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Hello and Happy Superbowl Sunday! I have to give us Americans credit, we are so good at coming up with things to celebrate. Golden Globes, Grammys, Superbowl, Academy Awards, always a fun excuse to party!

Hope everyone is enjoying a nice weekend. It’s been quite mild weather wise lately…almost feeling like winter is about done but I somehow think there is more to come. I wouldn’t mind one great big snowfall and then breeze right into spring!

Here things are calm (calm is good) and relaxing….dinner with friends, a beautiful farewell luncheon for an old friend and some downtime (much needed)! Plus it’s Superbowl Sunday, not that I am your biggest football fan but even I get into this iconic American celebration! May the best team win……moving along to my Seven on Sunday.

 

1 ONE STUNNING TABLE! I found this table setting and it was love at first sight. I love the colors and of course the blue and white accents, it is elegant and even a bit whimsical. Plus I had considered the fabric used on the chairs for a bench I was reupholstering and now kind of hoping I can find another place for it.

This is such a beautiful set up, kind of has me in the mood for a party……..click here to see the entire setup over at Atlanta Homes

 

2 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST Love the round up this week, the best of the best!! I never cease to be amazed by the sheer beauty that I find on a weekly basis. Think of this as the Oscars of Instagram but on a weekly basis!

And my favorite this week is this one below because well….how perfectly amazing is this!

3 SHOP NEWS Always love to share with you what is happening or on the horizon with my shop. Got in the bamboo lanterns in the medium size which is a great size, I had to share this gorgeous picture of a clients beautiful kitchen with two of them…so fabulous! Click here to see them in the Chinoiserie tole.

My customer ordered the ivory/blue, this one is not yet online but we did just get them back in, in the  med and large

Super excited about the container coming in this week then another container arriving in March which will have all kind of gorgeous new pieces-

Loving the tissue holder and wastepaper basket in blue and white-

This can only mean one thing….I MUST have a blue and white bathroom in PB!! The wastepaper basket is below-

Love this fabulous square planterand already have a place for two of them-

Excited to get this wonderful oversized village scene bowl in as well…going to fill it with green apples!

The silver is also en route and I have about 20 new pieces coming in, a few of them are below

4 A PROSECCO FESTIVAL! Who knew!! This is so my kind of festival:) Sounds like a blast, if you ask me. It will take place in May in East London and is four chock full days of bubbly, Italian music, food and masterclasses…how FUN!!! In case you need an excuse for a vacation, here is your opportunity just waiting…… courtesy of Tina:) For more info on this fun event click here

5. SUPERBOWL IDEAS! Well today is the big day…..I will admit I am not a huge football fan (unless one of my sons is playing) but even I get into the whole Superbowl excitement, how can you not, it would almost feel anti American! We were supposed to be away this weekend but plans changed so having a few people over last minute.

We typically have a small group over,  I like to do small bites and normally that is what I do in place of an actual dinner (a non stop revolving door of small bites)  but today I am whipping out the big guns…making a big pot of my most favorite meal of all, Beef Bourguignon Recipe is below along with a few great appetizer ideas in case you need a last minute idea or two-

This is GOOD as in insanely delicious. A tried and true recipe that is a winner. It’s a lot of prep but sooooo worth it!

  • About 3-4 tablespoons light virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces bacon, chopped (1/2 a package)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic cloves, large chopped pieces (not too fine)
  • 1/2 cup Cognac
  • 1 bottle of good full bodied red wine (ideally like Beaujolais, Cabernet or Burgundy)
  • ?2 cups beef broth (I used Emerils box of beef stock which is a 32 oz box)
  • 1-2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2-2 1/2 pounds beef cut into 1-inch cubes (I use top round london broil)
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Fresh pepper
  • 1 pound carrots, cut to 1 inch (don’t use baby carrots, they are too soft)
  • 2 med.onions- thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh, thyme leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried) I used a bit more than the recipe called for and always use fresh
  • 4 tablespoons butter at room temperature, melted
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms (cut off stems and discard) can use more if you are like me and love mushrooms
  • about 3-4 Yukon gold potatoes diced into 1 inch pieces (some also add turnips)

If you have a nice heavy dutch oven, that is preferable otherwise a good stock pot is fine. I used my Le Cruset “weighs a ton” pot but it was perfect for this dish plus its French! Heat the olive oil and add the bacon, cook on medium until fairly crispy. Remove and drain bacon. Add cubed beef (after they have been rinsed, patted dry and sprinkled with sea salt and pepper) one layer at a time and sear the meat, this will take about 4-5 minutes, make sure its seared on all sides. Set aside with the bacon.

