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December 14, 2016

Copper Satin Ribbon + Red Stripe Cotton + 15-30% Off Orders Continues

Copper Satin Ribbon - 50 Yards
This is a favorite ribbon from last year that I just got my ands on for this year - Copper Satin ribbon.

I have always loved warm, natural colors at Christmas time - probably inspired by Martha Stewart at some point.  In fact, I'm sure of it.  I can remember some wreaths and gifts she's wrapped in this luscious, rich color.  It looks especially handsome with a sprig of fresh greens or pretty holiday tag : )
It is available in 1 1/2" Wide, in a very large 50 yard roll of double faced satin.  We are able to ship this out today or tomorrow (depending on what time you order), and you should receive by Monday or Tuesday next week!

Red & Natural Cotton Stripe Ribbon is also back!  I love the look of the two together.

Don't forget :
The Final Sale of the Holiday season is here. Up to 35% off of your order + lots of markdowns.
15% off orders over $50, code : HOLIDAY-15
25% off orders over $100, code : HOLIDAY-25
35% off orders over $200, code : HOLIDAY-35
Check off your list, stock up on essentials for the New Year and get all of your Holiday Baking Supplies. Shop now >

December 12, 2016

Provencal Beef Stew with Homemade Pasta Shapes

When we were putting up the Christmas tree Emma was itching to use her new mini cookie cutters, but with the tree project already in full swing, sugar cookies were not a possibility.  However, I did have this Provencal Beef Stew simmering on the stove and was planning to make homemade Pappardelle pasta to go along with it.  The cookie cutters were laying about on the area that I was rolling out the pasta and I had a light bulb moment.  

I don't know about you, but when I saw the beef stew on Tessa's instagram, I couldn't get it out of my head : )  It is similar to my Tuscan Beef & Vegetable Stew, but a little simpler and a bit more stew-like vs. soup.  It is a new favorite of our family's.

I think the shapes turned out so cute that I had to share it here.  It would be darling for a cozy Christmas dinner - especially if there are children around.  Emma was more than happy to fish out her shapes and slurp up the stew.  The pasta can be pre-made and the stew is put together earlier in the day, simmers and makes your house smell so yummy - a perfect scent to greet your Christmas guests.

The pasta is very simple to make.  You can follow my directions here from a past post.  Typically, we serve it with homemade beef ragu, but it was so delicious with this flavorful beef provencal soup.

The pasta cooks in just 1-2 minutes since it is fresh.

I can't get enough of cozy candlelit dinners this time of year.  We will definitely making this again very soon.

December 11, 2016

Cinnamon Rolls from Frozen Bread Dough | Rhodes Bread Dough | Holiday Brunch

We'll be making these for our holiday gifts this year.  But instead of baking them in a regular pan, I'm baking them in my wooden baking baskets - perfect for gifting.

"Homemade" Cinnamon Rolls
from frozen bread dough

There is nothing quite like homemade cinnamon rolls.  My mom is famous for her homemade cinnamon rolls - she makes the dough from scratch and tops them with cream cheese icing (recipe here).  For those of us that don't have the patience (or time) to make homemade dough like my Mom, I have a great shortcut for you : frozen bread dough.

Frozen bread dough and I go back a long time.  At our first "supper club" back in 2006 (?) I made "homemade" bread from frozen bread dough.  The guys (including my future husband, who I hadn't started dating yet...) went crazy.  They said they had never tasted anything so amazing - it was soft, moist, light, chewy... they went on and on.  Mike still talks about that bread to this day - maybe that was what attracted him to me! Sadly, I don't think I've ever made it for him since that night - oops!  Guess I'll have to put that on our list.  His birthday is coming up!

The point to that story (sorry...) is that I believe the appeal of "homemade" bread is not the fact that it is made "at home," but that it is fresh baked.  I use that very same frozen bread dough to make cinnamon rolls that taste, look and smell just like homemade dough - but the hard part is already done for me!  All I have to do is thaw the dough, roll it out, butter cinnamon and sugar, rise & bake.  It really takes no time at all - it just has to be done the night before to allow for the rolls to rise. So, whether you want to call them "Homemade" or "Fresh Baked" Cinnamon Rolls - they will definitely be a "Keeper" recipe, I'm sure!

Stop by my Everyday Occasions, The Store for more of my baking essentials for making really easy "homemade" desserts.

