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Beer Ice Cream Floats + Burger Party!

Adventures, Desserts, Dinner, Drinks

It’s almost summer, which means it’s beer ice cream float time!

Last weekend, I invited Billy and Steve over and we made some copycat Shake Shack burgers (recipe coming tomorrow!) and served them with beer ice cream floats using some delicious ice cream from Coolhaus.

The first time I had a beer ice cream float was a few years ago, and I’ll admit that before I tried it, I thought it might be a little gross. But, umm, it was the exact opposite.

Beer and ice cream go SO well together, especially when paired properly. And of course, if you have a little kid around or someone who doesn’t drink, you can substitute the beer with cream soda. Cream soda universally will go with all of these flavors of ice cream.

For this post, I teamed up with Coolhaus. I first had Coolhaus back in the day when food trucks were new and cool. I’d go to these food truck parties and I always finished my grazing with some ice cream or an ice cream sandwich from the Coolhaus truck.

Now you’re able to find Coolhaus in nearly every grocery store—it’s so amazing to have watched them grow from small ice cream truck to what they are now. Coolhaus is a woman-owned, LA born business, straight out of the recession—YAS!

I figured I’d do the very difficult job of paring a handful of their ice creams with different types of beers.

Here’s what I paired and loved:

1. Dirty Mint Chocolate Chip with a stout – I accidentally and unknowingly bought a coffee stout. It was surprisingly SO amazing with the Dirty Mint Chocolate Chip, which uses real spearmint and little delicious bits of chocolate.

2. Bananas Foster with a hefeweizen – The bananas foster might be my favorite flavor because I love bananas and the dulce de leche swirl is bomb. It pairs well with a hefeweizen because a lot of hefes have banana-like-tasting notes and the tartness works well with the sweetness of the dulce de leche.

3. Chocolate Molten Cake with a cream ale – At first I thought that the chocolate molten cake would go well with a stout and I tried it that way but it was a bit too rich for me. I liked it better with a cream ale that has some oat-y, malt-y notes that pair well, but isn’t too overpowering, with the rich chocolate molten cake flavor.

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Mother’s Day Brunch Round-Up

Adventures, Breakfast

MAMA’S DAY is this weekend!

Admittedly, I won’t be cooking but I will be with my mama. I’m headed to Florida this weekend with a pit-stop in Maryland for a trip to the farm of Organic Valley! I’m incredibly excited to hang out with cows and milk and goats and bees. It’s a quick trip but I’m super excited about that farm-life.

I have one more recipe up my sleeve for Mother’s Day but I wanted to give you this round-up so you could start your planning.

Let’s start with these Roasted Rhubarb Scone Sandwiches with Vanilla Bean Glaze. These would be bomb.

Fluffy Ricotta Lemon-y Pancakes. YES BISH.

Braided Cardamom Bread. When I made this it was so WARM but Josh and I polished off one of those loaves in like 15 minutes. Shameful.

Overnight Beignets with Strawberry Powdered Sugar. Best part about these is that you can make them the night before. Best part about these is that you can eat them straight from the fryer when they’re all warm and delicious.

Baby Dutch Babies. If you have mini cast irons you can make them baby-like. But if you don’t, don’t stress. Make a big one!

Strawberry Rhubarb Sheetcake. I love sheetcakes!

Big-Ass Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake. I know I just posted this but it’s truly a keeper.

Chai Tiramisu. This literally takes like 30 minutes to throw together and doesn’t require an oven at all. Buy your lady fingers. Do not let anyone make you feel shameful about that!

Homemade Cream Cheese. You will think you have had cream cheese until you make it at home and then you will be like WHY DID I EVER BUY IT. It’s SO good on any sort of carb vehicle that you choose, i.e., a bagel, piece of toast, challah, etc.


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Mother’s Day 2017 Gift Guide

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1. Hello, My Name is Ice Cream: The Art and Science of the Scoop – Beautiful illustrations and photos with nerdy ice cream info.

2. Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables – I went to Ava Genes with my mom AND she loves vegetables so I’m excited to give her this book.

3. Pizza Camp – I’m going to be honest and say my home pizza game is decent but not strong. I want it to be GOOD.

4. The Year of Cozy – Give your mom the gift of me!

5. Tartine All Day: Modern Recipes for the Home Cook – Amazing gluten-free baking and cooking and an inside peek at what Chef Liz Prueitt makes for her family.

6. Ice Cream & Friends – Fun ice cream recipes from Food52 and friends aka some of my blogger friends!

7. The Book of Greens – I cannot wait to cook/bake from this book. The recipes look doable, delicious and incorporate greens of all kinds. By Chef Jenn Louis.

