CHOOSING LEATHER CHAIRS FOR A FAMILY ROOM

June 24, 2019

Guys we painted our (bad) wood beams and it has been an occasion of self reflection and RENEWAL. One of the biggest reasons we did it is because I found myself with an ever increasing desire for leather chairs in here and with the beams that would have been too much and too heavy. So the beams had to go.

Why do I love leather upholstery so much? Enough to change a major wood feature in the room to accommodate?

Well perhaps my most frequently asked question is how I keep my home clean with my increasingly large number of children and a big part of it is that I am loyal to pretty much only slipcovered or leather furniture. Other types of fabric may seem fun at first, especially if I see a piece that is indulge-y cute. But you must tell yourself: IT WON’T STAY THAT WAY. It will be ruined at the hand of the fulfilling, gritty work of motherhood.

So I liked the linen chairs, but they are too fragile for our lifestyle. Entertaining and hospitality is a requirement for my life or I would kind of die, and having leather chairs that are wipeable lets me be more a hostess and mom who keeps a tone that is welcoming and comfortable.

Our space where I wanted to fit two chairs is a little tight, so while I was shopping I was checking over measurements really carefully. Also I knew I wanted something with a higher back to add a little variety to our sofa and loveseat that have a low profile. My search started and ended with the internet bastion of remarkable mid-century furniture that is Article. These are the Nina chair from them. They have the right size seat so I can put two next to each other easily, TUFTING – WHICH I NEEDED SOME TUFTING IN THIS AND EVERY ROOM, and they are in my personal favorite shade of leather, a soft, buttery tan.

Every hide is like a fingerprint, so to me, the creases and wrinkling of leather make it more beautiful. (I have a memory in my mind of seeing Joanna Gaines on instagram stories walking back and forth on her new leather couch to pull the patina out faster!) I think leather furniture gets nicer the older it gets.

So for cleaning, I just wipe it with a cloth. It’s the actual best. And OCCASIONALLY opt to do a fluff of the cushions to maintain a little shape. Children playing with, around, over, beneath, on the cushions kind of generally gets that done too.

Now that they’re in, I am really pleased with a natural texture added in this space. With the bad wood detailing gone, the leather grounds everything and adds a warm, masculine, modern element I needed moving forward in here.

Next I’ve got a little table I am going to refurbish and ART ART ART has me thrifting whenever I can to fill the walls. Also wallpaper? What about wallpaper?

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OVERNIGHT BAKED FRENCH TOAST

June 20, 2019

We gather reoccuringly to celebrate meals – specifically breakfasts – that can be prepared the night before. An ode to you! This one, a baked french toast. If you forgot to prep it last night, you can still use this recipe today. BUT I do love the softness the toast gets from sitting overnight.

I like to make my french toast with half and half, which goes even nicer in this case where the fruit I have chosen to top my french toast with is peaches. So we have a PEACHES AND CREAM thing effortlessly happening. One of the most delightful flavor combinations!

Also for your information, another bite size baked french toast here, with cinnamon and sugar.

Overnight Baked French ToastOvernight Baked French Toast
Serves five to six

6 eggs
1 cup half and half
1 teaspoon vanilla
15 slices of bread
Turbinado sugar
Powdered sugar
Fruit
Maple syrup

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Whisk together eggs, half and half, and vanilla.

Arrange bread slices in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Pour egg mixture over bread. Sprinkle turbinado sugar on top (optional). Allow to sit in refrigerator overnight, or bake immediately.

Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Top with powdered sugar, fruit, and maple syrup.

OVERNIGHT BAKED FRENCH TOAST
 
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Ingredients
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 15 slices of bread
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Powdered sugar
  • Fruit
  • Maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Whisk together eggs, half and half, and vanilla.
  3. Arrange bread slices in a greased 9x13 baking dish. Pour egg mixture over bread. Sprinkle turbinado sugar on top (optional). Allow to sit in refrigerator overnight, or bake immediately.
  4. Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Top with powdered sugar, fruit, and maple syrup.

 

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BACON SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP

June 13, 2019

Oh, the versatility of a dip. Parties, appetizers, sports watching. Or on a night when we are having something light like grilled marinated chicken and salads, I make this dip with a good sliced baguette for something a little more, to keep everyone full and the meal hearty.

In my experience, kids love it because well, cheese and bread and BACON.

Extra toppings loaded in make this way elevated from your typical bland spinach and artichoke thing! I used bacon from Kiolbassa, a family owned smoked meats company in San Antonio.

Bacon Spinach Artichoke Dip
Serves eight

2 bulbs garlic
Olive oil
3/4 pound bacon (I use Kiolbassa’s hickory bacon)
16 ounces cream cheese
1 cup plain greek yogurt
1 cup grated parmesan
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1 cup chopped spinach
3/4 cup quartered artichoke hearts, chopped
A dash of red pepper flake
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3 green onions, sliced
Additional grated parmesan
Sliced baguette

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Slice top off of bulbs of garlic. Place in aluminum foil and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap aluminum foil around garlic. Place in oven and roasted for 40 minutes.

Place bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook until crispy, turning occasionally, about seven minutes. Chop bacon into crumbles.

In a stand mixer, combine cream cheese, greek yogurt, parmesan, mozzarella, spinach, artichoke, bacon (reserving some for topping), red pepper flake (optional), and pepper. Transfer mixture to a greased baking dish.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Top with green onion, additional bacon crumbles, additional grated parmesan, and roasted garlic. Served with sliced baguette.

BACON SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 bulbs garlic
  • Olive oil
  • ¾ pound bacon (I use Kiolbassa's hickory bacon)
  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • ¾ cup quartered artichoke hearts, chopped
  • A dash of red pepper flake
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • Additional grated parmesan
  • Sliced baguette
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Slice top off of bulbs of garlic. Place in aluminum foil and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap aluminum foil around garlic. Place in oven and roasted for 40 minutes.
  3. Place bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook until crispy, turning occasionally, about seven minutes. Chop bacon into crumbles.
  4. In a stand mixer, combine cream cheese, greek yogurt, parmesan, mozzarella, spinach, artichoke, bacon (reserving some for topping), red pepper flake (optional), and pepper. Transfer mixture to a greased baking dish.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Top with green onion, additional bacon crumbles, additional grated parmesan, and roasted garlic. Served with sliced baguette.

 

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