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'>LADY LOVE for Valentine's Day

GAL PALS! Okay, we’ve been friends for a while, so be honest with me, are you a fan of Valentine’s Day? It gets a bad rep and, since we are being honest, it wasn’t always my favorite holiday. But, over the years, she has grown on me a bit & instead of using V-Day to celebrate one person, we have started using it as an excuse to celebrate love (all the people we love, all the things we love, the freedom of love, etc.) in general.

30 second valentine's day cocktail via Lauren Kelp | Rose Lemon Spritzer

This Valentine’s Day I wanted to do something a little extra special (because, let’s face it, we need to remember all the good things right now), so I am hosting a fun get together. On my way home from a meeting, I swung by my favorite place (Marshalls, duh), and picked up the freaking cutest supplies!

From a festive arrow garland, to adorable Meri Meri love tokens, & let’s not even talk about these amazing lip cocktail napkins! Sorry Chicago, I bought the three packs they had 😀

30 second valentine's day cocktail via Lauren Kelp | Rose Lemon Spritzer

I mean, everything you see here is from Marshall’s & it was all under $50 – how can you beat that? So make things extra fun, I whipped up a batch of Lady Love cocktails for the group. You get a little bit of tartness from the grapefruit juice, a little sweetness from the simple syrup & cranberry juice, and they are fantastically customizable. Mix up a pitcher of the mixer and have a tequila or a chilled bottle of vodka on deck, so your guests can decide what they prefer.

If you are into garnishes, mint is perfect, or toss in a fun stir stick and get really crazy! Grab the recipe for the Lady Love cocktail below & let’s get this party started! xo, LK

30 second valentine's day cocktail via Lauren Kelp | Rose Lemon Spritzer

LADY LOVE
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Recipe type: Cocktail
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Serves: 2
 
The perfect way to celebrate a little love in your life
Ingredients
  • 2 oz tequila or vodka
  • 4 oz pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • Splash of cranberry juice
Instructions
  1. Fill shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add tequila (or vodka), grapefruit juice, and simple syrup
  3. Shake and strain into chilled rocks glasses filled with ice cubes.
  4. Add a splash of cranberry juice & gently stir.
  5. Sip, serve, enjoy!

30 second valentine's day cocktail via Lauren Kelp | Rose Lemon Spritzer

A VERY MERRY MINIMAL CHRISTMAS | SIMPLE HOLIDAY GIFT WRAPPING

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 IT UP!

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

DITCH THE TRAD-ISH!

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

PLAY WITH POPS OF COLOR

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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PUMPKIN SPICE CINNAMON ROLLS

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Happy Monday, babe-trons! As the weather gets colder, our food is getting cozier – not a bad trade off, right? The fabulous Food Contributor Elizabeth is here showing us how to whip up the most delicious, mouth-watering, autumnal cinnamon rolls ever. They are pumpkin spice and made with love and we cannot get enough of them! See what we mean below! – xoxo, LK


Hello, hello! Elizabeth here & I made these swirly beauties just last week and haven’t stopped thinking about them. You know that smell when your walking in an indoor mall and the whole place kind of smells like feet and sweaty kids? But then, you turn a corner and suddenly it hits you in the face… that then is that wonderfully intoxicating Cinnabon smell. The smell that you can feel through your nostrils from three stores down. The smell that just suddenly has you reaching for $5 in your wallet. I swear I think they pump it through their air vent as a marketing tool, ha! But my whole little two bedroom apartment was flooded with this smell while I had these pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls in the oven.

These were pretty easy to make but they are a little time consuming. If you plan on making them for breakfast I would give yourself an extra hour or two in the morning so the dough has proper time to rise. This is more of a lazy Sunday afternoon treat. I filled mine with a cinnamon brown sugar mixture and drizzled them with a warm vanilla bean icing. You can try mixing maple or coffee into your icing instead of milk. Whatever flavor you like best with pumpkin!

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INGREDIENTS FOR CINNAMON ROLLS

-1/4 Ounce package yeast

-1/2 Cup of warm water

-1/2 Cup of warm milk

-1/4 Cup of sugar

-1/3 Cup of butter melted

-1 Teaspoon of salt

-1 Egg

-3 – 3 1/2 Cups of flour

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INGREDIENTS FOR PUMPKIN FILLING

-1 1/2 Cup of pumpkin puree

-3/4 Cup of brown sugar

-2 Teaspoons of vanilla extract

-2 Teaspoons of cinnamon

-1 Teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

-1/3 Cup Diced Pecans optional

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INGREDIENTS FOR ICING

-1/2 Cup of warmed milk

-3 Tablespoons of butter melted

-2 Cups of powdered sugar

-1/2 Vanilla bean, scraped

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INSTRUCTIONS

1. Dissolve yeast into hot water. While yeast is dissolving combine sugar melted butter, salt and egg into a large bowl. Mix in two cups of flour and then mix in yeast + water mixture.

2. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle. The dough should be elastic but not sticky.

3. Sprinkle flour over a large surface and knead for 5-10 minutes. Place in a large well- greased bowl (I sprayed mine with pam) and cover with two clean dishtowels without touching the dough.

4. Place in an unheated oven for an hour to double in size.

5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

6. Punch down the dough and roll out into a large rectangle. Spread pumpkin filling mixture evenly over rolled out dough and sprinkle with pecans (optional). Roll the dough and cut into slices. Place into cast iron pan/casserole dishes close together. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

7. Mix together powdered sugar, vanilla bean, butter and slowly add in milk until you have reached your desired consistency.

*Adapted from Paula Deen

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