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GROCERY STORE FLORAL ARRANGEMENT transform your $5 florals into an arrangement

IMG_6651You know when you are in the grocery store & you pass the floral department and you think, “you know what, I think I am going to get some flowers for my house! That is the best idea.” So you pick up some flowers, head home, pop them in a vase, and it’s totally lackluster. Flowers are great no matter what, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes you want an arrangement not just flowers. You know?

Well, feel lackluster no more, friends! We put together a nifty little guide on how to turn your grocery store florals into a fabulous arrangement. Here’s how…

MATERIALS:

– Shallow dish

– Scotch tape

– Ranunculus

– Foliage

– Acacia

– Scissors

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Grab that shallow dish (think shallow cereal bowl or dish for dip) and your scotch tape and start to make a crosshatch pattern. Start by putting a piece of tape across the middle top to bottom, then side to side. Now cut those sections in half (both top to bottom & side to side) and work from there.

TIP: I like to leave a pinky finger width in between each strip, but if your dish is bigger, it’s okay to leave a ring finger size gap. Fill with an inch or so (depending on your bowl) of water

2. Here is the fun part! I grabbed ranunculus because they were the most wonderful shade of orange, but you can grab any smaller blooming flower you like. Cut the stems off the ranunculus so that they sit just about the lip of the dish & slip into the right-hand squares moving in. Repeat until you’ve almost reached the left side of the arrangement

3. Now it’s time for your greens! Slip some foliage & a few fun sprigs (we used Acacia) to create some asymmetry. Balance out the arrangement by tucking in a few smaller foliage leaves and sprigs on the right side (see image below).

4. Voila! You’ve mastered your very own $5 arrangement. Looks like a million bucks, doesn’t it?

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HIS & HERS VALENTINE’S COCKTAILS

IMG_1932There are always a lot of His & Her’s round ups, gift guides, and the like around Valentine’s Day, and while those never really grab my attention, this pairing is something I can absolutely get behind – His & Her’s Valentine’s Day cocktails!

Something sweet and romantic for the lady & something a bit more bold for the mister. It’s a match made in heaven! So before your VDay plans are complete, make sure you add these lovely libations to the list. Can’t wait to see what you think. xoxo, LK

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INGREDIENTS:

1 cup fresh squeeze grapefruit juice (trust me, it’s better fresh!)

1 cup sparkling water

4 tablespoons vodka

3 tablespoons St. Germain

Honey or a natural sweetener

Ice

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Add a handful of ice to your cocktail shaker & add in ingredients (wait until you’ve tried your cocktail until adding in the honey or sweetener).

2. Shake until shaker is cold & pour into a fabulous glass!

3. Garnish with a thin slice of grapefruit or another citrus (we used a blood orange from the recipe below!)

4. Serve, sip, repeat!

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INGREDIENTS:

1 ½ ounces dry gin (we love Farmer’s!)
3 ounces blood orange juice (save the peel)
1 tablespoon thyme simple syrup
4 ounces tonic water
Thyme (for garnish)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. For simple syrup, bring sugar and water to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and add thyme sprigs, stir in gently. Allow to cool for 20-25 minutes and remove sprigs before serving.

2. In a low glass, fill it with a few cubes of ice, gin, blood orange juice, and thyme syrup. Top off with tonic & stir gingerly.

2. Cut off a peel from one of your used blood oranges, twist, and add in for garnish. Top cocktail off with a sprig of thyme & serve, sip, repeat!

IMG_1930So what do you say, lovebirds? Are these going to make it on your Valentine’s Day menu?! Since whipping these puppies up, I have to admit, they have been on repeat in our house. The are just so delicious! Anything with blood oranges has me weak at the knees already, but the two as a pair are out of this world.

Can’t wait to hear about your weekend & if you mix these up, let me know! 
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THROW A HOLIDAY COCKTAIL PARTY

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Hello, hello my fabulous holiday babes! How are you all surviving the holiday season? I don’t know what the weather is like where you live, but here in Chicago it is unseasonably warm. Now, it just doesn’t truly feel like Christmas without snow on the ground, so we decided to get into the holiday spirit in the only way we know how – throw a party!

