Dining at Home with World Market

Eating at home has become increasingly important to us as Jackson gets older. Now that we live in a smaller town with more limited dining options, I’ve made a huge effort to become a better cook and make eating at home more of an experience. I’ve partnered with World Market to show you a few different ways to dress up eating at home.

World Market has been a great resource for me in my effort to make dining at home a nicer and more fun experience. They have so many great, high-quality products at fantastic prices, so you find just about everything you’d want from picking a theme or color for a dinner or simply adding to your dining basics without breaking the bank.

I’ve put together three fun “dining events” at home: a family breakfast, dinner for two and wine night with the girls, so here’s a look at what’s been happening on my table lately. As you read, you can hover over the photos and you’ll see icons you can click on to go through to product info and shop! World Market’s Dining Event kicks off today with awesome savings on dining furniture (up to 50% off!), dinnerware, flatware, linens and wine racks and serving trays – including most the pieces I’ve featured here. Plus, to sweeten things up even more, The HSS Feed readers get an additional 10% off site wide (yes, on everything!) with the code THEHSSFEED now through August 27. Time to shop!

Family Breakfast
One of my favorite meals to eat and prepare is breakfast. It has become a weekend tradition at our house to eat a big breakfast together before we head out on whatever adventure we’ve got planned for the day. I like to set a bright table on weekend mornings and the bright flowers (from Grohman’s Flowers) and printed mugs are the perfect combination to start the day.

What’s on the menu? I almost always make an egg-based dish and I love this biscuit casserole.  My mom recently introduced me to this really delicious cinnamon quick bread  (which I love on this scalloped pedestal stand) and it’s going to be something I make very often – it is SO easy!

Wine Night with the Girls
These days, it often seems easier to stay in and have a laid-back night with friends but I still like to make things feel a little fancy and special. For this little wine night, I wanted a little Tuscan feel and decorated the table with some unique florals (again from Grohman’s Flowers) that complimented the colors in the runner. For snacks, I made a little trip to Lake Street Market and set up a cheese assortment on this slate cheese board with four different cheeses: Parrano, Beemster Aged Gouda, Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog (my favorite!) and Fol Epi French Baby Swiss. I also added some sopressata, a variety of crackers and bread and Marcona almonds (my favorite little snack).

I like to always have at least one red and one white for wine night. As you might guess, I keep the white wine in the refrigerator or a chiller, but I love a decanter for red wine – plus it looks great on the table!

Date Night at Home
Date nights out are also sort of rare lately, so Clint and I try to take one night a week to do dinner with just the two of us at home. I like to set up dinner in our dining room, do a little bit of a romantic floral centerpiece, open some champs and call it a date! I loved adding a touch of metallic with these gold chargers and mirrored tray (which I may use as a perfume tray in my closet later), which compliment our room so nicely.

I love to make an easy but classic dish, like my mom’s marinara sauce and homemade pesto, which I serve with goat cheese, parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes. Here are those two recipes, I hope you’ll try them!

1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup pine nuts
3 tablespoons minced garlic (about 9-10 cloves)
5 cups packed fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil (I use slightly less)
1 cup freshly grated parmesan

Place walnuts, pine nuts and garlic in food processor and process for 30 seconds. Add the basil, salt and pepper. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl through the feed tube. Process until the mixture is finely pureed. Add the parmesan and process for one minute. Serve immediately, store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days and the freezer for up to 3 months.

Mom’s Marinara Sauce
1/8 cup minced garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 cans of crushed tomatoes (28 oz cans)
1 cup wine (I prefer to use white wine for a lighter flavor)
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
A pinch dried rosemary
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot, lightly sauté the garlic in the olive oil being careful not to brown garlic (about 1 minute). Add remaining ingredients. Bring sauce to a boil and then turn down the heat to low. Simmer for an hour or two, stirring regularly.

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