So…. the Super Bowl. I guess I haven’t said much about it up to this point, because unfortunately, my Seahawks lost. What a sad day for all of us hawks fans, hence the reason for me dragging my feet on a football post. It’s just not as exciting to tune in and celebrate when your favorite team’s not a part of it. But, the show always goes on and I’m certain the half time performances, the commercials, good food and company will be more than enough to make up for it! So If you’re throwing or attending a Super Bowl soiree and are in need of a quick and easy treat to share, you’ll love these chocolate dipped mangoes! Made with just 4 ingredients (all vegan) and shaped into little footballs using the miniature football cookie cutter from the posh shop. With their touchdown worthy taste and all natural ingredients, you’ll feel good about serving these fab little footballs tomorrow!
French Macarons as you all know, are my go-to treat! I knew I’d be making some for upcoming Valentine’s Day, I just wasn’t sure of the flavor until I came across some blood oranges at the grocery store the other day. Their gorgeous deep red color reminds me so much of the holiday of love and since fresh fruit fillings just happen to by my fave, I whipped up a quick and easy blood orange jam. Macaron shells have a tendency to be on the sweet side, so pairing them with tart citrus and zest really balances the flavors, making these blood orange macs an easy new fave. And for a hearts day twist, I tinted my shells in two different shades of pink and shaped them into a variety of sizes fitting for the season.
Happy Wednesday! I have a few new posts in the works, but just wanted to share with you some pics from our trip to the Mountain this past weekend. Since we’re in the process of building our new home, we don’t have any major vacations in the plans, but we are taking advantage of the beautiful scenery that surrounds us, with weekend day trips. Something we always look forward to doing together as a family, especially with our hectic schedules during the week. Although I’ll be the first to admit I’ve never been crazy about snow, it truly makes for some beautiful scenery.
I’m a total believer in the term treat yourself, especially after a long busy day, so my treat of choice for Tuesday is truffles. Because well, I’ve had a thing for them lately, and I just happened to have all 4 ingredients on hand to make them. Yep, just 4 simple ingredients is all you need to make your own truffles. Who knew they were so simple?! With hearts day coming up, I’ve added a posh twist by infusing in some dried strawberries, and shaping them into cute little hearts using the mini heart cutter from the posh shop. But it gets better! These decadent little truffles are completely vegan and gluten-free. Made with ‘Enjoy Life’ brand vegan dark chocolate chips (which are amaze) and coconut milk, so they’re not only adorebs and delicious, but allergy friendly too!
My hubby and I have been working on one major project since the summer of 2014, and last Fall we were finally, and I mean FINALLY able to make that dream a reality. After nearly 2 years of planning, preparing and dealing with some major delays and disappointments, we’re now in the process of building our new home! We definitely didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into when this journey first started. We purchased our existing home when it was nearing completion, so we got to pick some of the interior finishes, but this is actually our first time working with an architect to design a unique floor plan and layout to suit our family.
When the weather is chilly, there’s nothing I love more than enjoying a warm and cozy beverage in my favorite mug. Usually decaf chai is my go-to (I know, I’m a real rebel), but its good to switch things up occasionally. Would you believe me if I told I have not made or had hot chocolate yet this winter?! That is until now. If you’ve been following along here for a while, you know I love a good dark chocolate and coconut pairing, and since 2014, I’ve gotten much more experienced with my coconut opening skills! I can happily report that it took me no time at all to remove the meat from the coconut that I used to make this a dreamy hot chocolate concoction, inspired by one of my favorite flavor combos. Yes! This sipping chocolate is made with coconut milk and topped with homemade almond marshmallows, for a play on the classic Almond Joy! Tastes like heaven in a glass, and for an added bonus, it’s naturally sweetened and dairy free for a little less guilt.
My case of the Mondays has extended past Wednesday and I’m definitely in need of a pick me up, or two. Have I mentioned before that I like to keep a stash of macarons on hand?! Delicious anytime, but mostly on days like these when I’m dragging my feet in a major way (blame the long holiday break.) Along with macarons, fresh flowers are mid-week necessities for me, as they instantly brighten any space. Since I’m a sucker for all things pink, I did not hesitate when these lovely hydrangeas caught my eye at the market. Both of the above, along with a few more chic items are enough to get me through to Friday. Like this darling Eiffel trinket dish with gold details, (a gift from my Mom), and Voluspa’s macaron scented candle, which smells very much like the real thing and has my heart at the moment!
Happy New Year!! I hope you all had a fabulous holiday season! I’m down to my final day of winter break, so back to reality starting tomorrow, but I couldn’t feel more ready! After being sick for a week and missing out on pilates and indulging quite a bit, I’m craving all things fresh and healthy. So I made my goto chia pudding for a late morning breakfast, topped with pomegranate seeds, cherries and organic coconut. All rich in antioxidants, omega 3s, fiber and vitamins and a breeze to assemble.
‘Tis the season for the sweet flavors of the holidays and my favorite, plenty of champagne. Today I’m showcasing both in the form of a sweet and spicy gingerbread cocktail, perfect for your countdown to 2016! A sparkler with notes of ginger and gingerbread, topped with Limited edition Chandon, that’s fitting for an end of year celebration with your besties!
Merry Christmas Eve! Taking a quick break from wrapping and prepping to say happy holidays! And to share a few faves from a recent photo sesh with my loves.
We turned our pics into Christmas cards, which is a tradition we look forward to each December.
My girls wore matching jackets, similar dresses, hats and faux fur vests, from H&M. They were so excited about twinning, I think they forgot how cold it was.