Cast Iron Cooking 101

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In our minds, cast iron can do just about anything — it produces some serious heat, it’s naturally nonstick, it can go straight from the stove top to the oven, and it’s the true master of one-pot meals. Occasionally you’ll hear that cast iron can be a little  finicky, or tricky to clean. But we have to disagree! If you show your pan a little love, give it a good cleaning and seasoning, you’ll have a pan to last you a lifetime. This weekend we’ll call out some of our best cast iron tips and summer recipes! Here’s a sneak peek…

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cucumber grapefruit Paloma

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Light, refreshing, and oh so tasty! Sounds like the perfect recipe for mom doesn’t it? We love this cocktail for it’s general drinkability during the warmer months ahead, but also for its ability to easily turn into a mocktail! Just skip the tequila and add a few more splashes of juice and sparkling water.

The Perfect Paloma

Makes: 2 drinks
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients
4 ounces Reposado tequila
1 ounce fresh lime juice
3 cucumber slices
3 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
pinch of salt
1 ounce club soda
3 tablespoons simple syrup or agave

Directions
In a shaker, muddle the cucumber slices and lime juice. Add the tequila, grapefruit juice and simple syrup. Add in a small pinch of salt. Shake to combine.

Pour over ice into two glasses rimmed with salt or sugar (optional).

Top with club soda and stir to combine. Garnish with lime, grapefruit slices and/or cucumber slices.

blueberry brown butter waffles

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Can you think of any better way to wake mom up than with homemade breakfast in bed? Because we can’t! These yummy waffles provide the wow factor when it comes to presentation AND taste. The best part? They are SO simple to throw together and great for making with kids! We recommend placing on a tray with additional bowls of toppings, her favorite morning cup and some fresh flowers.

Blueberry Brown Butter Waffles

Makes: 8 servings
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ cups blueberries
2 ½ cups buttermilk
4 eggs
1 stick butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla

for topping
whipped cream
extra berries
syrup
butter
sprinkles

Directions
Preheat oven to 200°F and have a rimmed baking sheet ready. This is where you’ll place
cooked waffles to keep them warm.

Preheat your waffle iron.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk constantly as the butter begins to bubble and foam. After several minutes, small brown flecks will appear at the bottom of the saucepan. Continue whisking until it turns brown and is giving off a nutty aroma. Transfer immediately to a large bowl to cool.

Whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and baking soda in a medium bowl. Toss in the blueberries and coat well with the flour mixture.

Add the buttermilk, eggs and vanilla to the bowl of butter. Whisk until combined. Pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture and fold until just combined and no dry lumps remain.

Generously coat your waffle iron with non-stick spray or butter. Then cook waffles according to the machine instructions. Once cooked, transfer to rimmed baking sheet and keep warm in the oven.

Serve immediately with your favorite toppings: syrup, whipped cream, berries, sprinkles – whatever makes you happy!

How to Host Mother’s Day Brunch

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There’s nothing we love more than a day that celebrates the special women in our lives – and guess what? It’s coming up! This Mother’s Day we  hope you spoil all of the lovely ladies in your life (or you’re the one getting spoiled!), because they (you!) most certainly deserve it. Stumped on what to do? We highly recommend making one of these fabulous recipes and giving her the most relaxing day possible. Hosting a get together? You won’t want to miss our features this week! Starting with Tips for Hosting…

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park city… house hunting

We came correct… Mason and I flew in for soccer tryouts, she made the premier division 1 team! 

We saw 15 houses, made an offer on our first choice and now we are under contract! 

We ate at 510, had breakfast at Harvest, checked out Deer Valley, soaked in the sun in 80 degree heat, drank rosé, shopped on Main Street and had a blast with friends. 

So begins our next chapter, with amazing summers and some of the best skiing in North America. I’m spending the next few weeks packing up our home in Seattle, spending every day with my closest friends and making some killer memories with the kids! 

Here’s to taking risks, adventures and living life to the fullest! Cheers!

traveling with the people I love

We had an amazing week filled with sunshine, laughter, music, wine, friends, family… I live for our trips. The memories we make together and the experiences that shape our lives.

Off to plan our next trip!!! Stay tuned…

so begins a new decade…


Today begins a new decade and an opportunity for greater adventures. This will be the best decade yet filled with firsts and lasts.

In this decade, there will be two bat mitzvahs and one bar mitzvah, three high school graduations and four college graduations. We will watch as our five children become adults and make their own paths in life. We will travel to four continents this decade… filling our lives with experiences, cultures and cuisines that spark the imagination. 

I will mark almost thirty years of marriage with my love in this decade and for that I am so very grateful. To have experienced such remarkable love is a blessing. I run with open arms, grace, love and laughter into these next ten years. I am thankful for all that I have experienced and achieved so far… for the friendships, the laughter, the late nights, the adventures, the cocktails and this extraordinary life!

Cheers~

picking, eating, sunshine and friends

Sometimes the best days are the unplanned ones. When you wake up and decide to go to a berry farm with a couple of friends and bunch of kids. Nothing says summer like the warm sun in your face, picking and eating berries straight off the bushes. Now what to do with all of these berries? I think their is a summer tart and fresh berry sorbet in my future.

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Maverick and his two favorite girls
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He likes to taste before he buys
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What’s better than a wagon ride?
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My little guy is always happy (when he’s eating)
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We may have eaten more berries than picked them
Wow, that’s a flattering photo of me!
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Working hard to fill his basket
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Yummy Strawberries
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Strawberry faces and baskets filled… the end to perfect day!