Be My Guest Feature at Audrey’s

Chocolate Chip Meltaways

This week, you’ll have to hop on over to Audrey’s to check out my latest recipe post! Editor Giulia Doyle invited me to participate in her Be My Guest series, in which she and a food photographer prepare the same recipe and share side-by-side comparisons of their photos. Since I’m focusing on easy food gifts through the holidays, I chose a chocolate chip meltaway recipe from The Essential Chocolate Chip Cookbook.

I’m honored to be among previous distinguished guests, including Aran Goyoaga of Canelle et Vanille, and Susan and William Brinson of House of Brinson. So while you’re over at Audrey’s, be sure to check out the other Be My Guest posts.


How To: Breakfast in Bed Table

This post was originally featured on You Are My Fave, where I regularly contribute DIY posts.

Frock Files | Breakfast in Bed Table

At my house, we have coffee in bed every morning. There’s something peaceful about having a quiet moment to sip away before kicking into high gear. But all too often, our coffee cups go sliding off of the breakfast tray, creating a bit of chaos and causing an extra load of laundry. Needless to say, it’s not a great start to the day.

My solution: a little table with four legs and a non-slip surface. I used a Xonex writing mat, which is pretty enough to look at but also grippy enough to keep my cups and plates from moving around. And my favorite Rifle Paper Co. wrapping paper gets a permanent home here thanks to the magic of Mod Podge.

So now I get to have my coffee with an extra bit of sweetness — and no spills.

Frock Files | Breakfast in Bed Table


– 1 Xonex writing mat
– 1 17.5” x 19.75” piece of wood
– 4 Waddell table legs (4”)
– 4 Waddell mounting plates
– Mod Podge
– 2 sponge brushes
– Super Glue
– Paint and painter’s tape (optional)

Frock Files | Breakfast in Bed Table

1. Start by painting your table legs the color of your choice. I had some charcoal grey leftover from painting my office walls, so I used that, but the varieties are endless! Follow the first coat with a second one.

2. Coat the unprinted side of your paper and the top of your wood with Mod Podge. I used plywood, but I’d suggest using a cutting board, shelf, or some other finished piece of wood, which will cut down on air bubbles from unevenness.

3. Lay the paper down with the coated side up, then put the coated side of the wood face down on top of it. Turn over and smooth out any air bubbles.

Frock Files | Breakfast in Bed Table


4. Cut the corners of the paper diagonally, leaving ⅛” at the edge. Coat the paper and the edge of the wood with glue and fold over. Do the same with the top portion, then continue with the other three sides.

5. Cut a piece of paper large enough to cover the uncovered bottom portion of the wood, then Mod Podge that. Then coat the entire piece of wood with Mod Podge. Allow to dry for five minutes, then add another coat.

Frock Files | Breakfast in Bed Table

6. Drill the mounting plates in at 1 centimeter from each corner. Attach the legs.

Frock Files | Breakfast in Bed Table

7. Attach the Xonex mat using Super Glue.

Frock Files | Breakfast in Bed Table

8. Enjoy breakfast in bed sans stress.

It turns out that this little table is great for writing letters and late night couch snacking, too.

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