Thursday, March 26, 2015

Navy, mint, peach, and magenta - springtime favorites

Spring has finally sprung in Charleston!  I am loving the weather and seeing all of the trees in bloom.  After hitting up the Loft Outlet last month, Kate mentioned going to the J Crew recently.  Because I love her sense of style (and a good bargain), I decided to check out if there was one near me.  Sure enough, in the same outlet mall where I found Loft, there is a J Crew. So. Excited.  And that's how this month's OOTM came to be...
Three-quarter Sleeve Blouse in Navy
Skinny Jean in Medium Wash
Floral Clusters Necklace
Ankle boots (similar)
Bracelet (similar)
Essie polish in "big spender" (lol)
Earrings from a Claire's set like this (don't judge, we've talked about this)

My favorite piece is definitely that necklace.  I saw it and thought it was perfect because it has ever single color I wear constantly (and have bought for OOTM over the last year): peach (here), mint (here and here), navy (here and here), and magenta (here).  No, I didn't, but I could have worn it just about every day at the Network Meeting.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Family & Bridal Party Portraits

Welcome back to Wedding Wednesday!  Thanks so much to all of the ladies who consistency link up each and every week, and thank you to all of you who read and comment on these posts.  Please remember that Wedding Wednesday is open to any blogger!  Share a wedding recap post like Elizabeth, inspiration for your upcoming wedding like Rachael, workout tips for brides like Alex, or even a favorite tv or movie wedding like Lauren.  No matter what your inspiration is, Macy and I would love to see it!

As for my wedding updates, I left off with our receiving line, and now it was time for more photos!  We did separate photos before the ceremony, but wanted to have photos together at both our ceremony and reception venues.  Before we hopped in the limos, we took our family and bridal party photos in front of the beautiful ivy of Fenwick Hall.  We even had a chance to sneak back into the chapel to take a couple of photos as husband and wife.

Taylors and Dohertys

Our whole bridal party
Steps of the chapel

We also took our thank you card photo inside the chapel.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Chicken Parmesan Calzone

When I started this blog, I had no idea what I was doing.  (Okay, I still usually don't know haha.)  I wrote a lot of recipes, but didn't exactly take the best photos: Example A.  I often go back to my Recipe Index and use it as a cookbook.  A few recipes in particular just make my stomach turn with their quality, so I thought I'd go back and add new photos.  While I did that to recipes like my Buffalo Chicken Dip, my calzone and pepperoni bread recipe post was beyond repair.  Look out for a future pepperoni bread-redo post.  We love making breads and calzones, and if you live in the South, Publix has fantastic refrigerated dough!  These are fantastic to slice thin for parties or just have for dinner.
1 refrigerated pizza dough
flour for dusting surfaces
3 breaded chicken patties
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1/4 pound (a few slices) provolone cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese
optional: 1/2 cup ricotta cheese for extra cheesy flavor
1 egg
Non-stick cooking spray

- Before preparation, take the pizza dough out of the refrigerator, place in a bowl, and let rise under a warm cloth for a half hour.
- When ready to make, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Place the 3 chicken patties on a microwave-safe plate and cook according to microwave instructions (For Perdue, it was 3 minutes on high.).  Let cool slightly and then slice into 1/2 inch wide strips.
- Roll out the pizza dough into an oval.
- Spread the pizza sauce, then provolone cheese, chicken strips, and mozzarella cheese (and ricotta, if you choose) onto the pizza dough, leaving 2 inches around each edge for easy folding.
- Fold the dough in thirds with the seam on top.
- Scramble the egg and paint egg wash in seams to help seal the dough.
- Line the baking tin with cooking spray and flip the calzone over onto the tray so that the seams are all facing down.
- Egg wash the entire top of the calzone.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- After done baking, let the calzone rest for at least 10 minutes to help it set.
- Cut into slices and enjoy!
And there you have it!  Add my favorite salad (here's the recipe I shared last week) and you have a fantastic meal.  You can check out my favorite salad here!

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