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March 21, 2018

Light Blue Wellie Boots Boxes

I've been patiently waiting for these for a couple of weeks! They've made it just in time for Easter deliveries.
Last season I featured a Pink Valentine's Day box with gold embossing. This season, I've taken my favorite icon of the Spring season (and all seasons), the Wellie Boot and had it embossed on Light Blue boxes.
They are just the thing for cookies or lemon bars, or a little gift. They will also make good basket stuffers for kids or big kids - maybe with a small gift or favorite candies inside.
Set of 2 Boxes
5.5"x7" rigid boxes with base and lid

I completely forgot that I left my mixer at The School House, so I scrabbled to Dolce (favorite local spot in PV) to pick up sweets for the boxes.

The Lemon Bars.  Ohhhh.  So good.

The boxes coordinate with the Wellie Stationery Suite so nicely.  Both make great gifts!  Shop >

Spring Cleaning Tablets

My Trick for Easy Spring Cleaning 

Spring Cleaning can be so daunting.  The idea of cleaning the entire house from top to bottom including the basement and the garage sounds terrible!  Do what I do instead - I pick 5 areas of the house that really bug me. These areas are places that I use every single day and usually are a magnet for clutter - really annoy me when they are out of control.

1- Kitchen Junk Drawer
2- My Closet
3- My Car
4- Makeup Drawer
5- Garage Entry/Mudroom

I tackled all of these areas in just a couple hours and everything feels better.  Do laundry while you're working on these areas and you'll really feel ahead of the game.  When you get everything fresh and clean, treat yourself to some tablets + LePens to make your new tidy areas pretty and better functioning.

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I love this stationery suite because it is rustic enough to use to label your gardening supplies, but still elegant enough to use on your Easter table.  I think it would be perfect for a springtime gift to a friend - maybe a potted plant or a favorite packet of seeds.  

 Tags : Set of 10
Tablets : 50 pages
Card & Envelop Boxed Sets : 10

What is more charming than a pair of Wellie Boots?  They are nostalgic, yet modern, seemingly child-like yet utilitarian for any adult that enjoys the outdoors, alike.  This paper collection of tags, tablets and cards will add that sweet, charming touch to a gift.  I set the kids' Easter table with a tablet at each place, ready for drawing.  I'm also using it as my official tablet for the School House.  
Tags : Set of 10
Tablets : 50 pages
Card & Envelope Boxed Sets : 10

I decided I needed a little more whimsy in my life!  I designed this set of paper products to be my "house" stationery.  If I'm bringing a hostess gift to someone, or need to write a thank you note, this is the stationery I'll use.  I'll use the tablets to make my to-lists for around the house.  I like to keep the short version in my purse with a LePen (tucked in these canvas bas!) for easy note taking and list making. 
Tags : Set of 10
Tablets : 50 pages
Card & Envelop Boxed Sets : 10

I designed this set of paper products to be my "kitchen" stationery.  If I'm baking a loaf of banana bread for a friend, or dropping off dinner for someone with a new baby, this tag will be attached + a note card tucked inside. I'll use the tablets to make my to-do lists in the kitchen. 
Tags : Set of 10
Tablets : 50 pages
Boxed Cards & Envelopes : 10

Sometimes it is just the little things that can make those daily tasks a little more fun.  Sitting down to fill out your Weekly Schedule, or make your Grocery List is much more tempting with a full supply of beautiful LePens on your desk, right?
Many of you have become fans of LePens like me.  I keep a glass full of them on my desk at all times.  For three years, I've sold four of them in a set with my Tablet, but I know many of you would love to have a big supply, too.  Now, I'm offering them in a box of 12 - perfect for getting organized as we begin a busy new season.

March 16, 2018

Porcini & Potato Gratin Recipe

After my friend served this at a dinner party over the holidays, I was completely obsessed.  It is simple to assemble, but so delicious and decadent.  It pairs perfectly with beef for a special dinner.  Find the original recipe here at Bon Appetite.  I've included my step-by-step photos and tips below.
Porcini & Potato Gratin Recipe

I served it with beef tenderloin and roasted asparagus and carrots.  Get all of the menu details and the step-by-step planning, here >

You begin by slicing the potatoes very thinly.  Place one layer in the bottom of a buttered dish.  I made 1/3 of the recipe and cooked it in a pie dish.

I sautéed the mushrooms with the garlic before adding 1/2 over the first layer of the potatoes.

Spread the mascarpone, parmesan and cream mixture over.  Repeat again, and then end with potatoes.

Spread a thin layer of the cream mixture on the top and top with more parmesan. 

Bake until bubbly and tender.

Spring Dinner Party | Beef & Porcini Mushroom & Potato Gratin

We hosted Mike’s parents last night for dinner.  We’ve been on spring break this week, spending some time at home and some at the beach.  When we’re home and have the luxury of piddling around the house, there is nothing I’d rather do than plan a dinner.  

