Following a weekend traditionally made up of non-stop eating, I figured we could all use a salad ;-) Exhibit A:
Believe it or not, until a few months ago I “hated” pears. I’d tried them as a little girl, decided they were “gross” and then never tried them again for probably 15+ years. I can not believe what I’ve been missing!!! When searching around for cocktail ideas for work, I kept coming across pear recipes and decided to overcome my ridiculous fear of pears and surprise, surprise… I completely fell in love with them! You guys, I’m SO happy about this… I think they might be my new favorite fruit and I crave them constantly. When I had a few left over from shooting this, I decided to put them to work in a new salad and figured it would be a nice change of pace from my go-to greens. I found this recipe for a Honey Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette (yes, it’s even better than it sounds) and knew that the flavors would pair insanely well with pear.
Prep time: 10 minutes
5 oz. Mixed Greens (I used spring mix + arugula)
3 oz. Goat Cheese
1/2 cup Glazed Walnut Pieces (I used Fresh Gourmet brand – available in the salad or crouton aisle)
Ingredients for Dressing
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic (minced)
1/2 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
3/4 cup olive oil
Fresh Ground Pepper
1. Combine all ingredients for dressing until thoroughly mixed. I like to put everything in a mason jar and shake it up to get an even consistency. This also makes it easy to save leftovers :-)
2. Combine spring mix, walnuts and goat cheese. Drizzle with dressing and mix. Top with sliced pear and serve with a crisp chardonnay. This and this are both great options for Chard :-)
Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!!! Following a grueling drive from LA to SF on Wednesday, Jake and I were so happy to have arrived in one piece in time for a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. It has truly been a tremendous year that has flown by, but aside from feeling a little
huge over-indulged at the moment, my heart is full knowing that those around us (as well as ourselves) are healthy, happy and on their way to big things. On the business side, I could not be more grateful to Style Me Pretty Living for featuring a cocktail I created for work this fall. It was one of my favorites that we did and is something light and refreshing to enjoy this weekend… a little change of pace following the holiday yet it’s still bursting with fall flavor and won’t disappoint :-) If someone told me 6 years ago as an International Relations major in Michigan itching for some ounce of creativity in my life, that I would be designing, styling and photographing fun spreads for a living, I never would have believed them. Seeing this feature was definitely a pinch me moment of gratitude. Here’s to a wonderful weekend filled with thanks and reflection. Cheers!
Pear and Sparkling Cider Cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
2 cups chilled pear nectar
2 cups apple cider
2 cups ONEHOPE Sparkling Wine
4 ounces bourbon whiskey (I used Knob Creek)
1 pear, unpeeled and cored cut into thin slices lengthwise
2/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup cinnamon mixed for rimming
Rim champagne coups with cinnamon and sugar mixture.
Combine pear nectar, apple cider, Sparkling wine and whiskey in a pitcher and serve immediately.
Garnish with sliced pear.
*Recipe adapted from here.
Oh hello! Happy Monday! I’ve been a little MIA and apologize there. My best friend from high school got married over the weekend and her sister, who was the maid of honor, is very pregnant with twins and couldn’t travel last minute. She asked me to step up to the plate and it was such a whirlwind of a weekend. There were some stressful moments, but everything ended up perfectly and I could not be happier for my friend and her amazing new husband. They met during our first week of college and are truly a perfect match. I’m such a sucker for love and seeing them so happy on their day made my heart burst with joy. Eeeee! Even thinking about it still brings tears to my eyes. I’ll be sure to share more there as soon as we get some pictures :-)
On the work front, this week is going to be a big one as we plan a holiday crafts + cocktails photo shoot. I’m SO excited for it. I’ve pretty much been using the above image for every ounce of inspiration for styling this thing… everything about it is perfection. The rustic textured table, the simple rosemary place settings and green + gold + white/neutral is my FAVORITE color palette on the planet. So many ideas flowing… Time to get to work!
Hope your week is off to a great start!
As much as I love the black executive suite at our office, the marketing team’s space on the top floor is collaborative, bright, airy, open and white… which is truly my go-to aesthetic. It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a year since we moved into our space and within that year, we’ve inevitably had everything from boxes to paper samples to glass samples, ribbon – you name it – pile up… everywhere. I took a day this week to de-clutter my personal work space and I was shocked at what an unbelievable weight was lifted off my shoulders. I actually WANT to get to the office early, light a candle, put on some tunes and get creative.
Around the same time, I’ve been
stalking admiring Emily Henderson’s latest project (isn’t she seriously THE BEST?!?!) and being that my color palette right now is basically mint/sea foam green, white and flax, I realized how insanely easy it would be to integrate some of the warmer blush tones and a hint of raspberry or coral to spruce things up. I finally pulled the trigger and ordered some art that I’ve been wanting forever and can’t wait to pull everything together hopefully next week :-) Below is a little inspiration board I threw together… What do you think?
love print / made by girl
greek key pillow / caitlin wilson textiles
monique lhuillier / blush champagne coupe
french cade lavendar candle (favorite candle ever) / voluspa
do good print /sugar paper
faux sheepskin / ikea
hold the phone / fab
gold polka dot pillow / caitlin wilson textiles
peonies in a vase / minted
Just a little something to keep you inspired on this Monday :-) What steps are you taking toward achieving your dreams today?
Wishing you a happy, healthy and productive week!
After so much recent travel, Jake and I managed to fly past one another all October long and spent the month apart. I’m looking forward to having a cozy weekend at home together to catch up, visit our favorite restaurants and enjoy fall. I’ll be doing some baking as well and I’m really looking forward to trying out some pumpkin based recipes including these waffles and these yummy donut holes. Can’t wait to see how they turn out! Hope you have a wonderful weekend :-)
When one of our co-founders at work suggested that we put an adult spin on Halloween and pair our wines with classic trick-or-treat candy, I was game. She conducted a tasting and figured out which flavors would work the best with one another before passing it over to me to style and shoot. The office was FULL of goodies yesterday so we all did our own little tastings and they were AMAZING… Some of the pairings were really different and unique so I didn’t expect to like them all as much as I did, but I guess you really can’t go wrong with candy and wine! It was tough to pick a favorite. Thought I would pass these along for a little Halloween inspiration in case any of you wanted to give it a whirl on your own! And I know it might be tempting, but try not to eat all your kids’ Halloween candy ;-) Cheers!