06.30.15

GRILLED FARMERS MARKET SALAD

This simple salad was inspired by one of my farmers market trips. Stone fruits are in their peak season so we have to utilize them! Let us know if you have any great ideas or interesting takes on your own salads. We always love trying new combinations!

makes 3 -4 servings

Ingredients:
• a head of butter lettuce
• romaine lettuce
• 3 nectarines sliced
• 2 red plums sliced
• half a cup pitted cherries
• 1 lemon juiced
• 1 cup pan charred corn
• fennel
• 4 tablespoons olive oil
• salt and pepper to taste
• grilled chicken (optional)

Grilled farmers market salad: Start by slicing the cherries in half and removing the pits, set aside. Slice the 3 nectarines, 2 red plums, brush with olive oil and place on a non stick panini press (an outdoor grill would be ideal but if that is not an option a panini press does the trick). Grill for about 45 seconds on the high heat setting. On a medium size pan heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium/high heat. Once the pan is hot, throw the corn on and cook for 3-5 minutes, occasionally stirring until corn has a lightly roasted texture, set aside. Remove the bulb of the fennel from the stems and thinly chop the fennel into slices, squeeze half of a lemon on top, season with salt and pepper and set aside. Mix the stone-fruit, roasted corn, fennel and lettuce.

Salad dressings can hide a lot of calories so we decided to make our own. By roasting and grilling our ingredients, it brought out all their great flavors, so we wanted a simple dressing to tie them all together. In a small bowl add 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Juice 1/2 lemon and combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.

We also added 1 sliced grilled chicken breast to the salad for added protein but it’s also great without chicken and can be served to your vegan/vegetarian friends!

photos and styling by: ivan solis 

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06.29.15

LIFE HACKS PRINTABLE / 04

I’ll be hosting a little summer party soon and I love the idea of an ice cream bar for my guests. I thought it would be fun to decorate the cones with some cute liners and I wanted to share them with you guys. Here you go! Print them out and dress up your cones! Fun, right? -stephanie

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Click here to download both ice cream cone liner designs.

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06.26.15

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 30

hand-drawn love | designlovefest

“today’s design is inspired by maxime francout’s colorful forms.” –maddy

hand-drawn love | designlovefest

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

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06.25.15

SUMMER SNACKING

summer is officially upon us, and with hot weather comes more opportunities to lounge with my friends on my new back patio or by the pool. we created an assortment of 3 lemonades that are perfect for summer entertaining. we paired them with blue diamond sriracha flavored almonds (which are the best new spicy addition to the snack world!) and watermelon which was delicious and a great alternative to setting out a bowl of chips.

Here is a simple lemonade recipe that can easily be adjusted to your tastes. I love how versatile this is and can be swapped with your favorite take on it. We made three flavors – thyme, watermelon and cucumber mint. Start with a base lemonade recipe and mix in a large pitcher with ice.

Base Ingredients: 
• 3 cups cold water
• 1 cup fresh lemon juice
• 1/2 cup sugar

• For a watermelon lemonade, chop and remove the rind of half a large watermelon. In a blender blend for about 20-30 seconds or until smooth. Strain liquid through a strainer in a large bowl and add 1/2 cup of sugar. Add the watermelon juice to the base lemonade recipe. You can adjust the sugar amount according to how sweet your watermelon is. Garnish with lemon slices.

• For a thyme lemonade, we started by making a simple syrup. Bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup sugar to a boil or until a light syrup forms. Place the thyme in a separate bowl and pour the boiling syrup on top, let sit for about an hour or so (this syrup would be great in a gin cocktail too, if you’re looking for something spiked). Add the thyme syrup to your base lemonade recipe and enjoy with lots of ice and thyme as garnish.

• For a cucumber mint lemonade, peel two cucumbers and place in a blender with 2 large sprigs of mint and 1/4 cup of water. Blend until smooth. Strain the liquid until the pulp is separated. Since the cucumbers add no additional sweetness we added 1/2 sugar to the base lemonade recipe. Pour over an ice filled glass and garnish with cucumber slices and mint leaves.

voila! you will feel fancy serving these to your friends under the sun!

photos and styling by: ivan solis
want more food posts? click here!
this post is in partnership with blue diamond almonds. all opinions are my own.

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06.25.15

DRESS YOUR TECH / 101

Gabriella Sanchez | designlovefest

gabriella sanchez made some fun inspirational desktops for us this week!

Gabriella Sanchez | designlovefest

Gabriella Sanchez | designlovefest

Gabriella Sanchez | designlovefest
Gabriella Sanchez | designlovefest

i love this one. keep doing what you love!

Gabriella Sanchez | designlovefest

Gabriella Sanchez | designlovefest
Gabriella Sanchez | designlovefest
Gabriella Sanchez | designlovefest

or how about some pretty colored shapes…get funky!

Gabriella Sanchez | designlovefest
Gabriella Sanchez | designlovefest
Gabriella Sanchez | designlovefest

CLICK THROUGH TO DOWNLOAD ALL OF THE DESIGNS THIS WEEK!…

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