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July 12, 2016

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Sweet & "bee"-u-tiful Summer mornings . . . .

'the busy bee has no time for sorrow'

~ William Blake ~ 

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ENJOY & "rest" your first cup of morning coffee
on our 5 piece coaster set!
You'll love the old world charm & vintage designs . . .
 place on your kitchen table or guest quarters
. . . even buzzzz'ing right out to
the garden gazebo!

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"Honeycomb bowl" ~ set of two
Start your day with a bold splash of color!
From one scoop of cereal
to "2" scoops of ice cream . . .
even a bowl of homemade chicken soup
is cheerier when served in
sunshine yellow!
*shown on our country inspired "Harvest Tray"
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Mini love note plate
Deliver a word of kindness, a taste of sweetness ~
gather friends & send them home
with a stack of homemade goodies &
a mini-message of
"LOVE!"
 

*select from twelve charming illustrations & messages

ENJOY a "bee"-u-tiful summer together!

 

Lavish Three ~
A destination designed to Lavish Your Heart, 
Your Soul & Your Home
Discover beautiful home decor, heartfelt gifts, lavish jewelry,
inspiring lifestyle tips, traditions & more!

We joyfully donate a portion of our proceeds each season to a nonprofit ~
Visit our Lavish "Your Heart" page to learn more about this season's organization,
White Horse Youth Ranch (WHY Ranch)

July 05, 2016

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Servin'up Summer "Whimsy" . . . country-style!

"The food I've liked in my time is American country cookin' ..."

~ Colonel Sanders

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Country "Harvest" tray

Present your family and friends with a picnic-style summer feast 
on our timeless Country Harvest tray!
Generous enough for a bucket of fried chicken, a few homemade sides and
fresh crisp watermelon!

"Country whimsy" plate set
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Homemade or from the "Colonel," serve family & guests
crispy fried chicken, corn on the cob
lathered in butter & a wedge of
fresh crisp watermelon,
mmmmm . . .
 "finger-licking goodness!"

"Country whimsy" bowl set
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Scoop a heap of homemade potato salad, warm baked beans or
a "double" helping of ice cream garnished with 
fresh berries and just a dab, (or so . . .) of
creamy sweet cool whip!
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~ Summer recipes to LOVE ~
"Southern Fried Chicken"
Usually the best fried chicken recipes are made in the kitchens of
Southern women . . . we think your family will love Paula Dean's
~ ingredients ~
3 eggs
1/3 cup water
1 cup hot red pepper sauce (Paula recommends Texas Pete)
2 cups self-rising flour
1 teaspoon pepper
1 (1 to 2 1/2 lb) chicken cut into pieces
oil for frying (Paula recommends peanut oil)
* House seasoning:
1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
~ directions ~
In a medium bowl, beat eggs with the water.
Add enough hot sauce so the egg mixture is bright orange.
In another bowl, combine flour & pepper.
Season chicken with "House" seasoning.
Dip the seasoned chicken in the egg, then coat well in the flour mixture.
Heat oil to about 350 degrees F in a deep pot.
*do not fill the pot more than 1/2 full with oil
Fry chicken in the oil until brown & crispy.
*dark meat takes a bit longer, about 13 - 14 minutes
*white meat, about 8 - 10 minutes
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"Country Potato Salad"
There are thousands of variations of Potato Salad recipes . . .
even the one your mama use to make probably is a variation of 
another recipe!
This is the one I looked forward to every summer ~ from
my mama's kitchen to yours!
~ directions ~
2 lbs of Yukon or Red russet potatoes
(I like to leave the peel on for a rustic country-style)
After cooking potatoes, cut into bite size chunks
1/4 to 1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 hard boiled eggs chopped
2 teaspoons of mustard (I like a little spicy Dijon)
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped purple onion
1 cup chopped sweet pickles
1 to 2 cups of chopped fried bacon (add less or more!)
a good size pinch of coarse salt
a good dash of black pepper
Toss all together in a large bowl,
cover, chill in fridge for at least an hour & serve
* bacon is optional, but sure makes it tasty!
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"Sugar Cookies"
I've made a lot of sugar cookies in my day, (ate them too!), 
but my favorite are from Martha Stewart
~ ingredients ~
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling dough
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter - room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
~ directions ~
In large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder & salt
With electric mixer, cream butter & sugar until light & fluffly
Beat in egg & vanilla ~ mix on low gradually adding flour mixture
beat until combined
Cut dough in half, flatten into disks,
wrap separately & freeze for 20 minutes
Preheat oven 350
Remove one dough disk, let stand for 5 to 10 minutes
Roll out 1/8" thick on floured cooking cutting board or parchment
*dust dough periodically with flour as needed
Cut shapes with your favorite cookie cutter
Use a spatula & transfer to a prepared cookie sheet
Bake, rotating halfway through, until edges are golden,
about 10 - 18 minutes depending on cookie size
Cool on wire rack
*delicious & perfectly crunchy alone or dressed with your
favorite sugary icing topped with fresh fruit
Send family & friends home with a few on one of our . . .
"mini-LOVE note" plates

