A Food-Inspired Holiday: Turnips

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Production Assistant: Anthony Lunsmann
Photography by Chia Chong and Teresa Earnest Photography
Shot on location at The Grant Hotel available through Lucky Savannah Vacation Rentals

My father is a raw turnip eater –most times after washing but often times fresh from the ground. Dad’s method of consumption is simple. He takes out the pocket knife he’d been carrying since before my birth and carves off a small piece of the colorful flesh. Then, he does what he’s been doing with most things cut by his pocket knife…he sprinkles it with salt. LOTS of salt. The first time I tasted a turnip it was from the cut of his knife and because of my father, I’ve learned to love a raw turnip (now lightly sprinkled with Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt). But, it was my mother who taught me the love of a purple ombre.

Family and color were the basis for this food-inspired holiday week featuring the turnip –they are oftentimes the basis for all I do.
Food Beauty, Turnips, Libbie Summers, A food-inspired lifeA Food-Inspired life, Turnips, Decorating Ideas, Libbie SummersLibbie Summers, Turnip, A Food-Inspired Life, Food-Inspired Decorating, Holiday Decorating, Decorating Ideas, Turnip Ornament,
Libbie Summers, A food-inspired life, food-inspired decorating, Turnip, Turnip decorating, Holiday decorating, Food Decorations, Christmas Tree, Turnip Tree
Libbie Summers, A food-inspired life, food-inspired decorating, Turnip, Turnip decorating, Holiday decorating, Food Decorations, Christmas Tree, Turnip Tree

Check in all week as I decorate for the holiday with the beauty of a turnip as my inspiration!!

Turn up! I’m decorating with Turnips (VIDEO)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Video Edited by Candace Brower
Production Assistant: Anthony Lunsmann
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
On location at The Grant Hotel, available through Lucky Savannah Vacation Rentals

Proof that a humble turnip can inspire beauty and that I’ll never be a professional dancer.
Check back everyday this week as we turn it up for the holidays!

Sprinkle Fabric Cake

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Production Assistant: Anthony Lunsmann
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
Shot on Location at The Grant Hotel, available through Lucky Savannah Vacation Rentals

Have fun with your holiday decorating. My sprinkle-inspired tree made me want a little bit of a Willy Wonka Wonderland on the kitchen counter. So I made a cake…one that would last all season long! 

Marshmallows, Cake, Sprinkles, homemade gifts, edible gifts,
Fun Fabric Cake

What you need:
3 (different sized) styrofoam cake forms
Scraps of fabric
Scissors
Mod Podge Glue Sealer (I like a matte finish)
Paint brush
Plastic wrap
Marshmallows for decoration

What to Do: 
1. Cut Fabric Circles: Cut enough fabric circles 1-inch larger than the diameter of the styrofoam forms to cover the bottom and top of the largest form and only the top of the two smaller forms. Use scissors to make cuts along the circumference of each circle 1/2-inch in. I like to use a different coordinating fabric for each circle.
2. Attach Fabric Circles: Use a paint brush and the mod podge to attach the fabric to the form with the cut “tabs” glued to the sides (you’ll be covering them with fabric). Set aside on it’s side on a piece of plastic wrap.
3. Cut Fabric for Sides: Working with one form at a time, measure the width and circumference of your form and cut a strip of fabric that wide and 1-inch longer. Use a paint brush and mod podge to adhere the fabric to the form. Set aside on a piece of plastic wrap to dry overnight. Continue with the remaining forms.
4. Stack forms on a cake pedestal or plate and decorate with marshmallows!!

Marshmallows, Cake, Sprinkles, homemade gifts, edible gifts,
Check out the fun beauty of this Sprinkle-inspired Holiday Tree HERE.

One Turkey Four Looks

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

Styling a holiday turkey platter can get mundane. Even a turkey doesn’t want to wear the same look every holiday season. Here are a few of my favorite color inspired looks for this years turkey presentation. All are fun and fast and fresh!
Thanksgiving, Food Styling, Turkey Styling,
Look 1: Persimmons Parsley and Sage. Choosing a stand alone beautiful fruit like persimmons makes your work easy.

Food Styling a Turkey, Thanksgiving, Libbie Summers, a Food-inspired life
Look 2: Kale and Pears. I love this simple green approach. The key is picking small pears and always…always cutting at least one open!
Food Styling, Turkey Styling, Thanksgiving, Libbie Summers, A food-inspired life
Look 3: Cranberries and Kale. Who says a turkey doesn’t need a necklace! I strung cranberries for a necklace and draped it over the bird. Filled the cavity with a pretty leaf kale (because it will hold up) and then filled the cavity with loose cranberries. So fun!
Thanksgiving, Food Styling, Turkey Styling, Libbie Summers, A food-inspired life
Look 4: Eggs and Rosemary. I love this hard boiled egg crown and one fun egg out of the cavity!! You could even circle the turkey with eggs, but that may be overkill.

Check out this fun video!

How To Dress Your Turkey

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Video Editing by Candace Brower

Make your turkey platter magazine cover worthy with these tips!