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Make the Most Out of Used Citrus with Candied Orange Peels

Make the Most Out of Used Citrus with Candied Orange Peels

One of my goals for the year was to make an effort to reduce household waste and get the most out of what we buy and eat. Like making homemade broth from the carcass of roasted chicken, for example. I make fresh squeezed orange juice just about every day (with the help of my cute juicer) so I often have an excess of orange peels. Orange peels are not great for compost so I use them to make homemade cleaning solution or feed them to the neighbor’s horse (she loves them!) but we go through a lot of oranges and I feel guilty throwing them in the trash. My friend gave me the idea to use the peels to make candied orange peels and I had to try it!

Candied Orange Peels

Because I use my oranges for juicing, I started with juiced halves of oranges. I saved up a batch of orange peels (and grapefruit) in the freezer until I had about a dozen. The first thing you want to do is remove any remnants of the fruit so that you’re left with the peel and pith.… Read more

My Favorite Pisco Cocktail: Chilcano de Pisco

My Favorite Pisco Cocktail: Chilcano de Pisco

Happy Friday, friends! This is my last post of my “Peru week” series. All week I’ve been talking our trip to Peru and I shared our trip report, the best things to bring home and an online shop where you can score some of your own Peruvian home goods. What better way to celebrate the end of the week with a cocktail recipe? A pisco cocktail, of course.

My Favorite Pisco Cocktail

Peru’s national spirit is pisco and the national drink is a pisco sour. Ever since getting sick from a pisco sour in Argentina I can’t seem to get past the key ingredient that creates the foamy consistency in a pisco sour – egg whites. Now, of course, I couldn’t resist my Peruvian bartenders’ insistence that I try his pisco sour, but I am just not a fan. However, I was delighted to discover a new cocktail in Peru that I do love, and that my friends is a chilcano de pisco. In case you haven’t figured it out by now, Peru is all about their pisco. Pisco is a clear brandy made from grapes produced in Peru (and Chile).… Read more

Marigold Tea Cocktail

Marigold Tea Cocktail

Looking for a unique cocktail for fall? How about a marigold tea cocktail? Have you ever had one? They’re so tasty and perfect for fall entertaining, like the dinner party we shared yesterday.
Recipe:
2 oz Marigold Tea (brewed, sweetened, cooled)
1.5 oz Gin
Champagne or sparkling wine
Marigold flowers for garnish (they’re edible!)
Brew marigold tea, sweeten and let cool. Combine gin and tea in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a coupe glass. Top with champagne and garnish with marigold petals. 
There you have it. A delish, unique marigold tea cocktail perfect for fall entertaining. Looking for another unique cocktail idea? Try this one.
Photography by Kera Photography.
The Summer Cocktail Recipe you Need

The Summer Cocktail Recipe you Need

The Aperol Spritz

You guys, I have the best summer cocktail recipe for you. I first learned about the Aperol Spritz earlier this year from Annette Joseph when she served them at the welcome party for the LA styling workshop I attended. I can’t believe I did not know of this drink sooner! This Italian cocktail is crisp, refreshing and anything with boozy bubbles is a win in my book. Summer is here! Forget the froze, the Aperol Spritz is the summer cocktail recipe you need!

The Best Summer Cocktail Recipe

Aperol Spritz Recipe

Ingredients

  • Prosecco
  • Aperol
  • Club Soda
  • Orange Garnish 

Directions

Just remember 3-2-1. 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol and 1 part club soda over ice. Garnish with an orange slice. Drink and repeat. 😉 

Happy Summer! Cin cin!

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QUICK AND EASY TOMATO SOUP RECIPE

QUICK AND EASY TOMATO SOUP RECIPE

Last month I attended a styling workshop hosted styling and blogging pros Annette Joseph and Anne Sage. You can read my recap of the workshop here. Annette is an expert in not only all things styling but is a culinary genius as well, so it was only appropriate that we spent the second day of the workshop cooking (well, mostly watching Annette cook), styling the dishes and then, of course, eating! For lunch, Annette whipped up a batch of quick and easy tomato soup so I’m sharing the recipe today! This dish is super yummy and is perfect alongside a grilled cheese. Wait until you hear how Annette prepared our grilled cheese sandwiches!

