Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ultimate Brunch Dish ~ French Toast Fondue

Thank you all so much for your sweet comments on my Easter table yesterday,
you guys liked the little peeps as much as I did! 
We always celebrate Easter with a large group of extended family over a 
plentiful brunch spread, but hands down the favorite dish we all look forward to is:
 French Toast Fondue with Maple Butter Glaze
It's sinfully delicious, so we only make it once a year at Easter.

We've been indulging for years, it's from Creme de Colorado,
an old Junior League of Denver cookbook.  

The recipe is below ~ a loaf of french bread, cubed and dipped in basic french toast
egg mixture, then deep fried. We use a deep fryer because we're serving a large crowd,
but a a fondue pot would be perfect for a family of 2 - 4.  
We set it up assembly style and everyone takes turns at the fryer and passing hot 
pieces at the table until we swear we can't eat another piece....and then out comes
a fresh hot batch and our willpower goes out the window!   
(I used a small fryer to make this sample batch for you, but for a crowd we use a larger deep fryer.)


The Maple Butter Glaze drizzled over the hot, crisp on the outside,
soft custard inside is absolutely...mouthwatering! 

French Toast Fondue with Maple Butter Glaze
4 - 6 servings

Vegetable Oil
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs beaten
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 loaf french bread cubed

Heat oil and 1 teaspoon salt in fondue pot. In medium bowl, beat together eggs, milk and 1/2 teaspoon salt. When oil is very hot, dip bread cubes into egg mixture, then into oil to cook.
Bread is done when it is crispy and golden brown. Remove and dip into Maple Butter Glaze

Maple Butter Glaze:

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 egg white, stiffly beaten

Cream together powdered sugar, butter, and maple syrup. Fold in beaten egg white.

Enjoy, friends!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spring & Easter Table Setting

Happy Monday, peeps! :)
I was chatting with a friend and she mentioned that she wished bloggers would
share their entertaining tips, tables settings and recipes for holidays in time for people
to be able to take advantage of them. Yikes, I know I've been guilty of rushing to get 
things put together and posting them after the fact.   
I have good news and bad news.
The good...I put together this cheerful Easter table setting to share with you.
The bad...it ends up we're not hosting Easter this year. 
Which probably isn't a bad thing after all since I still have my unfinished buffet project
 in the dining room. And, that also explains why you only see close ups of the table. :)

The inspiration was this indigo tablecloth I found at Goodwill. Remember when I showed
 you my trash to treasure scores. I love the raised white embroidery and block print style. I
layered a black and white striped runner I had from my nephew's wedding last summer.
I included my DIY candelabra for fun! 

Simple grocery store lilies and wheat grass I planted add lots of color and texture. 

I love to collect small vases to sit at individual place settings. Yay for spring,
I finally have a few sprigs of greenery and little flowers to cut. For a variety of
heights I used a glass cake plate to display wheat grass planted in inexpensive
 terra cotta pots, painted gold.  

Aren't those little peeps poking their heads out of the cracked shells cute? :)
Just crack open a few eggs, wash them and let dry and set the peep inside. 

Tomorrow I'm sharing our hands down all-time favorite dish
for Easter Brunch. I don't know anyone else who makes it and
it's sinfully delish!  

Friday, March 27, 2015

Best of the Nest Link Party ~ March

Hey friends, welcome to another edition of Best of the Nest!
 We're still on Spring Break until next Wednesday :) and I've totally lost track of which
 day it is ~ I guess that's a good sign.
Our Guest of the Month has long been one of my all time favorites!
Julia @ Cuckoo 4 Design
 Not only does she have a killer style and amazing DIY skills,
 but she has the BIGGEST heart for animals!
If you haven't checked it out you'll love her Living Pretty with Pets Series
Also, Congrats are in order for her recent announcement that she's now an online
 contributor for Domino Magazine! Yay, girl!
Most importantly, she couldn't be more kind and supportive of everyone in the blogging
Julia's post about her newly painted kitchen wall and her husband's input made me giggle.
Her collection of quirky animal plates is such a fun statement in her fab kitchen!

Julia @ Cuckoo 4 Design 
Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Instagram | Bloglovin' | Twitter | Google +

I shared my super simple DIY Four Arm Candelabra, inspired by the beautiful
 Dunes & Duchess candelabra that I loved but was way out of my budget at $600!
Pam @ Simple Details
Pinterest | Facebook | Instagram | Bloglovin' | Twitter

Lisa's tips for making mass produced art look more high end are amazing! She
 showed how to re-texturize and frame inexpensive canvas artwork, her great
tutorial is straightforward and looks completely doable!

 Lisa @ Shine your Light

I loved the simple ideas for spring and Easter that Kris came up with, and will 
definitely be stealing a few of these charming ideas to perk up our table decor!   
  Kris @ Driven by Décor

Jennifer cleverly created this gorgeous wooden serving tray from a garage sale cutting
 board and rustic hardware! She replicated a beautiful serving piece she noticed at a wedding.  
Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

 Now it's your turn:
Bring your Best of March
Anyone can enter - not just bloggers!
Enter through Instagram by using hashtag #bestofthenestparty and tagging at least one of your hosts.

Only ONE link per person to show your best work from March
Additional links will be deleted.
If you're linking up with a blog, link back with a text link or grab the party button.

