Homemade Pistachio Pudding

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If you’re a last minute person like me then you’re probably still scrambling for Easter dessert ideas.  Might I suggest homemade pistachio pudding from our Easter table?  Creamy pudding mixed with the texture and flavor of pistachios is simple perfection.  Not to mention there is nothing easier to make than homemade pudding.  I used Joy The Baker’s recipe below which needs no adaption what so ever.  Enjoy!  truly, MKR

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Homemade Pistachio Pudding
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Ingredients
  1. Pistachio Paste
  2. 1/2 cup salted pistachio nuts
  3. 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  4. 2 tablespoons water
  5. Pudding
  6. 2 cups whole milk
  7. 2 large egg yolks
  8. 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  9. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  10. pinch of salt
  11. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  12. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  13. 1/2 cup pistachio nuts, chopped
Instructions
  1. Pistachio Paste
  2. Place pistachios in the bowl of a food processor.
  3. Pulse until the nuts are in small bits.
  4. Add the sugar and water, and blend until relatively smooth.
  5. Pudding
  6. Spoon Pistachio Paste into a medium saucepan.
  7. Add the milk and whisk over medium heat.
  8. Heat milk and pistachio until steamy and hot.
  9. While milk is heating, whisk together granulated sugar, egg yolks, cornstarch and pinch of salt. Mixture will be thick. Keep whisking until it’s smooth.
  10. Pour about 1/2 cup of the steaming pistachio milk into the sugar and egg mixture. Whisk together. Add another half cup of hot milk and whisk to incorporate. Return the milky egg mixture into the saucepan over medium heat.
  11. Heat pudding mixture over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Whisk almost constantly.
  12. Boil for 1 minute, or until thickened.
  13. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla extract, until butter is melted.
  14. Pass cooked pudding through a fine mesh strainer set over a medium bowl.
  15. Spoon into small ramekins, place plastic wrap over the individual puddings (so the plastic touches the top of the pudding), and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  16. Garnish with chopped pistachios.
  17. **Pudding will last, covered in the refrigerator, for up to 4 days.
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Easter Takes The Cake

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Its a rare, rare occasion where you’ll see me create a dessert table.  And it’s not because I don’t love desserts, I do…I could live off buttercream icing.  It’s simply because in the business I’m in I see dessert tables all of the time.  However, Easter is an occasion where it’s all about sugary confections (well sugar and Jesus of course).  

This year I called on a few of my favorites to help fill the table.  Eileen Carter Creations created three different, and equally glorious cakes…a speckled egg buttercream with a chocolate and Baileys center, a naked carrot cake, and a classic white sprinkle cake.  I whisked up a batch of pistachio pudding (recipe coming soon).  And to adorn my cherry blossoms Easter egg cookies from Whipped Bakeshop because there should always be an edible egg tree.  Together, it was simply perfect…and delicious.  

So tell me Loves, what desserts will be gracing your table this weekend?  truly, MKR

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Who Said Easter Is Just For Kids?

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Because adults deserve Easter baskets too…Stubbs & Wootton kaboom slippers  ||  DIY floral eggs  ||  Cadbury Creme Eggs  ||  Red & flamingo striped candles  ||  ”I Love You” pillow  ||  Peonies  ||  Pineapple container  ||  Charlotte Olympia sunny basket 

Bachelor Gulch

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A few weeks ago the Mr. and I escaped the city and headed to the mountains of Bachelor Gulch for a little ski vacation.  And while I know snow is the last thing on your mind, I had to share a few pics with you all.  

The town of Bachelor Gulch is the tiniest of ski towns nestled into Beaver Creek Mountain in Vail Colorado.  It holds a special place in the Mr.’s heart as he played out the angst of his youth (and some of his adult years) on that hill, and in that town.  So in a way, whenever we head there it’s a little like going home for him.

For me, one of the best things about a ski vacation is always the resort.  And our resort did not disappoint.  We stayed at The Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch a most majestic resort in the middle of the mountain.  Most days you’d find me on the hill in the morning, sitting around a roaring fire and listening to music with s’mores, and champs during apres ski, and spending my evenings in the spa.  Possibly the best spa I’ve ever been to (I know, bold words).  I highly, highly recommend it.  Oh, and to all my friends in the wedding industry Engage is going to be taking place there this summer so if you’re going, lucky you, you’ll love it!

While the escape was exactly what I needed, I must say it was harder this time to head back to daily life.  Maybe because this was a shorter trip than normal?  Or maybe because I was simply craving some peace.  Nothing is quite so relaxing as the mountains.  Everything just becomes quiet.  Still.  I feel like I can breathe again.  The mountains, will forever be on my yearly MUST go list.  So until next year snow, I bid you ado.  truly, MKR

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Lacefield Designs Giveaway

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A girl (or guy) can never have too many throw pillows.  There’s really no such thing.  And when it comes to pillows no one does it quite as well as a local favorite of mine, Lacefield Designs.  

Started in 1995 by Beth Lacefield who saw a void in the market for high quality, artisinal home accessory products with a hand crafted feel.  Her products are centered around an eclectic aesthetic, using tones inspired by nature, vintage patinas and fashion inspired details that give each item a unique feel.  And what’s even better is Lacefield products are designed just outside of Atlanta, and are produced right here in the southeast. I personally have 10 different Lacefield pillows in all shades of blue adorning my sofa and these guys in my office.  

