With fall just around the corner, it’s time we gear up for the wonderful season marked by pumpkin-spice, cozy knits, and foods that make you feel all warm inside! Here are some fun fall festivities and recipes that ought to get you ready for the seasonal transition:
Visiting a local pumpkin patch is the best way to kick-off your fall season. These iconic autumn squashes are on display in all of their glory- ranging in colors from white, yellow, and orange in a variety of shapes and sizes. Grab some of the gourds for carving or simply to adorn your home, but don’t throw those seeds away! They can be roasted up into something crunchy and flavorful to munch on. Spice up your recipe with some of these creative takes on the classic roasted pumpkin seed.
Apples reach their prime in the fall, so what better time to gather up family and friends to enjoy the day picking them? You can slice them up for a pie, turn them into fritters, or dip them in ooey gooey caramel. Either way, apple picking can prove itself to be quite a rewarding pursuit. Make it a day worth while by packing a picnic to enjoy on the grounds in the fresh crisp air.
With the weather becoming cooler and night beginning earlier, it is a great time to flock indoors and whip up some of your favorite fall goodies with warm and invigorating spices. One way to infuse the delicious fragrances of the fall into your space is by brewing up a batch of apple cider. The beauty is, you can leave it on the stove or keep it simmering in the crockpot. If you’re really looking for some fun, turn your cider into spiked goodness by pouring in your favorite liquor.
In our new series “Story Behind the Scent”, Alana Rivera, owner and soap maven of Etta+ Billie, will take us through a history behind our scented concoctions. Here, she will recall the foods, memories, and people that have helped bring them to life. This week, we are talking all things Grapefruit Cardamom!
Tell us about the inspiration behind this scent:
Grapefruit Cardamom was a melding of two flavors that I loved into something absolutely blissful.
My love of grapefruit began as a child. Every summer, I spent time at my Grandma Etta’s in Southern California. She would often serve me grapefruit in the morning and I came to love the way she would cut each section for me so I could scoop the tangy flesh into a bowl. Then, I would squeeze any remaining pulp to create “Grapefruit soup”. I was so hooked on this method that I would often refuse to eat grapefruit cut any other way.
My obsession with cardamom didn’t start until I was much older. My first cardamom experience was in Indian cooking and then in a variety of pastries. I loved how the flavor is both herbaceous and spicy. With fresh green notes as well as a warm coziness. Once I discovered it, I couldn’t get enough.
Using my cooking experience and food loves as inspiration, I combined these two scents together. They work in harmony with each other to create something sweet, tart, spicy, and fresh. This combination is one of my very first and still one of my favorites today.
What products does Etta+Billie carry with this scent?
When I think of ordering a Negroni, my mind is usually telling me it’s time to sit and relax. Take a load off, savor the moment, which is hard to do with a 1-year old baby boy! The Negroni is the perfect cocktail for these kinds of moods. They’re a bit bitter, strong, and subtly sweet. For one our favorite weeks at Etta + Billie, Negroni Week, I wanted to share some of the most interesting ways you can enjoy this iconic cocktail, where to get them, and also share some exciting E+B news!
Classic Negroni: Junior. Mission, SF
Located just a hop and a skip from my house, Junior is my favorite local spot to sit n’ think for a while with a good, herbaceous Negroni. The interior is beautiful, the colors are contemplative, which makes for the perfect environment. Here are the ingredients for the Classic recipe:
Classic Negroni 1 oz. Gin (my favorite is St. George’s!) 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth 1 oz. Campari Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer Glass: Rocks Glass Garnish: Orange Peel Combine all ingredients and stir with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish.
Kingston Negroni: Outerlands, Outer Sunset, SF
If you take the N-line outbound to the beach, through layers of fog, you’ll find this wonderful gem of a restaurant called Outerlands. Although they’re known for many things (like their amazing grilled cheese!), the bartenders introduced me to the Kingston Negroni, and now it’s my favorite place to get it. Using Jamaican rum instead of gin, I was pleasantly surprised by the rich, spicy combination. Definitely the kind of drink you want to have with a friend, savoring all the flavors of your Negroni and sharing deep conversation. Here are the ingredients for the Kingston Negroni recipe:
Kingston Negroni 1 oz. Jamaican rum (my favorite is Smith and Cross!) 1 oz. sweet vermouth 1 oz Campari Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer Glass: rocks Garnish: orange peel Combine all ingredients and stir with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish.
