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DIY Summer Florals

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The summer season brings with it a whirlwind of florals we only have the opportunity to see during this time of year.  While it gives us a chance to work with new materials to create a show-stopping centerpiece, it will only last so long.  The faux flowers available at Paul Michael Company make it easy to update arrangements season to season with the option of recycling different pieces.  Follow along with our how-to video and learn how to create a spring or summer arrangement that will last year after year!  Click for needed materials here.

DIY Summer Florals

DIY Summer Florals

 

 

 

-Ainslea Hooton-Snellenberger

DIY Mesh Carrot

DIY Mesh CarrotThe unpleasant cold weather we’ve been having had us under the impression spring would never get here.  But warm weather has moved in, the grass is getting greener, and unfortunately for us down south, the mosquitos have started their familiar buzz.  With our DIY Mesh Carrot instructions, you can affordably update your door decor to match the changing season.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Supplies

Supplies

Step 1

Step 1

Step One:  Straighten out your half of the work garland on a table. Open the orange mesh and let the roll fall to the ground while holding on to the ribbon’s end. Working with the roll on the ground is much easier. Pinching the ends of the ribbon with both hands and bunch your way to the center. Using the springs on the end of the work garland, twist the bunch with the springs like using bread ties. Once secured, find the widest point of the ribbon and pinch and bunch your way to the center of the ribbon, again. Secure to the same set of sprigs.

Step 1 Continued

Step 1 Continued

Work your way down the garland frame, finding the widest point of the ribbon, pinching, bunching, and twisting to make a straight line of single poofs. Try to tie the ribbon in as close to the frame as you can get since you will be adding more poofs to the sprigs.

Step 2

Step 2

Step Two:  Starting at the top of the garland again, make another row of poofs, but only down to the sixth sprig. Make the poofs at the top larger to accentuate the shape of the carrot.

Step 2 Continued

Step 2 Continued

Now, make one more line of poofs down to the fourth level. There are seven levels of poofs – 1st has three poofs, 2nd has three poofs, 3rd has three poofs, 4th has three poofs, 5th has two poofs, 6th has two poofs, 7th has one poof.

Step 3

Step 3

Now it’s time for you bow.  Go here for bow instructions- they start around 2:20.

Step 4

Step 4

Step Four:  Tie in your bow using the wire frame.

Step 5

Step 5

Step Five – Tie on the asparagus bush to the back side of the wire frame. Use floral wire to secure it.

DIY Mesh Carrot

DIY Mesh Carrot

Now get to hanging and make all of the neighbors jealous!

-Video and Instructions by Elizabeth Michael

 

 

PMC Cooks: Tasty Tuna Casserole

Tasty Tuna CasseroleWhen my husband requested tuna casserole for dinner yesterday evening, I didn’t want to take the easy way out and just serve up a box of Tuna Helper.  Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Miss Betty Crocker, but since I hadn’t cooked in a while I figured I should put in more than minimal effort.  The words, “This is better than my mom used to make,” might have escaped the husband’s cheese covered lips.  Or maybe it didn’t.  I’ll add a bit of mystery to this post.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 12 oz. Farfalle pasta
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 small, chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cup baby peas
  • 3/4 cups chopped roasted red peppers
  • 1 package chopped Shiitake mushrooms
  • 20 oz. tuna packed in oil
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 more tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • pinch or 2 of basil leaves
Ingredients

Ingredients

Here’s how to get cookin’:

  • Prepare your noodles al dente.  Set them aside for later.
  • Chop your onions and mushrooms separately.  Set them aside.
  • In a large saucepan, melt 4 tbsp butter for your base.  Sautee your onions.
  •  Add flour and stir.  Whisk in your whipping cream and milk.  Bring the mixture to a boil until it thickens, then remove from heat.
  • Add your pasta, tuna, mushrooms, peppers, cheese, and peas.  Season with salt and pepper.
  • In a skillet, add the remaining 2 tbsp butter.  After it melts, add the breadcrumbs and mix well.  Remove from heat.
  • Put casserole into six, single serving casserole dishes for portion control, or one large casserole dish.  Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture on top.
  • Bake at 425 °F for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Garnish with red pepper flakes and basil leaves
Tasty Tuna Casserole

Tasty Tuna Casserole

Serve and enjoy!

