Rhubarb Délice Mimosas

This past Sunday I spent the afternoon catching up with my dear sis and mom. These are visits that don’t seem to happen often enough, but that I always look forward to. We all share a love for sparkling wine and champagne, so of course our time together involved bubbly cocktails, plenty of laughs and a few quick appetizers that I whipped up that morning.

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I kept the menu simple with fresh fruit, assorted crackers and chips, spiced lentil and apricot hummus, pico de gallo, a variety of nuts, olives and crudité, all of  which paired beautifully with our beverage of choice for the day, Délice Chandon. A new cuvée from Napa that’s super refreshing and perfect for Spring, with fruity notes and a light sweetness. Delicious on its own, but also a rather tasty compliment to the homemade rhubarb fruit puree that I made.

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The tartness of the rhubarb blends with the sweetness of the Délice bubbly so very well creating a harmonious Spring time cocktail, that’s a fabulous brunch, afternoons with your favorite girls, or as celebratory beverage option.

It was so good that I’m looking forward to many weekends ahead with this cocktail on repeat.

Be sure to add it to your Spring and Summer beverage rotation as well!

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas

A sparkling cocktail made with Délice cuvée and fresh blended rhubarb. An instant Spring and Summertime favorite.

Ingredients/Supplies:

1 bottle of Délice Chandon (will make 6 servings)

2 cups fresh rhubarb washed and chopped into chunks

2 tablespoons of raw sugar

1.5 cups of water

mint sprigs for garnish

Blender/Magic Bullet

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Place your chopped rhubarb into a pot with raw sugar and stir well to incorporate.

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Add the water to the pot and bring to a boil stirring the mixture occasionally.

Continue to cook the fruit mixture until the rhubarb breaks down. About 10-12 minutes.

Transfer rhubarb mixture to your blender or magic bullet and puree until completely smooth.

Pour through a fine sieve and transfer to a glass jar.

Chill your gorgeous pink blended rhubarb until ready to serve.

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Pour Délice bubbly into each of your champagne glasses filling 3/4 of the way full.

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Top with two to 3 teaspoons of rhubarb mixture and stir in with a stir stick, until fully blended and a soft shade of pink.

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Garnish with mint leaves and propose a toast!

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Sweet, chic and délice.

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Of course you can always enjoy this sparkling wine right out of the bottle. With flavors of nectarine, pear and grapefruit you’ll love it on its own or garnished with fresh citrus or herbs.

Cheers and happy Tuesday! Hoping your Sunday was as lovely as mine.

More on the way soon!

xo

This specific recipe for Rhubarb Délice Mimosas was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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Marble Easter Eggs – DIY

Marble is incredibly timeless and elegant and in my opinion will never go out of style. We already know how prominent marble is in home interiors, but lately it’s become quite trendy, making its way into the lifestyle and fashion industry as well. In 2015 I’ve seen marble on anything and everything, from office accessories, to phone cases, nails, jewelry, coffee mugs, clothing, you name it and I’m totally head over heels. Seriously, this trend is so posh, and so fabulous that doing something with marble on the blog was a must. And with Easter just a few weeks away, I tried my hand at marbling easter eggs using an unexpected yet simple nail polish technique, that promises to add a touch of on trend posh to your Easter decor.

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I first saw this technique after scrolling through my instagram feed and coming across a gorgeous nail tutorial by the uber fabulous Aimee Song of songofstyle.com Of course I have yet to try marbling my nails (doing that soon) but her post totally inspired me to marble these eggs. Love!!

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Marble Easter Eggs – DIY

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Supplies

4-6 boiled eggs chilled

3 of your favorite colors of nail polish (I chose Essie: blanc, after school boy blazer & Nicole: totally in the dark, because I love the classic color scheme)

1 cup of distilled water at room temp

toothpicks

shallow bowl or container preferably for crafts

paper towels or parchment

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Instructions

Place a sheet of parchment or paper towels down on a solid work surface.

Pour distilled water into your shallow bowl.

