Monday, September 29, 2014

Simple Vanilla Bean Date Shake {No Sugar Added}

























































My mom whipped this up the other day. I loved it so much that I had to share it with you. Whenever she's hankering for something sweet she makes a healthy date shake. It's simple and so yummy and much better for you than the traditional ice cream shake.

i n g r e d i e n t s:

10 pitted dates
1/4 cup cream
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1 cup ice
2 cups of purified water


d i r e c t i o n s:

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a glass. I'd suggest using a spoon to reach the dates and vanilla beans that settle on the bottom. 

Simple as that...

Best part^

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sweet and Creamy Almond Macadamia Nut Milk


Ingredients:
1 cup almond
½ cup macadamia
1 cup pitted dates
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 cups of water
sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon {optional}


Directions:
-Add first 5 ingredients into a blender and blend until the nuts have turned into a fine pulp.
-Slowly pour the blended mixture though a fine mesh {sieve} that has been placed over a large bowl. Use a spoon to scrape through the sieve – helping the milk drain.
-If serving right away, pour the clean nut milk into a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake, pour and serve.
-Sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon

*Keep refrigerated and drink within 5 days.

Keep the leftover nut pulp for healthy "Protein Bites" in lieu of cashews. 



Friday, August 22, 2014

Oh So Lucky Studios




My friend Hailey has just opened a fabulous shop called Oh So Lucky Studios "A studio dedicated to celebrating your favorite wedding moments with custom wedding illustrations planned, painted and packaged especially for you!" I am beyond excited for her and thought I should share this beautiful place with all of you.


A note from the artist:
"Hello! My name is Hailey Toohey and I am the Owner, Creative Director, and Illustrator at Oh So Lucky Studios. I am the type who would get married every weekend if I could. I love weddings, I love my husband, and I absolutely love creative design! I decided to combine my passions to see what would happen...
We, the Oh So Lucky Studios team, believe that if you don’t understand people, then you don’t understand business.  The core of our company is not what we do, but why we do it. Our illustrations are inspired by you - the happy people, the romantic souls, the creative gift givers, and all you wedding enthusiasts out there! Our goal is to celebrate, spread, inspire, and search for what truly makes people happy.  We decided to start with weddings.  We believe that healthy marriages are a huge part of a happy life for you, the people around you and most importantly, the people you choose to bring into this world.  Between the Bring Beauty Project and our illustrations, we hope, with your help, to leave this world a bit better and a bit more beautiful than when we found it." 



I was lucky enough to be one of her featured brides. Hailey captured my wedding dress lace to a tee ^. I jumped for joy when I came home from work and saw that pretty box delivered on my doorstep. Hailey puts so much love into everything – from her flawless artwork to the sparkly little sticker on the perfectly wrapped tissue paper. You can tell that her heart and soul have gone into every detail. She truly loves what she does.

If you are a past, present or future bride, I suggest you check out Oh So Lucky Studios and take a look at Hailey's amazing work. And to all you grooms and husbands out there, this can be a thoughtful gift for your bride - major brownie points guys! Having a keepsake from your wedding is a very special thing.







Pictures: COPYRIGHT © 2014 OH SO LUCKY STUDIOS, LLC

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

An Oregon Farm Wedding


I posted a few weeks ago about our family trip to Oregon. We stayed with my Grandmother on the coast for a few days before we headed to Halsey to help our friends with their wedding. Here are some pictures from that beautiful day. This wedding was a dream. It was perfect -- a true farm wedding where the community came together and everyone rolled up their sleeves and pitched in. It was so great to see it all come together. 

^ Hay bale seating and a handmade wooden arbor. More than 350 friends and family came to party down!

^Setting up the dessert table


^The local coffee shop owner came to make lattes and coffee for everyone. What a love. 


They Do!


^ Kids table with milk, cookies and reusable cartons.

Pink peonies and tiny dancers^

^ Feasting time!




^A sweet moment


I love this guy^ 





^My mom and dad and the lovely little flower girl 

Sunset

Golden grass on my Great Grandparents farm in the distance ^

Sleepy babe^


We had so much fun in Oregon. The wedding was gorgeous and I loved the small town love.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Creamy Banana Maca Root Ice Cream


I've been on a health kick lately...well not really, but you know how that goes. Every morning I've been trying to drink a green juice or blend up a bowl of frozen bananas and maca root for breakfast. It's super creamy and wonderful! Maca root tastes a bit like caramel to me, it's perfection when blended with bananas.

Benefits of Maca Root
Here and Here
Ingredients:
2 frozen bananas
1 tbsp. maca root powder
1 cup milk or almond milk

Directions:
-Blend ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy.
-Top with banana slices, chia seeds, nutmeg or whatever fruit you fancy...


As you can see I had to make two -- one for me and one for Dan.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

DIY Sunburst Mirror


So I've been drooling over this sunburst mirror for a few years now. All the mirrors that I like are way out of my price range {such as this one}. Why in the world is this mirror $449!? I dunno. So I thought it was about time that I attempted to make one myself. Here's what you'll need.

Shopping list:
10" mirror {I got mine at Target for $12.99}
metallic gold spray paint {Michael's $4}
3 packs of shish kabob sticks {Target 99¢ each}
E6000 glue {$2 Michael's}
scissors or clippers
glue gun {already had -->not pictured}

Total cost = around $22

Directions:
- cut your shish kabob sticks into various lengths. I cut around 60-5" sticks, 40-6" sticks, 40-7" sticks and 20- 8" sticks {place in separate labeled piles so they'll be easy to grab when you start the pattern} 
-Fire up your hot glue gun and turn you mirror face down.
-I started by lining up 4 of the 8" sticks with the lines on the front of the mirror. Dab a pea-size amount of hot glue on each point on the backside of the mirror 1/2" from the edge. Place each stick accordingly. 
-start the pattern {see below}
-Once complete, squeeze E6000 glue over the sticks to seal any weak spots that the hot glue gun may have missed.
-Let the glue dry overnight
-spray paint everything the next day {be sure to cover the mirror}

easy as that...


Pattern ^
8", 7", 6", 5", 5", 5", 6", 7", 8"...








Saturday, August 2, 2014

Seventh Tea Bar

I heard great things about the Seventh Tea Bar and wanted to check it out. We had a friends birthday coming up so we thought it would be fun to take her to Seventh for a Grand Service. It was gorgeous! They have an amazing selection of tea! We decided on the jasmine pearl green tea and oolong, both were wonderful but I'm a sucker for jasmine. Our server even brought us a timer so we could steep our tea to perfection. 

This place is so cute! Both indoor and outdoor seating are available -- marble tables, bright chairs and industrial looking chandeliers on the inside or tiny cafe tables under a vine covered pergola on the outside. Very charming and relaxing, exactly the place you would hope to drink your tea. 

We were served shrimp rolls with fresh dill, creme fraiche, avocado, and diakon sprouts; fluffy pretzel bread with pesto, house-made apricot jam and ricotta; earl grey truffles; a mini citrus chamomile tart with tangerine curd and chamomile cream and salted caramel mousse cup... all handmade from the Seventh kitchen. Wow! Such a fun experience.































Pictures Via: A Bit of Bees KneesSeventh Tea Bar Banner, SOCO {last picture}