Roasted Tomato Capellini

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A week or so ago I shared my La Crema Virtual Vintner dinner party with you all, but forgot to share the recipe to one of my absolute favorite dishes; my roasted tomato capellini.  Extremely easy to make, and always a crowd pleaser, this pasta won’t put you to sleep and truly capitalizes on my love for fresh, simple ingredients.  Enjoy!  truly, MKR

*Photography, Rustic White

Roasted Tomato Capellini
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Ingredients
  1. Kosher salt
  2. 1/2 cup olive oil, plus extra for the pot
  3. 10 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 4 pints small cherry and mixed grape tomatoes
  5. 20-25 large basil leaves, torn
  6. 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  7. 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  8. 1/2 cup pine nuts
  9. 3/4 pound dried capellini or angel hair pasta
  10. 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and extra chopped basil for serving
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water with 2 tablespoons of salt to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1/2 cup of olive oil in a large (12-inch) saute pan. Add the chopped garlic and cook over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, basil, pine nuts, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, and desired amount of red pepper flakes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes, tossing occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to soften but don't break up.
  3. While the tomato mixture is sautéing add the capellini to the pot of boiling water and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Drain the pasta, reserving some of the pasta water.
  5. Place the pasta in a large serving bowl, add the tomato mixture and toss well.
  6. Serve with extra basil sprinkled on top and Parmesan on the side.
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Pottery Barn In The Spotlight

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When it comes to decorating, entertaining, and gifting Pottery Barn is always one of my top go-tos.  So when they reached out wanting to Spotlight my love for all things Fall I was more than happy chat about my take on seasonal decorating, what I can’t wait to indulge in, and trends I’m excited to embrace this fall.  Plus I’ve rounded up all of my favorite Pottery Barn picks so read the Spotlight and Shop it all right here.  TGIF Loves!  truly, MKR

Mulled Wine

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We all know I love wine.  Like love (I’m actually in Sonoma right now making wine with La Crema).  And when the cooler temps begin to arrive I, like most, switch from a crisp white to a warm red.  And other than drinking a bold Cab by a big fire another way I love enjoying reds is with my classic mulled wine recipe.  Red wine combines with aromatics of cinnamon, star anis, and orange to create the most perfect warm and cozy drink of the season.  Cheers!  truly, MKR  

*Antique Silver Pitcher, Pottery Barn c/o  ||  Antique Silver Bowl, Pottery Barn c/o  ||  “Wine Me Up” corkscrew, Pottery Barn c/o  ||  Wine Glasses, Pottery Barn c/o

**Photography, Rustic White  ||  This post was sponsored by Pottery Barn a brand I love.  Recipe and opinions are 100% my own.

Mulled Wine
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups apple cider
  2. 1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as La Crema Pinot Noir
  3. 2 cinnamon sticks
  4. 1 orange, zested and juiced
  5. 4 whole cloves
  6. 3 star anise
  7. 4 oranges, peeled, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine the cider, wine, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.
  2. Pour into mugs, add an orange and orange peel to each and serve.
Notes
  1. *You can make this in a crock pot and keep on warm all day
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Fall Additions

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*Dress, Tory Burch Cora Dress (worth the splurge wear it with tights, boots, heels, with anything)  ||  Boots, Tory Burch, Simone over the knee boot (may be the best boot I’ve ever bought, thinking about getting them in black as well)  ||  Hat, Sole Society wool Panama hat c/o (get both colors, great hat great price)  ||  Bag, Sole Society Marlow c/o (looks so much more expensive than it is, love this bag and color!)  ||  Sunnies, Sole Society Cami c/o  ||  Watch, Daniel Wellington, classic St. Andrews watch  ||  Ring, Oscar de la Renta (sold out)  ||  Lipstick, YSL  ||  Nail Polish, OPI 

**Photography, Chelsey Heidorn

At Home With Gray Malin

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One of the many things I love about this digital age we live in is connecting with people you might never have had the chance to otherwise.  Case in point, Gray Malin.  I was somewhat familiar with Gray’s Prada Marfa work so when it came to selecting art for our new (new like a year ago new) home Gray was on the short list.  

