Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Mom's Sweet Potato Apple Casserole

As with most situations in life, I turned to my mom to fix a problem. The problem was that I had a Tasty Tuesday post coming up for something fall-related and had no time to cook or come up with anything because I a) procrastinated b) was busy with multiple piddly projects that took up all my time over the weekend c) had a doctor's appointment to, lo and behold, find out I had stinkin' asthma...the correct answer is d) all of the above.
So, naturally, I turned to my mom. She promptly came up with something and was already on the way to the grocery store to buy the ingredients and make a fabulous fall casserole for dinner. When in doubt or despair, ask Mom. Not only did she whip up something that I am now craving (and I've never even had it!), she styled this magazine-worthy shot too.
I know it was good because my dad said so. Morale of the story: just ask your mom, she can do it better.
Thanks, Mom!

3 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
2 cooking apples, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup brown sugar plus 1/4 cup divided
1 t cinnamon
1 t ground nutmeg
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup melted butter
Chopped pecans

Place sweet potatoes in a saucepan covered with water. 
Bring to a boil and cook 25 minutes or until tender. Drain, cool and slice. 
Preheat oven to 350. Arrange sliced sweet potato and apple alternating. Sprinkle with cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg. Mix flour, remaining brown sugar, butter. Sprinkle over the sweet potatoes and apples. Top with pecans. Bake for 30 minutes.  

Monday, September 15, 2014

It's Fall, Y'all!

This weekend made my fall loving heart very happy. I wore boots and a cardigan and kept the windows open...ah, fall bliss. It's fall, y'all! I know the calendar says it's still summer but I say pish-posh (by the way I never say pish-posh in real life). I had to tell myself to wait on the mums twice this weekend. Lowe's had adorable baby mums and Kroger had the mum color combo I'm going for this year! I definitely want a beautiful dark purple mum and a light purple one as well. I'm thinking of pairing those with either the orange rusty color like above or doing a moody burgundy...I think I'm feeling the moody burgundy. I don't have a big front porch, so I have to have a lot of impact with very few items. While I am loving this mood board, I'm also inspired by these Pinterest images as well. David and I are planning on making some pumpkins that look like our cats!

Friday, September 12, 2014

TGIF: Thank Goodness I Found the Farm Life!

Fall is so close! I broke out my boots today and am loving the cooler temps that we have all of a sudden. This week Alison and I were inspired by the farm. The simple farm life is always appealing this time of year when the leaves change and the sweaters start to come out. Also, how cute is that baby goat?!

-Laurie & Alison

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bridal Luncheon, the Charleston Way

A wedding in Charleston is only a dream for a lot of girls. Not for my sister-in-law! This Charleston girl by way of Tennessee fell in love with a Tennessee boy studying at the Citadel and it was only natural for them to celebrate their nuptials in this classic southern city. The start of the wedding celebrations was a lovely bridal luncheon hosted by our mother-in-law's closest friends. These ladies are pros.

Katherine's wedding colors were lavender and ivory. This past winter was a bit rough on plants like lavender but the ladies were able to find a farm in East Tennessee that had a few surviving plants for the picking. Anne Marie's helped fill in the gaps with some Larkspur stems. Pier 1 and Hobby Lobby had a few items to help with finishing touches.

The Harbour Club provided the perfect setting and a delicious southerners brunch of chicken and waffles. It was so good! We even had a custom lavender brunchy cocktail!


The hostesses with the mostess, our mother-in-law and the bride!

Sisters!! Will they hate me for the photo on the left? Maybe. Lots of sisterly jabs to catch up on. 

Her newer Charleston friends...through thick and thin

Her sweet way-back friends

The uncovered rooftop that was a little blazing in July

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Summer>>Fall Transition

The forecast here in Nashville for today is low 90's, then starting Thursday and hopefully staying the highs are in the 70's! That is my ideal temperature! I love layering, love the crisp air and this time of year when fall teases and hints at you. I am breaking out my boots in the next few days and couldn't be happier. I know it's a little difficult when you have cool mornings and warmer afternoons then a cool evening, so of course layering is key. 
Take your simple black dress up a notch with some classy, sassy boots and an awesome fitted jacket for work. Or take a short-sleeved shirt in a fall color or motif, like the plaid and add a chunky sweater and booties to your casual look for running around. Fall is the best time for outdoor parties, picnics at vineyards or sipping cider by the campfire. Chillier weather begs for dark shades like navy in a motorcycle jacket, amazing low booties and a scarf to keep you warm and trendy-dark florals are big for the season! How are you transitioning from the 90's to the 70's?


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Final Days of Summer Grilling, Okra

As summer comes to an end so does the fresh summer produce. This past weekend we visited the farmers' market and picked up some of the last peaches, some okra and corn. We had the honor of cooking dinner for some friends who are expecting a new little one in a few short weeks and planned to grill steaks for a salad. Oh, and the corn as requested by the mom-to-be. While preparing everything for the hot coals I had the novel idea to throw everything on the grill. The okra, peaches, everything. We also have a ton of jalapenos right now and tossed those with a little oil, salt and pepper and threw those on.

If you have never tried grilled okra I highly recommend it! I am so sad that I have just discovered it's goodness at the end of the season! Growing up we either ate okra fried or pickled. Last Fall I learned how tasty it can be in soups and this season on the grill!

Grilled Okra
Skewers soaked in water (to help prevent burning)
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Okra can make you a bit itchy when preparing it so either grab some latex gloves or work quickly and wash your hands often. I went with method two and was fine. Rinse your okra, dry and then toss in a bowl with enough olive oil for a very light coating and to have something for your seasoning to stick to. You may trim the stem without cutting into the okra; I left mine as I knew I wouldn't be eating that part anyway. Place the okra on the skewer horizontally and get as many on there as you can. Throw on the grill for 3-5 minutes per side depending on how much char you prefer. 

In preparing to grill on Saturday I found this recipe that I would love love love to try. It sounds so good! Here is another one that could help you use some of your basil. I wanted to make this sauce but didn't plan well enough. Get out there this week/weekend and experiment with the final days of summer produce and fire that grill up!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Musical Monday: INTL


A portion of my love for these guys comes from nostalgia of care-free college days gone by and shows in smoke-filled rooms; kids don't even know what that is like any more. However, the majority of my love is a result of the quality artistry INTL possesses. I have just pre-ordered "Mystery" that releases on 9/16. To pre-order your copy visit this site and take a listen to two of the songs from the new record.  

Meanwhile, I've got a couple tracks for you to listen to here but please visit their site and learn a little more about these four talented Nashville-based musicians. 

10.18.14 The High Watt w/ Farewell Flight Nashville, TN 


-P.S. Have a great Monday!


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