Rhubarb and Berry Pie

Who’s excited for Memorial Day?! It truely feels like the summer has began after Memorial Day – sitting outside with your friends, wearing American flag gear, watching a parade and grilling delicious meats. The next best thing is an all American dessert, pies! My mom recently made this gorgeous and delicious rhubarb and berry pie from rhubarb in our yard, and that’s just about as ‘Merican as it gets!

Rhubarb and Berry Pie

You’ll need:

A 9″ pie plate and your favorite pie crust or pie crust recipe (this is the recipe my mom uses, but she substitutes the shortening for coconut oil)

8 cups fruit: Any combo of rhubarb, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry and blueberry.
*I recommend at least 2 cups of rhubarb to keep the tang! Organic fresh is the best but frozen works too. For rhubarb, cut into 1/2″ pieces

1 cup sugar: I used 1/2 cup organic cane sugar and 1/2 cup coconut sugar

1/2 cup flour or 5-6 Tbsp cornstarch to thicken fruit juices

2 tsp fresh lemon juice*
*Can omit or use less depending on tartness of rhubarb

1 egg* for egg white wash on crust
*Optional

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To Make:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine fruit, sugar and flour (or cornstarch). Let stand at least 15 min or defrost overnight in fridge. Roll out bottom crust and place in pie plate. Spoon berry mixture into dish, drizzle lemon juice and dot with butter.

Roll out top crust and cut out shapes with small cookie cutter before placing over pie filling. Crimp edges closed and wash crust with egg white. Sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 425 degrees for 25-30 min. Check crust, and if browning too fast cover with foil or crust shield. Bake additional 10 min or until golden brown.

Let cool and enjoy! :)

*And if you’re in the mood for some hazy pop music to accompany your pie making or eating, check out Cheerleader‘s new album which just got released! We did a band profile on them a little while ago (see here), and their new album is great! Listen to it here on Spotify, download it here on iTunes, and/or buy the vinyl here on Bright Antenna’s site.

Spring Reading List 2015

There is just something about Spring that gets us excited to read — laying out in the sun with a good book sounds juuuust right. At the moment, we are on on very different reading paths — Reg is reading Cheryl Strayed’s Wild (check out our outfit pairing from last year), and Christa is reading the first Game of Thrones book. We’re both nearly through, and excited to jump into something new. Have you read any of these books, or finished something great that you’d like to share? Let us know!

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Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Ladies in comedy are pretty much just killing it these days in their careers, and Amy Poehler has easily become one of the many whom we love. This book of essays gives us some insight on friendship, jobs, love, etc., all through that witty voice of hers that we can’t resist.

The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg
This compelling story shines a light on female culture in Afghanistan, and the daily turbulence that women endure in a highly patriarchal society. Young girls are often times dressed and raised as the preferred male gender, only to later be sold into marriage and be revoked of the privileges they’ve come to know. This story chronicles several of these young girls, each of which has a unique tale to tell.

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Birds are a big part of our family (my great grandfather was an evolutionist and ornithologist), and I was originally drawn to the title and cover. I then read about the heart-wrenching yet comedic look at loss while exploring the connection between nature and bereavement, and I knew this looked like a book to dive into.

Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore
I followed Grigore’s company instagram (SW Basics) long before I knew she had a book out about an all natural skin care regime, but when I started seeing it pop up all over the blog world, I knew it was going to be big. I gave this to my mom for her birthday in March and she has been thrilled to discover (and reaffirm) some natural beauty habits.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This year’s Pulitzer Prize fiction winner follows the lives of a French girl and German boy who are brought together through a series of events during World War II. Exciting, romantic, and filled with arresting detail, this novel seems like a great beach read.

The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins
I am all about the psychological thrillers (I’ve read all of Gillian Flynn’s Books), and I’ve been hearing fantastic things about this edgy, thought provoking unreliable narrator story. Hawkins has been described as “join[ing] the ranks of a new generation of female suspense novelists — writers like Megan Abbott, Tana French, Harriet Lane and Gillian Flynn — who are redefining contemporary crime fiction with character-driven narratives that defy genre conventions”

A Story Lately Told by Angelica Huston
I actually heard about this memoir on NPR through an interview between Angelica Huston and Terry Gross on FreshAir, and I was instantly interested. Huston tells about her privileged and enchanted childhood growing up in Ireland, her troubled teen years in London, and her journey to New York to pursue acting and modeling.

