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3.12.2015

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I'm not sure if it's the cute way a piece of lettuce forms a miniature bowl to house the meat, or if they're just that yummy, but I've always been attracted to a good lettuce wrap. So, I  brought 'em to my own kitchen rather than having the waiter at PF Chang's bring 'em to my table.

Here's how mine turned out
4 Servings | Ready in 20 minutes

Chicken Lettuce Wraps  (P.F. Chang's Recipe)
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/4 c. hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp. sriracha, or more, to taste
  • 1 (8 oz) can whole water chestnuts, drained and diced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 head butter lettuce
Instructions
  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add ground chicken. Cook until browned, about 3-5 min. Crumble the chicken as it cooks and drain excess fat. 
  • Stir in garlic, onion, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger and sriracha about 1-2 mins. Stir in chestnuts and green onions until tender, about 1-2 mins. Season with salt and pepper.
To serve, spoon several tablespoons of the chicken mixture into the center of a lettuce leaf, taco-style.
 
ENJOY!
 

3.04.2015

Wow With Your Wedding Aisle

Besides serving as a bridal runway, an aisle is usually the main focal point of a wedding ceremony. Wedding planners are always in search of some sort of aisle flare that will intrigue, engross, and even entertain guests. Here's a rundown showcasing five ways to wow guests with your wedding aisle.
 
Aisle Wow #1
Excite With Light
Love this Candle wall
Regular light bulbs just don't compare to the kind of romantic candle lit ambience a candle wall exudes <3
 
Aisle Wow #2
Embrace Lace
lace aisle "runner"
Instead of bare floor, fabric, or carpet, let lace lead you down the aisle.
This is a sweet and/or vintage kind of style that adds a sort of classy elegance to the room. Another idea - you can lay down lace at the altar where the bride and groom will be standing saying their vows (beautiful photo opp!)
 
7x11 | Alphons ter Avest | Antimakassar
 
Aisle Wow #3
Petals AND Pedestals
 
I love aisle décor that frames a couple up front at the altar. We did this type of layout for our wedding and it was a great way to take up a lot of the space at the front of the chapel. We also coupled it with a ton of candles, creating the perfect candlelit ambience <3
 
 Our 2014 nuptials at Briscoe Manor chapel ^^
 
Aisle Wow #4
Heart Shaped Escape
Simple, soft, and beautiful...this heart wreath is a true signature that love is in the air!  Would be so romantic at an outdoor spring wedding with a rustic feel.
Break away from the traditional floral sprays and include some heart shaped floral décor as well <3
 
Heart-shaped wreath of roses~ Photo by~DIRK VAN DER WERFF~❥
 
Aisle Wow #5
Begin With Bevs
Rustic Distressed Chalkboard Sign Wedding by gingerlimedesign, $100.00
Greet guests with pre ceremony beverages as they arrive.
 If it's a winter wedding, it'd be super cute to have trays with mini hot chocolates or cider circulating around the foyer
 
Hot Mulled Apple Cider with Rum! Another idea for a good winter wedding cocktail.
 
Yummy! How to have #coffee incorporated into your engagement on Lover.ly/Read | Photo via Equally Wed | brunch, dessert, food, winter, coffee, donuts
 
hot cocoa, anyone?
 

3.03.2015

8 Unique Gifts For The Bride

Once one of your girlfriends gets engaged, you may immediately start thinking about how you can make the experience a little more special for her. Here's two examples of what I gave my girlfriends after their beau's popped the question...
 
My bestest friend from childhood, Natalie, recently got engaged and I thought it'd be fun for her to see her new name in action :)
Tank custom ordered from strongconfidentYOU on etsy
 
This next bridal gift was for Lexie, one the first of my best friends I made while at Texas A&M.  
 
Patch custom ordered from shannajsmith on etsy
 
I thought this personalized blue patch was so sweet. The bride can have it sewn to the inside edge of her gown to serve as her unique "something blue". Plus it makes a precious photo opp!
 
Now on to the official eight unique gifts that every bride to be will love you for <3
 
Bridal Gift #1 ~
Wedding hanger by lilafrances on etsy
 
I used my bridal hanger to hang my wedding dress (duh) and loved it because it made my getting ready photos waaay cuter than if my dress was hanging from a boring plastic one :)
 
See where I purchased my personalized wedding dress hanger here.
 