We'd love you stop back next Friday
 when Julia, Lisa, Kris, Jennifer and I will feature our favorite links.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Arhaus ~ Denver

We're enjoying Spring Break this week and have skied during the day, drove
back down to town and played tennis under the lights in the evening, and dined at
 our favorite Mexican restaurant(s)!   
I talked my boys into an outing that included a stop at one of my favorite stores,
 Arhaus in Park Meadows. You all know I love mixing high and low in decor,
 when I come across a special piece that I know will create an interesting collected
 style, I'm all in. This gorgeous store has eye candy at every turn, the global influence,
 carved wood pieces and rich patinas are some of the characteristics that draw me in.  

I took a few pics of favorite items to share with you. :)

Check out our blue Colorado sky!  #nofilter

Arhaus does details perfectly, starting with their door handles.

They also have a way with mixing modern and global, this carved wood bench
pairs beautifully with the comfy sectional below.     

Embroidered floral pillows, so fresh for spring. 

Handcrafted finishes and details inspired by antiques are found throughout the store.  

Fabulous lighting with a feminine vibe unexpectedly paired with industrial inspired
 stools ~ love the collected look!   

Slip covered outdoor furniture ~ yes please!
Crafted to endure the elements with Sunbrella fabrics and marine-grade frames.

I didn't know I needed a lattice detailed secretary!      

How cool is this chair? The back suggests the exposed hull of a small boat.  

 Arhaus is a must, whether you're in the market for quality furnishings or just
 window shopping you're sure to be captivated by their stunning collection!  
Did you have a favorite?  

To celebrate the launch of their new outdoor furniture line Arhaus
is hosting a Pinterest Contest: Pin to Win event $1,000 - $500 or $250 gift cards!!

Details can be found on their blog here!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

planting wheat grass for easter

It's time...
about two weeks before Easter is perfect timing to ensure you have a thick lush
wheat grass centerpiece ~ I love the fresh bright pop and texture it adds.
 I've been planting it for years and it couldn't be easier, no green thumb needed!

 (One week of growth)

A table setting from a previous year with wheat grass planted in tea cups...

Here's an outtake for you...

It was about 7pm and I was running out of light inside,
so I grabbed everything and it took it outside. My girl Rio isn't one to miss out on
anything and plopped herself between the vignette and me. Don't let that innocent
 face fool you, she tried to nab that extra egg several times.

For planting instructions and inspiration for potting check out these
previous posts:

Planting Wheat Grass

Decorative Wheat Grass ~ It's Time

Wheat Grass...it's time

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Chinese Calligraphy Brushes

A friend of mine recently mentioned how she wished she would have picked up some
Chinese calligraphy brushes when she was visiting China. So, of course I did a Pinterest
search and immediately wished she would have picked them up for both of us!
We happen to have the most beautiful, talented, sweet, friend (did I mention brilliant?)
 temporarily living in Beijing and thought we'd ask for a little favor and have her choose
 some for us. We were face timing tonight and discussing them as she
 was trekking around The Great Wall!
She'll be home in a few weeks, but until then I'll be dreaming of how I can style my
 coffee table with them.

 splenderosa.blogspot.com Charlotta's Space for Inspiration
 chameleoninteriors.blogspot.com - Century Furniture

Aren't they gorgeous? 
You can find them on ebay, etsy or flea markets, I'd love to start a collection.
I can't wait to see what she chooses for us!

Happy Spring & Happy Weekend friends! 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

goodbye green buffet

Between the new vintage wing backs and the bigger than life mirror our house has been
 a flurry of furniture rearranging. If you follow me on Instagram yesterday I shared a
 photo of my favorite dumpster dive makeover and mentioned it's being retired to the
guest room. Goodbye green dining room buffet. :( 

I originally planned to move the gray hutch in the living room to the guest room, 
but it was a couple inches too long, the next best scenario was the hutch in the dining
room. BUT, it felt too closed in with this big piece of furniture and no mirror reflecting my
 french doors and nailhead ceiling. After much deliberation the simplest solution was to keep
 the bottom portion and let the top go... I know you guys are going cringe, but I put it out
in front of our house with a free sign, and it was gone in a flash.

Keep the faith,
 I have a pretty plan using my favorite Rustoleum High Gloss Enamel in white.

 It won't be two toned - that's just my methodical painting style. 
I'm still debating on the gold trim.

I fell head over heels for EVERYTHING about this room by Melanie Turner Interiors
 and it's my inspiration for the makeover of the hutch, which has snowballed into
a dining room refresh. :)  
I think my buffet lends itself to the large statement hardware centered on the
doors and won't my gold foo dog be perfect to hide the lovely thermostat?

I'm on the hunt for mirrors and I'll be adding some pops of color in fabric
 or wallpaper, more on that soon. :)


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Splurge Worthy Lamps

You guys know I LOVE my Craigslist bargains and thrifting, but I also think
it's worth splurging if you find a one of a kind piece that you love. 
While searching for some unique art for a client I stumbled upon these incredible lamps
that are works of art. I immediately thought these gorgeous conversation pieces would be
worthy of spree. They're designed by Kinzig Design Home, each includes blown glass,
 solid brass and copper accents, the lampshades are deeply colored and sewn from
 embroidered silks and rich fabrics. They're individually finished with patinated metals and
 surface textures that will not fade and are topped with distinctive finials. 
The prices are what you'd expect for artwork $580 - $760. 
I can only imagine how stunning they are in person, they're nice sized at 27 - 30".
Btw, this isn't a sponsored post, I just happened to run across them at Artful Home
and was enamored! 

Aren't they incredibly gorgeous!?!
If you were going to splurge what would you find worthy? 

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