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Spring Inspiration for Your Home

Sweet Annie Floral Design and Ruth Eileen are showing just how easy (and gorgeous) incorporating blooms into small vignettes in your home can be. Decorating with flowers and greenery is one of the easiest ways to celebrate a bygone winter. Say see ya later snow with these tips for crafting moments of beauty all throughout your abode. Click here for so much more!

Katie from Sweet Annie Floral Design… Spring is finally here, and it’s probably safe to say that everyone, especially those from New England, is ready for warmer, longer, brighter days. There’s no two ways about it…this was a long, tough winter, and if you are anything like us, you are more than ready to open up the windows and welcome spring into your homes. 

This idea was inspired by just that-the desire to gather up some beautiful blooms and plants and bring them inside for an in-home styled shoot, hoping to provide you, the everyday gal or guy with some fresh ideas on how to decorate your homes using flowers.

As you can see, just by adding a vase full of brightly colored tulips or insanely vibrant poppies to your decor, you are not only changing the look of the room, but your mood as well…don’t they just scream happiness?! 

Other simple and fun ideas include using flowering branches {we used flowering pear branches} or a variety of plants, placed in your favorite vessels mixed in with some of your other favorite décor. Play with varying colors, textures and patterns to create your own personal look.

We also combined some of our favorite spring blooms, such as ranunculus, hellebores, sweet pea, and anemones in floral arrangements, something you could do when hosting friends for a much-needed dinner party or family for spring holidays. 

So go ahead and open up the windows, soak up the warmth of the sun, and spread some spring blooms around your home…you won’t be sorry!

Floral Design: Sweet Annie Floral Design | Photography: Ruth Eileen

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3 Spring Outerwear Trends to Try

Spring outerwear is a closet essential this time of year, especially since the weather tends to flip flop before committing to warmer temps. It’s always a good idea to have go-to pieces that you can throw on to combat the morning chill. We threw together our favorite jackets and kimonos that are totally cute and completely appropriate as we transition to spring and summer. xoxo Fashion Column Twins

Spring Outerwear
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Spring Outerwear
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Photography: Fashion Column Twins | Styling: Fashion Column Twins

Emily and Elizabeth

Contributing Editor: Fashion
Turtle Donuts

If you have a weakness for turtles, the chocolate-covered caramel and nut cluster candies, then this irresistible donut recipe from Jessica of A Happy Food Dance will be your sweet, sweet downfall. Jessica smothers chocolate cake donuts with homemade caramel glaze and generously sprinkles chopped pecans on top for a no-holds-barred dessert!

“Turtles are one of my favorite chocolate candies, I mean… who doesn’t love caramel and pecans all covered in chocolate. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and salty, with the gooeyness of the caramel and the crunch of the pecans,” says Jessica of A Happy Food Dance. “These donuts are no different.”

Check out A Happy Food Dance for the full post and even more mouthwatering recipes!

Turtle Donuts
prep time
30 Minute/s
cook time
25 Minute/s
total time
55 Minute/s
Serves 10Ingredients
  • Ingredients for Chocolate Donuts:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Ingredients for Caramel Glaze:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. To make chocolate donuts: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Spray a donut baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and brown sugar.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together milk, egg, melted butter and vanilla. This mixture may look funny, almost like it has curdled, but it's fine.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold together just until combined. Be sure to scrape all the edges and bottom of bowl.
  6. Transfer batter to a large plastic bag or frosting bag. Pipe mixture into greased donut pan until each mold is about ⅔ full.
  7. Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until a toothpick is inserted into the donut and comes out clean.
  8. Transfer donuts to wire rack and let cool completely.
  9. To make caramel glaze: In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the brown sugar and cream until smooth. Boil for one minute, then remove from heat.
  10. Whisk in vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth and thick.
  11. To assemble donuts: While cooled donuts are still on the wire rack, spoon caramel glaze over donut and sprinkle with chopped pecans.
  12. Repeat for each donut.
  13. Allow caramel glaze to cool and serve.

Photography: A Happy Food Dance | Recipe: A Happy Food Dance

A Sunny Kitchen Nook Makeover

Feast your eyes on this kitchen nook transformed into an inviting sunny spot with a cool coastal vibe. Designed by Becki Owens, this dining area is heavy on the style and easy on the color. A mix of fun patterns and airy hues that make for the kind of nook we could spend hours in. It’s perfection and we have inspiration for crafting your own beachy kitchen nook below!

From Becki Owens… I took a Tuscan dining room and kitchen nook and transformed them into a beachy fresh inviting vibe. Using light fabrics with color and texture.

Get the Look! A Coastal Kitchen Nook
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Get the Look! A Coastal Kitchen Nook
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Arteriors: Pendant White Drum | John Robshaw: Fabric | Table And Chairs: Restoration Hardware | Vases: Pottery Barn

Homemade French Fries + Garlic Aioli Dipping Sauce

French fries, we can’t quit you. Shoestring, steak-cut and everything in between, the deep-fried spud is the starch of our dreams, which is why we’re obsessed with this recipe for homemade fries with garlic aioli dipping sauce from Waiting on Martha. Fresh-cut Idaho potatoes are cooked to your preference and given a generous sprinkling of salt, pepper, fry seasoning and cayenne.

Let me repeat: garlic aioli dipping sauce. If that’s not enough to you get you frothing at the mouth, we don’t know what will!

Check out Waiting on Martha for the full post and more inspiration to live beautifully.

Homemade French Fries & Garlic Aioli Dipping Sauce
prep time
25 Minute/s
cook time
30 Minute/s
total time
55 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 1 bag of Idaho potatoes (approximately 5 pounds)
  • Sunflower, Vegetable or Peanut oil for frying (I used Sunflower)
  • 1 cup Vegenaise
  • 4-6 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • Cayenne Pepper to Taste
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste
  • Fry Seasoning (optional)
Instructions
  1. For the Fries...
  2. Rinse potatoes, leaving skin on, and begin cutting them into sticks.
  3. Place them in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Allow them to soak 1-2 hours, and you can even cut up the potatoes and soak them overnight in your refrigerator.
  4. Heat a few inches of oil in a heavy pot to 300 degrees F. You want the oil to completely cover the potatoes.
  5. In 4-5 batches add potatoes to the oil and cook until soft, about 5-6 minutes per batch. Remove each batch just as it begins to turn golden.
  6. Remove and place on a cookie sheet lined with paper towels, sprinkle with salt, and add next batch to the oil. Continue this process until all potatoes have been cooked.
  7. Sprinkle with fry seasoning and cayenne if desired. Enjoy!
  8. For the Garlic Aioli...
  9. Place Vegenaise in a small bowl and whisk to make it light and completely smooth.
  10. Using a garlic press or grater add garlic to the Vegenaise and mix.
  11. Add a dash of lemon juice and a pinch of cayenne.

Photography: Rustic White | Recipe: Waiting On Martha

The Beauty of Quilts with Martha Stewart + Macy’s

Quilts are as classic as they come and work for a range of home uses. From wall hangings to seasonal bed decor, Martha Stewart is talking quilt shop. She’s teamed up with Macy’s for a series of how-to videos that dive into the world of all things home and for this latest installment, she’s spilling the beans on the versatility of quilts. If you missed it dive into the rest of the series here.


 

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