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I am so thrilled each Sunday when I tune in to watch Chef Damaris Phillips on her new Food Network show, Southern at Heart. She has such a delightful Southern charm and recipes that you feel comfortable tackling in your own home. And, she has been sporting an array of IceMilk Aprons on the show this season!

So, in celebration we are giving you the chance to win one of our most popular new aprons, the heirloomed linen halter apron! Entering is easy, just click below for your chance to win. And, don't forget you can still shop online at www.icemilkaprons.com and save 15% for Mother's Day with code MOM at checkout!

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I would love to share with you a new apron story from the IceMilk Aprons children’s collection – Sugar Cone Scoops.

Each of the aprons in the children’s collection was named after a fond childhood memory of my own recollection. Ice cream has long been a summer {ok, year-round …} favorite of mine; one of my favorite treats of all time. And, what better time of year than summer to share the special memories behind this little apron.

Growing up in Florida, we certainly had our share of hot, steamy summer days {and nights for that matter!} but there is nothing I love more than the heat of summer. I think it must be in your bones from birth to truly enjoy it, and I do. We had an old-fashioned ice cream churn and my sister and I would enjoy mixing the recipe and taking turns pouring  the rock salt. I remember making strawberry and vanilla, but vanilla has always been my favorite flavor, so the apron namesake celebrated this simple flavor.

Most afternoons we would have a 20-minute thunderstorm sometime between 3:00-4:00pm so you had to be sure to time your treat right. I most loved making it early afternoon, giving it time to freeze and then enjoying it while the quick thunderstorms rained down. These special memories also inspired my Vanilla Churned-Sundays apron, as you may recall.

I’d love to know – what is your favorite ice cream flavor?

i simply cannot deny the fact that i adore breakfast. from nearly any aspect, any range of food selection and truly at any time of the day. breakfast is truly a meal for champions, as they say.

i had the true and sincere pleasure of experiencing one of the most fun and memorable trips of my lifetime, when my sister and I embarked on a little napa getaway to celebrate her upcoming nuptials a few years ago. we had the time of our lives, nibbling along the way as we tasted & toured the greatest spots in wine country. you may remember the adventure from my heirloom travel post {found here} recapping the highlights of the trip.

our goal was to pop into any place we found on a whim, with little planning or agenda in mind. we did a marvelous job of this accomplishment with just one exception – a little bakery we found in the heart of napa called “sweetie pies bakery.”

once we entered the quaint little bakery and enjoyed our pastries & coffee on the patio, we couldn’t help but go back for another morning indulgence the very next day. it was the perfect start to our days, for several reasons, but what i loved most was the delightful morning buns that we enjoyed. fabulously light and airy, with the perfect coating of cinnamon sugar, these pastries were simply divine!

morning buns are something I’ve never been able to perfect on my own, much unlike most breakfast items I’ve attempted to cook or bake. but regardless of having a handwritten family recipe or a baked-from-scratch adventure of my own, it was these tiny buns and this memory that inspired one of the newest aprons in the IceMilk Aprons collection – Morning Bun Moments.

fondly inspired by the best sister of all time, Courtney,  i am so happy to be able to share the final product with you all. each time i say the name or see the apron it brings me back to the fun we had on our trip to california and all the wonderful memories we will share forever.

i am however ready to try my hand at a fresh batch of morning buns of my very own. do you have a recipe to share? a secret to these amazing little pastries? i’d love to know, and i promise, i’ll be sure to share with Courtney too!

Brie is one of my all-time favorite cheeses {what cheese is not though, truly …}

I adore how versatile it is, to be used on a moments whim, able to accomplish both savory and sweet feats with equal ease. On a rustic bread, in a sweet baked puff pastry, or divinely drizzled with honey + figs (I have made it the Sweet Paul way countless times now!).  I launched two new apron styles into the IceMilk Aprons “Heritage Collection” this Summer, one of which was inspired by this lovely cheese. I call it beauty in brie.

When decided what to add to the collection, I went back to the small stock of handsewn samples I have from when Grandma was making all of our aprons by hand. I had forgotten we had every played with this colorway and when I came across it I was instantly in love all over again.  I am surprised it didn’t make it’s way into the first collection, but for good reason at the time I suppose. The black and oatmeal combination has been a popular one for us to date, and I know the waist apron version will be a welcomed addition that I am so thrilled to add.