-Ainslea Hooton-Snellenberger

 

 

 

DIY Christmas Tree Napkin

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Only 15 days until Christmas!  The kids are hyped up for Santa Claus, holiday parties are in full swing, radio stations have switched to everyone’s facorite carols 24/7, and Christmas decorations on par with the Griswold household are on full display.  If you’re having holiday parties or hosting Christmas lunch or dinner at your home, use these quick steps to make your own Christmas tree napkin.  Show that mother-in-law of your’s just how crafty you can be.

Step 1

Step 1

Start with a square napkin.  Fold your napkin into a rectangle, then again into a square.

Step 2

Step 2

With your loose corners facing you, start folding each piece up, leaving about a half of an inch space inbetween each fold.

Step 2.5

Step 2.5

Step 3

Step 3

Very carefully, turn your napkin over so that your folds are face down.

Step 4

Step 4

Now fold one of your corners in to make a triangle at the top.

Step 5

Step 5

Repeat with the other side.

Step 6

Step 6

Flip your napkin back over and rotate it 180 degrees so that your smallest fold is at the top.

Step 7

Step 7

Now, flip your top fold up to make the top of your tree.  Be careful not to flip your fold too much; you don’t want the whole thing to come undone!

Step 8

Step 8

After your first fold, continue flipping all of your folds up.  Tuck the corner point into the pocket of your previous fold.

All done!

All done!

Now you have yourself a Christmas tree napkin.  Decorate them with small ornaments or your favorite candies to add the perfect finishing touches.

Now go forth and craft!

-Ainslea Hooton-Snellenberger

 

 

 

Coke Crate Decorating

Vintage drink crates have been a part of the Paul Michael Company decorating repetoire for three seasons in a row now.  Paul has always had a passion for antique picking;  his true loves are his wife, Debbie, building one of a kind pieces in his woodshop, and finding antique pieces at a bargain.  Needless to say, Paul has a soft spot for the vintage drink crates.  We’ve explored all kinds of ways to use these in our displays and got a little curious how other folks were using them.  So we took to the nerve center of all DIY decorating ideas:  Pinterest.  Of course this little investigation opened up a whole new world of ideas for reclaiming vintage crates.

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Reclaimed Crate Advent Calendar

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Reclaimed Crate Advent Calendar

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Crate Photo Prop

crate_chandelier

Reclaimed Crate Chandelier

crate_coffee_table

Reclaimed Crate Coffee Table

crate_dog_feeder

Reclaimed Crate Pet Feeder

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Reclaimed Crate Drawers

crate_planter

Reclaimed Crate Planter

crate_spice_rack

Reclaimed Crate Spice Rack

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Crate Wedding Decor

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Crate Wedding Decor

Get started on your own reclaimed crate project with our vintage drink crates for only $16.99!

-Ainslea Hooton

PMC Cooks: Breaded and Baked Fish Tacos

These weekend mornings we’ve been having here in the Delta have made for some good fishing weather.  Wanting to break away from the obvious fish fry, I searched for new, delicious recipes my fiancé and I could both agree on to cook our impressive catch.  Fish tacos were the answer!  This quick, easy and, most importantly, tasty recipe is great for a weeknight dinner, World Cup parties, and is sure to impress the neighbors this July Fourth if you’re bored of burgers.

First things first, you’re going to need some fish!  You can use the fish of your preference, as long as they’re white and flaky.  We have an abundance of catfish in Lake Chicot, so we used some big ole slime daddies.  They make the perfect, taco-sized filets.

Step 1

Step 1

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 lb flaky, white fish
  • vegetable or olive oil
  • 6 small (6 in) tortillas, corn or flour depending on your preference
  • 2-3 limes, depending on lime size
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups Italian bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons fat-free mayonaise
  • 3 tablespoons reduced fat sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • your favorite slaw
  • salt and pepper at your own discretion
Ingredients

Ingredients

Go ahead and preheat your oven to 425° while you get your fish prepped.  Spray a baking pan or sheet with non-stick spray and set it aside.  You’ll need two dishes:  one for your bread crumbs and one for your vegetable or olive oil.  In one dish, whisk together your bread crumbs, 3 tablespoons of vegetable or olive oil, chili powder, one squeezed lime, and a few dashes of salt and pepper.  In the other dish, pour enough vegetable or olive oil to cover the bottom and add a pinch of chili powder.  Soak your filets in the vegetable or olive oil then coat them with your bread crumb mixture.

Step 2

Step 2

Once you have all of your filets breaded and in your baking pan, pop them in the oven for fifteen minutes (or until cooked thoroughly).

Step 3

Step 3

Now it’s time for your cilantro crema sauce.  If you haven’t already, chop your cilantro and grate 1 teaspoon lime rind.

