Friday, June 30, 2017

When life gives you LEMONS.... make these delicious recipes!

One of my favorite ways to add flavor to many dishes is citrus and more specifically, lemon.  It's great is sweet and savory dishes and cocktails.  Here are a few delicious recipes that use lemon.

HONEYSUCKLE LEMON DROP MARTINI
This recipe is from my cousin Susannah. She always makes the most amazing cocktails but this is my personal favorite.

2 oz. Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka
juice from one large lemon
large splash of Simple Syrup
Put all ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously.  Serve in a martini glass with a lightly sugared rim.
This makes one drink.

LEMON RISOTTO

This is absolute comfort food for me.  I got this recipe years ago (altered it, of course) from Nigella.  She had the first cooking show I ever watched back when Allen and I got married. I always enjoying cooking just like my mom and grandfather but watching Nigella and trying her recipes really helped me to develop my love of cooking.

1 tbsp olive oil
2 chopped shallots
1 1/2 cups arborio rice
4 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
2 tbsp Irish butter
1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
fresh lemon juice from 2 lemons
1 egg yolk
4 tbsp heavy cream
4 tbsp grated parmesan (plus extra for serving)

In one pot bring broth to a low boil.  In another pot heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add shallots.  Cook until softened.  Add rice, stirring constantly to light toast the rice- about 2-3 minutes.  Start adding broth to rice one ladle at a time.  Stir until broth has been absorbed.   Continue this process until there is no broth left and rice is cooked through and not crunchy.  It can take up to 30 minutes. Turn heat to low.  Stir in lemon zest and rosemary. Then add butter stirring carefully. When butter has melted add egg yolk, cream, lemon juice, parmesan, salt and pepper.  Heat stirring continuously for 2-3 minutes.  Remove from heat and serve in individual bowls topped with extra parmesan.


LEMON SYLLABUB
My mom used to make Lemon Syllabub for a special dessert when I was a child.  It was always one of my favorites.  It's great for a dinner party because you can serve it in pretty individual bowls or glasses and you can make it in advance since it need to chill in the refrigerator. 

Place mixing bowl in freezer 1-2 hours before starting recipe.
1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/8 cup lemon juice
lemon zest
In cold mixing bowl, whip cream and sugar on medium until it thickens.  Slowly add wine, lemon juice and zest.  Whip until thick soft peaks.  Refrigerate for 1-2 hours in mixing bowl covered with plastic wrap.  Serve in individual bowls and garnish with mint leaves or strawberries or both!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

What I'm Wearing: Simple Summer Outfit

A white shirt and cut-offs are a staple summer outfit for me.  It's just easy, doesn't take a lot of effort and planning but has lots of options.  These glitter sneakers are my new favorite thing.  In my opinion, they look like some of the really high-end brand sneakers but they aren't!  They are just at $100.  If you are local to Charlotte, they also have them at Sloan.


 Earrings (Similar)

Here are some other white tops that are similar and all are under $100!



Saturday, June 24, 2017

Style Saturdays: SAVE vs. SPLURGE~TOPS

I'm back with another Save vs Splurge post!  Below I have compiled a list of 5 great, simple tops that have a SPLURGE and a SAVE Option. They are all very versatile and could be paired with a number of things. 

This classic black top (with a little edge) would work for a business lunch or dinner.  You could easily pair it with pants and heels if you work in an office too.  

Eyelet Top $79 (+ 25% OFF with CODE: BONUS)


I can't get enough of 2 things BLACK & WHITE Tops + RUFFLE SLEEVES.  Both of these knit tops with fun statement sleeves come in black and white.  



Both of these blouses can work for right now with white jeans or shorts but they also will go into the fall with jeans, boots and a jacket or vest.



I love a classic, crisp white poplin blouse.  And I'm also a sucker for anything with ruffles.  This top (like the floral blouse) will take you into the fall.  Pair it with some distressed jeans and pointy toe pumps and it would be a great date night outfit.



I have a serious problem with buying white embroidered/ lace tops.  I looked through some of the summer items I have purchased and I found 4 that I had bought since May.  I think it's because they are so versatile. They can pretty much go with everything from long skirts to cut-offs to jeans to wide-leg pants. You can find them everywhere and in every price range too!  


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fourth of July Style

4th of July
The Fourth of July is right around the corner and I can't believe it!  Summer is flying by extremely quickly.  Chances are you will be celebrating the 4th doing something fun with family and/ or friends.  We will be at the pool during the day swimming in the middle of a gazillion people.  Allen, the kids and I will come home for a short rest and to regroup. Then that night we'll be back to the pool for the Fourth of July party/ carnival on the golf course. It's usually extremely hot for evening activities.  I have been searching for a festive outfit for the evening activities.   


Slipdress (or Tunic depending on your height)

Sandals
There are endless possibilities. Here is just a few ways to mix and match these red, white, and blue pieces for your 4th of July plans.
Outfit 1
Outfit 2
Outfit 3
Outfit 4