Fall Wish List

We've had one cool day,
not a cold day,
but a day that dipped into the 70's...
and I am so ready for fall.

I can't wait for boots, jackets, and sweaters.
I even started decorating my house for fall this past weekend
(photos to come soon).

I absolutely love fall clothes-really clothes for all seasons,   
but I adore the comfort and coziness of fall, and 
I love, love, love boots.
(Did I say that already??)


Here are a few of my favorites that I plan on adding to my fall wardrobe.


Fall Wish List




How much do you love that clutch and silk dress?
Oh, and that sweatshirt is gorgeous.
I can't wait.
(I sure do hope that someone special reading this gets me that watch ASAP--hint, hint Honey.)



The NEW Laundry Room and Storage Area

A few months ago we decided that we needed a little more space in our laundry room.
We actually use our laundry room as a space for laundry, extra storage, and as a bedroom for our sweet pups.
We were totally out of room.
I wanted a space that would hold all of my extra china, glassware, and serving pieces in addition to laundry, a full size fridge, and a massive wine fridge.
The biggest requirement I had for the room, though, was for it to look as if it were there when we built our house.

We contacted our builder and he was more than happy to turn our outside storage junk room into a laundry room addition.


I don't know why, but I didn't take any pictures of the before space.
(Probably because it was a sad little space.)

Here is our laundry room in the middle of construction.


We actually doubled the space,
by removing the wall separating the existing laundry room and the outside storage room.
(The grout looks really gross in this picture.)

And here it is now.
The new room is approximately 14"x8'.  
We added about 6' to the length of the room.
(This room was extremely difficult to photograph-not a drop of natural light.)
We wanted to expand the room about 3 foot width into our garage, 
but the space was definitely not worth the money.

**One of our money-saving tips when remodeling your home is to make sure that the cost is beneficial for re-sale of your home.**


We moved our kitchen refrigerator into the laundry room to hold beverages and for extra food needs.
I also added my dream wine fridge.
(A dual zone 110-bottle capacity Edge Star.)


We left the existing sink area for right now,
but later plan on replacing the old countertop with a solid surface.


We also plan on having a counter built over the washer and dryer for a folding area.
(Definitely a LATER project-probably DIY).


One of the very best features of the room is the addition of vertical shelving in a few of the cabinets for platters, trays, and cutting boards. 
It is amazing how much these vertical storage areas hold.
All of the cabinets are 2-feet deep.


Here is the inside of one of the cabinets.
I actually have 6 more just like this.
It's a STORAGE dream come true.
I love having a space to hold all of my "extras" that took up space in my kitchen.


I absolutely love the space.


Source List:
Refrigerator-old GE
Washer and Dryer-Whirlpool Duet
Cabinets-Adams Custom Cabinetry
Cabinet Paint-Linen White by Benjamin Moore
Wall Paint-Ambiance by Benjamin Moore
Tiles-Dal-Tile, discontinued
Cabinet Knobs-My Knobs.com
Light fixtures-Henson's Carpets & Lighting

Thirsty Thursday--Mango, Peach, and Jalapeno Margaritas

So the other day I was wandering aimlessly through the grocery store thinking about what my cocktail should be for this week.
I knew that I wanted a margarita, fo-sho,
but didn't know exactly what kind.

I have to stop myself every once in a while,
because I would make a margarita for you every single week.
That is how much I love them.

I didn't want the same old margarita,
but something fruity with a little kick.
(for the LSU game-GEAUX TIGERS) 
and I knew that I wanted something smoky and tangy.

Then I saw a few delicious mangoes and peaches.
I couldn't decide between them, 
so I thought why not put them together in one drink.

I added a little of my outta control jalapenos and it was on.



The jalapenos added just the right amount of spice and smoke.
An excellent margarita if I do say so myself.
I also added a few other hints of smokiness by using anejo tequila and Hawaiian Red Alaea salt around the rim.



Mango, Peach, and Jalapeno Margarita


For the fruit mixture:

1 large mango
2 large peaches
1/4 jalapeno (about 1 tablespoon minced)

For the margarita:

3 ounces fruit mixture
3 ounces anejo tequila
2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce Grand Marnier
coarse salt
jalapeno slice and lime slice for garnish

To make the fruit mixture:

Peel the mango and peaches and cut into large chunks.  Place into a blender.  Add the jalapeno to taste.  Blend until all fruit and jalapeno are liquified.

To make the margarita:

In a shake filled with ice, combine the fruit mixture, tequila, lime juice, Grand Marnier, and simple syrup.  Shake until well combined.  Pour into a glass filled with ice and rimmed with coarse salt. Garnish with a lime wedge and jalapeno slice.


If you would like to be featured on LouLou Sucre's "Thirsty Thursday", email me at loulousucre.com with the tagline "Thirsty Thursday" .  I'm always up for a new cocktail recipe and would love to share with all my LLS readers.


Enjoy,

Rustic Peach Tart

Every Sunday night we host a family gathering.
A meal that my husband and I cook for the girls, my parents, and ourselves.
It is a lot of fun.
Sometimes friends join us, 
but mainly it's just family.
Very casual and relaxed.

