Concrete can be cool!

Night Glow ConcreteThis is from Blaine Brownell of From Charged with sunlight by day, pavers with embedded lights deliver safe pathway illumination at night without added electricity. This is a practical—and increasingly popular—application for outdoor circulation spaces. But what if the paving material itself could illuminate? Enter glow-in-the-dark concrete.

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Leslie's Cornbread Dressing

I love Thanksgiving.  It's the beginning of the holiday season, but without all the stress.  Just a time to reflect on the past year and think about all the reasons you have to be thankful.  About 15 years ago, I went on a quest to find the best dressing for our Thanksgiving meal.  I always enjoyed my mother's recipe, but wanted something that was our own tradition.  I came across a recipe in a Louisiana cookbook.  Now you  know those folks know how to eat!  Well, over the years I've made so many changes that I now claim this recipe as my own.

  • 1 black iron skillet of cornbread – any recipe
  • ½ bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs – chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 pound breakfast sausage (I use Jimmy Dean hot)
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 4 chicken bouillon cubes dissolved in 4 cups of boiling water
  • 1 c. butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 t. Tony Cachere's Creole Seasoning (or to taste)
  • 1 pkg. Pepperidge Farm dressing mix (Garden Herb)

Make cornbread ahead of time by your favorite recipe in your iron skillet. Sauté bell pepper, celery, and onions with the sausage. Melt 4 chicken bouillon cubes in the boiling water. Add chicken broth and butter. Mix all together. Mix all the ingredients together then pour everything into a large baking dish. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes. This will serve 12-16 amply.

This is so scrumptious, your family will be begging you to make this year after year.  Enjoy!


Contemporary Custom Home

This linear contemporary home offers views in every direction. The large living room, kitchen and dining room work together to enrich everyday home entertaining. Three bedrooms, a children’s bunk room and a large game room are segmented to one side of the home for privacy. The master suite is an ultra private affair with a modern spa-like bath. A courtyard area with koi pond will make a lasting first impression on any visitor. Designed by J. Bryant Boyd, Architect, built by Daniel Amon Custom Homes, current owner of Biotex Foam and construction manager for J. Bryant Boyd, Design-Build. Photography by Carlos Barron