10 Most Wanted Valentine's Gifts for Her and Him

Why do we have a particular day that we say 'I Love You' with gifts??  I have no idea, but any excuse to give or get gifts is a good enough reason for me!

If you've left it too late to get here in time just print the picture out and put it in a card with the arrival date  :)

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Christmas Cookies

I don't bake often but when I do it's good!!

With Christmas coming I've been baking with Bronson who really just loves licking the bowl!  My latest item was S'mores Cookies that, if I do say so myself, where just like eating straight from the fire!

 

A purchase we made this past summer was some new patio furniture and we made sure to put it to good use.  Bronson had his first taste of S'mores by the 'campfire'!

 

The recipe for the cookies is below, I got if from Country Crock's list of Christmas Cookies.

I received a coupon for some buttery spread from Country Crock and Influenster complimentary for my honest review.  The spread definitely made the cookies have a great taste and was simple to use.

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  • Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Country Crock® Spreadable Sticks or Tub
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 6 bars (1.55 oz.) milk chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Mix Country Crock® Spread, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, egg, egg yolk and vanilla in large bowl until well mixed. Stir in remaining ingredients except milk chocolate and mini marshmallows until blended. (Dough will be soft and creamy.) Stir in half of the chopped milk chocolate until every spoonful of dough has some of the chocolate.
  2. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls on ungreased baking sheets 3-inches apart.
  3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until edges are lightly golden. Immediately top cookies with remaining chocolate and marshmallows. Return to oven and bake just until chocolate starts to melt and marshmallows begin to soften, about 30 seconds.
  4. Cool 1 minute on wire rack; remove from sheets and cool completely.

Tip: For inspiration for other delicious mix-ins, see our Make it Yours Cookie Recipe.

A Meal Catered to Perfection

Tracy and Collin travelled from England to stay with the Morelock family only to be taken out to eat every. single. night.  While I definitely won't complain at all to dining at nice restaurants twice a day for a week, I was craving a home cooked meal.  Then like magic I had a marvelous idea.  In come Tim and Johanna.

colin and tracy mellor, sister and brother in law

colin and tracy mellor, sister and brother in law

Tim and johanna o'nan, mission catering company

Tim and johanna o'nan, mission catering company

While driving to our restaurant for Wednesday night, I sent a text to my friend Johanna and asked her to come to my house and cook a meal.  Her response was 'sure'.

While it may seem strange to randomly ask someone to come cook for you, to Johanna it was a normal question.  Her and her husband Tim own an amazing catering business, Mission Catering Co.  So with literally less than 24 hours, they put together ingredients, came out to our house to teach and cook one of the best meals I've tasted.  Really.

Here are some pictures from our night.  I can't wait to have more friends over and do it all again.  I walked into my kitchen after we finished dessert to find that they had cleaned everything and I think it was tidier than when they entered.  Now, THAT I could get used to  :) 

True Southern Elegance

Have you ever had a project so dear to your heart that you have countless sleepless nights going through every idea in your mind?  For the fiftieth time.  That you resonate with and pushes you just enough outside your comfort zone that you know it has to be good.

I search through inspiration wherever I can find it; taking an idea, putting a twist to it and creating something new.  

This styled shoot was just that.  A Secret Garden was what I was going for and a secret garden was what I got!  No matter how much I try I am always adding or changing elements up until the last minute.  No matter the addition Chad is so gracious.  He just nods his head and says that he will do his best.  And he does.  Guys, his best is amazing.

Here is a sneak of the bridal portion.  Aren't they breathtaking??  Images by the ever so talented Morgan Marie and all other vendors are listed below.

Photography - Morgan Marie Photography / Model - Grace Wilson / Hair Stylist & Make Up Artist - Main Street Style / Jewelry - Morris Jewelry / Venue - Maple Run Farm / Flower Wholesaler - Fifty Flowers / Floral Stylist & Shoot Designer - Leona Morelock Designs

Fly Away With Me

Can you think of a better exit from your reception than to climb straight onto your personal jet and fly away to your honeymoon???

While that may be a little extreme an airport hanger can still be the perfect place to hold your celebration.  I had so much fun working on this styled shoot that was featured in KY Bride Magazine last Spring and yesterday Weddingstar featured the shoot - check it out here.

Below are some of my favorites ... and to let you in on a secret - it was freezing outside and Carly (my beautiful model and friend) was such a champ!!

I had a wonderful team of wedding creatives to help pull this off, don't I have the most amazing friends!

Images by Morgan Marie and all other vendors involved are listed below the images.

Photography -  Morgan Marie Photography / Floral Design - Petal and Pine / Venue - Bowling Green Airport / Cake Designer - LCD Cakes / Hair & Make Up Artist - Friendz Salon (Katie Eade) / Jewelry - Morris Jewelry / Desserts - Cocomo Confections / Model - Carly Garcia

Staycation

I'm sure you've heard the word.  To me it used to sound like ... no fun.

I've read you can try and act like a tourist in your town and go to favorite restaurants or places you've never been.  That might be for some, but for me, I wanted to be invisible.  

FIFTEEN years of marriage is a big deal!  When we realized we couldn't make it happen to go away I decided to make the most of our staycation.  I made our bedroom our luxury haven for the weekend.

First, lighting and mood.  I got a ton of candles, closed the blinds and used some white sheer fabric to cover the dressers

I went shopping on Amazon and ordered just a few things.  I have no idea how I came up with this, but I ordered a massage table??!!  The one I choose was $118, not nearly as expensive as I thought and we were saving money by staying home, right?  So with that I had to order some massage oil and some hot stones and maybe a mud mask thingy.  Just maybe.

The first night, we ordered some appetizers from The Bistro and they were perfect.  Crab cakes, bruschetta and potato skins.  I had some Sutter Home Fre Brut Alcohol Removed Champagne and the night was good.

For breakfast I had bought bagels and cream cheese and then an assortment of biscottis.  I found an amazing morning drink - Welch's  Sparkling Mango Bellini.  Then we played Jenga!  On each piece (both sides) I put a memory from the past 15 years.  When we pulled that piece out we reminisced.  We did pretty good with our tower and when it came crashing down we went through the pieces we missed.  Pretty cool idea, huh?

NCIS is our current Netflix series so that was on repeat when we were not playing Jenga or enjoying a massage ;)

For dinner on Saturday, we made amazing grilled cheese sandwiches!  The kind that has so much cheese it was actually dripping out of the sandwich maker.  Such a simple meal that was as 5 star as you could get with some Sutter Home Fre Premium Red Blend Alcohol Removed Wine.

Sunday morning came with fresh fruit and coffee.  Along with time for goal setting, personal and family.  I could feel the weekend coming to an end when we went to Panera for lunch and then went to pick up B from my parents.  We came home and I walked in my living room for the first time since Thursday.  I really felt like we had been away.

 

If you ever have a chance for a staycation I highly recommend!

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Cheers to massage tables and 15 years!