Festive Fruit Smoothies (V)

Festive Fruit Smoothies | Posh Little Designs

Halloween has to be one of the sweetest times of the year…that is in terms of candy. One of the candies commonly seen around Halloween really brings me back to my childhood. Yup, candy corn. We always had it in our house growing up and my mom still likes it, years later! Although I’m not known for eating handfuls of candy corn myself, I’m completely keen on the colors and love that I had those memories growing up. Which brings me to today’s post, that was of course inspired by candy corn but in a much more fresh and natural kind way.

I’ve taken the shades of yellow, orange and white commonly associated with the sweet treat, and matched it to fruits in the same colors to make healthy and fresh smoothies with much less guilt and a great way counterbalance all the sweets that will be consumed over the weekend.

In addition to these smoothies being healthy and fresh, the mini shot glasses they’re served in make them a fabulous beverage menu option for any Halloween party that you host over weekend! Complete with a tiny candy corn shaped fruit garnishes for a festive finishing touch!

Festive Fruit Smoothies(V)

Festive Fruit Smoothies | Posh Little Designs

Fresh fruit in shades of yellow (pineapple), orange (persimmon & orange) and white (coconut and banana) make up these smoothies as a play on candy corn. Naturally vegan, gluten-free and dairy free for everyone to enjoy! Each recipe makes 6 shot glass sized portions.

Y E L L O W

Festive Fruit Smoothies | Posh Little Designs

Pineapple Mango Fruit Smoothie

1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple cut into chunks

1/2 cup frozen or fresh mango (if fresh peeled and cut into chunks)

1/3 cup plain coconut milk yogurt

1/4 cup plain coconut milk

1/2 cup ice

Blender or magic bullet

Mini drinking or shot glasses

Funnel

Instructions

Place all ingredients into blender and blend together.

You can add a bit more of each ingredients to reach the desired consistency and bright color.

Pour into shot glasses using a funnel

Serve immediately, or chill in the fridge for up to 2 hours.

O R A N G E

Festive Fruit Smoothies | Posh Little Designs

Persimmon & Orange Fruit Smoothie

Ingredients/Supplies:

2 ripe persimmons rinsed and cut into chunks

1 large orange peeled and cut into chunks

1/2 natural/organic orange juice

3/4 cups of ice

Blender or magic bullet

Mini drinking or shot glasses

Funnel

Instructions

Place all ingredients into blender and blend together.

You can add a bit more of each ingredients to reach the desired consistency and bright color.

Pour into shot glasses using a funnel

Serve immediately, or chill in the fridge for up to 2 hours.

W H I T E

Festive Fruit Smoothies | Posh Little Designs

Banana Coconut Fruit Smoothie

1 ripe banana peeled and cut into chunks

1/4 to 1/3 cup fresh coconut from shell. Peeled and cut into chunks

1/3 cup plain coconut milk yogurt

1/3 cup plain coconut milk

1/2 cup ice

Blender or magic bullet

Mini drinking or shot glasses

Funnel

Instructions

Place all ingredients into blender and blend together.

You can add a bit more of each ingredients to reach the desired consistency and bright color.

Pour into shot glasses using a funnel

Serve immediately, or chill in the fridge up to 2 hours ahead.

Pineapple, Persimmon & Coconut (candy corn) Garnish (optional)

Cut 1 inch chunk of pineapple to resemble the bottom portion of the candy corn and skewer onto a toothpick.

Cut a 3/4 inch chunk of persimmon in a rectangular shape to resemble the middle portion of the candy corn and place on top of the pineapple.

Top with a half-inch chunk of coconut cut into the shape of a triangle.

Repeat these steps for each of the smoothies you’ll be serving.

Festive Fruit Smoothies | Posh Little Designs

These smoothies are a great option for kids and adults. I let my girls taste each of the flavors and they very much approved! Feel free to alter the ingredients to include your favorite fruits in these colors.

Happy Halloween! I’ll be taking my girls out trick-or-treating tomorrow and celebrating with family! How are you spending your Halloween weekend?

Much more to share soon!

xo

This specific recipe for Festive Fruit Smoothies was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.

Painted Mini Pumpkin Centerpieces

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Each year as Halloween approaches I look forward to bringing home mini pumpkins from the market to display around my home. I prefer the white, or what are known as “ghost” pumpkins, since they’re a blank canvas, neutral for decorating and so incredibly chic! Although too much white is never a bad thing in my opinion, when I see a blank canvas, it’s in my nature to elevate it. As such, I’ve given my mini pumpkins (which included a few orange) a fresh coat of paint for an added touch of glam.

Aside from white, when I think of glam and opulence, black and gold come to mind. Both are elegant, and timeless with a major posh factor and look gorgeous when styled for parties, in fashion and for the home. These are the thoughts I had on my mind when I painted the pumpkins.