"Homemade" Cinnamon Rolls

from frozen bread dough
, makes 24 large rolls

3 loaves of frozen bread dough, thawed (it comes 3 to a bag)
8 tablespoons of butter, softened
1 1/2 cup of brown sugar
4 tablespoons of cinnamon
butter icing glaze (recipe below)

Thaw three loaves of frozen bread dough in the refrigerator or on the counter (there are directions for thawing on the bag).  Allow the thaw dough to rise for 1-2 hours in a warm area covered with a damp cloth.  Roll the dough out into a rectangle onto a floured surface.  Spread softened butter on the rolled out dough.  Sprinkle sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon over the dough.  Roll up the dough into a log.  Slice into 2-inch thick rolls.  Place into a buttered pan, or one lined with parchment paper.

Cover with a warm damp towel and allow to rise 1-2 hours in a warm area.  If you are preparing the night before and baking in the morning, keep them in the refrigerator and let them rise about 1 hour before baking.  When the rolls have doubled in size, bake them at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes until they begin to brown.  Top with Butter Icing Glaze.

Butter Icing Glaze
for cinnamon rolls

2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of milk
powdered sugar

Melt butter with milk in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Add powdered sugar until the glaze is the right consistancy - it should pour, but not be runny.  The heat from the cinnamon rolls will help the glaze to melt over them easily.  


Rhodes frozen bread dough can be found everywhere.  There are 3 loafs in each package.

I made a large batch and used all three loafs.  This is what they'll look like when they've risen.

I rolled them out 1 at a time.   This has the butter and sugar on it.

Now the brown sugar.

And the cinnamon.  Then roll up the dough into one long roll.

Your roll can be longer or shorter - it doesn't really matter.

I made different sized batches in different pans.  I plan to bake them and put them in the freezer for various occasions.  This one has 5 large rolls.

I like how to rolls bake in muffin pans - they are very pretty and more individual.

This is what the rolls look like when they have risen overnight - doubled in size.

December 10, 2016

Inspiration Boards for Holiday Table Settings + Linens 30% Off

Today, I thought I'd show you how I'm incorporating the Wreath Block Print linens into our Holiday decor.  While they are not so "obviously" holiday in a Red or Green, they work beautifully with natural elements to create festive settings.  And because they are not Red or Green, they will transition your home any season of the year and can be used in January without feeling tired.  When I designed this block print collection, I really wanted them to be staples in your home all year long and to show you how to use them with different colors to make them feel perfectly seasonal.  I think that is really what makes a great essential for your home.  In just a couple of months (or weeks...), I can show you how to take this same linen setup and make it feel perfect for valentine's day with blush and coral roses, then bunches of daffodils for the spring.

All Linens are 30% off today.  Use code : LINENS-30 at checkout

Shop the Linen Collection, here >

Above: Here is the beginning of the table setting for Mike's birthday.  I always talk about how I like to keep a "living" centerpiece on our table at most times - something that doesn't die and something that will look great for a couple of weeks.  Sometimes it is a bowl of oranges, sometimes it is potted herbs or paperwhites.  This time, it is fresh greens (magnolia and cedar) that I put in water tubes (thanks to the idea from Tessa, nineandsixteen).  The water tubes not only help to keep the greens fresh, but they help form the greens into bundles that I arranged down the table (step-by-step and more setting details to come).

Speaking of Tessa, she recently messaged me about trying to hunt down a taper candle color from an inspiration photo that was brownish, but not too dark, with undertones of richness, but not too red.  It turns out that my candle maker (creative candles) had recently added a new color, Chestnut, that was a perfect fit.  Since Tessa has such great taste and every time she recommends one of my products it quickly become a best seller, I went ahead and ordered Chestnut for the store (in limited quantity), too.  It comes in two heights, traditional 12" and Tessa's favorite 18".   I have it featured in the design board below, along with my seasonal favorite neutral, Lexington Wheat, that I used in the table above.

So, with new candle colors available, and linens on sale, it is a great day for you to get everything you need for your holiday table, right : )

I created this board from what is happening in our home right now.  Emma and I have had a lot of fun creating homemade touches and adding natural flourishes here and there.  This palette feel so cozy and seasonal for me, even though it is not brimming with reds.  It is more natural and neutral feeling and perfect for transitioning from Mike's birthday to Christmas.   I love the suede like brown on the magnolia leaves with the deep green and soft slate color.  It inspired the gift wrap for Mike's presents and his breakfast in bed tray (below).

