Monthly Archives: July 2015

Dessert - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Homemade - Recipes

Recipe: Oreo Stuffed Funfetti cookies

July 13, 2015

Instagram can be dangerous. I’m trying to veer on the healthy side with the recipes I post (what? Have I not posted enough quinoa and avocados?). But in some rabbit hole scrolling that I was doing one day, I came across Oreo stuffed Funfetti cookies (you can imagine what my search history looks like. Spoiler: Food. Lots of food).

Oreo stuffed cake batter/funfetti cookies

Oreo stuffed cake batter/funfetti cookies

Anyway, this pretty much convinced me it’s what I needed to fill a gaping hole in my life, so I began looking up recipes. I found a couple you can make from scratch, but when I came across a much easier shortcut, I figured I’d try that first. Why complicate life more? I got two mixes thinking I’d need an extra one to leave room for trial and error, but this recipe proved to be super easy to do:


Oreo Stuffed Cake Batter Cookies

Makes about 12 cookies

Ingredients:

1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1 egg
Funfetti mix (or confetti, or rainbow mix…depends on the brand. I used Betty Crocker’s Rainbow Chip mix)
Oreos (I used the regular chocolate ones, and the birthday cake ones)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the coconut oil, egg, and baking mix in a large mixing bowl. Stir til it gets to a smooth, dough-ey consistency. Wrap the dough around individual Oreos (this makes about a dozen). On a baking sheet or lightly greased pan, line up cookies. Bake for about 13 minutes (it should be slightly undercooked, and will solidify as it cools).

Flour with coconut oil

Flour with coconut oil

After adding eggs and mixing

After adding eggs and mixing

Mix until it gets to a dough-like consistency

Mix until it gets to a dough-like consistency

Use Birthday Cake Oreos or regular ones!

Use Birthday Cake Oreos or regular ones!

Wrap dough around cookie

Wrap dough around cookie

Wrap dough around cookie

Wrap dough around cookie

Cover entire cookie

Cover entire cookie

Ready to bake!

Ready to bake!

Line on lightly greased pan

Line on lightly greased pan

Ready to put in the oven

Ready to put in the oven

After baking

After baking

Ready to serve

Ready to serve

And ready to eat!

And ready to eat!

So easy, and the verdict at the potluck dinner I brought them to was that they were delicious. I’m craving some now! Anyone else going to try?


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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Body - Feet

DIY foot and body scrub using essential oils

July 8, 2015

Foot and body scrub ingredients using Vitamin Shoppe's new aromatherapy line

Foot and body scrub ingredients using Vitamin Shoppe’s new aromatherapy line

As promised, I wanted to share a couple more DIY beauty products that I’m obsessed with. I tried the foot scrub just a few days ago and the raw sugar helps to exfoliate, while the coconut oil moisturizes and the essential oils help to revitalize (peppermint) and relax (lavender). And of course, nothing beats an all-natural skin beautifiers. Let me know if you try these! Fair warning: you might find yourself so thoroughly relaxed and unable to do anything except lounge after this. Guilty.

Peppermint Foot Scrub

Peppermint Foot Scrub


Peppermint Foot Scrub
Ingredients:

1 cup raw sugar
1/2 cup pint Coconut Oil
8 drops of peppermint essential oil (I used Vitamin Shoppe‘s line for both!)

Use the sugar as the base, then add in oils. Mix ingredients and apply while you’re in the tub. Rub the sugars on your feet and legs to exfoliate, and rinse. Pat Dry.


Lavender Body Scrub
Ingredients:

1 cup raw sugar
1/2 cup pint Coconut Oil
8 drops of lavender essential oil

Let me know if any of you try it and what you think!


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Breakfast/Brunch - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Healthy - Homemade - Recipes - Tea/Drinks

My triple almond coffee breakfast smoothie

July 7, 2015

Consider this recipe my greatest testament to my love for almonds. Really, this smoothie was inevitable. I cut down a lot on my caffeine but on the days I need a boost, I’ve been making this dairy-free smoothie which is full of protein and potassium. I call it “triple almond” because I basically OD on it — I use almond butter, almond milk, and actual almonds in it.

Triple almond coffee smoothie

Triple almond coffee smoothie


I also started adding raw maca powder to this. Maca is a potent, ancient Peruvian superfood with plant protein and fiber that naturally energizes you without the caffeine crash. Technically, you can totally make this without the coffee for that reason but I like its flavor personally. If you have decaf go for it–you’ll still get the energy boost. Maca’s actually a pretty intriguing ingredient, according to the website it says “the maca root was prized throughout the Incan empire for its adaptogenic-like qualities that enable it to nourish and balance the body’s delicate endocrine system, and to help cope with stress…it can aid in reproductive function, helping to balance hormones and increase fertility.” Dang. I originally bought this powder for the Jennifer Aniston smoothie I tried recently, but since I spent $23 on a packet of this I decided I might as well throw it in more of my meals.

Anyway, this smoothie like most is pretty easy to make and tastes amazing. Let me know if you try it and what you think!:

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Triple Almond Coffee Breakfast Smoothie

– 1/2 cup iced brewed coffee (You can use any, but I’ve been using it with a Blue Bottle Costa Rican grind that I prepare in my Chemex pour over, then I throw it in a mug of ice to let it cool for a few minutes before I pour the ice and coffee together in the blender)
– 1 frozen banana (I always put a couple bananas in the freezer for my smoothies the next day but you can use a non-frozen one too since the ice will chill the smoothie anyway)
– 1/2 cup almond milk, unsweetened (I use Blue Diamond’s Almond Milk)
– 10-15 raw almonds
– 2 tbs of raw almond butter
– 1 tsp of maca powder

PS I added whipped cream and sliced almonds for the picture–quadruple almond smoothie?– but normally I’d just take this plain. It’s nice to add those little touches if you have guests though!


