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HOST A GALENTINE’S DAY HAPPY HOUR

GALS0013Let’s be real, Valentine’s Day kind of gets a bad wrap. Between the overpriced flowers and prix fixe dinners, it can get a little out of control. Not to mention, there is all this hype, so the pressure is on to do something amazing & spectacular (cause you have to post about it, duh).

Well, we think that’s all a little exhausting and no one likes an evening full of expectations and over priced food, so instead, we are taking the reigns back and making this holiday fun again! Whether you are single, married, tinder-ing, or just really into cats, you have fabulous girl friends in your life that deserve celebrating, right?!

RIGHT! So, we are brushing past the weirdness that Valentine’s Day can bring, and inviting the ladies over for a little Galentine’s Day celebration! Bust out the Rosé, the cheese boards, and the friendship, because we are showing you how to throw a Galentine’s Day brunch even Leslie Knope would be proud of!
GALS0025TIP ONE: Get All of the Rosé

It wouldn’t be a proper gal party without the appropriate beverages and for this bash, we are all about the Rosé. Allegedly, some people aren’t crazy about Rosé, but I think that’s because they haven’t had the right variety. We recently discovered the Grand Reserve Rosé and cannot get enough of it! It’s perfectly pink, refreshingly crisp, and impresses everyone we serve it to. If that isn’t an impressive calling card, I don’t know what is.

Make sure to go online & order it here. Also, if I were you, I would stock up on a few extra bottles. It tends to go quickly & it’s so good, you’ll want it on hand at all times!

PRO TIP: I love stocking up on raspberries or pears and adding a few to each glass. It’s acts as a classy way to determine whose wine is whose & it’s a delicious treat at the end.

GALS0005TIP TWO: Create a Relaxed Menu

No need to stress when figuring out what to serve the gals, we’ve got just the thing! As you all know, we love a good cheese board, but it’s important to have variety when entertaining. We recommend grabbing a bunch of goodies (think berries, nuts, pretzels, charcuterie, cheese, crackers, you name it!) and putting them all in a central location. Whether it’s on a board (or two) on the coffee table, or in various bowls and dishes around the kitchen island, the food will determine where people hang out so plan accordingly.

The key to a good spread is having lots of fun options but one (fabulous) main event. We are obsessed with this honey baked Camembert because it’s just the right about of sweet (thanks to the honey) but perfectly savory (from the garlic & sea salt). It’s truly what cheese board dreams are made of & couldn’t be easier!

PRO TIP: Bookmark, print, write-down, or screen shot this honey baked Camembert recipe because it is an entertaining gem. Two minutes of prep and a 15 minute bake time and you will look like a regular old Martha Stewart 😉

GALS0028TIP THREE: Ditch the Decorations

Let’s be real, no one needs fancy decorations to have a good time. Plus, we would rather spend that money on an extra bottle of Rosé or fun cards to write silly loves notes in. Give the house a good tidy, fluff the pillows, put on a fun playlist and let your friends do the rest.

The main ingredients to a great party are the right libations, a variety of food, and a good atmosphere. It’s really that simple! If you feel like making the evening slightly more themed, grab some fun cards (or heck, make them yourself!) and write little love notes to your gal pals. Everyone loves getting mail that isn’t a bill, so give your friends a little confidence boost, a reminder why you love them, and something to totally show off on their desk at work. 

GALS0032Three tips to throwing the perfect Galentine’s Day brunch & it couldn’t be easier, right?! Remember, the best part is getting the gals together and having a great time. With great wine & best friends, it’s the perfect pairing!

We would love to see your Galentine’s Day bash! Make sure to tag @laurenkelp & @kjwines on Instagram to show off your mad entertaining skills.

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HOMEMADE PASTA SAUCE

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Babe-trons! Lauren here and I am particularly excited for what we have in store for you today! We recently had a new neighbor move in to the condo and it got me thinking – should we bring them something?! My answer is (and will always be) YES! Because moving is rough and everyone loves a good neighbor, plus giving feels good, so why not?!

Here is the tricky part, you want to make a nice gesture, but you don’t know what they like. Luckily, we’ve come up with the fool proof gift for gifting any new neighbor! What does everyone love? Fixings for a homemade meal! Specifically, fixings for a delicious spaghetti dish with homemade pasta sauce!

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INGREDIENTS:

3 lbs. tomatoes, cut into quarters
1/4 cup chopped onion
1-2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 tsp good olive oil
1 tbsp fresh basil, minced
1 tsp lemon juice

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INSTRUCTIONS:

-In a large sized sauce pot, saute onion and garlic in olive oil until translucent. Add tomatoes and bring to a boil
-Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
-Using a hand blender, puree the tomato mixture.
-Strain the tomato mixture to remove seeds and peel.
-Combine tomato puree and basil in the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until volume is reduced to half. Stir regularly to prevent sticking.
-Add lemon juice
Let cool and pour into a large mason jar. Screw on the lid tight & voila! The most delicious homemade pasta sauce you could ever imagine.

sauce_2Want to see the rest of the gorgeous welcome to the neighborhood basket we put together? Well, you have to pop over to the Kendall-Jackson blog to see the full DIY! No, but for real, it’s really cute and I might be giving them out as Christmas gifts I liked this one so much.

