Friday, May 8, 2015

Waffles for Mother's Day Brunch!

Mother's Day is almost here! If you're stressing about something new and exciting to do for your mom--how about making a decadent and oh so easy-to-prepare waffle bar brunch?

Dore Dinner Plate, Dore Hexagonal Platter, Dore Nesting Scallop Bowl Set, Dore Mug, Kashmir Appetizer Plates, Kashmir High Balls, Kashmir Nesting Catchall Trays, Kashmir Mug, Lattice GlassNapoleon Flatware

Our waffle bar includes fresh raspberries, fresh strawberries, sugar butter (recipe below) as well as our Farm Belle Marionberry syrup, jam and honey. You could also put out these toppers;  blueberries, blackberries, sliced bananas, Greek yogurt, nuts, dried fruit, maple syrup, as well as some chocolate chips and whipped cream for fun.  If you want to make the meal even heartier, serve some scrambled eggs and turkey bacon.

The key to making waffles that are crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside is preheating your waffle iron. Be sure to read your manufacturer's instructions as the time as each is different. 

Here's a delicious Basic Waffle Recipe, courtesy of Food Network, and my Sugar Butter which is out of this world on waffles!
If you don't have a waffle iron, you can buy frozen waffles.  I like Julian's Sweet Belgian Waffles, and Van's (which makes regular waffles, gluten free waffles, Belgian, and 8 Whole Grains).

And to toast your mom, make a batch of these fun Red Mojitos, courtesy of Every Day with Rachael Ray. They are colorful and refreshing, and you can make them with rum or without.

Wish you a very Happy Mother's Day! 


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

To make your party extra special, think about going beyond the traditional margaritas, and serving up these delicious Red Mojitos, courtesy of Every Day with Rachael Ray.  

On your way home from work, pick up some chips, salsa and guacamole, and your all set for a quick and easy happy hour fiesta.
Highballs: Rosanna's Kashmir Collection Trays: Rosanna's Portico Collection

And when you raise your glass, say "salud" as they do in Mexico! This toast means "to our health!"


Friday, May 1, 2015

Celebrate May Day!

May Day is one of my favorite holidays. In most parts of the country, May is when spring becomes truly apparent, with blossoming fruit trees and bulbs bursting forth in a blaze of color.  These heady days of truly warm weather give us all spring fever, a feeling of joy that we naturally want to celebrate.

People throughout the Western world celebrate May Day, and the holiday has a long history harking back to medieval times.  When I was a little girl, my mother showed me how to make May Day baskets from construction paper and took me to fill them with flowers from our garden.  Then we would sneak over to our neighbors' homes, drop the baskets on their doorsteps, ring the doorbells and run away.  When our friends opened the door, a charming handmade basket filled with flowers greeted them.

May Day is the perfect opportunity to spread the joy of spring with your friends and neighbors. Get the kids involved by helping them weave their very own May Day baskets.  Click here to see's easy instructions on how kids can weave their own May Day baskets for friends and neighbors out of construction paper.

Another super cute and easy May Day basket is this May Day Cone basket from After making the cone, simply fill the basket with left over Easter grass, then add fresh flowers the children pick (even dandelions will do) or if you live in a cold climate, with no fresh flowers yet, have the children make flowers using their fingers prints (as pictured).  They can also cut pictures of flowers from magazines or gardening catalogs and glue them to toothpicks and arrange in the basket. Click here for full instructions. 
Adults can get in on the May Day fun by buying a plant at the local garden center or a bouquet of flowers and leaving it on the doorstep of a friend, neighbor or elderly friend. The gesture of celebrating spring by giving a gift of nature is a wonderful tradition that unites us as a community, encouraging us to give of ourselves while cultivating an awareness of the gifts that nature has to offer.

I have one young neighbor who has been ringing my doorbell on May 1 since she was six years old. Every year I'm touched by her sweet gesture and thoughtful heart.

Hope you have a very happy May Day!


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Travel The World From The Comfort Of Your Home

Although it is spring break season, you may not be able to get away from it all.  That doesn't mean you can't pretend to walk the beaches of your favorite coast or stroll down villas of far-away lands with travel-themed home decor.

From across the country to around the world, travel the world from the comfort of your home with these 7 inspired ideas that are sure to satisfy your wanderlust.

The new Rosanna Come Fly With Me collection conjures the glamour and excitement of retro travel with images from vintage vacation brochures touting exotic locales.  From your office desk to your bedroom side table, you are never far from your dream vacation.

In My Own Style renovated her mudroom to reflect a Grand Central Station feel.  Decorating with clocks is a great idea to keep you on track when contacting family members and friends living in different time zones.

Ki Nassauer shares with Worthpoint how she created shelves in her living room using discarded vintage suitcases.

I love to use my vintage suitcases for entertaining; they add visual interest to items that may get lost on a busy table.  You may not have to look far to find your own, there may be a treasure trove in a forgotten corner.  This one traveled with grandma as she moved across the Western seaboard in the 40's and 50's.

The Voyage collection explores the bygone days of international travel with porcelain trays showcasing ephemera found by Rosanna around the world. Newly found vintage ephemera from Europe and the USA have expanded the collection, creating a modern take on times gone by.

Each of Pottery Barn Teen's pillow covers are delightfully detailed with dream destinations from LA to London, Boston to Barcelona.

