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05.23.14

FRUIT ICE CUBES

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cheers to a long weekend! planning to have a little hotel staycation here in los angeles and maybe a beach bbq with friends. what are your plans? if you’re hosting a party of just hanging out by the pool i recommend trying these colorful fruit ice cubes….

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for starters we bought a variety of fruit and herbs. then, we cut the fruit into really thin slices before adding them to the water in the tray. it was fun to play around with the colors and shapes, experimenting with different flavors. we kept some simple with a small slice of lemon and made bolder combos like mint + cucumber and lemon + sage.

you can add them to a cocktail or to a pitcher of plain water for a punch of color.

we used the leftover fruit to make fusion water for the office. it’s so much easier to drink water throughout the day when it’s this pretty! hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend! – bri

(above photos by sheila gim for designlovefest)

and if you’re looking for MORE memorial day party ideas & recipes…

click for post:

SALMON TACOS WITH MANGO SALSA

BLACK EYED PEA DIP

STRAWBERRY ORANGE POPSICLES

GRAPEFRUIT MARGARITAS

SLIDERS PARTY

04.17.13

MY OFFICE MAKEOVER

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we have been in this office for quite some time, but we had our desks setup downstairs. we recently expanded our team and moved up into the loft and decided it needed to be redecorated! the loft has amazing windows & beautiful natural light so i knew i wanted it to function as a workspace but also as a studio for us to shoot blog content in. (ps. make sure you enter to win the big office giveaway too & see this feature over on the glitter guide!)

take a look at the space before we moved up there…(photo by bethany nauert)

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and after we were all finished…

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the first step was to cover the floors. the purplish-pink wood was distracting and limited us quite a bit, so we decided to cover it with canvas. we went to home depot and stocked up and ended up stapling it to the floor. it also made the space much more cozy. (it feels very palm springs ace hotel) it was important to add rugs on top of that so the canvas didn’t get filthy, but it made all the difference in the world to have the floor neutral. for the rugs, we went with layering…we used the west elm moroccan rug as the main rug, and then added a colorful turkish rug by the mini bar & a metallic textured rug under my desk. (they were from a shop called lake in silver lake. you have to check it out if you’re in LA!)

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06.12.19

SUMMER GARDEN LUNCH

summer garden lunch | designlovefest

you might remember this floral cocktail post we did back in april highlighting the gorgeous Floral Libations book by Cassie Winslow. we loved the cocktails so much and Cassie reached out to say she’d be in LA last week and did we want to shoot a few more. we had a fun day putting these drinks together along with a killer lunch spread that we picked up at our favorite spot, Cookbook. Cassie is super sweet and talented and whipped up the perfect brunch or lunch time drinks for us. the cantaloupe bellini was so good! she’s sharing all her tips and recipes below. thanks, Cassie! and thanks to Ivan for the photos!

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

first up, iced lavender coffee!

Iced Lavender Coffee

This is one of my favorite morning drinks to make for guests, especially on a warm summer morning. It’s so easy to make and best to prep the night before so it will be waiting for you right when you wake up the next day.

Makes 4 beverages

Ingredients:
4 cups hot, freshly brewed coffee
1/4 cup lavender simple syrup (recipe below)
Ice cubes
1-2 cups whole milk or cream
sprigs of fresh organic lavender for garnish

Directions:

In a large bowl or pitcher, stir together the hot coffee and lavender simple syrup. Place the mixture in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight to chill.

When you are ready to make the coffees, fill each glass with ice. Pour 1 cup of the coffee and lavender mixture into each glass followed by 1/2 cup of whole milk or a splash of cream. Stir until combined and garnish with a sprig of lavender.

You can also make these beverages the morning you would like to serve as shown. Simply make the lavender simple syrup and allow guests to add the amount of sweetener they prefer to their own glass. This also makes a lovely coffee bar situation and guests and serve themselves.

Lavender Simple Syrup
You will need:
1 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup filtered water
3 tablespoons of organic dried lavender

Place all ingredients in a pot over the stove and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat so the mixture is simmering…simmer for about 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has reduced to a syrup. Let cool for about 10 minutes then strain. Store in the fridge for up to one week.