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
While Eat, Pray, Love may have a bit of a cheesy reputation (mostly due to it’s film counterpart), the core of the story of self discovery is very moving. Gilbert is also a very creative individual — have you guys heard her TED Talk? If you’re like me and sometimes need a little inspiration, you should really give it a listen! This historical fiction seems provocative, moving, and like something to just get lost in.


 

 

NSS2015

You might be thinking, what is NSS2015? WELL, it’s something you should know about – it’s the National Stationery Show, and it’s amazing. Unfortunately it’s not something everyone can attend (womp womp), but you can definitely be kept in the loop by social media. It’s a massive showcase of stationers large and small, and the best place to spot new trends, beautiful cards and hardworking companies. We’ve been keeping tabs via instagram (#nss and #nss2015) and here are some of our favorite sneak peeks!

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BTW — if you’re wondering,”how big is this NSS thing anyway?” here are some numbers for ya:

Anticipated Exhibitor Participation: 800
Anticipated Worldwide Trade Attendees: 10,000
Attending Stores: 8,500

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So take a look at the awesomely gorgeous #nss and #nss2015 for some inspiration! And make sure to check out Oh So Beautiful Paper this week while they spotlight some amazing companies and cards!

Happy Weekend!

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Morning all! Not sure about you guys, but we are so ready for this weekend to get started. This week felt extra long, probably because the weather was beautiful and we were cooped up indoors. Hope you all have a great couple of days, see you on Monday!

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Etsy Round Up // Vol 16

Happy hump day, friends! I cannot believe how happy I am to see 65 degree weather –  I was not quite ready for that heat! I am ready for ice cream, cute stationery and adorable Etsy items though. Check out our gathering of summer inspired fabrics (those nautical stripes, florals and flamingos are all calling my name!), fun calling cards and trendy jewelry…

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Write a quick “hello” to someone you love, maybe invite them join you for some ice cream?

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We’ve already discussed that we’re bag ladies…and check out all of these bags – they’re gorgeous!

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Get outside, take in the beautiful surroundings and scribble something memorable down.

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Hello, Bonjour, Hola, Aloha
Flamingo Hamper
Nautical Make Up Bag
Clover Backpack
“The Creative Ramblings of a Restless Mind” Notebook
Hammered Brass Chevron Earrings


Graduation Outfits

No, neither of us are graduating – but you probably know a few cousins, siblings or significant others who are. This upcoming weekend in Rhode Island, Christa’s brother is graduation from Roger Williams with a degree in Architecture (yay!), and she, Curtis, her parents, and both sets of grandparents will be there to celebrate. We’ve already had to deal with the graduation dress fiasco (what to wear??), but realizing that she’ll be in almost as many pictures as the graduate, the question about what to wear has come up again.

The biggest problem is weather. You never know what you’re going to get in New England in the beginning of May. Christa’s graduation was outdoors and POURING rain, while Regina’s was a nice day, but inside. Nick’s will be outdoors under a tent, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for that the mid 70’s party cloudy forecast that we saw today. We’re breaking down a couple Graduation activity outfits for you — the actual ceremony, the afterparty and Sunday brunch with the fam — but feel free to mix and match if one outfit seems more appropriate for your event. And most importantly, layer up, fuel up (pack extra snacks and water), and sunscreen up if you’re outside, because you’re going to be there for awhile!

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Straw Hat 
Mirrored Sunnies
Gold Bangle
Scarf Print Dress
Yes Way Róse Tote
Sandal Wedges


02. The After Party

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Patterend Jumpsuit
Statement Necklace
Purple Suede Crossbody
Cocktail Ring
T-Strap Sandals


03. Sunday Brunch with the Fam

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Chambray Top
Sunnies
Cargo Skirt
Metallic Leather Clutch
Strappy Slip Ons


Five Ways to Make Your New Place Feel Like Home

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As we’ve been mentioning, Christa and Curtis just moved into a new place, and Reg and her roomies will be relocating at the beginning of June. There are some seriously exciting and NOT exciting parts of moving, but the biggest challenge will be making your new place feel like home. To help, we’ve gathered some tips that will definitely be useful in our nesting process.

 

01. Get cookin’

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Before we get started here — how good does this look?? This will be made on our end in the very near future (find the link below!). Ok now, back to business.

One thing that’s sure to make your place feel like your own is to get that kitchen fired up. It may be the furthest thing from your mind when your stuff is all a jumble, but eating take-out for two weeks straight is not going to help your well-being, or your wallet. Once you’re done with your move, start unpacking that kitchen pronto. You don’t have to make beef burgundy or anything, just a simple 20-minute-meal will do. It’ll help you get a sense of the new storage, so you can make things more efficient over time. You can also get a sense of what your new place is missing, so you can get a list going of what to pick up next time you’re home shopping.

