Entries Tagged as 'At Home'

Apple Pie with Crumb Topping Recipe

Posted on: Thursday, October 27, 2016

Happy fall y’all! It never quite feels like fall exactly here in San Francisco because we don’t get the seasons changing / gorgeous colorful leaves thing, but I still have my “Autumn in the Park” candle burning as I type this! Fall makes me want to do all the cozy things, like drink hot cider and carve pumpkins and yes, make apple pie.

When Wayfair asked me to participate in their annual #BattleOfThePies campaign and share a pie recipe, I jumped on the opportunity because it always feels like a fun challenge to try to bake something new! I’ve mentioned it before, but E’s absolute FAVORITE food is pie, and we had a pie bar at our wedding, so pie feels like an extra special thing to make (and EAT!). Last year, I tried out an traditional apple pie recipe and shared on my blog, but this time around, I wanted to closely follow my grandma’s original apple pie with crumb topping recipe. She is the queen on all things apples like pie, applesauce, cider, apple butter, etc. so I knew the family recipe would be A+.

Alright – here’s the recipe!

PIE INGREIDENTS:

6-7 apples, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1T cinnamon
1/4t nutmeg
3T heaping cornstarch
1t salt

CRUMB TOPPING INGREIDENTS:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 stick butter, melted

RECIPE:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Peel apples (I did this while mindlessly watching Gossip Girl #noshame) and chop into small pieces. In a large bowl, mix together apples with sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cornstarch and salt. Set aside.

3. Melt small amount of butter and a tablespoon or so of brown sugar in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Stir constantly until sugar is dissolved. Take off of heat.

4. Roll out pie crust (I just picked one up from Trader Joes) and gently place it into the cast-iron skillet over the melted butter and brown sugar mixture. Adjust the dough and/or pinch crusts as needed.

5. Melt butter and mix together with brown sugar and flour to create crumb topping for pie.

6. Add apples and mixture into the pie crust in the skillet.

7. Add butter + brown sugar + flour crumb topping

8. Set skillet in oven, set timer for 50 minutes to check on the pie! I ended up letting my pie cook for just over one hour.

That’s it! The pie was easy to make and SO delicious and I loved the way my house smelled while the pie was baking in the oven. HEAVENLY! This pie is super yummy topped with ice cream (hot pie + ice cream = the perfect match) or even for breakfast in the morning. I definitely like the crumb topping better than the traditional pie crust topping – it had so much more flavor and texture and felt less doughy. Just my personal preference though. :)

Wayfair has tons of Bakeware goodies, like cookie sheets, cake stands, mixing bowls, etc. and I love shopping there because 1. they have everything and 2. free shipping, obviously! I looooove and want this marble rolling pin and this 5 piece pie set would be awesome if you’re baking really often. Thanks so much for reading!

Wayfair Battle of the Pies

Dark Chocolate Avocado Mousse Recipe

Posted on: Thursday, August 25, 2016

I recently made this dark chocolate avocado mousse for an event I hosted and it was a huge hit! I got a lot of questions about it, so wanted to share the recipe! I first discovered the dark choco avo mousse from my friend Mady’s gorgeous IG feed (here’s her photo that sucked me into this dessert!). I adapted the original recipe, found here, and was super happy with how it turned out! You can always adjust things like # of avocadoes, dates, etc. to your liking too. Enjoy!

DARK CHOCOLATE AVOCADO MOUSSE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS
4 small avocados
1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (add a little more at end too)
2 tablespoons of raw organic cocoa powder
1 bar of your favorite high quality dark chocolate, melted
4-5 dates, pitted
1 teaspoon of organic vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Melt the dark chocolate over the stove.