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

for the food spread, we focused on light and bright items that paired well together. a little citrus, the salt from olives, crunchy toast with a creamy beet spread, cured meat and 6 minute eggs. all so good!

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

she served this drink with a garden party sugar rim that really took it to the next level!

Cantaloupe + Chamomile Bellinis
This is the perfect libation to serve at a summer brunch. The chamomile garnish adds a cheerful touch and the fresh cantaloupe is a wonderfully refreshing treat.

Makes about 10 cocktails

Ingredients:
3 cups chopped ripe cantaloupe from about 1 medium-sized cantaloupe
1 bottle sparkling wine
a handful of organic edible chamomile blooms

Directions:

Place the cantaloupe in a blender and blend until liquified. Strain the cantaloupe through a find-mesh sieve set over an extra large pitcher. Add the sparkling wine and stir until combined. Pour the Bellini mixture into 10 champagne flutes and garnish each glass with a few chamomile flowers.

Note: If you feel like being extra fancy (as shown), rim each glass with Garden Party Sugar…here’s how you make it:

Garden Party Sugar

Makes approximately 1 1/4 cups
Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon each:
organic dried hibiscus flowers
organic dried chamomile flowers
organic dried lavender
organic dried rose petals
organic dried calendula
1 cup cane sugar

Directions:

In a food process or spice grinder, combine the dried flowers and pulse until the blooms resemble small flakes. In a bowl, stir together the sugar and ground flowers. For optimal flavor, wait about 2 weeks before use. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 months.

To rim each glass, place a lemon wheel on a small plate and an even layer of Garden Party Sugar on another plate. Gently glide 1/2 of the rim on the lemon wheel. Then, gently dip in garden party sugar.

Use the extra sugar in your favorite baked goods such as homemade cookies, cakes and scones. It’s nature’s confetti….

summer garden lunch | designlovefest

Hibiscus Lemonade

I absolutely adore the color of this beverage. The hibiscus simple syrup is SO vibrant. Mixed with freshly squeezed lemon juice, this libation is the prettiest of pinks and will make your guests swoon with delight.

Makes 2 beverages

Ingredients:
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup hibiscus simple syrup (recipe below)
1/2 cup water

Directions:
Place lemon juice + hibiscus simple syrup in an extra large ball jar or pitcher. Stir. Slowly add 1/2 cup water until you find the combination you enjoy. Store in the fridge.
To make into a cocktail, simply place 1 cup of the hibiscus lemonade in a glass. Add 2 ounces of gin. Serve over ice. Cheers!

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

Hibiscus Simple Syrup
You will need:
1 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup filtered water
1 tablespoon of organic dried hibiscus flowers

Place all ingredients in a pot over the stove and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat so the mixture is simmering…simmer for about 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has reduced to a syrup. Let cool for about 10 minutes then strain. Store in the fridge for up to one week.

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

for the bread, we toasted it in olive oil and then we did a generous spread of something creamy across the top  (one each with butter, mayo, and beet hummus) with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. and layered our ingredients on top of that, usually a little crunch, fresh herbs, and some protein, either cured meats, egg or a smoke fish. the creamy layer is key for taste but it also helps everything stay on the toast and not slide off.

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

cocktails by: cassie winslow
Images by: Ivan Solis

04.04.19

IMPRESS YOUR GUESTS!

entertaining tips | designlovefest
entertaining tips | designlovefest

so…we did it! we finished 20 weeks of cooking school at the new school and we couldn’t have loved it more. both bri and i can’t believe how much we learned and how it has changed the way we cook and think about food. i was very apprehensive about signing up. committing to anything for 20 weeks as an adult feels like a tall order but i’m so glad we did and i truly believe it’s one of the best things we could have done for both our minds and our stomachs. it has also really inspired me to continue exploring adult education, i’m in the middle of 10 weeks of watercolor class (i will not be posting my art work here, haha) and plan to continue taking classes, we’re open to recommendations if you have an LA favorites! our last culinary lesson was on canapés (aka small bites) and we made gougères which is essentially a savory french pastry cheese puff. soo good and soo easy! we had just received the insanely gorgeous cocktail book, Floral Libations by Cassie Winslow, and she has us all inspired for floral cocktails. this book is a must buy, the styling and photos are out of this world pretty! – joanie

