DIY Holiday Sugar Scrub

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Dear Diary,

Today on Lauren Conrad, we featured one of our favorite homemade sugar scrubs perfect for the holiday season!  But we weren’t quite finished yet ;), we have a couple other unique recipes up our sleeve that we just couldn’t wait to share!  Not only do these sugar scrubs add the perfect extra boost of beauty protection our bodies crave during the cold and dry winter season, but they also act as the perfect present/stocking stuffer!!!

During the winter months, our bodies crave moisture.  Dry skin is an every day occurrence, and the need to smooth out dead skin is a necessity.  These sugar scrubs are made with simple and natural ingredients that provide your body with the moisture it needs, without breaking the bank!  And during the holiday season, us SFG’s are trying to save every penny!  Here are three unique takes on the sugar scrub!

PEPPERMINT SUGAR SCRUB

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COMBINE:

 * 2 cups sugar

* 1 cup coconut oil

* Several drops of peppermint essential oil

**Boost your mood and get into the holiday spirit with this perfectly festive scrub!

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CINNAMON SUGAR SCRUB

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COMBINE:

* 2 cups of sugar

* 1 cup of coconut oil

* A handful of cinnamon

** This spicy treat feels like fall and winter in a bottle!
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ROSE SUGAR SCRUB

** This scrub is perfectly sweet and delicate!  The feminine scent provides the perfect ambiance to any relaxing bath time!  Check out LaurenConrad.com for the recipe!  ;)

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And that’s it!  These recipes are really THAT simple!  But don’t be fooled, these sugar scrubs are worth their weight ;)  Bottle it up and keep it by your bathtub or sink– you only need a small spoonful at a time (the size of a penny), so one scrub will last you all season long!  Use it every other day for perfectly smooth, soft and healthy skin!  Enjoy SFG’s!  :)
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Holiday Cocktail You Can Enjoy at Any Hour!

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Dear Diary,

I’m knee deep in holiday gift giving and mentally preparing for Christmas this year… because not only will I have the company of own family, but my in-laws will be joining us as well. It’s a Gilmore-Stubblefield Christmas in Chicago. Oh boy!  Joint family holidays aren’t really something you hear about too often and I can only imagine why…

Instead of panicking, I’m spiking my coffee. Ah-ha! Drinking at all times, the silver lining of holidays. Spiked coffee would also make a great welcome cocktail for holiday parties;  equal parts upper and downer is a great way to keep everyone’s emotions at bay. It might help avoid that one drunk relative that tells everyone how they really feel…and it isn’t through rose-colored glasses. Cheers to an emotionally stable holiday season!

Here’s what you need:

* cold pressed coffee

* coffee ice cubes

* Rum Chata

To decorate the rim of the glass:

*white sprinkles

*agave nectar

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Take coffee and pour in ice trays, wait until they are frozen.

2.  Take the agave nectar and put on the rim of your glassware. I took an unused paint brush and used it to coat the rim with agave nectar, the I put the sprinkles in a bowl and dipped the glass it.

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3. Next, place the coffee ice cubes in your cup

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4. Pour 3 parts cold pressed coffee 0r 2 parts, depending how strong you like it, to one part Rum Chata.

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Enjoy!

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Holiday Hosting Life Hack

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Dear Diary,

I’m what you would call a perfectionist. And when the holidays are upon us I typically take it to the next level doing Martha Stewart-esque things until the wee hours of the morning… but sometimes I just throw in the towel and accept defeat, realizing I need sleep more than hand painted wrapping paper.

But what do you do when you’re hosting a dinner party and everything you pinned on Pinterest turns into an epic #fail? FAKE IT TIL YOU MAKE IT, that’s what! Give yourself a break and feel free to add in some store bought items. Dress them up to make them look like you slaved away though! Adding a garnish always helps disguise too! (Did you see my DIY Apple Mugs?)

