Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

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Okay, I will admit I have not had a Resse’s butter cup in a very long time but pretty sure these bad boys are just as good! With Halloween coming up you can’t walk through a store with out being tempted by massive amounts of candy, so I needed something to kill those candy cravings, and these did just the trick!

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I used all raw and organic products which really makes these pretty guilt free. You can use any form of the ingredients, but note that different peanut butters can really affect the “healthiness” of these buttercups.

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Make sure you don’t flatten out your peanut butter balls too much, you want to keep them on the thicker side so they resemble an actual store bought butter cup.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup raw peanut butter, smooth (or peanut butter of your choice)

5 dried pitted dates

5 Tbsp coconut oil

4 Tbsp coco powder

2 Tbsp honey or agave

Directions

1. In a high powered blender or food processor ( I use my vitamix) blend peanut butter and dates until smooth. Add 1 Tbsp of Coconut oil and continue blending. Mixture should be thick, you may add a tablespoon of almond flour if you don’t find it to be thick enough.

2. Spoon out a small amount of peanut butter mixture and roll in to a ball, then flatten and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in freezer for 20 − 30 minutes.

3. While the peanut butter is freezing prepare chocolate mixture. Put the remaining 4 Tbsp of coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl and heat until slightly melted, around 20 seconds. You don’t want it to be completely liquid, you just want the coconut oil to be soften and a little runny. Then add the coco powder and honey to the bowl, mix well. If your chocolate mixture is too runny place in the fridge for a few minutes, if not runny enough put back in the microwave for a few more seconds.

4. Dip each peanut butter cookie in to the chocolate and coat completely. Place back on to the lined parchment paper. Once all cookies are completely coated place in the fridge to let the chocolate harden.

5. Store in the refrigerator.

Hope you all enjoy these as much as I do!

Ang

Creative “Paper” One Year Anniversary Gifts

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Can’t believe it’s been a year since this amazing day! Yes it has. Jay and I celebrated our first anniversary on Sunday (kinda of) he had to work so we did gifts and brunch. We will be celebrating in LA on Tuesday.  I wanted to share with you 10 gift ideas for your first “paper” anniversary.  But first can we can take a moment to look back at our wedding…..

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Ok back to the gift ideas. I thought I would give some great ideas for creative takes on the traditional paper anniversary gift.

1. First Year Photo Book

I am a big fan of shutterfly books I do one every year capturing our year as a whole. So it only seemed fitting to capture our first year of marriage in a shutterfly book.

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2. Vow’s 

I was surprised to see my husband’s gift to me yesterday. He had a photo with our vows he recited to me on our wedding day. I love this and I can’t wait to hang this in my bedroom!

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3. Custom Cards and Cribbage Board

This is a great idea cause it’s paper and an activity for you two to do together. Jay and I personally love playing cribbage. It’s a great game to sit on the floor and have a glass of wine and chat with no tv, cell phones, or anything else.  Create your own playing cards here!

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4. Portrait Of Your First Year

This is such a cute idea, I would ask if you could add the year. Our portrait would include a pup and cat! Shop this artist here!il_570xN.419730677_ojlk

5. A Portrait Of Your First Home

I would of LOVED to do this. We unfortunately don’t own a home yet (silly residency), but once we do I will be ordering one of these. Shop this artist here!

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6. A Travel Journal

I personally keep a journal when we travel this would be a great idea as a “paper gift”.

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 7. Tickets To A Concert or Event

*Jay if you are reading this is a HINT for what concert I want to attend!

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8. Sheet Music From Your First Dance

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 9. Custom Wedding Bouquet Drawing

Girls, send this link to your husband, I love this idea. I would love to have a drawing like this. Shop this artist here!

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10. Notepad

Every girl wants this. This is also a good gift to give to any of your girlfriends who have kiddos. They would love to have a notepad with their kids pictures on it. Shop notepads at shutterfly!

