Dishing it up / with Sharon Insul

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

The US Bank Stadium in Minnesota pictured below is ready and eagerly awaiting Super Bowl Sunday, February 4th.  Minneapolis weather for this time of year, if lucky, can hover in the teens and top off in the mid 30’s, and that’s best case scenario! Brrrrrrrr. Now I know that many of my readers live with inclement conditions this time of year, and those that have super bowl tickets in their hot little hands won’t let a little cold weather squelch their attendance and/or enthusiasm. Now for those of you who will happily watch this game in the comfort of your own abode, I offer up a couple of suggestions for creating one of the most important parts of Super Bowl Sunday .   .   . ‘THE GRUB’.

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Who says you can’t have a tailgate party inside your home? Great! Then I guess it’s safe to say that we are all working off the same playbook. Relax people this one is easy as pie, and you don’t even have to say abracadabra .   .   . well o k .   .   . sooo maybe a little sprinkling of fairy dust couldn’t hurt. Stack up lots of quilts, comforters, throws, and lots, and lots of pillows to create a warm, cozy, and nurturing viewing section. Now that your mini-stadium is all warm and fuzzy it’s time to bring out the chow. Crockpots .   .   . yes plural, that’s where borrowing from friends come in. Crockpots for holding everything from hot soup, chili, and one for nachos. Yup .   .   . that all time favorite .   .   . nachos .  .   . multi-layered with chicken, cheese, jalapenos and whatever else you come up with. Once served, sit back, and let the game begin!!!

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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 ®

Rest! Who can rest? Not me. Yes, yes, I understand that you’ve just finished celebrating at least one of the many holidays that show up every December, and     are pretty much celebrated out, but  .   .   . as it has been said many, many times .   .   . life must gone on. Sooo .   .   . I have appointed myself as your emissary bringing you  fun filled calendar events for the months of January and February. Some of them wacky, funny, and self indulgent, while others are informative or just plain fun.

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January 31st is “Inspire Your Heart With Art Day”. You have got to ‘love it‘! Yup .  .  . you read it correctly.  Pllleeeease .   .   . indulge me for a few seconds. Art can and does have a distinct effect on your heart. Among the many feelings art can evoke is romance and love. Think of using a painting, a drawing, or go for the ultimate form of art .   .   . imagination. Go ahead and set the mood for a ‘little bit’ of romance. You never know where a ‘little bit’ will lead.

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Now, of course, this leads me to February. Everyone hang on because this is a busy month. February 3rd celebrates ‘Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day.’ Yahoo .   .   . wowzer .   .   . this date gets a big red heart on my calendar .   .   . I kid you not! Now if ice cream is not your thing, although it is difficult to imagine, be patient and wait for the next day. February 4th brings yummy ‘Stuffed Mushroom Day’. Of course the 11th of February brings a change of pace with, ‘White T-Shirt Day’. What can I say? The 13th begins Mardi Gras Celebration, followed by Valentine’s Day on the 14th.  Come the 16th we all get to show off our chopstick skills on delicious Chinese food while celebrating The Year of The Dog. More next time .   .   .

Now on Amazon  http://amzn.to/2ehlCp4 “a collection of… Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper” Available in E-book and HARDCOVER !

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FOR THE KIDDIES in your life …It’s all about those adorable sisters! Listen to my children’s books live radio interview bit.ly/29QSJPd
I am sooo Lucky!!!  AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon http://amzn.to/1qh38Zf

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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FOR THE LOVE OF FAMILY .   .   .

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Ahhhh family gatherings .   .   . you ALL know how that goes .   .   . No matter how close .   .   . or not .   .   . it all boils down to the pecking order! Come on, you know the pecking order, as in who gets to sit where. Not to mention those few skirmishes, involving a few of the relatives that are on the ‘not speaking to so and so’ list.

For one dinner party, I used the Kings, and Queens from the four suits in a couple of decks of playing cards. Matching up guests to the coloring of the different suits, as in blond to hearts, grey to diamonds, darker coloring to spades, and medium coloring to clubs. The guests’ names were then printed in my best of the best printing across the top … of course!!!

It would be far worse if .   .   . everyone is left standing, needing to fend or fight for their preferred place. This is where the jockeying begins .   .   . as a few desperately try to avoid one or more persons .   .   . while at the same time attempting to secure   .   .   .’THE’ coveted seat of choice. As to the coveted seat of choice for some .   .   . the far and few between lefty. Yes, the lefty who when put in the middle of the pack finds it all but impossible to eat .   .   .  So please be kind to those who need a little consideration and TLC!