Your travel inspirations aren't limited to home decor; the Rosanna Totes are market chic, both playful and refined, and designed to remind us of life's lovelier moments, like traveling to idyllic locales from Paris to Tuscany. They are perfect for a trip to your local farmer's markets to pick up seasonal flowers, local produce and freshly baked goods.

What type of travel-themed items do you like to use in  your home decor?

Dawn Smith (Guest Blogger) 
Creative Director

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Easter Egg Dyeing 101

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Eggs have long been a symbol for rebirth and fertility. What better way to celebrate Spring than with dyeing beautiful Easter eggs to share with friends and family? Read on for my simple egg dyeing tips to ensure your Easter festivities go off without a hitch!

Instead of hard-boiling the eggs, I like to blow them out before dyeing. You can save the eggs after the holiday and use them next year for decorations to hang from branches or displayed together in a bowl.

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1. Blow out the eggs. To empty the raw egg, use a small, sharp knife to pierce both ends of the egg with small holes. Next, poke a pin through the larger of the holes and stir the yolk. Hold the egg, larger hole down, over a bowl, and blow the contents out. This can be done using a rubber ear syringe to make things easier.

2. Prep your dyeing area. Put down newspaper on your counter or table to protect the surface from dyes. Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar and about 20 drops food coloring in 1 cup of hot water. Make sure to use bowls deep enough to completely submerge your eggs.

3. Begin dyeing! Using metal tongs, carefully dip each egg into the bowl of dye. For deeper colors, leave the eggs in longer. To make two-color eggs, dye the entire egg first, let dry, and then dip half the egg into a darker color.

4. Let the eggs dry.

Once you have the basics of egg dyeing down, you can try different techniques to make some unique eggs.
  • Before dyeing the eggs, draw patterns or shapes on the shell with crayons or a small candle. The dye won't adhere to the wax and your patterns and shapes will shine through!
  • Cut a sponge into small cubes and sponge paint the dye onto the egg shells.
  • Create ombre eggs by letting the eggs submerge in dye for different periods of time, from a few minutes to longer.
  • Make speckled eggs by dipping a clean, dry toothbrush in acrylic paint and dotting the paint onto already dyed eggs.

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Use your creativity and make sure to have fun! This is an excellent afternoon activity for children, as well. If you decide to use hard-boiled eggs, remember to throw them out after a few days or eat them as a protein-packed snack!

Have a lovely Easter everyone!


Thursday, March 19, 2015

How To Plan A Tuscany Inspired Dinner

With the days slowly getting longer as we move into spring, you may start feeling the urge for more intimate entertaining with close friends.   For a relaxed weekend get-together, you can never go wrong with pairing a comfort-food favorite like pasta with a nice glass of wine...or two.  Here are few ideas to inspire you to plan a Tuscany inspired dinner.

Set the scene with Rosanna's Pasta Italiana collection, with pieces perfect for serving big bowls of pasta or dipping crusty pieces of bread.

Clean and simple decor are a must for impromptu gatherings; Midwest Living shows us how to create a bouquet of baby artichokes. They make a more fabulous and practical centerpiece than flowers; you can cook them up the next day.

I love any set up that means less work for me and more guest interaction.  With bruschetta made ahead of time, all this bruschetta bar featured on One Charming Party needed was the artichoke dip, bread and crackers at party time.  This is a great way to get the festivities started and have guests hungry for more.

Besides your favorite pasta dish, how about serving Rosanna's Paglia e Fieno (Straw and Hay Pasta), aptly named because the mixture of spinach linguine and plain linguine looks like a mound of straw and hay when served.   Even better, serve the remaining Pinot from the recipe with dinner.

General wine pairing rule of thumb 

Pair with red sauce dishes to match the acidity of the dish with acidic wine
  • Zinfandel 
  • Dolcetto
  • Chianti
Pair with white sauce dishes to cut through the richness of the sauce
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Italian Chardonnay
  • Pinot Grigio

Of course, you must serve your wine in Rosanna's hand-etched stemless wine glasses.

I love how Tealicious displays beautiful bottles of homemade vanilla bean limoncello in a wine crate; these are perfect to share during the evening or send home as a thank you.

How do you plan a lovely evening in with friends? We would love to hear your tips and ideas.

Buon Appetito!

Dawn Smith (Guest Blogger)
Creative Director

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Quick and Easy Ideas for Organizing Your Craft Room Supplies!

If you're like me, your craft supplies can take over your design space. To keep your space functional and inspiring, try these creative and simple solutions using Rosanna products. Always look for new uses for old things; the possibilities are endless!

Getting organized is the key to knowing what supplies you have to work with at all times.  It's time to whip your space into shape. 
  • Neatly store your crafts supplies like washi tape, rolls of ribbon, tags and more in White Bungalow loaf pans
  • Use the collection's muffin tins to store and sort small craft supplies like buttons, brads and clips.
  • Don't forget the large lidded storage containers; stack up a few for a stylish, space-saving idea. 
  • Compotes are perfect vessels for bottled items like glitter and glue or small spools of thread.
  • Create a beautiful and functional display with spools of baker's twine by showcasing them on pedestals
  • You can never go wrong with these pretty hobnail bowls in the Farmhouse Pantry collection.

You'll be much more productive by spending a little bit of time and effort to get your supplies in order. Do you have a great way you organize your craft supplies?