It’s Friday! And it’s officially spring, y’all! Needless to say, I’m pretty excited about this… and you can tell simply tell through my love list from this week.
Here’s what I’ve got:
Because they’re fun. And because I like to think that spring is the season to drink fabulous, fruity drinks on patios while the weather is so lovely.
You all should know by now that I’m (kind of) a crazy to-do list and organizational kind of person. Nothing makes my happier than sipping on a latte (from White Rock Coffee, a local coffeehouse) and knocking out items on my ever-growing to-do list.
This dog, y’all. She’s so goofy (as evidenced by her totally awkward position in the chair in this photograph), and she has been a constant companion this week while my husband has been out of town for business.
The tree outside of my office is blooming… and plants are starting to turn green again. I love the springtime colors, even if the pollen makes my allergies a little bit sad.
Last week, a friend had a layover in Dallas for a few hours and wanted to eat some BBQ. We had a fabulous time chatting about all sorts of photo-related topics… and I learned that Patrick believes I have a Southern drawl. For those of you who know me, you’ll know that my accent isn’t that thick. In fact, it’s sometimes hard to detect. But I find it super awesome he thinks I have an accent… and a distinct one, at that.
It’s finally Spring! The weather is getting a bit warmer and I’m holding my breath until all the flowers are in full bloom.
All I want to do now is wear bright colors and flowers in my hair, which is why I was so excited to find this blossoming headband. The weather is perfect for wearing a flowy dress, pretty jewelry and kicking your shoes off (especially if you are spending an afternoon in your hammock).
As a Southern girl, I love writing little cards to friends and family members — for holidays, for special occasions and for nothing in particular — and this time of year is always exciting because there are always lovely spring-y cards.
Easter is next weekend, and we’ve done the legwork for y’all if you were wanting to send a fun note to a friend or family member.
Select your baking pan. Nathalie and Cynthia recommend the following: “For a soft exterior, select an 8- or 9-inch cake pan, pizza pan, or oven-proof skillet where the biscuits will nestle together snugly, helping each other tay tender but rise while baking. For a crisp overall exterior, select a baking sheet or other baking pan where the biscuits can be placed wider apart, allowing air to circulate and creating a crisper exterior, and brush the pan with butter.” (Judging from my photos, I chose the second option.)
Whisk your flour, salt and baking powder together until incorporated. (Hey-o! You just made your very own self-rising flour!)
Make a hollow in these ingredients, and pour in a cup of the heavy whipping cream, and stir with a rubber spatula, using broad circular motions to pull the flour into the cream. Mix until the dry ingredients are moistened and the dough begins to pull away from the bowl. (If there’s flour remaining, pour in your reserved 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream by the tablespoon. You don’t want your dough to be too wet, so do this slowly and try not to overmix your batter.)
Lightly sprinkle a board or another clean surface with flour. Turn the dough out onto the dough and sprinkle to top lightly with flour. Using floured hands, fold the dough in half, and pat it out into a 1/2″ thick round. Flour again if necessary, as you don’t want your biscuits sticking to the surface, then fold in half again, reforming into another round.
Using a biscuit cutter, cut out the biscuits, starting at the outside edge and cutting close together, being careful not to twist the cutter. Transfer the biscuits to your baking sheet. (Using the scraps, you can pull together another round for more biscuits, though these will be less fluffy.)
Bake the biscuits for 10-14 minutes or until golden brown on top.
Remove from the oven and lightly brush with butter. Turn the biscuits out upside down on a plate to cool, then serve warm!
Is there a food that you were scared to make/try, but when you finally did, you were pleasantly surprised?
Last weekend, people all across the country donned their greenest greens, grabbed a green drink (beer in our case) and headed out to watch St. Patrick’s Day parades.
In Louisiana we need very little cause to throw a party. People tend to associate our parades with Mardi Gras, but if you’ve never been to the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Baton Rouge, you’re missing out. There are floats for hours and beads a plenty. Luckily for me and our friends, I happen to live a block from the parade route.
This year’s event did not disappoint, providing us with plenty of loot, including beads, footballs, blow up dolls, etc. Now I only have 363 more days to get ready for next year’s parade.
8 ounces 60% cocoa chocolate (2 4 oz. chocolate bars)
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2 12 oz. bottles Guinness beer, reduced to 1 1/4 cups
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Bailey’s Cheesecake Swirl Recipe by Erin @ Delightfully Southern
6 oz. cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon Bailey’s Irish Cream
Pour both bottles of Guinness into a saucepan, and simmer on medium heat until it has reduced down to 1 1/4 cups. (This should take around 15 minutes.) When complete, remove the Guinness from the heat, and let cool.
