June 18, 2015

Picnic Essentials

We love outdoor parties and BBQ's. Seriously I think is every party was a day rager we would be thrilled. Below Ashley has rounded up some of her fave items to make any picnic, BBQ, or outdoor party extra special!


Picnic Essentials



Picnic baskets are a great way to transport your items and to bring a classic nod to the event. I love Turkish towels, they are light weight and come in so many great colors. For serving the food I go with mason jars and outdoor plates, recyclable and easy to use! Bamboo cutlery and serving spoons are light weight, perfect when you are carrying stuff to your desired location! I want to make sure that I bring fun to the event so, an outdoor speaker is ideal. Pillows are a great way to make your guests feel comfortable and to bring some extra color to the overall look. Don't forget the wine and corkscrew that you can bring in this adorable watermelon cooler! Lastly, a cutting board is something that almost everyone forgets, it can double for a serving platter as well! 

What do you like to bring to your events? Let us know in the comments! 

-A

 

June 3, 2015

Interweb Goodies

Some of our fave read from this past week! Enjoy and let us know if there are any articles that you like (from blogs) that you would like us to feature in the future!



Thank you Lauren Conrad for making this change on your website, it is needed more often in American society.

We are already booking our trip for LA! Harry Potter forever!

 Speaking of trips, here are some that we want to go on via Travel + Leisure 

Some helpful "tips" on tipping that everyone should know

We love San Francisco, but prices are insane! If you are thinking of moving here maybe one of these castles is more in your budget.

Have a fantastic day!

-A&K

May 28, 2015

Fashion Fridays: Nashville Inspiration

Happy Friday y'all! I am in Nashville this weekend which you can follow on Instagram. For all of my trips I try to stick to a certain "look" to make packing easier. I try to follow these key things:

1. What is the vibe of the city - high fashion like NYC or LA or laid back like Napa or Tahoe?

2. What will I be doing while I'm there - relaxing, site-seeing, shopping, wine drinking?

3. What colors remind me of this place - Nashville feels feminine, and lightly-colorful so I wanted to bring that out in the clothes that I brought.

Below take a look at some of my fashion inspiration for this weekend getaway!


Nashville

Girls Trip : Nashville

 

Hey y'all! (That's a southern thing right?!) This weekend I am heading to Nashville with my college roommates. We did some traveling together in college but since we have graduated we haven't been anywhere together. We are hoping that this will be the first of many trips!

We are going to be using Kira's posts about Nashville (which you can see here and here) as our guide!

Looking forward to enjoying some good southern food, wine tasting, country music, and lots of shopping.

Tomorrow check out the blog to see my packing inspiration for this weekend getaway and next week I will have a photo round up of the trip.

Make sure to follow along on Instagram and if you have any tips of things to do while I'm out there feel free to leave it in the comments below!

-A


May 27, 2015

Interweb Goodies

Happy Wednesday! We hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend, which is making this week fly by!
 
Image via jockington.com

Warriors game 5 is tonight, we love The Currys!

This is a great read about how to keep yourself informed about  your finances 

By Friday it is easy to sleep in extra late here are some healthy ways to start your day! 

Some great tips on how to trick yourself into working out - helllooooooo summer body!

Speaking of a summer body, why not go on a free trip with your new summer bod!

Enjoy your reading!

-A&K

May 26, 2015

Peach Pie

For Mother's Day I whipped up this amazing Peach Pie! Peach Pie is my Grandmother's favorite so I told her I would make it for her! Let me tell you, it looks nice but it is a labor of love, as it took a long time to make. I used a recipe that I found on Pinterest from Natasha's Kitchen and adapted it a bit It was a great recipe and Grandma approved!


Peach Pie

Filling

4 lbs of peaches, pitted, peeled, and sliced
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Crust

2 cups plus 4 tbsp flour
2 tbsp white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
6 oz cold cream cheese cut into cubes
3 tbsp cold heavy whipping cream

To make the crust you will  whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. I stuck my butter and cream cheese into the freezer for 30 min and them cut it into cubes. I then mixed this into the flour mixture until it was coarse and was in little pieces (they looked like peas). Then you want to mix in the cream and mix until it is moist. You will them separate it into 2 flat disks, cover in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.

The filling was a little bit harder. I started by washing the peaches and blanching them. I boiled a large pot of water and boiled them for about a minute. I took them out and placed them in cold water so they would be easier to peal. They were still a little too hard to peal so I placed them back into the boiling water. I kept them in there for about 5-7 mins and they were a lot easier to peel (still pretty hard but easier than before). Once they have been peeled and cut I mixed in the sugar, flour, powdered sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon.

You will then take the crusts out of the fridge and roll them out to about 12 inch circle. Place one on the inside of your pie pan (I sprayed mine first with cooking spray). You will then fill it with your peach filling and place the other crust on top (I did a lattice which you can learn how to do here).

You will bake it at 425 for 20 minutes and then lower the heat to 375 and bake for another 35-40.

Enjoy!!

-A

May 12, 2015

We're Headed to Boston!!


 Image via Social Adventure Partners

You heard right! This 4th of July we are heading to Boston with our group of friends. We are so excited to see all that this city has to offer! Looking forward to eating lobstah and Boston Cream Pie, maybe catching a Red Sox game and celebrating the 4th! Neither of us have been to Boston before - so we are asking all of you, any must see's/do's/eats in the city? We will also have a couple of days after the 4th in which a day trip or overnight somewhere close would be fun, any tips are welcome!!!

-A&K