Peach and Raspberry Crumble Cake with Cherries on Top

This perfect little summer crumb cake wants to be filled with all those glorious things from the market that beg for attention each time I go.  Peaches with raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, or cherries – whatever you love. (Keep the peaches intact.) In my mind, I baked it and had my girlfriends over for tea. Except it’s too hot to drink tea, or to ask people to leave their houses.  So Tyson and I  ate it for breakfast. Also: it was a little too luscious to share.

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I made it with peaches, raspberries, and cherries — because I love cherries and almonds together, especially.

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And it’s summer, so I get to use my seashell measuring spoons. (It’s weird that I have summer measuring spoons.)

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The cake starts with a buttery sour cream batter pressed into a springform pan.

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Which is then topped with a stewed fruit mixture that is just as delicious eaten with a spoon, or served over ice cream. It  really doesn’t need the cake.

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Then more batter, almonds, and raw sugar are piled on top.

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Oh, baby.

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Summer distilled.

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Raspberry Peach Crumb Cake

(Recipe from Seven Spoons, via Simple Pleasures. It was originally adapted from Inn Cuisine.)

Ingredients

4 ounces fresh raspberries

4 ounces fresh cherries, pitted and halved
2 medium peaches, peeled and sliced into chunks
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup butter, cold and diced
1/3 cup sliced (flaked) almonds
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
coarse sugar for dusting

Preheat an oven to 350°F (175°C). Butter and flour a 10-inch tart pan with a removable bottom, or a 10-inch springform pan.

In a medium saucepan, toss the raspberries, cherries and peaches with the cornstarch to coat. Stir in the sugar and cook over medium heat until bubbling and thick. Remove from the heat and mash the fruit slightly. Set aside to cool slightly.

For the cake, in a medium bowl stir together the sour cream, milk, egg and vanilla. Set aside.

Combine the flour and sugar in a large bowl. Using fingers, two knives or a pastry cutter, cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until you have a texture that resembles coarse meal. Remove 1/2 cup of the crumb mixture to a small bowl and stir through the almonds. Set aside.

To the remaining flour mixture, whisk in the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquids. Using light, quick strokes, stir until only just combined. The batter should be thick, but smooth.

Take about 2/3 of the batter and spread it across the bottom and up 1-inch of the sides of the prepared pan. Damp fingers or a wet palette knife make easy work of this. Spoon the reserved raspberry filling over the batter, gently spreading to cover and leaving a 1/2-inch border at the edge. Dollop irregular mounds of the remaining dough over the fruit layer, again using damp fingers or a wet palette knife to coax the batter to almost cover – some gaps are good. Top with the crumb topping over all and then sprinkle with a couple of teaspoons or so of coarse sugar.

Place on a sheet pan and bake in a preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean and the cake starts to pull away from the sides of the pan. Cool, in pan on a rack, for 15 minutes. Remove from the tart pan and serve at warm or at room temperature.

Makes one 10-inch cake.

 

By |2013-07-15T08:32:33-07:00July 15th, 2013|Recipes|1 Comment

SALE! My Nautical Pop-Up Shop at Design Lab

How’s this for my anchor fantasies come true: Design*Lab asked me set up a nautical pop-up shop (SO fun!),  and this week, the entire assemblage is 20% off before the store closes for July.

There are vintage ship parts, nautical flag banners, anchor hooks galore, little black whale boxes, tote bags for days, and even an anchor carnival light.

Design*Lab is at 166 W. Main St. in Mesa, in the same building as FOUND. It’s one of the best shops in the country. I loved being part of it! Watch for more Jaimee Rose pop-up shops to come this fall.

The goods:

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Look at this vintage ship’s light I found — so amazing, and I spotted one for DOUBLE the price at a shop in California.

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I’ve been stalking this anchor carnival light since I spotted it at the New York Gift Show in January. Hello, my love.

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This red anchor pillow? Perfection. And can you handle the straw anchor rug? It’s under $60, my friends. SO affordable and fun. I need this for Coronado, stat.

