Friday, November 20, 2015

The Great Family Challenge: Creative S'more & Popcorn Recipes

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in last month's Great Family Challenge!  We had such an awesome time putting together our pumpkin decorating entries and were thrilled to get such wonderful feedback.  

This month's challenge was a little more outside the box but I'm so pumped to walk you through it.  I wanted to play around with the idea of re-inventing a classic fall snack...adding to or replacing ingredients, toying with savory/sweet and so on.  After some brainstorming we landed on s'mores and popcorn and decided to make this month a creative s'more and popcorn recipe challenge. 

To make things interesting, I cast a really wide net in regards to what we'd consider a "s'more"...the only criteria being 1) you must be able to make them over a bonfire and 2) there must be an element of sandwiching.  As you can imagine, my family took this and really ran with it.  There were no limits whatsoever in regards to the popcorn, except that it should theoretically pair well with the s'more.  

I've gotta say, I was extremely impressed with what everyone came up with!  I tried a little bit of each entry and there wasn't a single dud in the bunch.  I know it's tricky since you can't actually taste the contenders, but I'd recommend voting based on creativity of flavor combinations, plated presentation and the overall deliciousness factor.  Better yet- just vote for what you wish you could try most.  

Just a reminder, you can vote once per day from now until 11:59 next Thursday (11/26...Thanksgiving!) and we'll announce the winner on Friday.  Happy voting!  And the candidates are...

Birthday S'More Sundae
Traditional s'more topped with chocolate ice-cream and rainbow sprinkles 
-paired with-
Popcorn Rice Krispy Treats made of marshmallow, chocolate chips and rainbow sprinkles.

Peanut Butter & Jelly S'more
Whipped cream cheese, fire roasted marshmallow and fresh strawberries sandwiched between two grilled Belgian waffles.  Topped with confectionary sugar and drizzled with strawberry jam.
-paired with-
A sweet and salty popcorn treat made with popcorn, peanut butter pretzels cover with dark chocolate and melted peanut butter.

10 Layer-Better Than Sex-Sweet & Salty S'more
Toffee graham cracker sandwiched with layers of roasted marshmallows, french fries, and homemade gooey brownie.  Topped with salty kettle chips and hot fudge, sprinkled with powdered sugar.
-paired with-
Popcorn with brownie balls and fudge
-served with-
Ice cold milk rimmed with fudge and brown sugar

Nashville Delight
The Southern Savory & Sweet
Hattie B's hot chicken, roasted marshmallow on a glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut
-paired with-
A duo of popcorns...Ranch flavored with melted butter and Ranch dressing and Dill flavored with fresh dill, garlic powder and melted butter

Trait Du Jour
Bacon, Maple Bacon frosting and roasted marshmallow sandwiched between S'more Poptarts
-paired with-
Deconstructed popcorn...a choose your own adventure popcorn bar that included artisanal salts, chili powder, cinnamon, black pepper, moonshine, whiskey and Meyer lemon juice

Philly Cheesesteak S'more
Steak, onions, Shishito peppers, roasted tomatoes and melted provolone cheese on a ciabatta roll.
-paired with-
Tiramisu Popcorn with Godiva chocolate liquor, espresso and Mascarpone cheese sauce.

Mediterranean S'more
Homemade baklava spread, date honey, roasted marshmallow, and white chocolate sandwiched between white chocolate drizzled graham crackers topped with crushed pistachios.
-paired with-
Popcorn tossed with lemon oil, crispy pancetta, Mediterranean spiced roasted chickpeas and cilantro.

The Savory Spanish S'more
Puff pastry with five cheese, mushroom and onion filling.
-paired with-
Salted caramel spice popcorn seasoned with chili powder, orange zest and tossed with pecans, walnuts, and cranberries in a salt rimmed chocolate bowl.  Drizzled with salted caramel.

