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melissa’s go-to appetizer

melissa's go-to appetizer | lolo magazine

melissa's go-to appetizer | lolo magazine

I cannot tell you how many times I have made prosciutto-wrapped asparagus as an appetizer…way too many to count! The images above were taken before they went in the oven and of course I forgot to take an after-oven pic, so that will have to wait until next time. This appetizer is literally the easiest thing to make and it is always a hit. I most recently made it for my dear friend Brittany’s bridal shower and she literally requested that I make these- they are that tasty. There are a lot of recipes out there for prosciutto wrapped asparagus, but below are the quick and easy steps I follow. All you need is asparagus and prosciutto, and olive oil and parmesan if you want to get fancy.


For a large party, 2 big bunches of fresh asparagus

About 3/4 lb of prosciutto  ((*order extra if you want…prosciutto + eggs makes for a pretty yummy breakfast))

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2. Wash and dry asparagus and break off the ends. I tend to make the asparagus a bit shorter than I do when normally cooking them, because I want them to be bite-size and easy to eat for this appetizer.

3. Begin to tear off pieces of prosciutto and wrap the asparagus as shown in the above images.

4. Once all asparagus pieces are wrapped in prosciutto, put them on a baking sheet lined with foil (or in a cast iron skillet) and bake for 10-15 minutes. Be sure to check on them because you don’t want them to cook too much!

5. Take them out, let them cool, and pat them dry- the prosciutto tends to release a lot of oil after baking.

6. I normally serve “as is” since the prosciutto is naturally salty, but you can certainly top with salt, pepper, a little olive oil, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese!

Enjoy xo

Cookbooks For Your Kitchen

I don’t know about you, but I love cookbooks. I don’t use them all of the time, since Pinterest is essentially the ultimate virtual cookbook, but there is something about flipping through the pages of a real cookbook, having it open on your counter while following a recipe, and the gorgeous imagery inside that I completely love. Similar to Pinterest, cookbooks are so inspiring and really get your creative vibes cooking…no pun intended! Below are five cookbooks from Anthropologie that we have our eye on + five recipes from our Pinterest board that we can’t wait to try.


1. these brussels sprouts

2. this asparagus frittata

3. a rice bowl with a fried egg + avocado

4. peanut butter overnight oats

5. A pad thai salad


cookbooks for your kitchen | lolo magazine

eating purely.

cookbooks for your kitchen | lolo magazine

love & lemons cookbook

cookbooks for your kitchen | lolo magazine

date night in

cookbooks for your kitchen | lolo magazine

malibu farm cookbook

cookbooks for your kitchen | lolo magazine

the natural cook

images via anthropologie 

Wake-Up Drink

wake-up drink | lolo magazine | lauren scruggs kennedy

First thing first- I love my coffee first thing in the morning. Like, LOVE.  Just read this post for proof. That being said, it is going to take practically a miracle drink to make me drink anything other than coffee first thing when I wake up. This drink that I am about to describe is basically a miracle potion that naturally gives you energy, boosts your immune system, flushes out toxins, helps with digestion, is extremely hydrating, and even whitens your teeth! I gave it a go a few weeks ago and I was immediately hooked. Here is the deal:

-Warm up a mug full of water (make it warm, but not hot)

-Pour in 1-2 tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar

-Juice from half a lemon

-A teaspoon (or two!) of honey

And that is it. Give it a little stir and sip on it like you would tea. Wait a few hours and see how you feel. For me, I noticed how good it made me feel the first day or two of drinking it. It is a great way to kickstart your day and get your body going. The key is to drink it first thing in the morning though, so yes, that cup of coffee will have to wait. My current routine is to drink this first thing (about 3-4 times a week) then drink my mug of black coffee with breakfast before leaving for work. If you give it a try, come back here and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. P.S. the mug is from The Created Co. and is one of my favorites. Drinking out of a cute mug makes morning that much better.



entertaining tips.

My mom gave me the best birthday present last year. She read through the wonderful book, Bread & Wine, and wrote notes all through out it on what she felt personally spoke into my life. This insight has given me a new picture of what community and the table is all about. The messages in this book by Shauna Niequist spoke so directly to my heart, and my mom’s underlining and scribbles made it all the more meaningful.

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I was just looking over this book tonight as sometimes I revisit the chapters and the incredible recipes at the end of each chapter. I was just glimpsing over the appendix, and Shauna shares her best entertaining tips that truly help the idea of the table being the heart of the home. Not to mention, they really spoke to my OCD neat freak tendencies ha! I couldn’t help but share with you guys. See the point summaries below.

