Stylist Secrets, Ice Cube Molds

The Secrets of Styling Cocktails & Mocktails, Waiting On Martha

What better way to start the week than by announcing a new regular series on the Site; Stylist Secrets.  I thought with all of the styling I do its time to begin passing along some of my styling tips, tricks and secrets.  So lets start with one of my favorites, the power of extra large or decorative ice cubes when creating and styling a cocktail, mocktail, or any drink that requires ice.

Not only are extra large or decorative ice cubes an inexpensive way to really add that “wow” factor to your drink, but they solve a real styling problem.  Regular ice cubes simply melt too fast so by the time you get a shot you like it will usually include half melted small cubes and a watered down drink which is less than ideal.  

Also I love using the ice cube trays to freeze things other than water.  Such as the pureed fruit in my Mint Julep, 3 Ways or Coffee Cubes from my Caramel Iced Coffee.  I use the extra large square, high ball and sphere the most, but I just purchased the skull (I love a good skull), gems, anchor, and how could I resist the Georgia bulldog?!  And one last tip, make plenty of cubes ahead of time and store them in pyrex or any sealable, freezable containers so they’re always readily available.  Cheers!  truly, MKR 

*Caramel Iced Coffee  ||  The Ultimate Bloody Mary  ||  Boozy Beach Lemonade  ||  Strawberry Mint Julep

 

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The September Issue, Occasions Weddings

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With “The September Issue” of Occasions Magazine about to hit shelves everywhere I thought I’d give you a sneak peek into the cover and editorial I styled of what may be Occasion’s best issue yet.  Full of wedding inspiration from cakes to colors, advice for the bride to be, and an entire section completely devoted to working with your wedding day vendors it’s an issue not to be missed.  So check out the digital version here and order a copy of the big, beautiful print magazine right here.  Big thanks to the entire creative team from my editorial shoot and lastly, TGIF Loves!  truly, MKR

*Concept & Styling: Waiting On Martha    ||  Photography: Rustic White   ||  Florals, Lindsay Coletta Designs  ||  Hair & Makeup: Jennifer C. Nieman   ||  Rentals: Crush Event Rentals   ||  Location: Ambient Plus Studios   ||  Gown 1, Sarah Seven   ||  Gown 2, Kellys Closet  ||  Gown 3, The Sentimentalist  ||  Gold & Pearl Belt, The Sentimentalist  ||  Gold Floral Hairpiece, The Sentimentalist  ||  Bangles & Earrings, Bloomingdales  ||  Blazer, Helmut Lang   ||  Forest Wallpaper, Simple Shapes   ||  Candlesticks, Pottery Barn

Leaving On A Jet Plane

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If you’ve been following along on Instagram then you know I’m currently in the middle of a lot of cross county travel (ATL-SFO-JFK-ATL-ORD-ATL) and the most important thing for me when I travel is comfort.  And I’m not talking wear my pajamas to the airport kind of comfort.  For me it’s all about layers because I’m always cold, my go-to pants, flats that can take me from the airport straight to dinner, and a great carry on.  Other than that just give me wifi and a glass of wine and I’m ready to fly the friendly skies.  truly, MKR 

P.S.  I’ll be taking over Sole Society’s Instagram beginning tomorrow sharing all of my NYC adventures and taking a few Sole Society favorites with me so make sure you’re following along.

*Zip Sweatshirt, J.Crew on sale! (I purchased it in every color & got it monogramed of course…it’s a great fall layering piece)  ||  Gingham Shirt, J. Crew  ||  Pants, J. Crew (I’ve worn these for years, dressier than leggings and more comfortable than jeans)  ||  Shoes, Sole Society Harla c/o  ||  Duffle, Sole Society Lacie c/o (I also love the brown color and this indigo colored tote)  ||  Purse, Celine Fold Over Bag  ||  Sunnies, Sole Society Jilly c/o  ||  Initial Necklace, Moon & Lola c/o  ||  Necklace, Gorjana & Griffin Fancy Horn c/o  ||  Earrings, Sole Society c/o  ||  Double Stone Ring, Sole Society c/o  ||  Ring, Gorjana Griffin Mesa c/o  ||  Midi Ring, Gorjana Griffin Marina c/o  ||  Watch, Daniel Wellington  ||   Phone Case, Minnie & Emma c/o