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With Style Me Pretty featuring it on their blog I decided I won’t be writing about our wedding this year. I’ll save what I wanted to say about our wedding for next anniversary. But nonetheless I’ll share a few pictures from my photographers blog post, I am forever grateful for the photos we have. And I still can’t believe it has been a year, it has been a beautiful adventure the past year. I wouldn’t trade it for the world! And oh how I love those fall colors!! Once again a huge shout out to Victoria Canada for making my wedding dreams come to life. And to Melissa Jill and her insanely talented 2nd shooter Amy. I seriously don’t know how we landed Amy as our second shooter I’m obsessed with her and her husband’s work!  And if you get bored and wanna relive our wedding with me you can check out both of their blog posts about our wedding!

Melissa Jill’s Here!!!  and Amy Demos’ Here!!!

 

 

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Cheers,

Jess

 

Backpack Lovin

After high school I gladly thought my backpack days were over. Why would anyone want to tote around a backpack when there are so many other great bag options out there?!

Well, I travel quite a bit and found my self really struggling at airports. My arms constantly feeling like jello from carrying around what feels like a 50 pound purse. Plus theres not having my hands free which makes the simple task of buying a water and magazine a huge hassle. I finally broke down and decided it was time for a backpack.

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Quilted Backpack

Boy was I surprised when I started shopping for backpacks! There are so many great options, definitely not the Jansport I was sporting in school.

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I luckily came across this faux leather backpack at TJ Max for a great price. It was everything I wanted and was versatile enough I would be able to pair with any of my travel outfits.

This is my typical travel outfit.

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I am always flying from Montreal so layers and scarves are a must, which also provides for a very cozy flight. Once I land I can lose whatever layers necessary for the current weather.

Here are some other great backpacks that I considered getting.

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Marc Jacobs Backpack

 

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Vince Camuto Backpack 

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Fringe backpack

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Lucky Backpack

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Sloane Backpack 

Lastly, I leave you with a photo of my nephew and I in Seattle. My backpack was perfect for a day out exploring.

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Ang

Revamping Your Dining Area

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As you can tell from my posts I’ve been obsessed with redoing our (rental) house. I knew I wanted to redo my dining area, my parents gifted me this amazing table they used in the AZ house. I had my eye on their table the minute they purchased it, so after using it for only a few years they made the sacrifice of hauling it (and boy it’s heavy) from Scottsdale to Washington, where it has sat for the past 5 years waiting for me to use it. Along with the table came the area rug and the original dining chairs. This color scheme matched their Arizona house that had neutral colors, but didn’t mix well with my greys and reds. So it was time to revamp the dining area. This revamp was more than $100, but I am ok with that! Lets see the before and after photos and talk about it!!

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Before:

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After: I bought the black chair covers when I was trying to make the table go with the old area rug. Then I bought a new area rug and buying new chair covers wasn’t in the cards. So I am making them work. I would love to buy new dining chairs or chair covers but that’s another day!

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Table Details: I like having my table set at all times (minus the wine glasses those were out for the photos). But I did grab some new placemats, chargers, napkins, and napkin rings recently. I love how it makes our dining area seem more formal.  This is a easy revamp you can do for under $50 I found all of this stuff at Pier1 and I had a 30% off coupon so it was even better. Napkin and napkin rings are something you can change out easily so buy a neutral color charger that can go with most colors. I picked a mixture of gold and silver, cause you know how much I love to mix those colors!

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I also love my rose bowl vase we got off our wedding registry! I highly suggest you invest in this type of vase!

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The animals do enjoy my new Lulu and Georgia Rug!

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Revamp Details:

Rug // Chair Covers // Placemat // Charger // Napkin // Napkin Ring // Rose Bowl Vase 

I really love our new dining area, especially the brightly colored rug. We have an open concept living area and having the area rug really helps make the dining area feel like it’s own room. I also can’t wait to change out the napkins and napkin rings for different holidays and times of the year. I am very thankful my parents saved me this amazing glass table although we do go through a lot of windex now!

Happy revamping friends,
Jess

 

Preserving Your Wedding Memories

It is almost my one year anniversary and I recently have been thinking back to the special day and all the time that was put into our wedding. Like every girl I spent hours on pinterest searching for inspiration, editing invitations, writing our vows, finding the perfect dress…. then your wedding happens and it’s all over. I wanted to remember some of the items from our wedding, that aren’t important to anyone other than my husband and I. We have photos and a video, but some things I couldn’t bear to throw away.  I had a hard time finding ways to save them as I am not a super DIY crafty kinda gal. However, I did decide to create a shadow box and also use one of my shelves to display my shoes and jewelry. I wanted to share these ideas with you so I snapped a few photos on my iPhone. I also gave you some other ideas that I think are great ways to remember and preserve certain details from your wedding.

