April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding


Happy Royal Wedding Day!
So exciting.
I can't wait to watch this moment in history -
an ordinary girl becomes a princess!
Best wishes to the bride and groom.


In honor of this day, I will share a scone recipe I came across.
Fitting for a royal wedding watch party.

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Buttermilk Scones 
(Recipe from Nigella Lawson)
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 teaspoons superfine sugar
4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons shortening
1/4 cups buttermilk
1 egg, beaten, for an egg-wash (optional)
1 2-inch biscuit cutter, preferably fluted

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put the flour into a bowl with the baking soda, cream of tartar, and sugar.
Chop the butter and the shortening into pieces and drop them into the flour.
Rub it into the flour and then pour in the buttermilk, working everything together to form a dough.
Lightly flour your work surface. Pat the dough down into a round-edged oblong about 1I inches thick, then cut out 2-inch scones with a biscuit cutter. 
Arrange the scones fairly close together on your lined baking sheet, and brush with beaten egg (to give golden tops). Bake for 12 minutes, by which time the scones will be dry on the bottom and have a relatively light feel. Remove them to a wire rack to cool, and serve with clotted or whipped cream and jam.
Enjoy!

April 27, 2011

Book review



I recently checked out Waking Up in Dixie by Haywood Smith from my local library. It was a fun, easy read that would be great to take to the beach or curl up with at the pool. I do love a good southern book!

Synopsis: "When Elizabeth Mooney escaped the shame of her family to marry the crown prince of her small town, Howell Whittington, she never dreamed that thirty years later, she'd end up trapped in a loveless marriage to the cruel banker who's foreclosing on all her friends. Then Howe has a stroke sitting up in church, and when he wakes up, he's at the mercy of all his appetites and emotions. Transformed, Howe wants to be a real husband, which scares proper, repressed Elizabeth to death, and setting out to right past wrongs, he blackmails the town's baddies into doing the right thing. The ensuing hilarious rollercoaster ride wakes up not only Elizabeth and their marriage, but the whole town and its hidebound institutions."


It was quite funny! Check it out, you won't be disappointed. 


Happy reading!

April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!



Christ the Lord is risen today, alleluia!
Earth in heaven and chorus say, alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, alleluia!


Happy Easter to you and yours!

April 22, 2011

Pretty Peeps

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I love this Peeps flower arrangement. Too cute to have in the house or at the kids table for Easter. I also love the use of jelly beans (my favorite!) in the bottom of the vase.

Did you decorate for Easter this year?

April 21, 2011

Easter candy quiz

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I found a fun Easter candy quiz on marthastewart.com. Try your luck and see how sweet your sweet tooth really is! (Note: This quiz comes straight from the website; some answers are just silly.)

Which Easter candy is most popular among Americans?
  • Chocolate 
  • Peeps
  • Jelly Beans
  • Lollipops
How do more than three-quarters of Americans eat their chocolate bunnies?
  • Feet first
  • Tail first
  • Legs first
  • Ears first
Why are jelly beans a part of the Easter tradition?
  • Because rabbits eat them
  • Because they're only sold in the spring
  • Because they symbolize peace
  • Because of their egg-like shape
After chocolate, what is the best-selling Easter candy?
  • Twizzlers
  • Peeps
  • Lollipops
  • Jelly Beans
What are the two types of jelly beans?
  • Salty and sweet
  • Savory and traditional
  • Gourmet and traditional
  • Sugar and corn syrup
How many chocolate bunnies are made each year in preparation for Easter? 
  • 30 million
  • 50 million
  • 83 million
  • 90 million
Chick-like yellow is the most popular Peeps color. Which hue comes in second?
  • Pink
  • Lavender
  • Red
  • Green

What's your favorite Easter candy? I love jelly beans!


Answers: chocolate, ears first, egg-like shape, Peeps, gourmet and traditional, 90 million, pink

April 20, 2011

Busy bee

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I love spring!  It is absolutely my most favorite time of year.  Busy, busy, of course, but there's just something about sunshine, pretty flowers, sundresses and happy colors that keep a spring in my step.

Here's what I've been up to lately:

  • Junior League's Blue Note Ball - fabulous time and my dress was a hit!
  • My parents visited - great time at Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival!
  • Practice, practice - practice makes perfect in many dress rehearsals for Easter show.
  • Junior League - leading my provisionals in their class project ~ a prom dress drive/red carpet event for girls in one of our former programs.
  • Getting ready for two upcoming weddings of fabulous friends.
And tonight is opening night!  I'm dancing in an original production at my church called ONE. The directors wrote the entire thing, including the music. It's about the final days of Jesus' life leading up to the resurrection. I am blessed to be part of such a talented cast and crew. Can't wait to perform tonight and the next several nights. Wish me luck!