Step 4

Step 4

Mix your mayonaise, sour cream, cilantro, garlic, lime rind, and 1 squeezed lime.  Voila!  Your cilantro crema sauce is complete for consumption.  Keep in mind when you’re topping your taco with this sauce you don’t need too much.  It’s got a nice zing to it and you don’t want to over-do it.

Step 5

Step 5

To warm your tortillas, place 3 on a plate under a wet paper towel.  Cook them in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Repeat with your other 3 tortillas.  Keep them under the wet paper towel until you’re ready to eat;  this keeps them soft and warm.  After your crema and tortilla prep, the fish should be done.

Now prepare your taco!  We used 2 filets for every tortilla, a handful of slaw, and 2 light spoonfuls of the crema sauce.

Prepare

Prepare

And finally, time to enjoy!

Enjoy

Enjoy

-Ainslea Hooton

DIY Burlap Spring Wreath

DIY Burlap Spring Wreath

After our last DIY wreath guide was such a hit, we let our Facebook fans vote on what wreath from our Creation Station they would like to learn how to make next.  Our burlap wreath with pink peony accents was the winner!  With Easter in just two days, there couldn’t be a better time to create new door decor for when the time comes to put the bunnies and eggs away.

Here’s what you need:

Burlap Spring Wreath Supplies

Burlap Spring Wreath Supplies

Step 1 – Cut your burlap into about 14″ strips.  Once you have a total of 44 strips, prep your work wreath by opening all of your sprig pairs.  When all of your sprig pairs are open, you’re ready to add your burlap.

Burlap Spring Wreath - Step 1

Burlap Spring Wreath – Step 2

Step 2 – Pinch one of your pre-cut strips at the center and tie it to your work wreath using the sprigs like a bread tie.  Remember to use this pinch technique through out your wreath-making process when tying in your burlap.

Spring Burlap Wreath - Step 3

Spring Burlap Wreath – Step 3

Step 3 – On top of the mesh piece you just secured, take another mesh piece and turn it so that these two mesh pieces intersect at their centers like a cross.  Secure your second mesh piece.  You should have two different pieces, intersecting at their centers like a cross, secured to one sprig pair.

Spring Wreath Burlap

Spring Wreath Burlap

Repeat these same steps all over your work wreath, the bottom and the top layer, completing the bottom layer first.

Spring Burlap Wreath - Step 4

Spring Burlap Wreath – Step 4

Step 4 – Now you’re ready for your flowers!  Remove the bottom leaves off of your stems (just pull really hard and they should come off).  Don’t throw them away, because you’re going to use them later!  Using wire cutters, cut off the “thorns” left from the leaves you removed so your stem is easier to work with.

Spring Burlap Wreath - Step 5

Spring Burlap Wreath – Step 5

Step 5 – Time to insert your flowers.  Choose the area on your wreath where you want your flowers to sit.  Thread your first flower through the burlap so that the flower sits snuggly on the burlap and the stem sits next to the metal wreath wiring.  We like to start at the outer layer.  Cut your excess flower stem wire with wire cutters so that you can see about 5″ of stem wire sticking through the back side of your wreath.

Spring Burlap Wreath - Step 6

Spring Burlap Wreath – Step 6

Step 6 – Twist the stem wire around the metal wreath wiring to secure your flower.  Place the rest of your flowers where you want them and repeat these steps to secure them.  If your flowers need extra support, tie the wreath sprigs around the stem wire to make sure the flower is secure.

Spring Burlap Wreath - Step 7

Spring Burlap Wreath – Step 7

Step 7 – Last step!  Once you have all your flowers in place, it’s time to use those leaves you removed in Step 4.  So your flowers don’t look like a big mush, add the leaves in between the flowers to create some separation.  Attach them to the wreath the same way you attached your flowers in Steps 5 and 6.  You shouldn’t need to cut off any excess.  We also like to pull some burlap in between the flowers and leaves so the flowers appear to blend effortlessly into the wreath.

Spring Burlap Wreath

Spring Burlap Wreath

Now you’ve got yourself a spring wreath that will last through the years!  The great thing about these wreaths, other than being super cute and stylish, is they preserve from year to year.  We intentionally do not use glue in our wreath-making process for this reason.  Just give them a good fluff and they’ll be door-ready every spring!  They can also act as framework for other seasonal wreaths.  Just remove your spring flowers and add other seasonal accessories.  Whether it be red and blue flowers for the Fourth of July or poinsettias for Christmas, these wreaths work well for any occasion.

