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

Spicy Watermelon Salad, Waiting On Martha Blue & 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 Martha Homemade Tortilla Chips & Refried Beans      *Homemade tortilla chips are worth the extra work I promise!

Dining Al Fresco, Waiting On Martha Outdoor 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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A Picnic With Home Depot

Picnic Ideas with Waiting On Martha       *Bike, L.L. Bean  |  Blanket, Waiting On Martha  |  Picnic Basket, Pier 1

Picnic Ideas, Waiting On Martha DIY Ladder Toss, Waiting On Martha DIY Ladder Toss, Waiting On Martha Picnic Ideas, Waiting On Martha       *Blanket, Polka Dot Knife & Bicycle Napkins, Waiting On Martha

Picnic Ideas, Waiting On Martha      *Bike Basket, L.L. Bean  |  Aqua Blanket, Waiting On Martha

Picnic Ideas, Waiting On Martha      *Dress, Waiting On Martha  |  Belt, J.Crew  |  Sunnies, Ray Ban  |  Shoes, Sole Society c/o

DIY Ladder Toss, Waiting On Martha Picnic Ideas, Waiting On Martha       *Blanket, Waiting On Martha  |  Picnic Basket, Pier 1 Picnic Ideas, Waiting On Martha DIY Ladder Toss, Waiting On Martha Beach Cruiser

A few weeks ago Home Depot asked me to participate in their style challenge, “outdoor games.”  I had to create an outdoor game that celebrated summer and got people outdoors with friends and family.  You know a little less texting and social media scrolling, a little more put-the-phone-down-fun.  While I was all “yes  #letsdothis” the only problem was we live in the city which means we have a teeny-tiny backyard and most or our time spent outdoors is at one of the beautiful parks that grace our city streets.  So the answer?  Create an easily portable game, grab some friends, and plan a little picnic in the park.  

I love to picnic.  And the recipe for a good picnic can really be boiled down to five essentials: a great blanket, the perfect basket, simple portable food that can withstand the heat, entertainment such as ladder toss, boccee, backgamon, etc., and portable tunes.  Mix with your nearest and dearest friends and you have a day that summers are made for.  Check out all of my picnicking essentials below and cruise on over to Home Depot’s blog for my step by step instructions to build your very own ladder toss.  TGIF Loves!  truly, MKR

*Bike, L.L. Bean  ||  Bike Basket, L.L. Bean  ||  Floral Blanket, Waiting On Martha (pink & blue print available also) ||  Aqua Herringbone Throw, Waiting On Martha (available in various colors)  ||  Picnic Basket, Pier 1 (I also LOVE this one)  ||  Bicycle Napkins, Waiting On Martha  ||  Polka Dot Spreader, Waiting On Martha (additional options HERE)  ||  On Me:  Zebra Dress, Waiting On Martha  ||  Belt, J.Crew  ||  Shoes, Sole Society c/o (sold out, similar HERE)  ||  Sunnies, Ray Ban

**Photography, Rustic White

SHOP PICNIC ESSENTIALS…

 

Mint Watermelon Margaritas

Mint Watermelon Margarita Mint Watermelon Margarita, Waiting On Martha

When summer rolls around I try to use my absolute favorite fruit, watermelon, in any and every way I can.  So the other night when tiring of my standard margarita and with a bowl full of fresh cut watermelon in the fridge I thought, “yes a watermelon margarita must happen.”  And happen it did.  The sweetness of fresh watermelon juice combined with refreshing mint sprigs, tart lime, and tequila will have you sipping all summer long.  Cheers!  truly, MKR
 
*Photography, Rustic White
Mint Watermelon Margarita
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Prep Time
2 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
2 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cup fresh watermelon juice
  2. 2 oz. silver tequila
  3. 2-4 stems of mint
  4. Juice of 1 lime
  5. Ice
Instructions
  1. Muddle mint in bottom of glass.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Pour in watermelon juice, tequila, lime and stir.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of mint
VARIATIONS
  1. Frozen: add all ingredients + a cup of ice to a blender and blend to desired frozen consistency.
  2. Non Alcoholic: sub the tequila for 3-4 oz's of club soda.
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Pimm’s Cup

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On my recent trip to Napa one of the most memorable moments was actually the night we arrived and I found myself tucked into a corner table at Goose & Gander with new and fast friends Scott Beattie, Michael Pazdan, Mikael, and The Orisons.  The discussion was fast, furious, and exactly what I needed to get a little bit of inspiration I felt I was missing back, (it’s amazing what a night surrounded by fellow Creatives who are simply trying to put out the best version of their passion can do for ones soul).  And just as good as the discussion was the drink Scott ordered up for me; my very first Pimm’s Cup.  It was perfect in both sight and taste, and I couldn’t get enough.  So when I got back I knew I had to mix one up to share with all of you. Cheers!  truly, MKR

*Photography, Rustic White

Pimm's Cup
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 English cucumber
  2. 1 1/2 ounces Pimm's No. 1
  3. 3 ounces sparkling lemonade
  4. 1 ounce seltzer water
  5. 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice plus zest for garnish
  6. Mint (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add 4-5 english cucumber pieces and a few ice cubes to a cocktail shaker and muddle down to a pulp.
  2. Add the Pimm's lemonade, orange juice, and seltzer...stir.
  3. Add additional ice and to mixer and shake.
  4. Strain into a glass and garnish with cucumber slices, orange zest and mint...enjoy.
Adapted from Artisanal Cocktails, Scott Beattie
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Golden Walnut Rum Cake

