Thursday, April 24, 2014

{what i loved this week}

on instagram:  My favorite party color scheme used for Monika of The Doctor's Closet son's 1st birthday.  My new blogger girl crush is on Erika Brechtel whose amazing website I just discovered through her re-branding work with Clara Persis.  A chic office makeover feature.  I need to remember to surprise someone with a coffee and love note!

on pinterest:  A fun goody filled box to greet bachelorette party go-ers!  Probably going to copy this exact outfit this coming weekend. 

in the magazines:  As if I wasn't obsessed with Olivia Palermo enough (who isn't really?!?),  I will now be stalking her every wedding planning move starting with her feature on the cover of Brides!

on the blogs:  An impeccably feminine home tour and a fabulous Veuve dinner party both featured on The Glitter Guide this week!

on the internets:  Cocktail garnish inspiration via The Tasting Table - I'm particularly intrigued by #7.

on my wishlist: This simple white dress for summer with a fun low-cut back.  This satchel from Gigi New York in the perfect shade of taupe.  Absolutely love these monogram notecards in addition to the 19 other things I would like to buy from this shop.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

{chia seed pudding 3 ways}

I have been seeing dessert recipes using the incredibly healthy chia seeds popping up everywhere. The seeds are incredibly rich in antioxidants, protein and fiber which doesn't sound like a typical dessert ingredient, but I figured it was worth a shot to see what all the hype was about.  Since the prep time for a chia seed pudding is about 5 minutes I decided to try out multiple flavor combinations to see what I preferred.  The simple answer is that I prefer them all and chia seeds are surprisingly tasty with a texture similar to mini crunchy tapioca.  In other words...I get what all the hype is about.

Scroll down for the three different recipes for chia pudding that I tested out- my favorite was the simple and sweet vanilla coconut pudding, but the pistachio was a close runner up.  These recipes use either unsweetened almond milk or vanilla coconut milk, but you can substitute for any dairy you prefer such as regular 2% milk.  Regardless of which flavor chia pudding you chose to make, you will definitely need to add a small amount of sweetener to the mix.  For these recipes I experimented between maple syrup, honey or agave nectar as sweeteners and between the three I find that the agave nectar was my favorite.

Each recipe below makes two large servings.

Vanilla Coconut Chia Seed Pudding:
  • 1 cup vanilla coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Thoroughly combine all ingredients in a bowl then transfer to serving bowls.  Place in fridge to set for at least 2 hours or overnight.  Ideal garnish would be dried coconut chips although I tried it with shaved dark chocolate!

Raspberry Lemon Chia Seed Pudding:
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • lemon zest of 1/2 a lemon
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a food processor, combine raspberries, lemon zest, lemon juice, almond milk, honey & vanilla extract.  Transfer mixture to a bowl and stir in chia seeds.  Place into desired serving bowls and let set in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.  Garnish with fresh raspberries & lemon zest!

Pistachio Chia Seeding Pudding:
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
In a food processor, combine almond milk, pistachios and agave nectar.  Transfer mixture to a bowl and stir in chia seeds.  Place into desired serving bowls and let set in fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight. Garnish with chopped pistachios!

Monday, April 21, 2014

{2nd anniversary art}

We will be celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary next week and in keeping with the tradition we started last year we started searching around for another piece of art to add to our collection.   We chose to go with a large photo print from our wedding day for our first anniversary which you can see see right here.  This year, I came across these amazing palm leaf watercolor prints from The Aestate and thought one of them could be perfect!  The more I tried to decide which of the four variations of the Beverly print series was the best the more it occurred to me that it could be amazing to grab up three of them to create a sort of large triptych piece.  I also briefly entertained the idea of having them print us one extra large one like this, but the custom framing cost behind something that large is atrocious (over $600!!!).  We picked up white frames for these from Ikea and depending where we move to we could always switch them out for the walnut finish frame or even paint them!