Valentine’s Day has passed, so I am officially counting down until sunny spring days. It is such a refreshing time of year… fresh flowers, cheery colors, warm days, the sweet Easter holiday… I just love it. Instead of Easter Basket ideas, I’m rounding up some fun finds and tried and true favorites for the season, for everyone. No surprise, it includes lots of rattan, blue and white…
We moved into a classic Cape Cod style home about a year and a half ago and the dormers that are part of the master bedroom were bare. I’ve been wanting to build a window seat in them since the second we submitted an offer! My dad loves a project like this, so I easily convinced him to build us the seats when he visited one weekend this past fall. My husband and I did some of the finishing work, ordered some cushions and pillows, and voila! our cozy seats were complete. One of the seats is in the hallway to the master and the other is right in the center of the bedroom– they both make the room feel complete and add so much charm. They also provide quite a bit if extra drawer space which is a huge plus.
The window seat fabric is Schumacher Wellfleet Ticking that I ordered myself and sent to this shop on Etsy to make the seats. Sarah did an absolutely amazing job– I highly recommend using her! I’m still playing around with pillows, but have a few linked below that I love, as well as some already saved in my Etsy shop. I also hope to add sconces on the sides when we do some other electrical work in the house at some point in the future. Lastly, I absolutely love these brass drawer pulls that I used.
This is my mom’s old recipe for ginger cookies and it’s really a good one! The best part is that it’s all made in one pan on the stovetop- super easy and super quick. We added candied ginger this time and loved the addition, so I added it to the ingredient list below. I’ve been eating them with a cup of this turmeric amber sun tea and it’s the perfect afternoon treat. Hope you enjoy!
Ingredients: 1 1/2 sticks salted butter 1 cup granulated sugar 1 egg 1/4 cup molasses 2 cups all purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice chopped candied ginger pieces
Directions: In a medium pot on low heat, melt the butter. Turn off the heat and mix in the sugar, molasses, and egg. Sift together the dry ingredients and add to the saucepan. Refrigerate until the dough is firm. Mix into balls and roll in granulated sugar. Bake for about 12 minutes at 350.
Let the gift guides begin! I have lots of fun gift ideas for kiddos, so I thought I’d share a few here. First up and most important for the season…
Christmas pjs! This is my favorite gift to give. Who doesn’t love Christmas pjs? It puts you in the spirit all month long and what is cuter than your kiddos matching in cozy jammies? I love Petite Plume for their classic style. Lake Pajamas is also a favorite for the whole family, and Roller Rabbit has a darling pattern this year.
Time to stock up on swimwear for next season! Minnow is currently 20% off and is one of my go-to brands.
Toy kitchens are one of the best gifts for toddlers. This one is neutral and will look cute in any play room!
Bourbon with lemon juice is one of my favorite cocktails. It’s not at all sweet and very easy to make which is right up my alley! If I ever want it a little sweeter, maple syrup is the perfect addition. During this autumn and holiday season, it’s fun to add candied orange or lemon with herbs and spices. Since I prefer simple cocktails, I lightly use these additions in the form of stirrers and garnish.
You can play around with these proportions depending on your tastes preferences.
3 oz. bourbon 1.5 oz. lemon juice 1 oz. maple syrup (I prefer a little less) ice garnish: orange or lemon slice, rosemary, cinnamon stick
I have been working on this big boy room for H for quite some time now. It all started when I found these antique twin beds– I knew right away that I had to have them! I decided to paint them red, which is a little bold for me but I LOVE how they turned out. (Thank you mom for the push!) The room is slowly coming together which is fine by me since I want the room to feel and be collected. I kept his dresser and a few accessories from his nursery, like this beautiful painted bear from a friend, the anchor hook, and all of his favorite stuffed animals. I love that we were able to transition these pieces into his new room (that was my intent when I started his nursery!)