delighted ISSUE FIVE | SUMMER 2013
08 Seasonal Home Finds
28 Etsy Success
48 DIY Centerpieces
12 Caroline’s Room Tour
38 Doing Good
62 Weekend Brunch
18 Home Tour
44 From the Desk of
68 Summertime Recipe 72 Snack Station 78 Madeline’s 2nd Birthday
84 What’s In Her Beach Bag?
04 Editor’s Letter 06 Contributors 74 Giveaway
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I can hardly believe it…Delighted is celebrating its first anniversary! I am so grateful to you, the reader, for your support for Delighted over the past twelve months. I have appreciated your emails, your facebook follows, your words of encouragement, your contributions, everything! The idea for Delighted came from my desire for a creative outlet and a need to personally challenge myself. I chose to fill pages with things I adore, things that interest me, and things that make me smile. I love hearing real-life stories from business owners, mothers, designers, and those who devote themselves to giving back. It has been great fun to “virtually” meet talented people from around the globe whose creativity and style fill the pages each issue. As Delighted begins its second year, you will notice a few aesthetic changes (hence the new logo) but our content wil cosistently bring ideas and inspriation for living a full life.
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Carolines’ Room Design & Photography by Marianne Brown, White + Gold Design
Four-year-old Caroline’s bedroom is not your typical child’s room. It’s delicate yet playful style is a perfect example of how pretty can work just as well as—or even better than—cutesy.
Q&A With Mom and Designer Marianne Brown What is your favorite feature of Caroline’s bedroom? My favorite feature of Caroline’s bedroom is her bed. It was mine when I was young, and my parents had bought it at an estate sale in Washington D.C., so it’s quite old. It used to be white with the rope detail painted green and I decided to paint it a french blue with white rope detail because I thought it would be a fun color combination with the red and white custom-made striped duvet.
What design values did you use when decorating the space? I am normally drawn to very classic, neutral spaces but with this room I wanted to use happy colors. There is something about the rooms of sweet children that deserve to be peaceful and happy places. That's why I used
some bright colors but made sure there was still a nice calming feel to it at the same time.
to put a cute play tent, but I feel like those decor items might be better in the playroom.
Nostalgia. I love adding vintage pieces. Things that I grew up with, and even things their grandmothers had when they were young (like the Bunnykins china and vintage framed art and photos). I think it not only helps give them a sense of where they came from, but vintage pieces have a sweet innocent quality to them.
Any other tips?
Cleanliness. With how messy the playroom gets, I wanted her bedroom to be clean in both decor and clutter and germs. I remember reading a few articles that said you sleep better when your room is clean and free of distraction, so that is exactly what I aimed for. At times I feel like the walls need more decor or I want
The most successful rooms in your homes will always be achieved by putting a lot of thought and meaning into the rooms. Decorating just to decorate is never as fulfilling for me as decorating with the person in mind and infusing a lot of personal touches that will enrich the lives of those living in the room. Designwise I could have done a lot more to Caroline’s room, but I edited on purpose, chose comfort over style, and didn’t go over the top because I want a sort of simpleness and calmness to be communicated to her through the decor.
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home tour DESIGN Paige Loczi of LOCZIdesign PHOTOGRAPHY Bryan Alberstat
ristin's goals around remodeling centered around the desire to fully inhabit her home. She'd recently split from her boyfriend who'd been living there and she wanted to 'reclaim' her space and have her home reflect who she was in the present. She used the opportunity to breathe new life into her home and invest in making it special for herself. We replaced the windows, revamped the attic, remodeled the bathrooms and then finished with decorative elements of furniture, paint and wall coverings. The custom vanities, tile design and custom color mixes allowed Kristin's Victorian to come to life and remind her of all her unique qualities.
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What was your main inspiration for Kristinâ€™s remodel?
What is your favorite element in this remodel?
What is your design point of view?
I loved Kristin's art and pottery collection. She has gathered pieces from her travels so each is filled with sentiment and a sense of place; those are great references to anchor any design. Too, Kristin's home is situated high on the hill in Noe Valley, San Francisco. Her stunning views overlook the city and the Bay.
While I love the game room in the former attic, I really love her Master bath. We incorporated ceramic tiles from a trip to Morocco into a pinwheel design. It's simple and very effective.
I strive to create balance and truth in communication, design and life. Scale and layered texture delights me and quality elements made with mastery and love always endure. Lastly, design requires collaboration. Nothing brings me greater joy than discovering and creating beauty and working with others to achieve something great.
