GIFT IDEA: BAR KIT FOR HIM BY EMILY ALDER
One of my go-to gifts for my husband and father is a nice bottle of Irish Whiskey or Scotch. It’s something that I know they enjoy and something that can bring us all together around the table or in the hot tub.
While I love the idea of a simple go to gift, it’s nice to liven things up a bit so I recently put together a DIY Bar Kits that was a little more personalized. A nice Irish Whiskey (Tullamore Dew is Matts favorite), a flavored soda or syrup, ice mold, muddler, metal straws, and some fresh fruit to garnish it off. Continue reading
November 2017 Mood Board
It’s hard to believe how rapidly we are approaching the Holidays. Our plans for this season have changed a bit and we will be traveling for Thanksgiving. In years past my mother and I host together with a beautiful group of family and friends. This year will be a bit different but I look forward to being in Ohio and experiencing some real Fall weather. Along with some quality time with my husband’s side of the family.
Although I won’t be hosting this year, you can see some ideas from the previous year here. I am hoping to put together another inspiration to share with you.
This mood is inspired by slow mornings and the crisp of fall.
SPANISH SNACK PLATE
Although we are almost through the last of October, SoCal has been hit with a serious heat wave. Living is a little cottage by the sea has all kinds of benefits but one downside is we are lacking AC. So once I pick up the kids from school, get the twins down for their nap and help Thomas with his homework, dinner time hits and I’m overheating. As a result Matt and I have had a few ‘lazy nights’. We get the kids fed and don’t feel up to cooking a meal so I’ll pull a couple of simple ingredients that we have in the fridge and graze.
I’ve mentioned my love of cheese and charcuterie before…
October is hands down my favorite month of the year. It represents family milestones, a season change, and the magic that is Halloween. I’ve talked before about what this month means to me. But no matter each year that passes and I add a number to my age I will never feel too old to soak up every bit of Halloween. Some people think of Christmas in July, I’m thinking of October.
You might have noticed a small change around here. It seems this space of mine is on a constant ebb and flow. While there is always inspiration and ideas behind this brand, I have often found myself struggling to make my thoughts a reality.
With Thanksgiving a day away it’s time to pamper the special people in your life. I am putting together a few gift ideas to show them how grateful you are for them.
I’ve curated a collection of items that can be gifted to any gal in your life. Speaking for a lot of ladies, a couple minutes to pamper myself goes a long way. These items help make daily rituals just a bit more luxurious. Gift her some ‘me’ time.
This Holiday season has already been quite a whirlwind, from Birthdays to an upcoming move, we have been busy. But that’s quickly becoming the norm as all three kids have their own school schedules and activities. So when my mom and I sat down last week realizing we are hosting a party of twenty something at my house for Thanksgiving, it was time to buckle down. We put together the dishes we would make and guests would bring and made our shopping list. Vowing that we would keep this year’s celebration easy.
I wanted to put together a table design that would use items I already have along with something minimalist for decoration. We are pairing down our home goods so I was hoping to avoid purchasing decor that we would need to store. While shopping at our local Gelson’s Market for supplies I found these beautiful Satsuma Tangerines with their stems on. I used those as my base to build upon. With a plain white tablecloth, I set out our dinner plates and created a simple fruit centerpiece down the middle of the table.
Is there anything better than slowly cooking a delicious stew or soup in a dutch oven. The smell of vegetables, meat, and wine simmering fills wrapping your home in a cozy blanket. With fall arriving and the temperatures dropping in the evenings I am giddy as I break out my heartier recipes.
Scrolling through Instagram I stumbled upon a delicious looking bowl of Ragu via The Modern Proper. Check it out, seriously, is your mouth watering? Mine is. So an evening making Ragu went straight to the top of my to do list.
RENOVATED GOTLAND SUMMER HOME ON EMILYALDER
Before we get to the renovated Gotland summer home, a bit about my admiration for Sweden.
As a teenager I was able to spend a summer traveling the Southern part of Sweden with one of my best friends. Diana is the niece of my first au pair and lived with us for my freshman year of high school. Once the school year was over we travelled to her hometown of Falkenberg, Sweden, continuing on to Goteberg, Baståd, and Halmstad. Diana and I traveled around the South West of the country visiting family and friends. Long walks through the woods, mornings jumping in the water, exploring city life. We shopped, ate delicious food, dyed my hair brown (a story for another time), and spent nights talking into the early morning. It was a trip that opened my eyes to the vastness of the world. As a result,Scandinavia will always hold a very special place it my heart. Continue reading
I was given the opportunity to collaborate with West Elm and Whole Foods Market to raise donations and awareness with the Whole Planet Foundation. West Elm and Whole Foods are donating $1 to Whole Planet for each time someone shares their #westelmxwfm tag on Instagram. This campaign, using the New Denim Project and Party Hosting ideas, provided a few recipes perfect for a Fall get together. From sparkling cider to an Onion, Bacon, and Butternut Squash Tart, it was hard to decide what I wanted to make.
I opted for the Clementine Crush Sparkling cocktail paired with Ham and Roasted Pear Crostini. Making a few adjustments with the recipes to suit our tastes, the cocktail and appetizer worked well together. I don’t use pears in my recipes often, so I enjoyed seeing the difference in flavor with the addition of citrus and then roasting them.