last minute valentine ideas

February 13, 2014 § 2 Comments


check out my round-up of last minute valentine ideas, enjoy your day! <3

one cheese quesadillas made w. love
two heart manicure
three valentines sprinkled w. sarcasm
four chocolate raspberry bars w. white chocolate & almonds
five chignon twist tutorial

yogurt scotch

February 11, 2014 § 1 Comment


i love the pretty packaging of these japanese hard candies that i grew up eating.. total eye candy!

photos: by kristina

deviled eggs

February 4, 2014 § 1 Comment


up until now i had never made deviled eggs but have always had a minor obsession with them. i didn’t beautifully pipe the yellow filling into their slick white vessels but these look pretty good right? here’s a classic recipe for you.

• 6 eggs
• 1/4 cup mayonnaise
• 1 tsp white vinegar
• 1 tsp yellow mustard
• 1/8 tsp salt
• freshly ground black pepper
• paprika for garnish

to do:
1. place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan and cover with water. heat on high until water begins to boil, then cover, turn the heat to low and cook for 1 minute. remove from heat and leave covered for 14 minutes, then rinse under cold water for 1 minute.

2. crack egg shells and carefully peel under cool running water. gently dry with paper towels. slice the eggs in half lengthwise, removing yolks to a medium bowl, and placing the whites on a serving platter. mash the yolks into a fine crumble using a fork. add mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper and mix well.

3. evenly disperse heaping teaspoons of the yolk mixture into the egg whites. sprinkle with paprika, serve and enjoy!

cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow cookies

February 2, 2014 § 2 Comments


lately i’ve been craving classic chocolate chip cookies. this variation by momofuku milk bar is by no means a classic, but is yummy ridiculous. just make sure to use a stand mixer as i did not and used a wooden spoon, so my cookies came out flat as pancakes, but they were still delicious nonetheless! and just a warning, you won’t be able to resist the cookie dough.

ingredients: (makes 15-20 large cookies)
• 2 sticks unsalted room temperature butter
• 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
• 2/3 cup light brown sugar, tightly packed
• 1 egg
• 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
• 1/2 tsp baking powder
• 1/2 tsp baking soda
• 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
• 3 cups cornflake crunch (recipe below)
• 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
• 1 1/4 cup mini marshmallows

to do:
1. in a stand mixer bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars on medium high speed for 2-3 minutes. scrape down sides of the bowl with a spatula
2. add egg and vanilla extract and beat 7-8 minutes
3. on low speed, mix in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt until just combined (1 minute max) do not over mix!
4. scrape down sides and still on low speed, paddle in the cornflake crunch and chocolate chips until just incorporated (30-45 seconds), stir in marshmallows as well
5. line a cookie sheet. measure 1/3 cup portions of dough (using a 2 oz. ice cream/cookie scoop) onto the pan. pat tops of dough mounds flat. wrap the pan tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 1 week. (do not bake at room temperature)
6. when ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees and arrange the chilled dough onto lined baking sheets at least 4 inches apart.
7. bake about 18 minutes until browned around the edges and beginning to brown in the center. cookies will puff, crackle and spread. if they seem pale and doughy on the surface, leave in the oven for about 1 more minute.
8. cool cookies completely on pan before moving them to a plate or an airtight container. at room temperature cookies will keep fresh for 5 days, in the freezer they will keep for 1 month. enjoy!

cornflake crunch recipe

• 5 cups cornflakes
• 1/2 cup milk powder
• 3 tbsp granulated sugar
• 1 tsp kosher salt
• 9 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

to do:
1. preheat oven to 275 degrees
2. in a medium bowl, use hands to crush cornflakes to a quarter of their original size
3. add milk powder, sugar and salt and toss lightly
4. add butter and toss to coat (the butter acts as the glue and will create small clusters)
5. spread the cornflake clusters onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes until they look toasted, smell buttery and crunch when cooled slightly
6. cool completely before storing or using in a recipe
7. store in an airtight container at room temperature

make today great

January 25, 2014 § Leave a comment


with hella good ice-cream! even though i paid a hefty price for these gems, i won’t even say how much, i suppose it’s because they had to be shipped from columbus, ohio, and because of the farm-to-freezer ingredients, they were well worth it.. plus, i’m such a sucker for pretty packaging and penmanship.

photos: my own

two things

January 9, 2014 § 1 Comment


dave’s killer bread – my favorite, toasted with peanut butter, blackberry jam + chia seeds | sammy with his paws tucked under {why do dogs do this?, so cute}

prosecco + lobster tails

January 2, 2014 § 1 Comment


new year’s eve feast..
photos: my own

last minute holiday treats

December 24, 2013 § 1 Comment


for some last minute treats for friends and family here’s a compilation of a few of my favorites! happy holidays! x

gingerbread man cookies
spicy hot chocolate
white chocolate dipped pretzel rods
strawberry hand pie cookies
sugar cookies with royal icing
english thumbprint cookies
chocolate dipped potato chips

vegetable soup

December 10, 2013 § 5 Comments


• carrots
• celery
• potatoes
• large onion
• garlic
• cannellini beans
• garbanzo beans
• artichoke hearts
• corn
• peas
• flat-leaf parsley
• extra-virgin olive oil
• v8 juice {2 cans}
• vegetable stock or water
• kosher salt + cracked pepper
• other seasonings of your choice

to do:
toss all chopped ingredients into a large stockpot with a bit of extra-virgin olive oil. season liberally as you go and sauté for a few minutes. add the liquid, bring to a boil, simmer for about 1 hour at least or until all vegetables have softened. enjoy with a baguette or saltines!

red cabbage and granny smith apple smoothie

November 18, 2013 § 2 Comments


since i haven’t been able to whip up any tasty eats lately, i thought this beautiful shake could offer up some much-needed inspiration!

via: my little fabric

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