Dishing it up / with Sharon Insul

Come sit with me for awhile . . .
and see what I’m bringing to the table ©

OMG!!! People .   .   . batten down the hatches, we are all in for a rough weather patch. Rushing rivers, overflowing reservoirs, mudslides, felled trees, snow storms, and wind that rivals the likes of the grand daddy of them all, Chicago! Hello .   .   .  what do you think those ropes along Lake Shore Drive are for .   .   . aesthetics?

I know .   .   . I know .   .   .  you are all either scratching your heads, or at the very least shaking them as to where I am headed with my summation of the perils of our present weather predicament .   .   . oh please .   .   . I know how to spot annoyed, disgruntled, or confused readers. Enough said .  .   . time to read on.

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The photo above is my way of refocusing all of your attention from dismal to .  .   . delicious. Phew! Thanks to the person who just yelled .   .   . ” think spring”. Exactly!  Sooo .   .  . here is one of my spring tablescapes, bursting with colors of passion, excitement, innovation, and .   .   . come sit with me for awhile.  .  . and see what I’m bringing to the table ©. This table is covered with a cloth of fuchsia, orange like the glow of a setting sun, touches of gold, silver, and sky blue. I mixed patterns of  dinnerware in high jewel tone colors, and polished off each place setting with stemware in dusty rose and lime green.

 

My absolute favorite cobalt blue for extra special pops of color seen below, in case everyone missed the huge splash of fuchsia! Lol!!!

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Are you looking for a new twist on the same-old, ho-hum table setting? Well look no further .   .   . help is here .   .   . Now on Amazon “a collection of… Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper” Available in E-book and HARDCOVER getBook.at/Tableofferings

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For the kiddies in your life “I am sooo Lucky!!!” Series AVAILABLE on Amazon

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Sharon Insul is the former owner of the globally recognized  Beverly Hills boutique Candle light and… Beverly Hills, California, as well as an ongoing contributing columnist for the Beverly Hills Courier Newspaper.

 

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Dishing it up / with Sharon Insul


Come sit with me for awhile . . .
and see what I’m bringing to the table ©

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Fires will ignite, passions will intensify, and yes even life binding commitments will be made come February 14th…. Many of us have gathered our kindling, stacked our logs in anticipation of igniting one of our biggest personal  bonfires of the year .   .   . Valentine’s Day. WAIT .   .   . come back .   .   . no need to panic! O k .   .   . so no gathering, stacking, igniting, or possible commitments .   .   . got it! Hey, I’m in your corner .   .   . honest. On the surface this is a day of heart warming declarations of .   .   . you’re so sweet, let’s be friends, not life sentences! Before you all find “other things” to do on Valentine’s Day, let’s take a breath .   .   . go ahead suck that H2O deep into your lungs, like it’s your last breath, then slowly blow it out .   .   . better? Good .   .   . no need to worry .   .   . I have options for you .   .   . read on, it’s all good .   .   . really!

But .   .   .  if .   .   . you are .   .   .  wayyyyyy  past the ‘let’s be friends’ stage, then click on the above photo, and peruse. It really doesn’t take much to create an intimate, and cozy atmosphere. Whipping up the visual tablescape seen above is not as daunting as you may think. A gorgeous hand beaded scarf, that I pressed into service as a tablecloth is one of my special finds while traveling, and puts the ‘ing’ in zing. The glitzy schmitzy mixed with my vintage Alice in Wonderland quirky queen of hearts, and bugle blowing rabbit candle holders create a whimsical mood. An old miniature iron Phillip Morris bell captain, (photo below) heads up the parade of my mystical friends, and has been given the honor of lighting the way to my soirée. Add swirled champagne flutes, hand painted water/wine goblets, deep passionate purple napkins with an outer layer of silver mesh napkins all tied up with silver tasseled cords, and you have the beginnings of a “come into my parlor” setting!!! Not where you’re at??? Then the next paragraph is for you.

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Whoa .   .   . breathe .   .   . this part is for those of you who are skittish, and looking for the exits .   .   .  I’ve got you covered. Now if you are testing the waters with one toe, and still find yourself  “in like”, but are not looking to upgrade your status, I strongly suggest that you trade in the cushy floor pillows for a table and chairs!!!  Hang on a minute .   .  . I didn’t say take everything away! I merely pointed out the possibility of removing the over the top visuals so as not to evoke a message of ” no where to run, no place to hide”.  Oh please .   .   . no, no .   .   . you don’t have to turn the lights up to 1,000 watts either! Just keep thinking out-of-the-box FUN, and leave the .   .   .let’s get serious for another time and /or person!!!

