Did you know April is National Pecan Month? Owner of Schermer Pecans, Putt Wetherbee, certainly does. Schermer’s Georgia orchards have been in their family for 70 years. They truly take pride in their pecans from start to finish – they plant and care for the trees, shell the pecans, and candy all of the varieties. April is a busy month for the Schermer family!
Our favorite product from Schermer on Taigan is their Baker’s Essential gift box because it is made up of all raw pecans that can be used in multiple recipes. The box contains 1 bag of Mammoth Pecan Halves, 1 bag of Extra large Pecan Pieces, and 1 bag of Medium Pecan Pieces all for only $44! What a deal!
To sweeten up your last days of April, here is the perfect recipe for spring entertaining and garden parties sourced from one of the best southern cookbooks – Pecans, by Kathleen Purvis.
Pecan Meringue Bites
2 large egg whites
2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 teaspoon cornstarch
½ teaspoon white vinegar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 1 or 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick foil. Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until they form stiff peaks when the beaters are lifted. Beat in the brown sugar and granulated sugar a tablespoon at a time. Beat in the salt and vanilla. Sprinkle with pecans, cornstarch and vinegar over the beaten egg-white mixture. Fold in gently but thoroughly with a rubber spatula. Using a teaspoon, spoon the batter onto the lined baking sheets (Don’t worry about getting the cookies too close together – they won’t spread much.) Place the baking sheets in the oven. Turn off the oven and leave them in the oven with the door closed for 8-12 hours or overnight. Peel the cookies off the parchment or foil and store in an airtight container. Source: Pecans, by Kathleen Purvis (A Savor The South Cookbook)
What is Schermer Pecans? Nearly 65 years after the company’s founding in 1946, Schermer Pecans continues to take pride in their pecans from planting, to harvesting, to packaging their many varieties. A rarity in the industry, Schermer handles all three aspects of the operation—owning orchards, shelling and candying. Schermer’s fundraising and retail line of pecans range from the simplicity of the finest and freshest Fancy Mammoth Pecans to those candied in 1940s copper cauldrons. Schermer Pecans combines cutting-edge agricultural technology with time-tested candying techniques.
Paloma Contreras is a lauded interior decorator, tastemaker, and award-winning design blogger. Paloma launched her widely read blog, La Dolce Vita in 2007 and her interior design business soon followed. Paloma’s effortless, modern-meets-traditional style has been featured in multiple national publications including the DOMINO, ELLE DECOR, and SOUTHERN LIVING. Paloma has also been named a “Next Wave” interior designer by House Beautiful as well as one of “10 New Design Talents to Watch” by LUXE. Paloma strives to create comfortable, luxurious spaces reflective of her clients’ tastes and lifestyles.
“This spring, I am loving classic items with a twist. Spring is the ideal time for a little infusion of color- items such as a stunning pair of Prussian Blue Christopher Spitzmiller lamps or beautiful emerald and quartz earrings by Bounkit are the perfect way to brighten things up! My favorite finds feel fresh for the season, but are all classic, timeless pieces that will look chic all year round.”
In celebration of everyone’s favorite March holiday we’ve rounded up our favorite shamrocks for good luck!
This Lizzy Couture necklace is a great every day piece that is sure to bring luck to its wearer.
JL the Brand has the most comfortable socks around. We can’t get enough of their clover design, which is perfect for the month of March.
Have a little luck up your sleeve with these green onyx cufflinks.
Sandy Simonian’s diamond pendants are instant classics. We’re particularly smitten with the clover design.
For a more abstract take on the clover motif, we recommend these carved horn earrings.
What could be luckier than a 4 leaf clover AND a horseshoe? We can’t think of anything, which makes this vintage brass bracelet our new favorite find.
It’s the year of the monkey and we’re celebrating by rounding up some of our favorite monkey themed finds…
August Morgan’s whimsical cocktail napkins are total crowd pleasers. Get your guests in the spirit of “Monkey See, Monkey Drink” in no time!
This baby cup by Raynaud is the perfect gift for any babies born between now and January.
For a sophisticated spin on the monkey theme, we recommend this Bob Christian hand painted wastebasket.
Monkey around the table with these cheerful salt and pepper shakers from William-Wayne Co.
Have a monkey on your cuff with these movable monkey and banana cufflinks by Jan Leslie.
And last, but certainly not least, these Sharyn Blond cocktail napkins are playfully stunning. We’re a sucker for her impeccable embroidery!
I am off to Palm Beach for some sun, fun and shopping on Dixie Highway. Here are a few essentials for Florida to keep my fashionable–
Jules Reid screams vintage Palm Beach. I want everything of hers.
Cocktails need a cocktail ring and this one by House of Lavande is big and bold just like Palm Beach.
More S. Carter love with an homage to the beach with the sand dollar yet funky enough to stay modern.
A tassel is always in style for your ears or your home. Red Ruby Rouge Tassel Earrings $39.
Beach days need sun cover always. This chic number by Letarte is sure to bring inner peace.
Another amazing Letarte piece. The embroidered coverup is so cute it too could be worn over jeans.
A chic towel is a must. Letarte Safari Towel $78.
Do not forget your cosmetic bag full of essentials for your skin and lips. Be sure to faux tan before you head south. Diane James Bukhara Pink Zip Bags (Set of 2) $25.
I adore this big blingy tote for shopping and the beach. It can hold all the baubles you pick up along the way. Imperio JP Sequin and Leather Tote $160.
I always take a Turkish T. I can double as a scarf, blanket on the plane or towel on the beach.