Today on Weekend Meanderings a few spring updates around the house and my recently perfected (if I do say so myself) buttermilk biscuits.
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It was not a great week.
Another senseless mass shooting.
This time in Nashville.
Sadly it’s all too common.
Will anything change?
I hope so.
And Kim and I discussed it Thursday during our IG Live.
We talked about Home Goods shopping strategies too.
Let’s get to the matter at hand.
Complaining about the weather.
It rained most of the week.
Spring has not sprung.
But we can create a little spring indoors.
So let’s get to it.
It’s may be pouring outside, (actually it’s been dry the past two days) but it’s spring indoors. Last week I shared my spring table setting … starring this pretty spring garden table throw. And these springy floral mugs .. they match the table! After setting a spring table, I moved on to other areas in the house that needed a little refresh.
SPRING ON THE COFFEE TABLE
Seasonal decorating isn’t really my thing. That said I do like to change things up mostly with pillows, trays and throws. And that brings me to my coffee table tray. I switched out my round, brass tray, for this square woven tray. And a couple of weeks ago, on a rare sunny day, I grabbed the woven tray and headed to Eye for Pretty at Home in Danville. Last spring I attended their grand opening as a guest of Ashley from Modern Glam Home. Ashley also owns one of my favorite local clothing boutiques, Flaunt. It’s in Danville too. Last year she expanded and carries fun things for the home as well as the best clothes. But back to the coffee table. With a little help from the delightful women at Eye for Pretty at Home, I picked up a few new things to give my woven tray some spring vibes.
When I walked in the shop the first thing that caught my eye was a table piled high with pretty green and gold objects – all 20% off. I fell for the spruce green ribbed candle and went from there adding a jug shaped ceramic vase filled with faux cosmo stems and a white washed wood chain. Et voila.
When I got home I added a couple of books, The Roads to Rome (a cookbook) and At Home in Joshua Tree, with conveniently coordinating colors. And on the other side of the table I pulled out a couple of lighter colored books, Pacific Natural: Simple Seasonal Entertaining and Feels Like Home, and set a little pebble textured box on top.
Let’s get back to the tray again … I needed something to set the candle on and grabbed the ceramic base from a hurricane that I use on the patio. And I tossed in my ever present woven coasters.
Faux flowers are a touchy subject. Some of us love them, some of us hate them and some of us, like me, are torn. Fresh flowers, even at the grocery store, are expensive and don’t last long. At least not for me. I usually have fresh flowers in the house on our breakfast table or in the kitchen … but I pick and choose. The coffee table doesn’t get priority placement. Faux flowers aren’t all created equal and seek out good quality makes a big difference. Afloral is a good online source for realistic looking, quality faux. And Pottery Barn and Terrain are reliable as well.
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The floral pillow in the swivel chair is a treasured Home Goods find. Oh my gosh, look at this Home Goods floral pillow!
BEVERAGE BAR UPDATE
While fussing with the coffee table, Jim’s bar in the back of the great room caught my eye. Jim wasn’t home so I decided to give it a quick rework. Mostly this involved removing Jim’s toy bartender. A treasured heirloom (I use that term loosely) from his grandfather. I don’t know why it bugs me, I think it’s the red jacket against the green cabinetry. It screams Christmas. Plus poor Mr. Bartender has been hard at work for so long. He’s worn out and deserves a break. If he doesn’t find his way to Kyle’s house, he’ll be back on duty for the Christmas season. By the way, the bar cabinetry color is Farrow & Ball Green Smoke. I shared all of Snowberry’s interior paint colors here.
I have to tread lightly because two of my dad’s artifacts treasures are displayed in the bar area. A name plaque from a bar in the Philippines where I was born. No, I was not born in a bar, but on a Navy base in the Philippines. Apparently the plaque was an honor bestowed on my dad, as a young lieutenant, for his exemplary dice play. And a cute sign my dad’s wife picked up at a garage sale and my dad found hilarious. It was displayed in his office for years. Anyway, it was Jim who chose to give these treasures pride of place around the bar. Long story short, when he returned home he accepted the bartender situation gracefully. You probably grapple with your own challenges around family treasures.
With Mr. Bartender went on break and I pulled out my Jack Russell Terrier bookends to corral a grouping of cocktail related books.
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IN THE KITCHEN
I made a huge decision in the kitchen. Huge. I moved my Kitchenaid mixer off the counter. I know, this is was a tough one. I use it fairly regularly. But not everyday. Not always every week. I hoped it would fit on the bottom, pull-out drawer of the pantry cabinet, but no. Sigh. So it moved to the garage. When we added cabinetry to the garage, we designated the cabinet closest to the back door to function as our back stock pantry. I keep several other small appliances there. And it works. Of course, the day after the mixer was banished I needed to use it. We’ll get to that a little later. Anyway, I’m happier with it off the counter. It’s the little things.
