La Vie En Rose Bridal Shower

So today I’m going to take a cue from my most popular post ever published, and give you another hosting and entertaining type post by telling you how I threw a La Vie En Rose inspired Bridal Shower and how you can do it too!La-Vie-En-Rose-Bridal-Shower

I knew I wanted to have this theme right away.  By right away, I mean as soon as I realized I was engaged and that I would be having a bridal shower.  The theme came somewhat naturally, as I’m obsessed with all things French and La Vie en Rose is one of my favorite songs of all time… I have several versions on my iPod.  So Bienvenue (Welcome) and see how this swanky soiree went down… (more…)

Kitchen Knife Guide

Hey y’all!  I’ve got something special up my sleeve for you today!  The awesome people at have created a Kitchen Knife Guide and sent it to me to share with you guys!  I thought it was fabulously done and easily explained all the different types of knives and what they are best used for.  So check it out and let me know what you think in the comments! (more…)

Present Sense Impressions: St. Paddy’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

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.  



Here are some St. Patrick’s Day goodies that I’ve been eyeing over the last week…

Lamb Stew … comfort food x infinity.

Irish Soda Bread … to dip in my lamb stew. And for general eating with lots and lots of butter.

Greens and Grains Soup … My mind wants soup even though its like 70 degrees out.  Can’t stop thinking about this one.

Guinness Cupcakes with Toasted Beer Marshmallow Meringue … I mean whattttt?  These look superb. (more…)

This Week on “The Docket”: #ChiTownRetreat

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! #ChiTownRetreat

This week flew by just as the last few weeks have flown by.  The wedding is now less than 2 weeks away, and while I’m definitely ready for it to be here, there is of course that little anxiety of knowing that most likely something will go wrong and just hoping that it’s something small.

So the week went by with work being a bit more stressful than normal, due to impending court deadlines and knowing that I would be out of the office for two days at the end of the week.  I had planned to take those two days off for months and since I work remotely anyway, it usually isn’t a huge deal to be someplace else, but this week just had some added stress because I had several meetings and several wedding-related tasks to finish up.

I took Thursday and Friday “off” and went to Chicago for an incredible food blogger retreat.  I say “off” because I was still technically “on” when it came to work, as I don’t want to ignore clients during the work week if they need my advice.  But the retreat was truly incredible and I can’t wait to tell you about it, so let’s just dive right in shall we? (more…)

Lucky Charms Bailey’s Bark

This week’s Fee SIMPLE Friday recipe is a deliciously indulgent Lucky Charms Bailey’s Bark! On Fee SIMPLE Fridays you will get easy recipes.  In the legal field, Fee Simple is the absolute ownership of property to the exclusion of others.  I want you to own your kitchen every Friday with these easy-to-make recipes!

Lucky Charms Bailey's BarkThis Fee SIMPLE Friday, I’m hanging out in ChiTown with several other bloggers who I love and admire, enjoying #ChiTownRetreat!  You KNOW I will blog about later, so don’t worry, you’ll get the inside scoop. But for now let’s talk about this bark…


Peanut Butter SNICKERS Waffles

These Peanut Butter SNICKERS® Waffles help jumpstart your morning and are part of a shop that has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhenImHungry #CollectiveBias

SNICKERS Peanut Butter Waffles

I often find that I’m the most hungry in the morning, first thing when I get up. This pretty much sums up why I’m not a morning person at all. When I get up in the morning, I am just not me. I’m tired, I’m hungry, and I basically just have no energy. Breakfast is what gets me going and jumpstarts my day, and I’m always looking for fun creative ways to bump up my breakfast game! (more…)

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

So remember when I posted this on Instagram? A big fat teaser that I was going to be hosting a giveaway of this fantastic book by my amazing friend Christina from Dessert for Two?Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

Well the time has come, and I cannot WAIT to tell you about this incredible book and all of the fabulous things that she put into it!  I decided to host the giveaway this month because Valentine’s had already passed and people don’t only eat dessert on Valentine’s anyway!  But this month is very special to me because at the end of this month, I’m getting married!  So in honor of our wedding and all things “for two,” I’m going to tell you all about this beautiful book and then tell you how you can win one!  (Giveaway now CLOSED) (more…)

Torte Tuesday: Pear Torte

Well, it’s that time again! Tort(e) Tuesday is officially here and this month we are enjoying a fabulous Pear Tort(e)!  I call it a Tort(e) because it has multiple meanings: (1) a Tort is a “wrongful act . . . that results in injury to another person, property, reputation or the like.” and (2) a Torte, with an “e” is “a rich cake, especially one containing little or no flour.”

Pear Torte (more…)

This Week on The Docket: A Moment of Silence for Oma


Hi all… as you know by now, The Docket is where I go through my weekly happenings, much like the court goes through the calendar every morning. This week I’ll be doing something a little different, as my last living grandparent left this earth yesterday to join her parents and my grandfather.25739_1153909907404_3908483_n

The rest of this post shall be photos of Oma in a Silent Sunday tribute, but I will leave you with this message to her:  Rest peacefully Oma…the Benner clan will miss its matriarch… we will be comforted by the beautiful new beginning for you and the end of your pain.  We love you so much and know that you can see all who loved you and know them by name.   (more…)

Seared Ribeye Steaks with Asparagus Salad

This seared ribeye steak with asparagus salad, topped with a fried egg, is perfect for an intimate date night. This post was sponsored by Omaha Steaks, however, all opinions are, as always, mine alone. #ad

Seared Ribeye with Asparagus Salad and Fried EggOn Fee SIMPLE Fridays you will get easy recipes.  In the legal field, Fee Simple is the absolute ownership of property to the exclusion of others.  I want you to own your kitchen every Friday with these easy-to-make recipes!  Read on for MORE! (more…)

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