Color Pop: Dining With Yellow

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Spring has sprung – & there’s no better way to welcome the warmth than by incorporating warm accent colors into your home design.

If you’re looking to brighten up your dining space, but don’t want to commit to painting or shopping for new furniture – dinnerware and accent pieces are the way to go. They have a way of complementing your existing decor AND giving your space a new feel at the same time. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to transform you dining room with the right dinnerware, glasses, tablecloth, napkins, place setting, or centerpiece!

 

Let’s talk yellow dinnerware!

Le Cadeaux is one of our bestselling brands – and for a good reason. This isn’t your mother’s china, but it sure looks like it. They have several yellow dinnerware and glassware options worth mentioning.

 

Incorporate yellow accents such as napkins and serveware…

 


When life gives you lemons, decorate your dining space with them…

 

 

Looking for even more flair? Try dinnerware and accessories in yellow with pops of colors like blue and green.

 

 

 

What’s your favorite accent color for spring/summer? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Go Coastal with Beach and Nautical Themed Home Decor

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Whether you’re walks from the beach or hundreds of miles away, a cool, seaside vibe is quite easy to achieve. Bring the beach home with a mix of ocean blues, antique whites, burlap, distressed wood, glass bottles, and of course – seashells.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What colors, fabrics, and textures remind you of the beach? Let us know in the comment section.

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Pass the Mustard, Please

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Touch of Europe Gourmet Mustard

 

Picture it. You’re in the supermarket looking for a mustard to top 100+ hot dogs and hamburgers for the family cookout – you go for the giant, no name yellow mustard with the red twisty top. Right?

If you get hungry in the middle of the night and want to make yourself a simple ham sandwich – Grey Poupon is your GO TO! Am I right? (Honestly, I get it. How could you not love Grey Poupon!)

If you answered yes to either scenario, you were me and I was you. Until one day, I dubbed myself a gourmet foodie and decided that I needed more from my mustard. More variety, more flavor. Luckily, I work somewhere with over 40 different kinds of mustard at the ready. Here’s a short list of my favorites (in no particular order). Hopefully I can convince you to try one (or try them all)!

 

Pommery Meaux Mustard with Cognac Royal MustardPommery Meaux Mustard with Cognac Royal Mustard

Fallot Napa Valley Pinot Noir Dijon Mustard 7 oz JarFallot Napa Valley Pinot Noir Dijon Mustard 7 oz Jar

Pommery Honey Mustard from Meaux in Stone JarPommery Honey Mustard from Meaux in Stone Jar

Fallot Basil MustardBasil Mustard Fallot French Dijon Moutarde au Basilic 7 oz.

Pommery Mustard Meaux Moutarde in Pottery Crock with CranberriesPommery Mustard Meaux Moutarde in Pottery Crock with Cranberries

Epicurien Fig Flavored Mustard 7 ozEpicurien Fig Flavored Mustard 7 oz

Amora Dijon Mustard Fine and Strong 5.3 oz jarAmora Dijon Mustard Fine and Strong 5.3 oz jar and large jar

Pommery Mustard Meaux Moutarde in Pottery Crock with HerbsPommery Mustard Meaux Moutarde in Pottery Crock with Herbs

Honey Balsamic Mustard Fallot French GourmetHoney Balsamic Mustard Fallot French Gourmet

Epicurien Truffle Flavored Mustard 7 ozEpicurien Truffle Flavored Mustard 7 oz

 

As you can see, I love unique mustard – and you will too! Try one of over 40 flavors available at Touch of Europe. You can thank me for the introduction by inviting me to your next BBQ and passing the mustard!

Have a favorite mustard flavor or recipe using mustard? Tell us about it in the comment section.

 

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Spring Cleaning | Linen Care Tips, Product Ideas, and Easy Solutions

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Linen Care Touch of Europe

 

After a cold and gloomy winter, there’s nothing like springtime — sunshine, flowers in bloom, great weather! I can’t think of anything to complain about… except allergies and spring cleaning.

Many people love spring cleaning, but even more of us dread the very idea of it. We can all agree that a light, airy, and organized space that looks and smells amazing is well worth the effort though.

Let’s talk laundry (collective sigh). Specifically those heavy, bulky winter linens. When the weather starts to warm up and you need to store your winter linens and bedding in a safe place until next year,  it’s easy to fold everything up, throw it in a plastic tub, and shove it in the garage… but how effective is that practice? Not very. Your linens, (especially the vintage ones) need more attention than that.

So roll up your sleeves, throw the windows open and let some fresh air in, find some music you can jam to, and let’s get started.

Before you store your winter bedding and linens and pull your spring/summer linens out of their containers, you want to take great care in cleaning them all.

Linen Care Checklist:

Here, you’ll find great care tips and instructions that may help you get rid of stubborn stains or yellowing on your fabrics before you store them or display them.

Here, are a few laundry products to help you get your winter linens washed and stored, and get your spring/summer linens white, bright, fresh, and out on display.

If you’d like to read even more tips, please visit the Hints & Tips and About Linens sections of our website. If you have additional linen care tips you’d like to share, leave a comment!! We’re always interested in hearing from you.

 

Linen Care Solutions Touch of Europe

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4 Minute, 4 Ingredient, Healthy, Creamy Chestnut Sauce (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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4 Minute, 4 Ingredient, Healthy, Creamy Chestnut Sauce

4 Minute, 4 Ingredient, Healthy, Creamy Chestnut Sauce. Yes please! Thanks to Micheline at The Miniature Moose for featuring Touch of Europe as the go for the whole chestnuts needed for this recipe.

Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
4 min
Creamy Chestnut Sauce
  1. Heaping 1/2 cup peeled and cooked Chestnuts
  2. 1 cup unflavored, unsweetened Almond Milk or milk of choice
  3. 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  4. 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil or other mild flavored oil of choice
  5. Cooked Pasta of choice
  6. Chopped Parsley
  7. Fresh Black Pepper
Instructions
  1. In a food processor or blender combine chestnuts, milk, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and oil until very smooth.
  2. Toss with hot, drained pasta in the cooking pot over medium heat until heated through. Half of a 1 lb box of Rigatoni works well. If sauce becomes too thick add a bit of the pasta cooking water or a bit more milk. Once heated add 1/4 teaspoon remaining salt to taste. Serve immediately and sprinkled with chopped parsley, black pepper.

Get the full recipe and many other wonderful recipes, DIYs and more at:
http://theminiaturemoose.com/four-minute-four-ingredient-creamy-chestnut-sauce-vegan-gluten-free

Thanks again Micheline! We’ll be trying this recipe very soon.

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