Quick and Easy Tomato Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • Dash salt
  • 3-28oz cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 qt (32oz) Vegetable broth
  • 1/4 heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup loosely sliced basil, extra for garnish

Directions

Saute sliced onion in pot with olive oil, butter and salt. Add crushed tomato and vegetable broth. Let cook, do not boil. Read more

Blackberry Sage Bubbly Cocktail

Blackberry Sage Bubbly Cocktail

Hi, friends! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! We’re back this week with a blackberry sage bubbly cocktail idea just in time for New Year’s Eve!blackberry sage bubbly new year's eve cocktail

I recently experimented with making homemade simple syrup in different flavors using spices and fruits. The blackberry sage combo was so delish I thought I’d share it with you guys. Add a splash to your New Year’s Eve bubbly to give it some extra pizazz or use it as a mixer in a spirit based cocktail. Either way, it’s a delish addition to your New Year’s imbibing.

Blackberry Sage Bubbly Cocktail Blackberry sage simple syrup ingredients

Recipe: Blackberry Sage Simple Syrup

1 cup honey (if you’re not into honey, sugar will work just as well)
1 cup water
1 6oz package fresh blackberries
3-4 sprigs of fresh sage

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a pot and bring to boil.
Simmer on low for 5 minutes. Berries should start to release. I mashed mine up a little with a wood spoon.
Remove from heat and let cool.
Steep for at least 30 minutes. 1-2 hours is better.
Pour through a fine mesh sieve into small jars.Read more

Pink Boho Christmas Gathering + Pink Hot Cocoa!

Pink Boho Christmas Gathering + Pink Hot Cocoa!

I can’t believe Christmas is right around the corner! I’m not ready to give up Christmas music, apple cider and holiday decor just yet…and I’m certainly not ready to stop trying to inspire you guys for your holiday entertaining either! Today I’m sharing a cute al fresco concept for a holiday party, girls winter gathering or even a New Years party. How about a pink wonderland tablescape with a low boho table, poufs and pillows, sequins and pink hot cocoa???  If you guys follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the sneak peaks of today’s project on my story a few weeks back. I was inspired by a beautiful image from an Anthropologie catalog earlier this year featuring a low boho table under an oak tree with moss and lanterns hanging from it. I have the perfect oak tree so I decided to use that setting as inspiration for an al fresco, PINK boho Christmas tablescape and of course a bar cart! Huge thanks to Emily Katharine Photography for capturing the day perfectly, per usu.

A Pink Boho Christmas Occasion

woodsy gold and pink antler invitationI love these invites for a pink boho Christmas party!… Read more

DUMMY PROOF EASY APPLE TATIN RECIPE

DUMMY PROOF EASY APPLE TATIN RECIPE

Am I the only one who didn’t know what a Tatin is? Well, I do now, and you’re about to as well. It’s one of the most simple and most yummy thing you’ll ever make. And this is coming from a gal who doesn’t really cook. I attempt to, I just don’t really know what I’m doing. Anyway, my bestie is French and on my last visit with her we made this super easy apple Tatin. Well, she made it and I snapped pics and taste tested while sipping wine.

A Tatin is an upside-down pastry in which the fruit, typically apples, are caramelized in butter and sugar before the tart is baked. According to Wikipedia, (because it’s always accurate #amiright) the tarte Tatin was created accidentally at the Hotel Tatin in a French town south of Paris in the 1880s. 

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Easy Apple Tatin

Ingredients:

  • 4 yellow/golden apples, peeled, sliced in half and cored.
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • Pie crust

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375. In a pan mix butter, sugar and the juice from half of a lemon over medium heat.… Read more

Halloween Cocktails

Halloween Cocktails

Halloween is creeping up on us!  If you’re entertaining this Halloween, or just want to get festive in celebration of one of the coolest holidays ever, consider mixing up one of these  Halloween cocktails.

Foggy French (ish) Martini

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For this cocktail, I used the traditional French martini recipe but added a fall twist by replacing the pineapple juice with pomegranate juice.

Foggy French (ish) Martini Recipe:
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1.5 oz pomegranate juice
  • .5 oz pomegrante juice
  • Handful of ice
  • Dry ice* (optional)

Pour the Chambord, vodka and pomegranate juice in a shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with raspberries, blackberries or an almost dead rose. Add dry ice if you choose and aatch the magic happen.

Black Bat Martini

black charcoal martini

Have you guys heard of activated charcoal? Activated charcoal is known for health benefits and helping rid your body of toxins. Activated charcoal can be added to cocktails and is perfect if you’re looking to create a jet black Halloween cocktail. It can be found at most health food stores. For drink mixing, look for it in powder form. … Read more