Golden Beet, Basil & Mint Juice (and the Larchmont Farmer’s Market)

I have a confession to make. Before Sunday I had only been to one farmers market in LA the entire 2.5 years I’ve been here (embarrassing, I know). But that spell was finally broken last Sunday, when I went to the Larchmont Farmer’s Market.

It was amazing! And so cheap! I got fresh, organic Golden Beats for $2. Then I found a table with rows of different greens and herbs; each bundle was only $1! I picked up a gigantic thing of Basil, Mint, and two bundles of Kale. My new plan/goal is to try to buy the bulk of my produce from farmer’s markets.

One of the best things about the Larchmont Farmer’s Market is that it is exploding with free samples. Everywhere. Everything. I pretty much ate a meal off of free samples.

And they had some interesting things, like these mushrooms:

And there was a puppy adoption going on nearby. I’m not even a dog person, but these guys were way too cute:

If you ever visit Larchmont, definitely check out Lette as well. The $1.70 price per cookie is a little expensive, but oh-so-scrumptious. I got an Earl Grey macaroon and came back for seconds to try the Caramel. I have to say, the Pistachio is still my favorite, but the Earl Grey comes close. (The caramel was a little overpowering.

Nom nom nom.

Back home at my juicing station, I have more Kale, mint, and basil than I know what to do with, so I juiced it all together (well, not all of it — I still have enough for like, 10 juices). I have to say, this one of the best juice concoctions yet!

Give it a shot. The mint and basil make it super sweet and super delicious. I’m also a huge fan of the golden beets. You get so much juice out of them!

Golden Beet, Basil, & Mint Juice

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Golden Beet
  • 1 Pink Lady Apple
  • Small Piece Ginger (like 1/2 inch)
  • 2 Handfuls of Mint
  • 1 Handful of Basil
  • 1 Large Handful of Kale (about 1/2 a bundle)
  • 2-3 Handfuls of Baby Carrots

 

 

Blend, enjoy, and feel healthy!

I think I may have a juicing problem. 🙂

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Sparkle Glitter Nails

I was at CVS today and I saw a bunch of shiny, fun nail polish. I don’t paint my nails very often, and when I do, I usually stick to black. But the glitter caught my eye and I couldn’t help myself.

This brand ‘Spoiled’ by Wet n’ Wild is awesome; they are only $1.99 a pop and they have a huge assortment of colors. Next time I’m in CVS, I might just have to buy a few more fun colors.

Anyway, to get the fun white & glitter look, you need a bottle of “Correction Tape” (white) and “Trust Fund Baby” (glitter):

  • Apply a thick layer of Correction Tape and let it dry completely. (The nail polish is pretty thick, so I only needed one coat)
  • Apply 1-2 layers of Trust Fund Baby. It might take some finagling to get the glitter just right.

Great Way to Start the Day (Juicing, Of Course!)

I am totally obsessed with juice. The problem is, when you’re buying tons of produce, it can add up quickly. But here is a simple recipe, and using the ingredients below, it comes out to about $1.50 per juice. Not too shabby when you compare it to $5 or $6 drinks.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bag of Organic Carrots (I use the Organic Trader Joes Carrots which has about 10 medium carrots)
  • 1 Lemon (I usually cut off some of the peel)
  • Ginger (1 square inch)
  • 1 Clove Garlic

La Gloria Tortillas Rock My World: 2 Recipies for Amazing “Queso”Dillas

Due to being sick and crazy busy-ness in my life outside of food and crafting, I’ve been away for too long; but I promise I’m back with more delectable recipes and fun crafts.

A few years ago, I made an impulse buy at the Whole Foods in The Valley on a bag of La Gloria’s Low Carb Tortillas. It was straight up one of the best impulse grocery buys of my life (no joke). These tortillas rocked my world; the most doughey, delicious tortilla you could possibly sink your teeth in to.

I moved from The Valley and had a hard time finding them, but for the past few months, I’ve been having good luck at the Whole Foods on the West Side and I thought I’d share the deliciousness.

The first recipe is super fast to make, and when I have La Gloria tortillas in my house, I eat at least one of these a day.

The Fancy Breakfast “Queso”dilla.

The Simple “Queso”Dilla (Vegan):

  • 1 La Gloria Low Carb Flour Tortilla
  • 2 Pieces Vegan Mozzarella Rice Cheese
  • Hot Sauce (I use Tapatio)
  • 1/2 of a Small Avocado
  • Cooking Spray

Use a little bit of cooking spray on your skillet and heat the pan on medium-high heat.

Place down the tortilla on the pan. Place your 2 slices of vegan cheese side by side and dribble hot sauce over the cheese. (I usually put about 10 drops).

