Vintage Chocolate-Dipped Stir Spoons.

One of the very best gifts during the holiday season are food gifts. I love holiday cooking + baking and then gifting the goodies to our co-workers, friends + neighbors, or bringing a bundle to a holiday party as a hostess gift.

This is one of my favorites, it’s a vintage spin on an idea I’ve seen floating around out there on Pinterest - Chocolate Dipped Stir Spoons. They’re great for stirring into your cup of cocoa or coffee and a sweet little gift, but I’m making them even more beautiful by using vintage spoons instead of the plastic ones. Take a peek.

stir spoon ingredients / heirloomed
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chocolate dipped spoon / heirloomed

The best thing about these sweet little spoon gifts is that they really look like a million bucks without spending a ton of time or money. If you hit up a thrift store or local market, you can generally find silver-plated utensil for a dollar or less a piece.

Simply give them a polish, dip in almond bark and sprinkle on your favorite chopped topping. We used a variety of nuts, pistachios + peppermints to give ours a festive look. You could even pair it with a “hot chocolate mix” in a jar and one of our holiday tea towels or an apron of course and you have a beautiful gift to go.

chocolate sauce / heirloomed

CHOCOLATE STIR SPOONS:

  • white chocolate almond bark

  • chocolate almond bark

  • peppermint sticks

  • nuts of your choice

Start by gathering up the spoons you would like to use. Then begin melting your chocolate bark in a sauce pan, or in the microwave. When using the microwave I like to heat it in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, to make sure the chocolate is melting smoothly and evenly. While your chocolates are melting crush up your peppermint sticks, nuts, or topping of your choice.

.Once the chocolate is melted dip each spoon slowly into the chocolate allowing it to cover the base of the spoon. Using your finger tips cover the tip of the spoon with the crushed toppings. Lay each spoon flat on a baking sheet and allow to dry. Use your spoons in your favorite hot cocoa recipe and enjoy.

white chocolate stir spoon / heirloomed
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Fresh Mint Ice Cubes

Shane and I got married at the most wonderful farm outside of Atlanta called Serenbe in the dead of Summer, my favorite time of the year. The beautiful property was filled with blooming flowers, climbing roses and more fresh mint than you’ve ever seen. The Farmhouse restaurant used mint as ground cover for each flower bed surrounding the old building, providing both a gorgeous green vision as well as the aroma of fresh mint if you walked by.

Inspired by those gardens + the memories of our best day, I too decided to use mint in my front yard gardens to fill the void. Over the years it has spread and sprawled, and in a few more I think it will completely cover every square inch of anything that has been left unplanted (fair warning if you’re planning to jump on board) but I do love it so much and always have an abundance of mint at hand during the Spring and Summer months. Oh, and did I mention it practically grows itself? Effortless gardening is big in my book.

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As we say goodbye to Summer, I am scrambling to find something to do with the mint and flowers before I loose them for the season. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite things to do with fresh herbs, especially if you love entertaining. 

Frozen herbed ice cubes are so simple, so gorgeous and such a thoughtful little hit for your next party. And, you can really make these with any edible flower or herb that you’d like so feel free to shake things up. I just have a whole yard full of mint I’m trying to utilize here so that’s what I went with, and the freshness of the mint flavor is so easy to use with nearly any drink pairing (plain water included).

MINT ICE CUBES

Hot water

Bundle of fresh mint leaves

Ice cube tray

Pick your fresh mint from the garden and wash well with cold water, pat to dry. Pluck mint leaves from the stems and lay several leaves in each hole in your empty ice tray. Carefully fill your ice tray with warm to hot water and fill completely. Set your ice tray in the freezer for at least two hours, or until cubes are fully frozen. Remove ice cubes and enjoy!

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A few tips, if you want a nice clear ice cube without any of the cloudy fog be sure to use warm to hot water when you fill your trays. Also, if you can find “pretty ice” it makes all the difference. I used this vintage metal ice tray (have you shopped our Vintage Goods yet?) but also love using the square 1” silicone cubes or even the sphere ice maker, especially for a punch bowl.

I have certainly found too that keeping these on hand makes me drink more plain water too, giving it a pretty (and tasty) pop of flavor and color. You can even freeze a few pieces of fresh fruit or strawberry tops in your cubes for another hit of flavor.

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Love to know how you’re using your herbs at home, and what other kinds of ice cubes you’re making! #HEIRLOOMED


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Farmhouse Florals.

One of my favorite things about this time of year is being able to walk outside into my garden and put together a beautiful, fresh floral arrangement at a moments notice. Whether I want to drop a bouquet of flowers off to a friend, or simply bring a bundle inside to make it entertaining-ready, I know I can always pull together something special.

Today I'm sharing a little "how-to" on creating a Farmhouse Floral arrangement of your own.

white and green farmhouse florals with hydrangea and herbs / heirloomed

THE VESSEL

When creating a great arrangement I always start with the base. I love mixing and matching tones and textures when it comes to vases, like pewter, glass, crystal, ceramics, stonewares and enamelware.  In keeping with the farmhouse approach, using a slightly unexpected vessel like a pitcher or an urn makes a great home for your florals.

