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  • My House, Your House

    My House, Your House

     

     

    It is no secret that my sister and I are extremely close. It’s also no secret that we are opposite in oh so many ways. Remarkably, when it comes to work, we often finish each other’s sentences as well as finish each other’s designs as if we had started it our self. I cannot pretend to even be able to count the times we have shown up wearing the exact same thing or bragged about last night’s dinner of which we both prepared the same thing. Or better yet, designed something from the shop to use in our own homes and yes, you guessed it, it was the very same thing!

     

    But the interesting part comes in how we use these pieces in our different spaces. Mollie’s home is beautiful, stately, a grand family home that we all grew up in and that she has artfully outfitted with her own design with a bit of a formal flare. It is lovely and I absolutely would not change a thing.

    My home on the other hand is more casual in a woodsy setting with quirky accents lovingly placed to garner a laugh out of someone when they spot it. Her floors are adorned with Oriental rugs. Mine with Spicer and Co Vinyl ones and muddy footprints galore! She’s a city girl living in the small town of Clinton. I am a farm girl in the metropolis of West Knoxville haha! She has irrigation and imposing boxwoods. I have a creek and several goats that make up my landscape. We both however have an open-door policy where company revolves in and out in a steady stream.

    So now we are thrilled to invite you all through our doors, past the footprints, and show how our shop carries through to our homes in very different ways. “Your House My House” is a fun little adventure we are taking on during the next few weeks. Watch us as we incorporate the exact same things into our separate spaces. If we do say so ourselves, we thing they work great in both! This is sure to be a huge laugh, for us especially. We hope you get a kick out of it too! It’s so much fun exposing our differences and seeing how much we are truly so much alike!

     

     

     

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  • Basil Pizza Rustica Recipe

    Basil Pizza Rustica Recipe

     

    Who doesn't love a good pizza? We love pizza so much that we've always said in another life we would have opened our own pizza restaurant. At Hoskins in the Flat, many moments for our family revolves around the kitchen. We enjoy crafting family recipes that will be passed down throughout generations. Our current favorite is Jenky's Basil Pizza Rustica Recipe. This easy and fresh pizza  only involves a few simple ingredients and our delicious Bella Cucina Fresh Basil Pesto

     

     

    Ingredients 

    Cooking Instructions

    • Brown ground Italian sausage, set aside
    • Caramelize red onions in the same pan until a rich brown color 
    • Roll out dough, not too thin, this is meant to be a rustic pizza 
    • Top with Bella Cucina Fresh Basil Pesto 
    • Layer with thinly sliced fresh mozzarella 
    • Next top with red caramelized onions 
    • Italian sausage 
    • Sundried tomatoes 
    • Shaved Parmesan 
    • Drizzle with olive oil
    • Salt and pepper and pop it in the oven at 425 degrees
    • Baked pizza at approximately 15 minutes or until the crust is lightly brown

     

    Once finished baking, serve this savory dish on one of our BeHome wooden pizza boards. Stop by Hoskins in the Flat sometime and we would love to show you these items! 

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  • The House That Fall Built

    The House That Fall Built

     

     

    Well yes, finally, in a not to distant moment Fall will descend upon this sweltering piece of paradise called East Tennessee. In the birthplace of my heart and soul, we anticipate this moment with baited breath, with longing of crisp clean air, and with childlike eagerness. In a word, we are giddy. It doesn’t matter that I have lived to see 44 falls come and go. Each new season that approaches is greeted like I have never met it before. As if I have no idea what to expect, but I know it will be something of greatness. The directional signs in my life all seem to point the same way. In the direction of Home.

    Home. Ha! That is almost a comical term in my life at the moment. In the last 2 years my wonderful husband and I have lived in three houses. We have shared this journey with our 2 kids, dog, cat, and 3 goats… along with friends and family that have quite frequently called us NUTS! I suppose in our growing age we have become accustomed to living like gypsies. We chase the adventure of starting anew and laugh in the face of what we are “supposed to do”. Quite possibly we are testing our endurance. Some people run marathons, climb mountains, and we, like fined tuned athletes, well we move! Now to clarify, the intent was never to house hop, especially so frequently! We simply realized (each time) we still haven’t found what we are looking for. Now enters Fall. Just the word Fall suggests a slow decent like a leaf from a tree that meanders to the ground in a wave like motion. As a family, we too slow into a comforting lull. An assurance that we won’t be running from the infernal heat of the sun, at least for a spell, softens the squint lines from my forehead and makes me feel a bit human again. This new found humanity paves the way for the enthusiastic hostess to emerge once again for the coming season, no matter where the kitchen hosting from might be!

    Throughout these crazy moves one thing. ONE THING has been constant in our home. Beautiful, glorious Fall. The scents, the food, all the feelings. They are always the same. This one time of year I feel it is perfectly appropriate to light 47 scented candles in one small space. It is perfectly acceptable to suffocate in the Fallness of Fall. I want the smells and sounds from my home to permeate the air as if informing all of my friends how to find me! I dare say that Fall is my signature color, a marker assuring my closet of close that I am home, stop by for a visit. You can find me somewhere in the vicinity of East Tennessee 😉

     

     

     

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