Rice Crispy Treats

Happy Friday! My Great Grandmother used to make us Rice Crispy Treats every summer when we visited her. She cut them in perfect squares, wrapped them in wax paper, and placed them in small white boxes for us. And what a treat it was – to open a box and find these gooey, chewy, yummy, delicious, sweet – rice crispy treats! This is the classic recipe (from the back of the Marshmallow bag). These are extremely easy to make, and extremely easy to eat – beware! :) (I might or might not have eaten these for breakfast this week!)

Blog classic rice crispy treats

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 40 marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Crispies

Directions

  • Melt butter in large microwave safe bowl
  • Toss butter with marshmallows to coat, and put back in microwave for another ~1 minute or until melted
  • Mix well and add Rice Crispies immediately
  • Pat into large dish (8×11 or 8×13) and let cool
  • Cut into squares and store in an airtight container with wax paper to separate the pieces

Super Mom Tip: Even though this recipe requires dealing with very hot liquid marshmallow and butter – there are definitely some steps that your tots can help with. Ava helped me by counting marshmallows and sampling some :) and by pouring in the rice cereal.

dit-elle-Esther

 

Enjoying the last days of sunshine on the beach…

 The nice sunny days are dwindling, so we decided to go down and have some fun in the low tide.  We were NOT the only ones with this idea, so I felt like an even bigger nerd setting up my tripod and self timer.  I grabbed one quick shot of me alone, one of the two of us, and then let Maya run free in the water and sand :)Blog Banana Republic Felt Hat Zara Layered Boho Tank Vintage Levis HM Leopard Canvas Shoe-1 Blog Banana Republic Felt Hat Zara Layered Boho Tank Vintage Levis HM Leopard Canvas Shoe-2I just about died when I found this vintage romper for $1 at the thrift store!Blog Vintage Green Romper Red Converse Low Tide Alki Beach-1 Blog Vintage Green Romper Red Converse Low Tide Alki Beach-2 Blog Vintage Green Romper Red Converse Low Tide Alki Beach-3 Blog Vintage Green Romper Red Converse Low Tide Alki Beach-4 Blog Vintage Green Romper Red Converse Low Tide Alki Beach-5 Blog Vintage Green Romper Red Converse Low Tide Alki Beach-6OH, look!  A hole filled with water and sandy mud!  Sweet…. Blog Vintage Green Romper Red Converse Low Tide Alki Beach-7I swear I can’t help but laugh watching her get filthy with SO much joy!  Who can say no to that?? Blog Vintage Green Romper Red Converse Low Tide Alki Beach-8 Blog Vintage Green Romper Red Converse Low Tide Alki Beach-9LOVE this next image… Blog Vintage Green Romper Red Converse Low Tide Alki Beach-10 Blog Vintage Green Romper Red Converse Low Tide Alki Beach-11 Blog Vintage Green Romper Red Converse Low Tide Alki Beach-12 Blog Vintage Green Romper Red Converse Low Tide Alki Beach-13 Blog Vintage Green Romper Red Converse Low Tide Alki Beach-14 Blog Vintage Green Romper Red Converse Low Tide Alki Beach-15 Blog Vintage Green Romper Red Converse Low Tide Alki Beach-16On me…

Top- Zara (old)
Jeans- Vintage Levi’s (thrifted)
Shoes- H&M (Old)
On Maya…
Romper- Vintage (thrifted)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…

It was a good day.  Until…it was time to leave.  I swear, as long as we never had to leave anywhere life would be a never ending joyfest.  Alas…there were some tears.  Can’t say that I blame her…

(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Show the love… // Helen Ficalora

I love how classic and timeless Helen Ficalora’s jewelry is.  I got my first 2 charms from her about 8 or 9 years ago (an L for me, and a G for Greta, my English Mastiff fur baby :))  When the Huz and I got married 5 years ago, I added an H.  Then when Maya was born, I got an M.  I know that other people make them for less, but I have worn them every single day that I’ve had them, and I LOVE that you cannot tell the difference in their age at all!  Last month, I took a “selfie” with my phone of me and Maya snuggling in her rocking chair before her nap.  In the picture you could see my charms, so I hashtagged them on Instagram #showtheHFlove.  I don’t have that many followers on my personal account, so I never really thought much of it.  THEN…earlier this month, I get an email.

“Congratulations Lauren!!!!

You are the lucky winner of the #showthehflove giveaway for August!!

Look forward to receiving a yellow gold ‘love’ charm with a diamond!”

Um, WHAT???!  I never randomly win ANYTHING!  Mostly, because I rarely enter any kind of giveaway, and I loathe gambling. haha  I just sat reading the email over and over with my mouth open.  To win something that I LOVE (pun intended haha).  I was so excited, grateful, and amazed at the generosity!!  I loved Helen Ficalora before, but am even a bigger fan now!

