Punch Bowl Cake

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One of my go-to, tried and true, easy breezy, always a crowd pleaser dessert is my mother’s homemade punch bowl cake.  Not only is it a showstopper because of its sheer size, but it really is one of the easier, and if you can believe it, healthier desserts I make.  Easy because you can bake everything from scratch or in a pinch simply buy a lot of the ingredients pre-made.  Healthy-ish because I use angel food cake (the lowest calorie and least amount of sugar cake), a ton of fresh fruit, and you can even sub in lite or sugar free pudding and whip cream.  And show stopping, well because look at it.  It’s a beast.  Which makes it perfect when you’re tasked with making dessert for the party.  And just a thought, but how amazing would this be split up into individual mason jars and tied with a ribbon and spoon!?  I think I know what I’m making for our Labor Day fiesta.  truly, MKR

Punch Bowl Cake
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
  1. 3 cups of strawberries, washed and sliced
  2. 2 cans of diced pineapples, drained
  3. 2 Bananas, sliced
  4. 1 Box Instant Vanilla Pudding
  5. 2 Angel Food Cakes (homemade or store bought)
  6. 4 cups Whipped Cream (homemade or store bought)
  7. For the homemade Whipped Cream
  8. 3 cups heavy cream
  9. 3 ounces sugar
  10. A few dashes of vanilla
  11. For the homemade Angel Food Cake (makes 2 cakes)
  12. 2-1/2 cups egg whites (about 18)
  13. 3 cups sugar, divided
  14. 2 cups cake flour
  15. 2-1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  16. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  17. 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  18. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. For the Angel Food Cake (makes 2 cakes)
  2. Place oven rack to the lowest position and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Sift 1 cup sugar and flour together twice, set aside.
  4. In a large bowl beat egg whites in a large bowl, cream of tartar, extracts and salt on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar 2 tablespoons at a time, beating on high until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold in flour mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time.
  5. Spoon into two ungreased 10-in. tube pans. Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned and entire top appears dry. Immediately invert pan; cool completely, about 1 hour.
  6. To remove cake run a knife around side and center tube of pan.
  7. For the Whipped Cream
  8. Whip cream, sugar and vanilla together until you have soft peaks
  9. For the Punch Bowl Cake
  10. Prepare the pudding mix per instructions on the package.
  11. Cut 1/4 of the top off each cake.
  12. Place the largest half of the cake on the bottom of your trifle bowl and fill in the center of your cake (where the hole is) with pieces from the top of the cake you cut off. Try to make it as flat and even as possible.
  13. Evenly layer bananas, vanilla pudding, pineapple, strawberries, and whip cream as many times and as high as your punch cake bowl will allow. Make sure you completely cover the cake and fill in the sides with each layer as you go. And make sure to layer the bananas first, this will prevent the cake from getting soggy as it chills.
  14. Place in your refrigerator and let chill for 1-2 hours before serving.
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Blue & White All Over, Tory Burch Table


For me there’s nothing more classic, and coveted, than blue and white.  So when Tory Burch debuted her new hand painted table line last week, well let’s just say I know what I’ll be asking for come Christmas time.  Inspired by the 19th century English ceramics that both Tory and her mother Reva collect, the blue and white pieces can be easily mix and matched, dressed up or down, and are a must for any blue and white addicts like myself. Shop the entire line collection below, and happy entertaining Loves!  truly, MKR 

Pajamas, A Love Affair + A Plum Pretty Sugar Giveaway

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I love pajamas.  Love them.  In fact, on the rare Saturday where I have little or nothing to do you won’t see me out of my pajamas till well into the afternoon.  There’s just something so lovely about sleeping and waking (and lounging all day) in a beautiful pair of pajamas.  And you won’t find pajamas any more beautiful than Plum Pretty Sugar pajamas.

Inspired by the idea of breezy happiness against a backdrop of easy living chic, Charlotte Hale founded Plum Pretty Sugar in 2009.  Charlotte sought to bring cozy comfort, feminine details, and blushing touches to apparel, adornment and interiors.  I would say Charlotte has succeeded.  