**Photography, Chelsey Heidorn  

The Moscow Mule

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When the temps begin to move towards sweater weather, my cocktail menu tends to move towards one of my favorite drinks, Mint Moscow Mules.  By combing tart ginger beer, fresh mint and lime juice stirred up in a copper mug…well all I have to say is cheers!  truly, MKR

*Photography, Rustic White  ||  Moscow Mule Mugs, Waiting On Martha

Mint Moscow Mule
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Prep Time
2 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
2 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 ounces Vodka
  2. 4-6 ounces Ginger Beer
  3. 2-3 mint sprigs plus more for garnish (optional)
  4. 1 lime plus more for garnish
Instructions
  1. Muddle mint sprigs and the juice of 1 lime in the bottom of a copper mug (or rocks glass).
  2. Add ice, vodka, and ginger beer.
  3. Stir, garnish with a mint sprig, lime slice and enjoy.
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Roasted Tomato Capellini

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A week or so ago I shared my La Crema Virtual Vintner dinner party with you all, but forgot to share the recipe to one of my absolute favorite dishes; my roasted tomato capellini.  Extremely easy to make, and always a crowd pleaser, this pasta won’t put you to sleep and truly capitalizes on my love for fresh, simple ingredients.  Enjoy!  truly, MKR

*Photography, Rustic White

Roasted Tomato Capellini
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Ingredients
  1. Kosher salt
  2. 1/2 cup olive oil, plus extra for the pot
  3. 10 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 4 pints small cherry and mixed grape tomatoes
  5. 20-25 large basil leaves, torn
  6. 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  7. 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  8. 1/2 cup pine nuts
  9. 3/4 pound dried capellini or angel hair pasta
  10. 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and extra chopped basil for serving
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water with 2 tablespoons of salt to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1/2 cup of olive oil in a large (12-inch) saute pan. Add the chopped garlic and cook over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, basil, pine nuts, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, and desired amount of red pepper flakes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes, tossing occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to soften but don't break up.
  3. While the tomato mixture is sautéing add the capellini to the pot of boiling water and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Drain the pasta, reserving some of the pasta water.
  5. Place the pasta in a large serving bowl, add the tomato mixture and toss well.
  6. Serve with extra basil sprinkled on top and Parmesan on the side.
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Pottery Barn In The Spotlight

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When it comes to decorating, entertaining, and gifting Pottery Barn is always one of my top go-tos.  So when they reached out wanting to Spotlight my love for all things Fall I was more than happy chat about my take on seasonal decorating, what I can’t wait to indulge in, and trends I’m excited to embrace this fall.  Plus I’ve rounded up all of my favorite Pottery Barn picks so read the Spotlight and Shop it all right here.  TGIF Loves!  truly, MKR

Mulled Wine

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We all know I love wine.  Like love (I’m actually in Sonoma right now making wine with La Crema).  And when the cooler temps begin to arrive I, like most, switch from a crisp white to a warm red.  And other than drinking a bold Cab by a big fire another way I love enjoying reds is with my classic mulled wine recipe.  Red wine combines with aromatics of cinnamon, star anis, and orange to create the most perfect warm and cozy drink of the season.  Cheers!  truly, MKR  

*Antique Silver Pitcher, Pottery Barn c/o  ||  Antique Silver Bowl, Pottery Barn c/o  ||  “Wine Me Up” corkscrew, Pottery Barn c/o  ||  Wine Glasses, Pottery Barn c/o

**Photography, Rustic White  ||  This post was sponsored by Pottery Barn a brand I love.  Recipe and opinions are 100% my own.

Mulled Wine
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups apple cider
  2. 1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as La Crema Pinot Noir
  3. 2 cinnamon sticks
  4. 1 orange, zested and juiced
  5. 4 whole cloves
  6. 3 star anise
  7. 4 oranges, peeled, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine the cider, wine, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.
  2. Pour into mugs, add an orange and orange peel to each and serve.
Notes
  1. *You can make this in a crock pot and keep on warm all day
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Fall Additions

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*Dress, Tory Burch Cora Dress (worth the splurge wear it with tights, boots, heels, with anything)  ||  Boots, Tory Burch, Simone over the knee boot (may be the best boot I’ve ever bought, thinking about getting them in black as well)  ||  Hat, Sole Society wool Panama hat c/o (get both colors, great hat great price)  ||  Bag, Sole Society Marlow c/o (looks so much more expensive than it is, love this bag and color!)  ||  Sunnies, Sole Society Cami c/o  ||  Watch, Daniel Wellington, classic St. Andrews watch  ||  Ring, Oscar de la Renta (sold out)  ||  Lipstick, YSL  ||  Nail Polish, OPI 

