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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.


Juniper + Smoke Marshmallows


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!


assymetrical + organic wreath tutorial

diy organic wreath tutorial

A happy winter solstice to you all—yesterday was the shortest day of the year. And so the light creeps back in. To celebrate, we invited my friend, floral & event designer Kaitlin Zermeno of Petaline (check her out for floral inspiration + she’s available to travel for events big and small worldwide), to give us a tutorial for organic, free-form wreaths. I’ve been wanting to make an explosive wreath with wild sprigs and tendrils, and now I finally know how. The dripping birch wreath (third from the right) & the one with the bit of ribbon are my attempts. I’m quite pleased with them, and given my dismal wreath efforts of the past, it was satisfying to figure out how to make the wreaths I’d long admired from afar. Along with the wreaths we have some inspiration for your winter table from ours including mini organic shaped wreaths for each place setting—same principle applies as the big ones! And also…a little peek of my new dining room!


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