Friday, March 6, 2015

TGIF: Thank Goodness I Found Watercolor Flowers

Let's leave all this snow, ice and cold behind! It's time for some flowers to cheer us all up and looking forward to spring in a few weeks. I rounded up some watercolor florals to brighten up...goodbye winter, hello spring.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Golden Invitation

Gold is very on-trend now in many aspects of design-home decor, jewelry, hardware, and now weddings. I love the simple, elegant color that can be paired with so many other colors. I have had several brides choose ivory or white with gold and the look is flawless. Here are some of my past golden invitations.
Photography by Alison McQuain

My invitation

April & Matthew

Andrea & Bryce

Ali & Chase

Mary Lauren & Daniel

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tasty Tuesday: The Just Ripe Breakfast

My name is Alison and I am addicted to the Just Ripe Dixie Biscuit. And thanks to a visit last Fall, Laurie is too. So you don't live in Knoxville? No worries. I am here to help you recreate this masterpiece. It won't be a perfect rendition but it will be close.

Just Ripe is the perfect spot in my opinion. When we are craving a good brunch/lunch on the weekend (or whenever really) we hit this place often. The Dixie Biscuit is a perfect combination of sweet, spicy and savory wrapped in on delectable biscuit.

This delectable biscuit is made complete with pimento cheese, bacon, and pepper jelly. I always have them add a bit of their egg frittata as well. We made our own version with a bagel this past weekend. Whatever the carb of choice, just add the other ingredients and you will be golden. Benton's bacon is an ingredient all East Tennesseers use.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Musical Monday: Natalie Prass

So many fun records are being released as of late. And I've got another one for ya. Natalie Prass released a new self-title album recently that is quite, quite good. I've listed to it almost non-stop over the last couple of weeks. 

Natalie has a ton of tour dates and is currently across the pond touring with Ryan Adams. She'll be back stateside on March 21 for a show with Son Lux in New Orleans and has so many other dates following. A couple being at the Ryman in Nashville (where she lived during my college days). 

Take a listen and find her at a venue near you!


March Calendar

Guess what...this month spring will be here! I am normally a fan of winter and all its coziness but after the ice storm in Nashville that seemed to linger and continue to threaten us with winter weather, I am ready for some colorful flowers and warmth. For now, as we transition from one season to another, use your calendar to count down those days! Photo by the one and only Alison McQuain herself, download your cal here!


Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Lovely Shower

On love day weekend this month I was able to spend some time helping shower a sweet, new mom-to-be. It was the cutest ever. Valentine's Day mixed with a little girl baby shower is so perfect! My friend, Colleen, made some of the coolest paper flowers and brought some tasty treats from Magpies Bakery where she works. Tell me this isn't cute.

We had an afternoon shower so our menu was generally desserts. The mom-to-be, Grace, loves tiramisu so we had that. We also had a fruit, cheese and meat tray along with a veggie and hummus dip.

I love hosting little gatherings. If you don't usually host things give it a shot. Nothing has to be over the top. Simple or even quality store-bought food is perfect. Keeping a menu short and sweet (ha!) is easy and perfect. I had a drink station as well complete with hot water for tea or cocoa. We cozied up with our warm drinks, snacks and squealed over the most precious little people items.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tasty Tuesday: PB&J Smoothie Bowl

I am a little behind on the smoothie bowl trend, but I'm ok with that. When I can pretty much eat my breakfast like I just went to a Pinkberry, I'm happy. The concept is pretty similar: make a smoothie of your choice then top with fresh fruit, seeds or nuts. Keep your ingredients simple with your smoothie-a little protein powder, milk and fruit with toppings that go along with it. Start your day eating "ice cream" and it should be pretty awesome, right?

1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 cup milk
1 Tbsp protein powder
1/2 cup peanut butter

Dry roasted peanuts
Hemp seeds

Blend all ingredients together in a food processor or blender, then top with toppings of choice.


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