Coconut Milk Chia Pudding (V)

Happy Friday! I know things have been a little quiet here lately but I’ve been busily working behind the scenes to prepare for my sweet girl’s birthday happening next Saturday. Much more to share on all of that soon, but as for now, I’m thrilled the weekend is here!

And to start my day….my go-to Chia Coconut pudding that takes just moments to prepare. I love that I can make it the night before so it’s ready for me to grab from the fridge in the morning, before my day begins.

My darling Kate Spade mug full of my decaf green tea is also setting the tone.

Morning fave.

Chia Banana Pudding | Posh Little Designs

Coconut Milk Chia Pudding (V)

Ingredients/Supplies

1 fancy glass (not required)

1/4 cup Chia Seed

3/4 Cups original Coconut Milk (you can also use almond, cashew, or any other alternative)

Half a banana sliced,

A pinch of cinnamon

Raw pecans and coconut flakes

Instructions:

Soak chia seed in coconut milk overnight or for at least 1 hour so it has time to expand.

When ready to eat, pull from fridge and top with sliced bananas, cinnamon, pecans and coconut. If the chia has soaked up most of the milk, just add more!

Enjoy!

This breakfast is enough to keep me full for the entire morning and is a great post workout meal option.

Consuming Chia seed can assist with weight loss, hydration  and blood pressure reduction. It’s also packed with omega-3 to protect against inflammation. I can’t think of a better way to start my morning!

Do you have a favorite Chia Pudding recipe? If so I’d love to hear it and try it!

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Have a lovely weekend all!

xo

This specific recipe for Coconut Milk Chia Pudding was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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Marble Easter Eggs – DIY

Marble is incredibly timeless and elegant and in my opinion will never go out of style. We already know how prominent marble is in home interiors, but lately it’s become quite trendy, making its way into the lifestyle and fashion industry as well. In 2015 I’ve seen marble on anything and everything, from office accessories, to phone cases, nails, jewelry, coffee mugs, clothing, you name it and I’m totally head over heels. Seriously, this trend is so posh, and so fabulous that doing something with marble on the blog was a must. And with Easter just a few weeks away, I tried my hand at marbling easter eggs using an unexpected yet simple nail polish technique, that promises to add a touch of on trend posh to your Easter decor.

DIY Marble Eggs | Posh Little Designs

I first saw this technique after scrolling through my instagram feed and coming across a gorgeous nail tutorial by the uber fabulous Aimee Song of songofstyle.com Of course I have yet to try marbling my nails (doing that soon) but her post totally inspired me to marble these eggs. Love!!

DIY Marble Eggs | Posh Little Designs

Marble Easter Eggs – DIY

DIY Marble Eggs | Posh Little Designs

Supplies

4-6 boiled eggs chilled

3 of your favorite colors of nail polish (I chose Essie: blanc, after school boy blazer & Nicole: totally in the dark, because I love the classic color scheme)

1 cup of distilled water at room temp

toothpicks

shallow bowl or container preferably for crafts

paper towels or parchment

DIY Marble Eggs | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Place a sheet of parchment or paper towels down on a solid work surface.

Pour distilled water into your shallow bowl.

NOTE When the polish is dropped into the bowl of water, it tends to dry quickly, so make sure your nail polish lids are unscrewed and ready for use so you can work quickly. Also have your boiled eggs and toothpicks nearby.

DIY Marble Eggs | Posh Little Designs

Drop one drop of nail polish color of your choice (I started with white) into the bowl of water (it will spread). Quickly repeat this step with a new color of polish placing into the center of the nail polish that initially spread (for a bullseye effect). Add your third color to the center of the last nail polish color. You can repeat this pattern by adding more drops for a more intricate design. Or move onto the next step.

Using your toothpick, quickly blend the nail polish colors within the water to create the marble effect.

Once the marble design appeals to you, dip half of your egg into the water directly over the design, then quickly remove. You will discover that the marble polish has printed onto the egg.

DIY Marble Eggs | Posh Little Designs

Set your marble egg face up to dry gently wiping away any excess water or bubbles. Repeat steps above for remaining eggs.