And in addition to making table centerpieces look posh and parties stylish, the black and gold painted pumpkins easily transform into miniature vases and centerpieces to hold your favorite blooms.

I just happened to have a vase of white roses on hand, so I stuffed each mini pumpkin with one single stem. I just love how they stand out in contrast to the black and gold.

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Aside from paint drying time, these pumpkin vases only take a short period of time to make! Here’s what you’ll need to give them a try:

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Painted Mini Pumpkins Centerpieces

Add a touch of glam to your Fall home decor and floral blooms with this simple and affordable DIY.

Supplies

Mini pumpkins white or orange will do (white will work better for the gold paint, but orange will be fine for black).

Sharp knife.

Black & gold craft paint (gloss preferred). I actually used leftover chalkboard paint that I had and it worked just fine.

2 paint brushes (one for each color of paint).

newspaper or scrap paper to paint on.

small tray for paint.

white roses or flowers of choice.

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Rinse all pumpkins and pat completely dry with a paper towel.

Using a large sharp knife, cut the top off of the pumpkins starting at about 1 inch down (try to make sure the cut is even so the top can fit back on the pumpkin properly).

Using a small spoon, scoop out the interior of the pumpkin and discard.

Rinse out the pumpkin and dry with a paper towel.

Begin painting the exterior of each pumpkin in the color of your choice. Paint everything including the stem and the flat surface of the bottom half of the pumpkin. (You won’t need to paint the bottom half of the top of the pumpkin since it won’t be seen.)

You’ll have to apply about 3 coats of each color of paint, allowing at least 30 minutes to an hour to dry in between, + touch ups. This part takes the longest.

Once the paint completely dry, you can fill each pumpkin with a small amount of water if you plan on using them for miniature vases.

Cut the stem of each rose bloom down to about 1 inch and place the bloom into the mini pumpkin. Depending on the size of your flowers, you may need to use more than one bloom. Allow roses 1-2 days to completely open up.

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

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Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

I can already envision these at my next celebration and I hope you can too. They’d make chic fall themed wedding related decor or place card holders. Elegant, posh and affordable.

Such a fun DIY to try over the weekend since Halloween is only 1 week out! I enjoyed every moment of decorating with these and I hope you do too!

Much more to share soon.

xo

This specific DIY for Black and Gold mini pumpkins and miniature vases was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.

October Events

I can hardly believe we’re halfway through October! It’s been such a busy month already with 2 events and many behind the scenes projects that I’ll have to share with you in the coming weeks!

Over the weekend I completed 1 of two Breast Cancer Awareness Events for the month. It felt great to come together with other small businesses in the community for such a wonderful cause! Together we collected an awesome sized donation for Team Julia!

Here’s some of the products I had for sale and the sweet cookies I baked for the occasion. Everything from sprinkles and paper straws, to baking cups, cupcake liners, cupcake toppers, cookie cutters and more!

Breast Cancer Awareness Event |Posh Little Designs

And here’s a few snapshots from the event.

Breast Cancer Awareness Event |Posh Little Designs

I used plenty of white for my display  because I’m absolutely obsessed with it right now. I tied in pops of pink through products and fresh roses for the pink awareness theme and  used my favorite collection of vintage milk glass dishes to display many of the products.

Breast Cancer Awareness Event |Posh Little Designs Breast Cancer Awareness Event |Posh Little Designs

Most of what’s seen at my booth can be purchased online in my Posh Etsy Shop. For the entire month of October, I’ll be donating 20% of all pink colored and awareness related products to our local charity Team Julia. You can find more about Team Julia by clicking on the highlighted link.

Breast Cancer Awareness Event |Posh Little Designs

And for my personal style, a black peplum paired with black denim and a little pop of leopard which is so on trend for Fall.

Breast Cancer Awareness Event |Posh Little Designs

I’ve got one more awareness event this Friday at a local imaging center. They’ll be offering free mammograms to women 40 and over in addition to many free prizes and giveaways, while providing information and raising awareness about breast cancer. It’s another fundraiser I’m thrilled to be a part of!

Much more to share soon friends!

xoxo

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Breast Cancer Awareness

The month of October is dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer. Organizations from all over the world will be joining in and so will I. I’m taking part by participating in two wonderful events in my home town.

First up is a multi-vendor fundraising Bosom Boutique for Team Julia. A local charity providing assistance to families and individuals affected by breast cancer while also raising awareness about the disease. This specific event is taking place next Saturday the 11th of October and I’m delighted to be working with some awesome vendors. I’ll be putting together a variety of seasonal awareness and pink themed baking and party supplies for sale locally and in limited quantities in my Etsy shop, with a portion of the proceeds from the sales going directly to the charity we’re representing.