1. Paper Product Shadow Box – I made this shadow box using our invitation, save the date, vows, and wedding programs. I love that this is in our bedroom and we can look back at our original vows from time to time!

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2. Display Jewelry and Shoes- I loved my wedding shoes and jewelry and I didn’t want them to sit in a box. So I have a shelving area where all my jewelry lives in an alcove of our bedroom. I decided to use one shelf to display my jewelry that I wore on my wedding day and my wedding shoes. *I lost my wedding shoes on my wedding day somehow.  We couldn’t remember where I lost them so my wedding planner had a search party going for my wedding shoes the week after my wedding. Thankfully my amazing Maid of Honor tracked them down (I had lost them in the hotel lobby bar ooops) and had them mailed back to me! So now the shoes are extra special and have a great story.

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 3. Save Your Bouquet – There are a lot of ways you can save your bouquet, here are a few great pictures I found.

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4. Turn Veil Into A Christmas Ornament – I loved this idea, it’s beautiful and special. I’m sure there are a lot of other ways you could repurpose your veil, but with Christmas coming up I thought I’d share this one.

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5. Frame Your Wedding Dress – Now this is a spendy idea and you have to have the “perfect wall” to display this on. But I would love to have my wedding dress hanging and framed in my bathroom or closet (a girl can dream). As of right now my wedding dress lives in my parents closet somewhere!

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I personally am so glad I took the time right after the wedding to make my shadow box with our vows and other paper products. We have moved since our wedding and I would be so sad if our vows were every lost. I figured this was a great way to ensure that they never get lost. Let me know your ideas on ways to save special items from your wedding.

Cheers,

Jess

Fall Fashion With Feathers + Arrows

So you know if your reading this blog that we LOVE Feathers + Arrows Clothing!  Not only do we love the clothing, but the owner JoAnn is one of our dear friends and is an insanely talented photographer. Earlier this month we got together with JoAnn and Nicole (who’s job was to keep us laughing) for a fun fall photoshoot. JoAnn is an amazing stylist, she surely has an eye for fashion. You can shop all of these looks on her website and she’s offering our readers 20% off if you use the coupon code C+S20. After doing this photoshoot and spending an evening together it was very clear how thankful we are for great friends. *Warning in advance there are a lot of photos:)

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 Ang’s Camo and Stripes Outift: *all details below

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Jess’ Fur and Plaid Outfit *fur vest coming soon to F+A

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Shop These Looks:

Faux Fur Vest (Coming Soon) // Plaid Button Up // Stripe Top // Camo Jacket // Also check out this Military Jacket 

You won’t be disappointed with the materials and the quality of these items. We have both ordered quite a lot of things online, and Feathers + Arrows products are the real deal. They are stylish, unique and are offered at a great price.

Cheers,
Jess & Ang

Huge thank you to JoAnn, you should be a professional stylist! We adore you!!

Cinnamon Apple Scones

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I have a ton of apples from our family’s orchard so for every meal I have been trying to use up the apples. This week I made a pork tenderloin with a apple succotash recipe from Rachel Ray. It was super easy and delicious, here is the recipe! A week ago I made  these delicious scones since my in-laws were in town. I thought I would have more mouths to feed which means less scones for me! They are delicious and easy to make. Just make sure you refrigerate them after since they do contain yogurt.

INGREDIENTS

For Apples:

  • 1 tablespoon butter 
  • 1 1/2 cups fuji apples peeled & chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For Scones:

  • 3 cups flour 
  • 1/4 cup sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 8 tablespoons butter diced
  •  1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • dash of salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 400°F.
  2. Melt butter in a medium pan over medium high heat. Add apples and stir to coat. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Shake gently to combine and cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a large bowl. Place diced butter in the center; combine butter into flour mixture in a kitchen aid mixer. Stir in yogurt and apples.
  4. Turn dough on to a lightly floured cutting board and knead gently. Form into a disk and flatten to 1”inch high. With a knife cut into eight equal slices. Place on a cookie sheet and brush with egg wash. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until turning golden brown.
  5. Cool for 20 minutes in the pan before removing to a cake stand or plate. Cool completely before icing.

