this is my family’s go-to chocolate sauce recipe and i haven’t found anything that beats it. the source is the original Joy of Cooking but it is not included in their current version of the cookbook. we typically serve it over ice cream or dip graham crackers into it but today we decided to pair it with churros. something ivan and i have been wanting to make for awhile. the chocolate sauce is insanely easy to put together and can be made right before serving. it has this great granulated texture and it’s not too sweet which is key. it keeps well in the refrigerator and can be re-heated as needed. i hope you make it and love it as much as we do. if you’re short on time and hosting a party i’d say skip the churros, buy some ice cream at the store and just make the chocolate sauce. also, we show chocolate chips in the picture but that’s because it’s all we had on hand. buy bars of unsweetened chocolate – joanie
churros (adapted from allrecipes.com)
makes 16 mini sized churros
• 2 cups water
• 2 cups all purpose flour
• 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 3 tablespoons sugar
• 4 tablespoons coconut oil
• 3 1/2 tablespoons white sugar (plus more for coating)
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon salt
• canola oil
hot chocolate sauce:
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 4 oz good quality unsweetened chocolate (bars or squares not chocolate chips even though that’s what we show)
• 1 cup half and half
• 3 tablespoons butter
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
to make the chocolate sauce: mix all of the ingredients except for the vanilla in a sauce pan and heat. stir until dissolved and it comes to a boil. boil without stirring for 7 minutes. remove from heat and add vanilla.
to make the churros: in a medium pot, heat 2 cup of water on medium heat. mix in the sugar, coconut oil, vanilla extract, salt ad bring to a boil. remove from heat and add in the 2 cups of flour. stir all the ingredients using a rubber spatula until mixture forms into a ball. in a cast iron skillet heat canola oil to 375 degrees F. its a good idea to fill up the cast iron skillet about 1-2 inches of oil so that the churros will cook more evenly.
• fill a piping bag with a medium star tip on the end. once the oil is hot squeeze out long strips and cut with scissors to the desired length. fry until golden brown on all sides, about 1 minute (if the oil is too hot they will brown quickly and not cook on the inside). once cooked, remove churros onto paper towels to soak excess oil and to cool a bit. in a small bowl mix 1/2 cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. roll churros in the sugar and coat evenly. serve with the hot chocolate sauce.
styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: ivan solis
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while renting has its setbacks for improvements, there’s still quite a few things you should always change out in your apartment. it’s worth it even if it’s just for a year or two. simple things that you use everyday can make a big impact when you upgrade them. here are five essential things to upgrade in your rental. happy weekend! – erika
1. shower head. i consider this one essential. most apartments come with an old shower head that doesn’t flow well. you shower daily, so why not invest in a good shower head? you can get a good one starting at $25 and it takes a few minutes to swap out your shower head for one that makes you look forward to showering.
2. light fixtures. lighting is key. switch out your light fixtures for something unique to make a statement and bring the space together. see more light fixtures here.
3. handles and knobs. hardware can make a big difference in a subtle way. things like knobs and cabinet handles can be switched out quickly with a few screws.
4. install shelves. if storage is limited, adding a few shelves to your space can add space. see more shelf ideas here.
5. toilet seat: kind of a give-in, but they’re super simple to swap out and only cost about $20-$50 to change.
what are things you upgrade in apartments? let us know in the comments!
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think.make.share made these lovely floral desktops for us this week. aren’t the flowers pretty? click through below to download them for your computer and phone.
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i’m headed to San Francisco this weekend which is supposed to be in the high 50’s low 60’s so i have transitional jackets on my mind. a coat or jacket that gets you through the transition between winter and spring when you don’t want to wear your heavy coat but it’s too chilly to go without the extra layer. below are a few of my current favorites, a mixture of colors and textures. for transition jackets, i like either a punch of color or a soft grey, that way they can be worn into spring without the wintery feeling that a navy or black jacket brings along. also, for the record i love fancy coats with jeans. hope you’re enjoying the warmer temps and longer days! – joanie
– Mango unstructured wool coat ($100) – i love this shade of pink. it’s a step up from blush but not all the way to bubble gum. so pretty!
– Zara crossover belted coat ($100) – very chic!
– ASOS duster ($62) – a great layering piece and takes your every day jean look up a level. feels like an ideal traveling piece.
– Mango textured wool blend coat ($130) – the cuffed sleeve, deep purple color and side slits makes this jacket a great closet addition. the color would act as a neutral and could be paired with almost anything and the style of the coat is laid back and not too fussy which is great.
– Lou & Grey jacket ($240) – soft plaid print and very unstructured = a more sophisticated version of a zip up sweatshirt.
– Madewell jean jacket ($138) – one of the best jean jackets i’ve seen in awhile. the cut, the wash, the buttons, it’s all good.
– Zara long coat ($190) – yellow can be a tricky color but if you’re open to it i think this coat is very cool and would be such a fun spring piece.
– Zara double breasted coat ($130) – a wool free jacket for those who can’t do wool. and the color is called nude pink which might make you feel like a ballerina.
– Topshop Embroidered jacket ($250) – i always got to throw in a cool girl piece. this one does the trick!
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i love entertaining at my house and have been looking for a speaker that blends in with the design of my house, but also works great and has quality sound. my boyfriend found this one from teenage engineering and i love it. it works with an app on my phone and i’ve been playing calm music in the mornings when i wake up and can easily move it to the living room if i’m having company over. check out this swedish brand over here.