Amy Ruth Designs Giveaway – CLOSED

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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So excited to announce a new giveaway sponsored by the amazing Amy Ruth Designs.

After spending five years in the fashion industry and finding it often lacked in catering to an individual’s needs,

Amy teamed up with her husband Jacob and established Amy Ruth Designs in 2009 to bring  your custom designs to paper.

And they… are awesome.

Stationary, cards, journals, recipe cards, coasters, invitations, iPhone cases and invitations are just a few of the amazing products you will find in Amy’s shop

where you’re able to customize just about anything to your heart’s desire.

Her patterns are swoon-worthy and every last one of her products are “Made in the U.S.A”.

Excited yet?!

With summer right around the corner,

we’re giving away a “nautcial themed” gift set valued at over $100.00.

One lucky winner will win an assortment of goodies from this fabulous collection, including:

-1 Anchors Phone Case

-1 50 Sheet Anchors Notepad

-1 Set of Anchors Note Cards (10)

-1 Anchors Folder

-1 Sailboats Folder

-3 Sets of Sailboat Recipe Cards

-1 Set of Sailboat Note Cards (10)

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To enter, simply follow the instructions in the widget below!

Contest will close Thursday at midnight and winner will be announced on Friday, May 16th!

In the meantime,

be sure to check out Amy Ruth Designs and receive 25% off your first purchase by signing up for their newsletter.

Good luck and happy shopping!

xx

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Mamas, Nanas, Mimas, Grandmas, Oh My

Friday, May 9, 2014

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It’s Friday!

You made it.

Wherever you find yourself this weekend,

don’t forget to raise a glass of champagne

or a cup of extra-caffeinated coffee

for all of the fabulous women in your lives.

Those near and far,

in the now or the past

the new and the always…

for they are incredible.

Happy Mother’s Day

to every single fabulous Mom I know.

I’m so lucky to have you

(as a mom, nana, grandma, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, aunt and friend)

and

you ah amaaazing.

xx

(a special note about my very own mom. she’s simply the best.)

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Wedding Crush Wednesday

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

I loved every single, breathtaking, butterflies-inducing,

goosebumpy, celebratory second of our wedding

and wouldn’t change a thing.

Not one.

That does not mean I don’t revel in the fabulous and amazing new wedding trends sprinkling this season

and don’t constantly fantasize what our wedding would look like if we started planning it again right here, right now.

So, yes… I still look at all my favorite wedding websites

and swoon at the incredible new touches our friends add to their weddings

and love that there are always new details to look forward to.

Guilty.

Every once in a while,

an amazing wedding comes along worth sharing here on the blog…

and this happens to be one of them.

I spotted Caitlin and Tanner’s wedding on

Real Weddings | Martha Stewart and traced it back to

The House that Lars Built,

whose author happens to be Caitlin’s sister, Brittany.

Photographed by the incredible Jessica Peterson,

these photos had me longing for a reason

to throw a “paper flowered perfection”  second wedding affair.

Seriously, can you stand it?

Odds of me ever getting Mike into a red suit? Ever?

So. Very. Slim.

But, a gal can dream!

Enjoy,

xx

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caitlin and tanner jessica peterson 15Additional Styling Details via The House That Lars Built 

paper flowers by my mama Kim Watson and bride Caitlin Watson Boyes
styling by Brittany Watson Jepsen
dress from Temperly London
tie from STNTN
groom’s suit: Nelson Dumancela of Couture Clothiers, NJ. A full custom hand made suit designed by Tanner.
groom’s shirt Paper Cloth NY
banner by the bride Caitlin Watson Boyes
bride’s shoes and necklace from J. Crew

Friday Caipirinhas

Friday, May 2, 2014

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Given the vast amount of amazing Mint Julep recipes

sprinkling the blogosphere this week in honor of the Derby,

I figured you had that covered.

Instead,

I thought I’d share one of my mother-in-law’s

favorite warm-weather drink recipes.

Tastes like summer… looks like summer…

the perfect drink to combat this “feels like fall” weather!

Have a fabulous weekend,

xx

The Caipirinha

(serves 4)

Ingredients

4 limes (few extra for garnish doesn’t hurt!)

