Latest From Pinterest

Search This Blog

3.31.2015

Flourless Pancakes


When I first read the ingredients to this flourless pancake recipe, I had my reservations given my thoughts about eggs. But at the same time, I was curious on how those two ingredients would combine and make an edible pancake. So curious me decided to give it a whirl thinking 'what have I got to lose...?' To my pleasant surprise, the mixture held up and came out looking like a real flour pancake! Unlike most pancakes that are normally very thick, heavy and doughy - these are light, fluffy and leaves the belly feeling satisfied without the bloated feeling afterwards. Considering that I'm more of a crepe lover for their texture and unsweetened lightness, I was happy that this recipe comes out just like them and is super tasty - making this my new favorite go-to breakfast at the moment. This is the ideal breakfast for weekend mornings for sure. Here's how I adapted the recipe.

Ingredients

2 Bananas
4 Eggs
1/8 Tsp. cinnamon
1/8 Tsp. vanilla extract
Coconut oil
Organic raw agave syrup
Berries of choice

Directions

Mash bananas really well {I use a muddler to mash my bananas super creamy}. Whisk the eggs, add to the banana mixture and mix well; stir in cinnamon and vanilla extract.

Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a non-stick pan over medium-low heat. Ladle the mixture into the pan to make 2 or 3 pancakes at a time. Cook 2 or 3 minutes, until the edges are nicely browned. Flip the pancakes and then cook for another minute until browned. Add more coconut oil as needed to the pan, and continue cooking pancakes until all the batter is used. Serve with berries or fruits of your choice, and drizzle raw agave syrup on top. Finish with a light dusting of powdered sugar {optional, of course}.






3.30.2015

Faux Fireplace Makeover


Although we love the openness of our sun-drenched penthouse apartment with its oak and wrought iron spiral staircase as its only architectural detail, I felt it required certain features to not only create more defined spaces but also to add layers of depth to help transform the coldness of the space into an intimate, warm, inviting home for us and close friends to gather. Naturally, I knew exactly the one major item that I wanted to incorporate to achieve that. Few things provide as appealing a focal point as a beautiful fireplace. In this case, obviously, a faux one that can move with us since it's not our own home. I've had my eyes set on the one shown in this makeover at an auction furniture shop since last November, but 1) I was too busy at the time to embark on that project and 2) I wasn't willing to pay the price they were asking for it. I decided to exercise patience and wait to see if they'd slash the price at the end of the year, which they didn't. Until about two weeks ago, when I made my usual monthly stop to see what new items they got in the store, I saw that they had discounted the fireplace to more than 40% off. Even though, I was already in complete mental spring decorating transition mode for our terrace and balcony - I, of course, viewed it as the perfect opportunity to snatch it up at a price that could not be beat so I could complete my vision for our living room wall opposite our kitchen. The hubby knowing that I've been wanting to get it for months thought the same, so we decided to bring home that fireplace right then and there. At first, the hubby was completely appalled by the appearance of it {if only you could have seen the face he had when I said I wanted to get it the first time I'd spotted it in the store}, but as normally is the case, I'd already seen its potential and the finished design in my head. Once I got it home, I gave it the makeover that it needed and the end product has made a stylish contribution to our living room space. Even the hubby is appreciating its beauty now. Here are the simple steps I took in bringing sexy back to this ugly duckling.

3.27.2015

Grateful Moments

"A moment of gratitude makes a difference in your attitude." ~ Bruce Wilkinson

~ This beautiful statement necklace on my dresser/gold vanity tray reminds me that warmer sunny weather is ahead ~

This simple post reminder along with this one, really gave me the push that I desperately needed this week. It truly motivated me once again to not allow what it's looking like outside to let my hands slack on doing what I'd planned to get accomplished on the inside. I ended up getting a good portion of my deep spring cleaning started - first with the bedroom windows, blinds, ledges and base moldings. As it is, I already maintain a spotless home because I'm "Monkish" as the husband lovingly deems me, but the feeling of starting fresh and cleaning parts of the apartment that don't get touched weekly is in itself very cathartic. There's this feeling of lightness that's felt afterwards and makes your space feel fresh. How about you? How was your week?

~ The most wonderful way to be served a treat on a tea break ~

~ Simple, yet impactful upon entering the front door ~

~ Following through with #4 of my goals started this year ~ 

~ Planning on donning more dainty necklaces this Spring/Summer after acquiring this one

Happy Friday!



