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Thursday, December 13, 2012

My 100th Post...


Ladies and Gentlemen, this is my 100th post for this blog!

Wow, what a crazy ride. Reading through all of these posts makes me think a lot about the last couple years and how far I have come. Not to mention how much I have changed and grown in that time. In honor of my 100th post, I have decided to share the big news about my move to Lexington, Kentucky!

I am relocating to Lexington for a position with a new restaurant called Coba Cocina, the location will also have a bakery, Cocoh and bar Cobar Cantina. The owners of the restaurant are the largest franchise owners of Cheddars, if you are familiar. They own Greer Industries, an established corporation that is involved in the restaurant, hotel, real estate and many more areas. The company is run by a father/son duo that has blown me away with their personal touches on every aspect to business. They are a Christian family that treats all of their employees like one of their own. Their attention to detail and passion for food reminds me of my father and the business I grew up in. Because of these attributes and a strong interest in their project, I accepted the position as 'Confectionista', a term they deemed for bakery positions including pastry art, cake decorating, gelato creator and baker of all sorts. Those of you that know me personally know my passion for food, especially baking. I was accepted into the Culinary Institute of America for baking and pastry arts after high school, but chose to go to UF instead. My love for sweets and the smile it brings to people of all ages will never fade. This opportunity is more than I could ask for, God has truly answered my prayers.

My passion for children has not changed, nor am I writing off teaching. But for now, this change will be good. Cocoh, the bakery, is themed in a manner that will bring back memories from your childhood or create new ones with children of all ages.I am excited about this concept and share the same passion for food and guest satisfaction that the Greer family does. Although it will be challenging, I look forward to holding a position where I can be creative. I also can't skim over the fact that the members of the Coba family have already gone out of their way to make me feel welcome. I appreciate that more than I will ever be able to express.

For now, I look forward to my trip home to Florida and sleeping in. If you haven't thought about it yet, let me bring to your attention how a bakery runs and what time it typically opens. Oh yes, my call time is 4:30....AM! In the next couple weeks I will be sleeping, beaching it and loving on my family and friends. When I return to Lexington at the end of the month, I will be excited to start this new chapter of my life. Fully rested.

Completely prepared to be...Chef Lauren!



 

xoxo,
lb


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Throwback Thursday...

In honor of my upcoming birthday, here is a shot from 2010. My birthday is always special because everyone is home for Christmas and I get to celebrate with all my friends. Cheers to another fab birthday.

Xoxo,
Lb

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Monday Munchies...

On Wednesday. Haha. I made something fabulously Paleo this morning and people have asked for the recipe. I take basic recipes and make them my own. Usually using basic ingredients you would have in your kitchen and making yummy Paleo meals from them. I would love to write my own cookbook someday, but don't really know how to go about that. Maybe one day you will be reading my cookbook about Paleo meals. Until then, this will do!

We love breakfast around here so the first part of my recipe will be for my Egg Muffins. Gluten and dairy free!

Egg Muffins:
(mini recipe makes 6 muffins)

-6 eggs
-1/4 cup onion chopped
-1/4 cup green pepper chopped
-1/2 to 3/4 cup cooked sausage
(or cooked meat of your choice)
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/4 teaspoon pepper
-1/3 teaspoon garlic powder

Beat eggs. Add everything else. Spoon I to 6 well greased muffin tins. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. I added salsa to the top for extra flavor.

Next is the sweet potato hash browns. I love potatoes as much as the next person, but white starches are a no for Paleo. So sweet it is! Gluten and dairy free as well!

Sweet Potato Hash Browns:
(6 small patties)

-1 large sweet potato grated
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced onions
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/4 teaspoon pepper
-1 Egg

Mix well. Make into patties. Heat pan to medium add olive oil or coconut oil. Cook well on each side until golden brown. I would say at least at 2 minutes in each. To make sure they stay together. I served it drizzled with natural honey.

It was the perfect pre-workout breakfast, filled us up and yummy too! Would you try this?

Xoxo,
Lb


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Hunt...

J and his Dad have been hunting this season already, I went up to the cabin but didn't actually go hunting. Well this past Sunday J wanted to get a deer before the season ended and asked me to go with him. I think he was expecting me to say no, but I figured what the heck? I said sure! I would love to. I will spare you the pictures of the actual deer, but we got one!! 

This was my hunting gear, BEFORE they bundled me up in a bunch of extra layers 
that quite frankly made me resemble the michelin man. 

There he is looking mighty handsome in his little hunting seat. They use rifles, so a deer stand is really a waste. It was def more exciting not giving the deer bait or tricking them. We just had to wait until one came by, the old fashioned way. By the way this can take hours. 