Then, work on mastering your best, “Oh this?! It was nothing…” I’m the worst at this part. Whether it was my hair, outfit or meal being complimented I always find some way to down play it and give away my secret. (ex. Oh they’re extensions. It’s from Forever 21 for $5. I just spray painted the bottoms to make them look like Loubs! The list goes on…)

At this dinner party, I cored out mini pumpkins and used them as bowls, but faked the homemade soup for the yummy organic boxed soup Trader Joe’s provides. This one was Butternut Squash, but they have a wide variety of tasty healthy soup options! Coring out the pumpkins was slightly labor intensive, but made that bisque that I couldn’t master look that much cuter and taste all the more homemade…

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What’s your favorite hosting hack? Please share, because I’m in desperate need this holiday season!

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COZY CHOBANI CHEESECAKE!

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Dear Diary,

Through out the holiday season, I start craving everything and anything ending in “cake”…  cup-cake, chocolate-cake, cook–ie… um… cake?!  That’s a thing right?!  Well cheesecake is no exception… just the thought of it makes me drool!  Cheesecake is that perfectly balanced treat: sweet (but not too sweet), and light and fluffy (but still heavy enough that it’s a dessert made for winter weather).

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This weekend I had friends come over to help decorate the tree and enjoy a glass of wine… a perfect evening after a long work week.  The only thing missing– cheesecake!  But you know how I do… this recipe is RAW, simple, SO DELICIOUS and a lot healthier than the average cheesecake (less sugar and no butter)! This way, I don’t feel sluggish with a sugar-hangover on my way to yoga in the next morning.  In my opinion, what makes this cheesecake special is the use of my favorite ingredient… GREEK YOGURT!!!  Yes, my obsession with greek yogurt continues with this DELICIOUS recipe!!! And even I was shocked with how great it tastes… as I was whipping up the cheesecake filling, I dipped my finger in the raw batter and sneaked a taste.  Ecstatic, I ran over to my boyfriend, whose eyes were glue to the television (Sunday football… sigh)… I excitedly asked him to taste it too…. his eyes said it all!  After trying a spoonful, he looked up– wide eyed “damn babe… that’s good!!”

What a feat!!!! 10 points-Jackie… football-zero!!!!!  Want to try this recipe and feel satisfied AND healthy!?  Check out the recipe below!

For the Crust:

  • 3 DATES
  • 1.5 tbsp COCONUT OIL
  • 1 tbsp VANILLA EXTRACT
  • 1 cup ALMONDS

use a food processor to mix ingredients together and then scoop into cake dish (make sure it’s a removable bottom– due to cheesecakes delicate filling, you want to be able to gently remove the surrounding mold once the filling has settled and tightened)

place in freezer for an hour or so to harden…

For the Filling:

  • 1.5 cups of quality cream cheese
  • 1.5 cups of plain chobani greek yogurt
  • 1.5 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of truvia (natural zero calorie sweetener)
  • two squirts (about 1.5 tbsp) of sugar free honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • blend together using a food processor!

Once the bottom crust has hardened– fill the cake pan with the delicious cheesecake filling and place in freezer for 4-6 hours!

Then remove the outer pan shell and decorate with some delicious fresh strawberries!

And that’s it!!!

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Enjoy SFG’s!!!

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In-Law Survival Kit…

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Dear Diary,

It’s the holiday season and time for our annual SFG Secret Santa exchange – stealing others’ gifts and drinking wine is encouraged! I, also, like to put together goodie bags for my friends. Since I was little, a party wasn’t a party, unless it had a swag bag – even if it was just a neon whistle and tootsie pops #classy. This year, I’m putting together “in-law survival kits,” because they are… necessary for the holidays.

They make great stocking stuffers and can help mentally prepare you and your friends for the family time ahead. I love my in-laws, but spending time in someone’s house for longer than 3 days can turn into an episode of, “The Real World.” So if there is someone that needs a laugh before they stop acting “nice,” and start acting “real.”

Here’s what you need:

Tiny Casamigos Bottle  - it’s drinkable at room temperature. This is the “emergency shot” when you hear the same story for the 20th time and the wine can’t make you smile through it. Keep on you at all times and politely excuse yourself to the powder room, take straight from the bottle and walk out a buzzed, smiling woman.

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Postive Bando Word Bobbie Pins – let the enthusiastic “super bobbie pin” smile for you, when your mother in-law asks, “so when are the grandkids coming?!”