I’ve been living (like living) in their robe, romper, and lounge pants and this boyfriend shirt is next on my list.  Well the boyfriend shirt and entire BHLDN + PPS collection.  I mean who can choose, I love them all and I just know you will to.  In fact I’m so sure of it we’re spreading that love and giving WOM readers the chance to win a pair of Plum Pretty Sugar pajamas to call their own.  Whichever set the winner’s heart desires because as Charlotte often says, “we are awake to dream.”  Happy Monday Loves, and good luck!  truly, MKR 

*Robe, Plum Pretty Sugar c/o  ||  Romper, Plum Pretty Sugar c/o  ||  Eye Mask, Plum Pretty Sugar c/o  ||  Nailpolish, Nars  ||  Bedding, Crane & Canopy c/o  ||  Moroccan Pouf, Waiting On Martha  ||  African Juju Hat, Waiting On Martha  ||  Pom Pom Herringbone Throw, Waiting On Martha  ||  Tall Vase, kate spade new york c/o  ||  Small Vase, Dwell Studio  ||  Carafe, Jonathan Adler  ||  Coasters, Waiting On Martha  ||  Muse Candle, Jonathan Adler (also available in gold)  ||  Chandelier, Restoration Hardware  ||  Nightstand, Restoration Hardware  ||  Lamp, Restoration Hardware  ||  Rug, Hayneedle  ||  Throw Pillows, Waiting On Martha (please email for availability)

**Photography, Rustic White  ||  This post is sponsored by Plum Pretty Sugar, a brand I love and adore.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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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

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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

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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



Nourish || Snacking Smartly

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If you read THIS then you know I’m really focusing on reigning in my current binge like habits for a walk on the healthier side of things.  And one of those habits that I’m focused on is snacking smartly.  For me when it comes to snacking I fall into two very classic scenarios.  When working from my home studio  I become a food grazer (food grazer being one who eats a little bit here and there all day).  It’s said being a grazer is actually the healthiest was to live, that is when you’re grazing on anything other than ice cream, cupcakes, or whatever sugary or salty recipe I’m creating that day.  On the flip side when I’m out on set styling a shoot, traveling, or anything that takes me away from my studio I tend not to eat all day so when 6:00 o’clock rolls around I’m so hangry (hungry + angry) I show no restraint at dinner which usually means pizza and wine.  Both scenarios I’m sure relatable to most all of you out there, and both scenarios I’ve found can be answered with a simple plan to snack smartly.  Enter Nourish Snacks.  My new go-to for healthy snacks. 

Joy Bauer, Nutrition Expert on the Today Show dreamed up Nourish Snacks to “create a convenient way to enjoy delicious, good-for-you snacks every day.”  And by good for you she means simple, healthy ingredients with no GMOs, no artificial colors or sweeteners, no harmful preservatives, and most importantly no more than 200 calories per pack.  You can subscribe and receive a box each week, or simply shop a la carte.  They’re the perfect size to stash in my purse for long days away from the studio and there are SO many snack combos to choose from you’ll never get bored.  While I like each and every one I’ve tried (no joke, I like them all), I’d have to say my favorites are Chili’n In The Corn’r, Cashew Colada, and PB Jammin’.  Eat Happy!  truly, MKR

*All images original to Waiting On Martha.  This post was sponsored by Nourish Snacks, a brand I absolutely adore.  Opinions are 100% my own.

Currently Coveting || The Scarf Necklace

The scarf necklace by MIGNONNE GAVIGAN NEW YORK as seen on Waiting On Martha

A few weeks ago while perusing some of my favorite blogs I saw the most amazing necklace.  Or was it a scarf?  Who knew?  All I knew is I wanted it, but with time being what time is (a thief), I simply pinned the image and moved on with my day.  Then I saw it again (a different design, but I knew it had to be the same).  So I took this as a sign from the universe and clicked over to Mignonne Gavigan.  MG is the insanely talented creator of these amazing scarf necklaces that I am now lusting, coveting, wish listing, obsessing, etc, etc, over.  Not only are they some of the most exquisite pieces I’ve laid my eyes on in awhile, they’re so original, which is hard to come by these days.  Plus they would go perfectly with my uniform of boyfriend shirts and jeans.  Now the questions, which one?  truly, MKR

Juice It || My Top 3 Juice Recipes

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So I’ve been on a bit of a bender.  Like a sugar, carb, wine, exercise-whats-that? bender.  And while I kind of live for those type of moments (don’t judge) I always know whats on the other side of that throw-caution-to-the-wind attitude.  Detox.

 Truthfully, I’m a juicer.  I have been before it was “cool.”  I’m one of those equal part french fries and wheat grass kind of gal.  But when I tip the scales too far into the fried side of things I know what will get me back on track…my Vitamix and Hurom juicer (you can even do wheat grass in it).  Well that and no processed sugar, no gluten, and no dairy for two weeks.  And while it may sound miserable to some, by day three I promise you’ll feel amazing.  Like 10 years younger, my skin looks ridiculous amazing.  