Make each egg unique by changing around the color patterns and designs of your polish. You can also dip the bottom and/or top half of the boiled eggs to add more dimension.

You’ll be able to tell right away if your nail polish is too dry. If you’re unable to move a toothpick through it, I recommend starting over, which is actually easy because the polish will come right out, and you can reuse your water. It took me quite a few attempts to get a design that I loved.

Once your eggs are dry you can arrange them on a pretty cake stand or in your favorite dish to display on Easter Sunday.

DIY Marble Eggs | Posh Little Designs

DIY Marble Eggs | Posh Little Designs

Because the chemicals from the polish could possibly seep through the shell of the egg, I don’t recommend eating them, but they certainly do look gorgeous.

I hope you have as much fun with this DIY as I did!

Much more to share soon!

xo

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Salted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks (V)

Whenever I need a little pick me up, dark chocolate is my go-to. I just love how well it pairs with different flavors. From fruits and nuts to savories and especially wine, it’s certainly a rich and luxurious treat, and most importantly for me it’s dairy free! Now with St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching I’m elevating this go-to of mine a to give it some holiday appeal. Using shamrocks for good luck, a hint of sea salt and pistachio green and a dusting of edible gold glitter, this sweet treat is now suitable for the upcoming arrival of St. Patty’s Day.

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

 Salted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks (V)

Dark chocolate paired with sea salt, pistachios and edible gold. Sweet, salty & St. Patrick’s Day chic.

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

Ingredients/Supplies

8 oz of quality dairy free dark chocolate (3 bars)

1/2 cup coarsely chopped pistachios

1 tsp sea salt

edible gold glitter flakes

shamrock mold

2 ziplocks or piping bag

parchment paper

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Heat 7 of the 8 oz chocolate in a double boiler or on 30 second intervals in the microwave until fully melted.

Pour melted chocolate into your ziplock or piping bag and pipe into your shamrock mold cavities.

Gently tap the mold on a solid surface until chocolate is evenly distributed.

Allow to chill for 1-2 hours in the fridge until completely solid.

While chocolate is chilling, mix together the sea salt and chopped pistachios.

Once shamrocks are fully chilled, heat remaining 1 oz of chocolate until fully melted and pour into remaining ziplock or existing piping bag.

Flip the shamrocks over onto a sheet of parchment paper to remove chocolates.

Turn them right side up and quickly pipe remaining chocolate in a zig zag motion over top the shamrocks.

Top with chopped pistachios and sea salt, and finish with the edible gold glitter.

Place them back in the fridge for 30 minutes to fully harden.

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

They are ready to enjoy!

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

This is such a quick treat to make and an easy way to elevate plain dark chocolate. You can display these shamrocks on trays or cake stands at your St. Patty’s Day celebration, or package them up and give them away as a bit of sweet good luck for your friends and loved ones.

More on the way soon!

xo

This specific recipe for Salted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2015.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Cranberry Sauce | Posh Little Designs

Thanksgiving is less than 24 hours away and I have much to do before my family arrives. That means I’ll be spending the majority of my time in the kitchen today finishing all my prep work, for tomorrow’s festivities.

Luckily I have many recipes that I’ve known for years, some dating back to when I was growing up to rely on. One of my favorites is a 5 ingredient Cranberry sauce that’s fresh, simple, tangy and delicious, making it a must add to your holiday menus.

Because today’s such a busy day, I snapped and edited a few photos of the Cranberry sauce via VSCO Cam and Instagram to share with you today. As you can see I had a little helper, who’s also a big fan of this recipe. If she loved it, I’m certain you will too!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Cinnamon sticks, raw turbinado sugar, fresh squeezed orange juice and orange zest blended together with the cranberries for a tart and delicious holiday topping.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce | Posh Little Designs

Ingredients/Supplies

4 cups of fresh cranberries (rinsed)

1 cup water

1 cup turbinado/raw sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

zest from 1-2 oranges.

Fresh squeezed orange juice from the zested oranges.

Instructions

Place water, orange juice and sugar in a pan and bring to a boil.

