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11.26.17

GNOCCHI WITH BRUSSELS SPROUTS

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thanksgiving break may be over but that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on good food. ivan made this gnocchi from scratch and i was very impressed. making homemade pasta is something that feels way too involved for me but it actually wasn’t that hard and they were delicious. you could serve them with a simple red sauce or pesto or, you could go all out on the toppings like we did. they’re also perfect for any leftover mashed potatoes you might have or cooked veggies that you can use up after the weekend festivities. – joanie

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what you’ll need:
makes 4 serving
• 16 oz gnocchi (store bought or homemade, we used this recipe which was easy to follow!)
• 3 oz prosciutto
• 5 cups brussels sprouts
• olive oil
• 1/2 cup pecans
• 2 tablespoons butter
• shaved parmesan cheese for garnish
• 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

fall pasta | designlovefest
fall pasta | designlovefest

• cook the gnocchi as directed on the package. set aside.

• preheat oven to 400 degrees. wash and pat dry the Brussel sprouts. lay evenly in a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. drizzle with olive oil and sea salt. bake for 30 minutes or until they are slightly tender. set aside.

fall pasta | designlovefest
fall pasta | designlovefest

• thinly slice the prosciutto and chop the pecans. in a frying pan heat the butter on medium heat until it begins to bubble. mix together the gnocchi, pecans, prosciutto and Brussels sprouts. sauté the gnocchi until they begin to turn golden brown, about 5 minutes. remove from heat and add the red wine vinegar (lemon juice will also work great!).

• serve with shaved parmesan cheese, salt and pepper!

fall pasta | designlovefest
fall pasta | designlovefest

images by: ivan solis
styling by: joanie cusack + ivan solis

12.05.16

MY FIRST HOME

my first home | designlovefest

i’ve owned my home now for just over a year and it has been a serious learning curve filled with many highs and some lows. buying my first home entirely by myself and as a single woman was something i felt really proud about, but it was also a lot more challenging then i expected. i was suddenly the one responsible for all of the maintenance, landscaping and repairs and that can be a huge paaaain. today i partnered with esurance to share honest stories about both the highlights and challenges of owning my home because there are always two sides to every coin! 

my first home | designlovefest
my first home | designlovefest

a real highlight is being able to decorate everything just the way i like it from the paint colors (like my pink front door that you can see in the top photo!), to the light fixtures and making it feel truly like my own safe space. i still have a lot of things on my list to do, but i am taking it slow and not rushing anything. i had always rented before moving here and never felt like i could really invest in my home since it wasn’t actually mine so this has been a really nice change for me.

i recently finished my patio and hosted a 50 person party for my best friend’s wedding reception (the photo above is before everyone arrived!). we all stayed out there singing and laughing and dancing until 3am and those are memories i will never forget. i love hosting parties so having a space to do it makes me super happy.

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having a guest room that i can have friends sleepover in is also awesome. i am always telling my out of town friends to visit and stay with me. last year i hosted my family for thanksgiving for the first time, which felt very adult i must say. it’s so nice to be able to make traditions here, picking out a christmas tree for the living room, friend holiday dinners, tuesday tv nights, practicing cooking with my boyfriend, having a safe place for my animals. i love that my home truly feels like home.

my first home | designlovefest
my first home | designlovefest

but it’s not all happy feelings around here, there are a lot of annoyances too. there was the time my water pipeline got clogged 15 minutes before i was hosting a work event with 30 people and water was overflowing from all the showers and toilets. and then the plumber came and told me it would cost $1,000 and may not even fix the problem. talk about stressful! there’s bills you don’t expect – property tax increases, closing costs,…things really add UP! my dishwasher and oven have needed repairs, my window cracked in my bedroom. all things i didn’t have to manage when i was renting. i’ve had to create an entire new list of resources for everything from plumber, landscaper to electrician.

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homeownership can be both rewarding and scary. it’s a lot of responsibility and that’s why i appreciate how committed esurance is to simplifying the process of homeowners insurance. they have an easy to use app and website where you can pay your bills, file a claim, or talk to someone about your policy. i’m thankful that i haven’t had to file a claim yet but i appreciate knowing that i’m covered just in case anything should happen. if you’re looking for home or auto insurance i encourage you to check them out at esurance.com. do you own a home, what has been the biggest lesson you’ve learned or the most exciting part of the process? i’m sure future home buyers will appreciate the advice, i know i would have! 

my first home | designlovefest
my first home | designlovefest

photos by: designlovefest
(this blog post is sponsored by Esurance. from quote to claim, Esurance is working to help you make smarter, more efficient choices with your home and auto insurance. using state-of-the-art technology, they offer a seamless online and mobile experience along with intuitive tools that help take the hassle out of insurance.)

11.11.16

BACKYARD FRIENDSGIVING

backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest

have i mentioned how much i love throwing parties? it really is my happy place. everything from creating the inspiration board, selecting the menu, hiring the vendors and then seeing it all come together and spending an evening with some of the people i love, it’s all just the best. so it was an instant yes when our friends at vitamix asked if i could put together a little friendsgiving celebration. i wanted to create a twist on the classic thanksgiving meal by creating an entirely vegetarian menu and also using a slightly less traditional color scheme of soft purples and pinks (how about that velvet table cloth!?)

