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

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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.

Laduree French Macarons | Posh Little Designs

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.

Laduree French Macarons | Posh Little Designs

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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Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes

February has arrived and now that the Super Bowl is over, I’m switching my focus from football and the painful loss all of us 12s experienced on Sunday, towards some much lovelier things. Yep! I’m choosing not to dwell on what could have been, or what should have been in the final minute of the game and instead drowning my sorrows in pretty pink roses (kidding) but honestly…flowers are truly the way to my heart, especially when I’m feeling a little down. I just adore the way they brighten my mood and bring a smile. So armed with tons of blooms and feeling motivated by the happiness they bring me, I’ve preserved and transformed the leftovers into pretty little beverage garnishes to share with all of you. These cubes are so gorge and perfect for the upcoming arrival of V-Day in soft tinted pink. They’ll fill your glass with floral and fruity notes and dress up your favorite beverages in an instant for easy entertaining.

Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes | Posh Little Designs

Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes | Posh Little Designs

DIY Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes

Pink petite roses and fresh raspberries frozen into cubes of distilled water to add a touch of posh to your favorite beverage. I chose to pair these cubes with Rhubarb flavored DRY Soda (that just happens to come in a pretty pink bottle.) Did I mention it comes in a pink bottle? Not only that, but the soda is local to Seattle (fitting) all natural, and complements the fruit and floral notes of the cubes beautifully.

Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes | Posh Little Designs

Ingredients/Supply List

1 gallon of Distilled water

6-12 fresh rinsed raspberries

6-8 petite pink/white roses (look for organics free of pesticides) Check Trader Joes, Whole foods, or other local organic stores. You can also use home grown.

1 large block silicone ice cube tray (6 cavities) or a regular sized cube tray will do

Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes | Posh Little Designs

Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Boil 3 cups of distilled water and allow it to completely cool (this will give your cubes a crystal clear look)

While water is cooling prep your flowers. Remove the blooms from the stem and soak them in water. Allow to soak for 10-15 minutes to remove any residue.

Pull roses from water and remove some of the petals.

Place a few single petals and raspberries into each ice cube cavity. You can switch up the design of each cube by adding a few white rose petals, or an entire bloom to the cavities.

Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes | Posh Little Designs

Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes | Posh Little Designs

Pour cooled distilled water over the top of each tray and fill about half way full.

Place in the freezer until frozen solid.

Remove from freezer and pour remaining distilled water over the cubes and continue to freeze until they’ve turned into cubes.

Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes | Posh Little Designs

Place one frozen floral cube in each glass

Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes | Posh Little Designs

Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes | Posh Little Designs

and top with Rhubarb DRY soda (or beverage of your choice).

Here’s how the cubes look once melted. Lovely!

Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes | Posh Little Designs

Use these cubes to add a touch of posh to your drinks of choice. I’m envisioning a girl’s day brunch cocktails or romantic Valentine’s beverages with your love. Really any idea above will do.

Hope you’re looking forward to the weekend as much as I am. Thanks as always for reading!

xo

This specific concept for Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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Super Bowl Party Popcorn


It’s officially Friday and we’re now just two days away from the most exciting night in football…not that I’m counting or anything. Do you have big plans for the Super Bowl? Mine are actually pretty low key. I’ll be hosting a small group at my home but I still have plenty of prep work ahead, so my goal is to keep the menu fairly simple. This can sometimes (or all the time) be pretty difficult for me, considering that I’m not really a simple gal, but I’m relying on many of the recipes I created at last year’s Super Bowl celebration, which will definitely make things much easier on me.

Since I’m from the PNW and a serious Seahawks fan, I want to be able to make ahead as much as possible, so I’m able to relax and actually enjoy watching the game come kickoff.  If you can relate and are looking for last minute treat and snack ideas for Sunday, I have you covered with this simple party popcorn recipe.

All you need is a few quick ingredients and M&Ms in shades of your favorite team’s colors. Warning….this will require some color sorting, but it’s totally worth doing to achieve a team themed look! If you have kids at home, sorting is a really fun job for them to take part in.

I cannot forget to mention the DIY miniature footballs. Seriously how adorbs right?! They literally take seconds to make and although tiny, they add so much festive fun to recipe and a taste that’s touchdown worthy!

Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

Super Bowl Party Popcorn

Sweet and salty popcorn mix made with coconut oil, almond butter, M&Ms mixed nuts and pretzels. perfect party food and for celebrating your favorite team during Super Bowl Sunday! Go Hawks!!

Ingredients/Supplies

Popcorn Popper (I own one and love it but you can also make your popcorn on the stove or in the microwave.)

1/3 organic popcorn kernels

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 tbsp orgnaic smooth almond or peanut butter (I use Trader Joes brand)

1 tsp agave nectar

3/4 pretzel bites (TJ’s pretzel sesame squares were used in this recipe, but any pretzel will do)

3/4 cups mixed nuts

1 medium sized bag of regular chocolate M&Ms sorted (colors blue, green and brown for the Seahawks)

mini paper serving cups

Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Make popcorn in popcorn maker. While popping melt your coconut oil in the microwave, or on the stove for 30 seconds. Once melted, add in your almond or peanut butter and agave nectar to the oil and stir until completely blended.

Mix together popped popcorn and mixed nuts until fully incorporated.

