Espresso Con Panna

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When I made the heart shaped waffles a few weeks ago, I ended up with a big ol’ can of whipped cream. And while I’m not mad about it, I do want to actually use it – those things have a habit of lingering in your fridge for ages. I got to talking with Curtis, and next thing I know, I’m googling adorable espresso cups because he started talking about a drink he had seen in Europe – espresso with whipped cream on the top.


 

Other adorable espresso cups I almost bought, here, here & here


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It turns out, that the espresso with whipped cream drink is called an Espresso Con Panna, and it’s amazing!

After picking our our espresso cups, and grabbing the Reddi-wip, we broke out the Moka pot. I had gotten Curtis this Moka pot a couple years ago, but it hadn’t been used in awhile, so we made sure to refer to the experts over at Stumptown for a detailed explanation of how to brew espresso. Easily enough, we filled the filter basket, heated up our water and brewed some delicious espresso!

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The most fun (and delicious part) of this little concoction is mixing in the whipped cream (not seen in these photos because it isn’t super pretty). The richness of the whipped cream pairs perfectly with the bitterness of the espresso, almost bringing out a chocolatey flavor!

So get with your European-self and indulge with a mini cup of espresso con panna 🙂 Happy drinking!

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1 Shelf, 3 Ways

Happy Monday, loves! Hope you all had a nice weekend and were able to relax a bit!

Recently in the blog hemisphere we’ve been noticing a whole lot of posts for “one item, several ways,” be if for clothing or decor. In particular, one of our favorite little lady designers, Emily Henderson, has been all about showcasing a staple piece styled four ways, like with this credenza. We were feeling inspired by her ideas and decided to give it a go!

Below is a ladder shelf that I picked up from good ‘ol Walmart a couple of years ago to add a little more storage to my tiny kitchen — it’s proven to be very helpful for the bits and bobbles that we’ve run out of room for. We decided to give it three key looks that could work for your kitchen — the bar, a baking station, and the miscellaneous items.

Shelf: 

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With a big blank slate like this, it’s all about the layering. I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to pretty little trinkets, so the layering thing was pretty easy to accomplish. 🙂

01. Baking

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The great thing about this ladder shelf is that it has some room for over sized items like mixing bowls and baskets, as well as the tiny knickknacks like butter dishes and mixing cups. Another crucial component to styling this guy was height and greenery. Cutting boards and vases are a great way to give the shelf the height you’re looking for, and some big leafy plants look awesome in mason jars, like this dried eucalyptus.

When making a baking station, you’ll definitely need your essentials. Hide your flours and sugars in pretty canisters, while tucking away baking powder and such in baskets. Showcase some of your fancier items like your good vanilla, and don’t be afraid to display items with some character, as we did with the aged baking pans. We also draped an apron over the edge of the shelf for a little bit of flair.

02. Bar

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This is a fun one to set up, because it makes you feel like an actual *gasp* adult. We’ve collected some pretty old empties for our top row, but it definitely would feel a little more impactful if you have an actual collection to show off. Throw in some of your good liquors, as well as the tools you’ll be needing, like openers, shakers, napkins, and glasses. We also made things colorful with a bowl filled with essential citrus fruits, and an aloe plant for a pop of green.

03. Everyday 

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So this is helpful if you’re kitchen is like mine, with a whole lot of little things in need of a home. Pots and pans will stack nicely on the bottom, as well as linens and cookbooks. Display your favorite tea boxes and layer with nice cutting boards. It’s great for the random things you have lying around, like my scallion-growing science project, and Christmas gifts from Christa like a DIY cheese-making kit.

Hope these looks were helpful for you guys, and you’re feeling inspired to get a head start on the spring cleaning! If you liked any of the above items, check out below to see where we got some of the key pieces!

