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Grilled Peach Salad with Sugar Snap Peas, Candied Pecans, Herbed Goat Cheese & Fig Balsamic

A Delightful, Seasonal Salad to Serve on Mother's Day & All Summer Long
May 5, 2016

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When menu planning for a day like Mother’s Day, I often go back and forth about what to serve that’s just as tasty as it is beautiful.  And there’s one thing I know for sure: I’m serving this Grilled Georgia Peach Salad again this year (and all summer long).  While Mama K and I shot our Mother’s Day brunch inspiration with J.McLaughlin, we were the most excited about devouring this salad, along with all the cheese, once the shoot was wrapped! 

Fitting of any Georgia gal, I love pretty much peach-anything, and grilled peaches take that love to a whole new level, let me tell you. There’s something about the way the juicy fruit softens, sweetens and turns golden brown, exploding with the taste of summer in each bite. Grilling the peaches gives the fruit a new dimension to its sweetness, and paired with tangy fig balsamic, bitter arugula, herbed goat cheese, sweet snap peas and candied pecans…it’s just all a little unreal and has me excited about salads again.

And of course you know (or at least if you follow along) how I always talk about texture with my dishes, and this grilled peach salad hits the mark. The tender grilled peaches + fresh pop of snap peas + crunch of the candied pecans makes for one wonderful bite every time.  Tell me, have you fired up the grill this season yet?!  Truly, MKR

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Rhubarb & Strawberry Gin Fizz

A Feminine, But Not-Too-Sweet Cocktail Worth Toasting To
May 3, 2016

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Yesterday’s Mother’s Day brunch shoot was one for the books, but mostly because I had my mother beside me.  I knew she’d be tickled with the new clothes from J.McLaughlin, and planning a tasty spread for her was a piece of cake with all of her favorites.  I knew, too, that there’s probably nothing she loves more this time of year than sweet fresh strawberries and tart rhubarb, so what better way to use them than in a refreshing rhubarb strawberry gin fizz cocktail?!

I’ve played around with gin fizz variations before (Bruleed Grapefruit Gin Fizz is one of our most popular cocktail recipes of all time and our most recent Lemongrass Gin Fizz is amazing), and I tend to always love them because the fizz offers that bubbly-let’s-celebrate feeling to any gathering.  Since of course we’re celebrating Mama K here, I was eager to mix these up with strawberries, but I knew I didn’t want the recipe to become too one note.  Enter the perfect, seasonal counterpart to a strawberry, rhubarb.  Being known for its biter and tart taste rhubarb compliments those sweet strawberries to a tee.  The result, a girly, tangy, sweet pink drink you’ll never want to put down.  Tell me friends, how will you be toasting Mom? Truly, MKR

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A Mother’s Day Brunch With J.McLaughlin

Easy, Effortless Looks for Mom & Me for Mother's Day Brunch
May 2, 2016

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If there’s ever a reason to go all out, I’d say Mother’s Day is an obvious choice.  This year when prepping for the big day, I had an idea of what I wanted to pull together; a no-fuss brunch filled with all of mom’s favorites.  Miniature cast iron skillet quiches, almond filled croissants, macaroons, and the ultimate fruit tart.  A fresh (and super simple) salad of grilled Georgia peaches, spring snap peas, and candied pecans, plus a seasonal rhubarb and strawberry fizzy libation (recipes coming this week).  And of course, plenty of cheeses and nuts to nibble on, as I know we’ll linger at the table long after official brunch hours are through.

This year, though, I knew the biggest treat of all wouldn’t be the brunch, but rather what I had waiting for her at brunch.  You see my Mother is one of the most selfless, giving, generous people I know.  Always caring for others before herself, often pushing her needs and wants to the side, which means Mama K does not treat herself near enough.  So along with brunch and blooms, I also had a new spring wardrobe waiting for her from one of our favorites, J.McLaughlin.   

J.McLaughlin is a go-to for me when I’m in need of high quality, effortless looks that I (and Mom) will wear for years to come.  For Mom, I picked out a few spring shirtdresses in punched up patterns I knew she could dress up for a date night with Dad, or throw on some sandals for a more casual day look.  Because Mom loves color, I also snagged her these amazing silk and linen pants in marigold (I grabbed the ivory for myself), a blue gingham button down and easy summer sweater.  I, of course, couldn’t resist picking up a few things for myself like this classic and comfortable stripe dress, pom-pom shorts because obviously they have pom-poms, and my soon to be worn-way-too-much palm river hat.

To say Mom was surprised by the day is an understatement.  It helped that we celebrated early since little did she know she’d also be wrangled into a photo shoot, which honestly I wish you could have been a fly on the wall for.  Let’s just say food styling and modeling are not Mama K’s forte, though she is rocking that dress pretty well.  So what do you have up your sleeve to celebrate Mom this year?  Truly, MKR

P.S.  If you’re scratching your head over just what to get Mom this year, check out these timeless wardrobe pieces and gift ideas.  I think I already know what Mama K is eyeing.  xo

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