Tuesday, March 18, 2014

b is for bennett!

elyse & matt are having a baby boy!!  bennett david rogers is so loved by his family & this wonderful group of friends.  we cannot wait to meet you!

to celebrate this anticipated little boy, we threw a baby shower!  we enjoyed a blue theme with bleu cheese, apple, & caramelized red onion dip with blue corn chips, purple potato salad, moe's wings with bleu cheese dip, & blueberry cupcakes with honey cream cheese frosting.  we toasted with champagne & alcohol-free champagne with blueberries, blackberry mint water, & of course the father-to-be's favorite, miller lite.

it was an afternoon full of love, joy, laughs, & so much to celebrate.  congratulations, elyse & matt!  we are going to love that little baby boy of yours.

love love,

Monday, February 17, 2014

blood orange, kale, & feta salad with wild rice & walnuts.

holy moly, y'all, this salad is delicious.  it's sweet & acidic.  it's crunchy & soft.  it's salty & creamy.  it's pretty much my new favorite salad.  & blakey actually really liked it too!  {the turkey sausage i served on the side certainly helped the non-meat quality.}

so please add these ingredients to your grocery list tonight & give yourself an hour to get the wild rice cooked.  {who knew there was rice that could take an hour to cook??  that's a long time.}  & enjoy!

blood orange, kale, & feta salad with wild rice & walnuts.
found on: pinterest
adapted from:  pinch of yum

1 c uncooked wild rice, cooked
{i have no idea how much cooked rice this ends up equaling, hence the weird verbage}
1/4 c walnuts toasted in a little evoo, salt, & cayenne
4 c chopped kale
3 blood oranges, peeled, divided, & chopped
4 oz crumbled feta

3 T evoo, divided
2 cloves minced garlic
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 T water
2 T apple cider vinegar
1 T lemon juice
1 T honey
salt & pepper

1. start cooking the wild rice now!  it takes forever.  cook according to the package directions.

2. this is also a good time to toast the walnuts.  400 degrees for 15ish minutes, stirring once.  set aside to cool.  don't stir it in the salad - that will make them not crunchy, which would be unfortunate.

3. dressing!  in a small sauté pan over medium high heat, heat 1T oil & garlic.  add onions & sauté until the onions start to get a little bit of brown.  transfer the onions & oil & garlic to a vitamix or food processor.  add the remaining 2 T oil, water, vinegar, lemon juice, honey, & salt & pepper.  process until creamy.  {this is so cool - onions make a creamy dressing!  again, who knew?}  taste your dressing & adjust seasonings as necessary.  

4. in a big ole bowl, stir together kale, blood oranges, & feta.  top with the dressing & mix well.  hopefully after all of this stirring & dish-doing, your rice will be done!  add it straight from the pan to the salad - this will wilt the kale just a smidge to create a great texture.  stir it up.  & finally top with walnuts when ready to serve.  enjoy, friends!

love love,

Friday, February 14, 2014

happy & love to you!!

wishing much happiness & love to you on this february 14th!  i hope your day is filled with wonderful people & a delicious treat or two.

 {valentine's vanilla cupcakes}

 {conversation heart sugar cookies}

{hugs & kisses to you, sweet husband & valentine of mine}

love love,

Friday, January 31, 2014

home with our grandparents

my sisters & i traveled home a couple weeks ago to visit each other, our dad, & our grandparents.  our wonderful & amazing 92 year old grandma & grandpa have been having some health issues over the last few months, so it was very nice to spend time with them & give them big hugs.

these two have taught me so much about love.  the way they take care of one another, put the other first, & still show their love, affection, & respect for each other all of these years later.  it's a true honor to learn from them about marriage & family.

{it was pretty darn nice to be home with family too.}

{my favorite meal of all time:
my grandma's gravy & urban's biscuits.}

{my new/old a.mazing hat
from ou's championship the year i was born.
i LOVE this hat.
thank you, grandpa!} 

 {true love}

love these two so much.

love love,

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

besties in oklahoma.

i got to see two of my bests while in oklahoma!!   we dined at the incredibly delicious kitchen no 324.  mimosas, fried chicken pot pie, & a kale caesar salad.  if you've haven't been here, you totally should go.  then a walk around our oklahoma city home.  a little shopping, a little photo shoot, & much love & joy with friends.  these two beautiful faces were absolutely a highlight of our trip.

before we headed out, we also got to happy hour at pub w with caric!  it is always so nice to catch up with these two.

love love,

Monday, January 13, 2014

ringing in 2014!!

this new year celebration was one to remember!  dinner & drinks & dancing with all 10 of the porters.  fancy dresses, fancy family, & good ole fun.  we began our evening with a delicious steak dinner at an oklahoma city staple - junior's supper club.  then to beau & cara's home for champagne toasts, lots of dancing, & the big ball drop.  a beautiful evening with so many of our favorites.  

{my handsome love}

{lisa & dave}

{justin & peyon}

{cara & beau} 

{the porters!}

{a toast with the lovely porter ladies}

{& the gents}

{happy new year to you!!}

we'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

love love,