4 tablespoons superfine sugar

8 ounces Cachaca*

ice cubes

*Cachaça is a Brazilian brandy made from sugar cane

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Directions

1. Cut up limes into 8 wedges each

2. Muddle wedges in a rocks glass with sugar (you may have to do 1 serving at a time)

3.  Add Cachaca and top with ice

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Keeping Up with Late Afternoons

Thursday, May 1, 2014

In case you couldn’t tell,

we love to connect with our readers.

And…

in case you didn’t know,

we have lots of fun platforms to engage with you on!

Pinterest: SaraParshley

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When it comes to pinning, I can’t get enough…

as evidenced by my number of Pins.

Seriously, it’s a problem.

Follow me on Pinterest for some of my latest recipe, fashion and DIY finds and see for yourself!

Instagram: SaraParshley

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with videos, music, travel photos and more!

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As always,

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engage, share, support and embrace

Late Afternoons.

xx

Ritz Cracker Ice Cream Sandwiches

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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These could be my new favorite “go-to” treats.

Another perfect blend of salty + sweet.

They’re easy, light(er), require very few ingredients and satisfy a crowd.

I adapted the recipe from the amazing Joy the Baker

and highly recommend her incredible cooking blog should you be looking

for that perfect recipe or a daily dose of fun loving humor.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

xx

Ingredients

48 to 56 round butter crackers (I used Ritz Crackers)

2 pints (or various pints) of your favorite ice cream (I used chocolate, vanilla + strawberry)

3 cups milk chocolate chunks

5 tablespoons coconut oil

coarse sea salt

parchment or wax paper

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Directions

1. Line up your cracker rounds. I lined a baking pan with parchment paper and lined the Ritz Crackers along that.

2. Using a tablespoon (for larger, overflowing sandiwhces) or a teaspoon (for smaller, easier to manage sandwiches), begin scooping single scoops of ice cream on to cracker rounds. Top each scoop with another Ritz.

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3. After finishing the little sandwiches of delight, place pan in freezer for at least four hours though overnight is best. In order for the next step to be a success, the sandwiches have to be quite solid.

4. Once freezing time has been achieved, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil over medium heat, stirring constantly.

5. Remove frozen sandwiches and quickly dip half into the melted mixture.

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6. Replace dipped sandwich back on parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse seal salt.

7. Place finished sandwiches back in freezer for at least one hour before serving.

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Three-Ingredient Pancakes

Friday, April 25, 2014

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I feel like I’ve been all about the whole

“less is more ingredients” movement lately

and this recipe is no different.

If you’ve followed this blog in the past,

it’s no secret we enjoy breakfast for dinner.

Sometimes, however,

it entails making two different breakfasts.

My husband enjoys the more delicious items

like pancakes and french toast,

and I try and aim for the lighter options,

like omelettes and egg-stuffed peppers.

Because I have to.

(His metabolism is not of this world, I tell ya.)

Needless to say,

I was thrilled to come across a “lighter” pancake option

that seemed like it would satisfy us both!

Joanna Goddard of A cup of Jo

posted the Two-Ingredient Pancakes recipe on her blog

(which you must read on the regular, it’s awesome)

and I immediately bookmarked it for trying.

The pancakes are sweet, delicious and have a crepe-light texture that implies they are not nearly

as healthy as they actually are.

I amended slightly to include 2 tablespoons of flour (and a dash of chocolate chips) for texture-sake

but think the two-ingredient method is obviously a bit healthier and worthy of attempting.

You can add just about anything to this concoction,

berries, peanut butter, cinnamon, apples,

and it will only add to the awesomeness.

We gave it a whirl last night and let me tell you,

we will be making it again!

And again… and again….

Enjoy!

xx

Ingredients

(yields 8-10 pancakes)

3 Bananas

5 Eggs

2 tbsp flour

handful of chocolate chip minis

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Directions

1. Combine all ingredients in bowl

2. Using a potato masher (though, a fork would do just fine!), combine all ingredients together. Totally fine if there are chunks.

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3. Using 1/4 cup measuring cup, drop pancakes onto a frying pan (medium heat) you’ve already lightly greased with butter

4. These will cook much faster than regular pancakes but will flip much easier! Keep an eye on the bottoms and when golden brown, flip.

5. Serve with or without butter/syrup. I found that without was just as satisfying as a result of the sweet banana taste!

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