Cinnamon Baked Mini Donuts are super easy to make and you can prep the night before and have them ready to go on Easter morning. I’ll make them for my kids who will both be home for Easter. Mostly because I love the house to smell yummy just as everyone is waking up. I use Ina Garten’s recipe that you can find right here. I accidentally ordered a mini doughnut pan so I cut the recipe in half and the baking time down to about 6 minutes. Do not over fill like I did the first time. They come out looking like mini bundt cakes which is fine, but not if you’re telling your kids that you’re making them home-made doughnuts!
Sonny was our first stop after dropping our bags at the hotel upon arriving in Copenhagen. Turns out they had only been open for a few days, but you never would have known it. The front of the space is more of the coffee shop with a few seats and a place for take-away coffee. The rear of the shop is a cozy restaurant serving up delicious and beautiful meals all day and into the evening on Thursday & Friday. We didn’t have the chance to enjoy a meal at Sonny, but seeing their instagram makes me think we missed out!
Flower shops are plentiful in neighborhoods all over Copenhagen. Since it’s almost spring, the shops fill their sidewalks with beautiful fresh cut flowers and spring plants. It makes it impossible not to stop and take a look. Danes really have it figured out, they light candles all day into the night and apparently have spring plants and flowers filling their homes. Pretty much a dream come true.
Madeline and I are in Copenhagen for a few days and of course there will be lot of coffee drinking. Everywhere we walk we find the coolest places that have perfected the Hygge thing. I mean this place had candles lit in the morning.
We set out this morning to Sankt Peders Bageri for one of their famous cinnamon buns, but they were closed. Luckily we found Buzz Kaffebar a few doors down. We had bread with jam and nutella and coffee which was delicious. The atmosphere was light and cozy at the same time. Pillows and faux sheepskins on benches, great lighting, well tended plants and votive candles everywhere.
Dreaming + Summer vacation–It’s mid February and that means one thing—It’s time to start thinking about summer travel. It might be that’s it’s cold and dreary, but about this time of year I can’t help but thinking about a big family vacation. Our kids are seniors– 17 and 22 so for the last several years I keep thinking this is the last one. And if this is the last big one, it has to be great. It’s never gonna be the last family vacation. I’ve been told that if we keep paying, they’ll keep coming along. Sometimes we have so much fun that we keep going back to the same place.
A perfect Autumn Sunday in Connecticut. The weather is brisk and the foliage is at its peak. As I scrolled through Instagram this morning I came upon Frances Palmer’s beautiful feed and an announcement. Today and today only Frances Palmer was holding a Barn Tour and Sale. We live only seven miles away so I knew I had to jump at the chance of seeing the studio, gardens and her gorgeous pottery. She has been making pottery for almost 30 years. You’ve probably read about her in Martha Stewart or Design*Sponge. Her No. 2 Picasso Vase graced the cover of Architectural Digest. I am drawn to her Pearl Collection. They are dreamy white pieces and rimmed with white beads. I love her Terra Cotta pots and urns too. While her gardens of dahlias are past their prime, it was still fun to walk among her flower beds that have taken over the tennis court. It is easy to see how her environment inspires her to create such beautiful objects.
Friday Link Love and this watermelon salad is my fave! I may have given up on my geraniums for mums, but we are still eating like it’s midsummer. Ever since my friend introduced me to Steve’s Greek Market I’ve been making this salad at least once a week. They have seven kinds of feta cheese. In my opinion…this salad goes with everything summery. Is that even a word?
This Black denim shirt from The Gap is super soft, relaxed and comfortable. And it comes in tall, which I love. I received mine on Saturday and have washed and worn it three times already!
About 10 days before leaving for Italy we decided we needed sunglasses. Prescription sunglasses. We stopped into the Warby Parker on Lexington Avenue and within about 15 minutes my husband and I ordered sunglasses and Madeline found a new pair of regular glasses. At the price of only $95 for every pair purchased, a pair is given to someone in need. I chose the Laurel and they arrived in our mailbox right before we left on our trip. When we got home we received a cute package from Warby Parker with three beautifully designed lens cloths. That was happy mail day!
This Farmtable Plank from Hudson Grace has me dreaming of an Autumn dinner party in the garden with cheese, figs, pears, bread, meats, olives…
For my girl who was born in california….I kinda love this from JCrew
Terrain in Westport is a place where I always find inspiration. I found this bandana on my last visit and at $14 I bought it, tied it to my bag and went back to work at Serena & Lily…which is also a huge source of inspiration! Where do you find your daily dose of inspiration?
Yesterday we came upon the prettiest little coffee shop on Delancey Street. We were not expecting it. It was just one of those serendipitous moments to walk one way, rather than another and on the side of Sel Rrose. Had French music been playing we would have thought we were in Paris. They have a beautiful instagram account where their customers have provided them with photos.
Every detail in this little shop has been carefully planned from the white La Marzocco espresso machine to the industrial corrugated walls that divide the space. The walls are illuminated with a line of lights to give it a perfect glow even in the afternoon. Then there’s the gray leather bench with mid century lines paired with more traditional bistro tables. Each table holds a glass of dried lavender. I ordered a cappuccino and asked for a proper cup. Not because I wanted to be high maintenance, but how beautiful are these gray cups and saucers in this space? If you are anywhere near One Delancey Street, you must stop and see this lovely shop. Madeline and I have started a new instagram account called Coffee Shops of New York. We hope you’ll check it out and follow our New York City coffee shop adventures. You can find it right here!
Today I was in the city doing my usual thing…having coffee, walking around and feeling inspired. It was the most beautiful day. As I was enjoying my coffee at Bluestone Lane, I noticed the colors of the shop and the cups were today’s Poppytalk colors of mint + turquoise.
I love these colors for spring and summer. They remind me of the ocean and bright sunny days. As we head into summer I know I’m going to need gift tags to attach to a bottle of wine, flowers and candles that I’ll be giving all through summer. These are as easy to make with just a few supplies you probably already have around the house. Watercolor paper, inexpensive water colors, paint brushes, a hard edge to paint stripes (like a ruler), a hole punch, paper cutter and some twine. Hope you have a beautiful weekend!
Devoción Coffee in Brooklyn might just be the prettiest coffee house I’ve ever been to…anywhere. The light shines through the atrium windows in the ceiling above the large open warehouse space to provide a lovely setting and to provide the light needed for the “Green Wall” which takes up the entire end wall of the shop. As soon as you enter the building you see steel and glass windows that look onto the roasting area of this huge shop and immediately you know this place is the real deal. The only other Devoción is the original location in Bogotá, Columbia.
Part of the charm is the attention to every detail including their cups and saucers in sunny yellow. I found these that reminded me of the ones at Devoción. You can purchase their coffee on their website.
The center area which holds two large leather Chesterfield sofas, benches, tables and chairs and the open floor space in this huge warehouse help make this an oasis in the city. While we munched on turkey sandwiches and enjoyed our coffee we noticed people working, talking, reading and even taking a nap. Devoción in Williamsburg is a place you’ll enjoy on a day when it’s beautiful or on a day when the rain is falling and you feel warm and safe inside. The market umbrellas help make this space feel like you are some place tropical. If you are anywhere near Devoción or even if you’re not….make it your destination. The space, the coffee, the food is simply amazing.
Devoción is located at 69 Grand Street at Wythe in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.