Thursday, June 27, 2013

10 Things To Do With A Compote

One of the most beloved product groups at Rosanna is the compote, and with good reason! They are great for adding something extra to dessert table or displaying your favorite treat in. But the possibilities for this darling vessel don't end there.

1. Keep your soap off the sink counters.

Les Petite Sweets Large Compote and Farm Belle Soap

2. Use as a bud vase to arrange small flowers.
3. Keep condiments tidy.

Les Petite Sweets Medium Compote

4. Use to store small living room accessories such as matches.
5. Display fresh fruit and veggies stylishly.

Decor Bon Bon Footed Square Bowl and La Patisserie Footed Bowl

6. Keep on the counter and use as salt and pepper cellars when cooking.
7. Use to set out hot bread and biscuits for family meals.

Decor Bon Bon Footed Round Bowl
8. Organize jewelry.

Les Petite Sweets Small Compote

9. Keep rubber bands, staples, pins, and other small office items organized.
10. Coral your beauty items.

La Patisserie Footed Bowl

How do you use your compotes? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Bridal Shower Gift Round-Up

It's almost summer which means it's officially wedding season! With weddings come a slurry of other events as well: bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, the list goes on! If you're stumped for a gift for the bride-to-be, take a look at my picks perfect for every bridal shower's guest of honor.

Rue Du Bac - Perfect for dinner for two at home.
Farmhouse Pantry - Kitchen and dining room staples every newlywed needs.
Savour - Casually sophisticated pieces for easy entertaining.
Travel Folios - For keeping your passport and money with you in exotic honeymoon destinations!
Coming Home - Chock full of recipes and ideas for creating family traditions.
Cocktail Glasses - Great for after dinner drinks with your new husband.
Petite Plates - Ideal for keeping your rings safe while doing the dishes.
Giardino - Pretty pieces for tea and lunch with the in-laws.
Decor Bon Bon Hue - Display your wedding cakes and treats in style.
Napoleon 2-Piece Bridal Set - For cutting that delicious cake!

Congratulations to all the brides- and husbands-to-be out there!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Table Wear: Giardino

April winter-long showers bring Spring flowers! We're still inspired by the abundance of sunshine this Spring, so this week we're dressing up botanical style by mimicking one of our newest collections Giardino (means 'garden' in Italian). Lush greens and yellows are the perfect compliment for the season, indoors and out.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My Beach Bag Essentials

beach bag

It's summer, which means one thing for my family and me: the beach! We travel down to the Oregon Coast for long weekends, short vacations, and Independence Day celebrations at our home there. Days are spent lounging in the sand reading, frolicking in the water, and simply enjoying each other's company. Take a peek inside my beach bag for all my day-at-the-beach essentials.

Wide-Brimmed Hat - Great for keeping my face in the shade even when I'm enjoying the sun.
iPod - I keep it filled with jazz and classical music to aid in relaxation.
Sunscreen - A good sunscreen is one of the most important things to keep in your beach bag! This one is SPF 50 and contains no harmful ingredients.
Water Bottle - I like glass water bottles - they are naturally BPA-free and don't retain any of a drink's flavor.
Beach Towel - For relaxing in comfort.
Sunglasses - To keep the sun's harmful rays away from delicate eyes. My favorite sunglasses are from EyeBobs.
Camera - Many of my family's fondest memories occurred on the beach. I like to keep a camera handy just in case a new one should emerge!
Healthy Snacks - All that swimming and fun in the sun can leave you hungry. I like to pack healthy snacks like granola bars, fresh Oregon berries, and carrot sticks.
Baby Powder - For getting off stubborn sand!
A Great Book - The beach is one of my favorite places to read. This summer I'm reading La Seduction by Elaine Sciolino.
Lip Balm - Don't forget your lips when applying sunscreen! Choose a lip balm with SPF to keep burns and chapped lips at bay.
Waterproof Mascara - Who says you can't look a bit gussied up at the beach? Just remember to make sure your mascara is waterproof!
Sandals - Flip flops are great for easy on-and-off at the beach and these ones are stylish, too.
A Great Beach Bag - The Portico Pumpkin Bag is not only fashion-forward, but roomy enough to store not only your beach essentials, but treasures like shells and beautiful rocks found on beach walks.

Happy Summer!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Déjà Vogue: High Waisted Jeans

Get your curling iron ready for the Farrah Fawcett feather coiffe! Flashback to Charlie’s Angels style, as high waisted jeans are a top trend in this week’s fashion. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

My Famous Tomato Vodka Sauce

One of my favorite (and simplest) dishes to make is pasta with vodka sauce. It doesn't take long to prepare and with only a few stirs, it practically cooks itself. Adding vodka to the sauce lends a certain opulence to the dish, but it also helps to bring out the flavor of the tomatoes.

tomato vodka sauce

I like to prepare this sauce for easy meals with family and friends and when I do, I am almost always asked for the recipe! Enjoy!


