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Food + halloween + Party / Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014

Halloween dinner party menu

Roasted root vegetables with honey orange vinaigrette
Yesterday I gave a sneak peek of the delicious menu for our Halloween vanitas party (read more about the party here) with the free printable menu cards and guys, you will want to bookmark/pin/note/dream about this menu. It’s beyond. If you remember from the Midsummer party, we partnered up with the girls from Ramblin Rose Cafe who created this out of this world menu. These girls have a knack for making delicious, healthy food that’s also gorgeous. And they have graciously provided all the recipes for you. SCORE! You’ll get dishes like:
Roasted root vegetables with honey orange vinaigrette
Roasted root vegetables with honey orange vinaigrette
Autumn Harvest Board
Autumn Harvest Board
Autumn Harvest Board
Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower soup
Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower Soup
plus a delicious beverage to wash it all down. Go ahead, bookmark! 
food and food styling by Ramblin Rose Cafe 
art directed by Brittany Jepsen

Click below to see the full recipes

Roasted root vegetables with honey orange vinaigrette
Roasted Root Vegetables with honey orange vinaigrette
  • Red Beets, Golden Beets, Rutabaga, Black Turnip, Parsnip & Rainbow Carrots
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 c. Black Rice
  • 2 c. Water
  • 1/4 inch slice of Ginger 
  • 1 Star anise 
  • Big pinch of Sea Salt 
  • Cracked Black Pepper
Honey Orange Vinaigrette
1 Orange, juiced 
1 Lemon, juiced
1/4 c. Honey Wine Vinegar 
1/2 c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sea Salt 
Cracked Black Pepper 
1/2 c. Hazelnuts, toasted & roughly chopped 
Place everything in a jar with a tight lid and shake to combine. Taste & adjust with sea salt & cracked pepper to your liking.
Rinse black rice in a strainer under running water to get rid of excess starch. Place rinsed rice, water, ginger, star anise, salt & pepper in a pot with a lid. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a gentle simmer. Cook for 25-30 minutes until water is absorbed and rice is tender. Remove from heat and leave lid for 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork, remove star anise & ginger.
Meanwhile, rustically cut a variety of root vegetables. Toss in olive oil, sea salt and cracked pepper and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Roast at 400 degrees until tender about 30 minutes. 
Toss rice in vinaigrette and pour onto platter. When vegetables are
done roasting arrange on top and finish with extra vinaigrette, sea salt, cracked pepper & toasted hazelnuts.
Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower Soup
Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower Soup 
  • 2 heads of Cauliflower 
  • 1 bulb of Garlic 
  • 1 Onion 
  • Olive Oil 
  • Veggie Stock to cover
  • Sea Salt 
  • Cracked Pepper
  • Yogurt 
  • Chili Oil
Chili Oil
  • 1/2 C. Olive Oil 
  • 2 Tbsp. Red Chili Flakes
In a small pot bring oil and chili flakes to a simmer, then turn off and let steep for about 30 minutes to let the chili infuse into the oil.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
Cut the top of the garlic bulb off, drizzle with olive olive and wrap it in tin foil. Roast the whole garlic bulb until soft and golden. 
Ruffly chop onion and sauté in olive oil until translucent, season with sea salt and cracked pepper. Ruffly chop cauliflower add to onions and season again. When cauliflower is tender and golden cover with veggie stock. 
Squeeze the roasted garlic out of the papery bulb into the soup pot. And blend soup with an immersion blender or high speed blender until smooth. Taste and season with more sea salt and cracked pepper if necessary.
Finish with the chili oil & a drizzle of yogurt.
Autumn Harvest Board
Autumn Harvest Board 
  • Artisan Bread, torn 
  • Artisan Cheeses–we used Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese, Teahive Cheddar Cheese & a French Roquefort Blue Cheese
  • Olives
  • Orchard fruit, sliced
  • Figs, cut in half
  • Pomegranate, deseeded  
  • Butter & Flakey Sea Salt
  • Honeycomb 
  • Spicy Dark Chocolate, broken into pieces
  • Big wood board to serve on
A few pointers when arranging a harvest board:
• Use a big enough board, better to have the contrast of wood showing then all the good stuff rolling off.
• Place the cheeses & bread down first, everything else can be scattered around & made to fit.
• Keep each ingredient clumped somewhat together, to keep easier to dish from.
• If using honeycomb, place on the board at the edge. The honey starts to seep out of the comb as soon as it is cut.
Pomegranate Ginger Elixir 
Equal Parts:
  • Pomegranate Juice (chilled)
  • Ginger Beer (chilled)
Combine in individual glasses or make a big pitcher, serve chilled.

