Before We Go

This was the last week before the start of school and I swear it flew by while at the same time lasting forever. But most weeks do when heading into three-day weekend. Not to mention highly anticipating having my husband around for an extra day to help with the kids. I am hoping we will get around to starting the design for a new deck and the kids backyard fort. Throw in a day at the beach with friends and a last summer BBQ before our Thomas starts THIRD grade.

Third grade. I can’t believe I’m a mom of a third grader. We got teacher assignments yesterday and two of Thomas’ best friends are in his class so I’d say we are off to a good start.

In the meantime, here are a few things that caught my eye this week

Hanging Tapestry

Society 6 just launched their new tapestry collection and this one immediately caught my eye. It would look great on a white wall with some natural wood furniture around it. Our home has limited wall space since we have windows everywhere but I am sure I can find a spot for this. I really love the idea of mixing hanging textiles and frames in the same room to give it an eclectic vibe.

Dot & Bo Melbourne Chair

Like I said before I think that tapestry with the melbourne chair would look great together. I could spend some time curled up with my favorite book in this chair.

SIENNA STRIPE PANCHO

As hard as it is to admit, fall is approaching. Which means I won’t get away with summer dresses all day, everyday. But this SIENNA STRIPE PONCHO from The Loft would be a great piece to pair with jeans or shorts. Plus the colors are subtle and remind me of summer.  Seriously, I would sleep in that.

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and lastly, from the archives… OUR WEDDING FEATURE

Check back next week for my first EDesign and more.

Happy Labor Day!

SUNDAY PANCAKES

COCONUT OIL RAW SUGAR PANCAKES

Our new Frigidaire stove came supplied with a fifth burner and cast iron griddle. Which means making pancakes in the morning are a breeze. We usually have a more casual breakfast on Saturday as we get ready to spend the day at the beach, soccer, or out and about. On Sundays we take more time and usually have a more complete breakfast. In an effort to eat more healthy and organic, I’ve been using raw and organic products. Toting that coconut oil and raw sugar can be replaced with normal oil and sugar at a 1:1 ratio I thought I would try my normal pancake recipe with different ingredients. I have to say, I liked it more than my original.

COCONUT OIL RAW SUGAR PANCAKES

 COCONUT OIL RAW SUGAR PANCAKES

COCONUT OIL RAW SUGAR PANCAKES

INGREDIENTS

1 cup flour

2 tablespoons raw sugar (I use this sugar)

2 teaspoons baking power

pinch of sea salt

1 cup whole milk

1 egg

2 tablespoons softened coconut oil (my favorite brand)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

oil for griddle

STEPS

– Preheat griddle over medium heat, rub with coconut oil

– Combine flour, sugar, baking power and salt in a small bowl. In a medium bowl whisk milk, oil, egg, and vanilla.

– Whisk dry ingredients into dry until just combined. Be sure to break up larger clumps, but don’t over whisk, some small clumps are fine

– Pour two tablespoons of batter onto heated griddle. Cook each side for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side or until golden brown

With using coconut oil you have to be prepared for the lingering flavor. As someone who spent most of their life avoiding coconut products because of the taste, I have to say I don’t mind it. It’s not greasy, tastes great, and is really very subtle.

I’ve also learned from my sister in law that you can make a big batch of pancakes and freeze them. Throughout the week pop them in the oven to defrost and you can have homemade pancakes without the time or mess.

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I have had several people contact me about past content and downloads from CBI, so I will be sharing some of the popular posts and features. They can also be found in the ARCHIVES.

Since it’s Friday and we are heading into the weekend, I’ll share one of my absolute favorite weekends. My Bachelorette in Temecula.

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We rented this (update, the house we stayed in is no longer available) beautiful home in Temecula, a popular Southern California wine tasting destination. The plan was to lounge by the pool, go wine tasting, eat too much food and just enjoy our time together.

Friday night we got all dressed up and headed to downtown Temecula and after drinks and a little wait we snagged a table at Public House. They were so great to us, our waiter was so patient being a 20 something guy dealing with 15 ladies. After several bottles of wine and stuffing ourselves we nixed the idea to go out dancing and headed back to the house to hit the spa and relax.

Saturday, my wonderful sister put together a limo tour tasting at 3 wineries. We started at Falkner Winery, then headed to a smaller tasting at Vindemia (their sparkling grenache is amazing) and finished off a tasting and lunch at Mount Palomar Winery. Each tasting room had their benefits, we each received a free glass at Falkner and our guide was hilarious. Vindemia was a small, romantic, & outdoor tasting area. It was by far my favorite, especially the chilled rosé. Mount Palomar was quite large and fairly busy, they had the most diverse tastings and a delicious restaurant we stopped at for lunch.

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After tasting we headed back to the house to lounge by the pool, consume cheese & charcuterie plates, play games and enjoy some cocktails.

I put together Bachelorette Favor Bags and supplies for a custom cocktail.

Bachelorette Cocktail
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The bags included a BAGGU bag,  a variety of Essie colors, Revlon nail files, hand sanitizer, sofia coppola champagne cans, mimosa lollies by The Groovy Baker, elastic hair ties, nail polish remover pads, a thank you card, some home-made tattoos, EOS lip balms, and handmade crepe paper flowers.

We had drink tags, tattoos and games as well

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DESIGNS BY EMILY ALDER | PHOTOS BY ALI WINSTON PHOTOGRAPHY

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