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Look 1:
cutting boards, Home Goods
porcelain milk dish, H&M
fox cookie jar, Target
cake stand, Home Goods
cookbooks, Anthropologie & vintage
red canisters & utensil holder, vintage
flour canister & dish towels, IKEA
wire baskets, Pier 1

Look 2:
cocktail shakers, vintage and Crate & Barrel
brass bottle opener, vintage
copper mugs, Sur La Table
etched highball glasses, Anthropologie
deer antler, vintage
porcelain juicer, West Elm

Look 3:
DIY mozzarella kit, Etsy
garlic bowl, H&M
fruit bowl, handmade
etched glasses, cutting boards, baskets (see above)


NYE Outfits

What are your NYE plans? We might be spending it together this year (which hasn’t happened in years!), with a delicious dinner out and then drinks with friends. Sounds pretty great to me! The other *awesome* option was to snuggle up with a cozy cocktail and watch a ton of movies. No matter what you’re up to – have a blast! Here are a couple outfit options for wherever your night might bring you…

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Drinks // There’s something about heading out to the bar later than usual that’s fun and exciting! Grab a cute dress, some bling and a cozy coat and be on your way to toast in the new year! Dress // Earrings // Coat // Knee High Boots // Fringe Purse
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Dinner // Whether it’s with friends or your significant other, a special dinner to bring in the new year is always a great time. Soft colors and textures feel romantic and girly. Faux Fur Scarf // Leather Jacket // Blouse Tank // Pleated Skirt // Heels

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Hangin’ in // Sometimes after dealing with all of the flutter and commotion of the holidays, a quiet evening at home sounds perfect. Cozy up with some soft cotton and celebratory accessories. Party hats // Champaign glasses // Cable knit sweater // Floral joggers // Heart socks

For The Guy in Your Life Gift Guide

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Alright people, the days are counting down, and if you’re celebrating Hanukkah, then you’re already well submerged in that holiday cheer. So let’s bust through these last few work days, and pick out a gift or two that you know the dude in your life will love. These choices should all be easy to find, and hopefully won’t involve any expedited 2-day shipping charges!

Gap Fair Isle Scarf // Crate & Barrel Decanter // Old Navy Vest // Stolen Riches Shoe Laces // JCrew Factory Umbrella // Old Navy Backpack // Kindle // Jambox Mini Speaker // JCrew Factory Tie Travel Case

Cinnamon Sugar Almond Flour Donuts

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We’ve collabed with our friend Lauren before and she is always down for a delicious healthier treat. Donuts are one of our fall favorites, so when she called saying she had gotten a super cute donut mold, we were super excited to indulge in these baked goodies!
Cinnamon Sugar Almond Flour Donuts, adapted from Roost (makes 6 donuts)
1 1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 eggs
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
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Preheat oven to 350F. Whisk all dry ingredients together in a bowl, then transfer them to a blender. Combine all wet ingredients in a bowl, then pour them into the blender. Blend until batter is very smooth. Pour batter into greased donut molds, filling them about 2/3 the way. Bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool on a baking rack.
Cinnamon-Sugar Topping
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
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The cinnamon sugar mixture needs something to grab onto (we know this because we forgot to add anything). To make sure your topping stays on, melt the butter in a sauté pan, and in a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon together. Once the butter is melted, remove pan from heat and lightly dip each donut in the butter, then in the cinnamon sugar.
And enjoy 🙂

Room Refresh // Minimal Bedroom

We’re spinnin’ off of our minimal living room feature from a while back with the bedroom version today! In case you forgot the basics, the key elements to this look are white on top of white, with some beige and wood grain, and more white. But you definitely can add a splash of color here and there if you’re feeling a little saucy. The root of this look focuses on stripping down from the unnecessary, and honing in on the lines and beauty of the individual statement pieces. The best part about this look? Fewer knick-knacks = fewer items for dust to build up on – yayy!

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Loving on this simple look? Here are some pieces we found to help break into the minimal bedroom scheme:

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// Lamp // Greenery // Poster // Throw // Wooden Boxes // Dipped Side Table // Inkblot Pillow // Patterned Pillow //

 

Room Refresh // Global Bedroom

Happy hump day everyone! It’s time for another Room Refresh – today I’ll be spinning off of the “global” living room theme from last month, with some bedrooms! This style is a wonderfully creative way to create a comfortable oasis in your bedroom – here’s some inspiration for you bohemian hippies out there: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 { images sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 } So if an artfully combined of mixture of patterns and jewel tones makes your heart go pitter patter, then here are some pieces specially picked for you: eclectic_bedroom1   Bedding: Two-Tone Pillowcase, Rectangle Pillowcase, Floral Pillowcase, Knit throw // Speckled Ceramics // Potted Succulents // Henna Letter // Ornate Rug // Burrow