i’ve been on such a bad girl kick lately. after the wedding, i enjoyed some serious foodie indulgences. i’ll blame it on the fact that prior to the wedding, everything i put into my mouth was accompanied by serious guilt and worry about fitting into my dress, so after our nuptials, all gloves were off.
well, here’s a shocker: eating like crap makes you feel like crap. mornings are hectic for me and i oftentimes don’t get around to eating breakfast until 11am (yes, horrible, i know!). frantic emails, task lists etc. leave me at the end of my to-do list, and at that point i reach for toast and peanut butter, or worse, go straight into lunch. smoothies feel too fussy sometimes (that said, if you’re looking for one, this is my fave), and it makes sense to get a healthy breakfast prepped before bed for the next day.
overnight oats are super easy, healthy and perfect for on the go (like those mornings i’m rushing to an early meeting!). thanks to my husband (eee, still weird) for turning me on to this one.
THE SPARKLE OVERNIGHT OATS
1/2 cup slow cook or steel cut oats (sub for gluten free if you want, but try to go organic)
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup chia seed
1tbsp coconut oil
seal in a mason jar, shake, and leave in the fridge overnight. i like to heat mine a bit in the morning (zap in the micro for 45 seconds). top with whatever you want… banana, nuts, dried fruit. coconut shavings are a fave around these parts. voila! grab and go, no dirty dishes, you’re full for hours.
summer days in the office can quite quickly become mundane and ordinary, amiright? i find changing things up can be overlooked, but really helpful in getting energized again. my sparkle media account coordinator sarah and i were spending the day tap, tapping away on our laptops, and i broke out this super simple watermelon frosty to give a little oomph to a hot day in the office.
cube some watermelon, and blend it in your magic bullet (or if you’re one of those fancy people, a vitamix) with some ice, a squeeze of lime, and a splash of water… and if it’s friday (or monday, or tuesday…), replace that water with a splash of vodka! adding a paper straw can take any drink to the next level, no?
usually when i cook, i don’t even think about the fact that i could totally blog about it and share the recipe. horrible, i know. thus, the quality of these photos and sketchy measurements in the recipe isn’t up to par, but i wanted to share this one! when i cook, i always improvise, and unless i’m baking, fiddle with ingredients and make up recipes myself… such was the case with this take on a potato salad.
i was looking for something summery and reminiscent of the classic picnic, and came up with this one as i yearned for a little slice of outdoor living space.
THE PICNIC PERFECT POTATO SALAD
5-6 large yukon gold potatos, peeled and boiled
20-30 sugar snap peas, blanched and chopped in half
5 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
1-2 cobs of corn, boiled, adding just kernels cut right from cob
cheddar cheese, optional
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cups sour cream
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp each grainy and dijon mustard
dashes hot sauce
drizzle of honey (for balance!)
salt and pepper to taste
mix the ingredients together. the textures and flavours are a real treat. add dressing right before serving to avoid dryness (the potatoes quickly soak up the sauce). tweak as you please, i won’t be offended!
yum, yum, yum. that’s seriously the best way to describe this summer peach and blueberry cobbler. i was looking for something to make for sunday dinner, and my mom was dreaming of cobbler – a little google action (getting my mom using the ipad, priceless!), and this beautiful sweet, tart and satisfying dessert was ours. it is honestly the perfect summer evening treat, and topped with ice cream, there’s almost nothing better. i substituted peaches for nectarines, and corn starch (little tip, look for organic, the conventional is gmo city) for the tapioca.
there not much else i love more than baking, and a chill sunday morning spent with a coffee, and baking supplies in my fave nighty is the ultimate relaxation for me.
when i start working with a new client (with my business, sparkle media), there are many hours and days spent researching, getting to know the market, their product, and their vision – it is a lot of behind-the-scenes preparation. i always find learning so much fun, and it feeds my creativity to really understand the fundamentals of my clients brand. being prepared to communicate a brands’ message is a big deal, so i’m a sponge learning everything i can about them.
luckily for me, sparkle media’s new client, soirette, happens to be a wonderful macaron and tea shop dedicated to the art of fine desserts and pastries… straight from paris. macarons, eclairs, and delicate desserts galore! part of getting to know them involved jen and i trying out the weekend high tea service, and we loved taking photos of the beautiful creations, and of course, taste testing the gorgeous nibbles and sipping the delish teas. calling this work seems foolish, but it actually is! (i swear!)
such a fun and luxurious afternoon to enjoy with your girlfriends, and a wonderful idea for a bridal shower or special occasion.