A Planner’s Brunch!

I’m fortunate enough to live in an amazing city where women are SUPPORTIVE and KIND to one another in business and want to see one another SUCCEED.  That is why I’m so happy to be a part of the Nashville Wedding Planner’s Group, where a bunch of business owners can be friends instead of competitors.

Last month a few of us put together a brunch to showcase some local vendors and enjoy one another’s company.  It turned out so beautifully thanks to an amazing collaboration of planners and vendors!  Enjoy!

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Venue: Flavor Catering
Food: Flavor Catering
Photographer: CK Dirks Photography
Flowers: Lauren Marie Atkinson
Rentals: 12th Table
Paper: Designs in Paper
DJ: 3rd Coast Entertainment
Bartender: J Jackson Mobile Mixologist
Alcohol: Red Wine & Spirits
Favors: Mason & Co.

 

Indulge: In a Happy, Healthy Easter weekend!

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We love Fridays, and this one is Good Friday, so all the more to celebrate!

While some of you may be fasting today and others not eating meat, we know there is a weekend of feasting ahead and uniting over the celebration of life! Cooking is always one of our favorite times to come together with friends and family, but with so much to do between dying eggs Easter egg hunts and possibly attending a church service, how much time do you really have to cook? Not to mention, the over-consumption of chocolate and jelly beans can be a little unforgiving, so add some delicious and savory options into the mix!

This is our quick and easy – and amazing tasting – salmon with veggies recipe for you to enjoy on this Good Friday or to serve to the masses on Sunday!
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White Wine Salmon

2 pieces salmon (or a large nice slab if there’s a group!)
White wine
lemon juice
soy sauce
garlic
sea salt
capers (optional)
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No need to do much measuring on this one, so just prep your fresh salmon in the pan pouring over a splash of wine, cover in lemon juice, add the soy, then garlic and salt.

Let marinate for no longer than 30 mins consistently re-pouring the marinade over the top of the fish.  Set the broiler on high (or enclose in aluminum wrap and throw on the grill) and cook for 10 minutes, checking every 2 mins thereafter.  Unless your fish is very thick or big, 10 mins should give you a perfect, medium cooked fish!

Brussel Sprouts

These easy peasy sprouts can cook at the same time! Start them first, then throw them in the oven when your fish starts marinating.
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1 bunch or bag brussel sprouts
olive oil
garlic powder
salt and pepper

Cut off edges of sprouts, cut in half and peel off excess leaves that are bad. Then sprinkle with olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Toss/roll around sprouts to be completely covered.  Put in oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

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And all you have to do is enjoy!  Feel free to add in your favorite carb side (we opted for simple cooked black beans to keep this meal lean) to round out the mix. Such little work, minimal ingredients, and nothing but smiling faces!  Happy Easter!

 

 

Seriously Cinco de Mayo!

This could be one of my favorite holidays, and since I’m Mexican, I totally claim it as my own because I can not get enough of the food.  My LA bff told me when we met that she doesn’t like Mexican food and I almost broke up with her on the spot.  We have since worked on her palate.

So in celebration of beer drinking donkey’s IMG_2640and mariachi bands (oh, and that whole Mexican victory over France thing), I am sharing with you my fav mango bean salsa and margarita mayhem recipe!  In case you want a refresher for what May Five is really about, here’s your quickie wiki version.

Mango Salsa (feel free to adjust measurements)
2 mangoes cut up into cubes
1/2 can of black beans
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1/3 red onion diced
1 avocado cubed
1 T fresh mint chopped up
2 T honey
lime juice
sprinkled salt
a tiny but of cayenne or chili powder

add everything in a bowl, mix real good, and chill for up to 2 hours before serving!

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2 c sweet and sour mix
1.5 c tequila
1 c triple sec
1/3 c grand marnier
squeeze a lime in each glass, serve blended or on the rocks!