Monday, February 12, 2018

Blush Chocolate Covered Strawberries - Valentine's Day Dessert








Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson



Chocolate covered strawberries are one of the easiest and most delicious desserts to make.  I was inspired to create Blush Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Valentine's Day.  Eating chocolate covered fruit always makes me feel less guilty as opposed to eating chocolates out of a box...I mean I'm eating fruit, right?!

This dessert is so fun to make with kiddos too (keeping their fingers out of the melted chocolate is the tricky part ;-))!  After making these, I let Reins and Addison make their own...they dipped their strawberries and piled on the sprinkles!

Here's what you need to make these delicious strawberries!

BLUSH CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES

- 1 bag of white chocolate melts
- 1 bag of light pink chocolate melts
- strawberries (approximately 25-30 similar sized strawberries)
- sprinkles, edible decorations, etc.
- parchment paper
- cookie sheet

Wash the strawberries and let them air dry on paper towels (your berries should be dry before dipping them in the melted chocolate).  Once your berries are dry, place a handful of white chocolate melts and a handful of pink chocolate melts into a glass bowl and microwave in 15-20 increments until the chocolate is melted and smooth.  Stir as you go...the result will be a smooth beautiful light pink color.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Dip your berries into the melted chocolate until each berry is covered close to the stem.  Dip one berry at a time, place each berry on the cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and decorate with sprinkles, etc before the chocolate hardens.  I typically dip and decorate one strawberry at a time.

After dipping and decorating all of your berries, place them in the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened.  You can even make these ahead of time.  I have made them the night before serving them and they were perfect.

How will you be celebrating Valentine's Day?!  

I'd love to hear if you decide to make these!  Happy early Valentine's Day and as always, thanks so much for stopping by!
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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Noodles





Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson


Zucchini noodles, also called zoodles, are such a healthy alternative to pasta and they are so easy to make!  All you need is a a spiralizer and you are well on your way to making delicious zoodle recipes!

Today, I'm sharing a garlic parmesan zucchini noodle recipe that is so not only delicious but quick and easy to make!

GARLIC PARMESAN ZUCCHINI NOODLES
serves 2 - recipe can be doubled, etc.

- zucchinis - 4 - 6 to serve 2
*zucchinis cook down so you will need more if you plan to serve more than 2
- olive oil - 3 tablespoons
- basil leaves - shredded *use as many as you'd like...I used an entire small pack of basil and saved a few leaves for garnish
- fresh sweet tomatoes - * use as many as you'd like...the more the better
- fresh garlic cloves - 4-5 minced
- red pepper flakes
- salt - to taste
- cornstarch - 1 teaspoon 
- water - 2 teaspoons 

Spiralize your zucchinis and then cut them with kitchen sheers into spaghetti length strands.  Tip - dab your zucchini noodles with paper towels.  Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil, your minced garlic, and your red pepper flakes (use as much red pepper flake as you would like) to a deep skillet and heat on medium.

Once your oil begins to bubble and your garlic become slightly fragrant, add your zucchini noodles.  Begin to toss your zoodles with tongs for 5-7 minutes until they achieve a crisp tender result.  *Do not overcook your zoodles as they will become mushy!  The zucchini noodles will release a lot of water naturally so be sure NOT to add salt while cooking the zoodles.  You will add salt to the sauce or after you have plated your zoodles.

Stir in your tomatoes, basil leaves, and parmesan cheese.  Cook for 1 more minute until all flavors have combined and until the cheese has melted a bit.  You can use as much grated parmesan as you'd like...keep in mind you will also sprinkle some cheese on at the end.

Plate your zoodles and leave the liquid in your skillet.  Stir 1 teaspoon of cornstarch and 2 teaspoons of water into a separate bowl.  Whisk together.  Bring liquid in skillet to a boil and whisk in the cornstarch mixture.  Cook until the sauce thickens a bit...this only takes a couple of minutes.  Add salt to taste.

