Friday Happy Hour: The Tom and Jerry

Winter time is hot milk punch time. Wait, what? Some people have a hard enough time wrapping their minds around any kind of hot punch. We’re just not used to it. So hot milk punch is just triply weird. But it wasn’t always this way. Milk punch used to be pretty popular, back in, you know, the 1700s and 1800s. It has survived till today, to varying degrees of authenticity, as Egg NogHot milk punch has survived too, at least in the Midwest, as the traditional Tom and Jerry cocktail. I found a recipe in the most recent issue of Imbibe Magazine and decided to give it a try. – Andrew

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Illustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper

The Tom and Jerry

1 oz Brandy or Bourbon
1 oz Aged Rum
2 oz Batter*
4 oz Hot Milk

Preheat a mug or glass by rinsing it with boiling water. Add all of the ingredients and whisk to combine. Garnish with freshly-grated nutmeg and cinnamon and enjoy!

* The Batter:

1 Cup Sugar
6 Eggs, Separated
Ground Cinnamon, Cloves, Allspice, and Nutmeg to Taste

Whisk together the egg yolks and sugar, then add the spices. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Fold the egg whites into the egg yolks, then refrigerate (for up to a week).

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The Tom and Jerry dates back to the 1820s, but really only survives today in places like Minnesota and Wisconsin. It does involve a fair amount of work – I highly recommend using an electric mixer and not trying to whisk those egg whites by hand – but it’s also pretty tasty, rich, creamy, and warming. It’s really fantastic for cold weather.

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And that batter. A lot of work goes into making it, and it’s hard to imagine making a single serving of the stuff. So most recipes, like this one, call for putting together big batches. Which means that this makes for a great holiday drink –you’re going to need some friends to help you put away all that batter and the resulting drinks.

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Two suggestions. First, you can make it even richer creamier by frothing the milk first. If you don’t have a steamer, you can always shake the milk and then microwave it, which will preserve some of the foam. Second, milk drinks always start out feeling a bit rough to me; there’s a harshness to them on the first sip. So let this one sit for a minute or two after mixing to let the flavors blend. Not so long that it loses its heat, but enough time to lose that rough edge.

PS – Don’t forget to look for more recipes, techniques, and vintage glassware finds on my Instagram account, @liquorary. This week, we’ve been playing around with persimmons.

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! Time seems to be moving faster and faster these days – I can’t believe Christmas is only three weeks away! This weekend we’re looking forward to catching up on some sleep (thanks again toddler and newborn). Next week I’m excited to share a few gift guide posts – although last year’s gift guides are still full of some great ideas and worth checking out – not to mention more holiday cards! But in the meantime…

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Photo by Giant Origami

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Check back soon for this week’s cocktail! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week! xoxo

DIY Tutorial: Handmade Stationery Holiday Gift Box Set

Every year, we try to make at least some of the gifts that we give to friends and family for the holidays. This year, we decided that giving them an all-in-one stationery kit would be perfect! Not only will they love having everything they might need at hand, it also encourages them to send more snail mail throughout the year! For this gift, we converted a little portable sketch box into a fabulous carry all for paper loveliness. We hope our friends and family like them (shh-don’t tell)-and we hope you do too! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Materials

Small Sketch Box, similar to this. We bought ours locally at Aaron Brothers. They told us that it is a regular in-store item.

Patterned Text Weight Paper in Lucy Floral

Cardstock, in Milkweed and Fuchsia

Monarch Envelopes, in kraft

Camellia Monogram Stamp Kit

Stamp Pads, Magenta and Peony

Divine Twine, in Silver

Self Healing Mat, Metal ruler and Craft Knife

Spray Adhesive

1/8 inch hole punch

Rubber Bands

Optional: Foil notebook, New and Vintage postage, Pens, Washi Tape, Gold Paper Clips

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Step One: Cut your papers. For this set, you will need 2 pieces of Lucy floral text paper (cut to 6.5″x10″), 6 pieces of Milkweed card stock (cut to 3.75″ x 7.25″ – should yield 12 cards) and 1 piece of fuchsia card stock (cut to 1.5″ x 3.5″). The smaller tags are the remnants from the Milkweed cards.

