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Easter Brunch, for dinner

13 Apr

We mixed things up and ate at our coffee table

Out of all of the Holidays there are to celebrate I have to be honest, Easter is not my favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I love pastel colors and cheesy potatoes, but growing up it was never really my cup of tea. The Easter Bunny at our country club gave me the creeps and searching for a dozen dyed eggs when you are an only child is more a form of punishment than a fun game. It also typically falls on or around my birthday, and I am not interested in being upstaged by a over-grown rabbit. However, when my roommate suggested we host an egg-dying party I decided to put my ill feelings aside and pull out the pink china.

 

Pinterest inspired asparagus vase of roses

I cooked a delicious ham in the crock pot (it was my first crock potting experience and I can promise there will be more to come!) I modified this recipe a little bit, using apple juice instead of pineapple juice and I added a shot or 2 of brandy. My mom always uses brandy when she makes ham, so I thought it was necessary. We also enjoyed some cheesy p’s, or as my California-raised friends refer to them “scalloped potatoes”, some yummy bread and coconut chocolate chip cookies (with no butter!).

Dye, glitter and sequence!

After dinner, it was onto the main event – egg dying. Once it was made clear I would not have to search for these eggs post dying and that there was glitter at my disposal, I was more into it.  When you add good friends and a few glasses of wine to the mix, I have to admit the whole Easter-thing is starting to look better in my eyes.  Especially since the Easter Bunny didn’t make an appearance.

Shamrock Shake {Good Food}

19 Mar

Happy Monday After St. Patrick’s Day!! I hope your weekend was filled with as much green and deliciousness as mine. We had the pleasure of indulging in a true Irish Feast thanks to our dear friends Chrissy and Lauren. Not only did the meal start with a shot of Jameson but it included perfectly cooked corned beef and cabbage, amazing beer bread and yummy veggies (that they turned into Shepard’s Pie the following day…yes I am spoiled). Our apartment was responsible for dessert and hosting Irish Car-bomb consumption. The success of the “Grown Up Milkshakes” combined with the need to create Martha Stewart’s adorable  Shamrock Straw Toppers inspired me to take a stab at my very own Shamrock Shake. It was so yummy that it had us doing an Irish Gig all night long!

Shamrock Shake that will make you Shuffle! 

1 container Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream

Whipped Cream Smirnoff Vodka (I poured 1/2 a liter into these puppies)

1/4 Cup Milk

 

Grown up Milkshakes {Good Food}

5 Mar

A few weeks ago we hosted a Toy Story 3 movie night.  Since most gatherings at our apartment revolve around food, we thought an appropriate theme for the cuisine was “little kids food” – chicken fingers, mac ‘n cheese, corn dogs – you get the gist. When our friends/fabulous Little Yellow Kitchen food bloggers came across this recipe for grown up milkshakes I had to give them a shot (or 6!)

Turns out Lucky Charm infused milk, vanilla bean ice cream and vodka is an amazing combination!

And the Award goes to…

27 Feb

It is no secret that I LOVE to play hostess. Throwing a dinner party, having friends over for a Disney-Themed movie night or even a casual FAW, I see as opportunities to bust out the pink china, plate up some delish grub and sample fun cocktails (or white wine). The Academy Awards combines most of my favorite “F’s” – Fashion, Film and Food – add A-List celebs and champagne to the mix and we’ve got ourselves a party! Putting together a red carpet event is easier than you think, all you need is an occasion and/or theme, a fabulous invitation (I am a fan of paperless post), a yummy menu, some over-the-top simple decor and your best buds. 

Our menu consisted of fried chicken (in honor of Octavia and The Help), dragon rolls (A Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), homemade Italian Pizza (because we have access to an Italian chef), delicious cake batter popcorn and of course, Chocolate Cake (we left out the “special” ingredient). I hope your Oscars Night was filled with good food, good friends and a little bubbly!

Orange Creamsicle Cookies {Good Food}

15 May

Who doesn’t love an orange creamsicle? The yummy orange flavor mixed with creamy goodness, it is a match made in heaven. I recently came across this recipe for creamsicle cookies and they turned out better than I could have hoped for! I might even go as far to say they are my new cookie and are SUPER easy to make. Grab an orange and some white chocolate chips next time you go to the grocery store, you need to mix up a batch of these.

Pink Champagne Cupcakes {Good Food}

27 Apr

When I came across this recipe on photograzing I could barely contain my excitement. Pink. Champagne. AND Cupcakes. It sounded too good to be true. Plus, how adorable does this cupcake look?

Photo credit: ReneeJulia

I immediately added this recipe to my “to bake” list and waited for the perfect occasion. Easter seemed like an appropriate time to debut these little beauties and they turned out AMAZING!! I halved the frosting recipe and added 1/4 cup cream cheese because I can’t resist a cream cheese frosting. Simple, easy and a new favorite treat. Enjoy

xoxo

L

Mascarpone stuffed Strawberries {Good Food}

9 Mar

I found this recipe awhile ago on photograzing (if you like to cook and are not familiar with this website drop everything and check it out, but be sure to come back!) and have been waiting to try it out. I picked up some strawberries from the little fresh produce stand I pass everyday on my way to work and with the Oscars on last weekend I thought it was the perfect Red Carpet snack.

Here is the recipe:

20 strawberries, washed & dried. 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese. 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. **original recipe called for 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds, I skipped on them this time around

They turned out great, a wonderful combination of naturally sweet and creamy, sugary goodness. I’m excited to serve them again and add the pom seeds. Enjoy!