my inner ina

we were at the beach last week enjoying our last vacation of the summer. it never fails, while i’m away from home, i always come back really inspired to tackle projects, rearrange rooms in my house, and mostly… meal plan. my enthusiasm usually fades the moment i walk in the door and am faced with unpacking, starting laundry, a pantry and refrigerator completely empty. this time was different…  i decided that i wanted to start cooking ina garten recipes, mainly to learn her techniques and feed my family really delicious meals. my grandmother is here for the week so i thought it would be perfect timing to welcome her with my first ina recipe… Garlic and Lemon Roast Chicken.

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this chicken was so delicious that i went out today and picked up another one to take to a friend and her family for dinner. she just had surgery and who wouldn’t love a good comfort meal? I paired our dinners up with ina’s green bean gremolata  and the mashed potatoes that i make for every holiday, my make ahead mashed potatoes.

the left over chicken went into tonights chicken enchiladas. i love when dinner works out that way! let me know if you try the recipe! you’ll be so glad you did!

nicole

the BEST blueberry cobbler… ever.

 

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After a weekend full of baseball, I NEEDED to have a good dinner… we were a little over having ballpark hotdogs {even though they taste better at the ballpark for some reason}. I whipped up the Pioneer Woman’s hamburgers, which were delicious, and the Best blueberry cobbler… ever. I’m not that original with adjectives that describe my food… I’m pretty sure it always starts out as the Best or the Greatest . Nonetheless, you will want to make this warm summer dessert and you’ll be so glad you did. Top it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I’m not sure it gets much better than that. [Read more...]

sweet georgia peach basil mojitos… delish!

last weekend we had dinner with some dear friends at one of favorite restaurants. milton’s is a quaint establishment set up in a 150 year-old farmhouse in the heart of crabapple/milton. many of the fresh ingredients they use come from the 1 acre garden they have out back. how awesome is that?

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the southern food with a modern flare is sure to not disappoint… but beyond the homemade pimento cheese and fried green tomatoes, a certain peach libation caught our attention. and oh. my. goodness! it was a georgia summer all caught up in a mason jar. it was just too good to not try to make one of these at home… so, after many attempts, i do believe i have the second best georgia peach basil mojito.

  peach basil mojito

This is for 1 drink:

1 peach

1 shot of white rum. I used Myers

1 lime

1 tbls. sugar

3 basil leaves

Peel and coarsely chop the peach. Using a cheesecloth or sieve, create a peach puree. Set aside. In your glass, place a tablespoon of sugar, 3 basil leaves and 1/2 tsp of lime rind and 1 tbsp of lime juice. Muddle the ingredients together. Add the peach puree and rum. mix together and serve over ice.

have guests coming to visit? Welcome them with this drink and I’m pretty sure they may never leave.

happy summer!

nicole

my husbands favorite dinner… croque monsieur

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have you ever seen the movie It’s Complicated? that movie happens to be our favorite movie! i always get inspired to cook, dream about my ‘next’ kitchen, how i’d like to have my garden, and possibly a bakery {the last idea would never happen, but if i did have a bakery, it would totally be like the one in the movie}. if you’re familiar with the movie, then you must remember the part where she whips up these amazing sandwiches called Croque-Monsieurs. [Read more...]

Tips on how to decorate your kitchen

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There is no other space used more than a kitchen. It’s often overlooked as a space to decorate… until now! [Read more...]

Tips on Hosting an Easter Brunch

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The Easter season is such a special time in our family. Not only do we celebrate lots of birthdays in our family, but we most importantly celebrate that Jesus is Risen. If your family is anything like mine, Easter morning is pretty chaotic. You know… hiding the eggs, explaining why the Easter Bunny comes and when, putting the kids church clothes on practically in the car to hopefully keep them clean a little longer. If you’re hosting the family over afterwards for Easter brunch like me, well you just stepped crazy chaos up a notch. I’ve made a list of must do’s to help your Easter Brunch go perfectly.

 

1}  Make a list of who is coming and go over with them the plan for activities. Will you be attending church together? Will you do your egg hunt before or after brunch?

2} Plan the menu. Keep it simple and ask for help.

Ham, quiche, fresh fruit, scones, and coconut cake are my most favorite things to eat on Easter.

Doesn’t this quiche look yummy? You can find the recipe at Southern Living

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3} Get out the dishes and serving pieces you want to use.

I like to write on a piece of paper what is being served on each piece.

4} Plan the activities for the kids… obviously an egg hunt, maybe a plastic egg toss? Easter pictionary is always fun for the kids and the adults.

5} Set the table and decorate the night before

6} enjoy!

I hope that this list spares your sanity!  Happy Easter, y’all!

nicole

‘Mom’s Night Out’ must see movie!

Oh my goodness, last night I was invited to go see the preview for a movie that is coming out Mother’s Day weekend called, Mom’s Night Out. It’s such a great movie! If you have small children, grown children, hope to have children, a mother or father, you need to go see this movie!

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If you do have kids then I am sure you can relate to the moms in this movie! I laughed so hard I cried, and I cried because I felt like so many parts described me!  At the end of the movie, you remember to embrace the chaos and find the joy when it’s hard, because we all know it can be hard!  So, grab your friends, family or whoever and go see it! You’ll be glad you did :)

favorite things party

Have you ever been to a Favorite Things Party??? Oh. My. Goodness, it was the BEST  girls night ever!! If you have never hosted or been to one, you must put that on your list of things to do this year! not next year, this. year!

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Creating a Design Plan from your Pinterest Board

I just wrote a guest post on One Girl One House about how to use your color inspirations on a Pinterest Board to create a design plan. Go check it out!

Chalk Paint (TM) has moved to Linden

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i am super excited to be a part of the cutest european inspired boutique in downtown woodstock named linden. Laurie has graciously opened her doors to me and my chalk paint (TM) business.

plus, i have quaint little places to hold classes…

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which i have them set on the following dates:

saturday, march 22nd from 10:30-1:00

saturday, april 26th from 10:30-1:00

the cost of the class is $95, includes all materials and you get to take your samples home!

please call the shop at 770.928.2222 to reserve your spot!!

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