As I perused his site I immediately fell in love with the A la Montagne ski series.  The Mr. and I are big skiers and it was like Gray captured our happy place with Top of Aspen Mountain.  I emailed Gray to begin talking dimensions as I knew this was going to be a large focal point in our home, and just like that an immediate friendship was born.  So when Gray reached out to ask if I’d take part in his Inspiration Spotlight the answer was obviously yes.  Not only am I completely enamored with all of Gray’s work, but also by Gray himself.  I started with the A la Montagne, added some Texas flair, and have some llamas on the way.  Bottom line, if you’re not familiar with Gray’s work get familiar (I mean have you seen the new wrapping paper?), it’s all simply amazing.  truly, MKR

*Top of Aspen Mountain, Gray Malin  ||  Prada Marfa Limited Edition Print, Gray Malin  ||  On the coffee table:  Gold Rhino, Faux Python Tray, Malachite & Coral Tray, Ginger Jar Pitcher, Bone Dominos, Lizard Magnifying Glass, Crystal Paper Weight, Japanese Calligraphy Brushes (collected similar HERE)  

**Photography, Rustic White 

Dark Chocolate Ganache Cookie Cake

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When Bahlsen North America reached out to ask if I’d help celebrate their 125th anniversary with a “Let the Good Times Roll” birthday cake contest I was all in.  I mean who doesn’t love cake?  Plus the only rules were I had to use Bahlsen’s signature rolled cookies (which I’ve had at least 100 times) and the recipe must be easy.  Enter my Dark Chocolate Ganache Cookie Cake.  A richer, than rich chocolate cake complete with mini chocolate chips, layers of Bahlsen cookies, butter cream frosting, and topped with a chocolate ganache frosting.  A recipe that is so, so very easy because you can choose to make it from scratch, or simply add ingredients to store bought cake mix and frosting (recipes and helpful baking tips for both below), plus the ganache topping makes it truly a showstopper.  And I promise you ganache is one of those things that looks impressive and extremely difficult to re-create but is beyond simple.  

Now, lets break out your aprons and let the good times roll!  Happy Birthday Bahlsen!  truly, MKR 

Dark Chocolate Ganache Cookie Cake - From Scratch
Yields 3
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Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
2 hr 15 min
Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
2 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. ...For the Cake
  2. 1 package of Bahlsen Dark Chocolate Waffeletten cookies
  3. 2 cups boiling water
  4. 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  5. 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  6. 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  7. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  8. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. 1 cup butter, softened
  11. 2 1/4 cups white sugar
  12. 4 eggs
  13. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  14. ...For the Butter Cream Frosting
  15. 1 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  16. 1 1/2 cup (3 sticks) unsalted butter softened
  17. 3 teaspoons clear vanilla extract
  18. 12 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
  19. 6 tablespoons milk
  20. ...For the Ganache Topping
  21. 16 ounces high quality semisweet chocolate chips
  22. 1 cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. ...For the Cake
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Grease 3 - 8 or 9 inch round cake pans.
  4. In medium bowl, pour boiling water over cocoa, and whisk until smooth. Let mixture cool.
  5. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  6. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at time, stir in vanilla.
  7. Add the flour mixture with the cocoa mixture. Spread batter evenly between the 3 prepared pans and sprinkle mini chocolate chips in each pan.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
  9. While cake bakes crumble your Bhalsen cookies and set aside.
  10. Allow to completely cool before leveling and frosting, you can even allow them to cool overnight.
  11. ...For the Butter Cream Frosting
  12. In large bowl, beat shortening and butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla.
  13. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often.
  14. Gradually add milk; beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  15. ...For the Ganache Topping **begin making this once cake is chilling in the refrigerator**
  16. Cook the chocolate chips and heavy cream in the top of a double boiler over simmering water until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally.
  17. ...Build your Cake
  18. You can make the cake 2 or 3 layers, it's completely up to you.
  19. Level each cake using a cake leveler or large knife. Simply place your hand on top of the cake and cut the top, rounded layer off to make it flat and thinner.
  20. Place your first layer on a cake plate and frost the top with a thin layer of buttercream, add a layer of cookie crumble. Continue with the second, and third layer if desired. Do not add cookie crumble to the top layer.
  21. Once cake is assembled add remaining frosting to the top and begin frosting the entire cake until the entire top and sides are frosted.
  22. Place in refrigerator to chill for 20-30 minutes.
  23. Remove and pour ganache on the top of the cake allowing it to drip down the sides. Add remaining cookie crumble, serve immediately.
Notes
  1. *The easiest way to grease a cake pan is by using a napkin.
  2. *Using an actual cake leveler is the easiest and most accurate way to even out your cakes, however if you do not have a cake leveler simply use a bread knife.
  3. *When frosting a cake you want to make sure your frosting is a light and fluffy as possible. Begin with all of the frosting on top and then slowly move the frosting over the top of the cake, and down the sides. Using an icing spatula continue to frost the sides of the cake.
  4. *For the messy, lined icing look as seen on my cake simply take a think icing spatula and run it all around the cake lightly to form parallel lines. A cake turntable makes this extremely easy.
  5. *Instead of a double boiler I used a Candy/Chocolate Melting Pot to make the Ganache Topping
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Dark Chocolate Ganache Cookie Cake - From Boxed Mix
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
Ingredients
  1. ...For the Cake
  2. 1 package of Bahlsen Dark Chocolate Waffeletten cookies
  3. 1 Dark Chocolate Cake Mix for a double layer cake, 2 Dark Chocolate Cake Mixes for a triple layer cake and all of the suggested ingredients on the box (eggs, oil, and water)
  4. 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  5. 3-4 jars of Butter Cream Frosting
  6. ...For the Ganache Topping
  7. 16 ounces high quality semisweet chocolate chips
  8. 1 cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. ...For the Cake
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Grease 3 - 8 or 9 inch round cake pans.
  4. Follow cake mix directions to make batter
  5. Spread batter evenly between the 3 prepared pans and sprinkle mini chocolate chips in each pan.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
  7. While cake bakes crumble your Bhalsen cookies and set aside.
  8. Allow to completely cool before leveling and frosting, you can even allow them to cool overnight.
  9. For the Ganache Topping **begin making this once your cake is chilling in the refrigerator**
  10. Cook the chocolate chips and heavy cream in the top of a double boiler over simmering water until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally.
  11. ...Build your Cake
  12. You can make the cake 2 or 3 layers, it's completely up to you.
  13. Level each cake using a cake leveler or large knife. Simply place your hand on top of the cake and cut the top, rounded layer off to make it flat and thinner.
  14. Place your first layer on a cake plate and frost the top with a thin layer of buttercream, add a layer of cookie crumble. Continue with the second, and third layer if desired. Do not add cookie crumble to the top layer.
  15. Once cake is assembled add remaining frosting to the top and begin frosting the entire cake until the entire top and sides are frosted.
  16. Place in refrigerator to chill for 20-30 minutes.
  17. Remove and pour ganache on the top of the cake allowing it to drip down the sides. Add remaining cookie crumble, serve immediately.
Notes
  1. *The easiest way to grease a cake pan is by using a napkin.
  2. *Using an actual cake leveler is the easiest and most accurate way to even out your cakes, however if you do not have a cake leveler simply use a bread knife.
  3. *When frosting a cake you want to make sure your frosting is a light and fluffy as possible. Begin with all of the frosting on top and then slowly move the frosting over the top of the cake, and down the sides. Using an icing spatula continue to frost the sides of the cake.
  4. *For the messy, lined icing look as seen on my cake simply take a think icing spatula and run it all around the cake lightly to form parallel lines. A cake turntable makes this extremely easy.
  5. *Instead of a double boiler I used a Candy/Chocolate Melting Pot to make the Ganache Topping
Waiting on Martha http://waitingonmartha.com/
**All images original to Waiting On Martha.  This post was sponsored by Bahlsen North America, a brand I love and order.  Recipe and opinions are 100% my own.

