This morning I’m excited to share a brand spankin’ new line of home accessories with you – the site just went live today! B for Brandie is out to add a dash of fashion to the table in a very chic way. Fresh colors, sophisticated patterns and contemporary designs abound in their debut collection that features dinnerware, flatware, glassware, placemats and napkins. The best part is that it’s all made to be mixed and matched, bringing a very personal touch each and every time you gather around the table. Perfect with the holidays being just around the corner and entertainment being taken up a necessary notch.
To get those wintery dinner party juices flowing, one of you has the chance to win two of these brilliant blue-themed place settings along with a pair of Olivia Champagne Wine Combo Glasses (my favorite!)! Each setting from B for Brandie includes an Astor Charger Plate in gray, Vanderbilt Dinner Plate in navy, Truman Dessert/Salad Plate in turquoise, and a Truman Bowl in navy as well as a set of Olivia Champagne Wine Combo Glasses that can be used as wine or champagne glasses with a flip!
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Almost every one of my favorite recipes has a story, so when West Elm asked me to share one of my favorite holiday traditions I knew just the one. When I was in elementary school my grandparents looked after me once school was out every day. My Grandpa picked me up at the bus stop and drove me the fifteen minutes to their house in the next town where my mom would scoop me up after work. Most days when I got into his car there would be a snack waiting for me – an orange we would share or a coconut macaroon cookie. But on really special fall days there was nothing until we got back to their house and I walked in the door to the sight of my Grandma’s apple dumplings, perfectly golden and smelling like heaven. Those apple dumplings meant that the holidays (as well as winter vacation) were right around the corner!
Now that I make my own I cut a corner or two, but the end result still gives me that same feeling of being cozy and loved. I picked up a Scape Oval Baking Dish (the perfect size for four apple dumplings) and a set of Universal Expert Wooden Utensils from West Elm Market to make the recipe all the more fun to pull together and share with you. I can already tell that these pieces are going to get a major workout over the next few months between casseroles and baked goods!
• 4 medium-large apples (I used Fuji)
• 1/4 C quick cooking oats
• 1/4 C brown sugar
• 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• 4 pie crusts (I use pre-made)
• 4 tsp butter
• 1 egg
• 1 tsp vanilla
• granulated sugar for dusting
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a large baking dish with cooking spray in preparation. Make or (or open) your go-to pie crust recipe (each apple will use one crust). In a small bowl mix together the oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon then set aside. Peel and core the apples. Roll out (or lay out) one pie crust and set an apple in the center. Fill the hollowed out core with the oat-brown sugar-cinnamon mixture all the way to the top, then place a teaspoon of butter on top. Fold up the edges of the crust, making sure to pinch the seams as you go along. Repeat the process with the other three apples and set each one in the baking dish. Beat the egg and vanilla together and brush all over each dumpling, then dust with sugar. Bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown. These are delicious served with Brown Sugar Sauce (recipe below) or served with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. One dumpling could easily be split between two people.
Brown Sugar Sauce
• 1/4 C brown sugar
• 1/4 C water
Combine brown sugar and water in a small saucepan. Simmer until reduced and thickened.
01/ Skeleton Horse wins for best Halloween costume!
02/ A suspended bicycle roundabout over a highway in the Netherlands.
03/ Insane pumpkin arrangements make up the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze.
04/ A beautiful old church was converted into a beautiful new bookstore.
05/ Loving this Day of the Dead sugar skull wallpaper!
06/ This cabin was built with $500 of repurposed windows!
07/ Shotgun shells are used to create beautiful mosaics.
08/ These PyroPet candles melt down to metal skeletons!
09/ A loving husband documented his wife’s battle with breast cancer.
10/ Camila Carlow sculpts human organs from foraged fauna.
This week on Design Crush:
Five of my favorite prints in Prints: October Edition.
Two fantastic new tile designs – Wave and Picket.
Inspired illustrations from Laia Arqueros.
I love sending pre-holiday notes, see eight of my favorites in Autumn Hellos.
Support the Humane Society of the United States by purchasing Bloggers Love Cats + Bloggers Love Dogs, two 13-month calendars for charity.
Check out this stunning jewelry collection – Erin Considine AW2013.
I hope you had a Happy Halloween!
Check out my Insta October.
A funny/tragic flip book for adults – Ten Thousand Stories.
Tiles can either be traditional and boring or fresh and interesting, there’s not really a lot of middle ground to be covered. Fireclay Tile recently released two new designs in their Debris series – Wave and Picket – that fall squarely (no pun intended) into the second category. Wave captures the feel of the undulating Pacific Ocean while Picket transforms the iconic pattern into a bold, geometric design. Both use up to 70% recycled materials that are sourced with 200 miles of their Northern California factory – not only is that good for the environment, but it also results in one of the hardest tiles available.
Multi-functional is where it’s at! I’m loving this brass Can Vase that features three changeable caps. Each one can help you achieve the best arrangement for the type of flowers you’re working with thanks to its cleverly shaped openings.
Yes, I like shopping. When do I like shopping most? When it’s socially conscious and gives back, of course. Given Goods Co. has created a model where with every purchase shoppers become participants in the story of each product. It’s an environment where customers can learn about the origins and impact of each item (which happen to be sustainable) and keep track of their global impact. Discover, learn, give back. It’s that simple. Shop their full storefront of housewares, accessories, and more – new items are being added every day!
Wooden. Rugs. Rolls those two words around in your mind hole for a minute or two. German artist Elisa Strozyk has created three variations of these delightful coverings. Strozyk dyes and connects row upon row of triangular pieces as she pulls together the end result of a colored wooden rug, which is so flexible that you can literally crumple it up and toss it into a corner. (via Design Milk)
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01/ Mica Angela Hendricks illustrates heads and let’s her 4 year old draw the bodies!
02/ Fantastic 3D drawings by Ben Heine.
03/ A floating rainbow made from 840 sheets of colored paper.
04/ This little bike really is the ultimate IKEA hack!
05/ Illustrations of every outfit Walter White ever wore in seasons 1-5 of Breaking Bad.
06/ This clever outdoor color installation mimics lamplight.
07/ A man spent 20 years building kinetic carnival rides to advertise a family restaurant.
08/ Beautifully graphic crystal stemware from Scholten & Baijings.
09/ Banksy set up an anonymous booth in Central Park + sold his original art for $60 a pop!
10/ Just some regular guys as underwear models.
I don’t know about you, but I try to consistently add green ways of living to my day to day on a regular basis. Some things are easier than others, but it’s always worth it. Here are some tips&tricks (and a few products) that can go a long way.