April 16, 2014

Bernard & Ralf


I love the color combination
on these new soft toys!
Bernard Ralf
can be found HERE!






April 11, 2014

Pierre

Introducing Pierre!
He's my newest creation
& you can find him HERE!


Pierre wears striped raglan sweater, charcoal pants, red shoes & striped socks. Finished with an ivory crochet collar, red bow tie, red buttons & a lovely crochet striped hat with pom-pom. Hand embroidered face with our signature PINK crochet cheeks. 





March 25, 2014

kale & basil pesto


Just add some blanched kale
to your regular pesto recipe!
Delicious!!!





gluten free quinoa flour spaghetti with the kale & basil pesto


March 4, 2014

new collection


New cotton and linen
bunnies & kitties
now available!!!

For this collection I have used linen and pima cotton
in soft pastel colors. Hope you like it!!

You can shop the collection HERE





March 3, 2014

Good Morning!


watching the snow fall with a
bowl of pomegranate yogurt topped with fresh fruit
and a green juice



For this green juice I used kale, spinach,
green seedless grapes, kiwi, orange, Granny Smith apple, and ginger



March 1, 2014

Good morning!


Just stopping by to wish you all a great Saturday!
We will be hit by winter storm Titan on Monday
so today we are off to enjoy the nice weather
and some antiquing in Leesburg.




February 28, 2014

Ajiaco (Colombian Chicken & Potato Soup)


This popular Colombian is delicious and very easy to make. 
Guascas, a South American herb, imparts a grassy flavor to the soup and can be found at Latin American markets.


Ajiaco 
Serves 2 to 4

2 chicken breasts
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
5 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 pounds red potatoes peeled and cut into 1" chunks
2-3 ears fresh corn, cut crosswise into quarters
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoon guascas

Heat the olive oil in a heavy medium size lidded pot, over medium heat. Add the chicken, onion, garlic and brown each side. Add salt & pepper. Pour in the stock and raise the heat to high. When the mixture boils, lower the heat to medium-low, then cover and simmer.
Cook until the chicken is tender, about 20 minutes. 
Transfer the chicken to a platter, reserving the cooking liquid in the pot. Cut or tear the chicken breasts into strips.
Place the potatoes in the pot with the leftover cooking liquid and set over medium heat. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes. 
Add the corn, the cilantro, and the guascas. Simmer with the lid on for 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender but not overcooked. Return the chicken to the pot. Simmer another few minutes until the chicken is warmed through. 


Ladle the soup into individual bowls and top with avocado, capers, sour cream and chopped cilantro.


February 27, 2014

cornbread


Who doesn't love cornbread?
It is delicious and gluten free.



Ingredients

2 cups organic coarsely ground yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Directions


Preheat your oven to 400°F. Place 12 cupcake silicone molds on a muffin baking mold.

In a large bowl, place the cornmeal, salt, baking soda and baking powder, and whisk to combine well. In separate bowl, mix the egg, butter, and buttermilk, and whisk to combine well.

Mix dry ingredientswith the wet ingredients.  Mix until just combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until lightly golden brown on top, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
Serve hot & Enjoy!!!!








February 26, 2014

beetroot leaves {nothing goes to waste}

There was a time when I would discard beetroot leaves.
These days I don't let them go to waste.
They have a flavor similar to kale and Swiss chard.
Cooked or raw, beet greens are very rich in vitamins and minerals.


Try to select beet greens that have a dark, green color and fresh looking beet roots attached.



Cut most of the stem and give them a good wash.


Sautee them with extra virgin olive oil, purple onion,
garlic, balsamic vinegar and pine nuts.


Yesterday, I served them for lunch with a side of edamame.




February 25, 2014

healthy drinks


Are you a fan of healthy drinks?
I am!!! Love mixing fruits and vegetables
with yogurt, almond milk, coconut water…

This is my strawberry, red beet, Greek yogurt, blood orange, red grapefruit, and flax seeds smoothie. 



Blueberry, blackberry, chia seeds, almond milk, blue agave nectar and flax seeds.