If you are an LK regular, you know we love a good party but don’t have much time for all the hype and stress that usually comes along with hosting a get-together. That is why we decided to host a last minute holiday cocktail party with some of our closest friends. Think mimosas & cheese boards for days! All the fun without any of the stress, what could be better?
IMG_7521jville_2Thanks to our friends at Johnsonville, our cheese board was a massive hit & took less than 5 minutes to put together! Want to know the secrets for putting together the perfect board with equal parts sweet, savory, and delicious? Well, keep scrolling my friends because we are sharing the dirty little secret to mastering everyone’s favorite appetizer below!
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INGREDIENTS:

– Your favorite cheese board

– Several varieties of cheese – we recommend getting several as you never know what could be a hit (brie, gouda, goat, and asiago tend to be our favorites)

– Fruit (think grapes, pears, figs, berries)

– Crackers (grab a variety!)

Johnsonville summer sausage

– Spreads (jams, jellies, marmalades, etc.)

– Nuts (party mixes are great, just make sure it’s got some flavor)

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Okay friends, grab that fabulous board and let’s get started! If you don’t have a traditional cheese board, feel free to use a cutting board or a piece of slate – whatever you have that is flat serving piece is perfect!

I think the perfect board is equally weighed on both sides. Meaning, both ends of the board have similar components. That way your guests aren’t reaching all over the board to build themselves the perfect snack.

Start off by putting your olives, nuts, fruit, and other side goodies on the outskirts of the board – rembering to have both sides be equal. Next, add in the cheese! I like to get five blocks – two for each side & one for the middle. From there, add in crackers and thinly sliced sausage. I love using Johnsonville’s summer sausage because the flavor is already there! Just slice, serve, and sit back while your guests think you are a total pro!

From there, add in the jams, jellies, and other spreads you may have. Put these jars throughout the board as you never know what flavor pairings people may come up with! Encourage your guests to get creative and try something new. Some of our favorite flavor combos have started from a cheese board.

Once it’s all built, grab the appropriate utensils (butter knife, cheese knives, etc.) and place them near or on the board. Now your guests have everything they need to dive right in!

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And there you have it my friends, the perfect, fool-proof recipe for hosting the ideal holiday cocktail party. No muss, no fuss, and freakishly little clean up! What could be better?! We can’t wait to see your holiday inspired get-togethers, so make sure you tag us in them! 
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COOKIE DOUGH MILKSHAKE

4806For all our gluten free, vegan, soy free, lactose intolerant, nut free, and sugar free readers, THIS POST IS FOR YOU! We are always trying to cut back on the junk and increase the good things we put into our bodies here at LaurenKelp.com and thanks to Wink Frozen Desserts that just got a whole lot easier.

It’s hard to find something truly delicious that satisfies that sweet tooth and doesn’t break the dietary restriction – am I right? Well, we are whipping up this crazy good cookie dough milkshake that is 100% guilt free. Like, zero guilt. Swap the milk for whatever you can drink (rice, almond, coconut, you get the picture) and use your favorite cookie recipe for the toppings, and Wink does the rest! See the full recipe below & make sure you tell us what you think!

IMG_4838 copyINGREDIENTS:

1. Iced Latte flavored Wink Frozen Desserts

2. Milk

3. Freshly baked cookies!

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Scoop several spoonfuls of Wink Frozen Dessert into blender

2. Add one cup of milk

3. Blend until smooth and thick (add more Wink if necessary)

4. Pour your yummy milkshake into a tall glass

5. Crumble freshly baked cookies on top & stir to mix in

6. Serve, sip, repeat!

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PEAR & ROSEMARY CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL

IMG_6016You guys, I am so excited for this. There is a special place in my heart for a prize-winner cocktail that takes you less than 30 seconds to make. In fact, anything that tastes delicious, semi-nutritious, and can be made in a short amount of time has my heart completely.

We are about to change the way you serve champagne cocktails today and I will send y’all my address so you can write me and thank me later. Just kidding, but these will change your life. Meet our latest (and maybe greatest) champagne cocktail combo – Pear & Rosemary. It’s delicious, beyond easy, and packs a punch in terms of aesthetic value.

Ooh, yea. It’s amazing.

