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Retells : Fall Branches, How I Drink My Coffee, Cozy Cardigan, & Homemade Garden Sauce

Lifestyle — September 10, 2023

If you missed it, read last week’s Retells to get caught up on why I started this casual series… it is honestly so nice to be able to share noteworthy moments in a permanent location that can be easily accessed at any time by you- I truly hope our online home is a resource for you to find inspiration to inspire a wholesome lifestyle and intentional home.

Here is what we are chatting about tonight…

Noteworthy Moments

01. Fall Branches in our Living Room – Remember these branches I shared last fall? I still get asked about them often, and even though I still think foraged branches are best, I hate not being able to share where you can find and achieve the same look. So, this year, I was determined to share some beautiful faux branches with you included these that look just like the foraged ones from last year!

02. How I Drink My Coffee – Recently, since I have started sharing my ‘good morning’ stories again, I have been asked so frequently what I top my coffee with so I thought it would be fun to share with you all here! First, we both drink half decaf/half regular coffee (usually a light roast and organic) with half and half, raw sugar, and a pinch of salt. But, last year, we started adding frothed milk to the top and it is truly my favorite! We use this electric milk frother and we froth whole milk with either crushed dried lavender in the warmer months, and pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon in the cooler/seasonal months.

03. Cozy Black Cardigan – I realized amongst all of the sweaters that I own, I was lacking in the darker colors so I recently purchased this black cardigan in a size small and love it so much!

04. Homemade Garden Sauce – After sharing this in stories yesterday, I knew it needed a spot on our blog. See below for the simple recipe!

Homemade Garden Sauce


  • 1-2 Heirloom Tomatoes
  • 1 Pint Cherry Tomatoes (just a few handfuls is fine)
  • 1 Shallot
  • 1 Garlic Bulb
  • Few springs of Rosemary
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Pinch of Sugar


  • Preheat Oven to 400º.
  • Place ingredients (except fresh basil, parsley and sugar) onto a baking sheet, drizzle generously with olive oil and salt/pepper. (I cut up the heirloom tomatoes into large chunks, but left the cherry tomatoes whole. I also like to cut my garlic in half with the cut side facing upwards.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the shallot is translucent and soft and the garlic is starting to brown.
  • Remove from the oven and spoon over into a blender (squeezing out your garlic cloves from the skin), top with a pinch of sugar, a handful of fresh Basil leaves and Parsley.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Enjoy!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! This week is going to be a busy one… excited to share everything coming up!

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