8. On Vegetables: Modern Recipes for the Home Kitchen – Rustic Canyon is one of my favorite restaurants in LA so it’s no surprise that this book looks so delicious. I haven’t had a chance to cook from it yet but I have my eye on the carrot cavatelli.

9. Kale & Caramel: Recipes for Body, Heart, and Table – Perfect for spring. Perfect for mamas.

1. Saturday Skin (Set of 5) Brightening Masks – My mom loves wearing masks that make her look like Freddie Kruger AND make her skin nicer.

2. Terracota Pot in Pink – Replant your mom’s favorite herb or flower in this pot and give it to her as a gift. She’ll probably cry!

3. Lumi Paula Wallet in Mint – Isn’t this color so beautiful? I feel like moms always have big wallets filled with lots of credit cards and photos of her children. This feels like a chic mom wallet.

4. New Balance 410 Casual Sneakers – These sneakers look comfortable and cute all at the same time. Good for long walks after dinner!

5. Paddywax Soy Candle – This candle looks so beautiful and is not $60! A plus!

6. Petal Multi-Use Oil – My mom has always looooved oils of all kinds. This one looks super pretty.

7. Heart Cleansing Sponge – The cutest sponge for mom.

8. BKR Spiked Glass Water Bottle – A lil’ edgy for mom. But this is for a mom that likes to say, “I’m not like a regular mom, I’m a cool mom.”

9. Lanolips Lip Balm in Banana – If your mom likes banana cream pie and fun lip balms.

10. Cluse Watch – I’ve been seeing these watches everywhere and this grey color looks so beautiful. And it doesn’t break the bank. A+.

11. Slip Silk Pillowcase – I’ve been meaning to buy a silk pillowcase (for wrinkles!) so I figured my mom would like it. Plus, it feels nice and cool.

12. Google Home – True story: my mom has a tough time “cutting and pasting” but she can use Snapchat like a 14 year-old. I have no idea how. I feel like my sort-of-technologically-advanced mom would love a Google Home.

13. Le Creuset 3.5 Round French Oven – I love the 3 1/2 quart. It’s the perfect size for me and I find myself using it everyday. OH AND THIS COLOR!

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Five Podcasts To Listen to While You Cook

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For a long time, I exclusively listened to music while cooking. And if I’m testing a hardcore recipe that takes a lot of concentration, I’ll most likely turn the music down so I can focus. And sometimes Billy and I will be cooking and testing and instead of listening to anything we just gossip and talk about the latest episode of Real Housewives (the upcoming New York season looks GOOD) so we listen to, well, each other.

But lately, when I’m by myself, I’ve been listening to LOTS of podcasts. I also blame a bit of it on my Sweat with Kayla app where I go on four (40-minute) walks a week with Amelia. I’ve really come to enjoy that time and I cherish it so much. Here are a few podcasts that I’ve been into lately:

1. You Must Remember This. Narrated and written by Karina Longworth. A film critic/writer (I used to read her work in LA Weekly) tells stories about old Hollywood; her most recent season is all about “Dead Blondes.” All of her episodes are told from an interesting point of view. The three-part episode on Marilyn Monroe made me really sad. They’re beautifully narrated, filled with tons of facts and research. And it makes me empathize with all of them in ways I hadn’t before. I’m currently on Jayne Mansfield and man, do I wish I could go back in time and help her. Lol.

2. S-Town. You’ve probably heard but Serial/This American Life has a new podcast and it is GOOD. I’m only like three episodes in but the main character, John Macklebee, is fascinating. A lot of people compare it to a Southern Gothic novel and I would agree.

3. Call Your Girlfriend. I listen to it almost religiously on Fridays when I go on morning walks with Amelia. I love it because it’s topical, and yes, it talks about politics but in a sort of funny, dealing-with-it kinda way (I sorta/kinda gave up on Pod Save America bc it bummed me out). And then they talk about other things like Beyonce and bras and dudes. It really feels like a range of topics I speak to my very best friends about.

4. My Favorite Murder. Ok, don’t listen to this while you’re driving all by yourself from Palm Springs to Los Angeles at 11pm at night all hopped up on coffee. It will creep you the eff out! That’s what happened to me so it took me a week or so to dive back in and it’s so fascinating but also SUPER CREEPY!

5. Terribly Funny with Steve Basilone – The idea is simple: a podcast where funny people talk about terrible things. Sounds a bit like a downer but actually it’s really funny and interesting and makes me feel oddly comforted.

