Monday, April 23, 2018

A Special Visit

Recently, I had a couple very special visitors fly all the way across the country to see me!



We had so much fun over the course of the week. I made reservations at a charming little tea shop in my neighborhood. Tea for three, please.



And we took a day trip to Savannah, where we admired the twisty Southern trees and wispy Spanish moss...




...drooled over sweet treats...





...and made ourselves comfortable in the historic homes. Can you spot Traveling Teddy?




The next morning, we grabbed a couple hot drinks at the Coffee Fox and took a stroll down the picturesque Jones Street.




We stopped at Forsyth Park for a quick photo shoot...



...and then made our way to the Book Lady to browse the stacks. 



It was raining back at home, so we spent the next day in jammies snuggled up with our books.


To cap off the trip, we had a big Cajun dinner complete with gumbo, jambalaya, étouffée, fried chicken, boudin balls, and jalapeno cornbread!


We don't get too many visitors out here in Georgia, so it was wonderful to spend the week with my sister and little Goddaughter.   


And I know this is just the first of many adventures to come for our baby traveler in training! 


~ Nel

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Happy Easter!

I've been working with the Easter Bunny this year.


Shhh...Don't tell my husband


or Baby Francesca. ;-)



Wishing you a blessed Easter, friends.


~Jess

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Weekend Wanderings


We made a trip to visit family this past weekend.


We did a little shopping and a lot of visiting.


I loved these flowers made of tissues in the storefront. It gave me a little inspiration for planning Nel's baby shower decor. 


The trees are blossoming here, and I can tell spring is right around the corner.


~Jess

Monday, March 5, 2018

Think Pink

Maybe it's just that spring is in the air, but I've been thinking a lot about pink lately. 


It's such a pretty color, whether it's in the blossoms that signal the start of a new season... 



...or in your favorite dessert.



Pink seems to pop up everywhere I look these days. Like this pink porcelain tea cup...


or this pretty pink scarf.



Aren't these little pink ballet slippers darling?



Okay, so maybe there's another reason why I'm noticing so much pink lately...


We're having a girl!


I couldn't be more thrilled. Last year, the three girls at Red Rose Alley became four...and this year we'll become five. Here's a pink cupcake for you to help us celebrate!


~ Nel

Monday, February 26, 2018

Macarons

When my husband got home from work a few weeks ago, he gave me a well deserved baby break. All I wanted to do was stop by my favorite French bakery for a coffee and a treat. 


I was craving macarons, but I've had to follow a dairy-free diet while nursing, so I couldn't eat any of those pretty little cookies behind the display case (often due to the filling.) 


So, I decided to make my own dairy-free macarons!
I've heard macarons are difficult to make, but I've been wanting to try them out for some time now, so I figured it was the perfect time. 


Isn't it funny how a photo can sometimes disguise reality?


To be completely honest, this is how most of my macarons really turned out! 


These little guys are temperamental. I've been following this straightforward recipe on Pinterest, but my shells keep turning out flat and hollow. 


I'm determined to make successful macarons! I've made them a couple times, and I've been trying to trouble-shoot and fix the flat, hollow shells, but I haven't had any luck so far. (Any suggestions would be appreciated!) It has definitely been a learning experience though. I now know some fancy macaron terminology, like "folding in" and "feet".


I will let you know when (or if!) I master the macaron. 


Have you made macarons? What's your favorite bakery treat?

~Jess