Meet Lindsay of Lee La La

Good Morning Friends!!! Today I have my lovely friend Linsday here with us. I adore her and her blog. She has a beautiful family and an amazing blog that I read everyday! So I was so excited when she agreed to do a guest post!! I hope you enjoy her as much as I do!!!

Hi Bouffe e Bambini! 
I am Lindsay of the blog Lee La La,
 where I take on life, mommy hood, and all things in between.

This is me:

My job?
A stay at home momma to this little face.
{Miss L}

Pre baby, I had a "perception" of what being a Mommy meant.
Lots of down time
Laughter and Smiles
Let's just say, I was MISLEAD. 

Now, don't get me wrong, 
I wouldn't trade this job for anything in the world.
I'm just keeping it real and sharing what I've learned,
because let's face it,
 momma's are modest and don't always share how challenging this job really is.
Myself included.
So this is for all you Mom's...
Mom's to be.
Future Mom's.

Life of a Mom: Imagined vs Reality 
Playing dress up in frilly dresses and bows.
20 outfit changes a day and a "simple" onesie will likely be your staple.
Bows? They will get pulled right off.

Daily shopping trips to the MALL.
Shopping days are far and few between. Time is no longer your own. Your child makes your schedule. Miss L refuses to sit in her fancy stroller that I HAD to have. You find yourself bribing your littles with candy. The back arching temper tantrum is bound to happen 10 mins into any shopping experience.

Play dates will be a daily social gathering for the momma's.
Play dates involve broken conversations with a lot of "what was I saying". Playing referee and catching your kids arm mid air as she goes in for attack. At the end of the play date you feel as though you ran a half marathon.

Perfect hair. Perfect outfit. Matching diaper bag and stroller. Baby in tow will be color coordinated as well. I will be THAT Mom that everyone talks about. 
Stained Shirts, food in my hair, boogers on my face. If we make it out the door without an outfit change on either part, it's a good day. 

I will be ORGANIZED and CLEAN.
Forget organization. Just when you go to put something somewhere it is removed. My purse is full of rocks and pebbles, my car has pb&j stuck in the crevices, my couch smells like sour milk, and theres a beautiful crayon mural on my dining room table. 

Nap time involves cleaning house, picking up toys for the 19th time, laundry, preparing dinner,
Lee La La get my drift. With mommy hood comes pure exhaustion. I rely on coffee in these parts.

I will cook a gourmet meal every night.
I never knew one stove could make so much smoke. Let's just say I have learned I have no future in culinary education. Pre made meals are my specialty.

Thinking to yourself "That screaming toddler is OUT OF CONTROL". "They must have TERRIBLE parents".
You no longer judge other mom's. Kids are unpredictable and tantrums happen to the best of us.
Thank you new friends for hanging with me today.
Stop by my blog to follow our crazy journey. 
Thank you Hanna for having me!


Cheese Fritters

AS you all know I L*O*V*E cheese!!! I have been wanting to make some fried mozzarella sticks but I saw these and they looks even better so I gave them a go. DELICIOUS!!!!!! I adapted the recipe a bit from the recipe I saw {HERE}.
I served mine with a big arugula salad. I guess I tried to balance it out a little. They were so good! My 2 year old loved these.

Ingredient's :
1 cup ricotta
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme
pinch salt
1 tablespoon fresh ground pepper
1 cup all purpose flour
2 cups panko bread crumbs
2 eggs, beaten
4 cups canola oil for frying
1/2 cup marinara sauce for serving

in a medium bowl mix together 3 cheeses, thyme, salt and pepper. in 2 small separate bowls set aside flour and panko breadcrumbs. In a third small bowl beat eggs and set aside. 
Make a small ball out of the cheese mixture and roll into flour first, then into the egg and then the panko. Now set aside on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper. Repeat until you have used all your cheese mixture. Note: don't make the balls too big or they will now heat all the way through when frying. 
You may store these all day in the refrigerator if you like before using. 
Once ready to fry, heat oil on medium high for about 10 minuets. Fry 2 balls at a time turning frequently as not to let them burn. You should all ow them to become a dark golden brown. Again, we want to be sure the inside is hot and melted. The cheese might start to ooze out a little bit. This is okay! 
Once finished place them on a paper towel to drain off any excess oil.
Serve immediately with warm marinara sauce


Frozen Choclate Covered Bananas

I've been under the weather the past couple days so I haven't been a rock star in the kitchen but I did manage to make some frozen  chocolate covered bananas for my husband and son to enjoy on these hot summer days. They were a big hit and SOOO easy to make so I figured I would share the idea.