It's also a great excuse to try out different recipes that I've wanted to make all week,
but didn't have the time or energy.

A few Sundays ago I decided to add this free-form Peach Tart to our Sunday dinner.


This recipe is a variation of the one that I had featured in 
Louisiana Cookin' magazine a few years back.

Rustic Peach Tart

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1 pie crust 
4 large peaches, cut into eighths
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons Rum (regular or Spiced)
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon coarse sugar (such as Demerara)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

Combine peaches, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, vanilla, lemon juice, and Rum in large bowl.  Let ingredients sit for at least 30 minutes to combine.  Next, roll out pie crust into a large circle (at least 12 inches) on a baking sheet.
Place the peaches with the juices in the middle of the pie crust.  Fold the crust around the filling. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the egg over the crust.  Sprinkle the entire tart with the coarse sugar.



Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until lightly browned.


Enjoy,

Game Day Recipes

We are really excited at our house today.
(Well, my husband mostly.)

It's GAME DAY and we can't wait for some college football.

Which means that you've got to have snacks--
here are a few of our favorites.











These are all crowd-satisfying appetizers,
but it you want to pull out all the stops you could try



(This is what I'm making today.)

Here's hoping your team wins today and I hope you cheer them on with a full stomach!!

For more game day ideas (cocktails too) make sure to check out my recipe page.

Enjoy,

Thirsty Thursday--Root Beer Floats with Cherry Infused Vanilla Vodka

When deciding on posting this drink I had to give it a lot of thought as to whether this...


is a cocktail or a dessert??

So I made a cocktail and thought about it really, really hard.
I came to the conclusion that cocktails are really the best food group so COCKTAILS won.

Sorry dessert.

Really, I guess it doesn't matter in the big scheme of things.
This cocktail lets you have your dessert and a big ole' helping of vodka so you really never lose.


I actually started this cocktail many weeks ago.
That's when I saw fresh cherries on sale in the grocery store.
Ladies and gentlemen--that never happens in Louisiana.
So when it does, 
you buy several pounds.
(It's the law. 
Not really, but I'm sure that if you searched our Napoleonic law somewhere there would be some type of obscure law about produce, but I'm just joking right now.)

So anyway.
I bought a TON of cherries at the store and ate them until I felt kind of sick.
I couldn't eat any more so I decided that I would make some type of infused vodka with them.
I know I've mentioned that before,
but I have been infusing everything this summer.
It's the summer of infusions.
(and walking on my treadmill and cussing.)


These cherries were amazing.
If you snacked on these little devils you could get into some serious, serious 
(like getting pretty tipsy) trouble.

So after I had these super awesome cherries I thought what kind of cocktail should I make and cherry root beer popped into my mind.
And when I think of root beer I always think of root beer floats.

You see my train of thought, right??


Root Beer Floats with Cherry Infused Vanilla Vodka



For the Cherry Infused Vanilla Vodka:

1 cup cherries, pitted and cut in half
2 cups vanilla vodka 

Place the cherries and vodka in a jar and seal tightly.  Place in the refrigerator and lightly shake every day.  Leave in refrigerator for at least 2 weeks and up to a month (if it lasts that long).

For the Root Beer Float:

2 or 3 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream
4-6 ounces root beer
3 ounces cherry infused vanilla vodka with a few cherry halves

Scoop ice cream in a large glass.  Top with the cherries and cherry infused vanilla vodka.  Top with root beer.



Enjoy,

Spinach, Goat Cheese, and Sun-Dried Tomato Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

A few weeks ago we hosted a dinner party with some of our best friends.
(to celebrate a few special birthdays)

I decided to go with a Rustic Italian theme for the food and thought that a stuffed pork tenderloin would pair perfectly with the rest of the menu for the night.


To go with this decadent pork tenderloin we had
Prosciutto with Melon, 
Polenta with Fontina & Parmesan with a Balsamic Mushroom Sauce,
and
Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes with Hazelnut Creme Anglaise and Hazelnut Brittle.

I'm all about a coordinated dinner.
It's kind of one of my obsessions.
(It drives my husband absolutely bat-shXX crazy.)

Every time I plan a dinner, 
whether it's a Tuesday night or for a party I have to make sure that everything pairs well.

I know it's kind of weird and it sometimes makes things awkward when others are bringing things, 
but I just can't help it.
It's just one of my things.


Spinach, Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Stuffed Pork Tenderloin




1 large pork tenderloin (approximately 2-3 pounds)
1 bunch baby spinach, stems removed
4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
3-4 ounces sun-dried tomatoes, diced
twine
salt and pepper

Butterfly the pork tenderloin and pound flat. Place on a large baking sheet (lay twine under the pork tenderloin).




Place a layer of baby spinach leaves on the pork.


Add the goat cheese.


Next, add the diced sun-dried tomatoes.


Roll the tenderloin and secure with the twine.


Season with salt and pepper.  Grill at 350 degrees until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees (approximately 1 hour).



Enjoy,
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