To make the glaze:

  1. Bring the cider to a boil over medium heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes or until reduced by half.
  2. Stir in the butter, cinnamon, salt, and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar until well combined. Add remaining powdered sugar to               thicken the glaze, if desired.
  3. Spoon the glaze over the cooled scones.

Few Photos of the Process:

Make sure you put flour on the cutting board and knead.

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If your dough isn’t forming into a oval you can always add more flour.

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I had no clue how to make an “egg wash”. So I combined egg and a spoon of yogurt and whisked it all together. Then brushed it on the scone. Before putting it in the oven.

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Use a cooling rack when doing the glaze, if not then the bottom of the scone will get soggy from sitting in the glaze.

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Eat and Enjoy!

Jess

Lulu + Georgia Living Room Inspiration

Let’s talk about a home and gift decor website that I recently fell in love with. While searching for the perfect area rug, I made a connection with the owner of Lulu + Georgia. We started chatting about her website and some discounts for our readers. We figured the best way to introduce our readers to Lulu + Georgia was by Ang and I creating living room mood boards. The best part about this post is that she will be offering 20% off to our readers using the coupon code “CHAMPAGNEANDSHIMMER20″ ! Ang and I are so in love with this website, it is exactly what we’ve been searching for, great home decor and gifts for a great price! And I also love how creative and unique her gift shop portion of her website is. This website has been featured in Better Homes Magazine, The Today Show, The Talk, Redbook, Lucky Magazine, HGTV… the list goes on and on. So take some time and enjoy the website as well as the 20% off code. And check out our mood boards, we both have two different themes going, I’m personally loving the Rhino statue Ang chose and the silver pouf from my board.

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 Wooden Chest // Hanging Lamp // Black Ball Vases // Cowhide Rug // Rhino Statue // Throw // Bonjour Print // Safari bowls // Side Table // Love Seat

 

Jess’ Mood Board

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Jonathan Adler I-Scream Vase // Hanging Glass Pendant Lamp // Bow and Arrow Mirror // Area Rug // Chair // Side Table // Frame  // Throw // Pouf

Once again enjoy the 20% off coupon code Lulu and Georgia as offered us by using “CHAMPAGNEANDSHIMMER20″. We hope you guys spend some time checking out this website, we hope to have another fun Lulu and Georgia post around the holidays!

 

Cheers,

Jess and Ang

Transforming a Jumpsuit From Day To Night

Ok So I’m obsessed with jumpsuits, I mean that isn’t surprising cause I love rompers so much. We went wine tasting this past weekend with Jay’s parents. We were staying one night at a charming little B&B and I didn’t know how much time between wine tasting and dinner we would have so I planned to wear the same outfit all day.I needed something that transitioned from day to night and that could go from 75 degree temps to 55 degree temps (although it never got that cold). I opted for a jumpsuit I had bought recently. For my daytime look I went for a big bubble necklace and an oversized burgundy crossbody bag. I wore the same shoes all day and night, but I wish I would of started in flats then changed into heels. For the evening I took the jewelry off and put on a big floppy hat and paired it with a little black clutch (not pictured forgot it upstairs for theses photos)! I love the versatility you have with a jumpsuit, especially this one which has a more casual look due to the drawstring waist and buttons. I just bought another jumpsuit in South Carolina that has wide legs all the way down. I have always wore jumpsuits with the ankles tight, I’m excited to see how I end up liking a different style. There are so many awesome  jumpsuits out there. I was afraid to try them, but now that I started I’m officially an addict!

