Baked Grapefruit – A Delicious Dessert or Breakfast

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Whenever I talk about baking a grapefruit, most people look at me like I’m crazy, but trust me, this is SO EASY and absolutely DELICIOUS. Whether your looking for a light dessert as we head into spring or something new for breakfast, you’re going to want to try this!

What you’ll need:

  • Large Grapefruit
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • Your choice of toppings: Whipped Cream, Vanilla Ice-Cream, Granola and Greek Yogurt are some of my favorites!

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What to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 375
  • Cut the grapefruit in half against the grain
  • Use a knife to section the grapefruit
  • Sprinkle 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar on each half of the grapefruit. (You can use less or more depending on taste)
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes, until the grapefruit is warm and juicy
  • Top with your desired topping. For dessert, I love a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. For breakfast, a scoop of greek yogurt and a sprinkle of granola is great!

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City E-Session Inspiration

This past week I got a little obsessive over city engagement sessions while doing some research for a friend. Obviously C & I love our outdoor, natural settings (as you can see in our e-sessions here and here), but part of me secretly wants to go for round two in an urban setting. Cityscapes lend themselves to more formal attire, more candid photos, and sometimes even a air of romance. Check out the collection below for some tips on making the most of a urban e-session! Click through the photos for links to even more inspiration and details on these talented photographers.

smp4smp5Date night or e-photos? Who cares when you capture a moment this adorable.

smp6 Use the backdrop as an excuse to dress to the nines.

4-trentbailey-new-orleans-engagement-photos1-trentbailey-new-orleans-engagement-photos100lc4Still feeling a need for some greenery? Take a picnic blanket to a local park.

100lc3Do you really need an excuse to order a milkshake?

100lc1smp3A no-fail photo op? Find a stunning backdrop, grab your S.O. and plant one on them.

smp1smp2 This photo is so simple, no props, no formal wear, but I love it. It truly looks like a scene from what could be their everyday lives.

100lc6Skyscrapers not necessary, storefronts with character may be all you need!

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Before you run off in search of the perfect field or barn, consider what your own city or neighborhood has to offer. It might surprise you!  If you’re having trouble thinking of creative backdrops, consult your photographer. They may have a go-to location that consistently produces stunning results, or perhaps they have a place in mind they’ve been dying to do an e-session. You won’t know unless you ask!

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Wednesday Wish List

Wednesday Wish List

1. Miu Miu Cotton and Silk-Organza Peplum Tank | 2. OPI Nail Lacquer in Lucky, Lucky Lavender | 3. Tiffany & Co. Heart Tag Earrings | 4. Holden Collection Small Table Lamp | 5. Irving Place Pete’s Wing Chair | 6. Fiurica Oversized Satin-Trimmed Pique Coat | 7. Kate Spade Inspired Dinner Party | 8. Floral Delacorte Bangle | 9. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh | 10. Dolce & Gabbana Lace-trimmed Strech-Silk Satin Robe | 11. Kate Spade Rialto Place Sally | 12. Finn 18k Yellow Gold Love Knot Ring | 13. Free Valentine’s Printable!

Wednesday Wish List

Wednesday Wish List

Wednesday Wish List: Sunny Disposition

Wednesday Wish List

Easy Mexican Frittata

These individual frittatas are not only delicious, but also pretty as well. When I saw these “As Seen on TV” pans I definitely thought they were silly, but they make the perfect form for these frittatas. I served them individually and topped each with a dollop of sour cream and salsa and drizzled with the same cilantro lime dressing from the chorizo corn muffin recipe from last week. Enjoy!

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What You’ll Need

  • 8 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup Pepper Jack Cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup instant pancake mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped country ham
  • 4 oz can of diced green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce of choice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray pans with non-stick spray.

In medium size bowl, using a fork, blend together eggs, pancake mix, cheese, pepper, and salt. Heat a non-stick saute pan over medium high heat. Add butter to pan and melt. Add bell peppers, ham and chilies to pan and saute for about 5 minutes. Let cool. Pour into egg mixture into and stir with rubber spatula. Pour into pans, filling about 3/4 of the way full. Of course, if you do not own these pans, muffin tins work great as well. Just adjust the bake time to around 15 minutes.

Place pan into oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes, until lightly browned and fluffy. Remove from pans and let cool for about 10 minutes. Flip over onto serving dishes and top with sour cream, salsa of your choice and the cilantro lime drizzle. Feel free to add hot sauce to taste. These also taste great with a warm tortilla on the side. Enjoy!

