.  There is a draw of fellowship amongst family and friends bringing us all back to a simpler time and place.   A moment in time that allows us to shed the stresses of everyday life.   
 


The favorite time of the day was when everyone came together to eat, whether we were having something as simple as hotdogs and hamburgers outside on the grill or maybe something that took a bit more work to prepare.   In any case, nothing beats dining al fresco (the phrase is used to mean dining outside or in the open air).   The fresh air, the lapping of the water and the silly laughter that comes with being together.  Being on the water has a way of drawing us closer.  Dining outdoors has a way of taking us into a different time and place.

It is vacation again on the lake, but this time only two of us.  This evening we decided to make something Italian and celebrate the many blessings of this life.   We first dressed the main table with fine quality linens and Italian dinnerware by Intrada Italy with a Baroque wooden charger in Walnut.  The Versailles linen tablecloth set in terracotta and natural flax is stunning on this outdoor table.   The Baroque Paprika design of the dinnerware has ornamented details on the edges and are hand painted by master Italian artisans.  It is colorful and brightens any lifestyle.   We also couldn’t resist adding the etched glass goblets, wine glasses and lovely wine decanter.   Why not?  It just added for a more appealing table setting and absolutely beautiful to look at.

 
We started with a simple Caprese Salad (tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella) and some delicious Brie, candied pecans and baguette bread with a wonderful red pepper jelly.  A good quality Red pepper jelly goes extraordinarily well, actually perfect with Brie.

 
For an entrée, we actually considered making chicken parmigiana (see update at end) as the main course, but the delicious and hearty Tortellini Tomato Soup with Italian Sausage and Spinach served with Garlic Parmesan Skillet Bread was more than enough and was absolutely delicious.  This dish was not complicated to make, just took some modest time to prepare the ingredients.  Let us not forget the fantastic Pinot Noir wine served with dinner.  It is the Heart & Hands Wine Company 2012 Mo Chuisle Estate Pinot Noir.  The definition from the Heart & Hands website is ‘Mo Chuisle is Gaelic, and translates literally to “My Pulse” or colloquially to “My Darling”’.

 
 
 
UPDATE: We still kept thinking about the chicken parmigiana, so the next evening on the lake we made a definite 'keeper for the recipe box' from Bobby Flay.  This recipe gets 5 stars in our ranking.  It took a bit of work, but definitely worth it to have the red sauce made from scratch with fresh mozzarella and parmesan. The seasoned panko crumbs for the breading on the chicken was perfect. We raved about it all through dinner and it got even better as leftovers the next day.
Bon Appétit
 
Another great look for the outdoor table features Anichini's Lace Insertion Loop pattern table runner and Libeco's Belgian Linen Napkins.
 
 
The linens featured in this blog are from Linens Of The World:

Libeco’s BlackfriarBelgian Linen Napkins in Mustard;

The Linen Mill’s stunning VersaillesLinen Tablecloth Set in Terracotta/Natural Flax;

Anichini’s LaceInsertion Linen Runner in the Loop Pattern/Natural (Loop Pattern Special Order)

Recipes featured in this blog:


(Pinned by Yellow Bliss Road)


(Pinned by Plain Chicken)

Caprese Salad (perfect summer-time dish)

Simple Italian salad, made of sliced fresh mozzarella, vine-ripe tomatoes, and fresh green basil, seasoned with salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling.  In Italy, it is usually served as an antipasto.

Update: Chicken Parmigiana

Food Network - Recipe courtesy of
Wine served in this blog:


2012 Mo Chuisle Estate Pinot Noir

 

 


Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Stylish Look of a Man’s Pocket Square and Handkerchief


The handkerchief and the pocket square are both important elements in a man’s attire. 
Libeco Damme Men's Belgian White Linen Handkerchiefs Linen/Cotton Blend (Set of 3)The stylish and practical handkerchief intended for personal hygiene purposes, such as wiping one’s hands or face, unexpected watering of the eyes or used for the nose are best made of materials that are more absorbent and are generally carried in the back or front pants pocket or inside the jacket pockets.
The traditional white linen gentleman’s handkerchief with the corded border and must have fine hand-rolled hems is a timeless style that adds a mark of sophistication. 

In addition to carrying for practical purposes, the handkerchief has long been displayed in the top breast pocket of men’s sport coat or suit jackets.  Used in this way, they are referred to as a pocket handkerchief or pocket square and they are used for decorative purposes.  Pocket handkerchiefs are a clothing accessory that has the power to transform a man’s overall attire.   It signifies a confident dresser.  Not all handkerchiefs should be used as pocket handkerchiefs.  Pocket squares are typically made out of a nicer and more decorative fabric.   Uses should be distinguished – either use for a pocket square or a handkerchief depending on the quality of the fabric and style. 
 
Several folds can be used, however, the Presidential provides a fashionable, clean and stylish look.

Libeco Belgian Linen Men's Pocket Squares (Set of 3)Libeco Belgian Linen Men's Pocket Squares (Set of 3)
Alan Flusser sums it up nicely below from his book “Clothes and the Man: The Principles of Fine Men's Dress” (Published October 12th 1985 by Villard):
“A simple white handkerchief is all that is necessary to complete the business ensemble. It is also the least expensive way a man can quickly elevate his level of style. The handkerchief, like the hose, gives a man one more opportunity to do something a little out of the ordinary, something a bit more inventive. A white handkerchief placed in the breast pocket of a dark suit offers a touch of elegance and is sure sign of a confident and knowledgeable dresser.  The finest white handkerchiefs are made of linen with hand-rolled edges."

Thomas Ferguson Men's White Linen Corded Handkerchief With Hand Rolled Hem

Fine white handkerchiefs that are made of linen with hand-rolled edges can be found at https://www.LinensOfTheWorld.com.

Thomas Ferguson Men's Plain White Linen Punchspoked Handkerchief 

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Perfect Dinner Party

Good friends, great food, and a perfect atmosphere

The Perfect Dinner Party - Linens of the World


There is something special and exciting about planning and hosting a wonderful dinner with family and close friends. It can be a simple, outdoor picnic style or a more elegant dinner. What’s most important is the time spent together – talking, laughing and enjoying wonderful food and drink together. But just as important is creating the ideal atmosphere, so let’s plan a spectacular atmosphere together complete with, a delicious meal and a gorgeous table setting – just perfect.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

What is Linen?



Linen is crisp, clean and comfortable. Soft, yet strong and durable. The more it is used, the softer and stronger it becomes. It can absorb up to 20% of its weight in moisture before it feels damp, and easily releases moisture to the air to remain cool and dry to the touch. Flax remains colorfast and launders beautifully. It has the additional advantage to be non-allergenic.

Caring and Storing for Pure Linen Fabrics

Caring and Storing for Pure Linen Fabrics


Linen can be laundered with confidence. With a minimum amount of proper care, the natural beauty of linen is easily maintained. Linen increases in strength when wet, which is why it stands up to the rough and tumble of repeated laundering so well. Linen is a strong natural fiber. Irish linen wears extremely well and is able to maintain its special qualities throughout its long life through normal household use. The more linen is washed the softer and more luminous it becomes.