Fold the cheese-less half over to cover the cheese and heat about 1-2 minutes on each side, or until the tortilla starts to lightly crisp and slightly brown. Using a spatula, you can press down on the tortilla so that the cheese sticks to both sides.

Take it off the heat, pull it open, and add your avocado slices. Fold it back together, let it sit for a minute, and enjoy!

The Fancy Breakfast “Queso”dilla (Vegetarian):

  • 1 La Gloria Low Carb Flour Tortilla
  • 1 Full Egg and 1 Egg with Whites Only
  • 2 Slices Vegan Mozzarella Rice Cheese
  • 1/3 Cup Pre-Cooked Quinoa
  • Hot Sauce
  • 1/3 Small Avacado, cut in to slices
  • Salsa (optional)
  • Cooking Spray

Heat up cooking spray over medium-high heat. Place your egg sunny-side up in the pan. Fry on both sides until it’s done. Take it off the heat and keep it on the side.

Using more cooking spray if necessary, place the tortilla flat on the pan. Add the 2 slices of rice cheese and about 10 dribbles of hot sauce. Spread an even, thin layer of your pre-cooked quinoa over the tortilla and then place the egg on top.

I tend to use quinoa left overs from the night before, but you can always make it fresh: boil water and add quinoa (2 parts water to 1 part quinoa). Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes until you see the little white tails and all the water is absorbed. Let it sit covered for 1-2 minutes.

Let the tortilla cook for about 2-3 minutes, then take it off the heat. Add your sliced avocado and salsa if desired.

Fold in half and enjoy!

Feather Clip Tutorials

In 2 days, I will be here:

That’s right, week 1 of COACHELLA! And you can’t be prepared for Coachella without feather clip ins, right?!

I have 2 tutorials, and both are pretty simple. One requires a little more work with pliers and bending wire rings, but they both require feathers (obviously).

I found the best way to find cheap, cool feathers was to go to Forever 21 and buy some earrings. They have a plethora of various colors and feather types at very reasonable prices (ranges from $2.80 to $6.80 per pair). Plus, once you take the earring hook off, you already have a loop for attaching the string or chain.

For the hair clip, I got mine at Nigel’s Beauty Emporium ($1.99 each). If you don’t live in LA, I would imagine you can find them at most wig stores or online (these seem close to what I bought). These clips tend to be used for attaching to clip to hair extensions, so they can hold some weight and they have little holes on the side that are perfect for attachments.

Materials:

  • Snazzy Feather Earrings (or Necklace)
  • Hair Clip
  • 2 Sets of mini Jewelry Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Thread Skeins (Looks Like This) [String Clip Only]
  • Jewelry Chain [Chain Clip Only]
  • 4-6 Jewelry Loops (These can be found at any crafting store in the jewelry section… these are little metallic loops with a cut in the loop so that you can open and close it wit pliers) [Chain Clip Only]

String Clip Tutorial:

STEP 1: Remove Feathers from Earring

For the earrings I bought, all I had to do was take pliers and pull back the metal earring backing, and the feathers (with the loop still attached) slid right off. If the earring is somehow sealed around the feather loop, carefully use wire cutters to cut the earring part. Make sure to keep the loop attached to the feathers intact so you can tie string through it!

If you are using a necklace, slip it right off the chain. If there is a piece stopping it from coming off the chain, use wire cutters to snip off the end of the chain.

STEP 2: Cut String

Measure from the top of your head to where you want the lowest feather (1) to start; I suggest having the actual feather end about an inch above the bottom of your hair. Take that length, double it, and add an extra 1/2 inch, and then cut the string. (Who knew you’d be getting math lessons in crafting?!)

For the second feather, you’ll want the base of the feather (2) to start about 2″ to 2.5″ above the feather 1. Double that (so 4″ or 5″) and subtract it from whatever length of string you ended up for feather 1, and then cut that piece of string.

If you have any more feathers, add another string, always subtracting a few inches, so the feathers don’t end up clumped together.

STEP 3: Add Feathers to String

Fold the string in half and make sure the loose ends meet exactly.

Take the other point (non-loose end), and slip it through the feather loop part way. Take the loose ends and pull them through the string loop, so that it makes a knot around the feather loop and looks like the picture above.

Repeat for each set of feathers.

STEP 4: Tie String to Clip

Pull the two loose ends through the hole in the top of the clip. Tie it around the hole and double knot. Cut off any extra ends (leave a little bit so it doesn’t fall out).

Chain Clip Tutorial:

STEP 1: Remove Feathers from Earring

Same thing as above. Take off the earring part so that you just have the feathers on a loop.

STEP 2: Measure Chain

Take your first set of feathers and figure out where you want them in your hair (I suggest they end an inch above the end of your hair).

Measure from the top of the feather loop to your part. Using wire cutters, cut this chain length.