Day Look: *Hard to get these photos due to the light

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Night Look:

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Shop This Look: Julija Jumpsuit // BCBG Shoes (old) similar Here // Kooba Bag (Consignment Store Find) // J.Crew Bubble Necklace (old but you can find at most jewelry places) // Nordstrom Floppy Hat 

 

We stayed at this amazing inn just outside of Dundee called the Black Walnut Inn it was the cutest place we have ever stayed. I can’t wait to go back.  I had fun taking pictures on this amazing property so I thought I’d share them with you!

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Have a great weekend everyone!

Cheers,
Jess

Revamp Your Fall Decor

It is OCTOBER! October is a big month for us, it my mom’s birthday, Jay’s 30th birthday, and our 1st wedding anniversary! Lot’s to celebrate this month. I also love decorating our house for fall. However, I was getting so over my fall decor I had bought a few years ago. It was time to spruce things up. This revamp cost about $20 so it’s an easy one and all you need to buy is some pumpkins and ribbon!

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Updating My Lanterns: I had bought some lanterns a few years ago, I dress them up differently for different seasons. At Hobby Lobby I recently grabbed some new ribbon. Simply by adding a new ribbon bow it changed the look of the lantern.

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I also added a pumpkin and some squash that I got at the grocery store yesterday. I took some glitter I had from other projects and had a little fun glittering them up!  I added a ribbon bow on the glittered pumpkin, I wanted to keep the bow theme that I have going.

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I bought this wreath about 3 years ago I was getting tired of the colors, but I had some extra ribbon left over from my lanterns so I added some ribbon bows. I love how it changed the look entirely and ties everything together.

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Fake Flowers For Fall: I love having flowers at my house all year long, but with my travel that isn’t always an option so I bought some silk flowers a few months ago. I also found these little pumpkins on sale for 60% off. I added them to my silk flower arrangement and now they are immediately transformed into fall flowers!

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My house now feels like it’s officially fall! The best part is that I used items I already had and just updated them. This revamp was done for under $20. I can’t wait to add new ribbon next fall and change the look again! Happy October friends!

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Cheers,

Jess

 

Cauliflower Pizza

I’m sure everyone has heard of Cauliflower Pizza. I don’t think you can log on to Pinterest with out seeing it at least once. I love the idea of it, such a great way to indulge with out the guilt. However, I have been attempting to make cauliflower pizza for over a year but have been less than impressed with the final results. The last few attempts I have been playing around with the recipe more and have finally gotten it right! I posted a picture of it on my personal Instagram and got flooded with requests for the recipe…so here it is!  prep

I found when I worked with the least amount of ingredients I had the best results. So go ahead and go crazy with the toppings, but keep it simple with the crust. Also note, I have used a food processor to break up the cauliflower in the past, but prefer to use a cheese grader. Which also makes for easier/faster cleanup.

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What really made all the difference when making the curst was olive oil! Right before you put it in the oven brush the entire pizza with a light layer of the oil. This really helps to brown it and make it more of a true crust.

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This is what it looks like right out of the oven. Mmmm, looks delicious even bare. From here you can add any toppings desired.

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I usually end up making a veggie pizza. I just cut up whatever I have in the fridge and then add a very light layer of cheese. My all time favorite topping is slow roasted tomatoes. I will add the recipe below.

Cauliflower Crust

Ingredients

1 large cauliflower
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg, beated
1/2 cup egg whites
2 tsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp minced garlic
olive oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Break up the cauliflower in to small chunks. When it is still wrapped in its packaging I usually hit it against the table a few times, that usually breaks it up well enough. For the next step you can either use a cheese grader or a food processor to grate the cauliflower. If you use a food processor be careful not to over pulse or you will puree it. Place the graded cauliflower in the microwave for 8-10 minutes.
In a medium bowl, stir together the cauliflower, beaten egg, egg whites and mozzarella. Add oregano, minced garlic and mix well. Transfer the mixture to a cookie sheet covered in non-stick cooking spray. Use hand or baking spatula to flatten out in to a circle.  Pat in the edges to give it a clean round look.
Lastly, brush olive oil over the pizza crust before putting it in the oven.

I have a convection option on my oven, I like to use it while making this pizza crust. I let it cook for around 15 minutes, or until golden brown on top. If you do not have a convection oven, follow same baking directions, you will just have to let it bake a bit longer. It usually takes around 30 minutes in my oven.