Here’s the bottom line, my cookbook collection continues to expand and maxed out the the designated cookbook shelves next to the kitchen buffet & coffee bar. The collection has spilled over to the counter next to the range. I acquired another one this week … which we’ll discuss next weekend. I believe this is called cookbook creep. I may need to adopt the one-in-one-out principle I adhere to for my closet. For whatever reason cookbooks are harder. Oh, and speaking of spring, artichokes are in season and make beautiful decor … prior to cooking.
On the other side of the stove I placed my newly acquired brass pepper grinder. I’ve had my eye on it a long time and finally took the plunge.
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ON MY NIGHTSTAND
Next up my bedroom nightstand. For whatever reason I’ve never ‘styled’ it. What do you think of that term? I dislike it because it feels a little contrived. But I can’t think of a better word. My nightstand is a workhorse. It holds a lamp, my charging gear, an iPad, iPhone, current book(s), newspapers and magazines … and a digital clock (yes, I’m a dinosaur). Our nightstands are RH Maison in antique white. I wish they were bigger. Anyway, nothing too exciting happened here and I didn’t buy anything. I leaned a few books and a candle against the lamp. And I pulled out a silver tray, from one of the guest bathrooms in our Fidalgo Island house. Our camellia bushes are blooming like crazy and I’m constantly bringing in blooms which look pretty in a little blue bud case. And then I called it a day. After three years, my nightstand no longer looks like we just moved in. Yay.
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Thanks to Monica Vargas Photography for the beautiful images of my spring updates!
BUTTERMILK BISCUITS RECIPE
We are living the full-carb lifestyle here at Snowberry. And it shows. Nevertheless, the heart wants what the heart wants and this week the heart wanted biscuits. It’s been biscuit weather. Plus my niece recently had a baby and I sent a care package of frozen meals, along with my favorite brownies (how I make them here), and biscuits seems like a nice addition. Added bonus … I enjoyed them for breakfast and then got them the heck out of the house.
I’ve made a lot of biscuits over the years. One of my favorites is Ina Garten’s chive biscuits. But for a regular old plain biscuit that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner I’ve come up with (I think) a perfect recipe by mixing and matching from several cookbooks and online sources. I’ve made this recipe successfully enough times I feel confident sharing.
Remember I said that after moving the mixer to the garage I immediately needed to use it? It was to make these biscuits. You can use a food processor too. Or mix by hand.
- 2-1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
- 2 tbsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, but into small cubes Cut up and return to refrigerator to chill. I do this earlier in the day or night before.
- 1 cup Buttermilk
- 1 tbsp Honey (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425
- Mix flour, baking powder and salt together. I use my KitchenAid mixer.
- Add cubed butter and mix until mixture is all course crumbs.
- Add buttermilk and honey and mix until dough forms.
- Turn dough out onto floured surface and and knead a few times until flour absorbs and stickiness dissapates.
- Roll out with rolling pin to 1/2 thick, then fold in half, roll out again, fold in half again, and roll out again.
- Using a round biscuit cutter, cut out biscuits and place on prepared baking sheet. I use a Silpad or parchment sheet.
- If you like, brush the tops with buttermilk.
- Bake for about 18 minutes. Start watching after 15 minutes to ensure they don't get overly browned.
- Serve warm with butter and honey, or jam.
So there you have it, my spring updates and a biscuit recipe.
Oops, I just realized it’s April 1st.
April Fools Day!
I’ve never been great at April Fools jokes so we’ll move along.
What’s inspiring Kim and Elizabeth this week?!
Let’s find out …
Odds & Socks ~
I grew up in Lafayette, a little town in Northern California. The best place in the world if you ask me. One of my favorite things is the bike trail that runs through town, and connects to a regional trail. As a kid I road my bike on the trail and as an adult I’ve rollerbladed and walked it regularly. These days I stick to walking. Anyway, along the trail is a house known as the Tulip Man house. For years, Jed Garthwaite, the Tulip Man planted thousands of bulbs each fall which brought delight and pleasure to all during their spring bloom. He’d often stand outside talking to passers by about his love for the tulips … and of course we’d see him pulling up the bulbs and replanting each year. When Jed passed away the tulips continued blooming for a time and then they vanished. A local scout troop raised money for a commemorative bench placed in front of his house on the trail. Each time we walk by I mention it to Jim who rolls his eyes and says ‘I know I know, the Tulip Man.’ But last week, it was his eagle eye that caught two rogue tulips next to the bench. I can’t tell you how excited and happy it made me. If you live locally, you know.