My favorite S'more and Popcorn recipe is:

Birthday S'More Sundae
Peanut Butter and Jelly S'more
10 Layer-Better Than Sex-Sweet and Salty S'more
Nashville Delight: The Southern Savory and Sweet
Trait Du Jour
Philly Cheesesteak S'more
Mediterranean S'more
The Savory Spanish S'more
Poll Maker
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wanted: Week 21

1. Shoulder Bag, H&M $34.99  2. Occult Collar, Olivia Palermo for Bauble Bar $68
3. Shimmering Skin Perfector, Sephora $34.00  4. Extra Soft Scarf, Zara $22.90  
5.  Sandcastle Kings, Amazon $12.68   6. Kensington Leather Watch, Revolve $125.00
7. Streaming Bow Leather Gloves, Anthropologie $375  8. Decorative Globe, Target $29.99  
9.  Choceur Dark Hazelnut Crisp, Aldi $1.99  10. Diane von Furstenberg Luggage, Macy's $179.99
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

10 Movies to Watch Before Halloween

We're ten short days away from halloween and I am in the zone!  For me, "the zone" means obsessing over a halloween costume (I think I played the Hermione and Ron card too soon into my marriage and now I'm having trouble coming up with a couples costume that tops it #FirstWorldProblems).  For others- most notably my husband- "the zone" means conjuring up as many scary experiences as possible.  Davey and I have a lot of things in common but this is not one of them.  However!  Since I'm expanding the horizons of the blog a bit I wanted to share a killer list (pun intended) that he, Stevie and Jordan came up with (more on Stevie and Jordan later).  It was stressed to me- and I will in turn stress it to you- that this is not a top 10 list.  These aren't the 10 best scary movies out there but they are 10 very good movies you can watch on Netflix right this moment.  Since a great movie you can watch right now is better than a theoretically better movie you can't, I stand by their strategy. If you're in the market for a scary movie (or better yet, a scary movie marathon), read on!

Sunday, October 18, 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015

Come See Us at Gaslamp Too Antiques!

Fun fact: you can now shop with us at Gaslamp Too Antiques in lovely Nashville, Tennessee!  By that I of course mean we have some items for sale there...but hey- we're always up for a shopping trip if you are.  We're so thrilled to partner with Gaslamp because, quite frankly, they're the best of the best (just ask the Nashville Scene Reader's poll in 2015...and 2014...and 2013 for that matter).  There are so many surprisingly affordable, incredibly beautiful pieces available there- literally thousands!  No amount of explanation can do it justice, so in lieu of droning on and on I'll leave it at this: you should go there.  In the meantime, here's just few highlights of our little booth...

I was trying to decide on a favorite piece to highlight but I had a hard time landing on just one.  The table and chairs are custom pieces we whipped up that really turned out to be showstoppers.  The giant Audrey picture is- for obvious reasons- a personal fave of mine.  But if you forced me to pick only one item from our booth to put in my own home it would have to be this CR Laine chair.

The sole reason this chair isn't currently in my home is space constraints (and boy oh boy, did I try).  It's hard to really get a sense of scale in this picture but this is a big chair...I don't care who you are, this chair will dwarf you.  Last one and I'm done- I also really love this Polar Bear print on canvas & gauze by Elizabeth Lucas.  It's such a unique piece and believe you me, the price is right.  All that being said, come visit us!  Gaslamp Too is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am - 6:00pm and Sunday from Noon to 6:00pm and the address is 128 Powell Place, Nashville TN 37204 (cue "The More You Know" comet trail).  Hope you check it out!      

And the winning team is....

...Sandi and Nick with the Ham-boo-gler!  Congrats!!  You officially get bragging rights until November's contest.  

To the rest of the family- it was a hard fought battle and I commend you.  Everyone seriously did a great job.  The remaining teams and pumpkins were as follows:

Wine Barrel: Papa Joe and Davey
Donald Trumpkin: Joey and Natalie
Haunted Hessey Pass: Danielle and Eli
Cinderella's Carriage: Me and my Mom!
Toilet Pumpkin: Mark and Denise
Glow in the Dark Haunted House: Nadine and Eric
Fairyscape Cottage: Nikki and Sam

See you back in the ring this November!