 

Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

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For a delicious topping….or even just for a yummy snack try out these slow roasted tomatoes. They take awhile to bake so be sure to try them while you are spending a few hours around the house. They keep in the fridge for around a week or so.

Ingredients

3 lb cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
8 Tbsp minced garlic
3 Tbsp olive oil
5 fresh thyme springs
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
Gently toss the tomatoes with all ingredients until well coated. Evenly spread tomato halves on a rimmed baking sheet, lined with parchment paper. Roast until tomatoes start to dry around the edges, around 2 hours or so.

Hope you guys give the recipe a try….it won’t disappoint!

Ang

All About The Military Jacket

Ang wrote last week all about her fall wardrobe, which included a military vest. Well this week I continue on the fall theme with a post all about military jackets which are some of my favorite things to wear all fall long. I found this jacket at a great little boutique in Portland and I am obsessed. I love the look and I found 4 other military jackets you can shop below that are all under $100. I also will share a few different ways to style your military jacket! And now I’ll let the photos do ALL the talking!

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My mom captured me playing with my nephew on the beach, it was just too cute of a photo to not share!

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Jacket not available but similar Here !

Shop:

Shop these 4 jackets that are ALL under $100!! See links below!

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1. Volcom Jacket // 2. Nasja Jacket // 3. Revolve Jacket // 4. Rothco Jacket

How to style your Military Jacket:

Here are my 4 “Nailed It” looks!!

1. Plaid

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2. Classic Stripe Look

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3.  Military and Sequins

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4. Leopard Print

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Have a great weekend!

Jess

 

Fall Harvest Mood Board

Yesterday was the first day of fall! So happy that it is here, I know I’m trying to transition my home inside and out to look more fall. I thought it would be fun to do a fall mood board with a few fun fall ideas and things that I am loving right now about fall. No pumpkin spice latte’s or boots, this mood board is all about home decor!

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I’d like to take a moment to talk about a few things in each picture. I’ll start in row one from left to right.

Row 1:

  • Pic #1- I love the use of mums on the front porch, if you live in an area where they won’t freeze they are a great addition to your outdoor decor.
  • Pic #2 -Being it’s apple harvest get outside and find a u-pick apple farm or your farmers market and get some freshly picked apples. I know it’s still my favorite time of year when my Dad brings home apples from our orchard.
  • Pic #3- Enjoy the fall leaves they turn quick!
  • Pic #4- Lanterns are not only for outdoors they can be used on your table for decorating. Pottery Barn has great fall decor especially their lanterns seen here! 

Row 2:

  • Pic #1- Invest in some great table settings! Pier 1 has some great stuff that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Check out their fall stuff here! 
  • Pic #2- This is my favorite fall wreath I’ve ever seen, it has feathers and I love me some feathers. Especially pheasant feathers. Check out this wreath at Pottery Barn here!
  • Pic #3- Head to the craft store pick up some gold leaf and have a ball with your pumpkins!

Row #3

  • Pic #1- Have fun with your fireplace mantel and add some fall decor.
  • Pic #2- A girl can dream, this outdoor fireplace is insane!
  • Pic #3- Tie your silverware up with a simple ribbon.
  • Pic #4- Invest in a good fall throw, like these here!

Hope you guys got some good ideas how how to decorate for fall and most importantly were inspired to get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall that awaits you!

Cheers,
Jess

 

Thai Chicken Quinoa Bowl

I just returned home from South Carolina and wanted a quick and healthy dinner, but also wanted something I could heat up tomorrow for lunch. Every week I make a big batch of quinoa to eat for breakfast so I figured lets try something with quinoa for dinner. I looked on pinterest and didn’t find anything that had enough veggies in the recipe so I created my own “Thai Chicken Quinoa Bowl”! It was delicious, but only problem was it was very hot today in Portland so trying to eat a hot meal for dinner was a bit of a struggle, can’t fall just come!!

