links and things

links and things | pink sunsets at the texas state capital{pink sunsets at The Texas State Capital}

It’s been a whirlwind of a week from battling a little cold to finishing up projects, so if you ask me I’m more than ready to throw in the towel and call it a week. And with Independence Day tomorrow the weekend is shaping up to be a pretty exciting one. We are planning our first Fourth of July here in Austin watching fireworks on Town Lake with lots of cool treats in hand! Wish you all a wonderful and safe Independence Day! Keep reading for more links and things…

links and things | dining al fresco{dinning al fresco}

links and things | favorite new lip balm{favorite new lip balm}

The perfect grilled side to your next barbecue.

It’s not too late to whip up this cake.

Which Golden Girl Are You?

This cocktail will be on my summer must make list!

Stripes or gingham… How’s a gal to choose?

kitchen gadgets : salad spinner

kitchen gadgets | salad spinnerWhen it comes to kitchen gadgets or tools, I don’t rely on many things to help get meals prepped and ready. You might consider me a little old school in my kitchen ways, like using my hands instead of a pastry blender or chopping herbs with my chef’s knife instead of fancy herb scissors, but that doesn’t mean I’m impartial to having a few trusty gizmos around. Some of my kitchen bestie’s include a microplane, citrus juicer, molcajete and as of recently a salad spinner. After bringing many varieties of leafy greens home from numerous trips to the farmers’ market over this past year, I decided it was finally time to invest in one. Why I didn’t purchase this years ago is beyond me because washing greens has never been more efficient and easier. Keep reading for more…

kitchen gadgets | salad spinner | 2Good-bye to the days of drying lettuce with a kitchen towel!

kitchen gadgets | salad spinner | 3Perfectly dry and crisp every time.

 

musings for july…

musings for july | 2015Happy July lovelies! Thanks to late sunsets, endless days of summer are here. And if you ask me it’s the most delicious time of the year with fresh fruits galore, backyard barbecues and frozen sweet treats. I know I’ll be snacking on a ridiculous amount of watermelon, indulging in a hot dog or two and keeping cool with loads of ice cream. Here on Bonjour Jacqueline there will be nothing short of summer fun with a peachy treat, my classic ice tea recipe, and a colorful DIY paperweight so papers won’t fly away with the summer breeze.

links and things

links and things | new candle

{lovely new Jane Austen candle just because gift from R}

TGIF! One of the things I love most about Friday’s, besides getting a jump start into weekend mode, is having burger date night. It’s a little new tradition we started about a month ago and have kept it going ever since. I can’t think of a better way to end work week. Hope you all have a wonderful day and a fantastic weekend! Keep reading for more links and things…

links and things | brunching

{lunching al fresco}

links and things | watermelon blueberry salad{watermelon salad with a handful of blueberries}

 

How to Do… Anything.

Loving these lights.

Black on black.

A dreamy office space.

Sweet plum sorbet… yum!

 

10 do’s for summer…

10 do's for summer | 2015

Summers to me are always about carefree lazy days with stacks of magazines and coconut water, and fun warm nights spent outside. Since the new season is in full swing, I thought it was time to put together a list filled with ten things to do for the next couple of months.

10 Do’s for Summer 

{1} drink craft cocktails al fresco

{2} plant some herbs

{3} eat ice cream for dinner (at least 3 times)

{4} catch a peacock or two at Mayfield Park

{5} make a batch of lavender lemonade

{6} start a taco tour of Austin

{7} take a day trip to Fredericksburg (and bring home some peaches to make peachy treats)

{8} try out a shorter do

{9} enjoy dinner and some live music here

{10} a moonlight paddle date night with R

simple savorings : the ultimate bagel breakfast sandwich

simple savorings | the ultimate bagel breakfast sandwichOn the weekends we usually go out for brunch at least once, but if we do decide to stay in I pull out all the stops and kitchen gadgets for our mid-morning meal. Eggs Benedict, potato hash, homemade pancakes or waffles… all the things I don’t normally have time for during the week. This past weekend I made R an epic breakfast sandwich in celebration of Father’s Day and after a few bites he insisted that I share the recipe with you all. A toasted chewy bagel with melted cheese, fried eggs and crispy bacon makes for a pretty manly meal (I can only eat about half of one), but oh so scrumptious! Keep reading fro the recipe…

simple savorings | the ultimate bagel breakfast sandwich | 2

simple savorings | the ultimate bagel breakfast sandwich | 3

 

The Ultimate Bagel Breakfast Sandwich

*serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 everything bagel, sliced and toasted
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 thin slice cheese, (cheddar works well)

Instructions

  1. Toast bagel and set aside.
  2. Heat a cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium high and cook bacon until browned on both sides.
  3. Transfer bacon to paper towel lined plate and reserve about 1-2 tablespoons of bacon grease in skillet.
  4. Into heated skillet (medium high) with reserved bacon grease, carefully crack both eggs; making sure to keep them separated.
  5. When whites begin to set, immediately puncture yolks.
  6. Top one egg with cheese and place remaining egg, yolk-side down on top of cheese (like an egg-on-egg sandwich).
  7. Transfer eggs onto one toasted half of the bagel; top with bacon and remaining bagel half and lightly press together. Serve immediately.

with a twist : grapefruit shandy

with a twist  | grapefruit shandy | 1Now that summer has officially arrived it’s time for a new beverage to share to keep cool during these hot days. For those of you who aren’t partial to the mimosa or are looking to serve something new at Sunday brunch, I’ve got just the thing, a grapefruit shandy. What R has dubbed as a man-mosa, has quickly become a favorite in our home, even for a non-beer gal like myself. Cold wheat beer poured over freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, who wouldn’t want to sip on that! The recipe is simple and perfect for a crowd. Keep reading for more…

with a twist  | grapefruit shandy | 2

with a twist  | grapefruit shandy | 3

Grapefruit Shandy

*makes one

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 12 ounces wheat beer (my current favorite wheat beer)
  • grapefruit slices for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a pint glass, pour grapefruit juice.
  2. Top with wheat beer and garnish with grapefruit slice.