Now I don’t just juice.  Typically I juice until dinner for a few days or juice for breakfast and dinner but have a healthy lunch.  Just enough to cleanse and get me back on track and remind my body that “hey, I love being healthy.”  So my Loves the next two weeks I’ll be focusing a lot on healthy habits.  Don’t worry the cocktails and sugary treats will back in no time, but for now I wanted to share the three juices that are on my current rotation, all from the new book Juice It!  And I’d love to know, what are some of your healthy habits?  truly, MKR  

*All images original to Waiting On Martha

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The Essentials

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During a recent interview I was asked what my everyday wardrobe essentials are?  And while I wanted to say “Louboutins and LBDs of course” that’s just not my reality.  Between the shop, the blog, and styling which often has me trekking through who-knows-what-wilderness-to-get-the-perfect-shot my reality is much more, well…grounded in reality.  So if we’re telling truths my everyday essentials can be boiled down to six items.

Button down boyfriend shirts, hats, silky shorts or pants, layered jewelry, a large bag, and the perfect shoe.  The perfect shoe is really the key.  A few months ago while in Dallas I was introduced to Yosi Samra which have quickly become my go-to.  The Corey sandals (pictured above) have barley left my feet all summer and once the weather begins to turn I know the same will be said about the Preslie (I have them in neutral but how beautiful is the white?).  And the fold up flats are stashed in my gym bag, car, and travel carry on so whenever I do wear my 5 inch heels and they start to take their toll I have a quick fix.  So Loves, I’d love to hear what are your everyday essentials?  truly, MKR

*Shirt, Madewell  ||  Shorts, Aqua (sold out similar HERE)  ||  Hat, David & Young c/o (also love this one)  ||  Bag, Sole Society on MAJOR SALE c/0 (I also love this one)  ||  Corey sandals, Yosi Samra c/o  ||  Preslie flats, Yosi Samra c/o  ||  Samantha fold-up flats, Yosi Samra c/o  ||  Sunnies, Ray Ban  ||  Watch, Cartier  ||  Tassel Bracelets, Gold & Gray  ||  Taner wrapped cuff bracelets, Gorjana & Griffin c/o  ||  Aurora long necklace, Gorjana & Griffin c/0  ||  Hashtag necklace, Moon & Lola c/o (sold out similar HERE)  ||  Tessa earrings, Kendra Scott  c/o  ||  Marina midi ring, Gorjana & Griffin c/o  ||  Cross My Heart ring, Gorjana & Griffin c/o  ||  Mesa ring, Gorjana & Griffin c/o  ||  Bali ring to wrist bracelet, Gorjana & Griffin c/o  ||  

**Photography, Chelsey Heidorn

07.25 This Week I…

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay       *The Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay 

…loved all over Fresh Love’s new wedding invitation line.  Especially The Hostess and The Mysterious suite.  So good!

…decided this DIY was a must for any bedside table (with WOM goodies included of course)!

…restocked some bestselling pineapples, napkins, binders, vases, and starbursts.

…felt blue and white calling my name to visit Portugal’s second city.

…shopped the Nordstrom anniversary sale and snagged my go-to sweater (I wore it in grey all last year), the perfect pink palette, and some shoes for the Mr.

…asked for your help in choosing the next Occasions Magazine cover.

…crossed several cities off the list, and planned for more.

…still swooning over the love we received from Southern Living Magazine.

…agreed with OKL on a few wine country faves.

…added lots of new goodies to The Shop including a quickly becoming cult classic candle.

…swooned over IHOD’s pics from 30A.  

…thought about butter.  Yum!

…attended the most fabulous garden party at Hunted Interior’s casa.

…scored a dress I’ve been stalking on MAJOR sale plus this one for good measure.

…started planning for 2015 with these 17 month kate spade new york planners (they begin in August and run through 2015).

…played hookie today and escaped to the lake for some much needed R&R.  TGIF Loves!  truly, MKR

*All images original to Waiting On Martha



Help Choose The Next Cover Of Occasions Magazine

Occasions-Cover       *Option 1

Occasionscover1       *Option 2

If you follow along on Instagram you may have seen a few behind the scenes (#bts) shots of Occasions Magazine’s fall issue.  Well we’re about ready to go to print, but we need your help.  We can’t decide which image we’d like to see on the cover, option 1 or option 2?  Tell us what you think below and as a thank you one lucky voter will win a $50 American Express Gift card and a free Copy of Occasions, Weddings Fall 2014.  I know which one I’m leaning towards, but I can’t wait to hear what y’all think!  truly, MKR

*Concept & Styling, Waiting On Martha  ||  Photography, Rustic White  ||  Florals, Lindsay Coletta Designs  ||  Hair & Makeup, Jennifer C. Nieman  ||  Rentals, Crush Event Rentals  ||  Location, Ambient Plus Studios  ||  Gown, Sarah Seven  ||  Accessories, Bloomingdales & The Sentimentalist


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