Monthly Archives: February 2014

Blood Orange Gin Fizz

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Blood Orange Gin Fizz

  • 1 oz Gin
  • Juice of 1 Blood Orange
  • 1/2 tsp powdered sugar
  • 4 oz Club Soda
  1. Mix gin and blood orange juice together in a collins glass.
  2. Add powdered sugar and club soda for an instant fizzy treat!
  3. Indulge 🙂


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DIY Ombre Art

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I have grown to realize I have this obsession with artwork, or things that can be turned into artwork.  I love framing cards and magazine ads, browsing for emerging artists on ETSY is a favorite pastime, and one of my favorite gifts is this gorgeous columned ombre piece my sister made for me.   The issue with this little art obsession, is it can get a bit pricey (which is laughable to any one who is a real art collector), but at $30-50 a print, then $20-50 a frame, matting… you get the deal, these things add up!

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So when Aaron Brothers was having their half off canvas sale, I had to jump on it!  I bought this giant canvas, and finally wanted to give a little love to the giant blank space above my kitchen table… I have had this idea pinned for FOREVER, and felt it was finally time to pull the trigger!

Here was you need to make a (what I think is) beautiful piece of artwork… for under $50!

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  • Canvas (I did a larger size, but any size will do)
  • Paint Brush
  • Acrylic Paints (1 color,  1 black, 1 white)
  • Water Cup
  • Rag
  1. Using your colored paint, paint a stripe at the edge of your canvas (I went from left to right, you could also work your way out to in as they did here). I tried to make the brush stroke at the top relatively straight across, but preferred to leave the bottom of the stripe imperfect.  Rinse and dry your brush.
  2. Mix a drop of white into your color and add another stripe, slightly overlapping the first. Rinse and dry your brush again.
  3. Add a drop or so of white paint for each stripe.  The color will continue to get lighter as you move across the canvas.

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Remember to space out your stripes so that you get to your desired lightened color at the end… You can always overlap a little more or less, depending on your spacing situation towards the end 🙂

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Pancetta, Ricotta and Herb Quiche

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This summer I mourned the idea of a rainy, dark winter season, and I guess the joke was on me with the 2 rainy days we have had all winter…  A couple of weeks ago, we were blessed with one of the rainy days and I took the opportunity to light some candles, play some great music and spend the day cooking.  There is something so great about a quiche, easy to make and great for breakfast, lunch or dinner in the days to come.

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Pancetta, Ricotta and Herb Quiche

  • 1 pie crust (I use Trader Joe’s pre-made crusts or feel free to make your own)
  • 4 oz pancetta, chopped into small cubes (I also use Trader Joe’s chopped pancetta)
  • 6 eggs
  • 2/3 cups half and half
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup grated parmigiano reggiano
  • 1/4 cup chopped herbs (I used parsley, chives)
  • 7 oz fresh ricotta
  • 2 green onions
  • 10-12 grape tomatoes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a quiche pan and roll out crust onto it. Bake crust for 10 minutes.
  3. While crust is baking, cook pancetta in a small pan over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  4. Whisk eggs, cream, milk, cheese and herbs together in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Remove crust from oven and crumble ricotta over it. Top with cooked pancetta and chopped herbs, then pour egg mixture over the top.
  6. Half tomatoes and place them atop quiche, cut side up.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes or until set and golden.
  8. Let cool and drizzle with balsamic reduction* and a light salad. Enjoy!

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*Trader Joe’s also makes a great pre-made balsamic reduction, but you can easily make your own by simmering balsamic vinegar on low for 5-10 minutes, until reduced.

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Some of my other favorite quiche recipes can be found here, here and here.

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Happiness Files

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The coolest glass statue of my favorite animal

Some yummy fruits and veggies from my Farm Fresh to You box

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My new favorite face mask – it feels like bubbles on your skin!

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Green Goddess Bowl

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After all my Valentine’s indulgence (which carried over for a couple more weeks… opps), I am trying to get back into health-mode.  I have had a bunch of “detox” meals pinned and wanted to get on trying some of them… first on the docket – a Green Goddess Bowl!

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Green Goddess Bowl

adapted via Lunchbox Bunch

Step One – Layout the following:

  • 2-3 cups cooked grains (I used couscous, but quinoa, barley, brown rice are all great options)
  • 2-3 cups sautéed greens (I used 2 heads of broccoli, 1 head of kale and sprinkled some edamame – you can use any green veggie you like, brussel sprouts, peas, spinach, etc.)
  • Sweet Accent: I used citrus (I used a Cara Cara orange, but grapefruit could be a great option)
  • Garnish: Avocado and fresh chopped green herbs

Step Two – Sauté Greens:

  • Sauté green ingredients on med-high until tender with the following ingredients:
    • 2 Tbsp white miso paste
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • 2 Tbsp blood orange olive oil
    • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
    • Pepper to taste

Step Three – Fold:

  • Add to large bowl and fold together:
    • 3 cups fluffed couscous (or another cooked grain)
    • Some orange zest and juice of 1/2 an orange if you desire
    • Sautéed Greens

Step Four – Garnish:

  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Chopped fresh herbs (I used cilantro, but basil, chives or parsley work too)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion (red onion would work as well)
  • 1 large orange, peeled and diced

Step Five – Dressing:
*choose one below or use your own – or for lighter version, just use fresh lemon juice over top bowl

Tahini Maple

  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • Pepper

Creamy Wasabi

  • 1 tsp wasabi powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp mayo or greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
  • Pepper

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