A Gift Guide for the Pie Lover.

It's #nationalpieday and I am so thrilled to launch a special little product we've been working on and keeping a secret for several months now - our Ceramic Pie Birds!

These sweet little porcelain birds are handmade for us by Atlanta maker Honeycomb Studio, as part of our Southern Artisan Collection and are truly the perfect gift for any baker or pie lover.

The purpose of a pie bird is to vent a pie that may hold more liquid than others, such as a fruit or meat pie. They act as a little steam chimney for pushing out the excess moisture your pie may hold while baking, preventing too much liquid within and a soggy pie crust along the bottom of your pie. They can also be used to hold up your pie crust so it doesn't sag in the middle when you have an upper crust. And of course, they make a beautiful presentation when finished with the little bird peaking out of the top of your gorgeous pie.

Nana's Pie Crust handwritten recipe / heirloomed

Since it's #nationalpieday I thought it would be fun to do a little Pie Poll to see what the favorite pie is out there, and to celebrate some of my other favorite staples for all you pie lovers out there! Oh, and just in case you are feeling inspired, don't forget to check out my post about making the perfect pie crust or recipe for bourbon pecan pie as part of the Southern Kitchen Bucket List.

What is your favorite kind of pie?
made from scratch pie crust / pie bird / heirloomed

GIFT GUIDE FOR THE PIE LOVER

CERAMIC PIE BIRD by heirloomed (click to shop)

Polders Old World Market / Wooden Pie Server

WOODEN PIE SERVER by Polders Old World Market (click to shop)

Tips for Making a Homemade Almond Milk Latte.

We had our first (and probably last) snow storm here in the South, which equated to a dusting of snow and a lot of ice, but nonetheless not something I like to drive in. So, I whipped up a super easy Almond Milk Latte here at home and was pretty thankful I decided to snag my new milk frother last week. I'm big on a cup of coffee just for the warm + cozy feeling, it's more of an emotional attachment than a caffeine addiction for me.

Homemade Almond Milk Latte / Milk Frother / heirloomed

Homemade Almond Milk Latte

Here are a few tips for making an easy homemade latte on your own!

All you need to get started is the following :

  • Your favorite coffee
  • Coffee bean grinder (unless your beans are already ground)
  • Regular coffee maker (isn't this one just gorgeous?)
  • Favorite milk (I love almond milk but you can also use regular milk or coconut milk too)
  • Milk Frother

Now you're ready to get started! A few tips and you're on your way to making your own latte that will taste just as good and comforting as your favorite coffee house :

  • Make your coffee extra strong, remember that a real latte uses espresso instead of coffee
  • The frother I selected was one that received good reviews for almond milk specifically (since I knew that's what I was going to be using) and it both warms the milk and froths. It has lines on the inside of the carafe so it's easy to know how much to use for either frothing or warming the milk
  • Almond milk produces a bit less actual froth than real milk, with larger bubbles but I think it hits the spot perfectly!
  • You can also add a touch of vanilla extract or a dusting of cinnamon to add some extra flavor. I also use unsweetened vanilla almond milk instead of the plain.

Our Top Stories of 2016.

Storytelling is at the heart of everything we do. In life I have always been more of a "listener" but this space and this concept of the heirloom that I'm so passionate about has given me the platform to truly celebrate the art of storytelling in my own way.

Thanks to you, someone was there to be my listener this year.  It was a big year for us as we celebrated 10 years in business, got to work on some amazing collaborations like our apron with Food Network Chef Damaris Phillips and aprons for one of our favorite couples out of Waco, Texas that you just may have heard of.  We added a host of wonderful new shops and retailers that now carry our collection, teamed up with a handful of amazing makers to launch new products as part of our Southern Artisan Collection , and found a few of our products between the pages of some beautiful magazines too. After ten wonderful years, I finally feel like we are hitting our stride and finding our niche in all the right places.

And so, as the new year starts fresh, I thought it would be fun to share with you our most popular stories of 2016.

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heirloomed blog : top stories of 2016

  1. Southern Kitchen Bucket List : Homemade Butter
  2. A Southern Kitchen Bucket List
  3. A Decade
  4. Laundry, Laundry, Laundry.
  5. Southern Kitchen Bucket List : Buttermilk Biscuits
  6. The Splattered Recipe Card
  7. Introducing the heirloomed for Damaris Phillips Apron
  8. How to : Shop an Antiques Market
  9. Southern Kitchen Bucket List : Pie Crust
  10. Spiced Nuts for the Holidays

We have a lot more stories in store in the year to come - here on the blog, on some of my favorite platforms like Instagram, and in a few new + exciting ways that I can't wait to share.

