If you follow along regularly, you know we spent the greater part of September traveling in Europe. You know how when Christmas ends you have a slight hangover/ sadness it is over? That is exactly how I am about our trip… good thing I have ‘Lette Macarons in Birmingham now to cure my sadness. If you are in the Birmingham area and you haven’t tried a ‘Latte Macaron yet, you are MISSING OUT! 'Lette was founded in 2007 in Beverly Hills, by a true Parisian with a love for the classic macaron. If you know me, you know macarons are my favorite, so having a place nearby with delicious and authentic treats is the best! ‘Lette is offering a special for all of my local followers, now through October 23rd, 2018 you can BUY 2 and get 1 FREE by mentioning my blog or instagram post! So that means, two for you and one for a friend!!
My friends at Banza sent me some of their famous chick pea pasta, and might I tell you it is delicious. All the goodness of pasta, without the guilt! I’ve got the perfect recipe for you to make with your own box of Banza. So much yumminess in one pot!
1 Box of Banza
1 Package of Aidells Andouille Sausage
1 Small squash Sliced in Half and Chopped
1 Small Zuchini Sliced in Half and Chopped
2 Cups of Cherry Tomatoes Sliced
1 Cup of Baby Bella Mushrooms Chopped
1 Green Bell Pepper Chopped
1 Yellow Bell Pepper Chopped
1 24 oz. Jar of Marinara
1 Teaspoon Oregano
1 Teaspoon Cracked Pepper
1 Teaspoon Mrs. Dash Spicy Seasoning
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Shaved Parmesan Cheese
Preheat oven to 365 degrees.
Slice Sausage and lay flat on sheet pan. Bake in oven for 15 minutes.
Wash all Vegetables and prep for sauteing.
In a large pot bring Olive Oil to medium heat.
Add in Veggies, Oregano, Pepper, and Mrs. Dash.
Saute until Veggies are soft, then add in Marinara and reduce to low heat.
Remove sausage from oven and drain remaining grease.
Begin cooking Banza Pasta according to package directions.
Drain Pasta and assemble plates; Banza, Sauce mixture, Sausage, and garnish with Shaved Parmesan Cheese.
Last week I received some fun goodies in the mail from my friends at OXO. I whipped up some cookies today using their perfect cookie scoop and baking sheet. These scrumptious bites are gluten free, and baked to perfection on their magic cookie sheet! My Monster Cookies are mixed together with all things good, almond flour, M&M's, Peanut Butter... need I say more?
5 Tablespoons of Butter
3/4 Cup of Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup of Peanut Butter
1 1/2 Cups of Old Fashioned Oats
1 Cup of Almond Flour
3/4 Cup of Chocolate Chips
3/4 Cup of M&M's
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together Sugar and Butter, once mixed well add Eggs, Peanut Butter, Vanilla Extract, and Baking Powder. Mix well.
Next add Almond Flour, Oats, M&M's, and Chocolate Chips.
Begin Scooping onto cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes according to how soft you like your cookies. Enjoy!
Sponsored by OXO
I don't usually do gift guides, but Valentine's Day is a favorite of mine. I have a few of my new obsessions and all-time favorites on here. Perfect link to send your husband, galentine, or just treat yourself!
If you live in the Birmingham area you have definitely seen the pink and green SSS signs around town! This is my third year as a member of The Junior League of Birmingham and I always look forward to Shop, Save, and Share. I am thrilled to be giving away a SSS card to a lucky follower!! This week of discounts is "organized in its entirety by The Junior League of Birmingham: An organization of approximately 2,500 women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers." During this week the Junior League partners with "Birmingham's finest retailers to offer you the opportunity to both give and receive this fall. Purchase your card for a $40 donation and receive a 20% discount at our exciting list of retail partners. Your entire donation will support the over 30 community projects of the Junior League of Birmingham and help us improve the lives of women and children in Birmingham. Since its inception, Shop Save & Share has put over $550,000 back into the community."
There are over 550 locations participating in Shop, Save, and Share this year. One of my very favorites is Williams-Sonoma at The Summit. With SSS week falling right before Halloween this is the perfect time to stock up on some yummy treat and spooky goodies!! Below is a little candy board inspiration from my current candy picks at Williams-Sonoma.
Be sure to enter the giveaway and if you don't win please consider buying a card or giving the card as a gift! Join us for a kick off party with drinks, light bites, music, and door prizes at The Summit on the Kendra Scott Terrace Wednesday, October 18 from 6 - 8 P.M.
Pickling and Preserving food began over 4,000 years ago but has become so very Southern. I grew up with pepper sauce from pickled peppers always readily available. I found the most charming pickling cookbook at a tractor supply store recently. The first recipe I tried was for Bread and Butter pickles and it was a success! If you are going to the Farmer's Market this weekend I highly suggest grabbing some fresh vegetables for pickling. You won't regret it!
We are headed down to Lake Martin to celebrate Memorial Day with some special friends! After doing a little packing I decided to share some of my favorite products right now and some lake go-to items. Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
Make sure you have your gear for Derby Day!! If you didn't see my julep post from earlier this week make sure you check it out. I love everything about the derby, and these are just some of my favorites!
I have a serious case of Spring Fever. I've never been more ready for white jeans, Easter decor, and the beach as I am right now. We have a trip coming up mid-March that I started online-shopping for this week. I've found some great must-haves if you're headed on vacation in the coming months. I think you'll love these as much as I do... enjoy your shopping! xo, CB
Mercantile + Co is an online store by Garden & Gun. They have a collection of items straight from the articles in their magazine. This has become one of my favorite little shops because the products you'll find on this site are often handmade by Southerners themselves. I knew I had to share with y'all because their Annual Winter Sale is going on now through February 28th. If you need a gift for someone or simply want to treat yourself, this is the time! I've collected some of my favorite products below. Follow Garden & Gun's motto, "Live the good life", and check out these unique products.
I am excited to start featuring some of my favorite products on Fridays! The first Friday Favorite must be about food, of course! I made the lavender short bread cookies and cheddar pecan wafers this week for some special Valentines and had to tell y'all about them. Cheese Louise! has become my go-to appetizer/dessert option when we have people over. I tried them for the first time last year and now I am hooked. They come pre-sliced, frozen and will keep for up to 10 months in the freezer. All you need to do is bake them for 12-14 minutes and they taste like you slaved for 2 hours! They have a variety of wafers and cookies. Long story short, run - don't walk to Whole Foods, because these are a game changers.