**Photography, Chelsey Heidorn

At Home With Gray Malin

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One of the many things I love about this digital age we live in is connecting with people you might never have had the chance to otherwise.  Case in point, Gray Malin.  I was somewhat familiar with Gray’s Prada Marfa work so when it came to selecting art for our new (new like a year ago new) home Gray was on the short list.  

As I perused his site I immediately fell in love with the A la Montagne ski series.  The Mr. and I are big skiers and it was like Gray captured our happy place with Top of Aspen Mountain.  I emailed Gray to begin talking dimensions as I knew this was going to be a large focal point in our home, and just like that an immediate friendship was born.  So when Gray reached out to ask if I’d take part in his Inspiration Spotlight the answer was obviously yes.  Not only am I completely enamored with all of Gray’s work, but also by Gray himself.  I started with the A la Montagne, added some Texas flair, and have some llamas on the way.  Bottom line, if you’re not familiar with Gray’s work get familiar (I mean have you seen the new wrapping paper?), it’s all simply amazing.  truly, MKR

*Top of Aspen Mountain, Gray Malin  ||  Prada Marfa Limited Edition Print, Gray Malin  ||  On the coffee table:  Gold Rhino, Faux Python Tray, Malachite & Coral Tray, Ginger Jar Pitcher, Bone Dominos, Lizard Magnifying Glass, Crystal Paper Weight, Japanese Calligraphy Brushes (collected similar HERE)  

**Photography, Rustic White 

Dark Chocolate Ganache Cookie Cake

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When Bahlsen North America reached out to ask if I’d help celebrate their 125th anniversary with a “Let the Good Times Roll” birthday cake contest I was all in.  I mean who doesn’t love cake?  Plus the only rules were I had to use Bahlsen’s signature rolled cookies (which I’ve had at least 100 times) and the recipe must be easy.  Enter my Dark Chocolate Ganache Cookie Cake.  A richer, than rich chocolate cake complete with mini chocolate chips, layers of Bahlsen cookies, butter cream frosting, and topped with a chocolate ganache frosting.  A recipe that is so, so very easy because you can choose to make it from scratch, or simply add ingredients to store bought cake mix and frosting (recipes and helpful baking tips for both below), plus the ganache topping makes it truly a showstopper.  And I promise you ganache is one of those things that looks impressive and extremely difficult to re-create but is beyond simple.  

Now, lets break out your aprons and let the good times roll!  Happy Birthday Bahlsen!  truly, MKR 

