Month: May 2015 (page 3 of 3)

Mother’s Day Brunch Recipe

leftover lemons blog pic

We will be celebrating Mother’s Day with a lot of my extended family on Sunday morning.  And if you are also attending or hosting a Mother’s Day brunch, this is the perfect recipe that can be made the night before or the morning of.  It is so good you will probably end up making it for yourself or your family and friends many times outside of this holiday.  I whipped this up last year and shared it on the blog, and everyone loved it.  And since I was searching for another great brunch idea to try out this time around, but kept coming back to this one, I am going to stick with it.  I am planning to serve it with powdered sugar and blueberry syrup, but how you serve it is up to you.  It is also great served plain and warmed up.

leftover lemons blog pic 3{Recipe, including ingredients and instructions, taken from the website, Smitten Kitchen}


  • 1 1/2 cups + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (if you’re skipping the fruit, you can also skip the last tablespoon of flour)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 extra-large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (approximately 2 lemons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen, thawed and rinsed (miniature wild blueberries are great for this, and pose the least risk of sinking)
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice


leftover lemons blog pic 4{Make sure to sift the blueberries in flour before folding in and gently fold them in well, so that they are evenly distributed throughout the cake as it rises}


1.  Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan.  Line the bottom with parchment paper.  Grease and flour the pan.

2.  Sift together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl.

3.  In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, vanilla and oil.  Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

4.  Mix the blueberries with the remaining tablespoon of flour, and fold them very gently into the batter.

5.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 (+) minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

6.  Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear.  Set aside.

7.  When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before flipping out onto a cooling rack.  Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan.  While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in (a pastry brush works great for this, as does using a toothpick to make tiny holes that draw the syrup in better).  Let it cool for a bit again before serving.

lemon blueberry cake blog pic











Cinco De Mayo Outfit Inspiration

This post is a day late, so I hope you all enjoyed a few margaritas for me and enough chips and guacamole to qualify as a meal.  Those three things right there are some of the most important staples in my diet.  Although I intended to wear this outfit to celebrate the unlikely victory the Mexicans won against the French, or what has turned into an awesome way for Mexican-Americans to honor their ethnicity, my husband had to work late and I was with the girls, so we stayed in, watched a Dr. Seuss movie and went to bed early.  This simple dress is so comfortable and easy to wear, and the embroidery is reminiscent of the handmade textiles traditionally made and worn in Mexico.

cinco de mayo outfit 2*I would recommend wearing a plain white or off-white slip underneath this dress as it’s semi-sheer worn alone.

cinco de mayo outfit{FOREVER 21 embroidered peasant dress, currently sold out, but similar HERE and HERE / J.CREW tassel sandals}

Have a great week!

xo gina

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2015

mother's day gift guide 2015Here are just a few of my favorite picks for mother’s day gifts this year.  From the new mommy to the veteran, these are some great options that should cover everyone.

{Clockwise from top left}

1.      A special collection that amps up the everyday beauty ritual.

2.     A place to lovingly display mom’s favorite pieces*(the small and large version both now on sale)

3.     Best accessory for those with new babes.

4.     Pretty, delicate charms that will become keepsakes.

5.     The sweetest floral sleepwear.  *(free ‘pretty mom’ tote with every purchase of $70 or more with code PRETTYMOMS15 at checkout)

6.     A stylish flat that will be a staple all spring and summer long.

Happy Mother’s Day!


Something For Saturday: Wine Cork Mementos

Just a little something for Saturday.

wine corks 1

We pop open a bottle of wine (and the random bottle of champagne) to celebrate the biggest and smallest occasions in our family.  And we mark any of them that hold an extra special significance to us and save them to look back on at a later date.

wine corks 2

A few from this handful: My 30th birthday ’14, Emma’s first trip to Hawaii ’13, Emma’s post-second-birthday-party party 😉 ’14, Reese’s arrival ’15, my in-law’s trip out to NJ to visit ’15.

wine corks 3

Do you have a fun way to preserve your special occasions?

Have a great weekend!

xo gina

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