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


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!