Boozy Peppermint Affogato

Merry Christmas, holiday babes! Lindsey here and we are whipping up a treat today! In the need of a last minute dessert that’s quick, easy and boozy?? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! A few years ago for my birthday, my husband gave me a Cuisinart ice cream maker and it literally changed my life. I jazzed up their traditional peppermint ice cream with a touch of booze and topped it off with espresso for the perfect after-Christmas-dinner-dessert. Enjoy!

Boozy Peppermint Affogato


1 cup of whole milk

3/4 cup of granulated sugar

pinch of salt

2 cups of heavy cream

1/2 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract

1 tablespoon of peppermint extract

4 tablespoons of peppermint Schnaaps


2 drops red food coloring

Fresh espresso

Candy cane candies for garnish

** Makes 6 cups of ice creamBoozy Peppermint AffogatoINSTRUCTIONS:

1. A few hours prior to before serving, make the ice cream: In a medium bowl, whisk together whole milk and sugar until sugar dissolves.

2. Whisk in heavy cream

3. Add pinch of salt, vanilla, Peppermint Schnaaps and peppermint extract

4. Turn on the Cuisinart ice cream maker; pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes. Five minutes before mixing is completed, add the food coloring through the top and let mix in completely. The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours.

5. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving

6. Scoop into serving bowls or glasses and top with crushed candy canes

7. Pour in one shot of fresh espresso and garnish with a candy cane

Boozy Peppermint Affogato

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XMAS0004Hello merrymakers! Constance here! If you’re anything like me, you’re in full scramble mode. It’s Monday and that means you have less than one week until THE day of gifting. No matter how hard I try and how much I plan, I’m always working, shopping, cooking up until the last minute. Wasn’t it Steve Jobs that said the best work is done under pressure? No? Well….someone did, and I’m sticking to that nugget of wisdom!
And friends, if you’re in the same boat, this recipe is clutch. Total prep time? About 10 minutes. Total time? About 8 hours. BUT 7.5 hours of that is spent in your refrigerator which means this little recipe is foolproof! And better news? It’s truly so, so good. And it just to happens to be red, white, and green!


-18 oz. good white chocolate
-2 tablespoons almond extract
-1 cup chopped unsalted pistachios
-1 cup chopped dried cranberries


-Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
-In a medium sized saucepan, heat chocolate on low until melted. Stir often.
-Once melted, add almond extract and whisk until smooth.
-Remove from heat and add all but 1/2 cup of pistachios and 1/2 cup of cranberries.
-Pour chocolate mixture into prepared pans.
-Sprinkle the remaining pistachios and cranberries evenly on both prepared pans.
-Refrigerate bark for at least one hour (preferably overnight) until firm.
-Remover from refrigerator, cut into squares, and serve.


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Festive Holiday Tablescape

Merry Christmas week, merrymakers! How is everyone doing? Are you all set and ready for the festivities? Well for those of you that are – Congrats! For those of you that aren’t (that’s me!) we’ve got the most delicious tablescape to inspire your holiday table. Ditch the snow globes and the knick knacks, this table is all about rich tones and scrumptious textures. Check it out & see what you think! – xoxo, LK

Hello lovelies!  Lindsey here showing you my most favorite part about the holidays – tablescapes!With Christmas week in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about the perfect Christmas table. I had so much fun partnering with Jessica Gold Photography to create this festive holiday tablescape in hues of marsala, cherry red and evergreen. When discussing our vision, we wanting to bring to life modern holiday elegance in a unique and fresh color palette.

Festive Holiday TablescapeFestive Holiday TablescapeOh Deery created stunning centerpieces using textures of fresh greenery and bold blooms while simple white plates were accented with a fresh sprig of rosemary. We completed the place settings by wrapping velvet ribbon around the chargers and adding gold rimmed glassware. The final touches were bold red scroll place cards by Letter Love Studio and modern gold flatware (Target! Who knew?).

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lindsey buttonPhotography: Jessica Gold Photography |Design & Styling: Lindsey Brunk | Floral Design: Oh Deery Floral | Calligraphy & Paper Goods: Letter Love Studio |Venue: Empire Room


Simple Holiday Gift WrappingTis’ the season when things start to get a little bit manic – am I right? You’ve opened up your calendar to see that Christmas is literally right around the corner and you haven’t even started your holiday shopping. This year, we are switching things up by encouraging thoughtful gifts instead of tons of presents, and we are applying that same logic to the way we wrap! Check out this years round up of minimal, yet elegant, holiday gift wrapping ideas! – xoxo, LK

Hello, hello – Lindsey here! Merry Christmas, friends! With the holidays creeping up on us, things can easily get overwhelming, but gift wrapping can be easy as pie. Fresh greenery on stark black wrapping paper can make a bold statement while kraft paper and red twine is an easy classic. For a touch of minimal glamour try gold washi tape! Today, we’re sharing easy and minimal gift wrapping ideas with fresh greens and holiday cheer. Enjoy!

