chive butter

chive butter

Yesterday I made some chive butter, inspired by all the chives in the garden that are getting ready to burst into bloom. It’s so easy! I just beat four cubes of butter with an electric mixer, added the juice of one lemon, and two handfuls of chopped up chives, salt and pepper. I rolled it into some parchment to keep in the fridge. So yummy!! More homemade butter ideas here.

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Photos: Chelsea Fuss.

Saturday Morning Flower Arranging Party!

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On Saturday morning, I had a little flower arranging party at my house. I partnered with Fifty Flowers and ordered a gorgeous box of ranunculus! They also sent along the sweetest box of white spring flowers. I added in a selection of local stems as well, invited a few friends over and we made bouquets while we munched on radishes, bread, and cheese and enjoyed the prettiest, sunny morning in the garden.

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We made hand-tied bouquets which you can see the instructions for right here.

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We had ranunculus, hyacinth, anemone, larkspur, buplerum, daffodils, dusty miller, myrtle, and queen anne’s lace.

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Waxflower always adds a nice wild flavor to arrangements.

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It’s so fun to see what combination each person comes up with!

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Here’s Elizabeth and her pretty pink bouquet of poppies, sweet pea, dusty miller, hyacinth and waxflower. The lovely larkspur from Fifty Flowers, on the right.

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Flower messes are always pretty, right?!

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Here Chelsea from Type A Press starts a bouquet of larkspur, scented geranium, and ranunculus.

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This is me gathering some flowers for my own little bouquet.

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Here’s lovely Alyssa with her bouquet of anemone, buplerum, ranunculus, hyacinth, muscari, and larkspur.

Thanks to everyone who attended the party! It was such a great way to start the weekend. Thank you to Fifty Flowers for sponsoring and to Lisa Warninger for the incredible photographs! Ad design by Scout’s Honor Co.

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A Workshop with Aran

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A few weekends ago, I traveled up to Seattle to teach a food photography and styling workshop with Aran of Cannelle et Vanille. It was so fun to collaborate with Aran and to share our process with a roomful of students! I styled two vignettes and Aran made food for them. The top one is an English-inspired tea party with a plate of Eton mess.

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Aran’s studio is just a dream of bright light and pastel colors.

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This vignette was inspired by saturated paintings in ink blue and berry red. Aran added a salad, roasted tomatoes and stacks of cheese.

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Aran and I walked students through a typical shoot. It was such a blast! Thanks to all the students who attended!

Photos by Elerflower Co. and top photo by The Bounty Hunter. Thank you to my intern Erica Gomez for assisting!