April 24, 2017

DIY Pretzel Bar

We love pretzels of every shape and size, with every type of type, eaten on any day of the year. What better day to eat all out favorite pretzels than on National Pretzel Day?! We set up our own pretzel bar just for the occasion, and it’s super easy for you to do too.

Step 1: Set up your bar with the following ingredients:
-Your favorite type of pretzels. We chose soft baked, rods, and mini sticks.
-Hummus, cheese dip (we used this recipe), chocolate chips
-Add-ons, like veggies for the hummus, or sprinkles for the chocolate

Step 2: Start dipping! We dipped our chocolate pretzel rods first, so the chocolate had time to harden.

Step 3: Try every kind of pretzel. Because they’re all wonderful!

Happy National Pretzel Day!

xx, Maggie
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April 18, 2017

Derby Day Mint Julep Raspberry Iced Tea

We love ourselves a good Kentucky Derby Party! Flowers, horses, big hats, booze… yes please!

When our friends at Four Roses Bourbon sent us a few bottles of their Bourbon Whiskey to try, I decided to play around and come up with a Derby Day cocktail that was a bit more non-traditional… the Mint Julep Raspberry Iced Tea!

Here’s what you need:

-Four Roses Bourbon Whiskey
-freshly brewed raspberry iced tea (you can make your own or buy at the store)
-simple syrup
-fresh raspberries
-fresh lemons
-fresh mint
-ice

Here’s what to do:
1) In a pitcher, combine 5 oz. bourbon, 2 oz. simple syrup.  Take some fresh mint sprigs and rip into pitcher to release flavor.  Stir to combine all ingredients, and top with lemon slices.
2) Fill each cocktail glass about halfway with ice.  Pour pitcher mixture on top of ice to fill each glass.
3) Garnish with lemon slice, fresh raspberry and sprig of mint.
4) Add a straw for sipping, and enjoy!

I styled these beauties on our favorite gold bar cart, which we decorated with these adorable DIY Derby Balloons, which Maggie will be teaching you how to make on the blog tomorrow!

Happy Derby Day! I hope you enjoy.

Until next week…

Photos by Maggie Antalek

xx, Abby
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April 13, 2017

How to Host a Dinner Party

I’m sure it comes as no surprise when I tell you that I host a lot of dinner parties. I truly love nothing more than having friends and/or family over for a meal, wine and good company.

Since we host so much around here we thought we should start a “How to Host” series that we could share with you all. We filmed our first series here to show you How to Host a dinner party and we’re pretty jazzed about how it turned out. We will put together a series of these videos to show you how to host the simplest of parties to holiday dinners, birthdays and more. We want to know what you think so please share your feedback with us and if there is anything in particular that you’d like to see…please let us know.

For the How to Host a dinner party series, we went through the process of planning, setting and styling the party.

With a trip to our local farmer’s market we came were inspired by all the greenery and decided on an “Earth Day” theme for this dinner party. We found air plants on Amazon which created an unexpected element to our decor and fresh herbs that we planted into pots for everyone’s place card.

You can find the DIY for our plant place cards included a recipe PDF for each on our blog here. They were so simple to makes for a beautiful little gift for your guests to take home at the end of the night.

Without further ado, we present the first of our “How to Host” series. We hope you enjoy!

Special thanks to the gals behind the lens on this one…
Video footage and Photos by Abby Copleston
Video editing by Maggie Antalek

xx, Seri
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April 12, 2017

Chef Lukes goes Pacman for National Grilled Cheese Day

You know that saying “it’s so easy a kid could do it”? Well…that’s how we feel about grilled cheese. Seriously, it’s so easy, our own little Chef Luke made it!

Since it’s National Grilled Cheese day today we thought of a fun way to celebrate with our little guy.

Chef Luke whipped up a few grilled cheeses (all by himself!) slapping two pieces of bread together with his favorite slices of cheese inside (cheddar and muenster) and then grilled it up in a hot skillet filled with butter.

Now since Chef Luke loves to play with his food…we let him do just that. We found Pacman cookie cutters for him to cut the grilled cheeses out into Pacman shapes. With all the cut shapes, he built a game board on one of our black trays with grape tomatoes and cherries.  HOW CUTE IS THIS?!!

Watch Chef Luke in action here…

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day, friends!

Video by Maggie Antalek
Photos by Abby Copleston

xx, Seri
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April 11, 2017

Green Tea Sangria

Earth Day is coming up (April 22nd to be exact) and we are taking every opportunity to get in the spirit here at LMP, since we need to be kind to our Earth, now more than ever!

This week, I’m combining two of my favorite beverages – white wine and green tea… to make Green Tea Sangria!

Here’s what you need:
-1 bottle white wine (we used our favorite, Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc)
-4 green tea bags
-4 cups hot water
-fresh mint
-fresh lemon
-honey

Here’s what to do:
1) Bring your 4 cups of water to a boil.  Transfer hot water to a pitcher and steep 4 tea bags for about 10 minutes, or to your desired strength.
2) Remove tea bags, and add 1 tbsp of honey to pitcher of hot tea.  Stir gently to mix.  Put pitcher in fridge to cool for about 1 hour.


3) Once cooled, remove pitcher of tea.  In each cocktail glass, fill about 1/3 of the way with white wine.


4) On top of the white wine, fill each glass the rest of the way with chilled tea.  Garnish with lemon slice and fresh mint.

Voila! Super easy, light and delicious.  Think about enjoying this on your front porch on a springy day. Feeling relaxed? So are we!

Until next time…

xx, Abby
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