Strawberry Honey Butter

4.17.2014

Strawberries are being sold by the case on every street corner, so we have an abundance of them — they are practically overflowing in our refrigerator and freezer! Naturally, we will be making jams, butters, ice creams and all sorts of delicious, juicy foods.

I thought I'd start off with strawberry honey butter because I love butter. ("Is butter a carb?" You better believe I take any chance I get to make a Mean Girls plug!) I am convinced it truly makes the world go round. Could you imagine a world without it? The French would cease to be French, and Julia Child would probably never have plunged into the world of cooking. See? It does make the world go round!


Ingredients: 

1 pint strawberries, hulled
3 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp of salt
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened

Directions:

1. In a food processor, purée the strawberries and then transfer to a saucepan.
2. Add the honey and the lemon juice and boil the mixture, stirring until it is thickened. Let the strawberry mixture cool to room temperature. Season with salt, to taste.
3. Transfer to a small bowl. Using a stand or hand mixer, begin to cream together the butter and the strawberry mixture until it is blended but not yet smooth.  Beat the mixture for several minutes, until the butter becomes smooth and creamy.
4. Let the butter stand, covered, in a cool place for 1 hour to allow the flavors to develop.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe adapted from The Kitchen Sink Recipes



I put my strawberry honey butter on toast, waffles, crepes, rolls ... whatever needs butter, really! (And in our world, that is basically everything.) Just imagine spreading this stuff over fresh, warm rolls straight from the oven that nearly melt in your mouth because they are so soft. Mmmmm, it's putting me into a food coma just thinking about it!



This butter is a yummy way to give your food a happy flavor lift.  I also think it's really pretty on the eyes, which always makes things even more appetizing, in my opinion. Next enormous crate of strawberries you purchase, you should whip up a batch of this delicious, strawberry goodness! You'll be happy you did. Enjoy!

Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

4.16.2014


I know, another Easter egg decorating mood board. Tis' the season, folks. These are a few of my favorite I've rounded up from Pinterest and the web.

1. Confetti dipped eggs. Aren't these beautiful? And they are incredibly easy.
2. Ombre eggs. I love how pretty they look.
3. Paint pen eggs. Don't want to dye your eggs or only have brown on hand? This is a darling alternative.
4. Gold leaf eggs. Possibly the most gorgeous Easter eggs I've ever seen.
5. Naturally dyed eggs. A fun, non-toxic way to dye eggs using vegetables and spices. Yes, please!

A Random Thing Or Two-sday

4.15.2014



Dress: H&M
Shoes: H&M
Watch: ASOS
Bag: Target
Lips: Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in 'Showy'

1. During the week, I come up with everso brilliant and witty things to include in these posts. It's generally while I'm doing something riveting like making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. However, when it comes time to sit down and punch a few words out on the keyboard, I'm totally blank! I suppose I will start keeping a journal of my random thoughts to regale you all with.

2. Fact: Alien abduction insurance literally exists. It even includes coverage for alien pregnancy!

3. Who else is addicted to Buzzfeed quizzes?

4. We are rounding into the toddler phase where Luke talks constantly in the car and says "mom" over and over and over and over and over.

5. Would you rather be able to communicate with walls and have the ability to know everything they know or the ability to time travel?

Kissy Kissy Giveaway

4.14.2014


The clothing from the designer baby line, Kissy Kissy, is as sweet and yummy as it sounds. There is only a a tiny window in which you can dress your baby in those gentle and soft prints and colors reserved for little babes. I think it simply makes them even more babyish and cozy, and Kissy Kissy has a wonderful selection for those darling, itty bitty bodies. Carried in high quality retailers like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale's, the quality is top notch and every element is intentionally designed with your baby in mind. The clothing is made from Peruvian Pima cotton, which means it is just as soft as the skin that wears it, and the attention to detail is clear. Get excited, because I've teamed up with them to give away an outfit of your choice today!

Sizes run from preemie to 4T and there are outfits for the everyday cuddling, all the way up to events such as a baby blessing or christening. If I had a little girl, I would be getting this one — so cute I can hardly stand it! We chose this little nautical number for Wes because we spend our days at the beach and it was clearly appropriate (and who doesn't love a baby in a preppy getup?). Now we just need some baby Sperry Topsiders and a trip to the Hamptons and we are golden! ;)

Even if you don't have a baby of your own, I am positive you know someone who is expecting or has their own precious bundle, so this giveaway is a good one for everyone! Simply enter in the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway