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Southern Valentine's Day Gift Guide

As a Southerner, here are a few of my favorite finds for that special, Southern sweetheart in your life this Valentine’s Day!

1. Mast Brothers Chocolate & signed book (don’t go the traditional route with chocolates, give her something she’s really going to love) / 2. Emily G’s Jam (Because they are “Jams of Love” after all, and great on a biscuit!) / 3. Floral Painting (Save your money on flowers and give her one of these gorgeous floral paintings from Charleston artist Lulie Wallace) / 4. Arrows with Feathers (Shoot straight to the heart with these beauties! A great gift for your kiddos, don’t you think?) / 5. Bless your Heart Card (This card says it all) / 6. elizabethW Sweet Tea perfume (my scent of choice for as long as I can remember, trust me, she’ll love it!)

Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Soup

There are so many things I love about social media, and I’m adding this soup to my list.

It’s freezing here in Atlanta and I’m colder than I’ve ever been {literally, the low today is 7 degrees …} so I took to Pinterest to find a warm, hearty vegetable soup recipe. I tend to fill my food-related boards with moody pins of beautifully shot food instead of dishes I might actually make one day. Lucky for me, I stumbled upon this delicious recipe for Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Soup from Fork & Flower, a lovely blog from Switzerland that I am loving equally as much as the soup!

Thanks to my New Year resolutions, I edited the recipe just a tad in the making. You can click over to see the original recipe here, I replaced the heavy cream with a splash of 2% milk and you can leave out the potato as the cauliflower is hearty enough and provides a great texture alone. I also heavied up on the garlic, personal preference.

And, after taste testing before I hit puree, I will be making the roasted cauliflower & chickpeas as a side dish {or meal!} again soon.

I have long, long been a fan of foodie-fav site food52. Merrill and Amanda have a fabulous knack for keeping things in the realm of simple that I can only accomplish by taking away one or two things, an aesthetic I most adore.

I count myself so fortunate to be have my heirloomed tabletop linens collection as part of their new provisions site, and am equally as thrilled to be included in the upcoming provisions Holiday Market this weekend. Were I not 9-months pregnant and due any day, I would surely love to be there for this fabulous series of events and curated shopping in New York City!

There are so many fabulous finds on the provision site, and that will be included in the Holiday Market this weekend, that I could hardly choose my favorites for this little food52 gift guide I compiled – but there are several things here that I’ve been swooning over for quite some time {read: turkish pans & beeswax birthday candles & heirloom brass scissors} that I had to limit my picks to just a select few!

food52 provisions gift guide

I’d love to know, what are your favorite finds for holiday gifts on the provisions site?

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I love watching the Food Network, but imagine my surprise a few weeks back when I spotted one of my new heirloomed aprons pop up on the screen. In disbelief I hit rewind on the DVR and sure enough, there it was! Chef Damaris Phillips, the latest winner of Food Network Star was wearing the heirloomed Halter Apron on the trailer for her new show, Southern at Heart.

Damaris Phillips apron

I absolutely love that she is celebrating the love of Southern food and spreading her Kentucky roots for all to see. In the second episode this morning, Damaris prepared a lovely Fall breakfast spread, including two of my favorites {quiche & granola} AND was wearing the apron during the whole episode – how exciting. She wears it so beautifully and couldn’t imagine a more wonderful, Southern model for the apron. She picked her apron up at a store we work with in Louisville, KY called The Urban Farmhouse Market, and was also kind enough to wear it for her cooking demos last week at the New York Food & Wine Festival.

If you haven’t tuned in yet to watch Southern at Heart, I hope you’ll tune in next Sunday at 10:30AM est to catch the latest episode and support Damaris!

In celebration of the TV debut, we are hosting a giveaway this week of our heirloomed Halter Apron, the same style worn by Damaris on the show! You have until 11/10/13 12AM to enter to win – best of luck!

