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Recipe: buttermilk biscuits and herb gravy

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This is probably the most delicious treat ever.  I was inspired by the Early Girl Eatery in Asheville, North Carolina to make this dish. They have some super fantastic herb gravy, biscuits, macaroni and cheese, eggplant, green beans, and sweet potato black bean cakes (which are my favorite thing ever, really I could eat them every day)

Anyway, I was really craving some of their food the other day so I decide to make  a few of their dishes at home, including homemade biscuits and herb gravy and man it turned out so good! So I thought you guys might want to make this fantastic treat as well.

For the Gravy:

you’ll need – 2 tablespoons of butter, 2 tablespoons of  flour, 1 cup of whole milk (you can use 2% if that’s what you have on hand), 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, fresh rosemary, fresh basil, salt, and fresh pepper.

to make – in a small to medium sized pot melt your butter, add in your garlic and herbs and stir for 2 minutes. Use a whisk to mix in your flour to form a paste with your butter and herb mixture. Slowly whisk in your milk making sure there are no lumps left. Continue to stir for about 5 minutes allowing your gravy to thicken. Finally, add salt and pepper to taste and pour your gravy all over everything.

For the Biscuits:

you’ll need – 2 cups of all purpose flour, 2 1/4 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, 3 tablespoons of butter (cubed) ,  3 tablespoons of shortening, and 3/4 a cup of buttermilk

to make – combine the dry ingredients. Cut in shortening and butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the buttermilk just until the mixture is moistened. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll and cut with a floured biscuit or cookie cutter (I  just formed mine with my hands because I didn’t have a cutter on hand) . Place your biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Happy Monday!

– Trish

DIY: re-styled denim shorts

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Oh man, am I pumped about this DIY. I haven’t posted any DIY gems in awhile but I plan on making up for it right now.

Inspired by our upcoming trip to bonnaroo Lacy and I decided to dress up some festive denim shorts. I chose to add some lace detailing and patches to my shorts and Lacy went with an ultra patriotic flag theme. This DIY is super easy and you can take the general idea and make it into something completely your own with different fabric, buttons, ric-rac, and anything else you can think of!

First off, grab some denim shorts. (Lacy and I purchased ours at Forever 21 for $10.50 and $12.50) For the lace shorts I cut the fabric into my desires shapes to line the back pockets, front pocket, and coin pocket. I also cut out a square patch and a heart patch to add extra cuteness. For the American flag shorts Lacy outlined the whole front of her shorts with a flag patterned bandana.

We painted our fabric and the sections of the shorts that we wanted to embellish with all purpose tacky glue mixed with a small amount of water. For the lace you’ll want a layer on the denim and on top of the lace after you’ve smoothed it on to your shorts. (I used a blow dryer to speed up the drying process)

To attach the patches I used a small amount of glue and after it dried I sewed down the edges with gray thread. Lacy sewed on some red and gray thread to add a more homemade look to the bottom of her shorts as well.

and here is the final result:

Precious right? Right. I love my shorts and I can’t wait to show them off. If you decided to DIY some shorts of your own I’d love to see them!

xo

– Trish

A Saturday Spent: At Dollywood!

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This past Saturday we went to DollyWood! Yes, it’s a magical place. And who doesn’t love Dolly Parton? No one, that’s who.

I grew up with a season pass to Dollywood almost every year but it was our dear friend Holly’s very first adventure there and we did it up right! I hadn’t been in years and man oh man I forgot what I was missing, of course the original rides from the 80’s are still my favorites but the new ones are pretty great too and of course the Dolly museum is a must-see!

If you have a chance to go you definitely should! So much country fun awaits  you!

Happy Tuesday!

– Trish

Five Things I’m Loving Right Now: on Etsy

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1) This set of gift tags is just one of the completely adorable items over at dondalees shop. 

2) I’m a sucker for mustache accessories and this necklace is just begging for me to buy it. 

3) I could definitely see myself toting around my camera in this bag.

4) I just love these necklaces. They’re sold as a set as sort of a grown-up friendship necklace which is totally precious.

