Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Home Tour: H&M Home's Head of Design’s Swedish Abode

Evelina Kravaev Söderberg, H&M Home's Head of Design has taken nearly 17 years, lovingly filling her home with mid-century and vintage finds to create a layered, peaceful sanctuary. Read the full story from Elle Décor here. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Serpentine and Fair

 How beautiful are these handcrafted pieces from Serpentine and Fair? Jeweler Georgia makes each unique piece in her home studio in Santa Cruz and her expertise in metal and goldsmith work make her a master at creating jewelry that is original and timeless. Check it out!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Sweet & Sour Cherry Sparkler

This week has been long and really, really boring. I hate that. What I don’t hate however, is the fact that it’s Friday. I’m ready to celebrate this fact with some quality cocktails, like this Sweet & Sour Cherry Sparkler from The Kitchn.  Have a great weekend.

2 ounces vodka
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 ounce room temperature cherry simple syrup (Recipe below)
Club soda
Fresh basil for garnish

In a small jam jar filled with ice, add the vodka, lemon juice and cherry simple syrup. Place the lid on tightly and shake. Remove the lid and fill with club soda.

Garnish with fresh cherries and basil, and enjoy.

Cherry Simple Syrup:
 1 cup water
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup ripe cherries, pitted

In a small saucepan heat the water, sugar, and cherries until the sugar has completely melted.  Using a potato masher, smash the cherries.  Strain through a fine mesh strainer and cool over an ice bath.

Recipe Notes

•If you are a flavored vodka drinker you may substitute vanilla, cherry, or whipped cream vodka in place of the traditional for a slightly sweeter cocktail.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Custard Scrambled Eggs

Eggs are more than just a staple in our household. Our family of 4 typically goes through 3 + dozen every week, as I use them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  While we were camping this past weekend, I made a quick scramble using a bit of butter and cream as I usually do, and added some dried herbs to the mix (fresh is always better, but I was working with limited prep and storage space).  This recipe for custard eggs from The Kitchy Kitchen is almost an exact rendering of how I usually make them at home, and it couldn’t be simpler (and it really does make for a great breakfast around the campfire with some fresh muffins and black coffee). 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Spiritual Housekeeping: Floral + Sage Smudge Sticks

Smudging is defined as a powerful cleansing technique from the Native American tradition in which the burning of herbs is a ceremonial way to cleanse a person, place or an object of negative energies or influences.  Not only are they intended to bring spiritual wellness, but they are beautiful to look at and they smell wonderful. Here’s an easy DIY for anyone looking to bring the woody, herbal scent of the outdoors inside, from 100 Layer Cake.

white sage
roses or any other herb or flower that dries well.
cotton culinary twine

The instructions are pretty basic here: Bundle together your herbs and flowers in a pleasing way. Wrap tightly with cotton twine and wait until dry.
Or if you’re working with dried ingredients already, disassemble an existing sage smudge stick (look for a high-quality one with large leaves still intact, not one that looks crumbly already). The leaves will already have a shape to them so let their direction inform how you’re adding new bits and how you ultimately tie it all together. You can let the sage be the outside “wrapper,” since the leaves are the broadest of the bunch. Add springs of dried cedar, lavender, roses, rosemary or anything else you have on hand (maybe even some palo santo wood?) to the center of the bundle. Then carefully close the bundle together in your hand and wrap with cotton twine.

The leaves must be completely 100% dry to burn so it’s best to wait until you’re sure. Light one end and enjoy!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Happy Friday

I’m trying to ease my oldest son back into the school season by taking both my boys away for a quick camping trip this weekend on the Russian River so that they don’t feel like summer has come to a total, grinding halt.  I’m admittedly not a camper. I love being outdoors and getting dirty with the best of them, but I also like to return to a hot shower and comfortable bed at the end of the day. That being said, I’m raising two boys who live for experiences like these, and I want to give them as many as possible, so it’s time for me to get good and comfortable with tent camping.  It will be an adventure, and I’m all about those. Have a good weekend.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Urbanic Paper

Urbanic Paper

This super cool little boutique offers a meticulously curated collection of letter pressed greeting cards, stylish papers, custom stationery and other modern gifts. If you are in the market for some really beautiful invitations and/or other paper goods, this is definitely the place.


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