archive: February, 2012

lovely ladies

February 29, 2012

Posted by in handmade

esther's art

esther's art

esther's art

esther's art

 

esther's art

i really love these watercolor beauties from esther bayer, aren’t they pretty? i feel as though she has drawn out more of their beauty with each brush stroke, and for some reason, they make me feel beautiful. visit her shop and blog to see more!

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your darling blog workshop

February 29, 2012

Posted by in crafty blogs

hello lovelies! i’m sure a few of you have explored the bottom of my blog enough to discover who designed it – the most talented jo klima from the darling tree and august empress. i just can’t say enough wonderful things about her! she’s done several design projects for me and is so sweet and lovely to work with. she’s simply the whole package!

your darling blog today, i’m excited to share with you a new workshop she’s offering called your darling blog. if you’ve ever wanted a custom-design for your blog then this workshop is for you! your darling blog is for bloggers who want to infuse more of their personality into their online space, and jo takes your step by step how to create a blog design that expresses who you are this 5 week e-course. visit your darling blog to learn more and register, but hurry- registration just opened and the class is  limited to 25 people!

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eat your sea vegetables

February 28, 2012

sea vegetables

you’ve probably been told to eat your veggies, but what about sea veggies? it might come as a surprise, but sea vegetables are among the most nutrient-dense plants on earth. popular in macrobiotic diets, ocean plants support thyroid function, detoxification, and hormone balance.

seaweed has many of the minerals we need in our daily diets, including iodine, sodium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, copper and selenium. it’s also incredibly rich in a variety of vitamins, including B, C, D, E and K. sea vegetables are some of the best plant-based sources of calcium, as well as good sources of the antioxidant beta-carotene and some seaweeds, (such as wakame), are also a good source of protein.

many people associate seaweed as a foreign idea, fishy and a little slimy. but cooked properly, they can be a really delicious addition to your meals! the key to learning to love sea vegetables is preparing them properly. most sea vegetables are best if you pour boiling water over them and let them soak for 10 minutes before use. for the more chewy types, such as hijiki, it’s best to then drain and simmer the sea vegetable in water—how long depends both on the specific variety of seaweed being used and the dish it’s intended for. for example, if you prefer the delicate flavor and texture of the seaweed itself not be overpowered by ocean flavors that may have intensified during drying, you can soak or boil them to remove the briny flavor.

sea veggie savvy 

here’s a list of the most popular and commonly available sea veggies and how you can incorporate them in your meals.

• agar-agar—derived from a very mild-flavored red seaweed that is processed into translucent flakes or a powder and is then used as a vegetarian gelatin or binding agent. agar-agar is also sometimes found in bars that must be crushed before being used. two tablespoons of agar-agar will firmly gel one cup of liquid. To use agar-agar, warm it in the liquid, stirring constantly until it dissolves, then simmer for about 10 minutes.

• arame—derived from a large-leaved, brown seaweed that is parboiled, then shredded and dried. the resulting thin, black strips are mild in flavor and delicate in texture. It should be rinsed well, then may be used in salads, stir-fries, casseroles or soups immediately, or after very quickly stir-frying or simmering.

• dulse—a thin, delicate, leafy sea vegetable with a beautiful purple-red color. It can be eaten dried as a salty snack or added to soups and stews for its gentle salty brine flavor and thickening quality. it’s also available powdered, to be used as a salty condiment. dulse is the most commonly eaten sea vegetable in europe and is often the first sea vegetable many people try (i just bought some this week!).

• hijiki—similar to arame, but thicker, chewier, and slightly stronger in flavor. it should be rinsed well, then soaked for about 20 minutes before cooking lightly. because of its thick texture and pronounced flavor, hijiki should be used prudently, in stir-fries, casseroles and salads.

• kelp—usually powdered and may be used as a salt substitute that is rich in trace minerals.

• kombu—found in wide, stiff strips measuring from 3-10 inches in length. a strip of kombu serves well as a flavoring, which also adds a gelatinous quality to soups, stocks, stews, and when cooking beans. some find that cooking beans with kombu makes them more digestible. the kombu itself is seldom eaten, because it is quite tough.

• nori—sheets of nori are most commonly used as the wrapping for sushi rolls. nori is also sold as a snack, in prepackaged 1-3 inch spiced strips. the dried sheets improve in flavor when lightly toasted. to toast, hold a sheet a few inches above a flame and allow it to shrink slightly, then toast on the other side. use nori crumbled over rice, in salads or in sandwiches.

