Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Millions of Peaches: Celebrate National Peach Month!


August is National Peach Month, and since we can only scratch the surface of all the delicious culinary inspirations out there, we thought we’d share some of our favorite recipes.
Traditionally, most will think of pies or cobblers when thinking of baking with peaches, so what better way to start this recipe extravaganza than with an old standby? The cobbler has a long history, actually. Cobblers originated in the British American colonies, and today in the United States, there are six different varieties. The Deep South tradition only calls for a single fruit filling--in our case, peach--and gives the option of topping the dessert with a scoop or two of ice cream. Who knew the ice cream was optional? This simple recipe takes 7 ingredients, and delivers delicious results!



We’ve got a cobbler recipe, but what about a pie? We just love this recipe for a beautiful pie with a lattice crust! Lattice crusts add such a great look to a pie, but how do you do it easily? Check out this video and make one sure to make your family and friends jealous.

Are we sleepy yet? Picture the scene: you’ve had your fill of cobbler (and pie), and now you just want to relax without fully reclining on a sofa or a bed. Why not look into this reclining swivel chair with ottoman?


So, now you’re relaxing with a delightfully full stomach, or maybe you decided to completely forego the desserts. Whatever the case may be, this delightful recipe for a peach bellini is perfect for indoor or outdoor summer refreshment, or you could try this super-easy non-alcoholic option for adults and kids.
The peach bellini is always a classic option, and wouldn’t it look amazing served from behind this modern bar? Such a classic drink would contrast nicely with the this chrome-accents here.

With recipes for desserts and drinks, we’re ready to celebrate National Peach Month! How about you?

Friday, August 1, 2014

Family Movie Night

It’s August and that means summer is winding down. Pretty soon, the kids will be back in school, and life will get hectic again. What better way to make the final weeks of summer last than by having a family movie night?


But you can’t just watch movies on any old sofa or couch. How about watching a movie in the comfort of your own home in this 3 piece Leather Home Theatre Set?


Part of the Sara Collection, this set features 3 recliners and 4 cup holders. It comes in Premium blended leather in a rich Burgundy Brown color that will go with any decor. And additional middle recliners are available to extend the amount of seating. Right now, this set is on sale for $899 down from $1769!

If you have a large family or just lots of friends or neighbors that always end up at your house on the weekends, how about this 2 piece RAF Sectional?


This casual contemporary deep seat chaise end sectional is covered in a durable extra plush chocolate microfiber cover and comes with stunning accent pillows.  Its strong hardwood frame guarantees that this piece will be in your family for years. At $899.99, down from $1124.99, this would be a great addition to your living room. We totally want to stretch out and watch a movie on this!

What would movie night be without delicious food? A couple hours before show time, get the kids in the kitchen to help make these classic movie night treats:


This Grilled Chicken Taco Pizza blends the best of both worlds: Tex Mex and Pizza! Kids will love piling on their own toppings, and it is so easy to make and feed a large group.

If you are into snacks, how about some fun twists on basic popcorn?

Get a bunch of ideas for jazzing up the classic buttered popcorn recipe here. The Frito Pie, Mustard Pretzel and Thai Curry flavors are making our mouths water!

What is movie night without dessert? We found the perfect summertime treat to satisfy your sweet tooth.


Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches are the perfect dessert to enjoy while watching your favorite comedy, drama or action-packed film!


With several locations to choose from, you can go to your local Bel Furniture Store and pick out some new seating for your family movie night, or order it online and have it delivered right to your home. Make the most out of the last weeks of summer by spending quality time with family, friends, good food and fun flicks!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer + Texas = HOT: The Dog Days of Summer


Can you believe it? It’s already July!  In Texas, July, for most, means the kind of heat that really saps your energy.  There’s a better name for that kind of summertime heat, and you’ve likely heard of it:  the “Dog Days of Summer.”
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This isn’t just a phrase though; it’s an actual time of year that runs from July 3rd to August 11th. It’s thought that this is the time when we get the least rainfall. However the phrase came about, it seems fairly accurate when describing how the weather feels right now! When it comes down to beating the heat during those “Dog Days,” let Bel Furniture help with some great ideas!

















When most of us want to cool down, we reach for water, and what better way to reach for that water than spending time at a water park? There are so many options—way too many too list—but we’ll give a few ideas! Why not head to a water park near a Bel Furniture location? We’ve got Splashtown locations in  San Antonio and Houston and Paradise Water Park in Beaumont. Water Parks are a great spot to cool down and spend time as a family.



Houston also has some great features exclusively for kids. Why not take them to one of the many spraygrounds around the city?

Well, now you know what to do when it comes to beating the heat outside, but what about inside? There’s no need to fear! Bel Furniture is here!

Yes, we are in the Dog Days of Summer, for sure, but from July 3rd to August 15th, we recognize Air Conditioning Appreciation Days. (Sometimes it feels like Texans should recognize these days all year!) Why not celebrate these days in perfect comfort? We’ve got some amazing deals on recliners and chaise lounges! Take, for instance, this recliner by Simmons. With its casual contemporary look, this high-backed recliner will be your new favorite spot!

















Or maybe a chaise lounge is more your speed. No problem there! Check out this beautiful option by Coaster of America! It’s got a gorgeous transitional design and is available in a soft gray velour microfiber.



















Well, we’ve got our summer plans! How are you going to spend the rest of your summer?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bring Summer Indoors

Summer is in full swing, and it’s high time your home decorating reflected the season. Capture the essence of summer by making your home bright and festive. Fortunately, it’s an easy makeover to accomplish--just follow these quick, cheap tips.


Flowers















Nothing will brighten up a home quite like fresh, colorful flowers. No need for big, elaborate bouquets; a few small groups of strategically chosen hues is enough to bring plenty of summer charm to any room. Gather up some lilacs, tulips, daffodils, or orchids and experiment with combinations in a small vase. Place your finished creations on windowsills, counters, tabletops, bookshelves—anywhere that could do with a splash of color. If you don’t have the time, fake flower arrangements will do just as nicely. Even adding some flower embroidered pillows or curtains will go a long way toward bringing the freshness of the season into your home.
  
Bright, citrus colors















What’s more summery than a sunny yellow curtain or a bright orange couch cushion? Adding citrus colors is a great way to quickly spruce up your home. The best part is you don’t have to completely redecorate to achieve a huge impact. Just replace a few cushions, curtains, dishes, towels, or small rugs for a few months. If the colors are vivid enough, your new citrus accents will totally redefine your living space, making it more cheerful and welcoming.

Seashells















Introducing a seashell motif will turn the dull house you’re used to into the exciting, relaxing vacation home you wish you never had to leave. Buy some shell embroidered pillows or shell patterned picture frames. Use large shells as charming, unexpected holders for flowers and candles. You can even scatter all those little shells you collected on your last trip to the beach around a windowsill or bookshelf. It’s your chance to get creative.

Outdoor Decoration
















If you’re not spending your evenings outdoors, you’re not getting the most out of your summer. Think about investing a little in your backyard patio. Put some tiki torches around your yard. Place some candles on your patio tables--use citronella candles to keep the mosquitoes away. Add some luminarias for a particularly festive mood. Also, this is a great time to make use of those floral arrangements, seashells, and citrus accents.

No need to splurge or spend all your weekends redecorating; these small additions are all it takes for your home come alive with the vigor and exuberance of summer. You’ll feel like you’re on vacation all season!