A Wintery Floral Recipe

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There’s nothing more symbolic of fresh starts than fresh flowers.  Rich hues of plum in the form of ranunculus and calla lilies mix perfectly with winter white drooping parrot tulips, anemones, and silver brunias.  The different layers create a more organic and free flowing feel, and the arrangement receives my favorite, yet unexpected twist by opting out of a traditional vase and using a pewter pitcher instead. After all, a vase is really anything that holds water, right?  In the end, this easy arrangement feels very now and very needed.  Truly, MKR

*Photography, Rustic White  |  Pitcher used as a vase, Pottery Barn c/o  |  The Hermes Scarf, History & Mystique  |  Fortuny Interiors  |  Bar Cart, Zodax

A Wintery Floral Recipe
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. Flowering Kale
  2. Ranunculus
  3. Calla Lillies
  4. Anemones
  5. Parrot Tulips
  6. Silver Brunia
  7. White Veronica
Instructions
  1. Step One. Fill vessel with room temperature water and begin by placing a large head of flowering kale in the middle of the vase.
  2. Step Two. Once you’ve placed the kale, work your way out, mixing deep plum ranunculus, calla lilies, white and black anemones, and a row of drooping parrot tulips to line the outer edge of the vessel. You can use floral foam if you'd like but as other flowers are added they will help keep the kale centered.
  3. Step Three. Use sprigs of silver brunia to fill in the inevitable holes, which give it a true feeling of winter.
  4. Step Four. Add a few stems of white veronica for added height.
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Spiked & Spiced Eggnog

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If we’re telling truths here, I’ve never been a fan of eggnog.  Not that I had ever tried it or anything, I couldn’t get past the whole idea of raw eggs.  But the older I got, and the more I watched National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, the more I felt I needed to conquer this fear.  So I spent yesterday in the kitchen trying out a few different recipes until I found just the right one; a Spiked & Spiced Eggnog.

By combining your standard eggnog ingredients but adding a bit more spice and getting a little help from my friends called Amaretto and Absolut I can now not get enough of this delicious eggy-nog-nog.  And how gorgeous is the new Absolut Andy Warhol bottle?  I’m gifting one to my mother this holiday season to sit atop her new bar cart.  So for all you last minute gifters might I suggest a little Andy Warhol and some nog?!  Truly, MKR 

Spiked & Spiced Eggnog
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 6 eggs, separated
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 1 pint heavy cream
  4. 4 pints milk
  5. 1/2 pint Vodka (I used Absolut in this version)
  6. 1/4 pint Amaretto
  7. Nutmeg
  8. Cinnamon
  9. Whip Cream if desired
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl beat the egg yolks with 1/2 cup sugar until thick.
  2. In another bowl beat the egg whites with 1/4 cup sugar until thick.
  3. In a third bowl beat the cream until thick. Add the cream to the yolks, fold in the egg whites, and add the milk, Vodka, Amaretto, vanilla, and a few pinches of nutmeg and cinnamon.
  4. Chill in freezer before serving.
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*This story was in collaboration with Absolut, a brand I love and adore.  Opinions, recipes, and images are all 100% my own!

Roasted Cauliflower with Apples, Cranberries & Sage

Roasted Cauliflower with Apples & Sage, Waiting On Martha

Over the past two weeks we’ve had the pleasure of sharing the recipes from our Woodland Wonderland Dinner with Rue Magazine, (a fruit filled ice ring, roasted sweet potatoes, wintery kale salad, braised short ribs, and sweet potato creme brûlée).  But like all good things, our dinner must come to an end. And what better way to end than with a side dish to put all other side dishes to shame.  Homespun Atlanta’s roasted cauliflower with apples, cranberries, and sage.  A spot on seasonal dish that as delicious as it is easy to make.  

So enjoy and here’s to hoping at least one of these dishes (if not all) will make it on to your table this holiday season.  Truly, MKR

*The Details:  Concept & Styling, Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting On Martha  ||  Roasted Cauliflower with Apples, Cranberries & Sage, Homespun Atlanta  ||  Photography, Rustic White   ||  Table, Crush Event Rentals  ||  Florals, Lindsay Coletta Designs  ||  Bowl, Juliska via Bloomingdales Lenox  ||  Gold Flatware, One Kings Lane  

 

Roasted Cauliflower with Apples, Cranberries & Sage
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Ingredients
  1. 1 head Cauliflower, cut into small florets
  2. 2 Apples, Large Dice
  3. ½ bunch Sage Leaves picked
  4. 1 cup Fresh Cranberries
  5. 3 T Butter, Melted
  6. Grapeseed Oil or Blend
  7. 2 T Sherry Vinegar
  8. Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 425 F
  2. After cauliflower, apples, and cranberries are prepped, place in a large bowl. Toss with melted
  3. butter, grapeseed oil, and sherry vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place tossed veggies onto a baking sheet or roasting pan and roast for 15­-18 minutes until
  5. tender and golden brown.
  6. Place in a large bowl and serve.
Notes
  1. Pairs great with braised, roasted meats. Also could go well with Lamb.
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Last, but certainely Not Least