2. Add all other ingredients to the blender (I used Vitamix) and pour melted dark chocolate over.

3. Blend until creamy / fluffy

4. Let set in freezer for approx. 15-30 minutes so it’s super cold when you serve!

5. Top with raspberries and Bare Snacks coffee coconut chips!

Photo via Tory Putnam

Tropical with Wayfair

Posted on: Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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Hi friends! Is anyone else constantly in a state of thinking-about-vacation mode? It’s been so cold and gray in San Francisco lately and I’m craving a beach vacation – warm weather, palm trees and sand and turquoise-y blue water, fruity cocktails, no to-do lists or calendar invites. Hawaii is on my list and I’m always down to go back to Mexico or the Caribbean. Sigh.

I’ve tried to bring in some tropical and vacation-y vibes into our apartment like recently moving Eric’s teal surfboard into the living room, hanging palm tree and ocean prints in both our bedroom and the hallway and displaying ALL OF THE PINEAPPLE THINGS. Isn’t it funny (and amazing) how trendy and cool pineapples are now? How did this happen?! I love it though.

Wayfair recently asked me to curate a few of my favorite tropical-themed home decor items and I wanted to share some below with you! In the future, I would LOVE to have a patio or back porch where I could really play up the tropical theme with tiki torches, palm tree pillows and more.

Here’s some of my favorite tropical, tiki bar-inspired goodies from Wayfair! All of the items below are clickable/shoppable in case you want to add any into your home!

thank you wayfair for partnering on this post!

10 Day Health Challenge – Summer Menu!

Posted on: Friday, July 22, 2016

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Hi everyone!

I’ve shared about the 10 Day Health Challenge before when it first launched it and have always admired one of the founders Claudine’s drive and energy and LOVED all of her food. Her Instagram @cookingclaudine is one of my very favorites to follow! The 10 Day Health Challenge is a program Claudine and her business partner Haley put together that consists of a 10-Day whole food meal plan and grocery list, nutritional support and a community of likeminded people who also want to get healthier and feel more empowered to cook and eat well. The challenge removes all processed foods, sugar, gluten, dairy, soy, alcohol and coffee from your diet for 10 days. This isn’t like a juice cleanse where you aren’t eating – you are fueling your body with GOOD foods and seriously, you would be surprised how easy some of the recipes are to make (and how delicious meals can be, even without bread and cheese!).

I was super excited to partner with them earlier this week to bring some amazing bloggers together to learn more about the 10 Day Health Challenge, talk about health and wellness and eating well, and enjoy meal from the 10 Day Health Challenge summer guide. We hosted the event at Claudine’s beautiful apartment (seriously – look at that table!)

Here’s what the menu for the 10 Day Health Challenge summer dinner party was – and check out the photos of the meal and dessert below! All of the food was SO good and I finished the meal feeling full and content, without at all feeling stuffed or bloated. It was so refreshing!

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Claudine’s signature Buckwheat Crackers with Macadamia and Sun Dried Tomato Spread
Cauliflower Crust Pizza with summer squash
Cauliflower Tabouli
Spinach Falafel with Tahini over Arugula Salad
Chocolate Cashew Cream with raspberries, cacao, and bee pollen

I know 10 days can feel pretty daunting (or at least it does for me a little bit!), so there’s also a FREE 3-Day Health Challenge for you HERE if you’re interested. If you’re up for the challenge of trying out the full 10 Day Summer Health Challenge that kicks off August 1st, get 10% off with the code SUMMER10. Sign up HERE.

If you’re anything like me, it can be easy to end your day with a cheese plate for dinner and a glass (or two..) of wine every night. Because they are both delicious and amazing. And because, duh. BUT – I’m going to try to stretch my eating/drinking habits and challenge myself to eating (and drinking) a lot cleaner and healthier. I haven’t decided if I am going to do the FULL 10 days or do the 3 day or if I am going to swap out all breakfasts and lunches for 10HC meals or how I’ll exactly modify, but that’s why I love the program Haley and Claudine put together. You have the ability to LEARN what you should be putting in your body (and what you shouldn’t), and be equipped to prepare those meals for yourself and take the learnings and go out into your regular, day-to-day life.

Oh! And make sure to follow @10DayHealthChallenge on Instagram!

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