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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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!

Holiday 2014: Gifts for Her

Show the special women in your life you care this holiday season with a gift she’s sure to love. From linen tea towels for the homemaker to cheese boards for the entertainer, we have gift ideas for all of the ladies on your list!

 

She’ll love baking holiday treats in this festive apron. $54.

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A decorative votive is the perfect accessory to light up a dining table, bedroom or bathroom. $12.50.

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Every woman needs a set of hand-printed linen tea towels for the kitchen. $48 for 3.

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The entertainer will love displaying artisan cheeses for guests with this marble paddle cheese board. $67.50.

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Give her the gift of decor with a festive tablecloth for her kitchen or dinning room table. $80.

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Holiday 2014: Gifts for the Chef

Whether it’s Betty Crocker or the Chef du Jour, everyone has a foodie on their holiday gift list. From linen tea towels to marble serveware, we’ve got you covered with great gift ideas for the cook. Bon appétit!

These festive linen tea towels are perfect for any use in the kitchen! $48 for 3.

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The chef will love displaying their masterpieces with this marble serving dish and glass dome. $140.

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Every chef needs a stylish apron! $54.

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A seasonal tablecloth is the best complement to a home-cooked meal. $168.

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Get a head start on your holiday shopping this year! Enjoy 20% off sitewide for Black Friday with code BFRIDAY14 at checkout!