archive: October, 2011

handpainted travel mugs

October 31, 2011

Posted by in handmade

yevgenia

yevgenia

yevgenia

i have loved these handpainted travel mugs from yevgenia for so long, aren’t they beautiful? i can just see myself sipping tea from one while strolling down the sidewalk. with non-toxic paint these mugs are perfect for everyday use and even dishwasher safe!

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Mocha Almond Stove Top Latte

October 31, 2011

Posted by in cooking ideas

Usually when I make lattes, I like to froth the milk with a steam wand attached to my espresso machine, but this recipe is a bit more accessible. The entire recipe is done on the stove, with the addition of espresso or strongly-brewed coffee. I hope you enjoy this sweet treat!

Serves 2.

ingredients

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tsp almond extract
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup vanilla soy milk
4 shots of espresso or 6 ounces of strongly-brewed dark roast coffee

directions

Combine sugar and water in a small sauce pan, and bring to a boil, stirring often. Once syrup reaches a boil, add the almond extract, and let boil for another minute to burn off the alcohol.

Reduce heat to low and add cocoa powder and vanilla soymilk, stirring often for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Brew espresso or strong coffee.

Pour syrup / soymilk mixture into two separate glasses, and add 2 shots of espresso or 3 ounces of coffee to each glass.

Serve with whip cream and chocolate shavings, or a side of dark chocolate to make it dessert.

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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dinner ideas 10.28.11

October 28, 2011

Posted by in dinner ideas

it’s officially pumpkin season here in california! (that’s only my favorite time of the year.) this week’s menu was packed full of hearty fall veggies, pumpkins and comfort food. i hope you find a few new seasonally inspired recipes to try! what have you been cookin’ this week?

fall dinner ideas

above: veggie pot pies, tuscan kale chips, pumpkin soup, cashew coconut and pumpkin curry, tomato basil cream pasta, fall veggies with lentils

monday:

personal veggie pot pies with roasted potatoes and tuscan kale chips

tuesday:

tomato basil cream pasta with roasted veggies and smoky miso tofu

wednesday:

cumin black beans served over forbidden rice, topped with sauteed kale & potato cakes

thursday:

thai green curry with homemade bread

friday:

cashew coconut and pumpkin curry, fall veggies with lentils, pumpkin soup (sub veggie broth)

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beautiful porcelain ceramics

October 28, 2011

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porcelain ceramics

with feather mugs and tumbleweed cups, vanessa villarreal’s hand-built ceramics had me at hello. wouldn’t an eclectic collection of these make for the most darling dinner set?

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palette play

October 27, 2011

Posted by in photography

palette play

photo © bonnie forkner

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a lovely catalog

October 27, 2011

Posted by in crafty blogs

looking for a beautiful fall gift guide? well i think you’ll really love this solution from lovely clusters! organized by color and theme you can quickly see several items and how they look together. if you see something you like, just click on the image to go to the product!

lovely clusters

i was honored to put together my own little spread for it, what do you think? i was going for an enchanted forest kind of feel. ;)

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an inspirational sketchbook

October 26, 2011

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an inspirational sketchbook

when i discovered joojoo’s art blog (via august empress) i instantly fell in love. inspiration boards, watercolor paintings and possibly the most beautiful sketchbooks i’ve ever seen!

an inspirational sketchbook

an inspirational sketchbook

an inspirational sketchbook

an inspirational sketchbook

you can click on the photos to read the stories behind each of these sketchbook entries, don’t they make you want to start keeping one?

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painted fall leaves

October 26, 2011

painted fall leaves

painted fall leaves

painted fall leaves

painted fall leaves

painted fall leaves

today i am simply captivated by these painted leaves by bicocacolors (discovered via sense and grace). i think it may call for a leaf gathering adventure!

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