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INGREDIENTS:

– One pear per person

– Rosemary

Onli sparkling water

– Champagne

– Ice cubes

– Festive glasses

IMG_6091DIRECTIONS:

1. Slice the pear from top to bottom on either side of the stem. This will allow the pear to sit nicely in the glass.

2. Place a few ice cubes and a slice of pear in each glass

3. Fill two-thirds with champagne

4. Top off with Onli sparkling water (our favorite is their Apple & Pear)

5. Serve, sip, repeat!

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FESTIVE ICE CREAM SANDWICH

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Hello party people! We are getting a little festive this morning! I don’t know why, but I always crave ice cream the second it starts to get cold outside. So, with all of the holiday baking, cookie party exchanges, and friendly gift giving, we thought we would shake up the traditional cookie recipe and make them extra fun by adding ice cream!

Today we are going to show you how to make the most delicious ice cream sandwiches in under 30 seconds. No muss, no fuss, just adorable fun. Do you have any favorites? Share below, we would love to hear!
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INGREDIENTS:

-Your favorite chocolate chip cookie ingredients

Halo Top ice cream

-Sprinkles!

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1.Bake your favorite chocolate chip cookies. Because ice cream sandwiches tend to be a spur of the moment decision for me, I like to keep a package of break and bake cookies on hand in my freezer for such an occasion

2. Let cookies cool for up to ten minutes

3. Place cookies in refrigerator to harden up just a bit

4. After about five(ish) minutes, pull the cookies out and flip over half of them

5. Take an ice cream scoop (or big spoon) and scoop out your Halo Top ice cream on to the flat side of the cookie

6. Make sure to push the ice cream (gently, you don’t want the cookie to break) all the way to the edges

7. Once you’ve got enough ice cream, stack another cookie on top to complete your sandwich

8. Pour out your sprinkles into a shallow dish, dip your sandwich in and roll around until the ice cream is covered.

9. Scoop, sprinkle, repeat!

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ITALIAN DINNER FOR TWO WITH BERTOLLI

IMG_5890 As you guys might have guessed by now, we are all about sharing a meal together. Whether it is breakfast or dinner, we want to encourage everyone to sit down, unplug, and share a meal with a loved one or a new friend once a day. While that is an achievable goal, the whole making the meal bit can be tricky.

We get it! Time is so precious and we never seem to have enough of it. Most days it’s dinner-time and I look in the fridge for something to make only to realize we have two tomatoes, some ice cream, and a bunch of half eaten condiments. The struggle is real, y’all. Thankfully, our friends at Bertolli have come to our rescue and have made the most ingenious little dinners for two. IMG_5755One of the things I love about Bertolli is their mission – they want you to have a “mangia moment” every time you eat. Just like us, they want you to turn a boring meal into something delicious and inspiring, like dining like an Italian.

Swap out the frozen pizza for a delicious skillet meal for two and watch what happens. Not only does your body feel better, but you’ve just transformed a typically hurried time into something delicious and enjoyable!
bertolli2So, it’s time to eat like an Italian! Stop by your local grocery story and check out the Bertolli Meals for Two and have at it! We created our #mangiamoment by carving out an extra five minutes to have a date night at home. I threw a tablecloth on our dining room table, set it using our favorite glasses, and withing 10 minutes we had a delicious meal from skillet to plate. We got to catch up, drink wine, unplug, and have a moment with each other – it was fantastic!

To help get your Italian juice flowing, we are doing something really fun and helping giveaway a trip to Napa Valley! Scroll down to see how to enter & start planning more dinners at home!

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Share your mangia moment and how you dine like an Italian!

Contest/Sweepstakes: Enter by sharing how you “Dine like an Italian” by sharing your #MangiaMoment on your social accounts (via photo) on Instagram or Twitter using hashtag #MangiaMoment and #Sweepstakes.

1. Set the table (and the mood, of course!) with your favorite Bertolli meal

2. Snap a photo of your #mangiamoment during dinner

3. Share your photo to Instagram or Twitter for the chance to win A TRIP TO NAPA VALLEY!

4. Side note: You MUST include a photo and the hashtags #mangiamoment and #sweepstakes to win. See all the contest details.

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