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Shampoo and conditioner – Everyone has different tastes in hair products and some households opt for the all in one shampoo and conditioner combo… So unless you want a knotted mess, let’s just be prepared and bring specialty hair products.

Pepto-Bismol – butter, cream and not your mother’s cooking… need I say more.

Green Tea Hawaii – emergency caffeine, I’m very particular about my coffee and some places in the US, don’t have a local Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on the corner…gasp!

Excellent Hand Cream – you’ll probably offer to do the dishes because you are a nice person… It’s cold and dry outside and you’ll totally need those red manicured hands for a holiday mug Instagram shot.

Vitamin C and Echinacea Tea – kids, travel, and kids. Stay healthy.

Place all these well curated items into a bag, with a note explaining the reasoning behind these choices. You can toast your survival come New Year’s Eve.

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Holiday Drinks

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Dear Diary,

Holiday parties are in full swing and as overwhelming as this time of year can be, it also brings everyone together! Also, most of those gatherings involve food + drinks, so you know this girl will be there!

When hosting a party, it’s always fun to put a twist on an old favorite or trend. This year, copper mugs are all the rage (mostly housing Moscow Mules), but why not use an apple? Or just garnish with one! I don’t know about you, but spiced apple cider in an apple mug cup sounds pretty sweet!

It’s all in the details people! Something to put your personalized stamp on the party and set you apart from all the rest…

Need more holiday hosting tips?! We got you covered!

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INSTRUCTIONS:

* Choose large, round apples that sit level/flat on the ground. We don’t want any wobblers… (that’s for the dance floor!)

* Use a melon baller or spoon to core out the middle of the apple in a bowl shape. Make sure not to dig too deep as it will puncture through the bottom.

* Pour your desired beverage into the center and add a garnish.

* Pssst… It can be difficult to actually drink from the apple rim, so a cute paper straw always works wonders and adds to the cuteness factor!
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Cauliflower Pizza Take Two: oatmeal crumbles

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Dear Diary,

Remember the headlines about 3000 delayed flights the Wednesday before Thanksgiving?  Well, I’m sad to say that I was on one of them!  As I stood helpless and frustrated at LAX, deciding between a chocolate bar or a healthier option of nuts to keep my mind and stomach occupied for a couple hours (SFG’S, you all will be proud to know that the pistachio’s won ;)), a copy of shape magazine caught my eye… Hey!  How else is a gal supposed to pass the time?!

As I browsed through the pages, looking for tips and inspiration, a recipe page where Oats were the main attraction caught my attention…  Oats aren’t a new trendy super food– but people are starting to use them in all kinds of ways to make a recipe even healthier and more unique.  Oats are full of healthy fiber that keep you fuller longer… and this recipe talked about making oatmeal into fo-sausage crumbles– the perfect topping to a homemade pizza!  What a cool idea!

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For my pizza, I use my favorite cauliflower crust!  It’s the perfect base to my favorite vegetable recipes!  Check out my past post on how to make it!  Bake the crust on it’s own in the oven for at least 30 minutes…

Oatmeal crumbles: cook oatmeal the old fashion way (1/2 cup in 1 cup of boiling water for 5 minutes).  Once cooked, toss in your favorite savory Italian seasoning– I added salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and oregano (only a couple dashes so that the flavor isn’t too overpowering.)  Mix well and then pat down on a baking sheet.  Have the oatmeal crisp up in the oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.  These crumbles are an awesome addition as a pizza topping.  :)  Add them at the very end…

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Once the crust is cooked, add a layer of kale (salt and pepper is a must), and then sprinkle on nutritional yeast– cook in the oven until wilted!

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crack eggs right on top and then continue to let cook until the egg whites are cooked through.  Sprinkle on the oatmeal crumble!  Option: add any vegetables you like, and add a little mozzarella cheese to tie the dish all together!  Lastly, when the pizza is fully cooked add some big slices of tomatoes on top!  And viola!  You’re finished!  Cut yourself a piece and enjoy!

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Let me see your pumpkin ROLL!

