No-Bake Recipe

No-Bake Recipe

Julia Child said it best, “A party without cake is really just a meeting.”

Well Julia, that’s easy for you to say. For the rest of us inept bakers, turning mere ingredients into an edible and photo-worthy creation is nothing short of a miracle.

If you find yourself wondering what to do with all of those extra summer berries or any other lonely ingredients left over from your 4th of July celebrations, look no further!

Unfortunately, I am not skilled in the way of cake baking. A cake eating expert, definitely. I’m always 100% successful in that area. And pie, I can manage, as was shared in last week’s post. But cake, not so much…le sigh.

So… much to your reading disappointment, I have no tips on how to make your cake the fluffiest or how to make adorable decorations out of frosting. I do, however, have a picture of one good lookin’ cake in one remarkably appealing display. *See the miracle below.

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Luckily for you, we happen to offer many marble selections here at Couleur Nature & Caravan Home. You are quite literally a click away (maybe four… if we’re being realistic) from becoming the proud new owner of these beautifully hand-crafted marble pieces. Even better news is that we have them in stock. The cake is not included.

  For all you bakers out there, you can now create the perfect backdrop to showcase your culinary skills. However, if you lack the cake baking gene like I do, you’re in luck. I have created a list of suitable alternatives to allow you to utilize our marble serveware in all its glory without subjecting your guests to any baking failures. You’re welcome.

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You’ll have to use your imagination in picturing some of the following suggestions as I apparently lack the photography gene as well. Though, I’m sure that Pinterest could be a pretty good resource here. 

  • Create a centerpiece by arranging the extra summer fruit that I mentioned earlier.
  • Display a variety of candles for a little dining ambiance. Oh-so-fancy.
  • Wow your guests by providing an assortment of your favorite bread and cheese spread.  *No baking required.
  • Channel your inner chef and arrange olive oils and other cooking necessities in your kitchen. If you don’t use any of those items, plants might be a better option.
  • Showcase delicate perfume bottles, soaps and hand towels for your guest bath.

If all else fails, keep a trusty baker on speed dial for any unforeseen hostess emergencies and because…well…cake.

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MISS AMERICAN PIE

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Miss American Pie

Who doesn’t love America? Well, probably some people but that’s a topic for a

different author.

What’s not to love? When I think of America, I typically think of the following: baseball,

apple pie, celebrations of all kinds… and that one liberating benefit, freedom. See what I

did there?

People have been coming to America, the land of opportunity, for centuries. For many, it

meant beginning a new life with a bright hope for the future. With Independence Day

quickly approaching, it makes me appreciate America’s finest qualities for which I am

grateful.

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As I was jotting down ideas for this blog post, it occurred to me that the Statue of

Liberty was gifted to America from the French as a symbol of freedom and democracy.

Voila! We here at Couleur Nature are very into all things French and it seems oh-so-

appropriate to mention this fact.

I continued searching for inspiration and was hoping to find some fun and fresh

ideas for entertaining that I could share with you. However I could not get apple pie out

of my mind. What could be more American than apple pie?! As it turns, out…a lot of

things are more American. Who knew? I certainly didn’t. Apple pie originated in parts of

Europe and we can thank the French for introducing the lattice-style crust. It eventually

made its way to North America in the early 17 th century. We have since adopted it as

America’s favorite dessert. But is anything truly American? We all immigrated here from

somewhere else and have brought with us culture, food, and traditions to be shared.

With that being said, I have a marvelous apple pie recipe from my family that I

would like to share with you. I’m not entirely sure which continent it actually derived from,

but my family hails from Ireland and according to my research, the apple pie did not.

Either way, here it is for you to enjoy on this most patriotic of days.

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My Grandma’s Apple Pie

Use with your favorite pie crust recipe because I can‘t do all the work for you! (But really,

it’s because I don’t have hers.) Just be sure to make enough for two crusts.

Ingredients:

6 medium apples sliced thin

Granny Smith and Golden Delicious

I use three of each because the Golden Delicious are very sweet and soft, while the

Granny Smith provides a little more bite.

¼ cup of brown sugar

½ cup sugar

2 tbsp flour

¼ tsp salt

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

2 Tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 Tbsp butter

* Preheat oven to 450˚

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix. Pour dry ingredients over apples

and turn over gently to coat all the apples.

Add mixture to pastry lined pie plate. Perhaps a red, white and blue one would be fitting?

Dot filling with the 2 tbsp butter

Cover filling with a layer of rolled pastry dough (If you want to get fancy, make a French

lattice-style top)

Brush top with cream (I use half/half)

Sprinkle with a cinnamon and sugar mixture (3 parts sugar to 1 part cinnamon)

Cooking Time:

Bake for 10 minutes at 450˚

Turn temperature down to 375˚ and bake for an additional 35-45 minutes

Let pie cool to room temperature before serving

There you have it! Originally American or not, this pie will taste just perfect à la mode

and with a side of freedom. Happy 4 th of July!

If any of you have any recipes to share, I would love to feature them in future blog posts

for Couleur Nature & Caravan Home!

SUMMER IS HERE AND CHANGE IS IN THE AIR!

Summer is here and change is in the air!

As excited children everywhere begin to retire their books and welcome the fun adventures that lie ahead, we begin to embrace the freedom that summer often brings.

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So wonderfully carefree!

I love summer for a variety of reasons: the days are longer, the air is warmer and the anticipation is greater. It brings to my mind, delightful memories of sipping ice cold lemonade, the sound of laughter, the smell of sunscreen and travelling to faraway places.