This will make a small batch (6 chocolate covered bananas)
You'll Need:
3 ripe bananas
6 skewers, Popsicle sticks or lollipop sticks
1/2 package of chocolate chips. I used semi sweet
sprinkles or Jimmy's to decorate

1. peel bananas and cut in half and place on a piece of wax paper.
2. Melt 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips in the microwave, dip the skewer in the chocolate and then push into the banana. Once you gave finished all the bananas place them in the freezer for a few minuets to set. 
3. Melt the rest of the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals being careful it doesn't burn. Now dip the frozen bananas into the chocolate and sprinkle with sprinkles while chocolate is still warm. Place on wax paper to cool. Place all bananas in the freezer when finished decorating. 


Brioche Pepperoni Bread and Linky Party

A few weeks ago I made some homemade brioche hamburger buns. I had put half the brioche dough i the freezer. My husband and I L*O*V*E pepperoni bread and if you have never had it, PLEASE do yourself a favor and try it!!!! It's amazing! Anyway, I decided to make some pepperoni bread with my leftover brioche. 

I found the original brioche recipe {HERE}

NOTE: This recipe will make 2 LARGE loafs of pepperoni bread. If you only want to make one. Please half this recipe!! 

Homemade Brioche Dough

3/4 cups warm water
1 packets granulated yeast
1 tablespoons kosher salt
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup honey
3/4 cups melted butter
4 cups all purpose flour
1 package pepperoni (for one loaf)
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (for one loaf)


To Prepare the Brioche Dough:
Dough is best prepared the day before.
Add the yeast, salt, eggs, honey, melted butter and water to a 5 quart bowl. Whisk to combine. Add the all purpose to the liquid mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine, or use a stand mixer with a dough attachment.
Cover the dough and let rest for 2 hours, at room temperature, until doubled in bulk. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill. After chilled, remove a 1 1/2 lb. portion of the dough. Store the remaining dough covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, otherwise you can freeze it in 1 lb. increments for up to 4 weeks.
To Prepare the pepperoni bread:
Roll out Brioche dough into a large rectangle shape onto a lightly floured surface.  Start at one end and line with pepperoni and shredded mozzarella cheese. Now fold the dough over onto itself covering the pepperoni and cheese. Now repeat another line of pepperoni and cheese and repeat until entire loaf is rolled up. Now close the ends with wooden toothpicks so bread doesn't come apart while baking. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with poppy and sesame seeds.
Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap and allow the loaf  to rise for 20-40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Place the oven rack on the middle position.
Bake loaf at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through and golden brown. Let cool before slicing  and serving.

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10 Random Things About Me

1. I L*O*V*E cheese. any kind. All kinds. I can eat it by the pound. I love the stuff. Whenever I am in Europe I try very hard to pretty much solely eat a healthy diet of cheese and baguette.
2. I used to move every 2 years. I've lived in Las Vegas, Santa Barbara, New Orleans, Albuquerque, New York,  Denver, and Santa Fe.
3. My unhealthy habits include diet pepsi and eating Nutella straight out of the jar
4. We are a one car family. We save A LOT of money in gas and insurance.
5. I was only a few credits shy of a bachelors degree in Anthropology when I switched to Nursing hence being a full time student for 7 years.  
6. I can't live without my Burt's Beeswax chap stick for more than a few hours. 
7. I'm a beauty School Drop out. I went to the Aveda Institute when I was 19 years old but it went bankrupt before I could graduate. I will still cut my family or friends hair on occasion.
8. I love to travel and explore new cultures. The next country on my must see list is Spain.
9. I have a very unhealthy obsession with designer jeans. I have about 30 pairs in my closet right now.
10. One of my life long goals is to run a marathon. I trained for one once but got a stress fracture after my 16 mile training run.

Have a wonderful day friends!!! 

Braised chicken and mushrooms in sherry demiglaze

2 bone in chicken breasts
2 tablespoons butter 
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 onion, diced
4 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup cream
1/4 cup sherry
1/2 cup white wine
1/4 pound shitake mushrooms
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
salt and pepper

Melt butter in saucepan over medium high heat. Place chicken in pan and brown on both sides (about 10 min) Remove the chicken and set aside. Now add garlic, onion and mushroom and saute until fragrant Cook about 5 minuets and add the white wine to deglaze the pan. Add the chicken stock and sherry and reduce by half. Now put the browned chicken breasts back in the pan and saute until cooked through. Now remove the chicken again and set aside. Now add the cream and dill. Smother the chicken with the sauce and serve with mashed potatoes, polenta or rice.


