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April 28, 2014

Emma's Easter in Photos



This is a little late, as it is already a week past Easter, but I wanted to share a couple of photos from our Easter weekend with you (and because I use this blog to serve as a chronicle for our family, too!).  You may have noticed that we were gone last week - sorry for the lack of notice.  We spent the week in Seaside with my sister's family.  We left bright and early Monday morning, so there was little time to upload photos before.  I'll be sharing photos from our trip later this week - lots, and lots to wade through, as I'm sure you can imagine.  

This is a compilation of all of our Easter celebrations and multiple egg hunts... I think Emma participated in 5 egg hunts this season.  She's a pro.   The good news is that we got a lot of wear out of her two Easter dresses - both Mini Boden, for those of you that will ask :) 

This was her first official hunt at our Church a couple weeks ago - before the weather decided to be Springy.  Notice the charm bracelet : )  She's a jewelry girl. 

This is Emma on Easter morning at my parents' church in Lexington.  Don't you love this little vintage bunny purse?  It was filled with lip glosses to keep her busy in church.

Another hunt.  She's counting her loot in photo above - lining all of her candy up in rows. 

Left, she's telling us - I'll be riiiiight back, as she headed over to get more eggs from the older kid's hunting area.


We went over to see Gramp Gramp's baby and mama cows.  Emma talks about them all of the time.






"Aunt" Claire







All dolled up for Easter morning : )

I've found it has become increasingly hard to take photos of Emma - as this is her preferred state.  Going!












Emma and Uncle Josh.
 A hunt at Mimi and Papi's house - Mr. Darcy is thrilled, can you tell?


He broke open several eggs... to Emma's frustration, but she seems ok in this photo with arms full of eggs.

Hope everyone had a happy Easter!  I'll be back tomorrow with more regular posts : )






April 18, 2014

Free Shipping Friday & Flashback to... Easter at Ralph Lauren in East Hampton


**Repost from April 2011.  I'm re-sharing this today because I found myself looking back at these photos yesterday while looking for exterior inspiration for our renovation/addition.  The exterior of the Ralph Lauren Children's Store in East Hampton is one of my all time favorites.  Cedar shakes, Navy shutters, Brass accents, Cream raised paneled trim and boxwood.  Not only is there a lot of architectural design inspiration in this post, but beautiful whimsical Easter delights, too.  

While you enjoy browsing, enjoy Free Shipping off of every order in my store today!  Use the code : FreeFriday at checkout.  Happy Easter Weekend!

Jenny
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As promised, here is post solely dedicated to the Ralph Lauren Children store in East Hampton.  The outside is perfect - feels like a home.  I love the navy shutters... taking notes for homes in my future.

Read more about our East Hampton Weekend getaway here!


Darling Easter outfits - how fun would it be to do the window displays for Ralph Lauren?


I can see Samantha in that plaid number.


 Inside they've created this life-size tree and tree house - all white.  This is amazing.  How whimsical!


It is so incredible - I think it must have been made from plaster or some sort of material.  Can't wait to do this somewhere!  Any takers out there? 

A darling little couple - what a sweet dress.

Read more about our East Hampton Weekend getaway here!

April 14, 2014

Easter Menu & Table Setting | Leek & Spinach Stuffed Pork Loin





I'm always looking for a new way to prepare a traditional dinner entree like Pork Loin - especially in the Spring.  While there are many different marinades and cooking methods out there that can change up the flavor, stuffing it has to be one of my favorites.  It is a great way to introduce some spring vegetables and color to a somewhat plan cut of meat.  It is such an elegant presentation, too - sliced and served on a platter - it is a great option for a Easter or a Spring dinner party.


 This pork loin is stuffed with a mixture of spinach, leeks, garlic and parmesan cheese - very springy.  Any type of filling would be great, though, be creative.  If you're really short on time and energy, you can buy a pre-made spinach dip (or artichoke dip) and use that as the filling. 

