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08.22.18

MORNINGSTAR FARMS LABOR DAY BBQ!

MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest

can’t believe it’s already the end of august and that it’s time to start thinking about labor day weekend! we hope you enjoyed following along with our MorningStar Farms posts this summer. we loved creating these entertaining stories and spreading the message about eating more plant based meals and focusing less on labeling ourselves as a meat eater, vegan or vegetarian and more on making mindful choices with our meals . the whole campaign was about making room on your grill this summer for veggie/vegan options which kept with one of our goals this year. we said back in january that we wanted to include more plant based meals in our lives and on the blog and we’re excited to have been able to do that. hope you enjoyed following along!

MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest

labor day weekend is a bit of a bittersweet moment, it really feels like the closing of summer but it’s also a time to celebrate and enjoy being outside with friends and family. we created this spread at our friend victoria’s house who has killer taste and a gorgeous back yard. a big long table covered in grape leaves that lets the sun peak through and creates a really relaxing environment. we wanted a mix of lots of colors and textures with pops of citrus throughout. using fresh citrus as a way to decorate is both inexpensive and practical as you can use the citrus in drinks/food afterwards!

MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest

we wanted the menu to be fun, seasonal and playful so we decided to do mini burgers paired with a flight of mini beers! we wanted the burgers to be small so that people could try multiple flavor combos so we used a 2″ cutter and cut everything to size, including all the toppings so that it make a nice stack. here are the combos we created:

MorningStar Farms® Spicy Black Bean Burger with sharp cheddar, Iceburg lettuce and avocado

MorningStar Farms® Grillers® Original Burger with red onion, blue cheese and butter lettuce

MorningStar Farms® Veggie Lovers Vegan Burger with mozzarella, tomato and grilled onions

MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest

we completed the menu with a citrus cake, melon and prosciutto, radish tacos with chicken salad and sliced heirloom tomatoes topped with olive oil and sea salt. and of course, a flight of beer! we picked up a range of beer options and had fun tasting them paired with the burgers. our favorite beer was the grapefruit sculpin. we used these mini beer glasses which were the perfect size!

MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest

for the cake, you can make it using a boxed cake mix and add the zest of one lemon to the mix before making. for the icing, we made a cream cheese frosting but you could really make any type of frosting that is on the thicker side, even whipped cream would be delicious. and for decorating, you’ll want to find two very small lemons and thinly slice them, the smaller the lemon the better as you can create more of a pattern. we cut greens from outside, washed them and put them on top!

MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest

the watermelon radish tacos are also super easy to make, we used a mandoline slicer to make really thin slices and topped with chicken salad and a little cilantro. a colorful and fast appetizer that was inspired by our friends at Haute Chefs LA.

thanks for following along with us this summer and responding so positively to these entertaining stories! we’d love to hear if you made room on your grill this summer for more veggie/vegan options.

MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest

images by: Ivan Solis 

(this post was created in partnership with MorningStar Farms)

08.01.18

WILLIAMS SONOMA KNIFE GIVEAWAY!

williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest
williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest

one of the most important elements in a kitchen is your knives. they are probably the most used item and there are few things more frustrating with cooking than trying to cut things with a dull knife. both joanie and i use Wüsthof Crafter knives in our home, justin introduced me to them when we started cooking together and joanie registered for them for her wedding. so when williams sonoma asked if we wanted to team up with them and offer a Wüsthof Crafter knife giveaway we were a 1000% yes! they just redesigned the knives and they now have a smoked oak handle with brass rivets which are gorgeous. i’m so excited to be able to give this set away. they are truly knives that with proper care will last a lifetime (psss… it’s more than $1,000+ worth of knives!)

williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest
williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest

we had lunch at the beverly hills hotel last week and tried their chopped cobb salad which was delicious. we decided to re-make it because what better way to break in new beautifully shape knives than with tons of chopping! this recipe is time intensive in the sense that we wanted everything to be in perfect cubes but it turned out perfectly and we’d highly recommend giving it a go.

Beverly Hills Hotel Chopped Cobb Salad
(taken from Parade.com)
serves: 2-3 as an entree or 3-4 as a side 

what you’ll need: 
• 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
• 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
• 1 garlic glove
• 12 oz iceberg lettuce, finely chopped
• 12 oz hearts of romaine, finely chopped
• 2 oz watercress, finely chopped
• 1/2 lb red beets, roasted and finely diced
• 1/2 lb aged cheddar cheese, finely diced
• 1/2 lb applewood-smoked bacon, cooked and finely chopped
• 3 hard boiled eggs, peeled and finely chopped
•  1/2 lb cooked chicken breasts, diced
• 1 large tomato, peeled and diced
• 1 avocado, peeled and sliced

williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest
williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest

