Tea or Coffee?

Are you a tea or coffee fan? I personally enjoy both! Coffee most mornings and tea the rest of the day! There are so many flavors and varieties out there that it is both wonderful and overwhelming, so to help you out, here are some of my favorites!

(Please note, these are my personal opinions and recommendations, I have not received anything from these tea companys.)

I do love a variety of Twining’s of London tea. I can usually find a small variety at a local grocery store, but usually I just order them directly from the company. If you sign-up for their newsletter, they will send you codes for discounts and free-shipping.

Black tea blend from Twinnings of London
Christmas Tea from Twinings of London
My favorites from Twinings are:

Another company that I get a bunch of tea from Harney & Sons. I have nevered ordered from their website, instead I purchase their loose leaf teas from Tea Thyme in Door County… they ship too! Harney sells their teas bagged as well if you prefer.

My favorites from Harney & Sons are:

Of course, their are so many other wonderful teas and choices out there, but these are the ones I always have on hand!

Do you have a favorite tea? Let me know, I’d love to try something new as well!

Looking for a gift for a tea drinker? Check out some of my favorite tea related items!

Happy Sipping!

Ahh, the Smell of Homemade Bread!

I know for most people, bread is the devil. It goes against everyone’s diet plan, but let’s be honest… it’s the BEST! There is nothing like warm bread with a little butter on a crisp fall (or winter) day. There is something cozy about the smell of bread baking in the oven. I even know a person who bakes bread just for the aroma and never eats it!

I am a bread person myself, though I’ll admit to trying to limit it. However, baking bread I just find enjoyable. Whether you are using a bread machine or your own hands, there are so many good recipes out there to enjoy.

When having people over for dinner… perhaps one of the upcoming holiday dinners… it’s nice to have homemade bread on the table for all to enjoy. So here is one of my fail-safe, so easy to make recipes that I use over and over.

100% Whole Wheat and Super Simple to Make, from An Oregon Cottage blog.

I found this recipe at An Oregon Cottage blog. It is amazing and is 100% whole wheat! This bread is super easy to make and only takes 1 rising and you can use a mixer with a dough hook to knead it as well. If you are nervous about making your own bread, then you’ll definitely want to check out the blog as she even has a step-by-step tutorial. Just want the recipe, find it on An Oregon Cottage blog here, or follow me on Pinterest!

From An Oregon Cottage

First time making bread? Then you might need a few items. Here are a few recommendations to get you started!

Want to keep your recipe? Check out my Recipe Cards sold at Etsy!

Recipe Cards
Printed 10 pk Recipe Cards

Also, are you planning a dinner party? Keep organized with my simple, one-page, Party Planner (also, sold at Etsy). This sheet helps you keep track of your guests, menus and more… you’ll love it!

Party Planning sheet to keep you organized!
Modern Nautical Party Planning Sheet

Looking for some other great recipes to try out? I love baking and making some desserts, so try out my Guinness Cupcakes, or some Pumpkin Cheesecake, or even some Vanilla inspired recipes!

Happy Baking!

Young Readers

Did  you know that today is Young Readers Day? I personally was unaware of such a day, but quite glad it exists! I love reading and I am encouraging the love of books within my children. I feel it is important at every age to slow down from our crazy lives, pull out a book and focus on a new story or lesson. Some books can take you to another part of the world, others a walk through time, which ever you prefer is wonderful!

Looking for a good book, check out our list!

Sometimes though its hard to know what to read. With so many books out their it can be difficult. Just this week I found my self at the library trying to find a new book. As I happen to be scrolling the shelves, two other ladies began perusing the same aisle. All three of use unsure of what to pick. Sometimes the titles don’t grab us and we’ve been taught never to pick a book by its cover, so how does one choose? How do you choose?

I tend to follow recommendations. Thankfully, I have a great group of friends who all enjoy reading, but they each like very different genres. I will also check out recommendations on Goodreads or the newspaper. Also, if I like a book by an author, I will see what else they may have written too.

