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Setting Your Easter Table: A Collaboration with The Coastal Table Magazine + Simon Pearce by charity buchika

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Happy Easter!

Are you hosting breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner this year? Regardless of the meal, you can set the happiest of Easter tables in a million different ways, just by changing out one little thing here and another little thing there. 

We got together with a few of my favorite brands,  The Coastal Table magazine and Simon Pearce, makers of all things glass, tabletop, lighting, and home decor, to prove that point. 

Watch this!

Here's our fantastic Easter table setting with silver flatware, Teaselwood pottery plates, Simon Pearce wine glasses, and Pottery Barn napkins in Wisteria.

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And here it is with gold flatware (both sets are from Crate and Barrel).

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Now here it is with 3 white plates and a black napkin from Target's Smith and Hawken line...

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... and with the middle plate swapped out for something a little snazzier and a green napkin. 

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With the snazzy plate moved on top of the Wisteria napkin...

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... and with the green napkin.

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Isn't it amazing how simple it is to make a table setting look so different?! So fun!

With those little tricks up your sleeve, you could host breakfast, brunch, lunch, AND dinner and never have the same table setting twice!

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Don't you love these hurricanes from Simon Pearce?

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I'll be sharing the recipe for that spring salad in an upcoming post (that is, if it's fair to call the instructions for throwing a salad together a 'recipe'!). The black salad bowl is from Target's Magnolia Home collection. 

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We're currently featured in the spring issue of The Coastal Table. In the magazine, we talk design trends for 2018 (don't worry - we'll share some trends with you in an upcoming post right here on The Farmhouse Blog!). 

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If you don't yet subscribe to The Coastal Table, you must! It's a gorgeous quarterly magazine with a mission to "capture the true essence of the coast" using beautiful photography and storytelling. It's a total breakout star on the indie publishing scene. They've just won the IACP Publication of the year for 2018, along with multiple other awards since their inception in 2016. Whether you live on the coast or not, see where you can grab up a copy here or learn how to subscribe to the print edition here and the digital edition here

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The pewter platter is from Pottery Barn. It's technically called a 'Cookie Platter' but it's just right for a loaf of crusty bread.

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These lovely flowers really set the mood for a cheerful spring celebration.

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Are you inspired to change things up on your table for Easter? Snap a pic and tag us @teaselwooddesign on Instagram!

 

Flowers Set the Mood: Arrangements for a Moody, Romantic Dinner Party by charity buchika

Nevermind that we just had two nearly apocalyptic snowstorms here in Skaneateles - and that we currently have a forecast for more snow all week long!

My mind is set firmly on springtime, which also means I'm longing for vases and vases of blooms fresh from the garden!

And that all got me thinking about how much the mood we're trying to set when we entertain is impacted by the types of flowers we use.

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A Valentine's Day Treat from the Farmhouse by charity buchika

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It's almost Valentine's Day - one of my favorite occasions for whipping up an extra special treat!  

But I have to confess that I'm just not into adding about 1,000 drops of food coloring to any given combination of butter and sugar in order to make something that looks Valentine's Day appropriate.

What I really love is being able to celebrate the holiday by giving my husband and son something that's distinctive from the usual 'hearts and candy' fare, something that's thoughtfully made to truly nourish their hearts and souls.

So this year, I turned to a couple of farm-fresh ideas to make a simple pound cake into a heartwarming Valentine's Day dessert.

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First, I added a little touch of hibiscus powder (Yep- hibiscus! I get mine from Stock + Spice) to this cake's glaze to make it perfectly - but naturally! - pretty in pink. Not that you need more reasons to eat a slice or two of this delicious cake, but here's a little article about the health benefits of hibiscus.

Then, forgoing the expected candy hearts or red hots I opted to sprinkle on a few tiny fresh blossoms. These might be chamomile flowers, or maybe some type of asters... Hmmm... please comment below if you happen to know what they are!

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I think they're so dainty and sweet. They make this cake just right for a modern farmhouse Valentine, don't you think?!

(Cake recipe originally from The Vanilla Bean Blog)

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Cardamom Pound Cake with Hibiscus Glaze
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks | 227g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups (594g) granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla
  • 3 cups (420g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1-2 tablespoons hibiscus powder
Instructions
In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cardamom.Adjust an oven rack to the middle position, and preheat the oven to 325F. Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan.In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, cream butter and granulated sugar together until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until incorporated, scraping down sides of the mixing bowl as needed.Add 1T vanilla and mix on low to combine. Add the 1/3 of the flour mixture, and mix on low speed until just combined.Add the sour cream and mix until the batter is just combined. Add another 1/3 of the flour and mix on low to combine.Add 1/2 c heavy cream and mix until the batter is just combined. Add the remaining flour, and mix on low until just combined.Use a spatula to scrape down the bowl and make sure the mixture is completely combined.Pour batter into the prepared pan and use a spatula to even out the topBake the cake for 60-75 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.Move the cake to a wire rack with a piece of parchment underneath the rack, and let cool for 15 minutes.Invert the cake onto the rack.While the cake is still warm, pierce all over with a long skewer or a fork. For glaze, mix together the powdered sugar, 1 T vanilla, 1/4 c heavy cream, and the hibiscus powder. Apply glaze to cake with a pastry brush or drizzle on with a spoon. Let the cake cool before slicing/serving.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6-8 servings
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Enjoy!

If you make this cake for your Valentine, snap a pic, post it on Instagram, and tag us @teaselwooddesign. It's so fun for us to see you using our ideas!

Photography by Whitney Nichols

Our Annual Gift Guide- 5 Favorite Gifts for Farmhouse Style All Through the House! by charity buchika

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What?! You say you didn't get our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide??? (insert cry face emoji)

If that's the case, it's probably because you haven't subscribed to The Farmhouse Blog yet. (you can do that right here, right now!)

Not to worry! While you may have missed our full gift guide, here are a few of our top picks:

Everyone loves a great candle! Ours come in 4 cozy scents:  Christmas Orange, Holiday at the Cape, Highland Forest, and Winterwoods

Everyone loves a great candle! Ours come in 4 cozy scents: Christmas Orange, Holiday at the Cape, Highland Forest, and Winterwoods

The  Endeavor Single Rope Bracelet  in White is our new winter wardrobe staple (other versions available)

The Endeavor Single Rope Bracelet in White is our new winter wardrobe staple (other versions available)

Wooden spoons as a gift? Yep, as long as they're sculptural and chic like our artisanal  Round Tear Drop Spoons !

Wooden spoons as a gift? Yep, as long as they're sculptural and chic like our artisanal Round Tear Drop Spoons!

Whatever the weather where they live, everyone on your list will love our  Washed Linen Throw . It's just right for a touch of warmth by the fire or for a breezy summer evening on the patio. Choose from Blue or Grey.

Whatever the weather where they live, everyone on your list will love our Washed Linen Throw. It's just right for a touch of warmth by the fire or for a breezy summer evening on the patio. Choose from Blue or Grey.

Use it every day or just to adorn your kitchen counter, The  Farmhouse Honey Pot and Wooden Dipper  set adds true farmhouse charm to any home. 

Use it every day or just to adorn your kitchen counter, The Farmhouse Honey Pot and Wooden Dipper set adds true farmhouse charm to any home. 


Of course, there's so much more to pick from in our online shop, so browse away! Since we ship everything, you'll be able to take care of all your holiday shopping in one fell swoop! 

Oh, and remember to subscribe so you never have to miss out on specials, goodies, and announcements again!

Happy Holidays!!!

Charity