Granitas 10 Ways

Every summer get together (and Monday) deserves a sweet ending. But who wants something rich and heavy when warm weather eating is about all things fresh and light? Enter the granita, a fancy slush if you will. This icy concoction couldn’t be easier to bring to life, and a splash of alcohol makes it very adult friendly. These ten version are on my radar for summer tasting.

 

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Margaritas 12 Ways

Margarita’s heyday – Cinco de Mayo – is just over a week away, and it’s the perfect opportunity to try something new. Why resort to the cloyingly sweet premixed thing when you could have one of these instead? I promise you won’t regret your decision to have a second (or a third or a seventh).

 

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Happy Weekend

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01/ I’m fascinated by these 12 healing crystals and their meanings and uses.
02/ One of these 100% Sand vases would be perfect for displaying flowers this spring.
03/ Of course I want this wool cat head to be more than a student project so I can buy one. DUH.
04/ Alex Robson has asked over 500 people what freedom means to them.
05/ You knew this was coming, a Hillary Clinton logo typeface.
06/ Passport Index let’s you browse the world’s passports by color, country, and more.
07/ Mordi Levi has created some Game of Thrones portrait art in a polygon style.
08/ Hasan Kale paints teeny tiny things on random teeny tiny objects.
09/ This lavender shortbread looks like an edible version of spring!
10/ Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has created a line based on Matisse’s Cut-Outs, the Color Collection.

This week on Design Crush:
Chemicals meet photographic materials in the work of Meghann Riepenhoff.
Have you entered for a chance to win $150 to spend at Artifact Uprising?!
Dark and twisty art from the Instagram account of Helene Comeositos AKA Monochrome.
Quality means much more than quantity, especially when it comes to these beautiful wears.
Alison Foshee is the queen of incredible art created from office supplies.
Check out 10 April DIYs to flex your creative muscles this month.
Just what’s so great about black + white art? Everything.
Chatbooks + #365quotes have teamed up to make a book!
Das Kreative Haus combines the alphabet and the inner-workings of houses.

Design Crush elsewhere:
Sometimes the gap between a great piece of art and an amazing floor rug isn’t that big.
I’ve been busy adding new pieces to Design Crush: The Marketplace – take a peek.

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01/ Crazy about this Monster Skin Rug that you can support on Kickstarter!
02/ Brilliant – a tissue box filled with motivational quotes.
03/ Christoph Neimann uses everyday objects to complete his illustrations.
04/ Check out the color breakdowns of Disney films in print form.
05/ Everyone’s been there, here’s a kit to survive any breakup.
06/ What happened when Calder Wilson attached fireworks to his drone?
07/ I hope England doesn’t care that Oscar Santillan stole the top inch of its tallest mountain.
08/ This year’s Serpentine Pavilion in London celebrates 15 years of the project.
09/ Here’s how to make a 24 Carrot Cake.
10/ Tyler Feder draws famous fictional foods from television shows.

This week on Design Crush:
Daydreaming about a summer camp for adults thanks to Amy Bennett.
Wine Awesomeness is a new monthly subscription box and you can all receive the first month FREE! (said in Oprah voice)
Crushing on the manipulated canvases of Valentin Dommanget in a big way.
The countdown to Easter is almost done – are you ready?
Harriet Lee-Merrion‘s illustrations manage to feel light and heavy all at the same time.
This one time, at Texas Style Camp… I learned some new stuff about myself.
Tiny cities and the foods they’re known for combine in Brunchcity.
I’m craving solid organizational pieces this spring, like the Leaning Loop.
Speaking of, Kate Tucker‘s paintings are complete organized chaos.

Design Crush elsewhere:
Powder blue is a big deal right now everywhere in the home.

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Rice Pudding 10 Ways

Rice pudding is one of those things that you either love or hate, most people point to texture as being the tipping point. It happens to be one of my Mom’s favorite treats, one that she shared with me early on. I never really stopped to consider there being different varieties aside from straight-up vanilla, but it turns out there’s a whole world of rice pudding out there waiting to be discovered. Here are ten recipes to get you started.

