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St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Menu

March 17th, 2017

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day guys!

I loveeeeee St. Patrick’s Day mostly because I LOVE corn beef and partially because I totally think leprechauns are a thing. I can remember hunting for leprechauns with lucky charms in my first-grade class, hahaha, just picture a ton of little kids throwing lucky charms in the grass. Ever since then I’ve kind of loved the idea of leprechauns & the Disney channel original movie, Luck of the Irish didn’t help my obsession.

Anway this year Matt & I will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in TX, which I’m slightly sad about because my Mom always makes a wicked good corn beef!

So Matt & I decided to make a new St. Patrick’s Day tradition, since I’m not the best cook we invite friends over for a little cocktail party before ubering over to our local pub to celebrate with some proper Irish corn beef. 

When the idea of hosting a pre-corn beef cocktail party came into my mind, I knew I had to include St. Patrick’s Day themed drinks! So after scouring the internet I found a few recipes I loved and just added my own twist to them. I’ll break the whole menu down below. 

Shamrock Sour Cocktail:


 

SHAMROCK SOUR COCKTAIL
A lucky twist on a whisky sour!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons lime juice
  2. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  3. 2 tablespoons simple syrup
  4. 2 ounces Irish whiskey
  5. 1 tiny drop of green food coloring
  6. lime wedges for garnish
Instructions
  1. Just combine all the ingredients into a shaker and shake, shake, shake! Garnish with lemons or limes for an extra pop of green!
Adapted from Courtney from Pizzazzerie
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GINGER & MINT LIME FLOATS:


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GINGER & MINT LIME FLOATS:
Cool down this St.Paddy's Day with a little float fit for a leprechaun
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can of chilled ginger ale
  2. 1 cup lime sherbet
  3. 2 springs mint
  4. 2 lime wedges
Instructions
  1. Like an float, I usually poured my soda in first. I started off by pouring Ginger Ale into a cup, plopped my lime wedges and slapped mint into the ginger ale and finally generously gave myself two heaping scoops of lime sherbet.
  2. Stuck a fun straw into the mixture and enjoyed!
Notes
  1. I got this idea from a blogger Michael that I love! Make sure to check out his recipe which doesn't include soda but rather his own ginger mixture!
Adapted from Michael from Inspired by Charm
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Iced Irish Coffee:


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Irish Iced Coffee
A cocktail for the Irish coffee connoisseur and garnished with iced coffee iced cubes!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 ice cube tray
  2. 2 cups of chilled coffee
  3. 1 tablespoons cinnamon sugar trio by simply organic (soooo good)
  4. 1 shot Irish whiskey or 1 shot Bailey's
  5. 1 container of half & half
Instructions
  1. Okay, earlier in the day or the night before, use one cup of chilled coffee and fill an ice cube tray. Freeze the coffee cubes overnight or for at least 4 hrs.
  2. Once ice cubes are ready pop them into your cup along with the above ingredients. Finish the drink off with half and half to your liking. Enjoy!
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I hope this post inspired you guys to have a little fun tonight! Whether you’re staying in with your friends or headed out to grab your own corn beef, it’s fun to just take the time to celebrate. 

Oh and if you guys are looking to create a menu of your own, here is the template for the one I created. I’ve used minted several times, this isn’t sponsored, just love them they also have free online invitations, so convenient! 

Anway happy Friday! xx Aubrey

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake

February 21st, 2017

sour cream coffee cakeThe other day, I was trying to brainstorm recipes to share with you guys, and I was just stumped. Literally. I couldn’t think of anything. 

So I pulled up the TCC Recipe archives and almost fell off of my chair when I didn’t see Mère’s Sour Cream Coffee Cake listed on the lineup. 

It’s literally my favorite coffee cake of all time, so I was shocked that I hadn’t already shared the details with you all.  

& not to mention the coffee cake batter is by far my favorite cake batter. It’s basically like eating sugar, sour cream, and butter; which sounds gross but don’t think, just eat! 