Add cinnamon sticks and cranberries and stir until blended.

Cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat and let cool.

Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

This cranberry sauce is the perfect pairing for your favorite holiday dishes and appetizers. Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving friends! You can find me on Instagram where I’ll be sharing a Black Friday discount code for the shop, later this afternoon.

xo

 

Citrus & Spice Sangria

One of my favorite adult beverages to serve when I’m hosting a party is sangria. I just love how simple it is to make, and how the flavors can be so easily adjusted to match the holiday that you’re celebrating.

Citrus & Spice Sangria | Posh Little Designs

Today I tested out a new sangria concoction that I’ll be adding to my Thanksgiving menu next week. The colors and flavor profiles remind me of the season, complete with tangerines, sweet persimmons, cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, elderflower liqueur and sauvignon blanc.

An instant fave, that truly tastes like Fall in a glass, if there were ever such a thing!

Citrus & Spice Sangria | Posh Little Designs

Citrus & Spice Sangria

A sweet and tart blend of fall fruits and spice, floral liqueur and white wine. The vanilla bean adds a smoothness with fruity floral notes from the liqueur, with a mild cinnamon finish.

Ingredients/Supplies

Medium sized pitcher

1 bottle of your favorite Sauvignon blanc (I chose Sauvignon blanc because it’s less sweet and has many floral notes. You could also try chardonnay or pinot grigio.)

1/2 cup St. Germaine – elderflower liqueur

1/4 cup Cointreau

3 tangerines sliced into 1/4 inch rounds

2 persimmons rinsed and sliced into 1/4 inch rounds (cut a few rounds into quarters and set aside for drink garnishes)

1 vanilla bean bruised

8 cinnamon sticks (2 for sangria remaining for drink garnish)

1 16 oz bottle of club soda or sparkling water

Citrus & Spice Sangria | Posh Little Designs

Citrus & Spice Sangria | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Place sliced persimmons & oranges, cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean into your pitcher.

Add St. Germaine, Cointreau and the entire bottle of white wine.

Stir and place in the fridge, allowing flavors to blend for at least 2 hours (make up to 24 hours ahead.)

Add sparkling water or club soda when ready to serve. Add to taste.

Pour sangria into your favorite wine glasses and garnish with cinnamon sticks and quartered persimmons or tangerines.

Citrus & Spice Sangria | Posh Little Designs

 This is a perfect make ahead low maintenance cocktail for the holiday. Is it Thanksgiving yet?

Citrus & Spice Sangria | Posh Little Designs

Still 6 days and counting, but luckily I have this test batch of sangria to finish up just in time for the weekend! One of the many perks of blogging. Cheers friends and happy Friday!

More to share early next week!

xo

This specific recipe for Citrus & Spice Sangria 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.

Vanilla Caramel Apple Bites (V)

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Lately I’ve had Fall and seasonal recipes on the brain, so while feeling a little festive over the weekend I whipped up a simple caramel using only the ingredients that I had  in my pantry. To my surprise, a can of coconut milk and a cup of sugar, if boiled long enough can transform into a delightful dipping sauce that pairs beautifully with apples and just about anything else you could think of. And did I mention that this heavenly sauce just happens to be gluten and lactose free?! Hmmm..thinking it’s safe to say that Fall just got a whole lot sweeter.

Vanilla Caramel Apple Bites

Ingredients/Supplies

1-2 large apples cut into 2 inch cubes

lemon wedge

toothpicks

parchment paper

3/4 cups full fat coconut milk

1 cup raw sugar

1 teaspoon pink himalaya sea salt

seeds from 1 vanilla bean scraped

1 teaspoon coconut oil.

Finely chopped pecans.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Line baking sheet or tray with parchment paper and set aside.

Cube apples and squeeze with lemon juice to prevent browning and then top with toothpicks. Set aside.

For caramel, combine raw sugar and coconut milk in a heavy sauce pan over medium heat.

Stir until sugar is dissolved and then allow to boil for 15 minutes until a the caramel is an amber brown.