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Dear Diary,

When I’m home for the holidays all my self-restraint and discipline goes out the window. I live in the “snack closet”, drink nightly, eat til I about pop a button, and do major major max relaxin’. So as much as I love a healthy twist on traditional dishes, when it’s that time of year and my family is expecting my pumpkin roll I have to deliver. Full-fatty style! Let’s be honest, the healthy version isn’t as widely accepted. But I’m still working on mastering an alternate recipe! So this year, I stuck to the full calorie, yummy goodness that is my Thanksgiving Pumpkin Roll. Or as I pronounce it, “Punk-in Roll!”
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It’s worth every calorie. Believe me. (But if you don’t, you can check out our recipes for guilt-free sweet treats here!)
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I was also lucky enough to have a little helper this year! My boyfriend Tommy came home to Spokane with me and I forced him to do all the grunt work (ie. measuring) and I may or may not have sprayed pumpkin puree all over his fancy baby alpaca sweater a time or two… Hey! It had been awhile since I’d used a handheld mixer, okay. Sorry, T. 
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PUMPKIN ROLL

Pumpkin Roll

INGREDIENTS

 

* 3 eggs, separated

* 1 cup sugar, divided

* 2/3 cup canned organic pumpkin

* 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

*1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

* 1/8 teaspoon salt

FILLING INGREDIENTS

 

* 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened

* 2 tablespoons butter, softened

* 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

* 3/4 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

* (Optional) Confectioners’ sugar for finishing touches

Pumpkin RollINSTRUCTIONS

 

  1. Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with waxed paper; grease the paper and set aside. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks on high speed until thick and yellowish-colored. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar and pumpkin, beating on high until sugar is almost dissolved.
  2. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold into egg yolk mixture. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gently fold into pumpkin mixture. Spread into prepared pan.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 5 minutes. Flip cake onto a clean kitchen towel dusted with confectioners’ sugar. Slowly and gently peel off waxed paper. Roll up cake in the towel jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Let it cool thoroughly on a wire rack. (This helps preventing it from cracking when rolling it up with the filling later on.)
  5. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until smooth. Unroll cake; spread filling evenly to within 1/2 inch of edges. Roll it up again. Let chill in fridge. Sift confectioners’ sugar over the top of roll (optional). Or get creative and dust the confectioners’ sugar over a doily or stencil for an extra pretty effect!

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Chocolate-Orange Turkey Pop!

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Dear Diary,

Coming up with creative, healthy and delicious treats for the holidays is not always easy… and this one was a doozy.  Sometimes you’re just married to an idea and determined to make it happen… like these chocolate-orange turkey pops for thanksgiving!  Late last week, during a lull in my work day, I was glancing at pinterest for some Thanksgiving Inspiration.  And I have to say, I’ve never seen Turkeys look so cute!  While the turkey presentations impressed… I still felt like I was in need of a unique recipe with few ingredients and a healthy twist!

As much as I’d like to say I will eat everything in moderation this thanksgiving, I have a feeling that common sense will go right out the window when I’m at the dinner table… Let’s get real, I am probably going to eat my body weight in potatoes, stuffing and gravy… but hey, thanksgiving is only once a year right?!  So I’ll try a healthier twist on a dessert whenever I can this season.

Here is what I came up with! … These turkeys are festive, sweet, and only require 4 ingredients.

Here’s what you do:

First you need a candy mold.  Where can you get it?!  You can get it at most craft stores as well as cooking stores… they’re super cheap and they come in all different mold styles.

Next– melt organic dark chocolate chips in a sauce pan and add an equal amount of orange juice.  Mix together until well blended, and feel free to add even more orange juice for some real tang in flavor!  Next add the zest of an orange for texture.

Once fully combined, pour into the molds and freeze.

Finally once frozen, attach clementines to the back of the pops with frosting or left over melted chocolate

The last special touch is to use frosting to create the face– adding chocolate chips as eyes!  And viola– your healthier turkey treat is complete!

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Happy Thanksgiving SFGs!

Will you try this treat this treat on Thanksgiving?!  Let us know!

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DIY – Ribbons, Ribbons & Ribbons!

