Feels Like Fall

Despite our unseasonably warm weather (we’ve been in the lower 80’s this week – YUCK!) I’ve been getting in the Fall mood this week and thought I’d share a few scenes from our house last weekend.

Have you ever noticed the amazing smell that permeates all of the William Sonoma stores?  A little while back, I stumbled upon the recipe for their secret weapon.  It couldn’t be easier and makes your house smell heavenly.


The ingredients are basic and simple with lemon, fresh rosemary, vanilla and water.  I added additional vanilla to make it smell more sweet than savory but either way smells wonderful.  I put the extra ingredients in jars for a quick save for un-expected house guests.

I love any excuse to bake (especially when I can give it away!)  A dear friend moved into her new house a few weeks ago and it gave me the perfect excuse to try out a new recipe.


Chai Spice Bread

The recipe calls for a glaze drizzle – but since I was going to be wrapping it up I left the glaze off.  I actually liked that it wasn’t overly sweet.  It would be perfect with a little afternoon tea!


Prep time: 15 min. Total time: 3 hrs. 55 min (includes cooling time)
Makes 1 loaf or 4 mini loaves (as pictured above)

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs
1/2 cup prepared tea (I like to use Pumpkin Chai from David’s Tea)
1/3 cup milk
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. ground cardamom
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cloves

1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla
3-5 tsp. milk
additional ground cinnamon

1) Heat oven to 350 F. Grease loaf pan with cooking spray.

2) In large bowl, beat sugar & butter with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in eggs, tea, milk, & vanilla on low speed until ingredients are well combined (will appear curdled) . Stir in remaining bread ingredients just until moistened. Spread in pan.

3) Bake 50-60 minutes for a full loaf (35 minutes for mini loaves) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean & slightly golden (do not under bake). Cool 10 minutes in pan on wire rack. Loosen sides of loaf from pan; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool 30 minutes.

4) In small bowl, stir powdered sugar, vanilla, & 3 tsp. of the milk, adding more milk by the teaspoonfuls, until spreadable. Spread glaze over bread. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon. Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing. Wrap tightly & store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.


My Fall weekend wouldn’t be complete unless I had a Linnea’s Lights Pumpkin candle burning.  I feel like Fall has officially arrived the day these arrive at the store.  I am extremely picky when it comes to scents – I can’t stand anything that has a fake, sweet smell.  My husband even loves the scent, and he’s even pickier than I am!

Linnea’s Lights Pumpkin Candle


Happy Fall everyone!


Motherly Love

1. John Robshaw Kurta
2. Pierced Scalloped Pitcher
3. Nashelle xoxo Ring
4. I LOVE California Magnetic Board and Moveable Heart
5. White Scalloped Tray
6. Linnea’s Lights Rose Candle

BIG thank you to the lovely ladies at The Post Social for featuring our gift ideas and tips for making this Mother’s Day extra special.  I’m heading home to Colorado to meet my new baby niece and spend the weekend with my own mama — can’t imagine anything more special than that.  To all you moms out there, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Revelations and Resolutions

The annual ritual of writing down my New Year’s Resolutions {usually on a cocktail napkin over dinner on New Year’s Eve} is a favorite of mine.  There’s something cleansing and clarifying about reflecting on the past year and resolving to make internal and external shifts to improve life in the coming year.  Topping my list of resolutions this year is to create more balance in my life, a welcome commitment to make more room for what was recently described to me as “primary food” — fulfilling relationships, a meaningful spiritual practice, enjoyable physical activity, and an inspiring career.  And while I have certainly been blessed with finding the latter, some of these other sources of sustenance have suffered a bit while my focus has been narrowed on growing and nurturing our new business. Such is the life of an entrepreneur, perhaps, but what has become overwhelmingly clear to me this past year is that all of these primary foods are essential to sustaining an inspiring career.  After all, isn’t inspiration most often found when simply experiencing life?  Doesn’t spiritual connectedness lead to a deeper connection with colleagues and clients?  Won’t physical health and wellness ensure the ability to do the work itself and encourage overall well being?  They’re all intertwined, really, and to sacrifice one in favor of another is ultimately sacrificing them all.  So by resolving to make the non-work-related parts of my life equally important as the work-related parts themselves, I just may be giving our business the biggest gift of all this New Year.

Note cards from Rifle Paper Co.