NOTE When the polish is dropped into the bowl of water, it tends to dry quickly, so make sure your nail polish lids are unscrewed and ready for use so you can work quickly. Also have your boiled eggs and toothpicks nearby.

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Drop one drop of nail polish color of your choice (I started with white) into the bowl of water (it will spread). Quickly repeat this step with a new color of polish placing into the center of the nail polish that initially spread (for a bullseye effect). Add your third color to the center of the last nail polish color. You can repeat this pattern by adding more drops for a more intricate design. Or move onto the next step.

Using your toothpick, quickly blend the nail polish colors within the water to create the marble effect.

Once the marble design appeals to you, dip half of your egg into the water directly over the design, then quickly remove. You will discover that the marble polish has printed onto the egg.

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Set your marble egg face up to dry gently wiping away any excess water or bubbles. Repeat steps above for remaining eggs.

Make each egg unique by changing around the color patterns and designs of your polish. You can also dip the bottom and/or top half of the boiled eggs to add more dimension.

You’ll be able to tell right away if your nail polish is too dry. If you’re unable to move a toothpick through it, I recommend starting over, which is actually easy because the polish will come right out, and you can reuse your water. It took me quite a few attempts to get a design that I loved.

Once your eggs are dry you can arrange them on a pretty cake stand or in your favorite dish to display on Easter Sunday.

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DIY Marble Eggs | Posh Little Designs

Because the chemicals from the polish could possibly seep through the shell of the egg, I don’t recommend eating them, but they certainly do look gorgeous.

I hope you have as much fun with this DIY as I did!

Much more to share soon!

xo

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Salted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks (V)

Whenever I need a little pick me up, dark chocolate is my go-to. I just love how well it pairs with different flavors. From fruits and nuts to savories and especially wine, it’s certainly a rich and luxurious treat, and most importantly for me it’s dairy free! Now with St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching I’m elevating this go-to of mine a to give it some holiday appeal. Using shamrocks for good luck, a hint of sea salt and pistachio green and a dusting of edible gold glitter, this sweet treat is now suitable for the upcoming arrival of St. Patty’s Day.

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 Salted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks (V)

Dark chocolate paired with sea salt, pistachios and edible gold. Sweet, salty & St. Patrick’s Day chic.

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Ingredients/Supplies

8 oz of quality dairy free dark chocolate (3 bars)

1/2 cup coarsely chopped pistachios

1 tsp sea salt

edible gold glitter flakes

shamrock mold

2 ziplocks or piping bag

parchment paper

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Heat 7 of the 8 oz chocolate in a double boiler or on 30 second intervals in the microwave until fully melted.

Pour melted chocolate into your ziplock or piping bag and pipe into your shamrock mold cavities.

Gently tap the mold on a solid surface until chocolate is evenly distributed.

Allow to chill for 1-2 hours in the fridge until completely solid.

While chocolate is chilling, mix together the sea salt and chopped pistachios.

Once shamrocks are fully chilled, heat remaining 1 oz of chocolate until fully melted and pour into remaining ziplock or existing piping bag.

Flip the shamrocks over onto a sheet of parchment paper to remove chocolates.

Turn them right side up and quickly pipe remaining chocolate in a zig zag motion over top the shamrocks.

Top with chopped pistachios and sea salt, and finish with the edible gold glitter.

Place them back in the fridge for 30 minutes to fully harden.

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They are ready to enjoy!

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

This is such a quick treat to make and an easy way to elevate plain dark chocolate. You can display these shamrocks on trays or cake stands at your St. Patty’s Day celebration, or package them up and give them away as a bit of sweet good luck for your friends and loved ones.

More on the way soon!

xo

This specific recipe for Salted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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Travel Gram – Oahu

I know it’s been a little quiet here on the blog as of late, and I hope you’ve all have had a marvelous few weeks! I always have the best intentions of blogging while I’m on vacation, but I somehow managed to get caught up in all the beauty of our trip to Hawaii and before I knew it, we were on a plane back home and recovering from jet-lag. I’m not sure how 7 days can go by so fast, but if nothing else, I know we had an amazing time.