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When I escaped to the Bahamas a few months back I was introduced to rum cake.  Topped with walnuts, pineapple, or coconut, rum cake is the most delicious of desserts originally descended from holiday puddings, but can now be found every day of the week all throughout the Caribbean.  And just like my beloved Sky Juice, rum cake was something I knew once State side I had to make my own.  And make it my own I did.  By sticking with the traditional golden walnut topping and using Wilton Brand’s gorgeous Belle Pan and their Bake Easy non stick baking spray (my go-to non stick spray) I was able to create a rum cake that looked as good as it tastes.  And how adorable would these rum cakes be in the mini version?!  Enjoy!  truly, MKR

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary Photography

Walnut Rum Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  2. 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 1/4 cup cornstarch
  4. 1 package of instant vanilla pudding
  5. 4 teaspoons baking powder
  6. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  7. 1/2 cup room temperature unsalted butter
  8. 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  9. 1/2 cup sunflower or vegetable oil
  10. 4 eggs
  11. 3/4 cup whole milk
  12. 1/2 cup dark rum
  13. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
For the Rum Glaze
  1. 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1/4 cup water
  4. 1/2 cup dark rum
Instructions
  1. For the Cake...
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  3. Grease a standard Bundt pan (if your bundt pan is larger than 10 cups you may need to double recipe). I find the best way to grease a bundt pan is with organic vegetable shortening and then spray with Wilton Bake Easy non stick spray.
  4. Cover the bottom of the pan with the chopped walnuts; set aside.
  5. In a medium/large bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, pudding, and salt; set aside.
  6. In an electric mixer on medium speed, mix the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the flour mixture and mix on medium-low speed for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Add the eggs, one at a time, milk, rum, canola oil, and vanilla extract. Mix until thoroughly combined, about 2 to 3 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
  8. Pour the cake batter into the prepared Bundt pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. If you're using a larger bundt can increase the time and cover the bottom with tin foil half way through baking.
  9. Allow the cake to COMPLETELY cool before removing it from the pan. For removing shake the pan just a tad to loosen the sides. Place a cake plate on the bottom of the bundt pan and in one swift movement flip the cake right side up. Remove bundt pan gently.
  10. Pour the rum glaze over entire cake right before serving.
  11. For the Rum Glaze...
  12. In a saucepan, combine butter, 1/4 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat and continue to boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  13. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup rum.
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*This post was sponsored by Wilton Brands.  Opinions, recipe, and love of Wilton Brands 100% my own.

DIY Flavored Salts

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There’s nothing better than giving a homemade gift.  Scratch that there’s nothing better than giving an EASY homemade gift.  And that’s just what these DIY flavored salts are; easy and homemade.  Using dried herbs such as lavender and rosemary plus a mix of kosher and pink salts, these pretty packages will make the perfect heartfelt hostess gift or favor for any food lover in your life.  Happy Monday Loves!  truly, MKR

*Silver Teaspoons  ||  Glass Jars

Flavored Salts
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Ingredients
  1. 2-4 oz. Glass jars
  2. Equal parts finely crushed kosher salt and pink salts
  3. Dried herbs or fruits such as lavender, rosemary, thyme, orange, lemon, lime, etc.
Instructions
  1. In a bowl mix equal parts pink and kosher salts
  2. Mix in dried herbs and/or fruits
  3. Pour into containers and complete with a ribbon, tag, or in our case a little silver spoon
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Gifting || Simple Flowers

hostess gifts, simple flowers from Waiting On Martha When it comes to gifting, especially the hostess, nothing is more perfect and easy than simple flowers.  But for some reason whenever I talk about flowers I find people tend to become overwhelmed and intimidated by all of the choices so I thought I’d share my favorite go-to single stem arrangements and tips I’ve picked up along the way.  truly, MKR 

hostess gifts, simple flowers from Waiting On Martha

No 1. – Keep it simple and in season.  If you’re not someone who arranges flowers quite frequently best to keep it simple with a few stems of a single varietal and always try to buy what’s in season.  My favorites include peonies, hydrangeas, lilacs, ranunculus, and tulips.

hostess gifts, simple flowers from Waiting On Martha

No. 2 – Work the stems.  Immediately remove any plastic wrapping, submerge the stems in water and beginning cleaning and removing any un needed leaves, twigs, etc.  

hostess gifts, simple flowers from Waiting On Martha

No. 3 – Pretty paper.  I love using wrapping sheets, butchers paper, or a gorgeous ribbon to wrap the flowers in.  Simply lay the flowers out how you would like them to look and trim the bottoms (preferably with pruning shears) on a diagonal so all of the stems are the same length.  Place the flowers at the corner of your wrapping sheet and roll.  Secure with double sided tape or a ribbon.  If you’re using just a ribbon which is ideal for larger branched stems such as the lilacs secure first with flower wire then cover with ribbon.

hostess gifts, simple flowers from Waiting On Martha

No 4. – Additions.  If you want an additional pop or some variety, add a few herbs such as sprigs of basil or rosemary in the colder months or craspedia (the little yellow flowers added to the peonies), but just remember in most cases less is more.

hostess gifts, simple flowers from Waiting On Martha

*Photography  ||  Haley Sheffield