What design style is your favorite? I am a Mid Century modern fan.
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Etsy Success Interview with Lisa Willis of Missive Photography by Lisa Willis
EVERY SO OFTEN YOU FIND A STATIONERY DESIGNER WHOSE WORK MAKES YOU SMILE. LISA WILLIS OF MISSIVE IS ONE OF THOSE DESIGNERS. HER STYLE IS THOUGHTFUL, CLASSIC AND OH SO PRETTY.
When did you open your Etsy shop and what inspired you to do so? My Etsy storefront opened for business on August 30, 2009. I had been thinking about it for quite some time and through the encouragement of my supportive husband and a fellow artist friend, I took the leap. I had an awareness of Etsy for probably two years prior to opening my shop, so I decided that I would try selling some of the letterpress stationery I had been making as gifts for friends and family. Did you study design in school? How did you learn the art of letterpress? I was actually a studio art major—I loved all things art and design-related, especially art history. I was still exploring different career options in college and after I graduated I took a position as a graphic designer with a market research firm— I’ve been a designer in various roles ever since! I most recently left a freelance design position
at a large financial institution when my son was born, and during my maternity leave, I decided I would work on growing my letterpress business so that I could have the flexibility to spend time with my son. I learned the art of letterpress by taking several classes over the years at San Francisco Center for the Book as well as taking private lessons by retired printers. Letterpress requires lots of practice and patience. Now that I’m wearing several hats: mom, designer, letterpress printer and business owner, my husband has stepped in to help and now does a great deal of the printing in our Treasure Island studio, including production of my new greeting card line. How would you describe your design aesthetic? I would describe it as clean and classic with a twist. I’m a lover of simple elegance and I never met a script font I didn’t like! I have an equal appreciation for
vintage and modern and blending the two can be fun and interesting. What most inspires your designs? I’ve always been interested in interior design and I’m fascinated by patterns and classic motifs, so I think a lot of my inspiration comes from the that area. If I’m having one of those dreaded creative blocks, you might find me at a rare books fair or flea market in search of antique ephemera. I have a large collection of rare alphabets and 19th century engraving-style illustrations that are just waiting to come to life in letterpress, so It all depends on how I’m feeling at the time. I had actually never set out to become a greeting card designer, but once I began combining vintage imagery with text and doing some of my own illustration, card design became somewhat of an addiction! I now have three different lines in my letterpress card collec-
tion—signature, calligraphy. What is Missive?
In addition to my line of preprinted letterpress cards and stationery, I also provide a complete design experience for my couture clients who want unique, high quality event or social stationery. I work one-on-one with couples and individuals to create something all their own, whether it be monogrammed stationery, calling cards, or a full wedding stationery suite. I’m also a big believer in good customer service. I’ve been praised for just answering email in a timely manner—I think clients appreciate individual attention these days, especially in a world that has gone digital. Clients don’t want to feel like they made a purchase, then were forgotten. Because my husband does much of the letterpress printing these days, we can usually complete the process of custom design and printing in the same amount of time it takes other stationers to simply print a design from their collection of templates. What was the greatest challenge you faced during your first year in business? Driving traffic to my Etsy shop was definitely challenging. There are so many sellers
on Etsy and more signing up each day, so you are sort of a needle in a haystack. I can’t stress enough the importance of accurate descriptions and keywords for your products. It can mean the difference between being found...and not being found! What has been your most exciting sale or learning experience since starting Missive? My most exciting sale was my first sale on Etsy! My first customer contacted me about ordering a large quantity of a stationery design she saw in my shop. Having that first sale be a sizable one was great for building confidence and prompted me to continue creating and printing more of my designs. What is the best business advice you’ve received? Don’t wait any longer and don’t overthink it! You are going to make mistakes—everyone does. I think the key is learning from those mistakes, having patience and not being too critical of yourself.You will eventually get to where you want to be with your business, if you truly love what you are doing. Can you tell us about a business risk you took since starting Missive? What came of it? I’d have to say that buying 4,000 pounds of heavy, in-
