Tuesday, July 28, 2015

California Eclectic

I’m pretty keen on this gorgeous home. Designer Irene Lovett created a space with a mix of classic materials such as marble and polished nickel with ethnic rugs and fabrics to reflect her clients desire for a home inspired by Ojai and my home town of Napa, California.  I think she nailed it. To see the full photo spread and shop the look on My Domaine, click here.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Summer Drink: Agua Fresca

Using fresh melon and basil, this recipe from Bon Appetit for Agua Fresca is the perfect non-alcoholic afternoon refresher.

Working in batches, purée cantaloupe in a blender until smooth.
Set a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl; line sieve with cheesecloth. Strain purée into bowl; gather cheesecloth into a bundle and squeeze any remaining juice into bowl. Repeat process with fresh cheesecloth, straining into a large pitcher (you should have about 5 cups juice).

Add lemon juice, basil, and 2 cups cold water to pitcher. Let steep at room temperature for 1–2 hours. Fill glasses with ice. Divide agua fresca among glasses.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cold Brew Coffee at Its Finest

I don’t go a single day without coffee. Some would argue that’s a bad thing but those people can kick rocks.  I’m normally one for a hot cup but in the summer heat, iced coffee has become my staple and I have a few favorites to share with y’all. My hands down, can’t live without favorite is Jittery John’s, made right here in the bay area…but the others shown below run a close second. You can find these locally at Whole Foods or Sunshine Market in St. Helena.

This is my favorite.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Etsy Spotlight: 6th and Detroit

I have a new favorite Etsy shop for vintage and upcycled home pieces: 6th and Detroit. Owner Michelle Qazi has carefully curated this sweet little shop with vintage rugs, pottery, wall art and other wonderful home décor. Check out some of the wares below and click the link above to see the entire shop.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Nourishing Muesli

Muesli has been my breakfast of choice for the last month or so. It’s tasty, helthy, and it’s extremely filling. I’ve been trying various store bought brands which have been good…but not great. I feel like most of them only have a small fraction of the dried fruits and nuts that separate an average muesli from an excellent one, so I started creating my own. My recipe is loosely based on this recipe below from Nutrition Stripped.  The uncooked mixture of nuts, seeds, grains, dried fruits, and spices is delicious and packed with loads of healthful vitamins. Making your own also ensures that there’s no added sugar and you can customize the recipe to suit your taste.

2 cups rolled oats
2 cups quinoa flakes
1 cup puffed amaranth
1 cup almonds, chopped
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup mulberries
½ cup dried unsweetened coconut flakes
½ cup hemp seeds
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup goji berries
½ cup dried tart cherries
½ cup dried apricots, chopped
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
dash of nutmeg
pinch of sea salt

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until every ingredient is distributed in the mix.
Store in an airtight container, mason jars, or bags for later use at room temperature.
Pre-portion individual servings for quick on-the-go snacks or breakfasts (use about ½-1/3 cup for a serving).
Serve with almond milk, nut milks, cold or warm.
Nutrition Information:

 Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 220 Fat: 10 Carbohydrates: 25 (net 20) Sugar: 10 Fiber: 5 Protein: 8

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Back to Bend

Well, after being introduced to all that is glorious in central Oregon last month, we decided we couldn’t wait to return, so today we’re heading north to spend the next few days back in Bend. We have a few plans in mind, such as rock climbing here, and tasting our way through some breweries and brew pubs we didn’t get to last time, such as here and here. I’m also hoping to paddle board or float the Deschutes with the boys and see what other mischief we can come up with.  I hope you all have a good one.

 Image via Visit Bend

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Kids DIY Summer Journal

I love this idea from The Polka Dot Chair. Journaling is great for so many reasons and this is not only a way for kids to catalogue all their great adventures, but it keeps them regularly writing throughout the summer months. To get started you’ll need a:
Composition Notebook
Glue Stick
Map at least as big as your notebook
Exacto knife (or similar)
Washi Tape

Click the link above for further (easy) instructions and some free printables. 


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