DIY Body Butter Bars

DIY Body Butter Bars | With LovelyWinter skin deserves extra love – whether it’s prepping for a day at the beach here in California (sorry, East Coasters – it really is beautiful here!) or suffering through seasonal storms pretty much anywhere else. Either way, these luxurious DIY body butter bars make even the driest knees and elbows silky smooth.

Whip them up in just a few minutes and pair them with your favorite exfoliating scrub for the softest skin of your life. I love how easy and mess-free body butter bars are to apply, not to mention how pretty they look – especially brushed with a layer of edible gold dust! (more…)

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DIY Cocktail Stirrers + Sugarfina Giveaway

Valentine's Day Cocktail Stirrers | With Lovely, + SugarfinaI have a serious crush on Sugarfina. Their gourmet candy is as delicious as it is pretty (which is saying a lot, since it can pretty much pass as jewels), and it can make even the simplest of DIYs look special. My other big crush? You. That’s why I’m giving away a Sugarfina gift set to a lucky winner! What do you say – will you be my Valentine? (Click through and scroll to the bottom of the post to enter)

I won’t blame you if you just want to eat the candy as soon as it arrives. That’s probably what normal people do when presented with tasty treats. But if you’re like me, and feel like they’re just too beautiful to eat (yet), they also happen to make some pretty sweet DIY cocktail stirrers that are perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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Free People Holiday Gift Tags & Cards

Free Printable Gift Tags from Free People | With Lovely,

The holidays are almost here, but it’s not too late to up your gift tag game! Whether you’ve already done your wrapping or you’re just starting your shopping (like me), you still have time to add a lovely finishing touch to your presents with these free printable gift tags and cards created by the ever-stylish folks at Free People.

I printed mine on canvas to make them feel extra special, but paper will work beautifully too. Just take your pick from the pretty designs below, click the link directly below the image to download, and get printing! (more…)

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Mayan Butternut Squash Hot Chocolate

Butternut Squash Hot Chocolate | With Lovely,I know what you’re thinking: this sounds weird. But I promise, it doesn’t taste weird. Unless by weird, you mean rich, creamy, chocolatey, and delicious. One thing it doesn’t taste like: squash. Hey, I didn’t lead you astray with my last crazy chocolate + veggie recipe, did I?

Even my nine-year-old neighbor (who just so happens to be the daughter of a chef and a chocolatier) will tell you this is the yummiest hot chocolate ever. Little did she know the main ingredient was a vegetable! (more…)

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Fudgy Brown Butter Zucchini Brownies

Fudgy Brown Butter Zucchini Brownies | With Lovely,I know, brownies + vegetables might sound a little crazy, but you’re going to have to trust me: these zucchini brownies are super fudgy, deeply chocolatey, and crinkly on top. They’re good in a “wow, those are some incredible brownies” sort of way, and not just in an “oh, those taste pretty good for a healthy dessert” sort of way.

Not that I’m claiming that these zucchini brownies are low-fat or vegan or gluten-free or anything…they aren’t. But they do have more zucchini in them than butter, sugar or flour, so that’s something right? Maybe we’ll just call them nutritious.

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Plum Crumble with Almond Pastry Cream

Plum Crumble with Almond Pastry Cream | With Lovely,I don’t know about you, but I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to summer. Don’t get me wrong, I love pumpkin as much as the next girl, but I’d be perfectly happy with 365 days of sunshine, extra hours of light (SO helpful for blogging!), and summer produce.

I’ve been extra spoiled with summer fruits and veggies from Eatwell lately—tomatoes, strawberriesyellow watermelon, and stone fruits galore (among tons of other wonderful goodies)—so I am trying to make the most of it before it’s gone. Case in point: this simple and delicious plum crumble layered with decadent almond pastry cream. (more…)

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Eatwell Farm Tomato Sauce Party

Eatwell Farm Tomato Sauce Party | With Lovely,

Before I get started with a zillion photos and all the details, let me just say this: I spent last weekend at Eatwell Farm’s Tomato Sauce Party (in Dixon, CA) and it was magical. And, luckily for you, this is not just a “hey, look at this super fun thing I did” post, because they just so happen to have another one coming up on Labor Day weekend!

So, what exactly is a tomato sauce party, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime once-a-year chance to:

  • Preserve the summer’s tomato bounty to enjoy all year long, however you like (tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, or even tomato jam!)
  • Wander around the farm,  pick strawberries, stroll through lavender fields, and meet the chickens
  • Taste delicious Drinkwell softers and Icebox ice cream sandwiches
  • Share a polenta and potluck dinner with some lovely people
  • Make some s’mores
  • Camp in a pluot orchard
  • Enjoy a farm-fresh breakfast, complete with Blue Bottle Coffee and eggs from the resident chickens

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Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies

Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies | With Lovely,Most times I eat a whole basket of strawberries in one sitting (it’s hard not to when they’re fresh from the farm!), but occasionally I try to savor them. This usually ends in half a basket of mushy strawberries – not ideal for snacking and not enough to make jam. So what’s a girl to do? Make strawberry cheesecake cookies, of course!

These soft, creamy cookies are somewhere between strawberry cheesecake and sugar cookies, and they are completely delicious! They have a fluffy cream cheese base, sweet jam-y chunks of strawberry, and a buttery shortbread crust.

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Banana Cream Pie Overnight Oats with Chia Seeds

Banana Cream Pie Overnight Oats

I am a definitely a dessert-for-breakfast kind of a girl, but I’ve recently discovered that starting the morning off with something sweet doesn’t have to involve tons of sugar. Or any sugar at all, in the case of these overnight oats with chia seeds!

What they do have is fiber, protein, calcium, potassium, and Omega 3 – and they just so happen to taste like banana cream pie! Bonus: you can whip up a week’s worth in 15 minutes, without any cooking, baking, or skill.

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Stone Fruit Sangria Floats + Eatwell Farm

Stone Fruit Sangria FloatsI just got my first farm box from Eatwell Farm and I’m a little bit obsessed. There aren’t many things better than opening up a surprise box of super fresh fruits and veggies grown by local farmers! Except maybe cooking with those super fresh fruits and veggies. Or eating them. Okay, let’s just agree that it will make your whole week better, shall we?

Some of my favorite goodies this week were the peaches and plums. The summer weather (which thankfully has chased away the fog here in SF!) inspired me to mix up some stone fruit sangria floats, and they were even tastier than I could have imagined.   (more…)

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