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One.  Holy Chic, Old Navy  ||  Two.  Black & Gold Bobbis, Ban.do  ||  Three.  Matte Black Heart, Ban.do  ||  Four.  Little White Lies Canister, Jonathan Adler  ||  Five.  Watch, Daniel Wellington  ||  Six.  Metallic 360 Studs, Bauble Bar  ||  Seven.  Dalmation Stapler, Anthropologie  ||  Eight.  Vintage Chanel Brooch, The Real Real  ||  Nine.  Duffle Grand, Clare Vivier  ||  Ten.  Gingham Note Set, WOM  ||  Eleven.  Pen, Graphic Image  ||  Twelve.  Ring Box, Thomas Paul  ||  Thirteen.  Mini Zebra Pillow, WOM  ||  Fourteen.  Smiley Face Pearl Necklace, Matches Fashion  ||  Fifteen.  Vince Accent Stool, Pottery Barn  ||  Sixteen.  Stop Talking, WOM  ||  Seventeen.  Clutch, Stella McCartney

Rustic Georgia Peach Hand Pies

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A little birdy told me it was National Peach Month and living in the land of peaches, well I just had to whip something up.  So with a fresh bushel in hand and plenty of pie crust I had made the night before I thought what’s better than homemade Georgia peach hand pies?  We all know I love hand pies as proven by THIS recipe (they’re just so dang easy and transportable), I thought lets give it another go.  I’ll probably have to officially retire hand pies now (though I feel a savory one coming for fall), but it was worth the repeat to nosh all Sunday on these delicious little pies (cinnamon is the secret my friends).  Oh, and while we’re feeling all peachy, may I suggest washing your hand pie down with one of THESE?  truly, MKR

*Silpat Mat, Martha Stewart for Macys  ||  Striped Napkins, Sur La Table  ||  Cookie Sheets, Calphalon  ||  Fluted Pastry Wheel, Williams Sonoma

Rustic Peach Hand Pies
Yields 8
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Prep Time
3 hr 30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
3 hr 50 min
Prep Time
3 hr 30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
3 hr 50 min
Ingredients
  1. FOR THE DOUGH
  2. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling dough
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 teaspoon sugar
  5. 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  6. 4 tablespoons ice water, plus 4 more, if needed
  7. FOR THE FILLING
  8. 6-8 fresh, soft peaches (enough for 4 cups peach mixture)
  9. 2 tablespoons sugar
  10. 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  11. 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  12. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  13. heart shaped cookie cutter
  14. FOR THE EGG WASH
  15. 1 egg
  16. 2-3 tablespoons of water
Instructions
  1. FOR THE CRUST
  2. In a food processor, pulse flour, salt, and sugar several times to combine. Add butter. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, with just a few pea-size pieces remaining.
  3. Sprinkle with 4 tablespoons ice water. Pulse until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed with fingers (if needed, add up to 4 tablespoons more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time). Do not overprocess.
  4. Turn dough out onto a work surface; form dough into two 3/4-inch-thick disk. Wrap tightly in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.
  5. About 15 minutes before the dough is ready to be removed from the refrigerator pre heat oven to 400 degrees.
  6. FOR THE FILLING
  7. Wash and remove skin from peaches, cut and dice into small squares and place into a large mixing bowl.
  8. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, and the juice of 1/2 a lemon. Mix and set aside.
  9. Unwrap your pie dough; place on a large piece of floured waxed paper or floured surface. Roll dough into two 14-inch rounds. Using your fluted pastry cutter cut out squares and place half of them on to a lined cookie sheet.
  10. Scoop approximately 2 tablespoons of peach mixture and place on to cut pie dough. Place another piece of pie dough on top creating a complete hand pie and gently press down the sides. Using a fork moving all around the border and press down to create a crease and seal your pies. Repeat until there are no more squares left.
  11. Beat egg and 2 tablespoons of water in a bowl, and brush each pie completely with the mixture. Sprinkle sanding sugar on top of each and cut an X in the top allowing steam to release.
  12. Bake 18-20 minutes or until pies turn a golden brown.
  13. Let cool 5 minutes before devouring.
Notes
  1. **If from scratch dough isn't your thing feel free to buy store bought!
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**All images original to Waiting On Martha

