Friday, January 30, 2015

As Seen On Instagram {Cinco}

Happy Friday, lovelies! I hope you all had a wonderful week and are ready for a fun weekend. Will you be tuning into the Super Bowl? I am having a few friends over for chatting and naps...I mean to eat wings and watch the game! Wait, how is it already the Super Bowl?!?!

The fifth installment of #AsSeenOnInstagram journals my adventures right after Thanksgiving through last weekend. This includes good eats, holiday celebrations and my birthday. With a trip to Montana, snuggling up a dear friend's brand new baby and enjoying a night out with ladies I've known for nearly a decade, the last two months have been full and wonderful. This series is quickly becoming my favorite on the blog. It is such a fun way to reflect on life and just how lucky I truly am. For more current play-by-plays follow along {@merecdavison} and be sure to say hello!

Rachel and I made Scotch Eggs!

Enjoyed Chef Gregory's December Duck at Departure

Portland before the sun rises.

Little Green Pickle's Blogger Bagel Nosh!

Farewell, @PDXCarpet

Tip-Toes for the IG Shot

Cousins + Sister

At Erin's for NYE.  My Mom MADE MY SKIRT!!!

Gonzaga Game with my college roomies!


Hydrangeas for the win

Mary Ellen made my beautiful and delicious birthday cake!

Birthday Grilled Cheese Party

Woodsman Tavern is my new favorite brunch

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Recipe {Mississippi Mud Bombe}

I am so excited to share this Mississippi Mud Bomb recipe with you from my family's Christmas Eve celebration. As I previously mentioned, my sister Steph and I prepare the holiday meals in our household. After decades as head chef my Mom turned over the reigns to us a few years ago. This transition has been fun and challenging. You see, everyone in my family has some serious culinary chops. This can lead to a little competition, sisterly spats and unique visions. After a few years we have settled into our roles. I tend to focus on the theme and savory dishes while Steph is the pastry chef. For the Southern themed Christmas Eve Dinner we decided to have a trio of mini desserts. A key lime cheesecake parfait, a cranberry bread pudding and Mississippi Mud Bombs. None of these dishes followed an exact recipe but were more a mash-up of theories and ideas-often the key to great eats!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Life {Christmas Eve Dinner}

Oh my goodness! More than a month later and I am just now sharing our family Christmas Eve dinner! As you may know, I was back in Montana for the holiday, and had a wonderful time. We are a family rooted in tradition and love a great party. Growing up, my Mom would cook Christmas Eve dinner for both her side of the family and my Dad's. Some years this meant she was making dinner for almost 30-people. Did I mention that Christmas Eve is her birthday?? The woman is a saint.

As we have all gotten older and many cousins have started their own families and traditions, our Christmas celebration has changed. Now, dinner has become a group of 10-12 friends and families that is prepared by my sister Stephanie and myself. We will spend weeks-no, months- planning the menu and talking out scenarios. This year, we decided on a Southern theme. All inspired by Doug Adam's amazing fried chicken I had at Feast!!