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Miss me? I’m chalking up my absence to a particularly busy holiday season and hope to be back and blogging regularly after the New Year (fingers crossed!). In the meantime, check out the At Home in Arkansas blog where I blog regularly and also where I shared my hostess-inspired Christmas wishlist today!Rosemary's Wishlist | | For At Home in Arkansas


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Smoked Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs

When planning my Friendsgiving menu, something amazing happened. It was one of those moments where you are thinking about one thing you like, then the thought of something you love pops into your head, then you realize YOU COULD TOTALLY COMBINE THOSE TWO THINGS to make this one totally amazing mega-thing.

That’s how these smoked pimento cheese deviled eggs came to be. I was thinking about deviled eggs, then I was thinking about pimento cheese, then I realized those two things would probably be excellent combined.

Not to sound cocky, but turns out I was right. They were EGGcelent, if you will. So I thought I’d share the recipe with you. Disclaimer: If you think you hate pimento cheese, don’t stop reading now! I was like you! I hated pimento cheese, until I tried the recipe of my former boss, Michele. My pimento cheese is adapted from hers, but not quite the same.

Also, this recipes makes extra pimento cheese – so you can eat it by itself too. Yum!

Smoked Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs

(makes 24 eggs + a tupperware container full of pimento cheese)


1 dozen hardboiled eggs

2 Tbsp dijon mustard

2 Tbsp mayonnaise

8 ounces hickory smoked cheddar cheese, grated

2 cups mild cheddar cheese, shredded

1 jar diced pimentos

1 jalapeno, finely diced

8 strips hickory-smoked bacon

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, plus more for sprinkling

1/2 cup mayonnaise, plus more to taste


While your eggs are boiling, chop 4 bacon slices into bits and cook over medium-high heat. Move to a plate and drain on a paper towel. Chop the other 4 slices into 1-inch pieces, cook over medium-high heat and move to drain on a separate plate.

In a large bowl, combine cheeses, diced jalapeno, pimentos, bacon bits and 1/2 teaspoon paprika. Toss to combine. (Reserve the 1-inch bacon pieces to garnish your eggs at the end.)

Next, add the 1/2 cup mayonnaise and stir it all together. This is where you get to go nuts. If you like your pimento cheese extra creamy, add more mayo. I usually add a tablespoon at a time until I’m happy with the result.

Meanwhile, slice the hardboiled eggs in half, remove the yolks to a small bowl and mash them up. Add 2 Tbsps dijon mustard and 2 Tbsps mayo and mix to form a paste. Once again, add more or less mustard and mayo until it tastes the way you want it to. I like a mustard-y deviled egg, myself.

Now that you have pimento cheese in one bowl and egg mixture in another, get out a third bowl and add a bit of both pimento cheese and egg, then mix them together. Keep adding egg and cheese until you find the balance you like.

Fill your eggs, top with a 1-inch piece of bacon and sprinkle with paprika. Enjoy!

I loved the smoky flavor so much, I’m considering using a smoked cheddar/smoked gruyere combo next time I make them. The sharpness of the cheddar (even though it was mild cheddar) cut the smokiness a little bit, so next time I want to go FULL SMOKE, Y’ALL.

Do you have a special Thanksgiving recipe? I’d love for you to share it if so…

Friendsgiving : A Tablescape

Saturday night, Aaron and I invited friends over for our second annual Friendsgiving dinner – 12 people gathered around my dining room table, stuffing their faces and drinking as much wine as possible. It. Was. Excellent.

For the centerpiece, I gathered mini-gourds, pomegranates, pinecones and a few gold and bronze tchotchkes and votives, plus my beloved birdie salt-and-pepper shakers.

For the flowers, I used a mix of coral/yellow and orange alstroemeria, yellow daisies, orange mums, maroon chrysanthemums and purple aster (I think…).

I made extra candle-holders by bringing in my Nate Berkus gold bowls, filling them with whole coffee beans and sticking a candle in the middle.

I took a lot of inspiration from my Modern Thanksgiving dream table, which you can read more about here. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Dwell Studio’s Modern Thanksgiving

If you read the Dwell Studio blog, you might’ve seen this recent post about their Modern Thanksgiving : A Curated Holiday contest. Dwell Studio asked participants to design their dream Thanksgiving on Pinterest, pinning color palettes, recipes, dream guests, etc. I got to pinning and was surprised by the result. Rather than the expected orange/brown/yellow pumpkin-filled Thanksgiving table, I realized my Modern Thanksgiving board was filled with golds and plums, rustic woods and things like kale, eggplant and artichokes.

flowers // pie // painting

cornucopia // wishbone // invitation

cheese plate // teacups // tablescape

We’re expecting a big group of friends Saturday night for our second annual Friends Thanksgiving, and I’m excited to incorporate a bit of this inspiration into my plans. What would your dream Thanksgiving look like?

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide : For Him

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide : For Her

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Gift Guide : Stocking Stuffers

Loved ones, take heed! Not everything on this girl’s wishlist comes with a hefty price tag! Sometimes, the best gifts come in small, stocking-shaped packages.

{ 1. Kate Spade Prize Ball 2. Echo Touch Gloves (iPhone friendly!) 3. Essie “Carry On” 4. MaryClare Macarons 5. Nars Semi-Matte Jungle Red Lipstick 6. Gap Heather Grey Wool socks 7. House of Harlow antler ring }

Gift Guide : The Martha

Every group of friends has one – she’s equal parts hostess, chef and entertainer. She throws a fabulous party, mixes a mean drink and always keeps extra towels in the guest bath. She’s neatly dog-earred a page from Martha Stewart’s book. Serve up a gift she deserves on a silver platter.

{ 1. Thymes Frasier Fir Candle 2. Kate Spade Gold Playing Cards 3. Sohum Grande Vegetale Collection Soaps 4. Blanc & Rouge Carafes 5. Amazon Dreams Pitcher 6. Microplane Herb Mill 7. Martha’s Entertaining }


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