 This is what I did, read on my kindle. Until I saw the buck! J needs new contacts and we hadn't seen anything for like 2 hours. So I started looking around and then I saw one! I got so excited I almost screamed. I made the sign to J for the buck and we waited for him to come closer. He took off so J got an eye on him pretty far away and took a shot. He looked for him everywhere up on the hill and we couldn't find him. :(

 This is just a pretty shot of the sky. :) 

 Don't worry there is a happy end to our story, we were walking up to leave and I saw the white belly of something laying down. Sure enough there he was, our sneaky 5 point buck who almost got away! The stuff that happens next is not my favorite, no details. But he is now hanging on Grandmas cellar, getting tender. Here is a picture of a very tired J and LB, normally I wouldn't post but hey this is real life and we don't always look perfect. 

So now I want a monogrammed gun for Christmas, thoughts? :) 

xoxo,
lb

Friday, November 16, 2012

Event

My event last night was amazing!

It was for Match.com, who is now doing stir events! Great for anyone that is single and wanting to meet people in a relaxed environment!

Here are some pictures from it!!

Xoxo,
Lb





Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Perfect Pair

-Neiman Marcus & Target-

I'll admit, I didn't discover this on my own. I was finally catching up on blogs and obviously ran across, The Preppy Princess over at... http://thepreppyprincess.wordpress.com/ ...she had posted this concept and I got SO excited. How sweet!


Neiman Marcus and Target have paired up for the holiday season. They will donate $1 million to the Council of Fashion Designers of America, in support of the American Fashion Design community. So cool!

Here is the link for the gifts: http://www.neimanmarcus.com/category.jsp?itemId=cat44320738

These were some of my favorites:

Thom Browne Women's Blazer- $129.99
This pure wool women's blazer adds a bit of crisp polish to any wardrobe with its white piping, brass buttons and attention to technical details.





alice + olivia Bike- $499.99
Pedal in pretty designer style with this printed-decal 3-speed. This cruiser has lime-green contrasting color trim—including a spring-reinforced seat, cushioned handlebars and a decorative basket.





Band of Outsiders Cookie Cutters- $29.99 (set of 5)

Bake a batch of cookies with high-design cred, thanks to Band of Outsiders. These easy-to-clean, stainless-steel little gems, are anything but cookie cutter when it comes to the perfect holiday gift. They have soft silicone handles to make chicly sweet shapes a breeze. And don't forget to etch in some delicious detail with the decorative color stampers.



Happy Shopping! 
 
xoxo,
lb

Brooks Brothers Sale

Who doesn't love a good sale? And on Brooks Brothers clothing? Hello!

They are having an up to 50% off sale and with winter right around the corner,
it couldn't be a better time!

I'm obsessed with this trench!






xoxo,
lb

Semi-Wordless Wednesday...

Just me.




xoxo,
lb


Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday Munchies...

I would like to bring back Monday Munchies, because I love sharing recipes with y'all!

Today is a full meal, that is SUPER simple. Here is a picture first...



This meal is Paleo and super easy to make. First of all, wash and dry your chicken breasts. I got a honey balsamic seasoning at a local market here. Put olive oil and the seasoning in a bowl and coat the chicken with it. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.

The haricott vert is a simple bag from Trader Joe's, in the frozen section. I simply boiled it for a couple minutes and then added ham seasoning when it came out. The assembly was easy, but I wanted to add some kind of sauce...this is what came of it!

Honey Balsamic Sauce:
2-3 Tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Tablespoon Mustard
Pinch of Cinnamon
Pinch of Salt
Pinch of Pepper 

Mix well and pour in bottom of the plate!  

This meal was fabulous and full of flavor, if you try it let me know!

xoxo,
lb

The Big Move...

As some of you know, I am planning a possible to move to a wonderful, fabulous, fantastically southern city. I have spent a lot of time researching apartments, jobs, junior league (squeal), shopping, etc. This morning I started thinking about things that we all take for granted in our current towns that might not be available in our new cities!

I would LOVE to hear some ideas of things you have in your current cities that you COULD NOT live without in a new town.

I have a few things in my new town that I'm in LOVE with, obviously I'm going to share them with you!

This is a given. Trader Joe's is seriously an addiction for me.


Keeneland. I mean who doesn't love horse races and pretty hats?


An SEC school, with an amazing basketball team!


JCrew in the mall, obviously a requirement. :)


 A beautiful and lively downtown, full of young people.

These are just a few of my favorite things in this new city, what do you look for in a new place?

xoxo,
lb

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Extreme Couponer?

Wellll not quite but I could be considered close. Haha. I have been chatting with ladies about couponing and how exactly to make it work for you! I'm going to share some of my deals and how to make coupons your best friend. Although it takes some time, it's totally worth it! I promise. For these deals I shopped at Kroger and Target, both have great coupons and sales.

We eat a lot of meat in our house. Which can be expensive. These were originally $4.59 for the brats and $2.50 for the breakfast sausage. I had 50cent coupons for each of the brats, but at Kroger they will match your coupons up to a total of $1, so I got them for $3.59 a piece. Then there was a coupon on the brats that said free sausage with purchase of two brat, so that was free. What should have been $11.68 was $7.18!

