An Easter basket doesn’t need to be filled with only candy! Here are a few things I’m loving right now!
1. Printed Cotton and Silk Blend Wrap Dress from Diane von Furstenberg
@netaporter Because I love this thin maxi wrap dress for a spring travel staple to use as a dinner dress (with silk shorts and chemise under), as a bathing suit cover up or a light wrap over jeans and a tee.
2. La La The Lamb Necklace from Gunner and Lux
@gunnerandlux Because an adorable lamb is not just for kids and can add whimsy to any Spring look.
3. Gourmet Chocolate Vegetable Garden by Maggie Louise
@maggielouiseconfections Because I love the chocolate work done by Maggie Louise and this vegetable garden box is quite possible the cutest thing ever. Those asparagus spears!
4. Dinosaur Egg Cup from RedCandy
@redcandyuk Because I love a soft boiled egg and toast. Put it in a whimsical egg cup and I’m all in!
5. Spring Break Sprinkles
@libbiesummers Because these “sprinkles with a backstory” just scream SPRING!!! I love them so much.
6. Marni Velvet Pumps from Marni
@netaporter Because a pink velvet pump is the new neutral.
7. Bargain Cloth Napkin Bundle from Dot and Army
@dotandarmy Because I love this female owned Southern company! Their seersucker napkins are adorable, but this bargain cloth bundle I especially love because it reminds me of France.
8. So Much to Celebrate by Katie Jacobs
@katiejacobsnashville Because the details of entertaining don’t have to be difficult and Katie’s book is filled with ideas and recipes for every occasion…and it’s as adorable as its author!
9. Rosé Amigo Circle Bag from Ban.do
@shopbando Because round bags and round pillows are everything this season and I love a pale pink to work with any look.
Somewhere between a book launch and a baby launch lies the feeling of this exciting SPRINKLE LAUNCH! For nearly a year I’ve been working on this project and I’m excited to announce that today (in my world at least) is National Sprinkle Day! Introducing my line of chic and whimsical story telling SPRINKLES!!! Sprinkles like no other! I’m told I have a story for everything and these whimsical and chic custom sprinkles are no exception. Beautiful colorful confections that render a giggle and sometimes even a belly laugh when decorating any dessert. Sprinkle them on top of highly frosted cupcakes, rim a chic cocktail glass, mix into a basic cookie dough before baking or cover an entire cake…the uses are only limited by your imagination and how much you eat from the jar.
Just the Facts: Size: 7 ounces (enough to decorate up to 6 dozen cupcakes! That’s a lot!!!) Packaging: Sturdy plastic reusable jars with white metal lids, security seals and artful labels with a fun quote from Libbie Summers on the side to get your dessert conversation started. Purchase HERE!
Hog Wild Pink pigs on a wild carnival ride of color –think Missouri State Fair goes to Paris. “Grandma made it clear that day with her switch –one doesn’t name or ride a pig.” Missouri, 1972
French Kiss French island blues mixed with bright sand whites and a pop of red lip. The only thing missing is a top bun and salty air. “I knew I loved him even before I knew his eyes were the same color as the sea.” St. Barths, 1992
Powder Day White snowflakes as far as the eye can see that sparkle in the morning sunlight in the back bowls on Vail mountain. “There are no friends on a powder day and lunch is for later.” Vail, 1995
Pointer Sisters White bones buried in a yard of vizsla orange. “She got birdy in a way we had never seen before…then locked up and came face to face with a pheasant as big as her.” Montana, 2012
Happy as a Pig in Shit Pink pigs wallowing in a chic pond of chocolate.
“Grandma’s vocabulary was as shocking as the color of her pickles.” Missouri, 1980
Cash Cow (Custom for Smith Brother’s Butcher Shop, Savannah, GA) Tri-colored cows grazing in a field of chocolate and gold.
Purchase HERE or Smith Brother’s Butcher Shop
The folks at Smartflyer asked me to share my Savannah with their travelers. Get the full article HERE.
Photo by Teresa Earnest
WHAT ARE THREE THINGS YOU LOVE ABOUT SAVANNAH?
The people, the history, and the weather!
Savannahians don’t trade on pretense. What you see is what you get –a creative and colorful people with an infectious sense of humor and endearing stubbornness. I’m always in awe of Savannah’s rich history. A must when visiting Savannah is going on a proper tour, whatever your interest. And trust me, they never disappoint. Some of my favorite tours include: Architectural Savannah, Freedom Trail Tour, Genteel and Bard Fine Savannah Walking Tours (History and Ghost). Gates and Gardens Tour. Mild winters keep things moving while steamy summers slow things down. I attribute the weather to why Savannahians live and work at a gentler, more thoughtful pace. It’s refreshing to see how that pace seems to rub off on visitors after a couple of days into their visit. photo credit The Brice Hotel
BEST HOTELS IN THE CITY?
At the top of my list is The Brice Hotel (pet friendly). I love the Brice for it’s soaking bath tubs, Pacci Italian Kitchen + Bar Restaurant, large outdoor courtyard and the adorable seersucker uniforms the hotel staff wears.
For small hotels/Inns, The Hamilton-Turner Inn (AAA/Four Diamond) is a MUST for it’s historic beauty, luxurious rooms, attentive service and quite possibly one of the best small biscuits I’ve ever eaten. (have image for this)
If you’re thinking about renting an historic home or cool loft, Lucky Savannah Vacation Rentals is the number to call. Lucky Savannah handles over 150 exclusive rentals in Savannah’s Historic Landmark District and will pair you with the perfect place for your stay and even fill it with groceries, flowers, cheese boards and special notes for your arrival.
