Herb Garden Mint Julep Jars.

It’s that special time of year where entertaining is at its peak, thanks to all this beautiful weather and sunshine. And today I’m celebrating with a fresh, seasonal cocktail recipe.

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One of my favorite products, Ball® Mason Jars teamed up with Domino Magazine for a fun event in Nashville recently to showcase the #ManyUsesofMason and although I wasn’t able to make the trip (though I’m planning one soon, stay tuned!)  I could certainly relate to the challenge. I use Ball Jars for everything from packaging for some of my products, to air-tight pantry storage, DIY floral vases and cute entertaining for drinks at any event or party.

Today I’m teaming up with my friends at Ball® to share a seasonal recipe for Herb Garden Mint Julep Jars. It’s my take on the Southern classic and instead of drinking them out of the refined silver julep cups we’ve all grown to love, I’m sharing an effortless update on this entertaining essential.

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My herb garden is going absolutely crazy right now and my sprawling mint is nearly covering all the beds in my front garden after just three years of planting them. It makes for a beautiful and fragrant ground cover but beware as it will certainly takeover your garden if you let it.

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Because the star of this cocktail is the beautiful mint leaf, serving them in the clear Ball® jars is the perfect way to let them shine. I love the Quilted Jam Jars for serving individual glasses to my guests and the Wide Mouth Quart Sized Jars for storing my Mint Simple Syrup to keep on hand.

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Here’s a classic take on one of my favorite Southern signature cocktails, the Mint Julep.

 

Herb Garden Mint Julep Jars

  • 1 ½ parts Bourbon
  • 2 springs fresh Mint
  • 2 TBSP mint simple syrup
  • Splash of cold water
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • Crushed ice

Pluck the leaves from one spring of mint to flil the bottom of your larger jar. Add mint simple syrupand using a muddler or end of a wooden spoon or rolling pin, muddle together your mint leaves with simple syrup, bourbon and water. Fill your small jar with crushed ice and pour mixture over on top. Sift powdered sugar on top and garnish with remaining spring of mint. Enjoy!


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A little tip, if you don’t have good crushed ice at your house simply take ice cubes and seal in a bag then hit them gently with a rolling pin to break them up into perfect little pieces for your drink.

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I hope you’ll try your hand at this easy and delicious cocktail recipe. Grab all the Ball® Mason Jars you need over at your local Target for a great selection (and you can even use the Ibotta app to get money back when you shop. See here for more details on using the app). 

I’d also love to see your #ManyUsesforMason and how you’re using (and re-using) your Ball® Mason Jars in your own home. I’ve always wondering how folks are re-using the jars from our aprons so please be sure to share!

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Please note, this post is sponsored by Ball®; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. To support our content and storytelling I love to share brands with you that I love and that are authentic to my lifestyle.


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Rustic Holiday Entertaining at the Family Farm.

If you were to ask me my favorite season it would surely be Summer, but the tradition, smells + bells of the holiday season make Winter such a strong contender. At least the 4-5 true weeks of holiday celebration between Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Today I'm out at my husband's family farm to set up a rustic Holiday Tablescape, perfect for Christmas Dinner at the old barn at the front of the property.

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The first time I saw the old barn I knew it was my most favorite place on the whole property. A tack + feed room, hay loft, resident cat and fresh coat of white paint on the old wooden walls make this building an easy contender in my book. 

You know I'm a neutral lover to the extreme but the holidays are my one exception where I bring in a pop of red to celebrate the season. One of my very favorite ways to decorate for the holidays is to let my simple backgrounds + bones set the tone while layering on heavy swags of fresh green garland and scattering in a pop of red here and there. This rustic set up at the farm was no exception. 

This year I went with a mix of fresh evergreen swags, magnolia boughs from my backyard (because, it's holiday time in the South after all) and a heavy scattering of pomegranates + sprinkling of cranberry strands for that pop of color. I love the rich red color of the fruit and the fresh element of bringing fruits + veggies into the floral elements, a signature touch I tend to lean on over and over again. 

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chocolate cake in rustic barn window / holiday entertaining / heirloomed
gorgeous pomengrante as decoration for holiday winter tablescape / heirloomed

For a Christmas Dinner table, you'll want to be sure to bring in a variety of pieces new and old. That's the best part of the holiday season, reliving and recreating those traditions from your childhood and creating brand new ones for your own children. Some, perhaps without you even knowing.

