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Garden Harvest Supper Club

The minute I sat down with these gorgeous images from Lisa Zeising, I was immediately searching for a way to join Chef Jakubiec’s Garden Harvest Supper Club. Infused with local talent from the likes of Wit Weddings,  Meant To Be Calligraphy, and Silk And Willow - this garden-to-table styled dinner party is basically my dream come true. Devour it all here.

From Laura Long, of Wit Weddings…Chef Chris Jakubiec’s growing garden inspired a Garden Harvest Supper Club event, in which local vendors and guests joined together to experience his garden-to-table concept. The event focused on capturing the essence of Jakubiec’s culinary philosophies: sustainability, consciousness, responsibility, balance, focus, discipline, patience, courage, imagination, and fun. 

We wanted the event to be a direct representation of Chef Jackubiec’s philosophies, so that guests would feel completely immersed in the experience. It was important to Jakubiec that his ingredients for the five-course menu were either sourced directly from his garden, or sourced through local vendors – including the wine! We used his “source local” mindset as a guide for sourcing local vendors for the event. For example, Virginia-based florist, Wild Green Yonder, created arrangements for the event that included greens, flowers, and vegetables sourced directly from Jakubiec’s garden.

In addition, we worked with Silk and Willow, a sustainability-focused company that produces plant-dyed products, to create custom table runners, favor bags, and ribbon for the event. We had these custom products created in a dark plum color, to imitate the colors of the seasonal foods – purple cabbage, beets, and the like – being served to guests that evening.

From the ears of the kitchen, the atmosphere at the dining table was lively and energetic, with nonstop laughter. Immediately following the dinner, guests lit sparklers to celebrate the conclusion of the first of many Garden Harvest Supper Clubs, as well as the beginning of Chef Jakubiec’s inspiring new venture. Guests were given two farewell favors. The first farewell favor, pumpkin spice caramel popcorn, was the perfect balance, hitting on one of his philosophies, between sweet and salty. The second farewell favor, was a bag of assorted seeded herbs, such as thyme and rosemary, for guests to start their own garden.

Photography: Lisa Zeising For Abby Jiu Photography | Event Design: Wit Weddings | Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy | Chef: Chris Jakubiec | Flatware: 12th Table | Rentals: DC Rental | Table Runners, Favor Bags, And Ribbon: Silk And Willow

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Fresh Picked Strawberry Bread with Balsamic Strawberry Butter

Fresh picked strawberries can be used in so many ways. We have a few good ideas here, here and here, but this recipe from Libbie Summers might be our most favorite yet. Strawberry Bread hot out of the oven, made even more delicious if you can believe it, with a balsamic strawberry butter. It’s a winning combo that is begging to be made this Spring. Psst… get tips for picking and storing strawberries too!

Fresh Picked Strawberry Bread

Makes: 2 loaves
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 1/2 cups quartered fresh strawberries, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla
zest from one Meyer lemon (may substitute any fresh lemon zest)
Balsamic Strawberry Butter (recipe to follow)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

2. Prepare 2 loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray and line with parchment paper (allowing the long sides to over hang by 3-inches on each side). Set aside.

3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

4. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar and oil until fully combined.

5. Puree 1 cup of the quartered strawberries in a blender until not quite smooth (you may need to add a couple of tablespoons of the egg/oil mixture into the blender if the strawberries are too dry).

6. Stir the pureed strawberries and vanilla into the egg mixture.

7. Gradually stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture until combined. Fold in the remaining strawberries and lemon zest.

8. Bake until golden brown and set in the center (approximately 60 minutes). Slice and serve warm or room temperature.

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Balsamic Strawberry Butter

yields approximately ¾ cup

Ingredients:

½ cup Irish butter, room temperature
6 fresh strawberries, washed, stemmed, chopped and mashed
1 teaspoon balsamic glaze

Directions:


1. In a small mixing bowl, stir together all the ingredients until well combined.

Photography: Chia Chong For Salted And Styled | Recipe And Styling: Libbie Summers

DIY “Cheers” Sign

If you spend any time with us here at SMP, then you know we believe that adding glitter to any object is always a good idea. And this latest DIY is no exception. This adorable “Cheers” sign is the perfect addition to any dessert table, cocktail table, or anywhere in between. Just print out this stencil and you’ll be cheers-ing in no time! Take a peek at the video below to learn how to make you’re own “cheers” sign!

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Materials

  • Foam core board
  • Printed stencil
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Exacto knife
  • Mod Podge
  • Glitter
  • Paint Brush

instructions

step-1Cut the edges of the stencil printouts. Match up the words and tape them together.

step-2

Cut out the stencil and trace it onto the foam core board. Gently peel away the stencil.

step-3Cut along the traced line using an Exacto knife. If you’d like, you can use a nail file to smooth the edges of your poster board.

step-4Combine Mod Podge and glitter in a bowl, and begin painting onto your foam sign.

step-5Let it dry overnight, and hang wherever you’d like for the perfect DIY touch!

