Friday, November 15, 2013

Nutcracker Sweet Christmas Tea at Southard House

Hello Friends!

Business is picking up during the week here at Southard House and I have been working on making beautiful Christmas decorations for each room of the inn since October 31st!  We have some very exciting events planned for the coming weeks, including the Enid Lights Up the Plains event on November 29th, our Kenwood Christmas Home Tour and Open House on December 7th, the Nutcracker Sweet Christmas Tea on December 10th, a baby shower on December 14th, and a children's birthday party on December 15th.

This post is dedicated, however, to providing you with some information about the Nutcracker Sweet Christmas Tea that will be held on Tuesday, December 10th from 6:30-8:30 PM.  The house will be brimming from wall to wall with beautiful, magical Christmas decorations.  This tea is dedicated to all things Nutcracker, so think of pink tutus, glorious nutcrackers painted in pastel hues, lots of candy and treats, and all things girly and sweet.  This would be a great tea party to bring your school-age daughters and granddaughters to!  It will be a fun time for girls of all ages but it is limited to the first 20 guests so you better buy your tickets early before they run out!  Tickets for the tea are $12 for adults and $8 for children and must be purchased in advance.  Ticket prices include lots of treats and sweets, a selection of Christmas teas or coffee, a few fun Christmas games with beautiful prizes, a reading of the Nutcracker book (if time allows and we have some children in attendance), a beautiful hand-made nutcracker favor for each guest (worth the ticket price alone), a chance to win a fabulous door prize basket that includes a free night's stay at Southard House, and a tour of our beautiful inn all decorated for Christmas!  This tea is also a cookie swap so for each ticket you purchase you are asked to bring two dozen of your favorite Christmas cookies to this tea to share with others. I will have a container for you to take your cookies home in.  Can you imagine a beautifully decorated formal dining room with an enormous dining table that seats 12 completely covered with all different types of Christmas cookies that are yours for the taking!  Isn't that what dreams are made of?  Come share in the dream at the Nutcracker Sweet Cookie Swap Christmas Tea on Tuesday, December 10th from 6:30-8:30 PM at 518 W. Pine in Enid, OK.  You can call (580) 231-3960 for more information or to purchase tickets.  I hope to see you there!

Blessings to you!
Tammy Neal 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Pumpkin Pie Crescents

Hello Friends!

I made these delicious pumpkin pie crescents for dessert last week and I just have to share this recipe.  It is so easy and really delicious.  If you are on a diet I do not recommend you make these because you CANNOT have just one and you will be tempted to have at least 4 in one sitting.  They taste just like a pumpkin hand pie with a light, flaky crust.  Here is the recipe:

Pumpkin Pie Crescents

1 (8 count) package refrigerated crrescent rolls
1/2 can pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup brown sugar

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl.  Unroll the crescent rolls and spread about 2 tablespoons of filling on one side of each triangle.  Roll the bottom of the triangle up until you reach the point.  Place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees.

After the crescents cooled I made a maple glaze with powdered sugar, milk, and maple extract and I drizzled this over the top.  Then I sprinkled them with chopped up candied pecans.  These are good for dessert but also for breakfast or a snack.

Something you should be aware of is to make sure you give them plenty of time to bake through.  The first batch I made was doughy because I did not leave them in the oven long enough.  I was afraid of them burning on the outside and I pulled them out too soon.  The next batch I made was perfect.  I used the jumbo crescent rolls and they had to bake almost 30 minutes!  So be patient and they will turn out perfectly.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Halloween Masquerade Tea at Southard House

Hello Friends!

I am so excited to share that I will be hosting my first ladies tea here at Southard House on Tuesday evening, October 22, 2013 from 6:30-8:00 PM at Southard House - 518 W. Pine in Enid, OK.  The theme will be "Halloween Masquerade" and everyone that wears a masquerade mask will be entered in to a drawing for a door prize basket which will be filled with all kinds of sweet Halloween goodies and a certificate for a free night's stay at Southard House!  Tickets are $10 per person and must be purchased in advance by calling me at (580) 231-3960 and we can arrange a time for you to come by the inn to pay for your tickets.  This tea is limited to the first 20 ladies so I can seat you all comfortably and we can enjoy our time together.  This is not a come-and-go tea.  The ticket price includes: a buffet of sweet and savory hors d' oeuvres- including my beautiful cupcakes all dressed up for Halloween, hot tea and coffee, some fun games with prizes, a tour of Southard House, and a party favor for each guest.  There is no age limit for this tea.

