Thursday, July 31, 2014

Salt & Straw Ice Creamery Review

Ever since watching one of my favorite tv shows, Unique Sweets, I have wanted to visit Salt & Straw Ice Creamery.  Only problem was that they are only located in Portland, Oregon!!

On my Northwest Summer trip that I recently got back from, I stopped by Salt & Straw. First off, what a clever name.  Like how ice cream used to be made: with salt and straw!

There was a long line out the door but it seemed to move pretty quickly.  They let you sample several flavors, which is mainly why it takes so long.
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Potato Rosemary Pizza Recipe

In this post - a Potato Rosemary Pizza Recipe
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I love potatoes. I love pizza. How about... potato... pizza. Potato pizza!  I was first introduced to this type of pizza at Katie's Pizzeria in St. Louis.  However, I have since moved.  But... I still want the pizza!  This pizza has been a few years in the making.  My husband and I have been trying to figure out how to make it taste like our original.  I don't know if this tastes *exactly* like the original, but what we've come up with is really good!

Potato. Rosemary. Pizza? Huh? Now, don't wrinkle your nose yet.  Let me share some pictures first.
Potato Rosemary Pizza

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Happy 1st Blogiversary!

You're invited to... My 1st Blogiversary party! 

Party invite from papernosh.com 
Now, Put on your party mask...
Marie Antoinette Party Favors
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And wear a fancy dress..
from the movie Marie Antoinette
So we can dine outside in a tent...
The pink and blue make for a perfect Marie party!  This will be my inspiration for the party.
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In front of a pretty building...
the Petit Trianon
And perhaps dine on a few French fine desserts...
these are from my wedding! seriously! 
And maybe eat a few macarons too...




Okay, and maybe these cute little bit size cupcakes...
cupcake toppers source 
 Enjoy some pretty decorations...
little cake topper source

Go for a little stroll...
Marie Antoinette's Hamlet
Versailles
Then call it a night and take home a few party favors...
Laduree
I started writing this blog as a form of stress-relief.  I can't believe it's already been 1 year!  I would like to give a big THANK YOU to all of my readers! I really appreciate all of the comments you all leave me! I have long followed many blogs but had been internet-shy - hardly leaving a comment anywhere.  So, in honor of my blogivesary, stop lurking today and please leave a comment! Otherwise, you may continue to lurk... I know you're there!

I have always wanted to throw a Marie Antoinette themed party but have never been able to!  So I had a little fun today and pretended I were throwing one!  Maybe for my big 3-0 birthday next year?

For my blog's present, I would choose... an official Versailles candle! Yes, you can buy a candle that smells like *the* l'orangerie!  Here's the link!  How nice would it be to blog and smell of orange blossoms? Quite nice, I daresay.
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Zoku Slushie maker!

Have you ever heard of a Zoku slushie maker?  I hadn't either... until one day I found one at Williams-Sonoma!  I was hesitant about the product, but decided to get two and play with them at home.

Zoku Slush and Shake Maker
Zoku slush and shake maker
the verdict: I love it!

So, how does it work?

You take the inner cup and put in the freezer. It needs about 8 hours to cool down.

When you are ready to make a slushie, take it out!

Now what? Start to make your smoothe in the blender as usual. But do not add the ice!  Blend the ingredients, then pour them into the slushie cold part.  Now you wait.  Let it start to freeze, then you use the little spoon and scrape down the sides of the cup.  What happens is that the smoothies freeze, but you don't have to add any ice to it!  It takes about 5 minutes to have everything frozen to slush consistency!

What you end up with is a much richer tasting smoothing. No ice melt to dilute it down!
best root beer float ever
I've used it to make:
  • Copycat Dole Whip pineapple smoothies recipe is here
  • root beer floats (the BEST root beer float I've ever had!)
  • iced lattes (fantastic, no ice to water down your coffee!)
  • all sorts of fruit smoothies
  • frozen yogurt
  • frozen lemonade
  • frozen orange crush vanilla floats

orange crush vanilla ice cream shake

I've read some of the reviews about it.  Here are some negative things that people say:
  • "The size is too small" - to which I say, you probably shouldn't really be eating more than 8 ounces of ice cream anyway, so it's excellent portion control.
  • "It takes too long to freeze" - to which I say, keep it in the freezer at all times. Then it's always ready for use.
  • "This thing is pointless. You have to use a blender anyway, so why not just blend the smoothie per usual?"- to which I say, this makes more concentrated smoothies... no need for ice to water things down! The smoothies are also smoother. No ice crystals. 
Copycat Dolewhip pineapple smoothies
Now, do I NEED this product? No. But now that I have it... I absolutely love using it.  Maybe you would too.
You can purchase it at Williams-Sonoma.

