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10.09.14

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 12

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“the design of this question mark and the mysterians lyric is inspired by these yves st. laurent dresses in a 1966 life magazine.” –maddy

hand-drawn love | designlovefest

(photo source and hand drawn type by maddy nye for designlovefest)

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10.08.14

PUMPKIN CHAI LATTE RECIPE

Nothing tastes quite as good in autumn as the sweet, toasty pumpkin. The cool crisp air also signals the transition from the cool drinks of summer to the piping hot beverages of fall, and to me nothing tastes more like fall than a delicious chai latte. So, I of course decided to combine the two in this rich and decadent concoction, complete with a homemade clove caramel and maple whipped cream topping. Yes, I went there. And once you go there, there’s no coming back. So join me in this autumn wonderland, where creamy pumpkin befriends buttery caramel, and all feels right with the world.

Pumpkin Chai Latte with Maple Whipped Cream & Clove Caramel
By Eva Kosmas Flores of Adventures in Cooking
Serves 4

Clove Caramel

• 1/4 cup water
• 2/3 cup granulated sugar
• 2/3 cup light brown sugar
• 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
• 1 cup heavy cream, at room temperature
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 teaspoon ground cloves
• pinch of salt

Maple Whipped Cream

• 1 cup heavy whipping cream
• 3 tablespoons maple sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Pumpkin Chai Latte

• 1 and 1/3 cups whole milk
• 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 4 tablespoons chai tea powder
• 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
• 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

First, prepare the caramel. In a small stainless steel saucepan, mix together the water and the granulated sugar over high heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Bring the heat down to medium and continue boiling until the mixture turns a light caramel color, stirring once every two minutes or so. It can take up to 15 minutes for the clear syrup to turn light caramel-colored, but the exact speed will depend upon the heat intensity of your stovetop.

Once the syrup turns that light amber hue, quickly remove the pot from the heat and immediately stir in the heavy cream, butter, and brown sugar until incorporated. Be careful when adding the ingredients, however, as the mixture will spit and hiss a bit. If the sugar begins to clump up when you’re stirring do not worry, just stir as best as you can for about 30 seconds and then place the pot on the stovetop over medium heat until the mixture reaches a boil. Once it is boiling again, stir it until the sugar chunk dissolves and the mixture is smooth.

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When the caramel smoothes out, allow the mixture to simmer for 3-5 minutes more so that it thickens slightly. Remove from the stovetop and stir in the vanilla extract, cloves, and salt. Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature. Use immediately, or keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. If refrigerated, the caramel will solidify slightly, simply heat it up a bit to get it back to drizzling consistency.

While the caramel is cooling, prepare the whipped cream. Beat the cream and maple sugar in an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment at medium high speed until the cream holds a very soft peak. Gently whisk in the sea salt until incorporated. Cover and set aside.

To prepare the pumpkin latte, heat the milk in a small pot over medium low heat until hot but not boiling. Whisk the pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, chai powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger into the milk. Divide into 4 cups and top with the maple whipped cream and nutmeg caramel. Serve immediately.

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(recipe + photos by Eva Kosmas Flores of Adventures in Cooking for designlovefest– want more food posts? go here!)

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10.07.14

12 INSPIRING CERAMICS

i have a serious obsession with ceramics. i’d rather buy a nice vase than a pair of shoes. or a cool mug more than jewelry. here’s 12 awesome ceramic treasures i found & want…

perfect pink + orange mugs 

gorgeous bowls by ben feiss

unique gold plated bowls by gretel

moon phase plate from small spells.

love this gradient vase from leif shop

just plain awesome. 

love the pink + blue color combo in this planter.

the best ring dishes ever from the object enthusiast.

what i would do for those plates and bowls!

i’d love to put my jewelry in this leah goren dish.

cool vessels.

love everything lindsey hampton makes.

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10.06.14

COLORFEST / 80

I know you guys in CA might not be in the apple-picking mood quite yet but here in Montreal, the leaves are turning golden yellow and a beautiful rusty orange. In my opinion, the ultimate color for fall would be this rust shade. Are you ready for cocooning season? –stephanie

rust

shop these items: 1. backpack from madewell, 2. leather moccasin from zara, 3. j.crew tort eyeglasses, 4. sweet paul magazine from terrain, 5. wooden tasting spoon set from leif, 6. the dimpled mug from leif, 7. apple baskets from anthropologie. – inspiration coat from zara.
(want to see more colorfest posts? they’re all here!)

 

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09.30.14

I GUESS I’M TRYING TINDER?

i’ve always been hesitant about online dating. i’ve always just pictured meeting and it being very awkward. but SO many people i know have been on tinder or okcupid and actually have gone on somewhat normal dates. (mixed with some pretty hilarious encounters as well) so i figured, hey why not at leeeeeast sign up and see what it’s all about, right? i’m single, i should try new things.

i must admit it’s pretty entertaining to sit on tinder with your friends and swipe left left left with commentary. and sometimes you even swipe RIGHT which is very exciting. (for those of you that don’t know, that means you think they are hot or cool or whatever.)

for the most part, it’s a lot of guys who send you creepy messages (although i did get one that said “is your name google, because you have everything i’m searchin for” which i thought was pretty funny.) a few dudes that take pictures with selfie sticks, try to act too cool in their profile, and do NOT know how to take a profile pic.

but who knows, maybe there’s hope? have you had any luck on it? i’d love to hear about it!

(download this patterned paint texture here)

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Why hello there designlovefest readers! Welcome to my place of inspiration + creation. Thanks for stopping by. I believe in giving credit where credit is due, so if at any time you see work that is improperly recognized, please send me quick note and I’ll gladly update the information.

Similarly, all graphic design elements and layouts present here were created specifically for designlovefest and should therefore be credited appropriately if reposted. We like to keep things nice and friendly here on the web, you see. It’s all about spreading the love. Ok, enough serious talk....go get inspired!