Other podcasts I listen to on occasion: The Daily, Tall Tales, Fresh Air, Modern Love, Pod Save America, With Friends Like These (the first episode is great!), Missing Richard Simmons (wtf was up with that lame ending?!!?)

What podcasts are you loving/should I try out?!

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Hibiscus Strawberry Cheese Danishes + Big Bear Scenes

Adventures, Breakfast, Desserts, Spring, Winter

HI!

What did you end up doing for Valentine’s Day?! Josh and I ended up having a chill night in, made double-decker tacos, drank some beer and watched TABOO. He’s more into that show than I am; I usually fall asleep like 20 minutes in but I do think the time it takes place sort of fascinating.

I’ve had a crazy slow start to the week because on Monday I woke up with a pinch in my throat. It’s so annoying because I haven’t been doing anything that would bring on me getting sick. But I’m feeling better so woohoo!

This recipe and photos are from last month when we took a 3 day trip to Big Bear Lake. We got caught in a huge snow storm, which I sort of didn’t take that seriously until the snow just didn’t stop falling from the sky. I think we got 3 or 4 feet in a few hours.

Luckily it meant that we were holed up with no where to go for a full 2 days which meant plenty of baking and going on walks. Amelia was in heaven because for some reason she thinks snow is the most fun thing in the world.

So fluffy!! So fun!!

The little AIRBNB we rented was perfect for a few days because it had an old 80s oven and it came with the right amount of plastic sleds that were perfect for going down this hill that we found down the street from where we were staying.

Apparently this weekend is supposed to be another snow-heavy weekend and wish I was back there!

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Whole 30 Prep AND HI I’M DOING WHOLE 30

Adventures, Dinner

Whole 30 Prep

As you know, I’m on Whole30…also affectionally called (by me) Hell30.

I’m not gonna lie, it’s not a walk in the park. It’s hard and that’s because I’m totally addicted to sugar and my body is really mad about it. I’m technically on Day 10 right now and I feel really good.

The good news is that there are so many things you can eat when doing Whole30. And you can have coffee, which is an absolute must in life for me.

Whole 30 Prep

In case you’re unfamiliar with Whole 30, I’ll do a short breakdown:

1. No dairy, no grains, no legumes (this includes soy sauce).

2. There is also a limited number of fruit servings a day (I believe it’s 2).

3. There are also no treats that are meant to resemble fun things, i.e., pancakes, cookies, French fries, etc., even if they use the approved ingredients from Whole 30.

And that’s sort of it. The point is to ween your body off of sugar and other unnatural, processed foods we’re typically used to eating.

As a way to cope with this, I think prepping some foods to have on hand each week is super important. Before I started it, I cooked up a bunch of food and some I used all the time and others I didn’t like.

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How to Make Naturally-dyed Linens

Adventures, DIY

Naturally Dyed Linens

PHEW! This project has been on my to-make list for a very long time.

As I was saying last week, I’m using January as a get-my-life-together-month, which includes–but is not limited to—freshening up my look a bit. Part of that is getting some new linens up in my life for photos.

I’ve always been after linens with really warm neutral colors and they’ve bit impossible to find. After these dried I was so into the results that I wanna try all sorts of veggies and fruits!!

Naturally Dyed Linens

From left to right/bottom: turmeric (short soak); blackberries + yellow onion skins (long soak); turmeric (long soak); blackberries yellow onion skins (short soak); avocado skins and pits; blackberries; yellow onion skins.

Naturally Dyed Linens

I adore the way they turned out and I’m pretty sure I’m going to use them all of the time! The best part about this lil’ project is that it was super easy, wasn’t messy and was pretty inexpensive and doable.

Let’s start with what I used:

1. Avocado skins + pits = mauve(!!). I bought two avocados, ate them and was sure to save the avocado skins. I boiled them for an hour and they resulted in the most gorgeous color in the world. Who knew?!?

Naturally Dyed Linens

2. Frozen blackberries = dark purple. I left the first linen in the mixture for about 1 minute and then left the 2nd linen in there for about 30 seconds.

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Gift Guide 2016

Adventures, Winter

Cozy Gift Guide

1. Lime and Lemon Squeezer — All in one!
2. Benrier Mandoline — I love mandolines because I like things to all be the same size.
3. Wilton Piping Decorating Set — For your best friend who’s a baker!
4. Vitamix 750 Copper Blender — This is totally on my to-splurge list for myself. It’s so beautiful.
5. Chemex — How I make my coffee every morning.
6. Kitchenaid Mixer — What would I do without my mixer?!? I use it multiple times a day. And I love it in this color.
7. Dansk Butter Warmer — For me this is half prop/half useful butter melter.
8. Corgi Cookie Cutter — Need I say more.
9. Le Creuset Oval French Oven — I loooove this color. I use this size in the color PALM daily. It’s the most versatile pot I own. I would buy it for everyone I know if I could.

