Wednesday, May 20, 2015

RECIPE: MINI PEACH PIE

This was SO GOOD. If I do say so myself ::pats back, rubs belly::
I used a sugar cookie recipe for crust, because I'm intimidated by pie crusts. 
I made up the filling but it turned out delish! Anything using The Peach Truck peaches is bound to be good right?

RECIPE: MINI PEACH PIE

CRUST:
(Since this is a mini pie, you can 1. halve this crust recipe or 2. make the full recipe and make cookies out of the rest... you should obviously pick this second option)
1 lb butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
3 1/2 - 4 cups flour
1 tsp vanilla

1. Cream sugar and butter for about 5 minutes. 
2. Add egg yolks and vanilla. 
3. Slowly add flour until it doesn't feel sticky anymore. 
4. Press saran wrap on dough and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 min.

FILLING:
4 small ripe peaches, thinly sliced
1/2 tbsp brown sugar *if you like a sweeter pie, use 1 tbsp
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1/8 tsp orange zest & a smidge of juice
Pinch of salt

1. Mix the filling topping together.
2. Using floured hands, press about 1/2 of the chilled dough into pie pan - just wing it, it's rustic. Try not to go too far out on the sides of the pie pan. Since it's a cookie dough recipe, the dough will spread a bit when it bakes. 
3. Pour in the peach filling.
4. Top with a little extra dough in a pretty shape (and save the rest of the dough for cookies!). 
5. Chill the pie in the fridge while the oven preheats to 350.
6. Place pie on a baking sheet in case of the filling or dough bubbling over.
7. Bake at 350 degrees for around 15-25 minutes until crust is lightly brown and filling is bubbly. My oven bakes way faster so just keep an eye on your pie!

Enjoy!
-L 

Monday, May 18, 2015

ROOM TOUR: LIVING ROOM

I had to capture the one moment in time my house was clean by photographing it! This is my living room which opens up to the kitchen (not clean enough to photograph). It's not particularly "styled" with design pieces and plants (I wish) since my 1.5 year old would destroy it, but it's just enough so it feels like home. 
We love this room for two main reasons: the rug and the beams! The oriental rug was passed down to us from Jeffrey's Nanaw (she truly was a fabulously glamorous lady), and I love every little detail on there. It makes the room warm and cozy, and we love thinking of Nanaw each time we look at it! 
This room, being a double story felt a little too open and cold, so we added beams a couple months ago. It's changed the whole feel of the house to us- we are obsessed! The Tenneessee Barn Project found these 100-year-old hand hewn beams in an old barn. We love all the beautiful inconsistencies in these beams and the iron supports that hold them up. Industrial chic at it's finest! I still have plans for a laundry room makeover and a new kitchen table from them eventually!

Thanks for taking a peak! Click links below for sources.
-L

SOURCES:
Fan - Lumens
TV console - Restoration Hardware
Leather club chair - Restoration Hardware
Coffee table - Crate & Barrel
Glass jugs - Haven
Couch - Havertys
All throw pillows - Ikea
Blanket - Jonathan Adler
Glass lamp - Ikea
USA map print - Alison Hardcastle
Nashville print - Rock Paper Scissors
Buffalo print - Animal Print Shop
Entry way light fixture - Joss & Main
Door wreath - Target
Kitchen bar stools - Restoration Hardware
Metal orbs (similar) - Target

Friday, May 8, 2015

MOTHER'S DAY WISHLIST | BLACK, WHITE & NEON

Hey you guys!! I am squeezing in a last minute Mother's day post before the weekend. I just thought I would share a couple of things that I am SERIOUSLY wanting, whether it be for MD or not! I am obviously getting the best gift in the world this year right around this sweet holiday, which is the birth of my SON!!! We are still anxiously awaiting his arrival, but when my hubby asked me what kind of prezzie I would like for Mother's Day, I immediately asked for a bathing suit. It is super important for me to have a bathing suit that I feel more than comfortable in as I will be diving into the pool with the toddler weeks after giving birth. Ummm..... nightmare? Yes, I think so!

I can't get my mind off of this one, so that usually means that it will be in my drawer soon! The scalloped edge has me swooning!! I will probably end up with black, although this tan one is soooo lovely!

Have you guys seen this closet DIY? I have had it pinned for quite some time on my personal Pinterest page, and have added to the hubby's "to-do list". They did SUCH a fantastic job AND it is super budget friendly. A Mother's Day gift is made much sweeter when it is handmade, right? ha!

I always have a couple of expensive/time consuming ideas on hand when it comes to gifts for myself. For the more low-key/ budget-friendly requests.... these are mine..

