Not So Average…New Years Entertaining

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Roundie Towel: The Beach People

We’re ringing in the New Year…Island Style!  We may have mentioned that we won’t post often, but when we do…you know it’s good…REAL STINKIN’ GOOD.  I wanted to share with y’all some of my favorite recipes for any celebration, that will make an easy, last minute, delicious recipe that will impress and sometimes, thankfully silence, your most ‘Robin Leach’ish’ of friends.  Because ’round here… it’s ‘Pomegranate Champagne wishes and Rolo Cookie dreams’…eat that Robin.

HOMEMADE ‘RIDONCULOUS’ ROLO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter; softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 tablespoon vanilla

2 eggs

3 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

Sea salt

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips

(I prefer the ‘guttered’ brand of chocolate chips because they are ‘peanut’ and gluten free, ‘enjoy life’ is another brand of chocolate chips sans dairy, gluten, and nuts)

25-30 Rolos; Frozen at least 2 hours

Parchment paper or silicone baking mat

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large bowl, beat the remaining ingredients in this order, until light and fluffy after each addition (you’ll thank me for this tip later):  Beat butters first until fluffy, add eggs (beat until fluffy), add Vanilla (fluff sum more), Brown sugar (fluff mcguff), and white sugar (can you guess? yea…until ‘fluffy’).
  2. Add flour and baking soda…fluff fluff fluff shmuff.
  3. Mix in chocolate chips
  4. spoon dough (about 1.5 table spoons), flatten int he palm of your hands.
  5. Place a frozen rolo in the center and form the dough back into a ball around the rolo.
  6. Place rolo stuffed cookie dough balls in the freezer for 15-20 minutes (this is a legit step, not to be missed…you can air kiss me later with thanks, or send a gift…).
  7. Place dough balls on lined cookie sheet with either parchment or silicone baking mat about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake 10-13 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft) – I like to take mine out when my finger still makes a slight dent and let them finish baking on the pan out of the oven…it’s usually around 10-11 minutes.
  9. Remove cookies at 7-8 minutes when almost flat and sprinkle sea salt on the tops.  Add back into the oven for remaining time.

POMEGRANATE CHAMPAGNE

Ingredients:

2 tbsp pure 100% pomegranate juice, chilled

1 Tablespoon Cointreau

1/2 Teaspoon pomegranate seeds (or frozen cranberries)

1/2 Teaspoon lime juice (sweetened lime juice if you’d like)

Champagne or sparking wine, chilled

Servings: 1 champagne cocktail

Directions:

  1. Spoon pom seeds or frozen cranberries into bottom of Champagne flute.
  2. Add Pomegranate juice, Cointreau and lime juice.
  3. Top off the flute with chilled Champagne or Sparkling Wine.

ENJOY & HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF OUR AMAZING FOLLOWERS! XO

BB

Going Bowling? We’ve got your Bowl Game Gear

This is one of our favorite times of the year. Not because of the sequined dresses, fancy cocktails, and fun parties, but because of college football and the endless bowl games that come with it. If you’re lucky enough to have your team take the field one more time, then you’re happier than you were on Christmas morning. But, for others, this is the time to pick a new side and take your team spirit to the tailgate one last time before post-season depression kicks in.

Lucky for us, we’ll be in Dallas this year where Michigan State will take on Baylor in the Cotton Bowl, and just a few days later, we’ll be in the heart of the National Championship. This leaves us planning more outfits than just our New Years Eve party dress. We have watch parties, tailgates, and games to look good for! Thankfully we’re pretty stocked up on our gameday attire. So huddle up and check out what we’ll be wearing this bowl season. Happy Gameday!

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1. Let’s Huddle V-Neck by Blaine Bowen 

2. Gameday Bracelets by Blaine Bowen

3. Shearline Jacket by Toast

4. Shoes by Converse

5. Leopard Clutch by Saint Laurent 

Your Last Minute Christmas Look

Christmas is tomorrow – where did the time go? If you’ve been as busy as us, you’ve been running around town shopping for your friends and family and completely forgot about your own holiday outfit. But of course, getting out in those Christmas crowds today seems like an absolute nightmare! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a cozy outfit inspired by some of our favorite pieces from our Fall 2014 collection. Now hurry up and start shopping in your closet, Mom’s closet, your sister’s closet, or any of those relative’s suitcases that are laying around your house.