Pour oil/butter mixture over the top of your cooked popcorn and mixed nuts. Stir well until coated.

Add in pretzels and stir to incorporate.

Set aside for 30 minutes so the popcorn mix has time to set, then add your colored chocolate M&Ms.

While your popcorn is setting, you can make your mini footballs. Instructions below!

Serve your party popcorn in individual containers for your guests.

Grab and enjoy!

Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

DIY Mini Footballs

Mini chocolate footballs made using brown peanut M&Ms and piped white chocolate for the laces.

1 oz white chocolate

sorted brown peanut or almond M&Ms

sheet of parchment paper

1 ziplock bag

Instructions

Place all sorted brown peanut or almond M&Ms on a sheet of parchment paper (M side down).

Place your white chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted.

Pour melted white chocolate into a ziplock bag and snip the tip. Make sure that the tip is small enough to create a thin line on each M&M.

Holding your hand steady, pipe one straight line down the center of each peanut M&M.

Complete the look of the football laces by piping 3 crossed lines over the straight center line.

Allow 1 hour to dry.

Once M&M footballs have dried, place one to two in each individual container of party popcorn for a winning finishing touch!

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Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

So honored to watch our hawks play again this Sunday! Their energy is truly incredible and I can’t wait to see them on the field! I’d love to hear what your plans are for Super Bowl Sunday and I hope you give this recipe a try.

Happy Friday and GO hawks!!

Much more to share soon.

xo

This specific recipe for Super Bowl Party Popcorn was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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Cherry & Coconut Dark Chocolate Cups (V)

Hoping you all had a fabulous weekend! I’m finally feeling better and now that I am, I’m realizing that I’m a little far behind. Seriously! I cannot believe that January is almost over. Of course that means Valentine’s Day is near, so I’m wasting no time jumping in to the themed posts and breaking out the dark chocolate. Yes today’s post is all about dark chocolate and some other delightful fruit pairings to go along with it. Dark chocolate candy cups, with pink fruit filling to be exact. I really don’t think it gets more hearts day appropriate or fitting than that…but for a few extra Valentine’s day points, all the ingredients in today’s post are all natural and free of gluten and dairy, making these chocolate delights a perfect any time treat, even great for sweet gifting as the holiday approaches.

Tuesday is looking better already!

<3

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

Cherry & Coconut Dark Chocolate Cups (V)

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

Homemade candy cups made completely free of dairy and gluten, with a crisp dark chocolate outer shell and a tart and creamy coconut cherry filling for Valentine’s Day or any day. 

Ingredients/Supplies

4 oz premium dark chocolate

1/3 cup organic cherry preserves

1 cup shredded flaked coconut

1 tbsp almond milk

20 mini paper cups

1 piping or ziplock bag

blender or food processor

Treat bags and washi tape

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

Arrange your 20 mini paper candy cups on a tray.

Blend together cherry preserves, coconut and almond milk until a thick paste forms.

Place your dark chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Heat in 30 second intervals or over the stove until completely melted.

Pour chocolate into the ziplock/piping bag.

Fill the bottom of each candy cup with melted chocolate.

With your hand, pick up each chocolate filled paper cup and drop it lightly on a solid surface to distribute the chocolate evenly. Repeat this step for each candy cup.

Take 1 tsp of cherry coconut filling and form into a small ball using your fingers.

Place each cherry coconut formed round into the center of the chocolate bottomed candy cup leaving space around each side. Repeat this step for each piece of candy.

Pipe chocolate over the top of each candy cup until filling is completely covered.

Again pick up each cup and drop it lightly on a solid surface to evenly distribute chocolate.

Repeat this step for each piece of candy making sure no filling is showing.

Place in the fridge and chill for 1 hour.

Once chilled, these are ready to enjoy!

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

Since I’m loving gold and metallics so much these days, I quickly decorated white treat bags with a tiny gold, silver and bronze hearts. Placed two candy cups in each little bag, and then finished them off with a piece of pink chevron washi tape. Such a cute and simple way to dress up ordinary bags for hearts day gifting.

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

Have a lovely Tuesday!

I’ll have a Super Bowl XLIX related post to share here later this week!

Thanks for reading.

xo

This specific recipe for Cherry & Coconut Dark Chocolate Cups was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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Fresh blooms

I can’t believe another Friday is here! Somehow I managed to pick up another flu bug so my regularly planned post for this week has been postponed, but staring at these beauties all week has been helping me keep my spirits high.
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I can’t tell you how much I love flowers and I can’t think of one thing that brightens my days more than fresh blooms especially when I’m under the weather. These tulips in shades of hot pink are helping me think ahead to Spring and reminding me that’s there’s only a few more months of Winter and hopefully only a few more sick days ahead. That is something worth looking forward and a such a lovely way to start off the weekend!

Oh and one more thing…I couldn’t post here without mentioning quickly how proud I am of our seahawks!! That miraculous win against Green bay in OT still has me excited! What a pleasure it is to watch our hawks play and as a long-time fan, such an honor to witness that moving and emotional victory. One of the best playoff moments in the history of the game. Can’t wait to see them in action in Super Bowl 49!

I hope you enjoy these pretty tulips as much as I am. I plan to have some Super Bowl and Valentines related posts coming soon! Until then you can find me on Instagram.

Have a lovely weekend!
xo