Grab a book

But since it is Young Readers Day after all. I will share a few of my favorite YA books.

Do you help your children pick out books? How do you help them? What kind of books are they interested in? Here’s a few that I’ve enjoyed sharing with my children.

Are you looking for a book yourself? Check out some of my nautical picks here! or check out the following list:

Grab a book and start reading

Do you have a favorite book? Let me know in the comments below! I’m always listening for recommendations!

Thinking of giving a book as a gift? Check out our FREEBIE page, for a free download to help keep your gifts organized!

Gift List and Party Serving

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Vanilla Cupcake Day!

When I found out that their is a Vanilla Cupcake day, I was quite happy! I LOVE vanilla cupcakes and treats. I can’t help it! I know some people think its boring, or not flavorful enough, but I disagree. Vanilla is subtle,  decadent and delicious!  Vanilla is also a great base flavor to jump off off. Don’t believe me, check out my Champagne Cupcakes cupcakes!

However, if you want to try your hand at some decadent vanilla cupcakes, this is my latest go-to recipe. It is the Moist Vanilla Cupcakes from the blog Life, Love and Sugar. Check out the recipe on their blog or find it by following me on Pinterest!

Moist Vanilla Cupcakes by Life, Love and Sugar

But when making cupcakes, you will need a few supplies, so I’ve scoured Amazon for some great deals on what you need to make your cupcakes perfect. Check out some of the items below.

And don’t forget to keep your new favorite recipe for years and generations to come! Check out our Modern Nautical Recipe Cards sold at Etsy. You’re going to love them.

Nautical Recipe Cards
Modern Nautical Recipe Cards sold at Etsy

November Freebies!

I can’t believe it’s already the first weekend of November! Time sure does fly. However, I’ve noticed a change in my mailbox lately, there seem to be A LOT more shopping catalogs; which, of course, can only mean one thing… the holiday/shopping season is upon us!

Now, I’m not a big fan of the holiday’s, (I know, I know, but I have my reasons!) but I love giving gifts and taking advantage of all the great sales to be had! With the change of the season into winter, I also enjoying have friends over for cozy dinner parties too.

Gift List and Party Serving

Perhaps you are already planning your Thanksgiving dinner, or starting your Christmas shopping, but are not quite sure where to start. With that in mind, I’m so excited to release the freebies for this month. I’m excited about them and I hope you are too!

Yes, I said freebies, as in plural. As in two, to be exact!

The first is to help with your dinner party planning and that is a Party Serving Amount printable (download here). Sometimes its hard to figure out how much of a good thing should be served, so here is a guide that I use in planning my own gatherings.

Meal Planning
Party Serving Amounts

Next up is a Gift List, perfect for when you need to get a bunch of gifts for that family reunion or Christmas. This can be used year round if needed… I do! I use it to keep a running list of gift ideas or gifts I’ve purchased for friends and family. It helps to keep me organized and I’m sure it will do the same for you too! (Download here!)

Gift List
Gift Shopping List

You may download these from this page, or check out our FREEBIES page for these and other free downloadable sheets.

Don’t forget to check out our Party Planning sheets at Etsy!

Need some suggestions finding a gift, check out some of my posts for some great finds and gift giving ideas!

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October Recap

October has been a wonderful and busy month. The weather turned to fall, the colors of the trees began to pop and change, I was able to go up to Washington Island one more time and of course, take lots of pictures!

