Sophisticated S’mores (revisited)

Revisiting an old recipe and adding a few new twists because the Oscars are airing on Sunday and they’ve got me feeling inspired. Today’s sweet indulgence, would be perfect for your sunday viewing party. A decadent pairing of gooey marshmallows, homemade graham crackers, and dark chocolate that together create an uber delish s’more that’s richness will capture the elegance of the Academy Awards. But of course it doesn’t end there. This time around I’ve spiked the marshmallows with my favorite elderflower liqueur that just happens to be “gold” in color, like the iconic award itself. And since I’m certain we’ll be seeing plenty tuxedos on the red carpet tomorrow evening, a dark chocolate bow for a touch of whimsy and an oscar worthy finishing touch. If ever there were an award show for desserts, these elevated s’mores would certainly be nominated.

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Sophisticated S’Mores (revisited) DF

The St. Germaine elderflower liqueur adds subtle floral notes to the marshmallow and pairs deliciously against the intense flavor of the dark chocolate and the bite of the graham cracker cookies. An unexpected yet harmonious balance of sweet and chic, that’s also dairy free.

St. Germaine Spiked Marshmallows

S'mores

Ingredients

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup St. Germaine Liqueur

3 (.25 ounce) packages unflavored gelatin

2/3 cups light corn syrup

1 3/4 cups white sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

Line a 9×9 inch baking dish with plastic wrap that’s sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Spray additional piece of plastic wrap to cover the top and set aside.

Place 1/2 cup of water in the bowl of an electric mixer and add gelatin to water to soak.

While gelatin is soaking add 1/4 St. Germaine, corn syrup and white sugar to sauce pan. Bring mixture to boil over medium heat for 1 minute.

Pour hot sugar mixture into gelatin and beat on high, using a whisk attachment. Beat for 12 minutes until mix is fluffy and forms stiff peaks. Add in lemon juice and mix until just combined.

Pour mixture into baking dish using a greased spatula to smooth top. Cover marshmallow mixture with remaining prepared plastic wrap, pressing down lightly to seal.

Allow to rest for 4 hours, or overnight.

Mix together cornstarch and powdered sugar in a dish. Using greased scissors, or a knife, cut the marshmallows, dredging lightly in the cornstarch mixture and they’re ready to enjoy.

Store in airtight container.

Homemade Vegan Graham Crackers

Ingredients/Supplies~

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup graham flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup Earth Balance coconut spread at room temperature (or 2 sticks of butter for non vegan)

3/4 cups light brown sugar

1/4 cup almond milk

parchment paper

Instructions

Add first 5 ingredients into a bowl, mix together and set aside.

Combine coconut spread, brown and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on medium speed for a few minutes until fluffy.

Reduce speed to low and add dry ingredients. Mix until combined.

Once combined, slowly pour in almond milk and mix until fully incorporated.

The place dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll to 1/8″ thick.

Move rolled dough to refrigerator to chill for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Remove dough from fridge and cut into shapes using a cutter of your choice.

Bake for 10 minutes until the edges are golden brown.

Dark Chocolate Bows

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Ingredients/Supplies

1 bar of dairy free dark chocolate (I find mine at Trader Joes)

Silicone Bow mold (I used wilton)

ziplock bag.

Instructions

Heat chocolate at 30 second intervals in the microwave until completely melted.

Pipe melted chocolate into the molds and lightly tap on a solid surface to evenly distribute.

Place in fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.

Once chocolate bows have completely chilled, remove from molds and begin assembling your S’mores. You will need 2 graham crackers, 1 marshmallow and 1 chocolate bow for each sweet sandwich.

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Repeat these steps and they’re ready to enjoy!

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I’m planning to have a few of these tomorrow as I watch the red carpet event. Can’t wait to see all the looks! What are you most looking forward to?

Thanks for reading! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

xo

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Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes

February has arrived and now that the Super Bowl is over, I’m switching my focus from football and the painful loss all of us 12s experienced on Sunday, towards some much lovelier things. Yep! I’m choosing not to dwell on what could have been, or what should have been in the final minute of the game and instead drowning my sorrows in pretty pink roses (kidding) but honestly…flowers are truly the way to my heart, especially when I’m feeling a little down. I just adore the way they brighten my mood and bring a smile. So armed with tons of blooms and feeling motivated by the happiness they bring me, I’ve preserved and transformed the leftovers into pretty little beverage garnishes to share with all of you. These cubes are so gorge and perfect for the upcoming arrival of V-Day in soft tinted pink. They’ll fill your glass with floral and fruity notes and dress up your favorite beverages in an instant for easy entertaining.

Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes | Posh Little Designs

Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes | Posh Little Designs

DIY Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes

Pink petite roses and fresh raspberries frozen into cubes of distilled water to add a touch of posh to your favorite beverage. I chose to pair these cubes with Rhubarb flavored DRY Soda (that just happens to come in a pretty pink bottle.) Did I mention it comes in a pink bottle? Not only that, but the soda is local to Seattle (fitting) all natural, and complements the fruit and floral notes of the cubes beautifully.

Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes | Posh Little Designs

Ingredients/Supply List

1 gallon of Distilled water

6-12 fresh rinsed raspberries

6-8 petite pink/white roses (look for organics free of pesticides) Check Trader Joes, Whole foods, or other local organic stores. You can also use home grown.

1 large block silicone ice cube tray (6 cavities) or a regular sized cube tray will do

Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes | Posh Little Designs

Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Boil 3 cups of distilled water and allow it to completely cool (this will give your cubes a crystal clear look)

While water is cooling prep your flowers. Remove the blooms from the stem and soak them in water. Allow to soak for 10-15 minutes to remove any residue.

Pull roses from water and remove some of the petals.

Place a few single petals and raspberries into each ice cube cavity. You can switch up the design of each cube by adding a few white rose petals, or an entire bloom to the cavities.

Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes | Posh Little Designs

Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes | Posh Little Designs

Pour cooled distilled water over the top of each tray and fill about half way full.

Place in the freezer until frozen solid.

Remove from freezer and pour remaining distilled water over the cubes and continue to freeze until they’ve turned into cubes.

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Place one frozen floral cube in each glass

Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes | Posh Little Designs

Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes | Posh Little Designs

and top with Rhubarb DRY soda (or beverage of your choice).

Here’s how the cubes look once melted. Lovely!

Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes | Posh Little Designs

Use these cubes to add a touch of posh to your drinks of choice. I’m envisioning a girl’s day brunch cocktails or romantic Valentine’s beverages with your love. Really any idea above will do.

Hope you’re looking forward to the weekend as much as I am. Thanks as always for reading!

xo

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Melon & Mint Margaritas

 The weekend is here, the Seahawks beat the Panthers last Sunday and I just recently finished 2nd place in my all girls fantasy football league. That means there’s much to celebrate over the next few days and I’m looking forward to every moment of it! Now tell me, do you love football as much as I do? If so, who’s your team and who will you be cheering for this weekend? Since I’m a Washington gal it’s the Seahawks all day for me! I’m so thrilled that they made it to the NFC Championship game and one step closer to the Superbowl, as predicted!

Since today is “blue friday” (a day designated by our Mayor to honor our team by wearing hawk colors,)  I’m showing some love to the hawks by sporting my ultra glittery football nails, and concocting a new bevvy inspired by the Seahawks and the 12th Man (aka the Seahawks fans). A light and refreshing homemade Melon & Mint Margarita, finished with blue paper straws from the Posh Shop, and a festive 12th Man flag. Color inspiration blue and green.

celebrate. defeat. rePete!

Melon Mint Margaritas - Seahawks 12th Man | Posh Little Designs

Melon & Mint Margaritas (12th Man)

Honeydew melon paired with tart lime, mint leaves, patron and cointreau. Refreshing, and lightly sweetened with no added sweeteners. Party perfect with rePete’s necessary!

Melon Mint Margaritas - Seahawks 12th Man | Posh Little Designs

Ingredients/Supplies:

2 cups fresh honeydew melon, cut into chunks or removed with a melon baller if you’re fancy like that.

1.5 ounces (1.5 shots) fresh squeezed lime juice

2 ounces (or 2 shots) premium tequila

4-6 mint leaves

a splash of cointreau

lime wedges for garnish

sea salt for the rim

Navy paper straws

12th Man flags (I simply made mine in photoshop using creating rectangles in Seahawk blue and adding the #12).

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Melon Mint Margaritas - Seahawks 12th Man | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Place 2 cups of melon into the freezer and allow to chill for an hour

Once chilled and frozen, place in a blender with the next 4 ingredients.

Blend together until smooth.

While blending, rim each glass with the wedge of lime and dip into sea-salt.

Pour your blended margarita into each glass and garnish with lime.

For the paper straw flags, simply print your flags and cut them out, then wrap 1 piece of tape around the straw, leaving enough of an edge to adhere each 12th Man flag.

Place 1 in each melon margarita and enjoy!

Melon Mint Margaritas - Seahawks 12th Man | Posh Little Designs

This is a super simple and delish beverage option for your football parties this sunday. These could also be made for other teams by changing the fruit and paper straws, but I’m a hawks fan so I’m not even gonna go there.