Simple Holiday Gift Wrapping


Spruce up your wrapping this year by adding a little greenery to the mix. Snip some stems off of your tree or grab something from the garden to use in lieu of a bow. These are perfect for presents that you are just about to give or for those of you that like to display them under your tree as the holidays approach.

For a little touch of glam, swap out the twine for some metallic washi tape and just like that it’s mid-century and chic.

Simple Holiday Gift Wrapping


Swap out that traditional wrapping paper and try wrapping your presents in kraft paper this year. Go with the classic kraft brown, or get super fancy and opt for a colored option – either way, it’s chic! I love wrapping my gifts in kraft paper because it really lets the ribbon (or greenery) take center stage, plus it’s fun to decorate the paper using markers or stamps.

It gives the package that extra special personal touch or keeps things minimal and classic. However you swing it, buy kraft paper in bulk versus a million rolls of wrapping paper is absolutely the more economical way to go!

Simple Holiday Gift Wrapping


There are few things more satisfying than opening a really beautiful present on Christmas morning – so have some fun! We’ve been all about the color red this year in our holiday decorations and it’s made it’s way into our presents wrappings as well.

Add a candy cane or a fun little dollar store trinket to your ribbons for a playful touch. Go crazy and play with twine, velvet ribbon, and other little odds and ends you have around the house!

Simple Holiday Gift Wrapping

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DIY Holiday Decor

Merry Christmas, Holiday babes! Get ready for a super simple and unique holiday DIY, perfect for last minute parties or adding fresh greenery to your home.

These minimal Christmas branch hangings came to be because my husband left me alone on a Sunday afternoon for about 20 minutes. Seriously, 20 minutes. I had purchased a bouquet of fresh greenery at the grocery store and started playing around with arranging them in a few different vases. I used items I had on hand and after hanging them above our couch, I added these Geometric Hanging Prisms. Voilà!

Tip: I was originally hoping to hang these from existing picture nails. However, we’ve rearranged our furniture a bit to make room for our Christmas tree, so the spacing didn’t quite work. T pins were the perfect solution because they barely leave a mark!

DIY Holiday Decor


1. Fresh greenery – I picked mine up at Kroger for about $5!

2. Floral sheers

3. Floral wire

4. Twine

5. T pins

6. Optional: Geometric Hanging Prisms or other ornaments

DIY Holiday DecorDIY Holiday DecorINSTRUCTIONS:

1. Choose two sturdy pieces of greenery to serve as your base. Trim the excess branches on the greenery about halfway from the bottom

2. Position the two branches in opposite directions, then wrap tightly with the floral wire

3. Add a second or third texture of greenery to each end for variation, again attaching with the floral wire

4. Tie desired length of twine to each end and double knot

5. Hang on wall using the T pins

6. Optional: add an ornament or hanging prism from the T pin for an extra touch!

DIY Holiday Decor

Photos by Jessica Gold Photography

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Newlywed Christmas Inspiration from Cottage Hill MagazineMerry Christmas Eve and congratulations to all of the new brides-to-be this holiday season! Your first Christmas married (or engaged!) is a special time of year to share with the ones you love. It was so much fun to be a part of this heartfelt Newlywed Christmas editorial for Cottage Hill Magazine with Sarah Carpenter Photography. Full of sweet details like cozy sweaters, sugar dusted pancakes and a delicious apple cinnamon bellini recipe, it’s the perfect Christmas morning inspiration to share with your new hubby!
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lindseybrunkPhotography: Sarah Carpenter Photography // Styling and Florals: Lindsey Brunk Event Planning & Design // Paper Goods & Mugs: Taylor Beam of Magnolia Tree Paperie // Florals: Pearls and Poppies // Hair and Makeup: Erin Blair // Venue: Hickory Street Annex // New Wife’s sweater: Banana Republic // Jewelry: Jcrew // New Groom’s attire:  Jcrew // Plates and Napkins: West Elm // Flatware: Anthropologie // Champagne Flutes: Crate and Barrel // Emerald Glasses and Candlesticks: Vintage


Because December is one of the happiest month’s of the year, we decided it was the perfect month to kick off something fun – the Editor’s Challenge! Each month all of the editors of will come together to showcase their favorite something & this month it’s Christmas cocktails! What would the holiday season be without a round-up of festively fabulous cocktails and we’ve got the ultimate list! Whether it’s naughty or nice is up to you…

So scroll down, check out each editor’s cocktail, and VOTE ON YOUR FAVORITE! The winning editor & one of you lovely readers will win a little Secret Santa gift from us, because it’s fun & everyone likes presents. Don’t forget to leave a comment below with your favorite!