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we rented the tableware from our friends at casa de perrin (they just opened an online shop!) and paired a graphic charger with the soft tones of the heath salad plate. we rented the linens from la tavola, a resource we just discovered and they have a huge selection. the tablecloth was rose colored velvet and the napkins iridescent pink.

backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest

Simone LeBlanc created individual gift boxes for all of the guests, her presentation could not be prettier or more elegant. i love the hand-painted wooden boxes with the swipe of gold paint and the chic black vases. it really is all about the details. each guest received a matte black vase and dried flowers to arrange their very own unique floral piece.

backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest

and of course my girl moon canyon killed it with the flowers. the bold hues she brought in really made the whole thing pop. the menu was filled with comfort foods, mashed potatoes (made by victoria, she makes the best ones!), mac and cheese, broccoli with chili flakes and lemon, harvest salad with dill avocado dressing (we’re sharing the recipe below!), caramelized onion and tomato quiche and we finished it off with chocolate cake. it was a lot of food!

backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest

harvest salad with avocado dill dressing

what you’ll need:
• 2 cups of walnuts
• 6 cups of your favorite lettuce mixture
• crisp apples
• sugar
• butter

for the dressing:
• 1 ripe avocado
• 1 teaspoon of salt
• 2 gloves of garlic
• 5-7 sprigs of dill
• 1/4 cup greek yogurt
• 1/2 cup buttermilk
• 2 tablespoons avocado oil

• start by caramelizing your walnuts, melt the 2 tablespoons butter with 1/2 cup sugar in a pan, add the the nuts and stir until caramelized, don’t over cook, they will burn easily! immediately transfer to a bowl so it doesn’t stick to your pan. add the salad greens, sliced apples and pom seeds in a bowl, top with the nuts.

• for the dressing, combine everything but the avocado oil into you Vitamix, turn it on speed 1 and slow increase to 4, once at 4 remove the lid and slowly add your avocado oil in a steady (thin!) stream. increase the speed to 6 and then you’re done! if you like the dressing to be thinner add a little more buttermilk. this is great on salads but also with sliced veggies as a dip!

backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest

we also served small glasses of egg nog to guests as they arrived. we often like our nog spiked but kept this version virgin! one of my favorite Vitamix tricks ever is the fact that you can make whipped cream in seconds in your blender. simply pour your whipping cream in with whatever sweater you’d like, i prefer a small splash of maple syrup and blend on high for about 25 seconds, (do not over blend or you’ll have butter!)!

backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest

egg nog
what you’ll need:
• 2 eggs (organic!)
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 quart whole milk
• pinch of salt
• 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
• 1 pint whipping cream

how to make it:

• make the whipped cream as directed above, remove from blender and set aside
• put the 2 eggs in the blender and mix slowly for 20 seconds, add the remaining ingredients and blend for 30 more seconds. pour into glasses, top with fresh whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest

our favorite, helen’s wine, did the wine for the night and they were honestly some of the best i’ve ever had. she has taught me so much about selecting wines from producers who don’t have any additives and all of the wines we drank that night were organic and amazing. GAMAY forever!

backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest

it was a perfect night that ended in a dance party and left me feeling so grateful for the ladies in my life! thanks so much to our sponsor Vitamix who always lets me express my creativity in our partnerships. our Vitamix is the copper one available here if you’re interested!

and a special thanks to our girl victoria who let us take over her home and host the party in her beautiful backyard!

backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest

photos by: jesse chamberlin
(this post was sponsored by Vitamix a product we use all of the time and love!)

11.27.15

BEET AND GOAT CHEESE TURKEY SANDWICHES

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need a new idea on what to do with leftover thanksgiving turkey? This delicious and simple recipe was a huge hit here at the studio. instead of using cranberry sauce, the beets added a subtle sweetness. this also reminds me of one of my favorite appetizers of sliced beets and goat cheese. have a sandwich party on the couch with your friends and fam!

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Ingredients:
makes 2 sandwiches 

• 4 slices of ciabatta bread
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• half a cup of canned beets
• 4 oz goat cheese
• 1 cup arugula
• 2 large slices of carved turkey

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Generously spread goat cheese over each slice of ciabatta bread. We found that there are endless options of goat cheese, but landed on a garlic and herbed one that spreads easily on bread (and tastes amazing!). To assemble the sandwich, start with a layer of fresh arugula, then add your sliced beets, and finally a large slice of carved turkey.

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Brush the outside of the sandwich with olive oil. We used a panini press on medium to high heat for three minutes. Another option is to grill each side of the sandwich on a nonstick pan or griddle. We served our turkey sandwiches with kettle cooked chips and loved the results. Hope you enjoy this easy recipe!

photos and styling by: ivan solis

11.19.15

FRIENDSGIVING!

gosh, this year has brought so much change and i’m feeling so incredibly grateful for everyone and everything in my life. i wanted to celebrate thanksgiving with some of my closest friends before we all head our separate ways for the holidays. i’m also really excited to have a space to entertain in my new home, so figured it was the perfect way to get me into unpacking mode and invite some friends over for the first time.

the inspiration for the evening was dutch masters meets 70’s california thanksgiving – a bit funky, but with lush, classical florals and traditional elements. we often work with Mirassou Winery and i was so happy that they supported the vision of this party and helped make it come to life. it ended up being such a lovely evening celebrating with some of the best people i know.

we’re also hosting a giveaway with Mirassou below where you can win some entertaining essentials for the holiday season!

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