ENJOY a "whimsy" & "finger linking good" Summer together!


A destination designed to Lavish Your Heart,
Your Soul & Your Home
Discover beautiful home decor, heartfelt gifts, lavish jewelry,
lifestyle tips, inspiring stories & more!

We joyfully donate a portion of all sales each season to a nonprofit ~
visit our Lavish "Your Heart" page to learn more about
this season's organization & how you can help.

June 20, 2016

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"HELLO SUNSHINE" . . . bright pillows, illuminating lanterns & whimsical glasses!

Brighten and illuminate your Summer! ... then pucker-up for refreshingly tart lemonade served in sunshine ... View full article →
June 13, 2016

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A 'simple' SUMMER feast . . . platters, dishes & recipes to LOVE!

In the good 'ol Summertime . . . 'simple' fish feasts to serve one & all!

"Simply Fish" large Platter
Perfect for serving a "shrimp scatter" ~ or as they call it in the South,
a "shrimp boil"
or
present elegant salmon all dressed up in warm herb butter

"Simply Fish" side dishes ~ set of 3
For just a sprinkling of garnishes, crunchy coleslaw
or
sauces infused with fresh herbs, lemon & garlic

"Lightly Linen" napkins ~ set of 4
Elegant natural linen color,
depth of texture & classic hemstitching ~ 
a tasteful solution for fingers & lips at your 
"simple Summer feast!"
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Caught from the fresh Pacific ocean in Alaska, my husband Tim is not only a
great fisherman, but a great "chef!"
Try Tim's "simple" grilled Alaskan Halibut recipe:
In a large plastic bag . . .
place 4 halibut filets ~ set aside
in a small bowl whisk . . .
2 tblsp Old Bay, 2 tblsp of olive oil, 1 tblsp lemon juice,
a good size pinch of sea salt &
freshly ground black pepper
(all seasonings to 'preference')
* add seasonings to bag with fish & give a few gentle shakes to
mix & coat fish thoroughly
refrigerate for at least 1 hour & take out about 15-20minutes
before placing on grill
Grill on low for at least 10minutes

Simple fish, Simply delicious!
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"Springtime Tumblers" ~ set of two
The welcoming green hue, the charming sunflowers &
embossed detailing on our tumblers will take you back to
the simple summer life at grandma's,
sipping a cool glass of sun-kissed country ice tea! 

Try a few of our favorites this Summer . . .

"Iced Tea, Mango-style"
Pour 6 cups of boiling water over
5 tablespoon of loose Mango-infused tea leaves
*cover & steep for 4-7 minutes
Pour tea through a wire mesh strainer
Add agave nectar or simple syrup to taste
Pour tea over lots of ice
Garnish with a wedge of fresh mango

"Mint tea, Mojito-style"
Pour 4 cups of very hot water over 2 generous sprigs of mint leaves
*cover & let set for 3 to 5 minutes
Steep a pot of your favorite black tea & add a bit of the mint water
Stir 1/2 cup of rum, 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed limes
1/4 to 1/3 cup of agave nectar (or simple sugar syrup)
Pour tea evenly into ice-filled glasses
Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint & lime wedges

 * if you're old school like Hemingway, substitute agave for crushed sugarcanes

 ~ a "lavish" tip ~

~ keep those ice teas flavored just right, freeze the tea in a few ice trays & use in place of regular ice . . . cool & refreshing without diluting flavor!

ENJOY a refreshing Summer together!