J.Crew is having a 40% off sale. Use code SPRING. And I took advantage to buy this swimsuit, these shorts and this cover up for my upcoming Spring break trip. I also bought this blue and white stripe dress. And, I’m not done!
I’ve heard so many good things about this book and just downloaded it.
Take a tour of this unbelievable estate where the Roy kids set up shop on the fourth and final season of Succession. Are you watching?
Favorite bloggers Cindy, Mary Ann, Annie and their friend, Sheri, styled their favorite denim jackets this week. And just to show you’re never to young to rock a denim jacket, my grand-niece Maeyson (nearly 5) got her very first denim jacket, from the Lauren Conrad Collection at Kohl’s, this week and she looks pretty happy about it!
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LA CONTESSA says
I DID NOT KNOW ABOUT THE TULIP MAN!
WHERE DO YOU PARK WHEN YOU DO THAT WALK?
ALL LOOKS FRESH AND THE STORIES ARE FASCINATING……..ALWAYS!
HOPEFULLY WE WILL GET SOME SUNSHINE THIS WEEK!
Contessa … I park wither at Stanley School or the lot at the bottom of Snake Hill (Olympic Blvd & Pleasant Hill Rd). There’s a great entry point nearer to you near the Moraga Park and Library. If you ever want to take a stroll … just whistle for your chariot and I’ll be on my way (Miss Daisy). xo
Stanley School – my grandmother was the office secretary there for several years. I just texted my mom to see if she remembers the Tulip Man from her growing up years in Lafayette. She doesn’t remember but now wants to go park at the school and walk it to find the bench. So…I guess I’ll be doing that with her sometime soon. Tulips are my favorite flowers to buy when I need a fresh flower fix. That said, I think faux flowers of today look quite real and certainly fill a need.
I enjoyed today’s meandering. Your home looks very springy!
Jane R says
Love everything in your post today! We are all so ready for Spring and an end to the endless rain. I have that same swimsuit from J Cree and really like it, which is an unusual comment associated with a swimsuit!! I’m anxious to try the biscuit recipe. My family loves biscuits but often I would buy the Traders Joe tin of biscuits which are surprisingly good. Now that I have more free time, I will try your recipe! Have a good weekend Juliet!
I’ve never had the TJ’s biscuits … I better look for them. Or maybe not … because I can’t control myself with a biscuit. As for bathing suits, I love looking at them but with my biscuit addiction trying them on is painful. Safe travels home from the happiest place on earth … the sun is out so keep your fingers crossed it stays that way! xo
Karen on Bainbridge says
Your best meanderings thus far.
First, how did I not know you were born in the Philippines? Second, I am jealous of your participation in my favorite sport of rearranging. I cannot play until we buy a house. And lastly, your biscuits look fabulous.
Karen … you are going to be rearranging to your hearts content in no time and I will be green with envy looking at your beautiful new home! Thank you so much! And, the biscuits are SO good. xoxo
Juliet, your house looks beautiful, as always. I love to rearrange and bring things out of closets to zhush up a space for each season.
Jim’s bar looks beautiful!
As for cookbook creep, I have that too! Perhaps we should have a cookbook swap club!
My kitchen aid comes in and out of the closet too, each time I put it aways I need it again. Like this morning when I made ice cream.
I’v never made biscuits that were a success, your recipe might just be the one that works for me. I am going to try ti!
Have a lovely weekend.
You make ice cream with the Kitchenaid?! Do tell!!! xo
Nina P says
My Girlfriend and I walked in our old neighborhood starting in downtown Lafayette on the trail up to my old house. then a couple weeks later we walked her neighborhood on in BV. We had fun reminiscing of who lived where. Remember how we would slide down the hill behind our houses?
My Kitchen aid lives on my counter with a cover. I need to replace it but they no longer make them. As it is my bread machine lives in a garage cabinet.
Nina!!! It’s so fun walking our old stomping grounds and how lucky we are to be close by and able to do it … even more fun with a friend from the area who remembers. My husband rolls his eyes! Of course, I remember sliding down the hillside … on cardboard. Those were the days. You have a cover for your mixer?! I love that … when I don’t use mine for a while it collects dust. I gave away my bread machine and regret it. Another heavy piece of kitchen machinery … but the smell of bread baking in the morning (with very little effort). There’s nothing like it. Hope you have the best weekend and thank you for being here! xo
So much inspiration today! I love all your spring changes — the colors are so fresh! You are sharing pretty blooms and I am sharing mud and snow in my blog post today, haha! That sign about dogs and sailors! So good! Thank you for the book recommendation. It is just what I am looking for right now! Can’t wait to try your biscuit recipe! Have a great week, Juliet!