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Place cards, while a bit regimented, do serve an obvious stressless purpose. To move from the stiff and stuffy .   .   . I offer a few tried, and true, out of the box alternatives. For one dinner party, I used mini note cards with envelopes. Each card had person’s name, as well as, we are happy that you have joined us this evening. I tucked part of the mini note into the envelope, allowing the message with guest’s name to stick out.

Now on Amazon  http://amzn.to/2ehlCp4 “a collection of… Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper” Available in E-book and HARDCOVER !

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FOR THE KIDDIES in your life …It’s all about those adorable sisters! Listen to my children’s books live radio interview bit.ly/29QSJPd
I am sooo Lucky!!!  AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon http://amzn.to/1qh38Zf

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 is better to light a candle than curse the darkness” Eleanor Roosevelt. True .   .   . but I say .   .   . one candle is never enough!!!

Liken the quantity of candles you ultimately chose for your tablescape, or room, to the story of The Three Bears. People, come on .   .   . I know you all remember how one was too small .   .   . the next one was wayyyyy too big .   .   . and then.   .   . ahh .   .   . the last one was just right?  The photo below showing a portion of the thirty two (32) assorted heights and sizes of candles used on this tablescape. Mm hmm .   .   . you read it correctly .   .   . a mix of thirty two (32) white and shell white tapers, silver pillars bejeweled w/Swarovski crystals, silver finished potted candles, and glass mottled gold and silver votives. To give the taller flames a place to bedazzle the eye, I added gorgeous crystal strands that hang from the chandelier that I found in an antique mall for pennies. Lucky find! The lower potted candles, and votives are perfect to show-off the spectacular ‘dance of the shimmering flame’ reflecting off of the various heights of crystal stemware and candle holders.

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The photo below gives you a good view of eight place settings on a white purposely crumpled looking linen cloth. Why on earth use a crumpled cloth you ask? Because it is my interpretation of a winter wonderland blended with pops of silver and gold throughout this table. I alternated gold and silver chargers, and stacked them with vintage Royal Dalton china (French Provincial pattern). Topping off with alternating white-on-white, and green-on-green napkins, are green glass pedestal dishes, finished off with clusters of clear or green glass grapes for that extra bling. The silverware is vintage Reed and Barton Diamond pattern. Silver tassels cradle the base of some of the candle holders, but not all. People .   .   . a parting word .   .   . if all of a sudden you find yourself going for the matchy-matchy all around .   .   . take a break .   .   .  come to your creative senses !!!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!!

Now on Amazon  http://amzn.to/2ehlCp4 “a collection of… Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper” Available in E-book and HARDCOVER !

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FOR THE KIDDIES in your life …It’s all about those adorable sisters! Listen to my children’s books live radio interview bit.ly/29QSJPd
I am sooo Lucky!!!  AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon http://amzn.to/1qh38Zf

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®

Shh .   .   . listen. Tap, tap, tap. Do you hear it? No? Hmmm .   .   . hang on .   .   . give me a minute. Lol .   .   . I just realized that the tapping I am hearing is my inner clock tick, tick, ticking as a reminder that 2017 is drawing to its conclusion! OMG .   .    . so fast! Blink, and another year is almost behind us. The realllly good news is that the   last month of every year is bursting with excitement, anticipation, and best of all are the gatherings. Yes, yes, you got me .   .   .  I confess! There are a few more ‘bests’ such as .   .    . the gifts, the bling, and the very ‘special’ table settings. Aha!!! Now I’m getting to the crux of my rambling. Take a second out of your gift wrapping, office party, or list making to have a look  below. This is the time of year to put it all on the table .   .   . so to speak. The contrast of silver, and gold holding court highlighted by sparkling crystal, glass, and a flash of green has this tablescape speaking volumes of welcome and please .   .   .  Come sit with me for awhile . . . and see what I’m bringing to the table®.

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Below flames twist, dance, flicker and at times seem to take flights of fancy, throwing flashes of sparkle, bling, and very, very, very flattering highlights for all to bask in. For all of my readers .   .   . sending wishes for a joy filled, sparkling, scintillating, fun filled season of holidays.

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Winter SALE .   .   . many items have been discounted, and can be seen and bought on  http://www.etsy.com/shop/Tableofferings .

I wanted to let you all know about the very hot and brand spanking NEW Tableofferings website. Just click below and take a second to give me some feed back sharons3@me.com

Are you looking for a new twist on the same-old, ho-hum table setting? Look no further .   .   . Available on my website http://www.tableofferings.com for $19.99 +S&H  Great for hostess gifts, bridal showers, just because gifts or treat yourself gift.  .   .  Buy 3 and the shipping is FREE!!!  .   .   .   .   .

or buy on Amazon / Barnes & Noble / IndieBound.org  in ebook & hardcover  http://getBook.at/Tableofferings.

