Roasted Cauliflower with Olives and Raisins

If you're looking for that easy, go to recipe for the numerous potluck and holiday events you'll be attending over the next month, this dish is a great option.  My friend Grace and I spent an afternoon cooking and styling this delicious meal that takes advantage of the cool seasons bounty of the cruciferous veggies that are plentiful this time of year. 

Ingredients

1 lg. head of cauliflower (around 8 cups of  florets, chopped) 

1/2 lg. red onion coarsely chopped 

1/4. cup slivered almonds 

1/4 cup sliced (quartered) olives (garlic-stuffed, if possible)

1/4 cup raisins 

Salt and pepper

Olive oil 

2 Tbsp. parsley 

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Heat oven to 425F. Place parchment paper or aluminum foil on a large rimmed baking sheet and lightly coat with olive oil. 

Cut cauliflower into bite-sized florets. Spread cauliflower and chopped onion across the baking sheet. Drizzle and toss with olive oil, until lightly coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to season.

Roast 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway, until the edges are browned and the cauliflower is fork-tender.

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While the cauliflower and onions are roasting, toss the almonds into a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring regularly, until almonds are golden brown and give off a rich, toasty fragrance. 

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When the roasted cauliflower and onion are done cooking, place in a large bowl.  Mix in the olives, raisins and parsley. Sprinkle with the toasted almonds. Serves 4-5 as a side dish.

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Photographs courtesy of GraceD Photos

For more delicious, seasonally inspired dishes, check out my friend Grace's blog Food, Fitness, Fresh Air

One Room Challenge-Week Six

We're almost to the finish line at week six of the One Room Challenge! Thank goodness for an extra week to pull everything together.   In all honesty, the room is pretty much done as I had to have it complete for my awesome photographer to come and capture the space earlier this week.  If you're just checking in your can see the progression via week one, week two, week three, week four, and week five.  This week I'm sharing those last major pieces to go into the room before all the finishing pretty touches are added for the reveal...

First up was getting the new Ikea VALLENTUNA piece into the room.  Since we are going to use this space as a multifunctional room, I thought this was a versatile piece that could function as a nice lounging piece or a bed for guests.  It's a modular system that is slipcovered, so all the parts can be easily washed and it comes apart in smaller pieces, which was also important since we're in an older home with smaller staircases and doorways. 

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I chose the light grey slipcover that complemented the mural well and also looks great against the green walls.  I love the modern lines of the piece, they add a little tension against some of the more traditional elements in the room.  The piece went together easily and seems really sturdy.  I've already been snuggling myself into those high arms. And of course Shelby thinks that we're just doing the whole room up for her :) 

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The bottom portions of the sofa slide out like a drawer to reveal a support that the cushion then unfolds on to create the bed.  This simple design is ingenious!

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Down came the boob light and up went and older West Elm fixture that we've moved from two other houses...we've typically have had it in our dining room, but I thought it would be fun to have it in this room.  It adds more of the modern element that I want to infuse into the space. The fixture didn't always have the gold interior shades, I got a wild hair years ago when I first bought it and gold leafed the insides of the shades for some contrast.  

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Ultimately I think I'll have to have a smaller down rod made for it as it hangs a tad lower than I'd like it to (we only have 8' ceilings).  At 6 feet tall I can walk under it ok, but anyone much taller might bump their head...good thing this is not a high traffic space! 

I also made some progress on this little side table.  It's an old bubble gum stand that I've had for years, I think I bought it for $20 at an antique festival in Florida.  I gave it a fresh coat of matte black paint and bought a pre-made top at Lowes (don't judge) that I gave a quick whitewash treatment to. 

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We also installed a dimmer control switch in the space.  Whenever possible I think it's a little luxury to add a dimmer to a space so that the lighting can be controlled throughout the day.  We ended up going with Lutron's Caseta dimmer which can be controlled via a remote as well as smart devices like iPhones or even the Alexa device.  We primarily did this so that we can control the lights when we are out of town instead of adding timers to our outlets, but it will also be nice to be able to adjust the lighting without having to get up every time.  Plus, our guest can use the remote (or their iPhones) for turning off the lights without having to get out of bed. A little luxury  that will hopefully go a long way in the space.  We hope to add more of these switches to other rooms as time goes by. 