What’s really nice about making a coffee cake is it’s basically an excuse to eat cake anytime of the day. Cut a slice with coffee for breakfast, dig into the cake for an afternoon cup of tea or finish of the night with a decaf coffee nightcap and a large chunk of cake. 

It’s one of those cakes that you can eat at all times of day and not feel gross, thank you coffee cake! P.S: It’s the perfect thing to whip up if you’re hosting a brunch or having the gals sleepover! 

This coffee cake was actually my Mère’s aka my grandmothers so my Mom always makes this cake before any family gathering and I’m always there to lick the spoon. 

So enough about me and my obsession, let’s dig into the recipe: 

Okay, here we go…

Ingredients:


 1 Cup Sugar

3/4 Cup Butter

2 & 3/4 Cup Flour

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

3 eggs

1 cup sour cream

1/4 cup milk

Topping:


1/2 cup sugar

2 tsp cocoa

2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup chopped nuts

Preparation:



First, cream the sugar and butter together, once smooth go ahead and add in the rest of your dry ingredients. beaten eggs, cream, and milk.

Next add in your beaten eggs, cream, and milk. Stir until everything is thoroughly mixed, and don’t forget to try the batter (as I said earlier, it’s my favorite!).

Flour or grease your bundt cake pan, and pour half of the batter into the pan. Grab the delicious topping mixture we whipped together earlier and sprinkle in half of the mixture. Next, pour the remainder of the batter into the pan and wrap it up by sprinkling the remainder of the topping mixture, right on top.

Pop the bundt cake (anyone else thinking of My Big Fat Greek Wedding right now?) into the oven at 350 degrees for one hour!


& that’s it! Snap me if you guys try to make this cake at home, I love seeing your creations. Also I want to be completely transparent with you all. I’m going to be a tad MIA this week and next.

I felt like I keep falling behind in terms of content, so I’m taking this week and next week slow as Matt & I run around town shooting fall content. I have a spring fling of a March planned for you all and I can’t wait to share more details. xx Aubrey 

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Snickerdoodle Blondie Brownies

January 16th, 2017

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To be honest, we are trying to cut back because that much sugar is horrible for us. & to make matters worse, we have been known to eat a whole bowl of brownie dough before having the chance to pop it in the oven. 

Anyone else like brownie dough more than cookie dough? Or is that just me? 

Anyway, when I came across this recipe I was pretty stoked because it combines Matt’s favorite dessert, brownies and one of my favorites… Snickerdoodles. Like YUMMMMM! 

Okay guys, if you like seeing recipes here on la blog, let me know below! You’re feedback is essential in terms of what content I plan out, so if you like seeing weekly desserts, Matt & I will make that happen for you all! 

Keep me posted with your thoughts on that & for now enjoy the recipe below!

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Okay here we go…

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, melted

2 cup light brown sugar

4 teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract

2 large eggs

2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoons McCormick Ground Cinnamon

¼ teaspoon of baking soda

Topping

¼ cup white sugar

1 ½ teaspoons McCormick Ground Cinnamon

Preparation:

First, things first, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Next In a large bowl, combine the melted butter and brown sugar into the bowl & mix together with a wooden spoon for 1 minute until perfectly combined.

Next add the vanilla and eggs, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl, and mix until fully incorporated.

Next, add those dry ingredients into the bowl aka: flour, baking powder, cinnamon and baking soda. Slowly mix everything together, until just combined.

Gabby says the batter will be a bit stiff, but that’s normal.

Finally spray a 9×9 baking pan with baking spray and line it with parchment paper. Spoon the batter into the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle that yummy cinnamon sugar topping on top and pop it into the oven.

Bake for 30-35 minutes. Once the blondie brownies have baked, remove them from the oven and let cool for at least 2 hours before cutting and serving.

Try it with a cup of milk & thank me later! Oh & guys make sure to check out more recipes from What’s Gaby Cooking over on her blog, she’s one of my favorite bloggers to follow, and I know you’d love her. 

Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking

Coconut Madeleines

January 9th, 2017

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Every night around 8:00pm, I start to settle down.