Quickly remove from heat and gently stir in salt, vanilla bean seeds and coconut oil.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Begin dipping each apple into caramel sauce right away. You can do this by transferring the sauce into a separate dish, or directly from the sauce pan, just be careful not to burn yourself.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Sprinkle each dipped apple with chopped pecans and place on parchment paper to cool.

Serve immediately.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Note: Since this is not your typical caramel it has a tendency to harden as soon as it begins to cool. You can attempt to reheat in the microwave, but you’ll yield your best results by using the caramel sauce immediately.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

These Fall delights are vegan and party perfect. Their small size and toothpick toppers make them ideal for entertaining and and a favorite for the season upon us!

Enjoy!

Do you have any Fall recipes you’re excited to make? I’d love to hear about them!

Thanks for reading. I’ll have much more to share soon!

xo

This specific recipe for Vanilla Caramel Apple Bites 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

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Bubbles (V)

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry season is upon us and my little indoor basil plant is FINALLY starting to grow enough leaves for use. Yes,  finally…after 3 months in poor window lighting I have a small abundance of basil leaves available at my fingertips. This is a nice little convenience to have and totally became the inspiration for today’s summer treat. Of course I couldn’t just use basil alone. I’ve combined the fresh local blackberries my hubs brought home the other morning with the tiny home-grown basil leaves to create an delightful summer sorbet.

I gotta admit, I’m a bit surprised with my sorbet making skills. I’m not always this lucky, but I guess sometimes winging it is the best thing you can do. No ice-cream machine necessary, just a few simple ingredients is all that you need to make this frozen favorite.

 Top with a splash of bubbly for a little extra pizazz.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Bubbles (V)

The fruit and herb pairing is trendy and fresh and the blended color is vibrant. The baby basil leaves are not too overpowering, and offer just enough bite to balance the tartness of the fresh blackberries. The champagne floater adds a whimsical and fun finishing touch.

(makes about 4 servings – recipe can be doubled)

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Ingredients/Supplies

2  heaping cups local blackberries rinsed.

1-2 small lemons juiced – depending on how tart your blackberries are. Use less if they’re a bit on the sour side.

6-8 baby leaves from a basil plant – if using store-bought basil, limit to 3-4 regular sized leaves.

1 1/4 cup raw turbinado sugar.

1 1/4 cups water.

stainless steel pan.

strainer

blender or food processor.

Sofia blanc de blancs champagne.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Create simple syrup by heating together the water and turbinado sugar. Allow mixture to come to a rolling boil and then continue to boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to completely cool.

While the simple syrup is cooling squeeze your lemons into a separate dish and set aside.

Once simple syrup is fully cooled, pour it into a blender or food processor with blackberries, lemon juice and basil leaves.

Blend or food process on high until completely pureed.

Pour blackberry basil and sugar mixture into a stainless steel pan or dish, ssing a strainer to catch all the seeds. Discard excess seeds.

Place mixture in the freezer, and allow to freeze for about 2 hours.

It should already have the consistency of a sorbet, but to make it even creamier, remove all sorbet from the steel dish and place it back in the blender/processer. Blend/mix on high for about 1 more minute, and then cover and place back in the freezer in the same steel dish for at least 2 more hours. You can also freeze overnight. But make sure to allow a few minutes to thaw before serving.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

After the 2 additional hours in the freezer, your sorbet is ready to enjoy.

Scoop into chic dishes and top with your favorite bubbly. I chose Sofia blanc de blancs because the packaging is pink, adorbs and an entertaining essential.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

This sorbet will make a great dessert or palate cleanser for any occasion!

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

 I can already envision myself enjoying one of these on the back deck with my favorite ladies.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

To make the sorbet kid friendly or alcohol free, simply omit the champagne. They were a hit with my two girls.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Thanks for reading! I hope you give this recipe a try! We’re officially just over 1 week until my daughter’s 5th birthday, so I’ll be devoting most of my attention to projects for that event– which I hope to have time to share with you soon. Until then, you can find me on instagram: @poshlittledesigns for daily updates.

xo

This specific recipe for Blackberry Basil Sorbet was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014