Friday, October 2, 2015

lemon coconut cookies

so i know, a day late, but apparently yesterday was national homemade cookie day. every day its something right? well i fell in love with these shortbread like soft cookies topped with buttery lemony frosting and had to share. find the recipe on a bountiful kitchen. she has a fabulous collection of other yummy recipes if these are not you're thing.

and to top it off, please come by today and mention this post to get 20% off any pair of jeans. that's right! we want to celebrate the double digits heading our way! have a beautiful weekend folks!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

a fresh new scent

we are excited to introduce a new line to the shop....kai. 
it smells amazing! with hints of plumeria, jasmine and gardenia, 
it can make the everyday feel extraordinary. we love the story behind the 
owner's inspiration for developing the scent, in the hawaiian spirit. 
come by and mention this post now through saturday and you 
will receive 10% off your kai purchase!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

heading back...

and here are some tid bits of the treasures we've come upon so far...
look forward to seeing some of these back in the shop soon!
 do you just adore these antique french confit jars? such gorgeous statement pieces! and we are thinking the above cabinet would make the most stunning kitchen built-in filled with white dishes of course!

we could not get enough of the variety of eye dropping windows, shutters and doors
 set is this open field.

and how about these silly garden gnomes to grace your garden? 
looking forward to getting back...has it cooled down yet? 
maybe we will just keep truckin until fall arrives...hehehe.

Monday, September 28, 2015

treasure hunting

 {picture via pinterest}
the shop girls have taken off on a whim to round top Texas in search of some amazing one of a kind pieces for the store! we're dying to see what they pick up and bring back home. they'll be sending pictures this week as a sneek peek so look forward to that and we hope your week is off to a great start!

Friday, September 25, 2015

fall has arrived in the shop!

come see us and grab some gorgeous velvet pumpkins before they are all gone! we have such an amazing selection of colors. we've also gotten in some great fall wardrobe pieces like our new michael stars light weight sweaters and incredible ag jeans perfect for transitioning you into the upcoming weather.

we hope this weekend finds you enjoying the comforts of home...doing a bit of decorating to get in the spirit, perhaps brewing up some pumpkin soup and fresh baked bread or baking off some chocolate chip pumpkin bars for family and friends.

looking to get out and about?  this chile pepper festival in downtown phoenix sounds rather enticing.
we also love a good outdoor market with good eats; try singh farms for a new venue in scottsdale. it makes for a lovely saturday morning! have a beautiful weekend!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

california adventures

with family in town of course a little jaunt to california was in order. as always we've been enjoying some good eats and boutique shopping at some of our favorite places. if your in the newport or the san juan capristrano area definitely try these out:

and dining at the house is always lovely al fresco. one of my favorite spots at the beach is our little back patio for dining by candlelight. a chill in the air, good conversation, scrumptious food and a visit from Laurie always make for the perfect visit.

do you have any favorite southern california spots to eat or shop? we'd love to hear about them! cheers to the weather getting better in phoenix...slowly but surely right?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

a family affair

 over the weekend we had a charming birthday celebration for my youngest son Alex. we do love a good dinner party and birthdays are a great reason to plan one. the meal was set with four courses and wine was perfectly paired with the help of my husband gathering some advice from the local sommelier. i highly recommend doing so if you are having a dinner party and aren't sure what wines would go well. it was such a treat!
our place settings were also set with fun questions concerning the birthday boy...such as 'how would he define his personal style?' and 'what is your favorite memory of him?' which all made for some rather good laughs.

the evening menu

first course
figs with goat cheese & candied pecans
mussels with bread crumbs & almonds

second course
arugula salad & mushroom tart

third course
bacon wrapped pork tenderloin
garlic mash potatoes

mixed berry streusal pie

our recipes were taken from both A Kitchen In France as well as The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

the berry pie was a home recipe:
one par baked pie crust; i love ina garten's pie dough from one of her first books as it includes both butter and shortening...but you may use what you like!

pie filling:
about four cups of mixed berries, strawberries sliced
3/4 c. sugar
juice 1 lemon
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 c. cornstarch
1 t. vanilla extract
zest of one small orange

toss berries well with above ingredients, careful not to smash berries. let rest and toss occasionally while you roll out dough and par bake crust, and make your streusal topping.

streusal topping:
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. flour
1/2 stick butter
handful of slivered almonds

melt butter and whisk with all ingredients to make a crumble.

Fill crust with berries and top with streusal. bake at 375 for about 45minutes to an hour until filling is bubbly. let cool before cutting. enjoy!


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