 

Lavish Three . . .
a destination designed to Lavish Your Heart,
Your Soul & Your Home
Discover beautiful home decor, heartfelt gifts, lavish jewelry,
inspiring lifestyle tips, traditions and more!

We joyfully donate a portion of our proceeds each season to a nonprofit ~
visit our Lavish "Your Heart" page to learn more about this season's organization,
The Renewing Life Center

~ please note that June will be the last month of proceeds
donated to the Renewing Life Center ~ thank you to all our clients
who have graciously purchased or donated directly,
your contribution matters greatly and is
deeply appreciated . . .

Laurel, Tammy, Lisa
June 06, 2016

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Summers by the Sea . . .

Some of my favorite memories are those that involve quiet walks on the beach, sand between my toes & the warming rays of the sun!

. . . perhaps you live in the desert like us . . .

To help you "escape," here are a few of our Lavish product picks

to set your own seaside scene!

 

  

 Nautical pillows will add a touch of beach beauty to your seaside cottage,

beach front home or even a room in the suburbs!

~ Select from ~

"Whimsical Sea Creature" ~ beaded pillow
Wrap your heart around this creature from the deep blue sea!
Our whimsical octopus delivers a sparkling punch and adds a touch of 
maritime fun to your days and nights!
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"Coastal Crab & Royal Tweed" ~ set of 2 pillows
This pillow pairing is a "reel catch!"
With a great sense of style, our crab is the perfect
visitor for your beachside cottage.
Paired with a "royal tweed" fringed pillow, this nautical pair promises
days of smooth sailing!
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"Sophisticated sea Conch" ~ beaded pillow 
A nautical masterpiece! 
Invite the beauty of the seashore to your home all year!
Sophisticated beading will remind you of days when the sun is glistening
and dancing on the tips of the tides!
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And as the evening sun begins to set . . .
create a cozy atmosphere & soak in the sights & sounds from your seaside porch.  
Our sweet cottage-style lanterns provide just enough illumination for
gazing at stars, watching waves & sorting shells from your evening stroll on the beach. . . 

"Vintage Garden lanterns"

~ select from rustic red, sunny yellow or burnished blue ~
  

"Smell the sea and feel the sky, and let your soul and spirit fly . . ."

~ Van Morrison

 

 

Lavish Three . . .
a destination designed to Lavish Your Heart,
Your Soul & Your Home
Discover beautiful home decor, heartfelt gifts, lavish jewelry,
inspiring lifestyle tips, traditions & more!

We joyfully donate a portion of our proceeds each season to a nonprofit ~
visit our Lavish "Your Heart" page to learn more about this season's organization,
The Renewing Life Center.

~ please note that June will be the last month of proceeds
donated to the Renewing Life Center ~ thank you to all our clients
who have graciously purchased or donated directly,
your contribution matters greatly and is
deeply appreciated . . .

Laurel, Tammy, Lisa
May 23, 2016

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"A quiet moment for Mom before the final school bell rings!"

A busy school year is coming to a close . . . 
fill these last treasured days with a few of  your favorites!
 A
 leisurely walk with your four-legged love,
a cup of chamomile tea & a favorite book,  
a "lavish" pillow & 
sumptuous treat. . . 
All designed to "spoil"
before the final school bell rings!

    

~ SET the SCENE ~

one . . . "Charming little tea set"
whimsical artwork &
quaint floral designs set the scene for a  relaxing moment with
a cup of tea & your favorite four-legged love.

two . . . "Patina mini votives"
store pet treats, favorite snips from the garden,
a fragrant candle or simple sweets . . .
four distinctive designs add function & beauty. 

three . . . "mini-Dessert pedestal set"
serve yourself a sumptuous treat in a majestic manner
fit for a queen!
p.s . . . you deserve it!

and . . .don't forget your "four-legged love" ~
a most cheerful companion,
from a gentle purr to a wildly wagging tail...
adorn your four-legged one with a "lavish" pet tag, because
"all you need is LOVE"

WOOF WOOF! 

There's the BELL!

"Mom...I think the kids are home!"

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. . . so cherish these last few days & enjoy tea time for two,
embrace these final moments of quiet solitude!

We joyfully donate a portion of our proceeds each season to a nonprofit ~ 
visit our Lavish "Your Heart" page to read more about this season's organization,
The Renewing Life Center.

