I’m back again this Sunday along with Mary Ann and Cindy with our favorites for the week. We’ve received so many comments with reader favorites and I love that! Suggestions for all kinds of things like a new favorite product they found at Trader Joe’s – cauliflower Gnocchi!
Also, a few readers suggested Durells on Corfu on Masterpiece PBS. Have you watched it? We are only halfway through season 3, so don’t tell me the ending! Now on to this week’s favorites!
1. New Garnet Hill Bedding for Patrick’s Room
New bedding for our son’s room from Garnet Hill. We don’t have a proper guest room in this house, but our children are 26 and 21 and do not live at home. I was happy that we made their bedrooms very much “their” rooms since during the pandemic they were home for five months. But when guests come (and they will come again, eventually), I like to have spare bedding that’s fresh, new, and luxurious for our guests while they are sleeping in the kid’s rooms. I feel like it makes it feel slightly more like a guest room. I have extra, new pillows (both down-alternative and the GH Signature White Down Pillows. These are our favorite pillows and we have them on all the beds! I love this All-Cotton Mattress Pad. We chose the Cozy Ticking Organic-Cotton Flannel sheets and the Textured Diamond Organic-Cotton Coverlet and Shams in light Charcoal. We used the same Stripe Relaxed-Linen Duvet Cover and added the Reversible Lightweight Comforter for the end of the bed. Sleeping temperature is a very personal thing and I never want someone to be too cold. What I love about this bedding is that it looks pulled together with very little effort. I pressed the pillowcases and top sheet, but it barely needed it. The coverlet came out of the packaging and looked beautiful right away! No pressing required. I’ve partnered with Garnet Hill for bedding in our room and it’s still my favorite! You can see it right here!
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For fun, I added the 1970s looking Oversized Oblong Chennile throw pillow from Target and this Geometric Pillow for the chair. I love how the amber gold from the comforter, the ticking stripe sheets, and the velvet lumbar pillow look against the charcoal walls. The Brass Ring Lamp was a lucky stoop find in Brooklyn last summer! A pair of them on a stoop with a sign that said free! So of course I grabbed them! The small Ion lamp is one of two that I recently ordered from Schoolhouse Electric. I love them in so many dark corners around the house.
2. Gift Giving Idea
My friend Heather Stricker’s Christmas book, “Together” is out now on Amazon! It makes the perfect gift with some soft & chewy molasses cookies or gives the ingredients to make the cookies as a fun holiday activity, “together!” Follow along on Heather’s Instagram, @thecoastalscoutPrint
Chewy Mollasses Cookies
I make these cookies big like we used to get at Dean & DeLuca in the city. I’ve tried many recipes to try and replicate those and this one comes pretty darn close! It’s soft and chewy, just the way the way they a molasses cookies should be…according to me!
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 2 eggs
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 2-4 drops ginger vitality essential oil (optionall)
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3–5 drops cinnamon bark vitality essential oil (optional)
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2–4 drops clove vitality essential oil (optional)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and spices. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, combine the butter and sugars and cream until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides as needed with a silicone spatula.
- Mix in the eggs, one at a time, then add the molasses and beat on medium-low speed until combined. Gradually add in the dry ingredient mixture and mix until it is evenly incorporated.
- Transfer the dough to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least an hour, or until the dough is completely chilled.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
- Roll the dough into large balls, about 1.75″ inches in diameter. To make the cookies the same size, I use an ice-cream scoop with a release.
- Fill a separate small bowl with sugar, and roll each ball in the sugar until it is completely coated. Place dough balls on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for about 15 minutes, until the cookies begin to slightly crack on top. Remove from the oven and let cool for a minute, then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
I added vitality drops of essential oil and it boosted the flavors, we loved it, but it’s not necessary if you don;t have them.
3. Milk & Honey Life with Karen Emile
Remember when I posted the painting I purchased from a 13-year-old artist Aiden Paez? Well, I discovered Aiden through his mom, Karen, and this week Karen posted a beautifully decorated cake that she made for a friend. It was decorated in a way that was just her style. Simple, but so special and beautiful. Are you following @milkandhoneylife? I think you’ll love her peaceful and thoughtful feed. You can see Aiden’s painting in this post.
My daughter Madeline and two friends, Kelsey and Courtney have a book review newsletter. This month Madeline reviewed two essays about New York. The fall in New York makes us all a little nostalgic and this reminded me to go back and read Nora Ephron’s 2006 essay and to finally read Here is New York by E.B. White. If you love New York and haven’t had a chance, I think you’ll love them!
I discovered this lovely little shop last weekend while walking on Bleecker Street after having coffee at Café Kitsuné which is around the corner on Hudson Street. They had only outdoor seating and the tables were spaced quite far apart on the sidewalk. It was a lovely fall evening and we just weren’t ready to call it a night. Stoney Clover Lane caught my eye because of the pumpkin display. I liked these corduroy pouches. Perfect for when we can travel again or use inside a large tote. The Cozy Small Pouch is perfect to hold a few roller bottles and essential oils in my bag.
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