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 Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 4 chicken breast, cubed
  • 3-4 chopped carrots
  • 1 large bell pepper or 4-6 small peppers
  • 1/3 cup shelled edamame
  • 1 bundle of green onions
  • 5 celery stalks
  • 1 tsp or more of chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp or more of ginger paste

Topped with:

  • lime wedge
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • canned mandarin oranges
  • unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

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(I’m a Bob’s Red Mill fan! I also when feeling lazy use the pre cut garlic and the ginger paste. Don’t judge me I was tired and wanted a quick 30 minute meal.)

Dressing: 

  • 2 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp peanut or almond butter
  • 1/2 lime, juice
  • feel free to add more garlic or ginger in here I also added some sriracha for spice

Instructions:

Chop chicken into small cubes, use one 1 tbsp of sweet chili sauce and a little garlic and ginger and place in wok and begin cooking. As chicken cooks prepare the quinoa according to directions.

While chicken and quinoa is cooking I chop up the vegetables and mix the dressing together. Once chicken is done remove from wok and place in bowl, then add your vegetables and your mixed dressing.  Once your vegetables are cooked stir the chicken back in.  Taste and season to your preference (add more peanut butter, sweet chili sauce, ginger whatever you like).

I eat my quinoa for breakfast so I usually make a big batch on sundays for this reason I just spoon in a few spoonfuls into a bowl then add the chicken and vegetable mixture on top. I then toss in the coconut flakes, oranges, cilantro and lime. Mix together and enjoy!

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This is super easy can it can be eaten again for leftovers the following day! Have a great Monday!

Transitioning into Fall Fashion

The weather is slowly getting cooler, Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes are on the menu and I am longing for oversized sweaters. Fall is officially here! Naturally I have been playing in my closet, pulling out all my boots, sweaters, and jackets. However, I may have jumped the gun a little with the entire fall wardrobe, it has not been cold enough for me to wear practically any of if. I decided to go ahead and invest in a few basic pieces to help with the transition from summer to fall.

 Army Green Vest

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I have a bit of an obsession with army green jackets. I can’t seem to pass them up while shopping. I have a little collection going that I desperately need to get under control. So when I came across an army green vest I had to have it. Since it was a vest not a jacket I could totally justify getting it, haha. I am loving it and can see myself wearing it a ton in the future. Find army vest here.  An alternative vest here.

Open Toe Booties

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I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about these when I ordered them… but I love them! I have been wearing them non stop! They are perfect for transitioning in to the fall. They have the look of a bootie but the cut outs make them perfect for the in-between weather.  Find booties here.

 Fall Hat

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I had ordered this hat during the summer, but the material was a bit heavy for the hot weather. I am super excited to finally get to wear it. It is going to be fun pairing this with fall looks. Find Hat Here.

Statement Clutch

clutch

I have been eyeing this clutch for awhile and I decided to finally pull the trigger. A statement clutch is another fun way to dress up any outfit. I debated between this and a camo clutch but finally decided on the leopard. This clutch can be found here, along with a lot of other print options. If you don’t want to invest so much in a statement clutch you can find a cute one here at a little better price point.

Camo Pant & Cozy Sweater

My go to fall outfit is a an oversized sweater and camo pants. It is easy, cute and more importantly it is super comfy.

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A cozy sweater for fall is an absolute must! This sweater is Vince, which is probably my favorite designer. He can be on the expensive side, but I usually come across some great finds at Nordstrom Rack…so keep an eye out! It’s seriously awesome quality and great fit. I found a similar sweater at a better price point  here. 

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Camo pants are my favorite. They can be used pretty much as a neutral, but can really bring a lot to a casual outfit. I wore out my previous pair so it was time for some new ones. I found these here. They only have a few select sizes left so I also found these  here. I am even thinking about getting the second pair as a back up, I love the coloring and the price isn’t bad.

Workout Vest

Soon enough it is going to be back to the treadmill so any item that keeps me running outside a little longer is a must.

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I love this work out vest made by Zella. Jess talked about how much she liked Zella a few weeks ago, I’m just as big of fan. Lululemon is all the craze, but I tend to prefer Zella. It is great quality stuff, and even a little cheaper than Lulu! When I saw this vest I had to have it. I love running and hiking outside but the last couple weeks I have been needing an extra layer and this vest has been perfect for the fall weather. Find workout vest here.

Hope you all are as excited about Fall as I am!

Ang