Whether you say Valentine’s Day with a card, candy, flowers, diamonds, fancy schmancy boxes brimming with luscious satin and lace, or promises of dreams to come .   .   . Remember .   .   . the most important gift of all is .   .   . telling them that they matter.

Are you looking for a new twist on the same-old, ho-hum table setting? Well look no further .   .   . help is here .   .   . Now on Amazon “a collection of… Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper” Available in E-book and HARDCOVER getBook.at/Tableofferings

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For the kiddies in your life “I am sooo Lucky!!!” Series AVAILABLE on Amazon

Book1  getBook.at/book1Lucky    Book2   getBook.at/lucky2

Book3   getBook.at/Lucky3

Remember if you’re a Prime Amazon member you can read for free!

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Sharon Insul is the former owner of the globally recognized  Beverly Hills boutique Candle light and… Beverly Hills, California, as well as an ongoing contributing columnist for the Beverly Hills Courier Newspaper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dishing it up / with Sharon Insul

Come sit with me for awhile . . .
and see what I’m bringing to the table ©

It’s not just about the game .   .   . ok so maybe it’s about the game .   .   . but geez .   .   . a persons got to eat .   .   . right!

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Picture a table filled with an assortment of yummy sandwiches, like the one above. I know .   .   . I’m getting very hungry! Now that I have your attention, can we move on? This is where the fun, and creativity begins. Whether Super Bowl Sunday is a big deal or not, you’ve got to love the eats! Start with a few cutting boards, planks of wood, platters, or pieces of heavy cardboard covered in butcher’s paper/foil, some extra large sized baguettes, and fill each baguette with different combinations of yummy sandwich fixings, and rest them on a cutting board. Come on people, this is the easiest homework I’ve ever given you! Be creative, step out-of-the-box. Leave a bread knife next to these delicious morsels so that everyone can help themselves to a slice of heaven. Fill side dishes with coleslaw, potato chips, pickles, hot peppers, mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, pasta salads, etc., etc.. For those of you who are soup lovers, put a big old crock pot of your favorite soup, next to your mouth watering sandwiches, stack a bunch of mugs/cups, and let the games begin!!! This is one of those rare occasions where you will hear me whisper paper/plastic .   .   . shhhhh!! But as we doers say; a woman has got to do, what a woman has got to do!

Use halftime to load up big bowls of ice cream, set them in larger bowls of ice to keep frozen. Toppings, did you just query about toppings?  OMG tons of possibilities! Awe come on guys .   .   . this is a ‘no brainer ‘.   .   . honest!!!

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Are you looking for a new twist on the same-old, ho-hum table setting? Well look no further .   .   . help is here .   .   . Now on Amazon “a collection of… Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper” Available in E-book and HARDCOVER getBook.at/Tableofferings

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For the kiddies in your life “I am sooo Lucky!!!” Series AVAILABLE on Amazon

Book1  getBook.at/book1Lucky    Book2   getBook.at/lucky2

Book3   getBook.at/Lucky3

Remember if you’re a Prime Amazon member you can read for free!

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Sharon Insul is the former owner of the globally recognized  Beverly Hills boutique Candle light and… Beverly Hills, California, as well as an ongoing contributing columnist for the Beverly Hills Courier Newspaper.

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Dishing it up with / Sharon Insul

Come sit with me for awhile . . .
and see what I’m bringing to the table ®

Sooo .   .   .what are you leaning toward?  Falling in like, totally liking, in a budding friendship, thinking about the next step, being head-over-heels in love, or .   .   . getting ready to unleash some deep unadulterated passion. What was that? That’s all some of you have? A few indistinct mumbles, and grumblings, and a whole lot of silence!  Easy people .   .   . I’m merely asking in order to remind all of you that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Honest!  Creating a special one-on -one occasion is a snap when you raid your cupboards, and/or your local priced-right stores. Whether you are in-like or in-lust .   .   . presentation is where it’s at!!!

