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
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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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“Intentional”

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Each year I pick a word.  That word is supposed to represent what I want for myself and 2015.  And every year I have lived that word, like really lived it.  Words have power, they have meaning, and picking my word of the year is something I have really started looking forward to.  

I usually spend the first week of the new year looking through “the list” and writing down every word that stands out to me, take a day or two to mull them over, and choose whatever is speaking the strongest.  However this year was different than the past two years.  This year my word appeared to me in early fall.  I didn’t know it was my going to be the word, but when I couldn’t get it out of my head I knew what 2015 would bring.  Intention.  To live, work, and love intentionally.

I’ve always, always, always said; “just because you could doesn’t always mean you should.”  Words I haven’t been paying the utmost attention to.  2014 was the year of saying yes.  The year to doing everything.  To overbooking.  To doing it because I could, not necessarily because I wanted to.  To doing it well, but not always great.  To never enough time, to 15 hour days, to sleepless nights, to building a book of business.  And I don’t regret any of it.  Not one single moment.  I think when you build a business you have to do those things; stretch yourself thin, prove your merit, test your boundaries.  But I’ve done that, and I’ve passed.  So this year will be the year of intention.  If I take on a project, if I say yes to anything, if I commit it will be because I’m in it 100%.  It’ll be because it’s where WOM is going, because it represents our future.  This my Loves will be hard.  It’ll mean turning down projects that pay (which is never easy), stretching myself creatively to be better than WOM has ever been, and it’ll mean saying goodbye to things and arenas I’ve done a lot of, and enjoy, but just aren’t who we are anymore.

But it feels good, this whole being intentional thing.  And what feels even better is that we are going to be walking the walk with a brand new look and feel.  We’ll be re-launching this site, the Shop site, and launching the MKR styling site mid/late January.  We’ve been working extremely hard with Cassie from Veda House and her team of coders and I cannot wait to reveal the final result.  We’ll be offering new and different services under the WOM umbrella, announcing new collaborations, introducing Creative Contributors, and moving it all forward with a new mission statement.  So stay tuned for that, but back to the word.

As I said above words have power.  And because I believe so strongly in “the word” I’ve teamed up with my amazingly talented friend Jenn Gietzen for a little Write On Design-WOM Collaboration.  You pick your word and we’ll (and by we’ll I mean Jenn) will paint it for you initials and all.  She’ll actually hand letter each and every one as they are ordered!  So frame it, stick it on your inspiration board, whatever you need to do to live your word just do it.  I had Jenn letter all my words from the past three years and I’m going to frame each one and start collecting them.  Someday I hope to have an entire wall of words and I’ll be able to point to a word, and know exactly what year around the sun it represented. 

But wait, the fun doesn’t stop there!  Along with “The Word” Jenn and I thought we’d bring a monthly quote into the mix as well.  Everyone loves (and needs) a little inspiration right?  And what better quote to start the new year off than with one from yours truly.  It was something I said in a post I wrote last year, it was never an actual sentence that was supposed to be quoted.  That was until it was quoted by the lovely ladies who I get to work with on a daily basis; “The unexpected is usually what brings the unbelievable. #dontstop”  Like the word, Jenn will hand letter this quote to keep close and hopefully inspire you to always take the leap.

In conclusion; words have power, say yes to the unexpected, and happy 2015!  Cheers!  Truly, MKR

P.S. Both the Word and the Quote are limited edition and only available through January 31st so hurry hurry!

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary 

 

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

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Happy 2015 Loves…Sweater, Madewell  ||  Shirt, J.Crew  ||  Jeans, Gap c/o (old similar HERE)  ||  Boots, Hunter  ||  Thermos Bag, Waiting On Martha  ||  Hat, Target (old similar HERE)  ||  Sunnies, Warby Parker c/o  ||  Blanket, Madewell  ||  Dog Leash, Waiting On Martha  ||  Watch, Daniel Wellington

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary

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Charming Charleston

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A few weeks ago the Mr. and I had the pleasure of spending a few days in Charleston with Garden & Gun Magazine.  I had heard plenty about Charleston’s picturesque streets chalked full of history, it’s great food scene, and overall Southern charm, but my imagination couldn’t even come close to actualizing just how charming Charleston would be.

