Carrot Souffle – Happy Easter

On a recent trip down South, a family member who is a fabulous cook made this souffle and it was SO delicious!  I think that is a perfect side dish for an Easter meal as we know how much bunnies like carrots!  It is light and airy and a touch sweet, so it will please every palate, young and old.  A perfect side to compliment an Easter ham – this will definitely be gracing our table this year.  happy easter!

Carrot Souffle Recipe:

 1 pound carrots, peeled, cut in 1-inch pieces

½ cup butter or margarine, melted

3 eggs ½ cup sugar 3 tablespoons flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. vanilla P

Place carrots in medium pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, until tender. Drain In the bowl of a food processor or blender, combine butter, eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder and vanilla. Add carrots a few at a time, pureeing until smooth. Pour into greased 8-inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until mixture has set. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. I usually double this recipe, especially if I am taking it to a large gathering. Will need to use a larger pan if recipe is doubled. Batter can be prepared ahead of time, refrigerated and then baked later.p;


Justice Headphones


I am not really a fan of Justice. My nine year old, on the other hand would take an entire wardrobe from the place. The one thing that I do love though are these groovy, glittery headphones. All girls love a little sparkely stuff, right?  Whether listening to tunes on a shuffle or watching a DVD on a long car trip, I can’t think of a gal who wouldn’t adore wearing these little numbers. I’ve even been known to borrow them from time to time.

I love these for girls of every age. Great gift for birthday or any holiday – pretty cute for Easter actually!


Lotta Stensson – Dresses and Beach Wear

As I am watching snowflakes fall in late March, I am daydreaming about Spring and Summer.  I especially cannot wait for the Beach, as our family loves to spend as much time as possible near the water when it is warm.  Knowing that I will be having a baby end of May, I am especially conscious of what types of beachwear I am going to feel comfortable wearing.  And, I can say that if it means wearing a Lotta Stensson Kaftan, then I can’t wait!  These dresses are Bohemian, chic and just ultra-feminine!  I only chose a few of her pieces for this post, but she has a lot to choose from.  Whether you purchase something for the beach or to head out to dinner, these garments are a must have this summer!


Kissy Fish. Pawley’s Island.

fish photo 1 fish photo 2I love these darling kissy fish. They are hand painted by artist Jina Skiles in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. I met her today hanging a school of them on the wall of The Beach House, a super cute store in Pawley’s.

I am tempted to get three to hang in a little girl’s room. Even thinking about hanging them in an otherwise totally un-beachy family room or sort of formal entry way. I love the rough, naive look among other more traditional things.

The Beach House in Hammock Shops – Pawley’s Island, SC  – 843.237.2900.


Smokin’ T’s Bar-B-Que

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Just had a delicious dinner at a friend’s house where they served Smokin’ T’s Bar-B-Que in Longrove, IL.  I have a husband from Alabama, who is very particular about his BBQ, and he even gave this place his Southern seal of approval.   The pulled pork had a great smoke flavor and comes with traditional bbq sauce or Alabama white sauce (which is actually very hard to find outside the State of Alabama), moist corn bread muffins, creamy macaroni and cheese and homemade potato chips which were thin and crisp and perfectly seasoned.  As I am writing this post, I am wishing that I could have a meal do-over… well, there is always tomorrow!  If you live in the Chicagoland area, Smokin T’s Bar-B-Que is a must try.  Happy Monday!


Do-Rite Donuts

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Do-Rite Donuts


For a fried piece of heaven, make sure to check out your local Do-Rite Donuts.  All donuts are made in small batches, never more than 36 at a time and their goal is to deliver the freshest donuts ever hour that they are open.  And, they are not open long.  Hours are from 6:30am/7am until they run out of donuts, so get there early.  My favorite is the Buttermilk old-fashioned (they must fry it 7 times before they add the glaze), but they have other amazing types like Green Apple Fritter, Candied Maple Bacon and  Chai Spiced Vegan.

For all of the Chicagoans, there is a location right in the loop at 50 W Randolph St
(between Clark St & Dearborn St).  Try one (or a dozen) today!



Bring On April Showers!

I am SO ready for Spring. Enough of this 30 degree weather already. I’ll even take rain! Lots of it! As long as it comes with warmer temps. Hunter Wellie’s are an important part of Spring, right? There are so many cute rain-proof boots to choose from these days. In addition to boots I found a ton of other accessories that I’ll need to battle April Showers. I love love the totes, must have the clear bubble umbrella and can’t decide between the fab waxed coat or a Macintosh in bright orange. Which do you like better?




Distinguished Manors Trunk Show!


Hooray! Our favorite trunk show of the season is coming up!

Wentworth McGovern’s Distinguished Manors has the MOST beautiful children’s clothing and loungewear. Truly. You can’t find anything like it anymore. Beautiful hand embroidered nightgowns for kids of all ages (we love these for holidays and all year long!), pajamas and super sweet day gowns, diaper sets and John-Johns for little ones.  She also carries children’s monogrammed driving mocs which are THE CUTEST! They are my absolute favorite for school and play. In addition, she has the most clever and beautiful gifts for birthdays and hostesses. If you have little ones or need a gift anytime soon you will not want to miss. Promise.

If you know Wentworth’s lines I know we will see you there but if you don’t, trust us on this one – it is truly a beautiful show.

Mark Your Calendar!

Chicago Show – April 9, 10 – 55 East Elm Street – 9am – 3pm

Lake Forest Show – April 11 – 79  North Mayflower Road – 9am – 4pm

Many thanks Distinquished Manors for being a new advertiser MarketSquareMusings.com. We will post surprises and updates for the shows on MarketSquareMusings.com and on facebook as the date approaches. Please visit Wentworth’s darling website www.distinguisedmanors.com or for questions call 615.210.2785.




Suede Wedge Pumps – Tod’s







Like a ballet flat, but with more height.  Love the rounded toe and the contrast of suede and natural leather in each of the colors.  Great shoe for Spring!