It’s so fun to look back over the past year and see all the fun projects I tried and shared here on the blog. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how much we accomplish in a year and we feel like we should have done more. I’ve found this year that looking back through photos or posts from the previous year helps remind me that I really did accomplish a lot and should be proud of the work I’ve done. I really do love sharing with all of you and it still makes my day to hear that you read my post or tried one of my DIY’s, recipes, or tips! So without further ado, here’s my 5 most popular posts of 2018!Read More
Well I couldn't wait any longer to make my first fall recipe of the season, especially with the amazing cool weather we've been having the past few days in Kentucky! I normally don't do much cooking when it comes to breakfast, unless it breakfast for dinner, but I do LOVE waffles! They are probably my favorite breakfast food, although I have to admit I hardly ever make them from scratch. These waffles are perfect because they're not overwhelmingly sweet and the crisp apples add just the right amount of brightness and fall flavor. They're also super easy and quick to make and something the whole family will love! Get all the ingredients and instructions for whipping these up below!
for the waffles (makes 4-6 waffles):
- 1 cup finely diced apple
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter - melted
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
for the bourbon syrup:
- 2 tablespoons Butter
- 1/3 cup Pure Maple Syrup
- 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- pinch of Salt
- 1 tablespoon Bourbon
1. Mix the first 5 ingredients in large bowl. Next add flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and salt and continue mixing until smooth.
2. Carefully pour the batter into a preheated and greased waffle iron. Cook until crisp, about 4-5 minutes a piece.
3. For the bourbon syrup: melt the 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Pour in the syrup and let it cook for 3-4 minutes, until the syrup is warmed all the way through. Remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla, salt, and bourbon.
4. Top waffles with some salted butter, drizzle of bourbon syrup, and a sprinkle of cinnamon and powdered sugar!
Something about the beginning of spring and the return of warm weather puts me in the mood for all the brunch food! I've rounded up a variety of brunch recipes that are just as delicous as they are beautiful, whether you prefer salty and savory dishes, or super sweet and rich. What's better than enjoying a weekend brunch on the patio especially when it includes one of these stunning recipes?! Get all the details on my favorite spring brunch dishes below!Read More
Sometimes I feel like I should maybe just create a whole blog dedicated to my love of cheese and charcuterie boards! I have shared so many different charcuterie boards, ideas, and recipes over the years on here and it truly is my favorite meal both to serve and eat! Not only is it easy to prepare but I love how you can really wow guests with the overall presentation, PLUS it feeds a large crowd easily. This past weekend, I wanted to put a twist on my usual charcuterie board for a Saturday morning event, and the bagel brunch board was born! Seriously who doesn't love bagels with alllll the fixings?! I included everything you need for both savory and sweet bagels and once I got going picking out ingredients, it was hard to stop! There are so many possibilities for this and I love that you can personalize it to your preferences or whatever your crowd may like. I got all my ingredients for this from Trader Joe's which is my favorite spot for picking up unique and delicious cheese board ingredients. I've listed all the items I used below as well as tips for assembling your own beautiful brunch board like a pro!Read More
No brunch spread is complete without a quiche! This delicious savory quiche includes a one of my favorite combos: spinach + feta. It's the perfect balance to all the sweet dishes and treats I served at our blogger brunch and was definitely the dish I got the most compliments on! I used a frozen pie crust to make this recipe even quicker and easier, but if you prefer to make your own crust from scratch that's always an option. You can find the full list of ingredients and step by step instructions below!Read More
If you're looking for a sweet brunch treat that's just as easy as it is beautiful- this is for you! These mini individual parfaits are perfect for serving at showers or brunches and you can customize them for any size group. You could also just make them for yourself and store them in the fridge for an easy to grab breakfast or snack! I served my parfaits in individual juice glasses but you can also use mason jars or clear disposable cups. I incorporated these into the place settings at our blogger brunch since they are so cute and colorful! They are super simple and delicious and you can definitely customize them with different fruit, yogurt, or granola if you want! Find the full list of ingredients and easy step by step instructions below!Read More
This past weekend I was thrilled to host the most fun little brunch at The Amsden for a group of my local blogger friends. I'm hoping this will be the first of many events like this in our spaces and I had so much fun decorating and setting everything up inside the coffee shop. I decided to keep it simple and go with a winter white theme on the table settings. I found the table runners, napkins, and cute disposable plates at Homegoods. I wanted to keep cleanup simple so I also used this disposable wooden flatware which was super cute but also practical! I put together some quick floral arrangements in gold jars using all white flowers, eucalyptus, and baby's breath. I also cut some extra stems to lay on each place setting on top of the plate and napkin.Read More
A few weeks ago, a group of local Lexington bloggers and myself collaborated for an over-the-top summer blogger brunch at the Barn at Springhouse Gardens! It could not have turned out more beautiful and we had the most magical morning chatting, eating, and of course taking lots of photos! Each blogger contributed to the event in some way, which made it even more special. I loved getting to see the unique talents of everyone there and learn a little bit more about each person! Monday, I shared the details of the flower crown bar I set up for the event with tips on how to style your own as well (find that post here). Today every blogger from the event will be sharing a post about the brunch, whether it be a recipe, DIY, or outfit! I've linked all of their blogs at the end of this post- so be sure to check them out! I will be sharing about the mimosa bar I set up with tips and tricks for styling your own!