All Mama’s, it’s a great way to keep your babies close to you at all times, and she has even more fun charms and jewelry too.

All these opinions are totally mine, and I in no way was asked to write this!!  Again, I won the charm from my personal account that has a whopping 84 folowers, so I know they didn’t send it to me to be promoted.  I just wanted to spread the love and in some small way show my gratitude.  And even MORE importantly share with everyone her amazing jewelry!Blog Helen Ficalora Charm Necklace-1How cute are these little pink boxes that the charms come in??! Blog Helen Ficalora Charm Necklace-2Little helper ;) Blog Helen Ficalora Charm Necklace-3 Blog Helen Ficalora Charm Necklace-4 Blog Helen Ficalora Charm Necklace-5 Blog Helen Ficalora Charm Necklace-6Thank you, thank you, thank you Helen Ficalora!!  You have a customer for life :)

Here’s the iPhone picture I took… :)Blog Helen Ficalora Charm-7dit-elle-Lauren

Bouillabaisse

We were in lovely Walla Walla this summer and thanks to the Grandparents, Adam and I got a rare night out while on a trip! We had dinner at Brasserie Four, a fabulous little French restaurant on main street.. Everything on the menu looked excellent and everything we sampled was excellent! I had Bouillabaisse for dinner – fresh seafood in golden saffron, orange, fennel and wine broth – amazing! After some searching and testing I found a recipe from Steamy Kitchen that was a close match. And here it is! Enjoy! :)

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 leek, white part only, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • peel of 1 orange, orange part only (use vegetable peeler)
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped fennel fronds
  • fresh herbs (in any combination): thyme, parsley, oregano (I used 1 tsp each of dry herbs, as I did not have fresh ones at hand)
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
  • 3-4 pounds of fish trimmings (heads, bones, tail), shrimp shells (I skipped this as did not have – worked out fine, but the broth was probably less ‘seafoody’ than it could have been)
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • sea salt to taste
  • 3 pounds of assorted fish and shellfish (clams and mussels should be scrubbed clean)

Directions

  • In a large stockpot, heat the olive oil on medium heat. When hot, add in the leek, onion and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes until softened but not brown.
  • Add in the orange peel, tomatoes, fennel, fresh herbs, saffron, fish trimmings, water, wine, salt turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Then turn the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the soup into another large pot.
  • Bring the strained soup to a boil over medium high heat. Taste and adjust with additional salt if needed. The soup should be slightly salty (remember we still have unseasoned seafood to add into the soup). Now we’ll cook the seafood, adding in the items that require the most cooking time first. If you have whole lobster tails or large crab claws, add them in first and give them a 2-minute head start. Clams next, then the mussels and extra-large shrimp, lastly the fish, scallops and any smaller shrimp. You want to be careful not to overcook the seafood, so 4-5 minutes max then turn off the heat.
  • Ladle bouillabaisse into each bowl with the seafood and garnish with fresh fennel fronds.

Thanks Steamy Kitchen!

dit-elle-Esther

Chia Pudding with Blackberries + Coconut

One of the many things I love about social media is the creativity it sparks.  It can also spark feelings of inadequacy, but that’s another post for another day ;)  I’ve seen a lot of posts about chia pudding/porridge/smoothies around Instagram, and it got me thinking about the ginormous bag of chia seeds in our cupboard.  The Huz goes online and buys various things to put in his after work out smoothies.  This was one of them, yet he wasn’t putting it in the smoothies.  Not sure why, but I hate for things to go to waste!  So…I thought I’d make some pudding!

I am always looking for easy healthy desserts, and this totally fits the bill!  I haven’t tested it out on the boys yet (who would be harsher critics), but Maya gobbled it up and asked for more :)  And, with a little extra drizzle of raw honey, I did too haha.Blog Paleo Chia Pudding with Blackberries Coconut Shavings-1 Blog Paleo Chia Pudding with Blackberries Coconut Shavings-2 Blog Paleo Chia Pudding with Blackberries Coconut Shavings-3Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup chia seeds (or more depending on how many people you want to feed-this would make about four to five 1/2 cup servings)
  • 2 Cups unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (or whatever milk you want to use)
  • 1 Tablespoon raw honey or agave, plus a little additional for drizzling.
  • Raw Unsweetened Coconut shavings to sprinkle on top (got mine for totally cheap at the bulk section of PCC)
  • 1 cup of blackberries (or whatever berry you’d like to use!)

Directions

  • Mix, chia seeds and Honey/Agave in with the milk and let it sit overnight, or do it first thing in the morning, if you want to have it for dessert.  It will plump up, and ends up looking like tapioca pudding.
  • Scoop out into bowls.  Top with berries, coconut and drizzle a little more honey over the top.

Enjoy!