3.26.2015

Pretty Spring Throw Pillow Covers


I had such great exciting expectations for Spring and here we are almost a week into it and we're still in full winter weather/temperatures around here. The cold temps and grey rainy skies are making me want to revert to my winter hibernation mode all over again. Not good! Instead of wanting to tackle my spring cleaning to-do list, I'm finding that I'd much rather be sitting on the couch watching movies, eating popcorn  and all cozied up under a blanket. As a way to not totally throw in the towel, I am attempting to reawaken my deflating spirits {taking my own advice}. Just because Spring hasn't fully sprung as anticipated, there's no reason why my inside space can't be transformed by changing out the covers on the current winter throw pillows to cheer things up. Simple touches like changing the covers on the pillows around the apartment can add color and brighten the place up, thus tricking the mind that it's much warmer outside. And I think we all can agree that these selected covers would cheer up any grey days. Even the black and white ones feel fresh and modern.

1. Harland Print Pillow Cover {On SALE!}

2.Watercolor Stripe Print Pillow Cover

3. Floral Pinwheel and Polka Dot Toss Pillow Cover

4. Kantha Dot Pillow Cover

5. Retro Vintage Sketch Eiffel Tower Purple Flower Throw Pillow Cover

6. Wide Stripe Black and White Throw Pillow Cover {also loving this stripe one}

7. Red Grey Leaves Throw Pillow Cover

8. Chevron Spike Accent Throw Pillow Cover

9. Mimi Paisley Throw Pillow Cover {On SALE!}


...more pretty options:





3.25.2015

Words Of Wisdom Wednesday

Lately, I've been having more days than I'd like to admit that I don't feel like doing the things on my to-do list. Sometimes the motivation just isn't there. On days like that, I just push myself to at least do one task and when I accomplish it, I find myself motivated to do more. So really motivation comes from doing. So get going! You're almost there.


3.24.2015

Tex-Mex Turkey Quiche


I think most of you might not relate to me when I say I don't like eggs for breakfast {cause they nauseate me in general, unless there in cakes or Creme Brulee}, especially gooey runny eggs as my husband likes them. For many years, my deep aversion for eggs kept me from eating anything egg-y, including quiches. The hubby could never even get me to take a bite when he'd order them at restaurants. Of course, I'd always turn it down with the most disgusting face you could ever imagine. But since quiche is one of the things he enjoys for brunch, he never gave up at offering me a piece, especially if it wasn't a wet mushy one that had a nice great buttery flaky crust. Over time, and after years of persistent efforts, I realized I do enjoy a good well-made tasting quiche. It just can't be wet and slobbery. Once I discovered that I liked them, my breakfast/brunch options expanded beyond my usual crepes and/or french toast. I started exploring different recipes while honing my skills at making them to my liking - now I make them all the time. This particular recipe variation has been a go-to around here lately. It not only tastes like a delicious taco/nacho, it's also very filling and tastes even better the next day. So I usually make it on Monday or Tuesday to last us the rest of the week for breakfast.  Once made, all it requires in the morning is putting a slice on a plate, tossing it in the microwave for 1 minute and voila, a hearty breakfast! Works great if you live a rushed busy lifestyle like we do. Give it a go and let me know what you think.





Ingredients {Makes 6-8 servings}

1 Lb. ground turkey
2 Tsp. ground cumin
1 Tsp. chili powder
1 Tsp. salt
1/2 Tsp. garlic
1/4 Cup sliced scallions
1 14.5 Oz. can diced tomatoes, drained well
6 eggs
1/2 Cup cold water
1 1/2 Cups taco shredded cheese blend.
Pastry dough for 1- crust 9-inch pie pan {or you can make your own}

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Line a 9-inch pie pan with pastry dough; set aside.

Saute ground turkey until browned; stir in salt, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, scallions and tomatoes.

Place eggs and water in a bowl and whisk well.

Layer the ground turkey mixture, egg mixture and cheese in the pie shell.

Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until set (or preferred). I bake mine for the full 60 minutes and it comes out perfect every time.


Psst: you can also check out other favorite quiche recipes, like the crab quiche and the mini bacon and cheese quiche bites.



