What’s on the Menu {February}

Pinecone Table Setting

February is shaping up to be a fun month. We have a friend’s birthday to celebrate tonight, Valentine’s Day and a bridal shower for a good friend from college, a baby shower for my friend, and my first baby shower. I think the month is going to fly by, and then we’ll be in the home stretch before our baby boy comes. I can’t believe it is only 9 weeks until his due date.

I haven’t been taking the time to meal plan as consistently as I used to. I’d like to get back into the habit of it, but for now, I’m collecting some ideas to use throughout the month. So, I’m trying out a new format for the What’s on the Menu posts here on the blog as well. If you have any feedback, I’d love to hear, so let me know.

To try:

Old favorites:

For a group:

In a pinch:

{Image via The Perfect Palette}

Kitchen Art Ideas from Minted

It’s been a while, friends! I hope the new year is treating you well so far. In case you haven’t heard the news yet, Dylan and I are expecting a baby boy in early April. That explains most of my absence here on the blog—between nausea in the first trimester, a busy schedule, and then the holidays/my sister’s wedding, the end of 2014 flew by. But, I’m back today with a fun post showing some kitchen art ideas I found on the site Minted.

If you haven’t heard of Minted before, it is a site chock full of cool items ranging from stationery to art to home decor and fabric. In short, it is a community of independent artists that value good design and great quality. The thing I love is that there is a fair amount of customization available within each design to make the various items work for your specific need. For Christmas, I designed a notebook that Dylan ordered for me, and I love it! I take it with me everywhere to write down thoughts, ideas, etc.

So, without further ado, here are a few kitchen art ideas in case a refresh is part of your decorating resolutions for 2015.

Going Graphic

Going Graphic Kitchen Art | Kitchen Pots & Tabletops

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Adding Whimsy with Watercolor


Whimsy with Watercolor Kitchen Art | Kitchen Pots and Tabletops

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Mixing in Moderns

Mixing in Moderns | Kitchen Pots & Tabletops

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P.S. Since this time of year tends to come with a lot of engagements, I thought I’d share that Minted has a new collection of Save the Dates that are worth checking out. I wish there was a way to use a save the date as a birth announcement because some of them are really cute. This one is my favorite.

P.P.S. Full disclosure—I received Minted credit in exchange for writing this post. All opinions are my own, and the prints selected were of my own choosing.

Creating a Fall Centerpiece to Transition through Halloween and Thanksgiving

Coming up with a fall tabletop/centerpiece doesn’t have to be a long, laborious affair. I am of the mindset that you should be able to use the same centerpiece throughout the whole fall season and just find ways to transition it for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

The holidays shouldn’t dominate your inspiration because then you’ll be limited and need a variety of options to get through the whole season. Rather, I like to come up with a base idea that I can build on as Halloween and Thanksgiving come and go. For example, an easy base for a fall tabletop is to start with a bunch of little pumpkins, gourds, and squash. Use a table runner or tablecloth to ground the arrangement and tie in your color scheme. From there, you can add a bunch of crows for Halloween to add a spooky vibe. Another idea would be to cover the arrangement with spider webs and little spiders during the Halloween season. When Halloween is over, you can go back to the base, or add in a few elements to highlight it for Thanksgiving. Perhaps, you would want to add little notes of things you and your family are thankful for this past year, or gild some of the items for a glitzy holiday tabletop.

Here are a few examples to take from now through Halloween through Thanksgiving.

Pumpkins + Masks + Flowers | Kitchen Pots & Tabletops

1. Start with orange and white pumpkins as a base. | 2. Add masks and black butterflies for Halloween. | 3. Mix in white flowers and gilded pears for a fancy Thanksgiving table.

Gilded Leaves + Spiders + Gourds | Kitchen Pots & Tabletops

1. Start with gilded leaves and white candles as a base. | 2. Add spiders in a cloche for a creepy Halloween effect. | 3. For Thanksgiving, add copper gourds to round out the centerpiece.

Pumpkins + Crows + Blessings | Kitchen Pots & Tabletops 1. Start with pumpkins, gourds, and some leaves running down the center of the table. | 2. Add paper crows for Halloween week. | 3. Loop in a garland of blessings or things for which you are thankful to set the tone for Thanksgiving.

{From the Archives} A Few Fall Favorites

Fall Chalkboard Sign

The Fall weather is beginning to settle in here in Minnesota. The evenings and mornings are crisp, I’ve seen a few leaves turning color, and mums are starting to pop up at various stores. I can’t help but dig out a few of my fall favorites as the weather turns. Here they are for your enjoyment.

Cooking up a big batch of this Boilermaker Tailgate Chili…or its yummy cousin, White Chicken Chili.

Setting out a bunch of gourds, squash, and pumpkins for an overflowing fall centerpiece.

Indulging in a large mug of Homemade Hot Cocoa, with marshmallows of course.

Tucking in over this Potato Soup with a hearty piece of bread.

Sipping a Hard Cider Cocktail for happy hour with friends.

Having friends over for brunch with these Gingerbread Pancakes with Sliced Bananas or whipping up a batch of these Gingerbread Chocolate Chunk Cookies to share at work.

And last but not least, spending a Saturday making an Apple Pie.

Do you have any favorite fall recipes?

{Image via I Heart Naptime}



DIY Painted Chargers for an End of Summer Gathering

DIY Painted Chargers

Even though Labor Day feels like the official end to summer, we still have at least a few weeks of warm weather left for hosting an end of summer gathering. These DIY chargers would be a perfect addition to a colorful table that embraces summer’s bright color palette. They’re super simple too. Here’s the full tutorial.

Have a great weekend!

{Image via Hank and Hunt}