DISCOVERIES

I’ll chalk this week up to another round of chaos. We all got hit with a cold in the middle of potty training. So I am completely ready for a new week. Although we have baseball every.day.this.weekend. Oye.

One thing that really brightened my week besides the bachelor + these snuggles, was this. My amazing, wonderful, talented friends, Friends of Lola, have released two new songs and a music video. I am head over heels for their new stuff. I may be biased, but they are so good. SO GOOD.

So I am doing some shameless watch their video, listen to their jams, and spread the word kind of Friday post. You can find Friends of Lola on itunes, spotify, youtube, + facebook.

I love you guys.

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SIMPLE SAVORY CHEESE BOARD

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Did you watch the finale of the Bachelor? I can’t tell you how much I enjoy watching the Bachelor/Bachelorette, I don’t know if it should admit that, but I’m gonna keep it real. Knowing a small amount of what goes on behind the scenes of a reality show, it’s basically people watching from your couch and that is GOLDEN. That might make me sound horrible, but it’s true. Plus, these people are signing up to be on a tv show, they must have some idea of what’s to come. So Monday nights Matt and I get the kids to bed, pour a glass of wine, and usually snack through our weekday guilty pleasure. This past season, my girlfriend Amelia joined us and occasionally I can coax Phil into watching too.

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For Ben’s finale episode, I wasn’t feeling Sunday’s leftover chili, so I threw together a small plate with some of my favorite snacks that I always have on hand.

SAVORY CHEESE BOARD on EMILY ALDER | making a last minute cheese + charcuterie board with what you have on hand | www.EMILYALDER.com

SAVORY CHEESE BOARD on EMILY ALDER | making a last minute cheese + charcuterie board with what you have on hand | www.EMILYALDER.com

SAVORY CHEESE BOARD on EMILY ALDER | making a last minute cheese + charcuterie board with what you have on hand | www.EMILYALDER.com

Start with the cheese. Ninety percent of the time I always have an Irish cheddar, a wedge of port salut, a brie or triple cream, and a wedge of gorgonzola or blue cheese. #i’maheffer

I went with a few slices of port salut, a creamy, soft french cheese. That stuff is so bomb. It’s mild enough that it pairs well with anything, but can stand alone as well.

I paired the port salut with my favorite aged Columbus secchi salame (this is a good one too that I have used before), a few Cornichons, these delicious rosemary + sea salt crisps, and a bottle of Chateau de Campuget rosé. That rosé is something I usually have on hand as well, it’s a delicious ten dollar bottle of dry wine. Lots of strawberry and tart raspberry, you can’t really go wrong. The cornichons have the best bite and those crips are like crack. Good alone, even better with cheese. I picked all of this up, except the salame + cheese which we had at home, while browsing for a coffee table at World Market. Their food aisles are danger zones for me. I could spend a ridiculous amount of time looking through everything they have to offer. If you ask my husband, he will probably tell you that is exactly what I do.

It was a pretty delicious spread and watching Ben pick Lauren was pretty great, but when he announced Jojo as the next Bachelorette all of us were cheering. I know, such. a. guilty. pleasure.

 
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SIMPLE WHITE RANUNCULUS + EUCALYPTUS BOUQUET

 

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I am not a red roses kind of gal. I never have been. I appreciate their significance in the history of romance, but they just aren’t for me. The first flower Matt ever gave me, hand delivered when picked me up for our first date, was a white gerber daisy. I still have the dried daisy in a box along with my wedding bouquet. So every Valentine’s Day (with the exception of this one), Matt stops by Blooms or Browne’s, the local floral shops owned the Browne Family who Matt grew up living on the same street with. He jokes how it’s easy to pick up flowers during the Valentine’s rush, because while most men are grabbing roses, he is picking ranunculus or hydrangea. You’re welcome, honey.

During our monthly trip to Costco, I always grab a bouquet of their greens if they have them. While picking them out I saw a bouquet of beautiful white ranunculus and couldn’t help myself.

That’s right, my favorite thing about Costco trips are the flowers.

 
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After we loaded up the car and unloaded everything back at the house I was itching to assemble the new florals. And assemble I did, I even documented it for you, because, well I love ’em.

I find it easier to put a bouquet together by sorting all the elements I am using and gently combining them one at a time. Giving each stem it’s place. After sorting, I trim the stems and use some twine to keep the bouquet intact. Fill a vase with water and flower food and carefully fill with your flowers. You can leave the twine is place or simply untie to give it a looser look. Make sure to trim and change the water every few days to make it last.

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This bouquet consists of seeded eucalyptus, silver dollar eucalyptus, baby blue eucalyptus, steel grass, magnolia foliage, and white ranunculus. The best part is if you care for it, it will last. I assembled this last Sunday and we are still going strong. Just be sure to trim and change the water.

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EUCALYPTUS + RANUNCULUS BOUQUET on EMILY ALDER | tips for creating a beautiful DIY ranunculus and eucalyptus bouquet | www.EMILYALDER.com
I am hoping to venture out of my comfort zone this Spring and create some fresh florals. I mean Peony season is upon us right?

Please excuse my wrinkled tablecloth, I had two little helpers running around pulling on things. Thanks kiddos 😉