In France, the country that inspires Couleur Nature; the beginning of summer means leaving your worries behind and experiencing the joys that await you. The French refer to this as, “Le Grand Départ” or “The Great Departure”. They take this time of year to journey to new destinations for a little well deserved rest and relaxation. We could all take notes from the French on how to appreciate the pleasures that life has to offer, I know I certainly could!

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However, if you don’t find yourself able to explore new and exciting places this summer like those of our French friends, pas de soucis! Take a break, grab some pals, mix a cocktail and enjoy the sun! Bonjour Summer!

6 Essentials to Host the Perfect Dinner Party

When it comes to great food and great conversation, there’s nothing like hosting a dinner party for friends and family. However, hosting a full-course soiree at your home can be stressful to say the least.  Here are a few essentials that will help you plan an evening your guests won’t forget.

 

Start your table setting with a runner to serve as the focal point for your delicious spread.

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Kick off the evening with some wine and fine cheeses, served on this elegant white marble cheese board. $67.50.

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Having a set of linen tea towels on hand in the kitchen is crucial while preparing the meal. $48.

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Serve delicious libations from these elegant color pop glasses. $45 for 4.

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Place a few votives on the table for some natural light and ambiance. $15.

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Don’t forget a festive apron so that you can cook in style! $54.

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8 Tea Towels for Spring

As the snow melts and the buds begin to appear on trees, spring is so close we can almost taste it! The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and the sun is setting just a bit later.  As the season turns, what better time than now to reinvigorate your kitchen.  From bountiful fruits to sophisticated florals, here are some of our favorite linen tea towels.

Jardine Tea Towels, $48 for 3.

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Bougainvillea Tea Towels, $48 for 3.

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Pansy Tea Towels, $48 for 3.

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Lavender Tea Towels, $48 for 3,

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Springfields Tea Towels, $48 for 3.

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Poppies Tea Towels, $48 for 3.

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Lemon Tree Tea Towels, $48 for 3.

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Top 5 Prints for Spring

While some of us are still suffering from winter’s snowy wrath, warmer days are just around the corner! How are you getting your home ready for the change in season? Spring is a wonderful time to spruce up your living space.  Whether it’s switching out the dining room tablecloth or grabbing a new pair of linen tea towels, sometimes  a little change is just what you need. Here are our top 5 print picks to get you inspired!

Bougainvillea Collection 
The light red and treys in this tropical inspired print are both vibrant and calming.

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Bleuet Collection
The vibrant blues of this flowery print lighten up your dining room or kitchen.

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Fruit Collection
Vibrantly succulent, this zesty fruit-inspired print would pair perfectly with printed or solid linen tea towels.

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Jardine Collection 
Inspired by the gardens of Southern France, this print exemplifies the regrowth of Spring flowers.

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Lemon Tree Collection
Reminiscent of the sweet tang of lemons, this print is ideal for both indoor and outdoor patio tables.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2015

Valentine’s Day is about celebrating the love you share with with that special someone. However, choosing a gift that is just right can be difficult. We’ve put together a list of the perfect finds to show just how much you care.  Don’t forget to enjoy 15% off for Valentine’s Day when you enter code LOVECN15 at checkout!

This beautiful tablecloth is perfect for a romantic dinner for two. $80.

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A set of votives sets the perfect ambiance. $12.50 each.

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Everyone needs a good set of linen tea towels in their kitchen. $48 for 3.

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This glass marble plate comes in handy when making sweet treats for that special someone! $140.

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Valentine’s Gift Guide 2015

Valentine’s Day is about celebrating the love you share with with that special someone. However, choosing a gift that is just right can be difficult. We’ve put together a list of the perfect finds to show just how much you care.  Don’t forget to enjoy 15% off for Valentine’s Day when you enter code LOVECN15 at checkout!

This beautiful tablecloth is perfect for a romantic dinner for two. $80.

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A set of votives sets the perfect ambiance. $12.50 each.

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Everyone needs a good set of linen tea towels in their kitchen. $48 for 3.

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This glass marble plate comes in handy when making sweet treats for that special someone! $140.

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Holiday 2014: Gifts for the Host

The holiday season is filled with dinner parties and holiday soireés.  Deciding what to gift the host with most is a tough feat.  Forget the wine bottle and show your appreciation with these gift ideas that will have the host feeling like the guest of honor.

A decorative votive adds ambiance to any dinner party. $12.50.

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These unique glasses will perfectly complement the host’s libations. $37.50 for 6.

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Any host needs a festive set of  placemats. $80 for 6.

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These unique salt and pepper bowls are perfect for modern table decor. $65.

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This round cheese board is made of stunning mango wood. $70.

 

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Don’t forget to enter code HOLIDSAYSHIP at checkout to receive free shipping all week long!

Great Gifts Under $50

Don’t spend a fortune this holiday season! Creative, thoughtful gifts can be affordable for everyone on your list. Check out these under $50 gift ideas and don’t break the bank!

 

A set of tea towels in a sophisticated print is necessity for any kitchen. $48 for 3.

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Pretty votives provide lovely warmth and light to any room in the home, or on an outdoor patio. $12.50.

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A cool bottle opener is perfect for the craft beer enthusiast. $17.50.

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This vibrant set of color pop glasses is versatile and can be used all year long. $45 for 4.

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These woven neutral coasters will match with any table decor. $16 for 4.

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A set of hand-painted dishes are always a great gift idea for the host. $40 for 4.

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Don’t forget to enter code HOLIDAY14 at checkout for 20% off all Holiday decor and $5 flat rate shipping all week long!