These sandals look super mom friendly (buuuut still stylish), and for every pair purchased, they donate clean drinking water to children. Win Win! I also love this pair and this pair. What is even sweeter is that they make them for little kids too!! You know I love a good mommy/daughter dress alike day. ;)

 I NEED this bag from Target!! It is always good to have a breakaway from the diaper bag that you carry 90% of the time, right? It is so chic, and the quality is impressive! It would make a great date night bag! I am also loving this all white weekender ( for the small getaways I never take) yes, please!!
 I think key chains are super cheeseball ( despite my collection I assembled as a teenager), but truthfully, I need an easy way to actually FIND my keys in my bag. I always challenge myself to put my keys in the same pocket, but that never happens. This neon tassel key fob is perfect!!
I have been wanting a great pair of aviators for a while now, but these are kind of winning in my book right now!

Leah and I both love our Helen Ficalora necklaces! It is kind of a little tradition to add initial charms to my necklace! I am in need of another chain because it feels like a lot to wear all of the charms on the one that I have. I reeeeaaaallllly want this "R" in all diamonds :) Since this is a pricier option, and it may be farther down the road... I would LOVE this one in the meantime to mix with my Helen necklace for summer! Love layering dainty gold pieces.


Gifts are FAB... don't get me wrong, but just being loved on and served that day is the real winner. Leah and I love a super thoughtful card and a super delish brunch at the very least!! That is simple, right? We hope you all have a Happy Mother's Day weekend! We love getting to know you all through blogging and Instagram. We truly love being mommies ourselves, and at the end of the day, we just want you to feel celebrated because you are freaking awesome!!!

XO!
  

Thursday, May 7, 2015

MY OFFICE (SO FAR) + FREE PRINTABLE

You guys, I'm soooo excited that you're not looking at crazy hoarder piles of crap all over my blah tan room right now! I've been slowly working on my office since we moved into the house, and I finally have a little work space that doesn't stress me out! I'll update you once I finish the rest of the office and my craft closet (weeeeeee!!!) but wanted to show you a peak! Scroll down for sources. 
Also wanted to share this little free print I designed for my desk below.
I am constantly quoting Jessie Spano and thought I needed to include this in my office. Just to remind myself that I'm being ridiculous. "There's never any time! I'm just so so... scared!". I'm usually more of a Kelly Kapowski but lately I've been all about that crazy caffeine pill poppin' mama.
Download print HERE
This is my little inspiration wall. I have SO many more prints I'm coveting, so I'll just continually add to it when I can. Absolutely love this black paint, Behr Broadway. It's only on this accent wall while the rest of my office is white. The black is a chalkboard black- not too harsh, not too soft, juuuust right.
I kept this card (download HERE) for myself because it makes me smile and cringe all at once. Little pink hippo is a hoarder leftover from Ari's party HERE.

SOURCES: 
(click for links)
Black paint: Behr Broadway

Thanks for checking out my space! More to come (when I feel the motivation to organize... could be a while).
-L

Thursday, April 30, 2015

GRAMMER LOVER MOTHER'S DAY CARD- FREE PRINTABLE

This one's for the grammar nut in your life! I painted a similar card for my mom last year, and she loved it...she not so silently corrects my grammar on all blog posts and in every day life. Thought some of you might know a mom or yourself who needs this! Free printable HERE.

Happy Mother's Day! Yes, there's an apostrophe in there, MOM.
-L

Saturday, April 25, 2015

MOTHER'S DAY CRAFT: EMBROIDERED TEA TOWEL

This was by far your fav post last year for a Mother's Day craft! Simple and thoughtful- that's the way to go. We are NOT sewers or embroiderers here... this is easy stuff, we promise! 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DIY COSTUME FOR LITTLES: MEXICAN SERAPE

You know when you think of a project and you're all like this is going to be soooo easy and cute, and then you start it and you're like, OMG this is way too much effort why am I doing this, and then there's no turning back because there's no time to order a pre-made costume for your kid to wear it for his preschool performance? Yeah. That's this project. Sorry for the run-on sentence (Mom). 

Max and Ari's preschool has a annual spring festival where the kids dress up and perform for the parents. This year each class studied a different country, and Max's was Mexico. I thought it would be fun to have Max wear traditional Mexican garb- serape and sombrero.
You know what though? Max just looks so freaking cute, maybe it was worth the effort?? Either way, thought I would share the tutorial. It's not hard, just a bit time consuming!

You'll need 1 yard of lightweight canvas or muslin (make sure it's pliable), lots of different acrylic paint, and paint brushes. I found Martha Stewart's acrylic paint to be the best- soooo easy to spread along the fabric and the colors were nice and bright!
Leave about 3 inches on top and bottom for the fringe, then simply paint lines in different colors across the fabric. Leave black and white paint for the end. I probably should have used a ruler, and I even got it out to use... but I didn't. It doesn't need to be perfect! I blended some of the colors when they were wet with a clean, dry brush. After all of the colors are dry, go back through with black and white to add the finishing touches.
For the fringe at the bottom, cut little slits and rip the fabric up a few inches. Be careful not to rip up into the painted parts (like I did!).
Fold the serape in half and cut a v-neck shape out. Mine was about 6" across.
Adios!

-L
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