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BOOZY PEPPERMINT AFFOGATO

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

INGREDIENTS:

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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FESTIVE HOLIDAY TABLESCAPE

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

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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A MERRY MINIMAL CHRISTMAS DIY HOLIDAY DECOR

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

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

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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BOOZY PUMPKIN SPICE ICE CREAM

Hello, hello, hello! Halloween is just around the corner & whether you are having friends over or having a night in (with Halloweentown & Hocus Pocus, of course!) this boozy pumpkin spice ice cream is what dreams are made of. It’s ice cream, so it’s amazing, but it’s also boozy, so it’s extra awesome. Thankfully, Entertaining Contributor Lindsey Brunk shows us how to whip these babies up! – xoxo, LK


Happy Halloween week, friends! Lindsey here & while Fall is in full swing, Texas hasn’t exactly gotten the memo. With sunny skies and temperatures still pushing 80, pumpkin spice lattes just aren’t in the cards. But never fear! Today we’re sharing a boozy pumpkin spice ice cream recipe with just four simple ingredients.

This easy Kahlua ice cream concoction is perfect for Thanksgiving, Fall dinner parties, or sitting on the couch watching Scandal (can I get an “Amen”?!). It’s easy to prep ahead for guests or just whip up a batch to snack on at home. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

-1-quart vanilla bean ice cream

-1/3 cup pumpkin puree

-3 tbs Kahlua liqueur

-3 tbs pumpkin pie spice

-Salted caramel sauce and pecan pieces for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

1.Using the paddle attachment on a stand mixer, mix all ingredients together.

2.Pour into a freezer safe container and freeze for at least two hours, or until hard.

3.Scoop ice cream into bowls and top with salted caramel sauce and pecan piece

4.Serve, eat, repeat!


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DIY FLORAL CENTERPIECE WITH EVERLY ALAINE FLORALS

DIY Centerpiece with Everly Alaine Florals
Hello, beautiful babes! Lindsey here & we’ve got a fun way to kick off your weekend! You know when you see gorgeous floral arrangements scrolling through Pinterest and you just wish they would appear on your kitchen table, perfectly colorful and smelling like summertime? Well, today is your lucky day! The lovely Leslie from Everly Alaine Florals is teaching us how to create this simple DIY floral centerpiece with supermarket flowers!

DIY Centerpiece with Everly Alaine Florals

STEP ONE:

Pick your vase and fill with water.

DIY Centerpiece with Everly Alaine FloralsSTEP TWO:

Create a grid with clear tape across the opening of the vase. Two pieces taped horizontally and two pieces taped vertically often is enough. This will support the flowers and help keep them in place.

DIY Centerpiece with Everly Alaine Florals

STEP THREE:

Start with your greenery first. Remove any leaves on the middle and lower half of the stem so that no leaves will be in the water. Be sure to give the end a fresh trim. Only the clean stem should be in the water.

DIY Centerpiece with Everly Alaine FloralsSTEP FOUR:

Add your biggest and best blooms. Add them at an angle using the tape to hold them where you want them. They should lean gently against the tape. Be sure to give each stem a fresh trim and remove any leaves or thorns.
DIY Centerpiece with Everly Alaine Florals

DIY Centerpiece with Everly Alaine Florals

STEP FIVE:

Add your delicate, smaller blooms as accents to add color where needed. Place them at different angles and varying heights. Try them in different spots and angles to see what looks good. Be sure to trim each stem and remove any leaves or thorns, so each stem is clean and fresh. When placing flowers, try to keep the blooms from being too tightly packed together, but make sure your tape is completely covered.

DIY Centerpiece with Everly Alaine Florals

DIY Centerpiece with Everly Alaine Florals

STEP SIX:

Step back and enjoy! If you see anything that doesn’t look right, you can easily move pieces around to find the right spot. Place them wherever you like them best!
DIY Centerpiece with Everly Alaine Florals

Photographer: Taylor Lord Photography | Floral Design: Everly Alaine Florals

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MEMORIAL DAY ROOFTOP ENTERTAINING

Memorial Day Rooftop EntertainingMemorial Day means the start of summer and what better way to celebrate that with a rooftop dinner party with close friends? Set against the New York City skyline, I teamed up with chef and culinary instructor Clare Langan to create a beautiful, intimate evening with a few of our favorite people.  We focused on an easy, yet well-curated menu and simple decor.

Memorial Day Rooftop Entertaining

From Clare: Food was the focus at this styled dinner party for the couple who loves to cook together, craft homemade cocktails and entertain friends at home. An intimate rooftop gathering was just the thing to make the big city seem smaller.

