Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

I am always on the lookout for a new recipe for one of our favorites--
Pork Tenderloin. 

I found this recipe on Kitchen Confidante.  
It was juicy with just the right amount of spice and very easy to make.

 



Garlic Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

4-5 garlic cloves, finely minced or crushed
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
1/2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 pork tenderloins (about 1 1/4 pounds each)
2 tablespoons canola oil

Stir together garlic, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and olive oil in a small bowl.  Rub the paste all over the pork.  Let marinate for 2 hours or overnight.  

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat canola oil in a large, heavy saute pan over medium-high heat. Working in batches if necessary, add pork, and brown all over, about 4 minutes. Transfer pan to oven. Roast pork, turning occasionally, until the internal temperature is 160 degrees, about 20 minutes. Transfer pork to a cutting board, and try to let it rest 10 minutes before slicing. 



 



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Garden Party Planning--Inspirations and Ideas

It's getting close to that time of year--
 Spring!!

 I know that it's still Winter, officially, but I'm already starting to get that itch. 
Maybe it has to do with the end of Mardi Gras, the beginning of Lent, and starting to get ready for Easter that gets me on the Spring kick.

One of the biggest things, though, that I am ready to start planning for is my 
Annual Garden Party.
(See last year's Garden Party here)
 This will be the fourth year and I'm hoping that it will be spectacular.  
I've started thinking of themes and have started gathering ideas.

Here are a few of my favorites, so far--

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I know that there is a lot of planning to do---the menu, the invitations, the decor, the lighting....

I better get busy!!






Jewelry Organization--I'm in LOVE

A few weeks ago I became very frustrated with my current jewelry organization system
 (everything crammed into a tiny jewelry box). 

So, I decided to remedy this problem, but was unsure of how to go about it. 

I knew the following things to be true:
  I wanted it organized/displayed somewhere in my bedroom or bathroom. 
 I wanted everything to have it's own place. 
I had no where to accomplish all of my wants/needs with my current furniture/drawer space. 

So, I started shopping. 
This past weekend I found this--- 




An English Cocktail Cabinet from a local antique store.
 It was perfect. 
The cabinet had a mirrored back and glass shelves--too cute.
There is a drawer for sweet little trays, 
and
cabinets on the bottom for more storage.

Yes, I said the ultimate word---STORAGE (isn't it a beautiful word!!)

Next, I went to my local fixture store (it's right next to my work)  
and found some cute jewelry displays.

Here is the finished project---





I absolutely LOVE it!!




 


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A Girly Guest Bedroom Reveal

When I started this project I knew that I wanted  this room to be light, calm, and feminine. 
I didn't really have a plan, though.
I had decorated our other guest bedroom with masculine elements.
I did, however, know that I wanted to go in the opposite direction.  
No dark walls, no dark fabrics.


So since I didn't really have a vision for this room, I did what I always do for inspiration---
I went to the local fabric store.



I found this fabric and fell in love.  

I knew that I wanted this as the main accent fabric.
(I used it for the Euro shams and plan to use it for the shade on the window.)






We decided on a fabric covered headboard.  My husband and I made this headboard and covered it in this gorgeous orange  fabric with bronze nail heads.  (The entire headboard project came in around $50.00--can you believe it!!)


 I added other colors that I love for the room, including greens, blues, creams, and metallics.











 I still have a few things to do to finish this room---a roman shade, curtain panels, and a few other pieces of art.  
Hopefully all sooner rather than later.


Our Valentine's Chocolate Souffle

This Valentine's Day we decided to skip all of the over-priced, rushing you out the door restaurants for a relaxing couples dinner party. 
It was wonderful. 
We all brought different parts of the meal and did a little cooking. 
Our friends, Vicki and Jeff, hosted and it was fabulous.


Today I thought that I would share the recipe for the Chocolate Souffle.  
This is a perfect dessert for Valentine's Day--rich and decadent.