 This was actually my first time traveling to Hawaii. When my hubby and I were researching where to stay, we came across a little gem of a resort known as the Kahala which is tucked 25 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki and Honolulu. The resort is located in a private setting with a very quiet and beautiful private beach. You truly cannot go wrong at the Kahala. Paradise in every sense of the word, with nearly every amenity imaginable, including 4 restaurants, daily water activities and a dolphin and turtle lagoon that the girls loved.

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Over the course of the week we enjoyed time spent at our home away from home, on beach and in the pool as you can see above. We traveled with my sis and brother-in-law and our niece and nephew, which was so wonderful for us and the kids as well! Nothing better than enjoying time at such a gorgeous destination with close family.

I’ll admit I’m completely guilty of over-gramming this trip. I probably posted far too many photos on IG, but seriously, I felt like everywhere I turned, there was something new and worthy of capturing.

Here are some of my favorite gramming moments…

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View from Kahala Resort. Fresh coconut water in Waikiki. Beach ootd. Lanikai Beach.
swimwear: VIX, sunglasses: Ted Baker London, hat: Urban Outfitters, gorgeous orchid lei: Kahala
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Sisters in paradise.Outrigger canoe on Kahala shore. Incredible morning sunrise. Frozen pineapple rum cocktail.

In addition to the above, many other highlights included: Waikiki shopping, lunch at Dukes restaurant, learning to paddle board, traveling up to waimanalo and lanikai and having my first ever shave ice, and also spending what felt like endless hours on the beach with my dear family. I couldn’t have asked for more.

And lastly this moment….captured on our last day in paradise.

hat: Urban Outfitters, white lace dress: H&M, sandals: DVF

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Already missing the sweet smells, calm waters and abundance of sunshine on the island, but it does feel lovely to be home.

Happy friday all!!

Find more snippets from our trip to Oahu over on Instagram.

xo

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Sophisticated S’mores (revisited)

Revisiting an old recipe and adding a few new twists because the Oscars are airing on Sunday and they’ve got me feeling inspired. Today’s sweet indulgence, would be perfect for your sunday viewing party. A decadent pairing of gooey marshmallows, homemade graham crackers, and dark chocolate that together create an uber delish s’more that’s richness will capture the elegance of the Academy Awards. But of course it doesn’t end there. This time around I’ve spiked the marshmallows with my favorite elderflower liqueur that just happens to be “gold” in color, like the iconic award itself. And since I’m certain we’ll be seeing plenty tuxedos on the red carpet tomorrow evening, a dark chocolate bow for a touch of whimsy and an oscar worthy finishing touch. If ever there were an award show for desserts, these elevated s’mores would certainly be nominated.

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Sophisticated S’Mores (revisited) DF

The St. Germaine elderflower liqueur adds subtle floral notes to the marshmallow and pairs deliciously against the intense flavor of the dark chocolate and the bite of the graham cracker cookies. An unexpected yet harmonious balance of sweet and chic, that’s also dairy free.

St. Germaine Spiked Marshmallows

S'mores

Ingredients

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup St. Germaine Liqueur

3 (.25 ounce) packages unflavored gelatin

2/3 cups light corn syrup

1 3/4 cups white sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

Line a 9×9 inch baking dish with plastic wrap that’s sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Spray additional piece of plastic wrap to cover the top and set aside.

Place 1/2 cup of water in the bowl of an electric mixer and add gelatin to water to soak.

While gelatin is soaking add 1/4 St. Germaine, corn syrup and white sugar to sauce pan. Bring mixture to boil over medium heat for 1 minute.

Pour hot sugar mixture into gelatin and beat on high, using a whisk attachment. Beat for 12 minutes until mix is fluffy and forms stiff peaks. Add in lemon juice and mix until just combined.

Pour mixture into baking dish using a greased spatula to smooth top. Cover marshmallow mixture with remaining prepared plastic wrap, pressing down lightly to seal.

Allow to rest for 4 hours, or overnight.