I am hosting teas at Southard House because I love to prepare and host them and because I think it is a great way to make memories, meet new ladies, share special time together, and have fun and relax.  If you haven't had time for yourself lately this is an opportunity to set aside some special time for yourself and come relax and have some fun!  Our lives are so stressful and hectic and this is a great opportunity to step out of the chaos and come to the peace and tranquility of Southard House for some respite.  Our children don't have to have all the fun on Halloween and it is not very often that we as adults get the chance to dress up and have fun - so wear your prettiest masquerade mask and come join me!  This will be a special time for you and your daughter, granddaughter, auntie, niece, mother, grandmother, or best friend to make some special memories together.  I have hosted so many teas in my private home in the past and they have been such sweet times of fellowship and memory making.  I want to share this with you and provide you with the opportunity to do the same!  I have heard that tea time is "the coming together to enjoy sweet fellowship face to face and heart to heart."  I hope you will join me on Tuesday, October 22nd from 6:30-8:00 PM and you will bring the other ladies you love to share this experience with you!  If you have any questions or would like to purchase a ticket, please call me at (580) 231-3960. I hope to see you at the tea!

  Blessings to You!

Tammy Neal 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fall Mantle in Suite Hope

Hello Friends!

I wanted to share the beautiful fall fireplace mantle I have created for my pretty "Marie Antoinette"-inspired room at Southard House.  I made most everything by hand that decorates this mantle.  I made some pretty princess pumpkins, pink candy corns, a Cinderella slipper and magic wand, a fall crow dressed in pink, an angel dressed as a (good) witch, and a lovely masquerade mask that adorn the mantle.

 I had the most fun making these beautiful princess pumpkins.  I think they are so pretty!  When I bought them they were orange but I gave them some coats of white paint, then a coat of pearl paint to make them look like shimmery pearls!
 Then I made a mix of six different glitters and six different beads and sequins.  I sprinkled the mixes on the pumpkins then I glittered some leaves and glued them on.  I made the vine from a piece of wire and silver seed beads.
 I glued a shimmery crystal in the center of each pumpkin for the stem.  I think these pumpkins are fit for a queen and they shimmer in the light of the chandelier in the room.
 I made these pink candy corns from clay and let them dry for several days before I painted and glittered them with three different shades of glitter.
 Here is Cinderella's slipper and her Fairy Godmother's magic wand!  They give the mantle a whimsical look that is a lot of fun.
 This crow was black with an orange hat when I bought it.  When I got it home she got a few coats of ivory paint.  After it dried I distressed it with sandpaper, then glued ribbons, paper roses, and pink crystals on to decorate it up a bit.  Now she is as pretty as a princess!  No more scary Halloween crow!
I made the small candy corns from clay as well and painted them three shades of pink.  When they were dry I added some sugar glitter to make them sparkle!

 I love this pretty angel bust.  I made her a mask from ivory felt and ribbon, and although it is difficult to see in this picture, it fits her perfectly.
 I also made this darling (good) witch hat from ivory damask fabric.  I embellished it with lace and rose trim.  I think it is darling and I can't believe I sewed it myself!

Everything is better with glitter, don't you think?  I wonder how many pounds of glitter I have used in my life time?  I am sure it is a small fortune's worth!

 I made this pretty masquerade mask by painting it with ivory paint and covering it with thin lace fabric.
 Then I outlined it in pearls and lace trim.  I added flowers, feathers, beads, and ribbon to the side for more decoration.
 I wish I could go to a masquerade ball and wear a beautiful ivory lace ball gown with this mask.  Wouldn't that be so much fun?
 The mantle in Suite Hope is ready for guests to enjoy.  The next treatment will be for Christmas!  I am sure that will be fabulous!

I have a lot of other projects in the works to share, so until next time . . .

May You Be Blessed!


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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Parlor Decorations for Fall

Hello Friends!