dustrial machinery was a little scary! My first printing press was a Chandler and Price tabletop model that weighs in at 200 pounds, but I quickly realized that in order to do larger pieces, such as wedding invitations, you need a larger press. So my husband found an old Kluge letterpress and convinced me to purchase it. Since then, our family of presses has grown. We now have a floor model Chandler and Price from 1912 and are looking to add something a little more lady-like, such as a Golding Pearl. Acquiring these larger presses has enabled me to begin printing both limited edition letterpress art and wedding invitation suites which has helped grow my business. Can you walk us through a typical work day? I always start my day with a Blue Bottle Coffee latté, followed by checking my email and responding to inquiries from the day before. Some days I have several online orders to fulfill in the morning, so that involves packaging and shipping. If I have custom stationery orders, they are usually printed in the afternoon. Letterpress is a timeconsuming print method and I generally only have enough time to do one or two print runs each day—most people don’t realize that with letter-
press, each different ink color the design has requires cleaning and re-inking the press as well as makeready (perfect alignment of the printing plates and adjusting impression and inking). Sometimes the makeready takes longer than actual print time, especially when you are dealing with eccentric antique presses! How do you balance home life with work life (especially being a mom!)? I’ll be the first to admit I used to be very happy spending hours looking at pretty pictures on Pinterest! But after welcoming a baby boy to our family last year, I’ve had to limit distractions in order to spend as much quality time as possible with him while keeping my business on track and meeting deadlines for design and letterpress projects. I am very fortunate in that my business allows me to stay home with my son, but I do have to set
boundaries. After four years of selling on Etsy, I’ve just launched my own custom portfolio and ecommerce site at missivepress. com, and I will say that I’m very happy to have checked that one off of my never-ending to-do list! Of course, it will grow and evolve—I plan on adding a line of wedding and baby stationery, but all in due time.
magazine which was truly one of those ‘pinch me’ moments that will keep me creating!
What has been the most rewarding part of owning a small business?
What are some of your favorite Etsy shops?
As a small design and letterpress studio, seeing my own work in print has been very rewarding—there is something about owning the whole process from concept to design to finished letterpress piece that is truly amazing. It’s nice not having to compromise your vision for a project when you are your own art director and printer. Also, my stationery recently appeared in the March/April issue of Victoria
Can you recommend any books or resources to aspiring entrepreneurs? Yes, these two are a great place to start: Craft, Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco and The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin
House Inhabit Jenny Lee Fowler Trendy Pillows Whitney Smith Pottery
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Wearing is Giving Don’t you love it when a fashion-forward company strives to make life better for people around the world? FIGS is one of those companies. Founder and CEO, Heather Hasson, gives us a glimpse into the world of starting and running a business that gives back.
Interview with Heather Hasson What does FIGS stand for and what exactly is it? FIGS stands for Fashion Inspires Global Sophistication. We are here to inspire the world through fashion. When a child puts on a school uniform or a healthcare provider puts on a medical uniform, their sense of self-worth and identity sky rockets. They believe in themselves and their work, and in turn, aim to make an impact on the world. Our uniforms change the way people think, the way people feel, and most importantly, the way people perform. What inspired you to start a company that gives back? I was traveling throughout Africa and came face to face with many of the country’s most impoverished children. These children could not receive an education
because they could not afford a uniform. I thought, if they just had a uniform, their entire future could turn out differently. I created FIGS to do exactly this – give these children uniforms so they could get an education and have access to all the freedoms an education provides. A few years later, I found a way to help the medical community as well. While traveling to various communities around the world, I witnessed millions of healthcare providers treating patients in dirty t-shirts and jeans. They could not afford the appropriate attire (scrubs) that help them perform their job safely and effectively. We have been able to reduce the infection rate tremendously by giving our medical uniforms to healthcare providers in need around the world.