I'd love to know what your favorite post of the year was, and what content you love seeing more of for the new year. Thanks for the continued support and cheers to a beautiful 2017!


heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen aprons, tabletop linens, art, ceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com.

Mexican Wedding Cookies, A Holiday Staple.

There are some cookie recipes we try out each year, but some we can't live without. TheseMexican Wedding Cookies are some of my absolute favorite around the holidays, and are always a staple in our house. Both my side and Shane's side of the family love to make around and I'm sure we aren't the only ones. Mom always pulls out her old red Betty Crocker "Cooky Book" to make these, and I just love the vintage charm of this book. They're such a hit, and I'm pretty sure she must have to double or triple the recipe every time. 

I'd love to know more about the history of this cookie because it goes by multiple names -- Mexican Wedding Cookies, Petticoat Tails and Russian Tea Cakes to name a few. They are so delicate and delicious.

We are fortunate to always have loads of pecans from the tree at Shane's granny's farm, and I love to use them for these holiday cookies. I actually tend to be a little light vs. heavy on the pecans I use for these, and I like to chop them up very fine. You'll also notice in the recipe that I use almond extract instead of the typical vanilla. This is a trick my mom taught me and it always has friends swooning over the taste. 

The kids like to call these "snowballs" which is cute until they start launching them across the room...

petticoat tails christmas cookies / @heirloomed
Russian Tea Cake Christmas Cookies / @heirloomed
Mexican Wedding Christmas Cookies / @heirloomed

Mexican Wedding Cookies

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (for rolling baked cookies in)

In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Once light and fluffy, add almond extract. In another bowl, combine the flour and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, then add in the chopped pecans. Chill dough if it seems too soft. Form dough into approximately 1 inch balls and place on an unprepared cookie sheet. Bake cookies at 400 for 10 to 12 minutes or until they turn a very light golden brown.

White Powdered Sugar Mexican Wedding Cookies / @heirloomed

A few tips for you ... do not over-bake. If they show the slightest bit of brown, it is time to take them out. It is best to roll the cookies in powdered sugar while they are still warm (not hot). This gives them the ideal melt-in-your-mouth flavor and makes sure the cookie is completely coated in sugar. And of course, the cookies are best enjoyed when warm, so don't be afraid to sample before they're completely cool. Oh, and these make a perfect cookie for Santa to enjoy!

I'd love to know what Christmas cookies are a staple in your home!

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Spiced Holiday Nuts for the Season.

If you have ever visited our home, you know that we always have a bowl of pistachios on our kitchen island for guests to enjoy, and for impromptu snacking that's way better than grabbing a sweet treat. But during the holiday season I will jump at the chance to "spice" things up a little and this little nut recipe is no exception.

I got the inspiration for this recipe by recalling an episode of Barefoot Contessa on Food Network a few years back, and I remember thinking at the time how simple and delicious they looked. So I did a little digging and tested out a few variations to get the combination of flavors I was looking for. Another benefit of this recipe? It leaves your house smelling wonderful all. day. long. 

Rosemary does really well in our garden all year long, so I always have a fresh supply of it on hand to use for recipes like this one. I love giving food gifts for the holidays, especially something that people will actually be excited to eat and enjoy. This year I gifted a package of these nuts in a medium sized canning jar tied with a twine string. The jar was finished off with a small wooden spoon for serving and a sprig of rosemary on the outside. 

Even though I'm not huge on spicy foods, these had the perfect balance of flavor and heat. I added the juice of half an orange to balance out the cayenne, and because I just love the flavor of oranges in the winter.

ingredients for spiced holiday nuts recipe / heirloomed

Spiced Holiday Nuts

  • 3 cups unsalted, whole cashews
  • 3 cups shelled pecan halves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoons cayenne powder
  • Juice from half an orange
  • 1 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 375. Place the plain nuts on a baking sheet and let warm in the oven for 10 minutes. While the nuts are warming, mix together the fresh rosemary, brown sugar, cayenne, salt, juice and butter in a bowl. Then, toss the warmed nuts into the rosemary mixture and fully coat, baking for an additional 10 minutes and stirring often. Serve warm. 

Typically, I'd want to put parchment on my cookie sheet for easier cleanup, but when roasting the nuts it works best to put them directly on the pan to ensure that they turn out nice and crispy, just make sure to grease the pan well.

rosemary roasted nuts / heirloomed recipe
rosemary orange cayenne spiced holiday nuts / heirloomed
holiday toasted spiced nuts / heirloomed
holiday food gift recipes spiced nuts / heirloomed

I'd love to know some of your favorite food gifts for the holidays!

#HEIRLOOMED