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LAZY GIRL’S FIRE ROASTED TOMATO SOUP

Lazy Girl's Fire Roasted Tomato Soup

Most of the time cheap & easy are a dangerous pair when it comes to food, but Entertaining Contributor Lindsey Brunk is out to change that. We are serving up her delicious fire roasted tomato soup that is simply delicious on a cold day & ridiculously budget friendly. Add a gourmet grilled cheese, some homemade croutons (recipe below!), or as is – either way, it’s amazing! – xoxo, LK


Happy 2016, beautiful people! Lindsey here! January is hard, am I right?! Christmas is over, it’s freaking frigid outside and we’re all trying to pretend like these resolutions will last more than a few weeks. To me, it sounds like the perfect time for some delicious, budget-friendly comfort food.

The Lazy Girl’s Fire Roasted Tomato soup came about during my college years. I wanted to surprise my husband (then boyfriend) with a delicious home-cooked meal after he’d pulled an all-nighter studying for a licensing exam. I snuck over to his house, spent hours slaving over an amazing homemade soup and it was gone in literally EIGHT minutes. If you ask me, it was amazing, but way too much work. In the years since, I’ve simplified the recipe with easy canned ingredients that take a fraction of the time and are still downright delicious! This quick and budget-friendly recipe got us through a few New York City winters and is the perfect, cozy way to kick off 2016 (especially with the addition of the fried egg and homemade croutons!). Enjoy!Lazy Girl's Fire Roasted Tomato Soup

INGREDIENTS:

1 10.5 oz. can Campbell’s tomato soup

1 14.5 oz can Fire Roasted petite diced tomatoes with garlic

1 15. oz can tomato sauce

1 tsp garlic salt

1/4 cup mozzarella cheese

1 cup homemade croutons* (see below)

Optional: fried egg

*** Serves 2

Lazy Girl's Fire Roasted Tomato Soup

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Add soup, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce to a pot

2. Sprinkle in garlic salt and bring to a simmer

3. Pro tip: While soup is heating, fry one egg for each serving of soup

4. Ladle soup into bowls and top with the fried egg and mozzarella cheese

5. Add homemade croutons or serve with garlic bread

Lazy Girl's Fire Roasted Tomato Soup

TO MAKE HOMEMADE CROUTONS:

1. Warm 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan on the stove

2. Chop a fresh baguette into crouton-size pieces

3. Add baguette pieces to pan and sprinkle with garlic sauce.

4. Toss to coat until brown

Lazy Girl's Fire Roasted Tomato Soup


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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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VANILLA POMEGRANATE CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL

Vanilla Pomegranate Christmas Cocktail

Hey there holidays babes! Lindsey here and with Christmas only THREE days away my holiday spirit is outta control. Tinsel and ornaments everywhere, waaaaaaay too many baked goods and plenty of time spent mixing up festive drinks! A delicious Vanilla Pomegranate Cocktail is just what you need to get you through the final days of shopping and wrapping (well, that and a killer holiday playlist).

This bright and cheery Christmas cocktail is made up of simple, fresh ingredients and easy to whip up for two. Expecting a big crowd for the holidays? You can multiply the recipe into a big batch punch for the whole family! Cheers!
Vanilla Pomegranate Christmas Cocktail

INGREDIENTS

– 2 oz cranberry

– 2 oz pomegranate juice

– 2 oz vanilla vodka

– Champagne or prosecco

– Fresh pomegranate seeds

*makes 2 cocktails*

Vanilla Pomegranate Christmas CocktailVanilla Pomegranate Christmas CocktailINSTRUCTIONS

1. Add a small spoonful of pomegranate seeds to each glass

2. In your cocktail shaker, combine juices and vodka

3. Shake over ice

4. Strain into coupe or cocktail glass

5. Top off with bubbly and enjoy!

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Looking for more Christmas cocktails? Try these delicious White Cranberry Mimosas on Christmas morning!


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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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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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WHITE CRANBERRY MIMOSA

White Cranberry Mimosas

Who doesn’t love a good Christmas cocktail?! You are in for a special treat because our resident cocktail wizard, Lindsey Brunk, whipped up the most delicious Cranberry Mimosa the world has ever seen. Get ready babes, because if this doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, I don’t know what will! – xoxo, LK


Hello, lovelies! Lindsey here, bringing you the first official Christmas cocktail of the season: a delicious White Cranberry Mimosa!

After all the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving weekend (two turkey dinners, mashed potatoes for days and an extra stretchy pair of pants) it’s time to unwind and spend time decorating the tree and listening to all the best Christmas tunes. What better way to top off festive relaxation than with a super simple bubbly Christmas cocktail? Cheers! 
White Cranberry Mimosas

INGREDIENTS:

– Prosecco or champagne

– White cranberry juice

– Frozen cranberries

White Cranberry Mimosas

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Add equal parts white cranberry juice and prosecco to each glass.

