4.13.2017

Curating your Dinnerware Collection| Part 1


Some people are suckers for cornrows and manicured toes, Fendi capri pants, and Parasucos*.
Meanwhile, I'm just over here finding joy in all things tabletop & kitchenware.....and barware...and cutlery.
*song lyrics will be maimed on this blog incessantly, get with it.

My dinnerware inventory is perfect and I love every. single. piece. Some of it is my mom's(that she inherited from our Aunt Fay) and the other pieces I got from my mother-in-law. Most of the plates and glasses are vintage, and did I forget to mention, gorgeous?! I've added my own style to the hoard collection by buying pieces that I think will complement the overall aesthetic. That brings me to my first point...

1. Collections Take Time
Unless you plan to purchase dinner or bar ware as a set....don't pressure yourself into thinking that you have to get it all in one fell swoop. Buy what inspires you into action. If you like salad...be on the hunt for vintage tongs, bowls, and vessels for dressing. Ice cream lover...? Hunt different metal and glass cups that can be chilled in the freezer before serving! Buy what you'll use and have fun using what you buy!

2. Think Outside the Box
I know it's easy to go into a big box store and buy all of the pieces from their currently trendy collection...but it's also problematic. Dishes break, tastes change, and families grow. Leaving yourself room to expand + change direction is always the best way to go. Although a lot of my pieces are vintage, many of them are from the $.99 cents store and various small shops. Bet you can't tell which is which.....




3. Pick a Color Palette 
The colors you choose before you start will keep things simple for you in the end. Stick with one light color + one dark color + one accent. You can even look at a pattern (if you must) and pull some options from there. Be mindful that a well dressed table is about layers, so a great collection has to be timeless. You don't want to have so many colors and patterns and noticeable trends on your linens and dinnerware that it's a struggle to make it all work. My go-to is always white + black + wood. I just play around with textures, shade, and tones from that point.



Honestly, you can do what you like.....you don't have to take my word for it.

BUT......

If you do, you know, take my word for it....we'll discuss where, when, and how much to buy... in Part 2! While you wait....check out how I plan to get full use of my collection by throwing one dinner party a month.....for a WHOLE YEAR!!

::::::raps the lyrics to Next Episode by Dr. Dre and logs off:::::




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3.14.2017

Irish Whiskey Salted Caramel Sauce


Yeah I know......there are zillions of salted caramel sauce recipes on the interwebs. Feel free to try one of those.....but don't come crawling back here when those fail to give you an ethereal experience and make you forget that you've pared down your wardrobe to yoga pants and oversized tees to accommodate your new eat-at-home life.

Who am I kidding?!?

You can crawl, run, and leap back over here.....I won't judge.
I may, however, whisper.....#toldyouso

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3.13.2017

No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream


Two things we should set straight right now.

1. Ice cream is great and best eaten in your underpants.
2. If you have a problem with #1, then we can't be friends.

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