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The silk and gold embroidered sari featured in the photo above, was one of my lucky finds in Malaysia for pennies. I let this stunning fabric rest on the table unstructured, much like  billowing clouds floating by. The place settings are a mix of vintage and new, hand painted stemware, candles in Asian holders, mixed with a votive floating in each re-purposed martini glass. My accent piece is a very old beaded tassel from Morocco. Someone just said, what’s for dinner? Oh that’s pretty easy. A menu of Malaysian food, which is heavily influenced by Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, and Indian.

Ahhhhh .   .   . yes .   .  . there really is very little that can top an interlude of dining complete with ambient lighting .   .   . and .   .   . a knock him/her dead tablescape to boot. Now dessert is a whole other scenario! Pictured below, sitting on a vintage pewter tray, are a pair of hand sculpted, whimsically painted footed cups with one matching dessert dish. A miniature of a bell boy stands ready to cast a soft light on a faux pearl tassel,  napkins, dessert forks and teaspoons. What was that you just said?  I think I will leave your choice of dessert up to you!!!

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Are you looking for a new twist on the same-old, ho-hum table setting? Well look no further .   .   . help is here .   .   . Now on Amazon “a collection of… Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper” Available in E-book and HARDCOVER getBook.at/Tableofferings

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For the kiddies in your life “I am sooo Lucky!!!” Series AVAILABLE on Amazon

Book1  getBook.at/book1Lucky    Book2   getBook.at/lucky2

Book3   getBook.at/Lucky3

Remember if you’re a Prime Amazon member you can read for free!

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Sharon Insul is the former owner of the globally recognized  Beverly Hills boutique Candle light and… Beverly Hills, California, as well as an ongoing contributing columnist for the Beverly Hills Courier Newspaper.

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Dishing it up / with Sharon Insul

 

Come sit with me for awhile . . .
and see what I’m bringing to the table ®

Life is about choices .  .   . yes, yes, I hear you .   .   . not always!!!

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Let’s go with the premise that your choices abound.  Wow! I just heard whispers of, yes, yes, mmm hmm, ah ha, and I mean to tell all of you yes sayers, it’s music to my ears.

We have been writing, painting, singing, signing, saying, and showing just how much we love one another since .   .   . well probably way before man began turning actions into tangible symbols of love. From cave drawings to Cartier, Linzer Heart Sandwich Cookies to tattoos, cigar bands to gold bands, and .   .   . well, I’m sure you’ve got my gist .   .   . Do you think you know where I’m going??? .   .   . Hell, I’m not even sure where I’m going with all this     .   .   . yet!!! Um .   .   . maybe that statement is a touch misleading.

The above photo .   .   .  Red feather Christmas wreath, that I re-purposed with twinkle lights  forming an abstract heart around red, the ultimate color of love, and certainly Valentine’s Day. Ah ha .   .   . see I really did, and do know where I am going! .   .   . phew! Be still my heart!  I just have soooo many out-of-the-box ideas that I need to grab hold of the reins, and reign in my enthusiasm! The photo below? Oh that’s an easy answer.   .   .

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For those of you who like spending Valentine’s Day with your honey in a secluded romantic get away .   .   . I say .   .   . Hotel Maison !!! Why??? .   .   . Why not??? You get to pick the menu, create the ambiance, orchestrate the music (not muzak), decide what, when, and where each course is served .   .   .  Now that, my friends, is not what you’ll get in a restaurant! It’s o k .   .   . go ahead, giggling is definitely optional .   .   . just as what you serve .   .   . for dessert!!!

HAPPY LOVERS’ DAY !!!

Are you looking for a new twist on the same-old, ho-hum table setting? Well look no further .   .   . help is here .   .   . Now on Amazon “a collection of… Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper” Available in E-book and HARDCOVER getBook.at/Tableofferings

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For the kiddies in your life “I am sooo Lucky!!!” Series AVAILABLE on Amazon

Book1  getBook.at/book1Lucky    Book2   getBook.at/lucky2

Book3   getBook.at/Lucky3

Remember if you’re a Prime Amazon member you can read for free!

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Sharon Insul is the former owner of the globally recognized  Beverly Hills boutique Candle light and… Beverly Hills, California, as well as an ongoing contributing columnist for the Beverly Hills Courier Newspaper.