Chocolate Souffle'
 (slightly adapted from Zen Can Cook)
2/3 cup half and half
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup water
16 large egg whites
4 egg yolks
1 cup granulated sugar
powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Use a pastry brush (or your fingers) to coat the inside of eight 1 1/2-cup soufflé mold with softened butter.  Fill the molds with granulated sugar, then pour out the excess.
 Pour the half and half into a saucepan and heat over medium heat until bubbles begin to form around the edge of the pan.  Remove from the heat and add the chopped chocolate.  Stir well until combined and all of the chocolate has melted.
Place the chocolate mixture in the top of a double boiler and add the cocoa powder and water.  Whisk until very hot.  Remove from the heat and set aside. Allow to cool and add the egg yolks.  Whisk well.
Place the egg whites in a large mixing bowl and whip on medium speed until foamy.  Increase the mixer speed to medium-high and make a French meringue by adding the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time and whipping the whites to stiff but not dry peaks.  This will take about 14 minutes.  Do not overwhip the egg whites.
Use a rubber spatula to gently fold about half of the meringue into the warm chocolate mixture.  Then fold the chocolate mixture into the remaining meringue, being careful not to deflate the batter. The
soufflé mixture may have streaks of the meringue in the batter and it's okay.
Use a large spoon to gently place the soufflé mixture in the buttered and sugared mold.  Fill to about 1/4 inch below the rim of the mold.  Run your thumb around the rim to remove the excess butter and sugar.
Bake until the soufflé has risen to about 1 1/2 inch over the rim and starts to brown on top, about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and dust the top with powdered sugar.






Happy Valentine's Day,

 





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Dear Lillie's Valentine's Link Party




A CooCoo Guest Post

Hi everyone!!!
I am super excited today to introduce you to a friend of mine-- 
Amanda from Mommy is Coocoo.
I found her blog last year and it has definitely become one of my daily reads.
(She is hilarious!!)

This is actually my first guest post and I'm honored that Amanda is here to share a great tutorial with all of us just in time for Valentine's Day.








Hello, I am Amanda and I blog at mommy is coocooo. My blog is all about fun! Whether you are laughing about the realities of marriage and motherhood or being inspired to make your everyday surroundings lovely, regardless of your budget. 





I am so happy to be guest posting at Lou Lou Sucre.  Sabrina and I e-met last year (I am partial to Louisiana girls).  We've bonded over the challenges of establishing a blog, our love of french fries and the lies fibs we've told our children about our housekeepers.  Today, just in time for Valentines Day, I am going to share one of my favorite things with you (and show you how you can make one of your own).

~ My Valentine Ornament Wreath ~




Here is what you need:
  1. a glass of wine (if you are anal and will worry about bulb placement)
  2. a plastifoam wreath (DON'T buy floral foam) shaped like a heart
  3. glue sticks and a glue gun
  4. spray paint (to color the foam wreath). I used red. Use whatever color you like best.
  5. about a million ornaments (different {Valentine} colors and sizes work best).
  6. spray on glitter (usually $5.99 at craft stores or $1.00 if you buy body glitter left over from Halloween
  7. a small piece of ribbon to hang your wreath

Spray paint your foam wreath. You can use whatever color you like but keep in mind some paint will show between your bulbs.




~ my large bulbs ~




~ my smaller bulbs ~


* small bulbs are essential to fill in the gaps



Now, it is pretty similar to the Christmas Ornament Wreath Tutorial. Place your bulbs on the inside of the heart wreath. (Don't use your favorite bulbs on this part a lot of these bulbs will be covered up.) After you have placed your bulbs, use your glue gun to secure them in place. You will glue each bulb to the wreath AND, to the next bulb in place.





  
Repeat this process for the outside of the wreath. Use the same size bulbs all the way around the outside of the wreath. Use sturdier (not vintage-they break really easily) bulbs on the outside. (Again, don't use your favorite bulbs here).





Now you are ready to start placing your favorite bulbs (I find it is best to do this in the evening while you have {at least} a glass of wine. If you are anal {me} and tend to over think things {also me} you will have a hard time figuring out where the bulbs should go). Don't over think it! Place a few bulbs (not worrying about small gaps) and then glue them in place. You can fill in gaps with smaller bulbs at the end. When you finish placing all your bulbs weave your ribbon through, take two Tylenol and go to bed. 



Finally, spray your wreath glitter. This will really make it shine!

*Store your wreath at room temperature! Otherwise your glue will expand/contract and the bulbs will fall off and (possibly) break.

  

 ~ Happy Valentines Day! ~






I hope you get to be with the one(s) you love tonight!







Thank you Sabrina.

This coocoo Momma couldn't be more grateful!




Amanda



Thanks so much for your guest post.  
Please make sure to stop by Amanda's blog
Mommy is Coocoo
and follow along.

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