Here I'm mixing our go-to heirloomed oatmeal linens, the rustic White Lastra Collection dinnerware from Vietri, and several pieces of showstopper Match Pewter. Because I was fort nature to have been handed down both my grandmother + great grandmother's wedding china, we instead registered for nice dinnerware and continue to collect pewter table service pieces each anniversary to support our entertaining habits. And what better holiday to bring it all out for the family.

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HoneyBaked Ham for rustic Christmas dinner /easy holiday entertaining / heirloomed

Now if you know anything about me or have followed along here for any amount of time, you know that equally important to tradition during the holiday season are those made-from-scratch handwritten recipes that my family has been making for generations. Filling the holiday table and my own kitchen with the same aromas and flavors that I remember from my childhood is absolutely essential for making the season special.

The exception to the rule, somehow, has always been the HoneyBaked Ham. We step outside the kitchen and have always had a perfectly glazed ham on the table during the holidays, bringing both beauty, ease and flavor to the table like no other. My kids + husband are all on the bandwagon year after year with this yummy staple. 

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rustic barn with fresh greens and cranberry garland for holiday decorating / heirloomed

We completed the spread this season with a rustic loaf of bread + butter, freshly roasted asparagus, and a big bowl of burst red potatoes. All delicious and all playing to the gorgeous color of the season.

HoneyBaked Ham and Match Pewter platter for beautiful holiday tablescape / heirloomed
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Christmas Dinner tablescape with match pewter butter dish / heirloomed
donkeys and ponies at the family farm / heirloomed

These guys were looking on and wondering when they were going to get to partake in the holiday meal. Luckily we made it through the meal without any animal guests this time around, but past set ups haven't been so fortunate. 

I hope you enjoyed the holiday tablescape and would love to know some elements, tips and touches you're using for your Christmas table setting + spread this holiday season. Merry Christmas!

Special thank you to HoneyBaked Ham, Vietri + Match Pewter for your partnership on this shoot. These are brands I authentically use in my own life + home and ones I support (and hope you will too). All thoughts and opinions are my own.



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

 

Simple Blessings.

I'm thrilled to share with you a new Collection that has been a long-time in the works over here. The Simple Blessings Collection was inspired by the first prayers we learn around the table, giving thanks and blessing each meal we sit down for.

My little kiddos are young and so we are knee deep in learning the basic prayers, both at mealtime and bed time. Through this collection I tried to capture a variety of basic blessings, some that are more classic, like "God is Great" and "The Lords Prayer," and others that are perhaps a bit more catchy and rhyming for little ones like "Thank You" and "Come, Lord Jesus."

The set of 4 dinner napkins comes with one each of four blessings, and the table runner features a line that sums up the collection as a whole :

"Thank you for the food before us, the family beside us and the love between us." 

I am so happy to be putting this special collection out there, especially right before the holidays and most especially for me with my kiddos the ages they are. It was truly inspired by them and where we are in life right now so I hope you can enjoy these as much has we will in our own home.

And, don't forget to check out my new #familysupper series over on the blog, the perfect accompaniment to these linens for sitting down with your family around the table and creating your own memories in every day moments. 

I would so love to know what special blessings you and your family love to say at mealtimes.  #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

Thanksgiving Dining Room Tables + Chairs.

Thanksgiving is probably one of the top days of the whole year where families actually gather around their dining room table. For some, one of the only days. 

the best dining room tables and chairs roundup for thanksgiving / heirloomed

A few things to keep in mind when you're selecting new furniture. Your space should be accommodating for either a round or rectangular table, both the size and light fixture can make all the difference. If you generally entertain with a lot of guests, you'll want to decide if you can handle or need a table that is expandable with a leaf, and also how many chairs you will end up purchasing to host all of your guests comfortably. 

You know I'm a big proponent of gathering around the table together for a #FamilySupper any day of the week so today I'm sharing a little round up of some of my favorite dining room tables + chair out there. A little refresh in your dining room might just inspire you to use it all the more!

As you know, I tend to have a skew to a bit of a farmhouse style with my furnishings, then mix and layer them in with vintage pieces. Love to know some of your favorite ones too or styles you're looking for. #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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