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A Tour of Oxford

A Tour of Oxford

Traveling is definitely a hobby here at Della's Kitchen.  I love discovering new places and have often found unique products for the shop while touring.  We were able to make a quick stop in Oxford while in the UK and are sharing a few tips of things to see and do should you make it across the pond.  Oxford is a lovely college town about 50 miles from London.  I would suggest a 3-4 day visit to be able to see most of the local attractions.  I stayed in a quaint hotel, the Vanbrugh House, right in the center of...

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Holiday Napkin Styling

Holiday Napkin Styling

Setting a nice table for Thanksgiving or Christmas may be daunting with one thousand other things on the to-do list.  We're put together a few ideas for how to style your napkins so you have less thinking to do.  You'll simply need napkins, silverware, and maybe a few accessories like ribbon, evergreen cuttings, or cinnamon sticks.  1. Place a cloth napkin centered under your plate and hanging over the edge of the table.  You can either place your silverware in the traditional locations, or use one of my favorite ways to bundle.  Use a fork, spoon, and knife and tie...

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Stovetop Fragrance

Stovetop Fragrance

Craving a fresh scent for your upcoming get-together?  This quick recipe and one pot wonder will fill the whole house with a refreshing scent. Ingredients:Water, 2 Lemons, Fresh Rosemary, Vanilla, Orange (to zest) Directions:Add 3-4 inches of water in the bottom of a pot and bring to a boil.Slice the lemons into thin slices and add to pot.Roll the stems of fresh rosemary between your hands to release some of the natural oils and fragrance, then add to the pot along with 1-2 Tbsp orange zest and 1 Tbsp Vanilla. Reduce to a simmer and add more water as it...

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Food on the Titanic - Southampton Visit

Food on the Titanic - Southampton Visit

Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting the SeaCity Museum in Southampton, England.  Southampton is the city from which the Titanic sailed.  Since most of the crew lived in Southampton, the city was devastated by the loss of the Titanic.  It was heartbreaking to follow the lives of several crew members and learn their fate at the end of the tour.  Part of the museum shared how the Titanic prepared for so many visitors, including food prep.  We're sharing a few pictures and lists of various foods.  Peruse through these images and take yourself back to a different time. Southampton...

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The Story of a Silverplate Spoon

The Story of a Silverplate Spoon

Have you ever seen the show American Pickers?  If you have, you'll know that searching for vintage goods isn't always about the age of the item, but rather the story that comes with it.  Today, I'm sharing the story of a spoon.  But first, I'll need to take you on a little history lesson... The first lighthouse was built in America in 1716, in Boston Harbor to be exact.  Lighthouses were built to aid the navigation of ships and fell under federal administration beginning in 1789.  At that time, there were 12 existing lighthouses that had been built by the...

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