Mezcal Negroni: Hello Stranger, Uptown Oakland
Across the bridge, Hello Stranger is my favorite Uptown bar for a Negroni. On the weekends this place gets busy, but during the week you can always count on a mellow scene with great music. Honestly, what brought me to this place was word of their original creation: the Hell’s Belles Negroni. With earthy mezcal, herbaceous rosemary (they even torch the rosemary sprig!) this version surprised me in the best way. It’s an experience you must check out if you’re in Oakland. Here are the ingredients for the Mezcal Negroni:
Hell’s Belles 1 ¼ oz. mezcal (Hello Stranger uses Wahaka espadín) 1 ½ oz. Cocchi Americano Rosa ½ oz. Campari Tools: barspoon, strainer Glass: Old Fashioned Garnish: grapefruit twist, rosemary sprig Stir all the ingredients with ice to chill, then strain into an ice-filled glass. Twist a piece of grapefruit peel over the drink, then pierce the twist with a rosemary sprig and use as garnish. (Optional: Use a kitchen torch to flame the rosemary sprig until it smokes; extinguish the flame before serving.)
New Etta + Billie product: Negroni Soap!
Just in time for Negroni Week, I made a small batch of soap inspired by one of my favorite classic cocktails, the Negroni! It’s the perfect combination of sweet and bitter and a little boozy. Visit our Instagram page for more Negroni Week updates, as well as our website to purchase your favorite new cocktail soap.
This week we asked Root Adorned owner Erin Hasler a bit about her beautiful shop and some local tips when visiting Bend.
Born and raised in Bend, Erin is honored to bring her unique perspective to the community that she so dearly loves. After facing breast cancer as a young mother and wife, Erin discovered a new zest for life. She sold her hand crafted jewelry line and sought out a new career that would enable her to travel the world, support artisans and connect to community. It was from this dream that RootAdorned was born. Erin is a firm believer that life is short and you shouldn’t waste a moment of our precious time on Earth.
Tell us a bit about your shop.
“Root Adorned is a home goods experience that brings the very best treasures from around the world to your home. Our goal is to help you create the nest of your dreams. A home that feels like the perfect sanctuary to rest and revive. We believe that surrounding yourself with beauty has an incredible effect on the soul. Our homes should reflect the beauty that is within all of us; each as unique as the individuals we know and love.”
“We scour the globe to find one of a kind treasures for your nest. Swoon worthy vintage Moroccan rugs that are patina’d with time and love, hand selected from deep within the souks and sure to be family heirlooms for generations to come. Vintage handiras, Moroccan wedding blankets crafted with love, intention and prayers for a beautiful life. House plants so stunning they double as art.”
What do you love most about your area and how long have you been located there?
“I’m a second generation Bendite, which is rare these days. I’ve lived in other cities but I always came home to the high desert. I am my happiest when I’m out in in nature and we’re so blessed to have a bounty of natural beauty around us in Bend.”
Is your area known for anything in particular?
“Bend, Oregon is an outdoor recreation mecca. We have some of the best trail systems, high mountain lakes, skiing and snowboarding, rock climbing, white water rafting and mountain biking. It’s also become a bit of a beer haven; last time I checked we had 32 local breweries! Although ironically, I’m allergic to gluten and can’t drink beer :).”
Describe your favorite places for food/drinks in your area:
My favorite restaurants/bars are:
Breakfast: Cafe Sintra in downtown for a delicious breakfast/brunch with a Portuguese influence. D&D for the local dive bar eggs & bacon.
Lunch: Sunny Yoga Kitchen!!! They’re our neighbors, but they’re also the best lunch spot in town and the sweetest women you could ever know!
Dinner: Joolz for Lebanese with a delicious twist. Barrio for the best tacos and their Don Chipotle margarita. Spork for fantastic, globally inspired faire and the raddest ambience.
Drinks: Velvet in downtown Bend for fantastic cocktails, great ambience and it’s owned by a really awesome couple. D&D, it’s my favorite dive bar and the perfect place to have a low key drink with your friends.
