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Made With Soul

today, we are back with a video we styled and shot for the amazing Made With Soul! Nancy Lee, the lovely sweets queen makes the most delicious desserts! we thought this was fitting with the arrival of fall and holidays not too far off! (what??) you can contact Nancy Lee, of Made WIth Soul directly to put in your pie and sweets  orders for parties, holidays or just your run-of-the-mill monday night craving.

now, let’s make nectarine pie!
what you’ll need for the crust:
-2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
-1 cup (2 sticks or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, very-cold, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon sugar
-6 to 8 Tbsp ice water
-food processor
how to do it:
-combine flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor; pulse to mix. add butter and pulse 6 to 8 times, until mixture resembles coarse meal, with pea size pieces of butter. add ice water 1 tbsp at a time, pulsing until mixture just begins to clump together. if you pinch some of the crumbly dough and it holds together, it’s ready. if the dough doesn’t hold together, add a little more water and pulse again.
-remove dough from machine and place in a mound on a clean surface. gently shape into 2 discs. knead the dough just enough to form the discs, do not over-knead. you should be able to see little bits of butter in the dough. wrap up in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
-remove one crust disk from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes in order to soften just enough to make rolling out a bit easier. roll out with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface to a 12-inch circle; about 1/8 of an inch thick. carefully place onto a 9-inch pie plate. gently press the pie dough down so that it lines the bottom and sides of the pie plate. use a pair of kitchen scissors to trim the dough to within 1/2 inch of the edge of the pie dish.
what you’ll need for the filling:
-6-8 juicy ripe nectarines (washed and cut into wedges)
-1/2 cup sugar
-1/2 lemon (squeezed and juiced)
-1/2- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
-pinch of cloves (optional)
how to do it:
-mix all ingredients  together until nectarines are covered with juice and sugars.
-fill pie crust with fruit  and bake until crust is golden.
-350 degree preheated oven for about 30-40 minutes.
dig in!

xxx- beau
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summer lovin’

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it’s official — SUMMER! and cheers to that june gloom burning off and letting the sun shine! i don’t know about you, but summer is my favorite season! it’s all about cool colors and minimalism!
everyone is out and ready for a good time — i just love that!

i spend a lot of time at the beach in the summer for surfing, exercise and basking in the sun. it’s the most relaxed time of year and we could all use a little of that, right?

well — we are off to seal beach this weekend! (stay tuned for pics of our beach stay)

happy weekend, friends!

Ciao!

xx
cass

ps. where will the summer breeze take you this weekend?

date time

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today, we have a simple guide on how to create a great beach side date with your guy! remember this post? we kept things pretty low key, and made it a nice spot to enjoy the day together.
step 1- location. we found a great spot in malibu that wasn’t very busy, so it felt like we had the beach all to ourselves!
step 2- bring along the necessities. for us, that meant  a beach blanket, food, drinks, music, surf board.
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we kept it very simple with a refreshing cocktail and a cherries to snack on. see below for drink recipe.
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step 3- personalize the date. my first gift to felix when we started dating 3 years ago was this record player and pheonix album. we brought it along to the beach for fun, but an iPod will do the trick just as well.
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step 4- have fun and relax! it’s nice to have options so we brought the surfboard to be active but we also brought along light reading for when we wanted to lay around. we highly recommend the book, “let’s explore diabetes with owls”, by the always hilarious, david sedaris. we laughed so much reading this book together!
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before we headed out for dinner at a local seafood spot, we ran into the water one last time and splashed around. it’s so important to let loose and act like kids every once in a while, right?!

our simple cocktail: gin + tonic with muddled basil
2 ounces gin
4 ounces tonic water
6 basil leaves lightly chopped and muddled
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-combine each ingredient in a cocktail shaker. shake, pour + enjoy!

xxx- kimber

playing dress up

i found myself this weekend searching my closet over and over for the right outfit to wear to a barbecue. we all have those days when we just can’t quite get the outfit together…. so i went online to my favorite shops and chose some items i wish i’d had in my closet at that moment. here’s what i wanted:
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once i had an idea of what i would have liked to wear, i then took another look in my closet to see if i had anything that could give me this look. it worked out quite well! i wore a soft blue denim dress with color block sandals almost like what i have above, except they were flats. i paired that with simple jewelry and my favorite YSL red lipstick. sometimes if you make a greater effort, you don’t have to go out to buy an all new outfit. however, this doesn’t mean i won’t be at madewell this week trying that silk dress on for real – it’s so fun to play dress up once in a while, isn’t it?

