Browsing Category

DIY

Rough Puff, Step-by-Step

Breakfast, Desserts, DIY

I’m so excited about rough puff. Ideally 2017 would include a whole lot of laminated dough.

A few years ago I put making puff pastry at home in the silly category. Why would we make it when we can just buy it?!?!?

I’m still an advocate for store-bought pastry, especially when you’re in a bit of a jam. It’s so nice to have in the fridge/freezer when you want to serve up a tart or something last minute.

But lately, I’ve been experimenting with rough puff (isn’t the name fun?), which is basically EASY AF puff pastry.

It is puff pastry that is made a lot like pie dough with some additional “turns” (more on that later).

I figured I’d give you a step-by-step of this process since once you see it all broken out into steps it seems SO MUCH easier.

The whole process begins by combining your flour and salt. Just like how I make pie crust, I find it easiest to use a cheese grater to get the butter the perfect-sized bits.

I used the ratios from Gordon Ramsey and I found them perfect every single time. (The first time I made it, I cut the butter because I found the measurement sort of annoying (1 stick plus 1 tablespoon) but that extra tablespoon is important so we’re going to use it!)

I also used Ashley Rodriguez‘s technique and found it to be seamless and easy and yet the marbling was perfect.

Continue Reading

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.

Naturally Dyed Linens Continue Reading

Let’s Make Coconut Pistachio Butter!

Breakfast, Desserts, DIY

Coconut Pistachio Paste

A few months ago I made this Italian Plum Pistachio Cake and it was bomb dot com but really the part that I loved the most was the pistachio paste. IT WAS SO GOOD. When I made it I had to use all of it for the cake but I kept thinking, this should really be put on toast and consumed as a snack.

So, here I am, pushing this onto you all.

Coconut Pistachio Paste

I should be fired because I’m about to mention the holidays in September…

…but this would be great to make for the holidays as gifts because it’s SO simple and easy…minus the peeling of pistachios.

Do yourself a gigantic favor and buy shelled pistachios. Treat ur self!

Coconut Pistachio Paste

Do not be like me and spend 30 minutes shelling pistachios. There’s this very known trick that if you want to peel the skins off pistachios, you can cover them in boiling water and then rub them in a towel. I can tell you that it is 100% not worth the extra step.

If you want to get the purest of green color, then feel free to just rub the pistachios in between two towels when they’re dry and shelled. Some of the skins should fall off.

Coconut Pistachio Paste

Let’s be honest, pistachio paste is not a beauty queen. It’s not the belle of the ball so just do what you need to do to make it look cute – put sprankles all over it.

I bought these pretty sprinkles in Denmark. I love them so much.

Coconut Pistachio Paste Continue Reading

Pie-Making Workshop!

Adventures, DIY, Pie

Summer Berry Pie

HIIII!!!! I’ve wanted to do this FOR so long. Today I’m so excited to tell you that I’m co-hosting a pie workshop with my friend and baker Nicole Rucker.

Here are the details:

Date/Time: Saturday, October 1st, 2016 from 11am to 3pm

Where: Los Angeles, CA (at Cofax Commissary, West Hollywood)

What you’re going to learn: During this class you’ll learn everything about making the perfect, fool-proof pie crust.

Then, you’ll assemble and make your very own apple pie. We’ll talk apples, you’ll have a choose-your-own-adventure filling experience.

And you’ll learn about some options when it comes to making pretty braids with your pie crusts, using cookie cutters, getting the perfect crimp.

While all the pies are in the oven, we’ll sit down and eat the cutest autumn-like lunch and hang out and be friends.

Strawberry Rhubarb Braided Pie

Take-aways: You’ll take home the chilled pie crust you made, your whole baked pie you assembled, a packet of recipes and a fun gift bag.

And all that knowledge you just learned.

Rhubarb Pear Slab Pie

To buy tickets, visit the EventBrite page.

Can’t wait to meet you all and bake some pies together!

xoxo,
Adrianna

Summer Berry Pie

Continue Reading

How to Make a Bomb Ass Bagel Sandwich At Home

Breakfast, DIY, Vegetarian

How to Make a Bomb Ass Bagel Sandwich At Home

So many good things are out in the world right now. All in time for a nice, chill and enjoyable weekend.

