Russian Tea Cakes

Easy to make recipe that’s great for the beginning baker. Make them with your entire family the kids can help roll them in the powdered sugar. Recipe by Mrs. Walter Benz . 1 cup butter 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar 1 tsp real vanilla 3/4 cup pecans dash of salt 2 1/4 cups sifted flour Cream together butter & sugar. Add vanilla, nuts & flour. Chill 1 hour. Shape into small balls 3/4 to 1 inch in size. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet in 350-degree oven for 25-30 minutes. While still warm roll in powdered sugar. Twice.

Gooey Butter Cake

Love making this pan cookie recipe. It’s great for holiday gifting too. Easy recipe for the beginning baker too. I put holiday sprinkles on it before baking. Gooey Butter Cake by Mary Fisher 1 box of yellow cake mix 1 stick of melted butter 1 egg 2 tsp. vanilla   Mix together & press into a buttered 9 x 13 inch pan. 1 box of powdered sugar 8 oz. philadelphia cream cheese 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla Beat until smooth and pour onto the top of the above mixture. Sprinkle with colored sugar sprinkles   Preheat over to 350 degrees. …

Sweet Potato Crisp

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Over the years I’ve searched for the best Sweet Potato recipe. This recipe is courtesy of Mrs. Michael Richardson of Franklin, TN (Jolene.) It is served annually at the Thanksgiving Night in the Hunger Fight annual fundraising supper at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church which has raised thousands of dollars to feed and educate children in Haiti. It’s been served to many groups and families, over the years that it’s become a holiday favorite.  Sweet Potato Crisp  Potatoes 3 cups sweet potatoes (peeled, cooked and mashed) 1/2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 2 eggs  1/3 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla Mash …

Green Design: Keeping the Nashville Charm

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Green Design: Keeping the Nashville Charm Nashville and the surrounding communities are full of historic areas that are reemerging, being redeveloped, and changing at an incredibly rapid rate. Attracting people to these areas are the charm of their structures, walk-ability, and accessibility. Preserving these existing structures, both residentially and commercially, maintains the character and history of our most popular neighborhoods while demonstrating age-old sustainability.   In addition to charm and history, what makes a structure worth saving? History buffs might consider an old house to be historic because of who occupied it at one time during its long life. Others might …

Green Design: Outdoor Furnishings

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Green Design: Outdoor Furnishings Have you been enjoying the lovely spring weather as much as I have? While it never lasts long enough, that perfectly crisp spring air compliments outdoor living so well. Luckily, we live in an area in which the weather compliments outdoor living throughout the summer. Outdoor dining, lounging, and sunning are a major part of the season. It only makes sense to have the perfect furniture pieces to support these leisurely activities. Surprisingly, purchasing outdoor furniture can be one of the most intimidating decisions for a homeowner. It is a substantial investment for something used only …

Aging With Your Home

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Green Design: Aging  With Your Home I am currently in the process of working with a client to renovate a 1920’s four-square home. The previous homeowners were an elderly couple that had lived in the home for almost 30 years. As my client took me through each room, it was interesting to see how the couple had renovated different areas over time, allowing their beloved home to age with them. Aging with the home is something, as designers, we face all the time. Not everyone is interested in downsizing or relocating to accommodate their aging needs. Many see that final …

eco-friendly living

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eco-friendly living by Sarai Johnson Eco-friendly living can cover a lot of ground, but generally it’s accepted that it refers to the use of low-impact materials, energy efficiency, quality and durability, reuse and recycling, sustainability, and renewability. In keeping with that definition, Carol Bass of The Practical Decorator says her favorite buzz word is “redesign.” “I understand why redesign is the fastest growing segment of the decorating industry. Interior redesign reuses what the homeowner already owns to create a space that is warm, inviting, and functional with a designer look without the designer price tag,” she says. Reusing and repurposing …

Exploring Green Interiors – Green Products

Exploring Green Interiors Green Product Innovations Resource consumption is constantly an issue of concern and interest among homeowners, and many product manufacturers are taking notice. Vendors realize that consumers are becoming more savvy about research, and in turn, we are seeing wonderfully innovative products targeting specific needs in new and exciting ways. When retrofitting any home to save resources, some of the quickest and easiest products we specify are plumbing fixtures. Did you know that sink faucets account for approximately 15 percent of indoor household water usage in the United States every year? That equals nearly 1 trillion gallons of …

Gunnar’s Cottage: Former Duplex Finds New Life on Nashville Show

Former Duplex Finds New Life on Nashville Show When Shane Stratton of Stratton Exteriors and Urban Properties bought the modest house in Lockeland Springs and “flipped” it last year, little did he know that the buyer was Michael Lohmann. Lohmann, director of photography for Nashville, the television show that many credits in part with Nashville’s rise as a popular destination spot for tourists and newcomers, and has used it as a set for the show. The house showed up in season three as the new house that Gunnar Scott moves into—the house where Micah’s grandparents arrive to announce their guardianship …

Mashtinis

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Amazing What Stemware Can Do For Mashed Potatoes Main dishes are often easy to select—maybe it’s turkey, or ham, or chicken or beef. Maybe even lamb or pork. But once that decision is made the question is what side dishes to offer guests. And what appetizers? Keeping those options both simple to execute, delicious, and interesting is what keeps some American cooks awake at night! If choosing holiday starters and sides is leaving you stressed, relax. These recipes will let you serve up some traditional flavors with a fun twist – and they won’t keep you trapped in the kitchen. …