entertaining tips | designlovefest

cooking school definitely reinvigorated our love for hosting and the power of food, cooking for both yourself and entertaining others. American’s can have such a complex relationship with food, so many diets, and trends and wellness tips and guilt and do’s and don’ts. learning the techniques of cooking is so powerful because it connects you to the process of what you’re eating and it also gives you a respect for the finished dish. i’m a big believer in paying attention to the attitude and mentality in which we eat and share food. is it from a place of guilt or rules or is it from a place of joy? i encourage you, even if cooking school isn’t an option, to crack open a cookbook, to make a meal that sounds delicious to you and to pay attention to the process. turn on some music, enjoy the chopping, don’t stress about messing up the recipe and to enjoy the fruits of your labor. creating a meal out of a place of love is loving and carrying for yourself (and those you serve it to!)

now on to the entertaining aspect! if you’re looking to throw a little spring/summer party here are a couple ideas that will make your guests vvverrryyy happy!

entertaining tips | designlovefest

she had us make a lavender gin for this drink which required using dried lavender (organic!) and infusing it in gin for up to 5 days. we did it for two days and it was plenty strong for us! we buy all our edible flowers from gourmet sweet botanicals. not an everyday purchase but really worth it when you want to bring things up to the next level!

entertaining tips | designlovefest
entertaining tips | designlovefest
entertaining tips | designlovefest

lavender gin daisy, serves 2
recipe by: Cassie Winslow
• 1/2 cup lavender gin
• 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons grenadine
• 1/2 tsp sugar
• ice cubes

  • combined all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, shake well and strain into two cups.

entertaining tips | designlovefest

a margarita is top two favorite drinks for me, alternates with a manhattan, depending on the season. this drink is so delicious and refreshing. the chamomile infused syrup is so lovely and delicate. we used chamomile teabags for this part and it worked great. both of these cocktail recipes are perfect right now when citrus is abundant and inexpensive! our favorite tequila is Espolōn and we used that in this recipe.

entertaining tips | designlovefest
entertaining tips | designlovefest
entertaining tips | designlovefest

pansy margarita, serves 2
recipe by: Cassie Winslow

• rose salt
• lime
• 2 tablespoons chamomile syrup
• 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
• 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
• 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
• 1/2 cup tequila
• ice cubes
• fresh pansy flowers to garnish

entertaining tips | designlovefest
entertaining tips | designlovefest

first step is to make the chamomile simple syrup: combined  1/2 cup cara cara orange juice, 1 tablespoon cara cara orange zest, 3 chamomile tea bags and 1 cup cane super with 1/2 cup water in a sauce pan. simmer over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. let cool and strain. set aside.

• to make the rose salt, mix sea salt and dried rose petals in a blender and pulse.

• run a lime around the rim of 2 glasses. turn upside down and coat with rose salt. mix the cocktail by adding all ingredients into a carafe and stir. pour into glasses and serve!

entertaining tips | designlovefest
entertaining tips | designlovefest

and now for the gougères! my aunt first taught me to make these last winter and told me to pop them in the oven right before guests arrive to make your house smell amazing and she was right! we made these in class and they are heavenly. airy and salty. best hot out of the oven!

