LP Holiday Traditions (And Recipes!!)

18 Dec

These are a few of my favorite things…

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Me and Mom (Liz) in the kitchen!

For me, the holidays means just being with family and enjoying each other’s company. And the traditions! Every year, we make our family gingerbread cookies recipe and we serve gravlaks (Norwegian spelling)  – a spiced raw salmon dish – as an appetizer. They are both so delish! (See below for recipes!)

My mom’s family is Norwegian and in Norway, Christmas Eve is very important – it’s actually the main focus of the holidays and when gifts are typically exchanged. We’ve adapted our own holidays to partially include this tradition, so the adults in my family actually open their gifts the night before Christmas. The kids then open their gifts on Christmas morning, and we also save the stockings until then as well. I shop all year long for my stocking gifts because they’re that important to me. One of the perks about my job is that I am always traveling and going into gift stores, so I pick up fun items along the way. I love watching my family open these – it’s really one of my favorite gifts of Christmas time. I really treasure these traditions – I think it makes the holidays that much more special!

The family tree!

Brantley and I are still working on what our holiday traditions will be when Burch is aware of what is going on. I guess that time will be here before we know it!! For now, we are just driving around like crazy, fitting all family in!

 

Christmas LP Style

Flip-Flop Tinsel :)

Flip-Flop Tinsel :)

Living in Florida means we don’t exactly get a white Christmas. But we do get a bright Christmas, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. We get to play outside without coats on…my kind of happiness. And I can’t forget about my flip flop tinsel – my tree just isn’t complete without it ;)

 

The Ultimate Holiday Story is….

The movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation  – our favorite! We just laugh the entire time…

 

Liz working her magic in the kitchen...

Liz working her magic in the kitchen…

The secret to amazing Gingerbread Cookies…..

Real butter and the perfect baking time. You want them crisp, not soft.

 

On my holiday list…

If anything, more help with the baby…LOL!

 

LPChristmas4 Tips for a successful holiday gathering…

Everyone has their own way of throwing a party – some gatherings are elegant and formal, others are relaxed and buffet style. There’s really no “right” way to do it, as long as you’re enjoying every moment! Cook ahead of time so you can enjoy your guests. Play carols in the kitchen when you are cooking to keep things festive. Don’t try to play Superwoman and do everything – let people help you – it’s part of what the holidays are all about. Remember to have “good” around at all times! Tis the season for memories, not perfection –focus on sharing happiness and spreading mirth!

 

What do you think...is it big enough? ;)

What do you think…is it big enough? ;)

Taking a Post-Christmas Recovery…

I go in hiding from the 26th to the 1st of the year because show time starts in January, and I am on the road for 6 weeks straight! So during that “down” week, I try to escape from my everyday crazy schedule, which can be hard. I plan on spending as much time with Burcham as I can and picking up a book instead of looking at my computer. I’ll go for walks and brainstorm about designing…shutting down helps foster creativity.

 

What are some of your favorite traditions? I want to hear! Feel free to comment below. Happy Holidays to you all!!!! xoxo LP

 

LPChristmas3 GRAVLAKS RECIPE*

2 1/2-3 lbs salmon fillets, skin on, all bones removed
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt (add more if needed)
2 1/4 teaspoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons AQUAVIT (add more if needed)
1 cup dill sprigs, packed

Directions:

1. Trim the salmon fillet, cutting away any thin uneven edges and the thin end of the tail (which can be reserved for something else).
2. Make sure all the pinbones are removed–run your fingers up the fillet; if you feel any bones, remove them with a tweezer or a needle-nosed plier.
3. Cut the fillet in half crosswise so that you have two pieces of the same length and roughly the same width.
4. Mix the salt and sugar together.
5. Sprinkle half the mixture over each fillet and rub it in with your fingers.
6.Place one fillet in a glass (or other non-reactive) baking dish big enough to hold it.
7. Drizzle about two tablespoons of aquvait over each half, rubbing it in with your fingers.
8. Spread the dill over the salmon half in the baking dish.
9. Lay the other half fillet on top (skin side up).
10. Align the two halves.
11. Cover closely with a sheet of plastic wrap.
12. Place a board or pan on top of the fillets.
13. Make sure it is resting on the fish and not on the sides of the baking dish.
14. Weight the top with something heavy (multiple books).
15. Place in refrigerator.
16. After one day of curing, remove weights and board and turn fillets over(so the top fillet is now on the bottom) and baste with the liquid that has accumulated in the dish.
17. Replace weights and board and return to frig.
18. On the second day, turn and baste again and slice off a tiny piece to taste.
19. If it doesn’t taste like it’s getting there, add a little more salt and/or aquavit on the fish.
20. Return to the frig.
21. Cure for a third day, turn and baste again.
22. On the fourth day, you can serve the gravlaks.
23. To serve, clean the dill away and wipe the fish dry with paper towels.
24. Use a long thin-bladed slicing knife (sharpened) and start slicing a few inches from the narrow end of the fillet.
25. Cut with a back and forth sawing motion toward the narrow end to remove a thin slice of fish.
26. Start each succeeding slice a bit farther in from the narrow end; always cut at a flat angle to keep the slices as long and thin as possible.

