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…
I always have a couple of types of cheese, meat, and sides on hand for nights like these. Slicing up a block of Manchengo, some pitted mixed olives, pieces of capocollo, and pistachios we had our Spanish plate. The snack ingredients are all relatively mild and aged so it’s easy to keep them on hand.
I paired it with a crisp and dry French Grenache Rosé from the Pays d’Oc Region.
Here’s to a near endless summer and any excuse for cheese and cured meats!
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.
The air gets the slightest crisp but we are still enjoying late evenings and eighty degree days. I never tire of pulling out decorations and planning our annual Halloween party. It’s more than picking out a costume and wrapping the yard in spider webs, it’s the magic of free spirit and being whatever you want to be. I love seeing so many people join together to be festive. We spent last Saturday running around San Clemente’s Carnival Colossal and the rides, tickets, and games had all of us smiling ear to ear.
For some this time of year means Pumpkin Spice Lattes (which is a hard NO from me), but I enjoy that the Holiday makes things a bit moodier and darker. It is the change in weather and season that we embrace a deeper side. I threw together some images that have called to me. I love the contrast of mixing the dark with the light.
A combination of moody olive & black mixed with the golden orange of fall. I have fallen for those deep emeralds and put together a desktop wallpaper to share with you.
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.
I miss this outlet when I am unable to create. Yet when I am able, the abundance of ideas can be overwhelming. As our family makes some big changes, I am determined to give this space more love. The creating and following that has come with this brand is so very near to my heart and not giving it my all has weighed on me. I don’t want that to hold me back. I want to try to give it a bit more of me.
So it begins with a small change. For a more in depth explanation of EMILY ALDER you can read my about page or send a little hello and we can chat. For now, ALDER is a name that connects my past and inspires my future. One day I hope to share the whole story here. For now, it’s the start of something new.
I’ve begun taking on small projects and look forward to growing my portfolio and helping others with their brand identities, home designs and more. Please feel free to look through my portfolio or contact me with any questions you might have.
As always, thank you for being on this journey with me.