Lemon Shooters

Friday was Meeme’s (my grandma) 75th birthday. My mum and I decided to throw her a luncheon with a garden party theme. The party consisted of a wide range of desserts with these lemon shooters being a favorite. I layered crushed graham crackers with lemon curd and vanilla whipped cream topped with a raspberry.
Great Grandma’s Lemon Curd
5 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 tablespoons salted butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest 
1. In a glass or steel bowl whisk all the ingredients except the butter. 
2. Bring a pot of water to a slow simmer and put the steel or glass bowl on it whisking continuously. Make sure you size your pot to the bowl to make sure it fits. 
3. Once the mixture thickens to coat the back of a spoon, and remove the bowl from the pot. Add in the butter and whisk well (until the butter completely melts). 
4. Allow to cool before transferring to a clean jar. Put Saran Wrap on it before closing the lid. Refrigerate overnight and it will stay fresh for up to 7 days.   

To make vanilla whipped cream: Beat one cup heavy whipping cream with one tablespoon of vanilla  until it becomes thick.

Interior Inspiration: Shoe Storage Solutions

 {vintage hutch}
The house I recently moved into was built in the 1920’s which means closets really do not exist.  This is tremendously unfortunate for my budding clothing, shoe and handbag collection. So I came to the conclusion that one of my rooms needed to be transformed into a closet. First order of business is deciding how I want to show my shoes. Some of my favorite ideas include bookcases, vintage china hutches and even revolving shoe carousels. How do you store your shoes?
 {book shelf}
{china cabinet}

Five Things

 {Wednesday nights dinner: homemade honey tempura chicken}
 {Jack taking a nap after his first grooming at The Dog House Salon}
 {Loving Peony season}
 {Spring must have: snake wedges}
{Chocolate covered almonds in a vintage dish}

Ambrosia Salad

As soon as the weather gets nice I look forward to cookouts followed by a cool dessert. My summer dessert go-to is ice cream, while in the spring it’s ambrosia salad. Sour cream is the main ingredient in ambrosia, but when mixed with the nuts, fruit and marshmallows you’d never guess it was present.
Ambrosia Salad
1 cup (8 oz.) sour cream
1 can (8 oz.) crushed pineapple, drained
1 can (11 oz.) mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup miniature marshmallows
¼ cup crushed walnuts or pecans a handful of maraschino cherries 
Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate before indulging.

Five Things

 {coral lips and orange nails}
Spring always feels like a fresh start and inspiration is everywhere. This week since it felt like spring has finally sprung I switched up my hairstyle, polished my nails in bright orange, blushed my cheeks in pink, paired it with coral lips and dug out my flip flops and sandals.
 {lemons for fresh squeezed lemonade}
 {Jack's enjoying running in the spring weather}
{favorite outfit of the week}
Old Navy t-shirt dress | Loft statement necklace | OKA b. "Kim" Sandal | LK Bennett Clutch
{purple iris to welcome spring}

Zoya Summer 2013: Stunning

Every season I fall even more in love with Zoya polishes, and Stunning definitely did not disappoint. The summer 2013 collection “Stunning” consist of six gorgeous pearl cream polishes that are a summer must-have whether are lounging by the pool, hanging out at the beach or need a pop of color on your toes Stunning has you covered.
Darcy is a stunning yellow, and would be perfect paired with with a black and white outfit.
Thandie is a gorgeous citrus orange with a slight hint of pearl}
Micky is a stunning coral. If I was only going to by one color this summer this would be it.
Yana is a ruby pink and is the most conservative color in the collection.
 Rocky is a robins egg blue with the perfect amount of pearl.
Josie is a gorgeous grassy green.

Daily Makeup Routine

After working at a salon I became friends with an amazing makeup artist who gave me plenty of makeup tips that I still use and some I have cultivated on my own. My current beauty routine is straightforward and filled with the fundamentals. The products listed are ones that I actually use and swear by.  What products make up your beauty routine?

Makeup Routine:
Concealer: bareMinerals Correcting Concealer Broad Spectrum
Foundation: bareMinerals Original Foundation
Bronzer: Lorac TANtalizer Highlighter Matte Bronzer Duo
Blush: NARS Orgasm
Lash Primer: Manna Kadar Lash Primer
Mascara: bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara
Lip Exfoliator: The Natural Organic Lip Scrub
Lip Primer: Manna Kadar Prime Time
Lip Colors: hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick  (edition)
                   hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick (ballet)
                   L'oreal Paris (sheer linen)
                   Maybelline Color Whisper (coral ambition)

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookies

One of my friends recently moved to LA and tried out a placed called The Hart and the Hunter she then informed me that they have the BEST peanut butter marshmallow cookies. Since she knows I love peanut butter and marshmallow she sent me a few cookies and immediately I fell in love, and knew I had to recreate the cookie. Below you’ll find my version of a peanut butter and marshmallow cookie you definitely do not want to pass up!

Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Cookie
1 1/4 cups All-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Salted butter; softened
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup dark brown sugar; packed
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
½-1 cup marshmallow creme

Beat all ingredients together (except marshmallow creme). Stir in marshmallow creme (do not mix thoroughly). Form into desired ball size and semi flatten. Bake at  350 for 6-8 minutes or until edges are golden.
Note: Time will vary based on cookie size.

Five Things

 {Jack wanted what was in glass pretty bad}
 {Headbands from my grandma}
 {Favorite shoes for a rainy day: OKA b. April flats}
 {Tropical flowers have me thinking of warmer days}
{Favorite snack: raspberries}

5 Ways to Spend a Stormy Day at Home

With much of us experiencing stormy weather today I thought you might appreciate a few cozy ideas if you’re stuck inside.   What do you do on a rainy day? Today I will be

• Bake a batch of cookies. I love these, these and these will make a single batch.
• Cozy up in your favorite lounge wear and watch a movie. My newest favorite is Pitch Perfect 
• Spend some time trying new beauty looks. Search the web for how-to tutorials and give them a go. Master the smoky eye, learn to contour or simply try a new look.  
• Try a DIY! Here are some of my favorites.

Chocolate Ombré

Ombré is all the rage right now from fashion to hair you’ll find it everywhere. This past weekend was cold and damp; ideal weather for experimenting in the kitchen. I made a devils food cake, frosted it in a crumb coat and used a round tip to pipe on ombré teardrops. I couldn’t of been happier with the results and the recipient of the cake even thought it came from a bakery.
Step 1: Hold your pipping bag with a rounded tip at a 90 degree angle. Give pressure to create a circle, be sure to continue to hold the tip right into the frosting.
 Step 2: Pull straight down and create a teardrop shape.
 I did two rows of each shade and then dots around the bottom of the cake to complete the look.

Spring Salad

During the cooler months I am more inclined to gravitate towards comfort foods, instead of produce. I find winters produce to not only be pricy, but on the bland side. Now that spring has arrived (it was 57 yesterday) I am back on my salad kick. One of my favorite salads to make is my mum’s springtime salad. A bed of spinach leaves blanketed with mandarin oranges, strawberries and pecans topped with a homemade sweet and savory sesame dressing.
For the dressing: 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 cup white wine vinegar, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons sesame seeds and 2 teaspoons minced onion.