DIY + Events + Party + Projects / Monday, 28 Jul 2014

Balloon arch tutorial

How to make a balloon arch
Ok, ok I hear you! You want the tutorial! I had every intention of getting the tutorial from the BHLDN Flamingo Pop shoot and Midsummer Mingle to you so much sooner than this, but I’ve been on GO ever since. But now, calm your fears, here it is. In all it’s flamingo balloon goodness. I’m still perfecting the process (perfecting balloons?) but yes, turns out there is a learning curve to it as far as engineering goes.
balloon arch tutorial

See the full tutorial on the next page! 

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Crafts + Cricut + DIY + Party + Projects + summer / Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014

Hanging paper lantern tutorial & template

Hanging paper lantern tutorial & free template.
Hanging paper lantern tutorial & free Cricut template.

A Midsummer Mingle (see pics here and here) was graciously sponsored by the generous folks at Cricut. As a part of the partnership, we were asked to create a project using their brand new spankin Cricut Explore machine.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Cricut Explore, it’s basically a paper crafter’s dream. You can choose from thousands of designs and cut it in a variety of materials like paper, leather, foam, you name it OR you can create your own designs, upload them, and then watch as it cuts it for you. As a designer, I haven’t gotten into any paper cutter before because of the limited design options–I’m rather possessive–so this has been my answer to bespoke designs. I’m excited to try more with paper flower templates and such!

For the party I wanted a project that could be used practically as well as aesthetically. I came up with a lantern that you can place an electric tea light in. I added some florals on it (of course) and voila! You’re good to go! Ashley Isenhour was kind enough to help me transform the pattern into Illustrator (my Illustrator skills are minimal).*

American Crafts provided the paper for the event so I used their lovely shades to cut some lanterns for my Mad Hatter themed section of the party. I had giant flowers everywhere along with loads of garlands from BHLDN like these flower garlandspaper fans, and pennant garland along with felt ball garlands from Hello Maypole, and other simpler paper lanterns (learn how to make them here). I love the look these floral lanterns and they did so much for the space.

Click below for full tutorial!

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Life + This week / Sunday, 20 Jul 2014

This week

If you follow along on Instagram you will have already heard my little story. We had a camping themed shoot this week. Last minute, we needed to find a new location so Kev graciously left everything he was doing to take me to a new spot he had in mind up in the Uinta National Forest. It was perfect–secluded, gorgeous, undisturbed. And not too easy to get to. So I decided to stay put until the rest of the clan came a few hours later. I thought I would have a moment and get some work done as I enjoyed the great outdoors. Well, between orchestrating the exact location with the others, and major cell phone battery struggles, some people made it there and others did not. Ooops! Tack onto that I had forgotten to eat that day and the only thing I could find in my car was some Fun Dip that I had won at the arcade last weekend and I came home sick as a dog. Oh yeah, life is glamorous. This picture above is with Hillary and Melissa, the cutest sisters you ever did see. Talk to them if you ever need a pick-me-up.

This week on Lars:
Strawberry rose sorbet for National Ice Cream Month
This Girl lives in denim and tan
Make a floral crown
Here are some rad pom pom projects
I announced that I’ll be teaching the DIY Blogger Handbook, a new class on Atly
One of my very favorite photoshoots to date for the July playlist. All travel themed

Lars elsewhere:
Summer Treats at your wedding on Brooklyn Bride
A collaboration with Dwell and some beautiful loft spaces on Interior Collective
7 inspiring vanities on Interior Collective

Links of note:
I know as a reader it’s not always fun to read about the business side of blogging, but it’s a topic that bloggers address frequently. What do you think about working for free? 
The raddest treehouse you ever did see
and here are more rad treehouses
Jordan nailed my planter wishlist
Guys, I laughed out loud at this