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Aaand, Turkish Towels have come to town! I ordered a slew for the store so I could buy half of them myself. (And did.) They’re incredible hand towels, guest towels and napkins. The larger sizes are killer bath towels/beach towels/summer scarves. I keep one in my car for the movie theater. (Also known as the arctic tundra of an Arizona summer.)

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We have nautical notebooks and stationery, natch.

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Cute beach bags/cosmetic bags/farmer’s market bags:

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Behold, nautical bits of doom. I could never neglect the bits. The whale box might be my favorite thing in the whole bunch.

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You better believe that these nautical flag placemats are in my beach suitcase for every picnic and barbecue. So fab.

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And there are gorgeous lanterns, of course.

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Hurry in — the shop closes at the end of this month, and there are fourth of July buckets to be had.

By |2013-06-26T06:32:13-07:00June 26th, 2013|Style|2 Comments

Lemon Yogurt Cake of Doom

I suspect that the universal adoration of Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, has something to do with her gift for making  us all feel like everything is going to be OK. These are the lessons of reading her cookbooks and watching her show: if you roast a chicken for your husband every Friday, the weekend will contain joy.  If you have lemon cake waiting in your freezer, you can handle unexpected guests and unexpected things. The Barefoot Contessa calms me.

And I now have a freezer full of lemon-yogurt cake, so bring it on, world.

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This is the recipe. Do not depart. It’s the best lemon cake imaginable. Better than Starbucks lemon loaf, for sure.

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Yes, you need all of this lemon zest. It tastes like sunshine and is always my favorite thing to add to anything in the kitchen.

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#Prettytrash. Send the lemon rinds down your disposal to clean it and fragrance the house.

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One recipe departure: poke holes all over your cake to help it better absorb the lemon syrup. Not the icing — the syrup. Yes, there’s a reason this is so moist.

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I’m ready.

And speaking of lemons, have you tried my lemon crepes? Or lemon bars? This lemon cake is also fantastic — another Barefoot Contessa iteration, sans yogurt. I like the yogurt cake even more.

By |2013-05-15T05:29:40-07:00May 15th, 2013|Recipes|1 Comment

My finds for summer decorating: thrills and steals.

It’s going to be 102 degrees in Phoenix today, which means that the only thing I want to do is lie on the couch, drinking watermelon agua fresca and looking at catalogs in which summer is pretty and you need a sweater at night. Happily, this behavior means that I’ve unearthed excellent summer finds for your house — both high and low.

THRILL: Clearly, my friends at Serena & Lily are trying to make me crawl to their offices in Sausalito on my knees. These striped chairs were made for my backyard. $1795 each. .

STEAL: Striped outdoor pouf from CB2, which I’ve put into my shopping cart about four times. I need them. No, I don’t. I need them. I REALLY don’t. $89.95.

STEAL: Get your stripes on with this entire frenchified collection. $895 for an outdoor sofa that looks imported from France and will last forever? Bargain, in my book. We’re installing this at a home on Coronado this week. I also think it would be great pulled up to a kitchen table. And the bar cart! Also from Serena & Lily, which is just killing it lately.

THRILL: Despite all of my preaching about a moratorium on chevron, which I cannot stand to see anymore, I just brought this beach tote home from Anthropologie, $78. “It’s not really chevron,” said my sister Heidi, in the store. She’s lying, but that was nice of her. I love it.

THRILL: This coral-esque chandelier was just introduced at High Point market. It’s all you’d need to make a room. Available through me at DeCesare Design Group. Let’s order two. One for me, one for you.

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STEAL: Lucite boy/girl bookends from The Novogratz at CB2, $49.95 each. Love those Novogratz.

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STEAL: Giant drink dispenser with a bird on top, $29. And don’t miss the giant $20 mason jar version, both at Cost Plus World Market.

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THRILL: In person, these crocks are so stylish and heavy, $39-$49 at Pottery Barn. My sisters and I approved.

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STEAL: These dip-dyed stools from Serena & Lily (told you, on FIRE) will also be making a cameo at the house on Coronado. And at my house. Just $58 and $68.

