Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Night Thought

SUNDAY NIGHT THOUGHT

Happy Easter

HAPPY EASTER

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Outfit Inspiration

EASTER OUTFIT INSPIRATION
I can hardly believer that tomorrow is Easter Sunday! For some reason whenever Easter is later in the year it always seems to sneak up on me! If you are anything like me you probably still might not be quite sure what you are wearing tomorrow; if it’s an event or holiday that involves wearing a sundress I usually just decide on the of, which probably isn’t the best strategy. To give you all a little Easter outfit inspiration, below are a few outfits ranging from dressy – casual. Click on the image to get the outfit details.

Easter Outfit 2
Easter Outfit

Casual Easter Outfit

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Hour Time

HAPPY HOUR TIME
Happy Hour, Happy Day, Thank goodness it is finally Friday! I know for me this week has gone by in the blink of an eye! I hope everyone has had a wonderful week and is ready for the Easter festivities this weekend! After all who can resist an Easter egg hunt or dying eggs and maybe adding a little glitter! Here’s to a fabulous weekend and a very blessed Easter weekend to all! Cheers!

“Beautiful things don’t just happen if you want something marvelous you’ve got to make something marvelous”

Drink Special!
Chocolate Flip
1 ounce yellow Chartreuse
1 ounce maraschino liqueur
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
1 egg
Ice Cubes
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass

Around Town!
Nashville, TN: Hope In The Hills at OZ Nashville, Saturday, April 19, 8:00pm
Seaside, FL: Seaside Easter Celebration at 30A, Sunday, April 20, 12:00pm
New Orleans, LA: Easter Jam at UNO Lakefront Arena, Sunday, April 20, 8:00pm
Raleigh, NC: Third Annual Spring Egg Hunt at J.C. Raulston Arboretum, Friday, April 18 – Monday, April 20
Little Rock, AR: Community Sunrise Easter Service at First Security Amphitheater, Sunday, April 20, 7:00am

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Glittertastic Easter Eggs

GLITTERTASTIC EASTER EGGS
It is a well-known fact of life that the addition of glitter basically makes everything better! I will confess, if there is a chance to add a glitter element to something I will add with no hesitation. Heck, I even have a sequin dress and skirt! Besides, where ever you go you’re supposed to leave a trail of glitter behind. With Easter quickly approaching {it has really snuck up on me this year} I am sure that there are still eggs that need to be decorated! I love the gold dipped eggs and the Easter eggs that are just covered in glitter. To help you add a little bit of sparkle and shine as well as some pastels to your Easter this year below you will find a few egg decorating inspiration!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Chic Aprons

CHIC APRONS
To go along with the fabulous guest post {click her to read the guest post}, compliments of Brita from B. Britnell, and in honor of the upcoming throw back Thursday {yes, I realize it’s Wednesday night} I thought I would do a post on aprons tonight! Call me a little crazy but for the past few years I have really wanted an apron, more specifically an apron form Anthropologie.. Incase you are wondering… no, I am not someone who cooks on a daily or even a weekly basis {not good, I know} but I mean…wine pouring can get messy, if you are pouring a red wine while wearing a white dress and no apron on, well that is just asking for trouble! In all seriousness I would like to cook more; it is much healthier than eating out, but there is never enough time in the day to fit in everything I’d like to, so cooking just gets put on the back burner. I love the Apron that Anthropologie has, their designs are so cute and who wants to ruin a good outfit cooking! Below are a few of my favorite Anthro aprons {the Loop-Di-Loop is my favorite} click on the name of the apron for the link!

Guest Post :: Mini Apple Pies

GUEST POST::MINI APPLE PIES
A few weeks ago Brita from the blog, B. Britnell, contacted me about sharing a recipe on my blog. I love Brita’s photography and all the recipes she posts on her blog {click here to view Brita's blog} always look beyond delicious so of course I agreed to a guest post on the spot. Brita is actually one of the few bloggers I know in real life; I am thrilled to have her guest post today and love the recipe she came up with, it is mouth watering good!
Hello! I'm Brita and I blog over at B. Britnell. I'm really excited to be joining Lauren on her blog today! As a fellow Nashvillian, I share in her deep affinity for all things southern chic. So, when I was brainstorming recipes to share today, I wanted it to be something that represented southern grace well. I also wanted something great for entertaining. I seem to go to a lot of parties and gathering this time of year and I always like to take something with me.

And with that said, I give you these Mini Apple Pies. Because the only thing better than a delicious apple pie is lots of adorable, handheld mini pies. These are perfect for parties or even just as a sweet little snack!

The fruit in these pies can be substituted with whatever fruit you so desire so go crazy with it!
Ingredients for filling:
4 medium Granny Smith apples
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup Brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 1/2 teaspoons of cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons of lemon juice
1 egg, beaten
Ingredients for pie crust:
1 box of store bought pie crusts (2 crusts total) :)
If you've ever read my blog, you'll know that baking overwhelms me a bit at times so I often use store bought crusts. But if you want to make a homemade crust, I highly recommend thisrecipe from Joy the Baker

Instructions:
Pre-heat oven to 425° F
1) Peel apples and dice into rather small pieces. I aimed for no larger than 1/2 inch pieces.
2) In a large pot, mix together the apples, sugar, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, cornstarch, and nutmeg.
3) Cover the pot and cook on medium heat until the apples begin to get tender. Mine took about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
4) Once apples are tender, uncover the pot and continue cooking until the liquid has thickened. This should take just a few more minutes.
5) Remove from the heat and mix in lemon juice.
6) Let apple mixture cool to room temperature while you prepare the crust.
7) Use a large round cookie cutter or other round object (I used a large cup) to cut out circles for the bottom of the pie crusts.
8) Greasy a cupcake pan and line each hole with a crust round. After cutting each round, I had to stretch most of mine before putting them in the pan so that they were as large as I wanted them.9) Fill each pie to the top of the crust. You can also over fill them if you want the tops to be extra round and full. The filling will shrink a bit.
10) For the tops, you can either cut out another round pieces of dough or you can do what I did and make a lattice top. For the lattice tops, simply cut out thin strips of the dough and place on top of the pies. Gentle pinch the strips to the sides of the pies to attach them to the pie. If you use a round dough top, make sure to poke a few small holes in the top of the pies.
11) Brush the top of each pie with your beaten egg.
12) Bake for about 15 minutes or until the tops of the pies are lightly golden brown.
13) ENJOY! These are great with a nice cup of tea.