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Step Two: Next, you’ll want to stamp your monarch cards for the set. We included 12 cards and envelopes in our kit. Stamp the Camellia pattern stamp first in Peony ink, as shown, and then add the small leaves around it in Magenta ink. We love that every card is a little different! Set cards aside to dry.

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Step Four: Punch holes in your gift tags (fuchsia and milkweed) centering the hole on the small side of the card.

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Step Five: To add interest to the kit and to cover up the thumbhole in the “portable palette” part of the kit, you want to cover it with patterned paper. We purposefully cut our paper wider than the palette (6.5″ x 10″), applied spray adhesive to the back of the entire piece, laid the palette down to adhere, and then trimmed off the excess so that it’s fit was exact. Repeat this process for the second side.

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Step Six: We wanted to add some additional items to our kit that didn’t fit in the pre-sized containers below the palette. In order to fit them in, we decided to add rubber bands around the board. Not only are they handy, but we love that we were able to recycle the ones that we’ve been collecting from our grocery store takeout containers. We thought 3 was perfect for what we needed but feel free to use as few or many as you’d like!

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Step Seven: Now all that’s left is to fill the box! We had a ton of fun gathering coordinating items to include. We decided a notebook was good for jotting down thank you notes that need to be written, addresses, or simply quick thoughts.

We also included enough postage for 12 letters. We mixed vintage postage with new postage in a pretty garden theme.

What good is a gift tag without a way to tie it on? That’s why we included a length of silver metallic twine so that the recipient always had some good string at hand when wrapping gifts. Also included are some of our favorite felt tip pens as well as paper clips and of course, washi tape!

For an extra luxe gift, you could also consider including a return address stamp and stamp pad in the kit as well.

These boxes are easy to make and putting them together couldn’t be more fun! We love that every little bit can be customized to each person’s color preferences and stationery needs. We wish you happy DIY-ing this holiday season and hopefully we’ve inspired you to make some gifts this year too!

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Photos by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: Cast Calligraphy & Design

With the cold weather settling in and a fresh blanket of snow outside, I look towards my social media feeds for inspiration. I happened upon Cast Calligraphy on Instagram, and the work of Anna Boswell swept me off my feet. Cast Calligraphy, based in Bozeman, Montana, is essentially like a love letter to…well, letters. What started as a love for paper and weddings developed into a beautiful body of work. – Julie

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Anna’s work features a simple yet striking palettes and feather light strokes. Oh so very romantic, don’t you think?

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Even with these crisp, cool colours and lines, Anna’s wedding details give me the warm and fuzzies. Cast Calligraphy offers all kinds services including signage, business and personal stationery, on-site calligraphy, and  even envelope lining.

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Anna’s working on a brand new website with even more eye-candy for us all so be sure to check in with her! In the meantime, you can keep up with her work on her blog, Instagram, and Facebook.

Photo credits: 1, 3 (left) Maria Lamb; 2, 5, 6 (right) Anna Boswell; 3 (right) Jeremiah and Rachel Photography; 4 Orange Photographie; 6 (left) Reverie Supply

Seasonal Stationery: Holiday Gift Wrap and Tags

I’m a big fan of beautiful gift wrap, gift tags, and ribbon any time of year – but especially during the holidays! I keep track of my favorite gift wrap materials throughout the year right here, but today I’m rounding up a few favorites for the holiday season!

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1. Knot + Bow newsprint gift wrap (this pattern in collaboration with Linda & Harriett)

2. Sugar Paper colorful gift wrap and tags!

3. Angela Liguori’s loose weave metallic ribbon provides the perfect amount of sparkle

4. Moglea watercolor tags + gift wrap

5. Linda & Harriett gift tags

6. Minted gift wrap (love this pattern!)

7. Sycamore Street Press indigo gift wrap (also available in stripes!)

8. The most gorgeous plant dyed silk ribbon from Silk & Willow

9. Metallic marbled gift wrap from Anthropologie

10. Brainstorm screen printed sun moon and stars gift wrap

More gift wrap and tags right here! And I’m also still loving the selections from last year’s highlight!