Hi There.

Its been such an awfully long time since I’ve visited this space. A new calendar year has passed, holidays were celebrated, parties were had. I’m sure you understand such things.

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But! I have also been spending some time over in another nook; a place we like to call steph + marilet. Yes, we! My nearest and dearest friend (yes, you guessed it,  she goes by Marilet) and I have launched beautiful beginning of a blog over here. I still plan to keep this space to keep everyone updated on personal ventures such as workshops, nutritional counseling (coming oh so soon!), and other such fun things. But, please check out our new joy. Its so fun. We feel so nerdy  cool.

I hope you all are happy and well!

xo
Steph

Also! Check out my workshop page for my up and coming health and wellness workshop. We will be learning how to make delicious green smoothies, raw desserts, and more!

 

 

photo credit: hanni liledahl

Holiday Crafting

I love the holidays. Its true…. I’m indeed one of THOSE people. The people who love to look at the Christmas lights on Candy Cane Lane, wrapping presents, writing holiday cards, putting up the Christmas tree while listening to endless renditions of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” while drinking hot cider. I just love it. And part of the joy for me of the season is being able to support local crafters and artists; giving a gift of handmade love and beauty to my family and friends is so magical. And that is why I am over the moon excited to be putting together the Happy Girl Holiday Craft Market.

HGK-HolidayCraftMarket-2013-R2-2This Sunday Happy Girl Kitchen Co. will be teaming with local artisans selling their beautiful goods such as handmade jewelry, local artwork, ceramics, beeswax candles, and so much more. Top it all off with live music, yummy food, and our amazing community… well, I think its going to be a winner! Can’t wait to see you all there, supporting our neighbors and what they do best:  creating, celebrating, and bringing about joy!

Much love,

Steph

Adventures in Baking: Fall Workshops

Fall is almost here, and I am ready to welcome pumpkin spices, apple picking, and celebrating the change in the season. I have a whole new lineup of baking workshops scheduled… so, take a peak!

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2013 Fall Whole Grain Baking Workshops

Bed & Breakfast Baking
Saturday September 28th, 10-3pm

coffee cake
sweet potato rosemary biscuits
homemade chai tea
cranberry chocolate scones

Nutritiously Delicious Treats Vol. 2
Wednesday October 9th, 6-8:30pm

raw almond milk
vegan chocolate chip cookie dough bites
almond butter cups
3 ingredient vegan and gluten free banana ice cream

Cozy Fall Baking
Saturday October 19th, 10-3pm

Pumpkin Bread
Rustic Apple Tarts
Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Cookie
Maple Leaf Cookie Sandwiches with Maple Vanilla Buttercream Centers

Gluten Free Baking
Saturday November 9th, 10-3pm

snickerdoodle cookies
coconut macaroons with chocolate ganache
maple cookie bars
double chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream

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And thank you to all who came out for the Lilify event! It was so fun and inspiring..

Until next time…
xoxo Steph

A Wedding.

Ah, yes. We wed. And it was fantastic. It was so many things:  a whirlwind, a love fest, a reunion, an artistic build up, and a community tear down. I married the man of my dreams, and together we forge on to create our new lives, together, with our two kids, building a life the best we know how.

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I don’t think I ever understood the importance, the impact, the magnitude a wedding can have. The bringing together of people, the celebration of love, the devotion of two people to one another, is such a beautiful moment in time. And for me, it was perfect.

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I feel such great amounts of gratitude to the people who made our wedding special. People who simply wanted the best for us, to see our dreams a reality, and to see Ben and myself happy. I feel so lucky to be able to be given the chance to feel the thanks that I do. A feeling I am just sitting with recently, as I reflect on the event whilst putting away its remanents and writing its thank yous. So thankful for a life ever changed and the man who has completed my soul.

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A New Addition!

Hey everyone, I hope you all had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend. We entertained ourselves by beach time, stumbling upon 10 cent Sunday cocktails, wedding advancement!, and pool time with the kiddos. Long weekends are indeed amazing.

I am beyond excited to share with you a couple of new creative pursuits and additions.

1. Gluten Free & Vegan Snickerdoodles. (added to the Etsy shop!)

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These guys are one of the most popular items at the cafe, and I am excited to make them available online! Yay. They are a wonderful treat for anyone who has dietary restrictions, AND they taste AMAZING. Tooting my own horn? Guilty.

2. Weddings!

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Saturday afternoon I held my first cupcake tasting for a wedding happening in the later part of the year… it was so fun! I made various types of gluten free cupcakes for the bride, her fiance, and her parents…they were ecstatic! Being able to connect and share with people made me so happy, especially when their feedback was so nice and encouraging.

These new events and happenings lately have been keeping me more present, more engaged, and excited for creating in general, and what is to come. Yay! So excited!