*Adapted from Julia Child’s Traditional Gravlaks.

 

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3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup molasses
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 deg. Prepare baking sheets by lining with parchment paper.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves until well blended.
3. In a large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, and egg on medium speed until well blended.
4. Add molasses, vanilla, and lemon zest and continue to mix until well blended.
5. Gradually stir in dry ingredients until blended and smooth.
6. Divide dough in half and wrap each half in plastic and let stand at room temperature for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours. (Dough can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, but in this case it should be refrigerated. Return to room temp before using.)                                                     7. Preheat oven to 375°.
8. Grease or line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
9. Place 1 portion of the dough on a lightly floured surface.
10. Sprinkle flour over dough and rolling pin.
11. Roll dough to a scant 1/4-inch thick.
12. Use additional flour to avoid sticking.
13. Cut out cookies with desired cutter– the ginger bread man is our favorite of course.
14. Space cookies 1 1/2-inches apart.
15. Bake 1 sheet at a time for 7-10 minutes (the lower time will give you softer cookies– very good!).
16. Remove cookie sheet from oven and allow the cookies to stand until the cookies are firm enough to move to a wire rack.
17. After cookies are cool you may decorate them any way you like.
18. Brush them with a powdered sugar glaze, or if you have more time, with Royal icing.

 

 

Recipe from Food.Com. Photo: t_and_cake(Flickr)

 

 

LP’s Holiday Gift Guide

11 Dec

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1. I try not to take things to seriously, especially when I just wake up….That’s why I keep Ashley Brooke Designs mugs around. Nothing is better than beginning your day with laughter. http://shop.ashleybrookedesigns.com/treat-yo-self-mug.html

2. This is a no brainer….I am obsessed with this cookbook. http://www.amazon.com/Its-All-Good-Delicious-Recipes/dp/1455522716

3. Calling all ladies! We all need a TN dress. I live in Tracy’s line. Her dresses are the most comfortable and cute designs out there. We all need some color in our life (even during the cold months). Her dresses don’t wrinkle and you can throw them in the washing machine. This is a noooo brainer. http://www.tracynegoshian.com/Catalog/Shop-All/Dakota-Button-Up-Shirt-Dress.ph

4. Hello perfect hair. This little tool is a gift that every girl needs. Why not get great beach waves within seconds?  http://sarahpotempa.com/products-page/hair-beauty/the-beachwaver/

5. Every girl needs some bling…I love these fun bangles. http://www.stephaniealbertson.com

6. This is the phone case I am rocking these days…I get stopped on the street when I have my phone in hand. http://kennydana.com/products/sea-coral-iphone-5-case

7. I love a good lip gloss, and I have been amazed by these fabulous lip glosses….My new must have. http://www.sephora.com/shimmer-shake-show-stopping-collection-of-15-mini-full-on-lip-polishes-creams-P383032?skuId=1548007

8.  I love this throw, and I think yellow is such a great color that works with a ton of colors. http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-room/25531104.jsp

9. Talk about OMG….I can’t live without this eyeliner. http://www.sephora.com/skinny-liquid-eyeliner-P310736?skuId=1429752

10. Don’t forget the LP Liz Bronze Ballet Flat…with 3 snaps Carmella, Novalee, Cailyn (shown). Super comfy, super chic! http://www.lindsay-phillips.com/liz-metallic-bronze.aspx

 

Giving Thanks This Season

27 Nov

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We live in a fast-paced world filled with iPhones and tablets, beeping and buzzing, pop-ups and flashing ads – however helpful modern technology can be, it can often distract us from what’s truly important. But in spite of the chaos, we don’t have to look too far to realize our blessings this Thanksgiving.

 

Cheers to Your Health

As you feast this holiday, remember your blessings!

As you feast this holiday, remember your blessings!

How many of us wake up healthy every day and take it for granted? Good health is a true gift that we should feel blessed to have each and every day. It takes an incredible amount of strength and energy to do the daily grind, and I am truly thankful that I live each day without pain and suffering. They say that you never know what you have until it’s gone, but I believe that with continued awareness, we can learn to appreciate each breath we take. And it’s amazing what that appreciation will do for the spirit too! Gratitude is instant happiness…

 

Cheers to Family

IMG951517 Beyond health, I have really learned this year that Family is EVERYTHING – honestly, the rest is all gravy. It’s no secret that I’ve always stressed the importance of surrounding yourself with loved ones, but becoming a mother is what has really reinforced the importance of family for me this year. I am so blessed that my husband and I had a child early enough to have the support of our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles!

Speaking of family, make this Thanksgiving about remembering where you came from – your foundation, your moral values. We exist only because of the people who sacrificed so much to help shape us into the people we are today. You can change your hair, your wardrobe (and of course your Switchflops ;) but the person you are at your core has a lot to do with your family.

