Eat. Drink. Be Merry // June

This is my first summer where I have lived in a year-round warm weather climate so the 'kick-off' weekend to summer was just another weekend, although we did go to the beach. I have to be honest though, I kind of hate the beach. Yes, my husband hates ice cream and I hate the beach; we really found each other. I enjoy a play-day at the beach with a tent and bbq-ing with friends and family, however, it's the human rotisserie days that don't tickle my fancy. Give me a nice patio & yard or a lake and I'm a happy girl. That is the kind of summer I grew up with - a big back yard, fruit trees to pick from, fresh peas from the garden, and grilling with a view of the mountains. Every time I see pictures of my niece and nephews playing in that setting, it takes me back and makes me want to ditch the city life and head for the countryside. Until that time comes, I will look longingly at the cute patio sets that I have no patio for, and search for the perfect picnic serveware for my summer afternoon jaunts. Here is a snapshot of what I currently have my eye on...

EAT.

Enamel Plates
Acrylic Wine Glasses

STACKING ACRYLIC WINE GLASSES

BE MERRY.

Picnic Blanket

WATER-RESISTANT PICNIC BLANKET 

I actually wouldn't mind that picnic blanket tartan in a scarf or a button-up, if we are being honest about it. Put some pretty & punchy in your picnics this summer with some new drinkware or colored linens - you could even head to the fabric store and make your own blanket or tablecloth to match what you already have! Get to browsing and make it a season of slowing down and enjoying togetherness with the ones you love, while get your vitamin-D fix.

With a full heart and an empty plate,

Katie

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Eat.Drink.Be Merry // March

As we move into Spring, I realize that the season changes in southern California aren't going to be nearly as prominent as all the other cities I have lived in, so I have made a point to keep an eye out for pretty spring things to inspire me and mark the change! My thought is that by this time next year, I will be so used to the weather that December feels 'cold' and April is 'warming up'!! That's what I'm told anyway...

 

EAT.

CK plate

 

DRINK.

Dispenser

 

BE MERRY.

Vertical Succulents

VERTICAL SUCCULENT DISPLAY

 

I personally have to get my flower fix from prints on dishes & dresses as I am allergic to pollen and in turn, most of the gorgeous blooms this time of year has to offer! The drink dispenser is a bit of a splurge item but great for entertaining - I want to get a simpler version for the fridge to hold the never-ending supply of cold brew coffee I make in the summer months! I also have the blackest (as in opposite of green) thumb, so I have my eye on succulents to spruce up our new place! 

Happy Spring everyone!

Katie

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Eat.Drink.Be Merry // December

I absolutely LOVE Christmas. The lights, baking, events, wrapping, cooking, shopping, traditions and above all else, time with my family and remembering what it's all really about. I have been baking up a storm this week, and the one and only holiday party on my calendar has come and gone, so my focus has been on getting ready for my mom to visit for a whole week. I cannot wait to show her New York City at Christmas - it just can't be beat!! There are always changes to how Christmas actually plays out each year, but one thing remains the same, in the form of a question - what do you want from Santa??

Here are a few things I have been eyeing lately...

 

EAT.

Gold Dipped Spoons
Ceramic Tin Mug

 

BE MERRY.

Gold Pinecone S&P

Not only would all of these be a fabulous addition to my kitchen, they would  make great hostess gifts as well! Support your local coffee shop and buy some beans to wrap up with the mug or add some glitz to the holiday table with the gold accent of the spoons or shakers!

As much as I love to receive gifts, I absolutely love giving them more, especially when I know it's just right for someone. Good luck on your search for that perfect something and happy gifting this season!

With a full heart and an empty plate,

Katie

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