STEAL: Stitched outdoor pillows with  major style from West Elm – even better in person and in stock at the Scottsdale store. And they’re on sale — $24.

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THRILL: Loving these sayings pillows that we have  at Design*Lab.  I am tempted to wrap up “You’re Right” and give it to myself, from Tyson, as a hint. He’s one of THOSE men. Love him, but I’ve never heard these words come from his mouth.

Here’s to the good life this summer, indeed.

P.S. Did you hear my news? I’ve joined the design team at DeCesare Design Group. Renovating? Decorating? Building a new house? Telephone moi or send me a note:  480-668-5490, jaimee@decesaredesigngroup.com

By |2013-05-13T07:07:18-07:00May 13th, 2013|Style|2 Comments

My $1 flower arrangement for spring

It was bad enough when I told the checkout guy at Trader Joe’s that I loved the TJ’s frozen lemon bars because they were pretty. “Pretty doesn’t matter,” he said. ” I like them because they taste good.”

Uh-huh, sure, whatever you say, I mumbled. But I think this might be a higher achievement in nuttiness: at the Old Town Farmers Market on Saturday, I spent a good long while picking out the two prettiest pots of wheatgrass to bring home — not to drink (but i should), not for the pets (don’t have any), but because they were gorgeous and the best $1 flower arrangement I can imagine.

That’s right. This happy little piece of spring was $1.

I tucked mine into my new treasure:  vintage trophies I scored at a Phoenix antique shop — a coup, as I’ve been lusting after the idea of vintage trophies ever since I saw them in a California shop for $400. Mine didn’t cost $400, not anywhere near it. (I now can pretend my imaginary grandfather the track star swept the high jump in Boston in 1917 and 1922. Go gramps.)

Rhibafarms also sells the wheatgrass in awesome square flats for $10 (seen below in a pic from Rhibarms’ blog) that would make gorgeous centerpieces for a spring party. I told the very kind woman in charge that I’d be back for some just as soon as I found the right size vase. She smiled and nodded and looked at me like that made perfect sense, which was kind of her, you know.

By |2012-01-15T20:19:07-07:00January 15th, 2012|Style|0 Comments

Recipe: Lemon Crepes

My girlfriends like to come over and spend the night at my house, because they know that in the morning, there will be lemon crepes.

 

Recipe:

In a bowl with a pouring spout, mix:

2 eggs, 1 1/2 cups milk, 1 cup flour, 1 tablespoon melted butter, 2 tablespoons sugar (I use stevia), 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the zest of one lemon. Whisk vigorously.

Cook crepes in a nonstick pan. (Good directions here. Or, if you’re feeling shy, go buy a crepemaker. That helps.) The key is to use lots of butter in the pan, a shy quarter-cup batter, medium-high heat, and don’t try to flip until the crepe is browned and crisp on the bottom.

Remove the crepe to a plate. Sprinkle with a big heap of powdered sugar, then spread it around the crepe. Squeeze about a tablespoon or two of fresh lemon juice over the top. Pretend you’re in france.

 

By |2012-01-15T12:33:36-07:00January 15th, 2012|Recipes|0 Comments

D-I-Y Numbered Napkins

I dreamed of numbered napkins available only through H&M in Europe. Humph. So here’s how to make our own:

The inspiration:

It wasn’t THAT bad, although I will admit that on number six I was cursing myself for not telephoning Sweden and having them sent to me instead. Here’s how:

First, gather the supplies: black fabric paint, a small brush with an angled tip, a fabric marker, and an embroidery hoop — all available at Michaels. (Don’t buy the wood hoop in the first pic. It broke right away, and I had to go back for the plastic one. Grr.) You also need a sheet of blank label paper from Staples or Office Max and 8 napkins. (Mine are from Pottery Barn, here. Use whatever you’d like. Cotton or cotton/poly works best.) Before you start, be sure to wash and dry the napkins to remove sizing, and do NOT use fabric softener or dryer sheets.

