Monthly Archives: August 2012

Farmhouse Kitchen

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Pretty, pretty rustic farmhouse kitchen decor finds in turquoise, reds and gorgeous greens.

farmhouse kitchen scale

Vintage kitchen Way Rite scale from Territory Hardgoods

retro vintage apple red cookie jar

Retro apple red cookie jar from TFD on Etsy

farm fresh farmhouse kitchen photo

Farm Fresh kitchen sign from

vintage ice cream scoops

Vintage ice cream scoops – photography by DreamyPhoto

Farmhouse kitchen sign - eat

Wooden kitchen sign by Sippin Southern

vintage doily kitchen tea towels

Kitchen tea towels with doily designs by Amy Stone

vintage avocado green fondue set

Vintage avocado green fondue set from TFD on Etsy

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Mint & Orange

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Mint has taken fashion and home decor by storm since spring, but as we slowly move towards late summer and fall we’re seeing it more with melon tones, tangerines and orange!  Here are a few of my fave combos.

Mint and green dress, mint purseICI Fashion says this handbag is baby blue, but it looks like mint to me. Just $47!

mint and orange necklace from AnthropologieMint and orange necklace from Anthropologie.

Navigate Her & Orange It Obvious - EssieEssie nails: Navigate Her & Orange It Obvious from Pshiiit.

oange top, mint necklaceOrange blouse, mint necklace, Kendie Everyday.

mint and orange stylesPlatform sandals from Zara and skirt from Mirabella, Polyvore.

Hermes satchel, orange with mint accessoriesHermes satchel, orange with mint accessories from Is Fashion My Passion.

Tea time

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high tea at the phonician desserts, finger sandwiches and champagne

My girlfriends and I met at The Phoenician in Arizona for high tea, a gorgeous setting made even better by fancy teas, dainty desserts and delectable finger sandwiches. Not a detail was missed. The best part? Getting to play dress up with some of my very favorite ladies. The theme was of course, hats and vintage, so I went straight to my collection of fashions that my grandmother has given me, and her hat, dress and jewelry were a hit and so much fun to wear.

high tea at the phoenician girls day out

I have gorgeous friends, right?? We had such a great time – I must remember this theme for a girls’ get-together at my house soon. Here are a few tea party recipes I’ve had tucked and need to try:

Blueberry tea cake

blueberry tea cake - tea party recipe

Ingredients:

  • 8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for greasing
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs. dark rum
  • 1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting (optional)

Preparation:

Preheat an oven to 350°F. Butter and flour an 8-inch square baking dish.

In a bowl, stir together the 2 cups flour, the baking powder, baking soda, salt and cardamom. Set aside.

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