Boozy Peach Lemonade

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Here in Atlanta there’s nothing more symbolic of warmer weather than fresh Georgia peaches.  And with the warm weather finally here I figured I needed to find a way to shake and stir my the States most symbolic fruit into a must have cocktail.  Enter my Boozy Peach Lemonade.  By combining the tartness of lemons with sweet Georgia peaches and spiked with a little infused vodka, well my Loves you now have the perfect warm weather, very Southern libation. Cheers!  truly, MKR

Photography  ||  Rustic White

Boozy Peach Lemonade
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 ounces peach flavored vodka such as Absolut APeach
  2. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  3. 1 cup hot water
  4. 2 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
  5. 1 cup fresh peach juice or puree
  6. 3/4 gallon cold water
  7. thyme to garnish
Instructions
  1. In a 1 gallon+ container, place sugar and hot water, and stir until sugar dissolves.
  2. Add lemon juice, peach juice, and cold water, stir. To get 1 cup of fresh peach juice peal 5-8 peaches (dependent on size) and juice in juicer or Vitamix. For a puree simply peal, slice, and muddle well.
  3. Add vodka, stir until well mixed.
  4. Pour lemonade over glasses of ice, squeeze slice of lemon on top of each, and garnish with a sprig of thyme.
  5. **If you are using a peach puree rather than peach juice don't add to entire mixture, just muddle well and add to each glass before pouring.**
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A Blooming Easter Tablescape

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When creating the look for my Easter tablescape I knew I wanted everything to be very natural and feel like I literally brought the outdoors in.  To accomplish that idea I enlisted the help of my friend, and amazing florist Lindsay Coletta.  Lindsay is known for her flowing, organic arrangements which are largely made up of foraged flowers and plants (see her foraging tips here).  I accented Lindsay’s wildflowers with a mix of patterned and textured plates, Lush Cakery’s there-are-no-words-its-that-good coconut cake, and a boozy peach lemonade cocktail (recipe coming Monday) to finish it, and us all off.  So with my table set tell me, will you be hosting Easter dinner this Sunday?  truly, MKR

Photography: Rustic White ||  Concept & Styling: Waiting on Martha ||  Florals: Lindsay Coletta ||  Coconut Cake: Lush Cakery ||  Calligraphy: Ashley Buzzy McHugh ||  Julep Cups, Striped Candles, Gold Rocks Glass, Cake Stand, Faux Bois Plates, Raffia Placemats: Waiting on Martha ||  Bunny Plates: Williams Sonoma  ||  Gold Silverware: One Kings Lane

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

Photography Rustic White

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

Concept & Styling, Waiting On Martha  ||  PhotographyRustic White ||  CakesEileen Carter Creations  ||  Egg CookiesWhipped Bakeshop  ||  Egg Plates & Platter,Williams-Sonoma  ||  Cake StandsWaiting On Martha  ||  Egg Cups & Speckled EggsWorld Market

Cheese Plate 101

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When hosting any sort of gathering where food is involved (and lets be honest what kind of gathering doesn’t involve food), my number one go-to is a great cheese plate.  A great cheese plate, or board, is truly an essential and one of the easiest items to prepare for your guests.  In fact I feel I’ve got my cheese pairings down to a science.  A variety of cheeses with different tastes and textures + something sweet and something fresh + a warm baguette to put it on.  Oh and a few snacks (nuts, olives, etc.) to nosh on doesn’t hurt.  Below you’ll find a few more specifics to help, but don’t feel overwhelmed.  If you’re a cheese plate novice simply visit your local cheese shop and talk to the cheese monger.  He or she will gladly help you on your journey.  truly, MKR

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The Perfect Cheese Plate
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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. A variety of cheeses (goat, sheep, cow) with different textures (hard, soft, crumbly)
  2. 1 spiced or flavored cheese; I used a goat cheese topped with fresh hot spices
  3. 1-2 types of fruit; apples, pears, strawberries, grapes, raspberries
  4. 1-2 types of chutney; fig, mango, strawberry lavender or a spicy pepper jelly
  5. Mixed Olives
  6. Nuts; candied pecans, marcona almonds, walnuts
  7. Fresh french baguette and/or crackers
  8. 1-2 meats; salami, prosciutto, spiced pepperoni
Instructions
  1. Lay the ingredients out on a cheese board or large platter, grouping similar ingredients together.
  2. Slice the fruits and meats right before serving and provide cheese knives and small serving spoons for spreads.
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The Tupelo Honey