 

02. Figuring out the right fit for your furniture

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When Curtis and I moved into our new place we couldn’t wait to see all of our beloved furniture in the open space – we wanted to change the positioning and order of our living room, try new pictures on the wall, reinvent our rooms. And what happened was just that. BUT not exactly on our terms. Our living room is oddly shaped, and we can’t use most of the furniture we originally had in there. At first I was bummed and was trying really hard to fit these pieces in, but now I’ve accepted that those items have to live somewhere else. In our case that doesn’t mean we have to get rid of it (we have other rooms to transfer them to), but in some cases, letting go of the items might be the right thing to do.

If you’re planning on staying somewhere for a while, and a piece of furniture you love doesn’t have a home in your new space but you couldn’t possibly give it away, see if someone you love can make use of it, or rent a storage unit — but think hard on these pieces and try to let go if they’re not right for your new home. Think of the joy someone at goodwill (or on craigslist) will have when they stumble upon your awesome piece.

 

03. Find all items a real home

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While this photo above is beautiful and those paintings are clearly living there, if that isn’t your style and you’re just propping them up until you find the time, or the energy, or the man-power to put them up, find whatever you need and get the deed done. Your place will feel like a real home once you arrange your favorite pieces exactly where you want them! And even if you put it in a spot and then change your mind, that’s ok – how would you know it’s not the right place until you try? Get the boxes out of the way, find homes for those random piles you’ve got laying around, and start gettin’ things organized!

 

04. Freshen up

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Let’s be real, there’s nothing grosser than a former tenant’s dust and crumbs. This past week Reg and her roommates were doing a sweep of their new place before they officially move in so they can see what needs to be done beforehand. They opened the fridge, kitchen cabinets, etc… and let’s just say it wasn’t pretty. One major way to make your place feel like your own is to give that bad boy a good scrubbing. If your landlord lets you, try to get in a day or two early to throw some elbow grease into it. Clean the baseboards, windows (and their sills!), bathtub, toilet, the works. Hardwood floors? Polish them! Carpet? Rent a carpet cleaner! This will make things feel so much nicer once you start to bring all of your furniture in.

Once you’re settled, keep the momentum going! Get some potted herbs for your kitchen window, hang some plants in the living room, and put some flowers in the entry way. One of our favorite tricks is to simmer some citrus peels and spices over the stovetop. It’ll make your place smell so fresh. *A nice springy option is lemon rinds and rosemary.

 

05. Start exploring your new neighborhood & community 

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While this chunk of advice doesn’t have anything to do with decorating (boo), it is an important part of a move. Start exploring your new neighborhood, take walks around the block, find a new jogging route – once you’ve become more familiar with your new area, you’ll start to feel at home in your new place. If you move into an apartment building, start paying attention to familiar faces, or if you’ve moved into a split family house, chat with your neighbor whenever you both have a minute. The more comfortable you are in your new zone, the sooner your new apartment or house will feel like home!

 

What do you guys like to do to make your home cozy? Let us know!

 

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¡Cinco De Mayo!

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! I’m not sure if you know this, but Mexican food is my #1, and I wish every day could be Cinco de Mayo. I was so inspired to pass along some recipes that we’re posting today rather than tomorrow, ha. So, if you don’t haven’t locked down an easy and delicious Mexican inspired dinner yet, look no further!

I’m having a few people over for carnitas tacos (with homemade corn tortillas), guac and churros, and I cannot wait. Btw, if the churros come out photo worthy, keep an eye out for the recipe here!

Cheers!


Grilled Tofu Tacos + Sangria Swirled Frozen Margaritas
Coconut Margarita + Honey Lime Tequila Shrimp Tacos


 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

It’s definitely feeling like May around these parts, which means it’s time to get a little something special for that sunshine in your life — your mama! Check out some picks we found on the interwebz that we think our madres would just adore.

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01. Metal Watering Can
02. MCMC Fragrance Samples
03. Fitbit
04. White Truffle Olive Oil
05. Glass Measuring Cup
06. Bronze Dipped Glass Vase
07. Seafood Spice Rub
08. Decorative Metal Candle Holder


Happy Weekend!

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Is it really Friday already? Not that we’re complaining, but man did this week fly by. Busy bees I guess! I moved into my new place, and Reg is getting into moving mode herself. This weekend is Cinco De Mayo weekend AND the Kentucky Derby, are you attending any parties? Drink a delicious mint julep or margarita, on us!

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