Laundry, laundry, laundry.

With 3 little kiddos, workout clothes for two and our daily wardrobe, not to mention bed sheets, towels, and bibs, we have a LOT of laundry around here. This is one area I really had to create a process for so it didn't become too overwhelming.

laundry room steele canvas

Thought it might be fun to share our laundry space and a few of the things that have made this chore a lot more tolerable in our home.

To start, I love our laundry room and making it visually pleasing is always my first step. The basin soaking sink is perfect for wet cloths and soaking out those t-ball stains and I love the vintage, utilitarian look. I found the old sign back when I was in college at a little antique store in the mountains and snatched it up immediately.

neutral laundry room
steele canvas laundry basket

Secondly, I'm a big believer in sorting your laundry, so our Steele Canvas roller and basket help me keep everything together, and looking great. I generally put the whites in the little basket to keep them separated. Each of our bedrooms has a laundry basket, so the large roller is perfect for everyone to dump their own laundry into and it's a super simple chore my little guys can easily take part in.

Last, my biggest pet peeve about laundry is that you can't just knock it out. It's a process with steps and waiting times and it's the folding / sorting / putting away that always gets me. I've started listening to podcasts while folding and it's made the whole process feel so much more productive and enjoyable. Love any recommendations if you have some good ones on your list!

laundry room lighting
vintage laundry faucets
black beehive laundry room tile

Now for the good news - we teamed up with Steele Canvas for a great giveaway over on Instagram where you can enter to win one of the two baskets I have in my home. Click over to our Instagram pages for your chance to win!

some restrictions may apply. steele canvas has provided two bins for this giveaway.

Buttermilk Biscuits.

If there's something more Southern than made-from-scratch biscuits, I truly don't know what it is. One of my all-time favorite things, I'll take a hot, fresh, salty biscuit any time of the day.

You see, there's this thing about biscuits and recipes - the good ones don't exist. If you ask your mama or grandma, they won't give you their secret recipe, they'll put an apron on you and invite you into the kitchen to watch, test and practice your way to perfecting the biscuits you grew up with. I actually think biscuits tend to be one of the first made-from-scratch recipes folks generally learn to make for this reason.

When I was in the very early stages of the concept + design process for our new biscuit cutter, I consulted with my stepmom, the master biscuit maker of them all. She grew up in Kentucky and since I was a child, her biscuits and white gravy was always one of my favorites. I wanted to make sure the biscuit cutter was both beautiful AND practical / functional and her biscuit making tips truly helped to lead a few design elements of the cutter.  And, helped me nail these buttermilk biscuits too.

A few things I know to be true for a good Southern biscuit - always use White Lily flour, buttermilk and lard, over another butter or shortening ingredient. It will give you that biscuit texture, hint to tang, and smooth, authentic flavor you can't quite put your finger on.

SOUTHERN BUTTERMILK BISCUITS

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups White Lily all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 TBSP baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 6 TBSP cold lard
  • 1 cup cold buttermilk
buttermilk biscuit ingredients
buttermilk biscuit course meal

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix together. Take your tablespoon and scoop 6 TBSP of cold lard into your bowl of dry ingredients. Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut the lard into the flour mixture so it makes a coarse / pebble-like mixture.

buttermilk biscuits recipe

Next, pour your buttermilk into the meal and stir just a few turns until combined. Don't over mix as it will only make for a tough biscuit at the end.

biscuit dough
biscuit dough

Generously flour your countertop or cutting board, as well as your hands. The dough will be rather wet and sticky at this point. Pat the dough out until it is approximately 1/2" thick and then add another dusting of flour across the top of your dough.

Then, proceed to fold the dough over onto itself a few times, finally patting the dough to about a 1" thickness. Remember not to overwork the dough or ever use a rolling pin.

cutting biscuits
cut biscuits white lily flour

Finally, use your biscuit cutter to punch out your biscuits. Remember not to twist and turn, but instead to cleanly punch out each biscuit so as not to "seal" the edges of the dough. I also learned to dip my biscuit cutter in a little flour before each punch just to ensure no dough sticks. Once you cut all your biscuits, take the leftover dough scraps and pat gently to another 1" thick to cut a final biscuit or two. With this recipe I was able to cut 5 good sized biscuits.

Choose a small-sized, high sided pan (I generally use my cake pan) and place biscuits next to each other so they are touching in the pan. While your oven was preheating to 375 degrees, once you place your pan inside the oven immediately crank up the heat to about 450 degrees for a super hot oven. This will help to give you a little crispness on the outside while keeping your biscuit moist and delicious on the inside.

Bake for approximately 10 minutes and try to refrain from opening the oven door to peek inside, again to keep the steam inside and get a super moist biscuit as a result.

southern buttermilk biscuits

If you happened to make our Homemade Butter recipe to go along with your biscuits, you're in luck and will have the tastiest breakfast around. And, you could have used the buttermilk leftover from the butter recipe to make your biscuits as well.

homemade biscuits

Enjoy! The secret to biscuits is watching, learning and practicing. It takes a while to perfect, so you might have many biscuit tastings ahead of you but once you get the mixture and combination right, you'll always know how to make the biscuits you grew up loving. A little trial and error goes a long way.

Love to know your family secret to making the perfect biscuit!