I wanted to share some beautiful images of the fall decorations I made for the parlor at my bed and breakfast.  I painted the walls a beautiful shade of blue and I really love it, but I didn't think that orange and yellow leaves were going to look right behind a light blue background so I decided to make some pretty decorations for this room.  I recovered a cute train case with some linen fabric and lace.  I filled it with shredded pages of an old book.  Then I painted and decorated some plastic pumpkins in hues of ivory, beige, and brown.  I also made that pretty fabric sachet that says "Count Your Blessings".  I used hydrangeas, pecans, and pine cones from my own yard to add to the decorations.

This pumpkin is my favorite.  I cut a maple leaf from some scrapbook paper, textured and distressed it, then glued it to the pumpkin with some pretty roses and ivory seam tape ribbon.  I framed the word "Fall" and glued it to the front of the pumpkin.

 I also made some fabric pumpkins in the same colors to decorate the fireplace mantle.  I used fabric scraps cut in to circles and filled them with fiber fill.  The stems of the pumpkins are old silver spoons I purchased very inexpensively at an antique store.  I made the roses from fabric also and the leaves were made from ribbon.
 I love the vintage look of the mantle.  I tried to use antique items like the silver tray, the candle sticks, and an antique book.  I also used natural items like the hydrangeas, pine cones, and berry garland.
 I think the color palate is perfect with the blue walls.  I really love this look and I am so happy with how everything turned out.  I love the elegant and vintage look of my mantle.

 I also altered an old metal cornucopia I purchased many years ago.  When I bought it I think it was brown with orange, yellow, and red leaves.  I spray painted it ivory and distressed the leaves with distress ink.
 I decorated the cornucopia with ivory seam binding ribbon, a rose, and that cute tag that reads "Blessed Beyond Measure" made from scrapbook paper and a rubber stamp.
These pretty fall decorations are sure to please the guests that visit Southard House this fall.  They give the room a very warm, inviting feel although they are also very elegant.  I think the guests will feel very welcome.

I have many more projects in the works to share soon, so until next time . . .

May You Be Blessed!


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Warm Apple Dumplings

Hello Friends!  I wanted to share a delicious recipe for warm apple dumplings I made for the New Hope Book Club that meets here at Southard House once a month.  This is a great fall recipe and it was very easy and so delicious!  You will definitely have to try this recipe!

 You start with two large apples of your choice.  Wash and dry them, then cut them into to 8 slices and peel off the skin.
 Next I mixed up 1/4 cup sugar and a tablespoon of cinnamon and sprinkled this over my sliced apples.
 These apples look like potato wedges!  You want to make sure your apple slices are nice and plump for they will taste better after baking.
 Next open two cans of refrigerated crescent roll dough and separate the triangles.  Wrap each apple slice in to a crescent wedge and pinch the edges to seal the apple in.
Place the wrapped apples in a large baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.  Then mix up 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla, and 1/2 cup butter in a saucepan and cook until it forms a thick syrup - this only takes a few minutes.

 Pour the sauce over the apples in the baking dish, then pour 1 cup of citrus soda over the apples.  Bake the dumplings for 35-45 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
 This is what they look like when you take them out of the oven - golden and delicious.  The apple is tender and sweet inside and the crust is soft, flaky and has that delicious brown sugar glaze.  It is so delicious!
 I am definitely making these again for my guests and serving them with a delicious scoop of ice cream.  This is a great fall dessert!
 Things are all ready for the book club to arrive so they can relax and enjoy their discussion, my treats, and a time of fellowship.  If you have a club or group that would like to have a new place to meet please call me at (580) 231-3960 for more information about meeting space at Southard House Bed and Breakfast Inn!
I hope you will try this recipe and enjoy this delicious fall dessert!

Until next time - May You Be Blessed!


Warm Apple Dumplings
2 large apples, peeled and sliced
2 8-count cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup butter
1 cup citrus soda
1 tbsp cinnamon and 1/4 cup white sugar for apples

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 baking dish.  Cut apples into 8 wedges and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.  Separate crescent rolls into triangles and wrap each slice of apple in dough.  Place wrapped apples in baking dish.  Melt butter in a saucepan and add brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.  Cook until think and pour over apples.  Pour soda over apples and bake for 35-45 minutes.  Best served warm with ice cream.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Warm Caramel Apple Cake

Hello Friends,

At my B&B, Southard House Bed and Breakfast Inn, I serve a delicious dessert to our guests in the evening.  Last week I made this amazing caramel apple cake and posted it on my Facebook page ( and had may requests to share the recipe - so here it is!