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This week neutral hue had a fun rustic vs modern holiday tabletop styling event at West Elm Atlanta and I wanted to share some of my favorite [rustic ] picks for your holiday table. There were so many things to choose from, and I especially love that we have a MARKET concept in our West Elm here. Rustic woods, camp-inspired enamel wear and a juxtaposition of more polished pieces bring this tablescape to life.

west elm rustic tablescape

Like the more modern side? Click over to see my rustic table vs. Christina’s modern.

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There are few things I enjoy more than entertaining. My entertaining style is simple, inclusive, unexpected and rustic – and the more the merrier.

I love the styling of author Annette Joseph, so I instantly knew her new book Picture Perfect Parties would be right up my alley. Her focus on simplicity shines through each page, making any event seem effortless and chic.

Annette Joseph

Annette was kind enough to include one of our IceMilk Aprons, the full sash Morning Bun Moments, in the styling of the book. And, by happenstance it landed a place in one of my favorite occasions … the Thanksgiving section. So, a fun giveaway for you this week as we’re teaming up and giving you the chance to win a signed copy of Picture Perfect Parties and a Morning Bun Moments full sash apron.

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The giveaway is open through 11/04/13 – best of luck to those who enter. No better time to get ready for simple entertaining in style, right before the holidays!

 

 

 

 

Garnish & Gather

I had the pleasure of meeting with Emily of Garnish & Gather just yesterday for coffee and I couldn’t wait another moment to share this wonderful company with you!

I already knew I’d be a fan of Emily thanks to the mentions by talented friends Heidi & Ginny, and of course they were right. I love the simple and whimsical design treatments and packaging. And, even more, love the simple concept of G&G. They work with local area farms to source their ingredients, then team up with brilliant chefs to put together delicious recipes, making the most brilliant little meal kit you can imagine.

We’re a busy family and I’d say I have somewhat limited patience, so I much appreciated having everything handy, measured, fresh, local and ready to go without having to think for a minute “what’s for dinner tonight?” The meal we enjoyed last night was Grassfed Ribeye Steak with Muscadine Gastrique, Roasted Potato Wedges and Sauteed Squash. I love squash, my husband & son love steak, and I had never cooked with muscadines before {despite being from the south and having access to bucket loads of them at the farm}. The local farms that brought us our dish were Moore’s Farm, Heritage Farms and Geezers Garden.

The meal was so much fun to prepare, everyone enjoyed it, it was so simple! I will definitely be enjoying another meal again soon, and I think a kit or gift certificate would make a perfect gift to bring over to a new mom.

Have you tried Garnish & Gather yet? I’d love to know!

100 anniversary ball jars

If you know me by now, you know I have a thing for jars { just two examples here and here }. So, I just had to share these two new preserves jar finds that I found. The Luxe Canning Jars from Jayson Home have a great vintage appeal and I love the classic gold tops. And, I’m sure you’ve seen these blue Ball jars that have been popping up all over the place, in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the first perfect Mason jar. I know these will be a big hit for 4th of July parties this year.

If you find any hidden gems I’m missing, I’d love to see any other fabulous jars that you find, too!

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Southern Sweets

Join us for this week’s #southernchat as we talk about delicious Southern sweets from Goo Goo Clusters and Red Queen Tarts to marshmallows and shortbread cookies.  I look forward to hearing everyone’s favorites and sharing a few of them myself!

I love the history of the products from Chattanooga Bakery, the maker of Moon Pies and wish some of them were still around today! And, we even had a special chat just for Southern artisan chocolates. I loved stumbling across Sir Francis, who pairs such Southern ingredients as bacon & peanut brittle to make their boxes of confections.

To help further the Southern sweets discussion, we will be having special guest Jenny (@SweetSixCandy) who began Sweet Six Candy Co,  Using a recipe from her mother, Jenny spun her own versions of the six ingredient recipe and reeled people into her Sweet Six brown sugar candy. You can get to know more about this sweet company from our post yesterday to get an inside look.

