Recipe: Caprese Salad

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Truth be told, I’m not one for cooking. It’s not that I don’t mind being in the kitchen or following a recipe, it’s usually the time, energy, and effort that goes into creating a meal that often holds me back. I typically end up eating a bowl of cereal and calling it a night. With our wedding wrapped up and a million new kitchen products (shown in the photo, this cutting/serving board and this knife set) and a few new cookbooks at our disposal thanks to our registry, I figured it was time I take on a new challenge in our marriage – the kitchen! Disclaimer: My husband LOVES to cook. I typically leave him in charge and I’m often the taste-tester and/or baker of desserts.

So my new recipe column for TBO is going to be all about easy recipes for one or two people, maybe even a few meals thrown in for larger parties (a goal of mine this fall is to host my first dinner party), if I can recreate the meal, so can you! I’m not the biggest fan of leftovers, so I sometimes I’ve made this great meal, which is more than enough for my husband and I to eat and the rest goes to waste. We received a few cookbooks meant for couples or 1 to 2 people, so I’m anxious to tackle a few of those recipes!

First up, this super easy appetizer for warm summer afternoons – I followed this recipe and voila, one of the easiest apps ever to make and enjoy! I poured myself a glass of wine and caught up on some magazines!

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Ingredients: Off the vine Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Basil Leaves, Balsamic Vinegar

Directions: Slice your tomatoes and mozzarella. Layer the slices over basil leaves. Drizzle balsamic vinegar and salt/pepper for taste if needed. Don’t forget to add crackers and pour yourself a glass of wine!

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My Style: Muchana Hat

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 Target Dress | gifted Muchana Hat | J.Crew Sandals | Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody

Happy Friday! It’s been another long week at the office so I’m very happy to see the weekend. With family in town and Emily’s home wedding reception this Saturday, it will be another weekend on the go – and this maxi dress will be worn on repeat! And here I thought summer was for relaxing?! Hope you have a great weekend!

To see how each Midwest Blogger co-founder styled their Muchana hathead over to the blog!

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My Style: Laser Cut Sweatshirt

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Gifted Matilda Muse Sweatshirt | Forever 21 Lace Shorts | Zara Heels (Similar) | Target Purse (Similar)

Welcome to the brand new The Brunette One! Things may look a little different around here but trust that I’m still going to bring you great content and I have a ton of posts lined up over the next week! I’ve let go of the pressure of getting a new post up every day, it’s summer and I’ve been busy enjoying the warm weather, friends, family, and my husband!

If you shop at Forever 21, I find that most shopping experiences are either hit or miss. These shorts line up with my trusty leather jacket as a “great” purchase from Forever. Not only do they make my (short) legs look LONG, they are so comfortable they could double for PJs and paired with heels and this sweatshirt from Matilda Muse and you have yourself a fancy little date night outfit!

Let me know if you find any hiccups with the new design, I’ve switched platforms (more to come on this), so I’m still learning the WordPress ropes! xx

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My Style: Fourth of July

gifted Boat House Apparel Sandpiper Crop Tee | Converse | Rebecca Minkoff Bag
Happy Fourth of July! I hope everyone is enjoying the day off and spending it with your friends and family! We have a parade and a carnival to hit up followed by time at the pool! Thank goodness for a three day weekend, it is just what the doctor ordered. I’m typically on vacation at Lake Vermilion during the week of the 4th, celebrating on the water, but due to the honeymoon my PTO bank is seriously lacking. To help curb the sting of missing out on vacation, I threw on this new crop top from Boat House Apparel to bring me all the lake vibes I can get! 
I’ve partnered up with Boat House Apparel to give you a chance to win this Echo Bay Wine Tote – how cute is this? You have until next Thursday to enter, winner will be announced next Friday!
Good luck and have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

My Style: Color Block Jumpsuit

gifted Matilda Muse Jumpsuit & Necklace | Zara Heels | Target Purse 
I like nothing better than wearing an outfit that feels so good you could sleep in it. This cotton jumpsuit that Matilda Muse sent me is lightweight and breathable, a perfect look for a cool summer night! On a completely irrelevant note, have you noticed all these freckles? Summer is in full force and even with a high SPF, they still tend to pop out…one of my favorite parts of summer…thought I wish I was seeing more sunshine then all of this rain! :) 

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