DRINKING WITH CHICKENS

Backyard chickens frolicking in lush floral table garland
 
This is the strike crew of my dreams y’all. It might also be IS the booze + lovely lady + flower + chicken-filled party of my dreams. For sure. I first discovered Kate and her amazing blog/Instagram, Drinking with Chickens, last year when I wrote this article on Apartment Therapy.
 
We started chatting on IG and godblesstheinternet here I am creating some flower magic in her backyard a year later. She also took that amazing photo up there.
 
Gorgeous cottage garden paths lined with purple flowers
 
Kate’s garden is ridiculous. Like fairy-tale levels of perfection #gardengoals ridiculous. And I was so lucky she agreed that I could bring along my pal Victoria Gold Photography to snag some fancy florist shots. AKA, the kind, at big events, I’m usually too sweaty/busy to ever take, let alone look at, or post again.
 
florist apron with japanese snips, pink spray roses, and fried egg peonies
 
Just hanging with my snips and some big ol’ fried egg peonies in the garden. Like ya do.
 
Winston and Main's Tabitha Abercrombie holding a polish chicken wearing a flower necklace
 
Victoria took a bunch of florist glamour shots of me in the garden, and we did things like torture poor Pip with a flower corsage necklace. He loved it. Obviously.
 
Winston & Main's Tabitha Abercrombie putting the finishing touches on a lush floral garland for a garden party
 
So calm. So not sweaty. Just jeuging up a flower-filled table in the garden, like ya do.
 
Winston & Main "Adorn Yourself" acrylic sign and modern brass wrist corsages
 
We’ve been making these modern brass wrist corsages for our wedding clients for a while now, and just love them! See also: we love making acrylic signs! And…No more 80’s prom arms, I mean, unless you’re having an 80’s prom wedding in which case- call me! 🙂
 
Modern Floral Jewelry, fresh flowers on brass cuffs for a modern wedding corsage
 
I just love love love these little pieces of floral jewelry, because each one is totally unique. It was really fun to watch guests select the one that spoke to them.
 
Did I mention that I LOVE attending parties that I’ve floralized? I am consistently humbled + awed by the effect beautiful flowers have on people and feel so lucky when I get to see my #flowermagic in action.
 
A colorful and bohemian garden party, afternoon tea, or wedding tablescape
 
Are you ready for flower porn on a whole different scale though?
 
tablescape with overflowing garland and colorful chairs for garden party
 
And a different angle. That garland though. She’s extra.
Iphone pic by yours truly.
 
a birds-eye-view of a lush floral table garland and beautiful mini-cupcakes
 
Especiallye extra at this angle.
Photo + Gorgeous lil’ cupcakes by my pal Kristin over at Dine X Design!
 
Fun fact: Kristin and I met at Alt Summit waaaaaay back in 2012 and reconnected at this lil’ shindig! Again, godblesstheinternet!
 
A birds-eye-view of a lush early summer floral garland on a table set for afternoon tea.
 
More. More. More.
 
backyard chickens in lush floral garland
 
More chickens. More flowers.
 
Drinking with Chickens party goers at lush tea party holding chickens
 
More hot ladies with lap chickens.
 
Party goers with cocktails and chickens at Drinking with Chickens Boozy Tea Party
 
Koval bottles with flower adornments
 
Leave no surface or booze bottle unflowered. That’s what we say. After all, Kate’s blog is called Drinking with Chickens. And Koval did put the “booze” in the Boozy Garden Tea Party. And it was delicious!
 
bright peony filled table garland tea party or wedding
 
Okay, maybe just one more tablescape. Is it weird that I wanna climb on that table and roll around in the flowers?
 
Winston & Main's Tabitha Abercrombie in the garden with her hand-painted "mother of chickens" tote
 
Well, maybe I’m just a little weird. 🙂
 

Amazing Collaborators + Contributors:
Hosts: Wandering Whiskey Society and Drinking with Chickens / Booze: Koval Distillery / Cookies + Cookie Decorating Sesh: Compact Cookies / Cocktails: Bit by a Fox / Cupcakes: Dine X Design / Scones: Nosh With Tash / All photography, except
where otherwise credited: Victoria Gold Photography / Floral Design: Winston & Main



Creative Update 1: Modern Geometry

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I am on the brink of a new (big, huge, terrifying, moreinfocomingsoon) creative/work decision, and so while my head is swimming with ideas and projects and goals and all these other not-quite-ready to actualize plans, I’ve decided I need a tangible and immediate creative outlet.

So, I am going to execute one personal creative project per week from start to finish, and share the results here- process, progress, pictures. Whatever. Just so long as it gets done.

I started a few weeks ago (and I started small).

But since then it’s been a whirlwind of creative activity here at the corner of Winston and Main.
And it feels good. Really good. The more creative projects I actually execute from start to finish (as opposed to the lists and piles of unfinished projects that tend to infiltrate and stagnate my creative life), the more creative and motivated I feel to make more.

And the closer my weekly projects are coming to aligning with all those not-quite-ready to actualize plans I mentioned up there. Funny how that works, huh?

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These table numbers are part of my DIY column over on Broke-Ass Bride and I have to say I’m pretty pleased with them. They’re bright, fun, and free-standing, and would add a perfect pop of color to any modern table.

They were the perfect petite jumping off point, and I’m positively thrilled with my continuing geometric endeavors. In fact, I’ve turned into a total math nerd over here and am churning out more geometric art/decor than I know what to do with….

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Apparently bright paint + unfinished wood makes me happy.
And that little piñata.
Could that thing be any more adorable?
And have you also found creativity to be cumulative?



Miso-Honey Black Cod

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aka Nobu’s Miso Black Cod.
aka candy fish.
aka the best thing to serve to guests (so easy/feels fancy).

Of course I should mention that I’ve never had the black cod at Nobu, don’t have the Nobu Cookbook, and don’t use any sugar in most of my food…

…so, this is my own take on a classic Japanese recipe, and humble as I am, I don’t mind saying that it’s fucking delicious. Yep, it merits the f-bomb. It’s that good.

I can only imagine fantasize how amazing the Miso Black Cod at Nobu must be…

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But back to my (humble) kitchen. The miso-honey marinade is magic- it soaks into the fish AND caramelizes on the surface, making every buttery bite a sweet/salty treat for your oh-so-refined tongue.

This fish makes you feel fancy folks. Just go with it.

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The only thing I would change next time is MORE fish. Because as you can see from the pictures, I had quite the petite filet of black cod. Trust me when I tell you, that forkful of fish is not for effect- I’m just pleased I could steady my hand and pause for a moment on the way to my mouth.

Oops. I just ate my model.
And that concludes our photo shoot.

Miso-Honey Black Cod
 
This simple recipe is equally perfect for week night dinners and fancy dinner parties. Just remember that the fish needs a few days to marinate!
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup sake
  • ¼ mirin
  • 3 tablespoons miso
  • 1.5 tablespoons honey
  • 2-4 black cod filets
Instructions
  1. Bring the sake and mirin to a boil on the stovetop for 30 seconds.
  2. Reduce heat and add miso and honey, stirring until combined.
  3. Remove mixture from heat, pour into a baking dish, and let come to room temperature.
  4. Place fish skin-side up in marinade, cover, and refrigerate 2-3 days.
  5. Broil Fish on each side for 3-4 minutes, then finish in oven for 7-10 minutes at 400 degrees.