Links to Make the Weekend Come Back Sooner

Well, it’s back to the real world after a week in Maui. My family, Andrew’s dad’s family and my grandparents (11 of us) all stayed at a huge house on the beach. We had such a great time! It’s always bitter sweet ending a vacation. I will miss the ocean out the living room window, gorgeous sunsets, snorkeling, and mai tai. But I was also missing my two puppies more than ever and my little home and simple life just me and my hubs. I will be sure to share photos and stories this week. Until then, here are a few links that are helping me settle back into the real world.
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1.  “Which Hawaiian Island is for me?” (Photo by me, leaving Maui) I’ve been to both Oahu and Maui and out of the two Maui was my favorite. I think my next choice would be Kauai. Which island is most you?

2.  I absolutely love home makeovers and these room transformations are pretty great.

3.  Food blogs for summer that I’m excited to follow.

4.  In the past I would pack way too many clothes, but just this summer I’ve embraced packing light.

5.  Celebrity bedrooms–it’s fun to see their personalities through their homes.

6.  Amazing honeymoon destinations that I am drooling over. Andrew and I went to Saint Lucia for our honeymoon, but definitely did not stay at Jade Mountain. Maybe we’ll make it to one of these top honeymoon locations as a babymoon in a few years. :)

Kale & Quinoa Salad

Kale & Quinoa SaladRecently I had a kale and quinoa salad at Hugo’s and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.  I wanted to make it at home but with a few tweaks to make it just the way I’d like.  When Andrew asked what I was making for dinner I first told him to beware and that it’s uber healthy–kale and quinoa.  He likes eating healthy, but kale and quinoa together?  and making up the majority of meal?  Let’s just say he was skeptical.  Along with the super healthy salad I served grilled chicken.  And guess what! Andrew loved the salad.  He was shocked that he actually liked it.  He said he didn’t even taste the kale and that he would definitely have it again.  It’s a winner!   The next day I had the leftovers for lunch and it kept me full all the way till dinner.  Usually around 4 I binge eat everything in sight.  I think this is my new go to lunch.

Kale & Quinoa Salad
Ingredients:
3 cups cooked tricolor quinoa (1 cup uncooked)
3 cups kale, chopped
5 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup walnuts, chopped
5 oz goat cheese
sea salt
freshly cracked black pepper

Directions:
Cook quinoa according to package directions. Fluff with a fork and let cool a little. Combine the quinoa, kale, balsamic, oil, cranberries, walnuts, salt and pepper in a large serving bowl. Crumble the goat cheese over top. Serve & enjoy!

Kale & Quinoa Salad
Kale & Quinoa Salad
Kale & Quinoa Salad
Kale & Quinoa Salad

Lemon Raspberry Cake

Lemon Raspberry Cake Last week was our 1 year anniversary (our wedding: look, details, moments). To celebrate our anniversary I wanted to recreate our wedding cake. The day of the wedding I only had a bite or tow and had a little left over the next day, but wasn’t able to fully enjoy and devour the cake. Jana’s Creative Cakes made 2 cakes for our wedding. One was chocolate cake filled with caramel Swiss meringue buttercream and sliced almonds and topped with white chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream. The cake that I recreated was a lemon cake filled with lemon curd and raspberry Swiss meringue buttercream and topped with white chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream. Both were equally decadent and delicious. My mom planned on ordering our wedding cake for our first anniversary, but sadly Jana’s is closed until 2015. We were all heartbroken, but I knew I’d have to attempt the cake for myself.

I followed this Lemon Cake recipe (but not the frosting recipe). I made this Swiss Meringue Buttercream recipe. I put a third into a bowl and added raspberry jam and fresh raspberries. After the cake cooled I sliced it in half and spread the insides of the cake with lemon curd. I spread the Raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream over the lemon curd in between the cake rounds. I sandwiched the cake together and spread the plain Swiss Meringue Buttercream over the top and all around the cake. Finally I topped the cake with a ring of raspberries.

Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake

Links to Make the Weekend Come Back Sooner

Happy Bastille Day! Hope everyone had a great weekend! Andrew and I spent the weekend in the Colorado Rockies breathing. It was such a fun trip exploring the Rocky Mountain National Park. We’re back home and to the real world. Here are a few links to start the week of right.

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1.  23 summery French recipes for Bastille Day.

2.  When I studied in Paris I was constantly in awe of the simple chic fashion of French women. Love this: How to Dress Like a French Girl.

3.  10 ways to be more French.

4.  Yes please: Snickers pop.

5.  Gorgeous outdoor flower markets I would love to visit!

6.  After seeing Anthropologie’s new bridal line I want to get married all over again.