This is one of my favorite salads to make, next to my Lemon Dill Tuna Salad and one I eat ALL YEAR LONG. But, it seems only fitting to share it with you on this bright and sunny Spring day. Especially served inside these precious carrot shaped crescent rolls. Don't these just beg for you to throw an little Easter Brunch or some sort of spring party? Speaking of parties, please make sure you hop on over to my festive Kid Easter Party tablescape being featured on Fashionable Hostess blog today! We got together for a little Q & A on entertaining + my party style and go-to cocktail. It's such a treat to be showcased in part of her FH Dinner Party Series over on her website. You must head over and read the full post, and see all the fun details. It's full of color, treats and pom-pom bunny tails. 

And since we're talking kids and parties, these carrot shaped crescent rolls are easy enough for the kids to help with. Best part, it involves ice cream cones and you can't let the extras go to waste. So, I guess we're having ICE CREAM after!  



  • 2  8oz pkgs Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • orange food coloring or (red + yellow food coloring to make orange)
  • whites of one egg
  • 4 sugar cones
  • aluminum foil
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • pastry brush
  • fresh dill to garnish


  1. Wrap sugar cone in a single layer of foil, covering the outside completely. Tucking any extra foil inside the cone. 
  2. Spray foil wrapped come with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Using 2 crescent rolls, one at a time wrap cone. Using your fingers to press seams of the two together. Lay on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. In a small bowl mix egg white and a few drops of food coloring to achieve desired color of orange. I used 1-3 drops. 
  5. With a pastry brush, or new craft paint brush, apply a thin layer of colored whites to each crescent roll. 
  6. Bake in a 350° oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until done. 
  7. Remove and let cool completely. 
  8. Once cool, carefully remove crescent roll from cone, pulling and wiggling it off the cone, without breaking. 


This egg salad recipe came from a girlfriend of mine about 10 years ago. She made
it for me one day and I've been making it ever since. Make it once and you'll see why. OH MY GOSH! So delicious and oh so simple. I love the way the fresh tarragon + splash of white wine takes the flavors up a notch. Try this one! 


  • 1 dozen hardboiled eggs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup light mayo
  • 3 tablespoon finely chopped shallots
  • 2 table spoons finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • salt + pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together and chill in refrigerator overnight. Allowing all of the ingredients to marinate. Simply stuff each carrot roll before serving and add a sprig of fresh dill for fun. Your guest are sure to get a kick out of this presentation. Serve and enjoy! 

serves 4



Isn't she a stunner? You're looking at the newest modern farmhouse that has just finished being built by Carbine & Associates in the new, boutique Franklin neighborhood, Southern Preserve. The home opens to the public March 4-12th {tickets available for purchase here} as the first House for Hope Designer Show House featuring over a dozen Southeastern design tastemakers. The House for Hope Foundation we started in 1993 by Carbine, his brother and the late Denzel Carbine. Their impact has been significant and this year over a dozen area children's charities will benefit upon the sale of this home. Pretty cool. 

I was lucky enough to have been asked to create the signature drink for this event. The name of the development, Southern Preserve was inspiration in itself. When I think about the South and farmhouses I think iced tea, and fresh fruit. But then the word preserve came into play and so I was inspired to incorporate fruit preserves into the mix. They also wanted a cocktail version which I thought would be fun too. The drink that came to mind was a margarita, my personal favorite. So I got busy dreaming up a cocktail that would represent this modern + chic farm house to a tea, see what I did there? HA! 

You've really got to go see this beauty. Touring homes is a favorite pastime of mine and something my girlfriends and I enjoy doing during the day when the kiddos are in school. I would definitely add this to your things to do + see over the days to come. I was lucky enough to get a personal tour and soak up all the talent that help build this house. I have to be honest, it really makes you want to move or renovate. BIG TIME. If you're looking for inspiration, you're sure to find it here. So many amazing local designers donated their talent to making this house what it is. Check out the full list of designers here.

The House for Hope Designer Show House is open daily March 4th- 12th from 12 noon to 5 p.m. in the Southern Preserve neighborhood, 2045 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin, TN 37064. Tickets are $15 per person and available here or at the gate. If you're a realtor presenting a business card you get in free on Tuesday, March 7. 

Enjoy the tour + the drinks! 



  • 4 black tea bags or your favorite unsweet tea mix
  • 1/4 cup sugar (optional) 
  • 3 tablespoons Raspberry jam
  • mint springs + lemon slices for garnish


  1. Boil 2 cups of water, remove from stove top and let steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags.
  3. Add 2 additional cups of cold water.
  4. Add sugar and jam, mix well.
  5. Pour over iced glasses + garnish with mint leaves + lemon slices. 


*serves 4


  • 2 oz tequila 
  • 1 tbs black currant preserves 
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • ginger-ale
  1. Combine Tequila + lime juice + black currant preserves, shake & mix well.
  2. Pour over ice and add garnish with lime wedge. 

*single serving








It's SPRING Y'all! Time to hose off the font porch, kills some spiders, plant some pretty flowers and spruce up the entry. It's my favorite season and something I look forward to all year long. Nothing feels better than a fresh new start. I have to admit when I go to someones home, I check out the front door color, {mine is Belle Meade Green- a deep green, almost black} potted plants on display and hope for a clever doormat. One that stands out and grabs my attention. I bought MERICAN DREAM myself, pictured above. 

Why be basic and boring, right? Go ahead and get the conversation started as soon as you open the door. It's a great icebreaker, if you ask me. Here are a few doormats I think are pretty hysterical. Go ahead, give your guests a laugh and a glimpse of your personality.  If you're not that brave or have kids that can read, I've included everything from safe to sporty. Not to mention they make the most perfect house warming gift. 

Happy sprucing! 




Geometric $20

Holla $50

Hey Bear $20
Howdy $50

Howdy $50