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How to make a hair mask and a delicious dessert with 1 avocado

July 6, 2015

Have you guys ever tried to make your own beauty products at home? I made yesterday a little DIY spa day at home using products I concocted right in my kitchen with a little help from the The Vitamin Shoppe’s new line of Aromatherapy Oils.

Ingredients for the avocado hair mask

Ingredients for the avocado hair mask

This was a fun experiment for me because I came across a really awesome hair mask using Moroccan argan oil, olive oil and half an avocado, but I was also able to salvage the remaining part of the avocado to make myself a healthy dessert after (if that’s not embodying the spirit of Beauty & the Feast, then I don’t know what does). But first, the hair mask! This is an easy recipe that makes hair super shiny, and smooth. Tried and true.

Avocado Argan Hair Mask

Avocado Argan Hair Mask



Avocado Argan Oil Hair Mask
Ingredients
:
1/2 of a mashed avocado
1 tbs olive oil
1 pump of argan oil (I used the Vitamin Shoppe’s Moroccan Argan Oil).


Directions
: Mix ingredients together thoroughly (make sure there are no clumps of avocado or it will be hard to smooth through hair). Heat in the microwave for ten seconds. Let it cool, then apply to clean, wet hair (make sure to massage it in your scalp!) and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then wash out.

So in the course of waiting, I realized 30 minutes is a long time. I was also starting to semi-freak out about wasting the other half of the avocado. I definitely didn’t want to throw the perfectly good (and ripe!) avocado half but I just made guac the other day (an aside: I pretty much make guac everyday so there’s never a shortage in my kitchen). But then I realized this was a good time to experiment with making an avocado chocolate mousse…and half an avocado looked perfect for one serving.

I say experiment because this is the second time I was trying this – the first time, I used Giada’s recipe here which uses a mix of bittersweet dark chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, agave and way too many avocados I think (the recipe called for four, but I only used two).

Giada's avocado mousse recipe -- looks delicious, but fell a little short in taste

Giada’s avocado mousse recipe — looks delicious, taste was off though!


Even so, it ended up tasting too avocado-ey (there’s nothing worse than serving chocolate dessert and realizing it tastes like fruit). The color and texture looked right, but the taste was off so that was a semi-fail (Sorry, Giada, I love you though).

So this second time around, I decided to try another recipe using low-fat cottage cheese. As usual, I adjusted it a little based on what I had at home and because I was only using half an avocado. That said, this tasted SO much better — you wouldn’t be able to tell there’s avocado in it at all (which is mostly the point) and it’s perfect to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Take 2! Loved this recipe so much better! Use the remaining half of your avocado for this dessert

Take 2! Loved this recipe so much better! Use the remaining half of your avocado for this dessert



Fresh Avocado Chocolate Mousse
Ingredients
(again, remember this is for a single serving so considering you’re already doing a thick green hair mask, let’s just hope you’re at home alone anyway):
1/2 a ripe avocado
2 tbs of low-fat cottage cheese
1 tbs of bittersweet dark chocolate
2 tbs of powdered sugar
1 1/2 tbs of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbs of agave


Directions
: Mix together in a blender or with a spoon, and leave in fridge to cool before serving. I first blended it using a blender, but since the quantity is so little, it didn’t fully mix so I had to scoop it out and mix it by hand. The color was lighter than the Giada version, but this one was on point with taste.

Here’s the original recipe again (which is slightly different than the one I made up here), but the quantities are adjusted if you’re serving more people.

Let me know if you try either of these and like! I’m going to post an amazing DIY foot and body scrub in a couple days that I hope you love indulging in as much as I did :).


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Recipe: Truffle eggs and thyme

July 5, 2015

Sooooo I guess some people noticed how obsessed I am with anything truffle-related (has it been that obvious? :) ), so I was inevitably tagged me to an Instagram post that displayed a delicious combo of soft boiled eggs and thyme. I’ve been craving it since so I made my own version of it, very slightly altered, but man, you have to try it if you feel the same feels about truffle as I do.

Truffle eggs and thyme

Truffle eggs and thyme

Toast a wheat toast, and top with low fat cottage cheese. Add sliced hard boiled eggs, and season with sea salt, crushed red pepper, fresh thyme, and drizzle a little truffle oil over it. On that note, my friend Shazeen introduced me to The Truffleist‘s truffle oil.

What's left of The Truffleist Oil I have

What’s left of The Truffleist Oil in my kitchen


It smells like HEAVEN and is so incredibly delicious. You should check him out and try his stuff — you won’t be disappointed!


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Q&A with designer Jonathan Adler: decorating tips and Pond’s partnership

July 3, 2015

I was SO excited to get some time to chat with designer Jonathan Adler. I’ve been a fan of his work since my days at Shop Etc., where he was a popular fixture in our Home section. He partnered up with Pond’s to design their travel vanity cases for their wipes and they are so chic — just as you’d expect from Adler.

Jonathan Adler-designed Pond's cases

Jonathan Adler-designed Pond’s cases

Check out my interview with Jonathan below!:



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