La Crema Virtual Vintner

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It’s no secret I love wine.  In fact I’d say its become a true passion of mine.  So when La Crema (a wine I’ve been drinking for years) reached out about their Virtual Vintner program I was all in.  In fact not only was I all in, but so where my girlfriends who I invited over for a little dinner party to test out the Virtual Vintner program and of course toast it with a glass or two (or three) of  La Crema

Virtual Vintner is a digital initiative of which the wine world has never seen.  It allows consumers an intimate, hands-on look into the world of wine making.  A “choose your own adventure” style journey captured through digital touch points and real time voting where consumers are able to learn about varietals, appellation, specific vineyards, barrel treatment, and even wine naming and label design.  A journey that will ultimately determine a finished wine released in late Fall 2015.  Its a way for everyone, regardless of who they are and where they are, to experience the beauty that is wine making.  A beauty that I’m also thrilled (on cloud nine) to say I’m going to be experiencing first hand.

You see La Crema is making one of my dreams come true.  They’ve graciously invited me to work harvest at their vineyards in Sonoma.  That’s right, starting next Monday I’ll be heading back to my favorite place on earth to crush some grapes and make some wine.  And just to be clear I’m not talking tour the vineyards and taste wine all day, I’m talking work.  No matter the weather conditions, however many hours a day, bugs be damn, whatever harvest calls for is what I’ll be doing.  I’m half scared (I mean I’m really not cut out for physical labor) half excited beyond belief.  And I’ll be taking you all along for the ride through a digital diary on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook so make sure you’re following to see what a day in the life of a vintner is really like.  Cheers!  truly, MKR

P.S. I’m also sharing my Crostini 7 Ways recipe from above over on the La Crema’s Blog so while you’re checking out Virtual Vintner make sure you grab that for your next dinner party. 

