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A Lovely Little Baby Shower

18 Mar

This weekend I had the great honor of throwing Sam, one of my best friends in the entire world, a baby shower. She is expecting a little girl in May and I can’t wait to meet her! This was my first time throwing a baby shower and it was so much fun! Lots of DIY goodness and sweet moments with amazing people! A huge thanks to my sweet grandmother for helping me put everything together.

Here are a few pictures from the big day. Hope you enjoy!
Music Themed Baby Shower - The Lovely Lantern
{A Music Themed Baby Shower}
Complete with musical shaped rice krispies treats, music note garland and a beautiful ombre cake by the wonderful Jennifer at JK Baking Company!

IMG_2399{Baby Picture Display}

Lavender Lemonade - The Lovely Lantern{Lavender Lemonade}
Find the recipe here. It was delicious!

Baby Girl Clothes
Bagged + Loaded{Girly Gifts}
Do you recognize this tote for Bagged + Loaded?
Sam{The Guest of Honor}

Friends {Sweet friends since the 6th grade}


Weekend Wrap-Up

27 Jan

The Lovely LanternThis weekend was supposed to be spent in Virginia with my dear friend Rebecca, but 1. happened. That is NC had a bit of ice and snow and Virginia had a good bit of ice and snow, so sadly we had to reschedule. In the Nichols home there was much DIY activity as we are working on converting a spare bedroom into an office. For the new office, Grady is building a desk (he’s very crafty) and he wanted to add a little  inspiration for when he is working. Grady is a huge fan of Walt Disney and is currently reading his biography. 2. is everyone’s favorite mouse, Mickey. Grady added him by cutting out a stencil in the shape of Mickey and painting an area of the desk with wood glue using the stencil. When he added the stain, the area where he had stenciled the wood glue did not hold the stain while the rest of the desk did. Voila, Mickey appeared! 3. Poinsettia’s are my new favorite drink. Champagne and cranberry juice! Yum! These went with 5. Lemon Poppyseed waffles we whipped up Sunday, also delicious and another thank you to Southern Living for the recipe. 4. is my DIY baby for the week, a painted rug project. Can’t wait to show you the finished project. Any guesses on the design? And this weekend is a wrap!

Lemon Poppyseed Waffles . Poinsettia

Lemon Souffles

21 Jan

Lemon Souffle: The Lovely Lantern Blog -

I’d been craving something Lemony so when Southern Living appeared in my mailbox with the title: Dreamy Lemon Desserts, I got right to work with a glass of blueberry champagne!

I decided on lemon souffles and prepped the lemon curd on Friday night. It will stay good in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Lemon Zest: The Lovely Lantern Blog -

Click here for the quick and easy lemon curd recipe.

Lemon Souffle: The Lovely Lantern -

These little ramekins were the perfect size for souffles.

Lemon Souffle: The Lovely Lantern Blog - www.thelovelylantern.comA few blueberries on top for some additional color. Really tasty and really easy if you prep the lemon curd in advance. It only takes 30 minutes to whip these up. Find the full recipe here!

Stuffed Eggplant

18 Jan


{Stuffed Eggplant}


Not exact, but close.

1 eggplant
1 boil in a bag brown rice
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 and 1/2 cup italian style bread crumbs
3/4 jar of spaghetti sauce
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Prepare rice according to directions on package, drain and set to the side.
3. Slice eggplant in half lengthwise.
4. Remove seedy parts of eggplant and discard, scoop out flesh, chop and reserve.
5. Season hollowed out eggplant shells with olive oil and salt and pepper.
6. In a deep skillet, heat up a tablespoon of olive oil and saute garlic on medium heat. Add rice and eggplant followed by the lemon juice and stir for about two minutes. Add spaghetti sauce gradually, stirring continually. Gradually stir in bread crumbs and parmesan cheese and stir. It’s ok if you add more or don’t add all that are listed in ingredients. Taste and see what you like!
7. Fill hollowed out eggplant shells with mixture and sprinkle parmesan cheese on the top.
8. Place in the oven and bake for 30-45 minutes.

To serve, slice in quarters or simply scoop out filling.


Vintage Bee

16 Jan

Honey_Blur YUM_Pretzel

{Creamed Honey with Spiced Apples}

This post was a little hard to photograph because I kept eating my display but eventually I was able to get it done.

On a recent trip to Raleigh, Grady (that’s my hubs) and I ate at a restaurant called Relish. The food was amazing: fried avocados, macaroni and cheese skillets, fresh salads and unique sandwiches to name a few. Give it a try if you are ever in the area!

On the way out, there was a market area and while I was stuffed I could not resist trying this creamed honey that was out for sampling. I’m so glad I did, because it was delicious and I walked out with a jar. This all natural spun clover honey has no fat, no cholesterol and no dairy which makes it a pretty wholesome snack. I have found it to be quite tasty on pretzels, wheat thins and drizzled over yogurt  and granola in the morning.

The Vintage Bee is located in Chapel Hill, NC and has a wide variety of fruit infused cream honeys as well as raw clover and wildflower honeys. Just divine! Check them out.

Relish Cafe and Bar . Vintage Bee

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