Mimosas are a necessity for any brunch and this is such a fun and easy station to set up for a party or event. Your guests will love being able to customize their own mimosas with different juices and fruit garnishes. Special thanks to the Lexington Whole Foods for donating all the champagne, juice, and fruit for our mimosa bar at the brunch! Their fresh squeezed OJ was so delicious and made the best mimosas! I've rounded up a shopping list of all the necessities you will need to assemble your mimosa bar below.
Champagne + ice
Fresh squeezed orange juice
2-3 other juices of your choice: I used grapefruit + pineapple
Fresh fruit garnishes: Strawberries, Raspberries, + Blueberries are some of my favorites!
Cups (I used mini mason jars but you can also use disposable cups or real champagne glasses)
Truly the only two things you really need for mimosas are orange juice and champagne, but the whole point of a mimosa bar is to add a few more fun options! I like to offer 3-4 juice choices total (grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and cranberry juice are some popular options!), as well as some fresh fruit to add to your mimosas like strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Don't forget to buy ice to keep your champagne chilled if you don't have a fridge or ice-maker nearby at the event! As far as cups, I prefer the look of real glass, so I used mini mason jars for this set-up. You can also use vintage glasses, champagne flutes, or plastic/disposable cups as well.
After you've purchased all the ingredients for your mimosa bar, the next step is styling! Choose a pretty tablecloth or table runner to set the scene and add a pop of color. I also layered a mix of vintage trays underneath the juice carafes and cups to highlight and separate each section of the bar. Use vintage glass carafes or pitchers to hold each juice (you can add a label or sign to each one if you wish!). An icebucket or metal tub will work perfectly to hold your champagne and ice and keep it chilled. Paper straws are another fun addition that your guests will love! Choose a color or pattern that works with your theme and place them in a small cup or jar near the cups. Finally don't forget a few decorative bowls and some spoons, so your guests can easily grab the fruit. Find my full list of styling extras below:
Paper straws (find my gold striped straws here)
Glass carafes or pitchers to hold juices
Icebucket for champagne
Bowls + spoons for the fruits
Chalkboard or sign
Tablecloth or table runner
Arrange your items so that it's easy for your guests to assemble their mimosas from start to finish. Start with the glasses and straws at the beginning, followed by the juices and champagne, and finish with the fruit garnishes at the end or in the very front. This is a set up that will wow your guests whether it is for a baby or bridal shower, holiday brunch, or outdoor party! You can check out more photos from our blogger brunch below, as well as the links to all the other's blogger's pages who participated! Don't forget to check out my coordinating post about the DIY flower crown bar from this same event here. Each blogger will be sharing a post today about the brunch- so don't miss all the delicious recipes, cute outfits, styling tips, and plenty more photos of the entire event!
Don't forget to check out the brunch posts from all the other local Lexington bloggers below:
Taylor Camacho | The Stylish Tales of Tay
Kelsey Bauer | KabKitchen
Emily Ho | Authentically Emmie
Sarah Caton | Space, Place & Southern Grace
Courtney Hastings | Kentucky Girl Ramblings
Tif Fannin | Bright on a Budget
Katie Mullen & Anna Towle | Hartley Social
Francis Lee Baker | Lee's Lookbook
Kayla Nord | Kayla Weber Art
Whitney Scheibel | Fabulous in Fayette
Ella Rutledge | Girl Meets Lex
Bronwyn Butler | Basically Bronwyn
Stephanie Hargis | This Lexington Life
Leela Foley | Lex Eats
Lisa Coe | Candor and Rose
Amanda Zopp | Salt & Life Blog
Special thanks to all the vendors who contributed to our special goodie bags: Shop Local KY, Miss Molly Vintage, AJ Apothecary, Shop Twenty, Morton James, Springhouse Gardens, Whole Foods Lexington, and Kentucky Yarnbirds. Our brunch was held at The Barn at Springhouse in Nicholasville, Kentucky. All photos taken by Kirstie Dunston Photography unless noted otherwise.