Everyday Entertaining

Apple, Cinnamon Thyme Sangria

An easy fall cocktail you can make in batch form well before the guests arrive
Filed Under > Cocktail Hour

(As Pictured: Acrylic Pitcher / Berry & Thread Goblets / Napkins (sold out similar HERE / Board)

With cooler temps on the horizon, and having burnt through two pumpkin candles already it’s safe to say I’m officially in the fall mindset. Which along with breaking out the cozy throws, boots and sweaters means I’ll also be trading in my summer spritz with something a bit more savory. Enter my Apple Cinnamon Thyme Sangria.

Easy to make, and even easier to drink this sangria has all the flavors you crave when cooler temps hit, but also gets a fresh note from lemon and thyme and the champagne keeps it light since we know the hot weather isn’t quite done with us yet.

Like many Sangrias this one is better if everything except the champagne, sits overnight so it’s easy to make ahead of time and in large batches for guests. This Sangria gets an extra elevated feel by serving it in our favorite Berry & Thread Goblets topped with a fresh cinnamon stick.

Try it out this season, and pro tip. As the temps do keep dropping feel free to be a bit more heavy-handed with the bourbon. Enjoy! MKR

Apple Cinnamon Thyme Sangria


  1. apple juice (1 gallon)
  2. lemon slices (2-3 lemons)
  3. lemon juice (1/2 cup)
  4. prosecco / or champagne (1 bottle)
  5. bourbon (1 cup)
  6. fresh thyme
  7. cinnamon sticks
  8. apples (2-3 apples)

Mix together the apple juice/cider, lemons and lemon juices, thyme, cinnamon, apple slices, and bourbon. Let sit for at least 30 minutes, but can be made ahead and sit overnight.

Before serving add a bottle of prosecco and pour over ice. Garnish with additional fresh fruit and thyme if desired.

An At-Home Bar Upgrade

Mixing up at home cocktails with Garden & Gun and Blade and Bow
Filed Under > "Hostess with the Mostest"

I’ve always been a fan of a great at-home bar. I strongly believe it’s a must-learn life skill to mix up classic cocktails, and as an avid host, it’s important to provide an array of libations for your guests at a moment’s notice.

Now more than ever, with the amount of time we’re spending at home, a great home bar has truly become a necessity. While I have a few bar carts and drink stations set up around my home, nothing has upgraded the experience quite like my recently acquired Field Bar, a collaboration between Garden & Gun and Blade and Bow.

This bar is unlike any you’ve ever seen. Handcrafted in York, South Carolina, by the father-son team at Leake Furniture Makers, this expandable bar is made from cherry wood and brass. When closed, you’d have no idea what treasures are held inside: four crystal rocks glasses, a bar set by Lost Cove Jewelry, a custom throw and a custom set of napkins, both in Blade and Bow plaid. It’s also equipped with plenty of drawers and compartments to stow your other cocktail accouterments.

A true showstopper, the Field Bar reminds me of antique curio cabinets—the kind you would fold out to sit down and pen a letter. This is a true piece of art, but one that can travel. (When we’re allowed to travel again, that is).

If you’re looking for a last-minute holiday gift that’s sure to wow, put the Field Bar on your list. And don’t forget to add a bottle of Blade and Bow Bourbon as spirits aren’t included! Truly, MKR

In partnership with Garden & Gun, photography Kathryn McCrary

Waiting On Martha’s Build-Your-Own Charcuterie Board

With my very first ever designed product I wanted to put the easy back in entertaining!
Filed Under > "Hostess with the Mostest"

In the 8 years that I’ve had my Blog I’ve written a lot of great posts, I’ve had a lot of amazing partnerships, and I’ve traveled to a lot of dreamy places. Truly, this blog has allowed me to do, see and experience things I never would have imagined in a millions years. But today my Friends, today is one for the books. Today, I’m thrilled to be sharing my first ever designed product; a Build-Your-Own Charcuterie Board. Yep, you heard me right I’ve created a map to the perfect meat and cheese board.

With my first EVER designed product I wanted to put the easy back into entertaining! And there’s nothing more entertaining than a great charcuterie board, but easy they are not. Especially lately when it seems boards are becoming larger and more intricate than ever. So I thought, why not create board that had it all laid out, a map if you will. So thats just what I did, with a little help of course.

First we started with my favorite board that we sell at Waiting On Martha Home, a beautiful 30 x 10 maple wood board from Maple Leaf Designs Texas. We then had the map hand stamped/engraved on to the board in our handwritten font that was made just for Waiting On Martha.

Finally, we had the board fired in the kiln until it reaches a deep walnut brown coloring and finished off with butcher block conditioner. While I originally wanted to keep the board its original light maple color I quickly realized it gets messy. By darkening this thermal ash board you can lay everything directly down on the board then simply wash it away at the end of the night keeping it as functional as it is beautiful.

And that’s it, simply follow the step by step instructions engraved on the board and you’ll have the perfect appetizer board every time! And trust me when I say it will be perfect as I tested it many, many times even measuring out cheese wedges to try to make everything the perfect size. And if you consider yourself an expert we’ve got you covered too. The engraving is easily covered up as so you can feel free to get creative. However, you will find plenty of suggestions and definitions on our map such as: olives, vehicles (with suggestions for different crackers & breads), stinky cheese (with a listing of some of our favorite stinky cheeses), honey, sliced fruits (with suggestions of different fruits), salami with definition of salami, seasonal (with some ideas for seasonal foods), hard cheese (with a listing of some of our favorite hard cheeses), jam,  (with suggestions for different crackers & breads), soft cheese (with a listing of some of our favorite soft cheeses), nuts,  and prosciutto with definition of prosciutto.

This really is the perfect gift to give to yourself or to the host you love the most this holiday season. And from the bottom of my heart thank you to all that have supported me on this journey. It’s been a ride! xo, MKR

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