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5 Simple Style Hacks That Will Change Your Abode. Hack #5 Easy Steps to Planning a Mountain Dinner Party

Planning a dinner party shouldn’t have you filled with angst so I penned “Easy Steps to Planning a Mountain Dinner Party” to HELP in this area. My job is to alleviate this angst and lay out details. So let’s talk deets…..So your top three easy steps are to Define a Theme, Think in Stations and Make-Ahead Main Courses.

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5 Simple Styling Hacks That Will Change Your Abode - Hack #2 Simple Rule of Three's and Other Rules You Gotta Know.

Hack # 1. One of the most basic rules in styling is the simple rule of three’s. This hack will train you to edit which is probably the hardest thing for clients to do. Let’s start with paint color and use the 60-30-10.

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Five Simple Styling Hacks That Will Change Your Abode - Hack #1 Creating and Loving Your Authentic Style

The reoccurring theme I hear from clients is that they aren’t sure of their personal style. Your home is the place that should feel like home not just a place to park. Top three to keep focused on when trying to narrow in on your style…. Number one…..make your design choices that give you the home you need and the one you want to have. Number two…..visualize how your family can best live out this lifestyle Number three…. what are your dream transformations and realistic budgets for this ? Get Real About i.e.  Dogs. Skiing. Children. Entertaining. Traveling. That’s right darling list those passions, wants and needs of yours and your family’s….

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Avocado Toast, Coffee and What Actually Motivates You Beyond Money.....

Recently some of the IG Entrepreneurs I follow and exchange ideas with were enjoying some morning Avocado Toast, Coffee and pondering what actually motivates you past the green in your jeans. For me as a stylist, I was having a moment where I needed to dig down and get it straightened out of “ the what and the why” I do this crazy stuff called styling aka TBT “decorating.”

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Shawn Rivett - What he has up his sleeve for the 2018 Western Design Conference

What I am amazed most about Shawn is his artistic range. He seems inspired by just about all natural elements from antlers to recycled steel.  While antlers might be his medium he is most comfortable with, he is also a self-taught photographer and an interior designer. 

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BBQ Chicken FingerLickin' Good

BBQ Chicken is probably the messiest chicken in town around but it's worth every scrape on the grill for this fingerlickin' Labor Day recipe. Ask my husband Jason, who is the official tester of the recipes... he said quote "You'll want to save up your calories for this picnic treat."

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Charcuterie - Build the Perfect Board in 6 Steps

Building your board takes a little more time than just buying what's available at the grocery.  Make sure you take time "selecting" your items making sure you have plenty for your guests.  This will be the focal point of your cocktail party aka your meeting spot. Make it a tasty journey for everyone presenting new things for you and them to try.  You might even sketch up a little roadmap for them to identify what cheese, salami or treat they are trying!

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Coleman Coolers are Cool....

Recently I styled a retro camping look for a flagship opening for @westernrangeclothing.  I scurried around trying to find this exact burnt red cooler that my styling partner's friend @camprunamucklove let us borrow.  It lit a fire under me after the event fueling, "I gotta find one for me"  it was so cute and retro and fun.  I decided to dig around about these coolers and find out the real skinny on them and why on earth are they still around and so FUNCTIONAL??? 

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Big Mama's Southern Fried Peach Pies

My Big Mama, who was actually very petite, made these fried pies for us when we came down to Tennessee to visit.  While later in life she actually used canned biscuit dough for the delicious fried pies, she also used a homemade dough which I use.   She used terms like... "I reckon" and called the refrigerator a "frigidaire."  While quite the beautiful refined lady in her later years, you wouldn't know she helped Big Daddy run the family farm during her marriage and cooked many southern treats that I still love to this day.  Get ready to FRY it up!!!

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Big Horn Mountain Roundup - Sheridan, WYO

There are lots of trail rides happening around the state of Wyoming but the Big Horn Mountain Roundup is certainly a very rare event that calls men to the cool dry air and majestic Big Horns for some real cowboy adventure.