Oh Molly, mud and snow … and we’re complaining about the rain. You must roll your eyes! Hope you love the book … I’m going to start it later today. Happy weekend! xo
Juliet, Love your spring refresh. the coffee table looks great. Wait are those faux flowers? They sure look cute… I did my coffee table last week too. Just those little changes right? Agree I took my Kitchen Aid off the counter as well and risk pulling the back each time I get it out, but I wanted less. Love the stack of books and the green jug! Your bar looks elegant and Mr Christmas will have his day in the sun again.. I have a few bits in cold storage too… Love that sign about dogs and sailors! How cool you were born in the Philippines.. Max’s family was in Okinawa when he was a kid. Did you go to school there too? Love the biscuits. max makes them every weekend.. Not good for me, but they are so yummy. Your little niece is adorable! Yay for you getting ready for your trip! So excited for you. xo
Also thank you for caring about this gun issue and discussing. Let’s hope we can get more people talking and trying to change those in charge and what is being done.
Kim … I didn’t know about Max. One of his parents in the military? I didn’t go to school in the Philippines … we were back in the states by then. How lucky you are with Max and his biscuit making … my favorite thing. Glad we discussed the gun issues … sorry we had to. xo
Love the square woven tray! Thanks for sharing ❤️
You’re welcome … I adore it as well and used it outdoors last summer. Very versatile! xo
My Dad had mr bartender too! I so wish I had it now, my son would love it on his bar. I just ordered the swimsuit, hope it fits, I love it!
Hi Deb … I think Mr. Bartender is a popular guy! Hope the suit fits too … for you and me! xo
What’s great post! I also grew up in the Bay Area and have college friends who grew up in Lafayette.
And I remember my mom letting me take my birthday off of school in 3rd grade to go shopping + lunch and we bought my first denim jacket. Remember that entire experience to this day
Shelley Wells says
Great post! Love the Spring refresh decor! What is in the little dish on the tray on your nightstand? What about Jim’s nightstand? Did you let him style his? Haha!
Good questions, Shelly Welley, and I sent you a text photo of his nightstand. We took no close ups!!! In the little dish is a rosary my former sister-in-law gave me and one of those flat, interesting looking (colorful) stones that you see all over but I can’t think what they’re called. It will come to me. xo
Martha Foss says
Thanks for the great post, Juliet!! love the refresh of the coffee table. I’ll have to try your buttermilk biscuit recipe. I have a recipe that I used to use, when I catered. It was a cheddar cheese and chive biscuit. Very similar to yours.!! I would fill it with ham and peach chutney! It was always a favorite! I I love the little sign by the bar! And I love your dog book ends I have an entire cabinet filled with dog bookends, statues etc!! as usual, I loved your blog. I left a comment on Kim’s blog on how there is no need in America for assault, rifles, or weapons. We’ve got to do something.
Mary Ann Pickett says
HONEY…now that I’m in the South, I need to perfect my biscuit-making (I’ve always used Pillsbury frozen flakey ones–which are great until someone asks for the recipe)…And now thanks to you, I have one.
Love all the glimpses of your beautiful home.
Thank you for mentioning the recent shooting, Juliet. As a country, as people, we need to be able negotiate issues from differing perspectives and come to agreement with compromise. I’m sick of our current politics of extreme positions that allows big societal problems to continue on without hope of resolution.
On a lighter note, I ordered the exact same swimsuit: the reviews were SO good! It arrived a week ago, and sadly, I filled out too much in front (tummy) and too little in back (hiny) — (half) Asian flat as a pancake bum! The leg circumference was actually loose for my thigh – very surprising, I’ve never found that before. But it is a gorgeous, elegant suit, and you have a slimmer, fitter figure than me, so I hope you like yours!
Love your fresh Spring updates and the Tulip Man!
(Tried to post this yesterday, but something did not work)
Annie Diamond says
Juliet – A few details that caught my eye…in order! That pillar candle! The color and the design are exquisite! The sign in the bar…once I read the why, I loved it even more and how perfect it is in your home! Those darling Jack Russell Terrier bookends…the cutest thing ever! How did you ever discover those on Wayfair? It’s the little things that make a house a home….love every inch of your home from your nightstand to your coffee table to your bar!
ellen parsley says
Your Spring do over is beautiful as usual. I printed the biscuit recepie I’ll let you know. They look delish which I’m sure they will be. Yes, for goodness sake stay away from the bething suits. You barely have a shadow so I think you’re good to at least walk by them.
Mother Parsley! xoxo