I have been lusting over Dash and Albert rugs for some time now. I finally made a purchase and, after spending forever debating on colour, decided on a new entrance runner in Blue Heron. Below, a gorgeous kitchen (Decor Pad), also with a Blue Heron D & A rug.
From the D & A website:
They make beach totes and throws too. I have a beach tote and it is so durable for a day by the water. You can shake the sand right out.
These are SO good and so simple. They are perfectly sweet, creamy and slightly tart for spring. I wanted to create something that had the rich taste of butter, yet didn't have butter as the dominant ingredient, so I mixed butter and light olive oil. They turned out wonderfully. If you make these, I guarantee you won't be disappointed. They have that beautiful crunch on the outside, but are super moist and chewy on the inside.
1.5 cups organic cane sugar
1/4 cup organic cane sugar, for rolling
zest of one medium lemon
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/4 cup salted butter, melted
1/4 cup light olive oil
1 tsp pure vanilla essence
1 tsp lemon extract
juice of one medium lemon
2 1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 heaping tsp baking powder
1/2 heaping tsp baking soda
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, beat together sugar, cream cheese, melted butter, oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, lemon extract and vanilla essence until smooth. Beat in egg until incorporated.
3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and baking powder.
4. Fold flour mixture into wet mixture and mix together.
5. Roll 1 1/2 inch dough balls with your hands, and roll each dough ball in remaining sugar to coat. Place about 12 cookies on one cookie sheet, spaced 2 inches apart.
6. Bake 10 minutes. To ensure a moist, chewy centre, don't overbake! Let cookies cool 3-4 minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. They are best stored in an air-tight container at room temperature. Makes approximately 3 dozen.
I just created my own custom made labels for the old mason jars (thanks Grandma!) which hold my grains, spices and other staples. I used a package of inexpensive white labels from Staples, and then I used turquoise scrap book paper for background colour. I painted a thin layer of matte mod podge onto each label so that the labels would be wipable if dirtied by sticky kitchen hands. They are tied with paper raffia.