The past few days in Los Angeles have been the hottest of the year, and when it’s 100 degrees outside very few things sound appetizing to me. Yesterday the only thing I wanted for dinner were some cold, ripe, juicy heirloom tomatoes! In my opinion, these glorious multi-coloredorbs are the gems of the summer produce season. They are fantastic and refreshing by themselves, but I decided to throw them onto a skewer, and create a little twist on the traditional Caprese Salad. I give you Bacon Caprese Skewers! Easy to make and easy to eat, these skewers make a perfect summer side dish or a festive way to serve a dinner salad!
Simply assemble each ingredient on the skewer and drizzle with balsamic vinegar
I also created a fun little pop of color on the tips of my skewers using tissue paper.Simply cut a small rectangle of tissue paper, fringe one of the long sides with a pair of scissors, then wrap the blunt end of the skewer in the tissue paper (fringe side up) and tape. Its a super easy way to jazz up your table!
I’ve always had a love for the works of Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha; something about lovely women in flowing gowns with ornate flower headdresses completely enthralls me! My little sister Helena was recently in town, and I was inspired to style her after the image of a Mucha poster girl. Helena’s flowing golden hair and classical beauty was perfect for the image, and we had so much fun wildly tossing about velvet and wheat! I’m in love with the result…
Recently I had a pandering for a picnic brunch. We live across the street from a delightful park, and in over a year we haven’t taken advantage of the dozens of sun dappled, grassy spots that call out for a picnic! Warm muffins with butter and coffee had been on my mind, probably because I remember the mouth watering recipe for Cranberry Orange Muffins my mom used to make growing up. So this past Saturday I whipped up some fluffy, moist muffins, grabbed a cup of Joe and a blanket, and enjoyed a delightful brunch with my hubby, bestie, and of course, Oliver the dog!
Perfect Cranberry Orange Muffins
2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup Trader Joes Orange Flavored Dried Cranberries
3/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon orange rind
Beat/mix liquid ingredients, and mix into dry ingredients. Stir, then spoon into greased muffin tins, filling 3/4 full. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Cool and enjoy!
Possibly the cutest picture ever taken. Oliver asking for a muffin…
It is no secret that LM and I love putting together fun photo shoots…it is actually how we met! To give us some inspiration and direction for new shoot concepts, we decided to start highlighting “things we are loving right now”. Today we are proud to share our new favorite summer libation: DESTINY Moscato! Created by the fabulous star of VH1′s Hollywood Exes, Nicole Murphy, Destiny Moscato is a delicious sparkling wine with a perfect blend of sweet & citrus flavors that is light, refreshing, and pairs beautifully with light summer fare. There is something so feminine and luxe about enjoying a “just because” bottle of bubbly with your bestie. To us, nothing screams feminine luxury like the decadence of French royalty Marie Antoinette! We channeled this French fashionista to bring you today’s fun and frivolous photos.