DIY Travel Memory Boxes

It’s time for another DIY!  I love DIY projects because they give me something to do other than work or blog, and then you end up with something great in return!  This DIY is about how I document our travels together as a couple by creating DIY travel memory boxes!  I’ve also DIYed my DIY Bar Cart, DIY Painted Shoes, and DIY Gold Spray Painted Vases.diy-travel-memory-boxes

So for those of you who don’t know (which may be a great many of you), my husband and I met in Sydney, Australia on a study abroad during law school.  We went to two different law schools less than an hour apart, but it wasn’t until we landed in Sydney that our eyes met. (more…)

Present Sense Impressions: Link Love

In law, Present Sense Impressions are statements which describe an event while it is occurring. These posts contain my daily musings, like good finds on Pinterest, recipes I’m drooling over, and other things that I’m generally loving lately. 

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I can’t believe it’s summer.  Except I can totally believe it because it’s hot as Hades up in North Carolina right now.  And all I want are all of the cold and iced things, summer fruits and healthy salads!  Like:

These Brown Butter Shortbread Parfaits with Coconut Cream.  Dead.  I just want to stick my face right into that bowl.

I want a pitcher of The Firecracker Cocktail — Watermelon, Lime and Cucumber y’all.  Come to Mama.

This Potato Chip Caramel Ice Cream.  I’m just so intrigued! (more…)

Honey-Lime Grapefruit Margaritas

This margarita was seriously one of the best margaritas I have had ever.  I know that sounds like a bold statement, but y’all.  This was seriously delicious and the flavors were so on point that I’m sitting here wanting another one as I type this now!  Honey-Lime Grapefruit Margarita

The honey-lime simple syrup really added a lot more than I thought possible, and gave it the most incredible sweetness without being cloying at all.  The trick is to make the simple syrup first, then add it to the cocktail.

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This Week On The Docket

In court every morning, the judge calls the “docket” or the calendar for that day. Here on the blog, “The Docket” is my weekly post that gives you a little peek into the life of the Attorney in an Apron, and what kinds of fun things are happening in my life this week! 

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So as you can probably tell from this photo, this week for me was about starting my new journey into healthier living.  I’m working on getting back to the weight where I felt fit and healthy, and so far am enjoying every step of the way.

I started a new nutritional cleanse on Monday after seeing the incredible results my wedding hair and makeup artist experienced from doing the same program.  It’s been a week so far, and even though it’s only the first week, I’m already seeing results!  I feel incredible, have so much more energy, I’m becoming a morning person (like what!?) and my chronic pain has subsided a bit.  Not to mention I’ve lost weight!  I’m seriously loving it and if you want more info just shoot me an email at orderinthekitchenblog [at] gmail [dot] com and I will give you the deets!

The rest of the week was jam packed with lots of work (which is a good thing!)!  Meetings, networking functions, a continuing legal education, and court filings.  I’ve been a pretty busy girl this week so I relaxed most of Saturday (other than making my next Torte Tuesday post…hint: it’s healthy!) and today.  I’m actually pretty proud that I was able to eat healthy during such a stressful week but I was able to manage with some careful planning!

Last Sunday we of course celebrated Father’s Day.  My dad came over, and I made him a delicious dinner with steak, summer salad, a delicious dip and some stuffed peppers (will be sharing these two recipes soon!).  After dinner we watched the wedding video and dad obviously got a little choked up!  All in all it was a great Father’s Day and we had a nice time together.

So what have you been up to this week?  What’s on your docket for this week?

#OXOFarmTour and a Summer Salad

Summer Salad from Order in the KitchenThis tour of the Hood River Valley was sponsored by OXO and Travel Oregon and was available to the participants of #indulgeconPDX.  All opinions are of course my own, and that opinion is that this city girl was incredibly blessed to be able to go on this fantastic tour.  Not only was it fun but it was educational.  Not just beautiful, but also delicious.  It was an experience for all of my senses, and I’m sitting here back in North Carolina just thinking about how lucky I am to have been able to take part in such a unique experience. (more…)

Bratwursts and Apple Sidecars

I can’t believe it’s summer already!  Time has come and gone and our spring wedding is now two months behind us!  When I think of summer, I think of sitting out on my balcony, overlooking the pool, grilling out and enjoying a cool drink.  These bratwursts fulfilled my summer dreams.  Omaha Steaks graciously provided me with these bratwursts, however, all opinions are, as always, my own.Bratwursts and Apple SidecarsI know that bratwursts are typically enjoyed with a cold beer.  And while I enjoy this combo and appreciate a cold brewski as much as the next guy, I wanted to do something a tad different.  I wanted to create a fun summer cocktail that was crisp and citrusy.  Now whenever Matt wants me to make them, he just says “can you make me your drink?”  I have a drink now, y’all! (more…)

Present Sense Impressions (Link Love)

In law, Present Sense Impressions are statements which describe an event while it is occurring. These posts contain my daily musings, like good finds on Pinterest, recipes I’m drooling over, and other things that I’m generally loving lately. present sense impressions

It’s been awhile since I last shared so of course I have a million things to share now! I’m obsessing over so many things on the web, it’s the perfect way to welcome the start of summertime.

