rugs are a great way to make a space feel cozy and lived-in. i gathered some of the coolest rugs around for you to make your space comfy this winter. for a graphic look opt for a cozy shag rug, or if you want something totally unique go for a vintage moroccan rug. whether you’re into neutrals or brights, there’s a bit of everything below. add some cozy texture to your home with these beautiful rugs this weekend! – erika
we’re on a real cauliflower kick over here and have no plans of ditching it anytime soon! this time we prepared it in a cast iron skillet over the stove and it was delicious on its own but maybe even better paired with nachos. these vegan nachos really hit the spot and making the cashew cheese was super simple. i’ve avoided making it in the past because it seemed complicated but i was wrong, it couldn’t be easier. and i now want to add pickled vegetables to everything i make! follow this tutorial if you’re curious on how to make them! – joanie
vegan nachos what you’ll need: • 1 head cauliflower
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon onion powder
• 1/2 tablespoon paprika
• 1 teaspoon chili powder
• salt to taste
• 4 tablespoons olive oil
• a few sprigs of cilantro
• 1 lime to garnish
• pickled red onions and jalapeños
• 1 can of whole kernal yellow corn, drained and rinsed
• 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
• tortilla chips
• 1 avocado diced
cashew “cheese”: • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
• 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon onion powder
• 4 cloves of garlic
• 1 1/2 cups of soaked cashews
• place all of the ingredients in your blender (we used a vitamix) and blend on high until smooth and creamy. taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
• using a cast iron skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil on medium heat. place the corn on the skillet and let them roast for about 5-6 minutes; moving them occasionally so that they can char on all sides. remove and set aside. cut the cauliflower up into florets. using the same heated cast iron, roast the cauliflower with an additional 3 tablespoons of olive oil. season with the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, chili powder and salt to taste. roast for about 10 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender.
a while back we shared with you this pickling recipe and had a batch from the night before of red onions and jalapeños. our jalapeños came out a bit spicy but so good!
to assemble, place in a large platter with a layer of chips, then add the roasted cauliflower, corn, black beans, avocado, cilantro, pickled red onions, pickled jalapeños, and cashew cheese. spritz with a squeeze of lime and enjoy!
styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis photos by: ivan solis
i’m headed to stockholm, sweden on monday with denise and i’m VERY excited. i visited about 3 years ago for blogshop (here) and it was one of my favorite places i’ve been. i was teaching then and didn’t have a ton of time to explore, so i’m thrilled to be able to dive deeper into the culture in sweden. i’m working with scandanavian airlines who now has a non-stop flight from LAX to stockholm. we are staying at the hotel haymarket by Scandic, which looks full of style and amazing design details…i’m sure inspiration will be everywhere judging by the photos.
ALSO!! there’s a BIG GIVEAWAY we’re hosting with Scandinavian Airlines, Visit Stockholm and Visit Sweden with a prize including 2 round trip airline tickets from LAX to stockholm, a 4 night hotel stay in the haymarket hotel…basically you win the trip we are going on! you have to enter, stockholm is so amazing!! (full terms and conditions of the “Stockholm Like a Local Contest” found here).
we are meeting up with stockholm cool girl hanna stefansson who’s going to show denise and i the fun things to do in the area. and looking at her adorable style, i have a feeling she’s going to know all the right spots…
to enter the contest go to @visitstockholm, find your favorite stockholm spot shown on their feed and comment on it with hashtag #stockholmlikealocal along with why you would like to experience that spot in person. also, don’t forget to tag a friend that you’d like to go with! (make sure to tag them at the end of the comment so it doesn’t turn into a direct message)*
*open to US residence 18 years and older, airline tickets depart from LAX only, winner is responsible to get themselves to LAX. contest open from january 14th 12pm PST and closes 5th of february 2017 at 11:59pm PST. full terms and conditions found here.
i’ve been seeing this deep, forest green everywhere lately. it’s such an earthy, natural color, and makes a really cool accent color in a room. after all, greenery made the pantone color of the year. a few ideas to incorporate it into a space: paint an accent wall, green upholstered furniture, hang green wall art, and, of course, fill your home with lots of plants! what is your favorite way to add a bit of greenery to your space? – erika