Tuesday, August 27

Moms on Instagram

Moms never get enough credit, and I think these three ladies deserve some extra kudos!
Check 'em out! 



What are some of your favorite IG feeds?

Saturday, August 24

Curl up on the Porch

The only thing I can think of that would make my saturday's any better is a sleeping porch. 
Sleeping porch....would love this!!!!
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Love sleeping porches

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Sleeping porch
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Sleeping porch
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Sleeping porch- magical. Best gest room/ play area/ happy place ever. I will have this someday!
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Sunday, August 18

Homemade Bread: Link Love

Here are a few links I love when it comes to making homemade bread:

The NY Times No Knead Bread recipe is my go to recipe for everyday bread. 

No Knead Bread  // http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/dining/081mrex.html?_r=0

This week we made the Pioneer Woman's Dutch Oven Herb Bread and Cheese Buns I found on pinterest. Both were so easy and delicious! We will definitely be making them again soon. 

Dutch Oven Herb Bread // http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/05/the-bread-in-his-words/


Stuffed Cheese Buns // http://www.yammiesnoshery.com/2012/08/peetas-stuffed-cheese-buns.html

Stuffed Cheese Buns.

Then, there is Deborah Madison, who never disappoints. Her Classic Sandwich bread is an uber-practical solution for packing lunches, and it's Back-to-School tomorrow for me!

Classic Sandwich Bread // http://1cupcakeatatime.blogspot.com/2009/03/classic-sandwich-bread.html

Also, Here are two fun bread recipes I adore. They are both easy make-ahead breakfast items, you'll fall in love with for the week days!

Braided Cinnamon Wreath Bread // http://totallyloveit.com/braided-cinnamon-rolls/

Cinnamon Sweet Bread

Blueberry Orange Bread // http://asouthernfairytale.com/2013/07/16/blueberry-orange-bread/

Even if you just have 15 minutes this afternoon - get some bread started! Maybe you have more time, and want to get a head start on meal planning for this week. Do it! You'll thank yourself tomorrow!

Friday, August 16

Sounds of Summer '13: Shakey Graves

What have you been listening to this summer? I have eaten up Shakey Grave's album Roll the Bones. It's avaliable to listen for FREE (up to a point) on bandcamp or buy it for, get this, any price you want to pay. Turn it on, make a drink, do some dishes and mop the floors. I promise you'll be shaking it by the time you're done.

Thursday, August 15

Holiday Prepping: Homemade Vanilla Extract


This week I started on Christmas projects. Yes, I know school hasn't even begun for most kids, but last holiday season left me so exhausted and broke I thought I'd spread the cheer out even longer. HA! No really though. If you want to have any money for the holiday season I highly recommend not waiting until the season arrives to start thinking about gifts.  

Making homemade vanilla extract is something I've wanted to try for a year or so, but having recently returned from our honeymoon in Mexico, our cabinet is well stocked with mayan vanilla. Since I have no good reason for any more plain vanilla at my house, I made some fun vanilla flavors like rum (to spice up your rum puddings) and whiskey (for the whip cream on your irish coffees) to give out this holiday season. 


3 vanilla beans
1 cup vodka, rum, or bourbon

Using a paring knife, make an incision in 1 of the vanilla beans starting 1 inch from the end and continuing lengthwise through the remainder of the bean. Repeat with the remaining 2 beans.

Place the vanilla beans in a glass jar. Add the vodka, rum, or bourbon and push the beans down until they are completely submerged. Seal the jar and store it in a cool, dark place for at least 1 month, shaking it once a week. 

The vanilla flavor will intensify the longer the beans remain in the infusion. Store the extract for up to 1 year. As you use it up, top the jar off with enough liquor to keep the beans submerged, replacing the vanilla beans as they start to lose their flavor (about every 3 to 6 months).

Back-to-school supplies: Pink Olive

Pink Olive has quickly become my go-to shop online for cards, stationary, and office accessories. Here are my picks for back-to-school supplies you didn't even know you needed!

lined notepad

letter & display organizer

carpe diem journal

Mechanical Pencils

kraft heart stickers packet

assorted library card set

alphabet & numbers stamp set

Wednesday, August 14

I've already lied to you.

Sometimes I think I am a detailed oriented person, but I know in reality I am entirely too flighty. Remember that Kid Curry cocktail recipe I posted. Well the picture is actually of a Brown Derby (Sam, my husband and most loyal blog follower reminded me!). Please forgive my over sight! I'm sure there will be (and probably are) more mistakes. Bare with me; I am a mess!

On to the Brown Derby. 

After recently buying way too many grapefruits on sale, I found myself itching for a drink after work. I looked up a couple cocktail recipes I could make with what I had. This recipe is similar to the kid curry recipe. Instead of lavender simple syrup, I made honey syrup. Instead of lemon, grapefruit juice.

4 oz Bourbon
2 oz Honey Syrup
Juice from one grapefruit

Shake with ice in a shaker until your hands feel numb. 

For the honey syrup: Heat equal parts honey and water in the stove stirring occasionally until the consistency of syrup. 

I first saw this recipe on Chow, but modified it to make more at one time. 


One of the cutest shops I know about in the world, Stilleben, is one boutique I LOVE in Copenhagen. They have a fabulous selection of gifts and items for the home. Even fashion accessories. The designers they sell are both danish and international. A few of my favorites are pictured below.
Welcome - Stillebenshop.com
New chair from MuutoElements of Birds

When Objects WorkHeart ring
Welcome - Stillebenshop.com
Christiane SpangsbergWelcome - Stillebenshop.comJapanese boxesSMALL BOWLS - BEAUTIFUL GLAZING
How about these metal tins? Super simple for stylish organization. LOVE!