 

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Hot Chocolate 12 Ways

Nothing says snow day!!! quite like a steamy steamy delicious mug of hot chocolate. Your mind might immediately jump to paper packets of the instant variety, but have you ever considered expanding those horizons? Real chocolate. Real cream. Real FLAVOR. Add a little booze, opt for white chocolate, brûlée those marshmallows – so many options! Here are twelve recipes to get you daydreaming about cozy fires and layers of blankets on the couch.

 

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Breakfast in Bed + After Dinner Dessert

When it comes to your February love game there are plenty of ways to go, but the most important is probably food. You know the old adage, the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach? Well I’m a firm believe in it. And as you might know, the best times to satiate one’s appetite is first thing in the morning or last thing at night. But no worries because I’ve got you covered with a dozen recipes for breakfast in bed and another dozen for after dinner dessert. Go forth into thine kitchen!

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Buckwheat Pancakes with Grapefruit Maple Syrup // Cinnamon Brown Butter Breakfast Puffs // Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake // Cinnamon Roll, Greek Yogurt + Orange-Pomegranate Parfaits // Cranberry-Ginger Jam Donuts // Date, Cinnamon + Vanilla Waffles // Lamington French Toast with Raspberry Jam Syrup // Mushroom Spinach Baked Eggs // Persimmon Cornmeal Muffins // Polenta French Toast Sticks // Sticky Bun Scones // Sweetheart Citrus Salad with Cinnamon Maple Syrup

 

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Blood Orange Mousse Tarts // Buttermilk Cake with Rhubarb Buttercream + Cardamom Cream // Caramel Cake with Apple Cider Whipped Cream // Chocolate Fudge Swirled Lemon Ricotta Tart // Dark Chocolate and Espresso Demi Spheres // Japanese Cotton Cheesecake // Nutella Molten Cakes + No-Churn Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream // Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Marshmallow Frosting + Bananas // Salted Caramel Banana Cream Pie // Strawberry Cream Puff Cake // Strawberry Swirl Brownies // Wellesley Fudge Cake

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24 Valentine’s Day Gifts, Projects + Recipes

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ROW 1: DIY Felt Treat Boxes // The Getaway Duffle Bag // Easy Homemade Valentine’s Chocolates    ROW 2: Queen of Hearts Neon Pink Heart Vase // Graham Cracker Conversation Hearts // Golden Protective Hand Ring    ROW 3: Anatomical Human Heart Cookie Cutter // Gold Heart Print // Heart Wreath No. 1    ROW 4: Courage, Dear Heart Print // All You Need is Love Handcut Paper Art // I’m Yours 100% Screen Printed Poster

 

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ROW 1: Dip-Dyed Valentine’s Day Bags // Lip Donuts // Love is the Best Medicine Tea Towel    ROW 2: Valentine’s Day Polish Chandelier // Dear Valentine Stud Earrings // DIY Sequin Marquee Heart    ROW 3: DIY String Words Wall Hanging // DIY Valentine Award // Organic Heart Shaped Peppermint Patties    ROW 4: DIY Valentine’s Day Branch Tree // Conversation Heart Cookies + Printable Box // No-Sew Valentine Treat Bag

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Moscow Mules 10 Ways

One of my only goals for the new year is to perfect a kickass Moscow mule, the classic is new(ish) to me and it’s quickly become one of my favorite cocktails. They just go down so smooth and the shiny copper mugs make drinking one all the more fun. I’ll keep you all posted with my progress, but for now here are ten variations that I’d love to try while doing my own (ahem) research and here are some of the best ginger beers to use.

 

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Cinnamon Rolls 10 Ways

Cinnamon rolls are the definition of holiday breakfasts to me. Maybe it has to do with my aunt, who used to always make a fresh batch for Christmas mornings (which reminds me – I need her recipe!). There’s just something so satisfyingly indulgent and comforting about peeling one apart layer by layer and unleashing all of that delicious gooeyness. I’m drooling now, so I think it’s best I just send you the way of these ten amazing recipes…

 

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