10 beautiful finds for your home

Bing impressed us all with a cozy and beautiful lounge during Alt 2014. It was a colorful mountain modern and vintage ‘home away from home’. It was the place to meet and greet throughout the week…and it couldn’t have been a more lovely setting. After 3 days, the room was disassembled, and we wanted more of that Bing prettiness in our own homes. So, today we found pieces we are sharing with you to Create Your Own Bing-inspired Lounge At Home!

Stay tuned next week because we have part 2 to this Bing lounge.

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1. Succulent Letters, Flora Grubb
2. Antique Window Pane, Etsy
3. Deer Head, Etsy
4. Orange Dining Chair, Overstock
5. Wood Crates, Wayfair
6. Floral Rug, Home Depot
7. Yellow Metal Counter Stools, Overstock
8. Lemon Metal Side Chairs, Overstock
9. Wood Bench, Overstock
10. Orange Metal Accent Table, Overstock or DIY paint this Wire Coffee Table orange

 {image via Justin Hackworth and Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit}

buon appetito

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We’re Italian and proud of it. We love our heritage and the Italian culture…and of course, the food! Our mouths water with the site of a good Antipasto Platter.

But, how do they do it? How do people create that savory “before the meal” plate that can bring people together and satisfy their cravings? What’s the secret to a beautiful and delicious Antipasto Plate?

We know an expert who can tell us…because we know a place that does everything right when it comes to Italian food and ambiance.

Parisi.

Christine and Simone successfully recreated a little piece of Italy in Denver, Colorado. If you haven’t been, you need to go. And, if you don’t live in CO, you need to add a visit to CO to your bucket list, and add Parisi to your must-eat list.

Here’s owner Christine’s tips for a delectable Antipasto Platter.

- Make sure there’s a balance of olives, cheese, cold cuts & toasted bread with topping.
- Include a mix of soft and hard cheese.
- Tempt the palette with new flavors because people always like to try new things, but also intermingle with a few familiar flavors.
- Keep the toppings simple for the Bruschetta using seasonal veggies. It’s nice to add a little sweet balsamic to the mix to balance out the savory.

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And, what about the essential sidekick to a yummy Antipasto Platter, otherwise known as wine? Christine has us covered there too.
“Reds are a good choice for heartier antipasti plates such as a San Giovese blend {San Giovese is the grape used for Chianti and so many of the Tuscan faves),” she said. “But a refreshing Pinot Grigio isn’t a bad choice for those who insist on white.” 
She added, “Oh, and then there is one of my favorite red Italian blends from the Veneto region:  La Cappuccina’s Madego.. it’s organic and so smooth, but not boring. But I am all for blends these days…I can’t commit to just one grape.”
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The list of ingredients from the mouth-watering plate Meredith Moran of Meredith Moran Photography snapped for us at Parisi includes…
Drunken Goat (harder goat cheese immersed in red wine)
Fresh Asiago
Pecorino Picante
Prosciutto di Parma
Finocchiona salame (with fennel)
Castelvetrano & Kalamata Olives
Mortadella
Pancetta
Bruschetta with an artichoke topping & a cherry tomato topping
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Now are you ready to impress your guests with the most amazing Antipasto Platter ever? Of course, if you need some authentic Italian food for inspiration, a great sandwich for lunch, an impressive place to bring a special date, or you just want to indulge yourself because you deserve it, stop by Parisi. If you want to eat for hours like the Italian’s do in a more intimate setting, make a reservation right below Parisi at Firenze a Tavola {same owners}. I promise, you will want to go back for more. It’s special to us, not only because Florence is our love affair city, but also because Jenna and Will celebrated their rehearsal dinner at Firenze a Tavola, and that was just the beginning to a wonderful life together.
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Thanks to Christine at Parisi and Meredith Moran for making this post possible.

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Can you unscramble the words in the title to this post?

The correct answer is: thank you.

We owed some very special people a thank you, so the kids and I got creative with our words. With delicious, homemade shortbread, and Ghiradelli chocolate as our base, and just a hint {in this case the hint word was, gratitude}, we created a cookie scramble ‘thank you’.

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{images via j. sorelle}

 

truly blessed

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Our family is truly blessed with the beautiful souls {almost 7} that have entered our lives the past 7 years. Our family started with just 2 {our amazing parents}, grew to 5 {Jessica, Jenna and Jodi}, added 3 more {handsome hubbies} and then came the babies, totaling almost 15! We have so much to be thankful for. Jenna’s newest, and gorgeous addition, Enzo, was recently baptized. We celebrated with family, friends…good food and fresh mint cocktails! Her  ”Mint” To Be a Catholic Boy party was a good time had by all…and sweet Enzo smiled as the holy water rolled down his cute head.

We added some DIY details in the last 12 hours. Totally doable and easy.

LAST MINUTE BAPTISM PARTY DETAIL TIPS
Follow Melanie’s DIY for the ‘no sew garland’
Pick fresh hydrangea from your garden
Hot glue DIY pom-poms {use this tutorial from Creature Comforts} onto a blank canvas into a letter or design
Use antiques from around the house for props, such as vases, window panes, trays, boxes, etc
Make these amazing Chocolate Mousse shooters, with a shot of Creme de Menthe  and topped with fresh mint leaves
Make refreshing mint water with fresh mint leaves and a mint-infused signature {we have an amazing mint cocktail we’re sharing from the party on Friday} for guests
Wrap a white pipe cleaner around a straw or wood stick in the shape of a cross for a lovely drink accessory
Make the setting personal with photos and a name
E-mail Jenna at paperie@fleurdelisdtc.com to create a custom invitation

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{images via j. sorelle}

gf cookies for breakfast {recipe}

My dad has been known to eat cookies, pasta, pizza and even hamburgers for breakfast. Some of his genes were passed down to me {lucky lady} and I, too, like cold pizza and cookies for breakfast. Nowadays, I try to ‘healthify’ my eating habits {most of the time} and make healthy versions of the refined sugary foods I love for my family and me. Don’t get me wrong, I still can’t say no to a chocolate donut when presented with the opportunity to devour. These Breakfast Cookies are delicious and I don’t need to feel guilty having one or two, or four of these babies for breakfast.

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Breakfast Cookie
recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction
makes 15-20 cookies

Ingredients
2 cups gf quick cooking oats
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup almond butter
1 large banana, mashed
1/2 raw and shelled pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or raisins {I made with the chocolate}

Bake it, girl
Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips or raisins in a medium bowl and use a mixer to blend well.
Add the chips or raisins and stir.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Grab a very large tablespoon size dough and place on cookie sheet. The cookies will not spread, so shape dough like an already cooked cookie.
Bake  at 325 degrees for 16 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown.

These are healthy and nutritious, and these moms {us} are giving you and your kids permission to indulge in cookies for breakfast!

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{images via j. sorelle}