Swiss Chard Burrito with Mushrooms and Cauliflower

Everyone wants to lighten up in January.  This is a great way to start! Ingredients: 4 tablespoons olive oil (divided) 2 cups shiitake mushrooms (thinly sliced) 1 small yellow onion (peeled, sliced) 2 cloves garlic (peeled, minced) 1 tablespoon ginger (peeled, finely grated) 2 cups cauliflower (grated on the large holes of a box grater) 8 large Swiss Chard leaves (stems removed, reserved and chopped into small dice) 1 15- ounce can red kidney beans (drained, rinsed) Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste) hot sauce (to serve) Directions: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil….

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Timeless Transitional

Sometimes when a client buys an existing home, the layout of the home does not fit their taste or idea of an ideal space. Sometimes it’s an easy transition but sometimes, wall have to come down. This project fits the latter. When my clients bought this home, one of our contractors was called in to resurrect the space. One main wall leading into the family room (which is the outside of the home), plus another dining room wall needed to come down so that it was wide open for their guests when they hosted the football games. Today’s younger couples…

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3 Kitchen Design Mistakes We Can Help You Avoid

There is a lot to think about in kitchen design but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.  Just think it through.  Our Wood Palace Kitchen Designers can help you make mistakes. Appliance Selection Arlene was excited about her appliance selections.  They were top of the line, beautiful and served her every day needs nicely.  But when it came to whole family gatherings and holidays, she needed more oven space, was always scrambling to get everything ready at the same time for the large crowd.  She wished she had thought about this when she was purchasing her new kitchen.  It’s important…

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Decorating Trends: 2018 Pantone Color of the Year

Each year interior decorating trends change, furniture styles change, appliance styles and even appliance colors change.  The decorating trends stem from the colors and styles that come out of the fashion industry which introduces new trends each season.  Although interior decorating trends change more slowly than fashion, you want to be sure your decorating doesn’t become dated before it’s time.  So how do you stay up to date and keep your style fresh and updated?  There is an easy, fun and inexpensive way to keep your home looking fresh and updated using color.  First and foremost, it starts by making…

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Peppermint Bark

This bark makes a perfect home made gift for the holidays!   Ingredients: 12 ounce Dark chocolate chips 5 regular sized candy canes, or peppermint candies 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract Directions: Break up peppermint candy into little pieces. Melt the chocolate according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once melted, add the peppermint extract and stir. Pour the melted chocolate out onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and spread out with a spatula or wooden spoon. Sprinkle the peppermint candy chunks on to the chocolate and gently press them in with yours hands. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes…

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Tuscan Farmhouse Culinary Haven

Most people dream about a chef’s kitchen, but this chef made it a reality in his new home. With a large space that opens into the family room area, it was fairly easy to design the space for a busy chef who also loves to cook at home. The island becomes the focal point and a space where food prep and cooking were a must for this Italian chef. Good Italian food takes time and space, so we designed in a wonderful butcher block area to prepare the fresh vegetables and baking goods. It is across from the fridge and…

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Water Can Damage Fine Wood Cabinets

Water can damage fine wood cabinets.  We know what can happen in a major flood and we hope we never have such a catastrophe in our home, even a smaller catastrophe such as a burst pipe.  But there are other ways your cabinets can become damaged from the water sources in your kitchen. Take the cabinets below and around your sink.  It is easy for splashes to occur during every day activities like washing dishes.  Be sure to wipe up any water that gets on the cabinets quickly.  Those accidental spills will not harm your cabinets if taken care of…

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The Wood Palace Mission

Almost every business has a mission.  Wood Palace is no different.  Many businesses spend a great deal of time and thought crafting the words that represent why the business exists and what it stands for.  But the most important part of a mission is to create tenants to live by, define the spirit in which action will be taken every day to serve customers, provide quality, provide caring customer service and nurture the skills and knowledge of employees.  It is not enough to craft the words, scribe them on a plaque and hang it on the wall.  Success requires believing…

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Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

You’ll love this lighter version of traditional pumpkin pie! Ingredients: 9″ graham cracker crust 1T gelatin 1/4c cold water 3/4c brown sugar 1/2t salt 2t cinnamon 1/2t ground ginger 1/2t allspice 1-1/3c pumpkin puree 3 eggs, separated 1/2c milk 1/4t cream of tartar 6T sugar Preparation: Stir gelatin into cold water. Let stand for a few minutes. Mix brown sugar, spices and pumpkin, egg yolks and milk in a saucepan.  Cook over low heat, stirring constantly. Boil for one minute. Remove from heat and stir in gelatin. Allow to cool until partially set.  Beat smooth or put through a sieve…

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Refined Modern Farmhouse

The typical colonial home has a small kitchen with a table area just off of the kitchen in the area where the slider is to get to the back of the home. Most of these homes have a separate dining room. Today’s families are looking for a kitchen that they can cook, entertain and make a statement in. They have worked hard over the years to keep the roof over their family. There comes a time when they are tired of the old cabinets and the cramped space where counter room is at a premium. Most people have an inkling…

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