Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Foodday

Happy Friday lovebugs!

I'm currently on vacation with The BF in Austin, but you know what's in Austin? Delicious food. So I give you some ideas for your own delicious food.

The Income Tax Cocktail
c/o The Kitchn
1 1/2 ounces gin
1/4 ounce dry vermouth
1/4 ounce sweet vermouth
1 ounce orange juice 
1 dash Angostura bitters
Optional garnish: orange twist

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Creamy Bakes Macaroni and Cheese
8 ounces elbow macaroni or penne pasta
1 3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons butter, divided
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 ounces Gruyere, grated
6 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 small fresh tomatoes, sliced thinly
3/4 cups fresh white bread crumbs
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Cook pasta for one minute less than package directions state. Drain.
Heat the milk and cream in a small saucepan, but don't let it boil.
Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a medium sized pot and add the flour. Cook, whisking constantly, over low heat for 2 minutes.
Continue whisking and slowly pour in the hot milk and cream. Cook for another 2 minutes until thickened and smooth.
Remove from the heat and stir in the Gruyere, Cheddar, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
Add the cooked macaroni and stir to coat.
Pour into a pie plate or other dish of similar size.
Slice the tomatoes and arrange on top.
Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and mix it with the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and garlic powder. Sprinkle on top of the tomatoes.
Bake for 25 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly and the bread crumbs are brown and crispy.

Krispie Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
2 teaspoons hot water
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies
1 cup chocolate chips

Whisk or sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, beating until just combined. Add the hot water and vanilla and beat until combined. 

Add the flour mixture, in two batches, beating just until combined – be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Using a wooden spoon, fold in the chocolate chips and Rice Krispies. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or longer.

Scoop out 1 tablespoon of dough at a time and roll into a ball. Place all the dough balls on one baking sheet and chill at least 30 minutes. 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 

Remove the dough from fridge and place 12 balls on a cookie sheet, evenly spaced apart. Bake until the middle looks just set and the edges begin to brown, about 8 minutes. Don't overcook. Remove and let sit on the baking sheet for 1 minute. Move the cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely. Repeat with the remaining dough. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

I'm Going in Circles

It's spring. Earlier this week we talked about rain gear because, well April. Now what do April showers bring? That's right, flowers. It is floral skirt season, and not just any skirt, the super feminine circle skirt.

Modcloth, Beg Your Garden Skirt, $49
How great is this floral? I love the size of the print and the color.

One size fits all is fine by me with this elastic waistband. 

Retro spring anyone? How fantastic is this skirt?!

The print on this skirt could be in a frame. It's got soft movement and a beautiful shape.

A floral skirt will be a dime a dozen this spring, that's why I'm looking for feminine styles with a shape that makes me want to twirl.

Be fabulous today!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Clear Eyes, Open Bangles

Let's talk simple bangles. I love the open bangle because versatile and you can find it in any style that fits your personality. It doesn't make a huge statement but it stands out and compliments your outfit with a quiet confidence.

A simple accent piece under $15. You are welcome.

How simple and sweet is accessory?

Saks Off Fifth, Jeweled Open Vermeil Bracelet, $71
This bracelet was originally upwards of $250. Seriously, what a steal.

Neiman Marcus, Michael Kors Pave Open Cuff, $66 $49
What a stunning silver option. Simple and cool.

The open bangle bracelet is a simple addition to your everyday workwear or weekend style. Wear it alone or layer it with your usual arm party.

Be fabulous today!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dressed in Denim

A few weeks ago we looked at denim dresses. Today I thought we would continue the trend and look at a style that is weirdly adorable: the denim top. Not your standard chambray, I get that. It's soft and versatile. This is a true denim top. It's different and funky. Let's take a look.

Forever 21, Polka Dot Denim Shirt, $14
Gotta love the price and this breezy top is so laid back for the weekend.

Anthropologie, Washed Denim Tee, $68
This will be a closet staple. The touch of texture just adds to the simple construction of this tee. 

Last Call Neiman Marcus, Fade to Blue Denim Inverted Pleat Shirt, $79 $47
How unique is this top? I love the spread collar and simple sleeveless style.

Romwe, Bow Slim Denim Blouse, $26 $10
I may have saved my favorite for last. I love the long bow tails!

Who knew denim was this versatile? I mean I where my jeans multiple times a week but dresses and tops? You go denim.

Be fabulous today!

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