I know that I’m not the only one who was busy, so if you where quite busy this month and didn’t have a chance to check out my latest posts, here’s a quick recap of the month:

October Freebie

  • Smore’s Menu (see post here)

    S’mores Menu

New Photography Posts

  • Washington Island Photos (see post here)
  • Door County Photo Tour (see post here)
    Washington Harbor, aka School House Beach, Washington Island, WI

    Grass reeds at Rowleys Bay, Ellison Bay

New Recipe Posts

  • Smore’s (see post here)
  • Top 5 Dessert Recipes (see post here)
  • Favorite Pumpkin Recipes (see post here)
    S’mores Menu

    Pumpkin Pie
    No Bake Pumpkin Pie

New Gift & Shopping Ideas

  • Fall Finds (see post here)
  • Crazy Socks (see post here)
  • Anniversary Gifts (see post here)
    Fall Finds: Plaid Shoes!
    Crazy Socks

    Anniversary Gift Idea: Personalized Slate Tray

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram (@roguewavedesigns) and on Pinterest (roguewavedesigns) for other great photos and ideas!

Looking for some organizing items, check out RogueWaveDesignsCo on Etsy!

Meal Planning and Grocery List
Meal Planning Sheet sold at Etsy

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Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

October has always been one of my favorite months. I think it is one of the most beautiful with the brilliant fall colors and the cool crisp air. Thirteen years ago another reason was made for it to be my favorite month… I got married to my wonderful husband. Now, I’m not going to gush on and on, but I can’t believe its has been 13 years! In that time, we’ve had 2 children, numerous pets and lots of fun. We are also blessed with very supportive families who are very generous and have given us many wonderful gifts.

I know that gift giving can be stressful, so if are trying to come up with ideas for your favorite couple, here’s a good starting point!

If you are looking for something practical, restaurant gift cards are always appreciated. My husband enjoys Home Depot/Menards gift cards too. One practical gift I received was a new set of bathroom towels. After 10 years, it was nice to get a new, plush set!

 Ralph Lauren Wescott Bath Towels

One of my favorite gifts that we received was for our 12th anniversary. We were given concert tickets to see The Lumineers! It was wonderful… dinner out, no kids, great music… perfect to reconnect and just enjoy each other’s company.

This one I just got this year and am LOVING it! It is the wireless home speaker: Bose Soundlink Revolve. It was so easy to set up and the sound is just amazing (it comes in white too!).

Bose Soundlink Revolve

Another favorite I like to get and give, are monogrammed items. I have a customized poster of our wedding dates and details that I love, but you could also do personalized trays, glassware, decorative address stampers or embossers. There are so many great ideas!

Personalized Slate Serving Tray Cheese Board

Of course it is always fun to give and get some little trinkets along the way too.

Mr. & Mrs. Ceramic Coffee Mugs

 Willow Tree Anniversary Figurine
 Sun, Sand and Love, Personalized Photo

If you need some more ideas, check out this past blog post, it might inspire you!

Don’t forget to check out our Thank You List on Etsy. It will help you or your friend keep track of all the lovely gifts they received and thank you cards that need to be send out.

Modern, Nautical Thank You
Modern Nautical Thank You List

Crazy Socks

This all began many years ago when I was a teenager. I went on my first airplane trip with friends and had never gone through a TSA check before. Well, I learned I had to remove my shoes and found that I was wearing green and white striped toe-socks… yup. At first I was a little embarrassed standing next to my friends and fellow travelers all wearing “normal” socks. But then as I went through security, I heard giggling within this very quiet area. Turns out the TSA agent got a kick out of my socks. Ever since then, I try to find the craziest socks to wear while traveling to bring a little levity to traveling.

What do I look for in a sock? Well, it has to be comfortable of course, but I tend to look for bold and zany colors, sometimes pictures or sayings on them as well. Most of all, if it makes me giggle or look twice while shopping, I know I found a keeper.

Here are a few crazy socks I found while doing some online shopping. Check them out, you just might like them too!

(Clicking on the image will take you too the online shop.)

Color City Women’s Novelty Funny Ankle Socks $10

Blue Q Crew Sock “You’re Killin’ My Vibe” $11.49

Huiyuzhi Womens Cosplay Mermaid Socks $5.88

Are you a crazy sock fan? Do you have any travel habits? Feel free to share! Looking for some travel ides check out this blog post!