Best Ever Red Sangria

Best Ever Red Sangria Recipe

Whenever I entertain, aside from the standard beer and wine, I love to create a signature cocktail. And my go-to summer time cocktail for any gathering (like THIS one) is Red Sangria.  Brimming with fresh fruit Sangria is a gorgeous addition to any table, can easily be prepared the night before, and is always a hit with guests.  TGIF!  truly, MKR

 *Rocks Glasses, Dwell Studio  ||  Dress, Persifor  ||  Nail Polish, Nars  

**Photography, Rustic White  

Best Ever Red Sangria
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
10 hr 5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
10 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Bottles of Spanish Red Wine
  2. 2 Cups Brandy
  3. 1/2 cup simple syrup (or more to taste)
  4. 2 Cups Orange Juice
  5. 4 Cups Sparkling Lemonade
  6. Lime, Lemon, Orange, and Apple Slices
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients (except the sparkling Lemonade) together and chill in a tightly sealed container or pitcher for at least 10 hours before serving.
  2. Add sparkling lemonade right before serving.
  3. Pour over ice and enjoy.
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The Top 15 Essentials Every Bar Cart Must Have

Top 15 Bar Cart Essentials

We’ve had a lot of love lately for our Bar Cart both HERE on the Blog and HERE on Instagram.  We’ve also had a lot of questions, about building a proper bar cart.  So I thought I’d share with you all my top 15 essentials that every bar cart must have.  Cheers!  truly, MKR

One.  Display worthy glasses.  I’m loving these from One Kings Lane…what a great price!  ||  Two.  A shaker.  I collect shakers, but every bar cart needs at least one shaker and I’m loving this one complete with anchor picks for a fun gift or this tried and true shaker.  ||  Three.  Cocktail Napkins, the “cheekier” the better.  ||  Four.  Some flair.  ||  Five.  A proper tool set.  ||  Six.  A Muddler.  ||  Seven.  Fresh flowers.  ||  Eight.  An ice bucket.  ||  Nine.  A candle, because candles really can (and should) go everywhere.  And splurge on one that once done burning can be used to hold something, like swizzle sticks or straws.  ||  Ten.  Cocktail Napkins (yes again) or coasters to mix it up.  ||  Eleven.  A bartender’s dictionary.  ||  Twelve.  Beautiful wine.  While my bar cart doesn’t house the majority of my wine (4 wine fridges do, don’t judge) some of the most beautiful and decorative bottles are out on the cart.  ||  Thirteen.  A Decanter, I’m loving this skull from Pottery Barn.  ||  Fourteen.  Matches.  ||  Fifteen.  A decorative bowl for all the corks because every cart should have a personal collection of some sort, like corks you’ve collected from great bottles opened or vintage swizzle sticks.  Just something that’s personal, and interesting.

*Image Rustic White

Spicy Watermelon Salad

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When choosing a menu to withstand the summer time temperatures I always like to begin with a refreshing, and preferably cool, first course.  My spicy watermelon salad is the perfect blend of sweet and spice, plus it highlights one of summer’s biggest stars. Just make sure you let your guests decide how much heat they can handle by placing the sliced jalepeños on the side.  Make sure to check out our entire Al Fresco Dining post HERE  and enjoy!  truly, MKR

*Blue Place Settings, One Kings Lane (sold out)  ||  White Place Settings, kate spade new york c/o  ||  Blue & White Bowls, Waiting On Martha (email for availability)  ||  Hand Towels used as Napkins, Waiting On Martha  ||  

**Photography, Rustic White 

Spicy Watermelon Salad
Serves 8
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 cups watermelon balled or cut into cubes
  2. 3 English Cucumbers sliced
  3. 1 Jalepeno deveined and chopped
  4. 1 Jalepeno deveined and sliced for garnish (optional)
  5. 1/2 cup red onions finely diced
  6. 1 cup fresh lime juice
  7. 1 garlic clove, minced
  8. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  9. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  10. 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves chopped, plus additional for garnish
  11. 1/2 cup crumbled cotija, feta, or goat cheese
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl add red onion, brown sugar, lime juice, diced jalapeno, garlic, and salt stirring to combine.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the cucumber, watermelon, and red onion.
  3. Pour the dressing on top of the salad, garnish with cilantro, cheese and additional jalapenos if you like it HOT.
Waiting on Martha http://waitingonmartha.com/