 

 

 

 

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Dishing it up / with Sharon Insul

Come sit with me for awhile . . .
and see what I’m bringing to the table ®

2017 is the year of THE FIRE RED ROOSTER!  January 28th, begins the Chinese New Year and the start of the spring festival in Asian cultures. What was that?  Someone just shouted out “do you need to be Chinese to celebrate”. Of course not! The only requirement for this celebration is to love Asian cuisine. Lol .   .   . no you don’t have to smoke a cigar, or drink a martini .   .    . but if your selecting from column A or column B, I would opt for column B .   .   . the martini. Ummmmm .   .    . I’m just saying.

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Below is “my” take on a Fire Red Rooster. You do know that I can hear some of you snickering. Shhh .   .   . as Ricky used to say to Lucy, “let me splain“. Hang on and let me tell you the history my red crowned rooster .   .   . which, by the way looks sooo much larger in candlelight .   .   . honest!  Now this is not any ordinary rooster .   .   . absolutely not! This sweetie belonged to my mother who lived for Chinese food. One could safely say that she was the queen of the Chinese circuit!

Since copper has become the new hot  metal of choice, I opted to do a more farm house simple layout using blocks of wood layered with vintage copper trays as chargers. I added pops of red in honor of the Chinese New Year. Hand painted chopsticks are layered over the bowl, which will find their way to the chopstick holder sitting next to the traditional soup spoon, also nestled on a vintage copper tray. Each place setting has a mini porcelain tray holding cups for sauces. Individual Sake holders make this table setting Chinese New Years ready. Kunghei fatchoy (happiness and prosperity)!!!

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My NEW BOOK is here!!! (and of course buy.  .   . if you are so inclined!!!)  Now on Amazon   “a collection of… Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper” Available in E-book and HARDCOVER   getBook.at/Tableofferings

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For the kiddies in your life “I am sooo Lucky!!!” Series AVAILABLE on Amazon

Book1  getBook.at/book1Lucky    Book2   getBook.at/lucky2

Book3   getBook.at/Lucky3

Remember if you’re a Prime Amazon member you can read for free!

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Sharon Insul is the former owner of the globally recognized  Beverly Hills boutique Candle light and… Beverly Hills, California, as well as an ongoing contributing columnist for the Beverly Hills Courier Newspaper.

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Dishing it up with / Sharon Insul

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Everyone says it’s all in the cup size. Oh please .   .  . stay focused people! Yes, yes I hear you tsk-tsking. We are talking different cups here. O k .   .   . take a deep breath .    .   . now slowly let it out. I’ll be here waiting for you all to compose yourselves. May I please proceed now? Thanks.

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The espresso cup above has played host to many Italian, Armenian, and Turkish blends served up at the end of some of my hearty dinners. What better way to finish off a gathering of friends, than a touch of dessert, and espresso? Thanks to the person that just said cognac, a smoky port, or one of a list of after dinner liquors. Yes, yes, and yes to all of the aforementioned. I personally have garnered espresso cups in some of the most interesting of places. The one cup below is part of a set, found in a very old hardware store of all places, in the town of La Romana, Dominican Republic. Espresso sets (include saucers) can be had for pennies or many dollars if you are so inclined.

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My friend and I meet for lunch every couple of weeks so as to stay connected to each others lives, while trying new restaurants. So having lunched, caught up, and laughed a whole lot, it was time to order our absolute must-have yummy frothy, hot cappuccinos. As with any new restaurant, interpretation is always up for grabs. Well, well, well .   .   . what a super surprise (as caught by my iPhone) .   .   . these very thick old fashioned soda-like glasses arrived with the most delicious, hot, frothy and yummy cappuccinos. When I think I’ve seen all that is out there .   .   . life has a way of throwing a few new twists my way.

My NEW BOOK is here!!! (and of course buy.  .   . if you are so inclined!!!)  Now on Amazon   “a collection of… Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper” Available in E-book and HARDCOVER   getBook.at/Tableofferings

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For the kiddies in your life “I am sooo Lucky!!!” Series AVAILABLE on Amazon

Book1  getBook.at/book1Lucky    Book2   getBook.at/lucky2

Book3   getBook.at/Lucky3

Remember if you’re a Prime Amazon member you can read for free!

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Sharon Insul is the former owner of the globally recognized  Beverly Hills boutique Candle light and… Beverly Hills, California, as well as an ongoing contributing columnist for the Beverly Hills Courier Newspaper.

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