My boys and I spent this past Saturday picking one of my favorite early summer berries! It was an absolutely gorgeous day, the sun was beaming and the breeze kept us cool as we worked. The strawberries in Arkansas are right at the end of their peak season, so every single one we got was so ripe and juicy, I had to keep fending Cade off from eating them straight out of the bucket. We got a huge load of them, so I spent Sunday making chocolate covered strawberries, strawberry shortcake and strawberry cupcakes, Yum! My strawberry cupcake/cake recipe is one of my family’s all time favorites and it’s the perfect compliment to strawberry season. Try it out, it’s easy peasy, and delightfully yummy!
Scrumptious Strawberry Cake
1 Box Strawberry Cake Mix
1 Box Strawberry Jell-O
½ Cup Wesson Oil
½ Cup Water
½ Cup Sliced Strawberries mixed with 1 Tsp. of Sugar (let sit for 30 minutes for sugar to dissolve)
Mix cake mix and Jell-O powder together, add Wesson oil and water and beat until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Last add strawberries and mix well. Pour mixture into cake pan of choice and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes (if making cupcakes bake approx. 23 min)
½ Stick of melted Margarine
1 Box of Powdered Sugar
½ Cup of sliced Strawberries mixed with 1 Tsp. of Sugar (let sit for 30 minutes for sugar to dissolve)
Mix until smooth and spread on cake
Since Mother’s day is just a few days away, I decided to share some of my favorite Mother’s day gifts! It is a day to show your mom how much you love and appreciate her. Below are a few of my favorite gifts to give to moms on their special day dedicated to them!
Dogeared ‘I Love Mom’ Necklace || Emporium Home Amethyst Speared Picture Frame || Voluspa ‘Amaranth & Jasmine’ Candle || Elizabeth & James ‘Nirvana White’ Perfume || Emporium Home Quartz Corkscrew || Sara Happ ‘The Lip Slip’ Lip Balm || Natural Life ‘ I Love You Mom’ Heart Shaped Tray
Happy Mother’s Day!
XOXO – Ashley
I just adore Valentines’s Day and spending special time with my sweet hubs! He always manages to make me feel loved and adored and this year is no exception. Gorgeous flowers, my favorite dress and a dinner date with the love of my life has this girl giddy!
Alexis Contessa Dress ON SALE here!
Hope your Valentine’s Day is filled with Love!
I adore Valentine’s Day! The flowers, the chocolates, the romantic dinners, I’m totally into it! I love choosing a thoughtful gift for my hubs and he always manages to surprise me with something stellar every year! Below, I’ve put together a little Valentine’s day gift guide for you and your love. Every item on the “For Her” list is something that I am personally lusting after and the “For Him” list is full of awesome gifts that my main squeeze would love to receive. Hope your V-Day is full of romance and sweet gifts!1. Christian Louboutin Doracora Patent Heart Pump | 2. Farm Girl Flowers Big Love Bouquet | 3. Armenta Long Cluster Ring | 4. For Love and Lemons Ruby Bralette and Panty | 5. Diptyque Tuberose “Rouge” Candle
1. L’Occitane Cade Shaving Cream | 2. Yeti Hopper | 3. Shinola Benchmade Custom 485 Valet Pocket Knife | 4. Red Wing Heritage 6-Inch Iron Ranger Boot | 5. J. Hilburn Made to Measure Blue Revenge Solid Suit
XOXO – Ashley
Garrett and I love hosting football parties and Super Bowl 50 is no exception! When we have a crew over, I love to have great dips and snacks on hand that people can munch on throughout the game. My all time favorite, easy peasy, everybody devours it, corn dip is a winner every time. Throw in delish chocolate and caramel smothered popcorn and our “Super Bowl” sipper signature cocktail, and your party peeps will be dipping and sipping the whole game!
FAMOUS CORN DIP
3 11oz. cans sweet corn & diced peppers (Mexican corn), drained
7oz. can chopped green chilis
6oz. can chopped jalapeño peppers, drained and liquid added to taste
1/2 c. green onion, chopped
1 c. mayonaise
1 c. sour cream
1 t. pepper
1/2 t. garlic powder
16oz. pkg. shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese
corn chips of choice
In a large bowl mix all ingredients, except chips. Chill 2 hours to overnight. Serve with corn chips. YUM!