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For the kiddies in your life “I am sooo Lucky!!!”  Books 1, 2, & 3 AVAILABLE on …

Amazon      Barnes & Noble     IndieBound.org

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

Book3   http://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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Inviting .   .   . a word defined in the dictionary as, “offering the promise of an attractive or enjoyable experience”. Hmmm .   .   .  plllleaseeee .   .   . I can do better than that!  Take a tour of the photo below to see how a touch of drama, razzle-dazzle, and lighting can create a mood-inspiring, come join the festivities bar. By mixing both flickering candlelight, and metallic ribbon filled with teeny-weeny LED bulbs,  you can ratchet-up any lay-out into a downright in-your-face, not-to-be ignored event.

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As we all know, assorted glasses, bottle opener, ice, drinks of choice, and cocktail napkins are pretty much what most people consider ‘needed’ to stock a bar.  Ok, now let’s talk about what I think a stocked bar should have. Beyond the mix of flattering candlelight and mini-LED lights, you need to layer with touches of visual bling    .   .   .  yes, lol, that was me giggling. Geez .  .   . I just heard someone say that they don’t have visual bling!  Look again, no really .   .   . I’ll wait, not to worry. What you all have to remember is .   .   . that ‘bling’ like beauty .   .   . is in the eye of the beholder. Your bling can be something as simple as a bowl of colored marbles, fallen leaves, or tea cups holding slices of lemon, onions, olives, or yummy maraschino cherries. Now .  .   . it’s your turn to create the bling.

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Winter SALE .   .   . many items have been discounted, and can be seen and bought on  http://www.etsy.com/shop/Tableofferings .

I wanted to let you all know about the very hot and brand spanking NEW Tableofferings website. Just click below and take a second to give me some feed back sharons3@me.com

Are you looking for a new twist on the same-old, ho-hum table setting? Look no further .   .   . Available on my website http://www.tableofferings.com for $19.99 +S&H  Great for hostess gifts, bridal showers, just because gifts or treat yourself gift.  .   .  Buy 3 and the shipping is FREE!!!  .   .   .   .   .

or buy on Amazon / Barnes & Noble / IndieBound.org  in ebook & hardcover  http://getBook.at/Tableofferings.

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For the kiddies in your life “I am sooo Lucky!!!”  Books 1, 2, & 3 AVAILABLE on …

Amazon      Barnes & Noble     IndieBound.org

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

Book3   http://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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I just heard someone say that they did the stairs this morning. Of course the designer in me asked what they did to the stairs, and was met with a look of surprise and then amusement. Hmmm .   .   . then I realized that they meant that they actually ran the  stairs for exercise! O k .   .   . what can I say? My reply? Oh that was simple. Yes of course, I’m on my way to do my stairs.  Ach semantics .   .   . sooo much fun .   .   . I love playing with words. As you can see below, I reallllly did my stairs! From top to bottom I ran .   .   . draping, twisting, weaving, adding, subtracting, fluffing, and puffing .   .   . until I too could triumphantly proclaim .   .   . I ran the stairs today!

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Now I know you all can see most of what went into ‘the stairs’, however, there is always one or two things tucked here, and there waiting to be discovered. Take a look again to see my little angel nestled quietly on one of the steps. A birds-eye view from the top can easily be seen in the photo below. I admit .   .  . that I am a lighting fanatic and love using mini-LED lights, up-lights, down-lights, and spotlights here, there, and pretty much everywhere. In order to keep this stairway from looking matchy-matchy, rigid, store bought, or just downright contrived, I did what I am always preaching .   .  . I dug deep into my closets. After culling as many treasures, bits and pieces, and tongue in cheek surprises from around my house .   .   . I did what I too set out to do .   .   . I ran the stairs today!

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Winter SALE .   .   . many items have been discounted, and can be seen and bought on  http://www.etsy.com/shop/Tableofferings .

I wanted to let you all know about the very hot and brand spanking NEW Tableofferings website. Just click below and take a second to give me some feed back sharons3@me.com

Are you looking for a new twist on the same-old, ho-hum table setting? Look no further .   .   . Available on my website http://www.tableofferings.com for $19.99 +S&H  Great for hostess gifts, bridal showers, just because gifts or treat yourself gift.  .   .  Buy 3 and the shipping is FREE!!!  .   .   .   .   .

or buy on Amazon / Barnes & Noble / IndieBound.org  in ebook & hardcover  http://getBook.at/Tableofferings.

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For the kiddies in your life “I am sooo Lucky!!!”  Books 1, 2, & 3 AVAILABLE on …

Amazon      Barnes & Noble     IndieBound.org

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

Book3   http://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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