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strawberry brownies

when we were in memphis a few weeks ago, barbara (reeds mom) made these delicious strawberry brownies. i just had to get the recipe and share it with you all. they are soooo easy and yummy!

-1 box of strawberry cake mix (duncan hines is a good one)
-2 eggs
-1/3 cup of oil
-1 cup of powdered sugar 
1/2-2 tablespoons of water or milk (i used milk) 

-preheat your oven to 350 
-use a baking pan or dish lined with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray
-mix cake mix,eggs, and oil in mixer until combined
-spread batter evenly into your pan
-bake for 15-20 minutes or until just set; be careful not to overcook
-allow brownies to cool for 10-15 minutes; lift carefully from the pan using the ends of the parchment paper to lift
-mix powdered sugar and milk or water until smooth for glazing the brownies
-pour your glaze over the brownies, spreading the edges for the glaze to drip down the sides
-allow your brownies to cool with the glaze before cutting into squares to serve

they are delish! i hope you enjoy xo


chicken parmesan casserole

this recipe is so easy and so yummy. i made this tonight for dinner with a salad and reed and i loved it. 

-4 cups of fully cooked chicken, shredded, cubed, or strips
-1 jar (28oz) of marinara sauce 
-1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
-1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
-1 cup panko or seasoned breadcrumbs
-2 tablespoons of olive oil
-fresh chopped herbs (parsley, basil, and oregano)
-salt and pepper to taste

 -preheat oven to 350
-grease an 8x8 casserole dish with cooking spray
-layer the chicken on the bottom, then add the marinara sauce on top, and lastly coat the top layer with mozzarella cheese.
-in a small bowl mix your breadcrumbs, olive oil, fresh herbs, and salt and pepper
-sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture on top of your dish and also sprinkle a little parmesan cheese
-bake this for about 20-25 until golden brown

easy! enjoy!


road trip

reed and i are road tripping it for memorial weekend to new orleans. he surprised me and booked a weekend getaway for us for my birthday. i am so excited to sightsee and explore.

details from packing:

-mint green boyfriend tee from nordstrom (bp brand) love these tops and super comfy 
-black jeans from vera wang's ready-to-wear line at kohl's 
-polka dot sneeks of course from target
-kate spade cross body for sightseeing

-travel journal & travel listography book

-fedora hat from nordstrom (bp brand)
-polka dot burlap tote from the shoppes on main in downtown franklin

reed and i decided to get a travel journal to keep track of all of our trips. we want to keep a log of things to look back at one day. we added our first trip together as newlyweds (st. lucia) and we are pumped to add many more.

hope you all have a great memorial day weekend xo


diy deer antler decor

i was thrilled to find these deer antlers at an estate sale in memphis this past weekend. i purchased each one for $5 a piece and then used a basic metallic silver spray paint that was $6 to paint them. i love how this turned out on our new coffee table (trunk):) 


diy barrel table

we loved our barrel project! 

the first picture shows the actual barrel at the nashville flea market that we purchased for $60. it was actually a barrel used in a donut factory. with reed's obsession with donuts we knew it was meant to be :).we didn't like the green felt top but we knew we could make it better. 

-dark furniture stain
-polyurethane satin finish
-80 and 120 grit sandpaper for sanding down the barrel first
-purchased a 2 foot diameter table top from lowes for the top of the table (we pitched the green one ha!)
-small blocks of wood to wedge the table top to the barrel

the two details we loved the most was the red barrel bands across the barrel and the factory imprint. we wanted to keep these two details in the piece to give off that rustic feel we were looking for.  

the last few pictures show our barrel table in our living room. we used it for an end table with our couches. we love how this turned out.



diy floating shelves

i know you are normally supposed to have an odd number of shelving buttttt we decided we only wanted two shelves for the kitchen. i wanted butcher block shelving somewhere in the house and  i am so glad we used them in the kitchen. 

reed made these shelves by purchasing (3) 1x4's at 8ft long, a sheet of plywood 1/8 of an inch thick, 2x6 board (for backing of shelves), finishing nails, wood screws, dark stain, and polyurethane satin finish. 
he whipped these up in no time, and we love how they turned out!! you can also add your dinner dishes & bowls or whatever you would like.

paw was also a big help,as you can see.
happy diy wednesday!


almond sugar cookies

i love anything with an almond flavor. i wanted to share an almond sugar cookie recipe with you all. they are absolutely delicious and pretty of course.


1 cup of butter (softened)
3/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of almond extract
2 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt

-start with a large bowl and cream the butter and sugar together. mix in the almond extract, flour, baking powder, and salt.
-preheat your oven to 400 degrees
-roll your dough into 1 inch balls. roll the balls in a small bowl filled with sugar and sprinkles. place the cookies on your greased cookie sheet.
-flatten your cookies using the bottom of a glass.
-bake at 400 degrees for 7-8 minutes.
-allow the cookies to cool for 1 minute before removing them and transferring them to your baking rack.

sprinkle some sugar on top for some added yumminess.



watercolor cards

i love making cards & gift wrapping for loved ones, for a personal touch. i made a few watercolor cards for mother's day and i loved how they turned out!