bon appétit : greek yogurt and feta dip

bon appetit greek yogurt and feta dip
It’s no secret that I’m a big snacker and most times prefer to enjoy a snack rather than a big meal. And there is always that great debate of sweet vs savory when craving a little nibble. For me, even though from time to time have a major sweet tooth I almost always opt for a savory bite. So friends, today I’m sharing just that, a savory dip perfect served with crudités as an appetizer or alongside flat bread as an afternoon bite. Tangy, zesty, herby and salty… a well balanced bite of savory. Hope you all enjoy and keep reading for the recipe…
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Greek Yogurt and Feta Dip

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Place in a small bowl and serve.

Mother’s Day with Every Mother Counts + Minted

Mother's Day with EMC + Minted
A few months ago I had the privilege of hearing Christy Turlington Burns speak of her non-profit organization Every Mother Counts, that is dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. A woman dies every 2 minutes around the world from complications of pregnancy and childbirth, and 90% of these deaths are preventable.The statistics are staggering and it’s amazing how that even the smallest donation can help save lives from mothers around the world. Minted (as you know one of my all time favorite sources for stationary, journals and art), have been longtime partners of the organization and donates 2% of all art sales to EMC. And for this Mother’s Day, Minted is increasing that donation to 20%. Between April 21, 2014 – April 28, 2014 enter the code JACQUELINEEMC during checkout when you purchase art on Minted to help take part in this wonderful cause. As an added bonus, anyone who uses this donation code will receive a downloadable card letting their mom know that a donation to EMC was made in their name. So on this Mother’s Day, join in on an amazing cause and give a gift that will keep giving. Keep reading for more on EMC and a few of my favorite beautiful Minted art prints…
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You can view the trailer to the moving No Woman, No Cry documentary, by Christy Turlington Burns here and it’s also available for purchase on iTunes. For more information on Every Mother Counts and how you can help head on over to Every Mother Counts.

musings…

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Happy Monday! We had a fun filled family weekend and now it’s time to get back into the groove. After having trouble sleeping last night, I’m looking to a couple of things on this weeks musings to perk me up. And with a daunting to do list I’m going to need that extra jolt. Hope you are having a great start to the week!

{do} After suffering from insomnia last night, I happen to spend a little time on pinterest into the wee hours. I came across this look during my pinning frenzy and fell completely in love… Can’t wait to try it!

{get} Roses seem to be popping everywhere lately from the market to grandmothers garden. And since everything’s coming up roses I’m joining in this week!

{make} As soon as the weather warms up so does my iced coffee intake. I’ve been consuming quite a few of these in the past weeks, but I want to perfect my own.

bon weekend

bon weekend happy easter
Happy Easter weekend lovelies! Hope yours is off to a great start. Any big holiday gatherings? We have a weekend planned spending lots of time with family, jumping houses form R’s parents to mine. And a relaxing Sunday to prepare for the busy week ahead. I wish you all a beautiful weekend soaking up the sun and finding time to decorate some eggs. Keep reading for my favorite links from the week…

10 ways to use up all those Easter eggs.

A beautiful Mother’s Day brunch with a wonderful cause.

I’m dying to make a delicious spring salad.

Loving this RAD card!

A post that couldn’t have better timing.

*image via home life

with a twist : grapefruit cucumber lime ice cubes

 

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Happy Friday friends! As a blogger it’s always exciting to see all the collaborations and partnerships going on with fellow bloggers. I’ve been a long time follower of uber creative Joy Cho from Oh Joy!, and have enjoyed many of her joint ventures over the years. But one of her latest collabs with Target has me squealing with excitement (and the land of nod seriously has me considering that it’s time for a baby, but that’s another subject for another time)! As soon as it hit the stores I was there picking up a few things that left me inspired for today’s installment of with a twist. Layered ice cubes with the bright flavors of grapefruit, cucumber and lime is the perfect addition to amp up your daily cup of eight. Keep reading for the recipe…

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Grapefruit Cucumber Lime Ice Cube

*makes eight layered cubes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh cucumber juice
  • 1 1/2 limes juiced
  • sparkling or still water

Instructions

 

  1. Prepare all juices.
  2. Pour grapefruit juice as the bottom layer of your cubes into your tray.
  3. Freeze the tray until the layer is frozen, about 30 minutes.
  4. Once frozen, pour cucumber juice, and freeze again.
  5. Repeat with the lime  juice.
  6. To serve, add frozen cubes to tall glass and fill with choice of water.

* this is not a sponsored post, all opinions are my own. 

 

 

 

DIY : painted and gold leafed eggs

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Ever since I gold leafed some pumpkins last fall, I’ve been on a gold rush and itching to do the process all over again. It’s a simple and easy technique to add some gold flare to just about anything. And when I came across these beautiful wooden eggs on Etsy, I knew they just had to have a touch of gold and be a part of my spring décor. If you can’t find some wooden eggs, don’t fret, as this process can be done with hallowed-out eggs as well. For a little added glam I painted them with metallic paint first then applied gold leaf. I must admit they turned out beautiful and making my spring table look classic and elegant. Keep reading for the instructions…
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Materials

  • acrylic paint
  • eggs
  • gilding glue
  • brush
  • gold leaf sheets

painted and gold leaf eggs instructions
Instructions

  1. Start by painting eggs desired color with acrylic paint. ( if using real eggs this process may need to be repeated for even coverage)
  2. For a mottled finish, brush a very small amount of gilding glue sparingly onto shell. Let dry for 15 minutes.
  3. Press and wrap metallic leaf against egg, and burnish with fingertips. Peel away paper backing.
  4. For a mottled finish, go over foiled egg with a dry brush to remove any bit of access leaf.

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bon appétit : classic deviled eggs

classic deviled eggsOne dish that is notorious this time of year is deviled eggs… Because what else are you going to do with all those dyed and decorated hard boiled eggs lying around. And these versatile niblets make the perfect appetizer for that spring soirée or Easter gathering. But before you can get to the sophisticated variations like smoked salmon, avocado or R’s favorite horseradish, you need to master the classic deviled egg first. So today I’m sharing my version of just that with a few twists of my own, such as zesty lemon and a hint of cayenne to spice it up just a tad. Keep reading for the recipe as I’m sure it will become one in your repertoire.
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*makes 12

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch of paprika, for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, cover eggs with 1 inch of water. Bring to a boil; remove from heat.
  2. Cover and let stand 12 minutes.
  3. Drain eggs; run under cold water until cool enough to handle.
  4. Peel and halve eggs lengthwise; remove yolks and transfer to a food processor.
  5. Add mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Using a pastry bag fitted with desired tip and pipe yolk mixture into whites.
  7. Garnish with paprika and chives.
  8. Serve immediately, or chill up to 2 hours.