Hello my dear readers and friends. Today I want to introduce you to a very special friend of mine: Sheila from SZ Interiors. Sheila is also Canadian and I feel so close to her for so many reasons. She’s one of those people that are always making of her house, a true home. She’s always sharing a project on her blog and I love seeing all the great transformations. I want to thank her for preparing not only a beautiful but also a “delicious” post for us today. Keep reading and you’ll understand why I call it “delicious”.
Happy Holidays Home Bunch readers!
First, I really want to thank Luciane for inviting me to visit today. It is an incredible honour to find myself here at Home Bunch. I hope you are feeling well, Luciane, and that you and Matthew are getting some rest. We all know that he is in the best of hands! Sending you big hugs and blessings.
With the Holiday Season in tow, I wanted to share some berry delight. Berries are such an amazing way to add delicious not only to your diet, but to also to your festive decor! I hope you enjoy these decorating ideas, and maybe even find one or two that will work for you. At the end I’ll be sharing a special recipe with you; it’s an age old tradition, but this actual recipe has only been in my collection in more recent years. It has fast become a family favorite, and is well on its way to becoming our own age old tradition!
Berries in decor…
Especially with a white backdrop, as white as the snow.
And even when the snow is faux 😉 …
They’re so lovely when paired with floating candles.
There’s an elegance that’s hard to compare.
I love the way the branches have also been used.
And here, the layering of leaves still on their branches, and the berries is so effective.
With just the use of a simple jar.
Jars add a relaxed feeling of home to a setting.
And here, the scattering of rocks adds to that overall appeal.
Berries go a long way to help dress a mantle.
Especially amongst greenery like you see here.
Or paired with lanterns like here.
I really like lanterns, and love this presentation. It’s understated with such a natural elegance and flair.
Wreaths are always a nice way to greet your guests.
Will this close-up inspire you to make one for your home?
You might like this DIY tutorial by Thoughtfully Simple.
Or maybe you want to personalize your doorstep with a monogram wreath.
And if this is your style, Our Unexpected Journey has set out DIY steps for you make your own.
But when it comes to Holiday decor, there is no feeling that says ‘home’…
Like a hand-strung garland of popcorn and berries for your tree!
Did you find any inspiration here for your own decor?
And now for my promised recipe…
What foodie delight does a non-kitchen Contessa create for her family’s turkey dinner? You know, to ensure traditions remain in tact and memories continue to build year after year?
Well for this one it’s cranberry dressing… And the funny thing is I was never a big fan of it growing up. I’m way more into savory than sweet, and until I discovered this recipe, I always found the dressing was more like dessert. So if you want a savory cranberry delight, this recipe is the one for you!
This recipe came from a cook book given to me by my very special aunt. It’s called ‘A Culinary Courses Journey’, and is a collection of recipes from Princess Cruises… my aunt also got the book signed by Princess Cruises executive chef, Antonio Costantino, and the Maitre D’ Hotel, Ignazio D’Agostino! This has become a keepsake to cherish, even for a non-kitchen Contessa like me!
Cranberries to traditions…
Makes 1 quart
3 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup water
1/2 cup white wine
1-1/4 cups sugar
juice from 1 orange (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons shallots, minced (finely diced onions work too)
1/4 cup celery, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 piece cinnamon stick
*tie cinnamon stick & cloves into cheesecloth sack
salt & pepper, to taste
1. Squeeze juice from an orange and set to the side.
This is about how much juice you should have…
The vintage lemon juicer once belonged to my grandmother. I love that you can strain the seeds out!
2. Place cranberries, water, wine and sugar into a pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer 10 minutes more.
4. Remove the cheesecloth sack containing the cinnamon and cloves, and adjust the seasoning to suit your taste.
The sauce can be served chunky or pureed. I serve mine chunky…
…in this vintage glass bowl that also belonged to my grandmother, the same bowl she served cranberry jelly in when I was growing up!
And it’s these added touches that make this tradition so special to me. I always think about my grandmother, our family, and my life growing up whenever I make this dressing, and especially when using these dishes.
I hope you have enjoyed this post. I would like to thank Luciane again for inviting me to guest post at Home Bunch.
May the warmth of family, the comforts of home embrace you this Holiday season.
THANK YOU FOR READING!
Thank you once again, my dear Sheila for this amazing post. I really want to try this recipe. I think it will be a hit around here!
If you liked this post, just wait to see her blog! Click here to visit it: Sheila from SZ Interiors.
Have a sweet day!
Luciane at HomeBunch.com
Get My Help with Interior Design: HB’s Design Service.
Come Follow me on Twitter: Twitter/HomeBunch
Source:Sheila from SZ Interiors
Subscribe to get Home Bunch Posts Via Email
Oh, what a lovely post! Love it Sheila, you put that together so well! Your cranberry dressing looks great too – I’ve always just put cranberries, orange juice and sugar together for mine. I’m going to have to try yours now! Happy holidays ~ Heather
I would not know what to select – all these ideas are so doable and beuatiful
You know you’re in for a treat when Sheila is guest posting. Sheila puts so much thought into her posts – they are always so well constructed and put together. I’ve never been one for cranberry sauce or dressing, but this recipe actually sounds very good. And I love Sheila’s grandmothers strainer – what a great item to have in the kitchen especially for sentimental purposes.
Wishing I could find some white cranberries…they would go much better with my christmas decor. Although I would stick with the red for cranberry sauce….This recipe looks great Sheila. Should I try it for Christmas Day, or stick with my plain ole tried and true recipe? Mine seems boring compared to this yummy dressing!
Love all the decor pictures and that recipe sounds delish! I’ll have to give it a try next time I’m making cranberry sauce. So nice that you’re using your grandmother’s items to make and serve the cranberries, what a lovely tradition!
It’s not often that a post can start off about decorating and end with a recipe of the same theme!
Beautiful images and something tasty to eat, thank you so much! So many easy ideas that I can do in a minute. Thank you to both you Shelia and Luciane!
Wonderful post, love the use of berries and twigs with the floating candles…so simple yet so elegant.
Buongiorno Sheila and Luciane How lovely !! enjoyed the beautiful images very much and the yummy grub enjoy these days Love n hugs fay xx
Oh Sheila I am 100% in the spirit of Christmas after reading your post. Those pics are beautiful. Happy winter solstice !
The cranberry dressing looks so good. thanks for sharing all these wonderful images.
What a delightful post from Sheila – I’m a huge fan of hers! Fresh cranberries are the absolute best and we, too, love to decorate with berries inside and out of our home.
Yay for Sheila! She’s such a sweetheart … and if she’s making cranberry dressing from scratch, I don’t know that she can call herself a non-kitchen Contessa!
Great inspiration, Sheila!
Luciane,I want to wish you a merry Christmas and happy holidays filled with many sweet moments!
Lovely yummy post! Signing off for the holidays now so wish you and your family a wonderful, joyful Christmas and New Year!!
Lots of love,