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Mini Coconut Lime Tartletts with Whipped Mint Creme Fraiche

For our second series of Style Wednesday, I entitled it "Herbs, Ferns and Books" and Katherine of "Katherine's Kitchen" and myself baked up a fabulous library menu based on fresh herbs.  All of our goodies were focused on what you would serve during "tea time" in the library.  It was so much fun as we collaborated with @foxtailbooks a boutique library curator and @flowersbychloejh who gave us some fabulous ferns and herbs to style our table.  The centerpiece of course was an assortment of books brought by Christy Smirl herself (foxtailbooks) and other lovely books from @twentytwohome.  Our table was styled with Gluten Free/Sugar Free Berry Scones with a Almond  Whipped Crème and Berry Liquor Compote,  Black Pepper and Fennel Breadsticks, Lemon Rosemary Filled Cookies, Old-Fashioned Raspberry Jam Cake from Bonnie's (aka Granny) Southern Kitchen, Quiche Adorned with Herbs and these Mini Coconut Lime Tartletts with Whipped Mint Crème Fraiche. Voila! Tea Time!

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JK's Spicy Cheese Straws

This original cheese straw recipe will be something you'll want to file away when you need a quick gift or party favor for your next cocktail hour.  It is totally a southern thing which is why I have it in my kitchen repertoire.  They are tasty and crunchy and ADDICTIVE!   While there are a million recipes out there, they can be a bit finicky if you've never made them before.  Use this one for a fool-proof recipe for your recipe box........

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If you want to be a real mountain man you need some toys from the Mountain Man Toy Shop.....

Jackson Hole has attracted "Mountain Men" to this wild and rugged land since the early 19th century.  Legends like Jim Bridger, John Colter, and Davey Jackson left their names on the land through their early exploits.  The New West Knifeworks, aka NWKW, was founded by Corey Milligan built on the needs and wants of outdoorsmen, cowboys, ranchers, climbers, fisherman, skiers, hunters, river runners and kitchen gurus for both  men and women alike.  

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A Shave and A Whiskey and Father's Day Treats - The Whiskey Barber

A couple of weeks ago we joined in with the @WhiskeyBarber to offer Father's Day Treats of course based on Whiskey!!  Our fabulous partners were the The @mtn_man_toy_shop and @bellecosejacksonhole rolled in with my whiskey menu of : Buffalo Steak with a Whiskey Jalapeno Sauce, Walnut and Whiskey Biscuits with Rosemary Butter, Blackberry Whiskey cobbler with a Vanilla Whiskey Glaze and if that wasn't enough.... Candied Whiskey Bacon topped off with a @WyomingWhiskey Sour made for a one-of-a-kind evening for dad.

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Blackberry Whiskey Cobbler with Vanilla Whiskey Glaze and Homemade Maple Whipped Creme

Take this Blackberry Whiskey Cobbler for your 4th of July Picnic and woo all the guests.  This cobbler has a crust that is very cake like.  It is has a hint of whiskey which adds flavor but not overpowering. So lets get started.  Begin with summer luscious blackberries from your local farmers market you'll need about 12 cups.  

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Radish Tart with Burrata Cheese

Our first of our summer series of Style Wednesday was kicked off with the theme of Veggies and Vines.  To celebrate our summer bounty of veggies overflowing, we presented 4 recipes focused on veggies.... Hope you like this one.  It is a radish tart with burrata cheese and as pie. 

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Squash and Onion Flatbread

When I was choosing the menu for an event entitled "Style Wednesday" for @twentytwohome I wanted something that did not need to stay hot throughout the event.  Flatbread is just the ticket if you want a no-nonsense yummy staple for your guests.  Since our event was focused on fresh summer vegetables, I chose to try a squash and onion flatbread.  Simple yet tasteful.  

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