Mix together cornstarch and powdered sugar in a dish. Using greased scissors, or a knife, cut the marshmallows, dredging lightly in the cornstarch mixture and they’re ready to enjoy.

Store in airtight container.

Homemade Vegan Graham Crackers

Ingredients/Supplies~

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup graham flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup Earth Balance coconut spread at room temperature (or 2 sticks of butter for non vegan)

3/4 cups light brown sugar

1/4 cup almond milk

parchment paper

Instructions

Add first 5 ingredients into a bowl, mix together and set aside.

Combine coconut spread, brown and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on medium speed for a few minutes until fluffy.

Reduce speed to low and add dry ingredients. Mix until combined.

Once combined, slowly pour in almond milk and mix until fully incorporated.

The place dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll to 1/8″ thick.

Move rolled dough to refrigerator to chill for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Remove dough from fridge and cut into shapes using a cutter of your choice.

Bake for 10 minutes until the edges are golden brown.

Dark Chocolate Bows

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Ingredients/Supplies

1 bar of dairy free dark chocolate (I find mine at Trader Joes)

Silicone Bow mold (I used wilton)

ziplock bag.

Instructions

Heat chocolate at 30 second intervals in the microwave until completely melted.

Pipe melted chocolate into the molds and lightly tap on a solid surface to evenly distribute.

Place in fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.

Once chocolate bows have completely chilled, remove from molds and begin assembling your S’mores. You will need 2 graham crackers, 1 marshmallow and 1 chocolate bow for each sweet sandwich.

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Repeat these steps and they’re ready to enjoy!

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I’m planning to have a few of these tomorrow as I watch the red carpet event. Can’t wait to see all the looks! What are you most looking forward to?

Thanks for reading! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

xo

This specific recipe for Sophisticated S’mores (revisited) was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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Just breath

 It’s funny how such simple words can truly resonate with us. After chatting with my dear sis about the stresses this past week brought, she suggested to me something that I needed to do in that very moment….

just breath

 

and I did, and I was reminded of how important it is to take those moments to reflect. To exhale all the stress and uncertainty, to rest, and think about all that we have to be grateful for. To spend quality time with loved ones and to forget about everything else going on around us. To just breath and refresh because we work so hard, day in and day out, especially behind the scenes. It truly is the small actions and little things like these that help make all the difference.

Taking notes and sending out good vibes for the weekend!!

Happy Friday!

xo

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Macaron Love

French macarons are my fave indulgence and now that Friday has arrived and I have a 4 day weekend to look forward to with my 3 valentines, an early celebration is in order. Nothing like a sweet and delicate fruity treat to get me into weekend mode, and ready for a busy yet fabulous Valentine’s weekend ahead.

 I tell you, of all the macarons I’ve tried, there’s nothing quite better than a Ladureé french macaron, and although I haven’t been in New York or Paris lately, I recently received the Ladureé Macarons recipe book as a gift and instantly fell in love.

Laduree French Macarons | Posh Little DesignsThis book is loaded with beauty, elegance, inspiration and many incredible and unexpected recipes for macaron shells and fillings. Highly recommended. I had such a difficult time deciding which to make first, but with Valentine’s Day on my mind I decided on a batch of the Red Jam Macarons with a classic almond shell. A designer exclusive (yes they have designer exclusives) for Christian Lacroix and suitable for the celebration of love in shades of mauve and pink.

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As you will see below, mine are certainly nowhere near the perfection of a Ladureé macaron, but simply the best I’ve ever made at home, with jam filling made from raspberries, strawberries and cherries, which was good enough to eat by the spoonful, no lie! The color of my shells definitely still need work as do my thin “feet” but I know what I did wrong, and cannot wait to make them again.  Now the question is which recipe I’ll try next.

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I actually made these macarons earlier in the week and photographed via instagram, but I stored a few in the freezer, which I’m enjoying with a hot glass of tea this morning. My favorite way to kick off the weekend. What’s yours? Perhaps I’ll pair a few more with a glass of champagne tomorrow.

Wishing you all a fabulous Valentine’s Day and weekend. Thanks for reading!

<3

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