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With today being St. Patrick’s Day there’s no doubt we’ll all be enjoying a libation.  And while some will be drinking Guinness and others Irish Whiskey, I’ll be partaking in my new favorite, The Tupelo Honey.  With a mix of honey bourbon and plenty of lime this beverage is sure to become one of the best southern cocktails around.  So cheers to the South, cheers to the Irish, and cheers to Mondays!  truly, MKR

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The Tupelo Honey
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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
3 min
Total Time
3 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 oz. Honey Bourbon such as Jim Beam Honey
  2. 4 oz. club soda
  3. The juice of 1 lime plus more for garnish
  4. Cilantro sprigs for garnish
  5. Honey for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a rocks glass full of ice (or I prefer 1 or 2 large ice cubes, try the spheres or large cubes) add lime juice, whisky, and club soda.
  2. Stir lightly, garnish with cilantro, limes, and a dash of honey.
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A Bohemian Wedding Part II

When coming up with the bridal style for our Bohemian Wedding I wanted to create an easy bohemian vibe with a touch of glamour.  Choosing the dress was honestly the easiest part as there was really only one option.  BHLDN.  When you think bohemian, gypset chic you think BHLDN.  And while the dress stood on it’s own merits I wanted to add a little extra Kate Moss esque feeling which was accomplished by the gorgeous marabou jacket from Kelly’s Closet.  Rounding out the look I stacked bracelet upon bracelet and the brides hair fell in loose waves thanks to Claudia Mejerle, accented by a stunning headpiece.  This piece was actually meant to be worn as a headband, but it had much more impact by placing it on the forehead instead.  

With the groom I needed the look to walk the line of casual yet wedding day formal.  For this I chose easy suiting from J.Crew with an open bow tie and monk strap shoes.  All in all, I couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out and may have cried just a little when I had to give the marabou jacket back.  Big thanks to Lindsay Coletta for letting me be a part of her bohemian day dream, and to all the other Creatives that were involved.   And if you haven’t already, make sure to check out Part I of our Bohemian Wedding HERE.  truly, MKR

photography: Heidi Geldhauser of Our Labor of Love  ||  florals + design concept: Lindsay Coletta  ||  styling: Mandy Kellogg Rye, Waiting on Martha  ||  paper goods: Jamie Jimenez, Yours is the Earth  ||  table: Blue Eyed Yonder  ||  hair + makeup: Claudia Mejerle ||  head piece + marabou wrap: Kelly’s Closet, Atlanta GA  ||  dress: BHLDN  ||  men’s attire + jewelry: Bloomingdale’s Lenox   ||  llama farm: Atlanta Lamas,  North Ga canopy tours


A Bohemian Wedding Part I

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On a hot fall day at a tepee farm in Northern Georgia I had the pleasure of helping my friend and florist Lindsay Coletta, bring her dream of a bohemian wedding to life.  Think flowers of every color.  Pink quartz and crystals trimmed in gold.  Mis-matched, delicate vintage tableware.  Candles just dripping with wax.  And a rustic table to contrast and pull everything together.  Oh, and did I mention the alpacas?!  I mean if you have a tepee then obviously you must have alpacas.  Alpacas wearing flowers of course.  So my Loves, I welcome you to a bohemian wedding.  Cheers!  truly, MKR

photography: Heidi Geldhauser of Our Labor of Love  ||  florals + design concept: Lindsay Coletta  ||  styling: Mandy Kellogg Rye, Waiting on Martha  ||  paper goods: Jamie Jimenez, Yours is the Earth  ||  table: Blue Eyed Yonder  ||  hair + makeup: Claudia Mejerle  ||  head piece + marabou wrap: Kelly’s Closet, Atlanta GA  ||  dress: BHLDN  ||  men’s attire + jewelry: Bloomingdale’s Lenox   ||  llama farm: Atlanta Lamas,  North Ga canopy tours

What I’m Drinking…

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I know I’m late to the game since yesterday was National Drink Wine Day, but for me you don’t need a national holiday to drink wine.  In my opinion every day should be national drink wine day!  So to honor that opinion I thought I’d roundup a list of my top wine and champagne choices.  And I’d love to hear in the comments section below if you have any wine that’s topping your love list right now?  Cin Cin Loves.  truly, MKR

P.S.  Make sure to visit next week when I’ll be plotting my wine filled course for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival in May.  