It’s honestly my favorite part of the day. I usually get in my pajamas, grab my computer, cuddle up on the couch with a hot cup of tea and sit down to write my blog post for the following day. 

I’m totally a night owl, so I like to set the mood, light a candle, cozy up and really connect with you guys over a cup of evening tea. But let’s get real, did tea time even happen if coconut madeleines weren’t involved? NOPE

Okay basically, I’m not the best baker so I was a little nervous about baking these cookies, but you guys, you really can’t go wrong.

They are as basic as basic gets in terms of baking. Just grease that pan really well, & those cookies will just pop out, NO FUSS, and they only take about 30min to make, soooooo easy.

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I’m not really a heavy dessert person, but I do like a little something with my tea which is why coconut madeleines are literally my favorite. & what better way to enjoy them tonight than by sharing the recipe with you all. 

Okay here we go… 

Ingredients:

 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
Confectioners’ sugar, optional

Preparation:
 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Grab a madeleine pan & spray it throughly with baking PAM. 

In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed for 3 minutes.

Next. add 1/4 pound of butter (aka the best part) and mix. Sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt, and stir into the batter with a rubber spatula.

Next, stir in the coconut.

With a spoon, drop the batter into the pan, filling each shell almost full.

Bake the madeleines for 10 to 12 minutes, or until they spring back when pressed.

Tap the madeleines out onto a cooling rack & allow to cool. Finally dust the coconut madeleines with confectioners’ sugar.

Now grab a cup of tea & enjoy! xx Aubrey

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Getting Southern with Crispy Praline Cookies

January 2nd, 2017

crispy-praline-cookies-the-coastal-confidence-2Okay guys, so this year, 2017 to be exact (ahhh I love saying that), I’m working on embracing my ‘southern roots’. As you guys know, I’m New England through and through but it’s fun learning about the traditions, lifestyles and foods of different regions. 

When I lived in San Diego, I embraced, well…wellness, to be exact. I embraced that sunset yoga, green juice shots, almond milk coffee, organic hemp bars, drybar every Saturday morning, kind of life.

I‘ll admit, I’m not going to complain about California lifestyle, waking up everyday to 70 degree weather and enjoying your morning coffee on the boardwalk was great, but I knew it wasn’t my forever place. You guys know me pretty well, and as you could assume the California life was too summer sexy for my taste, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it while I was there. 

 So while Matt & I know Texas isn’t our forever place, that’s not going to stop me from buying cowboy boots, getting corndogs at the Texas Fair & cheering for those Longhorns.

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No matter where you are living, even if you HATE it, it’s important to take it in, because each region comes with it’s own benefits.

To be honest, the California lifestyle is close to impossible to maintain in my New England hometown, the closest Drybar is actually 106 miles away from my house (yup, I actually googled it). So enjoy where ever you are, while you can. 

Okay so I’m starting to embrace the year and a half, Matt & I have left in Dallas by learning the best of southern cooking, or shall I say baking! When I was looking for the perfect southern snack I instantly starting looking for recipes with pecans ( you know those southerns, they loveeeeeee pecans). 

So when I learned about the southern love for Praline cookies I decided to get my hands dirty and give it a try. 

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350°! Stir together all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, until blended well.

Drop cookie dough by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets, make sure to make it a heaping tablespoon, as my cookies ended up on the smaller side.

I would also recommend flatting the praline cookies out a tad, before popping them in the oven

Bake at 350° for 13 to 15 minutes. Let those praline cookies cool on a baking sheets for 1 minute! Next remove your praline cookies to a wire rack and let them cool completely.

As always, throwing in 1 cup of semisweet chocolate morsels into the mix, is always an option.

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Recipe lightly adapted from My Recipes

Classic Hot Chocolate

December 11th, 2016

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Classic Hot Chocolate || Marshmallow Snowman || Merry Christmas Mug || New England Mug || Gingerbread House Mug Topper ||  Gingerbread Men 

The other day, I posted a picture of my hot cocoa set up on instagram and you guys went crazy for those little marshmallow snowman. Honestly I don’t blame you, the little guys are soooooo cute, I actually avoided eating them because they were just thattttttt cute. 

