Ingrid once said, “if I had to eat only one food for the rest of my life, it would be avocado”. I agree. I think most of us have probably made this unnecessary decision of selecting the one food item you could eat for the rest of your existence… Guacamole makes everything better and the roasted corn adds a unique and delicious flavor!
Roasted Corn Guacamole
2 Ripe Avocados
handful of cilantro
2 green onions
1/2 bag of Trader Joe’s Roasted Corn
salt & pepper
Peel and mash two avocados. Dice tomatoes, green onions and cilantro. Blend avocado with tomatoes, onion, and cilantro. Mix in roasted corn and the juice of one lime. Add salt & pepper to taste.
We’ve mentioned our upcoming trade show in a few posts—and can’t believe it’s almost here! This Saturday, we will be at the Red Rooster in New Braunfels, Texas with 15 or so other vendors. This past weekend, we spent lots of time organizing and planning the final details. We’ve collected some fabulous pieces and our projects are ready to meet some great new people! Today, we’d like to share a preview of some of our finds. These photos show snippets of our vintage kitchen collection. On Wednesday, we will be posting the full photos with descriptions. For now, can you guess what any of these items are?
As the country bids adieu to summer this Labor Day, we join the celebration with a refreshing watermelon martini. We prepared our thirst-quenching drink with fresh watermelon juice, Dripping Springs vodka (a local distillery) and sugar. To add some flair, we lined the rim of our martini glasses with a tangy chile powder–Tajín. Fresh watermelon (or nearly any fruit) sprinkled with chile powder can be found at fruit stands all over town–and it’s absolutely delicious! With our weather expected to be near triple digits later this week, we aren’t saying farewell to summer quite yet….In the meantime, we’ll enjoy another cocktail until it’s toddy time! Happy Labor Day!
Watermelon Martini with Chile Powder
Roughly chop 2 cups of fresh watermelon. In the blender, add watermelon, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and one cup of water. Liquefy watermelon mixture. Strain watermelon juice until you no longer have pulp. Prepare martini glass by lining the rim with lime juice, then dip the rim in Tajín. In a cocktail shaker with ice, add 3 parts juice to 1 part vodka. Shake thoroughly and pour into martini glass. Salud!
Loaded with protein and fiber, lentils are not only a healthy meal option–but a tasty one too! Growing up, our mom prepared lentil soup during the chilly months; however, we’ve managed to enhance their flavor with our own special recipe. With steamed lentils from Trader Joe’s and an array of vegetables, lunch is served.
Lentil & Veggie Medley
Heat 1 tablespoon of grape seed oil over medium heat. Chop carrots, red onion, zucchini, squash and bok choy and add to preheated pan. Saute vegetables and add prepared lentils. Heat thoroughly.
*If you’d like a little spice (and added nutritional value) sprinkle cayenne pepper while sauteing vegetables.
Neither of us can remember the last time we had a Pop Tart. However, when we saw this revamped childhood treat at Local Coffee, we decided to reintroduce it into our lives. In an effort to reduce our intake of processed sugars, this homemade version is great for giving us the sweet morning fix a little more naturally. Using prepared pie crust and fresh peaches, we made this delicious treat into an acceptable part of our diets.
Peach Hand Pie
Preheat oven to 350. Cut a fresh peach into small pieces and add a teaspoon of honey. Unroll pie crust and add a tablespoon of fruit (without the juice) to the crust, making small mounds. Unroll a second pie crust on top of the peaches and using a glass (or cookie cutter), cut out pie circles. Using a fork, seal the edges of the pie crust and bake for about 20 minutes (or until golden). If you’d like an added touch of sweetness, drizzle honey before enjoying.
Most of our posts and projects have a bit of a recurring theme—simplicity. For us, crafting and cooking is a time to unwind and think about little else. Although we do enjoy the bigger projects, we love keeping it simple and finding beauty in the unexpected. We found these fruit magnets and it brought a nostalgic feeling of Ingrid’s godparent’s home. Remember this fruity fridge decor? And, you guessed it….spray paint! Such a simple idea created a bold new look. For these we used a metallic silver Krylon paint.
Prickly Pears can be quite intimidating with their tiny, almost invisible needles waiting to implant themselves into your skin. Growing up, we spent our summers in Mexico and the prickly pear (in Spanish, tuna) is one of the many foods that bring dear memories of our grandmother’s home. When they’re at their peak (usually in late July-August) we take home as many as the bag will hold. Our simple guide below on peeling the tuna will hopefully ease your fears, so that you can conquer this delicious fruit and enjoy in your own home (over the sink, dribbling down your chin as we sometimes do!).
Cut off the ends of the prickly pear and make one incision from top to bottom through the skin.
Carefully open the skin to each side and peel off in one piece.
Our favorite pizzeria just introduced their take on the bbq chicken pizza and, as expected, it’s delish! With a fresh batch of chickpeas on hand, we created our version of this pizza (sans chicken for Lucy). Naan is a staple in both our homes, so it was only natural to use this for the crust; however, if you prefer a crispier pizza, flatbread will do the trick. Topped with red onion, cilantro and fresh mozzarella our treat was simply divine!
Bbq Chickpea Pizza.
Preheat oven to 350. Evenly spread 2 tablespoons of your favorite bbq sauce onto flatbread or naan. Add chickpeas, chopped red onion and fresh mozzarella on the pizza. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro and enjoy!
Anthropologie, Sur la Table and Williams Sonoma carry some of the cutest tea towels. When we are in the mood to splurge or if we spot a “must have”, we love to add to our collections. When it comes to using the Singer I got for Christmas, I definitely consider myself a rookie. I love finding something in a shop and thinking “oh! I could make that!”. Many times, my imagination is as far as it goes; however, this time I was determined to put my ideas on fabric! This project seemed simple enough, since all I needed was a cute trim. I had these towels in my kitchen drawer and picked up the trim at Hobby Lobby. A quick straight stitch.. and violá ! A pair of brand new tea towels! We kept this one super simple but for the more experienced, you can dress it up with as much frill as you’d like! We love this as a gift idea because it’s unique and can be personalized. Check out the photo of the inspiration and then our simple makeover.