Next, you will add carrots, onions, and either potatoes or turnips if you are using them along with salt and pepper to the fat in the pot and cook for about 15 minutes or until soft and onions are lightly browned. Then add garlic and cook for another minute or two. Next add Cognac…you then should take a match and light it right in the pot…STAND BACK while you do this and stare in awe at your budding creation! (This process burns off the alcohol)

Next add the meat and bacon into the pot with the juices already in. Add the bottle of wine and beef broth, this mixture should pretty much cover the meat. Next add tomato paste and thyme. Simmer and then cover…at this point you can either cook it on the stove or transfer to a preheated oven (300 degrees) I cooked mine on the stove.

After about an hour and a half, the meat will be fork tender. On the side, take 2 tbsp of butter and melt then mix with flour and add to stew. In a small saute  pan, melt additional 2 tbsp of butter and saute mushrooms for about 5-10 minutes or until soft. Add to stew, bring to a brief boil and then simmer and cook for an additional 30 minutes. Season to taste. At the end, I add a few additional stalks of fresh thyme…get that  crusty baguette (which I throw on the grill or broiler with olive oil for a minute or two) and wine ready and you are in for a divine treat!

If you want a few good appetizer ideas and want to skip the idea of a fussy meal then these are really good too…..can’t stop at just one! Made these mini taco bites last year and they were a huge hit! Click here for recipe ( I did not used the beans just the hamburger meat and toppings)

Looking forward to trying these crab bites, yummy! Click here for the recipe

And how good do these spinach artichoke bites look plus with the name spinach it automatically means you can eat them to your hearts contest, after all its a “health food:” lol, click here for recipe

6. DESIGNER STAMPS! Oscar de la Renta was one of the most talented and iconic designers ever to walk the fashion globe. I think of beautiful, romantic frocks when I hear  his name and am lucky to own a special dress from him which I will always treasure even if I cannot fit into it anymore:)

So……I was so excited to see his legacy is being honored with these incredible stamps coming out mid Feb. I will never have been so happy to go to the post office!!

7. SUNDAY’S SURVEY. This is all about the Superbowl. I will admit I am not a serious football fan, (though I was with the best of them when  my son played in high school) but come Superbowl day I perk up and get into it, however must say the halftime show, palatable excitement  and excuse to enjoy all kinds of great goodies makes the day extra sweet:) So….what best sums up your feelings on this iconic American day?

So friends, that’s whats cooking over there on this beautiful Sunday. Hope whatever you are up to is fun and mostly relaxing..we all need a day to unwind and do just as we please. May the best team win, I know, I know (easy to say when you are neutral)! Until next time…..

PS As of Monday afternoon, there is a new flash sale! The Statuary and Planters flash sale is on for two days only, so many exquisite pieces perfect for spring planting! Click here

 

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Eve B on

Always look forward to Seven on Sunday. Thanks for sharing the beef stew–can’t wait to try it!

Donna DeMarino on

I’m from Atlanta, Go Falcons!!! We can’t believe we’re in the Superbowl! The only thing that would make it a better day is if Lady GAGA was not planning to go political.. ….wrong parade on the wrong day.

Katie Clooney on

Good morning, Tina… I always end up adding to my Instagram follow list thanks to you. I’m in love with that custom toile with the dogs. Love the pics of your client’s kitchen. Your light fixtures really make that space. Hope you have a great week.

Martha on

Hi
Donna from Atlanta,
I’ m an Atlanta lady too and I agree with you 100%. Go get ‘um Falcons!

