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Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday Finds : Outdoor Cinema

It feels like summer is finally in full swing! What better way to celebrate than with a fun outdoor movie night? Here's all you need to kick off summer right!

1. A cozy throw blanket
2. Salted Caramel Popcorn to snack on during the flick
3. A comfy sweater to keep you warm in style
4. Nothing says summer more than a Rootbeer Float Popsicle

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! xoxo Jenna

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Baked French Toast

Here is one of the final recipes from our Mother's Day Brunch a few weeks ago. This Baked French Toast from The Pioneer Woman was a total hit! It was super easy to prepare, you make it the night before and just pop it in the oven in the morning! 

For the French Toast
  • 1 loaf crusty Sourdough or French Bread
  • 8 whole Eggs
  • 2 Cups Whole Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
For the Topping

  • 1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup firmly packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon 
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Pinch Nutmeg
  • 1 stick cold Butter, cut into pieces

  • Grease a 9X13 inch baking pan with butter.
  • Tear bread into chunks (or cut into cubes) and evenly distribute in the pan.
  • In a medium sized bowl mix together eggs, milk, cream, sugar and vanilla. 
  • Pour mixture evenly over the bread.
  • Cover tightly and store in the fridge for several hours or overnight.
  • In a separate bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg.
  • Add butter and cut it into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles fine pebbles. 
  • Store in a Ziplock bag in the fridge.
  • When you're ready to bake the casserole, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Remove casserole from the fridge and sprinkle crumb mixture over the top.
  • Bake for 45 minutes for a softer, more bread pudding texture. Bake for one hour or more for a firmer texture.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday Finds: Memorial Day BBQ

1. The perfect backyard BBQ outfit, an easy, breezy Peasant Blouse and fun Red Striped Shorts! Both 50% OFF at J.Crew Factory!!
2. A simple DIY American Flag Wreath
3. I love how refreshing these Red, White and Blue Berry Parfaits look! I might have to add a layer of angel food or pound cake to mine...
4. Anything you drink will look festive in this adorable Firework Tumbler from Crate and Barrel!

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! The kick off to summer has finally arrived and so have the warm temps! It looks like we are going to have beautiful weather here in the midwest to celebrate, what about you? I've got baseball games and barbecues in my future and I just can't wait! I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! xoxo Jenna

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Pie Bars

These Dark Chocolate Raspberry Pie Bars were an absolute hit at our Mother's Day brunch. I adapted slightly from this recipe and they turned out perfect. I kept them cool in the fridge until we were ready to serve. 

  • 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter, Softened 
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Can (14oz) Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 Pints Fresh Raspberries, Semi Crushed
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 9 X 13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, using an electric or stand mixer, mix butter until creamy. 
  • Mix in brown sugar, flour and salt and continue mixing until crumbly. 
  • Press 1 3/4 cup of crumb mixture into prepared baking dish. Set remaining crumbs aside.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from oven. 
  • While crust is baking, pour sweetened condensed milk into a small sauce pan and add one cup of dark chocolate chips. 
  • Stir over low heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
  • Pour mixture over warm crust.
  • Sprinkle remaining crumbs evenly over chocolate layer. 
  • Spoon raspberries over the crumb mixture and top with one cup of mini chocolate chips. 
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool before cutting into bars. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Tied the Knot

Everly Dress via Nordstrom BP, BCNU Jacket via Nordstrom BP, Old Navy HeelsChloe and Isabel Necklace

This past weekend was a very exciting one for my family. With me, my sisters and the best man and maid of honor from their first wedding, my parents got remarried! We all went into the city and they were married in a quick ceremony at the court house. Afterwards we headed over to The Gage for brunch after stopping in Millennium Park for a few photos. It was an absolutely perfect day!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday Finds

1. I adore the colors on this Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody!
2. A great statement necklace by Bauble Bar.
3. I love how this Pim + Larkin Dress looks like two pieces, a skirt and a crop top.
4. I need to have a party so I can make these Peach & Goat Cheese Crostini, they look delish!
5. I really take my skin for granted, so I've been trying to amp up my skin care routine. I love this Philosophy Purity Face Wash

This week has been the definition of crummy weather. We went from 80 degrees and sunny, to 50 degrees and rainy in the blink of an eye. I have a fun weekend with family planned, so hopefully the weather turns around in the next few days! Have a wonderful weekend everyone! xoxo Jenna 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Asparagus Frittata

This Asparagus Frittata was an absolute hit at our Mother's Day brunch! My grandparents brought us fresh Michigan Asparagus and this frittata was the perfect showcase for them. The recipe was relatively simple to make, but the best part was how quick it was to prepare! 

