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  • The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 43

    The Dirt is our version of a weekly link roundup, where we share what's currently capturing our interest around the web. Hope you'll enjoy, and feel free to share what you're reading in the comments. We'd love to hear from you!

    We always love a s'more. Here are 15 more ways to enjoy our favorite fireside treat. (via Style Me Pretty)

    Keep your pumpkins fresh for Halloween and beyond. (via The Kitchn)

    10 gorgeous ideas for all-fall decor. (via Apartment Therapy)

    Urban foraging with New York native Ava Chin. (via Refinery 29)

    A crafty alternative to pumpkin carving. (via Free People)

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  • The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 42

    The Dirt is our version of a weekly link roundup, where we share what's currently capturing our interest around the web. Hope you'll enjoy, and feel free to share what you're reading in the comments. We'd love to hear from you!

    Perfect pairings of charcuterie and cheese. (via Serious Eats)

    On our lunch menu: a colorful autumn salad. (via The City Sage)

    A lovely wedding day with terrain at Styer's. (via Style Me Pretty)

    Have you heard these funny French food idioms? (via T Magazine)

    40 photos to brighten your day. (via Design*Sponge)

    For post-Halloween recipes: the best pumpkins for baking and cooking. (via The Kitchn)

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  • The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 40

    The Dirt is our version of a weekly link roundup, where we share what's currently capturing our interest around the web. Hope you'll enjoy, and feel free to share what you're reading in the comments. We'd love to hear from you!

    Homemade apple butter in three easy steps. (via Refinery29)

    The science behind fall color. (via Compound Interest)

    The perfect bread for an autumn dinner. (via Beyond Kimchee)

    Ten travel-inspired Instagrams that have us booking our next adventure. (via Design*Sponge)

    A super-simple recipe for the perfect pancakes. (via NYT)

    We'd love to take a class at Tallulah Rose Flower School.(via Design*Sponge)

    Coconut and blackberries at breakfast. (via The Kitchn)

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  • Habit + Habitat: Isa Salazar

    Ever wonder what the folks at terrain do when we're not in the garden? In our monthly series, Habit + Habitat, we're finding out by asking one person to share a favorite habit and a beloved habitat. This month, we’re chatting with Narrative Photographer Isa Salazar, the lady behind the lens for our lifestyle and blog images-- and our resident baking extraordinaire. Isa is often found in the field with her camera, but we caught her at the office to talk entertaining at her favorite getaway-- her family's historic farm. 

    terrain: What is your role at terrain? Can you describe your typical day?

    Isa: I’m the Narrative Photographer for terrain. A typical day at work for me isn’t always so typical. A couple weeks ago, for example, our stylist and I had to canoe into location for a shoot!

    terrain: What’s the one word that describes your habitat—your family’s farm, and your habit—entertaining?

    Isa: For the farm, exploration. For entertaining, experimentation.

    terrain: What aspects of your family farm it make a good place for hosting? What are some of your favorite spaces there?

    Isa: The farm has been in my family for 40 years, and the house itself was built in the 1800s, so it holds a whole lot of history. You can really feel it when you’re there, and that makes the place especially warm and welcoming. It’s easy for guests to feel at home. One of my family’s favorite spaces for gathering after a long day is on the front porch at sunset, aka cocktail hour. 

    terrain: What do you love most about entertaining?

    Isa: The whole thing! I love feeding people and seeing friends have a great time. I enjoy the challenge of a large group and also the intimacy of a small one. My mother masters entertaining quite elegantly, and it’s really because of her that I love it so much. I look back to my childhood, when our family would host Lechonadas (Puerto Rican pig roasts) at the farm each summer. With five children and more than 100 guests, my mother somehow made the behind-the-scenes look effortless and exciting.

    terrain: Do you have any go-to dishes for fall gatherings?

    Isa: Tarts! I have a habit of veering off from recipes, but the Apple Nougatine Tart [above] from the Tartine cookbook is one I will follow exactly. It’s a crowd pleaser and great for fall, especially with some vanilla ice cream on the side.

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  • The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 39

    The Dirt is our version of a weekly link roundup, where we share what's currently capturing our interest around the web. Hope you'll enjoy, and feel free to share what you're reading in the comments. We'd love to hear from you!

