It’s Henry’s first Easter and I’m so excited to have his first Easter basket complete. Although he’s a little too young to fully understand, I still wanted to start the tradition and am looking forward to having him “open” it on Easter morning. I stuffed it with books and toys and am linking some of my favorite gift ideas for your little ones here!


piggy bank



We had such a special weekend celebrating H’s baptism with family and friends. I served finger sandwiches and an orzo salad, and of course set out a large cheese board for snacking. For dessert, we had custom cookies and a homemade angel food cake with berries and lemon curd. It was a beautiful, sunny Sunday that we will remember forever!



When life gives you lemons… make this maple bourbon cocktail. My mom got me hooked on this fresh cocktail after finding some homegrown, insanely juicy lemons in the neighborhood.

Ingredients:
3 shots bourbon
2 shots fresh lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon maple syrup

Directions:
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass containing large ice cubes. Makes 2 cocktails.

Enjoy!

in love with this bamboo moulding on the cabinets!

This ocean-front shingled Gambrel style beach house by Patrick Ahearn (architecture) and Katie Rosenfeld (interiors) has me falling in love with color! Katie’s goal was a colorful and eclectic interior that still felt sophisticated and fresh, and it’s clear that she nailed it. I love this mixed with the classic colonial architecture.


Dreaming of spring and owning a big, lush garden…
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There’s no denying my first love of stripes, but gingham comes in a close second. It’s such a classic pattern that can be used anywhere– from pillows to headboards, skirts to tablecloths, couches to dresses. It’s both feminine and masculine and mixes wonderfully with other patterns. It also does not have to mean country bumpkin… unless of course you want it to!



Who doesn’t want a potting room?! In the home I have dreamed up in my head there is a big, beautiful one with a dutch door out to my big, beautiful garden! Here are a few potting rooms I’ve found that have provided inspiration. xx



Monet: the late years is on exhibit at the de Young Museum in San Francisco now through May 27. Even if you’ve seen his work many times before, I recommend going. It just never gets old!




I’ve had this easy jam recipe on repeat lately. It’s jam-packed (had to!) with nutrients and a great addition to your morning toast, oatmeal or yogurt. It’s even delicious on ice cream for dessert. I’ve started giving it to Henry, too, and he loves it. Win for the whole family! This homemade version is far better than store-bought, despite having no added sugar. You can also try blueberries, blackberries or strawberries in addition to or instead of the raspberries.

Ingredients:
3 cups fresh or frozen berries
juice of 1/2 an orange + some zest
1 teaspoon vanilla (I love this alcohol free powder)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons chia seeds
*optional 1-2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup

Directions:
Warm the berries in a saucepan over medium heat with a splash of water. Mash the berries as they begin to heat up, until they are fully softened and juicy. Let simmer for 15 minutes until the berries have thickened. Add orange juice and zest. If this mixture still isn’t sweet enough for you, add honey or maple syrup and stir. Remove from heat and add vanilla, cinnamon and chia seeds. Stir until completely combined. Let rest for about 30 minutes– the jam will start to thicken as the chia seeds absorb liquid.

Once cooled, store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to one week.

Enjoy!