Anyway so after the instagram went live I got sooooo many questions from you all asking about which hot cocoa mix I prefer, where I found those little marshmallow man and if I had any ideas for a hot cocoa bar. & oh boy do I have some ideas for you. 

I’ve always loved Christmas break because I get to spend time seeing friends, that I literally never see (it’s a tad depressing I admit). I lived in San Diego, now Dallas and yet when I have the chance to be back in New England I’m always thinking of fun ways to meet up with friends and cousins (have I mentioned I have 25 cousins!). Basically the holidays are a time for me to finally catch up with the people I love and rarely see. 

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In college I was all about heading out to meet friends for coffee, but if you think you’re broke in college, just wait till after college when you have to pay bills (LOL). So with the chilly months of December upon, I save money and skip the coffee shops and instead, invite friends over to my home for some classic hot chocolate, and a marathon of Parks & Recreation.

What better way to catch up than over some cute gingerbread man, Parks & Recreation and holiday gifts. I loveeeeeee buying gifts for my friends, it’s literally on my top of favorite holiday traditions.  

& I’m not a big spender by any means but a nice card and a hot chocolate mix of their own, along with a TCC Holiday Mug, of course, usually does the trick! hot-cocoa-the-coastal-confidence-7

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Okay, so if you’re going to host your hometown homies over for some hot chocolate this is what you’ll need: hot chocolate mixMarshmallow SnowmanGingerbread House Mug Topper, Marble Tray (for serving) & a Classic Plaid Throw

Oh & obviously you can’t forget to get your TCC Mugs to sip that hot cocoa out of! A little self promotion never hurt anyone right, kidding! In all serious though, I use my TCC mugs everyday, just as Matt, so if you’re in the market for a great gift item, get yours just in time for Christmas here. 

Okay guys, Matt & I are off to pack! We had back to New England this week, can you believe it! xx Aubrey 

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The Best Gingerbread Cookies

November 27th, 2016

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Tis the season, right? Gingerbread cookies, especially in the shape of gingerbread men, are my weakness. Hand me a gingerbread man and a cup of coffee, and you’ll have 100% of my attention.

Now I’ve always been a fan of gingerbread cookies, but to be honest, I usually end up buying them instead of baking them. myself. 

Why, you might ask? Well since moving into our new apartment, my closet of baking supplies has gone down the drain. When I was living at my parent’s house in New England after graduating in January, I had my mother’s kitchen, which of course was stocked with all the baking essentials. Let’s be honest Matt & I don’t have all that much time to bake, so we just don’t have the supplies on hand. 

So the other day I was window shopping at my local mall (obviously) and came across this gingerbread cookie mix and thought, why not. I try a lot of baking mixes so when I discover a goodie, I have to share it with you guys, and this one was a KEEPER! 

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All you have to do is add eggs & butter to the mix, allow time for the mix to sleep overnight and then get out those cookie cutters early the following morning. This gingerbread cookie mix blew my expectations away, the cookies had an almost almond taste to them, making them a perfect combination of holiday cookie and gingerbread. Sometimes gingerbread cookies can be a little too strong on the ginger, if you know what I mean. 

Oh & this post is NOT sponsored it’s just an amazing product I discovered, that you all need to try out. If you’re a girl or guy looking to bake some Christmas cookies while working with limited supplies or a kitchen, yes I’m talking to you college, broke out of college or grad school peeps. This mix will give you plenty of cookies to spread the Christmas joy while not breaking your bank. 

Some of my best memories happened when baking with friends, even if baking means pouring a mix out of a box. For me it counts, no judgement here. 

Oh & while you’re waiting for those gingerbread cookies to bake, make sure to check out Cyber Monday! I’ve already racked up some AMAZING goodies and listed my favorite steals below. 