-Ainslea Hooton

DIY Easter Egg Wreath

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Exactly twenty days until Easter and we love getting doors prepped and ready for the occasion!  Our new, spring items opened the gateway to one of our favorite designs from our Creation Station.  It’s super easy to assemble and it’s sure to impress everyone who sees it!

Here’s what you need:

Link to buy products here.

Easter egg wreath supplies

Easter Egg Wreath Supplies

Easter Egg Wreath - Step 1

Easter Egg Wreath – Step 1

Step 1 – Cut your pink and green mesh into about 12″ strips.  You should have 22 strips of each color (a total of 44).  Cut your orange jute ribbon into about 12″ strips, and decide how many you’d like to use.  You will put these strips sporadically around your wreath later, so there is no set number to start out with.  We like to use about 15.

Easter Egg Wreath - Step 2

Easter Egg Wreath – Step 2

Step 2 – Prep your work wreath by opening all of the sprig pairs.  Take one of your pre-cut strips by the center and tie it to your work wreath using the sprigs like a bread tie.  On top of the mesh piece you just secured, take a different color mesh piece and secure it like you did the previous piece.  You should have two different color mesh pieces secured to one sprig pair.

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath

Repeat these same steps all over your work wreath, the bottom and the top layer, alternating colors each time.

Easter Egg Wreath - Step 3

Easter Egg Wreath – Step 3

Step 3 – Tie your pre-cut orange ribbon sporadically around your wreath, securing it at the center the same way you secured your mesh pieces.  Make sure you don’t forget to include pieces in both work wreath layers and not just one!

Easter Egg Wreath - Step 4

Easter Egg Wreath – Step 4

Step 4 – Now it’s time for your eggs!  We like to use egg ornaments because they secure to the wreath easier.  These will also be placed randomly around your wreath where ever your heart desires.  Pull the ribbon loop attached to the Easter egg against the metal work wreath frame.  Then take the wreath sprig positioned closest to the bottom of the ribbon loop and pull the end of the sprig through the loop.  Wrap the sprig around the ribbon loop to secure it to the wreath form.

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath

The mesh and ribbon will act as a cushion for the eggs so they won’t wobble on your wreath.

Easter Egg Wreath - Step 5

Easter Egg Wreath – Step 5

Step 5 – Run a piece of floral wire through your bunny legs.  Twist the wire around the outer most layer of your metal wreath frame to secure the legs to the bottom of your wreath.  Use your wire cutters to remove any excess.

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath - Step 6

Easter Egg Wreath – Step 6

Step 6 – You’re almost done!  Now it’s time to add your top hat.  Use your floral wire to secure your hat to the wreath like a bobby pin.  Poke a pair of holes on each side of the hat’s brim just big enough for the floral wire to go through.  You should have a total of four holes.  Now make a u-shape with your floral wire and insert both ends through your holes, pulling the wire all the way through.  Twist the wire under the hat’s brim to secure your u-shape.  Repeat these steps at the other set of holes on the other side of the hat.  After you’ve chosen a position for your hat, twist the floral wire to the metal wreath frame to secure it.  Remove any excess wire.

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath

Voila!  Now you’ve got yourself an Easter egg wreath that will spark envy in all of your friends, family and neighbors!

-Ainslea Hooton

 

Mesh Carrot How-to – Under $30

carrot headerThe Brits may have fooled generations into thinking that carrots improved eye-sight, but your eyes are not tricking you here! Our mesh carrots are lookin’ good this season, revamped at $30.

Here’s what you need:

Link to buy products here.

We like the look of paper mesh, but plastic, deco mesh holds up better outside.

Mesh Carrot Supplies - 1/2 Work Garland, 10" Orange Paper Mesh, 2.5" Green Paper Mesh, Asparagus Bush

Mesh Carrot Supplies – 1/2 Work Garland, 10″ Orange Paper Mesh, 2.5″ Green Paper Mesh, Asparagus Bush

Mesh Carrot - Step 1

Mesh Carrot – Step 1

Step 1 – Straighten out your 1/2 of the work garland on a table. Open the orange mesh and let the roll fall to the ground while holding on to the ribbon’s end. Working with the roll on the ground is much easier. Pinching the ends of the ribbon with both hands and bunch your way to the center. Using the springs on the end of the work garland, twist the bunch with the springs like using bread ties. Once secured, find the widest point of the ribbon and pinch and bunch your way to the center of the ribbon, again. Secure to the same set of sprigs.

