A few months back I told my sister-in-law I would bring a pie for Thanksgiving.  I have this problem of where I’m always wanting to try new recipes, which means that rather than opt for that tried-and-true dish that I know will be delicious, I take a risk on a new dish that may or may not be any good. I received this pie plate (and this loaf pan) that matches my everyday china from my in-laws recently, so I’ve been in full pie mode (Christian completely supports this)!  All of this being said, I wanted to try a chocolate pie for the holidays and lo and behold I found this recipe for the chocolate pie from The Help!

You might remember this scene (of which Christian and I love to quote), but this recipe is quick, easy and absolutely delicious.  I love that the recipe comes from Greenwood, Mississippi, where my grandmother lives and both of my parents grew up. Apparently they made over 50 pies for filming!

Fun fact: The home Bryce Dallas Howard’s character, “Hilly Holbrook,” lives in is actually my mom’s high school friend’s home and where my parents had their engagement party.

You need to make this pie.  Not only because of the movie, but also because it’s delicious!  Thanks for reading and don’t forget to enter the Lookbook Store giveaway – XO

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I’ve always enjoyed a caesar salad or house salad at restaurants as my meal, but in the past few years, I have somehow come to appreciate a really good chicken caesar salad. A simple dish that always hits the spot. I always make my own salad dressings (they just taste so much fresher), and have tried this lightened up caesar salad dressing before. It’s good, but lacks that creamy texture that traditional dressings have.

This recipe – this is the winner. It is so good, so rich and spot on – and I love that it uses Greek yogurt as the key ingredient! I would never think to try that but it is exactly what I was looking for in mastering a lower-calorie version of the flavorful dressing.


And what pairs better with a classic caesar salad than a good glass of wine? This decanter and these monogrammed rocking glasses from Personal Creations have been some of my favorite kitchen accessories lately. I’ve been wanting a decanter, and Christian and I have loved using this one as our weekend happy hour enabler. 🙂 We read this article and have really loved seeing how letting your wine breathe can really enhance the taste. We tested it out with one of our favorite bottles, and I definitely felt like I could really taste the richness even more so having let it breathe in the decanter beforehand.

Thanks for reading – and if you try this recipe, let me know what you think. A big WELCOME to any of you coming from our super fun Everygirl Home Tour today!  And don’t forget to enter the Nordstrom giveaway! XO –

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Now that I don’t go home to my parents or in-laws house for Thanksgiving, I realize how much I took these holidays for granted when all I did was show up!  Not that I don’t love cooking and showing my love for others through food (I mean, hello, I’m Southern), but I have a feeling I’m going to come home from work and will be up into the AM prepping for Thursday.  All in the name of a casserole, right?
It’s fine, now that I have a serious addiction to this podcast.


This year, I plan to bring several dishes, including this sweet potato pie that is delicious time and time again.  Christian and I aren’t huge pumpkin-lovers, so the sweet potato is the perfect pie to accompany the mandatory chocolate-anything pie.  And you can’t serve dessert on a holiday without a hot cup of coffee.  This year, I have fallen head over heels in love with my Nespresso VertuoLine. I love that I can instantly have a hot cup of coffee, flavored coffee, decaf, an espresso, latte, macchiato, you name it. It’s actually the perfect machine for entertaining because you can straight up take coffee orders like you’re at Starbucks (but not like this).




I fell in love with this machine when there was one in our villa on our honeymoon.  And not that Christian doesn’t have amazing coffee-making skills, but this Nespresso has me looking forward to my morning stumble down the stairs and it’s the perfect partner to my Thanksgiving holiday.  Who has one of these beauties and how much do you love it?

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to enter the Ray Ban and Rakani watch giveaway! XO –
This post is sponsored by Nespresso USA. All opinions are my own.  Thank you so much for reading and for making posts like these possible!
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I have a lot of spots I adore in New York.  After living there for a summer and visiting more times than I can count, some of my favorite gems include Ess-a-Bagel, tea at the St. Regis, the booths at Bryant Park at Christmas time (Manhattan Vintage in particular), lunch at L’Ecole, any meal at Cafeteria, walking around Pearl River Mart, dinner at Rosa Mexicano – I could go on forever!

However my brother recently added a go-to spot to the list – the chocolate chip cookies at Levain Bakery.  It’s so tiny and hidden you might miss it (confession: I walked past it twice and didn’t notice it), but once you get inside and smell the intoxicating aroma of baked goodness…you can’t buy a chocolate chip cookie fast enough.

My mom found a replica recipe years ago and made them for the family when we were all at Watercolor in Florida.  Christian, the man with an endless sweet tooth, has been begging me to make them ever since.  I refused because they have so much butter.  I finally caved and found this recipe.  I reduced the butter to one and one-fourth stick (it called for two) and still think they came out great!

I’m sure if I just put all the butter in there they would be even better…so if you try the recipe as is, let me know what you think!

Happy eating!  Thanks for reading and let me know if you try this recipe! XO –

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Christian and I recently bought some eggs from our neighborhood farmers market and while they sat in my refrigerator, I was trying to think of how the two of us would go through a dozen eggs.  I like a hard-boiled egg occasionally, but other than that and the occasional baking, I don’t really eat them.

I stumbled up this recipe and knew it would be the perfect way to take advantage of these fresh eggs and veggies.  Easy and fresh – it tastes great warm or at room temperature.  It was a great dinner and an even better lunch the next day.

Are y’all big egg-eaters?  If so, what’s our favorite way to cook/serve them?  This is starting to sound like Runaway Bride (remember?), but I’m genuinely curious!

