How To : Separate an Egg.

If you know anything about me you must know that I am an egg lover. Today I'm sharing a basic little skill that comes in handy in the kitchen when you're in sudden need of *just* the egg white, or *just* the egg yolk for a recipe. That's right - here's a little "how to" on separating an egg.

how to separate an egg / made from scratch series /  heirloomed

This is one of my favorites in our #madefromscratch series so far because it's one that I learned to do early on, by necessity. There are a few favorite recipes that were staples in our home growing up that called for just egg whites so the know-how to master this one without breaking the yolk or cracking little bits of shell into the bowl was essential. 

Here are my best tips for separating an egg after many years of practice, but truth-be-told the best way to master this one is just to give it some good practice.

tips for separating an egg yolk / heirloomed

HOW TO : SEPARATE AN EGG

  1. Gather your eggs along with two bowls, one for capturing your egg yolks and the other for your egg whites.
  2. Carefully crack the egg shell over your first bowl, trying to gently tap the egg in the very middle of the shell, slightly rotating it around to get a nice, even break.
  3. Separate the egg shell holding it straight up and down vertically, so the bottom half of the egg shell becomes a “bowl” to capture the egg yolk. Be gentle to ensure no bits of shell fall into your bowl.
  4. Allow the egg whites to drip into the first bowl you are working from, slightly tipping the shells and gentle transferring the yolk back and forth between each half of the broken egg shell to allow as much of the egg whites to fall into the bowl below. Be sure not to break the yolk in the transferring process or it will contaminate your egg whites and you’ll have to start from scratch.
how to separate egg yolk from egg white / heirloomed
egg whites and egg yolks and egg shells / heirloomed
bowl full of cracked brown egg shells / heirloomed

I hope you'll give it a shot, and I hope you're loving these kitchen basics. Love your feedback at #HEIRLOOMED.

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A Rustic Farm Wedding.

Today we're celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary, that's copper + wool for us traditional gift givers. Just as they say, the best day of my life that has only continued to get better and better as each new day goes by. 

I thought it would be fun to share a little peek back at our wedding because I have never actually shared before. Our special day was celebrated at Serenbe Farms here in Georgia, a little slice of heaven. Back to a time when Pinterest was a mere few months old and farm weddings weren't exactly all the rage. 

The perfect reflection of the both of us and the most special day for us to remember. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed the day.

groomsmen at barn wedding / heirloomed
groom and groomsmen / heirloomed
groom in suspenders / heirloomed
black and white horse / heirloomed
bridesmaids / outdoor wedding / heirloomed
wedding bouquet anemone / heirloomed
outdoor bride / heirloomed
bridal bouquet / white and herbs / heirloomed
cutest ring bearer / heirloomed
wedding bird seed celebration / heirloomed
cutest flower girl / heirloomed
bridal party / serenbe farm wedding / heirloomed
bride and groomsmen / heirloomed
bride and groom in a field / heirloomed
my favorite wedding photo / polariod / heirloomed
bride and groom / heirloomed
outdoor wedding cozy details / heirloomed
vegetable + herb wedding cake / heirloomed
rustic cottage + garden / heirloomed
bride and groom rustic farm wedding / heirloomed

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Family Movie Night.

In keeping with the family traditions over here, we are not ones who generally do a movie night.

Neither Shane nor I are really huge movie people (I know, I know ...) but there are certainly some classics that I'd love for the kiddos to see and a Friday night is always the perfect time for this fun family tradition. 

family movie night / childhood traditions / heirloomed

Where you used to have the process of getting in the car and going to Blockbuster to physically pick out whatever movie was left in-stock, our kids now have every movie ever made literally at their fingertips. 

I love popping up some popcorn and letting them pick out a little movie-sized pack of candy for a few snacks and all piling onto the couch together in our PJs for a little fun time together. With our age ranges (5, 3 + 1) sometimes the theatre can be a little challenging but they're just getting to the age now where I think it's about to get really, really good.

I also love the idea of bringing movie night outside for these summer months and figuring out a good projector system to rig up in the front yard, invite the neighbors over and all bring out our blankets. There is just something about seeing a movie outside "drive-in style" that feels so special and classic to me.

Happy weekend to you! Love to know what family traditions you love this time of year! #HEIRLOOMED


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 apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com

How to : Steam a Lobster.

If there is one thing this seventh-generation Florida girl loves it is seafood.

My Dad loves to tell the story of when I was very young and devoured and entire lobster all by myself. A lobster that was never intended to be for me, but I suppose once I tasted that first bite I was hooked. 

how to steam a live lobster /made from scratch/ heirloomed

As part of our #madefromscratch series, I thought this was one "how-to" that was essential for anyone to tackle - how to steam a fresh, live lobster.

If you've never done it before it's surely something that can be intimidating and not for the faint of heart. But guess what, it's super simple and only takes minutes, and is a whole lot more cost effective than getting a lobster from a restaurant. 

freshly steamed lobster with railroad stripe full apron / heirloomed

STEAMED LOBSTER

4 qty - 1.5 to 2 lb each fresh, live lobsters

1 TBSP kosher salt

Gather a large stockpot with steamer insert and fill with approximately 2-3" of water and add salt.  Bring water to a rolling boil and then gently place lobsters into the steamer insert, making sure not to overcrowd them. 

Place lid on your stockpot and steam for approximately 10 minutes (1 lb lobster), 15 minutes (1.5 lb) or 20 minutes (2 lb). Carefully remove your lobsters and allow to cool to the touch before serving. 

Garnish with fresh lemon and melted butter, enjoy!

fresh steamed lobster in railroad stripe napkin / heirloomed

Once cooked your lobster shell should be bright red in color (brighter than my photos show thanks to a little bit of filter on the images, but isn't it dreamy?) and the meat inside should be a milky white instead of being translucent. 

Truth be told, I love a good lobster roll or lobster ravioli but my very favorite way to enjoy this crustacean is in its most simple form - steamed to perfection. I also love to add a bit of tarragon to my melted butter to give it a bit of a deeper flavor. 

I hope you'll give this one a try - I promise you won't be disappointed!


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Spring Dress Silhouettes.

With this bright and breezy weather in full force, you know I love some wardrobe staples that are classic enough to carry you past the trends and through several seasons of wear.

20 classic dresses for spring 2017 / capsule collection / heirloomed

From linen to cotton to chambray, navy to white to stripes, and of course the "little black dress" staples, here are a few of my favorite dresses for spring + summer, each just as timeless today as they will be tomorrow. #capsulecollection

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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 apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com