Cyber Monday Deals…
– 40% off J.Crew Online and In-Store with Code HOLIDAY
– Get this Free People fringed sweater (45% off)
– Get these hunter boots (25% off)
– Stalking Amazon sales all Cyber Monday
– Get this holiday turtleneck (40% off)
– Get these loafers for upcoming holiday travel

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AUTUMN APPETITE: HALLOWEEN TREATS

October 30th, 2016

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Halloween Treats

Happy Halloween guys, and who’s ready to bake up some Halloween treats! 

I’m releasing this post a day early, just in case any of you are searching for an easy Halloween treat. I made these ghostly Halloween treats within fifteen minutes and I’m letting them chill before packing them up for Halloween festivities. 

I’m off to the store now to stock up on sooooo much candy! I’m really hoping Matt & I finally get some trick or treaters. We wish you guys a safe, spooky and candy filled day. 

Enjoy your HALLOWEEN TREATS xx Aubrey

Ingredients: 


Instructions: 


  • Stick the chocolate chips in microwave safe bowls and put one tablespoon of canola oil in each bowl. Microwave for thirty seconds, stir and repeat.
  • Dip each pretzel into the melted chocolate. Place two candy eyes in the smaller spots.
  • Freeze for 15 minutes or until set.
  • Enjoy those Halloween Treats! 

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Autumn Appetite: Halloween Spread

October 25th, 2016

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I can’t believe Halloween is next Monday, & to be honest, I’m kind of sad. October is one of my favorite months and this one really flew by. Although I can’t really complain because it’s about to be the most wonderful time of the year! I’m already picking out stockings for Matt & I to hang, do you guys think I should get one for Eloise too?

But before I get ahead of myself on decorating for Christmas, I ran out to Francesca’s to get a plater, cute candy dish and of course a cozy doormat to great my guests with.

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With Halloween coming up this weekend, I figured I would show you a fun way to deck out your table with tricks & treats. Now I love candy, but to be honest, I enjoy home baked goods more, so I whipped up some simple fall items. I made my Pumpkin Muffins & some warm gooey cinnamon buns.

I ran out to my local farmers’ market & grabbed an apple pie, which I popped in the oven for twenty minutes before my ghouls & witches arrived. I always love the way our home smells while warming up a pie, it’s one of those smells that brings me right back to New England.

I truly believe all you need is good food and good company to really host a successful party, so grab your best people, some delicious food & put in a scary movie or Hocus Pocus, which is way better than a scary movie, if you ask me.

One last thing before I go, what are you guys doing for Halloween? & if you’re dressing up, leave all the details below xx A.

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Autumn Appetite: Harvest Caramel Corn

October 16th, 2016

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Thank god for Pinterest, am I right!? The Autumn Appetite Series finally got me outside of my normal ‘baking’ comfort zone and pushed me right into the Pinterest baking zone, OH BOY!

I usually (epically) fail when it comes to recreating Pinterest recipes, however when I saw this recipe for Harvest Caramel Corn, I knew I could do it. It was so simple, super messy, but overall cheap and simple.

So let’s jump right into the recipe & what you’ll need!

Ingredients: 


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Instructions: 


  • Pop 10 cups of popcorn (either on the stove or in the microwave, doesn’t matter).
  • Lay the popcorn on a baking sheet, covered with aluminum foil and salt those kerrnals (like reallllllly salt them!)
  • Now let’s make the caramel sauce: melt one cup of butter on medium heat, add one cup of brown sugar and stir until melted. Let the mixture come to a boil and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Four minutes into the boil add your two tps. of vanilla extract, and after boiling for 5 minutes, add the 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda!
  • Stir for one minute until the mixture turns a lighter color and thicker texture.
  • Drizzle most of the caramel mixture over the popcorn and use a spoon to mix the popcorn and cover all the popcorn
  • Now drizzle the caramel you have left over the popcorn and add the pieces of candy to the mix directly after (so they stick!).

Let the popcorn cool & enjoy! So simple and a great snack to eat while watching Monday Night football, Matt would agree. xx Aubrey

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