Inspire: Red, White & Blue!!

Happy 4th of July! We know we are a few days early, but this gives you plenty of time to get inspired by this fun holiday!

With that sad US soccer loss yesterday, we think everyone could use some good cheer from the good ol’ red, white and blue! Check out some of more recent decor inspirations for the big day!

Mason jars are an all-American classic and so easy to paint!

Photo Courtesy of Addicted2DIY.com

Photo Courtesy of Addicted2DIY.com

Wood pallets have been all the rage lately!

Photo and project by BobVila.com

Photo and project by BobVila.com

Remember our cool wine bottle tutorial? Why not paint them blue and add beautiful red flowers?

Image courtesy of Instyle.com

Image courtesy of Instyle.com

You know we love our chalkboards 🙂

Photo from thegoldensycamore.com

Photo from thegoldensycamore.com

Easy garland tutorial!

Image courtesy of Spoonful.com

Image courtesy of Spoonful.com

As mentioned last Friday, pop some festive bubbly!

Image courtesy of Chandon.com

Image courtesy of Chandon.com

Need that perfect outfit for fireworks?

Styling and photo from Instyle.com

Styling and photo from Instyle.com

Decorative nails can easily go a bit over-the-top, but these are simple and classy.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

Can you get more all American than Martha Stewart’s Apple Pie?

Image courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

Image courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

Fantastic idea for paper lanterns, just add red stars and streamers!

Image Courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

Image Courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

We hope everyone has a fun, safe and festive fourth!!

 

Indulge: Summer is Coming…

While the “official” start of summer is still a month away, we all know that Memorial Day Weekend is where the summer parties get started! Temperatures are starting to climb all over the country, meaning this is the time to fire up the BBQ, fill that cooler with ice and goodies, and to start celebrating the summer season.

Today at CLD we are whipping up a tasty dessert that is a fantastic ending to any type of food fiesta. It features nectarines, although any stone-fruit will work! Stone fruits (plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots, or any new hybrid of those), are starting to pop up at local farmers markets. They have a fairly limited season, so grab them up while you can! This dish is perfect for those that may be not 100% ripe yet, as they get to soak up some butter and sugar to soften up 🙂

Nectarine Up-Side-Down Cake

IMG_3478Adapted from recipe from damndelicious.net

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 4 nectarines, sliced into 1 1/2-inch thick wedges

Procedure:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a bowl combine flour, sugar, soda, salt. Gently stir to combine.
  • In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, half of the melted butter, and eggs.
  • Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir with a rubber spatula. Don’t over mix, just stir until ingredients are just combined.
  • In either a cast-iron skillet or 9-inch cake pan, add the remaining melted butter to coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Scatter the brown sugar over the pan, followed by the slices of nectarines–in an artful manner, of course!
  • Pour the cake mixture over the top of the nectarines and smooth the top.
  • Bake approximately 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Let cool for about 10-15 minutes, run a knife around the edge of the pan.
  • Place a plate/cutting board large enough to cover the pan on top of it, then flip the whole thing over, and remove the pan.  Viola!

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This recipe is also easy to divide in half for smaller parties. No matter where you are this weekend or what/if you are celebrating, please be safe and responsible! Hoping everyone has a fantastic long weekend!!