• we started by prepping all the ingredients that need to be cooked, you can prep each thing how you prefer but this is what we did: with the eggs, put them in a pan with water over medium high heat, when it starts to boil, remove from the heat and let them sit covered for 10 minutes, put in ice waterfor the beets, wash and pat dry, place on tin foil with a little oil and salt and bake at 450 degrees for 45minutes- 1 hour. once cool, peel the skin off with your hands and set aside. we seasoned the chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper and cooked it at 375 for about 20 minutes. and the bacon we cooked until it was reallllly crispy so that it would add a nice crunch to the salad.

williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest
williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest
williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest

then mix your dressing, add the oil, balsamic, mustard, and garlic (we used this garlic press) together in a bowl and whisk until smooth, season with about 1 teaspoon salt and some pepper. once you have everything prepped, it’s time to start chopping! chop the beets, cheese, chicken, and tomatoes into as cubes as much as possible. for the lettuce and egg, just chop really finely.

we also used these measuring spoons and cups, copper mixing bowls and this chopping block!

williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest
williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest

and now for the Wüsthof Crafter giveaway! THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! THANK YOU FOR ALL THE GREAT ENTRIES, WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON! 

here is what you’ll win! the value of the this giveaway is over $1,000!
7 piece block set that includes:
• 8″ chef knife
• 9″double serrated bread knife
• 3 1/2″ pairing knife
• 5″ serrated utility knife
• honing steel
• shears
• Wood block with brass rivets

also, these! 
6″ chef knife
7″ hollow edge santoku knife
6″ utility knife
10″ super slicer knife
Set of 4 steak knives

williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest

and here’s how to win…

1) visit Williams Sonoma and take a look around!

2) leave a comment below with your favorite summer meal/recipe!

one winner will receive all of the knives listed above, a value of $1,000+. one winner will be chosen at random on august 8, 2018. one entry per person, double entries will disqualify you from winning. giveaway subject to designlovefest’s rules and regulations. giveaway open to readers in North America only. we reserve the right to change, alter or cancel at anytime. 

this post was sponsored by williams sonoma

07.19.18

BASIC STYLE

everlane | designlovefest

the most important part of your wardrobe are the basic items, the pieces that you can wear almost every day, layered or paired with jeans, tucked into skirts, tied over dresses, with a pair of shorts, etc. you can’t build an outfit without them and even though they aren’t always the most fun thing to spend money on, they usually give you the most bang for your buck. one of my all time favorite places to buy great basics is everlane. i love their transparency and i also love their clothing. the designs are thoughtful, good fabrics, nice quality and colors. a few great looking staples that they currently have in stock below! – joanie

cotton popover shirt  $55 – very into these striped cotton button ups for summer, tied at the waist, over a swimsuit, with jeans, the options are endless!

black cami $68 – a cami is a great piece to add to your wardrobe, it’s perfect under a blazer during the day and then on it’s own in the evening. i love them tucked into full waisted 50’s style skirts.

silk shirt $98 – this has such a classic feeling, i love a slightly oversized silk button down, buttoned all the way to the top and tucked in or with a few buttons undone and a pretty lace bra peaking out.

utility jacket $78 – i heavily rotate between a utility type jacket like this and a denim jacket. they’re great day or night.

bodysuit $30 – if you haven’t tried a bodysuit, now is the time! they are the perfect layering piece as they don’t ride up. i love them with tighter fitting skirts as you don’t get that tucked in line.

oversized sweatshirt  $45 – i love slightly oversized sweatshirts. they give me the feeling of vintage Champion from the 70’s.

cotton cropped tee $15 – a little boxy and a little cropped. a great white tee to pair with high waisted denim.

french terry crew $38 – loving all the soft colors this crewneck sweatshirt comes in.

suede slingback  $155 – if you feels tuck between sandals and sneakers every day, throw these into the mix. ladylike and simple!

06.20.18

MORNINGSTAR FARMS 4TH OF JULY PARTY

MorningStar Farms 4th of July party | designlovefest

i’m super excited to announce a summer long partnership with MorningStar Farms, we have planned out some really fun entertaining content and i can’t wait to share it with you! MorningStar Farms offers vegan and vegetarian options and we’re focusing on all of their burgers (check out all their products, here!) the whole campaign is built around the idea that we don’t need to label ourselves as a vegan or vegetarian to enjoy those types of products and that this summer everyone can make room on their grill for those options. i love the mentality and the openness it creates in the conversation of food, that it doesn’t have to be exclusively meat or veggie. it can be intimidating to label yourself as eating only one way but i love including more plant-based meals in my diet for health and the environment.

MorningStar Farms 4th of July party | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms 4th of July party | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms 4th of July party | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms 4th of July party | designlovefest

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