From the looks of my Facebook feed, everyone had a fantastic 4th! So nice to enjoy a holiday weekend with friends and family. We were super low key this year, opting for house projects and rest over any big plans. I can’t wait to share those house projects with you!

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Today’s cocktail recipe embraces my love and affection for watermelon but with some citrus flare. Best of all, it is easily multiplied for a pitcher to share with friends! Cheers, friends!

For 1 Watermelon Rum Punch Cocktail:

1 oz rum

1 oz tequila

1/2 oz orange liqueur

Juice of 1 lime and 1/2 lemon

1/2 cups watermelon

1/2 tsp agave

1/8 tsp vanilla

Top with 2-3 oz club soda

In a glass, muddle the watermelon with the lime and lemon juice and vanilla. Then add the rum, tequila, orange liqueur and agave. Stir well. Fill a glass with ice. Strain punch over ice. Garnish with watermelon, blueberries and a dash of orange bitters.

 

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We’ve got another classic cocktail for your summer entertaining needs! This Paloma is so easy to make, crisp and refreshing and will appeal to guests who are new to cocktails or seasoned experts!

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Adam and I have really enjoyed little book Illustrated Guide to Cocktails. Most importantly, the illustrations are funny and instructive. Each cocktail recipe is paired with its history and variations. Such a great reference guide if you’re in a pinch or need a throw down, simple ingredient cocktail.

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I added a few splashes of this Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters- because, why not?

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I hope you enjoy this Paloma cocktail!

 

Taylor has been busy making himself a desk and rack for his studio. He constructed the furniture out of 3/4″ maple plywood that he bought from Home Depot and then designed the pieces to fit perfectly in his space. Take a look at the pictures below to see his construction process. If you have questions any of the steps, let me know and I can fill you in on the details. 🙂

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Don’t they look awesome?! Good job hubby! 🙂

 

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I recently started a new hobby that I had been wanting to try for a while – Calligraphy! I have been working on my first batch of wedding invitations for a bride and have loved every second of it. I took classes from a great local teacher, Molly Margaret, at Esque Script. If you would like to take some of her classes so that you can DIY, she will soon be announcing level one and level two classes that will take place in August. Click here to read more about her classes and to sign up. Spots do sell out quickly, so don’t think twice! She also offers fun Holiday themed classes, so be on the lookout for those as well! Here are some pictures of the current project that I am working on. Can’t wait to do another batch!

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Oh, little summer salad,
How delightful are you!
When the days are warm,
fresh from the farm,
We picked, then created, you!

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I’m not even ashamed of how much I love fresh Tennessee produce in a homemade fancy salad. This was our dinner last night- a peach and fennel salad – with produce picked hours before. Y’all, this is the real deal. And it makes me *kind of* a poet.

Go ahead and laugh at me, it’s ok. 

We are much more outdoorsy and active once the warm weather sets in. And I find myself craving fresh greens and raw veggies- where this winter I wanted everything roasted or in a stew. Or pizza. The East Nashville Farmer’s Market was buzzing yesterday, and we picked these beauties up from the Green Door Gourmet tent! Fennel, arugula, and Peach Truck peaches.

Venturing into this recipe? Venture to a local farmer’s market or farm to pick your produce! You won’t regret it.

This salad is sweet, savory, peppery, earthy and tangy. All good things, my friends.

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For 2 Peach and Fennel Salads:

2 cups fresh arugula
1 fennel bulb, shaved with veggie peeler
Handful fennel leaves
2 peaches, thinly sliced
3-4 kalamata olives, finely chopped
Salt and fresh cracked pepper
2 tsp olive oil to drizzle
Pecorino romano cheese (a liberal amount!)

Mix salad in large bowl. Tear the arugula leaves if too large. Add the fennel and fennel leaves. Add your peaches and olives. Freshly grate your cheese. So, buy a small block of pecorino romano cheese and use a fine cheese grater. (See photo for general amount.) Mix salad together with your hands, then plate. Once plated, grate a bit more cheese over each. Add a little salt and pepper. Finally, drizzle about a teaspoon olive oil over each salad. Garnish with a larger stalk of fennel. Take a deep breath, and ENJOY!

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Low Country Boil - Root and Vine Blog

A friend of mine hosted a low country boil graduation party the other night. This was the perfect family style meal to enjoy with friends and to celebrate the grad. Here are some snapshots of this southern supper.

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Congratulations to all of the graduates!