Butternut Squash Creme Brulee With Red Wine Cranberries

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I like to live life by the motto, eat dessert first.  So when Homespun Atlanta showed up to our Woodland Wonderland Dinner with creme brulee in tow that’s exactly what I did.  These little ramkins filled with caramelized butternut squash and topped with fresh whip, red wine soaked cranberries and candied walnuts were little bites of heaven and trust  me are worth the effort in making.  Enjoy Loves!  Truly, MKR

*The Team:  Concept & Styling, Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting On Martha  ||  Butternut Squash Creme Brulee, Homespun Atlanta  ||  Photography, Rustic White   ||  Table, Crush Event Rentals  ||  Gold Flatware, One Kings Lane  ||  Faux Bois Plates, Ross Svebak

Butternut Squash Creme Brulee with Red Wine Cranberries & Candied Walnuts
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cup butternut squash puree
  2. 4 teaspoon vanilla
  3. 8 cups heavy cream
  4. 2 cup half-and-half
  5. 1 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  6. 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  8. Pinch ground ginger
  9. 32 large egg yolks
  10. 1 cup granulated sugar
  11. ...Topping
  12. 2 to 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, organic, or raw
  13. Candied walnuts
  14. Soaked Red Wine Cranberries
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 300°. Place 8 to 10 1/2-cup ramekins, custard cups, or oven safe demitasse cups in a large metal baking pan.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the heavy cream, half-and-half, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture just begins to boil.
  3. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, beat egg yolks with the 1/4 cup of granulated sugar until thick and lemon-colored.
  5. Slowly add about 1/3 of the hot mixture to the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Add the egg mixture back to the saucepan, whisking constantly until thoroughly blended. Whisk in the butternut squash puree and the vanilla.
  6. Pour the hot mixture into the ramekins or cups, distributing evenly, about 1/2 to 2/3 cup per ramekin.
  7. Pour very hot or boiling water into the baking pan, so it is at a depth of about 1 inch, or about halfway up the side of the ramekins or cups you're using. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the custard is set in the center, but not overly stiff. It will jiggle slightly. Remove the ramekins from the baking dish and place in the refrigerate. Refrigerate for about 4 hours, or overnight.
  8. Just before serving time, sprinkle about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of sugar over each custard and, using a kitchen torch, melt and caramelize the sugar. Or, place the ramekins in a baking dish and put under to broiler for 1 to 2 minutes, just until browned and caramelized.
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Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Waiting On Martha

One of my favorite dishes from our Woodland Wonderland shoot was the glazed sweet potatoes courtesy of Homespun Atlanta, (I was actually eating them cold I couldn’t stay away)!  Surprisingly easy to make these are sure to be a perfect side for your holiday table.  Truly, MKR

*The Team:  Concept & Styling, Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting On Martha  ||  Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Homespun Atlanta  ||  Photography, Rustic White  ||   Table, Crush Event Rentals  ||  Gold Flatware, One Kings Lane  ||  Place Setting, Juliska Country Estate Winter Frolic via Bloomingdales Lenox

Glazed Sweet Potatoes
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Ingredients
  1. 2 T Grapeseed Oil
  2. 2 T Sorghum Syrup
  3. 2 T Butter
  4. 1 C Stock (chicken or veggie)
  5. 3-­4 each Small Sweet Potatoes (peeled and cut in ½ inch thick medallions)
  6. 1 sprig Rosemary
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 400 F.
  2. Place an oven safe large saute pan (I always use this Lodge 12­inch Skillet) on stove top, add
  3. grapeseed oil. Begin placing the sweet potatoes flat in the pan and begin searing them once the
  4. pan is hot. About 3­4 minutes
  5. Add butter, sorghum*, and stock. Season with salt and pepper and rosemary sprig. Allow to
  6. come to a boil and then place in the oven for about 8­10 min. If you can't source sorghum you
  7. can substitute with honey or molasses syrup.
  8. Once sweet potatoes are tender carefully remove from oven and flip sweet potatoes over. Place
  9. pan back onto the stove and reduce to glaze the sweet potatoes. Once glazed, set aside to
  10. reserve.
  11. Garnish with fried herbs.
  12. * This step can be done before and reheated in the oven for 8 ­ 10 minutes before serving
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Wintery Kale Salad

