Rose Petal Ice Cubes

I LOVE roses for their beauty, scent and flavor, so I was excited to see this DIY Rose Petal Ice Cubes tutorial using Cardinal de Richelieu garden roses. I just need to figure out if my garden roses are safe to use. I imagine they’re probably fine because I don’t think the plants were ever grown with pesticides. A rose with smaller blooms than I currently grow would be easier to use to make this work, so I might try it with dried rosebuds and petals first. I also love that the classic sturdy steel ice cube trays are still available and that you can even get an ice cube tray stand to conserve space and hold up to three trays. These trays would be a nice gift for a classic cocktail enthusiast or anyone who loves those little vintage details. This Rose Petal Honey recipe looks great too! Rose everything, please.

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Photos by Michelle Slatalla for Gardenista.

I HEART PDX

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Hello! There is a lot going on the next few days, but you should be able to hit everything before the crazy heat this weekend melts us all to puddles. HAVE FUN OUT THERE! Spread the word! xo Jen

Now thru Tuesday, June 9. For everyone from Portland up to Seattle and many towns in-between — make sure to enter my amazing Helsing Junction Farm Share Giveaway! These wonderful ladies have the best farm around and one lucky person will win a delicious farm share for 8 weeks! There’s also a promo code for $10 off your share if you join between now and July 15: HONEYFARM15 — SO MANY OPTIONS! We have the small share, fruit share, flower share, mushroom share and cheese share this year and we’re SO EXCITED. There are a lot more options to tailor your weekly delivery too! Read more about Helsing Junction Farm + ENTER THE GIVEAWAY. Spread the word to your Pacific NW friends!

Thursday, June 4. 5PM to 9PM. Come out to the Betsy & Iya Retirement Party Sale! Some jewelry needs to get cut to make room for even more new designs, so Betsy & Iya are having a fun sale. Get 20% off some beautiful designs and your last chance to nab them before they’re gone gone gone. Plus, these guys always do it up right at their crazy awesome parties. Betsy & Iya is located at 2403 NW Thurman St. MORE INFO.

Thursday, June 4. 5PM to 8PM. Stop by the Backtalk West Grand Opening Party! The beloved N. Mississippi shop, Backtalk, is opening a second shop in downtown’s west end. Look for clothing, accessories, housewares and art objects by Laurs Kemp, RillRill, Jessie Weitzel, Claire Green, Metalepsis, The Pursuits of Happiness, Saint Karen, Lindsey Lewis, Julia Gabriel Studio, Formation Design, Sarah Bergman, Weft + Hide. Backtalk West is located at 421 SW 10th Ave. MORE INFO.

Thursday, June 4. 6PM to 9PM. My pals at Needmore Designs are having their 11th Anniversary Party + Open House. Come listen to tunes, sip some vino by Elk Cove Vineyards, nibble Steve’s Cheese, shop Pine Fort Press prints and raise a glass to this wonderful crew of website designers. Needmore Designs is located at 70 NW Couch St., Suite #405. MORE INFO.

Friday, June 5. 6PM to 9PM. YAY! Michelle Kline’s XOBRUNO Studio + Shop has moved in at 811 E. Burnside and they are having a little party. Music, food, drinks and 20% off beautiful xobruno leather goods all day. XOBRUNO is located at 811 E. Burnside #119. MORE INFO.

Friday, June 5. 6PM to 9PM. Stop by Haunt for the Color, Summer & Go! Group Art Show with Michelle Erickson, Jeannie Helzer and Jennifer Finn. See some lovely artwork, meet the artists and have a colorful cocktail to celebrate summer. Haunt is located at 811 E. Burnside #113. MORE INFO.

Saturday, June 6. 12PM to 4PM. Come shop the closets of some local designers, stylists and shop owners at the Privates Pop Up Sale. Shop for castoffs from Jen Goff from Takara, Sarah Radcliffe from Yo Vintage!, Gretchen Jones from Pendleton, Linsey Reif from REIF, Noel from 100 Year Party, Emily Katz from Modern Macrame and Anna Branch. The sale takes place at the Takara Studio at 911 N. Monroe. MORE INFO.

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PHOTOS: The textured cotton Sufi Jacket and Anouk Top by Laurs Kemp. Shop her designs at the Backtalk West opening party tonight. Party details above.

Helsing Junction Farm Share Giveaway!

YAY! I AM SO EXCITED! This Helsing Junction Farm Share giveaway goes out to all the Pacific NW residents out there and the people who love them and want to enter on their behalf. One of the brightest spots of the entire year for our little household is the 18 weeks of beautiful, organic produce we receive from this amazing 42 acre farm owned by Annie and Sue, two inspiring, hardworking ladies who have been at it for over 24 years. Once May hits, we start counting down the days — naming all the things we can’t wait to eat out of the box or cook. Veggies, fruit, cheese, mushrooms, flowers… we went big this year and have been buzzing about it since we paid for our share back in November. I’m excited to say that one lucky winner will get 8 weeks of a Helsing Junction Farm Small Share! Spread the word to your friends from Portland to Seattle! Good luck, everyone!! P.S. Look for a second farm share giveaway on my instagram very soon. xo Jen

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UPDATE: Congratulations to Erin Martinez! She won this rad prize!