#1: Kendrick released some new-ish music.
#2: Netflix just realized a new season of House of Cards (byeeeee!)
#3: I have a bomb-ass bagel sandwich that has your cute little name all over it.

The first step to making a bagel sandwich at home is sourcing a really good bagel. For years this was really hard in LA but not anymore! My favorite bagels are from a truck (and newly-opened shop!), called Yeastie Boys.

They are so good. In fact last year a friend gifted 30 bagels, from Yeastie Boys, to Josh for his b-day and we had them in the freezer and every time we wanted a bagel, we’d warm it up in the oven and OMG best breakfast ever.

How to Make a Bomb Ass Bagel Sandwich At Home

The second step is making your own cream cheese. Remember when I made homemade cream cheese?! Game changer. Of course this isn’t required if you’re strapped for time. You can always just spike store-bought cream cheese with minced dill and Italian parsley.

How to Make a Bomb Ass Bagel Sandwich At Home

Next up, a perfectly square scrambled egg. Not gonna lie, I was going for that folded over egg situation that you find at McDonald’s and Hardee’s but the stupid rectangle cookie cutter I ordered off Amazon wasn’t big enough.

Regardless of what kind of equipment you have, you can always just make gently scrambled eggs and pile it on.

How to Make a Bomb Ass Bagel Sandwich At Home Continue Reading

How to Make an Edible Football Stadium

Appetizers, DIY, Snacks

This may be one of the greatest things I’ve ever made.

How to Make an Edible Football Stadium

If you have someone in your life that is very excited about Sunday’s game and your attitude is more like “I’m in it for the snacks only…” slash, “Who is playing?!…” then this is a project for you.

In this post, I will take you through the supplies you’ll need, the foods you’ll need and all of the in between lil’ tips I figured out when making my very own edible football stadium.

How to Make an Edible Football Stadium Continue Reading

Homemade Sugar Cubes

DIY

Homemade Sugar Cubes (Great Gift!)

For me, a homemade gift needs to be chill to make. If it’s not, then I’ll just buy something, you know?

These homemade sugar cubes couldn’t be simpler because they require two ingredients: sugar AND water (which comes out of the tap). So really, they only require one and you most likely have sugar in your pantry right this very second.

I got this idea when I was walking through Harrod’s last month with Stephanie and saw the most adorable sugar cubes evrrrr. There were heart sugar cubes and sphere sugar cubes and sugar cubes shaped like snowflakes. I wanted to buy them and almost did until I saw the price tag of 30 pounds. Umm…yeah no.

Homemade Sugar Cubes (Great Gift!)

Turns out sugar cubes are the simplest thing to make in the world; I’m so glad I decided to DIY this sucker instead of fall for that Harrod’s trap (seriously tho that person is very smart to sell sugar and water for $30—respect!).

The only think you do need to buy is a silicon candy mold. You may have one already, if you don’t, don’t worry because they’re not expensive.

I used this candy mold but you can find others if you like.

Homemade Sugar Cubes (Great Gift!) Continue Reading

The Year of Cozy: Fan Joy Box

Adventures, DIY

The Year of Cozy: Fan Joy Box

The Year of Cozy: Fan Joy Box

I teamed up with FanJoy to bring you all of my favorite things from The Year of Cozy in one box!

In the box, you’ll get:

1. A (2 ounce) bag of Stumptown Coffee. (As you know, coffee is life!)
2. A pair of gold crafting scissors. (I used these for pretty much every DIY in the book.)
3. A “SO HANGRY” t-shirt. (This is inspired by the kitchen banner DIY in the book that says this. Basically, this phrase is an expression of my soul.)
4. A pretty box of matches from The Social Type.
5. The Year of Cozy book signed by me and Amelia.
6. A personalized note from me.

The Year of Cozy: Fan Joy Box

The Year of Cozy: Fan Joy Box

The box retails for $49.95 and is limited edition (meaning: there aren’t that many!)

