Fresh flowers to channel spring.
Homemade fruit leathers with Raspberry Vanilla, Apple & Fennel, and Mango Chili Lime.
Fruit Roll-Ups were one of those child hood snacks that seemed almost… magical. Fruity and sweet, portable, and as much fun to play with as they were tasty. As an adult, they’re a bit too sugary for my liking and the flavors are, well, too singular. Since road trip season is upon us, I wanted some car snacks that were healthy, portable, and fun to eat, like those roll-ups of yesteryear. Enter these adult flavored fruit leathers: Apple & Fennel, Mango Chili Lime, and Raspberry Vanilla to be exact. Yum! Easy to make and easy to take (with you).
- 1 Pound Raspberries
- ¾ Cup Sugar
- 2 Vanilla Beans
- 1 Pound Granny Smith Apples
- 2 fennel bulbs
- 1 Teaspoon ground Cinnamon
- 2 ½ Pounds Mangos
- 1 Lime
- ¼ Teaspoon Salt
- ½ Teaspoon Chili Powder
Buy empty Mason jars from the supermarket
Add a desired amount of your favourite dressing into the jar
Now add your favourite fruit or vegetables example: strawberries cut into small bit sizes or tomatoes – cherry/mini tomatoes (mini tomatoes are best as they keep fresh)
Add your meats example: ham or turkey or chicken – roll and cut then add into the jar
Go all in and grab whatever else you like example: cheese (shredded), carrots, pickles, banana peppers etc into the jar
Now you can add lettuce and/or baby spinach
Military Cut Sleeve DIY!
With the weather (finally) getting warmer, it’s crop top season! Here’s an easy way to turn your favorite cut sleeve vest into a cute crop top:
What you’ll need:
Our Wild Dreams Military Cut Sleeve Button Up (HERE)
1. To measure where to cut, try the vest on to see where you would like the crop top to fall. We used about an inch below the back text, but it’s up to you!
2. Draw a diagonal line from your crop height to the base of the vest (at about a 45 degree angle) using either chalk or a marker. Chalk is a little messier, but it’s easier to dust or wash off after you’re done. You can use a ruler to make sure you draw a straight line.
2. Cut along the diagonal lines for both the front and back of the vest.
3. Turn the vest over and draw a horizontal line from the top of each diagonal cut. Cut along the line to remove the back lower half of the vest.
4. Flip over the vest and unbutton the two bottom buttons, and then tie the two front pieces together. Cut off any hanging strings or jagged edges and the crop top is ready to wear!
These protein “truffles” are so ridiculously easy that I feel somewhat silly adding them to this collection. Then again, my super-simple, silly recipes are often my most popular. They are certainly favorites in my repertoire, in large part because of their fast factor, but also because of their portability and candy-like appeal. Plus, they are endlessly customizable by varying the spices, extracts, and other add-ins, or by giving them a chic coating of chia seeds, cocoa powder, or chopped nuts. Who says pretty and power can’t go together?
This über-trendy cake is actually a vintage recipe from the Deep South. It is as red as Scarlet O’Hara’s dress thanks to the combination of cocoa powder and cheap liquid red food coloring. Be sure to use the cheap stuff! Fancy food coloring pastes and gels don’t work nearly as well. The vinegar was traditionally added to the baking soda as a leavener. With self-rising flour, it’s not necessary, but it’s added here for its classic zippy flavor.
This is one of the simplest and yet tastiest preparations of eggs I’ve ever had. One afternoon, a friend and I unexpectedly dropped in on my friend Mario in Trieste. It was lunchtime, and he had a big basket full of fresh eggs he had brought down from the Carso, the high plateau surrounding Trieste. Eggs it was for lunch, served with a bowl of radicchio salad. We were just a few people that day, but this recipe is so very easy to modify for smaller or larger groups.
This salty-sweet phenomenon is well established, and salted caramels are now everywhere. Fleur de sel is a fancy sea salt, hand harvested from evaporating pools along the coast of Brittany in France. Similar “gourmet” salts can be found from just about everywhere on the planet, and they are definitely worth a few taste tests. You may discover something wonderful! If you don’t have sea salt caramel candies on hand, it’s fine to use generic caramel candies.