How to Make Our Dove Hunt Party Camo Cake Pops

Paul Michael’s daughters have gotten their mom, Debbie, to make these camo cake pops for the September dove hunt party they’ve hosted for the last 12 years, and we thought it’d be fun to share the directions!

We used chocolate melts with silver, gold, and green sprinkles for this year’s party, while the pops themselves were lemon. Here’s how we make them…

  1. Get one cake mix and one container of icing, and bake the cake according to directions.
  2. While it’s still warm, crumble the cake so no chunks (not even tiny ones!) are visible.
  3. Work in the carton of icing. We used a metal spatula. It will almost be the consistency of Playdough.
  4. Chill slightly so it’s easier to handle.
  5. Cover cookie sheets with wax paper and roll dough into balls about the size of walnuts. You can make them any size you want, but we like bite size.
  6. And now the fun begins! Dip in melting dots/ chocolate/ candy discs, which come in bags of different colors and flavors (we found ours at Wal-Mart). Let your imagination soar!

Want to read more about this year’s dove hunt party? Check out this post!

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Follow Paul Michael as He Searches for Antique Treasures

We decided to devote a category on our blog to “Where in the World is Paul?” because he’s often out hunting for amazing new wares for our four stores. Sure enough, Paul has been going from antique extravaganzas to warehouses in search of new goods for Paul Michael Company and inspiration for Paul’s World, so we thought we’d share a few pictures accounting for his most recent whereabouts and exciting antique finds. Take a look:

Paul has been getting inspiration from his travels. Seeing this at Kohler’s design center in Wisconsin might just influence his next design.

“This is American,” Paul says proudly. You can’t find this in China.

A father-and-son team try to unload a giant rolling grain bin with iron wheels.

We’re finally loaded and headed South.

These pieces are on their way to made into some amazing piece of furniture. Paul lets them almost design themselves…

We are always amazed how our fellow junkers create the most awesome sculptures out of most people’s discards. Paul was out looking for antiques when we ran into this piece. We loved how they used the different kinds of moss in the grillwork. It’s all in the eye of the beholder… we thought it was a happy face with the spring as the smile.

And now Paul is ready for The Original Round Top Antiques Fair in Texas. Stay tuned for more on this in a future post… In fact, you can follow the blog to have our updates sent straight to you!

Innovative Cutting Board Easily Becomes a Party Platter

Paul Michael loves to cook and entertain, so many of the Paul’s World products we manufacture relate back to solving dilemnas faced by chefs and hosts everywhere.

In fact, Paul designed a cutting board as a solution to a big problem he always faced when grilling for a big crowd. When wondering, “Why don’t they make a platter with handles that you can use to take the meat off the grill, carry it to the table, cut on and serve on?” he decided to take action and create one. Done. He came up with a cutting board-platter combination using cypress single plank boards and cast iron handles. These practical boards also have a trough around them so the juices don’t run off.

Naturally, Paul uses the products he thinks up. Here’s one such cutting board at Paul’s recent dove hunting party, where we entertained 70 happy guests.

Want to read more about Paul’s wooden cutting boards? Check out what Georgia Pellegrini had to say. Interested in purchasing a multi-functional cutting board for yourself, your family or your friends? Visit one of the Paul Michael Company locations in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.

Welcome to the Paul Michael Company Blog!

The Paul Michael Company has been bringing Southerners unique, high-quality home décor for more than 10 years, and now we’re excited to connect with our customers and fellow treasure hunters through our new blog!

Here, you’ll find updates on decorating tips and trends, holiday décor, Paul’s World—the antique-like furniture we’re now manufacturing—antiquing events, and where in the world Paul is because honestly, he’s often on the road looking for amazing new wares for our four stores.

Whether you’re shopping for accessories for your very first apartment or looking for vintage furnishings for your second home, we hope you’ll join the savvy shoppers who come from near and far to see what we have to offer. You’ll be glad you did.

For more information, give us a call at 800-732-3722 or visit our locations in Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana to experience Paul Michael Company in person. You can also follow our blog to have posts delivered straight to you!