Southern Weddings, Issue 4

Many thanks to the editors of Southern Weddings for including me in their latest issue!

I was asked to reimagine my wedding in true southern wedding style, along with some of my favorite fellow bloggers.  Click the cover image above for a sneak peek at the article, and check out the latest issue on newsstands now!

Stationery Trends – Fall 2011

Many thanks to the editors of Stationery Trends for asking me to contribute to their Fall 2011 issue!

Read the full article here!

Friday Happy Hour: Hot Apple Toddy

The Toddy is a drink that has stood the test of time, dating back to the American Colonial period.  It’s delicious, smooth, and – when made hot – keeps the cold at bay better than most anything else.  This version incorporates both apples, making it sweeter and fruitier, and apple brandy, a quintessentially American liquor.  Looking for something to keep you warm this fall?  A drink to follow Thanksgiving dinner?  This is your drink.

Read below for the recipe!

Hot Apple Toddy

2 oz Applejack or Apple Brandy
1/4 oz simple syrup
1/4 oz honey
1 splash lemon juice
4 oz boiling water
1/2 of a baked apple

Slice an apple in half and bake it in the oven at 350° for 30-45 minutes until soft.  Peel off the apple skin (it should come off easily once baked), combine the apple with all the liquid ingredients except the water and muddle together until the apple has dissolved into pulp.  A pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon can work well here.  Strain into a mug or a tempered glass and – the best part on a cold night – add the boiling water (a little at a time if you’re using a glass to avoid cracking).  Garnish with an apple slice or cinnamon stick and drink piping hot.  Enjoy the feeling of warmth returning to frozen limbs.


If you’re in a rush, you can always skip the baked apple.  A Hot Toddy, made from spirits, sugar, and hot water is pretty great with or without the fruit.

A note on spirits: You can make this drink with brandy or whiskey, but applejack or apple brandy make this a drink our earliest forebears would have enjoyed on a cold night on the frontier.  Pretty much everyone back then was making and drinking applejack.  Applejack was traditionally made by freeze distillation: fermented apple cider would be frozen in winter, the ice skimmed off periodically to reduce the water content and increase the proof until you had brandy.  When John Chapman, better known today as Johnny Appleseed, traveled around the country in the early 1800s planting apple orchards, he planned to sell them to settlers not so they could bake pies, but so they could make, sell, and drink applejack.

It’s not so easy to get real applejack these days.  Laird’s sells a liquor and calls it applejack, but it’s really a blend of apple brandy and (mostly) neutral spirits, which means a lot of the color and flavor is added artificially.  Look for an unblended, aged apple brandy or Calvados.  You’ll get pretty much the same flavor and body, though they’re not freeze distilled.

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  This week was a lot of fun, from a date night with my husband to hanging out with Kyle from Power + Light Press in her Moveable Type Truck last night!  You might remember Kyle’s letterpress kickstarter project from last year, and she’s spending a few days in the DC area this week.  So if you want to see what this letterpress business is all about (and try out a couple of presses yourself), you can go visit Kyle near the Dupont Circle metro this afternoon from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. or go see her in Baltimore this weekend!  For folks outside of the DC area, check out the rest of her tour dates right here.  But in the meantime…

This is the print that I made last night with Kyle.  Willie Nelson was playing a concert across the street.  Ha!

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

A big welcome to the newest Designer Rolodex members!

  • Spark
  • The Pressroom & Co.

That’s it for me this week!  We’ve got a fun cocktail recipe coming up a bit later this afternoon – but here’s a hint: it’ll help keep you warm!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

{photo by me}

Bridal Party Cards from Studio SloMo

How great are these wedding party cards from Studio SloMo?  Such a sweet way to ask your close friends and family to support you on your big day.  My little niece recently started to read, and I can just imagine the look on her face if she got one of the cards asking her to be a flower girl. (She was the flower girl at my wedding a few years ago and was such an adorable little ham!)  Sarah created a card for each member of the bridal party, incorporating a lovely script and some cute pink overprinting details.

Thanks Sarah!

Photo Credits: Studio SloMo

*Studio SloMo is one of my fab­u­lous spon­sors; for more on my edi­to­r­ial poli­cies please click here.