Simple Spring Lemon Loaf

In planning our Easter menu, I’ve tried to keep our recipes light, simple and bright. Know what I mean by “bright”? Those dishes that just feel lively and springy and, well, bright, as soon as you take a bite. Enter, this simple spring lemon loaf recipe!

The key to the super lemon flavor in this dessert is lemon zest, and a lot of it. So you’ll need a zester – I have this one! I love how moist this lemon loaf is, and the trick is the full fat sour cream – it not only gives it zing but also keeps the slices moist, even after a few days.

Another reason I love this recipe? You don’t have to dirty up your stand mixer! Just one bowl and a whisk and you’re all set.

Oh, Christmas Tree

This November marked 3 years with our home and I can’t believe it. Time has gone by so quickly! Each year, we’ve layered our Christmas decorations – especially our ornament collection – and added a little here and there.

When we first bought our home, I couldn’t wait to dress it up in holiday trimmings and have all our friends and family gather with us.



Each year, I add to our Christmas ornament collection by a few (dozen…don’t tell on me). I’ve been aspiring to dress our tree the way my mom did hers every year – completely dripping with an eclectic mix of ornaments.

When Al and I travel, we’ve begun a tradition of collecting an ornament from our trip. It’s a fun way to remember our adventures without filling our home with unnecessary things. I could sit and stare at our tree for hours – it’s really my absolute favorite feature of our holiday decorations.



kate middleton: purple holiday inspiration

i love kate middleton’s style – the princess/duchess is most definitely in my top 3 on my style icons list. eh, she might even be number one. i think she’s fantastic. she’s timeless. she’s trendy. she’s classy and graceful – all the things i want to be – ha 🙂

the duchess’ signature color has been navy blue because of her engagement ring, so when she wears color i just swoon. also when she wears anything that isn’t a dress or a skirt, but i digress.

here we have some inspiration for a holiday look – a little pop of color a la kate middelton – plus the dresses to get close to the look!

i love this rich purple on kate – pair this dress (very reasonably priced at $63 from KOHLS! (i know!)) with a sparkly brooch and pull your hair back. elegant for the in-laws, definitely. (ps i saw this dress in the store and it is much closer to the color of the dress kate is wearing than the picture would have you think)

i also loved this soft purple alexander mcqueen dress kate wore last year. so soft and feminine.

most of us don’t get to wear a ballgown very often, so here is a shorter and much more affordable (on sale for $80!) kate-inspired frock. pair with tights, pumps and a black velvet jacked for a holiday-ready look.