Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thanksgiving recap and a giveaway!

Let me start by saying I had decided I would not click photos for the blog on Thanksgiving. I didn't think you would want to see my family's Thanksgiving again but I received several emails and comments from customers stopping by the store last weekend mentioning how they are looking forward to a recap. I guess I will look at it as a Thanksgiving card to you, sharing the splendid day with you all.

 To inform those newcomers to this blog my sisters and I all live in the same town and for a few years now share the Thanksgiving dinner with each home hosting a different course. A nice tradition is we walk from house to house.  For the cooks, (and I know you all can relate to this) it gives us time between courses to be out of the kitchen and chatting with everyone as we walk
....good bonding time.

My Granddaughter, Madison helped with the prep all day Wednesday (which really means everything took twice as long but was also twice as memorable)...nice socks!

We found this simple table decoration idea on Pinterest and it was perfect for her age of 3.

The trouble is when you are only doing one course you kind of go overboard ...I host the turkey portion and my husband is all about the prep for his fried turkey. He runs around getting the various equipment,  fills the propane tank, shops for the injection marinade which includes beer, honey, butter and 8 different spices and with my sons bring up the big tables and 27 chairs to convert the dining room into a banquet hall.  Also worth mentioning are the calls he gets from me about picking this or that up. I'm still prepping Wednesday night and they set up their nightcap for the evening, above. The party has started....

Danielle's home is abuzz with baking as she is hosting the dessert course.  Thankfully her children took over some of the tasks.

On Thanksgiving day we started at my sister Denise's home.  WELL, she totally outdid herself with the appetizers.  A traditional Italian antipasti looked like a food magazine picture arranged on one of the French breadboards (available)

Her table looked beautiful.  My brother in law made cranberry apple cider martinis and he is also known for his delicious bread we call THE BIGGA, which is in a basket, above.  The BIG hit of her course was the candied bacon, yes you heard that right CANDIED BACON!!  Everyone was dying...

Mix together 1 cup of brown sugar and a teaspoon of cinnamon
Dredge each piece of thick cut bacon in sugar mixture and place on rack on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until done.

She also prepared 2 kinds of homemade crab cakes, my fav...

Deviled eggs.

Stuffed mushrooms and she even made her own herb breadsticks, an apple slice appetizer wrapped in pancetta is to the right. There was a whole other table with goodies I'm forgetting but the pecan baked Brie that she prepared without pastry was delish!   You didn't leave this house without enjoying a favorite .

We continued our walk on to the soup course where I have no pictures of my sister Nicole's magnificent homemade breads and breadsticks :( and Tom's seafood chowder and cream of mushroom soup served in footed porcelain bowls with lions heads.  Wonderful!  The pictures  posted today were sent to me after a shout out for any pics for my blog so they are not complete.

My husband and I with the two birds.  The roasted one (24 pounds roasted in the bag for 3 1/2 hours) where I blended all the chopped herbs with butter and lifted the skin allover and pushed the mixture underneath.  I had my whole hand under the skin!! ..I thought this baby is going to be flavorful!  BUT the consensus is and has been for 2 years that the fried bird (14 pounds and cooks in 35 minutes) tastes so much better. I didn't have turkey until the Saturday afterward and the fried was superior.  We discussed frying 2 next year but how will we make gravy, not to mention presentation?   The fried bird can easily be mistaken for a charred football with 2 black sticks in its side.

Each year my son and husband discuss a different selection with the entree....(last year's turducken was NOT a big seller)  Ryan was out on the deck this year with ANOTHER cooking unit making his shrimp boil, which, in addition to the turkeys, roasted brussel sprouts, bread stuffing and wild rice goat cheese dressing, (Bobby Flay) whipped potatoes (made ahead,)  was mouth watering. My mother makes her homemade cranberry sauce and my favorite, her candied sweet potatoes. Needless to say plenty of leftovers were also enjoyed the next day at my house.

My sister Danielle's home (where we walked down the hill thankfully from mine) had desserts.  Cameras were not out here but I did snap this one of my niece Hilary's homemade samoas and Zoe's terrific cupcakes! Cheesecake, pumpkin soufflé and Italian pastries complimented my brother-in-laws Italian coffee gelato, which was just that...espresso poured over gelato!  I would love to hear about your Thanksgiving traditions and also about your you fry a bird?  How do you make a good gravy??

Sign up to receive talented friend Cindy Potters' blog HERE by Thursday to see how you can enter the giveaway I'm sharing with her readers. Cindy is owner of SHED, an eclectic home furnishings store in Maplewood Village NJ.  (100 Baker Street). She mixes modern and vintage and the unexpected.  The BEST part is her inspirational blog which covers interior design news and trends. When you stop over to her blog make sure you see the latest West Orange home she's magnificent and Cindy was so lucky to be able to photograph it adding to the photos from Elle Decor.  Thank you Cindy.  Good luck to all Cindy's readers!!

Today it was snowing so, "ON TO THE NEXT HOLIDAY!" I just decorated these planters on Saturday and they are the perfect entrance to the offerings inside. New items from the container are brought in each day and I have posted a couple HERE and will post more later this week.

Warmest regards,

We are open Sundays until Christmas from 12-5

Bonny Neiman Antiques & Artisan 
12 Beechwood Road  Summit, NJ
 Monday-Saturday 10-5:30

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Happy Ironstone Thanksgiving! And new arrivals!!