Dark Chocolate Ganache Cookie Cake - From Scratch
Yields 3
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Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
2 hr 15 min
Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
2 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. ...For the Cake
  2. 1 package of Bahlsen Dark Chocolate Waffeletten cookies
  3. 2 cups boiling water
  4. 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  5. 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  6. 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  7. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  8. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. 1 cup butter, softened
  11. 2 1/4 cups white sugar
  12. 4 eggs
  13. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  14. ...For the Butter Cream Frosting
  15. 1 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  16. 1 1/2 cup (3 sticks) unsalted butter softened
  17. 3 teaspoons clear vanilla extract
  18. 12 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
  19. 6 tablespoons milk
  20. ...For the Ganache Topping
  21. 16 ounces high quality semisweet chocolate chips
  22. 1 cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. ...For the Cake
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Grease 3 - 8 or 9 inch round cake pans.
  4. In medium bowl, pour boiling water over cocoa, and whisk until smooth. Let mixture cool.
  5. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  6. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at time, stir in vanilla.
  7. Add the flour mixture with the cocoa mixture. Spread batter evenly between the 3 prepared pans and sprinkle mini chocolate chips in each pan.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
  9. While cake bakes crumble your Bhalsen cookies and set aside.
  10. Allow to completely cool before leveling and frosting, you can even allow them to cool overnight.
  11. ...For the Butter Cream Frosting
  12. In large bowl, beat shortening and butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla.
  13. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often.
  14. Gradually add milk; beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  15. ...For the Ganache Topping **begin making this once cake is chilling in the refrigerator**
  16. Cook the chocolate chips and heavy cream in the top of a double boiler over simmering water until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally.
  17. ...Build your Cake
  18. You can make the cake 2 or 3 layers, it's completely up to you.
  19. Level each cake using a cake leveler or large knife. Simply place your hand on top of the cake and cut the top, rounded layer off to make it flat and thinner.
  20. Place your first layer on a cake plate and frost the top with a thin layer of buttercream, add a layer of cookie crumble. Continue with the second, and third layer if desired. Do not add cookie crumble to the top layer.
  21. Once cake is assembled add remaining frosting to the top and begin frosting the entire cake until the entire top and sides are frosted.
  22. Place in refrigerator to chill for 20-30 minutes.
  23. Remove and pour ganache on the top of the cake allowing it to drip down the sides. Add remaining cookie crumble, serve immediately.
Notes
  1. *The easiest way to grease a cake pan is by using a napkin.
  2. *Using an actual cake leveler is the easiest and most accurate way to even out your cakes, however if you do not have a cake leveler simply use a bread knife.
  3. *When frosting a cake you want to make sure your frosting is a light and fluffy as possible. Begin with all of the frosting on top and then slowly move the frosting over the top of the cake, and down the sides. Using an icing spatula continue to frost the sides of the cake.
  4. *For the messy, lined icing look as seen on my cake simply take a think icing spatula and run it all around the cake lightly to form parallel lines. A cake turntable makes this extremely easy.
  5. *Instead of a double boiler I used a Candy/Chocolate Melting Pot to make the Ganache Topping
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Dark Chocolate Ganache Cookie Cake - From Boxed Mix
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
Ingredients
  1. ...For the Cake
  2. 1 package of Bahlsen Dark Chocolate Waffeletten cookies
  3. 1 Dark Chocolate Cake Mix for a double layer cake, 2 Dark Chocolate Cake Mixes for a triple layer cake and all of the suggested ingredients on the box (eggs, oil, and water)
  4. 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  5. 3-4 jars of Butter Cream Frosting
  6. ...For the Ganache Topping
  7. 16 ounces high quality semisweet chocolate chips
  8. 1 cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. ...For the Cake
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Grease 3 - 8 or 9 inch round cake pans.
  4. Follow cake mix directions to make batter
  5. Spread batter evenly between the 3 prepared pans and sprinkle mini chocolate chips in each pan.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
  7. While cake bakes crumble your Bhalsen cookies and set aside.
  8. Allow to completely cool before leveling and frosting, you can even allow them to cool overnight.
  9. For the Ganache Topping **begin making this once your cake is chilling in the refrigerator**
  10. Cook the chocolate chips and heavy cream in the top of a double boiler over simmering water until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally.
  11. ...Build your Cake
  12. You can make the cake 2 or 3 layers, it's completely up to you.
  13. Level each cake using a cake leveler or large knife. Simply place your hand on top of the cake and cut the top, rounded layer off to make it flat and thinner.
  14. Place your first layer on a cake plate and frost the top with a thin layer of buttercream, add a layer of cookie crumble. Continue with the second, and third layer if desired. Do not add cookie crumble to the top layer.
  15. Once cake is assembled add remaining frosting to the top and begin frosting the entire cake until the entire top and sides are frosted.
  16. Place in refrigerator to chill for 20-30 minutes.
  17. Remove and pour ganache on the top of the cake allowing it to drip down the sides. Add remaining cookie crumble, serve immediately.
Notes
  1. *The easiest way to grease a cake pan is by using a napkin.
  2. *Using an actual cake leveler is the easiest and most accurate way to even out your cakes, however if you do not have a cake leveler simply use a bread knife.
  3. *When frosting a cake you want to make sure your frosting is a light and fluffy as possible. Begin with all of the frosting on top and then slowly move the frosting over the top of the cake, and down the sides. Using an icing spatula continue to frost the sides of the cake.
  4. *For the messy, lined icing look as seen on my cake simply take a think icing spatula and run it all around the cake lightly to form parallel lines. A cake turntable makes this extremely easy.
  5. *Instead of a double boiler I used a Candy/Chocolate Melting Pot to make the Ganache Topping
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**All images original to Waiting On Martha.  This post was sponsored by Bahlsen North America, a brand I love and order.  Recipe and opinions are 100% my own.