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Santa’s Elves Reporting For Duty

Creating Santa's Sleigh with Esurance
Filed Under > Everyday

Between owning a Shoppe, running a Blog, and just living my life I spend more time in my car than anywhere else.  At the risk of sounding cliche; my car is my home away from home.  And while that sentiment rings true all year long, it’s never more true than during the holiday season when my car turns into Santa’s Sleigh. 

So with that said, it only made sense to partner with Esurance to celebrate their Holiday Campaign focusing on the creative ways we customize and love on our “home away from home.”  I mean my car already feels like Santa’s Sleigh each holiday season so why not actually turn it in to Santa’s Sleigh.

For me, my car’s transformation begins with that first trek to the Christmas Tree farm where I outfit both my home and my car with all things green.  For my car I always wrap the rails with garland and hang wreaths from the front grill and back window.  This can easily be done with green wire and my go-to command strips.  Just make sure everything is securely tied down.  Nothing is worse than losing a wreath on I-85.  Trust me.

I also make sure I have laods of holiday necessities in the car at all times.  Wrapping paper, boxes, tape and scissors because you never know when you’ll need to wrap that last minute gift.  Plenty of my homemade Chex Mix, tied up with a bow.  And I always keep toiletries, and a few extra pairs of mittens and hats in case I come across someone in need. 

Between the festive decor, holiday musts, and plenty of holiday music playing; my car always helps me to get and stay in the Christmas spirit while getting from point A to B.  It also helps that I’ve got my own little elf named Addison to help me! Happy Holidays Friends, I hope this helps you to get into the spirit this year. Truly, MKR

P.S. Thank you Esurance for such a fun project. Celebrating my “home away from home” was the perfect way to kick off the magic of the season!

Photography, Kathryn McCrary  |  This post is sponsored by Esurance, a brand I love and adore.  All opinions are 100% my own.

The Tommy Gun Fizz

A zingy whiskey drink even the most non-whiskey drinker will love
Filed Under > Cocktail Hour

Recently, during my hunt for the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail I stumbled upon a little something called The Tommy Gun. 

Originally created by San Fransisco mixologist Jacques Bezuindenhout, the name Tommy Gun references the iconic prohibition-era firearm wielded by movie-star like gangsters of the past.

The drink itself is in essence a whiskey sour.  A kicked up, zingy, whiskey sour full of ginger, plenty of whiskey and an unexpected teaspoon of apricot jam.  The apricot jam is what intrigued me.  And after mixing up one or two I was almost sold. 

In my version I opt out of the fresh ginger, instead subbing in fizzy ginger beer.  And I go a little heavy handed on the lemon and apricot. 

Together, the combo provides the perfect pre or post dinner drink, for whiskey and non whiskey drinkers alike.  It also happens to be the cocktail I chose to serve this year at Thanksgiving dinner.  Cheers, and happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Truly, MKR

The Tommy Gun Fizz
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
  1. 1 teaspoon apricot jam
  2. 1/2 squeezed fresh lemon
  3. 1-2 ounces ginger beer
  4. 2 ounces Irish whiskey
  5. 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
  6. 1-2 lemon twists
  7. 1-2 pieces of candied ginger on a cocktail pick (optional)
  8. Ice
  1. In a cocktail shaker muddle the jam with the lemon juice. Add ice and the whiskey and Grand Marnier; shake well. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass top with ginger beer. Garnish with the lemon twist and candied ginger if desired.
Adapted from Food & Wine
Adapted from Food & Wine
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Photography, Rustic White

Celebrate the Season with our New Fall Guide

Check Out Our All New Seasonal Digital Mini Magazine
Filed Under > Uncategorized

Waiting on Martha fall guide @waitingonmartha

By now you’ve gotten the jist that we love fall around here.  From tailgating to fall booties (love these) to cozy cocktails and mouth-watering seasonal recipes, fall easily earns its spot at the top of our list for favorite time of year. 

So that’s why we’re thrilled to release our newest seasonal guide, jam-packed with inspiration and instant links to “get the look.”  We invite you to settle in (with your PSL in-hand) to find some of our favorite archived shoots from this year and several years past.  And while you’re reading the guide, be sure to click on the plus-signs throughout the guide to shop directly, as well as read more on here on to learn more from the original post. 

We hope you love the Waiting on Martha Fall Guide, and we’d love to know…what’s your favorite way to celebrate fall? Cheers, Kat


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