TO ENTER:
1. Tell us what summer veggies and fruit you’re most excited about in a comment below.
2. For an extra entry, follow both @helsingfarmcsa and @HoneyKennedy on Instagram. Then leave a comment below. If you already follow us — just let me know that, too!

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WHAT WE GET: My husband and I had the Small Share and the Fruit Share in 2014 and in 2015 we’ve upped it to the Small Share, the Fruit Share, the Flower Share, the Mushroom Share and the Cheese Share. We’re insanely excited, obviously. The Small Share is pretty substantial for 2 people, but you get great produce you can use in simple, everyday meals. We’ve had shares from other farms in the past where we’d get like, 8 cucumbers, 4 fennel bulbs and 3 kohlrabi the size of toddlers — not really realistic quantities of these ingredients for most couples! If you enjoy eating out a couple times a week, you’ll probably have times where you need to come up with a recipe game plan for freezing or do some occasional tradsies with neighbors, co-workers and friends. Luckily, HJF has a wonderful recipe index and there are lots of share choices available!

SHARE OPTIONS: MINI SHARE • SMALL SHARE • LARGE SHARE • PALEO SHARE • SNACK SHARE • JUICE SHARE • FLOWER SHARE • BULK SHARE • STORAGE SHARE • CANNING SHARE • CHEF SHARE • FRUIT SHARE • MUSHROOM SHARE • MUSHROOM STORAGE SHARE • CHICKEN SHARE • SAUERKRAUT SHARE • YOGURT SHARE • CHEESE SHARE • MORE LOVELY ADD-ONS

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A SWEET DEAL: Take $10 off your Helsing Junction 2015 farm share with code: HONEYFARM15 now thru July 15, 2015.

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DELIVERY AREA: Here is the big Helsing Junction Farm list of Oregon and Washington drop-off sites and delivery locations.

DRAWING: This giveaway ends Tuesday, June 9, at 11PM PST. The winner will be chosen at random and I’ll update this post with the name on Friday, June 12.

➔ FOLLOW THE HELSING JUNCTION FARM CREW + WEEKLY SHARES:
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Images from Helsing Junction + my Instagram feed.

Craftsman and Wolves

I’ve been drooling over the Craftsman and Wolves pastry case online via their instagram feed. The craquelin bread with rose, violet and orange flowers in the first image is what first caught my eye and now I can’t stop thinking about eating at their San Francisco patisserie in the Mission. I’m thinking of ordering some of their housemade Matcha Milk Jam and other treats until I can spend a day eating at their lovely spot. Those shortbread cookies with the edible flowers! Everything. More HERE.

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Images courtesy of Craftsman and Wolves.

Shop Visit: Ink & Peat

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Home and floral boutique Ink & Peat is situated on North Williams and bears the tagline ‘Organically Inspired’. A visit to the bright and airy shop proves that correct right away. Owner and floral designer, Pam Zsori, puts together beautiful collections of high design items for the home — many of which incorporate natural motifs and themes such as flowers, leaves, minerals, and sweet animals. The floral counter at the back of the shop provides the perfect balance with fresh stunning bouquets, custom floral arrangements and live plants.

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A highly popular shopping destination, Ink & Peat is the sort of store that makes your friends exclaim, “I love that place!”, whenever you mention it. In fact, I arrived for my visit just before opening and found that I wasn’t the only person waiting to get inside. Within twenty minutes, the store was packed with people admiring the jewelry, ceramics, cookbooks, skincare and fragrances, pillows, throws, children’s books and toys, stationary, original art, totes, and more. Ink & Peat has long been a personal favorite and my go-to whenever I need a sure to please gift for friends or family.

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Some of my favorites in the shop right now include amazing fragrances from Sage Lifestyle (you must stop in and smell the Onyx blend!), a gorgeous selection of crystals and geodes in pretty pastel shades, air plants, vegetarian cookbooks, and brightly colored necklaces from Australian line Elk.

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Ink & Peat is located at 3808 N Williams Avenue here in Portland, Oregon. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 11AM to 6PM, Saturday from 10AM to 6PM and Sunday from 11AM to 5PM. You can also follow @inkandpeat on Instagram and find them on Facebook and Pinterest.

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This post and photographs are by Honey Kennedy contributor Allison Burt-Tilden. Make sure to visit Allison’s lovely blog Votre Grande Soeur