2. Garnish with frozen cranberries.

3. Add extra sparkle to your mimosa by serving them in these stunning coupe glasses from Anthropologie!

White Cranberry Mimosas


Photos by Jessica Gold Photography

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AN ELEGANT AT HOME FRIENDSGIVING

An Elegant at Home Friendsgiving

It’s almost that time! Maybe you are headed home for Thanksgiving, or maybe you decided to play host this year. Either way, we want to celebrate getting together with the ones you love and spending time giving thanks. This year, Entertaining Contributor, Lindsey Brunk is hosting a sweet Friendsgiving with some of their oldest friends. Take note, their table isn’t decked out in gourds and glittered DIY’ed things. It’s simple, honest, and thoughtful – just like Thanksgiving should be. xoxo-LK


One cold New York winter I stumbled upon this chicken and dumplings recipe and it’s been a winter staple in the Brunk household ever since. You know what else it’s wonderful for? Repurposing your Thanksgiving leftovers into a whole new yummy dish!
An Elegant at Home Friendsgiving An Elegant at Home Friendsgiving This year we wanted to host a little mini Friendsgiving with our friends Brittany and Jordan. We’ve known them since my Baylor days and we all lived in New York for a while before making our way back to Dallas. Everyone has busy schedules, but it’s so important to remember to make time for friends over a glass of wine and delicious meal. I feel like modern entertaining is all about carving out time for one another and keep things simple and elegant.

An Elegant at Home Friendsgiving

TURKEY & DUMPLINGS:

Cooked turkey leftovers from Thanksgiving

1 cup diced carrot

2 stalks celery, diced

1 large onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, smashed then minced

¼ cup flour

6 cups chicken stock

½ cup dry white wine or apple cider

2 teaspoons sugar

2 bay leaves

5 peppercorns

½ cup heavy cream

2 teaspoons parsley, chopped

2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped

salt/pepper to taste

FOR THE DUMPLINGS:

2 cups cake flour (or all purpose flour)

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1- 1¼ cups milk

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. In a large Dutch oven, heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil on medium high heat.

2. Add carrot, celery and onion and sauté until crisp-tender, about 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté another minute. Add flour and toss to coat. Cook another minute.

3. Pour chicken stock into pan and stir well to dissolve the flour. Add wine or apple cider, sugar, bay leaves and peppercorns.

4. Add leftover turkey (including any pieces still on the bone) and cover Dutch oven. Let cook for 15 minutes.

5. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add melted butter and 1 cup of the milk and stir well to mix. Add flour if dough is too sticky to work with, add milk if it’s too dry. It should be thick and cake-like.

6. Using a spoon, scoop out 1 ½- 2 inch dumplings and place them on a parchment-lined baking tray. Set aside.

7. Remove turkey pieces from the broth and using a fork, pull the meat off the bone. Use one more fork and shred meat into about 1- 1½-inch chunks. Add the turkey back to the pan and remove bay leaves. Bring to a simmer and add dumplings.

8. Cook, COVERED (to steam the dumplings) for 15 minutes. Do not remove lid while dumplings are steaming (this will ensure they are fluffy).

9. Stir in cream, parsley and thyme. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

An Elegant at Home Friendsgiving


Photography by Taylor Lord

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PUMPKIN SPICE WHITE RUSSIAN

Pumpkin Spice White Russian

Entertaining guru Lindsey Brunk is at it again with the most delicious Thanksgiving inspired cocktail we could ever dream of. Meet the Pumpkin Spice White Russian. It’s adorable, easy to make, and even better to drink! Serve these puppies and I can guarantee you’ll be everyone’s favorite host. – xoxo, LK


Happy almost-Thanksgiving, party people! My handsome hubby and I are fresh off a flight from Nashville and ready to hit the ground running with our holiday recipes. While I love a delicious homemade pie, sometimes I prefer to drink my dessert (can I get an Amen?!). Ditch the extra time in the kitchen and whip up this delicious Pumpkin Spice White Russian.Pumpkin Spice White Russian

INGREDIENTS: (makes 2 cocktails)

– 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

– 2 ounces heavy cream

– 4 ounces vodka

– 2 ounces Kahlua or other coffee liqueur

– Whipped cream, optional

– Graham cracker crumbs for rim

Pumpkin Spice White RussianINSTRUCTIONS:

1. Lightly rim each glass with agave or vanilla extract and dip in graham cracker crumbs

2. In a cocktail shaker, combine pumpkin pie spice, vodka, Kahlua and heavy cream over ice

3. Shake well until chilled and mixed

4. Divide into glasses and garnish with a cinnamon stick for extra holiday cheer!

Pumpkin Spice White Russian


Photography by Taylor Lord

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WHISKEY FIG SANGRIA

Whiskey Fig Sangria

Treat yourself this holiday season to the most delicious Whiskey Fig Sangria! Perfect to share or keep in your fridge for last minute guests. Either way, it’s divine! – xoxo, LK


Hello, my loves! Lindsey here to bring you yet another fabulous sangria recipe – and if I do say so myself, this one is DELISH!

I started thinking about how to incorporate fresh figs and a bold whiskey base with a few of my favorite fall flavors like apple and cinnamon. Simple, but full of depth and flavor, this recipe is perfect for enjoying with friends and family for Thanksgiving, or you can just whip up a batch for an afternoon of football with the hubs. Cheers!Whiskey Fig Sangria

INGREDIENTS:

1 bottle Malbec

1/2  cup apple juice

1/2 cup bourbon whiskey (I used Jack Daniels)

1/4 cup cognac

1/2 apple, chopped

5 figs, sliced

1 plum, sliced (look for a juicy ripe one)

1/2 pear, sliced

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 cinnamon sticks (more for optional garnish)

Whiskey Fig Sangria

DIRECTIONS:

1.Cut up all of your fruit and drop into the bottom of a glass pitcher

2.Add a cinnamon sticks and vanilla

3.Pour the whole bottle of wine, whiskey, cognac and apple juice over the fruit and gently stir to combine.

4.Cover and chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours.

5. When ready to serve, spoon out a few fruit slices into each glass and pour in sangria. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and enjoy!

Whiskey Fig Sangria


Photography by Taylor Lord