Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Easily Cauliflower Mash/Puree

Mashed Cauliflower. 

You don't really mash it but the word "puree" can scare people. 

I am here to tell you that if you prepare it correctly, it will taste almost exactly like mashed potatoes.

I know you don't believe me. That's fine.

I didn't believe it until I made it myself. 

My husband Cameron ate it if that tells you anything

Give it a try!

Here's what you need:

Cauliflower florets, washed 
Salt & Pepper

1. Add the florets to a pot of boiling water. 
I pressed a couple of garlic cloves and added them to the pot as well. 

2. Boil until they are soft enough to be broken apart with a spoon. Drain in a colander. 

3. Once they have drained and cooled down, dump them into a dish towel and squeeze out the moisture. 
It may be hot. Def stand over the sink and be careful not to burn yourself with the hot water.
Some recipes say this step is necessary to make sure the cauliflower get light and fluffy like a cooked potato would.
Other recipes don't even include this step but it worked well for me so... 

4. Next, I tossed the dried cauliflower bits into my food processor. I added a splash of milk, good bit of butter, salt, pepper. I just kept pulsing it until it had the consistency I wanted. 

5. Finally, I poured the mash/puree into a baking dish and heated in the oven on 350. 

Super easy. 
Much healthier than mashed potatoes.
Cameron ate it.
What more can I say?

It's cheap, easy, and tastes good.


Monday, April 29, 2013

Monday's Must Have - Fashion Star's Hunter Bell

Girl Crush - Hunter Bell should be the name of this post.

I am obsessed with her.

Like completely obsessed.

I possibly added the name Hunter to my girl baby name list on my iPhone.

She's southern - from Florence, South Carolina

She's tiny - I looove little, itty bitty, skinny girls. 

ADULT skinny girls not children. 
Always want what you can't have.

She's an amazing designer on NBC's the Fashion Star.

She's doing very well!!

My mom turned me onto that show and I am really enjoying this season. 

Last weeks episode was intense. Almost killed me. 

Here are some of my fave Hunter Dixon by Hunter Bell pieces...

I have a love-hate relationship with Courtney Kerr. Right now I am loving her and I am DYING over this jumpsuit.

I need it now!!

Tulip Dress. LOVE. I'd literally wear it everywhere. 

I'll also take the Temple Skirt.

I can think of so many different ways to wear this skirt for all sorts of occasions.

So go check out Hunter! ASAP! She's fab.

Pinterest, Twitter, Insta.

Friday, April 26, 2013

A TREASURE HUNT - Sheridan French $100 Giveaway

Go enter this giveaway RIGHT NOW!

Then go look at how gorgeous Morgan is and how precious her son's nursery is. 

You're crazy if you don't.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mattress Heaven

I just had to share this.

As you may know, finishing our bedroom is an ongoing battle.

If you are new to my blog, you can read about the bedroom mayhem here, here, and here.

Never ending...

Well...Ladies & Gentlemen, I AM OVER IT.

This is not how I normally do things.

I get stuff done efficiently in a timely manner.

Well at least I think i do :)

Since the bedroom is still flooding anytime we have a heavy rain, we are getting quotes on adding another french drain.

I usually don't discuss money on my blog but I'm doing it now. The french drain quote is over $3,000.

Kill me. 


So we are waiting on another quote.

Today was day one of being fed up with this situation.

So I decided to get on craigslist and look at things that I CAN afford for the bedroom project.

No look on finding a vanity, but I stumbled upon a listing for a wonderful place I call Mattress Heaven.

Well slightly damaged but MAJORLY discounted Mattress Heaven.

Cameron, my mother-in-law, and I loaded up and headed to Affordable Mattress Outlet aka Mattress Heaven.

PS Thank the sweet LORD that we brought my MIL. It was def a team effort.

While Affordable Mattress Outlet may not the finest looking store around
(Albritons Jewelry in Highland Village is :) )
they have the best deals!

We got a name brand king size mattress and box spring for $189.

I knooooow. Insane!

They don't deliver, we had to strap it onto my MIL's car, and drive slow as molasses across town but it's totally worth it to me.

Now I can spend more on the bedding :)

The moral of this story is that there amazing deals out there.
They just require a little bit more effort and hard work for the buyer.

Don't be scared away from Craigslist completely.

Yeah I know, I saw that Lifetime movie too.

Def take friends with you and be smart.

