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10 Cozy Recipe to Make This January 2019

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HIIII! It’s 2019. Good gracious. I had a wonderful break full of family, Peru, reflection and rest and relaxation.

I spent the long weekend trying to get my pantry drama together and organize my spices. I always find great comfort in what organizing and a label-maker provide me. Lol.

Now that we’re here and ready for the year, I feel like we can dive into some recipes that belong in our January repertoire. The month of January is always full of healthy-ish recipes and food that brings me comfort because it’s cold!! (even in Los Angeles). Here’s a collection of some recipes that will be on repeat this month.

Aguadito – I always describe this as Peruvian Pho. It’s not exactly like Pho obviously, but it’s similar due to how herbaceous and lime-y it is. It also cures a cold with a quickness! I always make it with rice but you can add quinoa, too.

Creamy Vegan Kale + Mushroom Macaroni and Cheese – If you’re trying to eat less meat but are still seeking something warm and cozy, this is it! The “cheese” doesn’t taste strange either!

Mojito Cupcakes – These mojito cupcakes are so delicious and fluffy. I say go ahead and use any other type of winter citrus, if you’re feeling like it.

Harissa Chicken with Fluffy Couscous – This delicious harissa-smothered chicken is cooked over a bed of couscous. And then drizzled with lemon-y yogurt, pomegranate and tons of Italian parsley. Yum.

Brussels Sprouts Soba Noodle with Miso-Tahini Dressing – I make this salad dressing ALL the time. It goes well on spinach or other types of hearty greens. If you like, you can make this whole sha-bang—it’s delicious.

Citrus Poppy Seed Cookies – Is there anything better than soft cookies? NOO! I know we’re probably all cookie-ed out but these are glorious.

Laura’s book (I still use it!) and it’s a delicious “polenta” recipe using millet. The green onion oil is super tasty. It’s a warm comforting healthy meal that makes me feel light and bright.

Vegetarian Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas – These enchiladas are super delicious. They’re vegetarian and have the right amount of indulgence; they won’t weigh you down but feel nice on a cold night.

Blood Orange Poundcake – This poundcake has the perfect crumb. The blood orange zest is inside the cake and the glaze makes it super beautiful.

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Cozy Den Makeover Part II!

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HI!! I’m finally done with the den and it’s quickly become my favorite room in the house (besides the kitchen, of course). I think in the last 30 days, since it’s been pretty much done, it has become the room we spend the most time in. I mean, can you blame us?

Before we dive in, let’s go down memory lane and take a look at all of the ‘before’ photos. It wasn’t a condemned room by any means. It had recently been fixed. The wall with the French doors was collapsing and had to be completely replaced. After the room was saved (lol) it was passively painted this butter yellow that I don’t think really showed off how wonderful the room really is.

It was empty and needed some furniture VERY badly. I teamed up with Room & Board for this post—they so nicely supplied most of the furniture. Funny enough, I had my eye on this couch for a LONG time. I’m so happy to report that it is as comfortable as I had hoped it would be; I can’t recommend it enough.

Here was my inspo!:

The first step was to get rid of the small amount of existing furniture (true story: we moved that armoire just to the next room lol) and paint the wall a nice warm mauve color. I was a bit panicked at first because the color looked a bit too bit precious (I wanted a bit more brown in the color) but when it was paired with the black elements, it ended up being totally fine.

The second move was to switch out the sconces to these beautiful Camber black sconces. It really took us from 1996 to 2018. I love how modern and sleek they look. And the light they emit is really wonderful. You can position them however you like, we decided to go downward and it gives off a lovely indirect light.

There really is only one place to put the couch because of the door on the east side of the room. Not a huge deal, so it naturally made sense for us to place it on the right side and this beautiful TV console against the opposite wall.

The Cade Sofa is SO comfortable. And while a lot of people were shocked when we decided to go with this light oatmeal color, I only did this knowing that we were committed to Amelia not being allowed on the couch. She only gets up there when she’s on a blanket. And she surprisingly follows the rules. For the record, we got the couch in Orla Ivory.

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Cozy Gingerbread House

Adventures, Cookies, Desserts, DIY, Holiday, The Holidays

Did you ever have a Barbie Dream House? I think I asked for one for my eighth birthday (if I remember correctly) and I imagined myself being a grown-up in it. I had dogs (of course), I had a husband (Ken) whose head I shaved because I thought his blonde hair was ugly (I dunno) and a few kids who were ok. But most importantly, I had a pool with a slide and a trampoline. I also had a siqqq car that was bright pink that I’d use to pick up my friends so we could go to the movies and Disneyland.

When I got the insane idea that I should built a gingerbread house, I started to think: What should it look like? What should it include?

I remembered my Barbie Dream House and decided maybe that should be my inspo? I decided to leave out people because I don’t think I can make realistic versions of gingerbread humans.

Let’s start from the beginning.

The first step to making my gingerbread house was planning the dimensions like the architect that I AM NOT.

I started crunching numbers and decided on making the doors , the sides and the roof

Amazon boxes and an XACTO knife are golden!

I ended up using old Amazon boxes that were in the recycling for my templates. And XACTO knife comes in real handy in this instance.

Gingerbread Dough
Erin McDowell’s recipe is by far the best. I thought about developing my own but I was short on time and honestly, hers works wonderfully, no surprise there.

I happened to have shortening in my pantry because of these biscuits and it ended up making life SO much easier. I love that recipe. Her tips, btw, are absolutely brilliant. She overbakes her gingerbread to make it sturdier. I did the same.

Windows
I decided on having a few windows on the sides of the house.

I filled a few of the windows on the side and in the front with crushed up Jolly Ranchers. It ended up melting in the oven and making the prettiest pink windows.

Roof
If you’re interested in a true zen experience, glue on a million perfectly slivered almonds for two hours. Truth be told, I actually enjoy these types of things. I mediate and zone out and think about my life. Sometimes I even cry—it’s fun!

Pool
I made the pool outside from gingerbread that I cut out. I filled it with a piece of foil and crushed blue Jolly Ranchers to replicate the look of frozen water. I added a diving board because that’s what I would want in my own backyard.

Amelia’s Dog House
Amelia’s Dog House is obviously just for show because she wouldn’t think of ever sleeping outside. She prefers to sleep on beds and pillows. But it is cute. I used this gingerbread mini house cookie cutter.

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