Cozy Gift Guide

1. The Del Posto Cookbook — The photos are stunning and the tiramisu is maybe the best I’ve ever tried. Definitely a splurge of a cookbook but worth it!
2. Molly on the Range — So fun and cute and will make anyone happy.
3. The Year of Cozy — Cozy season is here!
4. The Vanilla Bean Baking Book — I’m baking from this book in a few days and am super excited!
5. The Love & Lemons Cookbook — The most beautiful cookbook. And all the recipes I’ve tried are healthy and delicious.
6. The Edna Lewis Cookbook — The first biscuits I ever made were from her.
7. Alternative Baker — I’m trying my hardest to dip my toe into gluten-free baking. I’m starting here because look at that pie on the cover!
8. A Cozy Coloring Cookbook — The other night I colored for 2 hours straight, while I watched trashy tv and I felt so rejuvenated! Pair it with some awesome colored pencils.
9. Taste of Persia — Everything in this book looks SO good.

Cozy Gift Guide

1. Tinker Watch (in pink) — Mix and match to build a beautiful watch.
2. Butter in London “Fall in Line” — I’ve worn the third color on the right every single day for a month–I love it!
3. Acne Emoji ‘Adriana’ Shoes — I wear these almost every day. They’re my absolute favorite and the emoji plaques are the best conversation starter.
4. Mansur Gavriel Backpack — Another thing on my to-splurge list for myself. Basically I look at Gift Guides for myself. :/
5. Corgi socks — I currently own three pairs of corgi socks but frankly I could use a few more pair.
6. Dr. Jart Water Replenishment Mask — The best stocking stuffer. I love wearing them on flights and scaring everyone around me.
7. Donut mug — Basically the only thing I want for Christmas this year.
8. Softest sweater from Madewell — Also very into this one.
9. Prettiest Alarm Clock in Grey — I probably would still use my iPhone but it’s super cute to go on a side table.

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Scadinavian-Inspired Brunch

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Scadinavian-Inspired Anthropologie Brunch

When I think of cozy places on this earth, I think of Scandinavia. It has to be the coziest of cozy places. A recent trip to Copenhagen reinforced this opinion. It was the summer, but still, the light was diffused and soft; the textures were fluffy with lots of white. The food was savory and delicious and the ebelskivers?! They were my favorite.

I teamed up with Anthropologie to bring you this Scandinavian-inspired brunch. This was SO much fun to put together. The menu was super simple and easy to make.

Scadinavian-Inspired Anthropologie Brunch

What I love the most about a lot of these piece from Anthro is that all of them can move from season to season. It wouldn’t be strange to use these linens or plates in the summer or candlesticks in the spring.

Each plate had a linen and a piece of baby’s breath. This could even be done for Thanksgiving, which is OMG next week.

Scadinavian-Inspired Anthropologie Brunch

The flowers on the table were really simple and inexpensive. I went around my neighborhood and clipped some eucalyptus and arranged it on the table with branches of cotton. I found the cotton at the Los Angeles flower market, which still makes me happy whenever I go.

Scadinavian-Inspired Anthropologie Brunch

I wanted there to be lots of white but since I can’t be trusted with ALL white, we added lots of gray and off white.

The Swedish meatballs were my absolute favorite, especially when dipped into the lingonberry jam and served with these very creamy mashed potatoes.

Scadinavian-Inspired Anthropologie Brunch

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A Cozy Coloring Cookbook + Coloring Party!

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Hiiiii!!!

A Cozy Coloring Cookbook is out into the world for you to color your cute hearts out!

If you’re in the mood to zone the F out or you want an activity to do with some family over the next few months, look no further! I think coloring/cooking is a great option and that’s not because I created it. OK MAYBE IT IS. But still.

This lil’ gif action is the Coconut Tres Leches cake which is by far one of my favorite recipes in the book. It is SO GOOD.

I hope you love it. I made this just for you.

AND if you’re in Los Angeles this Saturday, please come to my party! It’s open to the public. There will be coloring, snacks and dranks. I’m so excited to see you and meet you and hang out.

xoxo
Adrianna

P.S. Some additional hang out dates:

Seattle, Washington – Book Larder on Saturday, November 26th from noon to 1:30pm (there will be ice cream by Lauren Wilson and coloring!!!)

Los Angeles – Shout and About! in Echo Park on Saturday, December 3rd from 11am to 2pm (there will be snacks!)

A Cozy Coloring Cookbook
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