5) and to finish things off, this pair of colorful 70’s sandals from VintageandGee. She has so many cute items in her shop.

xo

Online Bake Sale:

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Hey, it’s Trish! (you know, as usual) and I’m going to be using the blog to host my (local) online bake sale for a little bit I sure hope you don’t mind. If you do happen to mind I’m sorry, but this is my blog and while I love you I’m going to do it anyway.

We  (myself and a team of 5 other awesome people) are headed to Scotland in less than a month and man oh man we are so excited! We will be spending some time loving on people and working at a homeless shelter > edinburgh city mission.

We all really cannot wait to see what is in store for us while we’re there! But…(yeah, you knew there was a but coming didn’t you?) while we have all been working to raise money to make this trip a reality we still need quite a bit more money to get us there!

So in the true fund raising fashion we are going to have a Bake Sale! This is how it’s all going to work: we are going to be taking orders and baking up some super delicious treats for you guys and all you have to do is place an order (by May 29th!), pay through paypal and then we will personally deliver your baked goods to your house on May 31st! (just 10 days from now!)

Here are a list of the yummy homemade treats you can order:

  • Cookies – $15 a dozen

Flavors: Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodle, Double Chocolate, Sugar, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter, No Bake Cookies, and Oatmeal Peanut Butter

  • Cake – $35 or Cupcakes – $25 a dozen

Flavors: Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Red Velvet, Reese’s Cup, Yellow Birthday Cake, Chocolate Birthday Cake, Rocky Road, and Coconut Cream

  • Brownies – $20 per pan

Flavors: Original, Chocolate Chunk, Original with Nuts, Chocolate Chunk with Nuts, Turtle, and Reese’s Cup

  • Cheesecake – $35

Flavors: Original, Strawberry Swirl, Oreo, Turtle and Chocolate Chip

Sounds pretty great doesn’t it? Any and all profit from this fund raiser will go straight to the cause and let me tell you, it’s a pretty great cause! We want nothing more than to be used to give hope and love to every person that we meet on this trip.

To place an order: send your order, phone number, and address to – trishgibsonphotography[at]gmail[dot]com and we will send you an invoice via paypal so you can pay online. Quick and easy! and you get baked goods delivered right to your door! Oh yes, it’s a wonderful thing.

Thanks so much for allowing me to share this and for your help and support!

– Trish

p.s. if you don’t live in the area but you still want to help you can send me an email and request an invoice to donate money(even $5 is appreciated more than you know)

Recipe: Yellow Buttermilk Cake

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This is a classic yellow buttermilk cake, it is crazy good and super moist. I’ve made it more times than I’ll admit in the past couple weeks because if you found out you would judge me and my baking obsession. (I would like to note that I did not eat but a couple of pieces though, they were birthday cakes and cakes for parties)

Anyway, what have I even said so far? Cake – good. Baking – good. This recipe – good. That pretty much sums it up.

For this recipe you’ll need:

1 cup of margarine, 2 1/2 cups of white sugar, 3 eggs, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, 3 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking soda,

2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 2 cups of buttermilk.

To Make:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the sugar and margarine, beat in the eggs one at a time, add the vanilla and set the mixture aside. In a separate bowl – mix together all of the dry ingredients. Alternate between stirring in the dry mix and the butter milk to your margarine mixture until it’s all well incorporated. Pour the batter into a greased and floured pan and bake for 25-35 minutes.

On a side note, I have recently learned the importance of greasing AND flouring your pans before making cakes, breads, etc. Flour your pans people! It really really makes a difference! That’s all.

Happy Baking!

– Trish

What I Wore: chambray and knee high socks

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Outfit Details: Dress, Cardigan, and Socks – Forever 21, Shoes – Etienne Aigner via TJMaxx

This is easily becoming one of my favorite outfits for this time of year. The dress is thin and comfy and has no need for a belt because of the babydoll waist, The Cardigan is bright and floral, so it’s perfect, and the shoes just scream summer so I’m pretty much wearing them all the time in anticipation of June.

I can’t wait wait for Summer to really begin! I have so many fun things planned for June including my first year at Bonnaroo and a trip to Scotland to work at a homeless shelter in Edinburgh for a couple of weeks. It will be so much fun I can’t even handle it!

For me Summer is always a time for new experiences, fun trips, and down time to re-energize before the business of fall and I fully intend to savor every minute of this Summer.

xo