Extra Wide & Extra Long Spa Gingham Table Runner

The Menu

I’ve had the itch to recreate this dinner since December when my friend served it at a dinner party.  Everything was so delicious and complimentary, indulgent without being to heavy.

Roasted Asparagus

Spa Gingham Napkins

The weather here is finally turning spring-ish in the last couple of days, but the evenings and mornings are still cool.  This menu would be perfect during the holidays, but the roasted asparagus and rainbow carrots also make it feel springy, too.  While the Beef Tenderloin, always a treat, the real star of this menu is the Porcini & Potato Au Gratin.  The potatoes are sliced then and layered with sautéed porcini mushrooms and a mascarpone cheese and parmesan mixture.  The mascarpone melts into a creamy sauce that compliments the beef perfectly.  This is definitely a special occasion recipe.  I also think the mushrooms make the menu feel more spring-ish, too.

I bought dried porcini mushrooms at our local "fancy" grocery store, but I think you can also find them at Whole Foods.

This is a 2 pound beef tenderloin.  I had the butcher cut it to this size, which is nice for a small dinner of 4-5 guests.

Essential for entertaining, every item can be prepared in advance.  The day before, the Potatoes can be assembled and baked before the party, and the carrots, asparagus and beef can be prepped and ready to go on the sheet pans.  You can see, I have everything spread out before the guests arrive.  Everything is ready!

Here is a timeline : 

The Day Before or Day Of : 

-Porcini & Potatoes Gratin : Assemble Completely 
-Asparagus : Wash & Trim, put in plastic bag
-Carrots : Peel & Chop, put in plastic bag
-Beef : Trim (if not already), wrap in plastic

The Potatoes before baking.  You can make them up to a day in advance to this point.

Two Hours Before : 

-Preheat Oven to 350
-Asparagus & Carrots : On sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil & sea salt
-Beef : On Sheet Pan, coat in sea salt & pepper

1:30 Before Dinner : 

-Bake Potatoes, 1:20 minutes

1:00 Before Dinner : 

-Put Beef in the Oven

:20 Before Dinner

-Check on Beef (125-130 degrees F on meat thermometer), pull out and cover with foil when done.  The 2 pound beef took about 40-50 minutes.  
-Put Asparagus & Carrots in the Oven
-Check Potatoes, remove from oven if tender and bubbly, cover with foil

:00 Dinner Time

-Pull out Asparagus & Carrots
-Slice Beef
-Remove Foil from Potatoes

Serving : 

On a large Platter, place sliced beef down the center.  Place asparagus on one side of the beef, and carrots on the other.  Serve potatoes from baking dish.

Muscari & Spa Table Setting Details

Extra Wide & Extra Long Spa Gingham Table Runner

Spa Gingham Napkins

3 x Blooming Muscari Bulbs in Rustic Pots topped with Preserved Moss

Tall Beeswax Taper Candles, $10.50

I used mix and match silverware and low, heavy French tumblers for water.  I don't often put wine glasses directly at the table because we typically serve wine before dinner.  It saves me from having double glasses.

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March 14, 2018

Garden Table Setting for Spring

There is such a wide range of entertaining styles out there.  Some think that entertaining should be about crystal, china and lit candles, and some think about a big crowd of family around the island munching on dips using paper plates and napkins.  I like to live somewhere in between - I think most of us do.  I love sitting down to a pretty table, but I don't like to feel like it is fancy or stiff.  I love crowding around the island, munching on snacks, but I still like pretty platters and artful displays.  

I think at the end of the day, we all want to just feel like family when we're invited to someones home.  We want to feel casual enough to linger in the kitchen while helping ourselves to wine, but we also love that feeling of sitting down to a thoughtfully set table.  This setting is all of those worlds wrapped up into one.   It is a bit rustic with terra-cotta pots right on the table, but elegant with fresh gingham checked napkins and fresh flowers.  This is a table that could easily host adults or kids for an Easter meal.

Notice how wide and long the generous gingham runner is?  I love this look.  It is not thin and whimsy, but wide and generous without the formal feel of a tablecloth.  I have kept this runner on my table all month - it really lightens the feel of our dark wood table, exactly what I want for spring when this area can feel a little heavy.

Extra Wide & Extra Long Natural Gingham Runner
Natural Gingham Napkins
Garden Tool Stationery (tag as the place card, tablets and note cards also available)
Classic Cream & Sugar Set
Creamware Platters
Creamware Creamers Collection of 5

Extra Wide & Extra Long Natural Gingham Runner

Extra Wide & Extra Long Natural Gingham Runner

Extra Wide & Extra Long Natural Gingham Runner 

This is a lovely gift to your guests, or a hostess gift if you are headed to someone's home this spring.  I love this for a teacher or birthday gift, as well.

Natural Gingham Napkins
Garden Tool Stationery (tag as the place card, tablets and note cards also available)

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Natural Check Runner
Natural Check Napkins
Creamware Creamers Collection of 5
Classic Cream & Sugar Set
Creamware Platters

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