Once your sauce has thickened, pour it over the plated zoodles.  Sprinkle with more grated parmesan cheese and use a couple of basil leaves as garnish.

Now you are ready to enjoy this delicious and healthy recipe!

I'd love to hear from you...please let me know if you decide to make this recipe!  I hope you enjoy it!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Dotted Babydoll Tulle Dress






Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson


The dots, the tulle, the bell sleeves, the ribbon tie in the back, the babydoll silhouette...these are all of the details that make this dotted babydoll dress a stand out!

I'd honestly love to stay that I bought this dress with a specific occasion in mind but I truly bought it because of how pretty and unique it is.  Sometimes you just have to go for it and plan for the occasion later.  Although I've got to say that I think this dress would be perfect for a Valentine's Day date night!

You can easily slip on a pair of tights for a bit more warmth this time of year.  Grab a warm coat or a moto jacket before heading out for whatever occasion you may wear this for.  Don't forget your accessories either!  These gold disc earrings are the perfect accessory for this dress as they compliment the dot style so well!

Where would you wear this dress to?!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Raspberry Sorbet Pink Champagne - Valentine's Day Cocktail








Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson

Raspberry sorbet brings back so many wonderful childhood memories for me.  I loved all flavors of sorbet growing up but I especially loved raspberry sorbet (well and rainbow sorbet too)!  Addison now shares my love of sorbet and I'm trying to get Reins turned on to it too (he's more of a vanilla ice cream kinda guy).

Considering my love of sorbet, I guess you can imagine how excited I was to try this Raspberry Sorbet Pink Champagne cocktail, which just so happens to be perfect for Valentine's Day.

This has to be one of the easiest to make and most delicious cocktails EVER...it's right up my alley!

RASPBERRY SORBT PINK CHAMPAGNE

- raspberry sorbet
- pink champagne or any type of pink/blush moscato, etc
- fresh raspberries

Put one large scoop or two smaller scoops of sorbet in your glass and then Pour champagne over the sorbet.  Garnish your cocktail with fresh raspberries!  

p.s turn this adult cocktail into a child's beverage simply by replacing the champagne with sprite!

You've got to try this for Valentine's Day!  It's so yummy and it is easily turned into a family friendly beverage too!

If you'd like to check out my other #kbstyledathome Valentine's Day posts, click HERE & HERE.  As always, thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a great day!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Going Red for Addison + A Heartfelt Event with Kendra Scott






Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson


There is so much more to this red dress than just a bright bold color, a figure flattering silhouette, and a beautiful ruffle detail.  This dress has meaning...the reason I wear this red dress HAS meaning and it is all about Addison!

For those of you who have been regular visitors to KBStyled, you will most likely recall "Addison's heart story" that I have shared for the last 2 years.  

You see, Addison was born with a heart defect...her heart was a little less than perfect although she seemed absolutely PERFECT in our eyes.  From the day she was born, there was always a dark cloud that followed us around knowing that one day, Addison's tiny heart would have to be fixed.  What this meant is that our sweet baby girl had to undergo open heart surgery to mend her broken heart.

Surgery day came and went with much success and she is a thriving, spirited, funny, adventurous, loving, and smart 6 year old!  Read more about our "Addison's heart story" HERE!

Having gone through this experience with our sweet little girl we have become more aware about how we can give back in a way that benefits & supports others who may have a similar condition or who may have overcome heart related health issues.

For the last several years I have been involved with our local American Heart Association chapter.  Being able to share Addison's story and use my voice through KBStyled has been such a blessing.

Giving back to the American Heart Association is important to me and my family.  This year marks my 3rd year hosting an event with Kendra Scott to benefit the American Heart Association.  

On 2/13/18, I will be hosting an "give back" event with Nashville's local Kendra Scott where a percentage of the proceeds will be donated back to the American Heart Association.  My hope in doing this is that I will bring more awareness both locally and nationally.

I've included the details for our event below!  You don't have to be local to get involved.  If you wish to contribute to this cause, you are welcome to contact our local Kendra Scott store and purchase the "Addison earrings" (see pic below) or any other item so the proceeds will go to the Nashville American Heart Association.