What is most rewarding? The response we have received from our customers and recipients of our uniforms has been unbelievably rewarding. Seeing these children, nurses, and doctors from around the world with huge smiles on their faces wearing FIGS has made me so proud beyond what words can express. All I can say is that it has been beyond any expectation I had when I first started FIGS. How does the sale of a set of scrubs support the needs of people in developing countries? For every tie sold, FIGS gives a school uniform to a child in need so that they can receive an education. Similarly, for every set of scrubs sold, FIGS gives a set of scrubs to a healthcare provider in need. We have proven that
Heather Hasson, Founder and CEO of FIGS
people care about giving back. When our customers put on one of our ties or a set of our scrubs, they feel good about supporting a child or one of their colleagues on another continent. We like to think we are bringing everyone a little closer together and helping people understand others’ experiences. We have partnered with phenomenal organizations, such as International Medical Corps, to execute on our mission. When did you expand to the scrubs market and what made you do so? We expanded into medical apparel about a year ago. A few of my friends are nurses and they could not stop complaining about their scrubs and how ugly they were. I was determined to find them something better. After a few months of research, I came up empty handed. Instead, I decided to make a few sets to basically help them out, not realizing that their entire hospital would want my scrubs. We produced our first collection of scrubs about a year ago and have already started production on our second collection where we are expanding into shirts, jackets and other apparel. During my travels for FIGS ties, I realized that we could help medical professionals as well through our Threads for Threads program. For every set of scrubs sold, we give a set to medical professionals in need in resource-poor countries around the world. We have donated and
will continue to donate scrubs to hospitals and universities as they travel far and wide on their medical missions to help others in need. What countries benefit from the sale of FIGS scrubs? We have donated scrubs to medical professionals in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Kenya, Nicaragua, South Sudan, Honduras, among others. How do you connect with the hospitals, clinics, and schools that receive the uniforms and scrubs that you provide? We have built strong partnerships with universities, hospitals and healthcare organizations. Some of the organizations we work with include International Medical Corps, Blanca’s House, and MAMA Project.
of the time, I am not even aware of what the rules are. Kidding aside, I have never been afraid of challenging the status quo. It is the reason I get up in the morning every day – to push boundaries, change perceptions, and give back. Can you provide any words of wisdom to others who may be looking to start a company that gives back? Figure out if your business makes sense before tackling your social mission. The more successful your business becomes, the more you will be able to give back and help others. Giving back is a lofty goal but it needs to be backed up with real business execution. Make sure you have both pieces of the puzzle before moving forward.
What is unique about the scrubs you sell? We aim to provide a unique experience on a number of dimensions. To make it simple, we summarize them into the following categories – fit, comfort, and functionality. We achieve this through our understanding of what our customer wants and our unwillingness to compromise on any dimension. What has been the best business advice you've received since starting FIGS? If you don’t like the rules, change them. Fortunately for me, most
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Sarah Kim-Puangsuvan of Hello Monday Hello Monday is a new design company started by creatives Sarah and Lindsay. Combining their talents, they offer creative branding, website design and marketing services.
Can you tell us a little about what you do? My design partner, Lindsay and I started a graphic and web design studio called Hello Monday Creative back in January. We are a full-service design studio with projects ranging from branding/print/ marketing to web and blog design. I create all the design aesthetics for clients and Lindsay is the web coding guru and makes everything come to life! What does a typical work day look like for you?
My typical work day starts with me waking up around 8 or 9 in the morning and going for a run (if the weather permits). Then I make myself a big green smoothie for breakfast and take about 30 minutes to check and reply to emails. Lindsay and I get on Skype to chat or have a video conference while working on our client's projects throughout the day. Usually, I am able to finish up at my desk around 5 or 6pm and I try not to check email or work late once my husband comes home for work. It's still a fine line I've been working
on ever since we started Hello Monday. When our work load gets busy and when you work at the comforts of your own home, sometimes it's just difficult to step away from desk and it's easy for me to work very late into the night. My creative juices tend to kick in more at night time too! When setting-up your workspace, what was most important? I would say the most important factor was setting up my desk in a room with lots of natural light. Luckily, the delighted 45
room we use for the office gets tons of light which is not only great for taking photos, but also makes me feel more energized. Another important factor is having a clutter-free work area. I found a beautiful white desk from CB2 that has one slim drawer where I can store my notebooks and wacom tablet when I'm not using it. My husband is the complete opposite of me and it drives me nuts when he needs to use my desk. I know, a bit possessive but there's just something about a clean, clutter-free workspace that feeds positive energy to my workflow! What is your favorite thing about your workspace? All the white, clutter-free work space! And my giant iMac screen. It takes workflow to a whole new level! Is there anything you would change about your workspace? If so, what? Most definitely! We knew when we moved into our current apartment that it would not be a long-term place. We have been moving around every year and because of that, I didnâ€™t have much motivation to completely decorate my office the way I wanted. We recently found out that we will be moving to Seattle and it will most likely be a permanent place for us. So I'm SUMMER 2013
definitely looking forward to hanging framed wall art. And I've always wanted to put up a wall collage of inspiring images. Of course, I'd also love to add a white leather Eames lounge chair to my officeâ€ŚI am working on that! What tips can you share for keeping yourself as efficient as possible? If my office is cluttered, I get distracted and it hinders me from finding books, objects, supplies, or whatever I'm needing at a particular time. By having everything organized, labeled, and structured, I find that my creative process flows so much more efficiently. I purchase storage boxes from Ikea that are neatly labeled and used for storing all my supplies. Also my Ikea bookshelves are a life saver! I can't live without my design books so it's nice to have all my resource books within easy reach. I also collect tea tins and use them to hold markers and pens. Old stationery boxes also have helped me store stationery cards, stamps and business cards in a more organized way. I find the key is making sure everything is easy to find! What tips can you share for balancing work and personal life? I'm still working on this oneâ€Ś when my husband comes home from work, he wants
me to be off the computer so that we can spend some quality time without any distractions. I make an effort to designate "office hours" for myself and clients. I give myself an hour lunch break and also mini breaks within 9-6pm to walk our dogs. For me, working from home can take a bit more discipline to strike that work and personal life balance. I would say the best tips are to be disciplined, give yourself set work hours, and dressing up as if you are actually going to work at an office helps a lot! It's all about turning your mindset to "work mode". When not at your desk, you can be found... Either meeting friends, spending time with my husband, going for a run, or in the kitchen cooking!
