Pot de Creme

chocolate pudding

I was searching for a recipe that would fill my chocolate craving, so Lesley Graham of LSW came up with this embarrassingly simple, yet satisfying pot de creme recipe.

“If I ever wrote a love note to a dessert it would be to these pots de creme. Had to choose a last meal? These are on the menu. Stuck somewhere between a mousse and a pudding, this rich custard-y amazingness is creamy and decadent. I usually reserve making it for romantic holidays such as anniversaries and valentine’s but I wanted to make them for our small group last night (true love). They look fancy even though they are simple to make. Lucky for me Matilda was happy to help. That sweet babe loves being in the kitchen. She’s the best company.”

Mocha Pots de Creme
adapted slightly from this recipe
serves six
 
You will need:
 
- 2 bars semi sweet chocolate (I use Ghiradelli)
- 1 T espresso powder
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream (1 cup for pots de creme and 1/2 for whipped cream)
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 6 egg yolks
- 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon powdered sugar for whipped cream
Step one: break apart the chocolate and place in a blender.
Step two: separate the egg whites from yolks of six eggs. Place in a heavy bottomed pan like a dutch oven.
Step three: add cream, milk, sugar, salt and turn on medium hit. Stir constantly.
Step four: Stir until custard comes to a simmer and remove from heat.
Step six: pour custard into blender immediately. Add espresso and then blend until smooth.
Step five: pour into cups, ramekins, jars, etc. and place in fridge to cool. Cool for 2 1/2 hours or overnight.
Step six: pour remaining cream and powdered sugar into a mixer and beat on high until soft peaks form.
Step seven: top cooled pots de creme with whip and enjoy!
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Cold winter day

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Everlane

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I am very happy that I discovered Everlane. They’re products are simple and beautiful. Headquartered in San Francisco, Everlane offers unique, minimalist finds that are cost-effective and make great quality staples for your wardrobe.

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Right now, Everlane is offering a $25 credit whenever your friends make their first purchase. Free shipping for your first order as well.

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P.S. How to master minimalistic style, the Everlane Way.

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An apple (in watercolor)

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Have a beautiful (sunny) weekend!

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Hope you all have a warm weekend away from the cold. Here is some inspiration for those stuck in the winter chill.

Enjoy!

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Juice Beauty

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Juice Beauty is an organic skin care line that only uses the best ingredients for your skin care needs. Karen Benke offers a selection of healthy options that are beneficial for the skin as well as a healthy lifestyle.  Based in San Francisco, the products are all made using antioxidant and vitamin c-rich juice, rather than water.

I really like this product because it is organic, effective and smells very nice! Plus you get free samples with every purchase. The Juice Beauty team continually searches the West Coast for the purest, most effective organic ingredients, including organic juices, aloe vera, honey, botanicals, plant oils, and raw cane sugar from farms that specialize in sustainable and organic farming.

Juice Beauty also uses powerful ingredients such as alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10, DMAE, peptides, fat soluble Vitamin C and essential fatty acids for optimum results proven by clinical studies that have shown an 85% reduction in free radical skin cell damage (which means less wrinkles and sun spots!).

Right now Juice Beauty is offering the “12 Days of Beauty” program, going on from  the 10th through the 21 of December. Simply visit and see for yourself. Enjoy!

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What’s in your medicine cabinet?

Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 11.30.18 AMThis might seem like an odd question to ask, but I was cleaning up and rummaging  through my medicine cabinet and bathroom drawers and realized that I’ve forgotten to or haven’t used many things that I have stashed away.

So in an effort to stay frugal, I’ve decided to either create ways to remember to use  products products that are long forgotten, or simply regift them as a stocking stuffer (only if I haven’t used it, otherwise it would be gross), rather than going out and buying something that I otherwise would have. It’s a great way to get rid of some products as well finding crafty ways of reusing them.

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So, whether you have a sister or aunt, mom,  coworker, friend, neighbor who likes beauty products, here are a few ideal products to throw in as a gift, if you’d like to see…

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Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Laquer in Petal Pink

This color is a sheer pinkish tone that looks great with anything.

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 Love these soft, feminine scents

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Silky Bedtime Pajama Shorts in Penguin Play

These pajamas look super cozy after a long day.

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Pacifia Mineral Eyeshadow

Naturally derived colors that suits all skintones.