When I'm entertaining for a holiday or a dinner party, it is so important that it be easy.  Everything in this menu is cooked on baking sheets in the oven at the same time.  There is no hovering over the stove, or stirring - just put everything on a platter and bring it to the table.


Here is my filling - for the entire recipe, visit my monthly column on MyWell-Being.com.  It starts with sauteing leeks and spinach, then making a simple white sauce with cream and parmsean cheese.  You can't mess it up.


Ask the butcher to butterfly the pork loin for you to make it really simple.


Again, recipe and details on MyWell-Being.com.


Here is everything roasting at the same temperature.  Very easy!


And, sorry for boring you again with photos of this table (that I used to feature many of my spring products), but many of you that purchased the items have asked me about the details, and about recreating the flower arrangement at home.  So, here it goes : )

For the table setting I used :

Large Willow Vase filled with white hydrangeas, yellow daffodils, and pussy willow sprigs.  (arranging details below)

Hand-Dipped Taper Candles in Lexington Wheat : I love a neutral, tone on tone look, so after looking at multiple candle color options, I went with this muted, warm yellow.

Hemstitch Linen Runner (medium) for my table linen - I hardly ever use a table cloth because I love the natural wood of the table.

Creamware Egg Cups to display brown eggs.







For the arrangement, start by plopping all of my flowers in the vase so I am sure I have enough - and am using the right vase shape and size.  I used the hydrangeas to fill out the mass of the vase, and then highlighted with groupings of the yellow daffodils.


I always to arrangements within arrangements - so I make little bunches of flowers and add them to the bunch.  I think big blocks of color are more pleasing than a homogenous arrangement with all of the flowers evenly dispersed.  It seems more natural and gathered.


Also, be careful not to go color crazy - I like to stick to 2-3 colors in various shades, otherwise it can be spastic looking.  When in doubt, just go with one color.










And because I always like some natural texture, I added the pussy willow branches.  They add the perfect touch of spring - and are so beautiful when you look at them so closely. 


April 11, 2014

Free Easter Tags Friday & Saturday! And... Easter Favorites Round Up

Happy Friday!  This is the first time I've done a giveaway special for the store - and I'm thrilled.  This weekend is the last chance to get orders in to guarantee Easter arrival.  With that said... today and tomorrow (Fri-Sat), I'm offering a giveaway of a free Easter Tag or Folded Card with every order (while supplies last).

**To redeem the discount, add an Easter Tag or Easter Card (Lambs or Bunnies) to your card, then enter one of the following codes at checkout :

EasterTags   or EasterCards

**It is very important to actually add the tags or cards you want to your order, or I won't know which one you'd like.  You will receive a credit for the item you have in your cart.










This has been such a fun and exciting season of products.  The next go-round next Month will feature more party and wedding supplies... think custom paper goods, favors, etc., in all of my favorite colors.

As the preparations for Easter continues, here is a little roundup of my favorite recipes for Easter Brunch, Lunch and Desserts.  Do you have anything that I must make?  I'd love to hear about your favorites.




Heirloom Egg Hunt Centerpiece


Spinach & Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing & Pecans


Lemon Meringue Mousse Tart



Cranberry Scones with an Orange Glaze




Mrs. Ross's Blackberry Cobbler



Bacon, Potato & Chive Skillet Omelet



Homemade Herbed Ricotta Cheese on Garlic Baguette Toasts


Chocolate Glazed Donuts




Cherry Almond Cupcakes


"Homemade" Cinnamon Rolls from Frozen Bread Dough

Banana Pecan Pancakes Recipe 


White Cheddar & Chive Strata (you might remember it from a brunch we hosted last fall?)


The bacon getting ready to be baked - 325 degrees for 18-22 minutes.  The BEST way to fix bacon.

As I re-posted last week, one of my all time favorite things to do is to make "homemade" cinnamon rolls from frozen bread dough.  We had friends over for brunch this week and, in addition to the classic cinnamon rolls, also made Pecan Cinnamon Rolls.  With just one extra step, you can create these sticky, pecan glazed cinnamon rolls.  
 


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