Currently Coveting || Back To School Essentials

 

backtoschool

 

No. One.  Russell + Hazel Binder (the chic version of a Trapper-Keeper)  ||  No. Two.  The Rules Letter Opener  ||  No. Three.  Sugar Boo Apple Of My Eye Paperweight  ||    No. Four.  Midas iphone 5 Charger  ||  No. Five.  Russell + Hazel Acrylic & Gold Stapler  ||  No. Six.  The Pencil Factory Carpenter Pencil Set (also available in assorted)  ||  No. Seven.  Sugar Paper “Keep Going” Art Print  ||    No. Eight.  Rifle Paper Vintage Legal Notepad  ||  No. Nine.  Sugar Paper Petite Notepad (love these options too)  ||  No. Ten.  BKR Water Bottle  ||  No. Eleven.  The Ultimate Friendship Bracelet  ||  No. Twelve.  “Text Me” Key Ring  ||  No. Thirteen.  “Bien” Bag (so much better than a backpack)  ||  No. Fourteen.  Clare Vivier “Oui” Shirt (for French class of course)  ||  No. Fifteen.  kate spade new york 17 month planner (because when you’re going back to school in August you need a fresh start.  Also available in shelfie print.)  ||  No. Sixteen.  Fuji Instax Mini Camera (to capture the memories)

**P.S. To celebrate academia we’re offering 15% off ALL “back to school” items in The Shop now through Friday.  Use code BACKTOSCHOOL at checkout.  Happy shopping Loves!

Dining Al Fresco + Homemade Chips & Salsa Con Queso

Dining Al Fresco, Waiting On Martha     *These candelabras are show stopping & perfect for any occasion

Homemade Tortilla Chips, Waiting On MarthaDining Al Fresco, Waiting On Martha     *A mix of vases in different heights, textures, & patterns gives our table an eclectic vibe

Red Sangria Recipe, Waiting On Martha     *Sangria is the perfect cocktail for large groups & summer nights (recipe coming Friday)

Summertime Salsas, Waiting On Martha     *Ditch traditional salsas for whats is in season like our peach, mango & heirloom tomato

Dining Al Fresco, Waiting On MarthaOutdoor Entertaining, Waiting On Martha     *Don’t be afraid of color, the red provides the “pop” this table needed

Spicy Watermelon Salad, Waiting On MarthaBlue & White, Waiting On Martha     *A vase anything that holds water including an actual water pitcher

Salsa Con Queso, Waiting On Martha     *Take queso to the next level with jalepeno, green onion, cilantro, & radish garnish

Dining Al Fresco, Waiting On MarthaHomemade Tortilla Chips & Refried Beans     *Homemade tortilla chips are worth the extra work I promise!

Dining Al Fresco, Waiting On MarthaOutdoor Dinner Party, Waiting On Martha

There’s nothing I enjoy more than summer nights dining al fresco with my nearest and dearest. So when Pacific Foods asked if I’d like to team up for a little easy entertaining I gathered friends and set the table with a Mexican inspired meal.  

Homemade chips, queso, spicy watermelon salad and a trio of  salsas highlighting summer’s freshest flavors (peach, mango, heirloom tomato) set the stage for a build your own taco bar.  A build your own taco and/or nacho bar is not only the definition of easy entertaining, but it’s always a crowd pleaser.  Simply grill a protein or two, set out all of your fresh favorites (tortillas, beans, cheese, guacamole, salasa, queso, tomatoes, onions, jalepenos, etc.), and let your guests create their favorite combinations.  And because Pacific Foods has great organic options such as refried black beans and queso all I needed to do was add a few extra flavors before serving.

