Friday, April 11, 2014

As Baby A's 3rd birthday approaches I find myself wanting more and more to revamp his nursery and turn it into his big boy room. I've always been a fan of gender neutral rooms with hints of personality from the soul living in the space. These art prints by Minted speak to me for some reason. They remind me of the little person he was, is, and soon will be.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Paleo {Gluten Free} Snickerdoodles

Man, have I missed being on here and sharing pieces of me, my family, my work, and my life with all of you. I finally got my hard drive fixed. Unfortunately, still on pins and needles regarding the outcome of the data recovery (crossing fingers...and toes). It does feel good to be back on track though. All I can do is wait, and hope, and pray. In the meantime, as promised, here is the Paleo Snickerdoodle Cookie recipe I wrote about last week that I adapted from this Paleo recipe. Its insanely delicious and made of good gluten- free ingredients. Mmm, mmm, mmm...


For the cookie dough:
2 cups almond flour (or meal)
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup coconut oil (softened)
2 tbsp honey
1/4 cup raw unsweetened coconut flakes

For the topping:
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In a blender combine flour, soda, salt, and cinnamon. Pulse in the coconut oil and honey
3. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and flatten (I used a cup)
4. Bake 6-8 minutes and allow to cool

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Happy Is What You Make It

Hey guys! It's been a doozy of a weekend. First my hard drive gets damaged. I'm still trying to recover my data. Arrrgh. Then on my way home from a healthy Paleo themed pot luck I get not 1 but 2 flat tires!!! Really, I'm not kidding. After one disaster after another, I couldn't help but laugh. Life throws all kinds of curve balls your way; that's inevitable. But, it is the way we take on the hurdles, our ability to brush it off, and how we decide to come out of it all that dictates the severity of the situation and the effect it has on us. It is what it is, what can I do? Nothing really, cept do my best to fix it. And so that is what I'm doing working through it and working it out. I'll be back tomorrow with a great Paleo Snickerdoodle recipe. And guys it's yummy! Til tomorrow my friends.


Image via Pinterest

Friday, March 28, 2014

A Few Of My Favorite Pins

Hey there! I know I haven't posted since Monday, and I apologize for that. I've been up to my ears with model bookings, appointments, oh yea and that little thing called taxes. Yes, so now I hope you can understand the reason for my short absence. But…how about I make it up to you guys with a few of my favorite Pins of this week in a delicious crimson and sea blue color palette? Aha, I thought that would be my way into your good graces ;)

1.  How cool are these handmade sculptured pieces by Deer Heart Design? Can be used as seating or as a table, awesome! Available on Etsy

2. This wall decal by The Lovely Wall is to die for. Love the poppy red dragonflies! Available on Etsy

3. Im just imagining this red chair in an entry foyer…swoon. Image via I Like Wallpaper

4. Still on the hunt for a great pillow for Baby A. In the midsts of my search I BUMPed (pun totally intended) into this super fun cushion by Geometric Electric. Geometric and colorful? Yes, please! 

Have a fantastic weekend friends!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Red Blazer

We spent the day last friday at the Architectural Digest Design Show in NYC. So many cool new toys coming out for the home this summer! I actually have exciting news about that and will share soon, promise. In the meantime, loving this Babara Bui tank underneath the red blazer. The red really makes the graphics pop.

Zara Blazer, Barbara Bui tank similar here, J Brand Jeans (love these by Current Elliot), Chanel Bag, Jimmy Choo Shades, Bib Necklace similar here, Layered Chain similar here, Link Bracelet similar here and here, Stuart Weitzman Boots

Friday, March 21, 2014

A Few Of My Favorite Pins

As you can see I am still slightly obsessed with Lulu Aldunate. Okay, so maybe less like slightly and more like heavily obsessed but I am so loving the eye she has for mixing patterns. Especially these bold and busy prints that if not done right could very easily clash with one another. Lulu does it so effortlessly. The pillows go nicely with the table settings. I remember our couch growing up had this very same print. I wouldn't want to see it recreated in an all-over print like the one we had. In smaller doses like these House Of Spark cushions by Arianna Belle instead. Yup, I'd be down for that.

1. & 4. Lulu Aldunate images via Honestly WTF

2. & 3. Arianna Belle

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ginger Beef Stew

The weather has been pretty unpredictable lately. With temperatures going from 50's to low 20's within a day. It's no wonder we've all been feeling a bit under the weather in the CABB home. I made this hearty beef stew in lieu of a chicken soup. Experimenting with ginger gave this beef stew recipe a hint of spice I felt it needed. Made me love this recipe even more!

I pound of lean stew beef
1 onion chopped
2 garlic cloves crushed
3 tbs tomato paste (or tomato sauce)
2 tsp ground ginger
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
5-6 medium sized carrots
4 cups of low sodium vegetable broth
1/4 cup red wine
1 handful parsley washed and chopped
1 handful cilantro washed and chopped
2 Bay leaves
1 tbs grape seed oil 
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat 1 tbs of  grape seed oil in a medium size pot. Add onions stirring 2 minutes. Add in garlic and stir another minute. Once onions are translucent you are ready to add your beef. Stir until beef begins to brown.
2. Add broth making sure beef is completely covered. If it isn't add a bit of water. Add the wine and close with lid leaving part of the lid open. Allow to cook over medium heat for 20mins.
3. Add remaining ingredients. Allow to simmer for at least 45mins with lid partly closed. When liquid gets lower then beef level add more water. 
4. I like to taste after 45mins when all the flavors have simmered and harmonized. Adjust spices (salt, pepper, and ginger) to taste. I like to serve with quinoa or sweet potato for a bit more heartiness. 


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