Friday, July 31, 2015

Links I Love




The CUTEST cactus pin cushions (A Beautiful Mess)

DIY flower crown (Sequins & Stripes)

The different kinds of people you meet in yoga  (FitSugar)

Lusting over these TopShop flats


How to keep wine (A Cup Of Jo)

Christmas in July - Enter multiple contests for shopping sprees! (WhoWhatWear)

IKEA 2016 catalog is here! (MyDomaine)

How to cover your desk in marble (Vault Files)





Monday, July 27, 2015

Raspberry Peach Galette





Ever since summer started, I've been eating so much
fresh fruit. That's definitely one of my favorite things
about summer - all the amazing fruit.
I've been wanting to make something sweet with fruit
for awhile now. I always scroll through MarthaStewart.com
for inspiration. I was searching 'tarts' and came across
this galette recipe. I've never made a galette before. I
was a little apprehensive with making the dough,
I don't have a food processor. Although, I used a blender
 and it came out perfect. It was a lot easier to make
than I had anticipated.
We paired this with some of my favorite Haagen-Dazs
vanilla ice cream. I love to mix the warm and the cold
 together. It was delicious! I will definitely be making
this again.







Recipe from Martha Stewart Living 2013




Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Crabbing in Newport, Oregon


Last weekend we headed over to Newport, Oregon to meet some friends to go crabbing. This was our first time crabbing.
The weather was good, and we did a pretty good job catching crab. We caught Dungeness and Red Rock crab.
Well, the boys did most of the work, but we were great cheerleaders. 
It was pretty exciting to pull up the crab pod to see if you caught anything good.
We will definitely be going crabbing again soon! 



Enjoying the sunshine. 



Kris making friends with a crab. 



My first crab catch! We threw it back, because it was so small, but it was pretty cute. 



Diesel had so much fun. He passed out as soon as he got in the car to go home. 


The next night Kris made a flatbread with the crab we caught, bacon, shallots, garlic, tomato, spinach, and little parmesan. It was soooooo good!
Also I'm still recovering from the MAJOR sunburn I got on my face. :(
Wear your sunscreen ladies!!!!

XO - Nichole


Monday, July 20, 2015

Healthy Carrot Raisin Bran Muffins




1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups oat bran
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 cup golden raisins, chopped
1 large carrot, graded
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon honey
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 eggs
1 tablespoon flax seeds




Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix dry ingredients together, make sure all clumps are gone.
Add in wet ingredients and mix until combined.
Place batter in muffin tins, and let sit for 10 minutes.
Bake for 15 minutes, then let cool on cooling rack.




Store in an airtight container.


My boyfriend loves to get the 'Power Muffins' from Market Of Choice, so these are my version of them. Pretty healthy for the most part.
Hope you enjoy!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Pinspiration

 
Mushroom Pizza with Havarti Cheese, Fresh Herbs, and White Truffle Oil



Strawberry Vanilla Greek Yogurt Pops
 
 

DIY Herb Trough 
 
 

Roasted Berries Tart
 
 

No cook raspberry freezer jam




Next hairstyle?



The cutest Alice In Wonderland inspired teacups




NARS lipstick



Outfit inspiration 




OPI - Red Hot Rio



To follow along and see more of what I'm pinning,

Monday, July 13, 2015

Berry Vanilla Layer Cake



CAKE:
1 boxed white cake mix
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Butter and flour two round cake pans. 
Mix all ingredients and bake according to box directions. 




FROSTING: 
16 oz cream cheese
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream

Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth and fluffy. 
In a mixing bowl with whisk attachment, mix heavy cream until stiff peaks form. 
Add in cream cheese/powdered sugar/vanilla mixture and beat until combined. 



BERRIES: 
1 small bag frozen mixed berries
1/4 cup sugar

Mix berries and sugar and place in fridge until ready to serve. 



CRUMB TOPPING:
1 box yellow cake mix
2 cups cold butter

Cut cold butter into chunks. 
Add cake mix and butter to bowl on stand mixer with paddle attachment and combine until crumbly. 
Bake in oven on cookie sheet, at 350 degrees until firm. 
Store in an air tight container. 


Hope you guys enjoy this recipe, it was so yummy!




Friday, July 10, 2015

National Piña Colada Day


So today is Piña Colada Day! Instead of posting a recipe for piña coladas, I decided to post some fun and yummy pineapple and coconut - piña colada inspired - recipes today. I know I will definitely be trying the pineapple coconut water and the pineapple whip recipes. 



Pineapple Coconut Water - 101 Cookbooks









Piña Colada Popsicles - Drizzle And Dip



Pineapple Whip - The Skinny Confidential




Piña Colada Sugar Scrub - Setting For Four




Let me know if anybody makes any of these today, and tell me how they turn out! Happy Piña  Colada Day! 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Links I Love




Jillian Harris' healthy piña colada banana frozen yogurt 


24 hours with Naomi Campbell via Harpers Bazaar


How to sprout your own beans via bon appetite


Fig and vanilla overnight oats via because i'm addicted


How to decompress your neck on lengthen the back via Goop


Spicy plantain black bean tacos via Minimalist Baker


Sequin & Stripes 5 tips to being happier


Why I'll never get 'coconut milk' from Starbucks again via The Skinny Confidential


I'm lusting over these sunglasses






Sunday, July 5, 2015

4th Of July Weekend Sales




J Crew Factory -
50% off everything, and an extra 20% off and free shipping with code HOTSALE

Extra 60% off clearence and up to 50% off everything else. Plus free shipping

50% off entire store, including clearence with code BRFS4U

Extra 15% off clearence with code EXTRA15

Extra 40% off sale items

Save 20% - 65% on select items

Extra 30% off sale items. Free shipping over $50

Macy's
$10 off your $25 or more purchase with code FOURTH25. 
Extra 20% off with code FOURTH

H&M -
$4 deals. Free shipping on orders over $50 with code 3125

Ulta
20% off one item with code 301066

ASOS
Up to 50% off select items

Extra 20% off with code FIREWORKS15

Victoria's Secret -
Buy one bra, get one 50% off with code DOUBLEUP.
Get $10 off one regular priced bra with code SP1549765


Hope everyone is having a great and safe 4th of July weekend! XO