August 20, 2014

C&C in the Kitchen

Over the weekend I hosted a "Fashion First Aid" party at my house. I had some ladies over for afternoon snacks and beverages. More to come on the purpose of the party in another post, but in the meantime, prepare yourself to salivate....because the two recipes I am about to share are not just good, they are amazing! And an extra bonus, both are healthy-ish, meaning no refined sugar!

Let me start with the most perfect gluten free, vegan summer dessert, the Summer Fruit Pizza. The crust is made with nuts, honey, golden raisins and dates, the sauce with raspberries and lemon juice, and the cheese with cashews, lemon juice and honey. The recipe called for Stevia, but I substituted honey and it worked perfectly.

This pizza/tart may look complicated, but it took me less than 20 minutes to make. 

You can choose any type of fruit. We love berries in our house!

It was definitely a crowd pleaser. I will be making this dessert again, and again and again. It was THAT good! 

The next recipe is also crazy good. There's a reason they are called the "Best Ever Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Bars." It's nearly impossible to eat just one, or even two. 

The recipe source (moneysaving mom) took a more appetizing photo than I did. 

But I guarantee mine tasted just as good. 

These are a great brownie or cookie alternative for anyone that likes peanut butter and chocolate. 

I suggest you try both as soon as possible! You won't regret it! 

August 19, 2014

Towel Off

I spend a lot of time at the local water fountain here in Portland. We have a small collection of random beach towels, but nothing too fancy. My friend Meaghan showed up a few weeks ago to our fountain "date" with a gorgeous Pendleton beach towel. I've been dreaming about it ever since. And then, last week my brother-in-law showed up at my house with not just one but two.

I took that as a sign that I need to upgrade my beach towels to Pendleton.

I just can't decide which ones. There are so many amazing patterns to choose from.

The towels are available at a number of websites including Pendleton, Made in Oregon, Urban Outfitters  and on Amazon. I'm adding them to my birthday wish list. 

August 18, 2014

C & C on the Move in Nashville

A hot second after I returned home from my girls' weekend in New York I got on a plane down south to "Music City" to speak at a conference. I'd never been to Nashville before and while it was a quick overnight, I tried to make the most of my time. 

One of my oldest childhood friends (our dads grew up together in California) lives there with her family and it was so fun to see them. She and the kiddos made sure I was well fed with a stop first at Martin's BBQ. At Chloe's encouraging I had the "Notorious Red-Neck Taco," pulled pork BBQ on top of a cornbread hoe-cake (don't worry, I didn't know what one was either) with slaw and sauce. Everything about it was delicious. Then we stopped for ice cream at Jeni's - which started in Ohio in 2002 and has expanded around the country. Askinosie Dark Milk Chocolate and The Buckeye State, and a Lipitor (kidding), were the perfect end to the night. Ironically across the street from Jeni's was Leona, a darling clothing line owned by Lauren Leonard, a childhood friend of one of my colleagues. 

I was up and at em early the next day for a 6:00 class at barre3 Nashville. The barre3 community is so amazing and I was excited to meet studio owner Holly, who Regan knows from her time in Portland. It was just the wake up I needed to present later that morning. 

And while I didn't get to hear any music this trip, I did sneak in a quick visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame before I headed to the airport. From Don Williams' (a personal fav) hat and jacket to Elvis Presley's gold piano and car, it's a hot spot of country music memorabilia. 

I love me some country music and can't wait for my next visit. I think another girls' weekend might be in order.

August 15, 2014

C&C in the Kitchen

Last week I came across this video on the Huffington Post. The article title read "Anyone Can Master This Genius Way To Cut A Watermelon Into Cubes."

Well, I tried it, and while I don't think I have yet mastered it...I will say that even with my average knife skills this is by far the easiest way to cut a watermelon.

Here is what my first attempt looked like. Not perfect, but far less work than I usually put into cutting one open!

Give it a try! You won't regret it!

August 14, 2014

Too Many Totes

As I expressed in a previous post (here), one can never have too many jackets. Similarly, it is impossible to have too many totes. It just is. 

When I saw my friend Kelsey a few weeks ago with the most amazing gigantic, waterproof bottom tote bag, I was immediately smitten. 

Say hello to Merin Designs. These tote bags are designed in Seattle, by a mother of three young children. All Merin totes have a waterproof bottom, a key clip and cell slip and a detachable cross-body strap...everything you need in a tote. They come in medium and large.

I NEED one of these bags. ASAP. The gigantic totes are amazing! 

Now the tough decision...what color? 

August 13, 2014

What I Wore

I bought this Bel Air blouse in Sun Valley at Consign Design over the 4th of July, and I have been dying to wear it ever since. Last night provided the perfect opportunity.  We went to a wine dinner at our favorite restaurant Caffe Mingo

I paired it with my Gap 1969 Skinny Jeans and my Target Merona striped wedges (from 2 years ago).  Nothing fancy, but comfortable, and I love navy and white.

I am looking forward to our trip back to Sun Valley over Labor Day weekend to find more treasures at Consign Design. As a side note, when I take photos for these posts I feel really ridiculous. That's all.

August 12, 2014

Nobody's Parfait

Yesterday, Katie guest posted on the blog Nobody's Parfait. It's a blog written in letters where two friends dish on family, careers and the food that gets them through.

The blog is co-written by two of her college friends, Sarah and Libby, and sometimes they have guest writers, like Katie.

Here is the "forward" for her post.

We're so thrilled to welcome our second guest contributor, our dear friend Katie McBreen. Our friendship with Katie goes back more than a decade (gasp!), and while neither of us gets to see her as often as we'd like, we love the fact that every time we DO get together, it's as though not a day has passed since our college years. When she's not traversing the country for her work as a high-powered PR exec in D.C., or trying out the latest fitness craze, Katie and her twin sister Regan can be found doling out fashion advice on their blog, Cardigans & Couture.  
As we've said before, our guest post series aspires to shine the spotlight on different ways that people incorporate cooking and the enjoyment of food into their everyday lives. We love that Katie's found a solution that keeps her weeknight meals both inspired and efficient. Now, if she could just tell us about fall's must-have boots....  - Sarah and Libby
On their blog, Katie shared a yummy recipe from one of her Blue Apron meals for sautéed green beans and corn.

Sauteed Green Beans & Corn

5 oz green beans
2 ears corn (cut corn off cob)
1 bunch basil
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 lemon
1 clove garlic
In a medium pan, melt the butter with 1 tsp of olive oil on medium. Add the garlic and green beans and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the beans are bright green and slightly tender. 
Add the corn to the pan of green beans and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the juice of 1/2 lemon, 1/4 cup water, and chopped basil. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly reduced and thoroughly combined.
Read the entire post (here)!