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Burcham with his daddy and great-grandfather! It’s beyond amazing to have so many generations in one room, isn’t it?

 

Cheers to the Unrecognized

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I give thanks to those who have helped me take care of my guys :)

For me, this Thanksgiving is also about literally thanking those who have made my life easier – juggling is always more manageable when your load is lightened! So I say acknowledge everything that your family and loved ones do for you, be it babysitting your children, running errands, helping you plan, and just simply being there. Deep down, they know that you’re grateful, but make it a point to verbalize that this holiday – tell them how much you just couldn’t do it without them.

And of course I can’t forget my first baby – Cosmo. Family pets make an amazing impact on our lives, and we shouldn’t forget them this season. xoxo

Behind the Scenes: The LP Spring ’14 Photo Shoot

7 Nov

I am so thrilled with this year’s spring shoot – we actually shot at three separate locations, including a private orange grove estate in Clearwater and a fruit stand.  From day one, we established LP as a Florida brand, but I feel like we’ve really taken it to the next level. Orange groves are a part of Florida history – I used to pass orange groves on the way to school everyday. There’s really no fruit that better represents Florida than the orange – bright, colorful, glowing, and full of flavor :) Like oranges, LP too is quintessential Florida; it just seemed natural to bring them together…

Our theme for this spring is A Slice of Sunshine. Everyday when I wake up,  I look for the sunshine – both literally and figuratively. To me, this year’s theme  just really captures the brand and the LP lifestyle – it’s about fun, it’s about color, it’s about happiness. I look for the sunshine and the bright side with everything in life. Even in the grayest of skies, one must still look for the positive.

I want LP to be thought of like you would think of an umbrella drink company – when you wear your LP’s, it is all about being relaxed happy and carefree. Even the process of deciding on your shoe and snap/strap combination is something to look forward to each day – it’s one thing that’s never tedious because of all the possibilities. LP truly is a slice of sunshine in your day!!

We also did a day of studio shooting, so we could focus solely on the shoes, snaps, and straps. These studio shots are how we bring you the crisp web images that you see when you search and shop Lindsay-Phillips.com. You can expect to see some new shoe styles and some fabulous straps, snaps and cover ups. We have also added our core shoes in many more colors!!! xoxo

A lemonade stand that we made as part our Spring 2014 photo shoot - so fun!

 

The LP Brand is synonymous with umbrella drinks...happy and carefree :-)

 

A sneak peek at one of our new styles!

 

 

 

 

Exclusive Preview of our Spring 2014 Snaps!

 

We went for a much more classic look during this shoot...check out the cat eye glasses!

 

Our "Florida Glam" Wardrobe was amazing!

 

 

One of our newest cover-ups for spring!

 

Setting up an in-studio photo shoot. Watermelon, anyone? ;-)

 

New Libby Flavors!

 

One last sneak peek - It wouldn't be spring without colorful new straps!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LP’s Baby Turns One!

22 Oct

It is so hard to believe that Baby Burcham is already one!  This whole year just happened so fast – It feels like yesterday that I was pregnant. Being a mom this past year has been an amazing feeling:  the love I feel for Burcham is a different kind of love than I have ever felt.

 

To ring in his first official year, we had a little party for him and celebrated with friends and family. At first I did not want to do a theme, and then it kind of morphed into a pirate theme… “A pirate turns one” concept ;-) Themes are always great for photo opportunities, but my favorite part of the day was just being with our families. So many generations all in one room! Burcham has 5 great-grandparents, which amazes me. We truly feel blessed.

It has been an incredible year and at the same time a life-altering year. I have changed in so many ways because of him. Honestly, the first thing I did was thank my parents. Being a parent is not only a full time job -  it is a life changer! It has been hard being a mom who is constantly on the go and working around the clock…Multi-tasking should be my first name! Yet somehow it has also balanced me out.

I’m often asked by fans if I have any advice for new moms. Now that I’ve officially done the mommy thing for a whole year now, I feel like I could write a book!. Here are my top tips:

1. Don’t get worked up about things you can’t control.
2. With a baby, you have to take it one day at a time. Some days are fabulous and amazing, and others are…challenging to say the least. Don’t try to project ahead, or you’ll overwhelm yourself,  which brings me to number 3:
3. Breathe.
4. It takes a village to raise a baby, and it also is important to have family around. I honestly don’t know what I would do without my mom, my mother-in-law, and extended family.
5. It’s all about teamwork…
6. Don’t read blogs or research every little thing. Instead, listen to your baby and use your gut feelings to figure out what to do.
7. Don’t worry about germs….Kids are kids and they are bound to get sick and be surrounded by germs.
8. Switchflops are a life saver…seriously. I think I must have channeled my future self when I invented them. Stilettos don’t work with babies. I live in my Kelli’s, Gwen’s, and Liz flats. Even if there’s spit-up on my top, I can always say that I put my best foot forward, each and every day! xoxo, LP.

Burcham with "the boys"!

No party is complete without good food...

 

Burcham's first official sugar buzz :-)

Burcham in his new ride - already learning to break for animals!