Last week I shared the my youngest daughter and I had been inspired to come up with a unique idea to help create a better world, and select a Summer Sunlight Activity we’d like to do together to make our household more sustainable. Pairing the challenge with her love for the kitchen, we decided to make our challenge One Ingredient, Five Ways which will help eliminate food waste in our home.
It’s known that I love my coffee. I’ll take it almost any way you want to serve it up, in a martini, a coffee smoothie, heck I’ve considered an IV (kidding, not kidding). When the weather warms up I turn to iced coffee recipes to keep me going throughout the day. So when I learned about International Delight’s new Iced Coffees I got excited. Good iced coffee that is simple to serve? I’m in!
This week I’ve spent some time learning about new Makers on Great.ly as I’ve been curating my shop with handmade items for the home, entertaining, and gifting. Great.ly makes it easy to find Makers who’s style compliments mine and I’ve been filling up my shop with great finds like the ones above.
Stone Vessels :: These polka dot vessels are hand made on a wheel from natural stoneware and then painted. They’d make lovely bowls, mini planters or catch-alls. Maker :: Takeawei Studio
Numbered Edition Napkins :: Made with organic hemp/cotton fabric and screen printed with water-based ink, these napkins double as placecards. Maker :: Heather Lins
Ever try to come up with something thoughtful to gift to that guys-guy you know? I’m talking thinking of something small to give to a friend, your neighbor, or brother. I feel like small thoughtful gifts for women are easy: wine, flowers, a candle and you’re good. Guys? A bit tougher.
Inspired by keeping things simple (and that fact that most guys really don’t care all that much about fuss), I decided to just wrap up a bottle of beer — in a brown lunch sac. No big deal and still thoughtful.
While participating in a cooking challenge at the Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Innovation Center, we were inspired by Brazilian appetizers and came up with this play on the traditional monte cristo recipe. It’s made with guava paste which pairs so perfectly with the saltiness of the ham inside. Puff Pastry sheets replaced bread and this buttery, flaky flavor means all of your guests will love these — kids and adults!
I had never worked with guava paste before. It is a really interesting ingredient and added just the right amount of sweetness to this sandwich.
I recently headed to the Pepperidge Farm Innovation Center to take part in their first ever blogger event. It was a great day of inspiration, taste testing and an exciting cooking challenge. Read more about it here.