Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!

The highlight of my week was attending a preview night at Kentucky’s first Shake Shack that was sponsored by Maker’s Mark on Wednesday. The weather was so gorgeous on Wednesday that I was tempted to skip out and spend the evening a glass of wine and good book on the porch, but I’m so glad we trekked to the suburbs for the event! We tried EVERYTHING! The classic burger, chicken sandwich, mushroom burger, fries, you name it… Since the preview was sponsored by Maker’s Mark, we also enjoyed plenty of bourbon milkshakes and mint bourbon lemonade, which I’m going to try to recreate at home. I may have woken up a little bloated on Thursday. #worthit

Does anyone else watch Grace and Frankie on Netflix? It is funny and lighthearted, and the perfect show for summer! I will admit that part of my attraction to the show is the gorgeous beach house, and I loved this House Crush post about the house and how to achieve the same look.

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I’ve been a little uninspired in the kitchen recently and enjoyed getting some new healthy and affordable dinner ideas by scrolling through these 5 grocery lists for shopping at Whole Foods on a $20 budget.

If you haven't seen the Dog Mom Anthem floating around on social media this week, do yourself a favor and watch it!

It seems like such a long time ago, but we celebrated the Kentucky Derby this past weekend. We spend the day at Churchill Downs on Friday for the Oaks and then hosted a small Derby gathering at home on Saturday, and days were tons of fun! On Thursday night, I ran to the mall to pick up a pair of rain boots for Friday, and they were a lifesaver since it was cold and rainy!

 
 

Happy Mothers' Day to all of the moms out there! This weekend, we’re heading to one of my favorite restaurants, Holly Hill Inn, to celebrate Mothers’ Day with our mom and grandmother. How are you celebrating?

 
 

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! Does anyone have fun Valentine's or Galentine's Day plans this weekend?

Leave it to one of our all-time favorite characters, Julia Sugarbaker, to say what we've been thinking in a 1988 episode of Designing Women.

If you're a granola fan, this Love Crunch Granola is the perfect option for a Valentine's breakfast treat! I picked some up at the grocery this weekend, and half the bag is gone. Whoops! This strawberry cocoa breakfast quinoa recipe is along the same lines, and I'm hoping to try it this weekend. All of the chocolate and berries for Valentine's Day, even for breakfast!

Enjoyed this quick read on a favorite blog!

I'm hopeful every year that the HGTV Dream Home will be mine! A girl can dream...

Banana Republic's spring line is killing it right now! Coveting this dress, these crops, and this top. Obviously, we believe you can never have too many stripes!

Have you checked out SUGARFIX by Buablebar yet?

 
 

Friday Favorites

Happy first Friday of February! Is February anyone else's least favorite month? I tend to power through the first couple of weeks by putting out a couple cheery Valentine's Day decorations, but by the second half of the month, I'm usually itching for spring. Since past couple of weeks have been pretty heavy, today's post is light and fun (and unintentionally sweets-heavy) as we head into the weekend.

Did you know that mason jars screw onto most blenders? I've been making simple smoothies in the mornings before work to take as a mid-morning snack. I combine a large handful of spinach with frozen berries, almond milk, and half of a banana. Sweet and satisfying when my stomach starts grumbling for lunch around 10:30 AM. 

These look amazing and not sooo unhealthy!

If you're a fan of Serial and Up and Vanished, there's a new podcast coming out next month that looks like a must-listen! 

 
 

It's Girl Scout Cookie season! My neighborhood girl scout stopped by the other night, and I ordered more boxes than I should have. I'm really excited to try the new s'more cookie this year! If you haven't seen this Girl Scout's brutally honest review of the cookies, you should check it out now. Hilarious!

Like many others, I've worked towards being more mindful in lots of everyday situations, and over the past couple of years, I've been more consistent in practicing yoga every week. I struggle with meditation though. I enjoyed reading this meditation guide and hope to start making some progress with meditation this month. If you have any helpful tips, please send them my way!

We're heading to Nashville in a couple of weeks for a Vandy basketball game and are staying at the Germantown Inn. Germantown is the Nashville neighborhood I'm least familiar with, and I'm so excited to try some new restaurants and get better acquainted with that part of the city. I've heard great things about Silo, Butchertown Hall, and Rolf & Daughters. Let me know if you have other recommendations!

 
 

Friday Favorites: Best of 2016

What better way to start 2017 than to take a look back at some of YOUR favorites from the past year? While we weren't surprised that some of these posts were among our more popular ones, we were surprised by the success of some of the others. (i.e. Confessions post - I had random strangers approach me about my cotton ball use for weeks!)

Dog lovers that we are, we wrote a two-part series about our different experiences adopting rescue dogs and welcoming them into our homes. 

We also shared our tips for throwing a Keeneland tailgate in the spring, and we enjoyed some beautiful days at the track this past spring and fall.

Laura shared her 30 Before 30 list on her 28th birthday and has been making significant progress on her goals. She also wrote a Confessions post in haste, and we found that readers really enjoy reading about our quirky habits.

Sarah had a big year! She got married and purchased her first house within a matter of months. Not surprisingly, these were some popular posts.

We're excited to see what's in store for 2017! Cheers!

 
 

Anniversary Pie

 Photo by  Morgan Worley

Photo by Morgan Worley

Two years and three days ago, Jay and I said, “I do.” In some ways the two years have flown by, and some days life before marriage seems so long ago. Last year, we ventured to the North Carolina mountains for a weekend to celebrate one year, and this year, we had a quiet night in Lexington. We’re not big on material gifts for occasions like our anniversary, but we try to be more intentional about spending time together. Oh, and our tradition is to have pie to commemorate the big day.  

We had a beautiful wedding cake made by a family friend that was enjoyed by many, but the real treat at our wedding was pie. We ordered pies from our favorite, Missy’s Pies, that is just around the corner from us. Before the cake was even cut, practically all of the pies were demolished. It was like a Biblical scene of locusts swarming our pie table. We still joke with family and friends about how quickly the pie was eaten.

Since we were traveling last year, we just picked up a couple of slices from Missy’s, but this year, I made an apple pie with fresh apples from the orchard. I’ve made two or three apple pies before, and I normally take the advice of the lady selling the apples at the farmer's’ market and mix a few varieties that she recommends. This year, I listened to my mom and used all Gala apples, and I’m so glad I took her advice. Maybe it’s just anniversary rosiness, but I think this was the most flavorful apple pie I’ve made.

 
 Recipe from the  Southern Living Cookbook: America's Best home Cooking . This is my go to cookbook for classic favorites.

Recipe from the Southern Living Cookbook: America's Best home Cooking. This is my go to cookbook for classic favorites.

 

Apple Pie

 

  • Double crust pastry (you could use store bought or your favorite pie pastry recipe. You'll need enough for the crust and the top layer)
  • 6 cups peeled, sliced cooking apples
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 T all purpose flour
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • Optional: 2 t sugar and 1/8 t cinnamon

Roll half of pastry to a 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Place in a 9-inch pie plate; set aside. Combine apples and lemon juice in a large bowl. Combine 1/2 granulated cup sugar and next 4 ingredients. Spoon over apple mixture, tossing gently. Spoon filling evenly into pastry shell, and dot with butter. Roll remaining pastry to 1/8-inch thickness; transfer to top of pie. Trim excess pastry along the edges. Fold edges under, and crimp. Cut slits in top crust for steam to escape. Brush pastry lightly with beaten egg yolk. If desired, combine 2 t sugar and 1/8 t cinnamon to sprinkle on pie. Cover edges of pastry with aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes, and reduce heat to 350, and bake for 50 more minutes. 

Enjoy!