  1. Find a way to entertain that works best for you. Hospitality is about love, not about performance. Everyone should have a simpler meal and a happier host.
  2. When the doorbell rings, have yourself ready (aka hair dried and clothing on), music on, candles lit, something to eat, something to drink. It’s okay to have some food that’s not done, but you don’t want people to think that you are not ready for them.
  3. Be prepared and make a detailed plan. Time it out and create lists if needed so you don’t feel rushed and overwhelmed. Helpful note: allow yourself 30 minutes to putter around lighting candles, putting on music, putting on lipstick, having a glass of wine.
  4. Develop a repertoire and make only one last-minute dish per meal. Avoid trying new recipes for a dinner party. Stick to recipes you are really comfortable with. Tips: choose an appetizer that can be prepped early, an entree that can be in the oven when guests are arriving, easy salad and bread, and a dessert that’s already prepared.
  5. Accept help. Let people bring things, help you cook, clean up – again, it’s not a performance. People love to help. It makes them feel included and at home.

Gatherings around the table are not about what will look great on Pinterest or Instagram later. It’s about loving the people in your life by gathering them close into the private spaces of your home, about giving them soft places to land in hard seasons, about meeting their needs for food, for listening, for peace, for rest.

image via pinterest 

big apple overview.

There is something about New York City that gives me what feels like endless energy and the greatest ambition + after living there twice, it has truly become my home away from home. Jason and I spent time in the Big Apple this month for some work and some play, and I couldn’t help but share our go-to spots!


Friend of a Farmer // 77 Irving Place

This is my favorite breakfast spot with the freshest ingredients – their zucchini bread, array of scrambles, and almond milk lattes are to die for. Not to mention, they serve the best blueberry pancakes I have ever tried. It is the coziest atmosphere with two fireplaces in the snowy winter and outdoor seating when the weather is pretty. Must try!

Butcher’s Daughter // 19 Kenmare

For all of you health lovers out there, this is your place. Not to mention, it is the most adorable spot in all the land. We love going there before dinner for a little appetizer or a pick-me-up elixir shot (my fave: the vampire slayer). Other must tries: avocado toast bites, the spicy kale salad, and the deviled eggs.

Cafe Cluny // 284 W 12th St

Jason introduced me to this adorable little cafe a few years ago. It is a romantic gem of a place in the heart of the cozy streets of West Village. The food is impeccable. Not many words are needed for this eatery except GO for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Or all three!

13244628_10108179930989604_3784913934894037721_nMaman // 239 Centre Street

To. Die. For. This may be the most darling coffee shop with the yummiest match almond milk latte and the best almond milk latte (except for the one at the T Room in Dallas, of course). They also have fresh and delicious bakery items + a fantastic brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Yes, please!

Cafe Lalo // 201 West 83rd Street

For all of you You’ve Got Mail lovers, this is a special spot to visit on the Upper West Side. Positives: it is not touristy; it is absolutely delicious; it is the coziest escape from the hustle and bustle as it sits high on the street + they just provide a great cup of joe. All you need is the daily newspaper to start the day off right or your bestie as you break from the city walking.

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The Plaza Food Hall // 1 W 59th Street

Hi, Home Alone fans, this one is for you or just for anyone that loves an adorable underground food hall after a Central Park stroll. They provide everything your heart can imagine: fresh juices, overflowing lattes, bars that serve breakfast, crepes and macaroons. I most especially love this cozy yet bustling nook before I start my day.

Catch // 21 Ninth Avenue

This is a hearty and memorable seafood spot in the Meatpacking District accompanied by the coolest decor and atmosphere. Jason and I always love going here on a date when our energy is up and are desiring an intimate, yet conversational dinner. They have the yummiest drinks, too!

I am going to stop here, but if you want to look up my other listed favorites, here are a few:

Lure: fun date spot

Mercer Kitchen

Bubby’s: best kale chopped salad

The Smile

Lovely Day

The Red Door Spa

Le Labo: make your own perfume + best personal gifts!

The Clay Pot: a darling jewelry shop

P.S. Check out this rad video our friend Jesy made recording our #NYCnights


Half Baked Harvest - green detox salad

We love finding new recipes to test out in our kitchens. Below are 10 links to tasty and healthy (ish!) recipes that we either have tried or plan to try. The image above is from the Half Baked Harvest– how amazing does that green detox salad look? Yum.

1. Fennel salad with goat cheese and pine nuts- light and perfect for a summer night

2. The tasty mean green detox salad that is pictured above

3. These fries (baked) are the definition of comfort food- baked garlic cilantro fries

4. I love recipes from Barefoot Contessa and this risotto dish looks so good

5. Avocado toast with a baked sweet potato slice instead of bread- genius!

6. A tasty chicken pad thai recipe with vegetable noodles instead of rice noodles

7. Soft granola bars made with peanut butter, oats, and a few more tasty ingredients

8. Dreaming of enjoying this banana bread on a Sunday morning with coffee

9. A dairy free pasta dish made with green ingredients (like avocado) that we love

10. The perfect chicken chili recipe for a cozy night at home


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