Slate Wreath Runner   |  Slate Wreath Towel  |  Slate Wreath Napkins  |  Christmas Star Bread  | Boxed Gift Cards  |  Wheat Candles  |  Chestnut Candles 

I just love how the brown transferware looks with the slate wreath print.  It feels a little collected and a little layered and modern at the same time.  As you can see, I found another use for those horizontal print tea towels ; )

This is board reflects more of how the kitchen side of our home feels like.  It is more fresh, but still cozy and seasonal with lots of wreaths and fresh greens.  I love this neutral palette of creams, beige and browns that is freshened up with cedar.   I put my paperwhites in a big brown & white transferware bowl this year and I love how it looks... now just hoping they sprout up and bloom in the next couple of weeks.  Emma and I created the simple pinecone garland by stringing them on a velvet ribbon.  The velvet sort of gripped the pinecones to help them stick - we literally just stuck the ribbon between the little wooden petals of the pinecone and they stayed.  I think it looks so charming.

December 09, 2016

Christmas at Our House | Photo Tour

Christmas at Our House | Photo Tour

This may be the longest post in the history of my blog.  There are many, many photos.  I hope you don't mind too much : )

Most of our decorating is finished, but I'm sure I'll continue to add more touches here and there over the next couple of weeks.  We are hosting a couple of get togethers this week and next, so I'm sure I'll add some fresh florals and homemade goodies, too.

On our tour, you'll find fresh greens, a fraser fir tree and garland, a juniper wreath in our dining room (my newest favorite), magnolia leaves and incense cedar sprigs, along with soft pops of red in pillows, winter berries, linens and ribbons.

Left : Rustic Bells & Vermont Red Grosgrain Ribbon on our Wreath, found here >

I have truly enjoyed decking our house with holiday cheer.  I made an attempt not to exhaust myself of it - but there is no getting around it.  Though I'm loving sitting at my computer right now basking in the glow of twinkling lights, enjoying the woodland scent of our fresh greens, and cushioned by many cozy holiday pillows, I will admit - it did wear me out a bit.  I'm sure half of you are exhausted from decorating every mantle and bannister in sight, and you can't help but wonder, is it worth it?  Why do we go to so much trouble?

All of you who are also sitting amongst your twinkling lights already know the answer - yes.  There is something magical we create when we transform our house.  It makes those moments you spend at home even more special this time of year.  When our homes are brimming with Christmas cheer, we find ourselves relaxing on the sofa that no one sits on to admire the tree at night, or spending an evening in front of the fire with our feet up, or coming downstairs early in the morning before anyone else gets up just to enjoy the stillness of a quiet morning and sparkle of the lights as the sun comes up.

I hope you all take the time to sit back and enjoy the splendor of what you've created in your homes, and take in the faces of your family and friends as they experience it with joy.   It is most definitely worth it.

Shop this years Holiday Collection, here, that features many of the favorite items in our home : )

Continue on the tour below.

We got these bells last year in Woodstock, Vermont on our trip there in November, now they are available in my store, here.  They were hanging on our bedroom door while we were staying at Mike's parents' house during our renovation : )

Classic Hooked Pillows (made in New England) & Throws, here >

These Classic Hooked Stockings & Pillows are available in my store.

I made these tiny trees out of clippings from our big tree... they are all over the house : )  The DIY tutorial is here >

This is my newest big find - a runner for the kitchen.  (I probably talked about it in our Thanksgiving photos, but I can't remember... Christmas decorating brain!)  I really love how it warms up the entire room and is so soft underfoot.  

Gingerbread House Cookie Cutters are back in stock - after a very exciting announcement!

The view back into the living room.

I have an orange peppermint dish soap recipe I'll share soon!  They are displayed in my Clear Bottles Collection.

Winterberry & Rosemary

Emma said, Mom the orange bloomed into the red for Christmas!

Paperwhites in different stages.  The ones planted in the blue and white container were in a not so sunny spot, so I've moved them here.

Can you spot our elf on the shelf?!  This "Duck Boot" Stocking, $36 is one of my favorites... and of course that tiny Red Gingham Apron, $14.

The Pillows & Throws are available, here, and the Rattan Basket on our ottoman, here.

Love that Sledding Pillow (available here) : )

We are hosing a dinner party tomorrow, so I'll be sharing our table setting later this week.   This is the start of it.

Linens & Tablecloths  Shop all Table Linens, here >

I did fresh incense cedar in my Brown & White Transferware Squares with Hand-Dipped Candles.

Winterberry on the brass chandelier.

Our warm and cozy spot... with lots of plaid : )  Plaid Throws available, here.

And a new Tiger pillow.

Santa & Emma 2015

I got up early this morning and decided to take photos of the house lit up in the dark, too - because that is when the magic really happens.

Rustic Bells & Ribbons available, here >

Isn't this magical?

And this ; )

So peaceful.

I hope you all have had the chance to enjoy making a little Christmas magic in your home for your family.

Peace & Joy,

Shop this years Holiday Collection, here, that features many of the favorite items in our home : )

Shop this years Holiday Collection, here, that features many of the favorite items in our home : )
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