End of Year Lists: Books Read

It's been a busy summer, fall, and winter! As we gear into a season of hibernation (hello, hygge life), it's fun to look back over the last year and compartmentalize every detail into an end-of-year list. Maybe not every detail. But books, movies, food, drinks...things like that, yeah. We're no Obama, but here's the list…

Indoor Picnic

The weather here in Southwest Missouri has been cold, drizzly, and not very spring-like. So for Easter Sunday this year, we decided to have a French-inspired indoor picnic. French wine, cheeses, a charcuterie board, home-made baguettes...the whole works. Of course, we ate at the dining table, so rather than a picnic, I guess it was…

Book Roundup: The Cozy Cookbook

Having recently finished Leave Me Alone with the Recipes: The Life, Art, and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles, I realized I have a thing for cozy, story-driven family-centric cookbooks. I devour them like novels, and keep them on shelves faaaar away from the mess of my kitchen. Here are a few in my collection: Apples for…

Mood Board: Winter is Going

Here in SWMO, the sun is starting to shine, the days are getting longer, the weather just a bit warmer. With the arrival of Spring, we are finally saying goodbye to winter. But I won't lie. I love winter, and this one was particularly cozy. Full of family, nights by the fire, strong cocktails and…

Library Haul: Spring Break Edition

What's better than a mid-afternoon affogato? An affogato with new books from the library! Stephanie's picks this week: Life Unstyled: How to embrace imperfection and create a home you love *** Pretty Pastel Style: Decorating interiors with pastel shades *** Nic's Pick's Vintage Parties: A Guide to Throwing Themed Events—from Gatsby Galas to Mad Men…

Mixed Print Book Club

In our recently formed "Mixed Print Book Club," we try to pick books for the group that are charming, fun, and an escape from reality (for better or for worse). The group consists of mostly working women (and yes, that includes full-time mamas!), so when we have a few minutes to slip away into another…

Working Girl Cake

I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to Cakes. Birthday cakes, baby cakes, wedding cakes, cookie cakes, naked cakes, drip cakes, vintage cakes, meringue cakes...you name it, I've pinned it. I have the best intentions of making Nicole and I the most grandiose, sparkling and macron themed birthday cake, but then every year our birthday…

Book Love: Folk Art Techniques

My personal artistic style is messy, dreamy, and intuitive. I very rarely sketch out ideas or work with a final image in mind. This might be why I'm compelled to buy every art-technique book out there, because the process is so foreign and fascinating. I LOVE folk art, and folk design, from all regions of…