Wintery Kale Salad by Homespun Atlanta, Waiting On Martha

One of my favorite parts of our Woodland Wonderland shoot was the delicious food by Homespun Atlanta.  Beginning with the wintery kale salad and ending with the butternut squash creme brûlée I promise Chef Jason’s dishes are ones that will make it on to your holiday table this year and for years to come.  Truly, MKR

*The Team:  Concept & Styling, Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting On Martha  ||  Wintery Kale Salad, Homespun Atlanta  ||  Photography, Rustic White  ||  Florals, Lindsay Coletta Designs  ||  Table, Crush Event Rentals  ||  Place Setting, Juliska Country Estate Winter Frolic via Bloomingdales Lenox

Wintery Kale Salad
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Ingredients
  1. ...For the salad
  2. 1 small Butternut Squash, peeled into ribbons (discard outer layer)
  3. 1 Pomegranate, seeds removed and reserved
  4. 1 bunch of Kale, stems removed, cut or torn into small pieces
  5. 2 Bartlett Pears, cored and sliced thinly
  6. 1 cup Toasted Pecans
  7. ...For the vinaigrette
  8. ⅓ Cup Sherry Vinegar
  9. 2 T Pomegranate Molasses
  10. 1 tsp Mustard Powder
  11. 1 cup Grapeseed Oil
Instructions
  1. Combine sherry vinegar, pomegranate molasses, and mustard powder. Whisk in grape seed oil
  2. vigorously.
  3. Marinate butternut squash with half of vinaigrette for 1 to 2 hours before mixing with rest of
  4. ingredients.
  5. Toss kale, butternut squash, pecans, and pears together in a medium bowl. Sprinkle with salt
  6. and pepper. Drizzle vinaigrette over the top. Toss and garnish with toasted pecans and
  7. pomegranate seeds.
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DIY Fruit & Rosemary Punch Bowl Ice Ring

DIY Fruit & Rosemary Punch Bowl Ice Ring, Waiting On Martha

Punch is back big time and what better way to jazz up your next party than with a fancy-schmancy punch bowl ice ring?  Of course what you put in your ice ring will depend on what your punch actually is, but for our Woodland Wonderland dinner I filled my ice ring with blueberries, raspberries, oranges, and rosemary and added it to a bowl full of champagne.  By keeping it simple with champagne it allowed the fruits and herbs of the ice ring to truly shine.  So TGIF my Loves, and Cheers!  Truly, MKR

*Photography, Rustic White  ||  Bundt Pan, Wilton  ||  Punch Bowl, Juliska

Fruit & Rosemary Punch Bowl Ice Ring
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-2 quarts blueberries
  2. 1-2 quarts raspberries
  3. 2-3 oranges sliced
  4. 1 bunch of rosemary sprigs
  5. 1 cup orange juice (optional)
Instructions
  1. Using a bundt pan layer half the raspberries, blueberries, oranges, and rosemary fill half way with water and orange juice. Repeat with remaining fruit and herbs, fill the bundt pan to the top with water.
  2. Place in freezer and freeze overnight.
  3. When ready to serve allow the ring to sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. If it's still difficult to remove from the pan run it under warm water.
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Juliska Joy

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Juliska has and always will be one of my absolute favorite brands.  Founded by self described “unabashed romantics,” Capucine and David Gooding, founded Juliska in 2001 with a colleciton of 40 historic Bohemian glasses.  Focusing on “loving life and living well” Juliska has quickly become one of the leading home brands in America and one you’ll constantly see in my own designs.  In fact yesterday I shared my Woodland Wonderland which has numerous pops of Juliska magic.  And if you were paying attention I also shared a little (or rather BIG) contest Juliska is hosting.

Juliska wants to see how you are styling and sharing your own Juliska Joy this holiday season.  Simply tag your Instagram photos with the hashtag #JuliskaJoy and you could win a $1,000 shopping spree!  And because I have my fingers and toes crossed that I’ll be that lucky winner I’ve rounded up my favorite Juliska pieces for you all.  Good luck Loves!  Truly, MKR 

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One.  Country Estate in Flint  ||  Two.  Wicker Charger/Placemat  ||  Three.  Utensil Crock  ||  Four.  Bistro Gold Serving Set  ||  Five.  Pewter Tray  ||  Six.  Napkins  ||  Seven.  Firenze Medici Candle  ||  Eight.  Field of Flowers  ||  Nine.  Dean Decanter  ||  Ten.  Country Estate Ginger Jar  ||  Eleven.  Amalia Champagne Flutes  ||  Twelve.  Stopper & Coaster Set  ||  Thirteen.  Bamboo Spreaders

*This story was in collaboration with Juliska, a brand I love and adore.  Opinions are 100% my own.