THE MOST INSPIRING DISH YOU’VE HAD IN SAVANNAH?
It’s a simple thing that a cook may do with our locally grown ingredients that inspires me. The first time I had collards boiled WITH peanuts at a local BBQ shack, my world changed. It didn’t hurt that it was a side to the most wonderful pulled pork. Or, how the chow chow that Mashama Bailey from The Grey restaurant makes to go with her roasted “yard bird” (aka chicken) was so perfectly sour and sweet that it kept me up all night thinking about it.
A SIGNATURE SAVANNAH DISH/MEAL ENTAILS:
Bourbon, butter and peaches. photos by Teresa Earnest
FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT?
The culinary scene in Savannah is on fire. Some of my favorites include:
The Grey: EVERYTHING!!! Amazing restored space, outstanding food, drinks and service.
Collin’s Quarters: Love the simple clean menu at breakfast and lunch. Their walk up coffee window is my favorite place to grab a coffee in town and the fact that they give away dog biscuits helps to seal the deal.
The Atlantic: An old gas station turned laid-back neighborhood eatery with a flavorful menu, extensive wine list, carefully picked beers and craft cocktails.
Sandfly BBQ: I dream about the pulled chicken sandwich.
Smith Brother’s Butcher Shop: A modern grocery store/butcher shop/lunch counter and the best house made garlic cheese spread you’ll ever eat.
Since I’m a baker at heart, I challenged myself to make the best Red Velvet Cake in the history of red velvet cakes. I wanted my “super cake” to be organic and lower in sugar than the usual Savannah version. Two months of my life later, I think I nailed it and published it in one of my cookbooks.
BEST SPOT FOR DRINKS AND A SOCIAL SCENE?
Yes, you can walk around in most of the Historic District with an open cup (plastic only) filled with libations of the liquor type –that alone should speak volumes. If you want to have a drink, walk by any courtyard on a Summer night and invite yourself in or hit up one of our many social spots. Some of my favorites include: Abe’s on Lincoln,Perch, andThe Jinx (for live music), Hitch , El-Rocko Lounge and Alleycat Lounge.
The best shopping in Savannah is found behind the often colorful doors of our many boutiques and galleries that are filled with high end, hand made and hard to find objet d’art. *See below for my complete list of favorite go-to shops
LANEY CONTEMPORARY ART, 1810 MILLS B LN BLVD #2A, SAVANNAH, GA 31405| +1 (912) 272-1477
PW SHORT GENERAL STORE, 414 WHITAKER ST, SAVANNAH, GA 31401|+1 (912) 349-6378
CUSTARD BOUTIQUE, 422 WHITAKER ST, SAVANNAH, GA 31401| +1 (912) 232-4733
ALEX RASKIN ANTIQUES, 441 BULL ST, SAVANNAH, GA 31401| +1 (912) 232-8205
MEASURE: A FABRIC PARLOR, 311 WHITAKER ST, SAVANNAH, GA 31401|+1 (912) 209-0942
NUMBER FOUR ELEVEN, 411 WHITAKER ST, SAVANNAH, GA 31401|+1 (912) 443-0065
SATCHEL, 4 E LIBERTY, SAVANNAH, GA 31401|+1 (912) 233-1008
24 E DESIGN CO., 24 E BROUGHTON ST, SAVANNAH, GA 31401|+1 (912) 233-2274
THE PARIS MARKET AND BROCANTE, 36 W BROUGHTON ST, SAVANNAH, GA 31401|+1 (912) 232-1500
URBAN POPPY, 2312 ABERCORN ST, SAVANNAH, GA 31401|+1 (912) 429-3298
ZIA BOUTIQUE, 325 W BROUGHTON ST, SAVANNAH, GA 31401|+1 (912) 233-3237
HABERSHAM ANTIQUES MARKET, 2502 HABERSHAM ST, SAVANNAH, GA 31401|+1 (912) 238-5908
PICKER JOE’S, 217 E 41ST ST, SAVANNAH, GA 31401|+1 (912) 239-4657
EMILY MCCARTHY SHOPPE, 2428 ABERCORN ST, SAVANNAH, GA 31401|+1 (912) 495-5386
FABRIKA FINE FABRICS AND GIFTS, 2A E LIBERTY ST, SAVANNAH, GA 31401|+1 (912) 236-1122
RIVER STREET SWEETS, 13 E RIVER ST, SAVANNAH, GA 31401|+1 (912) 234-4608
CHOCOLAT BY ADAM TURONI, 323 W BROUGHTON ST, SAVANNAH, GA 31401|+1 (912) 335-2914
7. Zuma Swimsuit by SEEA
Because I love a cool suit that protects me from the sun and doesn’t ride up my ass while I’m actually swimming.
8. 1 Yard of Into The Gargen Sage in Oyster Linen for a pillow by Ashley Woodson Bailey
Because Ashley Bailey does beautiful work and I dream about making a pillow out of this fabric.
9. Candied Whole Violets by India Tree
Because India Tree products are all natural and these candied violets can take a boring cupcake to BRILLIANT!
I love cookbooks! I probably bought or was sent in excess of 100 this year and honestly there wasn’t one that I didn’t find redeeming in some big or small way. Having authored three of my own, I know how much time and passion goes into making a great book. Here are 9 of my favorites this year. For some reason…they all touched me in different ways! Still looking for a gift for the cook in your life? You can’t go wrong with any of these choices!