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04.11.17

HEALTHY CANDY BARS

gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest

i have a pretty intense sweet tooth and i’m always open to new healthier ways of satisfying it. enter Gwyneth Paltrow’s healthy “candy bars”(i’m putting candy bar in quotation because although these are really good and satisfying they are not a snicker bar). i’ve seen people posting all over the internet about her recipes and i thought it was time we gave it a shot and let you know how it turned out. this recipe is exceptionally easy, apart from the fact that it has to set in the refrigerator for half a day, the active steps on this are under 15 minutes. the recipe didn’t ask for salt on top but in our opinion, the flavor was enhanced by a generous sprinkle of maldon salt.

gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest
gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest

i also wanted to ask for a bit of feedback on the recipe column, we work really hard to weekly bring you beautiful and practical meals and we’d love to know what you’re liking/not liking and what you’d like to see more of. we’ve had a few comments recently of people saying that they tried one of our recipes and that it was actually really good and not just pretty. i love those comments and i also wanted to say that we test and eat every single recipe. we aren’t making things just for the pretty photos, although those are fun too. we really want this to be a resource to you so let us know what you’d like us to focus on, we’re all ears! – joanie

gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest
gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest
gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest


Gwyneth Paltrow’s candy bars
what you’ll need:
• 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
• 1 1/2 cup dates, pitted and roughly chopped
• 1/2 cup almond butter
• 1/2 cup maple syrup (she asks for grade B, we used grade A)
• 1/2 cup coconut flour
• 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
• 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (we used vanilla, either works great)
• 1 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (60% or higher cocoa content)
• 1 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
optional: maldon salt

full recipe below!
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04.07.17

WEEKEND AT HOME / 58

update your deskspace | designlovefest

the walls in your office space end up being what you see all day, so it’s important to have an office space that inspires your work. i like the idea of having shelves above your desk to store pretty things on the wall, but also keep your desk space from being cluttered. shelving is fun because you can have a mix of personal pictures, pretty framed art, and lively plants on a shelf without taking up any extra desk space. i’ve also always had a major thing for inspiration boards in my work space (i used to pull out pages of magazines that inspired me and pin them on the wall) which you can do with tape or peg board. whether you’re into a gallery wall, shelving or inspiration board, here are a few fun office wall decor ideas for your desk space this weekend! erika

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update your deskspace | designlovefest
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03.27.17

NEW KITCHEN TOOLS

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as you know, joanie and ivan are the good chefs around these parts, but watching them cook all the time and now having a boyfriend who’s a great cook…i’ve been inspired! slowly but surely i’ve been practicing more lately and finding a lot of joy in it. i think i always felt intimidated in the kitchen. my parents rarely cooked and so i didn’t really grow up learning recipes or hanging out in the kitchen too often. lately i’ve been making a recipe and then cooking it a few more times until i think it’s perfect. this has helped my confidence in the kitchen!

over the past year i’ve been acquiring more kitchen tools to make my kitchen feel complete. some are splurges but i use them quite often. i used to have a bunch of cheap tools from ikea or from college and never wanted to cook because i hated the way those looked or functioned (i know, i’m a bit crazy like that) once i upgraded some of my items i found myself inspired and excited to be in the kitchen. what can i say, i’m a visual person.

here’s my current kitchen list!

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02.14.17

BREAKFAST IN BED

breakfast in bed | designlovefest

happy valentine’s day! let’s all celebrate by making breakfast in bed for ourselves or someone we love! i’m not exactly sure what makes breakfast in bed feel like such a luxury but it certainly feels like one. since childhood it has been something that i look forward to. there are seven children in my family and we’d each get waffles in bed on our birthday. all of my siblings and parents would come in together singing happy birthday carrying a plate with a homemade waffle the size of my head and it felt exciting, every time.

breakfast in bed | designlovefest

the waffle recipe i use now is one i adapted from allrecipes.com and it’s the perfect amount of crunch on the outside with soft in the center. the trick is beating the egg whites on their own before adding the yolk. for this post we decided to make them chocolate by adding cocoa powder but that’s an addition that you can easily leave out. also, this recipe only requires one bowl making it a very practical recipe to whip together in the early morning hours. we hope you enjoy your day celebrating all of the love in your life and all of the love you give to others!  – joanie

breakfast in bed | designlovefest
breakfast in bed | designlovefest

waffles
serves 8 (the batter keeps for one week in an air tight container in the refrigerator, mix well before using)
• 2 eggs
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 3/4 cups milk
• 1/2 cup coconut oil
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 2 tablespoon white sugar
• 4 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 2 tablespoons cacao powder (optional)
• topping options: strawberries, whipped cream, pomegranate seeds, maple syrup…
breakfast in bed | designlovefest
breakfast in bed | designlovefest

• separate your eggs and beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. then beat in the egg yolks. add all of the other ingredients and mix until just incorporated.

breakfast in bed | designlovefest
breakfast in bed | designlovefest

• heat your waffle iron to medium/high heat, add batter and cook until browned on the outside (don’t undercook as they’ll get soggy!)

