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How to Have an Entertaining Easter

March 25, 2015

OUR EASTER ENTERTAINING WON’T INVOLVE CRACKED HARD-BOILED EGGS OR BLUE STAINED HANDS. INSTEAD, WE’LL BE SETTING A BLOOMING TABLESCAPE, SIPPING ON A REFRESHING BELLINI, AND SETTING UP THE MAKINGS OF A GREAT DESSERT TABLE. BUT DON’T THINK WE VETOED THE EASTER EGGS ALTOGETHER THIS YEAR; WE NARROWED OUR DIY DREAMS TO SOME FLORAL DECOPAUGED BEAUTIES THAT ACTUALLY DESERVE A PLACE ON THE TABLE. 

CLICK THROUGH THE SLIDESHOW ABOVE FOR A LITTLE EASTER ENTERTAINING INSPIRATION, AND TELL US WHAT YOU’LL BE FIXING COME APRIL 5TH. CHEERS, KAT

A BLOOMING TABLESCAPE

A BLOOMING TABLESCAPE

SET YOUR EASTER TABLESCAPE WITH A LUSH GREEN ARRANGEMENT, FESTIVE TABLEWARE AND GOLD FLATWARE. AND DON'T FORGET THE EGG PLACE CARD HOLDERS!

A BLOOMING EASTER TABLESCAPE, PHOTO BY RUSTIC WHITE
DIY FLORAL EASTER EGGS

DIY FLORAL EASTER EGGS

IT WOULDN'T BE EASTER WITHOUT DIY EASTER EGGS, AND THESE DECOPAUGED BEAUTIES DESERVE A PLACE ON THE TABLE AFTER THE EGG HUNT. OUR GAL KRISTIN USED THIS STUNNING ORANGERIE PRINT FOR HER PROJECT, WHICH WE JUST LOVE.

PHOTO BY KRISTIN JACKSON, THE HUNTED INTERIOR
GREEN TEA PEACH BELLINI

GREEN TEA PEACH BELLINI

THERE ARE NOT MANY BRUNCH COCKTAILS WE LOVE MORE THAN A PEACH BELLINI, AND THIS RENDITION OF THE RECIPE FOR A GREEN TEA PEACH BELLINI SOUNDS DIVINE. GARNISH YOUR GLASSES WITH A SWEET GEORGIA PEACH AND FUN STRAWS AND ENJOY!

RECIPE, PHOTO VIA MOLLY YEH, MY NAME IS YEH
THE EASTER SUNDAY SPREAD

THE EASTER SUNDAY SPREAD

CARROT TART WITH RICOTTA & HERBS, A ROSE SPRITZER, SMASHED TWICE-COOKED POTATOES WITH LEEKS AND GREEN GARLIC, DUCK BREAST WITH MUSTARD GREENS, TURNIPS & RADISHES, RHUBARB-ALMOND CAKE...BON APPETIT KNOWS HOW TO SET AN IMPRESSIVE SPREAD FOR EASTER SUNDAY, AND WE'RE OFFICIALLY DROOLING.

PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER TESTANI FOR BON APPETIT
A COOKIE TREE

A COOKIE TREE

KEEP LITTLE FINGERS AT BAY BY TYING YOUR SUGAR COOKIES ON SPRING BLOSSOM BRANCHES WITH TWINE. THIS ALSO MAKES FOR AN FUN AND UNEXPECTED ADDITION TO YOUR DESSERT TABLE.

EASTER TAKES THE CAKE, PHOTO BY RUSTIC WHITE
PISTACHIO PUDDING

PISTACHIO PUDDING

THERE'S NOTHING EASIER THAN HOMEMADE PISTACHIO PUDDING, AND IT'S PERFECT FOR THE LAST-MINUTE EASTER PARTY. DRESS IT UP BY SERVING IN CORDIAL GLASSES WITH A SIMPLE PISTACHIO TOPPING.

PHOTO BY RUSTIC WHITE
THE EASTER BASKET

THE EASTER BASKET

THERE'S SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT THE EASTER BASKET, AND A HOMEMADE TOUCH CAN MAKE EVEN THE BIG KIDS FEEL THE LOVE ON EASTER SUNDAY. IN AN ADULT BASKET, CONSIDER STASHING DIY FLAVORED SALTS AMONG TREATS WITH A MATCHING GIFT.

PHOTO BY SCOTT CLARK VIA 100 LAYER CAKELET
SPECKLED EGG CAKE

SPECKLED EGG CAKE

WHAT BETTER TIME TO TRY YOUR HAND AT BAKING A ROBIN'S EGG BLUE SPECKLED EGG CAKE? SHOWCASE YOURS ON A DAINTY CAKE STAND FOR THE FULL EFFECT ON THE DESSERT TABLE.

RECIPE, PHOTO VIA THE CAKE BLOG

Welcome To The New Waiting On Martha

March 8, 2015

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Don’t you just love starting the week of with a good surprise?!  Well surprise!  It has been a long five months of anticipation, and a true labor of love, but I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome you to the new Waiting On Martha.