1.  Orin Swift The Prisoner.  Truth be told I’ve been drinking The Prisoner  since 2006 when I was introduced to it during a weekend away in Kohler Wisconsin.  Now, it’s become quite the hot commodity and was actually sold in 2009 to The Prisoner Wine Company.  Great for the masses so everyone can enjoy, but annoys the heck out of me when restaurants are charging $21 for a pour!  You can get the bottle at Costco for $35!  Anyway, I love everything Orin Swift does, especially Papillon, Palermo, & the elusive Mercury Head.  Oh and try his newer F, E, & I wines.  Amazing!

2.  Sancerre…all Sancerre.  Sancerre is a French Appalachian region in the eastern Loire Valley.  It’s my go-to warm weather wine.  Easily found, well priced, and there isn’t a Sancerre I don’t enjoy.  

3.  Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon.  On one of our trips to Napa we had the most magical experience at Darioush.  Spending hours in Darioush’s private collection cellar by candlelight, tasting all of the wines and noshing on cheese.  It was one of those magical lifetime memories. 

4.  Round Pond Sauvignon Blanc.  I’ve talked about this wine before, it is one of my absolute forever faves.  Actually we belong to their food and wine club as they also produce amazing olive oils and I highly suggest joining if you can.

5.  Veuve.  Obviously.

6.  Sancerre’s Rose.  I heart them so much they made the list twice.

7.  Silver Oak.  A deep and rich red with subtle hints of dark chocolate and cherries…this is the perfect wine for a steak dinner and my go to for the holiday season.

8.  Honig Sauvignon Blanc.  If you’re looking for me on a Monday night 9 times out of 10 I’m next door at Sushi Nami with the Mr. drinking 1 or 3 glasses of this.

9.  La Crema Pinot Noir.  This would probably be my “house wine” pinot noir.  It’s light, easy, and I can drink glasses of it.

10.  Perrier Jouet Rose Champs.  I can’t can’t get enough of these pink bubbles

11.  Erath Pinot Noir.  My current version of a “$2 buck chuck.”  And by that I mean a great wine, at a GREAT price.

12.  Alpha Omega Chardonnay.  Though I tend to be a light, crisp, sauvignon blanc white wine drinker I can’t get enough of this chardonnay and it’s rich buttery texture.  If there was a cold weather white this would be it.

13.  My other go-to’s not listed, Sunstone Eros, Chapellet (any red), Gamble Heart Block and their Cabernet Franc, Signorello Padrone, Duckhorn Paraduxx and Decoy…and I’m sure I’m forgetting numerous others.

What To Gift The Bride To Be

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 From left to right, top to bottom…kate spade servers  ||  Jonathan Adler Muse bowl  ||  kate spade “Ours” decanter  ||  Cake Vintage wedding cake notepad  ||  kate spade ring holder  ||  Mark & Graham monogrammed coasters  ||  kate spade Mrs. earrings  ||  kate spade rocks glasses  ||  kate spade passport holder  ||  kate spade salt & pepper shakers  ||  Jonathan Adler Muse wine stoppers  ||  kate spade top hat wine bucket

It wouldn’t be a celebration of “I do’s” without talking about what to gift the bride to be.  From gifts for entertaining, to items that will adorn her bar cart, and monogrammed linens she’ll have for years to come the options are truly endless.  So I’ve rounded up some of my faves to help you pick out just the right thing.  TGIF Loves!  truly, MKR

Concept & Styling, Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting On Martha  ||  Photography, Rustic White  ||  Furniture, Crush Event Rentals 

This post was sponsored by kate spade new york a brand I genuinely adore and one that helps make Waiting On Martha happen.  

 

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