Thanks so much for reading and let me know if you try this recipe! XO –

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I was in the kitchen at work one day and noticed a coworker putting together a delicious kale and quinoa salad.  If I was a Californian, I would have observed from afar, trying to piece together the ingredients.  However I am Southern, so I poked my head in her salad and immediately asked, “what all you got in there!?”

She sweetly shared the ingredients with me (and didn’t ask me to get my face out of her lunch), and I knew I would be recreating this salad at home.  So fresh, healthy and delicious – it’s been one of my go-to packed lunches and I wanted to share.

You’ll Need: 
  • kale
  • shredded brussels sprouts (optional – I just love some sprouts!)
  • 1/3 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup red or green onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • a few slices of avocado
  • Dressing:  1 TB whole grain dijon mustard
  • Dressing:  2 parts balsamic vinegar to 1 part olive oil (to taste)
  • Dressing:  salt & pepper to taste

Chop the veggies (excluding avocado) and toss in a bowl (or on a plate).  Mix the dressing together in a sealed container (I use a mason jar) and shake well.  Pour over salad and veggies, layer avocado over the top of the salad and bon appétit!


Do you have a favorite kale salad?  Do share!  Thanks so much for reading and don’t forget to enter the Kiki La’Rue giveaway! XO –

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Christian loves some horchata.  I was always a little hesitant to try it – this mysteriously sweet milky concoction that I wasn’t even sure what the ingredients were.  BUT, a sip here and a sip there of his drink and I was like, “alright, I’ve got to figure out what’s in this.”

After doing some research I was so surprised how simple it was to make.  I made a batch at home in no time and Christian couldn’t have been happier!  This is definitely a great little dessert drink and I look forward to occasionally spiking it.

 You’ll need:

  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 TB vanilla extract
  • 1/2 TB ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

Blend the rice and water in a blender for about a minute.  Let this mixture sit overnight at room temperature (I let it sit about seven hours).   Strain the rice-water mixture in a nut milk bag (I used a nut milk bag that I often use for juicing, but I noticed when I was pouring the mixture into a bowl the majority of the rice was stuck to the bottom of the blender so it was really easy).  Stir in milk, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar.  Pour into pitcher and serve over ice.

Do you like horchata?  And more importantly, have you ever spiked it?

Thanks so much for reading! XO –

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We’ve had a heat wave in Southern California and I’ve been melting!  With summer bringing the heat, my girlfriend told me she had made some watermelon juice.  It sounded so easy and delicious that I knew I had to give it a try.

You’ll need:

  • 1/4 of a large watermelon, chopped OR one small 6-8 oz. watermelon
  • one lime
  • mint + lime for garnish (optional)

Toss your chopped watermelon (or a small 6-8 oz. melon) in the blender.  Once blended (just a minute or two), add the juice of one lime.  Blend for a few more seconds and then pour over ice and serve.  Stays in the fridge for a few days, but always stir before serving!


Yum!  This is the perfect morning juice or refreshing treat after a day at the pool.  Of course, I prefer the latter.  Thanks so much for reading and don’t forget to enter the Burt’s Bees giveaway! XO –

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One of Christian’s favorite things to do on a Saturday off is to go to our little neighborhood donut shop and pick out his weekend donuts.  So a little while back I surprised my sweets-loving significant other with a donut pan thinking we (more like I) could learn to make donuts together.  Fun idea, right!?

This pan sat in our cabinet for almost a year before I took the time to find a recipe and try out some baked donuts for myself. No excuses.  Sidenote:  I like how people use that saying “no excuses” for exercise and I use it for donut recipes.  That really says a lot about me.  #CarbsForever

This recipe was so darling and I knew I had to use it for my first whirl with my donut pan.  Sprinkles!! What’s not to love?

This recipe made nine donuts and I stored them in an airtight container.  They stayed fresh for three days and lasted no longer. Success!  Have you made homemade donuts before?  I’d love to hear what you thought.  Thanks so much for reading – XO

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Christian has taught me to love a cast iron skillet.  For those of you who have really been following CBL, you might remember this skillet cookie post from two years ago (that photography – YIKES!). From there we’ve gone to brown butter veggie skillet pasta, summer vegetable sandwiches, heirloom bruschetta and skillet s’mores (a personal favorite).

I wanted to bake something sweet for Christian when I got home from Chicago and I knew there had to be a skillet brownie recipe out there.  I found this one and since I already had the simple ingredients in my kitchen, I whipped it up for a decadent dessert.  So rich and delicious, these might be my favorite brownies I’ve ever made!


Y’all give it a try and let me know what you think.  I’m definitely going back for seconds.  Thanks for reading! XO

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I recently stumbled across this food blog and immediately wanted to try this recipe.  I cook mostly vegetarian and am so fortunate that Christian will go along with it.  Don’t get me wrong, he asked for a gift card to The Meat House for his birthday, but he goes along with my meal plans as long as he’s not the one cooking.

A one-pot recipe, I was all in!  So easy and fresh, this is definitely an inexpensive, healthy and delicious weeknight dinner.  I’ll be making this again.  If you give it a try let me know what you think!

An adorable Mississippi cutting board from my Aunt Re.

Bon appétit!  Thank you so much for reading – XO

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Another Budget Bytes recipe (you can see the first one here)!  This pasta was a big hit with Christian and a fun dish to cook together (or just stuff the shells).  I’ve never actually cooked with these jumbo pasta shells, but I think there’s a lot of potential for some goodness here.

Because I’m a big fan of carbs.

Big fan.


If you try this recipe, let me know what you think!  Do y’all have any yummy jumbo pasta recipes? Thanks so much for reading and sharing – XO –

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