To Order:

Kendra Scott Nashville
"Addison" earrings or any other item
Call: 1-615-600-4353

Every bit of involvement makes a difference!  Last year I heard from so many of you with personal heart health related stories and I imagine there are many stories to share.

If you live locally, I'd love for you to come out the evening of the event to meet, enjoy an evening out, and support a great cause!  I hope to see you there!

On behalf of Addison and our family, thank you for letting me share a bit about her story with you!  I appreciate you taking the time to read today's post and if you ever wish to share your own personal story, please don't hesitate to reach out!




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Monday, January 29, 2018

Valentine's Day Tablescape














Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson



I LOVED putting together this Valentine's Day inspired tablescape and I'm excited to share it with you all today!

When deciding how I would style my Valentine's tablescape, I knew that I wanted to create a tablescape that was perfect for a family dinner, a romantic dinner for 2, or for a Galentine's gathering.   I also knew that I wanted soft sweet colors so I decided on white, grey, and soft pink and I also knew that I wanted to create a more shabby chic tablescape.

When planning out the details of my tablescapes, my first decision is always whether or not to cover our table.  I love the natural wood of our kitchen table but I also love beautiful tablecloths.  Tablecloths create a polished put-together look!

This soft floral tablecloth was the perfect starting point for my Valentine's Day tablescape.  I then picked the white & grey check cloth dinner napkins.  Mixing prints adds a lot of visual interest.  You could also use solid colored napkins if you'd prefer but I love pairing florals with checks, dots, and stripes!

I decided on these gorgeous carved white chargers and these antique scroll white dinner plates to help create a shabby chic look.  These rose fern napkin rings also were the perfect compliment to the theme of my tablescape.

On to the centerpiece...

My initial plan for the centerpiece was totally different but I stumbled across a wall of floral tiles at Michael's and my plans quickly changed.  I love the way the floral tile looked and it was large enough to make a statement yet small enough to not overtake the table.

The tile was covered with only pink flowers on it so I bought some additional light green faux floral sprigs and eucalyptus at Michael's as well.  I strategically weaved the greenery into the floral tile and I finished the centerpiece by adding some baby's breathe, a few glitter hearts, and some tea lights.  To tie in the Valentine's Day theme, I tied pink glitter hearts to the napkin rings as well.

Add a couple of additional votive candles and voila, you have a beautiful Valentine's Day tablescape!

I would love to hear your thoughts as well as if you are enjoying these types of posts!  I sure do enjoy putting them together for you.

What do you have planned for Valentine's Day?!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Caprese Has My Heart - Valentine's Day Appetizer







Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson

PERFECT VALENTINE'S DAY RED DRESS

Planning to spend Valentine's Day celebrating at home with your significant other, family, or maybe planning a Galentine's Day brunch/dinner?!  If so, I'm sharing the most delicious and very simple Heart Caprese Salad recipe with you! 

Caprese salad is a crowd pleaser (one of my family's favorites) and is very easy to make!  It doesn't take much time to put together, which gives you more time to focus on your main dish or maybe a fun dessert!

HEART CAPRESE SALAD

- pre-packaged mozzarella cheese - whole or pre-sliced *I bought pre-sliced and the cheese was cut into about 1/2 inch round slices
- basil leaves
- ripe sweet tomatoes
- light olive oil
-balsamic glaze
- salt & pepper to taste
- small heart cookie cutter *I purchased mine from Michael's

Use your heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out your mozzarella hearts.  Cut your tomatoes into thick slices.  Lay down your tomato slices onto your serving tray, place a whole basil leaf on top and then place your heart mozzarella on top.  Drizzle with a little bit of light olive oil and then drizzle with balsamic glaze.  Sprinkle with pinch of salt & pepper.  Voila...enjoy!!!

How will you be spending Valentine's Day?!  

As always, thanks so much for stopping by...have a great day!