May 17, 2016

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wedding BLISS . . . a few "lavish" gifts

"LOVE" is in the air . . . .  

~ lavish wedding gifts for the Happy couple ~

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 "tying the knot" frame

Come rain or shine, for better or worse, 
from this day forward,
you'll never be alone . . . for
"two are better than one."
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"of all the walks . . ." frame

Our big sensitive hearts couldn’t resist this bridal frame.
Of all the walks . . . how's a girl to choose her "favorite?
Up the aisle on Daddy's arm or
hand-in-hand with her Beloved.
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"Mr. & Mrs." pillows

One year ~ fifty years ~ a lifetime
Celebrate that special day with a declaration;
 for few things are more precious than
the one you love.
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"LOVE" . . . is the greatest!

We joyfully donate a portion of our proceeds each season to a nonprofit.
Visit our Lavish "Your Heart" page to read more about this season's organization,
The Renewing Life Center.
May 10, 2016

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Pre- wedding BLISS . . . "LOVE" is in the air!

Welcome to wedding season!

Whether you’re hosting an engagement party
to celebrate the happy couple
or perhaps the rehearsal dinner the night before the BIG day . . .  
dress up the table with our rustic elegant chargers.

~ just a little "lavish" history ~

Charger plates have been used as early as the 19th century & were referred to
as "service plates."
They were kept on the dining table throughout the entire course of the meal
then removed for dessert service.
. . . from elaborate & ornate to simple & elegant,
chargers will add a touch of decorative flair to your setting & beautify
any dining experience!

 

 

French Cottage Charger
~ white lace ~

Serve romance on our "white lace" charger . . .
creating ambiance & spoiling the closest of family and friends.
Tie a sprig or a blushing tea rose to one of our "lightly linen napkins" &
place on your finest china . . . simple, rustic & elegant.
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French Cottage Charger
~ meadow green ~

Create just a touch of country charm with our "meadow green" chargers . . .
Gather your favorite fragrant posies with a few snips from the garden &
tie onto our "lightly linen" napkins,

setting a simple, yet casually chic table.

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lavish tip . . .
Create an artful centerpiece to any table with a collection of pale sea glass, 
snips from the garden, a few stones or pebbles & a fragrant candle to cast a
soft romantic glow!

Cheers to the Happy couple!
March 30, 2016

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Springtime favorites . . . our Carrot Soup recipe!

What to do with all those carrots after the Easter Bunny has left . . . . .
Try this simply yummy, and yes, HEALTHY Carrot Soup recipe!

~ 5 simple ingredients ~

3 lbs carrots ~ peel & chop
6 cups vegetable stock
2 tablespoons - garlic
2 tablespoons - dill weed
2 tablespoons - butter (optional)
. . . and then . . .
* place all ingredients in a pot & boil for 30 minutes
* puree - using a stick blender, Vita-Mix or food processor 
* simmer for 5 additional minutes
* garnish & serve with a few favorite crackers or a crusty baguette
ENJOY!
March 28, 2016

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In HIS Creation . . . ENJOY the outdoors!

Living in the desert we don't have many days that we can enjoy "living" outdoors, so when Spring slips in with it's subtle breezes & mid-temperatures, it's absolutely fabulous!

So if you ENJOY the outdoors ~ here are a few of our favorite finds for "setting your scene" this season! 

Our "lavish" pillow collection will add comfort & beauty to  those spaces often neglected during winter . . .
so in the crisp morning air, grab your favorite book, a cup of steaming tea, and 
ENJOY comfort!
  
  

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ENJOY the company of "feathered friends" with our "Bluebirds of Happiness" bird feeder . . . perfect for seeds & a few crumbs or a candle to create a soft glow
indoors or out.
 

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"Rustic & shabby" is the new "elegance"
We found these "Embossed Metal Medallions" to define both ~ beautiful for displaying from your favorite tree or trellis, or . . . compliment your interior decor & fill in those difficult spaces & ENJOY a bit of "rustic" charm.

 

      

. . . and just as the Springtime sun begins to set . . . 
create your own "illumination" with our "Vintage Garden Lanterns
lovely alone on a single branch or clustered in a trio among the new Springtime leaves, they will cast just the right amount of light to ENJOY an evening out.

     

ENJOY the outdoors together!

Laurel, Tammy, Lisa