Tidy Teamwork

Lemi Shine x Sacramento Street Before Jackson could walk, he loved to be a part of cleaning up. I honestly think he might have inherited my gene of liking everything to be clean and tidy. From the get-go, we’ve tried to make cleaning up a fun activity. We sing a “clean up” song and he loves to put his toys away – especially before bedtime.

Lemi Shine x Sacramento Street Lemi Shine x Sacramento Street Lemi Shine x Sacramento Street Recently, Jackson loves to sweep the kitchen. He always points out if there is something on the ground with a loud “uh oh”! In addition, when I’m cleaning, he loves to clean as well. His favorite is to wipe off the tray of his high chair after he finishes eating. These fun routines include him in taking care of our home. Obviously, as he gets older, the routines will become a bit more layered but I’m just happy he enjoys being part of the cleaning up process.

There is no question that my house gets dirty faster with a little one running around. Snacks get dropped, toys get scattered, and dishes can pile up. But I firmly believe that instilling the good habit of tidying up, can enforce habits of mind for our littles at an early age.

Lemi Shine x Sacramento Street Lemi Shine x Sacramento Street I’ve recently begun to use Lemi Shine products when we clean together as a family. Not only do these products work well, they are also safe for all of us. So I hope to continue the cleaning up process as something that is both fun and safe! Be sure to check out these coupons Lemi Shine is offering readers on their products. To find a store near you, check here. Happy cleaning with your family!

This post is a partnership with Lemi Shine. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

Photos by Andrea Posadas for Sacramento Street

Join Our Team!

werehiringgraphicNow that fall is in full swing, our new office space is getting pulled together and projects are streaming in at a rapid pace – I’m looking for the following positions:

Design Assistant

Fall/Winter Interns

So who am I looking for? I’m looking for organized, self-motivated and creative individuals that want to help with photo shoots, styling and organizing. Both positions are tons of fun when working on projects for either clients or planning and styling a shoot – but they require a lot of errands, schlepping and hard work.

Caitlin Flemming Design - Dining RoomHere are some details about both positions:

Design Assistant

  • Must live in the San Francisco area and have access to a car and cell phone.
  • Must have experience working with design clients.
  • Need exceptional organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
  • You should be passionate about and have an eye for design.
  • You should be able to commit to somewhere around 10 hours a week in this position.
  • Knowledge of Bay Area shops, the SF design center would be helpful.

Fall/Winter Interns

  • Must live in the San Francisco area and have access to a car and cell phone.
  • Must be tech savvy and have the knowledge of all major social media platforms.
  • Experience with WordPress a major plus, but not necessary.
  • You should be passionate about style, interiors and content creation.
  • Part time position, 15 hours a week.

If you’d like to learn what it’s like to work in interior design and for a lifestyle site then this is your chance! To submit an application, please send an email to info@sacramentostreet.com with the subject “Design Assistant” OR “Fall/Winter Intern” – tell me why you’d like to be a part of the team here at the studio.

It’s your time to shine so let me know what you are the most passionate about when it comes to design, content creation, social media and more. Please include links to any of your relevant social media – blog, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. that could give me an idea of your aesthetic.

Please be patient with me as I collect applicants and respond. You can usually expect an email from me within a week of applying.

Photos by Bess Friday for Caitlin Flemming Design

On the Menu: Comfort Food for Fall

Foster Farms - Comfort FoodMy favorite season is fall. The light changes ever so slightly and there is a crisp feeling in the air. I turn to my home more than usual – nesting is in full form here! Branches have been brought indoors, new candles are ready to burn, and fresh throw blankets are at the ready for a cool evening at home.

This season I hope to also find new recipes to shake up my usual rotation. We have made it our priority to always sit down for dinner together since Jackson was born. We try to cook from scratch most evenings and I have been searching for some new recipes to shake up our rotation. Chicken is a favorite with my son – he just loves it regardless of how I decide to prepare it.

Foster Farms - Comfort FoodFoster Farms - Comfort Food I have paired up with As Quoted, my favorite café down the street, to prepare a new and exciting twist on chicken potpie. I love comfort food but don’t always love the high calories or ingredients that aren’t always that good for us. So the folks at As Quoted have come up with a delicious alternative to the more conventional recipe. Now you can enjoy this time honored recipe guilt-free with a new version of comfort food. I know this is hard to believe, but it’s gluten free! We used antibiotic-free, fresh chicken from Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken that is raised on a vegetarian diet. Using healthy, fresh, and seasonal food is a high priority at my home and this chicken fits in perfectly with my definition of healthy. The new comfort food is good for you too!

What better way to ring in the new season than to whip up individual chicken potpies for dinner? And your kiddos won’t even realize how healthy these are. Happy nesting everyone!