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Dear Diary,

We love all the light pastel decorating décor popping up in photo shoots – like Kourtney Kardashian’s nursery with gold, pink and white tassels! Just stop it, so cute! We are obsessed with the girlie décor trend! However, we wanted to put a little bit of a different take on tassels and needed a decoration with more volume. We headed to the ribbon aisle at our favorite craft store and couldn’t contain ourselves…$100 dollars later we ended up with six spools of ribbon and lots of enthusiasm. A couple hours and some mimosas, this knotted ribbon décor was crafted and we looovvvveee it.

Perfect for any event, it’s simple and can really add that much needed detail. Here’s a couple tips we picked up when making ours.

1. You want to have at least 5 different color ribbons, and use different types of fabrics – it adds more texture.

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2. Measure the area you want to hang the décor, and cut the yarn several inches longer. You want to make sure you have enough yarn on each side to hang it.

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3. When tying on the ribbons -tie two ribbons on a time, followed by three ribbons, then one ribbon, it will variation to the end result…! Also cut the ribbons different lengths.

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Calligraphy night ribbions

It takes some time, so grab some girlfriends, champagne and make it a night. It’s worth it.

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Festive & Healthy Granola Bars

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Dear Diary,

My kitchen smells like the holidays: sweet, warm and welcoming… All thanks to these granola bars!  It was the perfect Sunday afternoon… the weather is finally starting to cool here in Los Angeles, and it was the kind of day where all you want to do is snuggle up on the couch and bake something deliciously sweet.  But then my conscious kicked in…  my week had been filled with birthday parties and celebratory dinners that included tons of butter, cheese cake, and chocolate.  Baking?  Probably not the best idea… But then I thought, what could I make that was healthy, delicious and productive for an upcoming work week full of stress?  These healthy granola bars were my answer!  This healthy snack is the perfect boost I need during a busy week… a perfect treat for the girl on the go this holiday season!

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Check it out– these granola bars have no added sugar…

Here’s what you need:

* 2 cups of oats

* sunflower oil ( 2 tbsp)

* 1 cup of sliced almonds

* 1 cup of shredded coconut

* 3 tbsp of coconut oil

* 2/3 cup honey

* 1.5 tsp vanilla

* 1/4 salt

* 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates

* 1/2 cup dried goji berries

(early studies have shown goji berries to benefit one’s mental well-being, stress level, and quality of sleep)

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Here’s what you do:

* On a bake pan, drizzle 1 tbsp of sunflower oil and then add a mixture of the oats, coconut and almonds.  Place in a 350 degree oven and toast for 8-10 minutes

* Once lightly browned, put mixture in a big bowl and add the goji berries and dates

* In a small sauce pan boil the honey (make sure to buy a no sugar added honey), coconut oil, salt, and vanilla extract

* When the mixture comes to a boil add it to the big bowl and stir all together until well-combined

* Pour the mixture into a pan (use 1 tbsp of sunflower oil to create a non-stick surface) and press the mixture evenly into the pan.  Then cook in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

* Let cool– wait 2-3 hours before cutting into the squares… has anyone ever told you patience is a virtue?!

… Well good things come to those who wait!  When these babies are done you’ll have a delicious, home-made, non-processed, HEALTHY snack to enjoy all week long!!!!

Will you try this recipe?  What other dried fruit would you like in your granola?  Let  us know!

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DIY – Marshmallow Ballerina Edible Table Decor

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Dear Diary,

We spent all weekend crafting for our Monday calligraphy event with POPPYjack SHOP we apologize for not blogging sooner! Between the flowermart and mega craft stores; aisles and aisles of ribbons, glitter and holiday décor. We fell into the DIY rabbit hole and couldn’t get out…! It was time well spent though, we got real crafty.

When it comes to decorating for an event, we are all about bending the rules. Who hasn’t heard, “don’t play with your food?”  Well, we say play and keep playing – food in an inexpensive way to create colorful décor. Remember the pineapple flower vase and the  watermelon stars…? Well, this time we wanted to add a pop of color to our appetizer table and capture the spirit of The SFG Diary. Dancing marshmallow ballerinas seemed so fitting for who we are… I mean, decorations you can eat after the event ends, yes please!

