On the Blog

  • CK Musings: Mother-of-the-bride takes a chill pill

    I confess that I was taken aback once I realized that Audrey is not as much a traditionalist as I expected her to be with regards to her wedding, e...
  • CK Musings: The mother-of-the-bride dress saga

    Yep... It’s true, I am a “MOTHER OF THE BRIDE!” Wow... how did this happen? I mean, clearly, I knew it would happen sooner than later... It’s just...
  • CK Recipe Review: Goat Cheese Frittata with Sweet Potatoes

    I’ve never really been much of a sweet potato gal but I LOVE this recipe.  The greatest thing about it is that it lasts in the fridge forever and ...
  • CK Recipe Review: Do-It-Ahead Chicken Chiles Rellenos

    Growing up on the Mexican border in Southern California, George and I never tire of a little mexican influence in our meals. This is so dang good and healthy (I think!) It calls for homemade tomatillo sauce but I’ve gotten a little lazy so just dump a can of Casa Herdez green chile salsa over it!  Give it a try 
  • CK Recipe Reviews: Torie’s Chopped Salad

    Torie is a friend of ours and is an integrative holistic nutritionist. I have struggled with ‘gut’ issues for years and she has helped me get on track.  Since I have been working with her, I have become more in tune with my body and feel great!  I am so grateful that she is my friend and confidante. This salad recipe is a no brainer and is delish!  I usually have all the ingredients in my pantry or fridge.
  • Introducing My Fall 2020 Collection

    Mmm . . . fall in Sun Valley is the absolute best! While I’m a self-proclaimed summer gal, there really is nothing like watching the trees go from green to bright yellow and vibrant orange. Don’t even get me started on that golden hour that hits in the evening! It’s like a warm hug. Even as the days grow shorter I can’t help but cozy up into my studio and let my juices flow! As you’ll see, I have felt very fun and funky lately. I’m head over heels in love with the new hides that I brought in for my Fall 2020 collection. . . I’m excited for you to see them!
  • Mom's Cobb Salad; A Cindy Kirk Designs Favorite

    This Cobb Salad recipe has been a staple in our family my entire 53 years!  Here at the Cindy Kirk Designs household George loves it so much that I am tired of making it (he thinks because it is a salad that it's lo cal, hee hee!  Sorry to break the news, but it’s really NOT that lo cal, but it’s downright delicious.
  • Social Media: How to Be Present During a Pandemic

    During this time of imposed ‘social distancing’ I think it is important that we realize that we are, in fact, social beings.  We were created in order to have and feel a sense of community, love and physical contact.  It is so bizarre that now when I am watching movies’ I have become acutely aware of the closeness of the actors and I long to get back to it in our everyday lives.  It is okay to long for physical contact. 
  • A Little TLC Goes a Long Way

    One of my favorite customers stopped by my studio yesterday which is always a treat!  She was carrying one of her very first CK bags, navy Nancy. ...
  • My Favorite Books (for Now) - February 2020

    Something you may not know about me is that I am a pretty avid reader.  I love nothing more than to dive into a book that I cannot put down and have even been known to wake up in the middle of the night just to read a good book (may just be middle age!?).  Over the years, I have become choosy about writing styles.  Rich character development is key and I loath books that feel trite or too simple, preferring instead to envelope myself into the multitude of layers that a really great author produces even if it may be a difficult subject matter.  
  • A Trip to La Perla Azzurra: Veg Tanned V. Chrome Tanned

    A good way to think of leather is as one huge canvas which can be worked with to create different outcomes.  A hide is a hide is a hide!  The benefits between veg tanned leather and chrome tanned leather is the battle of the century and is certainly one that I have wrestled with since becoming a maker of handbags. 
  • Family Favorite - Clear French Dressing From Charlotte

    Family favorite salad dressing. I never make less than double the recipe and often up to 4x it, as you can see.  “Charlotte” was a family friend as well as one of my leaders in 4-H cooking.