Screen shot 2014-12-23 at 11.00.51 PM1. Oversized Mohair-Blend Sweater Dress from Tizianae

2. Halston Collar from Blaine Bowen

3. Simone over-the-knee boot from Tory Burch

4. Vintage shoulder bag by Chanel, shop similar here

5. The Aelie Cuff from Blaine Bowen

6. Angora Cardi nail polish by Essie

7. Kate Moss #104 Rossetto lipstick by Rimmel London

Homemade Pizza Dope and Breadsticks Recipe

I LOVE ‘crappy’ pizza…said NO ONE EVER

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I take pizza really seriously…I could legit get angry over a crappy pizza.  No one wants to eat all those calories and have it taste like ‘crepe’.  Thankfully, I consider myself a pizza connoisseur, so i’m here to the rescue…

Christmas is one of my favorite times of year, and cooking with my family is one of the best parts.  We are always back home in the Bahamas so simple recipes are the best, and that’s why we make this incredibly EASY and delectably-delicious pizza dough and breadstick recipe…and it is THE BOMB.COM -you’ll never want to pay $15 for pizza delivery again.  My sister and I go gluten free most of the time, so i’ve included our yummy take on GFREE pizza with homemade quinoa crust we make…it’ll satisfy that pizza craving in no time, without the ultimate stomach ache.  We think THAT is purdy dang amaze-balls…breadstick balls to be exact.

Homemade Pizza Dough

Ingredients:

2 Cups Bread Flour (bread flour is the bees knees for pizza and makes a difference)

1 packet active dry yeast

1 cups warm water

2 TSP white sugar

1 TSP sea salt

2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:

1.  In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in 1 cup of warm water.  Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

2.  In a large bowl, combine 2 cups bread flour, salt, white sugar…Whisk mixture.

3.  lightly mix the yeast mixture, just for a second

4.  Add yeast mixture to flour mixture and stir well to combine.  Add olive oil.  Knead until a stiff dough has formed. I like to knead it into a ball then cover with a towel to rise for about 30 minutes, or until dough has doubled in size.

6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees celsius)

**Note** after dough rises, you may or may not need to add small amounts of flour/olive oil to thicken the dough or increase moisture.  I do this as needed and it is different every time.

7.  Turn dough out onto a well floured surface.  Form dough into a round shape (use a rolling pin if you’d like, I do it easily without).

8.  Cover with your favorite pizza sauce and toppings and bake on a pizza stone, or lightly oiled pan in preheated oven until golden brown.  About 15-20 minutes.

Breadsticks:

Ingredients:

*Same as pizza dough

*Unsalted butter

*garlic/salt seasoning

1. Follow the same instructions for the pizza dough, steps 1-6.

2. Roll out dough onto well floured surface and form into a rectangle/square.

3.  Cut the dough into 1 inch width slices and roll them into breadstick shapes (We also just pull small pieces of dough and form them into cookie dough sized balls and make round breadsticks).  Then melt about 3 TBS of butter in the microwave for around 30 seconds (keep an eye on it).  Add garlic/salt mixture to butter, to taste.

4. Lightly oil pan.  Baste breadsticks with melted butter/garlic+salt mixture.

5.  Bake in preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes or until light and fluffy.  We remove them while they are still slightly doughy as they’ll continue to bake.

6. Remove immediately to a plate with a paper towel on the bottom

7. ENJOY!

Gluten Free, Quinoa Crust:

Servings: 6 Slices

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup quinoa

1 1/2 cup water (for cooking the quinoa)

1 large egg

1/2 tsp mixed dried herbs/Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp garlic salt (optional)

1/4 cup shredded cheese (we used parmesan)

Directions:

  1. Add quinoa to water, bring the pan to a boil; cover and cook till all the water is absorbed and the quinoa becomes fluffy.
  2. Add the dried herbs, garlic salt and shredded cheese. Mix well. It will reach an almost-dough like texture.
  3. Beat the whole egg; add it in and mix. Now the dough like quinoa mixture becomes spreadable.
  4. Take a pan of choice (I used a cookie sheet). Line it with some parchment paper/foil and spray some cooking oil on it.
  5. Take the quinoa mixture in hand and shape it like a ball. Place it on the cookie sheet and spread the quinoa into a shape you like. It almost spreads evenly by itself. Just use you hand to guide it make sure that one side is not much thicker compared to the other.
  6. Place the pan in a preheated oven for 10-13 min at 350°F / 180°C.
  7. Take it out of the oven. Let it cool for a min. Spread the pizza sauce on top. Layer the toppings and cheese and bake for another 10 min until the cheese melts and the sides start to turn golden.
  8. Let it cool for a min so that the crust holds together.
  9. Carefully cut out slices and serve.

Happy Pizza ‘DOUGH’LIDAYS y’all!

BB

Blaine Bowen feature: ‘Kicking the Cubicle’, on The Blonde Abroad

Check out how I ‘Kicked the Cubicle’ and got started!  Get a behind scenes look at my journey to become a female business owner and more on my dear friend Kiersten’s blog: The Blonde Abroad.

KICKING-1Kiersten and I met at Sundance Film Festival in January of last year and had an immediate connection.  I am so excited to be featured on her amazing blog and thankful for the friendship we have developed.  Be sure to follow her on instagram for all things amazing! @theblondeabroad

Hope you enjoy the article!

Yours until further notice,

BB