Just when you think you've figured out your signature cocktail (gimlets for Stephanie, French 76 for Nicole), along comes a potent kick in the pants in the form of refreshment on a hot summer day...or mild Missouri spring... OF COURSE we're talking about a Paloma! This simple cocktail of blanco tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit … Continue reading Three Cheers to the Paloma
Sweet Tea Treat
Despite us growing up in the south, we are not sweet tea fans, or really even iced tea fans. Classic iced tea, at least. Thai Iced Tea...well, that's a different category of wonderful deliciousness altogether. The best Thai Iced Teas are sweeter than sweet and a creamy orange tone. Our local thai restaurant makes a … Continue reading Sweet Tea Treat
Cheers! The Lychee Martini
What to 'shake' up your cocktail game? Try the Lychee Martini, recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart. Lychees are Asian tree fruits, with red dinosaur-like skin and a subtle grape-like taste and texture. And they make AMAZING cocktail ingredients! We drank these all winter long, despite them being a summer fruit. With access to international markets … Continue reading Cheers! The Lychee Martini
Color Me Bad: Coloring Books for EVERYONE!
One of my current side hustle projects is to make a coloring book of floral art. I'm not talking about the intricate mandala-style books, where one missed paisley is a stress-induced scramble to cover it up. I want nice big patches of petals, or rosy cheeks for someone to puddle watercolors on top of. Here's … Continue reading Color Me Bad: Coloring Books for EVERYONE!
Everything is Better with CONFETTI
Our friend Whitney threw the most colorful and fun wedding celebration. The groomsmen had pompom boutonnieres, we tossed dried herbs and jingled bells as the new couple made their way to their chariot. The reception had vintage planters filled with colorful blooms, and giant confetti-filled balloons. Here are a few photos from the florists behind … Continue reading Everything is Better with CONFETTI
Book Roundup: March 2018
There really isn't much else I need in life than a good book. Well. Maybe a cold pinot grigio. And a soft dog. Okay, and dark chocolate. And if I'm going to list all the things I need in life, I may as well also mention Coco Chanel Eau de Parfum, my mala beads, and … Continue reading Book Roundup: March 2018
Book Roundup: The Cozy Cookbook
Having recently finished Leave Me Alone with the Recipes: The Life, Art, and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles, I realized I have a thing for cozy, story-driven family-centric cookbooks. I devour them like novels, and keep them on shelves faaaar away from the mess of my kitchen. Here are a few in my collection: Apples for … Continue reading Book Roundup: The Cozy Cookbook
Mood Board: Winter is Going
Here in SWMO, the sun is starting to shine, the days are getting longer, the weather just a bit warmer. With the arrival of Spring, we are finally saying goodbye to winter. But I won't lie. I love winter, and this one was particularly cozy. Full of family, nights by the fire, strong cocktails and … Continue reading Mood Board: Winter is Going
Peaches, Pie, Guinness, Oh My!
Typically for St. Paddy's day, one of us will make a dark chocolate Guinness cake with cream cheese icing, a tried and true recipe from one of our Domestic Goddesses, Nigella Lawson. This year, with Stephanie in charge of desserts, we opted for something a little different: Key Lime Pie. We grew up as Georgia … Continue reading Peaches, Pie, Guinness, Oh My!
Bells & Whistles
The more crystals and bells in my house, the better. I can hear the crystals ring like bells and see the bells' jingle flitter like light refracting off the crystals. It brings so much joy and happiness to my home. In what felt like an intuitive decision, I hung a strand of bells on my … Continue reading Bells & Whistles