3.23.2015

OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE INSPIRATIONS + 7 TIPS ON HOW TO FIND YOUR DESIGN STYLE


This is the time of year that I've been eagerly waiting for so I can tackle my terrace space outside our home office. Unfortunately, our Spring here in NYC is lagging behind - stalling my progress. I just hope that we don't go from winter straight to Summer as they're predicting another cold blast and more snow still to come our way. It's a little bit disappointing, as I was planning to start my planting in early spring so I could have full lush plants filling my walls and pots by summertime {not to mention, my tea time plans}. But on the positive side, it's giving me more creative time to daydream and give my design plan the attention and thought that it deserves by exploring beautiful outdoor spaces similar to what I have in mind, so I can have an idea of the direction to take when Spring finally blooms - instead of rushing through my choices only to fall short on the design that I've been envisioning. Hopefully soon! If you're in a similar situation on your side of the world, I hope these outdoor space inspirations motivate you on this Monday and make you feel as excited as I am for the warmer days to come.












Like any other endeavor, designing and decorating an outdoor space will be more successful if the planning process is well-researched. The first step is determining what your wants and needs are for the space. Here are 7 questions to ask yourself and think about in order to figure out a successful design style:

1. What do you want the garden to do for you?

2. What do you want to do in the garden?

3. Who are you planning the garden for?

4.Do you have young children who need a safe functional space to play in?

5. Are you an older couple who need an easily maintained garden for a quiet and shady place to relax in?

6. What is the climate/microclimate of different areas where you're looking to add plants?

7. Have you created a floor plan, dividing the area into zones leaving space for ample traffic flow around furniture?  


Photos: 1| 2| 3| 4| 5| 6| 7| 8| 9| 10| 11| 12


Happy Monday!




3.20.2015

Grateful Moments

"A grateful heart is 
one that finds 
the countless blessings of God 
in the seemingly mundane everyday life." 

~ Longer and warmer days ahead ~

Happy first day of Spring, guys! Although, New York City didn't get the memo, I'm still hopeful that we eventually will experience it. I've already been getting my home ready for the season little by little. For some reason, this week more so than any other week, the hours and the days seemed to have vanished in a swift rage. By the time I could pen half the posts that I'd planned to write this week, my brain was so fried - I found myself just staring at my laptop screen in a daze. My one consolation about this whole week that makes me feel like it wasn't a complete blip is that I got to acquire and complete an exciting project I'd been wanting to accomplish for the last six months. In addition, I've been in the planning process to decorate our outdoor space for Spring, which I can't wait to go through with you on here. So I've got a lot going on, it's just a matter of finding the time to edit photos that I've taken, and have enough brain juice left to write out the posts. Looking forward to a quiet low key weekend to recharge from this week that was a bit draining.

~ This rug would make a great colorful Spring addition ~

~ Pretty funky antique wall sconce ~

~ The must-have Spring/Summer ring ~

~ There's nothing like receiving a surprise gift in the mail, especially a starry round rainbow cinnabon cake from an appreciative client ~

Happy Friday!



3.18.2015

Words of Wisdom Wednesday



This week, the hubby sent me the sweetest encouraging quote to pick me up. I ended up forwarding it to a girlfriend because of recent conversations that we've been having, knowing that the words would touch her as profoundly as they did me. She called me yesterday and said, "instead of texting you back, I wanted to call and thank you personally for that quote. It's such simple words, but it came at the right time and made the greatest impact. Thank you." That phone call resulted in another conversation exchange about our adolescent years when we both apparently kept journals of quotes, poems and sayings that at the time struck a chord or gave just the right boost needed to press on. I thought, well, her and I aren't the only ones who are in need of heartening words every now and again. It'd be a fun idea to post the quotes that touch me the most weekly in hopes to cheer/encourage you as well, my dear readers. Starting today, there will be a new weekly feature on this site called 'Words of Wisdom Wednesday.' Especially on hump day, sometimes a little push is just what's needed to get through the rest of the week. Hope your week has been productive, successful and fulfilling. But if for one reason or another it hasn't, may today's quote give you the drive that you need. Hang in there.

Xo,

Rebecca

Happy Hump Day!


3.16.2015

Banana Almond Smoothie


As excited as I am for the arrival of spring, that feeling is immediately marred by the dreadful thought of  revealing what's been lurking underneath all the layers of winter clothes that have been protecting my eyes from the reality of what eating all that "comfort food" has transformed me into. Instead of turning into a light butterfly, I think I have turned into a plump caterpillar. With that realization comes responsibility, which I decided to take while I was out in Los Angeles this past week. And if there's any place to get motivated, it's California where fitness reigns. My visit to one of my favorite juice places (and by the way, they are the best in LA in my humble opinion) definitely kick started my new daily routine of having smoothies (a lot more substantial than the juice) for breakfast, lunch or even dinner. And now since I've gotten back home, I've been making different variations of my own and one of the best tasting ones that even the hubby has been really digging, is this banana almond one I've concocted. It's super simple, quick to make, requires very few ingredients, healthy and very filling. I wanted to share it with you because it's that's good. It's time to replace the cocktails with a much healthier choice to get our bodies spring/summer fashion ready.