We had the pleasure of calling the Belmond, Charleston Place home for a few days.   Situated in the center of Charleston’s historic district, prime shopping, open air markets and amazing restaurants Charleston Place is the epitome of convenience.  I was able to take a moment and relax in their spa and each night we found ourselves in the Thoroughbred Club sipping wine and listening to live music.  Plus the hotel is undergoing a complete renovation and the rooms are decorated to perfection, (opt for a room with a balcony, you won’t be sorry).  And during the Holiday you’ll find the lobby packed to the brim with adults and children alike to watch model the train display chug along.  

We walked the streets, gawked at colorful house after house, watched sunset from the roof of the Vendue, had the best oysters I’ve ever had at Fig from a gentelman I believe to be called “Clamer Dave,” and dined for hours with friends at Husk.  All in all the trip was way too short, but the perfect way to end what turned out to be my year of travel.  Charleston you have my heart!  Truly, MKR

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary

 

All That Wander Are Not Lost

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…AS PICTURED…Denim Shirt, J.Crew  ||  Jeans, Paige Denim c/o Bloomingdales  ||  Hat, Sole Society c/o  ||  Scarf, J.Crew (on MAJOR sale)  ||  Bag, Zac Zac Posen  ||  Shoes, Res Ipsa  ||  Necklace, Gunner & Lux  ||  Sunnies, Warby Parker c/o  ||  Ring, Julie Vos  ||  Watch, Daniel Wellington  ||  Phone Case, Minnie & Emma c/o

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary

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Blueberry Pecan Gluten Free Pancakes

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One of my favorite Christmas traditions has, and will always be, Christmas morning pancakes.  We all gather around the table after presents have been ripped open, still in our pajamas with mimosas in hand.  It’s a moment I revel in and look forward to every year.  So when Krusteaz reached out to discuss being a part of the Krusteaz Gluten Free Blogger Bake Off and pancakes were an option, I jumped at the opportunity.  

I don’t eat gluten free products often.  I find them to mostly taste a bit like cardboard.  So imagine my surprise when I found myself devouring this entire stack with the family.  I of course doctored the pancakes up with chopped pecans, fresh blueberries and soaked them in butter and maple syrup.  But I mean this when I say it, I really couldn’t get over that they were gluten free!  And as if the pancakes weren’t proof enough Krusteaz sent over their brownie mix and it too was fantastic.  Consider me a believer Krusteaz

And with that, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and can revel in the moments and traditions that mean the most to you.  Truly, MKR

AS PICTURED…Batter Bowl, Le Creuset  ||  Olive Wood Cook’s Spoon, Williams Sonoma  ||  Cake Stand, Martha Stewart for Macys  ||  Plates and Coasters, C. Wonder  ||  Gold Silverware, One Kings Lane  ||  Big Brown Bear Maple Syrup, Williams Sonoma

Blueberry Pecan Gluten Free Pancake Mix
Yields 12
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 box of Krusteaz Gluten Free Pancake Mix
  2. 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries, plus more for garnish
  3. 1 cup roughly chopped pecans
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 2/3 cup milk
  6. 2 cups water
  7. maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Heat griddle or pan to 375 degrees and spray with non stick spray, or butter.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine Krusteaz Gluten Free mix, 2 cups water, 2/3 cup milk, and 2 eggs. Whisk, but don't over mix (batter should be a tad lumpy).
  3. Fold in 1 1/2 cup fresh blueberries and 1/2 cup chopped pecans.
  4. Pour batter onto griddle, and cook each side 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Remove from griddle and garnish with chopped pecans, additional blueberries, and maple syrup
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*This story was in collaboration with Krusteaz, a brand I love and adore.  Opinions, recipes, and images are 100% my own.