Hope this is finding you all so happy and enjoying the beginnings of summer…

Love,

Steph

Tarte aux Epinards

I know, “real” cooks aren’t suppose to follow recipes. They substitute with their intuition; the fresh & local flavors that are offered from the season’s bounty. Well guess what? I’m a baker.

There is something about following a recipe verbatim, that brings me into the moment. Its something about potentially learning a new technique or ingredient, unable to revert back to my same old tricks… my same old combinations.  The meditation and relief of just simply being told what to do. Don’t get me wrong, there is something oh so valuable about being able to use what you have and making last moment subs that sometimes make the recipe even better than its original. Creativity! But in making this spinach pie, I tried not to run too much off track and try something new. It kept me present and engaged.

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But, then again, I don’t know what I’m talking about…. I used butter instead of olive oil, added prosciutto, and cracked three eggs on top of this beauty that strayed from the original instruction. But in my defense, the recipe nudged me to reach for the red pepper flakes I rarely give attention to, and even forced me to go to the store to buy a shallot. I guess I’m just meandering somewhere between cook and baker. Regardless, the sure thing is, this is flipping delicious. You must try it, rule breakers and rule followers alike.

Spinach Pie with Butter Cracker Crust

serves 4-6 ; adapted from June 2013 Martha Stewart Living

Crust

1 ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

1/3 cup melted butter

1/3 cup water

Filling

1 ½ pounds spinach, rinsed well

1 tablespoon butter or coconut oil

1 large shallot, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 ounces goat cheese

¼ cup prosciutto, optional

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

3 large eggs

½ teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon sesame seeds

  1. Crust: Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Whisk together the flour, salt, and sesame seeds in a large bowl. Stir in the melted butter and water, then knead until a ball forms. Roll out dough into a 12-inch round and fit it to a 9 ½ inch tart or pie pan. Trim any excess length and if using a pie pan pinch the edges to look lovely. If using a tart pan, trim any excess length. Prick bottom all over with a fork and bake until crust is golden brown and crisp, about 35 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.
  2. Filling: Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Place spinach in a large pot and add a splash of water and cover. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until just wilted, about 6 minutes or so. Transfer to a colander to drain. When cool enough to handle, wrap in a kitchen towel and squeeze to remove excess water. Coarsely shop and transfer to a bowl. Wipe pot dry and heat butter over medium heat. Add shallot, garlic, red pepper flakes, and prosciutto; cook, stirring, until shallot is softened, about 4 minutes. Add goat cheese, beaten eggs, and salt; stir until combined.
  3. Pour filling into crust and sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Bake for 10 minutes and then crack the 3 remaining eggs on top of the tart. Bake until the eggs are fully cooked, about 20 minutes more. Serve warm or at room temperature with red pepper flakes and a dollop of sour cream if you dare.

Bachelor in Paris

Moments that make me the happiest usually involve a couple of reoccurring concepts: simplicity and beauty.

After taking a break from the my world and resting on vacation with my parents, sister, and fiance in Hawaii, I could feel myself re-inspired again. I don’t think it was even so much being in a paradise (which didn’t hurt of course), but the ability to relax and be with my family, smile together, and let go of worries….had me finding inspiration wherever I looked.

And now; refreshed and back home, in the midst of spring, I have again been finding beauty everywhere. Flowers, color, longer days, the fresh, and the new. I was particularly inspired by my simple lunch… sauteed cabbage and farmers market green onions in butter and salt/pepper topped with sour cream and smoked salmon. It made me feel simple and decadent at the same time. (not to mention pretty darn great!) I sat and ate it, imagining the same meal being nonchalantly grazed over by a bachelor in Paris on his teeny front steps, where the fabulous and simple are showcased at their prime.

 

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Right now, Im just so happy for the simple beauty I see (and dream) in my everyday life. Its just lovely. What have you been seeing lately?

Saturday Inspiration.

A look back at the week has me feeling so inspired. curious. ready for new. ready for change:

Leopard. How a funky pair of heels puts a pep in your step, even if you’re only folding laundry.

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Etsy. The handmade work and art of others keeps me constantly entertained. Such a beautiful thing, the creative. (check out my shop!)

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Spring. flowers. colors. spring onions. strawberries!

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Martha. Ok, don’t kill me, but I’m obsessed. She’s over 70, curious, fantastic, and makes everyday living more like an art than a waste of time. LOVE.

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Seapony. Cute, indie girl music meets summer Santa Cruz boardwalk.

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More light, longer days. Thanks, Spring… I feel ya.

Love,

Steph

Sneak Preview

Our wedding is getting closer and closer and the details keep coming together. We put together and started addressing invites last night, my stepdaughter to be just got her beautiful bridesmaid’s dress,  first dance song have been shuffling between old classics and the kids’ input (“Thrift Shop”), and I’m finalizing some of the design. And Im just too excited not to share a peak…just a tiny one…

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I hope you are all having the best day 🙂