LAUREN’s drink, a spin on the classic Gin & Tonic (of course) might just be the real reason Rudolph’s nose is red.  Her favorite Christmas Cocktail, Santa’s Little Helper, will leave you & your guests feeling Merry & Bright! See the full recipe after the jump



STANCY’S recommends the Sleigh Ride as the perfect Christmas Cocktail. It’s got a little champagne, a little brandy, and a little citrus to give it some flair. Nothing says Christmas better than champagne! See the full recipe after the jump.



For those of you with a sweet tooth, LINDSEY has just the thing – The Snickerdoodle! This is just as good as it sounds, if not better! What would Christmas be without a little something sweet and this cocktail is just the thing. See the full recipe after the jump. 



Add a little Texas to your holiday with CANDICE’s favorite Christmas cocktail, the Merry Mezcaltini. Start with some Mezcal, add a little Cointreau, throw in some festive rosemary and a sprinkle of pomegranates and you’ve got yourself a little mistletoe magic. It might look adorable, but this bad boy might just have you on the Naughty List. See the full recipe after the jump. 



For those of you who might be expecting, don’t drink, or just want to take it easy this holiday season, this is the drink for you! BREANN introduces us to the mocktail of the season, the Mocktail Mule. Plus anything in a copper cup is automatically fabulous. See the full recipe after the jump.



You know I’ve never met a Gin drink I didn’t like & what could make it better than putting a little holiday twist on a classic! Let me introduce you to my favorite Christmas cocktail – Santa’s Little Helper! Make your Gin & Tonic merry & bright by adding a few cranberries, fresh rosemary, and just a hint of vanilla extract. I promise this will have Santa’s Little Helper full of cheer!


3/4 cup fresh cranberries

1/4 cup white granulated sugar

1/2 cup water

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Fresh Rosemary

Gin of choice (I used Hendricks)

Tonic of choice (I used Fever Tree)


1. In a small saucepan, mix together the cranberries, sugar, water, and vanilla extract. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, pressing the cranberries with the back of your spoon until they pop (beware–they’ll splatter!). Add the fresh rosemary and smash with the back of your spoon–this will release its aromatics.

2. To assemble the cocktail, add about 1 fluid ounces of syrup to each glass. Top with a few cubes of ice, 2 fluid ounces of gin and then top with tonic. Mix and garnish with fresh sprigs of rosemary.




Hello! Breann here sharing my favorite Christmas mocktail recipe – the Mocktail Mule! This is perfect for those of us who don’t drink, are expecting, or want to take it easy this holiday season. I love this recipe because it still has that fantastic holiday taste & anything in a copper mug is automatically fabulous. Let me know what you think!


  • Apple Cider
  • Non-alcoholic Ginger Beer
  • Lime
  • Apple
  • Cinnamon



  • Combine one part apple cider to two parts (non-alcoholic) Ginger Beer
  • Squeeze in the juice of 1/2 lime, add a dash of cinnamon, and an apple slice for garnish!

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lipstickIt’s the most wonderful time of the year when we get to share gifts with our loved ones and friends. We love to see the smile on their faces as they open presents on Christmas morning. If you’re like me, that one smile is all the gratification we need for the endless hours of stressing, agonizing, and usually procrastinating what the crap to get them. This especially rings true for the ladies in our lives. Today I’m sharing a list of some great holiday beauty gifts. They’re perfect for stocking stuffers, or complimenting a different gift from her wish list.

My first recommendation on our Beauty Holiday Gift Guide is from the photo above of the best red holiday lipstick of all time. It’s the perfect “red” and compliments any skin tone. It can be found at Sephora, here.


My second recommendation on this list, is a bottle of perfume. It’s not only thoughtful, but a really nice gift for any lady in your life. My absolute favorite is Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel, which can be found here. It’s a really elegant fragrance, sure to wow anyone sitting by the Christmas tree!


1. Flowerbomb by Victor & Rolf Rollerball

2. Two Faced Kabuki Brush 

3. Marc Jacobs Nail Laquer 

4. GlamGlow Super Mud 

5. Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Pallette

These five products are on my personal wish list, I’m hoping to find one or two in my stocking this year.


Lastly, is my favorite Winter nail lacquer, OPI in Black Cherry Chutney. It’s dark with just the right amount of sparkle, and can be found here.

Plan on buying any of these beauty finds for a loved one this holiday season, or perhaps just for yourself? Tag your finds on Instagram/ Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty.

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