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27 Nov '16

Gifts for the Little Foodie

Posted by Annie Messing in Gift Guides

This year's Brimful gift guides are organized by theme instead of age - and first up is gifts for little foodies. 

Kids love to play pretend and more often than not, that usually means something involving food, am I right? Here's eight food-themed gifts that range from ice cream rattles for babies to a fascinating illustrated guide about food for older kids. Stay tuned for more themed holiday gifts guides in the days to come!

See last year's holiday gift guides here.

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25 Oct '16

Twelve Caramel-Colored Fall Clothing Styles for Little Kids

Posted by Annie Messing

The rich honey-hued color of yellow falling leaves - I'm seeing it everywhere right now. No matter what you might call it - Goldenrod/Caramel/Saffron - isn't it just the most glorious shade? It makes me want to go bake a pumpkin toffee pie - ha!

Inspired by this autumn season, here are twelve caramel-colored clothing styles for little girls and boys. I can't choose a favorite - they are all just TOO GOOD. Ok, so actually it's ELEVEN clothing picks and one very adorable crochet corn rattle ;). Enjoy!

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05 Sep '16

Seven Retro Classics For Mama + Child

Posted by Annie Messing in Fashion and Style

The transition from late summer to early fall is one of my favorite times of the year! The temps are (hopefully) just a bit cooler, school is back in session, and yet the carefree spirit of summertime still lingers during the beginning of September. In just a few weeks, on September 20th, we are adding our fall collection of toys/books/accessories to Brimful!

Kari and I couldn't be more excited about the new products we've chosen for you and your little ones to enjoy this fall! We've always found vintage toys and books to be a major inspiration and this collection really captures the vibe of what I'm calling "retro classic". Not sure if that's a thing, but I'm just going with it ;). Numbers 1 and 3 in this post's mood board are actually two of the products we'll be adding to the shop. Enjoy the sneak peek!

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16 Aug '16

Back to Preschool!

Posted by Annie Messing

Mei-Mei is starting her second year of preschool next month! She doesn't have a required school supply list (whew!), but I think it'll still be nice to pick a few things out to make this school year feel extra special. If you have a 2-5 year old, here's a fun roundup of back-to-preschool gifts!

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02 Jun '16

My Mother's Smoked Salmon Potato Salad

Posted by Annie Messing in Recipes

When I think of my mother - her cooking is one of the first things that comes to mind. It's safe to say that my mother's Chinese dishes - the dumplings, stir fries, and soups are the backbone of my childhood! But then there a few rogue American recipes that made an appearance too (wink). Like the salmon potato salad she made one summer, which I loved it so much I kept asking for more!

Now when each summer hits, this salmon potato salad is a mainstay with my own family. It's super simple to make - we like eating it with corn tortilla chips or wrapped in warm spelt tortillas.


Smoked Salmon Potato Salad

8-12oz. Smoked Salmon

4-5 Yellow Potatoes, peeled and cubed

2 Apples, peeled and cubed, sprinkled with a little lemon juice

3-4 Celery stalks, chopped

1 cup Vegenaise

Spices: salt, pepper, garlic powder, and dill

1) Cover potatoes with cold water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low for about 10-12 minutes (just until tender). Drain and set aside until completely cooled. 

2) Mix the potatoes, apples, and celery with Vegenaise. Carefully crumble in the smoked salmon. For a stronger salmon flavor, add in the full amount.

3) If the salad doesn't seem creamy enough, add in a bit more Vegenaise. My measurements are always very approximate - so please do tweak to suit your own tastes! Once the salad is completely mixed, add in the spices. I've found that the salad's flavor will get stronger after a few hours of chilling, so I recommend going light on the spices, then adding a little more before serving.

Bon Appetit!


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