A Woodland Wonderland Dinner With Rue Magazine

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On a day where fall was saying goodbye and winter hello we trekked over the river and through the Atlanta History Center’s woods to a Woodland Wonderland created just for Rue Magazine’s Holiday issue.  

With a pristine log cabin providing the ideal backdrop it wasn’t hard to bring my vision to life.  The table was overflowing with sugared fruits and holiday florals flanked by giant candelabras.  Hand cut place cards laid perfectly on Juliska’s Country Estate dinnerware, and gold flatware and glasses provided just a touch of sparkle.  And after dinner guests retreated to the cabin getting cozy by the fire and noshing on wintery cake, pumpkin creme brûlée, coffee, and a whiskey or two.

With everything falling right into place it all was nothing short of magical.  I’ll be sharing all of the recipes from HomeSpun Atlanta over the next few weeks, but for know just snuggle up and enjoy our Woodland Wonderland and a Very Merry Rue.  Truly, MKR

P.S. It’s easy to see Waiting On Martha’s love for Juliska (we also used every one of their patterns last year for our Something Blue shoot) and this season their spreading the love with their Juliska Joy contest.  Simply tag your Juliska tablescapes or creations on Instagram with the hashtag #JuliskaJoy and you could win a $1,000 shopping spree!

The Team:  Concept & Styling, Waiting On Martha  ||  Photography, Rustic White  ||  Florals, Lindsay Coletta Designs  ||  Food, HomeSpun Atlanta  ||  Cake, Lush Cakery  ||  Furniture, Crush Event Rentals  ||  Invitations & Place Cards, Yes Ma’am Paper Goods  ||  Location, Atlanta History Center

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…As Pictured:  Place Settings, Juliska via Bloomingdales Lenox  ||  Wooden Chargers, Vintage (similar HERE)  ||  Placemats, Juliska via Bloomingdales Lenox  ||  Napkins, Kate Spade NY via Bloomingdales Lenox  ||  Gold Flatware, One Kings Lane  ||  Gold Glitter Spoon, Sabre via Waiting On Martha  ||  Gold Rimmed Glassware, One Kings Lane  ||  Candelabras, Dunes & Duchess  ||  Sleigh, Pottery Barn (sold out similar HERE)  ||  Faux Fur Blanket, One Kings Lane  ||  Punch Bowl, Juliska via Bloomingdales Lenox  ||  Animal Head Shot Glasses, Waiting On Martha  ||  Horseshoe Drink Stirs, Waiting On Martha  ||  Silver Candlesticks, Pottery Barn  ||  Wine, Orison Wines

Best Ever Holiday Coffee

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You last heard me talk about the love I have for my Nespresso VertuoLine here, but during this time of year that my Nespresso machine gets used more than anything else in my house.  For the obvious early morning rise and caffinate of course, but also Nespresso is perfect for the after dinner coffee.  Why is that (other than the obvious reason) you ask?  Because Nespresso has the ability to make everyone happy.  Decaf for the mother in law, no problem.  Black for dad, easy.  Espresso for the Mr., sure.  Half calf with extra chocolate sauce for mom, coming right up.  Nespresso VertuoLine allows everyone to have exactly what they want with the touch of a button and the hostess can just sit back and relax instead of catering to everyone’s need for something different.

So this year instead of storing and making ten different kinds of coffee use that time and create a coffee toppings bar like I did.  All you need is a few different types of Nespresso capsules, marshmallows, toffee or peppermint swizzle sticks, a gingerbread house or two, and toppings like whip cream, chocolate sauce, and peppermint flakes.  Oh and don’t forget the Baileys!  Nothing goes better with Nespresso’s Vanizio than homemade whip cream, chocolate sauce, and a pour or two of Baileys.  Cheers!  Truly, MKR

P.S.  Right now Nespresso is offering a $100 credit with the purchase of any Nespresso machine $199 and above!

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary

 

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…AS PICTURED…Nespresso VertuoLine c/o  ||  Nespresso Frother c/o  ||  Plaid Mugs, Waiting On Martha  ||  Snow Day Coasters, C.Wonder  ||  Glitter Spoons, Waiting On Martha  ||  Peppermint & Toffee Sticks, Williams Sonoma  ||  Gingerbread Houses, Williams Sonoma  ||  Marshmallows, Williams Sonoma  ||  Vintage Bread Board, Found (similar HERE)

 

Homemade Whip Cream
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups heavy cream
  2. 2 ounces sugar
  3. Few dashes vanilla or peppermint for flavored whip
Instructions
  1. Whisk everything together until soft peaks form
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*This story was sponsored by Nespresso a brand I love and adore.  Recipes and opinons are 100% my own.