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Summertime CENTERPIECES Looking for creative ways to adorn your dining table this season? We have three bright, summery ideas for you. And the best partâ€Śthey will look beautiful both indoors and out!
Sugared Fruit Concept and Styling Darling and Daisy
Photography Natalie Spencer Photography
Sugared fruit is a fresh, colorful and delicious way to incorporate natures candy into your table settings this season. Use your favorite fruit and arrange them with fresh flowers, in a bowl, or on cake stands.The possibilities are endless with these sweet beauties, so get creative!
SUPPLIES Variety of fruit Wooden skewers or long floral picks Eggs Basting brush Extra-fine sugar Waxed paper Bowl or vase for display Fresh flowers, optional
STEPS Spear fruit with wooden skewers or floral picks. Crack egg and separate the whites from the yolks. Put the egg whites into a small bowl. If concerned about eating raw eggs, you may use powered egg whites or 2-3 envelopes of unflavored gelatin. Using a basting brush, coat your fruit with a thin layer of the egg whites. With your fingers, lightly sprinkle sugar over the fruit, and rotate as
you go. Continue to sprinkle and rotate, as the first few layers will dissolve into the egg whites. When the coating turns white, add extra sugar to a few spots to create a pretty frostlike look.
Keep sugared fruit in a non-humid environment at room temperature an consume within 24 hours
Let dry for 30 minutes on waxed paper. Arrange dried sugared fruit in a bowl or vase. For an extra sweet centerpiece, add fruit to a floral arrangement or in various bowls along with flowers on your table!
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These summery striped centerpieces for your garden party created with just a few supplies to create a beautiful and eye-catching look.
SUPPLIES Mod Podge Paint Brush Glass bottles (these milk bottles are from Shop Sweet Lulu) Embroidery twine (can be found at your local craft store)
STEPS With your paintbrush add a thin coat of mod podge to the glass surface. I added glue to the top of the bottle's neck but you could add glue around the middle or the bottom of the bottle. Cut a long strand of twine in your desired color. The length depends on how wide and thick you want your stripe. You can always add or cut your strand.
begin wrapping twine around, the bottle making sure your strands lay right next to each other to create a smooth look. Finish your strand by adding a bit more glue to the end and hold it firmly in place for a few seconds. Continue the process untill you are finished and allow the glue to set before adding flowers. The Sunday Sparkle
Dip strand end in your glue, press down with your finger at the starting point on your glass bottle, and
To reuse bottles after your event, carefully remove the twine, soak the glass bottles and scrub off the mod podge.
Lovely Statement Concept and Styling Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting On Martha Photography Rustic White Photography
In summer there is nothing I love more than Peonies. Especially in pink! And mixing them with pops of green and something unexpected (like key limes) creates the most perfect summertime centerpiece.
SUPPLIES Peonies Euca Willow Greeny Dianthus Barb Viurnum Opulus Key Limes Tape Floral scissors Foam Oasis Bricks or individual vases/vessels Skewers or Plant Stakes (I used regular kabob skewers that you can find in the grocerey store) Large vase (I used Pottery Barn's Whittier Mercury Glass Vase)
STEPS Fill the vase with warm water. Warm water helps to speed along the blooming process, which helps if your peonies are not open yet.
above the nodes or joints.