As a chef and food stylist, I believe food should look as good as it tastes. The inspiration for the evening was the lush fruits of summer: deep, rich blackberries, juicy peaches, nectarines and apricots. Vintage peach and blackberry stamps greeted guests on our kraft and cream calligraphy paper goods. The sweetness carried over into the floral design, with branches of young blueberries, blush hyacinths, hydrangea and other super market finds.

A mix of vintage and modern pieces allowed each dish to shine. We loved the antique ‘berry bowls’ from Little Vintage Rentals. Each guest was gifted a bottle of Lemon Simple Syrup, delicious in cocktails or iced tea, to enjoy all summer long.

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Photographer: Becka Pillmore | Recipes & Food Styling: Clare Langan | Creative Direction & Floral Design: Lindsey Brunk | Production Assistant: Casey Evans | Calligraphy: Laurel Writes | Vintage tableware: Little Vintage Rentals lindseybrunk

RASPBERRY ROSÉ COCKTAIL

Raspberry Rose Cocktail

Happy Thursday, y’all! Who’s thirsty?! This yummy rosé cocktail is three of my favorite things: easy, delicious and pretty to boot! Perfect for brunching with the girls or serving at a bridal shower, this simple cocktail has just three ingredients and can be made individually or by the pitcher for large groups. Cheers!

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INGREDIENTS

– 1 cup cranberry juice

– 1 bottle sparkling rosé wine or champagne

– 1 carton fresh raspberries

Colorful Lunch Cocktails

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Fill chilled champagne flutes or other tall, narrow glasses with sparkling rose wine.

2. Pour 2 tablespoons cranberry juice into each glass.

3. Garnish with fresh raspberries. Makes 8 servings.

4. ENJOY!


Photography: Kristen Kilpatrick | Styling & Design: Lindsey Brunk

Glassware: Crate & Barrel lindseybrunk

ZESTY ORANGE AND MINT WATERMELON SALAD

Zesty Orange & Mint Watermelon Salad

Happy Monday, y’all! We’re kicking off the week with another delicious recipe from our Colorful Bridal Luncheon. This zesty orange and mint watermelon salad is full of bold flavors and gorgeous color, perfect for a summer party or trip to the lake. The flavors of the fruit are totally kicked up a notch thanks to the mint, and when the balsamic is added, pure bliss! Nothing we’ve ever made has tasted this much like summer and we can’t wait for y’all to try it!

Don’t forget to tag #LKMakes on Instagram & Twitter to show us how you nailed this recipe!

Zesty Orange & Mint Watermelon SaladINGREDIENTS:

– 1/4 of a small (6-pound) seedless watermelon, rind removed, flesh cut into cubes

– 1 large orange, peel and pith removed, flesh cut into cubes

– 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced

– 2 ounces feta cheese, thinly sliced (optional)

– 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

– 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

– Light drizzle with orange infused balsamic vinegar

– Coarse salt and ground pepper

Zesty Orange & Mint Watermelon SaladINSTRUCTIONS:

1. Cut your fruit and orange slices into a square formation. This shape looks extra nice for presentation and is easy to pick up with a  toothpick!

2. On a serving platter, arrange watermelon, orange, red onion, feta cheese, and parsley.

3. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

4. Serve, have your guests be impressed, and enjoy!

 


Photography: Kristen Kilpatrick | Styling & Design: Lindsey Brunk
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PRICKLY PEAR TEQUILA FLOATS

Prickly Pear Grapefruit Float

A delicious cocktail recipe is always the best way to kick off the weekend, but we just might be outdoing ourselves with these Prickly Pear Tequila Floats!

Perfect for warm summer afternoons, the sorbet has the added bonus of keeping your cocktail chilled. No simple syrups, no exotic ingredients you’ll have to hunt down at a specialty store, and ready to sip in under 5 minutes. TGIF!

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INGREDIENTS

– 1 bottle Prickly Pear Italian Soda from Central Market
– 1 pint grapefruit sorbet
– 1 1/2 tablespoons tequila

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INSTRUCTIONS

Optional Prep-Ahead: Scoop and freeze small balls of grapefruit sorbet on a cookie sheet in the freezer 1″ cookie scoop or melon baller.

1. Place a small scoop of grapefruit sorbet into the bottom of each chilled glass.

2. Add a splash of tequila, then top with Prickly Pear Italian Soda. Keep things virgin by ditching the tequila, or make into big batch cocktails by combining all the ingredients into a blender before serving.

3. Garnish with grapefruit slices or a pretty paper straw if you’re feeling extra festive.

4. Enjoy!


Photography: Kristen Kilpatrick | Styling & Design: Lindsey Brunk

Glassware: Crate & Barrel | Colorful Serving Platters: CB2

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