Suzanne on

Being from Boston you can imagine we are a huge Patriots fan, go Tom! My husband and sons are down there enjoying all the fun, I am happy to watch from home.
Love those Oscar stamps perfect timing for a spring luncheon I am hosting in April. Great ideas for food too.
I just got my beautiful jars and silver bowl from you, so much prettier in person.
Thank you for all you share and the beauty you bring to our world.

DramaDiva on

Rooting for the Falcons. Agreed. Entertainment is no place for politics. Know thy audience…Love the Seven on Sunday post. I always add new follows based on your recommendations! Happy SuperBowl Sunday!!!!

Susan Logan on

Seven on Sunday always makes my Sunday mornings! Thank you so much for the Beef Bourguignon recipe. I’ve been thinking about it since you mentioned it earlier this week! Can’ wait to try it! I live in Atlanta, so needless to say, I’m pulling for the Falcons. It’s just so exciting to have the home team in the big game!

Thank you for your blog and posts and thank you for sharing your lovely ideas, pictures and general happiness!

Debbie on

We are a big football family even though we are Canadian. We all have our special teams.
This for my son go Patriots!! Look forward to your blog every week, so much inspiration !

Karen McLeod on

Hi Tina, thank you so much for all the wonderful ideas for food on this most exciting super bowl day. We are huge Falcon fans and are beyond thrilled they are in the super bowl this year. Hope you have a great relaxing and fun day.

Suzy on

I’m from Atlanta and live in the Charlotte area, so if the Panthers can’t be there, the next best thing is to cheer on the Falcons which we will be doing from multiple screens in our house. Tina, the Signature candles I ordered arrived. I lit one in the living room for about 30 minutes yesterday, and it absolutely filled the front of the house with that most voluptuous gardenia scent. In all truthfulness, I’ve never spent that kind of money on a candle, but it appears it will last quite a while. Are these little blue and white candle bowls refillable? If not, I’ve already envisioned a dozen uses for them after the candle is gone. Enjoy the game!

Donna Scully on

Great post!
Love the touch of whimsy!…….just enough to soften, what a difference it makes!

Oscar de la Renta stamps here I come……..will preorder on US Postal Service if I can. Perfect for my personal girlfriend notes and etc.

Please make a special email box to click on your recipes………even the Enchanted Home themed recipe cards/notebook pages would be welcomed.

Julie L on

Thanks for sharing the recipes!! Looking forward to your next container!!
From Atlanta– GO FALCONS!!!
Julie L

Esther on

I heard about the Oscar de la Renta stamps but have not seen them until now. Thank you for including a picture. I’m now off to see if I can order them right now.

Charlotte on

Love, love the stamps. I agree, feel a party coming on!

Caryn on

My cousin is singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl!

Michelle on

Thank you for the Beef Bourguignon recipe!!!! Taping the game only of the half time. Please let there be NO political statements!!! We need a break.

mhbundy@comporium.net (Margaret) on

Just wondering about how many the beef recipe will serve. It looks delicious.

Mo on

I have pinned all of the recipes for upcoming events. I know they will delight my guests!!

Carol H on

Thanks for the recipes Tina – always enjoy trying your ideas! We are huge football fans, and celebrated the Broncos win last year. We were bummed to see the Falcons lose in the end, but it was bittersweet to watch Tom Brady celebrate with his mom. My older boys are away at college, but we do group chats during the game – commenting on big plays or funny commercials (the Martha Stewart and Snoop Dog commercial made us laugh). Like you, I have 3 boys and its sweet to read their messages to each other. After the game my oldest son sent this video to everyone…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61Wm_qlVD4Q It is the group Needtobreathe and Gavin DeGraw singing “Brother”. It is a really beautiful song. I thought you might enjoy it!

michele@hellolovely on

chicken enchiladas and a beautiful chopped salad were happenin’ in these parts (i’m in the desert right now helping my folks), and i didn’t even glance at the game…instead, i went thrifting and found multiple treasures to transform! i will join you in london for the bubbly fest but let’s stay at the Haslett in West London and snap pics like wild (shameless promotion of a recent post on Hello Lovely!). xox

Lucy on

I have always loved Barefoot Contessa’s recipe. Delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Sandy @ You May Be Wandering on

Love your Sunday posts! I need to try that recipe! Have a great week!! xoxo

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