Warm Caramel Apple Cake

2 Cups all-purpose flour
3/4 Cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large apple - chopped
1 cup caramel baking bits

Topping Ingredients:

1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup quick oats
6 tablespoons melted butter
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.  In another bowl, whisk the egg, milk, butter, and vanilla.  Stir the wet ingredients in to the dry ingredients until moistened.  Fold in the apples and caramels.

Cut out a circle of parchment paper to fit the bottom of your spring form pan.  Place parchment paper in the pan and spray the pan and the paper with non-stick cooking spray.

Pour the batter in the pan.  In a separate bowl combine the topping ingredients.  Sprinkle topping over batter.  Bake for 40-50 minutes, until cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Remove from the oven, allow to cool, and enjoy your cake!

This cake is best eaten warm because the gooey caramel is all melty and delicious.  To reheat, place a slice of cake on a microwaveable place and heat for 20 seconds.  This cake is so delicious!

I hope you will  try this delicious fall treat!  Hopefully I will have more recipes to share soon!  Until then, may you be blessed!

Tammy Neal

Friday, August 16, 2013

Baby Girl Banner

Hello Friends!  I created this beautiful banner for a baby shower I hosted at my bed and breakfast, Southard House, and I wanted to share it with you!

I think it is so fun to sit down at my craft table with some pretty supplies and see what comes out of me.  I had no idea how this banner was going to turn out because there was no real plan for how to do it.  I just started working and this is what I created.  I absolutely love it!                                                                              
I used chipboard pennants for each piece of the banner. I covered the chipboard with pretty pink gingham scrapbook paper, then I started adding pretty pink embellishments.

I painted the chipboard letters a soft baby pink and then added some brilliant glitter to make them sparkle.  When the pennants were finished I strung them on to some pretty pink ribbon, then tied pieces of ribbon, lace, and torn fabric in between the pennants to add a vintage look to the banner.

 I used the banner for my baby shower I hosted last weekend and everyone enjoyed it and all of the other beautiful decorations.  I would like to make another banner for baby boy showers so if I get a booking for one of those I will make the banner and certainly show you the end results!
I hope you have enjoyed seeing this pretty little banner I made and it has inspired you in some way.  If you would like to see other pictures of the bed and breakfast, the delicious food I prepare, or other crafts I have created, please visit my facebook page at www.facebook/ or my website at for more inspiration.       

Have a Blessed Day!

Tammy Neal

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Vintage Baby Shoes

Hello Friends!  It is hard to believe that so much time has passed since my last post!  Today I wanted to share a special project with you that I created for a baby shower I will be hosting here at Southard House.

I purchased these sweet baby shoes at an antique shop many years ago with the thought of altering them and using them as decoration but just shoved them in a closet and completely forgot I had them until I got a request to host my first baby shower here at Southard House Bed and Breakfast Inn.  I dug through the closet and found the shoes and immediately began working to create some cute vintage shoes I could use as decoration for the shower.

I used a lot of distress ink to cut the "new" white appearance down a lot.  I used vintage sheet music, vintage laces, and old embellishments to create a "days-gone-by" look for these sweet baby shoes.

I also distressed some mulberry paper roses, a pink one for the girls shoe and a blue one for the boys shoe.  Those roses are not permenant and can be removed so I can make both for a girl, boy or leave them off completely if I am hosting a shower for a baby that we don't know the gender of yet!

I am using pink roses on these shoes because the upcoming shower is for a baby girl - I am so excited!  My mom gave me my baby cup and spoon and I tried to polish them up several times but then I realized that the patina actually works for my vintage baby shower theme!

Here are the shoes as they will be displayed at the shower!  I think they are so adorable and a perfect touch for my vintage baby girl shower.  I can't wait to see what the guests think of the beautiful inn when it is all decorated for their special celebration.  I have many more projects I created and pictures I took for this shower so I will try to post them soon!  If you are interested in me hosting a shower or celebration for you or a friend please visit the inn website at for more information!

Blessing to you!
Tammy Neal

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