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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Best Ever Santa Claus Sugar Cookies

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Out of all the sweet treats we find ourselves consuming during the holiday season I’d have to say hands down my weakness, my go to, my absolute favorite is sugar cookies.  So when the annual Wilton cookie exchange rolled around I knew exactly what cookies I’d be making, wrapping, and shipping out to The Mommy Files.  

I used Wilton’s classic sugar cookie recipe and this year Wilton came out with possibly the best (and cutest) two-part Santa cookie cutter ever (I mean the mustache)?!  Now I don’t consider myself a baking savant by any means so I was a tad on the nervous side when it came to icing the actual Santa.  I used Wilton’s royal icing recipe, disposable icing bags, and small icing tips and started lining and flooding away with abandon.  This being my first time actually using royal icing I was actually surprised by how easy it was.  Next time I’ll use a thicker icing to line the cookie and then flood (flood is decorating talk for fill) with the royal icing, but I’m just splitting hairs here because honestly for my first time I thought they turned out quite Santa like.

I let them set over night then packaged them up in cookie boxes all tied with a string and sent them on their merry way.  I just love a homemade gift don’t you?  Truly, MKR

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

 

Gift Wrapping 101

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While there are so many different things about this time of year I love, I must say wrapping gifts for my loved ones may trump them all. It’s a tradition my family takes very seriously. There may even be a yearly competition between my father and I; I always win obviously (just don’t tell him that). And over the years I’ve picked up a few tricks of the family trade I thought I’d share with you all. Happy Holidays Loves!  Truly, MKR

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What You’ll Need…

Large, clean surface to work
Sharp scissors are a MUST
Double Sided Tape
Decorative Washi Tape
Tape Cutter
Ribbon and Twine in all different colors, prints, and textures
Wrapping Paper
Tags
Embellishments such as fresh flowers, pine, herbs, candy canes, ornaments, etc.

How to Wrap the Perfect Present…

1. Lay the package facedown atop wrap leaving paper attached to roll. Cut paper along allowing a wide enough sheet to cover both sides of the box.

2. Pull wrap tautly up and over the far end of the box, secure with double-sided tape and crease paper along the box’s edge with thumb and forefinger. Repeat with opposite side. If your cuts aren’t exactly straigh simply fold them under an inch before securing with tape.

3. Next close the edges by folding in the right and left edges pushing the sides in towards your box forming flaps. Then fold down top flap, pulling tightly towards the box and adhering with tape. Repeat on the other side of the package.

4. Finish by facing the package up and creasing the edges with your thumb and forefinger creating a crisp creased edge. Repeat on the bottom of the box.

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How to Tie the Perfect Bow…

1. Measure ribbon by wrapping it around the box twice. Make sure to leave enough ribbon so you can trim the edges again after your bow is tied.

2. Create a single tie as you would when tying your shoe. Create two loops one with the first with your right hand then next with your left hand. When making the second loop with your left hand use your right thumb to hold your first knot in place.

3. Pull loop one through and under loop two pulling the ends to create an even bow.

4. Tighten the bow to your desired length and cut the edges in a diagonal. Add gift tag and voila, you’re done.

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*Photography, Kathryn McCrary  ||  All gift wrap, blanket, tags, twine, and matches available in The Shop

Fancy Pants

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 On Saturday we wear our fancy pants…obviously!  Truly, MKR 

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary

…AS PICTURED…Pants, J.Crew (I have them in red & black they run a tad big)  ||  Stone Shirt, Elizabeth McKay  (it’s skis!!)  ||  Faux Fur Vest, Michael Kors (old, similar HERE & HERE)  ||  Heels, Kate Spade NY (old, similar HERE & HERE)  ||  Necklace, Kendra Scott c/o  ||  Ring, Julie Vos  ||  Sunnies, Warby Parker c/o  ||  Scarf, Zara (sold out, similar HERE)  ||  Bag, Goyard

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