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upstate new york guide & hudson woods home

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I’m excited to introduce the first of many inspiring interior features to come along with a little weekend travel guide for the Hudson Valley / Catskills area of upstate New York from our trip there this past November. When we had a chance to hop up to Hudson Wood’s beautiful modern cabin for a stay courtesy of Brick and Wonder, an agency that curates the most amazing real estate in the world, the stuff dreams are made of, no joke. Give them a look for more dream homes than I can handle, and follow them on Instagram for constant inspiration. I hope to have the chance to photograph more of their interiors—a girl can dream. We, obviously, jumped at the opportunity as a) it made a perfect first trip away from home for Eula & a quiet get away as a family with lots of fires and farm stalls and b) look at this house. We even managed to catch the very last of the fiery autumn leaves. The home is full of furniture and objects by local makers & artisans, and the space itself is a modern take on a cabin in the woods with walls of windows and an open kitchen & living area. Find interior photos, and a link to sources for the furniture, goods, and appliances in the house, and a long list of our favorite spots, eats, and shops in the area for a weekend upstate! Either that or you could just hole up here, build a fire, and never leave…
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overnight oats with bee pollen, goji berry, and coconut

creamy overnight oats with bee pollen, goji berries, and coconut

People like to ask questions about morning routines. It’s a source of endless fascination. I’ve been asked that question so many times: what’s your morning routine? They seem to be expecting an inspiring answer. I hate to disappoint. I end up saying something about not being a morning person. Or maybe I describe my idyllic morning, the morning routine I wish I had. And this was all before I had a baby. I love the idea of mornings, but they don’t love me. The reality is this: I don’t have a morning routine and never have. I sleep as long as humanly possible. Which is why overnight oats & a glass of milk are my friend—not just because they’re a New Year’s resolution friendly dose of morning protein, nutrients, and a great superfood vehicle. But that too.

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Juniper + Smoke Marshmallows

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Hello fellow last minute gifters! I have your hail mary: marshmallows that taste like winter holidays. They get a piney, smokey flavor from a simple syrup made with peat smoked scotch whiskey and juniper berries. Sound weird? It’s not; they’re perfect for bobbing in winter hot chocolates. You’ll want to find the smokiest scotch your local liquor store has. I love The Peat Monster scotch for this recipe, but just ask for the peatiest, smokiest scotch they have. Can’t find it? Don’t sweat it; use water and have juniper marshmallows. Other than the scotch you’ll just need some gelatin packets from the store along with juniper berries (you can find them in the spice section at Whole Foods), sugar, and clear corn syrup. I originally developed & shot this recipe for a collaboration with KitchenAid, but this is my slightly updated version. Trust me, I’ve been making marshmallows obsessively for years…they were one of the first recipes on this blog! My favorite flavorings back then were Earl Grey Marshmallows laced with Salted Lapsang Souchong Caramel as well as Smokey Oak Marshmallows (another great way to get smokey flavor). You can check out those recipes (along with their horrible photos!) for more mallowspiration. For more DIY gift ideas you can check out our preserved lemons, granola, and balsam fir syrup. Anyways, I had these photos laying around from that shoot a couple of months back, and it seemed like the perfect time to share them for all my fellow procrastinators getting elfy this Christmas eve! It’s all my favorite things: marshmallows, marble, and hints of copper & pink. Merry Christmas!

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