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  • Marshmallows
  • Paper Straws
  • Honey or Agave
  • Hole Puncher
  • Sugar Sprinkles
  • Paint brush
  • Mini cupcake holders
  • Moss
  • Styrofoam block
  • Garden Box

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First, place the straw in the middle of the marshmallow, then paint the honey or agave around the marshmallow or on the top of the marshmallow, and roll in the sugar sprinkles. Feel free to get creative with this!

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Next, punch a hole in the middle of the mini cupcake holders and push towards the top of the straw… We also put a little honey on the end of the marshmallows to make the ”skirt” stick.

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Then, place the completed dancing mallows into the Styrofoam block.

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Then, we added a little moss – to make it look they were dancing in the garden, while no one was watching :)

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Calligraphy Night with POPPYjack SHOP

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Dear Diary,

Y’all know we love to craft, eat and host! So when we get the opportunity to do all three at once we’re all for it! Especially when it’s an intimate group of truly talented, inspiring girls!

We teamed up with POPPYjack SHOP (our FAV calligraphy girl) to put on a night of calligraphy and crafts at Val’s place just in time for the holidays. We figured we’d be doing our own custom cards and wrapping paper by Thanksgiving… Let’s just say we’ll leave it to the professionals on that. As creative as we all are, this is an art form that doesn’t come so naturally. To us at least… Courtney, (our teacher – POPPYjack SHOP) made every loop and letter look so effortlessly easy and perfect, ours started out looking like a combination of a 9 year olds penmanship mixed with serial killer scratch notes… But seriously, how did people pen letters with feathers back in the day?! It’s beyond us! Thank goodness we have our go-to girl to the rescue!

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The spread!

And yes, that is a jello mold! And before you go judging us, Lauren insisted. It’s her family’s traditional “jello salad” recipe, layering pretzels, cream cheese and strawberry jello. We all cringed a little and then were pleasantly surprised that it was actually quite delicious! Jello gets a bad rap…
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Tutorial on our dancing ballerina marshmallows here! We all agreed they’d be perfect for a baby shower :)
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Create your own POPCORN STATION!

Flavors: Garlic Parsley, Vanilla Protein Powder + Sugar n’ Spice

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How cute are our custom silverware from For Such A Time Designs?! We’re OBSESSED.

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And I’m pretty sure LumberTacks out did themselves with our SFG logo cutting board! These two design companies are the perfect option for personalized presents and branded ware! Where have you guys been all our lives?!
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Recipe for our White Sangria coming to the blog soon…

We also enjoyed Valorie’s healthy lentil dip + Lauren’s tofu spinach dip!

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I will say, some of us were better than others… Allison + Mara were showing off!

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Our lovely teacher and friend, Courtney Shannon, of POPPYjack SHOP! Thank you so much for being so helpful and encouraging! We can’t thank you enough for all of our awesome supplies and helping host such a special night!

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Thanks for coming y’all!

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Harvest Quinoa Risotto

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SFG DIARY harvest risotto

Dear Diary,

It’s ultimate comfort food time!  … But as always it’s with a healthy twist!   The past couple weeks have been super stressful at work, to the point of complete exhaustion.  And by exhaustion I mean- pulling your hair out, no eating all day and then scarfing down a whole jar of peanut butter with spoonfuls of chocolate chips for dinner- kind of EXHAUSTION.  Yes, I have no shame– when I’m super tired I tend to eat  A LOT of peanut butter and chocolate.  Delicious?  Yes. Healthy and Satisfying?… not so much.

But when you’re tired and unmotivated, it’s easy to eat whatever is around.  To inspire myself to actually cook something for dinner, I decided to call my mama and ask what she was making for dinner.  She’s super creative and always whipping up something great… so when she told me that she was making a cheesy risotto for my dad– I was immediately hooked!

