Through the years there have been many porch swings in my life. The one that stands out the most belonged to my Aunt Bell. It was on her front porch in The Heights of Houston. Many generations sat on that swing. There were cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents some of whom are still here while most have passed. Funny how I can remember distinct conversations because of that porch swing. Little details and fragments float up to the surface of my memory along with the rhythm of the back and forth of the swing.
Lately, porch swings have been requested by some of my interior design clients. I searched high and low to find one ready to buy to no avail so my sons built and stained this one. I am so proud of them and all their handy work. I hope my client and her family enjoy this one and create many happy memories on their very own porch swing.
Rosemary Parmesan Cheese Straws
Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets
1 Large Egg
1 Tablespoon Milk
1/2 Teaspoon Dry Mustard
1/8 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/8 Teaspoon Black Pepper
1/2 Cup Grated Fresh Parmesan Cheese
4 Teaspoons Chopped Fresh Rosemary
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Dust a large cutting board with flour and unroll one puff pastry and lightly dust top of pasty with flour. Whisk together all ingredients except cheese and rosemary. Brush wet ingredients on top of puff pastry. Sprinkle half of the cheese all over top followed by rosemary. Cut in 12 strips and place on parchment. Bake for ten minutes and then turn over and back three more minutes to brown. Enjoy!
Just the word “porch” has a warm inviting tone and was derived from the latin word portico. The Romans designed an extension of the main structure of their buildings to create covered areas leading into courtyards. There the elite and upper class of their time would gather to dine or hold private political discussions. When traveling abroad you won’t hear the word porch, but words like loggia, veranda or the same latin portico. But here in The South, porch means so much more. To find out more please join Jennifer Hermann and me for food, fun and design tips just about the ever gracious southern porch.
Hermann Furniture Presents:
“What Happens On The Porch
Stays On The Porch”
April 23rd, 2014
12 to 1
Box Lunch Provided By:
Funky Art Cafe
Cost of $10
For Information Call: (979)-836-7231
Here is what is new in my booth at Hermann’s Antique Mall:
Chalk Paint Duncan Phyfe Double Drop Leaf Pedestal Table and Four Tulip Back Chairs with Needlepoint Seats – Located in the front window in a friend’s space…
Duncan Phyfe China Cabinet done in Chalk Paint and Gold Leaf – Located in front window in a friend’s space…
A Pair of Porch Ready Rocking Chairs, Chalk Paint Mantel, Chalk Paint Mirror – Located in the Back of Hermann’s Antique Mall in The Irish Lady Booth…
Antique Rocker with Fresh New Animal Print Upholstery, Blue Chalk Paint Desk, Some Unique Accessories – Located in the Back of Hermann’s Antique Mall in The Irish Lady Booth…
All waiting for a new home.