Next, print out your numbers onto the label paper. Are you ready to love me? I made a template and you can download it right here. You’re welcome.

Carefully cut the numbers out, leaving the label backing intact.

Next, peel off the label backing and affix your number on the napkin, wherever you’d like it to be. It helps to fold them exactly how you plan to in the future.

Center your number in the embroidery hoop to give yourself a taut working surface. Using your fabric marker, trace the number. (Fabric markers are glorious. They rinse out with just a little water — a magic disappearing act.)

When you’re finished, peel off the label.

Here comes the hard part. Carefully fill in your number with black fabric paint. I will tell you that I did this s-l-o-w-l-y. And that a small, angled brush is the key to your happiness. And that I turned this thing every which way – upside down, sideways, whatever — to get it all filled in. You’ll want a heavy coat or two.

When you’re finished, let it dry flat overnight.

In the morning, rinse out the marker, iron the napkins, line them up, and feel very smug. You have outwitted H&M and their annoying reluctance to share their home collection with the U.S.A.

Set the table. Dream up dinner parties. Ask your boyfriend to model the matching glassware you bought long ago at Macy’s. Feel quite proud.

 

By |2012-01-14T20:33:58-07:00January 14th, 2012|DIY + Projects|1 Comment

Ahoy, matey: Etsy nautical finds

I’m a sucker for an anchor or a nautical stripe, and ahoy, matey, is seaside chic ever having an Etsy moment. Look at all the fun:

From emandsprout on Etsy, a sailor tee that I’m really into: $16

Happy striped pillows, $70 for three:

Yellow cabana stripes, $20:

Anchor placecards, $50 for 50.

I wish I had the guts to wear this FablesbyBarrie dress, $108:

Very tempted to order these and have personalized nautical water in my fridge, just for fun, $12:

A little cast iron goodie for your wall, $9

Mission: find awesome men’s vintage vest in my size and send it to BrightWall on Etsy. This is $26.

Sweet print by Letterpress, $10:

PrettyRacoon might be my fave new Etsy find. (Visit her shop, and ogle the Eiffel Tower dress.) This anchor tee is $31.

Um, yes please: $25.

Or, should I get this, $60:

By |2012-01-14T20:20:33-07:00January 14th, 2012|Style|0 Comments

Tooth Fairy Doors D-I-Y

For Christmas, I gave some little people that I love homemade tooth fairy doors. The doors hang on the wall — above a nightstand, say, providing access to coin-bearing nymphs that visit in the night.

I love the gift of imagination.

 

The doors are meant for miniature dollhouses, and all you have to do is order the supplies, paint the pieces and glue on brass door accessories.

I might be making a few more — for my mother, and myself.

We believe in magic.

By |2012-01-12T20:16:56-07:00January 12th, 2012|DIY + Projects|5 Comments

Scarlett’s Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party

I thought the cutest thing I’d ever encountered was my 3-year-old niece Scarlett, calling me on the phone: “Jaimee, will you come to my Strawberry Shortcake birfday party?” Will I ever.

And then I went to her Strawberry Shortcake birthday party, which my sister Kapri turned into 3-year-old nirvana — also known as a tea party — and watched Scarlett running around in a strawberry tutu and a strawberry purse. And that was the cutest thing on the planet.

The invites:

The room:

Strawberry cake pops, made by my sister, (who may be nuts):

The outfit:

And yes, that is a baby strawberry purse.

 

The party favors for each guest — aprons monogrammed by my sister (certifiably nuts):

Birthday cupcakes, candles (and helpers named Blake):

Decorating with dolls:

Kapri, pouring “tea” . . .

. . . which was really water . . .

. . . or strawberry soda.

The food matched:

Did you know there are strawberry-shaped marshmallows?

Scarlett’s balloons:

And the second round of party favors:

A pinata to match:

Baby brother and Granni, dressed as decor:

And a happy little girl, who asked last week if she could have another Strawberry Shortcake birthday party, and when.

By |2012-01-12T20:11:10-07:00January 12th, 2012|Parties|8 Comments
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