Mint Watermelon Margaritas

Mint Watermelon Margarita Mint Watermelon Margarita, Waiting On Martha

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
 
*Photography, Rustic White
Mint Watermelon Margarita
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Prep Time
2 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
2 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cup fresh watermelon juice
  2. 2 oz. silver tequila
  3. 2-4 stems of mint
  4. Juice of 1 lime
  5. Ice
Instructions
  1. Muddle mint in bottom of glass.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Pour in watermelon juice, tequila, lime and stir.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of mint
VARIATIONS
  1. Frozen: add all ingredients + a cup of ice to a blender and blend to desired frozen consistency.
  2. Non Alcoholic: sub the tequila for 3-4 oz's of club soda.
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5 Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without

Top 5 Best Beauty Products, Waiting On Martha       Estee Lauder Stress Relief Eye Mask

Top 5 Best Beauty Products, Waiting On Martha       Clarisonic Opal

Top 5 Best Beauty Products, Waiting On Martha       YSL Touche Eclat

Top 5 Best Beauty Products, Waiting On Martha       Bare Minerals Foundation and Mineral Veil

Top 5 Best Beauty Products, Waiting On Martha       YSL Burgundy Mascara

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 Minerals Foundation 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.

*Ban.do twist scarf (additional patterns available), Pomegranate robe, Marigot leopard pajamas (additional patterns available), Essie Russian Roulette nail polish

**Photography, Kathryn McCrary Photography

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Homemade French Fries With Garlic Aioli Dipping Sauce

Homemade French Fries and Garlic Aioli Dipping Sauce, Waiting On Martha Homemade French Fries & Garlic Aioli Dipping Sauce, Waiting On Martha Homemade French Fries and Garlic Aioli Dipping Sauce, Waiting On Martha       Williams Sonoma Fry Seasoning  ||  Waiting On Martha Fork & Spoon Dipping Dishes

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. 

*Photography, Rustic White

Homemade French Fries & Garlic Aioli Dipping Sauce
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 bag of Idaho potatoes (approximately 5 pounds)
  2. Sunflower, Vegetable or Peanut oil for frying (I used Sunflower)
  3. 1 cup Vegenaise
  4. 4-6 garlic cloves
  5. 1 tsp. lemon juice
  6. Cayenne Pepper to Taste
  7. Salt & Pepper to Taste
  8. Fry Seasoning (optional)
Instructions
  1. For the Fries...
  2. Rinse potatoes, leaving skin on, and begin cutting them into sticks.
  3. Place them in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Allow them to soak 1-2 hours, and you can even cut up the potatoes and soak them overnight in your refrigerator.
  4. Heat a few inches of oil in a heavy pot to 300 degrees F. You want the oil to completely cover the potatoes.
  5. In 4-5 batches add potatoes to the oil and cook until soft about 5-6 minutes per batch. Remove each batch just as it begins to turn golden.
  6. Remove and place on a cookie sheet lined with paper towels, sprinkle with salt, and add next batch tot he oil. Continue this process until all potatoes have been cooked.
  7. Sprinkle with fry seasoning and cayenne if desired. Enjoy!
  8. For the Garlic Aioli...
  9. Place Vegenaise in a small bowl and whisk to make it light and completely smooth.
  10. Using a garlic press or grater add garlic to the Vegenaise and misk.
  11. Add a dash of lemon juice, and a pinch of cayenne.
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Napa Valley In Pictures

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *MA(i)SONRY, Yountville

Napa Valley Recommendations, Waiting On Martha      *Ladera Vineyards, Angwin

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha *Ladera Vineyards, Angwin

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Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Chapellet, St. Helena

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Kuleto Estate, St. Helena

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Larkmead Vineyards, Calistoga

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Bacci Ball at Solage, Calistoga

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Mumm Napa, Napa Valley

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Larkmead Vineyards, Calistogo

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Far Niente, Oakville  ||  Old Navy jumpsuit c/o, Yosi Samara sandals c/o, Ray Ban aviators

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Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *The Gardens, Yountville

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Larkmead, Calistoga

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Kuleto Estate, St. Helena

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Chappellet, St. Helena

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Ladera Vineyards, Angwin  ||  kate spade skirt c/o, kate spade top c/o, Alexander McQueen sunnies

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Far Niente, Oakville

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 

**A enormous thank you to MA(i)SONRY and Blackbird Vineyards who made this trip simply magical, and to our unofficial tour guides and friends, The Orisons.  ||  All images original to Waiting On Martha

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Pimm’s Cup

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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

*Photography, Rustic White

Pimm's Cup
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 English cucumber
  2. 1 1/2 ounces Pimm's No. 1
  3. 3 ounces sparkling lemonade
  4. 1 ounce seltzer water
  5. 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice plus zest for garnish
  6. Mint (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add 4-5 english cucumber pieces and a few ice cubes to a cocktail shaker and muddle down to a pulp.
  2. Add the Pimm's lemonade, orange juice, and seltzer...stir.
  3. Add additional ice and to mixer and shake.
  4. Strain into a glass and garnish with cucumber slices, orange zest and mint...enjoy.
Adapted from Artisanal Cocktails, Scott Beattie
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Light Bright || My Top 12 Lighting Picks

Top 12 Lighting Picks Waiting On Martha

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   

*01.  Dwell Studio urchin lamp (because everyone loves a good urchin)  ||  02.  Dunes & Duchess Rachel sconce ||  03.  Jonathan Adler horse table lamp  ||  04.  Highball pendant  ||  05.  Dana Gibson blue canton tea caddy lamp  ||  06.  Dwell Studio cone table lamp  ||  07.  Stray Dog Fred sconce  ||  08.  Dunes & Duchess Sailor’s Knot table lamp  ||  09.  Currey & Company Parker chandelier  ||  10.  One Kings Lane Alberta table lamp  ||  11.  Jonathan Adler Meurice chandelier  ||  12.  Birch Lane Savoy glass table lamp

Golden Walnut Rum Cake

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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 Pan and their Bake Easy non 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

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary Photography

Walnut Rum Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  2. 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 1/4 cup cornstarch
  4. 1 package of instant vanilla pudding
  5. 4 teaspoons baking powder
  6. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  7. 1/2 cup room temperature unsalted butter
  8. 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  9. 1/2 cup sunflower or vegetable oil
  10. 4 eggs
  11. 3/4 cup whole milk
  12. 1/2 cup dark rum
  13. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
For the Rum Glaze
  1. 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1/4 cup water
  4. 1/2 cup dark rum
Instructions
  1. For the Cake...
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  3. 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.
  4. Cover the bottom of the pan with the chopped walnuts; set aside.
  5. In a medium/large bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, pudding, and salt; set aside.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Pour the rum glaze over entire cake right before serving.
  11. For the Rum Glaze...
  12. 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.
  13. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup rum.
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*This post was sponsored by Wilton Brands.  Opinions, recipe, and love of Wilton Brands 100% my own.

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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival || A Recap

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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.