Keeping it Real…

This is not a decadent rich dessert.  It’s a relatively healthy option when you are craving dessert, but don’t want to feel too guilty :)

dit-elle-Lauren

Taking a Striped Mini Dress from day to night…

 First of all…I am so not a dress girl, but I’m LOVING this dress I found at my local consignment shop.  There’s something freeing about buying things with a credit you have.  It’s like… “Why not?!”  And then…I love it!!Blog Silence and Noise striped Dress Fuscia Converse Gap Jean Jacket-1Yes, Maya is in the car next to me eating her lunch :) Blog Silence and Noise striped Dress Fuscia Converse Gap Jean Jacket-2 Blog Silence and Noise striped Dress Fuscia Converse Gap Jean Jacket-3 Blog Silence and Noise striped Dress Fuscia Converse Gap Jean Jacket-4 Blog Silence and Noise striped Dress Fuscia Converse Gap Jean Jacket-5 Blog Silence and Noise striped Dress Fuscia Converse Gap Jean Jacket-6She’s obsessed with popping my gum bubbles :) Blog Silence and Noise striped Dress Fuscia Converse Gap Jean Jacket-7Converse rule… :)Blog Silence and Noise striped Dress Fuscia Converse Gap Jean Jacket-8And then….a little shoe change takes it from day to night!  Btw…I didn’t take it from day to night haha.  I stayed in the day… The idea was good though, no?  AND…I’m thinking this might be my outfit for our family pictures?!  Thoughts?  Because, I can’t even remember all the things I’ve worn/what I should wear.  Suggestions welcome!Blog Silence and Noise striped Dress Fuscia Converse Gap Jean Jacket-9Blog Silence and Noise striped Dress SixtySeven Booties-1And then…Blog Silence and Noise striped Dress SixtySeven Booties-2Blog Silence and Noise striped Dress SixtySeven Booties-3Blog Silence and Noise striped Dress SixtySeven Booties-4Blog Silence and Noise striped Dress SixtySeven Booties-5Blog Silence and Noise striped Dress SixtySeven Booties-6Blog Silence and Noise striped Dress SixtySeven Booties-7Blog Silence and Noise striped Dress SixtySeven Booties-8Blog Gap Jean Jacket Gap Ruffled Pink Top Peek Black Jeans Zebra Converse-1Funny thing about sticks.  She loves them, but there was only one Goffrey 2 that stood the test of time (a month+ and a few bandages and band aids).  No idea what happened to him.  We came back from Napa and he was gone (NO, I am not blaming Meme and BOPO!).  But…no stick has lasted more than a walk since him… Blog Gap Jean Jacket Gap Ruffled Pink Top Peek Black Jeans Zebra Converse-2 Blog Gap Jean Jacket Gap Ruffled Pink Top Peek Black Jeans Zebra Converse-3 Blog Gap Jean Jacket Gap Ruffled Pink Top Peek Black Jeans Zebra Converse-4Um…are you kidding me with this pose???! Blog Gap Jean Jacket Gap Ruffled Pink Top Peek Black Jeans Zebra Converse-5 Blog Gap Jean Jacket Gap Ruffled Pink Top Peek Black Jeans Zebra Converse-6Below is me saying “Maya!  You HAVE to stay on the sidewalk.  You CANNOT get on or cross over the curb!!”  Her  “What about aaaaaaaaalmost sitting??”  Good Lord, she is so my daughter.  Help me!  And Dad-SHUSH!!!  :)Blog Gap Jean Jacket Gap Ruffled Pink Top Peek Black Jeans Zebra Converse-7 On me…

Dress-Silence & Noise (from Funky Janes Consignment)
Jean Jacket- Gap (Old)
Shoes (day)- Converse (thrifted)
Boots (night)- SixtySeven (Nordstrom Rack)
On Maya…
Jacket- Gap (thrifted)
Top- Gap (thrifted)
Jeans- Peek (thrifted)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Aaaaand, we have a runner!! :)
Blog Gap Jean Jacket Gap Ruffled Pink Top Peek Black Jeans Zebra Converse-8
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Papusas

My sister was in Peru recently and brought back this fabulous recipe – Salvadoran Papusas. So easy, so fun! Basically mix finely ground corn meal (called masa harina or masa de maiz) with water, add whatever toppings/stuffings you want (like cheese, herbs, cooked meat, veggies) and fry in a dry pan (no oil). I topped with Cilantro Lime Crema and these were delicious!

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Ingredients

  • Finely ground corn meal
  • Water
  • Toppings/stuffings: cheese, spices, veggies, cooked meat. I did these simply with some cheddar jalapeno cheese.

Directions

  • Put corn meal in a bowl and add water stirring until a soft dough forms
  • Shape and stuff with toppings
  • Fry 1-2 minutes per side or until golden

More info on these delightful papusas or ‘stuffed pockets’ http://www.whats4eats.com/breads/pupusas-recipe or on Wikipedia.

Super Mom Tip: fun recipe for kids to help make. Have them do the stirring and shaping and you do the cooking! :)

dit-elle-Esther