1 large carrot
2 ribs celery with leaves
1 onion
4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup good-quality extra-virgin olive oil
2 (28 ounce) cans San Marzano Roma tomatoes
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar (if necessary)
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup vodka
Pinch of pepperoncini, or hot red pepper flakes

1. Dice the carrot, celery, onion, and garlic (this can also be done in a food processor).
2. Put the oil in a large saucepan and place over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the chopped vegetables to the pan and sauté over medium heat until just soft, about 5 minutes.


3. Puree the tomatoes in a good processor, then add them to the pan. Add the salt and sugar if necessary (I find that the San Marzanos are usually sweet enough on their own). Let the sauce simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
4. Add the cream and vodka and simmer gently for 30 minutes; do not boil, or the sauce could curdle. Add the pepperoncini, then serve over pasta.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Rosanna Biannual Warehouse Sale June 15th from 9 AM - 6 PM

Come early Saturday, June 15th for the Biannual Warehouse Sale! Rare and hard-to-find Rosanna pieces (as well as some new surprises!) will be at amazing prices - perfect for gifts for bridal showers, upcoming graduates, weddings, and Father's Day!

This year our friends at Pacific Food Importers will be joining us. PFI has been distributing food products in the greater Seattle area since 1971. Family owned and operated, PFI stocks a wide variety of cured meats, specialty cheeses from around the world, and a vast range of Mediterranean products that will be available for purchase at the Warehouse Sale.

Enter to win a basket of Rosanna items at our raffle for Regina House! Providence Regina House is a food and clothing bank out of the South Park Neighborhood Center. Regina House works to offer resources to the needy such as health and nutritional information, cooking demonstrations, seeds and plant starts, and more. Purchase two raffle tickets for $1. All proceeds go to Regina House.

*Please note the warehouse store will be closed Friday, June 14th in preparation.

Can't wait to see you all there!

Patterns Past & Present

This painting style originates from the people of Australia’s Western Desert who formed the Papunya Tula art movement. This particular painting is made up of many layers of colorful, individual dots. While these pieces of art may look simple, they are filled with patterns, symbols, and sacred designs - often relating to the earth, energy, and life.

The organic nature of this dot style can be spotted in many products today.
Below are a few of our favorites.

Painting | Napkins | Gift Tag | Cami Pouch | Wall Decals | Tote 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Summer Safety Tips for the Whole Family

Summer is almost here and with that comes plenty of fun outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, and bike rides. Be sure your adventures don't end with scrapes, bug bites, and tears with my summer safety tips:

children playing

1. Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before heading outside, and try to avoid direct sunlight between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM - it's when the sun's rays are strongest.
2. The sun doesn't need to be out to get burned. Be sure to apply sunscreen on cloudy days, too.
3. Be aware of the symptoms of heat stroke - fatigue, confusion, cramping, dizziness, nausea, and extreme thirst.
4. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Limit intense physical outdoor activity on especially hot days. This goes for Fido, too!
5. Never leave children or pets in the car on a warm day.
6. If your pets play outdoors on a hot day, make sure they have a shady spot to rest and plenty of water.
7. Try to avoid combination sunscreen/insect repellent lotions and sprays. Whereas sunscreen should be reapplied every few hours, repellent need not be applied more than once.
8. Use insect repellent containing DEET to keep mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects away.
9. Make sure everyone in your family knows what poison ivy looks like so they'll be sure to avoid it. But just in case, when in the forest, wear long pants, long sleeves, good shoes, and gloves.
10. Always supervise your children on play equipment at parks and clubs.
11. Inspect your own backyard play structures carefully before letting children play. Be sure everything is anchored safely in the ground, and all pieces are in good shape.
12. Make sure your child wears a helmet when riding their bike or roller-skating. Be a good example and wear one yourself when you go out on family rides.


14. Never let your children swim alone. Always be sure they are with an adult or responsible teen chaperone.
15. Empty shallow wading pools after children are done playing.
16. When boating, make sure everyone - not just the kids - wear life preservers.
17. Keep grills and barbecues at least ten feet from bushes, houses, and other structures.

grilled meat

18. Be sure to keep a fire extinguisher on hand when grilling.
19. When grilling, be aware of cross-contamination and use different plates and utensils to handle cooked food.
20. Any grilling leftovers should be refrigerated within an hour of use.

And make sure to always have a great time!

Have a wonderful summer!