Although we try to stay away from sugars, sometimes you need a bar on the go. Clif is always a great choice and these are a wonderful granola option. We are mostly Paleo but there are always exceptions. These are normally $2.50 a piece, making them 50cents each package. But I got these on "managers special" for $1.29 a piece, making them around 25 cents each! I bought 3 boxes I was so excited!

These are another splurge, I have been drinking coconut milk creamer for months but it's SO expensive. We drink coconut milk because we are mainly Paleo and Paleo means no dairy. I enjoy my coffee like a daily fix and I grew up with International Delight. ANYWAYS...These are normally anywhere from 2.99-3.50, depending on the store. They are on sale right now for 2.99 and I had a 55cent coupon, again turns into $1 off coupon for EACH one. Making them $1.99 a piece! Alright!

If you use a crock pot and don't use these, you are missing out. They are amazing and so so so easy!
They have been $1.97 and these come with 6 instead of 4, which is already a great deal. But I had $1 off for each off them, making them 97 cents for 6 liners! Super excited about one!

Anyone that knows me knows that I am a plug-in fanatic! Febreze is my favorite but they can run $9-$10 for a refill! What the heck?? These were on sale for $8 and I had a $3 off coupon, hello $5 for two of these heavenly scents. Success!

This is hands down the DEAL OF THE DAY!
I will try my best to explain it.
These were $2.50 on sale X 5 of them is $12.50.
But Target was doing buy 5 get $5 gift card, making it $7.50.
THEN I had Glade coupons that totaled $5 off, making it $2.50!!
$2.50 for all 5 of my favorite candles, Christmas scents too!
50 cents each for these is a STEAL!

What kind of deals have you gotten lately?
 I am always open to new sites and ideas.

xoxo,
your NOT so extreme couponer
lb


Friday, November 2, 2012

OOTD

I figured a post on clothing be appropriate. I spent a lot of time blogging about fashion before and I intend to continue that trend. Who doesn't love fashion? I have always been a bargain shopper but recently I have found myself more drawn to thrift stores and sale racks, just for the fun of it. If one of the pieces I'm was a great deal, I'll make note of it. Here are some of my OOTDs (outfit of the day) from the last couple months.

Oxford: Ralph Lauren from forever ago. Pencil skirt: Target $5.99. Pumps: DSW $11.


Cowl neck sweater: Converse $11. Skinny red pants: Walmart $15. Brown Boots: Target $8 last season.

Striped tank: JCREW $4. Blazer Nordstrom Rack: $20.

Cowl neck sweater: Target $11. Skinny pant: Loft $12. Boots: Justins.

Oxford: Thrifted mens $5. Side satchel: Target $15.

Dress: H&M $10. Wedges: Target $7.


Fashion can be affordable! It is a great feeling to get a deal on something you love! Even better that I get to share it with y'all!

What's the best deal you have scored recently? What stores do you like to shop at?

xoxo,
lb

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Where in the world is...

Sweet Southern Sophistication?
I'm here! I'm here!

To say it's been awhile is an understatement. Life has had some serious changes in the last 7 months. I will update you on everything in the next couple posts, but for this post I want to share with you all about where I am living. Some call it the blue grass state, some call it the horse capital of the world, but for me I now call it home. The great state of Kentucky. Although I never would have seen myself here, I have to say it's a very beautiful place. I have found love, friends, passion and hobbies in places I never imagined. Please join me while I share with you about my new life and begin blogging again.

Here are some of my favorite things about Kentucky, bow ties! Duh! Preppy people are everywhere.

The University of Kentucky wildcats. Although I will be a Gator girl for life, the cats are growing on me.
Plus J (my boyfriend) went there, but more about him in another post. 

The Kentucky Derby! Ummmm hello! Need I say more?


Beautiful landscape, like seriously this is a dream. :)



Plenty more updates to come on the rest of my life and all the updates. If you have any questions, feel free to ask away! Can't to blog more! Missed y'all.

xoxo,
lb

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Date Questions

Got this from http://cherishinghopesanddreams.blogspot.com/2012/01/30-things.html

How cute is this to ask each other when you first start dating? :)
THE LIST:

1. List 20 random facts about yourself.
2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears.
3. Describe your relationship with your parents.
4. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.
5. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?
6. What is the hardest thing you have ever experienced?
7. What is your dream job, and why?
8. What are 5 passions you have?
9. List 10 people who have influenced you and describe how.
10. Describe your most embarrasing moment.
11. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.
12. Describe a typical day in your current life.
13. Describe 5 weaknesses you have.
14. Describe 5 strengths you have.
15. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
17. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
18. What has been the most difficult thing you have had to forgive?
19. If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
20. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.
21. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it first?
22. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
23. List your top 5 hobbies and why you love them.
24. Describe your family dynamic of your childhood vs. your family dynamic now.
25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?
26. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?
27. What is your favorite part of your body and why?
28. What is your love language?
29. What do you think people misundertand most about you?
30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.