Recipe: Sweet n’ Savory Banana Pepper Chili

It’s that time of  year where the weather is crisp and you need to stir up something warm and tasty! This chili recipe makes my mouth water just thinking about it! If you’re a sweet n’ salty person like myself, you’re going to LOVE this recipe. It’s super easy, a crowd pleasure and one of the best chili’s I’ve ever had! I’ve shared it with friends and family and it’s been a total hit each and every single time. The best part about this recipe is it’s super easy to make, with no mess, no chopping or anything! Enjoy!

Sweet n’ Savory Banana Pepper Chili

Ingredients:

1 lbs – ground beef
1 lbs – italian ground sausage
1 can of black beans
1 can of great northern beans
1 can of kidney beans
1 bottle of regular beer ( any kind )
2 salsas ( Matteo’s Salsa is best, found at Publix or whichever salsa you like, just get a more liquid based one )
1 jar of hot banana peppers ( Mt. Olive )
1 jar of sweet banana peppers ( Mt. Olive )

*Low sodium on all beans if possible and pour out half of bean juice per can and the rest can go into the pot

Directions:

Cook meat in the pot first, then add salsa, beans and beer. Cook on low for 2 hours, then add the banana peppers ( entire jar with juice ) cook at medium for 15 min with lid open before serving and enjoy!

Birthday Treats and Pink Sweets!

October is my birthday month and wow, this year has totally flown by! I love birthdays, and no matter the number you’re turning over, it makes no difference to me, because personally, you should celebrate! Now, as the birthday girl should just sit back and relax…I just couldn’t help myself but design this intimate birthday celebration party together. You can get this same look at home or for your next birthday with links provided to shop everything, featuring items from Shop Bracket and Sophistiplate! A sweet pink lemonade recipe for you as well, scroll to read!

Photography/Styling: Andi Mans
In collaboration with: Blacktwine


Old-Fashioned Pink Lemonade Recipe:

3/4 cup sugar
3 cups water
2/3 cup fresh or frozen lemon juice
1/3 cup cranberry juice cocktail, chilled

In large nonmetal pitcher, combine all ingredients; stir to dissolve sugar. Serve over ice or chilled. Garnish with strawberry on the side or chopped up in your drink! Enjoy!

Shop this post: Gold Foil Stripe Garland, Party Balloons “Party Time”, Pink Balloon Letters, “You’re a Gem” Toppers, Treat ( Yo Self ) Bags Party Time, Cake Stands, Popcorn, Donuts, Silver Napkins, Chevron Silver Dessert Plate

Real Wedding: Leah + Costi

Our very own Andi Mans team member Leah got hitched this year and we are so excited to finally share her wedding! These two lovebirds met randomly one day at Lululemon, you know those stories where they say you will meet someone when you least expect it? Well this is it, and it totally happens. Fast forward a year later, Costi proposed to Leah right in front of the store he met her at! How adorable! I love these two together and their intimate wedding of just close family and friends. After the ceremony, they enjoyed a small cocktail hour at a nearby family home. Congrats again you sweeties and enjoy!

Photography/Floral: Andi Mans
Rentals: A Chair Affair
Venue: Maitland Art Center

Hair/Makeup: Laura Reynolds Artistry
Dress: Something New Bridal

The Little Black Dress

Wedding season has arrived, and my go-to is always a comfortable black dress that’s perfect to move around in, dance the night away yet still look elegant without going overboard! I think I probably found the PERFECT one, by Amanda Uprichard. I love the lace accents and the knee length, so classy and pretty. I recently found this gem at one of my favorite little boutique’s here in Orlando called Susie Q but if you’re not local, to shop, check out the links below! Happy wedding season, and go rock this dress.