So what’s new?  Besides the obvious look and feel, we’ve worked for months adding new enhancements and features, all to make the reader experience easier and more intuitive.  For example, along with the classic way you’ve always read our stories, you’ll notice links to view full galleries.  By clicking on this box, you’ll be taken to a new page where you can view, Pin and share additional images from that day’s story.  We found we had too many great photos that weren’t making the cut and our photographers work too hard to not have their work shared.  We’ve also added a slideshow feature as an easier way to read through specific posts.  When you see view slideshow, all you’ll need to do is click and scroll right or left.

Along the top navigation bar, you’ll find two new features; Shop Our Instagram and Shop Our Stories.  We were getting an insane amount of emails asking us about where to find specific items either from our stories or our Instagram, so we’ve rounded it all up in one convenient place for you.  Speaking of convenience, our new “contact us” form makes it a breeze to get in touch with myself or my team.  Simply type in what you’re hoping to chat about; collaboration, e-design, social media consulting, etc.,  and send away.

Lastly, because we have so much more to say, we’ll be moving to sharing stories seven days a week.  And you’ll not only be hearing from me, but also from Kat, our Editor and Social Media Director, and our Creative Partners.  What is a Creative Partner?  Creative Partners are some beyond-talented individuals WOM taps on a monthly basis to help us out with a project or share a project they’re working on.  You can read more about them on our new team page, (bios and more CP’s will be added soon, so stay tuned).

While this is all beyond exciting, (we’ve been working on this since October), it is all very new.  I ask that you bear with us as we work within our new platform, I’m sure there will be a few kinks to work out, Rome wasn’t built in a day!

Big thanks to everyone who worked tirelessly to make this happen; Designer Cassie Pyle, Coder Brandi Bernoskie, and our very own Kat Neunaber.  I couldn’t have made this dream a reality without you.  So welcome to the new Waiting On Martha, now excuse me while I dive into this funfetti cake and pop some bubbly!  Truly, MKR

P.S.  As if this wasn’t amazing enough we also have a new portfolio site to share, Mandy Kellogg Rye, and next week The Shop will be re-launching as well.  Ch-ch-changes!

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Funfetti Cake with Butter Cream Frosting
Yields 10
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Ingredients
  1. ...For the Cake
  2. 1 cup milk
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  4. 1 cup butter, room temperature
  5. 2 cups sugar
  6. 3 cups cake flour
  7. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  8. 5 egg whites
  9. Rainbow Jimmies (ie. sprinkles)
  10. Chocolate sauce (optional)
  11. ...For the Frosting
  12. 1 cup butter, softened
  13. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  14. 1 (32-oz.) package powdered sugar
  15. 7 Tbsp. milk
  16. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  17. Rainbow Jimmies (ie. sprinkles)
Instructions
  1. ...For the cake
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Liberally grease 3 (8-inch) round cake pans.
  3. In a small mixing bowl stir together milk and vanilla.
  4. In a large electric mixing bowl beat room temperature butter at medium speed until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy.
  5. In a separate mixing bowl sift together flour and baking powder; add to butter mixture alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  6. At a low speed slowly add in desired amount of jimmies and mix just until blended.
  7. just until blended.
  8. Beat or whisk egg whites until stiff peaks form; gently fold into batter. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  9. Bake at 350° for 20 to 23 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks and let rest until completely cool.
  10. ...For the frosting
  11. Beat butter and salt at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
  12. Gradually add powdered sugar alternately with 7 Tbsp. milk, beating at low speed until blended and smooth after each addition.
  13. Stir in vanilla and desired amount of Jimmies, beat until frosting reaches preferred consistency. *When frosting layered, tall, cakes I prefer my frosting on the lighter side to not weigh down the cake.
  14. When completely cooled cut off tops of cakes to create a completely even, flat surface. Spread Vanilla Buttercream Frosting between layers (about 3/4 cup per layer) and on top and sides of cake.
  15. Top with chocolate sauce (optional).
Notes
  1. To achieve a messy frosting look take a small spatula or butter knife and gently press down circling the entire cake creating "rings."
Adapted from Ms. Billetts White Cake
Adapted from Ms. Billetts White Cake
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Photography, Kathryn McCrary

An Evening Of Art, Food & Wine

March 4, 2015

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Last week, during the Design Bloggers Conference, forty designers descended upon Mark (the artist) and Cinda (the designer)’s stunning home in Buckhead for an evening of art, food and wine.  Chef Tyler Williams and team, took the reigns and worked closely with Adam Japko to create wine pairings and a menu that reminded me more of Andy Warhol’s great works of art than actual food.  But lucky for us it tasted like food.  Divine, mouth-watering food.  

The evening was truly one for the ages, and while I had no plans to share it with on the Blog I received a Dropbox full of these lovely images and felt they were too good not to share.  I mean the bold colors are nothing short of inspiring, and we all need a little bright, loud, inspiration every once in a while.  Truly, MKR 

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Photography, Emily D. Cameron  |  Big thanks to Chef Tyler Williams , Adam Japko and The Boomershines (Mark & Cinda).

 

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