GOUGÈRES
what you’ll need//
serves 4

• 1/2 cup of water
• 3 tb of butter, cut into cubes
• 1/4 tsp of salt
• 1/2 cup of AP flour
• 2 eggs
• 2 tb of chives, finely minced
• 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

entertaining tips | designlovefest

you’re going to make your dough on the stove top. the idea is that you want to cook out as much moisture from the dough as you can. start with the water and salt, add the butter and once it’s melted added the flour. keeping it on the heat, and using a wooden spoon, stir it constantly, it should be a in a ball. keep doing this until the dough starts to dry and a thin layer is left on the bottom of the pan.

entertaining tips | designlovefest

transfer the dough to a mixer with a paddle attachment, turn on medium and keep mixing until the dough cools slightly, about 3-5 minutes. add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each. dough may seem lumpy but will smooth out. add in the cheese and herbs. keep mixing. you want the dough to have a webbed look to it.

entertaining tips | designlovefest

• i couldn’t find our pastry bag for this part so i used a plastic bag and cut off the corner, and it worked great! line a tray with parchment paper. you want to pipe these so they stand tall, fill the tray with the puffs. then take a little dish of water and using your finger, dip it in water and smooth the top of each one gently with your moist finger. top with a bit of flaky salt and bake. you can also sprinkle more cheese on top but we found that wasn’t necessary. pop in the oven at 375 for around 15- 20 minutes, cooking time varies greatly depending on how big or small you pipe them! they should look golden brown on the top! remove from the oven, serve hot and bask in the glow of being an excellent host!

entertaining tips | designlovefest
entertaining tips | designlovefest
entertaining tips | designlovefest
entertaining tips | designlovefest

cocktail recipes by: Cassie Winslow
images by: Ivan Solis 

07.09.18

MORINGSTAR FARMS OUTDOOR DINING!

outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest

i’m really excited about this post! before every shoot i have a vision in my head of how i want it all to come together and my goal is to always match the vision with the final images but this shoot exceeded my vision. it was the perfect light, all the decor came together perfectly in a relaxed way. this is our second post in a series of three for MorningStar Farms. it was really fun to hear all your feedback on our first post, lots of people are excited about us featuring more veggie/vegan friendly foods and we’re excited too! this time it’s all about their  MorningStar Farms® Spicy Black Bean Burger, which has been a fave of mine for years.

outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
 outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest

the whole inspiration of this series is to encourage everyone (meat eaters included!) to make room on your grill this summer for vegetarian and vegan foods. and that it’s a category of cuisine that doesn’t need to be exclusive, you can grill it and serve it right along side a piece of meat. we’re hoping that these images make you want to bust out your grill (or head to your local park) and enjoy a meal outside!

outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest

we threw in a ton of colorful elements into this outdoor dinner, gingham napkins, bright florals, mismatched table linens, etc. i like to mix and match different prints and colors that are all in the same family but that make it feel a little more rustic and natural. there is a time and a place for perfect dinner parties but outdoor BBQs are a great time to keep it low key and uncomplicated with food and decor.

outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest

for drinks we served lemonade with mint and lemonade ice cubes which keep your drink cold but don’t dilute it as it melts and iced coffee with coffee ice cubes (which are so easy and always a hit with guests!)

outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest

one of the keys to keeping hosting from becoming overwhelming is to keep the food on the simple side, you don’t need tons of different options, just a solid main course with some sides and a simple dessert. for the burgers, we decided to mix it up and serve them with lettuce wraps instead of buns. we offered toppings like crumbled feta cheese, regular and beet hummus and cucumber salad (recipe below!). the feta paired with the MorningStar Farms® Spicy Black Bean Burger was a solid match!

outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
 
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest

for sides, we did individual foil packs on the grill with potatoes and radish. to make these, you simply cut the potatoes into wedges and slice the radishes in half, drizzle with olive oil, salt and Herb De Provence and place inside foil squares. wrap the sides up and place on the grill. these will take longer than the burgers to cook through so put them on first!

outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest

the cucumber salad is two cucumbers diced, half a red onion, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, all mixed together! you can eat it on it’s own or top on the burger, it’s delicious both ways!

and our simple dessert was just sliced strawberries, tossed with raspberries, fresh mint and topped with whip cream, yum!

outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest

throw a blanket over a picnic table or create a place to eat on the ground by spreading pillows and blankets out on the floor. entertaining doesn’t have to be complicated! focus on creating a relaxed environment and everyone will have a good time!

cheers to eating outdoors more this summer! xx bri

photos by: ivan solis
styling by: bri emery and joanie cusack
this post was made in partnership with MorningStar Farms

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