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EVERYTHING IS BETTER WITH BUTTER

It’s true, it’s just better.
That doesn’t mean you have to eat tons of butter but there is no substitution if you like making great food with bold flavors. Margarine is not food and should never be used, have you seen the study they did on it? It’s like one molecule away from being plastic!! It actually stays in your system longer and doesn’t break down…. Just use everything in moderation and you will be Happy & Healthy.
I like to buy good butter so I spring for the Organic homemade one at the store, You can totally tell the difference.
I made 2 Compound Butters this week to have on hand and they both are delicious, easy and very impressive!
This is what Compound Butter is:

Compound butters (French: “Beurre composé”, pl. “Beurres composés”) are mixtures of butter and supplementary ingredients. Primarily, they are used to enhance flavor in various dishes, in a fashion similar to a sauce.[1][2][3]
Compound butters can be made at home or purchased commercially. A compound butter can be made by whipping additional elements, such as herbs, spices or aromatic liquids, into butter. The butter is then reformed, usually in plastic wrap or parchment paper, and chilled until it is firm enough to be sliced. These butters can be melted on top of meats and vegetables, used as a spread or used to finish various sauces.

WHAT YOU NEED:
2 Sticks of butter at room temperature
1 Tablespoon chopped Chives
1 garlic clove
1/2 lemon juice and zest
WHAT YOU DO:
FOR THE CHIVE BUTTER, Simply add the chives, butter and garlic to a bowl and gently mix in until everything is incorporated.
Fold the ingredients together so you do not crush up the chives and they hold their shape and look beautiful when sliced
FOR THE LEMON BUTTER, add in the lemon juice and zest and mix slowly, this takes a little effort, not like the chives. The lemon takes time to absorb into the butter, just be patient it will incorporate. I looks as though it might not but trust me…. it’ll eventually totally mix in.
TO FORM:
Lay out a sheet of plastic wrap on the counter
Scoop out butter and place in the middle
Fold over the plastic wrap and using your hands tuck in the wrap on one side
Roll back and forth with your hands just a few times
Holding the ends of the the plastic spin it in both hands and it will form a tube
Holding the tube gently drop each end on the counter to flatten
Refrigerate until it re-hardens and serve in slices
Top a steak with the chive butter just as serving to make a beautiful presentation
Serve with warm bread instead of just plain ol’regular butter and people will think you are really AWESOME 🙂 …. I know, If that’s all it really took huh

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Beach Glass Garland

I saw this at a store in Newport and it was so easy to do and its a great gift idea. you only need a couple of things readily available at your local beach or Michael’s Craft Store.
I made these for Christmas!
What You Need:
Needle nose pliers (technically mine are not needle nose but they are close)
20 pieces of Beach Glass
20 gauge wire (8 yd) or more
Thats it!

What you do:
start by winding the wire around the needle nose pliers 3 or 4 times to have a starting point that is pretty and not just going to poke into something.
Then about every 4 inches or so wrap the wire around the glass, make sure to go around  a few times and then cross over and go the other way so the glass doesn’t just fall right out.
in between each use the pliers again to make a little swirl by simply wrapping the wire around the pliers and pulling apart, gently so it looks pretty.
Continue until you are out of wire or glass and make one final swirl at the end. At Christmas I put little hand made tags that said “beach glass garland” So simple!!


POM Wonderful……

Is that wonderful juice you can find  in the produce section of the store. It is in an hourglass type bottle and packs and incredible PUNCH of antioxidents and healtly good for you things and costs about $5.00. But the pomegranate fruit is left behind because people don’t know the trick….the one I know & got my husband up to demo this action shot coming up for all of you. My Grandmother had these at Thanksgiving every year and my sister Polly & I used to pull out the seeds and eat them and cover out selves in what would turn to dark pink stains on our fingers and faces. But now I hold in my typing fingers the secret you have been so desperately waiting for so!    get out your pens and note pads so you do miss a single instruction!

With out further adue………take your perfect pomegranate  hold it sideways in a cutting board (it could stain so I suggest an apron & cutting board you are willing to look at a stain on for a while, it won’t be there forever and cut the pomegranate in half with the top on one side and the bottom on the other this is step 1 of the great pom secret.  2 you take one of the halves and hold it cut side down over a large bowl. This was part 2 of the great Pop secret .  Number 3 is you hit the back of the fruit right on the skin, give it a good ol wack and the seeds fly out and into the bowl for you to juice, eat or enjoy. I am making Pomegranate Vinaigrette!! That is the final instruction in the Pom secret. This message will self destruct……………………………………..JUST KIDDING