October 23, 2014

INSPIRATION: dainty gold jewelry

We're all about that dainty gold jewelry.  Less is more and simple is always better in our book.  And the kicker with all these pieces - the price is RIGHT!

personalized nameplate bracelet // shopLUCA, $46+

mini linear earrings, small // byboe, $30

cusp studs // byboe, $20

personalized skinny nameplate necklace // shopLUCA, $45+

October 21, 2014

EAT: crispy eggplant fries with honey

I love fried chicken, fried shrimp, and fried sliced potatoes - infamously known as french fries.  There I said it.  I shouldn't but I do. So to balance this love for fried goodness, I'm always looking for alternatives for a low(er) carb meal.  Or you can think of it as, I'm always looking for something to fry! haha. Enter the eggplant fries. Healthier than regular fries? Probably just by a smidgen because it's still fried, but I'll take it.  You can try baking them as well, but I wanted to keep them in "fry" form as much as possible.  This idea of frying lower carb veggies such as zucchinis and eggplant is not a new idea,  you can find various forms of this simple recipe all over the internet as I did! But I've never had an eggplant fry,  let alone try to make it,  so its new enough to me.  

Ingredients: serving size 4 
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsps garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1-2 eggs to coat
  • oil for frying
  • 2 medium eggplants
  • salt for seasoning
  • honey

October 15, 2014

DIY: chalkboard painted pumpkins

HHS (Happy Holiday Season)!  October surely did creep up on us!  Hope you all are enjoying the cool, crisp weather.  This year we wanted to do a fun spin on the traditional pumpkin decor by using a more neutral color palette via chalkboard paint.  Painting pumpkins is a game changer and takes much less time (and less mess) than carving a pumpkin.  From there, you can add lettering, decorations/embellishments and even turn it into a vase to add some character to your pumpkins.

We went with a classic dark gray and lighter gray for our color scheme.  There are a ton of colors to choose from - I'm eying some of those beautiful pastels for next time.  Whatever you go with, remember to have FUN with it! 

October 7, 2014

EAT: ahi tuna poke

HOKEY POKEY!  If you've never had ahi tuna poke before, it's basically heavenly seasoned tuna that can be served atop crispy wontons, crackers or rice.  I've been craving this for a while and decided to whip up my own version with big chunks of avocado and scallions with plenty of sesame oil (kind of obsessed lately) and sesame seeds.  

The beauty is that it's so easy to make and after the tuna is thawed (if you're buying frozen), you're literally just tossing the ingredients together and serving it.  My version is served with rice for a heartier meal.  You can also try serving it on top of crispy wontons or crackers as an appetizer.  Make sure to pick up sushi-grade tuna at the store to avoid any possible mishaps with your stomach (you know what I'm talking about).  ENJOY!