Sweetheart Sangria: Valentines Day

Hello loves! Just a quick note to wish you a wonderful weekend. What are you doing for Valentine's Day? Are you spending it with that special someone or hanging with your best girlfriends? Either way, this rose sangria or "sweetheart sangria" is sure to put a smile on your face.

You can find the recipe for this Valentine's cocktail over on Society Social. It's the perfect way to spread the love! XOXO

*photos and styling by Amy Mikkelsen

Life Lately...

Life lately...Our family has seen a lot of change over the past few months! 

In October we began searching for a new home after finding out we were expecting BABY BOY #3. We knew we needed more space to raise our family and as much as we adored our 1960's ranch on a basement, we were already busting at the seams! I expected our search to last well into spring but we found our new home right before Thanksgiving which threw us into a perpetual state of chaos right before the holidays. We then had to turn around and get our current house ready to sell. With the kids out of school and our house officially on the market, we decided it was easier to get away for the holidays than stay here and have to clean house for potential buyers everyday. We headed to South Carolina for Thanksgiving and stayed in Debordieu. Have you been there? It's a lovely spot near Pawley's Island.

We moved into the new house the first weekend of December and tried to get somewhat settled before Christmas. Luke just happened to turn 8 that weekend too. We took time to celebrate and somewhere there are pictures.  He is such an awesome kid. I call him my gentle giant. He's got such a sweet heart and is so very patient with his energetic little brother, Jett. 

Christmas break was spent lounging in our pjs and visiting with friends and family. We had a lot of visitors to the new house despite it's constant state of disarray. 

The boys are doing a great job of breaking in the place. It's seen a ton of truck action as well as Nerf gun fights and wrestling matches. And I'm getting used to having stairs, especially being so pregnant!  

Had to share a New Years Day photo with y'all too. Daniel (Mr. Your Southern Peach) outdid himself this year. The collards were amazing but the black eyed peas were his best ever. One day, I'll sit down and grab his recipe.

As for now, we are finally in a spot where we can actually start thinking and preparing for baby. The crib isn't assembled and is currently being used as a pretend "jail" where the boys lock up Grandma sometimes. We do not have a name for the baby yet and we still have to get a car that will fit our entire family. We DO have a car seat, some hand me down clothes and lots of love! It's a start...

Bold GameDay Shrimp

Panko and Almond Crusted Shrimp

Happy New Year y'all! Can you believe January is almost in the books? It feels great to be back into the world of blogging after a strenuous move over the holidays. We're slowly settling into the new house and I promise to share more personal details on Monday! I spent some time yesterday cooking up these delicious shrimp and discovering where the good light is in the new house and it felt so good to be doing something "normal."

What are your plans this weekend? We're catching up with friends and of course, watching the big game on Sunday. I teamed up with Blue Diamond  to create these Bold Gameday Shrimp. Ever heard of the saying, "Go big or go home?" These shrimp are bold enough for the big day but not overly spicy. If you're anything like me, you enjoy the football game but you're really just there for the food, right? What's your favorite gameday snack?

Fried Shrimp with Panko and Almond Shrimp

***** Bold Game Day Shrimp *****

// Ingredients //

1/2 cup vegetable oil, more if needed
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 large egg
1 tablespoon hot sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup Blue Diamond Wasabi and Soy Sauce Almonds, coarsely ground *
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 lb. peeled and deveined shrimp
Sweet Thai Chili sauce for garnish

// Instructions //

In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, flour, cornstarch, egg, and hot sauce. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine Panko breads crumbs, ground almonds, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper.

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and set aside. Line a plate with paper towels and set aside.

One at a time, dip shrimp into buttermilk mixture, allowing excess to drip off. Then press shrimp into panko mixture, coating both sides. Place shrimp on prepared cookie sheet while dipping the remaining shrimp.

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Working in batches, gently place shrimp into skillet. Allow to cook 2 minutes, flip and cook another minute. Remove promptly and place on plate lined with paper towels.

Serve with sweet Thai chili sauce and lemon slices!

*I used my coffee bean grinder for this task. Be careful not to over grind the almonds because you will end up with almond butter!

fried shrimp with panko and almond crust

** This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. For more game changing snacks, visit Blue Diamond Almonds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Styling and photography by Amy Mikkelsen

Thanksgiving Leftovers :: The Day After

Happy (Day After) Thanksgiving fellow peaches! How was your holiday? I love a traditional Thanksgiving at home but we decided to shake things up this year and escape to the South Carolina coast with family. We're enjoying the downtime and the boys are having a blast playing with their cousins everyday. We have been so busy on the home front lately, so this time away has been great for us. Looking forward to writing more in the weeks to come regarding some exciting changes for our family. In the meantime, I hope you're enjoying leftovers and the long holiday weekend! 

*styling and photography by Amy Mikkelsen