Jenny also recommended I check into Wondermade marshmallows – and if they taste half as amazing as their packaging looks – I’m 100% sold! With flavors like bourbon & lavender, there is no doubt these fluffy wonders were made right here in the South. She also said I should look into  Jane’s Short Sweets, a company that not only makes sweets but is also sweet-as-can-be by donating all of their profits to charity!

Despite the size of your sweet tooth is, I hope you’ll join us this week for #southernchat!

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#southernchat:  Southern Sweets (Monday, 4/8/13, 9:00 pm edt.)

Q1:  When you think of Southern sweets, which confections come to mind?

Q2:  What local sweets in your town do you want to share?

Q3:  What makes sweets in the South unique?

Q4: What Southern ingredients to do you love to see in sweets?

Q5:  If you could pick one family recipe for sweets to pass down to your children, what would it be?

Q6:  If you could pick one flavor of Sweet Six Candy to try, what would it be?

Giveaway: Our friends at Sweet Six Candy Co, have kindly offered up one 8 oz. bag of their candy, and you get to choose the flavor! Just join in the chat using the #southernchat hashtag and you’re entered to win!

There is nothing I love more than finding other Southern artisans, designers & business owners that are passionate about their business. I believe the cultural and craft of the South inspires companies and products that are truly meant to tell a story, and Sweet Six Candy Co. is no different.

I have loved meeting Jenny DeWitt on our weekly #southernchats and really have enjoyed watching her business grow. This week’s Southern Sweets #southernchat will feature Jenny as our guest, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Her beautiful candies are family recipe inspired and I just love their round tin packaging, too. I hope you enjoy sitting back and reading more about Sweet Six! Sweet Six Candy Co

How did you come up with the name of your business?
I was actually gifted the domain name sweetsix.com and wondered whether it might work for a candy. When I realized the original recipe had six ingredients it just made sense. Also, if someone happens to be searching online for sweet sex and misspells it, I think that gives me a fair chance of making a sale. You just never know.

What inspired you to go into the business of sweets?

Last year, I started a personal home economics journey. I taught myself canning, started a small vegetable garden, learned to make cheese, bought a sewing machine, and finally got my mother to share her secret candy recipe with me. It’s a recipe she invented back in 1956 and had never written it down. We worked on it for about a month to get the measurements just right and I started giving samples and small batches away to friends. Everyone said I should start selling it. So, I worked on a label and branding with a designer friend of mine and opened up an Etsy shop back in September. The response has been great.

What do you love most about being in the sweets business?

Honestly, I love that look on people’s faces after they take their first bite of Sweet Six. It’s as if they light up with happiness. I also love the experimentation part of the research and development process. Testing new flavors and combinations is really interesting. Sea salt was a complete failure, while the newest flavor, ginger, was so much fun to figure out.

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Are there any characteristics of southern sweets that stand out above the rest?

I’d have to say dependability and creativity. You always know it’s going to be good and a little bit different than anything else you’ve tried. Southern cooks are not afraid of sweets. In fact, I don’t know a Southern cook who is afraid of anything in the kitchen. Whether they follow the spidery handwriting of their grandmother off of a hundred-year-old recipe card or fly by the seat of their pants, southern cooks are fearless. That comes out in the dishes they makes and most definitely in the desserts.

What are your most popular candies?

Right now I have eight flavors of Sweet Six and the most popular flavor has been No.2 Espresso. I know people who buy it to use in their coffee as sweetener or as an after-dinner treat. I make it with a locally roasted espresso beans. It’s pretty intense. During the winter holidays, No. 7 Pumpkin Spice is really popular. It’s great crumbled on top of Sweet Potato Pie or ice cream.

What can we expect from you next?

I’m excited to start adding new types of candies to my repertoire this summer. I’m working on lollipops right now. I’m playing with flavors like rose and saffron. I’ve started doing custom wedding favors which is a lot of fun. I think it would be amazing to come up with a unique and exclusive flavor combination for someone’s big day or event.

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