//shop these items: madewell dress / jennifer meyer ring / michael kors clutch / top shop sandals / urban outfitters hat /  ysl lipstick  //

xxx- beau.

happy happy

birthdays come but once a year! happy birthday to our dear sister, cassa! today- we celebrate YOU!

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champagne thursday

it is thursday yet again and we will be celebrating the end of this week with some amazing wine. i had the immense  pleasure of a wine tasting at the incredible rancho valencia resort in san diego this week and i am going to tell you about my new favorite wine, the lucia pinot noirthe lucia pinots are crafted from the grapes of 3 farms in the santa lucia highlands and are insanely good! needless to say- spit buckets were not used. cheers, friends!
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have a happy weekend!
xxx -kimber

// photo credit //

champagne thursday

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as of late, “cheers!” is a frequently used term in our house. everett is constantly learning new words. and “cheers” is definitely a new favorite of his — okay and mine! he will cheers with his cup, fork, or basically anything he has in his little hand! and he insists on clinking cups, forks and even his hand full of peas with every single person at the table. so needless to say, we are cheers-ing (and often) regardless of what’s in our glass! and we hope you are too!

it’s friday eve! cheers!

i love this

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this painting by Katrin Coetzer is so lovely. i can’t decide if i’d rather be laying on that towel with the lions or up above looking down. either way, this makes me feel at ease. have a happy wednesday.

xxx-beau.

date time

i wanted to take a moment to send out a little reminder to plan fun dates here and there, no matter how long you’ve been with your special someone. it can be so easy to go out with a group of friends and that’s great, but lets remember to take time out just for each other and do something a bit different.
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this week, i’ll be planning a fun beach date with my guy where we can lounge comfortably for the day to talk, nap, and play. both of us being so busy doesn’t leave a lot of time for just the two of us to even walk down to the beach, so i can’t wait to leave work behind this weekend (i know, it’s only tuesday)!
don’t get me wrong, i absolutely love my creative work, it’s what i live for but working full time and spending all of my extra time on the blog and my photography…it can be very emotionally draining. so, let’s not forget to take time out and focus on the special people in our lives AND ourselves.

check back next week for photos of our fun day at the beach.

xxx- kimber

// shop the beach date: chrysalis couture pillows / anthropologie suit / owl optics sunnies / beach blanket / anthropologie sandals //
// food photo 1 / food photo 2 / umbrella print  //

 

a few of my favorite links

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happy friday all! i’m very much looking forward to this weekend; mother’s day to be more specific. mother’s day in our house is usually goes a little like this: i get to sleep in (yay!) — until my kids awaken me with breakfast in bed and french-pressed coffee. then they waste very little time pulling me out of bed and downstairs to open their handmade gifts. my husband always has a sweet card for me sitting next to a new plant (which i always manage to kill), and later i am surprised with a fun day they had all planned out! i can’t wait to see what’s in store this year! what traditions do you have for mother’s day?

p.s. here are a few my favorite things from the web this week!

love these iphone cases… and basically anything else from her lovely little shop!

the perfect wallpaper for those who rent! (this design is my fav)

80 stems of fresh ranunculus in mixed hues; perfect for any occasion (or no occasion at all)!

she & him’s ‘volume 3’ came out this week! love! if you haven’t already heard ‘volume 1’ and ‘volume 2’, you really should!

gorgeous magnets which are sure to spruce up any refrigerator (or in my case ugly file cabinets from the 60’s)!

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