Monday, May 24, 2010

The Art of Writing

I think a handwritten note is just divine. There are very few things that quite so much satisfaction as receiving good old-fashioned snail mail, especially when what is inside the envelope looks like a little slice of heaven! I think this stationary from Chocolate Butterbean is just the bee's knees, don't you? Happy letter writing!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Yes, Please


*Image via Lilly Pulitzer

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Dream House

Ever since I was asked to do a bit of research on Sea Island for a story at Southern Accents--what a chore, I know--I have been absolutely enamored with this property. I have kept it in my E-mail inbox for over a year as inspiration. I adore Sea Island and this house seems like it was just plucked from my dreams. Maybe one day I will be able to call it my own. For now, I will continue dreaming! Enjoy! 

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to the best mom! Love you sooo much!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Tie One On...

A Social Primer for Brooks Brothers bow tie that is!

I love bow ties. Luckily, Dan says he likes them too. But, he has yet to have the "opportunity" to rock one since we commenced dating. Maybe he will find one of these delicious creations for Brooks Brothers--from my favorite blogger and yours, Social Primer--just the impetus he needs.  Do you know what the best part is? Dan can start off with two for the price of one because these bow ties are reversible. Being recession-chic has never looked so natty!

Birthday Wishes

To one of my very best friends. Love you lots and lots. 

Monday, May 3, 2010

Derby Day

While sitting at our favorite downtown sports bar after watching Super Saver claim his garland of roses, I made boyfriend promise he and I would one day be there in person--me in my big hat and sundress and he in his bow-tie and blazer. Until then, I will revel in the glamour of this year's event photos and pray it doesn't rain when we finally do make it there! Muddy wedges are so not chic. 

Image by Dan Dry via 

Peanut Butter Jelly Time


I made these for Relay and they were a hit. I was hoping to get a better photo but I was running very late at the time so I had to settle. Anyway, here is the recipe. Yum. 

1/2 lb. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups (18 ounces) creamy peanut butter
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 cups (18 ounces) jam (I used strawberry - a personal fave)
2/3 cups salted peanuts, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

Grease a 9 by 13 by 2-inch cake pan. Line it with parchment paper then grease and flour the pan. 

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light yellow, about 2 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the vanilla, eggs, and peanut butter and mix until all ingredients are combined. 

In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture. Mix just until combined. 

Spread 2/3 of the dough into the prepared cake pan and spread over the bottom with a knife or offset spatula. Spread the jam evenly over the dough. Drop small globs of the remaining dough evenly over the jam. Don't worry if all the jam isn't covered; it will spread in the oven. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts an bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown. Cool and cut into squares. 

I wrapped mine in wax paper to keep them from sticking together and packed them in the cooler in a freezer zip lock baggy. The perfect late night relay treat!  

That's right. I just titled this post "Peanut Butter Jelly Time". 

Sunday, May 2, 2010

One Step at a Time


Relay for Life was amazing! I was the Luminary Chair for the event (see luminaries in photo above) and I can't imagine a more rewarding position to hold. Our event  raised over $95,000 for the fight against cancer! Granted, around 3 a.m. I was starting to feel a little woozy. Luckily, I caught a quick catnap and woke up ready to get back in there. By 10 a.m. I had all of my luminary paraphernalia back in the storage unit and was on my way home to sleep until mid afternoon (after a long shower, of course!) It was an amazing experience and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to get involved and give back.