Friday, October 24, 2014

{friday cocktail: la vie en rose}

I love the process of making a really complicated cocktail- whether it's something that takes multiple errands to find the right ingredients or something that takes a significant amount of prep to prepare.   But then there are many times when I want to enjoy a drink without having to keep a pantry stocked with fresh citrus and flavored syrups.  Enter this Friday's cocktail, La Vie En Rose, which takes all of 1 minute to make and the hardest part of this recipe is having a bottle of chilled champagne at the ready.  Another amazing thing about this recipe is that it utilizes St Germain perfectly and by that I mean to say that I have gotten a bit burned out on St Germain lately (it seems like it's on every cocktail menu and it can be overly sweet), but this recipe had me putting it back front and center on our bar.   Ok would think I was being paid to pimp this cocktail with how much I'm singing it's praises- the bottom line is its flavorful, delicious and includes champagne- nuff said.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

{what i loved this week}

on instagram: This ottoman might just be the perfect piece of furniture for those who love to entertain.  I would like to completely copy this bathroom in a future home.  Another fun restaurant opening in DTLA to add to our list!  Lately, I have been obsessed with trying to find some dining chairs like these that have a metal base and upholstered chair.  

on pinterest: Chic pumpkin decor.  These mini caramel apples look delicious and easy to make!  Another fall outfit inspiration- if only it would cool down just a bit in California. 

on my kindle:  My copy of Elements of Style by Erin Gates finally came in the mail and I. Am. Obsessed.  It such a wonderful inspiration for home decor and would make a great gift for the upcoming holiday season. 

on the internets: Everything in this BuzzFeed round up on why living in Paris destroys you for real life is so spot on!

on my wishlist:  You guys.....this Rebecca Minkoff purse is haunting me.  I must have it.  Of course the agony of picking is a color is no small struggle.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

{weekday breakfast with starbucks & keurig}

I am so excited to partner with Starbucks for a 3 part series about their flavored K-Cup® Packs because let’s face it lifeblood before noon revolves around coffee. We’ve had a Keurig machine for almost 3 years now ever since we received one off our wedding registry and it really satisfies my push of button instant gratification needs (read: I’m a bit lazy in the morning so anything that takes significant effort or laborious clean-up isn’t going to work).

Today’s post is all about my favorite breakfast pairings. My dream breakfast situation (besides going out for a boozy Sunday brunch) is a leisurely morning spent cooking (probably this French toast) and maybe even getting back in bed to eat it, but most days that’s not a reality.  So today I thought it would be fun to show two of my favorite go-to breakfasts for quick weekday mornings: a super-food packed acai parfait and avocado toast using my secret ingredient!

Most mornings the very first thing I do (after taking out our high maintenance dog) is brew a cup of coffee in our Keurig and add a splash of cream.  I enjoy that cup of coffee while getting ready, watching the news, trying to make myself presentable to leave the house, etc.  I always drink that first cup of coffee like it’s my last and it disappears in about 15 minutes, so I’ll brew a second cup to enjoy with breakfast.  I usually just add a splash of cream to my coffee so I was excited to try out the flavored Starbucks® flavored K-Cup® Packs hoping that the sweet flavors like Vanilla or Cinnamon Dolce might prompt me to use less cream (which they did! win.).  Scroll down for my secret avocado toast ingredient and simple acai parfait recipe that I pair with my morning coffee!

{custom coffee sleeves with our wedding crest from here}

{sugar bowl from here & gold tongs from here}

{you guys. this Tajin Seasoning is the secret ingredient to out of this world avocado toast. trust.}

Simple Acai Parfait:

what you need:

  • acai smoothie packet (I like the unsweetened version from here - and you can find it cheaper at your local Whole Foods or Costco)
  • 1/3 cup granola 
  • 1/2 cup light vanilla soy milk
  • 1 cup kale (or leafy greens like spinach)
  • 1 half banana, chopped
  • 5 strawberries, sliced
  • toasted coconut flakes
  1. Place granola in bottom of glass or bowl. 
  2. Chop bananas and strawberries. Set aside.
  3. Place acai packet, kale and soy milk into a blender.  Blend until smooth and then place contents on top of granola.
  4. Top acai blend with strawberries, bananas and coconut flakes. 
  5. Enjoy!

The rich aromas and sweet flavors you love from Starbucks®,now brewing at home. Introducing two new K-Cup(R) flavors for fall, inspired by our cafĂ© favorites.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Starbucks Coffee Company, via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Starbucks Coffee Company.