April 16, 2014

Must Have: Tiny Food Party!

I'm big on tiny food, and I love to entertain, so a tiny food party sounds like the best idea ever. There is nothing, nothing, I don't love about this book; even the title, with its exclamation point, is excited about tiny food. And these aren't recipes for fancy hors d'oeuvres that require a ton of prep and cooking time, but actually miniature versions of fun, every day foods like tacos, onion rings, and the teeny tiniest chicken and waffles. Plus, there are recipes for mini cocktails! Honestly, I'm having a blast just looking at the pictures.

April 11, 2014

Friday Favorites

Spring is in full swing, but the weather is starting to feel more like summer, which has me thinking about swimsuit shopping. I managed to work out four days this week--a record for me since having the baby last July (although chasing after both of my girls should count as cardio). I'm looking forward to a fun weekend with my little family, and I wish you a fabulous weekend as well. God bless!

A tasty-looking spicy kale and sausage salad I'm dying to try. 

This market pad from Garance Doré that is equal parts practical and cute.

My beautiful and insanely stylish friend Helen's blog.

A Valentino dress and a giraffe!

These adorable Easter crafts for kids

April 10, 2014

Lemon Sandwich Cookies

The arrival of spring brings with it a number of reasons to celebrate--from April on through the summer there will be Easter dinners, Mother's Day brunches, and countless bridal shower teas--and a major part of any good celebration is the food. These pretty little cookies, with their buttery, melt-in-your-mouth texture and tangy, citrusy buttercream, are the perfect dessert for any springtime celebration.   

Lemon Sandwich Cookies
8 ounces (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
cup confectioners' sugar
cups all-purpose flour
cup cornstarch

6 tablespoons butter
cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 325° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, vanilla, and confectioners' sugar until fluffy. Sift flour and cornstarch together, then stir into butter and sugar mixture in two batches. With floured hands, roll rounded teaspoons of cookie dough into balls and place on baking sheet, about an inch apart. Next, use a floured fork to flatten the balls, then bake for 15 minutes. 

While the cookies are baking make the buttercream. In a small bowl, beat butter, sifted confectioners' sugar, and lemon zest until pale and fluffy, then beat in the lemon juice.

To assemble cookies pipe buttercream on flat side of one cookie and top with the flat side of another cookie

April 9, 2014

Must Have: Illume Go Be Lovely Coconut Milk Mango Soap

I'm a total sucker for pretty packaging, so naturally I was drawn to the black, white, and blush paper wrapper of this soap. It's just so pretty, almost too pretty to use. But the scent is this tropical, island girl blend of coconuts and mangoes, so why wouldn't I use it? It may just be my go-to summer fragrance.