Simple ironstone.....
I have always been drawn to the simplicity of ironstone and Thanksgiving seems to be a great time for its feature.  The story and history it possesses increases its appeal for many of us.  Stoneware, first made in the 18th century in England and patented by Staffordshire in the early 19th century is dense, hard semi porcelain china.

During the 1840's ironstone was widely exported as England found  "the colonies", as they continued to call us,  preferred the unfussy plain and durable china.  The appeal is currently the same.
Everything DOES come full circle, right?  I love this beautiful Thanksgiving table and cupboard full of  pure ironstone.

19th century farmhouse communities LOVED the durability of ironstone pieces to feed their families and also the many workers found around their tables during harvest time.  Plates, platters and soup tureens soon became embossed with wheat sheafs, prairie flowers and corn to appeal to farmers.
LOVE the wheat sheafs and the pop of green the apples bring to this dining room...

This cupboard, above, has a modern feel with its painted light green  interior and separated placement of the ironstone pieces...

Ironstone looks great with silver and adds freshness when placed with primitive woods.

LOVE this armoire full of ironstone and I can't help but be attracted to this old floor...

The contrast of old with the modern shade and crisp whites on the walls and doors is a current look. Ironstone pitchers have always been a favorite vase....
(ironstone, breadboards and cutting boards available)

To answer many of you, we are NOT dressing up for Thanksgiving this year  (thank goodness, I'm swamped!) but the day will unfold with lots of fun and unique times, as usual. To see last years pictures click HERE.

We will be having our "moveable feast " as we walk from house to house as each sister hosts a different course.  This is wonderful as we only have to prepare a portion of the meal but NOT wonderful as we then tend to overdue each course.  My sister made 3 soups one year...( oh dear!) During the hurricane when only one of us had power and we were dining together, every night turned into a feast.  We just kept saying "take a picture and let's call this Thanksgiving!" SNORT!!

I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and truly am thankful for your continued support.  :)

Warmest regards,

P.S. We will be open Sundays in December from noon -5pm. My container arrives this week and I will be updating the site regularly HERE.

P.P.S. an exciting giveaway is coming with a great store nearby so stay tuned...

Bonny Neiman Antiques & Artisan 
12 Beechwood Road  Summit, NJ
 Monday-Saturday 10-5:30

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Great Shipment!

I hope this email finds you "electrified"!  If you are from New Jersey, Connecticut or New York you know just what I mean.  After Hurricane Sandy swept through the lucky residents of these towns, including mine,  just had to deal with the inconvenience of "no power". So many haven't even been able to get to their shore properties to see what's left of their places.  You are in our thoughts during the aftermath of this disaster, I can't even imagine the frustration and sadness.
During the disruption I have enjoyed the blogs I follow as a break from the darkness so I will post hoping it allows you a break, too.

A few weeks back my husband and I took off to Montreal to explore the antiques scene in Canada.  Old Montreal is a beautiful section of streets, shops and restaurants still maintaining the original buildings, cobblestone streets and charm of days gone by.

Barroco was both a delicious and beautiful restaurant steps from our hotel on Rue St. Paul

The Basilica of Notre Dame was breathtaking...I now love the quiet of Church.

I lit a candle as I had done so many times growing up.   It's funny when you are young we feel many religious rituals are unimpressive but when you perform these in adulthood they bring such comfort and peace.

We stayed at Hotel Nelligan, a 105 room boutique hotel. I chose this moderately priced luxury hotel for its location and comments and photos I found on tripadvisor. It was a wonderful place with old brick walls throughout the newly renovated old building.

We enjoyed cocktails in the lobby open to the bar and nearby restaurant.

All the comforts necessary ....

An ordinary bathroom but the rustic brick wall added warmth! A lesson we can take to our own interiors....old wood and stone make new interiors look important and full of feeling!

A public garden with an entire wall of vines in brilliant autumnal color!

The Musee de beaux-arts was open late so we squeezed in a visit. FULL of spectacular examples of  important art including breathtaking impressionist and classical moving and inspiring.

I am not a fan of Picasso and would love to hear your thoughts on his work....

I would much rather sit with a portrait by Modigliani. I am always enthralled by his colors.

Even this abstract portrait by Karel Appel is more understandable than a Picasso to me.  What do you think?

There are many French antiques in Montreal....

This old hotel near the water on Rue Bonsecours had a temporary hand written sign advertising their antiques sale....

Love the rubble walls, old doors and hardware...

Just like an old European hotel with the rich fabrics, tapestries and giltwood...

Love the dining room and old taxidermy...

We enjoyed our stay in Montreal ( a first for me).  The restaurants were wonderful and we especially enjoyed our dinner at Chez L'Epicier.  Wonderful selections and atmosphere.

The new container arrives in NJ on November 22 (supposedly). I am so excited about the treasures in this one. Awesome stuff just in time to make your homes look spectacular for the holidays....LOTS of art, too! I have posted some pictures on the website HERE! It is a fraction of what's coming as I happened to click some photos of some items that were uncovered.  I will not have measurements until after we unpack and will get that info on the site toot sweet!

I also want to take the time to thank our military heroes on this Veteran's Day, I so appreciate and honor you for your selfless service to our country. Thank you, thank you!

P.S. Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK!

BEST WAY TO REACH ME IS BY EMAIL HERE! I would love to explain where I think the items on my website would look great me with any questions.

Warmest regards,
Bonny Neiman Antiques & Artisan 
12 Beechwood Road  Summit, NJ
 Monday-Saturday 10-5:30