I want to take these Strawberry Buttermilk Sprinkle Donuts and dunk them in this Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Milk.  Sorry I’m not sorry I clearly am not ready for swimsuit season.

This Caramel Marscarpone Tart with Pears is almost to pretty to eat (like I’m making the heart eyes emoji right now with my face).

These Horchata Popsicles are perfect for summer!  One of my favorite drinks ever, finally in dessert form!

This Bourbon Cherry and Almond Dutch Baby makes me want to have a re-do on the weekend and make these for breakfast.  And also host a brunch, because I think these would surely be a crowd-pleaser!  I could also whip up this Baked Raspberry French Toast, although I’m not sure I’d share 😉

This Rhubarb Simple Syrup looks incredible and I would LOVE to make so many cocktails with it.  Endless possibilities.

I’m OBSESSED with this Watercolor Buttercream Cake from my ultimate cake girl crush Sweetapolita.  Like, I’ve already thought of an opportunity to make it.  YES.

I can practically taste the delicious crunch on these Homemade French Baguettes through my computer screen!  I need them.  With butter and cheese please.

And it wouldn’t really be summer without a thirst quenching cocktail.  It’s only June but I can already tell this Sparkling Cucumber Watermelon Sangria will be one of my absolute favorites for the entire summer.

Virtual Progressive Dinner: Kir Royale Sherbet (revisited)

Welcome!  This is the final stop along Lilly’s Table Virtual Progressive Dinner blog tour!  This Raspberry Buttermilk Sherbet is the perfect summer recipe to accompany some cold prosecco and create your very own Kir Royale Sherbet dessert.  This recipe is simple, and it’s very easy to swap out the raspberries for your favorite summer fruit!dessert order in the kitchen

The following lovely ladies and their delicious dishes were from earlier in the week!

This Kir Royale Sherbet is the perfect dessert for summertime using fresh produce!

Puree fresh peaches instead of raspberries to make your kir royale a bellini.  Use fresh blackberries or blueberries instead of raspberries or use a mixture of all three.  Add in strawberries or cherries!  Get creative with this one!  Use any mixture of summer fruits to create the perfect sherbet for a hot summer night! (more…)

#TASTE15: California (Part 2)

And we’re back! Again, I would like to thank the team at Best Food Facts for putting this all together and for inviting me to be a part of this incredible travel and learning experience.  Full disclosure: This trip was sponsored by and paid for by Best Food Facts.  Although the trip was provided to me, I was not compensated to attend the trip, or to write these recap posts.  All opinions are my own, as always.  Because this trip included so many incredible experiences, I have divided it up into two posts, to keep from writing a novel for one post… the first part of this recap can be found here.#TASTE15 California

So I left off at the farm, and we came back to Davis to have lunch and enjoy  a quick little break before heading over to the Robert Mondavi Institute at UC Davis.  I was very much looking forward to this, as we were going to be doing a honey tasting and an olive oil tasting.  As we pulled up to the campus, I was immediately impressed.  The gardens on the grounds are absolutely spectacular. (more…)

#TASTE15 California (Part 1)

Where to begin with this trip?!?  Firstly, I would like to thank the team at Best Food Facts for putting this all together and for inviting me to be a part of this incredible travel and learning experience.  Full disclosure: This trip was sponsored by and paid for by Best Food Facts.  Although the trip was provided to me, I was not compensated to attend the trip, or to write these recap posts.  All opinions are my own, as always.  Because this trip included so many incredible experiences, I have divided it up into two posts, to keep from writing a novel for one post.Putah Creek Winery

This trip lined up perfectly with my trip to Portland, since #TASTE15 was set to start only two days after #indulgeconPDX ended.  Phi and I spent one extra night in Portland, because we had gone on an all-day excursion to Hood River Valley, and then Best Food Facts flew us to California a day early to hang out with them and get situated in Davis. (more…)

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