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The Blackberry Bourbon Smash

A Mouth-Watering Nod to Sweet Summer Blackberries
July 28, 2016

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Okay, so I admit it I originally wanted to make a Blackberry Bourbon Smash because of how beautiful it is.  While I do enjoy a sip of Bourbon every now and then, I would never call myself an actual bourbon lover.  But once I smashed and swirled up a BBS (Blackberry Bourbon Smash), I was surprised at how much  I loved it, plus it didn’t hurt that it was really fun to make.  And bonus a Blackberry Bourbon Smash is definitely one of those cocktails that appears more impressive and difficult to whip up than it actually is, which makes it perfect when entertaining guests.

While the recipe in itself is on the simpler side there are a few things to note.  First, the key to a great Blackberry Bourbon Smash is definitely the ice.  You want that perfectly shaved ice that makes you almost feel like you’re eating a snow cone. So where do you find this ice, you ask?  I’ll let you in on a secret: if you have a local Whole Foods, the seafood department will give it to you for free.  Just be sure to ask for the ice that’s NOT touching the fish! 

Another important (and obvious) part to this smash is the fresh, high quality blackberries.  They’re really the hero to this cocktail story, so it’s worth using high quality, organic blackberries at the height of the season. Once you snag your black berries the rest is pertty simple: muddle the blackberries with fresh mint, pour the mixture into your glass, top it with shaved ice, add bourbon, stir, garnish, and enjoy.  One quick note; if you are a regular bourbon drinker, you’ll probably opt for no simple syrup, but if you need a little something sweet to combat the bourbon, just dd simple syrup to taste.  Though I’d suggest waiting until after you stir together your blackberry mixture, bourbon and ice to see if you need the simple syrup (I actually enjoyed the drink without).  Cheers, friends!  Truly, MKR

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Blackberry Bourbon Smash
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. Fresh blackberries (for muddled mixture and garnish)
  2. A few leaves fresh mint, to muddle
  3. Bourbon of choice
  4. Simple syrup
  5. Fresh mint, to garnish
Instructions
  1. Muddle blackberries and a few mint leaves to get a jam-like consistency.
  2. Fill each glass with a good amount of muddled blackberry mixture. Add ice to the top of glass.
  3. Pour 2 oz. of bourbon (if you love bourbon, you don't need to add simple syrup).
  4. Stir together to see if you want to add simple syrup (if you love bourbon, you're not going to want to add simple syrup) .
  5. Garnish with a mint sprig and extra blackberries.
  6. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. You'll need 2 pints of blackberries for 4 glasses (if you're going to reserve some for garnish).
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Cantaloupe & Mozzarella Salad with Fresh Prosciutto, Basil & Mint

The Perfect Balance of Sweet & Savory in an Easy Summer Salad
July 27, 2016

Fresh Mozzarella, Prosciutto & Melon Salad recipe, @waitingonmarthaFresh Mozzarella & Prosciutto Melon Salad 

Growing up in Michigan, every summer party included a carved watermelon with balled melon.  For every birthday party, special or not-so-special occasion, my mother would cut the watermelon into that basket shape, and add in all the balled cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew. It was such a common theme for me that I literally grew up believing that summer tasted like a bowl of cantaloupe. In my adult years, I discovered that frozen melon balls make best ice cubes for summer drinks (genius, right?!).  So when I opened up my CSA box last week, I found fresh cantaloupe inside, and I was determined to put it to good use. 

The thing about cantaloupe is that it can be a bit boring if just left alone.  But it can also be delightful when balanced and paired well.  With this heat wave, I’m craving dishes that are easy to prepare, simple to enjoy and are just all around refreshing.  I’m trying to push myself out of my comfort zone with summer dishes too, so today I’m giving classic cantaloupe a MAJOR upgrade with a super easy (read 20 minutes or less to prepare), super fresh summer mix.  

This mozzarella prosciutto melon salad achieves that perfect balance of sweet, savory and summer.  Of course, there’s the creamy, consistency of fresh mozzarella, but then bring in the thin slices of dry-cured prosciutto, a little heat with serrano peppers, topped with fresh basil and mint from my garden…now that’s the perfect summer bite.  Enjoy! Truly, MKR

P.S. Here’s my two cents about olive oil:  I really believe you should always have at least two different olive oils in your arsenal.  One being your standard organic EVOO for everyday sauteing and cooking.  The second: a more splurge-worthy ,higher quality or infused olive oil to be used when you really want to “taste” the oil’s flavor, like in this salad’s dressing.  I’m a big fan of THIS one as well as the garlic, basil, and rosemary infused oils from Round Pond. Perfect, simple flavor in each and every bite. 

