May 31, 2013

Recipes to Bake With & Preserve Lilacs

I recently discovered that you CAN preserve the amazing smell of lilacs for use all year long! I've collected as many recipes as I could find and I'm happy to share them with my followers.

To prepare the lilacs for use, remove the flowers from the stems, making sure there is no little stem left, or it will be bitter! Wash the blossoms gently and allow to dry completely before using. It's a long, tedious process, but worth the effort!

Lilac White Ghirardelli Chocolate Recipe

Lilacs are one of my very favorite flowers and I'm always sad when the short blossoming time comes to an end. Last night I searched for ways to preserve the amazing scent of lilacs and came across some interesting recipes using lilacs. I remember tasting a lilac flower as a kid and thinking that it was sweet, like honey. Today I created my own recipe celebrating lilacs using Ghirardelli white chocolate and fresh purple lilacs.

To prepare the lilacs, just dip the cluster into cold water and swish around a bit. I chose unsprayed lilacs from my yard, so I only needed to remove the dust from them. After allowing them to dry, I pulled the flowers from the stem until I had a nice dish of petals. You must make sure that there is no green at the end of each flower or your chocolate will taste bitter! You just want the petals!

May 30, 2013

Black After Memorial Day? Why not!

Mixed Lace Drop Tank at Free PeopleFINALLY, the green light to wear white. (Like we didn't totally rock those white jeans all winter...) but is it ok to wear all BLACK after Memorial Day? I say...

WHY NOT!

And it looks like the team at Free People agrees. Happy summer!

May 25, 2013

Basic Summer Style NO SEW DIY - Waterfall Drape Vest

(from WobiSobi)
One of my favorite pieces for summer is a cute vest to wear over a tee or tank. I'm particularly obsessed with draped vests (sometimes also called waterfall vests) because they drape so beautifully. It's that drape that makes this vest super flattering on any body type. 

Draped vests are available in all types of fabric choices - from jersey for a super casual look over a summer tank with shorts - to a floaty chiffon that can go over a glitter tank and tuxedo pants for a more formal look. 


Here's how to make a cute, casual draped vest out of nothing but a men's size XL T-shirt and a scissors - in less than 5 minutes! TRULY! Anyone with a shirt and a scissors can do this! 

Draped Waterfall Jacket DIY - SO EASY!

A draped, short sleeved jacket in a soft jersey knit is a very versatile piece for summer and a must-have for your wardrobe. I would love one in white, black, gray and every color of the rainbow, please! I could afford one if I follow these instructions from WobiSobi on how to make them myself using 2 mens t-shirts!

You'll also need a scissors and a sewing machine for this one, a matching tank to put underneath, and a cute statement necklace like the one in the pic. Oh yeah - and pants or a skirt. :)

Start with two identical t-shirts in different sizes. A men's size medium for one and a men's size large for the other works perfectly.

May 23, 2013

Fysiko Lash Growth Serum UPDATE!

As you know, I was sent Fysiko Lash Growth Serum free to review on my blog and I wanted to give you a quick update on the changes that I've noticed!

May 22, 2013

Relaxing in the Sun! Patios, Porches & Backyards

Memorial weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer and I can't wait for a long weekend off! I love our backyard and we're hoping to put in a patio this summer. Here are some of the most gorgeous patios, porches and backyards I've found on Pinterest... just on time for a long, relaxing weekend.

May 21, 2013

Beautiful, Informative, Life Changing! MINDFUL LIVING by Miraval {Book Review}

This book could be called "A Guide to Living A Beautiful Little Life."  

I consider myself to be quite knowledgeable when it comes to living mindfully, eating right, and having a healthy lifestyle. I was completely and pleasantly surprised to learn a TON of new things from this gorgeous book from Miraval - the luxury spa and resort in Tucson, Arizona. 

May 17, 2013

Cute and Cool Summer Dresses from Sundance

Sundance has some of the most breezy, easy to wear, and beautiful dresses for summer in any length - short, medium or long.

Scroll through these galleries of short, medium and long dresses from Sundance to see which you like the best!

5 Favorite Rhubarb Recipes - #1 Grandma Alma's Custard Rhubarb Pie

My Grandma Alma was an awesome cook - especially when it came to baking. She didn't cut corners with sugar and didn't dream of making a "low-fat" version of anything. I guess that's why everything tasted so good.

This recipe calls for half & half - and trust me - it's worth the splurge! It makes a wonderful custard that blends beautifully with the rhubarb to really taste better than you can imagine!

May 16, 2013

OMG! Tastykake S'MORES Kandy Bar Kakes OBSESSED!


Just when I thought I was going to be able to make it through my spring cleanse! Last week I received my spring sampler box (they call it a Vox Box) from Influenster and inside was a sample of Tastykake "Kandy Bar Kakes" S'MORES. That night my hubby and I were watching tv and I had to bust it out! I shared it with him and we both loved it - but what's not to love about a candy bar that's light and fluffy like cake, tastes just like graham crackers filled with a delicious marshmallow cream filling and then covered with Hershey's chocolate?

Styling a Black Maxi Dress

No matter what the occasion this summer, a simple (and inexpensive) black maxi dress can get you there in style! This one is on sale right now at Old Navy for just $20. TWENTY DOLLARS! I like the long, lean line of it. Super flattering to any body!
5 Ways to Style a Black Maxi Dress this Summer - from abeautifullittlelife.com






5 Favorite Rhubarb Recipes - #2 Shirley's Rhubarb Muffins

I love to have something sweet for breakfast in the morning. Of course I'm hungry again right away, but muffins, cookies, pastries - all are my favorite things to eat in the morning.