Film: Elysium Productions  | Photography: Ruth Eileen | Design and Styling: Style Me Pretty

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Roasted Strawberries and Cream Popsicles

The weather’s getting warmer, which means one thing—it’s popsicle season. We love the myriad of ways to get creative with this easy-to-make treat, but our favorite might be this roasted strawberries and cream recipe from Fork Knife Swoon.

“Roasting the berries first caramelizes and concentrates the strawberry flavor, as well as cooks away some of their natural liquid, reducing iciness in the final pops,” explains Laura of Fork Knife Swoon. “I layered the maple-sweetened, roasted strawberries with creamy coconut milk, for vegan, dairy-free popsicles, but you can easily use whatever dairy you have on hand; thick Greek yogurt, sweet whipping cream, or even buttermilk, which would add a nice, creamy tang to offset the sweetness of the strawberries.”

Check out Fork Knife Swoon for the full post and more swoon-worthy recipes!

Roasted Strawberries and Cream Popsicles
prep time
20 Minute/s
cook time
20 Minute/s
total time
40 Minute/s
Serves 10Ingredients
  • 1 lb strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 2-3 tsp good-quality balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (or honey), divided
  • 1-1/2 cups full fat canned coconut milk*
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • small pinch fine sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Arrange the strawberries in an even layer on a parchment paper-lined sheet pan. Drizzle lightly with the balsamic vinegar, if using. Roast until the strawberries are soft and fragrant, about 20 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes on the pan, then transfer to a bowl (including juices) and let cool to room-temperature.
  2. Add the roasted strawberries and 1/4 cup of maple syrup to a food processor or blender, and pulse a few times to combine. The mixture should still be a bit chunky, with small bites of fruit throughout.
  3. In a separate bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the coconut milk (or dairy of choice) and the remaining 1/4 cup maple syrup, adding more or less sweetener as needed, to taste. Remember that the sweetness will mellow once frozen. Stir in the vanilla and salt.
  4. For blended popsicles: Add the cream mixture to the food processor/blender and pulse until just combined. Divide between 10 popsicle molds and freeze until set, about 4 hours. After 30 minutes, place a popsicle stick in each pop, and continue freezing.
  5. For layered/swirled popsicles: Spoon a tablespoon or two of the strawberry mixture into the bottom of each popsicle mold. Top with a bit of the cream, and continue layering until all the molds are evenly filled. Freeze until set, about 4 hours. After 30 minutes, place a popsicle stick in each pop, and continue freezing.
  6. To remove the popsicles: Place the popsicle mold in a large pot of warm water for 10-15 seconds, then pull gently on each popsicle stick until the pops release.
  7. Note from Laura: Using coconut milk keeps these pops vegan, but feel free to use whatever dairy you have on hand. Greek yogurt or heavy cream or buttermilk are all good choices, but look for full-fat/whole milk options, for the creamiest popsicles.

Photography: Fork Knife Swoon | Recipe: Fork Knife Swoon

Modern and Playful Boy Nursery

With a hint of gold set against an emerald green backdrop and the whimsy of safari animals leaping throughout, this wallpaper is one for the history books. It’s fab and sets the tone for a playful nursery crafted by parents-to-be with the help of Curbly. And the only thing cuter than this all boy nursery is the main man himself, sweet little baby Oliver . Have a look at the full gallery captured by Kathryn McCrary.

First time parents Meghan and Al wanted to create a modern yet playful nursery for their son, Oliver, that would also blend nicely with their neutral and sophisticated home of grays and golds. For three of the walls, they decided to go with a soft gray that is similar to the rest of their home so that the nursery would feel connected aesthetically. For the fourth wall, they decided to go with a bold green wallpaper with whimsical safari animals in gold.

They wanted to make sure that the room was clearly made for a boy by incorporating the pops of deep navy and strong greens. As for the accessories for Oliver, they kept them magical and childlike by incorporating lots of animals.

Since buying their new old house, Meghan and Al have been working on a few home projects with the DIY blog, Curbly. They had so much fun working with Curbly on creating this new space for their baby Oliver to grow up in.

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For even more of this modern nursery, check out Curbly.

Photography: Kathryn McCrary | Animal Heads: Restoration Hardware | Animal Prints : Animal Print Shop | Animal Rattles: Land of Nod | Arctic Rocker: Land of Nod | Baby Gym: Land of Nod | Bookcase: Land of Nod | Chair and Ottoman: Land of Nod | Changer Top: Land of Nod | Changing Pad: Land of Nod | Changing Pad Cover: Land of Nod | Corduroy Lion: Land of Nod | Courage, Dear Heart Print: Jenn Gietzen | Crib: Land of Nod | Curtain Liner: Land of Nod | Curtain Rods: Land of Nod | Curtains: Land of Nod | Dresser: Land of Nod | Floor Lamp: Land of Nod | Hamper: Land of Nod | Paint : Benjamin Moore | Plush Hippo: Land of Nod | Rhino Book Ends: Land of Nod | Rug: Land of Nod | Safari Wallpaper: Rifle Paper Co. | Side Table: Land of Nod | Storage Bins: Land of Nod | Table Lamp: Land of Nod | Wall Mirror: Land of Nod | Wall Shelf: Land of Nod | Whale Pillow: Land of Nod