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Summer Melon & Mozzarella Salad with Fresh Prosciutto, Basil and Mint
Serves 5
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20 min
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20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 12 oz. packages of fresh mozzarella balls
  2. 2 cantaloupes
  3. 1-2 serrano peppers
  4. 1-2 packages proscuitto, torn into pieces
  5. handful of basil, rough chopped
  6. handful of mint, rough chopped
  7. drizzle of salt, pepper and olive oil, to taste
Instructions
  1. Scoop cantaloupe into balls and add to large mixing bowl.
  2. Add fresh mozzarella balls to the cantaloupe balls in the bowl.
  3. Slice serrano peppers and add to salad, to taste.
  4. Roughly tear prosciutto with hands, add pieces to salad.
  5. Roughly chop fresh basil and mint, add to salad to taste.
  6. Drizzle salad with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss salad and serve in individual bowls.
Notes
  1. The salad will be delicate, so you want to combine all of your ingredients in your mixing bowl until just combined (I mix it all with my hands).
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10 of Our Favorite Southern Artists

From Abstracts to Flowers and Figure Studies...We're Lusting After It All By These Talented Artists
July 26, 2016

Don’t you think discovering a new favorite artist is a lot like finding a great new song?  It’s those kind of new discoveries that I always want to sit back and simply revel in, while also containing the urge to share them with everyone I know.  I’ve been introduced to several amazing, new-to-me artists while working for Waiting on Martha over the past few years…and it’s pretty cool realizing that the majority of them can call the South home. (I may be a bit biased since moving nearly a decade ago, but I say the region’s beautiful surroundings have a lot to do with the great art that comes out of the place!) 

From Atlanta to Austin to Charleston and beyond, I’ve rounded up a few of our favorite southern talents worth noting in the slideshow above. But like any list, this list is made to grow, and I’d love to add some of your favorites to our list of top southern artists.  Leave your recommendations in the comments below, and if you’re ready to bring a few of these beauties home (this one is calling my name), be sure to read these 5 things to consider before starting an art collection of your ownCheers, Kat

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Sally King Benedict

Sally King Benedict

Oh man, Charleston-based Sally King Benedict is a big team favorite. Her bright, fresh pieces always seem to steal the show in some of the most beautiful spaces we've pinned. While I'll forever lust after a piece from her "Faces" collection, her landscapes are almost too cute to handle!
Sally has also teamed up on several amazing collabs...we especially love the partnership with Lizzie Fortunato and Marysia Swim.

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VIA DOMINO, PHOTO BY ROBERT PETERSON, DESIGN BY BRIAN PATRICK FLYNN
Dorothy Shain

Dorothy Shain

Another Charleston native, Dorothy Shain has our hearts. Her adorable and bright bikinis, part of the "Tropics Collection", instantly take us to a happier place...with a Mai Tai in hand. Stay tuned for a few of her beauties here on the blog soon!

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Britt Bass Turner

Britt Bass Turner

If you've been following WOM for awhile, you'll know Atlanta artist Britt Bass Turner pretty well by now. She's our go-to for bold, fun abstract paintings that always can stand out in a crowd AND tell a story on their own. Check out our interview with her as part of The Create Series here.

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VIA WAITING ON MARTHA, BY RUSTIC WHITE
Brynn W. Casey

Brynn W. Casey

I first discovered Atlanta artist Brynn Casey's dreamy work thanks to our pop-up shop. Her ability to capture the ocean's infinite blues will never cease to amaze me.

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VIA BRYNN W. CASEY , BY DANIELLE D. HULSEY
Sissy's Art: Jane Marie Edwards

Sissy's Art: Jane Marie Edwards

My first original piece was a big purchase for me, and it was from none other than Spartansburg, SC., artist Jane Marie Edwards. We first discovered her thanks to her beautiful abstracts, but quickly snatched up prints of these pretty flamingos to sell in the shop.

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Raven Roxanne

Raven Roxanne

Charleston artist Raven Roxanne got our attention when MKR visited the Gregg Irby Gallery. Her beautiful "Girls with Flowers" series as well as her draw-dropping abstracts are at the top of our Want List.

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Hayley Mitchell

Hayley Mitchell

A Hayley Mitchell Art original speaks for itself; the colorful ladies with rosy cheeks are true show-stoppers in the home and (office!). We've gushed all about our love for this artist from Austin, TX, as part of The Create Series on the blog.

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Hannah Betzel

Hannah Betzel

Maybe you first spotted Hannah Betzel in our pop-up shop last year. Since then, we've fallen head over heels with this Athens, GA, artist's new pieces, and we're counting down until the next release in September.

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Blaire Wheeler

Blaire Wheeler

I discovered Nashville artist Blaire Wheeler at a studio open house with a close friend of mine and owner of the local jewelry brand Ever Alice Studio. I was immediately drawn to Blaire's raw, textural abstracts in the prettiest of palettes, and I almost went home with one of her ladies all lined up!

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Teil Duncan

Teil Duncan

It's safe to say that Charleston artist Teil Duncan captures the sunny joy of being beachside...even for those of us who are far from Charleston's sandy shores. Teil's beaches and "nudies" are crazy-popular in the design world as well as the blogosphere...and for good reason.

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