1 c. of stovetop popcorn kernels
1 pkg. bakers chocolate
1 pkg. caramel squares
1 c. peanuts (optional)
sea salt to taste
Pop popcorn kernels over stovetop as instructed on package (this is soooooo much better and healthier than that nasty microwave popcorn, do it!). Once popped, spread popcorn on a wax paper lined baking dish. Sprinkle with peanuts. Melt chocolate baking squares and caramel (add a touch of milk when melting) over stovetop. Once melted, pour both the chocolate and caramel over the popcorn and mix until coated. Sprinkle with sea salt. Cool and serve.
SUPER BOWL SIPPER
1 can Fresca
6 oz. of Lemonade
2 oz. of Lime Juice
8 oz. Vodka
Mix together, serve over ice, and garnish with your favorite fruit. We used oranges and blueberries. GO BRONCOS!
There was no other show that resonated with me quite like the Chanel Haute Couture show from Paris Fashion week. Each and every piece in the collection was the antithesis of feminine beauty and embellished artistry. I am completely mesmerized by this collection and see “Artistic Femininity” being a huge trend for interiors and home accessories for 2016. Check out my favorites from the show, gorgeous interiors that channel this feminine chic look, as well as products that can help you bring this runway style into your home.
CHANNELING CHANEL INTO INTERIORS
PRODUCTS TO HELP YOU BRING THE RUNWAY INTO YOUR HOME
How would you bring a little Chanel glam into your home? Share with us!
I wanted to ring in the New Year with sparkle and fun, these festive little letters are just the ticket!
I found some great metal letters at a local hobby store and they were 1/2 off, score! I love the size of them and since they are block letters they stand up on their own making them perfect for display just about anywhere.
All I did was spray paint them gold, cover the front side with a thick layer of Mod Podge and then sprinkle a generous amount of metallic confetti on them (this I also purchased at the hobby store, but they have at party stores as well).
The result is so fun and the project literally took an hour! They are the perfect addition to your foyer or dining table if you are hosting a New Year’s Eve Party or even just wanting a little more sparkle for you close friends and family!
CHEERS to a fabulous 2015 and all that 2016 holds!
We are all ready for the opening of Americas Mart ATL this morning and have decided to greet our shoppers each morning with a Mimosa Bar. Since we’ve been working on the plans for this, we thought we’d go ahead and invite you in to get a looksie for inspiration to use at your next party.
What you’ll need:
- 2-3 types of juice
- containers for juice
- champagne flutes
- ice bucket/container
- fresh fruit
- containers for extra fruit
- skewer fruit and freeze about an hour before serving
- set up bar station
- pour juice into desired containers
- pour 3oz champagne to 2oz of juice in each glass
- Garnish with fruit skewer and ENJOY!
If you’ll be at market this week be sure to stop by and see us. We’ll be ready and waiting each morning with mimosas so come rise and shine with us. (Building 1, Floor 9, Space C-12)
Can’t wait to see you!
There is no better time to flex your craft/DIY muscle than summer! Especially since the kiddos are out of school. Getting them involved always leads to family fun and cherished memories. Like many years before, we plan on spending this year’s 4th of July weekend at the lake. Boating, grilling, watching the fireworks and participating in my fav summer activity of all…. chillin’. To add some patriotic flair to our outdoor celebration this year, I thought it would be fun to serve up a super easy, but oh so impressive spin on the classic American s’mores as well as a little added chic-ness with hand block printed napkins. Both of these ideas are so easy and fun, and could be used for a multitude of holidays and events! Just change the food coloring/napkin colors and bam… Paaaartaay Perfection!
Now Let’s get our Red, White and Blue on…
4th of July Block Printed Napkins
- Linen or cotton napkins (I used bright Royal Blue beauties from a big discount store)
- Wooden block stamps (I actually have a collection of vintage blocks from India, but don’t despaire… they have these at craft stores, and they are super inexpensive. If you can’t find wooden stamps, use a foam or linoleum one. No bigs!
