Ashleigh F

The Luxardo 75

Luxardo Cherry Cocktail - Luxardo 75

Our latest obsession around here is Luxardo cherries. Have you tried these?!? Now, I’ll admit that when I first found out my husband spent over $20 for a jar of maraschino cherries, I may have not been overly enthusiastic. He has this terrible habit of going to the grocery store, paying no attention at all to prices or sales, and just throwing whatever looks shiny/new/interesting into the cart. For this reason, I rarely ask him to swing by the grocery store to pick anything up. He’s dangerous. But back to the cherries. The cherries are amazing and add such a luxuriousness to our cocktail creations. They’re particularly fantastic in Aviations and in this cocktail, which I’m calling the Luxardo 75.

The Luxardo 75

Ingredients

1/2 oz. simple syrup

1/2 oz. Luxardo cherry juice

1 oz. lemon juice

1. 5 oz gin

4 oz. champagne

2 Luxardo maraschino cherries for garnish

Directions

In a shaker, combine simple syrup, Luxardo cherry juice, lemon juice, gin and ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into coupe or champagne flute and top with champagne. Cheers!

Morning Glory Pancakes

morning_glory_pancakes

While I was in … wait for it …. Vermont (do I travel anywhere else?!?), we spent an evening / morning in the charming town of Manchester. After a relaxing night at the Equinox Resort, we set out in the morning to explore the town and stumbled upon a small breakfast restaurant called Up For Breakfast. On the menu was an item that I’m not sure I’ve ever seen at a restaurant – Morning Glory Pancakes. For someone who is obsessed with morning glory muffins, I’m ashamed to say that I’d never even thought to make them in pancake form. I promptly ordered them, devoured them, and have spent the past couple of weeks contemplating how I might be able to make them at home.

When this past weekend, we got snow (!?!?!?) here in South Carolina, I knew it was the perfect time to take a stab at making these hearty and delicious pancakes for the family.

snow day in sc

Morning Glory Pancakes

Ingredients

2 cups of whole wheat flour

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 1/8 cups of buttermilk (or put 2 tbsp of lemon juice in 2 cups of milk and allow to sit for about 5 minutes)

2 eggs

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp melted coconut oil

1 tbsp melted butter

1/2 cup of crushed, drained pineapple

1/2 cup of shredded carrots

1/2 cup of shredded apple

1/4 of shredded coconut

1/4 cup of raisins

Directions

Combine dry ingredients first and set aside. Beat eggs and add buttermilk, brown sugar, melted coconut oil, and melted butter and whisk until combine.

morning glory muffins ingredients

To the wet ingredients,  add apple, carrot, pineapple, coconut and raisins. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients into wet ingredients, being careful not to overmix.

Prepare griddle to 350 degrees. Spray with nonstick cooking spray (or just use butter). Cook for about 2 minutes, until browned and flip and cook for another minute or two. Top with maple syrup and butter and enjoy!

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Playroom Reveal (Finally)

playroom reveal

It was well over a year ago that I promised that a ‘playroom reveal’ was coming soon. I’m sure most had given up on me. I would have, anyway. But this past week, the stars aligned and I found myself with both the time and energy to finish off some of the unfinished details of the room and to give it a good clean.  I still need to get a shot of the desk/craft area, so will update as soon as I get around to tidying that area.

playroom entrance

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Spaghetti Squash Taco Bowl

spaghetti squash taco bowl

Here’s a recipe I make ALL THE TIME. I have no idea how or why I haven’t posted it before….I guess it’s just such a staple around here that I take it for granted. But it’s solid, trust me. Even my husband is totally cool with this Spaghetti Squash Taco Bowl, and that’s saying something considering the response I usually get when I announce that we’re having spaghetti squash (or zoodles) for dinner.

My usuall M.O. is to prep a pound of ground turkey taco-style (with Ortega … it’s the only kind my family likes). I then split it up and put half (or maybe 60%) into the spaghetti squash bowls and set aside the other half for the kids’ tacos. So it’s kind of like preparing one meal for the whole family which is one of my #lifegoals. I can usually accomplish the one-meal-for-the-whole-family trick on two nights of the week … taco night and breakfast-for-dinner night. Open to suggestions on other family-friendly meals to try! (We have a 3 year old and a 6 year old). Read More

DIY Wood Square Photo Wall Art

 

DIY Wood Square Photo Art

Kind of a dumb project title, I know … but I wasn’t quite sure what to call these … they’re kind of like pop art, but not quite. I did use wood squares, and added photos … and I did it myself … so “DIY Wood Square Photo Wall Art” works, right?!?!?!

I might also add that my daughter is horrified by the pink one. Her exact words? “Now everyone will know how crazy I am!” Apparently I am not allowed to hang it anywhere in the house….which kind of defeats the purpose of this project. I may just have to replace it. The irony, of course, is that the pink one is actually my favorite – it’s just so….her!

Anyway, this idea was heavily inspired by some nursery art that I saw floating around Pinterest. I can’t find it now, but basically they had used cute animal pictures and mod podged them to brightly colored wood blocks. I just wanted personalized versions, so I whipped these up. Seriously one of the easiest and cheapest projects I’ve done in a long time. Read More