If you want more info on this store email me - Susannahstyles@gmail.com or comment with your email address.

Anyone know where I can get a cheap king size bed frame?

like right now?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Almond Encrusted Trout with an easy Beurre Blanc Sauce

Sounds fancy right?

Sounds like something on a menu in nice restaurant?


But it's NOT!

I made it!

So easy and soooo delicious.

Here's what you need:

White Fish - I used Trout that Cameron caught last summer in Louisiana
1/4 cup of Dry White Wine
2 tablespoons Heavy Cream
1 Egg
1 cup Sliced Almonds (crushed by hand or in a food processor)
1 cup Breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper

1. I began by washing the fish, putting it into a ziploc bag and covering them with milk.
Takes away any fishy taste.

2. After about 30 minutes, I took the fish out of the bag and dried them with a paper towel. Get a good size, nonstick skillet out and melt two tablespoons of butter in it.

3. I beat the egg in a small, shallow dish. Add one piece of fish to the egg and cover it thoroughly. 

4. Now, combine the almonds, breadcrumbs, and cheese to another shallow dish. 
Toss the fish in the mixture. Make sure it is thoroughly covered.

5. Add the fish to the skillet with the melted butter.
You don't want the skillet to dry up so make sure it stays wet and buttery. 
*I only used two pieces of fish so we had a lot of the "crust" left over.

Once it's looking nice and crispy on the bottom, flip it.

You want crunchy outsides with a flaky inside.

Done. Too easy.

For the sauce:
*You want to time this with the fish. 

1. Add the white wine and 1 tablespoon of cream to a saucepan. Cook GENTLY until it has reduced by half.

2. Once reduced, add 1 more tablespoon of cream and 4 tablespoons of butter. Whisk and keep warm until the fish is plated. 


I served it with a cauliflower mash and steamed green beans.

We both cleaned out plates.

I will def be making this again very, very soon.

It was delicious, quick, SIMPLE, and looks/tasted like it came from a nice restaurant.

I'm really proud of this dish.


Bon appetit! 

Original recipe here.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Lily Pulitzer

Lilly Pulitzer passed away this week. 
So sad to lose such a visionary and inspiration.
I wrote this post last week before she died. Kind of weird.
Lilly Pulitzer, herself was truly a fashion icon who started with nothing but oranges...


Amazing story...

"Soon she was selling more dresses than juice."

Lilly Pulitzer the clothing label was born. The "classic shift dress" shot to international fame and demand when Lilly's old schoolmate Jacqueline Kennedy née Bouvier, now the First Lady, was photographed wearing a "Lilly" while on vacation. "Jackie wore one of my dresses – it was made from kitchen curtain material – and people went crazy. They took off like zingo. Everybody loved them, and I went into the dress business." –Essentially Lilly, A Guide to Colorful Entertaining

Honestly, I love a Lilly dress. I really do.

I know it's very fitting for the Ole Miss/preppy part of me.

But the rest of me is like "Are you sure you want to wear that?"

I just love the shapes and prints of the brand.

It's happy clothing.

While the shapes are still very retro, the brand does a great job of updating the "Lilly look" to feel more modern and current.

Right now, you can see how the designers combined the current neon trend with classic Lilly Pulitzer shapes and styles.

Love that they always stay true to Lilly's original style.

Here are my favorites from this season.

These dresses fun, fresh, and scream Southern wedding.

Who doesn't love a 60's look?

I know Rachel Zoe and I do.


I'll take one of each.

If y'all are buying...

lilly pulitzer


Monday, April 8, 2013

lilly pulitzer

Monday's Must Have - Review of Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer.

I really like this stuff. I don't love it. But I like it a lot.

It sprays on super easily and travels well. No explosions or anything.

I usually put in on first thing after my bath in the morning and before I get in bed at night.

I used it at the beach over Easter and was very pleased with the results.

Just turn the nozzle out of the locked position and start spraying.

I recommend standing over a towel because the excess lotion that doesn't land on your body will end up on the floor. 

My tiled bathroom floor got really slick, really fast.

Even though the floor got slippery, my skin NEVER feels greasy after applying this lotion. 

I used way too much the first time I used it.

I recommend spraying a little and rub it in as you go.

This product is perfect for lightly moisturizing your skin.

But if you are looking for a healthy, soothing lotion, I still recommend Cetaphil.

I know for a fact that hospitals give to patients for burns. It's that good.

Back to Vaseline..