And, truth-be-told, vases are some of my favorite things to find at thrift and antique stores because they are always something people have multiples of and tend to get rid of, and they are almost always such a great price compared to buying new. Not to mention finding something truly unique.

In choosing the vessel I also consider what greens and florals will be going inside to ensure the structure and size of the arrangement is properly displayed and can withhold the balance.

vintage glass and pewter vases / farmhouse florals / heirloomed
how to create a farmhouse garden / heirloomed
clipping fresh coneflowers / heirloomed

THE GARDEN

The next step in creating a Farmhouse Arrangement is actually creating the garden to support it. When we built our house over two years ago I knew I wanted to do something special with our yard that didn't feel neighborhood landscaped but instead felt thoughtful and cottage-inspired. 

I like to call the approach a "Farmhouse Garden." We have edible elements, like blueberry bushes, a fig tree and and a huge abundance of herbs (like, everywhere) that I use in the kitchen almost daily.  Because of my love of neutrals, I tried to stick to mostly whites + greens as a palette with a variety of hydrangeas being the hero. We pulled in some traditional elements, like boxwoods, and finally mixed in some sentaimental picks that I remembered from my Mom, Grandma + Great Grandmother's gardens, like camellia, tea olives + roses. 

Crafting just the right garden to pull from at a moments notice also meant I had to have things in my garden that practically grew themselves. Native plants and those that grow like weeds, like the mint or rosemary in our garden, was key to ensuring I didn't kill everything before I got the chance to take clippings. After just two years we have a plentiful enough supply to cut anytime I need to.

I absolutely love using herbs in my floral arrangements. I think it's unexpected, has an amazing aroma in your home and who can resist the beauty of a large bundle of rosemary or lavender anyways?

growing rosemary in your herb garden / heirloomed
white hydrangeas / farmhouse garden / heirloomed
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THE ARRANGEMENT

Once you've gathered your vessels and taken your clippings from the garden it's time to start getting your arrangement together. Now the thing I like most about a farmhouse approach is that it doesn't have to perfect to come together. By definition it means simplicity, from the fields, unstructured and has a utilitarian nature to it. You're pulling together what you have an making it work beautifully together. I pretty much take that approach to life.

I like to start by taking a quick overview of what I've cut and make piles of the flowers and greens based on which will go together in a vase. For each arrangement I begin with the largest, hero pieces of my arrangements and in this case it's always my Limelight Hydrangeas. I cut them longer than needed because you can always take away, and because I kind of like them when they're just slightly "too" long as they droop over the sides of the edges. 

I then layer in the taller elements to give it a little height if needed, and for me that is greenery 95% of the time. I think it serves a great base and gives your bouquet the density it needs to be substantial. 

Finally, I'll scatter in the specials. These are often smaller florals like white coneflowers or sprigs of echinacea to give it a little accent, variety and texture, and to appropriately fill in the low to medium height area of the arrangement.

Keeping it simple often means using a lot of one thing, so even just a huge vase full of one thing can make the most gorgeous, dramatic statement. Just keep adding, clipping, fluffing and admiring until you love it. Like most things, it's all about the layers.

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farmhouse floral arrangement / heirloomed

Another trick to perfecting your Farmhouse Florals is in bouquet form. It makes a special story and more meaningful gift when the recipient knows you not only dropped off the flowers but took the time to plant and grow them too. 

I love gathering the bundle and wrapping it in a swath of Kraft paper, tied with a few simple rounds of white bakers twine and adding a quick handwritten note. Nothing makes me more proud than delivering an armful to a friend.

Love to know some of your favorite tips + tricks to your arrangements, or other plants and flowers you love to use from your own garden #HEIRLOOMED

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Beach House Table Linens.

I try to keep the story at the forefront of everything I share here on the blog but I also love sharing when we have something new and the design process behind it too. So, I'm excited to introduce our new Railroad Stripe Tabletop Collection, thanks to the popularity of our sturdy striped aprons that were the first to make a splash.

I love this collection for a beach house or lake house, but it's also perfect for everyday entertaining at home too. And, there are a few really fun design details, such as the twill tape loop on the dinner napkin, the selvedge edge on one of the tea towels, and the utensil loop on the placemat (my favorite!) for neatly tucking your silverware or napkin in place.

Love to know your favorite pieces in this collection. You can shop it all here, and even learn the easy tips for steaming a lobster!

beach house tablescape with lobster and railroad stripe table linens / heirloomed
railroad stripe table runner / heirloomed
railroad stripe full apron with steamed lobster / heirloomed
railroad stripe napkin with loop tab detail / heirloomed
lobster dinner with fresh lemons and railroad stripe napkins / heirloomed
railroad stripe placemat / heirloomed
railroad stripe placemat with utensil holder strap detail / heirloomed
selvedge edge railroad stripe tea towel detail / 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
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vegetable + herb wedding cake / heirloomed
rustic cottage + garden / heirloomed
bride and groom rustic farm wedding / 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