Monday, October 28, 2013

Decorating With Skulls: Dining Room Edition

Hello, Monday. We meet again. This time, it's rather exciting because it's Halloween week! I love holidays. All of them. Halloween is no exception. I love watching scary movies with the lights off (during this week of the year ONLY), all the while being interrupted by the cutest kids ringing my door bell yelling, "trick or treat!" It makes me happy. 

This year, Brad & I are having our favorite couple over to hand out candy and have dinner. So I had to be sure my dining room was dinner party ready. I didn't go over the top because I was late getting my decorations out, but it'll do the trick this year. Check it.

Yes. I'm diggin the skulls!

Xo Lindsay

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies

Morning, Loves. Ever come across a recipe that looks so amazing, give it a try, and not only does it taste horrific, but it looks like mush, too? Yeah, that happens to me when it comes to baking. A lot. 

I'm here to tell you that I successfully baked something so delish! Really. 
I found these suckers on Pinterest after my search for all things fall. Thank the lawd the link wasn't a dead end. I made 3 of these little guys last night, and Bradley & I loved them.


yield: MAKES 10 (3-INCH) HAND PIES


cook time: 15 MIN


For the dough:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1/2 cup cold sour cream

For the filling:
2 cups small diced (peeled) Granny Smith apples (See Kelly's Notes)
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
8 store-bought soft caramels, roughly chopped
Large flake sea salt (See Kelly's Notes)
Egg wash (1 egg lightly whisked with 1 Tablespoon water)
Crystal sanding sugar (optional)


Make the dough:
Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.
Add the cubed butter to the bowl and use your fingers to work the butter into the flour until the mixture is the consistency of wet sand.
Stir in the sour cream (the dough will be very wet), and then turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface.
Knead the dough a few times until it comes together, adding more flour, 1 teaspoon at a time, if the dough is too sticky to handle. Roll the dough into an 8x10-inch rectangle and dust both sides with flour before folding it into thirds as if you were folding a letter.
Rotate the dough 90º and roll it out again into an 8x10-inch rectangle. Fold the dough again into thirds then wrap it securely in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes while you make the filling.
Make the filling:
In a small bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, sugar and flour, stirring until thoroughly mixed. Set aside.
Assemble the pies:
Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and unfold it onto a well-floured surface, rolling it out to a 14x14-inch square. (See Kelly's Notes.)
Using a 3-inch circular cookie cutter or cup, cut out as many circles as possible. Re-roll the scraps and continue cutting out circles until you run out of dough, ensuring you end up with an even number of circles. (You should have approximately 20 3-inch circles.)
Place six of the dough circles on a Silpat or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Spoon a small portion of the apple filling into the center of each circle, leaving enough of a border around the filling. Top the apple filling with a portion of the chopped caramels and a pinch of sea salt. Place a second dough circle atop each filled circle then use a fork to crimp the edges together, sealing each pie.
Brush each pie with the egg wash, and using a sharp knife, cut two or three vents on the top of each pie. Sprinkle the pies with crystal sanding sugar (optional).
Bake the pies for about 15 minutes, or until they're golden brown.
Remove the pies from the oven and allow them to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Repeat the filling and baking process with the remaining dough circles.
Note: Rather than making the dough, I bought frozen puff pastry. Smart move, Lindsay. Smart move!

Proof that my hand pies look good:
Their pictures

My pictures

Thanks, Just A Taste! These are the bomb!

Xo Lindsay

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Ventura Wedding

Happy Monday, Friends! How was your weekend? Mine was packed full, per usual. But it was completely worth it. My friend / coworker got married to her high school sweetheart at Airlie Gardens here in Wilmington. This wedding was UNREAL. Seriously, pictures do not do it justice. It was something out of a movie. Just see for yourself.

Stunning wedding, stunning bride, right?! 

See you peeps back here tomorrow. Promise. 

Xo Lindsay

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Selzer Wedding

Only a few days late, but I thought I'd share some pictures from the weekend. We had a fabulous weekend staying with my brother & his wife in downtown Charlotte, and had a big night of eating, drinking and dancing at our friends' wedding.

Oh, and a little piece of advice: don't use sparklers at your wedding! Some ginormous guy standing next to me thought it would be a great idea to wave his sparkler around. And duh, a piece broke off, fell right down my dress, burned a hole in the lining, and scarred by boob. Awesome. 

TMI? Probably. But I tend to overshare on a regular basis.

Xo Lindsay