  • 6 Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 12 Ounces Asparagus, trimmed, cut in to 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 Tomato, seeded, diced
  • 3 Ounces Fontina 

  • Preheat broiler
  • Whisk eggs, whipping cream, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl
  • Heat oil and butter in a 9 1/2 diameter ovenproof skillet over medium heat
  • Add asparagus and sauté until crisp-tender, about two minutes
  • Raise the heat to medium-high
  • Add the tomato and a pinch of salt and sauté two minutes longer
  • Pour the egg mixture over the asparagus mixture and cook for a few minutes until eggs begin to set
  • Sprinkle on cheese
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the frittata is almost set but the top is still runny, about two minutes
  • Place the skillet under the broiler until the top is set and golden brown, about five minutes
  • Let the frittata stand about two minutes before cutting to serve, enjoy!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Lookin' Bright

BB Dakota Dress // Gap Belt // Sam Edelman Trina Sandal 

I hope you all had a fabulous Mother's Day weekend! The weather here was absolutely perfect until late Sunday afternoon, so we were able to enjoy a lot of time outdoors. Instead of spending Mother's Day in a crowded restaurant, we opted to make brunch at home. It turned out fabulous. We ate outside on the patio and took our time enjoying each others company. I'll be sharing a few recipes from our brunch over the next few weeks here on the blog. For now heres a look at what I wore on Mother's Day, and of course I couldn't leave out my beautiful mother! 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Friday Finds

1. The perfect J.Crew Stripe Tee
2. This J.Crew Factory Blooming Petal Necklace to tie it all together
3. I can't keep my eyes off this J. Crew Patio Photo Floral Skirt!
4. A simple floral arrangement to brighten moms day
5. How funny is this dish towel?
6. Perfectly simple French Toast Casserole from the Pioneer Woman

Spring has finally sprung here in Chicago and I couldn't be more thrilled! I'm planning on spending as much time as I can enjoying the weather outdoors with family and friends. Last weeks Friday Finds was all about gifts for mom, this weeks is the last minute necessities for the perfect Mother's Day Brunch. From an outfit based on a beautiful floral skirt to a to die for French Toast casserole to serve to your guests. Have an awesome weekend everyone! Go give your momma a hug! xoxo Jenna

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Spring Sneakers

There is just something about Spring that has me dreaming of easy and stylish sneakers. I love how simple they all are, not to mention versatile! Toss them on with shorts and a tee or even a sundress for a casual spring look. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Simple Fish Tacos

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! Not that I need an excuse to eat Mexican food, it's my all time favorite! This weekend I definitely celebrated Cinco de Mayo to the fullest. Friday night I had delicious enchiladas, Saturday I went out to dinner with my Aunt and sister to our local Mexican restaurant where I'm pretty sure I ate enough chips and salsa for my whole lifetime. Today I ran the Cinco de Miler (a 5 mile race) where we were not only serenaded with a mariachi band at mile two, but the post race celebration included Pinatas, Corona and Churros! If that wasn't enough, my dad has been away on a fishing trip on Lake Erie and he returned home today with fish in hand. So we whipped up these simple, delicious fish tacos for dinner. 

  • Fish (we used fresh Walleye, but any type will work)
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Avocado
  • Shredded Cabbage
  • Lime
  • Salsa
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • Marinate fish with Old Bay Seasoning in a ziplock bag and place in the fridge for a few hours.
  • Toss shredded cabbage with lime juice.
  • Cook fish. (We sautéed ours, but you could grill it as well)
  • Assemble the tacos with all the fixins' and enjoy!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Friday Finds:Mother's Day

May is finally here and that means Mother's Day is right around the corner. This edition of Friday Finds is all about Mom!

1. Any mom I know would love a good old fashion breakfast in bed. Whip up these easy Strawberry Shortcake Donuts to satisfy her sweet tooth!
2. Mom will love drinking her morning coffee or tea from this adorable Crate and Barrel Tea Cup.
3. Do you have a mom that just can't seem to keep her phone charged?(I do!) This ban.do Mobile Charger would be the perfect gift.
4. I have never met a mom who doesn't own at least one carry all tote bag. This Andy Warhol Flowers Tote has a beautiful print for spring.
5. The weather just hasn't been cooperating with us here in the midwest lately. This Cashmere Poncho will come in handy for that air conditioned restaurant or just a drop in temperature! 

BONUS! Both of the Mother's Day graphics above are FREE printables from Oh Happy Day!. They are the sweetest addition to moms breakfast in bed! 

Happy weekend everyone! xoxo Jenna