I’m super excited about this box because it feels like the book coming to life. I love all these items, especially together, especially the t-shirt. I hope you love them too!

xoxo
Adrianna

The Year of Cozy: Fan Joy Box

The Year of Cozy: Fan Joy Box Continue Reading

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

Desserts, DIY, Homemade


The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

Today is the day! The Year of Cozy: 125 Recipes, Crafts and Other Homemade Adventures is out in the world. I hope you love it. I hope you think it’s fun and inspiring and funny and more fun.

When I set out to make this book I wanted it to be a bit different than this blog; I wanted it to be an extension, tell a slightly different story. It is just that. It’s a story about working through all the muck that is our mundane and very normal and, often times, challenging lives. It’s about controlling what you can in life because sometimes things aren’t so easy. One thing I found I could control was my thoughts, how I spent my free time and my perspective. I know this idea sounds a bit lofty and it sort of is. The inspiration came from listening to This is Water by David Foster Wallace, a life-changing listen (if you haven’t, I highly recommend it).

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

While the book’s introduction may sound a bit like, ok calm down, Adrianna, the rest of the book is happy. It’s broken up into sections: “Make,” “Live, “Do.” There are DIYs, recipes and ideas to make your day a bit sweeter.

There’s also a ton of Amelia. Hello grain-free doggie doughnuts!

Today I’m sharing a recipe for Fruit Sugars. It took me a looooong time to figure out this recipe and when I finally nailed it, I felt silly because it really couldn’t be simpler. Freeze dried fruit is pulsed in a food processor and then mixed with sugar and a teeny bit of water. As you mix the two vigorously with your fingers, the sugar will take on the fruit’s color. I think it’s beautiful.

Put this sugar in tea. Sprinkle it on cookies. Put it on all the things!!!

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

I’m not sure you know how much A Cozy Kitchen means to me. I imagine you don’t because I don’t really talk about it all that often, do I?

The whole world could be crumbling, but as long as I can bake and cook and shoot and do it with Amelia by my side and you reading, all will be ok.

This space encourages me, it inspires me, you inspire me. Thank you so much for hearing my very hormotional rant right now. Thank you for spending your hard-earned money on my book. And thank you for simply being here and reading this. I appreciate you all so very much.

xoxo
Adrianna

Links:

Order The Year of Cozy
Like my custom stamp? I got it here on Etsy!
Bowls from Suite One Studio (who made so many beautiful pieces in the book)
Listen to me on The One Plant Podcast with Jessica Murnane discussing all things The Year of Cozy (plus, she’s giving away a book! You just have to answer the question: Who do you want to cozy up with? Bowchicabowow!)

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars Continue Reading

Honey Honeycomb, Three Ways

Desserts, DIY

Honey Honeycomb, Three Ways

Autumn has finally arrived in LA and I’m rolling in it like a dog in recently fertilized grass. Yesterday I put on my fluffiest of fluffy socks, put Notting Hill on the TV and baked my lil’ heart away—it was my favorite Sunday.

One of the things that has been on my to-make list forever is this—honeycomb! I don’t think it’s a big secret that I don’t love corn syrup. I’ll use it on occasion but I try and avoid it when I can; mainly because I hate the flavor. (I do love it in marshmallows though.) For me, corn syrup has this acidic flavor that hits me in the back of my throat that I don’t love. This honeycomb doesn’t have a drop of corn syrup, instead it uses honey because duh, that’s what honeycomb should be made with!

Honey Honeycomb, Three Ways

I used clover honey, but feel free to use wildflower or another type of honey that you like. I’d probably avoid raw, mainly because I haven’t tried it that way and I want you to actually end up with something edible, breakable and delicious.

The honeycomb is cooked in a large pot (I used a 5-quart Dutch oven). When you add everything to the pot, you’ll think it’s a bit silly and it’s way too big but when the baking soda is added, the whole thing bubbles up quite a bit so you want that extra space. SAFETY!

Honey Honeycomb, Three Ways

It really takes like 10 minutes to make. And after that you just transfer it to a baking sheet and wait for it to set, which is like a minute.

Honey Honeycomb, Three Ways Continue Reading