weekend wishes

weekend wishes | simplicity
Happy happy weekend! Looks like a fun filled Saturday is in the books from an afternoon tea with a special viewing of this movie to a cider tasting later in the evening. I’m sure after all our buzzing around Sunday will be spent lounging and catching up on some much needed reading. Wishing you all a lovely fall weekend and keep reading for my favorite links from the week…

Congratulations to Joy and the arrival of her little lady.

A dinner party I’d love to attend.

Next time there are sweet potatoes around I’ll be making this juice.

10 things to do every morning.

Perfect picket fence home.

*image via dustjacket attic

take five!

take five! |

I had such a fun evening vodka craft cocktail tasting last night, but now it’s time for a good workout. I’ll be attending my first bar class and crossing my fingers that I don’t faint in the middle of it all. But first up a new installment of take five!… {one} I picked up this linen ribbon earlier this week and crafting up some ideas. {two} These coconut chocolate tartlets keep making their way onto my pinterest feed and I’m starting to get a little itch to bake them up myself. {three} Silk shirts are the trend right now and although I don’t usually follow trends they are a classic piece. {four} Loving this up do! {five} About those cocktails… Bottled craft cocktails enough said! The cucumber vodka mojito and tea twister are my faves.

5 crème de la crème : baked goods for breakfast

5 creme de la creme | baked for breakfast | 1{apple hazelnut oat cake}

Nothing warms up a cool fall morning than a warm baked good for breakfast. Usually I try to eat something healthy since the first meal of the day is the most important, but I’m having a change of heart with the change of weather. So I’ve rounded up 5 best of the best baked treats for breakfast from around the blogosphere hoping to inspire mornings full of comfort and warmth. If you have any favorites please share! Keep reading for more…

5 creme de la creme | baked for breakfast | 2{pumpkin granola muffins}

5 creme de la creme | baked for breakfast | 3{salted caramel apple muffins}

5 creme de la creme | baked for breakfast | 4{brown butter pistachio doughnuts}

5 creme de la creme | baked for breakfast | 5{cinnamon buns}

simple savorings : classic thumbprint cookies

simple savorings | classic thumbprint cookiesIt seems time spent in the kitchen doing some therapeutic baking is always on the “rise” for me this time of year. I think it’s the coolness of the weather that sets in cravings of warm sweet bites fresh out of the oven. I love a good cookie and these classic thumbprints filled with one of my favorite seasonal jams from Confituras is the perfect welcome for the start of a new baking season. Keep reading for the recipe…

simple savorings | classic thumbprint cookies | 2

simple savorings | classic thumbprint cookies | 3

Classic Thumbprint Cookies

*makes about 24 cookies


  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup slivered blanched almonds
  • 1/2 cup jam


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and 1/2 cup sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add egg yolk and vanilla; beat well. Whisk together flour and salt, and add to mixture, beating on low until combined.
  3. In a small food processor, combine almonds with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, and process until almonds are finely ground.
  4. In a small bowl, lightly beat egg white. Form dough into 1-inch balls. Dip in egg white, then in almond-and-sugar mixture. Place balls of dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat.
  5. Make a deep indentation in the center of each ball with the bottom of a thick wooden spoon.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes and remove from oven.
  7. Press down the centers again and fill the center of each cookie with about 1 teaspoon of jam.
  8. Rotate sheets, and bake until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes more. Remove from oven, and place on a wire rack to cool.

*recipe adapted from martha stewart

DIY : spooky stir sticks

diy | spooky stir sticksAs promised I’m sharing the DIY for those spooky stir sticks that made an appearance in my poisoned pumpkin spice cocktail. It’s easy to make and the perfect accessory to spook up guests and beverages being served at your monster bash this Halloween. I found these sparkle pom-poms and knew they would create a festive look for the stirrers. If drinks are not your thing, they would make a great cake topper too! Keep reading for the tutorial…

spooky stir sticks | materialsSpooky Stir Sticks


  • pom-poms
  • plastic spiders
  • hot glue gun
  • bamboo lollipop sticks

spooky stir sticks | instructionsInstructions

  1. Dab hot glue at the rounded end of the stick.
  2. Attach pom-pom and let it sit to dry for about 2 minutes.
  3. On the side of pom-pom, place a dab of hot glue.
  4. Attach plastic spider, let it sit to dry for about 2 minutes and add to cocktail.


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Happy Monday y’all! I have a long day ahead and after a lazy Sunday coffee will remain my best friend today. I also wanted to take a moment to thank you all for continuing to follow me on this blogging adventure. It has truly become a passion of mine to share new recipes, beautiful images, simple DIY’s and little bits of my life. I hope I’ve brought inspiration and you will continue along this creative journey. There will be a few changes coming up and as always I’d love to hear what you think, so feel free to leave me a comment. Have a lovely day!

*image via britta nickel

weekend wishes

weekend wishes | lazy sundayI was one busy bee buzzing around the city yesterday! It started with an alfresco breakfast with the hubby, then a trip to the farmers market, attended the grand opening of the gorgeous new store FOUND, and back out for a surprise dinner and night on the town planned by R. So what’s on the agenda today… Nothing! It’s going to be a lazy sunday as my calendar for next week is full. Wishing you all a lovely day and keep reading for my favorite links…

How to get you guest room guest-ready.

This make ahead breakfast is perfect for those on-the-go mornings.

An absolutely stunning al fresco peach themed dinner.

You know me and my addiction to stripes.

I know we’re in the middle of fall but who can resist these tropical greetings!

Love this Backyard Halloween Bash for the little ones.

Oh and don’t forget to cozy up with this limited time sale!

*image via anthro blog