My Favorite Baking Accessories

Fall is here and that means I’m ramping up for baking season. I already have a few orders and I am so excited to create art in baked treat form.

I have been baking for a few years now and there are items that I swear by. Since I get a lot of questions about my baking utensils I use, I decided to share them all here. Clicking on the picture will take you directly to the site to purchase. 😉

Marble Pastry Slab

If you have been following along on my IG then this marble slab probably looks familiar. I literally use it to roll out all of my dough and use as a prop to photograph my baked treats.

Marble Rolling Pin

Of all the rolling pins I own this is my absolute favorite. I use it almost every time I bake something. The marble prevents he dough from sticking and it’s easy to clean.

Glass Heritage Jars

I keep all of my primary baking ingredients in these jars, except brown sugar. There are no seals on these jars, so I keep my brown sugar in one of my copper lid jars that has a seal.

Ruffled Pie Dish

If you’ve been following along with me then it’s no secret I love white. These pie dishes are classic and simple, just how I like it. I have baked dozens of pies in these as well as the individual sized ones and they have never chipped or discolored.

Simple White Cake Stand

 

All-Purpose Scoop

I love the simplicity and sturdiness of these scoops. These are the scoops in all my glass canisters.

Ruffled Individual Pie Dish
French Rolling Pin
Copper Lid Sealed Jar

These are the jars I keep items like brown sugar in because they have a seal. They are amazing and it fits right in with the copper trend I am seeing.

Flour Sack Tea Towels

After purchasing the first set of these I donated all of my other tea towels. They are so absorbent and clean very easily. Bonus, I use them as props in a lot of my baking photos.

Rectangle Cooling Rack
Round Cooling Rack

I LOVE this cooling rack. It’s great for photographing. Note, I would not recommend putting it in the dishwasher. Hand wash only.

Collapsible Funnel

This collapsible funnel is so versatile and has been used 100 times over. My husband liked it to, which is why I had to buy a second one. ☺️

Copper Measuring Cups
Copper Measuring Spoons
Kitchen Aid Pro Mixer

This is the ultimate baking accessory for an avid baker. I live by this thing. It was actually a gift to my hubby after graduating culinary school. However, I have taken it over.

Fall Pie Cutters
Fall Pie Cutters
Floral Pie Cutters
Winter Pie Cutters

Give me ALL THE PIE CUTTERS! I am not ashamed to say I use these every time I bake a pie. I know it is simple to use these to design pretty pies, but there is a lot of thought and art that goes with that. 

 

Pastry Brushes

 

Now you know all of my baking utensil secrets. I own all of these items and I swear by all of them. If you have any questions about any of the items please feel free to comment below.

Please note, all of these photos were taken directly from the site purchased from and are not mine.

Until next time. Xo

Autumn Home Tour 2017

Welcome to the Autumn Home Tour! If you are coming from Sarah’s blog @dreamingofhomemaking I’m sure you are still in awe. Isn’t her bedroom stunning?!? I am so inspired by her and the other accounts we are teamed up with. ❤️

My favorite season is here! Fall! 🍁 What’s not to love? The crisp air, the colorful leaves, boots, apple cider, festivals, I mean the list goes on and on.

I waited a little longer than normal to start decorating our home for fall this year, but life happens. Am I rite? However, the house is all decked out in fall now, and that’s what matters. 😉

Woods, whites,  and greenery are staples in our home, no matter what season. I went with simple touches of white mini-pumpkins and fresh eucalyptus to welcome my favorite season.

Kitchen

The kitchen is my favorite room in our home. My bed asleep is a close second. 😉

I love mixing old and new items. The old brass candlesticks were my great grandmothers. I found them in my parent’s basement when I went to visit during the holidays last year and my mom gave them to me. The crock was a $25 find at a thrift shop.

I have done tons of DIY projects but my most favorite of all are the open shelves in the kitchen. They really opened up the room and gave me a convenient place to put my baking necessities so I can bake things like this.

The best part about the open shelves, they cost me a total of $55! I get a ton of messages about them and when I tell them the price they are flabbergasted! Cray cray right? CLICK HERE for the full tutorial on my DIY open shelves.

 

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Dining Room

If there was one thing I wish I was better at it would be gardening. It’s not that I don’t think I could plant a garden. It’s more about the maintenance and attentiveness needed. Maybe one day…

So until then, I will use my terra-cotta pots for tablescaping. 😂

I am in love with the 2 gallon Vintage Galvanized Watering Can with Wood Handle that I scored at Amazon. After I am done using it as a centerpiece, I will definitely use it for reals.

 

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Living Room

One of the things that genuinely makes me happy is having fresh flowers in the house. No matter how many times I redecorate, I will always see fresh flowers. I buy a majority of our flowers from Trader Joes. They are super inexpensive compared to a floral shop.

I really didn’t fall-ify this room, just added more house plants and Lightening McQueen. ⚡️

 

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Entryway

I made this wreath last year and I still love it! The one I originally wanted from Pottery Barn was more money than I was willing to spend, so I made it at a fraction of the cost. The tutorial is HERE.

This space is more bare than I prefer, but I have a hard time styling this space. Maybe one day I will figure it out.

 

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That’s a wrap! I hope you leave here feeling inspired. Xo

 

Next stop on the Autumn Home Tour is Meeghan @caligirlinasouthernworld! Her home is nothing shy of breathtaking so make sure you to head on over by clicking the picture below.