While the Guinness reduces, put the chocolate and butter in a sauce pan over very low heat. Stir occasionally until both are completely melted. Turn off heat and add the sugars. Whisk until completely combined, then set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the sides and bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder and salt together. Set aside.
Add the eggs to the chocolate mixture, and whisk until combined. Add the vanilla extract, and stir until just incorporated. (It’s important not to overmix the batter during these steps, as overmixed brownie batter will turn cakey.)
Sprinkle the flour mixture over the chocolate mixture and fold it into the chocolate using a spatula until just a bit of the flour mixture is visible. Stir in the cooled reduced Guinness until it is completely incorporated.
Pour the batter into the baking pan and smooth the top with your spatula.
Next, you’ll make the Bailey’s cheesecake swirl. Combine the softened cream cheese, egg, sugar in a bowl and beat together with a hand mixer. When smooth, add the Bailey’s.
Using a spoon, dollop the Bailey’s cheesecake mixture on top of the smooth batter in the pan. Using a butter knife, swirl the chocolate and cream cheese mixture together, doing your best to incorporate the cream cheese mixture into batter.
Place the brownies in the center of the oven for 40 minutes or until cooked through. (If you like your brownies a little gooey, check them at the 30 minute mark to see how done they are.)
Let the brownies cool completely. Cut into squares and serve immediately.
What are you planning to make for St. Patrick’s Day this weekend?
I completely agree with Erin in terms of the weather, which is why it is always nice to have a back up warmer weather outfit.
My every day outfit usually consists of skinny jeans, a blousy shirt and sandals. To spice it up and make it St. Patty’s Day appropriate, I opted for green jeans and jewelry. I’m in love with these green Stella & Dot earrings and have been itching to wear them.
I’ll be able to stay cool AND have a fabulous time at the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Although, I may regret this white shirt as the chance that I spill something on myself is 100%.
Blouse: Rachel Roy (Similar here and here) | Jeans: Hudson Nico Mid-Rise Super Skinny in Emerald (Similar here) | Shoes: Tory Burch | Necklace: Etsy (Similar here)
Here in the South, you never know what the weather will be like from one day to the next, especially in the early springtime. During my childhood, we received more snow in Memphis during the month of March than any other time… and to this day, I have found the month of March to still be one of the most challenging ones to dress for since the weather changes on a whim.
So in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day, Rivs and I wanted to share two outfits — one for warmer weather and another for cooler weather since the temperatures vary from location to location. And it was my job to show off the cooler weather outfit for y’all.
Not only did I want my outfit to be good to keep someone warm, but I also wanted it to be functional for an all-day event, like a St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
I decided to go with a flouncy blouse, one of my favorite springtime and summertime articles of clothes, paired with a fun pair of festively-colored skinny jeans, a comfortable pair of shoes and some holiday-centric jewelry. The blouse is thin enough to keep you cool when the sun comes out mid-day, but it’s warm enough to keep you from shivering when you leave your house for the parade first thing. The shoes are good for walking all day. And the jeans add that pop of color to prevent you from being pinched by anyone and everyone.
What will you be wearing Saturday and Sunday for St. Patrick’s Day? What are your plans for the day?
Just about an hour east of Baton Rouge is the town of Abita Springs, La., home of the Abita Brewery. Established in the eighties, the Abita Brewing Company is one of the oldest and largest craft breweries in the southeast. If you’ve never been to Abita Springs before, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised upon arrival, as the little town is beyond adorable.
Last weekend, we got a group together to participate in the brewery tour and enjoy some fantastic food at the Abita Brew Pub. There are little shops, gazebos and restaurants that make the town picturesque and everything seemed to be within a walking distance. Plus, there was a constant stream of cyclists stopping to take a break in the town or to eat at the Brew Pub.
The Abita Tasting Room is where all the Abita Brewery tours take place. There is a beautiful courtyard garden in front of the tasting room where you are able to sit and enjoy your beer, weather permitting. Inside of the room is a 24-foot bar that you are invited to step behind and pour samples of almost every Abita Beer currently available.
During the hour at the Tasting Room, you are shown several videos explaining the Abita brewing process and taken on a walking tour of the brewery. (Note the cute blue booties they make you wear if you have open-toe shoes.)
After the tasting, we stopped by the Abita Brew Pub to finish off the day with delicious bar food.