The goal is to try to find recipes for sweets that are not TOO sweet and have a bit of nutritional value. I'm not saying that these muffins are a picture of healthy eating at its finest, but with a little bit of fruit and a few nuts I think I could probably do worse.

May 15, 2013

5 Favorite Rhubarb Recipes - #3 Shirley's Johnson's Rhubarb Bread Pudding


Nothing beats the comfort of warm bread pudding on a rainy spring day, and I love this recipe from my neighbor Shirley. It's a nice, custard-y bread pudding that is fab with a bit of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Shirley and Gordy (or as we sometimes call them "Shorty & Girly") are great neighbors. Always friendly and ready for a chat over the fence. Plus you've got to love a neighbor that says any cucumbers that grow on your side of the fence are yours!

May 14, 2013

5 Favorite Rhubarb Recipes - #4 Grandma Stella's Rhubarb Crisp

My name is Teri... and I am a crisp-a-holic. When I make a pan of rhubarb or apple crisp, I cannot stop eating it! I'll eat it for breakfast, I'll eat it for lunch, I'll eat it for a snack - until it's gone. I truly cannot help myself!

I love this rhubarb crisp the best, perhaps because it's the one that my mom used to make, but it could also be because of all the buttery sweetness!

May 13, 2013

5 Favorite Rhubarb Recipes - #5 Rhubarb Sponge Pudding

One of my very FAVORITE rhubarb recipes in anticipation of being able to harvest some soon!

This recipe may sound difficult, but it's actually not bad. Any extra effort is completely worthwhile when you taste this fabulous springtime dessert!

May 10, 2013

Would you give up your privacy for a $2 Target card?

photo credit: opensourceway via photopin cc
Would you grant a phone app permission to record audio and video without your knowledge? Have you already? 

Today I was going to download an app on my phone called "shopkick" where you get rewards for shopping. Target said they'd give me a $2 gift card for downloading and using the app so I thought I'd give it a try. Now I thought google and facebook were bad when it came to granting access to private information, but you have got to see this list of things that this app wanted me to allow access to! Head on over to "Your Business is My Business" to see the photos and the list of things they want to access.  App Permissions - How much is too much?

May 9, 2013

Phillip Lim for Target Coming September 15



BREAKING NEWS! The next Target collaboration is Phillip Lim! <3 

I can't wait to see what the collection is like. Lim says "One of the reasons I wanted to collaborate with Target is because I felt that together we could create a collection that would inspire – one that is cool and chic, but still very accessible." I do know that the collection includes a trench for the ladies and a cool leather moto jacket for men. Fabulous for fall!

Read more: Phillip Lim for Target - Harper's BAZAAR 

SPRING DETOX AND CLEANSE

Flush & Be Fit - A gentle detox! from abeautifullittlelife.com
Renew Life Flush and Be Fit, 14-Count
Flush & Be Fit from Renew Life is a wonderful product that I have used several times in the past to do a gentle detox, and it's part of my spring cleanse this season. I love it because it makes me feel SO good when I take it! Like the packaging promises, it really does increase your energy and improve your feeling of well-being.

May 8, 2013

HEALING HERBAL ICED TEAS

When you do any kind of cleanse, it's important to drink LOTS of water... but I don't LIKE water!

Lucky for me there are a ton of great ideas out there for fruit infused water, herbal teas and more that are super easy to make at home and will help keep me well hydrated!

Years ago my sisters and I were totally gaga for an article in a natural health mag that featured an assortment of herbal iced tea recipes. Also known as tisanes, herbal iced teas are a great way to flavor your water and benefit your health at the same time. Here are a few of those recipes that I adapted from that original magazine article over 15 years ago!

May 7, 2013

Fysiko All Natural Eyelash Growth Serum

As a blogger, I sometimes get approached to promote products on my blog. I receive books to review, etc. I was recently approached to test a 100% natural eyelash growth serum by Fysiko. (pronounced [fi-zi-ko'] means “natural” in Greek.)

May 6, 2013

UNLIMITED ACCESS TO NEW YOGA / WORKOUT VIDEOS!

One thing that I'm doing this spring as part of my DETOX program is the SPRING DETOX PLAYLIST of yoga routines from Gaiam TV. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Gaiam TV. It's only $9.95 per month and you can view unlimited yoga and workout videos on your computer, your tv, (if you have a roku or apple tv box) your ipad - wherever you are!

There are so many yoga and fitness videos on their website that it's virtually impossible to get bored. You can change them up every single day! Everything from my very favorite EVER morning yoga routine with Rodney Yee to Yogalosophy with Jennifer Aniston's trainer, Mandy Ingber, (she is absolutely HILARIOUS!) to the 30 day shred with Jillian Michaels.

"SPRING CLEANING" EASY DETOX

Now that the weather is FINALLY nice here in Minneapolis (at least today!) and I'm back from my "sister's weekend" in D.C. - I'm getting down to business on my spring cleaning - both inside my home AND inside my body! I've been struggling with a sinus infection and I'm still taking antibiotics and I really want to feel better! I think I've been sick for a week out of every month for the last several months and it's getting REALLY OLD!