Cut another chain about 2 – 3 inches shorter than your first chain (exact length depends on feather length and personal preference).

If you have any more feathers, add another chain, always subtracting a few inches, so the feathers don’t end up clumped together.

STEP 3: Attach Feathers to Chain

Take the jewelry loop and open it slightly using 2 sets of mini pliers to pull apart.

Slip the feathers through the open jewelry loop.

Close it securely using the pliers. Test to make sure the feather loop cannot slip out.

Repeat for each chain.

STEP 4: Attach Chain to Clip

Open another jewelry loop slightly using the 2 sets of mini pliers.

Slip the jewelry loop through the hole in the clip.

Before closing, slip the last loop on the chain through the jewelry loop as well.

Close the jewelry loop using the pliers and make sure neither the chain, nor the clip will slip out.

Repeat for each feather chain.

And ENJOY looking like a little hippie child at Coachella. I know I’m going to!

I'm a little (okay.. a lot) excited for Coachella.

Spicy Tofu Stir Fry for One

I am a huge fan of the pre-cooked and marinated Tofu from Wildwood. I tend to eat half a pack when I’m on the run and looking for a snack, but their flavored tofu also goes great in a variety of dishes. I made this stir fry the other day, and then again for lunch today. It seriously tastes like heaven.

If you haven’t heard of Sriracha, it looks like this. My friend Carlie introduced me to this magical spicy sauce, and I use it on almost every stir fry I make. It is pretty strong, so go slow. You can always add more!

If you haven’t heard of nutritional yeast, it is a flaky yellow powder and adds a cheesy texture. It looks like this and you can find it in the bulk sections of most health food stores, or in big containers at Whole Foods. Nutritional yeast is a great gluten-free source of protein and b-vitamins.

Ingredients:

  • Small Broccoli Crown
  • 1/4 of a Yellow Pepper
  • 1/2 of a Portabella Mushroom
  • 3 oz Savory Marinated Tofu (I suggest Wildwood Organic Sprouted & Baked Tofu)
  • 1 TBSP Coconut Oil
  • 1 TBSP Nutitional Yeast
  • 1/2 TSP Sriracha
  • 1 TSP Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 C Water

STEP 1: Prepare Vegetables 

Rinse all the vegetables under cold water and pre-chop them.

STEP 2: Cook

Heat 1/2 TBSP of coconut oil on medium heat. Once it is melted, add the mushrooms and the yellow peppers. Saute for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the broccoli and 1/4 cup water. Cover with a pot lid (it steams the broccoli!). Let it steam for about 5 minutes or until the majority of the water has steamed out.

Add the tofu and other 1/2 TBSP of coconut oil. Let it cook for a minute, stirring once or twice.

Add the sriracha, nutritional yeast, and soy sauce. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, constantly stirring.

Scoop it on to your plate, let it cool, and enjoy!

 

Oh and hey did you notice? I got a better camera… aka my new iPad!

Vintage Tea Candle Holders

These are so easy to make and they look great on my dresser! You can make as many or as few as you would like; four ended up fitting perfectly for my room. These also make great gifts or table center pieces.

You Will Need:

  • 3 to 6 Clay Saucers (the bottom part that goes under a potted plant and catches water– they are only $0.89 each at Michael’s, and I grabbed the smallest size)
  • 3 to 6 Tea Candles (depending on the above)
  • Flat Paintbrush
  • 1 Can Spray Paint for Base (fast drying, ultra-cover Metallic Alumium by Rust-Oleum works great from Home Depot)
  • 1 Color Acrylic Paint for Top Coat
  • Drop Cloth

STEP 1: Spray Saucers

Put down your “drop cloth” (a Trader Joe’s bag is totally acceptable) and spray one side of the saucers. Wait for them to dry completely, flip them over, and spray the other side. May need 2 coats.

STEP 2: Top Coat

Take your flat brush and dip it in the paint. Before applying to the saucer, dab it off a few times. Getting rid of excess paint allows for the streaky, vintage look. Also, older, bristle-y brushes work best for this, since they are already somewhat frayed at the ends.

When applying paint, go lightly at first to make sure you have the right amount of paint. If it gets too dry, dip it back in the paint and blot, as needed.

Go around the outside of the rim first, and wait for it to dry. Then put paint on the face of the saucer.

*Note: For the outside of each saucer, I dipped & blotted about 3-4 times, and for the inside, I dipped and blotted about 2 times. However, it really depends on the individual and how much paint you like and how much coverage you want.

STEP 3: Dry & Add Candle!

Let the paint dry completely, then put the tea candles in, light, and enjoy!

OTHER COLOR IDEAS:

  • Gold Base + Red Top Coat (oooh, romantic)
  • Silver or Gold Base + Black Top Coat
  • Silver or Gold Base + White Top Coat
  • White Base + Black Top Coat