Spring Bar Cart

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Happy first day of spring! How I have been waiting for this day, since winter was taking more than 4 months to pass by! Thanks east coast 🙄I have been looking forward to having a major spring cleaning haul and updating our space with some new spring items. I realized I actually didn’t own much holiday decor for Easter, which is ironic because so many of the pastel colors that come with spring are totally my vibe!  I have been looking for small pieces that work within our space already that add an extra touch and trying not to go overboard. Space is of the essence here in NYC and I feel like I’m already overflowing ! I’m usually not into bunnies or chicks this time of year for Easter decor, but  I do love giving everything a light & clean refreshed feel for the spring season. We are getting so much more natural light and with daylight savings we’re enjoying it! Now I can’t wait until we can be back to summer grilling on the rooftop.

I’ve finally been able to keep my pitcher full of fresh flowers (thanks Trader Joe’s you had me at $6 bouquets)  I rotate them almost weekly and  they brighten up our space with a touch of color. I did grab a few home decor pieces at Marshall’s and Homegoods while on errands last week and tucked them on my bar cart for now. That’s where I found the adorable carrot cocktail napkins, and golden speckled eggs, and wooden bunny! I’ve been eyeing some pillow covers & fresh throws for spring. Etsy has some great pillow case options so I don’t have to invest in new pillows. Since our new couch came with two I have been covering them with pillow covers from pottery barn / Etsy.  Since it is our first spring here I’ve been careful about what pieces I want to keep out or rotate seasonally. I’ve been thinking of updating our  table tray / coffee table so searching for some new ideas and open to feedback! I believe it’s one thing at a time when in a new space,  but I am itching to have mostly everything finished. I still have photos to finish printing from our wedding on one of our walls.

I’m sharing all the details to my spring bar cart update in the widget and links below. My bar cart is easy to theme since it’s acrylic I found it here. I thought the string lights with spring garland were the perfect touch and they light up! I just had to get them for under $6 at Target.  Now it’s time for the weather on the east coast to start doing it’s part to feel like it outside, as much as I bring spring inside!

Hope everyone enjoys the spring bar car reveal. I made it clean & easy for now, but thinking of adding a banner or one near the window to welcome spring. As I update it more I would love to hear your comments and feedback!


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Heart Cutout Cookie Recipe

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One of my favorite recipes from my family is my Mom’s tried and true cut out cookies. They’re more of an almond shortbread cookie than sugar cookie, and basically melt in your mouth. So good and sweet! Before reading any further, this is definitely not one of my healthy recipe shares, but it is one that will dance on anyone’s heart or tastebuds. I frost them with my mom’s wedding cake frosting!

These cutouts make for a sweet treat for your Gal-entine’s Day gathering (or Valentines Day dessert with your other half). The recipe makes a ton, so I always end up giving a bunch to friends & family for Valentine’s Day. I’ve also linked all of my baking essentials and table top details below. By far my favorite kitchen tool is our Kitchenaid electric mixer. It was a gift from my mama from our wedding registry and it is so easy to use and efficient! We even have all of the pasta making, veggie slicing, and food processor attachments to use so it doesn’t have to be just for baking! We have the azure blue which adds the perfect pop to our white kitchen.

Dough

4 1/2 c. flour

2/3 c. confectioner’s sugar

1/3 c. light brown sugar

1 tsp. almond extract

2 cups butter, softened

Directions

1. Mix together sugars, butter, and almond extract with electric mixer for two minutes until mixed.

2. Gradually add in flour & mix. Save the 1/2 cup of flour to roll out dough & for cookie cutter. 

3. Once dough is mixed & softened roll into 2 large balls.

4. Sprinkle counter, rolling pin with flour, and cookie cutter with extra flour.

5. Roll out dough to 1/2” thick then press cut out into dough.

6. Place cookies on parchment paper 1/2” apart & bake 10-12 minutes at 300 F.

7. Let fully cool before frosting. Yields 24 cookies. 


Frosting

1/2 bag confectioner’s sugar

1 tsp Crisco (if no crisco add more milk)

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla or almond extract

Directions

1. Add milk & vanilla extract to the confectionary sugar . Continue mixing until smooth & creamy like yogurt.

2. Section into bowls if adding food coloring and frost!

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My Baking Essentials

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February Bar Cart & Tabletop Setting

At the end of January it can feel like the winter is never ending. The cold weather in New York City this past week had me craving a getaway to some place warm ! This weekend we’re making a getaway to Seattle to visit my cousin and her husband. I’ve never been so looking forward to exploring and having some great food in good company. I’ve been beyond ready to say goodbye to the January blues and am looking forward to all the pops of red and pink that February brings!  I’ve been adding some little pops of red & pink to freshen up our space.

For this more Valentine’s themed bar cart I kept it winter related and just added a few extra hearts. I found the adorable backdrop from Target to create a temporary wall hanging, while I still figure out what to do with the white space over the cart. Anyone else have a hard time committing to what will hang on their walls to flow with the rest of the space? Commitment issues right there I guess!


Valentine’s Day Bar Cart

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I found many of the details at Target and TJMaxx, Homegoods, Kohl’s. I just grabbed a few things here or there to also add some love to our table setting. I’m still rearranging a few things but this pitcher is the perfect for year round. I also added the Valentine’s Day heart stems from Target with the eucalyptus ones and fresh flowers.. These are the most adorable placemats from the Opalhouse line at Target and they’re really affordable and washable. I don’t ever splurge on any holiday pieces but an artificial tree, and it all gets marked down end of season anyway. That’s the best time to snag a few pieces and save for the next year.

Linking everything in the widgets below with some other pieces that were too cute to not share.


Lovely Tabletop Setting

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February Home Favorites



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