Note: I did not receive any compensation in anyway for this product review. I did it all on my own.




Thursday, July 17, 2014

Easy & Healthy Summer Pasta Salad

I love eating salads in the Summer.  I had been craving a pasta salad for a while; however, I didn't think I had the ingredients in my kitchen to make one. I was wrong!

That's why this recipe is easy: just look in your cupboards and see what you have.

Easy & Healthy Summer Pasta Salad

Easy & Healthy Summer Pasta Salad

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 a package of pasta (macaroni or rotini works best)
  • grape tomatoes or 1-2 larger tomatoes, diced
  • 1 bell pepper (any color, I had a yellow one on hand), diced
  • half to 1 whole cucumber, diced
  • Any other vegetables you have on hand: corn, broccoli (chopped up small), olives, small slices of carrots.
  • a few slices of cheddar cheese, cut into tiny cubes (I prefer Tillamook medium-cheddar)
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup of Italian dressing (I did not have any Italian dressing on-hand, so I have included the recipe I used to make my own below***)
Directions:
  1. Boil the pasta per package directions. Once properly cooked, drain pasta and allow to cool.  
  2. While the pasta is cooling, chop all of your vegetables and cheese.
  3. Make your salad dressing if you don't have some on hand.***
  4. After pasta is cooled, add vegetables and then dressing. Coat well.
  5. Put the pasta in the fridge for 15-30 minutes to let things marinate and everything cool down.
  6. Enjoy!
***Homemade Italian Dressing recipe (modified from Paleo Cupboard)

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried mustard
  • 1/2 tsp of salt (I considerably decreased the amount of salt from the original recipe)
  • a couple shakes of ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (in my opinion Costco has the best tasting and cheapest EVOO)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
Directions:
  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a small bowl. Then add the wet ingredients. 
  2. Shake well just prior to adding to your salad.

Easy and Healthy Vegetarian Summer Pasta Salad
This pasta salad was a hit... with my stomach! haha!  I will have to make this again.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Copycat Dole Whip with DIY Pineapple Party Cups!

In this Post - Copycat Dole Whip Recipe in a pineapple cup!
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I have TWO things to share with you today:
1. Easy DIY pineapple party cups
2. Copycat Dole Whip recipe (like Disneyland and Disneyworld!)
Copycat Dole Whip in a pineapple cup

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Macaron shop review: Sucree

I recently found a new macaron shop! Woohoo! Perfect for my macaron love affair, especially during the Summer when it's too hot for me to run my oven.

What's neat about this macaron shop is that they have a TON of different favors every single day.

They post them on Facebook every morning... That way you can see if you're favorites are being made that day. They not only make sweet flavors, but savory ones as well.

I tried 6 different flavors.
Sucree macarons
S'mores macaron
Smore's: had marshmallow fluff in the middle, chocolate on the outside. Didn't quite get the graham cracker taste from the shell, but this was good!

Raspberry Creme
Raspberry creme: just okay. I think I prefer to have a raspberry purée or jam filling.

Chocolate almond: chocolately almond filling in an almond cookie. Of course this was good!!

Guava: delicious! This was my favorite one. When I was in Hawaii this Spring I ate a bunch of guava. I saw some guava jam for sale but it was too big to fit onto my liquid carry ons. I was pleasantly surprised with this flavor and may attempt to make my own!

Peanut butter chocolate: tasty filling. I had never had a peanut butter macaron. It was kind of odd having such an American flavor in this French cookie. But I like anything peanut butter so naturally I liked it.
Blueberry lavender: it tasted like lavender. I couldn't really taste the blueberry. Interesting, but I think I'll leave lavender for my potpourri.

Final thoughts: I thought their macaron shell was really nice. It had a little crunch on top and then was chewy in the middle. I found that at the other places I have reviewed that the shells are often too soft. And these shells also have the right look: cute little feet with flat tops. I wish there was more color variation in the ones I had ordered but oh well.

If I had to choose between macarons from Lette, Sucree, and Bottega Louie... I would choose macarons from Sucree!

To my knowledge, this is the only macaron shop in the Inland Empire. Check it out here.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2014

It's time for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2014!!  My FAVORITE sale of the year!  Ever year when I get the catalog in the mail I flip through it a few times eagerly deciding what I'm going to buy for the upcoming season.

What's unique about this sale is that the brand new Fall 2014 items are on sale (instead of last season's stuff).

Here's a list of a *few* items that caught my eye...