Melon Mint Margaritas - Seahawks 12th Man | Posh Little Designs

Is it Sunday yet?!

Go Hawks!

Cheers and thanks as always for reading!

Nail color: Essie’s Lots of Lux + white decorating art pen for details.

This specific recipe for Melon & Mint Margaritas (12th Man) was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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TGIF + Eggnog French Macarons

Celebrating the fact that Friday has arrived with a warm mug of tea and sweet macarons, because well, it’s just been one of those weeks. An extra long one to be honest, so I’m looking forward to the weekend ahead and kicking it off with a few of my favorite little things.

It truly is all the little things that I love to get lost in, even if only for a few moments, until it’s back to business as usual.  Little things like this gold monogram mug from Anthropologie which is perfect for holding my oversized serving of decaf chai (with extra almond milk.) The Little book of Chanel from Zgallerie, and some delightful homemade Eggnog Macarons, which I pulled from my frozen holiday stash!

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The recipe for the Eggnog Macarons was found on South each Primal and I’m super thrilled about it! The instructions are simple and straight forward with measurements already converted, for those of us who don’t already own scales (like myself). If you’re still learning the ins and outs of French Macarons (like myself),  I would highly reccommend this recipe! I will admit, the more practice you have with the macarons, the less difficult they become, but I have to credit the recipe for the way they turned out. No cracks, good sized feet and a pretty circular shape too. So major!!

And for the filling…I swapped out the regular butter for vegan butter and eggnog for coconut milk eggnog to make them dairy free. Yes, I know they are eggnog macarons, and holidays are over but this recipe is so worth holding onto, or of course making and stashing away in your freezer as I have.

TGIF + Eggnog Macarons | Posh Little Designs

I’ve actually gotten into a habit stashing away macarons in the freezer since they pretty much happen to make everything better! Wouldn’t you agree?!

What’s your favorite way to celebrate the arrival of the weekend? Are you a football fan? I definitely am and I’m looking forward to watching the hawks beat the panthers Saturday evening! Yes, I gotta rep my city!! And if they win, I’ll plan some type of celebratory treat or beverage on the blog for their next playoff game.

TGIF!

 Thanks for reading friends!
xo

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Hello 2015

I hope you all had a fabulous end of year celebration! I’m spending my first Monday of 2015 working on business goals and brainstorming new ideas, and products for the blog and shop. It’s hard to believe I’m going into my 3rd year of blogging and 2nd year as an actual business. I remember when I first started and I hadn’t a clue what I was doing. Looking back I do feel like there’s been plenty of growth, but I’d like to spend time in 2015 working on enhancing my photography and styling, learning more about SEO and creating a new line of products! How about you? What business goals and plans are you focusing on for the 2015? I’d love to hear them!

Unfortunately I’m still recovering from a flu virus that I caught over Christmas. It’s been a pretty rough 10 days to say the least. My oldest came down with the illness on Christmas eve with a high fever that kept her up most of the night. Certainly not the best way to spend the holiday, but I’m glad it’s nearly over! I was actually sick most of the month of December, so many of my plans for the blog and shop have been put on hold. Because of that, there’s much for me to prepare for in the year ahead. Staying on top of my health and getting more rest is a top priority! I need to build my immune system so I can be the best version of myself for my family and business and I’m starting that today with a simple detox green smoothie, as I journal my goals.

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I’ve blended a mix of power greens, cucumber, banana, lemon, ginger, chia seeds and almond milk hoping to ward off the remnants 2014’s illnesses. All of these ingredients are rich vitamins A, C & K, potassium and antioxidants to build immunity, detox the body, help with disease protection and cold and flu prevention. Exactly what I need! In addition to all the immunity boosts of the ingredients, the banana adds a touch of natural sweetness to this smoothie that I’m so loving right now! I can also taste the ginger and lemon with a subtle hint of greens.

Detox Smoothie | Posh Little Designs

Detox Smoothie | Posh Little Designs

Green Detox Smoothie

Ingredients/Supplies

1 cup power greens (baby kale and spinach mix)

1 small peeled banana cut into large chunks

1/3 cup cucumber with peel cut into chunks

juice from 1/2 a lemon

2 inch piece of ginger peeled and cut into pieces

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1/4 cup almond milk

1/2 cup ice cubes

a few thinly sliced cucumbers for garnish

blender or magic bullet

Instructions

Soak chia seeds in 1/4 cup almond milk for 5-10 minutes, allowing them to expand in size.

Pour soaked chia seeds into blender with the remaining ingredients.

Blend on high until smooth.

Pour in a pretty glass, garnish with a few thin slices of cucumber (optional) and enjoy!