Bosom Boutique BCA | Posh Little Designs

I’ve also been invited again to be one of the vendors at an Annual Mammogram Party also happening locally. The event will offer mammograms by donation to women without a prior appointment, while also raising awareness about breast cancer. This event is taking place Friday October 17th. You can learn more about my participation in last year’s Mammo event here.

It’s shaping up to be quite a busy month but I’ll have plenty behind the scenes details to share with you in the coming days and weeks as I prepare for both events.

Happy weekend!! I’ll be sporting the color pink for breast cancer awareness this month and I hope you do too!

More to share soon.

xo

German Chocolate French Macarons


German Chocolate French Macarons | Posh Little Designs

After traveling to NY last month and visiting Ladurée, I’ve become a little more obsessed with french macarons. Not gonna lie, I’ve been thinking about them quite often and regretting not bringing home more from the city. More than anything I think visiting Ladurée has inspired me to become better at making macarons. My mom’s birthday last weekend seemed like the perfect opportunity to try my hand at making them again, this time flavored like german chocolate cake, since that’s her favorite dessert.

I just happened to have all the ingredients on hand in my pantry to make the german chocolate cake macarons, but none left to spare. Of course that meant if I experienced a mess up, it would basically be tragic and more than anything a waste of time, but luckily there were no tragedies in my kitchen last weekend. Instead I was thrilled when I placed the shells in the oven and watched them rise, feet and all. If you’ve ever made french macarons before, the term “feet” is one worth celebrating, and that I did, over a glass of sauvignon blanc.

 These German chocolate cake macarons were only my 3rd attempt at making them, and although far from perfect, they were much improved from my last batch. I credit the awesome recipe for the macarons I found via Wives with Knives which I followed exactly, only substituting the butter and evaporated milk in the german chocolate filling to make the macarons dairy free and do note that the shells and filling is also gluten free.

German Chocolate French Macarons | Posh Little Designs

Seriously if you love french macarons and german chocolate cake, I highly, highly recommend this recipe! They are a little intimidating to make at first, but I assure you with practice they become easier and easier. Next time around I’ll just have to grind down my almond meal to a finer consistency and add a few more folds to the batter for a smoother shinier shell, but the flavor was there nonetheless.

Most importantly, my mom was absolutely delighted by her sweet birthday gift, which was a reward in itself.

And for an extra reward, I enjoyed tea and a few leftover macarons on the morning of the first day of Fall as the rain began to fall. The perfect way to bring in the new season.

Thanks as always for reading and Happy Fall! Much more to share soon.

xo

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Vanilla Caramel Apple Bites (V)

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Lately I’ve had Fall and seasonal recipes on the brain, so while feeling a little festive over the weekend I whipped up a simple caramel using only the ingredients that I had  in my pantry. To my surprise, a can of coconut milk and a cup of sugar, if boiled long enough can transform into a delightful dipping sauce that pairs beautifully with apples and just about anything else you could think of. And did I mention that this heavenly sauce just happens to be gluten and lactose free?! Hmmm..thinking it’s safe to say that Fall just got a whole lot sweeter.

Vanilla Caramel Apple Bites

Ingredients/Supplies

1-2 large apples cut into 2 inch cubes

lemon wedge

toothpicks

parchment paper

3/4 cups full fat coconut milk

1 cup raw sugar

1 teaspoon pink himalaya sea salt

seeds from 1 vanilla bean scraped

1 teaspoon coconut oil.

Finely chopped pecans.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Line baking sheet or tray with parchment paper and set aside.

Cube apples and squeeze with lemon juice to prevent browning and then top with toothpicks. Set aside.

For caramel, combine raw sugar and coconut milk in a heavy sauce pan over medium heat.

Stir until sugar is dissolved and then allow to boil for 15 minutes until a the caramel is an amber brown.

Quickly remove from heat and gently stir in salt, vanilla bean seeds and coconut oil.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Begin dipping each apple into caramel sauce right away. You can do this by transferring the sauce into a separate dish, or directly from the sauce pan, just be careful not to burn yourself.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Sprinkle each dipped apple with chopped pecans and place on parchment paper to cool.

Serve immediately.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Note: Since this is not your typical caramel it has a tendency to harden as soon as it begins to cool. You can attempt to reheat in the microwave, but you’ll yield your best results by using the caramel sauce immediately.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

These Fall delights are vegan and party perfect. Their small size and toothpick toppers make them ideal for entertaining and and a favorite for the season upon us!

Enjoy!

Do you have any Fall recipes you’re excited to make? I’d love to hear about them!

Thanks for reading. I’ll have much more to share soon!

xo

This specific recipe for Vanilla Caramel Apple Bites was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014

Thought of the day…

Enjoy the little things: A simple thought of the day inspired by the small ceramic plates I found at H&M home.
IMG_5438.JPGAlways a great reminder ♡
Hope you all are having a lovely weekend!

Much more to share soon. In the meantime you can find me on Instagram: @poshlittledesigns

xo