(item number is listed; just copy and paste the number into the search bar at Nordstrom's)

Sweaters & Tops:

Ballet Neck Swoop Back Lightweight Merino Tunic (Regular & Petite)
Eileen Fisher Tunic $159 #710979
Love this sweater:
Geo Pattern Hooded Cardigan (Juniors)
Woven heart Geo pattern $39 #733070
This sweater is neat because it has different textures on it:
Trouvé Colorblock Moto Sweater
Trouve block sweater $59 #262450
This cardigan is a great deal and comes in an array of colors
Slouchy Pocket Long Cardigan (Regular & Petite)
Halogen Cardigan $50 330123
This garden is really nice BUT I would sweat to death in cashmere down here.
Cashmere Cardigan
Cashmere Cardigan 4120 225383
Ombre sweater is pretty...
Ombré V-Neck Sweater
Vince Ombre Sweater $216 item# 756716
This would be a nice work-out tank top.
'Touch Breeze Stripe' Dri-FIT Racerback Tank
Nike drit fit tank $23 #982454
Coats (now I live in So.Cal so I won't be buying any coats, but if I were...):
'Scarlett' Plaid Coat
Trina Turk Scarlett Plaid Coat $450 #759284
I love love love this Pendleton jacket.  If I lived somewhere cold I would totally buy this.
Jacquard Blanket Coat
Pendelton Jacquard Blanket coat $368 #868744

They have a ton of trench coats on sale.  This is a nice one:
Trench Coat with Detachable Hood & Liner (Regular & Petite (Online Only)
Michael Kors Trench Coat $120 #783866


Jolt boucle jacket, $59, 887467
Pants/Jeans

These are the BEST leggings/workout pants ever. I buy a pair every year.  They are called live-in because you live-in them; they are so comfortable!

'Live In' Leggings
Zella Live-in leggings, $38, # 265458
These black skinny jeans were incredibly comfortable.
'Avedon' Ultra Skinny Jeans (Panther) (Nordstrom Exclusive)
Citizens of Humanity, black skinny jeans, $120 #428888
I've also had my eye on these dark plum jeans for 3 years.
J Brand Skinny Jeans in Dark Plum $119 # 981339


Accessories:
I like this Marc Jacobs bag but I already have one!
Hobo
Marc Jacobs, $293, #899378
I love this chanel-look alike bag. The real bags cost $4000. I'll take this one for $25.
Quilted Convertible Crossbody Bag (Juniors)
Quilted handbag chanel look alike, $25, #732721
This is a great buy.  This Longchamp bag is a great travel bag.
'Le Pliage' Expandable Tote (Nordstrom Exclusive)
Longchamp Le Pliage expandable bag $126, #696564
I've been looking for a gold chain necklace for a while.
Extra Long Bezel Cubic Zirconia Necklace
Alainn Extra Long necklace $52 940415
I like the colors of this wrap...
Ombré Cashmere Wrap
Ombre Cashmere Wrap $100 #225710
This a fun statement necklace...
Stone Bib Necklace (Nordstrom Exclusive)
Stone bib necklace $45 #478796

Shoes... I already own a great pair of black mid-calf books, green suede booties, and tall brown leather boots.  If you are looking for great boots to buy, they have a HUGE selection.
'Pacific' Wraparound Strap Bootie
Sam Edelman booties $100 #766697
I can't say enough about how much I love my Frye boots.
'Anna - Shortie' Leather Boot
Frye "Anna" boot $220 661127
Ugg slippers are a great buy; I just got some last year so I'm good for one more year!
'Brett' Water Resistant Suede Slipper (Women)
Ugg slippers $80 445483

Beauty and Home:
I already own a Clarisonic, but if you don't I HIGHLY recommend purchasing one!  They are on sale now.
'Mia 2 - Ibiza Sarong' Sonic Skin Cleansing System ($221 Value)
Clarisonic Mia 2 $149, #773356
My favorite perfumes...
Jo Malone™ Cologne Collection
Jo Malone London collection $88, #441003
This brand makes really nice home-fragrances...
'Vanilla, Bourbon & Mandarin' Home Ambiance Perfume
Antica Farmacista Frangrance Diffuser $44 #250368

For card-holders, the sale started today (July 10). It opens to the public on July 18 and lasts until August 4!!

There are tons of things that caught my eye: all of the Zella work out gear, Burberry scarves, the Tory Burch shoes and purses, the Paul Green moto boots... But in the interests of time I can't include all of the pictures!!

What did you buy at the Nordstrom sale? I'd love to hear, comment below!!

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