Mesh Carrot

Mesh Carrot

Work your way down the garland frame, finding the widest point of the ribbon, pinching, bunching, and twisting to make a straight line of single poofs. Try to tie the ribbon in as close to the frame as you can get since you will be adding more poofs to the sprigs.

Mesh Carrot - Step 2

Mesh Carrot – Step 2

Step Two – Starting at the top of the garland again, make another row of poofs, but only down to the sixth sprig. You can make the poofs at the top larger to accentuate the shape of the carrot.

Mesh Carrot

Mesh Carrot

Now, make one more line of poofs down to the fourth level. There are 7 levels of poofs – 1st has three poofs, 2nd has three poofs, 3rd has three poofs, 4th has three poofs, 5th has two poofs, 6th has two poofs, 7th has one poof.

Mesh Carrot - Step 3

Mesh Carrot – Step 3

Step Three – Make your bow. Watch the how-to video here.

Mesh Carrot - Step 4

Mesh Carrot – Step 4

Step Four – Tie in your bow using the wire frame.

Mesh Carrot - Step 5

Mesh Carrot – Step 5

Step Five – Tie on the asparagus bush to the back side of the wire frame. You can use floral wire to secure it.

Mesh Carrot - Final Product

Mesh Carrot – Final Product

There’s your fool-proof, cost friendly way to add a super cute pop of spring to your front door! Even I can do it!

-Elizabeth Michael

PMC Cooks: Tuscan Brisket

These cold wintery days always give me a craving for comfort food.   Usually, my inspiration for a recipe comes from ingredients that are available and this recipe is no different. Our local grocery store was having a sale on whole brisket so I thought, “let’s see what comfort food I can create.”
PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

   Unwrapping the whole brisket, my first challenge was the realization that this was a huge hunk of untrimmed meat.  I wasn’t sure where to begin so I stared at it and decided to call on Paul to trim the brisket. He does such a good job cleaning our deer, I figured the principles for the cow can’t be much different.
  Here is what the piece of meat looked like….yours will be a lot like this if you choose to buy a whole brisket.  If I was preparing this again, I would buy an already trim one because so much fat came off that it was a lot of weight that I paid for and just threw away.  I think I might have trimmed a little too much off, though.  That top part is called the fat cap.  It is usually at least 1/2″ thick and I removed most of the cap.
PMC Cooks Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

When Paul finished with the brisket, we ended up with two pieces. The A.”flat”, which corned beef, pastrami and your meat market trimmed brisket is made from. And, the B.”point”, which is much thinner and the grain runs in a different direction.  I saved it for a later recipe.

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

Paul and I went to New Orleans for the New Year and enjoyed the most amazing Tuscan pork rib prepared by our brother-in-law, Mike.  That recipe was my inspiration for this brisket. After the meat was trimmed I combined all the ingredients (recipe below) and basically made a dry rub.  I then place the brisket in a zip lock bag for about 24hrs.

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon(s) chopped rosemary leaves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon(s) kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon(s) fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoon(s) freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon(s) chopped sage
  • 2 teaspoon(s) chopped thyme
  • 2 teaspoon(s) sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon(s) crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon(s) ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground allspice
  • Balsamic glaze (at very end, to taste)
  • 3 tablespoon(s) balsamic vinegar, preferably one aged for at least 5 years

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Prepare your meat by trimming excess fat. Watch this video on how to trim your brisket (it goes on to tell you how to barbecue it).

 I used our fantastic real Portuguese porcelain serve ware to bake the brisket.  Our entire family loves to cook and entertain but have always found it hard to find the large size bakeware and serving pieces it takes when we all get together.  On a buying trip to Europe, we found a wonderful small Portuguese manufacturer.  It bakes beautifully and I love the way my recipes just look so professionally presented in them.
Large Rectangular Porcelain Platter

Large Rectangular Porcelain Platter

I used our large rectangular platter. I coated the platter in olive oil and then added the aged balsamic vinegar.

After trimming your brisket, mix all of the dry ingredients together and coat  the brisket. If you have a convection oven, use that setting for approximately 20 min.  You want the top to sear. You can also accomplish that task with a cast iron skillet.

Cover and lower heat to 325*.  Cook for 2 hours.

At the very end, brush with the balsamic glaze. Check the cooking time because depending upon the thickness of the meat it will vary.  It was delicious.  The leftovers we will turn into BBQ sandwiches for another night.

Cheers!

Debbie Michael

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