I’m sharing my salsa con queso and homemade tortilla chip recipe below, (trust me take the time and make your own tortilla chips I promise it will be worth it), and later this week I’ll show you how to create the perfect red sangria and spicy watermelon salad.  Everything you need for easy summer entertaining because after the winter we all had I’m trying to squeeze every ounce out of summer I can!  Cheers!  truly, MKR

Table & Chairs, Ballard Designs c/o  ||  Red Chairs, Society Social  ||  Garden Stool, One Kings Lane  ||  Candelabras, Dunes & Duchess  ||  Striped Tapers, Waiting On Martha  ||  Drink Dispenser, old similar HERE  ||  Blue Place Settings, One Kings Lane (sold out)  ||  White Place Settings, kate spade new york c/o   ||  Blue & White Bowls, Waiting On Martha (email for availability)  ||  Rope Vase, Waiting On Martha  ||  Faceted Vase, Waiting On Martha  ||  Milk Bottle Vases, Waiting On Martha  ||  Tall Faceted Vase, kate spade new york c/o  ||  Blue & White Vase (collected, similar HERE)  ||  Hand Towels used as Napkins, Waiting On Martha  ||  Rope Bowl, Waiting On Martha (sold out Gold still available)  ||  Blue & White Stripe Napkins, Sur La Table  ||  Rocks Glasses, Dwell Studio  ||  Dress, Persifor  ||  Nail Polish, Nars  

Photography, Rustic White  ||  This post was sponsored by Pacific Foods, a brand I love and adore.  Opinions and recipes are 100% my own.

Homemade Tortilla Chips
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 12 Corn Tortillas
  2. 4-6 Cups Sunflower or any preferred oil for frying
  3. Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. In a cast iron or heavy bottom pot, heat oil on high for 5 minutes or until oil reaches 350 degrees.
  2. Cut tortilla shells in half and then half again so you have 4 equal triangles per tortilla.
  3. Once oil is hot place 8-10 triangles in at a time and fry for 2-3 minutes or until tortillas begin to turn golden brown.
  4. Using a skimmer or fry basket remove chips and place on a baking sheet covered in paper towels, salt.
  5. Repeat until all tortillas are cooked.
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Spicy Salsa Con Queso Dip
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. Pacific Foods Salsa Con Queso
  2. 1/2 cub shredded or cubed White Cheese
  3. 1 Jalepeno Diced
  4. 1/2 Red Pepper Diced.
  5. 2 Diced Radishes
  6. 2 Green Onions Diced
  7. Cilantro For Garnish
Instructions
  1. In a small pot over medium high heat add the Pacific Foods Salsa Con Queso, white cheese, red pepper, and jalepeno. Mix until warm and fully melted.
  2. Remove from heat and pour into a serving bowl and garnish with radishes, green onions and cilantro. Serve warm with our homemade tortilla chips.
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08.08 This Week I…

TWI-August

…welcomed August with kate spade new york and a new 17 month agenda because August is the new January.

…was over the moon for this little get together. 

…calculated happiness.  

…continued my obsession with blue and white.

…daydreamed about Marrakech.

…loved on HGTV’s August color pick, watercolor.  I mean the photo above says it all right?

…started thinking about Halloween.

…couldn’t handle the amazingness of these sweet treats.  Oh pineapple, I heart you.

…seriously considered (for like the tenth time) about  baking my own bread.

…felt Bien.

…celebrated an endless summer with lots of summery Shop arrivals.  If pom poms, stripes, and tassels don’t scream “summer don’t leave” I don’t know what does.

…downloaded some fab free apps thanks to IHOD.   

…swooned over these new towels from The Little Market.

…launched our “Friday Fix.”  Every Friday at 1:00 pm EST I’ll be marking down one, or a collection of highly coveted items in The Shop 30%.  You’ll have till the end of the day or till that item(s) is sold out to take advantage, and the discounted items and code will be emailed out via The Shop’s e-newsletter.  So if you’re not signed up for our emails there’s still time to get this weeks “Friday Fix.”  And trust me you don’t want to miss out because hint, it just might be a little something from everyone’s favorite, Rifle  Paper Co.  TGIF Loves!  truly, MKR

Kitchen Confidential

KitchenConfidential

 