- Fabric Paint (get matte, please. No puffy or shiny paint here, or I will be forced to recall the hand painted sweatshirts that I was rockin’ in the early 90’s)
- Small paint brush
- Cotton yarn if you want to add a little tassel detail
I always begin a project like this by washing my napkins to remove any sizing that may be on the fabric. This will ensure the fabric takes the paint perfectly. I also gave my napkins a quick once over with the iron, it just helped them lay better for stamping.
Next, I was ready to stamp my first napkin. Before I loaded my stamp with paint I decided on a layout/grid. You could literally do this a hundred different ways, but I wanted a simple pattern that resembles Indian block print that I adore. Once I decided on how many rows/columns I would have, I started from the middle and worked my way out. Simply load your paintbrush with paint and smear it on your block, stamp and repeat. So simple! I like the hand crafted quality of the stamps not being perfectly lined up, I think it adds character, but if you’re into perfection, simply use a ruler and mark out hash lines with a water soluble fabric marker. You will end up with perfect little rows of happiness.
After creating my first fully printed napkin, I used it as a template for the rest. Each varies slightly, and I love that! Last but not least, I hand wrapped little cotton tassels to adorn the corners of my napkins. I simply tied these on the corners, so they can be removed for washing, but if you want to sew them on you totally could.
I’m adorning my hand blocked beauties with a simple wildflower napkin ties and pairing them with my white Vietri plates. Glorious!
Red, White and Blue S’mores
Seriously the cutest and easiest thing you may ever DIY. Grab the kids and the hubs for this one… it’s literally that easy.
- A bag or two of Stay Puff Marshmallows
- Red, and Blue liquid food coloring
- Two small shallow bowls
- Paper towels
- Graham Crackers
- Hersey Bars
- Table Top Burner
- Metal skewers
Put about 1/4 cup of water in each of the two small bowls and add 10-12 drops of food coloring to each, one red and one blue. Stir the food coloring into the water so it is evenly disbursed.
Lay out a few paper towels layering them two or three thick. Start by dipping one side of your marshmallows into the red bowl. Laying them out on the paper towel to dry, red side down. Once they are dry (this will literally take like 2 minutes, and don’t leave them there much longer or they will start sticking to the paper towel) dip the other side into the blue bowl, laying them on the blue side to briefly dry. After drying for 2 minutes, you can move them into a decorative bowl for serving or you can store them in a gallon ziplock bag for later.
I’ve decided to use tabletop burners for roasting our marshmallows at this years Independence Day cookout. After all….It’s July, in the south, a roaring lakeside fire is NOT an option. These tabletop darlings are perfect., and add a little bit of whimsy to the celebration. Pair the Red, White and Blue marshmallows with your Graham Crackers and Hersey bars chicly displayed in mason jars and you have the makings of a bona fide All American Celebration on your hands!
Happy 4th of July! I hope your celebration is filled with good food, plenty of laughter and a sky full of awesome!
After a full week of soaking up the sun at Rosemary Beach on 30A, I have come accustom to getting fresh fish for every meal. Needless to say, I’m definitely excited about another reason to eat fresh fish.
In honor of National Ceviche Day, I wanted to share my favorite ceviche recipe which has been tweaked several times to include all my fave ingredients. This recipe calls for scallops, which takes less soaking time then other fish, so it’s perfect if you need to make a quick dish. Enjoy, and HAPPY NATIONAL CEVICHE DAY!
Summer Scallop Ceviche
½ -1 lb scallops
1/3 cup lime
1 lemon + zest
1 small tomato
1 tbs chopped jalapeno
2 tbs chopped cilantro
¼ cup red onion2 tsp salt
* 1 Sliced Avocado for garnish
Chop scallops and mix with lime juice, lemon juice and zest. Chill, stirring frequently, until scallops turn opaque. (20-30min)
Peel and chop one orange and juice the other. Chop all other ingredients and combine.
Combine vegetable mixture with scallops and serve with tortillas or chips. Garnish with avocado and cilantro. ENJOY!