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After the dryness of winter this will have your feet feeling baby soft.

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Tattly Temporary Tattoos

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Makeup Organizer

51881-blush-joyousjennifer-0This is a blush that looks great on everyone

p.s. Lupita Nyong’o shares her beauty secrets…

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What kind of music to do you listen to?

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 10.33.40 AMWhile I try to remain hip to the music scene, the truth is since turning 30 and having a family, I’ve pretty much stuck to the same playlist that I’ve had in my 20’s. Although, I do like some of the new music, I can’t help but feel a certain nostalgia for the 90s’s and early 00’s (guess I’m not that old afterall).

I also tend to stick to music that calms my mind in some ways and  brings me to a place of relaxing summers, and that carefree time in my life of  lounging on the beach and not having a care in the world, with bits of dance-worthy tunes hidden in there.

So, here is a list of 10 songs that I will always love and that I’m listening to right now. *disclaimer, I kind of have an unusual (indie)l taste in music, so you may or may not have heard of these.

#1. Sunny Levine-No Other Plans

#2. Little Mr. Jeans-Rescue Song

#3. The Bird and the Bee-Again and Again

#4. Corinne Bailey Rae-Paris Nights, New York Mornings

#5. Bloc Party-Banquet

#6. Royksopp- The Girl and the Robot

#7. Janelle Monae-Letting Go

#8. Little Dragon-Fortune

#9. Telepopmusik-Breathe

#10. Disparate Youth-Santigold

It’s your turn! What are some of your favorite songs?

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The Honest company

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**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

The Honest Company is the modern family’s trusted resource for unquestionably safe, effective, and beautiful non-toxic lifestyle goods. Their products range from diapers and childcare, bath and body, household cleaners, and health and wellness products – all made with safer and healthier ingredients. You too, can also save up to 40% by signing up for one of their convenient, completely customizable bundles where you can choose the products you need (and want) and decide how often the products ship directly to your doorstep! All you have to do is Bundle & Save!

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Since cold and flue season is upon us, we recently just purchased the Honest multi-surface cleaner, made with white grapefruit extract  and the Honest hand soap, made with lavender oil to keep those pesky germs away.

I really enjoy the refreshingly clean scent of the surface cleaner, unlike some other cleaners it’s not too strong, yet it’s very effective.

The hand soap leaves my hands soft and smelling like lavender. Which is great for indoors:

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As well as play:

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Bundles make great gifts and should you decide to suprise someone with one here are some dates to remember.

For holiday delivery by Wednesday 12/24/2014*, please make sure your readers place their orders by the following dates for the following services:

  • Friday 12/12/2014 2pm PST for ground shipping
  • Thursday 12/16/2014 2pm PST for 2 day shipping
  • Wednesday 12/17/2014 2pm PST for overnight shipping

* These dates are estimates only, estimates not applicable for shipments to Canada.

Enjoy!

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East or west coast?

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Despite what you might think, the west does get fall foliage. Vegas does too (but not too colorful and vibrant compared to some other cities) ! Although gloomy days are few and far between (except maybe Flagstaff, Mt. Charleston and Reno, it does happen. When it does, I take full advantage.

Oddly, too much sun makes me tired and want to go to sleep, but when the clouds come out to play, I have more energy (maybe I should live in Seattle). Being raised partly on the East Coast (Miami, Florida and Virginia), dabbling with Dallas (my hometown)  and Austin, TX. I’m no  stranger to the moody weather changes, which is something that I miss, actually. Sometimes, I find sun everyday to get a bit boring.

I somewhat long for the days of dangerous weather patterns, like tornadoes and icy conditions (wierd, I know), but overall, I love the West Coast and all it has to offer.

I visited New York city for the first time last year, and as someone who is more used to living in neighborhoods that are less claustrophobic, I appreciate all that it has to offer. But if I had to choose between the beauty of the L.A (which has more than Hollywood stars thank you very much), San Francisco, Portland,  Oregon,  Lake Tahoe, etc. vs. Brooklyn, Washington D.C, Boca Raton, etc. I still think West is best!

What about you, are you a natural east coaster or west coaster? Or maybe both?

P.S. Here are some ridiculous (and not in a good way) apartments found in New York City and other parts of the U.S.

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