April 27, 2016

Spring Picnicking


It is easy for me to spend my weekend at the computer. I know I am not alone when I say the first thing I do every morning is check my email, even on Sunday morning. So when my husband tells me I need to get outside, I know it is coming from a good place. I slipped on this denim skirt for a picnic on the outskirts of the Blue Ridge Mountains this past weekend. It was great to get outside and enjoy a little sun on my legs. Even this city girl can enjoy a good meal by a creek on a warm spring day. 


J.Crew Denim Front-Slit Skirt // J.Crew Check Blouse (similar & similar) // J.Crew Straw Hat (similar) // Straw Market Bag // J.Crew Sandals // Karen Walker Sunglasses

April 26, 2016

Lemon Yogurt Cake with Strawberry Sauce

Lemon Yogurt Cake with Strawberry Sauce

I love a good everyday cake. A cake that does not require a mixer, and can take on almost any flavor profile. They are not intimidating, and they can be enjoyed on a weeknight that needs a little something special. This lemon yogurt cake with strawberry sauce fits those requirements. It is made with ingredients you most likely have on hand, and can be ready in under an hour. When I need a sweet fix this pound cake can make a hectic week feel a little calmer. 

Lemon Yogurt Cake with Strawberry Sauce
Lemon Yogurt Cake with Strawberry Sauce
Lemon Yogurt Cake with Strawberry Sauce

 Lemon Yogurt Cake with Strawberry Sauce

Lemon Yogurt Cake
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup greek yogurt
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup canola oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a loaf pan and set aside. 

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together yogurt, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Slowly add flour mixture into wet ingredients and whisk until combined (the mixture will be lumpy). Then, stir the oil into the batter until smooth. Pour batter into loaf pan. 

Bake for 40 minutes until top is golden brown and interior is set. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 5 minutes then remove from pan onto a cooling rack. Allow cake to cool completely. 

Strawberry Sauce 
1/2 cup strawberries 
3 tablespoons sugar 
1 tablespoon water 

Combine strawberries, sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until strawberries have broken down and a sticky sauce has formed. Run sauce through a strainer to remove any seeds. Pour warm sauce of cake, reserving some for individual pieces. 

April 22, 2016

Style: Sweatshirt & Jeans

everlane sweatshirt

You can get a lot of mileage out of a great basic. They can take you from work, to dinner, to a casual Saturday running errands. I've been revamping some of the basics in my closet over the last few months, think sandals, jeans, and white button-downs. One piece I was missing was a  neutral sweatshirt. Thanks to it's slim fit and light color I can pair it with just about everything (see it with a pleated skirt here). But on the weekends, there is nothing better than wearing it with my favorite jeans for a casual yet collective outfit. 

everlane sweatshirt
everlane sweatshirt
everlane sweatshirt
everlane sweatshirt

 Everlane Crew Sweatshirt // J.Crew Sleeveless Button-down (similar) // Mih Marty Jeans // Kate Spade Bag (similar) // Tibi Denni Loafers (similar) // Karen Walker Sunglasses 

April 21, 2016

Style: Metal Bridge Sunglasses

Searching for the right pair of sunglasses can be hard. I exclusively wore my Karen Walker sunglasses for nearly three years. They framed my face nicely and were neutral enough to go with any outfit, so I did not rush to find another pair. When I stumbled across Krewe Du Optic at work I knew I had found my new pair. They have all have a unique style and are made in New Orleans. I stepped out of my comfort zone and purchased the St. Louisas seen here. I love the exaggerated metal bridge and round lenses. I defiantly am not the first person to wear metal bridge sunglasses, but I love how they accentuate your face. Shop 20 of my favorite metal bridge sunglasses below. 

April 19, 2016

In the Kitchen: Pea & Ricotta Crostini

pea and ricotta crostini

There are few dishes I love more in the spring or summer than crostini. Pile whichever fresh vegetables you have around with a smear of cheese and you have a meal. Does it get any better or simpler than that? We're lucky to have fresh english peas at the store this time of year. I love having them a simple side dish with a squeeze of lemon, but dressing them up with a few spring onions and ricotta makes them almost irresistible. We had this for a light dinner with a salad, but this would also make a great appetizer or light lunch. Either way, you cannot go wrong with this dish. 

pea and ricotta crostini
pea and ricotta crostini
pea and ricotta crostini

Pea & Ricotta Crostini

1/2 cup english peas
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon spring onion, thinly sliced 
1 teaspoon fresh parsley 
1/3 cup ricotta 
1/2 baguette 
1 tablespoon olive oil 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut baguette on a diagonal into 1/2 inch thick slices. Brush each piece with a little olive oil and place on a baking sheet. Bake for about 5 minutes until golden, flipping halfway. Set aside. 

Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Make a ice bath and set aside. Once boiling, add peas to the water and cook for about 30 seconds until peas float to the top and are bright green. Immediately submerge peas in the ice bath. Leave peas in the ice bath until chilled. 

Place lemon zest, lemon juice, spring onion, and parsley in a boil. Add chilled peas, and using a fork mash mixture until about half of the peas are broken. Season with salt, pepper, and a little olive oil. 

Top crostini with a smear of ricotta and then a dollop of pea mixture. Garnish with additional spring onions or parsley. 


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