Planning a trip and not sure what to pack? Check out our Packing List at Etsy. It makes packing less of a headache and now you won’t worry about what you may have forgotten at home!

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Packing List sold at Etsy.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Day!!!

Oh my goodness, I am so excited that their is actually a Pumpkin Cheesecake Day, who knew! I love pumpkins!!! Adorable as decoration and yummy as a treat. Fall = Pumpkins, which turns into Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Pumpkin Pie and just wonderful things.

So what would Pumpkin Cheesecake Day be without a cheesecake? Here is a couple pumpkin recipes to celebrate. There are links to the recipes or you can find them by following me at Pinterest!

I found this great No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe at The Cincy Shopper Blog. I seem to have a hard time making cheesecakes so I do prefer the no bake variety. This one is easy to make and the directions are easy to follow. (Find the recipe here.)

Pumpkin Cheesecake
No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake from the Cincy Shopper

Spiced Pumpkin Bread is another classic you must have! Whether you enjoy it in the morning with your coffee or as mid-afternoon treat, this is one recipe you are sure to enjoy. I found this keeper from Once Upon a Chef and is worth checking out. (Here’s the recipe!)

Pumpkin Bread
Spiced Pumpkin Bread from Once Upon a Chef

Oh my goodness, have you tried a Pumpkin Pie Truffle yet? They might be a bit putzy to make but totally worth the white chocolate drenched effort! These delectable little treats from Dear Crissy are amazing. Easy to take to someone’s party or just to enjoy at home with family. (The recipe is here.)

Pumpkin Pie Truffles in White Chocolate
Pumpkin Pie Truffles from Dear Crissy

Here are three great pumpkin recipes for you to try! Looking for more pumpkin recipes? Check out my pins at Pinterest!  Looking for other great dessert recipes, check out this blog post!

Don’t forget to write down your favorite recipes on our Modern Nautical Recipe Cards sold at Etsy! You have the option of buying a PDF download to reuse over and over, or purchase pre-printed cards… the choice is yours!

Printed 10 pk Recipe Cards

Happy Baking!

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Sight-Seeing in Door County

If you’ve ever thought about a weekend or vacation in Door County, Wisconsin… go! Throughout the Door, their are so many places to enjoy food, shopping and the great outdoors. When I go up with my family, we really take the time to enjoy Peninsula State Park and walking around the different little towns, checking out the playgrounds and, of course, enjoying lake views and taking tons of pictures!

If you’ve never considered or heard of Door County, Wisconsin, here are some of my favorite pictures and places… enjoy!

Karfi
Karfi ferry to take to Rock Island
Fishing Boat
Historic fishing boat “Welcome”, Washington Island
Washington Harbor, School House Beach
Jackson Harbor, Washington Island
Detroit Island
Pilot Island in Port Des Morts
Eryabakki & Washington
Ice at Northport, Lake Michigan
Cedars at Europe Lake, Liberty Grove
Grass reeds at Rowleys Bay, Ellison Bay
Keep your eyes open, you never know what you’ll see!
Fishing at Clark Lake, Sturgeon Bay
Queen Anne’s Lace
Kangaroo Lake, Bailey’s Harbor
Lighthouse at Cana Island, Baileys Harbor
Sister Bay, WI
Winter Frost in Sister Bay
Destination sign at Egg Harbor pier
Pull up a chair, Ephraim
Golf course at Peninsula State Park
Sunset at Tennison Bay, Fish Creek
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and anchor, Fish Creek
Young boy statue in Egg Harbor
Sledding Hill at Peninsula State Park

There is so much more to explore, I could never capture everything. I look forward to my next trip up and finding new places to enjoy!

Have you been to Door County? What is your favorite place or thing to do?

Of course, when planning and packing for a trip, I use my Packing List, saves so much time and I am confident I have everything I need. Check it out at my store at Etsy!

Packing List, part of our Travel Collection
Packing List sold at Etsy.