Since K and I decided to have a destination wedding, we wanted to send our save-the-date cards out plenty in advance, to give guests notice and time to plan ahead (one year in advance to be exact). Since they were going to be sent out so far ahead of time, we thought (OK let's be honest, I thought) adding professional engagement photos to the cards would be a sweet touch. Our photos were taken by the lovely Alysha Miller. Anyone looking to have some photos done in the Southern California area - we highly recommend Alysha and can't recommend her enough, she is fantastic.
After I got engaged and was thinking of which girls I wanted to surround me on my wedding day, I immediately knew which ladies I wanted to ask to be my bridesmaids. I also knew I wanted to do something sweet and special to pop the question. I decided to put a box together of some of my favorite things (hello, champs and macarons!) and wrap it with elegant, feminine gift wrap.
Since the Superbowl is upon us, I thought it'd be only fitting to have a post reflecting a perfect game-day eat: stuffed jalapeños. If we're being honest here, one of the main reasons I like attending Superbowl bashes is for the food (the other reasons? Halftime and commercials). I mean, a day where the norm is to nosh on a smorgasbord of (basically) bar-type foods? Count me in. These stuffed jalapeños are, in my opinion, the perfect game-day grub to snack on. Stuffed with sweet Italian sausage, goat cheese and parmesan, the creamy and hearty filling is a fantastic contrast to the crunch of the jalapeño and crispy Panko topping. I hope you guys enjoy these!
If you've visited my Pinterest board, you might have figured out that I'm a slight Pinterest fanatic. Ever since K and I have moved into our new place, I've been pinning home decor like nobody's business. I purchased a few Ikea pieces when we moved in because they are great blank canvases for changing and giving makeovers (the "Ikea hack" phenomenon is real). Have you heard of O'verlays? I've had my eye on them for quite some time - 'Overlays are decorative fretwork panels for furniture. Simply apply the panels to your furniture and watch your piece go from ho-hum to one-of-a-kind. They also make panels specifically for Ikea furniture, which makes it so easy to transform an inexpensive piece of furniture into a truly unique and expensive-looking piece.
Happy New Year, everyone! I'm back after a seriously long hiatus. No excuses, but the last year was so busy: lots of traveling for work, a long trip to Europe and some wedding planning (K & I are engaged!). I neglected this little passion project of mine - but I am back and ready to share some delicious recipes!
So now on to this soup...is anyone else obsessed with Nordstrom Cafe's Tomato Bisque?! Not only is Nordstrom my favorite department store, but their cafe is on my list of favorite comfort-food lunch spots.
A couple of weeks ago I hit a serious breakfast slump. The idea of scarfing down breakfast before I rushed out the door for work seemed very unappealing. I wanted something in the morning that would give me a great jolt of energy but would also subside my hunger. Enter: the tropical green smoothie. Not only do I make this green beauty every morning for breakfast, I save some to sip on as a healthy mid-afternoon snack as well. Apprehensive about the green? Don't fear: the flavor of spinach takes a back seat when combined with tropical fruits, such as pineapple and mango. All in all, this smoothie isn't just full of nutrients to help get you going in the morning, but is also deliciously refreshing.