Detox Smoothie | Posh Little Designs

I plan to drink these green smoothies all week, and with much-needed rest I know I’ll be back to myself in no time. If you’re feeling under the weather you’ll surely enjoy this boost to kickoff the first work week of the new year!

Detox Smoothie | Posh Little Designs

I’m looking forward to sharing with you all many of the ideas that I’ve come up with for the blog and shop in 2015! Please check back soon for more and as always, thank you for reading!

xo

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Farewell 2014 + Frozen Berries & Champagne

Raising a glass to 2014 as the year comes to a close. There were so many highlights and bright moments I experienced and I’m incredibly grateful for them all! Thank you to all of you for your continued support of Posh Little Designs! All of my lovely friends and peers in the blogging community, my customers and those I’ve had the honor of meeting and getting to know thru social networks. I have nothing but happiness in my heart for each and every one of you!
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I am so looking forward to all that 2015 has to offer, but what we’ve created in 2014 is completely worth celebrating!

Cue the champagne!

literally!

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I can’t think of a more fitting time to share this quick and simple champagne cocktail with you guys. Complete with fresh fruit, blended and frozen into cubes for an easy and last-minute beverage, if you will be hosting a little NYE party this evening. This recipe will take just a few minutes to make and serves as a nice alternative to champagne by itself.

I hope you enjoy!

Frozen Berries & Champagne

Ingredients/Supplies

1 ice-cube tray

Champagne glasses or coupes

1 bottle of your favorite bubbles ( I chose Sofia Blanc de Blancs mini’s because they’re pretty, pink and I had them on hand)

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries and strawberries (or fruit of your choice)

2 tbsp organic fruit juice

strainer

saran wrap

blender

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Instructions:

Blend fruit with organic fruit juice of your choice until liquified.

Pour blended fruit through a strainer to catch seeds.

Fill each cavity of your ice-cube tray with blended fruit mixture and cover with saran.

Place in the freezer for at least one hour or until completely frozen.

When ready to enjoy, remove the cubes from the tray and place 1-2 in each champagne glass.

Pour bubbles over top the frozen berry cubes and allow them to slowly melt into the champagne.

Then propose a toast!

Berries & Champagne |Posh Little Designs

I have to admit, this post was actually supposed to be happening a few days ago, but unfortunately I have come down with the flu so I’ve been a little slow at getting it published. My New Years Eve plans for this evening have been canceled but I’m happy to be ringing in 2015 with one of these!

Berries & Champagne |Posh Little Designs

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and all the best in 2015!

Cheers!

I’ll have much more to share here soon!

xoxo

Brandi

This specific recipe for Frozen Berries and Champagne was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.

German Chocolate French Macarons


German Chocolate French Macarons | Posh Little Designs

After traveling to NY last month and visiting Ladurée, I’ve become a little more obsessed with french macarons. Not gonna lie, I’ve been thinking about them quite often and regretting not bringing home more from the city. More than anything I think visiting Ladurée has inspired me to become better at making macarons. My mom’s birthday last weekend seemed like the perfect opportunity to try my hand at making them again, this time flavored like german chocolate cake, since that’s her favorite dessert.

I just happened to have all the ingredients on hand in my pantry to make the german chocolate cake macarons, but none left to spare. Of course that meant if I experienced a mess up, it would basically be tragic and more than anything a waste of time, but luckily there were no tragedies in my kitchen last weekend. Instead I was thrilled when I placed the shells in the oven and watched them rise, feet and all. If you’ve ever made french macarons before, the term “feet” is one worth celebrating, and that I did, over a glass of sauvignon blanc.

 These German chocolate cake macarons were only my 3rd attempt at making them, and although far from perfect, they were much improved from my last batch. I credit the awesome recipe for the macarons I found via Wives with Knives which I followed exactly, only substituting the butter and evaporated milk in the german chocolate filling to make the macarons dairy free and do note that the shells and filling is also gluten free.

German Chocolate French Macarons | Posh Little Designs

Seriously if you love french macarons and german chocolate cake, I highly, highly recommend this recipe! They are a little intimidating to make at first, but I assure you with practice they become easier and easier. Next time around I’ll just have to grind down my almond meal to a finer consistency and add a few more folds to the batter for a smoother shinier shell, but the flavor was there nonetheless.

Most importantly, my mom was absolutely delighted by her sweet birthday gift, which was a reward in itself.

And for an extra reward, I enjoyed tea and a few leftover macarons on the morning of the first day of Fall as the rain began to fall. The perfect way to bring in the new season.

Thanks as always for reading and Happy Fall! Much more to share soon.

xo

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