Southern Artisan Collection : Honeycomb Studio

Sometimes I get overly excited about things, but these days it's for good reason. I'm so excited to {finally} share a little bit more about our newest "Honeycomb x heirloomed" collaboration as part of our Southern Artisan Collection.

If there's just one thing you should know about Honeycomb Studio it's these that ceramic artist Courtney Hamill once apprenticed in a farmhouse on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Had her work not stolen my heart first, this fact surely would have.

I first spotted one of her ceramic horns and I was hooked on her line. When I was looking at new artists to add to our collaborations this year, she was definitely at the top of my list for so many reasons. Courtney is clearly talented and passionate about her work, but she's that great mix of artist and super-smart entrepreneur, and mom to boot. { If you don't already follow her on Instagram, be sure to pop over for her always-witty posts with a few shots of her unbelievably adorable son}.

Courtney Hamill Honeycomb Studio

I had the idea of a biscuit cutter in my head for some time and it was one of the "top picks" I discussed with Courtney when we were looking at design ideas for the collaboration. With a few coffee meetings and a phone call Courtney had quickly whipped up these two pieces that we would launch with. She brought a few design concepts back to the table, as well as a few detail treatments. And we whittled it down to the final pieces.

Honeycomb Studio

We designed a makers mark stamp for the collection, inspired by similar marks hidden on vintage dinnerware, but celebrating it and bringing it to the forefront. And, after about 25 mark designs, we narrowed it down to our favorite; within a few hours the stamp was on order. A big "H" for Honeycomb Studio with a little "h" for heirloomed - it was the perfect balance.

honeycomb studio ceramics

One of my favorite things about these collaborations is how much better the final product turns out thanks to their creativity and knowledge of their craft. The rusty / mustard color of the mark, the size of the butter dish, the shape and handle options on the cutter were all thanks to Courtney and I couldn't love them more.

Hope you'll take a minute to pop over to the shop and take a little closer look at the two pieces in our collection! And of course, be sure to visit Honeycomb Studio to see all the beautiful pieces they're creating.

Homemade Butter.

My neighbor John came over about a month ago and mentioned he had just made a fresh batch of homemade butter. My ears perked up. Well, this is something I haven't tackled yet... And, as if it were meant to be, this was perfect timing with the launch of our new Butter Pat Dish.

Like all made-from-scratch things, I love the simplicity and basic nature of making butter. And most importantly, if we don't learn these most basic skills we can't pass them down to the next generation and at some point they'll be gone. Oh, and if there's one thing you should know about me it's that I'm highly visual so I've tried to document each step of the way. So here's to making butter, and passing it along.

 

INGREDIENTS :

1 1/2 CUP HEAVY WHIPPING CREAM

1/8 TSP KOSHER SALT

heavy whipping cream
homemade whipping cream

With the whisk attachment, mix heavy whipping cream at high speed. It goes quickly through the stages and will just take a few minutes.

whipped cream consistency
homemade whipped cream
making butter

You'll see the cream begin to thicken (read : whipped cream, the best made-from-scratch thing perhaps ever) and as it mixes longer it will quickly begin to solidify and clump together, separating itself into butter solids and buttermilk. Once this occurs you can turn off the mixer to avoid buttermilk splattering all over your kitchen.

butter solids

Next, gather the butter solids into a flour sack cloth or cheese cloth.

straining buttermilk
butter solids
buttermilk

Then take the buttermilk and pour it through a fine mesh strainer or again cheesecloth to capture any remaining butter solids. I poured mine directly into a little jar to store for biscuit making, perfect.

squeezing out the buttermilk
homemade butter

Squeeze the remaining buttermilk out of the butter solids, wringing out as much as possible. Try to handle it as quickly as possible as the butter will begin to melt.

washing butter
salting butter

Wash the butter in a bath of cold water to remove any remaining buttermilk, as it will make the butter sour and not allow it to keep as long. The water in your bowl will be cloudy for several baths and continue until it runs clear. Finally, sprinkle salt and mix in.

wrapping butter

I rolled mine slightly into a log and wrapped it in a waxed paper covering to keep.

buttered biscuit
buttered biscuit

But of course be sure to enjoy it first! You'll love how fresh it tastes, and how easy it was. I loved seeing the whipped cream > butter > buttermilk components - would be a fun thing for the kiddos to help with.

An Entrepreneur's Uniform

As an entrepreneur, what I wear needs to take me from studio to photoshoot to swim practice with the kiddos, still be on-point with my personal brand and aesthetic, and be versatile enough to make it through the day.

You don't have to look any further than my Pinterest Style board to see that I'm a classics / basics / neutral palette kind of gal. The concept of the "capsule collection" is not lost on this girl and I love being able to constantly mix and edit, and to go from season to season effortlessly.

So when I find a piece that gets added to my daily rotation you know I have to share. This shirt from Madewell (like ALL of their denim, I swear by their jeans, just trust me) has been my go-to lately and I can't get enough. It's a great color and construction and really gives a great utilitarian look. I love to pair mine with a darker denim on the bottom but looking forward to also going white as the weather gets warmer + warmer. Oh, and it pairs so perfectly with our Railroad Stripe Cafe Apron, don't you think?

This happens to be a little sneak peek from our photoshoot for two new recipes and a SUPER fun announcement we have coming up next week. Love to know what wardrobe staples you can't live without for Spring!