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"Mandy Kellog Rye"

Easy Summer Gathering

There's nothing I enjoy more than summer nights dining al fresco with my nearest and dearest. I recently gathered friends and set the table with a Mexican inspired meal highlighting summer's flavors. Fresh watermelon, yellow corn, Georgia peaches, and all the heirloom tomatoes I could find. I don't know about you, but after the winter we all had, I'm trying to squeeze every ounce out of summer I can! Truly, MKR...

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Mint Watermelon Margarita

When summer rolls around I try to use my absolute favorite fruit, watermelon, in any and every way I can.  So the other night when tiring of my standard margarita and with a bowl full of fresh cut watermelon in the fridge I thought, "yes a watermelon margarita must happen."  And happen it did.  The sweetness of fresh watermelon juice combined with refreshing mint sprigs, tart lime, and tequila will have you sipping all summer long.  truly...

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How to Prepare for House Guests

This weekend we have some of our closest friends coming to town which means I've been running around getting our home "guest ready". You see, I take the act of hosting very seriously and this act is all about the prep work! Prep work I've got down to five easy steps - it starts with a cocktail (of course) and ends with breakfast. Five easy steps I thought I'd share with you all. Happy weekend! Truly, MKR No. 1 - Ready the...

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Mint Julep, Three Ways

I've always had a love for The Kentucky Derby. Maybe it's because it falls on my birthday each year? Maybe it's because I'm fond of any event you can wear extra large hats and dainty lace gloves to? Or maybe, and let's be honest, most likely it's because of the mint juleps. The crisp combination of Kentucky bourbon and mint leaves in a silver julep cup, well it just doesn't get any more classic and...

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Makeup Tutorial: A Bold Eye and Perfectly Pink Lip

I am, admittedly, low maintenance when it comes to my makeup routine. I've been using the same products, the same steps, the same everything for longer than I'd care to admit and it's high time I step it up. Though I'm not one to go over the top with my routine, I feel confident that Mandy and Claudia's easy 5 step guide to a bold...

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Best Ever Bloody Mary

Whether you're enjoying Sunday brunch, tailgating with friends, or a happy hour libation, there's never a bad time for a Bloody Mary. Truth be told, I consider myself somewhat of an aficionado. In fact, I've been perfecting my recipe for years! Borrowing a little inspiration from the River Run Lodge in Idaho, to The Lantern in Illinois. And after all this time, I finally feel like I've perfected it. Enjoy! Truly, MKR...

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Chocolate & Toasted Coconut Boozy Sundae

With all the heat that Valentine's Day inevitably brings, it's best to have a way to cool down.  With that in mind, I've created the most decadent of sundaes.   By combining some of my favorite flavors, chocolate and coconut, and adding just enough Godiva Liqueur to make it interesting, this sundae is sure to appeal to your sinful side. For more, head over to ...

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Rustic Heart-Shaped Hand Pies

Because cupid has more than one arrow, why not treat all the loves in your life with these super easy heart shaped strawberry hand pies. Bring a batch to your co-workers. Drop some on your neighbors door step.  Heck, my cavalier Addison may have tried one. Not a fan of strawberry? Simply sub any fruit of your choice; the possibilities are endless. For more, head over to...

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Hot Cocoa Party

On a chilly December day I gathered some of my best gal pals (In Honor of Design, Hunted Interior and Wonderfully Lost) and their kiddos to make a trek to Bottoms' Tree Farm for an afternoon of trees and treats. Upon our arrival, the scent of pine filled our car and the farm's gorgeous red barn...

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Chocolate Candy Cane Popcorn

What's better than popcorn?  Answer... my chocolate candy cane popcorn of course!  Festive popped corn topped with melted milk and white chocolate sprinkled with crushed candy cane is the perfect, and easy, holiday treat that I guarantee you'll be eating long past December.  Truly, Waiting On Martha...

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Homemade Hot Cocoa

On a chilly winter's day there's nothing better to warm the bones than hot cocoa. For our trip to Bottom's Tree Farm (stay tuned for those photos!) I used Ticket Chocolate's Peppermint and Vanilla Mint Hot Cocoa Sticks because they're gorgeous and easy to transport, but at...

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Sweet Potato Au Gratin from Waiting on Martha

So I'm not sure if you knew this, but on Thanksgiving calories don't count. It's true. I double checked. And that's especially good news because Waiting on Martha's recipe for sweet potato au gratin is anything but low fat. With layers of cheese and cream and all sorts of incredible delicious goodness. But I swear it's worth every calorie laden bite. My stomach's rumbling already.

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Pumpkin Pie from Waiting on Martha

We should be ashamed of ourselves! Last week we featured Waiting On Martha's incredible Southern inspired Thanksgiving spread, and while a pumpkin pie obviously made an appearance, there was nary a recipe in sight. So we, of course, had to revisit and...

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A Southern Thanksgiving

In the South few things are held as high as tradition and family. And what's more traditional than gathering around a Thanksgiving table with family and friends to feast on the season's bounty? Inspired by my love for a classic Thanksgiving, I combined rich browns and oranges with an unexpected twist of coral and sage greens to create a picturesque Southern table. Captured by Rustic White Photography, there's a ...

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Buttermilk Brined Smoked Turkey With Chestnut Stuffing

As the newest Style Me Pretty Living contributor, I thought I'd start with a full Thanksgiving spread, just for you! But before we get to the goods (they're coming, I promise), I wanted to share a couple of recipes that really made our event shine. My husband and I started brining and smoking our turkey on the Big Green Egg 2 years ago, and we'll never go back.  The brine, while an extra step, is a complete game...

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Apple & Bourbon Punch

We've got a pretty amazing Halloween party coming up today in just a few short hours, but before we get there we thought we'd share the recipes that really made this party shine. A huge part of me is totally tempted to sneak into my kitchen and whip up a batch of Waiting on Martha's apple & bourbon punch immediately. The only thing stopping me is...

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