• serve hot with coffee and toppings!

breakfast in bed | designlovefest

styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: ivan solis

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12.08.16

HOLIDAY MOVIE NIGHT

holiday movie night | designlovefest
holiday movie night | designlovefest

my first real tree! i decided to go for it this year when it came to holiday decorating and it’s putting me in such good spirits. i had a little movie night at my house with a few friends and we watched home alone on the couch under tons of blankets and just the lights from the tree. we made a few easy recipes in the vitamix that we are sharing with you too! healthy hot chocolate and festive beet hummus. real crowd pleasers!

healthy hot chocolate | designlovefest
healthy hot chocolate | designlovefest

in my mind, it cannot be the holidays without hot chocolate. growing up, my mom would make it for us after we’d go sledding and we’d come inside with freezing cold hands and frozen toes wanting to warm ourselves quickly and the hot chocolate was always a highlight. this year i wanted to focus on a more healthy version of a classic hot chocolate recipe using homemade almond milk and raw cacao powder. i’m going to be a real hippie for a minute and urge you to make your own almond milk. there is no comparison between homemade and store bought and it really brings the beverage up a notch. to make the almond milk, soak 4 cups almonds overnight, rinse them and then blend them with 4 cups filtered water in your Vitamix. strain using a nut milk bag (i own this one!) and then store the milk in your refrigerator.  – joanie

what you’ll need: 
• 3 cups almond milk
• 3 tablespoons raw cacao (we use this brand).
• 3 tablespoons maple syrup
• 6 pitted dates
• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt

– the bonus of making this in your vitamix is that it heats it for you. to make – add the almond milk to your vitamix, throw in the rest of the ingredients and then turn to your hot/soup setting. blend until you start to see steam rising out of the blender. if you don’t have a vitamix, blend all of your ingredients and then pour into a sauce pan and heat until you hit your desired temperature.

healthy hot chocolate | designlovefest

• we topped ours with coconut cream which we made by chilling a can of full fat coconut milk, opening it and taking out and using just the thick layer at the top, and then blending it with a table spoon of maple syrup. yum!

beet hummus | designlovefest
beet hummus | designlovefest

and now for the beet hummus. i almost never buy hummus from the store because it’s so easy (and inexpensive) to whip up at home and there are so many variations that you can experiment with. we wanted to use beets because they are both healthy and have the most beautiful color. if you’re not a big fan of the flavor of beets but love the color you can cut down on the quantity. we experimented with using two and three roasted beets and both versions were great.

here is what you’ll need: 
• 3 roasted beets (oven at 400 for 35-45 minutes, until tender with a fork).
• 3 gloves of garlic (you can either roast this or leave it raw, use less if you’re planning on kissing someone later)
• the juice of 1 lemon
• 1/4 cup olive oil (this is my favorite brand)
• 1 can rinsed chickpeas
• 1 teaspoon salt

• add all of your ingredients to the vitamix and blend on level 2, slowly moving to level 6 until the consistency is creamy.  transfer to a bowl and serve with veggies and crackers!

beet hummus | designlovefest
beet hummus | designlovefest

no holiday party is complete with out a cheese plate! i go to my in-laws for christmas and the entire holiday meal is based around appetizers which is one of my favorite ways to eat. everyone brings something to share and the table is filled with all sorts of snacks, our contribution being a cheese plate. i like to do a mix of meats, cheeses, fresh and dried fruits, veggies, nuts, dips and then 2-3 different types of breads or crackers. i like the plate to look abundant so i always lay everything out and then fill in the cracks so that you can barely see the plate.

do you have traditional recipes that you make every year or a food item that you can’t go without during the holidays? we’d love to know!

holiday movie night | designlovefest
holiday movie night | designlovefest
holiday movie night | designlovefest

and let’s talk about that garland!! that thing made me happy for days straight. jenn sanchez made this beauty and stuck in real flowers for the event. even after the flowers bit the dust, the greenery is gorgeous in my living room.

holiday movie night | designlovefest
holiday movie night | designlovefest

the splatter tumblers are by chris earl, aren’t they cool!?

holiday movie night | designlovefest

and i decided to keep it minimal this year and just decorate my tree with white lights. it matches the room and still feels sparkly and pretty. after everything was prepared, we sat and waited for everyone to arrive and the sun to go down…

holiday movie night | designlovefest
holiday movie night | designlovefest
 
holiday movie night | designlovefest
holiday movie night | designlovefest
holiday movie night | designlovefest

what are your favorite holiday movies that you watch every year?? here’s ours!

holiday movie night | designlovefest
holiday movie night | designlovefest

what a fun night!!

photos by: ivan solis 
sponsored by: viatmix 

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