Dress: Black Eyelash Lace Dress an alternative shorter version
Heels: Steve Madden ( Carrson )
Clutch: DVF

The Unconventional Wedding

The unconventional bride, the gal who does her own thing, doesn’t follow trends and stays away from formalities and does what comes naturally to her. Personally, I love trying new designs, florals, mix and matching textures, it’s a challenge that I love to take! I hope that you are inspired by this fall inspired non-traditional wedding editorial as much as I was!

Photography/Floral/Event Design: Andi Mans
Rentals: RW Rentals
Cake: Sweet Flours
Dress: Something New Bridal
Venue: Luxmore Grand Estate

Model: Kaley Dignen

Fall and Lace

Sometimes you meet a couple and you just fall in love with them. Elaine and Kaleb are the sweetest couple I know. This dream fit Elaine like perfection, and what about dapper duck Kaleb? Here are some of my favorites below at the beautiful venue of Luxmore Estate House.

Photography/Event Design/Floral: Andi Mans
Venue: Luxmore Estate House
Makeup: Laura Reynolds Artistry
Dress: Something New Bridal Boutique
Rentals: RW Events Rentals

Harvest Table

It’s that time of year for textures, warm fall hues, delicious food and gatherings with friends and family. What I love the most is the opportunity to decorate my tables at home for guests! I hope you are inspired as much as I am to spruce up your table for any type of dinner party at home this season! Currently I’m obsessing with all of these faux tableware items! Sophistiplate offers gorgeous tableware for all kinds of celebrations, I mean even Oprah has her favorites picked out! Paper plates and adorable serving utensils don’t stop there, Eat.Drink. Host has the cutest sayings and products to make your table speak with fun! To view the items featured ( so you can grab them for yourself ) scroll to the end of post!

Tablescape/Styling: Andi Mans
Photography: Andi Mans
In Collaboration with: Blacktwine

Get this post: Taupe Napkins, Pearly White Bowls, Brown Petalo Plates, Brown Petalo Bowls, Orange Deep Bowls, Gold Stripe Napkin Rings, Birch Utensil Set, The Dipper Delish Set, 4-Light Pendant, Bistro Side Chairs, Armchairs, Placemat, Checker Gray Cushion, Wreath ( I made ) from supplies Hobby Lobby, Home Chalkboard, Red Wagon Pumpkin Pillow

Spanish Garden at Mission Inn

I spent some beautiful time at the stunning Mission Inn Resort located in Howey-in-the-hills this past week and loved every second, though it’s still so warm out! I love all the Spanish tile, textured walls and beautiful greenery surrounding this beautiful venue. I hope you are inspired by our Spanish editorial!

Photography: Andi Mans
Floral/Styled: Andi Mans
Venue: Mission Inn Resort
Cake: The Branch by Andi Mans & 4 Rivers
Hair/Makeup: Laura Reynolds Artistry
Dress: Something New Bridal

Get together at home with Lafayette & Rushford

Since a kid I’ve always enjoyed a tasty vanilla pudding. If you want to relish in the memories, here’s a creamy easy recipe to whip up! How adorable are these mini sized dessert shooters? Serves the perfect amount for an after dinner sweet tooth! Check out some awesome items shopped at Lafayette & Rushford!

Serving dishes and calendar below can be found at: Lafayette & Rushford

Homemade Vanilla Pudding

2 1/2 cups half and half
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 tablespoons corn starch (add an extra tablespoon for a thicker consistency)


I can’t believe 2017 is almost over with, this year has flown by so fast! Around this time of year we start cranking out some awesome events starting in October from weddings, projects and more! Oh and this adorable desk calendar by Karen Adams Designs!


The perfect cheese spread has a little bit of sweet and salty. My personal favorite cheese choices can be found at Whole Foods, but you can go to your local market and pick as you please! I like to throw some sweet fruits to clear my palette, honey to top off cheeses and a tasty butter cracker!


After guests leave ( or linger perhaps ) I enjoy my favorite cup of coffee to wind down. Coffee doesn’t ask silly questions, coffee understands. And this flamingo mug, must have!