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Sunday Savings

This weekend has been crazy for S and I . We officially finished our wedding registry, a long, fun, tedious and, at times, stressful task to say the least. It feels good to be done and ready to move on to the next steps in wedding planning. Sorry for this coming to you so late today, but I hope you enjoy some of our favorite sale items from this week!
Sunday Savings
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The Friday Report

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Hello Lovelies! As much as I love the holidays and jetting off to see loved ones, sometimes it just feels really nice to fall back into a routine. For me this means more gym time, more sleep, more productivity at work, and more catching up on Breaking Bad on Netflix. (But seriously, where can I watch the second half of the final season?) Getting back into my routine also means more internet surfing, so enjoy the awesome links below:

This life hack.

This clever and adorable (in the coolest way) wedding website.

This Fish Taco Bowl recipe. Feed me.

This vibrant shade of purple (in the form of Hunters, nonetheless).

This insane designer-NFL collaboration.

This gilded DIY used to create the gold-dipped vases in M & W’s engagement shoot.

Favorite Instagrammer: @SMPWeddings

Best Sale: Banana Republic (Code: BRSale50)

Favorite Fashion Blog: Kendi Everyday

Need to know:  Sochi Olympics Safety Concerns

Best Useless Information: A 24-step guide to falling in love, as written by two 8-year old girls

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Wednesday Wish List

Wednesday Wish List

A New Spin on Super Bowl Appetizers

When I think of the Super Bowl, I think of the basics: burgers and hotdogs, chips and dip and chili. All of these things are delicious, but why not try to step it up a little bit this year? Here are some recipes that won’t leave you slaving away in the kitchen, but will leave your guests full, happy, and, most importantly, impressed!

Corn Muffin Chorizo Bites with Cilantro Lime Drizzle

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What You’ll Need:

  • Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Melted Butter
  • 8 oz. Chorizo
  • 3 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • The Juice of 1 Lime
  • 2 Tablespoons Real Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Preheat oven as directed on Jiffy Mix box. Spray mini muffin tins or tart tins with non-stick spray. Bake corn muffins as directed.

In the meantime, remove chorizo from casing. and sauté in a pan until fully cooked. drain fat from chorizo and set aside.

Once the muffins are fully cooked, but still hot, create small divots in the muffins. I used a turkey baster to poke the holes. Let the muffins cool and remove from the pans.

While the muffins are cooling, prepare the cilantro lime drizzle. Finely chop cilantro and mix with salt, pepper, and lime juice. Add olive oil and mayonnaise and whip the ingredients together.

Spoon chorizo into divots in the corn muffins. Layout chorizo corn muffins on a display tray and drizzle cilantro lime mixture over top. Pour cilantro lime mixture into a side bowl for extra dipping.

Enjoy!

Lemon, Cranberry and Pistachio Chèvre

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What You’ll Need:

  • 16 oz. Chèvre  Log
  • 10 oz. Jar of Lemon Curd
  • 1 cup chopped roasted and shelled Pistachios
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries

Using an Electric Mixer, whip chèvre and with lemon curd. Once the mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour mixture onto a plate and form into a nice round form. Mix pistachios and cranberries and evenly distribute over the top of the  chèvre mixture. Serve with crackers.

Enjoy!

Herbed Goat Cheese, Flank Steak and Roasted Red Pepper Crostini

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What You’ll Need:

  • 8 oz. Herbed Goat Cheese
  • 2 Jars Roasted Red Peppers
  • 2 Thin Loaves of French Bread
  • 1 lb. Flank Steak
  • Flank Steak Marinade: Fresh Cracked Pepper, Sea Salt, Balsamic Vinegar, Garlic Powder, Olive Oil

Thoroughly defrost flank steak. Generously rub pepper, salt and garlic Powder on all sides, making sure to fully cover the meat. Evenly pour about 1 cup of balsamic vinegar and 1 Cup of olive oil over the meat. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 2 hours.

In the meantime, Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice the french bread into about 1″ slices. Brush olive oil on top and lay out on a cookie sheet. Bake bread until golden brown and crispy, about 15 minutes. Remove bread and set aside. Slice roasted red peppers into thin slices and set aside

Turn grill on LOW and let heat up before grilling steak. Grill steak for about 10 minutes on the first side and 5 on the other side. I prefer my steak rare, but cook yours to your preference. Remove steak from the grill and let sit for at least 10 minutes before slicing.

In the meantime, begin assembling the Crostinis. Spread a generous portion of herbed goat cheese on each piece of toasted french bread and top with 2-3 thin slices of roasted red peppers. Once the Flank Steak has settled, slice very thin pieces going against the grain. Top each crostini with one slice of flank steak. Top with a pinch of freshly cracked pepper.

Enjoy!

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