April 13, 2011

Words for Wednesday

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April 12, 2011

Colorblocking

I received the Anthropologie Glanz dress as a gift for my birthday. I must say it is adorable on! It has a great fit and is extremely flattering. 

The key to embracing the colorblock trend is to pair it with neutrals and let the dress do the talking. Here's how I chose to accentuate it.

Anthropologie Glanz dress

Nine West Rocha pump

Michael Kors chronograph watch

Kate Spade Gumdrop stud in clear

As you can see, I kept it simple.
I've already received five compliments on it today, so I'll take that as a sign of success.
Stay classy in colorblock :)

April 11, 2011

Up and at 'em

Good morning! Does anyone else get the Sunday night blues . . . in anticipation of tackling another Monday morning? I sure do, but make sure I'm organized and ready to take on the week ahead. Here are a few tips that help me feel prepared.

Sunday night:
1. Pick out and lay out my outfit ahead of time (including shoes and accessories).
2. Pack my breakfast/lunch so I can grab it and go in the morning.
3. Pack my gym bag/dance bag/Junior League bag - whichever I may need for the following night.
4. Take time to relax - watch a movie, have a bubble bath or read a book.
5. Early to bed if possible to start off the week well rested.

Monday morning:
1. Upon arriving at work, review agenda for the week first thing.
2. Get coffee or tea. Caffeine is a must :)  (Delicious coffee recipe below)
3. Answer emails and review deadlines for the week.

All of these tips help me to ease back into the workweek so I am ready to tackle assignments, tasks, activities and a busy schedule. Organization and preparation is the key for me.

Monday morning coffee -

Iced raspberry chocolate cappucino
(recipe: perfectcoffees.com)
1/2 oz. chocolate syrup
1/2 oz. raspberry syrup
1/2 cup coffee, chilled
1 cup milk
*Combine ingredients and stir well. Pour over ice and enjoy!


P.S. If you haven't checked out Joss and Main, a new private sale site, please do! There are amazingly cute items for your home and great prices. Today's big ticket sale is Preppy Plates. If you'd like an invite, click here. Happy shopping!

 Preppy Plates at Joss and Main

April 8, 2011

Around the World

Oh, happy day!  My parents are in town to visit me for the weekend.

Today we are making our way around the world . . . Epcot of course!



The International Flower and Garden Festival just happens to be going on so we are looking at all the gorgeous flower arrangements and topiaries. Several HGTV stars are also on hand for presentations and we'll be seeing my mom's favorite band in concert tonight.




I'll be sure to take plenty of pictures. Have a great weekend!

April 7, 2011

Tagged!

Ms. Medical Prepster Ally has tagged me to play this fun little game and list my favorites in each category.

Here goes!

1. food - cheese grits
2. color  - pink or turquoise
3. animal - kitty cats
4. sports team - Elon Phoenix ;)  j/k, Orlando Magic
5. dessert - Lemon meringue pie
6. artist/singer/band - Maroon 5 or Black Eyed Peas
7. shoes - ballet flats
8. outfit - Lilly dress and Jack Rogers
9. store - J. Crew
10. brand - Lilly Pulitzer
11. perfume - Kate Spade Twirl
12. accessory - charm bracelet or gold Michael Kors watch
13. city - Naples
14. hobby - dance
15. beauty product - Bobbi Brown eye cream
16. snack - hummus or string cheese
17. holiday - Easter
18. movie - One Fine Day
19. song - Taio Cruz - Dynamite
20. guilty pleasure - cupcakes

Feel free to play along :)

April 6, 2011

Fun and Friends

Happy Wednesday!  I want to thank everyone for the sweet birthday wishes and dress suggestions.  Y'all are the best!  :)

This past weekend Ally/Medical Prepster was in town and we set out to shop the afternoon away. And that we did!  We had the best time chatting away like old friends and shopping 'til we dropped.  We each scored a fabulous new Lilly dress as well as got Dior makeovers. Fun, fun!  Come back soon Ally!



  . . . tada!  Here was the winner:


I can't wait for the Blue Note Ball!  I will be sure to get a better picture then.

Thanks again for your suggestions. Have a lovely afternoon!
 
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