One.  Rest in Grease Spoon Rest, Waiting On Martha  ||  Two.  Organic olive oil, Williams Sonoma (trust me investing in great olive oil is worth it.  THIS is also a personal favorite of mine)  ||  Three.  Berry Basket, Waiting On Martha  ||  Four.  Le Creuset Butter Crock, Williams Sonoma  ||  Five.  Lavender Plants, One Kings Lane  ||  Six.  Rolling Pin, A Sunny Afternoon  ||  Seven. Breakfast Tea, Bellocq  ||  Eight.  Apron, Williams Sonoma  ||  Nine.  Sponge Worthy Dish, Waiting On Martha  ||  Ten. Burgundy Wine Glasses, Williams Sonoma  ||  Eleven.  Olive Wood Bread Knife, Williams Sonoma  ||  Twelve.  Embroidered Scrimshaw Napkins, Thomas Paul  ||  Thirteen.  Hobnail Butter Dish, Waiting On Martha  ||  Fourteen.  Mauvile Copper Stock Pot, Williams Sonoma (oh how I LOVE copper)  ||  Fifteen.  Gingham Napkins, Pottery Barn  ||  Sixteen.  Anchor Bottle Opener, One Kings Lane (sold out, but I love THIS one)  ||  Seventeen.  Chemex Coffee Maker, Williams Sonoma  ||  Eighteen.  Salt & Pepper Shakers, One Kings Lane  

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Punch Bowl Cake

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One of my go-to, tried and true, easy breezy, always a crowd pleaser dessert is my mother’s homemade punch bowl cake.  Not only is it a showstopper because of its sheer size, but it really is one of the easier, and if you can believe it, healthier desserts I make.  Easy because you can bake everything from scratch or in a pinch simply buy a lot of the ingredients pre-made.  Healthy-ish because I use angel food cake (the lowest calorie and least amount of sugar cake), a ton of fresh fruit, and you can even sub in lite or sugar free pudding and whip cream.  And show stopping, well because look at it.  It’s a beast.  Which makes it perfect when you’re tasked with making dessert for the party.  And just a thought, but how amazing would this be split up into individual mason jars and tied with a ribbon and spoon!?  I think I know what I’m making for our Labor Day fiesta.  truly, MKR

Punch Bowl Cake
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups of strawberries, washed and sliced
  2. 2 cans of diced pineapples, drained
  3. 2 Bananas, sliced
  4. 1 Box Instant Vanilla Pudding
  5. 2 Angel Food Cakes (homemade or store bought)
  6. 4 cups Whipped Cream (homemade or store bought)
  7. For the homemade Whipped Cream
  8. 3 cups heavy cream
  9. 3 ounces sugar
  10. A few dashes of vanilla
  11. For the homemade Angel Food Cake (makes 2 cakes)
  12. 2-1/2 cups egg whites (about 18)
  13. 3 cups sugar, divided
  14. 2 cups cake flour
  15. 2-1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  16. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  17. 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  18. 1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. For the Angel Food Cake (makes 2 cakes)
  2. Place oven rack to the lowest position and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Sift 1 cup sugar and flour together twice, set aside.
  4. In a large bowl beat egg whites in a large bowl, cream of tartar, extracts and salt on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar 2 tablespoons at a time, beating on high until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold in flour mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time.
  5. Spoon into two ungreased 10-in. tube pans. Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned and entire top appears dry. Immediately invert pan; cool completely, about 1 hour.
  6. To remove cake run a knife around side and center tube of pan.
  7. For the Whipped Cream
  8. Whip cream, sugar and vanilla together until you have soft peaks
  9. For the Punch Bowl Cake
  10. Prepare the pudding mix per instructions on the package.
  11. Cut 1/4 of the top off each cake.
  12. Place the largest half of the cake on the bottom of your trifle bowl and fill in the center of your cake (where the hole is) with pieces from the top of the cake you cut off. Try to make it as flat and even as possible.
  13. Evenly layer bananas, vanilla pudding, pineapple, strawberries, and whip cream as many times and as high as your punch cake bowl will allow. Make sure you completely cover the cake and fill in the sides with each layer as you go. And make sure to layer the bananas first, this will prevent the cake from getting soggy as it chills.
  14. Place in your refrigerator and let chill for 1-2 hours before serving.
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*Trifle Bowl HERE.  ||  All images original to Waiting On Martha