The beauty in brie apron was inspired by my Aunt Joanne and her amazing {note: amazing} egg & brie casserole. Since I first had it many years ago, it has grown to become a staple for nearly every brunch I host or attend with a dish in hand. The simplicity and heartiness of the traditional egg casserole, paired with the lavishness of the brie certainly brings about a raised eyebrow or two when you do the big reveal. But I have yet to find someone who doesn’t just adore every bite of this tasty treat.

I have included the original recipe from Aunt Jo below for you to make all your very own. Do note, I personally leave out the sausage as I’m not a pork eater, however I imagine it is simply divine with it in there too. But leaving it out, you surely won’t miss a beat!

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Aunt Joanne’s Brie & Egg Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 8 oz round of brie
  • 1 – lb. ground hot pork sausage (check out the sausage from Bradley’s Country Store in Tallahassee!)
  • 6 – slices white bread
  • 1 – cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 7 – large eggs (divided)
  • 3 – cups whipping cream
  • 2 – cups fat free milk
  • 1 – tsp dried rubbed sage
  • 1 – tsp salt
  • 1 – tsp dry mustard

Directions:

  • Trim & discard the rim on brie, cut into cubes and set aside.
  • Cook sausage until crumbled and no longer pink. Drain.
  • Place slices of bread evenly in greased 13×9 pan.
  • Layer on sausage, brie & grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Whisk together 5 eggs, 2 cups whipping cream & next 4 ingredients above.
  • Pour mixture evenly over cheeses.
  • Cover and chill 8 hours.
  • Whisk together remaining 2 eggs and 1 cup whipping cream. Pour evenly over chilled mixture.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until set.
  • Serve & enjoy!

: image love:  IceMilk Aprons / the chubbette / sweet paul :

The art of entertaining, made-from-scratch cooking and the passing down of traditions is not a thing of the past after-all.  I am so thrilled to share with you the new IceMilk Aprons classic Children’s Collection of aprons – just in time for the holiday season!

The holidays are a time for giving, sharing, and entertaining when family and friends come together and dust off those family recipes that make the holidays, the holidays. My sister and I were in the kitchen at such a young age with both my mother & grandmother, learning the basics of cooking and baking from scratch. I believe everyone can relate to that.

The concept for a children’s line has always been a part of the plan for us, and we have received a lot of customer feedback of people wanting to have an apron for their little ones to cook in as well. It plays right into the notion of traditions we are hoping to inspire. Children are in the kitchen cooking at an early age and want an apron just like mom to complete the memorable experience.

The Children’s Collection compliments the look of the existing adult line, with the addition of sweet stitch detailing and pockets, perfect for busy little hands! In neutral blends of linen and cotton, the children’s aprons are rooted from classically inspired designs to be passed down for generations. With names like  “cozy cupped cocoa,” “sugar cone scoops,” and “bowls of batter,” each apron was inspired by a favorite childhood memory from my childhood. And, not to worry – stories of each are to come, so stay tuned! They even come packaged in preserves jars as well, just tiny versions of the adult collection. I love the Mother + Daughter gift package for that reason – they are so sweet when paired together, and so special.

I’d love to know your thoughts on the new Children’s Collection and greatly appreciate your support in helping to spread the word.

Christmas came a little early for us this year. Visions of sugar plums danced in our heads as we learned that our very favorite Martha Stewart selected IceMilk Aprons as a “Top Holiday Gift” this year!

Pop on over to view some images of Martha with the IceMilk Aprons, as well as with her kitchen gals all dressed up in the styles! We are so truly honored to have been selected for such a special pick.

Growing up a Florida girl (7th generation … did I mention?) you know I adore as much Florida as I can get.  I am so very excited to share this article today from the Tampa Tribune entitled “Retro-style aprons coming to a modern kitchen near you.” Click here to read about how aprons are playing a meaningful role in the kitchen, with families, and on the runway today.

And, of course a very special thank you to the oh-so-fabulous Jeff Houck (Facebook Page / Twitter @JeffHouck) who took the time to sit down with interest in writing this story. Be sure to check out his foodie blog over at the Tribune,  The Stew.