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All the little details for the room are coming together as well, here's a little sneak peek of some of the pieces coming in....

Beautiful weaving from my friend Sara of The Forest Fern.

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Some midcentury glass goodness from Scout and Annie

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All the cozy pillows...including the beautiful printed one from fellow artist Made of Cloth.

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And of course....plants :) 

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That's it for this week!  Thanks so much for following along and be sure to catch up with the progress  with the featured designers here and all the other guest participants spaces via the One Room Challenge Blog.  Hope to see you for the final reveal next week! 

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Holiday Collaboration: Veak Ceramics

Collaborating, encouraging, and lifting others up has been on our minds this year and so in that vein, we reached out to three artists and designers to team up and bring you our holiday gift packages that are a combination of each of our unique skill sets. 

From the moment I saw Sarah’s work I had an instant connection. The intention with which she creates her pieces, letting the material speak to her and guide her in it’s formation is much like the pieces that we create in wood.  She has a keen interest in the human experience with art and food and strives to make work that engages the senses with it’s texture, color, and form, and most importantly, that it brings loved ones together for a meal and “merges the human appetite for both nourishment and beauty.” 

Last year Sarah reached out to us about a collaboration.  It was almost holiday at the time, and were were in the midst of moving to Philly, so we tucked the idea away as something we knew we wanted to do in the near future.  The year went on and my obsession for ceramics grew :) When the holidays started to roll around, we knew we wanted Sarah to be part of our first set of collaborative collections.  As a designer, I am continually fascinated with the mix and play of materials and thinking about combining the cool, organic feel of clay with the warm smoothness of wood felt like a perfect match.  

 

Sarah was born and raised in the southeast and apprenticed with studio potter Renata Wadsworth, where she learned the art of ceramics from throwing pots to building and firing a wood kiln.  Through the years, Sarah has spent time in various studios developing her work and exploration of ceramics.  Sarah recently moved to Kansas City where there is a thriving ceramics community and I’m feeling pretty excited for a meetup next time I’m in town. 

Photo Credit: Sarah Veak Ceramics

Photo Credit: Sarah Veak Ceramics

For our holiday gift set with Sarah we have paired one of her ceramic dipping bowls and one of our hand turned round serving boards in either walnut or figured cherry. The dipping bowl is hand thrown and features a matte white glaze with etched details in a contrasting black glaze, perfect for your favorite sauces, spreads, and snacks.  The round boards make prepping snacks and serving a pleasure and they're perfect for layering with other arrangements and make a stunning display when not in use; crafted of one solid piece of wood that shimmers in the light, it can also be used as a cutting board as well.  

If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift created with consideration and intention and will offer lasting service to your gatherings for years to come, this is it.  Head to our online shop to see more and happy, happy, holidays, we’re glad you’re here! 

Midwest Adventures

A year ago today Adam and were frantically loading the remainder of our belongings, pups, and plants into our SUV and trailer in preparation for our two day drive to our new home in Philadelphia.  We were leaving Norfolk, Nebraska where we had lived for 18-months; headed off on the next adventure.  Even though our time there was short, we made many dear friends and were able to be closer to Adam's family.  We had received a small batch of walnut whilst living there that was gorgeous.  It was really great to work with, and I started thinking that maybe it would be worth taking a road trip out there to get more of it.  After months of pondering, loosely (very loosely) planning, I ended up driving out for a visit in August with friends and family, a show in Omaha, a pop-up in Kansas City, and retrieval of the much coveted walnut.  The quest for walnut turned into a whirlwind of events teetering between exhilaration and exhaustion.

For the first leg of the trip I headed to Norfolk, I spent a couple days visiting old friends and gathering blooms for the upcoming show: Hutchfest in Omaha.  Simpler Thymes farm is just outside of town and I discovered it right before I moved last year, it's a beautiful property with a great old stone house that reminds me of Philly.  The owners always spend time visiting with you, and they have several bee hives and sell honey, so it is a great place for good conversation and tasty treats.  After collecting flowers with a friend, we went back to her place and started arranging them in simple mason jars for the show. 