Need to apply your lotion and then immediately get dressed or hop in bed?

This is your stuff!!

I think it's perfect for everyday use but I would still keep a more heavy duty lotion around for dry feet or winter skin.

Here's what I learned:

Stand on a towel while spraying lotion.
Spray a small amount to begin with. Rub it in and then see if more is needed.

My overall opinion:
Great for everyday use. Not great for super dry skin. 
No greasy feeling! 
You really can get dressed right after you apply it.

Hope this review helped you!

Friday, April 5, 2013

5 Things I Love

Jamming to this lately

Loving this look from head to tow. Give me that clutch, Olivia!!!

Oh. soooo in love with this room

Seriously? Kendall JENNER has one too?! She's not even a Kardahian...
(obviously joking)

But I do LOVE her choice...


I am loving dewy, beautiful skin lately.

That sounds so creepy is you say it out loud. 

But seriously. I need help with my skin asap.

Cheers y'all! It's the freakin weekend!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Our Wedding - July 17, 2010

I have been receiving a lot of emails lately asking for more pics of our wedding and house.

We have been married for almost three years so wedding pics are much easier to post.

This is going to be a long post. So have a seat and get comfy!

It truly seems like yesterday.

We got married on Amelia Island in northeast Florida.

I grew up about an hour and fifteen minutes away.

My parents have had a condo there since I was four.

I always wanted to get married there but knew it would come with many challenges.

I knew for sure that I did not want an outdoor ceremony.

I have extremely naturally curly hair that dramatically reacts to humidity and moisture. Think Richard Simmons.

Not having an outdoor wedding in Amelia Island was certainly a challenge.

Almost all of the ceremony and reception venues are outside.

We had to write a letter to the local Methodist church basically begging them to allow us to be married there.

They agreed to let us non-members be married in their beautiful church.
 (My family are members of First United Methodist in my hometown) 
It turned out to be one of the best things we did. 

We got to know their fabulous pastor, who also did our marriage counseling.
(required by most states or churches)

We ended up being married in the First United Methodist Church and had our reception at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island.

The ceremony started at 6 o'clock followed by a cocktail hour and then the reception.

We took pics on the beach during the cocktail hour. 

The party was just ok...

HA! Who am I kidding? The reception was AMAAAAAZING.

The leader of the band told us before we ran out for our getaway that he had never seen white people so drunk.


Seriously though....

It was absolutely a dream come true from start to finish. 

Here is a slideshow of some of our wedding pics.

cameron and susannah

I'm biased but I really love the slideshow.

It's the best way to see our wedding from start to finish.

More pics and info about our wedding below!!

Take THAT 60% chance of rain on my wedding day!

My dad seeing me for the first time on my wedding day and his first time to see my dress ever.
Still can't look at these without tearing up.

My husband is so handsome. 

Best wedding party ever. 

Loved my massive bouquet. It's still intact and dried at my parent's condo.

So excited to be heading into our reception!

Brass band and tables outside on the balcony during the cocktail hour.

The ballroom

Sweet cousins...

Our reception's theme was "The places we love, the food we love, surrounded by the people we love."

Cameron and I traveled a good bit during our courtship and wanted to make that a part of our reception.

We love to try local foods wherever we are traveling to.

We decided to do food stations, each representing a place we traveled to.

Oxford, Mississippi - where we met and fell in love. awwwwwww
Little Italy, New York - Cam's first trip with my family
Rothbuy, Michigan - Our first music festival together (1st of many)
California - Where Cam lived for almost a year. Combining all of my visits, I was there for over a month
Amelia Island - We have visited every chance we can get!

At each station there were pics of us during the trips and a story board explaining the significance of each place.

Here is just a taste of what was served at each station.

Oxford, MS
Catfish po-boys and Truffle Mac n' cheese 

Fernandina/Amelia Island
Shrimp & Grits

Mushrooms for the Fondue Station

Little Italy
Flat bread pizzas

Rothbury, Michigan (Music Festival Location)

Instead of a cake...
 (Confession: I never eat cake at a wedding. Don't know why)

We had mini desserts and a Croquenbush. Um...YUM. 

Mini Creme Brulee, Key Lime Tarts, Petit Fours, Cheesecake Lollipops, Chocolate Mousse, and Passion Fruit Mouse


Let's do it again!

All photos are courtesy of Zack Thomas Photography and should not be used without permission or credit given.

Makeup: Kimtasha