Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Foodday

Happy Friday lovebugs,
I will be heading home for Easter this weekend. Here are some Easter-inspired food picks!

Caramel Cadbury Egg Martini
c/o She Knows
  • 1-1/2 ounces Baileys Irish Cream with Caramel
  • 1/2 ounce crème de cacao
  • 1 ounce caramel syrup
  • 1 ounce cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon Hershey’s chocolate syrup, plus extra for rim
  1. Drizzle chocolate syrup around inside rim of glass.
  2. Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  3. Shake until chocolate syrup is completely incorporated.
  4. Strain into glass.

Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 1/4 tsp kosher salt, more or less to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 1/2 - 4 lb uncooked trimmed lamb leg, boneless, rolled and tied
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil and place a rack in the pan.

Combine crushed garlic, rosemary, lemon juice, mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper; mixwell and rub mixture all over lamb. Roll the lamb and use butcher's twine to tie it together and place it on the prepared roasting pan.

Roast in the oven until medium-rare and a meat thermometer inserted in center reads 135-140ºF, anywhere from 70 minutes and up depending on the size of your roast.Remove the lamb and let it rest about 15 minutes on a cutting board. Keep in mind the temperature will increase a few degrees once it rests.

Slice lamb into 1/4-inch thick slices and place on a serving platter.

Easy Lemon Squares
  • Crust:
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar 
  • 3 tablespoons butter or stick margarine, softened 
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • Topping:
  • large eggs 
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind 
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. To prepare the crust, beat 1/4 cup granulated sugar and the butter at medium speed of a mixer until creamy. Lightly spoon 1 cup flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Gradually add 1 cup flour to sugar mixture, beating at low speed until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Gently press mixture into bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes; cool on a wire rack.
  3. To prepare topping, beat eggs at medium speed until foamy. Add 3/4 cup granulated sugar and next 5 ingredients (3/4 cup granulated sugar through salt), and beat until well-blended. Pour mixture over partially baked crust. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until set. Cool on wire rack. Sift powdered sugar evenly over top.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cat Got Your Eye

Let's talk shades. It's time to replace those sunglasses at the bottom of your purse. It's time to set aside those $6 CVS 'hold me over' sunglasses that you never ended up replacing. It's time to inject some feminine to your eyewear. Let's look at cat eye sunglasses.

Anthropologie, Caramel Cat Eye Sunglasses, $38
These smoky blonde beauties are perfect to transition with your spring color items. 

Shop Ruche, Contessa Cat Eye Sunglasses, $14
Why yes, those are ombre lenses. Yum.

Urban Outfitters, Gold Coast Cat Eye Sunglasses, $18
An oversized metallic option for those beach days or road trips. 

Asos, Cat Eye Sunglasses, $18
Cutting edge. Don't you picture Meryl Streep wearing these in the baddest way possible?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Less is More

Sometimes you just need a great base. A solid canvas to build on. Today, we're looking at some strong gray dresses that you can add just about anything to. Layer on the cardigan, button down shirt and belt, neon necklace, boots, you name it. Let's have some fun.

Modcloth, Fountain Photo Op Dress, $72
How about this as the dress of the summer? Handkerchief hemline, cascading circle details, add a drop earring and a strappy sandal.

Also comes in blue or black, this gray form-fitting maxi is ready for anything. Wear it as a maxi skirt with a patterned blouse, or go fancy and simple with a skinny belt and chandelier earrings.

Anthropologie, Savant Swing Dress, $98
Oh hey, nothing to see here, but wait...are those elbow patches? Why yes. Yes they are.

Victoria's Secret, Supermodel Sweatshirt Dress, $69
Casual meets sassy. Check out the stud detail on the sleeves of this super laid back sweatshirt dress.

Usually I'm all about the statement piece, the pattern, the bold color, or the standout fit, but sometimes less is more. Try a blank canvas and go simple or have some fun.

Be fabulous today!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cash Money

Happy tax day everyone. I hope you got a great return and have some money to treat yourself. So today's post theme is money. Cash money. Dolla bills y'all.

Forever 21, Money Sign Necklace, $3
For less than five bucks, add this little charm to your collection.

Juicy Couture, Graphic Tee, $34
A great high low tee is sassy and kind of adorable with maybe a navy prepster blazer.

Vintage arcade token anyone? This not so polished accessory is perfect for the weekend.

Modcloth, What Did I Buy Today?, $13
And maybe something to keep track of your splurges and steals. This little journal is more helpful then you may think.

Whether you owe or got paid, sometimes money can buy happiness. Especially when happiness is in the form of a dress or maybe some patent peep toe pumps.

Be fabulous today!