• wakame—this versatile sea vegetable is tender and delicate. its leaves may be added for flavor and texture to soups, salads or stir-fries. first rinse, then soak for several minutes, and cook for about 10 minutes. wakame is the familiar leafy sea vegetable found in many miso soup recipes.

finding sea vegetables 

finding sea veggies is easier than you might think. health food stores always carry high-quality sea vegetables are you can find commercially harvested seaweeds in most asian markets. look for sea vegetables that are grown wild and harvested from the ocean.

resources and image:the vegetables that came from the sea and the healthiest vegetables
forgotten ingredients

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printable freebie: vintage sheet wrap around mailing label

just the cutest, right? vanessa over at lbg studio created these by scanning in scraps of vintage fabric and adding a few address boxes. there’s something about the fact that they wrap around that i find incredibly darling, almost like a new scarf for a favorite outfit!

printable freebie: vintage sheet wrap around mailing label head on over to lbg studio to get the free download- soon you’ll have the cutest envelopes in the neighborhood!

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the jam labelizer

February 27, 2012

make your own jam labels

hey, roosters! my mom sent over a link to the jam labelizer yesterday, and i was so excited- it’s brilliant! choose from several designs, fill in your info and either print or save them- simple as that! and, it’s free!

jam labelizer here are a few i made up in just a few minutes. now you’ll have no excuse for not having the cutest jam ever. xox!

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French Toast Latte

February 27, 2012

Posted by in cooking ideas

ashley pahl

french toast latte

One of my favorite breakfast treats is french toast. I had been planning on cooking it for breakfast this past weekend after months of not having it when it occurred to me: french toast latte! There is nothing about the combination of espresso, milk/soy milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla that doesn’t go together. It tastes as good as it sounds!

french toast latte

The recipe isn’t difficult either – it still follows my basic simple syrup recipe for creating flavored lattes – this time we’ll just swap white sugar for brown sugar.

Serves 2

Ingredients

- 6 ounces brewed espresso

- 6-8 ounces steamed milk or soy milk, rice milk, etc.

- 1/2 cup water

- 1/2 cup brown sugar

- 1 tsp vanilla extract

- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon OR two cinnamon sticks

- 1 tablespoon real maple syrup

Directions

Combine brown sugar and water in a small saucepan. When it reaches a boil, add vanilla extract. Allow to boil for one minute, then remove from heat. Quickly and cinnamon and maple syrup, and stir well. If you used cinnamon sticks, remove them when the syrup has cooled. Pour your finished syrup into two mugs – 1/8 to 1/4 cup, depending on how sweet you like your drinks.

french toast latte

When espresso or dark coffee is brewed, add to the mug. Stir coffee and syrup well, and add steamed milk, spooning any foam on top. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and enjoy!

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 2.24.12

February 24, 2012

Posted by in dinner ideas

dinner ideas dinner ideas

 

 

clockwise: pumpkin pizza wreathfarmer’s market corn chowder | warm butternut and chickpea salad | no bake cookies | spicy tempeh and broccoli rabe with rotelle | noodles and vegetables with sesame dipping sauce | fried black rice with ginger tofu and spinach

happy friday, friends! we were really busy this week so many of our meals weren’t as involved as usual, but they were hearty and wholesome as usual. my favorite was probably this spicy tempeh and broccoli rabe with rotelle (thanks for the recommendation, eliza!). what was yours?

monday: pumpkin pizza wreath served with a seasonal salad
tuesday: noodles and vegetables with sesame dipping sauce
wednesday: fried black rice with ginger tofu and spinach with no bake cookies for dessert :)
thursday: spicy tempeh and broccoli rabe with rotelle (picture via vegan yumminess) served with a warm butternut and chickpea salad
friday:  farmer’s market corn chowder

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

dinner ideas

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le voyage creatif necklaces

February 24, 2012

Posted by in handmade

le voyage creatif

le voyage creatif

le voyage creatif

le voyage creatif

le voyage creatif

le voyage creatif

le voyage creatif

after visiting le voyage creatif, you’ll feel as though you’ve traveled the world! marte marie’s beautiful photography will take you from berlin to st. tropez and back, and show how truly universal this beautiful jewelry is. to me, this style says comfy weekender, world traveler and organic chic. head on over to their shop or blog to start your voyage. :)

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