A Little Gratitude Goes a Long Way

I just wanted to take a little time out to express my gratitude to the universe. Lately I have been realizing how extremely blessed I am and I want to make sure I recognise it. 
I think because I am getting older I have been really looking around at my friends and family and realizing that I really have it good. Sometimes I get really angry that I have to work and wish I could be the full, full, time stay at home mom that I want to be but then I look around at others close to me and realize I am so blessed to have a wonderful career where I can make a good living, get benefits for my family, pay my mortgage on the home that we will someday own and have a retirement plan for my husband and I. SO many of my close friends don't have any of those things and I want to make sure I don't take them for granted. 
I think the things are I am most grateful for are my beautiful , healthy children. 
I just wanted to send that out to the universe tonight. 

Here are the two little beings that fill me with joy everyday. Thank you Universe. I am SOOOOOOO grateful!


Homemade Donuts

I made these donuts last month.  These came out amazing. I can't wait to make them again!!! 

They are light, fluffy and pure sinful delight. I promise! I made these last Sunday morning and my husband has never been so happy. These do take a little time to make because you have to let the dough rise twice but otherwise they are not that difficult. Anyone can easily make homemade donuts and they are divine. Please give them a try! 


  • 2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons hot water or as needed


  1. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water, and let stand for 5 minutes, or until foamy.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening, and 2 cups of the flour. Mix for a few minutes at low speed, or stirring with a wooden spoon. Beat in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Knead for about 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough into a greased bowl, and cover. Set in a warm place to rise until double. Dough is ready if you touch it, and the indention remains.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and gently roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a floured doughnut cutter. Let doughnuts sit out to rise again until double. Cover loosely with a cloth.
  4. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in hot water one tablespoon at a time until the icing is somewhat thin, but not watery. Set aside.
  5. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Slide doughnuts into the hot oil using a wide spatula. Turn doughnuts over as they rise to the surface. Fry doughnuts on each side until golden brown. Remove from hot oil, to drain on a wire rack. Dip doughnuts into the glaze while still hot, and set onto wire racks to drain off excess. Keep a cookie sheet or tray under racks for easier clean up.


Lemon, Lavendar Custard and Linky Party

I L*O*V*E anything with Lavender in it! I think it's a wonderful flavor to incorporate into culinary dishes. This came out amazing! I found the original recipe {HERE} on Bakes bree.

2 cups heavy cream or half and half
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
6 egg yolks
1 lemon peeled and juice reserved
2 Tablespoons lavender
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt

In a saucepan gently bring the cream, lemon peel, and dried lavender to a simmer.
2.Take the cream off of the heat and let stand 10 minuets
3.Beat the egg yolks in a large bowl.  Beat until they are light and lemon colored.  Add in the sugar, salt, and vanilla.  Pour the cream through a strainer. Pour 1/4 cup of the warm cream mixture into the egg mixture. Slowly add the rest of the cream and whisk well. Pour the mixture into a large measuring cup, it makes it easier to pour into the ramekins.
4.Put 6 ramekins or souffle cups in a large roasting pan.  Pour the pots de creme mixture into the ramekins and pour boiling water halfway up the sides.  Cover the pan with tin foil and bake in 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
5. Remove the ramekins from the pan and let cool for 30 minutes.  Cover them and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Please join me and link up ANYTHING handmade or homemade. I would love to see recipes, DIY projects, party planning, and craft projects of all kinds!!!
And if you didn't make anything this week, no worries, link up an old favorite!!!
There are no rules! Feel free to grab the Handmade Hog button and place it in your post or on your sidebar but it is absolutely NOT required!! EVERYONE is welcome to participate!!! This is just supposed to be a fun way to share your ideas and pick up some new ones !! 
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Broiled Lobster on the Half Shell

I made this for my hubby and I's anniversary a couple weeks ago. It was amazing! We were both really pleased with the way it turned out!!!


  • 1 medium (1 1/2 pound) cooked lobster
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 3/8 cups fresh fish stock
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup double cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot English mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cut the lobster in half lengthwise, and remove the meat from the claws and tail. Leave to one side. Remove any meat from the head and set aside. Cut the meat up into pieces and place back into the shell.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot; cook and stir until tender. Mix in the fish stock, white wine and double cream. Bring to a boil, and cook until reduced by half. Mix in the mustard, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper.
  3. Preheat your oven's broiler.
  4. Place the lobster halves on a broiling pan or baking sheet, and spoon the sauce over the lobster meat in the shell. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top.
  5. Broil for 3 to 4 minutes, turn lobster meat with a skewer or small fork and broil another 3-4 mineuts just until golden brown. Serve immediately.