Ingredients (serves 2)

1 Frozen banana, skins removed and cut in half (I skin the bananas once I get them from the grocery store and put them in a freezer bag)
2 Handfuls of fresh frozen blueberries (I wash them when I get home and put them in the freezer)
1 Handful of almonds*
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
1 Tbsp. flax seed
Dates (about 4 or 6 of them)
1 Tbsp. maca powder (optional)
2 Cups of coconut water

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a blender, puree. Use less or more liquid depending on the thickness that you want.


*Fun fact about Almonds: “Fruits?” you ask. “Isn't an almond a nut?” Well, yes and no. Although commonly considered a nut, the almond is, curiously enough, a fruit. It is part of the family from which other stone-fruit trees derive their origin, namely the rose family. Stone fruits include peaches, apricots, and plums. Next time you have a peach pit in your hand, notice how closely in size and shape it resembles an almond shell. Crack both open and you will find that the kernels are similar too. However, only almonds should be eaten, since eating the kernels of fruits like peaches can make you sick.

Photo via: my iPhone which explains the low quality of the photo. It looks way better in real life, so don't judge it by the way it photographed. I'm curious - what's your favorite go-to smoothie?



3.13.2015

Grateful Moments

"Gratitude begins where sense of entitlement ends."


~ Full moon view from the office ~

One down side about coming back from a vacation (even business trips) is the fact that it makes you realize how much you really don't like all the mundane tasks of life, such as making your bed, planning out and cooking weekly meals, and worse yet - grocery shopping. Forget having to compute the fact that you have to go back to cleaning your own space. What?! Do you mean, I have to pick up after myself too!? Did you say, 'I have no one to bring me fresh towels, cocktails and food at my beck and call?'  It's definitely a shocking adjustment to get back into a normal routine of life. But no matter how dreadful it may feel, nothing beats being back home in my bed - seeing the things in my own space that give me a sense of stability and comfort. What made returning east even more welcoming, was coming back to a more moderate, pleasant temperature. All the ice on the sidewalks that had us teetering as we tried to walk has vanished, and the frozen sheets of ice on the river from our office terrace view have melted. All in all, these are some of the little things I missed and am grateful to see again.

~ The love and nutrients given to this little guy before we left, has kept it strong and alive for two weeks! Can I get a hooray!? ~

~ Still enjoy glancing at this container (now blanket holder) under my staircase found at a local flea market a few months back ~

~ One of my favorite spring and summer scents for the home ~

~ Winter river view, except all defrosted now ~

Happy Friday!


3.12.2015

Dreaming Of Easy Breezy Spring Summer Days

From left to right: 123|

After escaping the bitter cold of NY for two weeks to the west coast, it's dawned on me that I have had enough of being weighed down under heavy winter layers of clothing. It was pure bliss when I didn't have to pile on a bundle of bulky clothes to go out. In fact, having been spoiled with lighter layers while away those few days has me wanting to break away from all unnecessary clothing, except I think I'd kill half of the population from all the extra layers that my birthday suit itself is packing from all the eggnog and apple pie consumption during those hibernating seasons of Fall and Winter. Instead I'll settle with a more sensible less jarring craving - that of an easy breezy effortless long flowy embroidered wispy kind of style heading into this spring and summer. Starting with my first gauzy embroidered tunic purchase similar to this one, has me really looking forward to spring.









3.10.2015

Red Fox In The Desert Terrain


In the heart of the arid desert, during the early afternoon hours, wild was the day. I felt the desert terrain moan sadly in it's silence, beckoning for a pop of red in the form of this hot convertible ride, red lips and nail lacquer. Every time we make our annual business trip to the Las Vegas desert, I get this urge to infuse the brown vastness with a splash of color. I love how the vivid red Camaro instantly did just that, adding life to an otherwise spiritless desert landscape and the monotone outfit.









H&M Polka Dot Blouse {similar here}, Foiled Snakeskin Leggings {currently on SALE}, Chinese Laundry Suede Leather Booties, Pendant Necklace {similar here}