So now that you know how amazing these pillows are, and just how much I love them it’s time for you all to fall in love with them.  And what’s the best way to do that?  With a giveaway of course!  I’ve teamed up with Lacefield Designs and we’re giving one lucky reader the chance to win two pillows of their choosing.  And good luck choosing.  Though if I had to play favorites I can’t get enough of their velvet pillows.  The colors are just so rich and luxurious, and that accent ribbon?!  Anyway, the giveaway is posted below and I wish you all the best of luck!  Happy Monday Loves. truly, MKR 

P.S. I’m doubly thrilled to also announce that I’ll be carrying a collection of Lacefield Design pillows in The Shop later this month so keep an eye out for that!

The legal mumbo jumbo...this giveaway will run through Sunday the 20th with our winner announced Monday the 21st.  We’ll be running this all through Rafflecopter (below) which allows you to earn points for each item you complete with a simple click of the button.  The more points you earn the more likely you are to win (and remember you probably already have entry points if you’re a regular reader of the blog).  This post and giveaway is sponsored by Lacefield Designs, but my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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This Week I…

…wanted to throw in the towel.  It was one of those weeks were everything went wrong, and nothing went right.  A week where you question all the hard work you put in as an entrepreneur and literally ask yourself, “is this really all worth it?”  A week where I listened to Joni Mitchell’s River (“I wish I had a river to skate away on) on repeat.  It was a week…honestly we all have from time to time.  And at the end of the day it was just a bad week.  I know sometimes its hard to put the bad times behind us and move forward, but what I’ve learned is there are always more of the good than the bad.  And when faced with a week, a day, a month that is just plain bad we simply need to recognize it for what it is and know that it will pass.  So my Loves, I embrace this bad week and know I’ll only be better because of it.  Cheers to next Monday!  truly, MKR

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Key Lime Coconut Cupcakes

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There are no words to describe how much I love key lime pie.  Or coconut (example HERE).  But key lime pie can sometimes be an undertaking to make.  So what do you do at 10:00 pm when you’re craving key lime pie?  You make Key Lime Coconut Cupcakes of course.  The tart lime combined with fresh coconut and butter cream goodness, well just trust me my Loves these are a MUST bake.  truly, MKR  

Key Lime Coconut Cupcakes
Yields 12
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. For the cupcakes...
  2. 1 cup all purpose flour
  3. 3/4 cup self-rising flour
  4. 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  5. 1 1/4 cup sugar
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 3/4 cup buttermilk
  8. 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  9. 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  10. 3-4 drops of green food coloring
  11. For the frosting...
  12. 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  13. 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened
  14. 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  15. 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
  16. 2 tablespoons milk
  17. 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  18. 2-4 drops of green food coloring
Instructions
  1. For the cupcakes...
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. Line standard muffin pan with 12 paper liners.
  4. Whisk both flours in medium bowl.
  5. Beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Add sugar; beat to blend. Beat in eggs 1 at a time.
  6. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with buttermilk in 2 additions.
  7. Add food coloring (you want your batter to look a light green)
  8. Gently mix in coconut.
  9. With a small ice cream scoop scoop batter into each liner filling 3/4 of the way up.
  10. Bake cupcakes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
  11. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan; let cool and frost!
  12. Garnish with fresh lime slices if so desired.
  13. For the frosting...
  14. In large bowl, beat shortening and butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla.
  15. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often.
  16. Gradually add milk; beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  17. Add lime juice and food dye, mix thoroughly.
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Calypso St. Barth Essentials

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I’ve been a long time lover of Calypso St. Barth’s easy, classic and sophisticated style…in colder weather I basically live in their cashmere.  But there’s no time I love Calypso St. Barth more than friends and family time.  And yes my friends that time of year is here again where we all get to bask in the glory of 25% off everything and anything your little heart desires. I recently picked up the palazzo pants and darry tunic I’ve been craving.  And I’m pretty sure I need that bikini for my upcoming trip to the Bahamas right?!  
 
So heres the skinny…25% off with friends and family* runs the 10th through the 15th (online use code SPRINGFF14at checkout).  And if you’re a Facebook fan you’ll be able to shop the sale on the 9th before anyone else.  So I guess the only question left is what will you be splurging on?  truly, MKR   
 
*Exclusions: Au Marché outlets, Furniture, Lighting, Art, Special Orders, Mirrors, SALE items  || This post was sponsored by Calypso St. Barth, a brand I love and a brand that takes up half the room in my closet. 

Flower Power

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Dress, Paul Smith via Rent The Runway c/o  ||  Shoes, Zara  ||  Jacket, AllSaints (last seen HERE)  ||  Sunnies, Marc Jacobs  ||  Purse, Flea Bag (sold out, but the pistachio is available & on sale!)  ||  Ring, Stella & Dot c/o  ||  Earrings, Sole Society c/o (sold out but I love THESE)  ||  Nail Polish, OPI Cajun Shrimp  ||  Lipstick YSL #007

P.S.  Big congrats to the winner our Design Camp Giveaway, Emily D.!  Please email waitingonmartha@gmail.com within 48 hours to collect your prize.  See you in Vegas!  

Photos ||  Chelsey Heridon

This Week I…

…loved Gaby from The Vault Files coffee table styling tips with plenty of WOM goodies included.

…drooled over Erica’s closet.

…added the most fun cocktail napkins to The Shop.

…watched a very interesting documentary on J.D. Salinger and then immediately downloaded The Catcher in the Rye.  Not sure I’ve ever even read it, maybe in highschool?  Regardless I’m diving into it this weekend.

…continued my obsession with Kate Hudson.

…found the perfect weekender.

…started implementing some new time management ideas thanks to Fast Company.

…finally purchased the top I’ve been stalking.

toasted the night away at Jezebel Magazine’s Best of the City event and was thrilled, honored, and humbled to have the Shop awarded “best gifts for gals” in Atlanta!  It was the perfect way to end the week.  TGIF Loves!  truly, MKR