    Toast fall with this maple-flavored libation. (via Design*Sponge)

    Feeling crafty? Try your hand at one of these gorgeous floral garlands. (via Apartment Therapy)

    A beautiful and delicious cheese board for Rosh Hashanah gatherings-- or any other fall occasion. (via The Kitchn)

    Pizza for breakfast gets a makeover. (via NYT)

    Overpicked at the apple orchard this weekend? Try out these tips for making your own cider. (via Free People)

    We're falling in love with these inspiring, autumnal Instagrams. (via The City Sage)

    If the weather is getting cooler where you are, whip up one of these warm and hearty pastas. (via Bon Appetit)

    Our Autumn Bounty Festival is this Saturday in Glen Mills, PA! See you there?

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  • Best of the Bunch

    September 15, 2014

    Tags:
    At Home
    , Outdoor Living

    Crafted by hand and dried to maintain their vibrant hues, our newest preserved bunches and cheerful wreaths are helping the garden last longer as we prepare for autumn's arrival. Whether brought as a bouquet for a friend, draped as a garland, displayed on a wall, or hung on the bannister, we couldn’t be more inspired by our stylist’s beautiful ideas, above, for incorporating these lively botanicals into your own décor. If you’re feeling crafty, consider mingling these long-lasting blooms with the season’s last fresh cuts for transitional appeal.

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  • The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 38

    The Dirt is our version of a weekly link roundup, where we share what's currently capturing our interest around the web. Hope you'll enjoy, and feel free to share what you're reading in the comments. We'd love to hear from you!

    We're loving this series about gatherings for all seasons. (via The Kitchn)

    An unexpected innovator for green farming. (via Modern Farmer)

    Dazzling mineral planters for your tillandsia. (via Anthology)

    A fall apple tart that's as beautiful as it is delicious. (via Hip Foodie Mom)

    We can't wait to cozy up with this fall soup. (via Elephantine)

    Party-ready punch recipes for guests of all ages. (via Design*Sponge)

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  • Five Favorites: Fall Entertaining Tips

    As we head into the cooler months, we're inviting guests back indoors for cozy autumn gatherings. While prepping for fall's first dinner party, we asked our own entertaining expert-- Events Manager Diane S.-- for tips on hosting this season. She says, "I love to entertain in the fall. The weather is usually great, so you can start the evening on the porch with a cocktail and music, then move inside for an informal dinner as the air gets crisper." Read on for Diane's five best tips for fall gatherings.

    1. Start prepping a few days in advance. "I pull out all the serving ware, platters, and glasses I'm planning to use, along with silverware, linens, etc. For a smooth, stress-free event, I put a Post-It on every serving piece, labeling what will go in each one, so I can mentally map out the night."

    2. Welcome guests with music. "I have my husband (who is a total music guy and played a guitar in a band for many years) select a playlist for when visitors arrive. I want guests to feel instantly at home and comfortable, and music helps set a relaxing tone."

    3. Create a signature cocktail. "This is a must for all my gatherings, making it easy for guests to select a drink. During fall, I love to celebrate the season with ginger, apple, or pumpkin. I'm a big fan of an apple cider sangria! I like to also have a white wine, red wine, and a good beer on hand, in case any guests aren't in the mood for a cocktail."

    4. Start with a snack. "My family is big on having home-popped popcorn as a crowd-pleasing appetizer. I like to flavor mine with truffle salt or pink Himalayan sea salt. It's such a simple thing to make moments before guests arrive, as well as an easy snack to enjoy while chatting."

    5. Keep dinner casual. "I prefer to serve a lighter, buffet-style dinner, so guests can choose how much they put on their plates. I often opt for a green salad with a truffle oil and balsamic dressing (can you tell I love all things truffle?), and then a casserole. Casseroles sound old-fashioned, but they're a simple way to entertain without being chained to the kitchen, since they can be made beforehand. I want to be with my guests catching up, not in the kitchen missing the fun! Finally, I aim to have dessert be a one-bite option– so that guests don’t feel guilty indulging." 

    Diane adds, "My most important tip for entertaining anytime is to take a moment before your guests arrive and relax; I try to grab a quiet minute or two and have a drink with my husband. Your house is clean, the prep work is done, and now it is time to enjoy your friends and family!"

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