Foster Farms - Comfort Food

Gluten Free & Dairy Free Pot Pie

For the Filling

1 large chicken breast, bone in and skin on
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp medium-high heat oil, divided like avocado oil (butter or ghee can also be used if tolerated)
1/2 cup sorghum flour
4 cups dairy free milk (like almond, rice, or oat milk)
2 cups chicken bone broth, divided
1/2 tsp sea salt, more to taste
1/2 tsp finely ground pepper, more to taste
2 tsp minced fresh thyme, more to taste
1 tbsp champagne vinegar
1/2 cup small diced yellow onion (about a half of a small onion)
1/2 cup small diced leek, white and light green parts only (about 1 small leek)
1 cup small diced carrot
5 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 corn on the cob, kernels removed (or 1 cup frozen corn if not in season)
1 cup peas, fresh or frozen and thawed

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Place chicken breast on a parchment lined baking sheet and place in oven for 45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F or juices run clear. Set aside and let cool.
  3. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Whisk in sorghum flour until well combined. Add the non dairy milk slowly, one cup at a time, whisking constantly. Add in the bone broth. Heat mixture until it bubbles, then turn down to a simmer and let thicken whisking occasionally.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large cast iron skillet, heat the remaining oil over medium heat. Add onion and leeks and saute until onions begin to brown. Add in carrots and garlic until garlic becomes fragrant. Then add in remaining bone broth and let simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated and been absorbed. Add in corn and peas until warm throughout (unless using frozen peas, then add corn first then peas after corn is warm throughout). Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper, adjusting to taste.
  5. Remove skin and bones from chicken and medium dice chicken.
  6. When sauce has thickened and vegetables are cooked, add chopped chicken to vegetables and pour sauce over and stir to combine. Add champagne vinegar, taste and adjust seasoning.

For the Crust

1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for brushing
1 tbsp iced water, more as needed
1/3 cup gluten free brown rice flour
1/3 cup sorghum flour
1/4 cup potato starch
3 tbsp tapioca flour
2 tbsp arrowroot starch
1 tbsp coconut sugar, finely ground
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 egg yolk

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Place butter in freezer. Ice 3tbsp of water and set aside. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Whisk together the brown rice flour, sorghum flour, potato starch, tapioca, arrowroot, sugar, xanthan gum and sea salt in a medium bowl. Using 2 knives or a pastry cutter, cut in cold butter until pieces are around the size of peas or smaller.
  3. In a stand mixer or separate medium bowl, whisk together wet ingredients: yogurt, oil, eggs and vanilla.
  4. Add the beaten egg, using a fork to incorporate. Add 1 tablespoon of the iced water and continue to mix. If dough will not stick together when pinched, continue to add iced water 1 teaspoon at a time until sticks. Use hands to shape dough into a ball.
  5. Place dough ball between two pieces of parchment paper and flatten to a disc, 1 inch thick. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough until desired thinness. If the edges crumble, simply push them back together.
  6. Peel off the top layer of parchment and cut into 4 pieces, the sizes of your baking dishes. Fill dishes with chicken filling and cover with dough. Crimp edges to desired design. Poke a hole in the middle of the pie crust (be creative!) to let out steam when baking.
  7. When crust design is complete, brush surface with egg yolk.
  8. Bake pie for around 25 minutes or until warm throughout and nicely browned on the surface.

Serve and enjoy!

Serves: 4

Foster Farms - Comfort FoodIf you’re interested in more recipes that fall are part of the new comfort food, head to Foster Farms.

This post is a partnership with Foster Farms. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

Photos by Caitlin Flemming | Recipe by As Quoted

On My Bookcase: Two Must Have Design Books

Two Must Have Design Books

I’ve been anxiously awaiting both of these books to come out for a long, long time. Writing a book is a labor of love and to watch both Rebecca Atwood and Mark D. Sikes go through this process to create incredibly works of art is truly inspiring on so many levels. I’m thrilled to be sharing a little peek into these two gorgeous books with all of you.

Two Must Have Design Books

Rebecca Atwood: Living With Pattern

Rebecca Atwood looks at the world and notices the small details around her. Raised in Cape Cod, there were patterns surrounding her at all times. It’s this awareness that helps to make her textiles some of my very favorite.

I’ve been a fan of Rebecca’s textiles for some time. You can find pillows with her fabric on them scattered throughout my home. They all share one thing in common: they have an earthy and warm sense to them. Their perfection is in their exquisite imperfection.

Now, all of us can learn a great deal from Rebecca’s book Living With Pattern. Not only is this book a visual treat with her hand-painted details, strong graphics, and perfect photographs by Emily Johnston, but it also provides important lessons on how to use textiles as the basis of your home design.

I urge you to look at Living With Pattern. I am certain you’ll be pulled into it, just as I was.

Two Must Have Design Books

Mark D. Sikes: Beautiful

I was nearly giddy when I opened my mail and found a copy of Beautiful, by the talented designer, Mark D. Sikes. I share a deep affinity with Mark: the color blue. But as I sat down to read his book, I realized very quickly, that there is so much more to his decorating than a color he has an affinity for. Beautiful firmly plants him as one of today’s great decorators.

At first glance, you might appreciate the simplicity of a room he has decorated. However, after careful study, you realize there is a depth to the patterns, textures, and placement within a room that is anything but simple. Mark creates traditional rooms that dance gracefully with modern touches, tribal rugs, or handmade tables.

In a world where many call themselves decorators, Mark stands in a league of his own. I only hope to grow into being a decorator of his immense talents.

Two Must Have Design Books

Be sure to check back next month for more book reviews. I’m constantly finding new books – both decorative and nightly reads that I want to begin to sharing with all of you.

Photos by Caitlin Flemming

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