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September 21, 2017

Fall Baking Recipes

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September 20, 2017

My Mudroom | Organizing | New Gingham Wraps & Candles

Since school has started, I've sort of reclaimed this space as my own.  During the summer is was the dumping ground of everything.  It is still where we stash coats, shoes and bags, but I've majorly decluttered it this week.  I've also updated my inspiration boards, and re-organized my packaging supplies so I can make quick gifts.  I spent a little bit of time just fluffing it this morning and making it feel like a room that I wanted to spend some time in.  Part of the fluffing included a new favorite candle (in 2 scents) and new gingham wraps hanging on my pegs (all available now in the store).

Store Update : I've added these new items to the store along with re-stocks of Linens (samples from my home that are usually all piled up in this room!) from last fall and the classic collection - acorns, leaves, wreaths, etc.  There are only 2-3 of each being restocked, so don't be surprised if they go quickly.  I'm also adding some custom made cushions from some of the sold out block prints next week, so stay tuned for those being added along with the velvet pillows.

This is my favorite fall color palette.  The medium grey with burnt orange and wood tones.

Grey Diamond Throw with Amber Velvet Pillow

I love the light streaming in from that huge window we repurposed from our old house.

This design works so great, because you can't see my desk clutter from the kitchen : )

You can read this post to see inside of these cabinets to see how I organize and use the space.

These boards change every season and help me get a visual of the collections I'm putting together.

My desk is never complete without lots of Grey LePens.

See those candles?  Love the green glass.

I haven't come out with a new candle in a while, because I've been burning this in my own home for the last year - I'm obsessed.  So, I decided to track it down and carry it in the store.  It is everything that I love - it has a softness, and warmth with undertones of white tea, jasmine and bergamot.  The price point for these candles is amazing - especially with the luxurious wax seal. 
Available in two sizes; 2.7 oz ($7.50) and 6 oz. ($15)

Classic Candle, Clove - 2 Sizes

This candle is a pure and simple version of our favorite scents in the fall - clove, spice, warmth and cider. 

Love these wax seals.  The Cider has a warm brown seal to go along with the warm scent.

To the left of my desk, I keep my ribbon spools, and in the basket above, I keep all of my Cello Bags, Treat Bags, and boxes.  In the drawer to the right, I keep a stash of tags.  Keeping everything in this spot helps me throw together gifts easily.  

The basket goes up on the shelves above - easy to get the mess away!

The Wreath Tags have a striped back to add a little charm to gifts.

Here, my stash of tablets, le pens and tags.  The tablets make great gifts, so I often tie them up with a LePen for an easy hostess gift (with a bottle of wine).

Cello Bags (3 sizes) and Treat Bags (Kraft & Glassine)

I also keep a stash of Kraft Boxes with Krinkle.  I can always come up with a cute gift at a moments notice with all of this supplies handy.

The Softest Diamond Throw in Medium Grey with Velvet Pillow

We love our pegs so much.  I love them empty, and they even still look nice completely full and piled with things.

I love this for over my shoulders...

or it makes a really nice inexpensive throw accent.

We repurposed the French doors in here from our old house.  It is so nice to be able to open them up wide on pretty days.

The pegs lining this room have so many uses - from jackets, to bags and wraps, they also hold cleaning supplies.  They go around the entire perimeter of the room.

September 19, 2017

A Little Note to My Friends & Their Photos

 Tessa at Nine and Sixteen

I wanted to give some love to some of my favorite Bloggers & Instagrammers that have given me some love over the last couple of weeks.  I find it becoming increasingly hard to come by fresh inspiration. These ladies are some of the best sources that provide little snippets into their lives and home - and I swoon every time.  

Tessa's impact on my style is no secret!  She is so good at the mix and match and play of textiles, antiques and all things cozy.  Her feed is constantly influencing my store collections and home.

Above she puts a table together with my Blue Hydrangea Napkins.

Her Baked Chocolate Donuts with Vanilla Glaze - yum - pictured with my Privet Sprig Tea Towel (sold out, but napkins and table runners are available).

Almost all of you know Patsy.  She is as good as it gets!  I'm constantly awed by her spirit and her words, and her home full of country house style.

She has an assortment of my block print pillows in rotation on her sofa and in her mudroom.

She used my Cream Hydrangea Napkins & Runner to set a table for her guests.  I love how she fills her giant farmhouse table with candles, Willow Vases ($34), and little pewter pieces.

Allison at The Clever Goose

Allison is using my Aged Bread Boards in her beautiful streamlined kitchen.  I love all of the details in this room and all of her accents are spot on.

Emiy has such gracious style.  Her home (and her chickens) make me want to move someplace by a big pond in the country!  Here she has my Blue Hydrangea 20" Square pillow on her wing chair.

Anyone's feed called the Dutch Door has my heart.  I love how she used my Privet Sprig Runner $36 mixed and matched with layered china.  

Kirby at 15009 Farmhouse

Kirby is a personal friend (and 2nd cousin!) of mine.  She lives in the town I grew up in and I love to live vicariously through her in her gorgeous new farmhouse.  She has my 8x10" Gold Frames & 5x7" Botanicals hanging in her bathroom.  Look at that tub, floor and deep window sill!

This is the sort of thing that I never had time for before - I was too swamped with never enough energy.  It feels great to be able to carve out some time and appreciate the work of these ladies.  Thank you all for your inspiration and work.  You inspire me.

*Product has been provided in some instances to these blogger friends. 

September 15, 2017

Recipes for This Weekend | Salted Caramel Sauce for Apples, Pork Loin with Cheddar Grits, Bite-Sized Baked S'mores

 On the weekends, I like to pick a couple of recipes to make that I don't have time for during the week.  I think Emma and I will make the Salted Caramel Sauce today after school.  I created an entire Recipe Gallery of some favorite weekend recipes for this time of year - apples, pork, s'mores, grilled artichokes, baked goat cheese dip and baked potatoes, just to name a few.

Visit the Weekend Recipes Gallery, to see all of the recipes and links.

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce is beyond anything you can get at the store - and it is so simple to make.  Drizzle over sliced apples, brownies or vanilla ice cream with toasted pecans like my friend did last weekend for dinner.  Mike went crazy for it.

I made these last weekend and Mike could not stop raving.  In fact, he said this is the only scone I should make from now on.  This roundup is starting to have a theme, weekend cooking = Mike's favorite things.

Next weekend we're having my sister and her family stay, so I'll be making this White Cheddar Breakfast Strata.

For weekend dinners, I often make an appetizer and open a bottle of wine at about 5pm.  Even if we're going out for dinner, it is nice to relax with a drink and a snack - it makes it actually feel like the weekend.

This is a super quick and addicting dip - Baked Goat Cheese drizzled with Honey and Thyme.

I love pork combined with apples.  I'm debating between these two recipes for our Sunday Supper.  Roasted Pork Loin with Apple Sauce, or...

Cheddar Grits and sauteed apples.  Two amazing options.

Another Sunday favorite is Steaks & Baked Potatoes.  These twice baked are perfect for a crowd or for the freezer.  They are great to pull out of the freeze during the week because they can turn grilled chicken or steak into a meal in minutes.

Sunday afternoons are meant for baking.  We really try to keep the chores and obligations to a minimum on Sundays.  After church, we spend time at home doing things that we enjoy.  For Mike it might be watching golf, or a yard project.  For Emma and me, that means baking.

Did you know you can make S'mores in the oven?  They take a couple of minutes to put together and  30 seconds to bake.  Perfect for a movie night at home without the bonfire!

Visit the Weekend Recipes Gallery, to see all of the recipes and links.

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