Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Foodday

Happy, happy Friday lovebugs. Here are my favorite recipes this week.

Good Luck Happiness
  • 2 oz calvados
  • 1/2 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
  • 1 oz blood orange juice (half a fruit)
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 5-6 mint leaves
Break the mint leaves in half and drop them into the tin. Combine remaining ingredients and ice cubes, shake well. Strain into a double old fashioned; add fresh ice. Garnish with a blood orange half-wheel and mint sprig.

Bacon Cheeseburger Omelette
  • 6 strips bacon
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper or steak seasoning to taste
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk or cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup lettuce
  • 1/2 cup tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup pickle, diced
  • 1/2 cup cheddar, shredded

  1. Cook the bacon, set aside on paper towels to drain and crumble when cool, reserving the grease.
  2. Add the onion to the pan along with some of the reserved grease and saute until tender, about 3-5 minutes, over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
  4. Add the ground beef and cook draining any grease when done.
  5. Mix in the ketchup, mustard, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, simmer to reduce, and set aside.
  7. Mix the milk into the eggs and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Heat a pan over medium heat, pour 1/4 of the egg mixture into the pan, swirl it to coat and let cook until the eggs have just about set before sprinkling 1/4 of the meat, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle onto half of the omelette, folding the other half over to cover, sprinkling on the cheese and cooking, covered, until the cheese melts. (Repeat for the remaining omelettes.)

Brandy Apricot Ribbon Pie
Apricot Fruit Jam Filling
3 cups Apricot, roughly chopped for jam, and divided
1/4 cup Brandy
1 1/2 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Pectin
Apricot Cream Filling
3 Tbsp Apricot flavored Gelatin, or plain or another flavor if you choose
3 Tbsp Boiling Water
1/3 cup Apricot Jam puree, *from Jam step*

1 cup Heavy Cream
Whipped Cream Top
2 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Brandy
1 Pre-baked/Blind Baked Pie Crust


Apricot Jam Filling
In a sauce pan, bring 2 cups of the chopped apricots, sugar and brandy to a boil. Stir frequently. Add in the pectin and bring to a boil for about 2 additional minutes. Remove from the heat and press the apricots through a strainer to remove the large bits of apricot. The jelly will be smooth. Set aside to cool.
Reserve 1/3 cup of this for the Apricot Cream Filling layer.
When completely cool, add the remaining apricots into the cooled jam filling and stir to combine. Spread into the bottom of the cooled pie crust. Place in fridge to chill.
Apricot Cream Filling
Combine 3 Tablespoons of boiling water, and apricot gelatin stirring until the gelatin dissolves.
In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, Add in the gelatin mixture, 1/3 cup of apricot jelly, and 1 cup of heavy whipping cream. Whisk the mixture until the cream is stiff. Spread the whipped apricot cream filling over the top of the apricot jam filling.
Cover the pie with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill for at least 3 hours.
Whipped Cream Topping
In the stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip cream, sugar and brandy until stiff peaks form. Spread evenly onto the top of the pie. Flourish with creative swirls for decoration.
Serve immediately.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Come Fly with Me

Sometimes The Bf likes to contribute to the blog. He offers some terrible ideas like Daisy Duke day or fashion ponchos (no like the plastic ones) but sometimes he thinks out of the box and we go with it. Today, its birds. Bird print. Summery, feminine, and today dresses.

A beautiful dress to wear to an outdoor summer wedding. I love the layered chiffon on the bust.

This price tag you guys. It's insane. Just a great summer dress that is simple and affordable.

How casual and sweet is this dress? I love the contrasting built in tee that perfectly compliments the print.

Boden, Lizzie Dress, $82
Fitted through the top and a fun flared skirt makes this dress easy to dress up or down.

So fly away with fashion and have some fun with an aviary print that is perfect for summer.

Be fabulous today!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Put Words in My Mouth

Summer is hot. It's so freakin' hot. Like why sun? Why do you need to turn it up like this? All I want is a cotton t-shirt and shorts because I'm going to sweat through them. So today let's look at some fun graphic tees that say how you feel.

To the point. I believe this everyday. I'd pair this with denim shorts and a ponytail.

This tee is slub jersey so it's like the cashmere of cotton in terms of comfort.

Boom. Have some fun with this top and dress it up with statement earrings

Every woman needs this shirt. Every. Woman. Is butter a carb?

Have some fun with your fashion and say what you want.

Be fabulous today!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

No Cropping Needed

I really am warming up to this crop top trend. We first looked at this piece in the spring and now I want to revisit with some fun summer options. An easy way to wear this trend is a simple cotton option. Today we're stepping it up with some textured looks. These crop tops have something a bit extra.

Lord and Taylor, BCBGeneration Patterned Crop Top, $40
This color is called whisper white ad I think it's appropriate to describe the color and the pattern. So simple.

Last Call Neiman Marcus, 5twelve Floral Lace Cropped Top, $59
A nice shimmer to go with this lace. I like this for a dressier look.

Originally $97 this top has a beautiful crochet pattern and it perfect to pair with a simple cami.

How special is this top? Feminine and in a stunning coral, plus under $50!

Crop tops can be dressed up. Look for texture, color, and embellishment that make all of the difference. 

Be fabulous today!

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