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Hi guys!  I know that you are looking for the newest recipe from Mom’s Menu Mondays…and don’t worry, it will be back next week but I thought I would take a break and tell you all about what I have been up to.

The last few weeks have been really busy for me.  I spent two days at Tradeshow Bootcamp in Los Angeles, CA.  I met a lot of great new friends and learned a lot. I went with two goals in mind.  (1) Did I want to look at having a wholesale line and (2) did I want to show at the National Stationery Show (NSS) in New York in May.  After two days of informational sessions, I have learned that I indeed to want to work on a new wholesale line but that I am not ready at this point to debut it in May at the NSS.  I did learn that there are two shows in Atlanta (driving distance).  My new goal is to walk the show in January and look into having a booth at the July show.

When I came back from Los Angles, I immediately began working on my Launch Party.  On November 6th, I will be having a Launch Party to introduce LaurieLouis.com to the wedding industry community in Charlotte and the surrounding areas.  The party will be at Bryon’s South End.  I am definitely looking forward to it but it will be a lot of work.

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As part of the launch, I will be debuting my 2015 Wedding Collection which will feature over 20 new designs.  Don’t worry, I will tell you all about them after the debut.

That’s not it for the next few months though.  I will be attending Making Things Happen in Chapel Hill in October and my stationery and gift items will be at two events.  One in November and one in December.  Stay tuned for information on what items will be on sale and where and when the shows are.

Have a great week and talk to you soon!



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Mom’s Menu Mondays – Barbecue Sauce

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Hey guys!  Sorry that I’m a little late today posting this.  I was busily working on an invitation order for Rehearsal Invitations.  As part of a new service that LaurieLouis.com offers, I will provide you with addressed and stamped invitations ready to go for a minimal price per invite…so I spent my morning stuffing envelopes and stamping them.
With college and pro football in full swing, it seems that all of Facebook is full of tailgating pictures.  I thought that mom’s Barbecue Sauce recipe would be a perfect fit.  Don’t forget though, as with a lot of mom’s recipes, this is also something you can package in cute jars and give as gifts.


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Mom’s Menu Mondays – Shrimp and Grits

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Today’s menu is Shrimp and Grits. One of my dad’s favorite meals. Although the recipe calls for the bacon grease, not the bacon, I think you might want to try it with the bacon in it and see what it tastes like. Everything tastes better with bacon, even chocolate.


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Mom’s Menu Monday – Sour Cream Pound Cake

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Happy Labor Day!

After last week’s Mile High Ice Cream pie, I thought I would stick with sweets this week and share Mom’s Sour Cream Pound Cake recipe.  You will notice several different flavorings and at first I thought that was crazy but they actually taste really good together as long as you don’t add too much of any one.  This would probably be one of the things my grandmother would say to actually measure.


Have a great Labor Day and as always, please let me know what you think of the pound cake.

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Mom’s Menu Mondays – Mile High Ice Cream Pie

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Is your mouth watering…it should be.  Imagine chocolate and vanilla ice cream, meringue and chocolate sauce…YUM!  Perfect for that last summer cookout before it gets cool in the evenings.

This recipe calls for chocolate and vanilla ice cream, basically because those are my favorites.  My dad’s pie would have had vanilla and strawberry.  For a little change, consider an oreo cookie crust or oreo cookie ice cream as one of the two flavors.

mile-high-pieNow if you aren’t a big fan of chocolate sauce, you can leave that step off, but if you are, here is an easy sauce that mom would use with the pie.

mile-high-chocolate-pieEnjoy and as always, don’t forget to let me know what you think.




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Wedding Wednesday’s – What’s going on…

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The last few weeks have been really busy for me.  Since this will be LaurieLouis.com’s first full wedding season, I am still in the learning stage and full of questions.  And as my to-do list continues to grow, my ability to gauge my time continues to be non existent. I have also been taking lots of different classes about the wedding and paper industry as well as classes on how to promote my company through social media.

In the last month, I have been lucky enough to meet with two different ladies who were willing to spend an hour with me answering all my questions.  Heidi McBride, Account Executive with Best Impressions Caterers, was able to give me a little insight into the world of catering as well as the recent trends and time frames for area Charlotte brides. I was also able to see their banquet facility – Byron’s South End.  It is located in a restored knitting mill. For those of you that know my design tastes and have been lucky enough to attend a function there, you know that I love the atmosphere.

Then last week, I met with Erin Padgett, owner of Simply Southern Wedding & Event Design.  We talked about everything from wedding trends to popular area venues to which months tend to be the most popular for local brides.  She was able to give me some feedback on some of my current wedding designs and we also talked about the best way for me to launch my new wedding designs for 2015 and who to invite.

Speaking of my new designs for 2015, I have taken two Wedding Album classes in the last two weeks.  One by Tradeshow Bootcamp and one by Amber Housley.  Among other things, I learned that I wasn’t close on the number of different wedding design suites that I was planning to create.  I needed to double them.  Secondly, one of the best ways to become known in the industry locally and launch my wedding designs for 2015 is to have a party.  After talking with Erin, I have decided to have the party at one of the local venues in Charlotte and invite all the wedding planners, local venues, photographers, caterers and florists in Charlotte and right over the South Carolina line.  Not only will I be able to showcase my designs, I will also be able to meet other people in the local wedding industry.  Because October is one of the busiest months for weddings in Charlotte, my goal is to have the party in November.  With that in mind, I have a LOT to do.  Like I mentioned, my TO DO list keeps growing!



Along with all the other things going on, I have also decided to start advertising on TheKnot.com.  By the end of the month, I will have featured pages in both the North and South Carolina databases.  While North Carolina will have pictures of all my wedding suites, my South Carolina page will concentrate mostly on my beach invitations with smaller photos of my other designs.

So, when you see in the next few weeks and I look like I don’t know whether I’m coming or going or when I can’t go to lunch with you, know that I am working frantically to get everything accomplished by my November deadline and I promise things will slow down then (but only for a little while hopefully).


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Mom’s Menu Monday’s – Hot Chili Nuts

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Headed to the neighbors to watch football…why not take along some hot chili nuts.  But be sure and keep this recipe handy for the holiday season.  It’s great for making in bulk and packaging for the neighborhood gifts.

I can remember at Christmas time, the kitchen table and counters would be full of these nuts.  I can’t remember where she got the actual nuts but she would have bags and bags of them that she had purchased from some organization.

As mentioned on the recipe card, feel free to change the portion of flavorings to taste.


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Fun Fridays – Back to School

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For the past few days, I have seen picture after picture of my friends children as they get ready for their first day of school.  New clothes, new shoes, new school supplies, new teachers and in some cases, new schools.

In their honor, today’s Fun Friday post is a Free Printable of Book Labels.

book-labelsClick on the red Free Printable link above and print.  These can be printed on regular paper and attached to a book with adhesive found at most craft stores, or you can print them on full sheets of stickers and cut accordingly.

Good luck kids and parents on their first day of school.


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Mom’s Menu Mondays – Corned Beef Sandwiches

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This week, I thought I would actually share one of my grandmother’s recipes.  Along with my mother, she was an awesome cook but unlike my mother and more like me, she seldom measured anything.  She taught me that the only thing to measure exactly were things that caused a chemical reaction, ie. baking soda.

Today’s recipe is a take on the traditional corned beef sandwich and although I am not a big fan of corned beef, this was one of my dad’s favorite meals that my grandmother and later my mother would make.  It’s made in a casserole dish and sliced.

Please note that the cheese of your choice can be substituted in this recipe.

corned-beef-sandwichesAs always, please let me know what you think.  I appreciate all comments.


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