Monday, January 19, 2015

Weller Tribe Oils Workshop

I'm so happy to have had my sister, Charise, of Weller Tribe  and her good friend, Jen, down here in LA for an essential oils workshop yesterday where we learned about cleansing and renewing our lives naturally. It was such a wonderful way to start off the new year. During the workshop, we enjoyed an array of beautiful snacks, all sourced from Espanolita Foods.  These two super rad companies are both run by incredible women and I couldn't be prouder to support them and their products. xx 











Friday, January 2, 2015

2015


Nothing feeds my soul more than time with family. I love that Christmas falls during the last week of each year, bringing us together to spend cherished moments with each other and reflect about the year before starting a new one. 

We spent a week on the Oregon coast again this year, playing late night dice and cooking local seafood for dinner. Cannon Beach provided the perfect haven for us to disconnect and recharge before the start of 2015. 

From my family to yours, Happy New Year! 









Sunday, December 21, 2014

Kale + Cranberry (Sauce) Smoothie

With the holiday season well underway, it is important to squeeze in a smoothie here and there to keep yourself feeling balanced. We are surrounded by a plethora of traditional holiday ingredients, some of which are surprisingly delicious when used as nontraditional smoothie ingredients. 

Recently, Williams-Sonoma reached out and asked me to help them celebrate their "Smoothie Week" and so I recruited the help of gal pal and smoothie-maker extraordinaire, Lydia Howerton, of Apples and Onions LA. Together we created this festive take on one of our favorite green smoothies filled with lots of of our favorite superfood, kale! The nontraditional ingredient is one of our holiday favorites, cranberry sauce. It adds just the right amount of sweetness and tang along with tons of antioxidants. The other ingredients are some of the usual suspects including almond milk, banana, and apple.  

Before we share the recipe we wanted to share some of our smoothie insider tips: 

1. Don't be afraid to FREEZE your fruit, especially bananas! Frozen fruit is a smoothie's best friend and frozen bananas provide increased creaminess. 

2. Don't forget to WASH YOUR KALE. Nothing is worse than a gritty smoothie. Also, if you don't have a vitamix blender, be sure to remove the ribs from the kale as they won't break down very well in a regular blender. 

3. Looking for a little more sweetness? We love using Coconut Water interchangeably with almond milk for added hydration and loads of potassium. 

Kale + Cranberry (Sauce) Smoothie 
makes 1 smoothie 


Ingredients 
1 Tbsp Cranberry Sauce 
1/2 Honeycrisp Apple (or your favorite red apple)
2 cups Kale (use your favorite type)
8 oz Almond Milk (Recipe here)
1/2 Banana, frozen 
Ice (to taste)

Method
1. Blend all ingredients together in your vitamix blender until smooth. 
2. Enjoy immediately. 



xx 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Project Breakfast LA


This past weekend I got to take part in an incredible pop-up - the first of its kind - called Project Breakfast. Basically it was a gathering of really good people doing a really good project and eating really good food together.  I collaborated on the event with my twin sister, Boo, of Wylie West Creative and our dear gal pal Jami Curl, founder of Quin Candy. We are hoping to announce future event dates for 2015 in the next month or two, so stay tuned! 

We were lucky enough to have one of our favorite photographers on hand to capture of all of the magic - huge thank you to Andrea Patricia Photography for these stunning images. Additional thanks to Renee Kalmar at the Historic Hudson Studios for inviting us into your beautiful space (and treating us to early morning rainbow-sprinkled doughnuts!) Also to Amy Paliwoda of The Surface Library for the beautiful trays, flatware, and platters used during our meal.

Here was my menu for the breakfast >>>
 (design and layout by Wylie West Creative)