Thanksgiving Dinner Game Plan


I love planning a holiday meal.  As new food magazine issues emerge on the shelves, I start collecting them - and scouring them - using page flags and sticky notes to mark interesting recipes. I'm lucky that my family is laid back when it comes to holiday meals.  They usually leave the menu up to me, and I love the responsibility - it lets me get a little creative! A decision on the protein comes first - turkey, ham, duck, Cornish game hen, seafood?  From there I plan the sides … [Continue reading...]

Holiday Photo Cards: Behind the Scenes


A few weeks ago, I sat down to sketch new holiday photo card ideas (hard to believe it's already time for that again, isn't it?). Sometimes the end result is quite different than the original sketch, and sometimes they're almost exactly alike.  This year, several designs ended up close to the original, so I thought it might be fun to share. It's pretty interesting to see how an idea comes to life, don't you think?  Can you spy the original sketch for each of these? You can see all of … [Continue reading...]

New Fall Stationery? Check.

buffalo check stationery

Buffalo check, in fact. This summer we basked in the glory of cabana stripes, but as we transition into fall – we knew it was time to switch things up a bit.  The design inspiration for this collection came from a few different sources.  First, the current series of Target commercials.  They’re just so… PLAID […]

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Fly Fishing Weekend


Without a doubt, fall is my favorite season.  The first time that air turns crisp, I’m as giddy as a schoolgirl. For past several years, my grandparents have traveled to Roaring River State Park to go fly fishing in the fall, and I’ve been lucky enough to tag along for a weekend during their stay.  […]

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End of Summer Fiesta

honeycomb fans

To wrap up the summer, I thought it might be fun to throw an End of Summer Fiesta for the entire Barque team.  We’ve never had an official “office party” or anything, so this was new – but definitely fun and we will do it again! A good fiesta has to start with colorful decorations, […]

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Fiesta Tissue Napkin Rings

fiesta menu and napkin ring

As I’m planning an End of Summer Fiesta, so I thought it might be fun to create decorative napkin rings for it.  They were easy, and I like how they added more color to the tablescape. To begin, you will need: – scissors – empty toilet paper rolls (or paper towel rolls) – craft glue […]

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Pineapple Plates


While in Costa Rica for my brother’s wedding, my family took a half day fishing tour. When the young local fisherman presented us with a gorgeous pineapple snack – we were really impressed with his presentation skills! He used no fancy plates or utensils – just a pineapple, a cutting board and a knife. Basic. […]

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Back to School Locker Makeover


With our Back to School SALE ending Saturday, we thought it was time for  a mini-makeover on our locker display behind the register! Books, chalkboard, a globe and a paper airplane? Yep! Gang’s all here!  School is IN session.

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On Trend NOW – Perfectly Pineapple


As summer comes to a close, it seems like some of us are holding onto visions of palm trees and pineapples to keep the feel of summer alive.  Or maybe it’s just because pineapples have been such a HOT trend this season?  The pineapple has been a sign of hospitality for centuries – it symbolizes […]

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Balsamic Honey Glazed Grilled Carrots


Ingredients: One bunch of carrots 1/2 cup Savannah Bee Company’s Grill Honey 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary (or any other fresh herb you enjoy) Instructions: Wash and peel the carrots, removing the both ends.  Put carrots in a large baggie and evenly coat with the grill honey/balsamic […]

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