 
Bridal Gift #2 ~Wifey Tank Top, Bride Tank Top, Bride Bow Tank,  Wedding Tank Top
Bridal tee by BridalBlissCouture on etsy
 
It's exciting for a bride to receive a gift with her new name on it!
 
 
Bridal Gift #3 ~
Bride dress by ArenLace on etsy
 
 
 Bridal Gift #4 ~
 Custom Mrs. Last Name Wedding Apron Bridal Shower Gift
Apron by NirvanaClothingCo on etsy
 
 
 Bridal Gift #5 ~
I'm Getting Married Bitches: Bride Tote, Jumbo Bride's Tote, Bridal Shower Gift, Bachelorette Party, Engagement, Carryall
Tote bag by ABridalShop on etsy
 
 
 Bridal Gift #6 ~
Mrs. Fluffy Bridal Slippers with Diamond Clear Crystals for the wedding day
Slippers by BridalLingerieShop on etsy
 
 
 Bridal Gift #7 ~
Initial necklace by LinaStory on etsy
 
 
 Bridal Gift #8 ~
Mr. and Mrs. Ring holder, Bridal shower gift, Engagement present, Anniversary gift, Wedding gift, His and Hers
Mr. & Mrs. ring holder by alispots on etsy
 

12.18.2014

7 Awesome Paper Wedding Items

When wedding planning, adding those little details after confirming the big stuff can be lots of things - time consuming, stressful, expensive... need I go on?
Here's a list of seven items to get your started in planning for these easy and inexpensive wedding awesomes :)
 
#1 Hotel Guest Bag Tags
 
Most hotels will offer the option for you to leave guest welcome bags at the front desk that they will pass out as people check in. I know that as a guest, I just love this. Seeing what the bride and groom came up with to out in the bags is fun, and at time can be very helpful! You'll get what I mean once you skim over this short list of items to possibly include in a guest's hotel welcome bag:
 
*Bottled Water     *Candy Bar     *Mini Toothpaste     *Mini Mouthwash   
 
*Crackers (Cheese Nips)     *Rice Crispy Treat     *Custom Crossword Puzzle
 
*Facial Tissues     *Floss     *Directions To Wedding Festivities
 
*Local Brochure or Map (fun things to do in the area)     *White Cake Pop
 
#2 Wedding Party Itinerary
Are you nervous about keeping your wedding party caged and in a certain area? This can be highly desirable when it comes time to take pictures at a certain time, or right before the ceremony starts. Groomsmen especially tend to wander to parts unknown.
We handed out this half-page wedding party itinerary during the rehearsal dinner the night before and our besties seemed to be super thankful. Think about it, I know I like to know what's going on and when, so its safe to assume your wedding party will too.
 
#3 Social Media #Hashtag Sign 
 
As you've probably noticed, couples hashtags are all the rage. Similar to when the media creates a conjoined name for celebrity couples - aka "brangelina" or "Bennifer".
Wedding hashtags allow your guests to post pics that you can later navigate to all in the same place. I also sell these custom wedding signs in my online etsy shop.
 
#4 Table Numbers 
My mom is the goddess of crafts, thus it was easy for her to come up with and create these beautiful pink and silver table numbers. She found the square mirrors and mini acrylic easels at Hobby Lobby. She's a Stampin' Up! Senior Demonstrator so the rest of the products are from the SU! catalogue.
 
*Glitter Cardstock       *Light Pink Cardstock        *Pink Ribbon
*Small Square Mirrors         *Mini Acrylic Easels
 
#5 Seating Chart
 
Again, born from my craft goddess mother, this DIY wedding banner was made with cardstock, ribbon, and double stick tape.
 
#6 Thank You Table Cards
 
 
Many couples are beginning to create thank you notes for their guests to come across at some point during the wedding. We added some color to our place settings with these pink thank you notes centered on every napkin.
 
#7 Directional Signage
 
More and more couples are opting out of the traditional wedding guest "book" and choosing some unique platform instead. We chose a wooden tray that guests could sign with permanent marker and that we later covered with a piece of glass.
The point is, having a sign as simple as "Please sign our guestbook" lets people know that whatever the signable item is, is in fact your guestbook, and also encourages them to sign. 
 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/211863947/funny-bathroom-direction-sign-wedding?ref=shop_home_active_1
This funny restroom wayfinding sign is available for purchase online here..