When summer rolls around I try to use my absolute favorite fruit, watermelon, in any and every way I can. So the other night when tiring of my standard margarita and with a bowl full of fresh cut watermelon in the fridge I thought, “yes a watermelon margarita must happen.” And happen it did. The sweetness of fresh watermelon juice combined with refreshing mint sprigs, tart lime, and tequila will have you sipping all summer long. Cheers! truly, MKR
I wouldn’t call myself a beauty junkie, I’m more like search-and-search-till-I-find-what-works-and-then-become-obsessively-loyal-pry-it-from-my-cold-dead-hands-product-junkie. So when I say I have products I can’t live without, I mean it. Sure those items change on occasion dependent on the season and as I age I invest more in the care of my skin than in the past, but all in all I’ve found a beauty regimen that works for me, and today I wanted to share a little piece of that. Specifically the 5 best beauty products I cannot live without and I’d love to hear if you have any products that you hoard like there’s no tomorrow? truly, MKR
01.Estee Lauder Stress Relief Eye Mask. For those mornings when I’m looking extra puffy.
02.Clarisonic Opal. I’ve used the Clarisonic brush for years so when the Opal hit the market I knew I had to try it. Specifically targeted for the under eye area when used on a regular basis I’ve seen a dramatic improvement. Are you spotting an eye trend yet? My eyes are what is starting to really show my age.
03.YSL Touche Eclat. A game changer, and final step in erasing under eye circles and dark spots. I literally use this every single day and swear by it. Just make sure you buy one color lighter than you would normally go, you need this to illuminate as well as blend. I wear the lightest shade possible, #1.
04.Bare MineralsFoundation and Mineral Veil. The only foundation that doesn’t seem to irritate my skin plus it has a SPF keeping that pale complexion of mine pale.
05.YSL Burgundy Mascara. I’m a natural blonde which means my eyelashes are practically translucent in color so I don’t leave the house without mascara, and currently I’m obsessed with YSL’s burgundy mascara for a more natural day look.
Not on the list, but just as much of a daily necessity; Clinique All About Eyes Serum, Amore Pacific Hydrating Creme, plus my signature pink lip.
Like most everyone on the planet I’m a lover of french fries. So when I recently purchased this guy I knew it’s first frying test would be my favorite potato indulgence, the fry. And while everyone seems to have their french fry preferences, I like my soggy while the Mr. prefers his as crispy as they come, that’s the beauty about making your own. One batch can be cut thinner and cook a tad longer to get that crispness while the other removed from the heat a tad earlier to allow for the sogginess I crave. And the garlic aioli sauce?! There are no words. This is now my go to sauce for anything and everything. Happy Monday Dolls! truly, MKR
P.S. Don’t worry, if you don’t have an actual fryer you can use a heave bottom pan and achieve the same results.
Recently I had the opportunity to spend two weeks living my dream in Napa Valley. It was magical. It was heaven. It was a moment in time I’ll cherish forever. And while I can’t share too much today as we are working on creating an “everything-you-need-to-know” guide to Napa I just had to share a few pics with you all of my time there. TGIF Loves! truly, MKR
On my recent trip to Napa one of the most memorable moments was actually the night we arrived and I found myself tucked into a corner table at Goose & Gander with new and fast friends Scott Beattie, Michael Pazdan, Mikael, and The Orisons. The discussion was fast, furious, and exactly what I needed to get a little bit of inspiration I felt I was missing back, (it’s amazing what a night surrounded by fellow Creatives who are simply trying to put out the best version of their passion can do for ones soul). And just as good as the discussion was the drink Scott ordered up for me; my very first Pimm’s Cup. It was perfect in both sight and taste, and I couldn’t get enough. So when I got back I knew I had to mix one up to share with all of you. Cheers! truly, MKR
People ask me all the time when decorating a home what will really give a space impact? What should I splurge on? And every time my answer is always the same. Lighting. Lighting can transform a space in ways no piece of furniture can. It’s the jewelry of the home. It’s the place your eye should immediately be drawn. It’s what gives a space warmth, and when done right can be equal parts functionality and art. I simply adore lighting, specifically these 12 pieces. truly, MKR
When I escaped to the Bahamas a few months back I was introduced to rum cake. Topped with walnuts, pineapple, or coconut, rum cake is the most delicious of desserts originally descended from holiday puddings, but can now be found every day of the week all throughout the Caribbean. And just like my beloved Sky Juice, rum cake was something I knew once State side I had to make my own. And make it my own I did. By sticking with the traditional golden walnut topping and using Wilton Brand’s gorgeous Belle Panand their Bake Easynon stick baking spray (my go-to non stick spray) I was able to create a rum cake that looked as good as it tastes. And how adorable would these rum cakes be in the mini version?! Enjoy! truly, MKR
Grease a standard Bundt pan (if your bundt pan is larger than 10 cups you may need to double recipe). I find the best way to grease a bundt pan is with organic vegetable shortening and then spray with Wilton Bake Easy non stick spray.
Cover the bottom of the pan with the chopped walnuts; set aside.
In a medium/large bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, pudding, and salt; set aside.
In an electric mixer on medium speed, mix the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the flour mixture and mix on medium-low speed for 1-2 minutes.
Add the eggs, one at a time, milk, rum, canola oil, and vanilla extract. Mix until thoroughly combined, about 2 to 3 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
Pour the cake batter into the prepared Bundt pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. If you're using a larger bundt can increase the time and cover the bottom with tin foil half way through baking.
Allow the cake to COMPLETELY cool before removing it from the pan. For removing shake the pan just a tad to loosen the sides. Place a cake plate on the bottom of the bundt pan and in one swift movement flip the cake right side up. Remove bundt pan gently.
Pour the rum glaze over entire cake right before serving.
For the Rum Glaze...
In a saucepan, combine butter, 1/4 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat and continue to boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
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As I was scrolling through what seemed like a million plus pictures on my camera the other day I stumbled across these gems and realized I never chatted about my experience at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. I blame this momentary loss of memory on the temporary high I was on from eating and cocktailing my way through the South for 3 solid days. AFWF shouldn’t even be called a festival, it should be called an experience.
The weekend kicked off with breakfast in the connoisseur lounge which was a stunning design collaboration between Ballard Designs and William Peace of Peace Design. Peace called the design a play on coastal living, I simply asked if I could move in tomorrow. Once we were properly satiated with bloody marys and biscuits the day “officially” kicked off with a champagne toast by founders Dominique Love and Elizabeth Feichter. Then the madness began as everyone rushed upstairs, downstairs, outside, or to wherever their first class began. I of course gravitated towards any and all wine seminars. I tasted 90+ wines with Michael McNeill, Master Sommelier, (did you know there are only 219 Master Sommeliers in the world?!). Learned how to cold smoke on the Big Green Egg with Todd Richards. Decided I should really consider buying a villa in Tuscany (duh) with Brancaia. Was challenged by Whiskey with Struan Grant Ralph. And spent hours upon hours in the tasting tents.
All in all the weekend was one for the books and a must for any food and wine loving soul. My calendars are already marked for AFWF 2015! TGIF Loves. truly, MKR
*All images original to Waiting On Martha
**Big thanks to Dominique Love, Elizabeth Feichter, and 360 Media who made the weekend possible.