Apply tape to the the top of your vase in a large criss-cross pattern. If you are using a smaller vase this step isn't necessary.
Trim the dianthus and viurnum opulus and begin placing into the holes between the peonies. The stems of the viurnum opulus may not touch the water, so you can either fill individual vessels full of water and for these or soak your foam oasis brick in water and position it high enough in the vase to allow the stems to reach it.
Trim the leaves off of the peonies, only leaving a few at the the top of the flower. Then, trim the height of the peonies to fit your vase size, you want them to fill the vase as evenly as possible. When cutting flowers, always cut on a 45 degree angle and
Place peonies evenly into the crisscross tape pattern on your vase.
Skewer the key limes onto the
skewers or plant stakes and places into the vase through the arrangement. Cut 1-2 stems of euca willow, then carefully lift the peonies and insert them into the front of the vase. Depending on how open your Peonies are this arrangement should last 4-8 days. Follow Waiting on Martha Facebook Instagram
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menu Banana Oatmeal Yogurt Parfaits Blackberry Muffins Spinach Salad Raspberry Tart Orange Juice Coffee
Decorate with paper! Paper chains and favor decorations made of construction paper add lots of color but require little effort or cost.
Sweet Corn Ice Cream with Kettle Corn Crumble
Recipe and Photos by Bonnie Perhac of plate | craft catering
ENTERTAIN For the Ice Cream 2 cups whole milk 2 cups heavy cream 4 ears fresh corn or 1 bag frozen 1 vanilla bean ½ teaspoon salt ¾ cup sugar 6 egg yolks
Combine the whole milk and heavy cream in a heavy bottomed, medium pot. If using fresh corn, cut the kernels from the cob. Add kernels and cobs to the pot. Split the vanilla bean down the middle and scrape the seeds from the middle with a sharp knife. Add vanilla bean seeds and pods to the pot as well. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and bring to room temperature. Remove the vanilla bean pods and corn cobs. Puree the mixture in the blender and strain through a fine mesh sieve. Return to the stove over medium heat until small bubbles form on the surface. Remove from heat. In the meantime, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar and salt. Add 1 cup of the hot milk mixture to the egg mixture, pouring slowing and whisking quickly. This will temper the eggs. Add the egg mixture back into the milk mixture, again pouring slowly and whisking quickly. Prepare an ice bath by placing ice cubes and cold water in a large mixing bowl. Secure a smaller mixing bowl in the ice. Return the pot to the stove over medium heat and cook until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and pour mixture into the bowl prepped in the ice bath. Chill in the refrigerator and process in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Freeze until hard.
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For the Crumble 4 cups Kettle Corn, divided Â˝ cup rolled oats 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup butter, frozen Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place 2 cups of Kettle Corn in a large mixing bowl and lightly crush. Add rolled oats, flour and sugar. Mix to combine. Shred the frozen butter with a box grater. Add to Kettle Corn mixture and toss to combine, slightly working the butter into the dry ingredients. Spread the mixture on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the butter melts and the mixture become lightly golden. Remove from the oven and toss ingredients to recombine. Bake for another 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. The mixture should still seem wet and buttery. Remove from the oven and add remaining 2 cups of Kettle Corn. Toss to combine and allow to cool. Once cool, break up larger pieces to make the crumble. Serve with ice cream.
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Summer Snack Station During the warm summer months, when get-togethers often end up outdoors, it’s fun to set-up a simple snack table where guests can help themselves to a treat or two. Even something as basic as water and fruit says, “come on out and stay a while!” Styling Amanda Gomes
Snack Table Tips Keep it simple Garland adds visual interest and fun! Citrus is a refreshing addition to your water Offer both healthy and sugary options Use colorful tape for easy decorating
This adorable garland is from mellsva on Etsy.
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Madelineâ€™s Birthday Party Photos and Text Audrey of This Little Street
Madeline’s party was chill and fun – food, cake, balloons and a little bit of music for the kids. The hadmade touches and bright decorations might make this party look fancy, but really it’s just a combination of a bunch of balloons, hot glue and time.
Hang a poster where guests can write a wish for your little oneâ€™s future and their predictions for what she might become. This is a lovely tradition that will surely be appreciated and cherished when your child gets older.
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