Take a peek and let us know what you think! Made your own? Make sure you share! Tag @laurenkelp and @kjwines to share your gift baskets with us. Who knows, we might move into the house next to you so we can receive one 😉

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This post is sponsored by Kendall-Jackson but all thoughts, opinions, and food obsessions are our own.

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ROASTED SHALLOT & POMEGRANATE FLATBREAD

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Happy Monday, babe-trons! Fall is officially here (that’s including you Texas and Arizona) and we couldn’t be happier. Bring on the plethora of hearty comfort food! If you are looking to step up your flatbread game, may we suggest this delicious roasted shallot & pomegranate option. It’s divine and perfectly hearty, but not in a “I can’t button my pants” way. See what we mean below! – xoxo, LK


Hello beautiful people! Constance here. I hope you all had the most wonderful time celebrating this weekend! And you guys–it’s November! It’s finally here. I’m ecstatic.

We’ve been on the search for the perfect fall inspired flatbread recipes, and I have to tell you–this one has my heart. I must confess, I really haven’t spent much time cooking with shallots, and do I regret it? Wholeheartedly. We’ve been using them in almost everything this past month, and I am obsessed. The combination of the roasted shallots, rosemary & pomegranate is oddly nostalgic and makes me so excited for cold weather, warm fires, and some true quality time spent around the table with those I adore.

We always love hearing about your favorite combos! Share your favorite flatbread recipes with us this week by tagging #LKmakes!

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INGREDIENTS FOR DOUGH:

-2 c. whole wheat flour

-1 pkg. or 1 tbsp. active dry yeast

-3/4 tsp. salt

-1 c. warm water

-1 tbsp. olive oil

-1 tsp. honey

 

 

INGREDIENTS FOR FLATBREAD:

-pesto

-1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

-1/3 cup pomegranate seeds

-1 medium sized shallot, sliced into small fans and roasted with fresh rosemary until slightly crisp

-fresh cracked pepper

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INSTRUCTIONS:

-Pour flour into a large mixing bowl.

-Add yeast and salt. Mix well.

-Add water, oil and honey; mix well.

-Cover with a moist cloth and place in a warm spot for 10 minutes to rise.

-Place dough on a lightly floured surface and slowly spread and press the dough into your desired thickness and shape.

-Lightly coat the dough with a thin layer of pesto.

-Top the flatbread with the crumbled goat cheese, pomegranate seeds, shallots & rosemary.

-Bake at 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

-Remove flatbread from oven, top with fresh cracked pepper and enjoy.

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ROASTED SHALLOT & POMEGRANATE FLATBREAD

ROASTED SCALLION FLATBREAD - LAUREN KELP

Happy Monday, babe-trons! Fall is officially here (that’s including you Texas and Arizona) and we couldn’t be happier. Bring on the plethora of hearty comfort food! If you are looking to step up your flatbread game, may we suggest this delicious roasted shallot & pomegranate option. It’s divine and perfectly hearty, but not in a “I can’t button my pants” way. See what we mean below! – xoxo, LK


Hello beautiful people! Constance here. I hope you all had the most wonderful time celebrating this weekend! And you guys–it’s November! It’s finally here. I’m ecstatic.

We’ve been on the search for the perfect fall inspired flatbread recipes, and I have to tell you–this one has my heart. I must confess, I really haven’t spent much time cooking with shallots, and do I regret it? Wholeheartedly. We’ve been using them in almost everything this past month, and I am obsessed. The combination of the roasted shallots, rosemary & pomegranate is oddly nostalgic and makes me so excited for cold weather, warm fires, and some true quality time spent around the table with those I adore.

We always love hearing about your favorite combos! Share your favorite flatbread recipes with us this week by tagging #LKmakes!

ROASTED SCALLION FLATBREAD - LAUREN KELPROASTED SCALLION FLATBREAD - LAUREN KELP

INGREDIENTS FOR DOUGH:

-2 c. whole wheat flour

-1 pkg. or 1 tbsp. active dry yeast

-3/4 tsp. salt

-1 c. warm water

-1 tbsp. olive oil

-1 tsp. honey

 

 

INGREDIENTS FOR FLATBREAD:

-pesto

-1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

-1/3 cup pomegranate seeds

-1 medium sized shallot, sliced into small fans and roasted with fresh rosemary until slightly crisp

-fresh cracked pepper

ROASTED SCALLION FLATBREAD - LAUREN KELP

INSTRUCTIONS:

-Pour flour into a large mixing bowl.

-Add yeast and salt. Mix well.

-Add water, oil and honey; mix well.

-Cover with a moist cloth and place in a warm spot for 10 minutes to rise.

-Place dough on a lightly floured surface and slowly spread and press the dough into your desired thickness and shape.

-Lightly coat the dough with a thin layer of pesto.

-Top the flatbread with the crumbled goat cheese, pomegranate seeds, shallots & rosemary.

-Bake at 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

-Remove flatbread from oven, top with fresh cracked pepper and enjoy.

ROASTED SCALLION FLATBREAD - LAUREN KELP


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