*La Crema Pinot Noir & Chardonnay  ||  Faux Bois Plates, Waiting On Martha  ||  Olive Oil Plates, Dipping Dishes, & Olive Oil Container, Waiting On Martha  ||  Wine & Water Glasses, One Kings Lane  ||  Gold Silverware, One Kings Lane (sold out, similar HERE)  ||  Vases, Waiting On Martha (email for availability)  ||  Silver Spreaders, Waiting On Martha (email for availability)  ||  Coasters, Waiting On Martha  ||  Napkins, Ice Milk Aprons c/o  ||   Candles Sticks, Pottery Barn  ||  Striped Taper Candles, Waiting On Martha  ||  Salt & Pepper Cellars, Waiting On Martha  ||  Antique Silver Condiment Set, Pottery Barn c/o  ||  Pig Cutting Board, Williams Sonoma  ||  Feathers, Pottery Barn  ||  Lighting, Currey & Company

**Photography, Rustic White  ||  This post was sponsored by La Crema a brand I love and adore.  Recipes and opinions are 100% my own.

Trending Tots

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One.  Babyletto Hudson convertible crib (so chic and a great price)  ||  Two.  Gap sneaks  ||  Three.  Giraffe tray  ||  Four.  Mustache pacifier  ||  Five.  Fiona Walker felt elephant head ( or these guys and also matching hooks also available)  ||  Six.  Hippo hair brush  ||  Seven.  The Dude cashmere sweater (a MUST for any Big Lebowski fans)  ||  Eight.  Gorman cat ceramic wall hanging  ||  Nine.  Ice Cream flashcard tray  ||  Ten.  Baby Oeuf coffee cup  ||  Eleven.  Alphabet Bin  ||  Twelve.  Baby Oeuf VW Bus  ||  Thirteen.  Sterling silver rattle  ||  Fourteen.  Sugar Paper petite moccasins print  ||  Fifteen.  Alphabet blocks  ||  Sixteen.  Maileg pirate ship toys  ||  Seventeen.  J. Crew Heart Me cashmere blanket      

P.S.  And just to put minds to rest I am NOT expecting a tot of my own, simply loving on everyone around me who is (or was) and oooohing and aaaaaahing over all the stinking cute kids stuff.

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The Sweetest Thing

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I spoke briefly yesterday about my personal style.  Part girly, part tomboy.  And this outfit is the perfect example of that combo.  The sweetness of the kate spade top (literally as the top is covered in candies) combined with the hardness of black coated zipped jeans is just enough girly and just enough tomboy to make me completely happy.  truly, MKR

*Top, kate spade new york (old, but I love THIS or THIS one)  ||  Jeans, Madewell  ||  Shoes, kate spade new york (old, but I love THESE and THESE)  ||  Bag, Givenchy (old, similar HERE and I love THIS and THIS less expensive version)  ||  Phone Case, Minnie & Emma c/o  ||  Sunnies, Marc Jacobs  ||  Necklace, Moon & Lola c/o  ||  Earrings, Baublebar  ||  Nail Polish, OPI  ||  Lipstick, NARS 

P.S.  Fellow bloggers my amazing photographer Chelsey has created “blogger specific” packages so if you’re in the market make sure to check out her site!

**Photography, Chelsey Heirdorn  ||  Location, Cafe Intermezzo Dunwoody

On My Mind, September

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No. 1, Chunky Sweaters.  I picked up this one from Zara and have my eye on this gem and these fabulous sweater capes.  Throw them on with a boyfriend button down, leggings, and boots for the perfect everyday outfit.

No. 2, Back to School Essentials.  You’re never to old for “back to school” shopping and there’s nothing better then the smell of freshly sharpened pencils and a new planner just waiting to be filled up.

No. 3, France.  The Mr. and I are planning a big trip to France this spring to celebrate a my birthday and we may just renew our vows.  I mean how can I pass up some major photo opps on the streets of Paris or a field of lavender?

No. 4, Men’s Accessories.  I would classify my style as feminine-tomboy (if that even makes sense) and along with boyfriend jeans, button downs, and loafers I’m also mildly obsessed with men’s accessories.  From this Daniel Wellington watch to an extra large gold signet ring, borrowed from the boys has never looked so good.

No. 5, Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes.  No explanation needed.

No. 6, Wine Country.  While wine is always on my mind, its more so now than ever.  I’ll be headed back to Cali, specifically Sonoma, next week for an exciting partnership with La Crema which I’ll be sharing more about on Friday, but in the mean time lets just say I’ve never been so excited to spend my favorite time of year (fall) checking off a major item on my bucket list.  So that’s me, whats on your mind this September?  truly, MKR

*Sweater, Zara  ||  Pencils, Waiting On Martha  ||  Oui & Non Matchboxes, Waiting On Martha  ||  Sunnies, Rayban  ||  Watch, Daniel Wellington  ||  Quills, Pottery Barn  ||  “M” Necklace, Moon & Lola c/0  ||  “Wine Me Up” opener, Pottery Barn  

**All images original to Waiting On Martha