SFG Diary risotto and quinoa

This quinoa risotto is full of protein and rich in fall flavor.  It has everything you could possibly want in a fall comfort-food dish!  And while there’s a lot of ingredients that require some prep, it’s totally worth it.  And from start to finish, this dish takes about 40 minutes.  The perfect amount of time to zen out after a long day… while having a glass of wine of course!  :)

Here’s what you need:

2 cups of chopped butternut squash or pumpkin

1 bundle of chopped asparagus

1 cup of shiitake mushrooms

1 cup of quinoa

1 cup of whole wheat risotto (orzo)

1 shallot

3 cloves of garlic

salt & pepper / olive oil & ghee

1 hand full of parsley

carton of organic vegetable broth

1/4 cup of nutritional yeast (for that cheesy tang and richness)

dash of a dry white wine (don’t forget to enjoy a glass of it too ;))

 

SFG DIARY mushroom risotto

 Here’s what you do:

for this recipe, you’ll be using all your stove burners…  boil water in one pot and then add the chopped asparagus and squash.  Once the vegetables are soft, place in an ice bath to maintain the color (this is called shocking the vegetables– it stops the cooking process right in its tracks!)

While the vegetables cool… 2 other pots should be boiling.  One containing the quinoa (2 cups of water/1 up quinoa) bring to a boil together, and then let it simmer on low heat (covered) for 10 minutes.  In the other pot, bring a carton of vegetable broth to a boil and add about a cup of whole wheat orzo (Italian rice).  Continuously stir until ready (about 15 minutes)– a taste test will let you know when it’s ready!

When the orzo is cooked, add the quinoa and a half cup of nutritional yeast– mix all together…  FINALLY in a separate hot sauce pan add some ghee, olive oil, the shallots and garlic.  Once translucent, add in the mushrooms, and boiled asparagus and squash (or pumpkin).  Let them crust up a bit, add some salt and pepper, and then de-glaze the pan with a little white wine!  Add it all into the quinoa risotto mixture… sprinkle on some parsley, and YOU ARE DONE!  Time to eat!

 Enjoy SFG’s!  And let us know what your favorite comfort food is!

 

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Low-Carb Thanksgiving Side Dish

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Dear Diary,

Can you believe it’s already November?! What the…?!?! As excited as I am for the holiday festivities I can’t believe how fast the year has flown by. Ahhhh. I wasn’t ready for it! Which I never really am… Although, I will say having an extra hour of sleep last night was looovvvveeelllyyy :)

November means hearty meals, comfort food, seasonal treats, parties galore and momma stockin’ the pantry (HELLO!) so that doesn’t exactly equal a six pack for the holidays. And I want abs for Christmas y’all! Who’s with me?! haha. Let’s be real it’s still bikini season in LA in December. Which sounds nice until you’re faced with the seasonal drinks at Starbucks everyday and you’re having to repeatedly refuse pumpkin spice latte yumminess with extra whipped cream and carmel sauce drizzled on top. It’s times like these I just want to live in North Dakota and hibernate under several layers of parkas as I enjoy my entire daily calorie count in a cup… Most days I’m pretty sure it would be worth it, others I turn to one of our holiday drink alternatives (Peppermint Mocha + Pumpkin Protein Shake).

And while we’re on the topic of alternatives, here’s a great one for mashed potatoes! It’s incredibly delicious and will satisfy your cravings and keep you in check. Honestly, it’s one of my favorites and something everyone can enjoy – most people can’t even tell the difference! So when you’re indulging to the fullest over the holidays try trading in a couple of your highly caloric side dishes for healthier options. It’s low-carb and a quarter of the calories… Yes, please!

…CAULIFLOWER MASHERS…

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INGREDIENTS:

* 1 large Head of Cauliflower (chopped into florets)

* 1 tbsp. milk (or even Fage 0% greek yogurt – I’ve used this in a pinch and it tastes great!)

* A couple sprays of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (Or 1 tsp. salt)

* 1 tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

* 1 tsp. Chives or Oregano

* 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder

* 1 tsp. Pepper

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Wash the head of cauliflower.

2. Cut the cauliflower into small florets.

3. Steam the cauliflower for about 8-10 minutes. Make sure it’s soft. (This is important! If it’s not soft enough it won’t blend well.)

4.  Blend the cauliflower. (I prefer my Mashers smooth, so I continue to blend until it’s the consistency I prefer.)

5. Then, add all the remaining ingredients to the food processor and blend.

6. Garnish with some fresh herbs and enjoy your low-carb side dish! YUM!

What are your favorite Thanksgiving comfort foods?! Share them with us and maybe we’ll come up with a healthy version for you :)

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