They may not all believe it but guys need skincare too. Especially when it smells damn good and keeps their face soft and beard manageable. This will change your couch snuggling game. Etta + Billie Beard + Face Oil| $28
Keep his hot sauce on point with this collection of small-batch hot sauces from US-based indie food makers. Mouth Foods | $69.50
Our Cedarwood soap is equal parts fresh and woody, conjuring up memories of meals around the campfire. The perfect choice when you’re trying to wean your loved one off the Irish Spring. Etta + Billie Cedarwood Soap | $14
Does your dad love mixing up his favorite pancake recipe with solid tunes in the background? Not sure which record to get him? How about treating him to some quality time at your local record store? Grab a gift certificate so he can pick the perfect album to play during his next breakfast prep. SF pops hit up Tunnel Records + Beach Goods.
Mimosas are arguably the perfect breakfast cocktail. And they are versatile! Simply combine champagne or sparkling wine with your favorite juice and ingredients. You can make your mimosa as unique as you are.
Mother’s Day is in ten days! May 12th celebrates motherhood and the influence of mothers in our lives.
The old school Mother’s Day celebrated the Greek mother goddess Cybele. The modern-day Mother’s Day in the United States was started by peace activist Anna Jarvis who thought a day should be set aside for all mothers because she believed a mother is “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world”.
So what should you get for the person who has done more for you than anyone?
Here are some ideas:
Lavender Gift Set A floral bouquet of lavender to soothe and calm after a doozy of a day. Great gift for mothers of young children.
Local Food Tour Find a local food tour, tasting, or class in your area for a fun outing with your foodie mom.
Travel Kit A luscious gift for those roaming mamas! Choose your lip balm, body spray, and skin balm.
Organic Facial Sign mom up for an organic facial or massage. Organic facials are gentler on your skin while providing a deep clean.
Grapefruit CardaMOM Body Wash Turn her shower into a spa for mom with this bright infusion of pink grapefruit with a touch of cardamom. This body wash is sure to waken and revive.
Local Farm Box Splurge on a CSA of organic, clean, and seasonal produce straight from the farm for mom this Mother’s Day.
We love Earth Day! If there is one day a year to stop. think. and strategize. about improving your impact on our planet, this day is it. Earth Day is about joining the environmental movement to protect endangered species, end plastic pollution, and solve climate change.
With that in mind, we put together some tips and tricks for a Zero-Waste Kitchen Routine.
1. Shop with reusable bags
If you are like me, you have an entire pile of old shirts pulled out of the closet for Spring Cleaning this month. Here is a super cute No Sew T-Shirt Tote Bag that you can create in lieu of plastic or paper grocery bags. Or if you have some old pillowcases, give this DIY bag a try.
No time for DIY? No problem! Aplat has some amazing produce bag and tote bag options. Aplat creates modern zero waste design products for sharing and transporting food. Baggu bags are also super stylish and offer their original and best-selling item: the ripstop nylon shopping bag. The standard Baggu can hold 2-3 times more than the traditional grocery bag.
2. Store food in reusable containers
This is your Pinterest for cabinets moment! Store your dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, nuts, popcorn, etc.) in glass jars and containers. Buy in bulk so you have less containers to throw away and can simply refill as needed. Works in the fridge too!
Composting doesn’t have to be hard. Start out with a 5 gallon bucket and build from there. Or, if you are ready to go a bit larger, here is a 10 Minute DIY Pallet Compost that you do not have to nail and hammer.
Composting reduces household wastes by converting organic material (spoiled food, leftover food, egg shells, coffee grounds, etc.) into fertilizer for gardening. Layer dry ingredients from the yard (grass clippings, leaves) with kitchen waste in a bin and it breaks down surprisingly fast. Here’s a video.
And finally, if you do have any containers left over, recycle! Keep in mind that glass and metal can be recycled over and over – so if you have a choice, use those. Plastic always ends up in a landfill eventually.
Etta + Billie crew members are the heart of our company. Since the company’s launch in 2009, our employees have helped us along the road of creating purposeful, sustainable, natural body care products and without them, we wouldn’t be the company we are today!
Want to know more about the Etta + Billie team? Here is a closer look at one of our crew members: Josiah!
How long have you been at Etta + Billie?
Officially, for a year! Unofficially, 4 years. Before my position as Studio Manager, I helped Alana with photoshoots, videos, craft shows, and production.
What five things couldn’t you live without?
My library card, peanuts, headphones, my record collection, and my guitar
What’s one nice thing you could do for somebody in your life today?
Buy a friend a cup of coffee
My favorite quote is:
“Poetry, like bread, is for everyone.” Roque Dalton