April 21st, 2014

between the rain and the sun and the clouds and the unpredictable breaks, we still headed out to dinner at the Turtle Club— a restaurant recommended ten times over by several Naples tourists/regulars alike.

a month ago i called on a whim for a reservation, as Open Table had them booked through May 9th, and lo & behold, we got a table for 8:15… that’d be right after the scheduled sunset (whomp whomp whomp).

however, always attempting to be the most seemingly optimistic crowd that we can be, we headed to the beach early hoping for a glimpse of the sunset before being seated for dinner.

at 7:45 we checked in with the hostess and found out our table was open early (!), right as the sun appeared for the first time all afternoon/evening (!!!).

we took our place at a table on the sand and marveled at the cotton candy colored skies.

between the salty air & the loving stranger friends taking pictures on pictures on pictures, we couldn’t help but soak in the beauty that is Florida (the chilled Chardonnay didn’t hurt either).

it was the perfect way to start off a very memorable evening.

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April 3rd, 2014

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lime, quartered
  • half moon, thin slice of grapefruit
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ounces soda water
  • ice cubes

 Directions:

  1. Combine the lime quarters, grapefruit slice, mint leaves, and sugar in a cocktail glass.  Muddle.
  2. Add the rum, grapefruit and lime juice, and stir together until sugar has dissolved.  Finish with club soda and one or two large ice cubes.
Reblogged from grace in place
March 17th, 2014

Love is…

your dad driving you to the office on a Sunday because he had no faith you would safely deliver a four-layered ombre cake on a Monday.

March 12th, 2014

Have you tried Muller Greek Corner yogurt?

It’s a yogurt line by Quaker and as far as Greek Yogurt goes, it’s at the tippy top of my list.

not a fan of greek? their other Corner Yogurt products are just as delicious!

side note: how cute is Mama? we went to the grocery together this weekend & she was all sorts of jazzed about her bounty.

March 7th, 2014

last night, i had the honor of being apart of my boss’s engagement. 

i headed to the airport surprise right after work & then stayed up past my bedtime in order to make cupcakes for the office.

baking has been & will forever be my go to for celebrations,

& turn out, the kids birthday party section might be a close second.

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February 27th, 2014

for a month, we’ve had a progressive dinner on our schedules.

last night, it finally took place.

4 stops, 4 [baby] menus…all delicious selections.

Paula Deen’s cheese ball in the shape of a pine cone

a fruit salad w/ jicama & a potato salad w/ capers

[not pictured] salsa black bean shredded chicken

& a too legit to quit ice cream party

it was all worth the wait!

i’m very happy to be part of this communications team, and i promise, it’s not solely because they’re great cooks…they’re great entertainers, too.

February 25th, 2014

last night, i made kale chips.

i followed this recipe & they weren’t horrible

(next time, i’ll add cayenne or paprika or red pepper, too).

hooray for health!

how’s that for an endorsement?

February 17th, 2014

i forgot to post this last week, but if you’re ever in the Omaha area, you must stop at Jones Bros. Cupcakes.

their entire cupcake selection is absolutely drool-worthy, & single-handedly kicked me off my no-sugar-diet train.

oh man, was it worth it for that vanilla cake.

February 13th, 2014

i would rather have a heart-shaped dessert over a(n) [open] heart-shaped piece of jewelry any day.

January 22nd, 2014
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Heard of Green B.E.A.N. Delivery*? Want 15% off your first home-delivered bin?

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not really interested in whether or not you’re eating organic, grass-fed products. You dig it? Great. But, please don’t push it on me!

(As the daughter of a research scientist, you can imagine why.)

However, what I am interested in is buying/supporting local farmers/businesses.

When I was approached by Green B.E.A.N. to offer you all a promo code for $15 dollars off your first order/reactivations (15BNml), I was hesitant because of the aforementioned reasons, but when products are coming from farmers/businesses in my backyard, I couldn’t turn it down.

(related: I’ve heard Pea Pod deliveries are just as amazing, just not as organic.) 

Choose your way & savor every home-delivered morsel!

*i was offered a free bin for posting this offer; however, i have not actually received my order. we’re all in this together, friends!

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