A few snippets from HutchFest in Omaha, sponsored by the great interiors shop Hutch 

Some toodle-ing around in Omaha & Lincoln at some of my favorite places including Mulhall's (one of the best nurseries I've been to), Home & Closet vintage, farmer's market at Aksarben, I picked up some of my favorite condiments from The Grey Plume (the onion marmalade and whole grain mustard are some of my favorites) as well as hanging out with my pal, Kathleen and her sweet family.

It was an absolute treat to spend part of TWO different days hanging out with my friend Kathleen of Thinking Smaller.  We worked together when I lived in Nebraska and she is a passionate advocate for the handmade and local community.  I always feel like I can just pick up right where I left off with her, plus, we share a deep love of all things pastry, so we're obviously kindred spirits. Favorite spots we popped in at included Le Petit Paris (best croissants, ever), Kitchen Table (everything is delicious), and Bean Smith Coffee Roasters (try the Ethiopia Kochere).

Mornings spent playing in nature...

A overnight in my college town, Lawrence, Kansas at my friends 1800's home with the best outdoor lawn art, and then over to Hun's Garden to pick more flowers for our pop-up with Coveted Home later that day. 

We had a little pop-up shop at our Kansas City stockist, Coveted Home shop, it was a great night meeting new friends, with music, drinks, and treats from Ashleigh's Bake Shop.

An of course, the impetus for the trip, the walnut gathering. The road in to the building was blocked off, so we ended up taking the long route through the long grass and hills, past the cows and rattlesnakes (!!), stopping often to make sure we weren't going to get stuck in a muddy spot. My brother-in-law was super gracious to venture through all of this, thanks Tait! 

Thoughtful butterknife pairings

Mother’s Day is just around the corner!  Elevate the humble butter knife to a thoughtful, personalized gift that she’s sure to remember with these five ideas, and if you’ve already settled on a Mother’s Day gift, these ideas can still be great for weddings, birthdays, housewarming gifts and more!

 

A fresh loaf of bread from your local bakery paired with a butterknife makes

for a thoughtful and tasty gift. 

Pair a butterknife with a great set of napkins, wrap with a bit of twine and a sprig

of fresh herbs or leaves from your garden.

Make up a batch of your favorite jam, spread, or compound butter.

 If you’re in a pinch for time, stop by your nearest farmstand and grab a jar. 

Bake up a batch of fresh scones or muffins, wrap with a scrap of fabric and tie it up

with some simple twine, a butterknife, and a sprig of something green.  

No time to bake?  Pair your butterknife with a small board and your favorite handwritten recipe.

Feeling inspired to up your gift-giving game?

Ready to put smile on someone’s face and make them feel extra special?

Head over to the shop and pick out your favorite piece for someone you love.

xo, Nicole

Get to Know Us! Art Star Blog Post

We’re honored to be featured on the Art Star blog today as part of their series highlighting the artists that will be participating in the upcoming Art Star Craft Bazaar Show, May 7th and 8th at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.  We’re excited that this show is part of our lineup for the spring season and even more excited to meet all of YOU Philly folks.  Stop by to say “hi”, pet the wood  and enter our giveaway for a chance to win one of our pieces!  Hope you see you there!

Check out the Art Star post at:

http://www.artstarphilly.com/meet-the-maker-nicole-and-luke-of-vestige-home/

Photo Credit: Lauren Gibson Photography

Photo Credit: Lauren Gibson Photography

Food & Wine Feature

We’re honored that the blue black salt cellar has been featured in the Editors Top 10 “Objects of Our Obsession” for the February 2016 issue of Food & Wine Magazine! Special thanks to Style Editor Suzie Meyers and all of you out there who support quality, handmade goods. It’s a stunning issue, packed with all sort of fabulous cozy winter recipes and beautifully photographed, tons of info and eye candy!!  We highly suggest picking up an issue at your local newstand.