With a name like “The Hungry Southerner,” well, there was simply no doubt I wouldn’t love everything about this project.

Yes, I do love grits, biscuits, farm-fresh vegetables and the occasional *ahem* piece of fried chicken. It’s hard to keep a girly figure in the South, isn’t it? Oh, but so worth every yummy moment.

I had the pleasure of meeting Sean from The Hungry Southerner team, at one of my favorite Atlanta spots (Bakeshop), to chat about this wonder of a project. Their mission is to share the rich stories that make being hungry a way of life, to discover the southern foods that inspires new creations and to pass on our passion for Southern culture and its timeless traditions.

Truly, a match made in heaven, which I often refer to as – the South.


Photo by The Hungry Southerner

I am so honored to be a part of their podcast series, which is currently the top foodie podcast series on iTunes, no less! They are currently making their way across the South, talking to people about traditions and the stories that inspired their products. The passion  & genuine interest they have for their project is undeniable. For me, it doesn’t get any better.

I hope you’ll take a moment to take a listen to The Hungry Southerner podcast with IceMilk Aprons and read the delightful blog post & gorgeous photos they took!

A very special thank you again to The Hungry Southerner – helping to preserve these Southern stories for generations to come, and allowing me to tell a bit more of mine.

In celebration of Mom’s everywhere – we have teamed up with Poor Girl Gourmet to bring you a fabulous foodie giveaway no Mom could resist!

WHO + WHAT:
Poor Girl Gourmet: Eat in Style on a Bare-bones Budget cookbook is a fun and helpful guide for creating gourmet meals on a budget. It features soups and salads, entrees, vegetables and sides, and bakery and dessert items, with all recipes for 4 costing $15 or less (very often less). There’s also a budget splurges chapter with meals suitable for company for $15 to $30 for 4, reviews of 26 value wine varietals, and full-color photography throughout. It’s a great gift for any food-lover, but especially for Mom. Because Mom has gourmet taste, but she likes to save money when she can, too.

IceMilk Aprons, a gourmet line of heirloom aprons, makes for a meaningful gift this Mother’s Day. Celebrating the passing down of family recipes and made-from-scratch cooking, each IceMilk Aprons comes sweetly packaged within a preserves jar with signature heirloom kit for perfectly preserving generations of cooking for years to come – We’re giving away our Frosty Tin Marshmallow’s apron + a set of blank recipe cards.

WHEN, WHERE & WHY!

It’s easy to enter. Become a Fan of IceMilk Aprons and Poor Girl Gourmet on Facebook and write on our Walls why your Mom deserves to win!  We’ll take all comments from both of our Facebook Pages and enter them into the random drawing. If you become a Fan of BOTH Pages and comment on BOTH of our Facebook walls, you have TWO chances to win! The winner will be picked at random on Monday, May 3 at 6pm EST, and we’ll be sure to ship your gifts in time for Mother’s Day giving.* Why enter? Because we’d love for you to win {and so would your mom …}

*Some restrictions apply. Folks in US and Canada only are eligible to win.

Wax paper rows of farm-raised perfections, caramel & cocoa hand-dippings with pasture times spent gathering.

May sound familiar if you’ve perused our Pecan Orchard Pleasantries Full Apron. This apron was inspired by my beau’s Granny, whom I was lucky enough to spend a chilly winter day with in the kitchen over the holidays.

Year after year she spends countless days hand-picking pecans from the picturesque horse pasture at their family farm to stockpile enough to make endless turtles for the holidays. Cracking, cleaning, & bagging the whole pecans are just the beginning. This recipe truly is an heirloom in their family, and one that will be preserved for generations to come.

The secret to the recipe, of course, is the fresh, whole pecans carefully made into crosses on a wide sheet of wax paper, turtle after turtle. For a quart sized Ziploc bagful, you’ll need about 2 bags of Kraft caramels and 6 squares of chocolate almond bark.

Simply “cross” the pecans, melt the caramels in the microwave & carefully (will be hot) pull of a spoonful of caramel & flatten and place onto each pecan cross. Once these are all carameled, melt the chocolate bricks in the microwave and again spoon on a dollop to complete the turtles! Allow them to firm & dry and then divulge in some serious, farm raised perfection!

Thanks Granny.

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