Lemon Poppy Seed Stuffed Pancakes

I am totally obsessed with my new pan from WIlliams Sonoma that makes stuffed pancakes. Buy it {HERE}
I decided to make Lemon poppy seed pancakes stuffed with lemon curd and them were amazing!!! The possibilities are endless.

  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour

  • 1 tablespoon sugar or honey, or to taste

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup Silk Pure Almond Original or Vanilla

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1 egg

  • the zest from 1 lemon

  • 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds

  • 5 tablespoons lemon curd

  • Directions

    1. Whisk together flour, sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together Pure Almond, oil, lemon zest,  and egg. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and stir just to moisten - a few lumps are fine. Cook pancakes in the stuffed pancake pan. top woth berries and fresh whip cream.


    Cinnamon, Sugar Pull Apart Bread

    I was browsing around Pinterest the other day and I saw this bread pop up! Ugh....I almost died, it looked so divine! I made it right away and it is a definite top ten favorite in this house!!! This is the perfect bread for a Sunday brunch or afternoon snack!!! I hope some of you will try this! You really will not be disappointed. I promise.
    I found the original recipe {HERE}

    Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread
    Makes: one 9x5x3-inch loaf
    Recipe adapted from HungryGirlPorVida
    For the Dough:
    2 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    2 1/4 teaspoons (1 envelope) active dry yeast
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 ounces unsalted butter
    1/3 cup whole milk
    1/4 cup water
    2 large eggs, at room temperature
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    For the Filling:
    1 cup granulated sugar
    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
    2 ounces unsalted butter, melted until browned
    In a large mixing bowl (I used just the bowl of my stand mixer) whisk together 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, and salt.  Set aside.
    Whisk together eggs and set aside.
    In a small saucepan, melt together milk and butter until butter has just melted.  Remove from the heat and add water and vanilla extract.  Let mixture stand for a minute or two, or until the mixture registers 115 to 125 degrees F.
    Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula.  Add the eggs and stir the mixture until the eggs are incorporated into the batter.  The eggs will feel soupy and it’ll seem like the dough and the eggs are never going to come together.  Keep stirring.  Add the remaining 3/4 cup of flour and stir with the spatula for about 2 minutes.  The mixture will be sticky.  That’s just right.
    Place the dough is a large,  greased bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and a clean kitchen towel.  Place in a warm space and allow to rest until doubled in size, about 1 hour.  *The dough can be risen until doubled in size, then refrigerated overnight for use in the morning.  If you’re using this method, just let the dough rest on the counter for 30 minutes before following the roll-out directions below.
    While the dough rises, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg for the filling.  Set aside.  Melt 2 ounces of butter until browned.  Set aside.  Grease and flour a 9x5x3-inch  loaf pan.  Set that aside too.
    Deflate the risen dough and knead about 2 tablespoons of flour into the dough.  Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rest for 5 minutes.  On a lightly floured work surface, use a rolling pin to roll the dough out.  The dough should be 12-inches tall and about 20-inches long.  If you can’t get the dough to 20-inches long… that’s okay.  Just roll it as large as the dough will go.  Use a pastry brush to spread melted butter across all of the dough.  Sprinkle with all of the sugar and cinnamon mixture.  It might seem like a lot of sugar.  Seriously?  Just go for it.
    Slice the dough vertically, into six equal-sized strips.  Stack the strips on top of one another and slice the stack into six equal slices once again.  You’ll have six stacks of six squares.  Layer the dough squares in the loaf pan like a flip-book.  Place a kitchen towel over the loaf pan and allow in a warm place for 30 to 45 minutes or until almost doubled in size.
    Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.  Place loaf in the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the top is very golden brown.  The top may be lightly browned, but the center may still be raw.  A nice, dark, golden brown will ensure that the center is cooked as well.
    Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 20 to 30 minutes.   Run a butter knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the bread and invert onto  a clean board.  Place a cake stand or cake plate on top of the  upside down loaf, and carefully invert so it’s right side up.  Serve warm with coffee or tea.
    I think this bread is best served the day it’s made, but it can also we wrapped and kept at room temperature for up 



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