Meeghan

 

Make sure to check out the other autumn home tours as well. Click on any photo below to be directly taken to that bloggers autumn home tour.

Marci
Christina
Areeba
Sarah
Anam
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Fall Tablescape 2017

Oh Fall, how I love you. 🍂 Fall has always been my favorite season. Big sweaters, colorful leaves, hot apple cider, crisp air in the morning, I mean what’s not to love. 🍁

Every year I usually decorate for the season with whites, woods, & neutrals, but this year I stepped outside my home decor color comfort zone and added pops of color.

Emerald green is my absolute favorite color so when I found the green glasses from Anthropologie I knew I wanted them to be the focal point of my fall tablescape. Aren’t they dreamy? 😍

Side note, I built our table from scratch. I still can’t believe it. It’s simple, yet my favorite piece of furniture in our home, because it was made with love. ❤️

For the centerpiece I originally wanted artichokes with the stems to add to the vase, but I had no luck finding any, so I went with Protenia (a tropical flower that resembles an artichoke), white hydrangeas, and green foliage. I was able to find a few artichokes at the store in good condition. so I added them to the base of the centerpiece.

BTW, isn’t this pillow to die for? My sweet friend Rachel makes the most amazing pillows of EVER. Seriously.

Well friends, that’s it for this post. I hope you leave feeling inspired to decorate for the upcoming season. Make sure to check out the other hosts AMAZING tablescapes on the #falltabletopbloghop Each host is listed below. Click their name to hop to their blog.

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April – @sweetkentuckyholler

Bethany @crispcollectiveig

Rachel – @rachelelizabethcreates

Jackie @sawdustangelwood

Meeghan @caligirlinasouthernworld

Dara @hoodcreeklogcabin

Creating an Organized Home Part Two – Bathroom

In part one I explained why I decided to do this series, but for all of you that hasn’t had a chance to read it, here’s a quick recap.

I am always misplacing items and then creating an even bigger mess trying to find said item. It’s a vicious cycle. Clean. Misplace item. Destroy home looking for said item. Repeat. Anyone relate?!? Well if you do, then this series is for you! I have made an effort to get more organized in life, so I am sharing my journey, tips, and tricks of how I am accomplishing this. One room at a time. Part one covered the kitchen. You can get all the details from part one HERE. For part two I am talking bathroom organization.

We recently renovated our master bathroom, so organizing it wasn’t so bad. It was actually fun. But before the renovation (click HERE for that post), we stuffed whatever, where-ever, then when I needed something like a bandaid, hair tie, or curling iron, I would make a huge mess trying to get to said item.

We don’t have a medicine cabinet or much storage space, so I had to get creative with organizing.

My favorite item to help keep our home organized is glass canisters. We literally have like 30 canisters throughout the house and they are all put to good use.

I use the canisters in the bathroom to store: soap, sponges, my makeup brushes, cotton balls, q-tips, & bath bombs.

I also keep all my beauty & skincare samples in a canister. I use to be a BirchBox member which is why I have so many. If you don’t know what BirchBox is, it’s a subscription where they send you several samples of skincare & beauty products each month. I cancelled the subscription, but by that time, I had so many samples that I had to do something with them. So in a glass canister they went.

All of the canisters (minus the one with all the samples) are housed on our open shelves. If you’ve been following a long with me then you’ll know my love for open shelves. They are a great way to stay organized in spaces with limited storage. They are also convenient and keep frequently used items in view.

For my hair ties, curling iron, and hair dryer I use command strips on the inside of the cabinet doors. It makes it super quick and easy to do my hair in the morning without making a bunch of noise. My husband is a chef so he gets to sleep in a little later then I do, so I try to be as quiet as possible. Which never really happens. My hubby says I’m like a bull in a china shop. 😂 Anyway…

I love the idea of the command strips on the inside of the door because they are right there when I open the doors and they aren’t taking up the limited space on the counter.

Side note, I’ve had the same beat up hair dryer since I was a teenager! Seriously that thing is ancient, but it works, and that’s what matters. Moving along…

A great way to keep your makeup organized is by a container with multiple compartments. I bought the one below at the container store for $15 several years ago and it does a great job of keeping my makeup organized. In one compartment I keep all my lip makeup, in another all my face makeup, and in the other all eye makeup. Doing this has made it so much easier then pilfering through a drawer trying to find my mascara.

Because the limited space in here, I keep a majority of our towels in a linen closet that is next to our boys bedrooms. But I do keep a couple in the master bathroom because it never fails that my hubby or me forgets a towel and then when one of us gets out of the shower we are yelling at the other person to bring a towel. So to solve the towel dilemma, I put hooks in the wall to hold the towels. I also use a wire basket that holds the hand towels that sits on the toilet next to my makeup container.

We also have a container that is under the sink where we keep all our medicine, supplements, and first aid supplies. I have canisters to keep all like items together. Hair care items are kept in one and first aid supplies in another.

Tip: keeping like items together in a container will help prevent clutter and save you time when looking for something.

Basically canisters, command strips, and wall hooks are the glue that keeps our bathroom organized.

Well friends that’s it for this post. I hope you enjoyed it. For part three I will be covering how to stay organized at the office/on-the-go. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Until next time. Xo

 

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