Here are the winners of our very first Eddie Awards! A special thank you to everyone who sent in submissions! I wish I could give everyone an Eddie. You deserve it! To listen to show in full, click below.
For her son's birthday, just a few days from Chinese New Year, reader Kathysue decided to do a fun, festive Asian theme. With ceramic Chinese containers from Big Lots ($5 each), mums from Costco ($8.99 a bunch), and a dozen chopsticks ($10), here's what she created!
I especially love the clever use of the containers! I've always been a big believer that flowers aren't just for vases. In fact, there are so many unusual containers from the flea market, like teapots, tureens, and pitchers, that make beautiful flower arrangements. Nice job, Kathysue!
This beachy guestroom redo from our friend and fellow-blogger Rhoda Montgomery with Southern Hospitality packs quite a punch for coming in under $500. With smart shopping at yard sales and antique shops, including a fun, graphic damask comforter for $15, Rhoda's redo takes the Eddie! Congratulations, Rhoda!
This was such a popular category that we decided to give out a few awards! First, for the best secondhand find in the furniture cateogry, the Eddie goes to (may I have the envelop please?) Katie from katiedid! With a 1950s Cannell and Chaffin faux bamboo side table from the Sacramento Antiques Fair she found for a mere $25, check out what Katie did!
Talk about a Before & After! Love the robin's egg blue top. Very fresh and modern! And I love the way it's propped with the graphic pillow, the Chinoiserie lamp, and the sweet arrangement of flowers. Great job, Katie!
I've always thought that objects carry a tremendous amount of meaning. It's those personal items that you love and want to live with everyday that really make a house a home. For outstanding tabletop in the Shopping category, the Eddie goes to...ah, the suspense...Kay Fruge for her beautiful silver candelabra!
Purchased at Larry McCool Company in Natchez, Mississippi for $35, this candelabra is not only beautiful but truly meaningful to its owner. In fact, before his passing in November, Kay's father and Larry McCool were close friends. This piece was a gift from her father Kay holds very dear to her. Thank you for sharing your story with us!
There was one more entry in the Shopping category, a particularly unusual find, that I thought deserved special mention. It comes from Leah Hopkins, whose family lost their home in Ocean Spring, Mississippi in the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. So many family heirlooms from as far back as the 1600s were lost, but four years later, after recovering and rebuilding, Leah has once again begun to acquire objects for her home that carry new meaning, creating for herself and her family, new and beautiful memories. This unusual piece, purchased for $35 at Scott's in Atlanta, I love because Leah loves it, and that's what personal collections are all about! Well done, Leah!
In this category, we asked for your worst entertaining disaster, and this one takes the cake. I'll let our winner, Lori Stewart, tell the story...
Years ago, my Great-Uncle Delma wanted his three sisters, Alice, Blanche and Beulah, to meet his new girlfriend. He really liked her and everyone thought that it was turning serious. She invited his sisters and me to a tea one evening at her home.
When we arrived, it was very obvious that this woman was EXTREMELY nervous about making a good impression on her "critics." Her voice and hands shook with nervousness. Everything looked lovely. The fine china and sterling silver tea set were impressive.
Unfortunately, she totally forgot to clean out her sterling tea pot. When she poured our tea, dozens and dozens of tiny baby roaches came out and were floating in our cups. Uncle Delma broke up with her shortly thereafter because she was too embarrassed to ever look at us again.
Lori, I'm cringing! This isn't just a disaster, it's an Entertaining Nightmare! Congratulations!
Four our fifth and final category, the Eddie for most tantalizing appetizer recipe goes to...may I have the envelope please?...Sasha! Here's her recipe for Mushrooms with Goat Cheese and Nuts. Simple, fast (5 minutes, she says) and delicious...well, at least from the sound of it! This one I'm definitely going to make!
Mushrooms with Goat Cheese & Nuts
1. Crimini Mushrooms 1 box ( the most common ones)
2. Goat Cheese 10.5oz
3. Butter 1 stick (room temperature)
4. Nuts (chopped very very small) 1 cup.
5. Salt and pepper to taste
Clean the mushrooms with a damp paper towel, gently wiping them (never wash!)
Remove the stem so that you have a nice round dish-like cup.
Start by mixing half of the goat cheese with half of the butter and half of the nuts. Let your mushroom size determine how much you will use. Medium size seems to be the right balance of everything.
Once all ingredients are mixed, spoon into each inverted mushroom. Do not put in too much, because it will be very messy in the oven.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-12 minutes, until stops start turning golden brown.
And voila! you can either put them on a platter or serve them as an entree course with a nice crispy green salad!
Once again, everyone, thank you so much for your submissions.
I truly appreciate it! Until next year...