01.10.19

SLOW WALKING

hi there. usually in january i get a little freaked out. i’m out of my work routine, work can be slower and that used to bring me a lot of anxiety, and i get overwhelmed with being a better version of myself (new year pressure).

this year i’ve been doing it a bit different. i’ve been throwing myself at things that make me happy and slow walking into 2019 instead of freaking out. cooking, being healthier (wedding dress fitting in two weeks!), alone time, reading, cardio dancing around the house for 6 mins while justin looks at me funny. last month was so hectic, i need to learn to appreciate the slower weeks! getting in a good mindset is the most important for creative work anyway. it takes a little effort to quiet that little anxious voice inside of me, but i have been getting a lot better at it. i just have to trust that each year brings new and different opportunities, and the unknown is kinda fun actually.

i hope for all you freelancers out there, you can relate. love, bri

01.07.19

FAMILY RECIPES

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hey everyone, this is !  i’ve been contributing to the food column with bri and joanie for about four years now! these last few weeks i’ve been working on a passion project of mine that i want to share with you. it revolves around my mom’s recipes.  i came to the realization that if i didn’t sit down and learn to cook them, no one would be able to make all my childhood favorite recipes in the future and food is such an important part of keeping your family heritage alive. both of my parents were born and raised in mexico (my mom is from jalisco and my dad is from michoacan) and the majority of the food we ate growing up was Mexican food, it’s what i most identify with home and the food i make when i want comfort and familiarity. i realized there are so many techniques and traditions wrapped up in my Mom’s cooking and that’s something i want to be able to learn and pass down to my family. for this first post, i made my mom’s rice, carne asada, guacamole and chimichurri (traditionally argentinian). traditionally this was a meal we had on special occasions but it can definitely be made any time of year. my mom’s chimichurri is my favorite, it’s full of fresh herbs and citrus and it’s so good on meat. let me know if you enjoy seeing these recipes! i’d love to keep on posting as i continue to create a cookbook that honors my mom and all the amazing food she’s made for me and my family.

family recipes | designlovefest

this rice dish recipe is not your average side dish. this packs so much more flavor then what you get at a restaurant.

makes 4 servings

spanish rice:
• 1 cup of long grain rice (rinsed and dried)
• 2 ripe roma tomatoes diced
• 1 quarter yellow onion diced
• 1 8oz can tomato sauce
• salt and pepper
• 1/3 cup canola oil
• 1 bunch cilantro 

heat the canola oil in a pan on medium heat. add the long grain rice and toss until they are becoming slightly toasted. add the onion and tomatoes and sauté until onions begin to become translucent; constantly stirring as to not let the rice burn. add the 8oz can of tomato sauce and two cups of water to the pan and top with a bunch of rinsed cilantro. salt and pepper to taste. i usually do two healthy pinches of salt and adjust as the rice continues to cook. keep on medium heat until liquid is evaporated, you can also  add more water in case the rice needs more cooking time.

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this is hands down this is the best guacamole recipe you will ever have. i highly recommend making this for the big game in a couple weeks. the trick to this recipe is not only the perfect balance of heat, salt, fat and acid; but its also the texture. some guacamoles have the consistency of baby food but as you’ll see this is how you’ll make the perfect guacamole.

makes 5-6 servings

guacamole:
• 4 avocados
• 2-3 roma tomatoes diced
• 1 jalapeño diced
• 1/2 onion diced
• 2-3 lemons juiced
• 1 small bunch cilantro chopped
• salt and pepper to taste

slice the avocados into halves and remove the pits. carefully using the knife make criss-cross cuts into the avocado to resemble cubes. scoop out with a spoon and place into a large bowl. add the remainder of the ingredients and toss with a fork. as you are mixing mash some of the avocados while leaving others intact, this will ensure you have the perfect texture and integration of flavors. salt and pepper to taste.

family recipes | designlovefest

carne asadas can be perfect for large gatherings or just a weeknight dinner. here’s a simple recipe we’ve been doing for many years that incorporates chimichurri and using grilled Mexican green onions. serve with rice, guacamole and warmed tortillas.

makes 4-5 servings 

carne asada:
• 2 pounds flank steak
• salt and pepper
• 2 small bunches Mexican green onions
• corn or flour tortillas

chimichurri:
• 2 bunches of parsley stems removed
• 1 small bunch cilantro stems removed
• 4 large garlic cloves
• 1-2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
• 1 lemon juiced
• 1/2 teaspoon red chili flaked
• 1 teaspoon salt and pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
• olive oil

family recipes | designlovefest

to make the chimichurri, add all the ingredients minus the olive oil into a food processor (if you do not have one you can finely chop all the ingredients). slowly pour in olive oil and pulse every other second. you’ll want the chimichurri to be swimming in a little bit of olive oil.

generously salt and pepper each side of the flank steaks. if using an indoor grill slightly oil the grill on medium to high heat and add the steaks, cook on each side for 5 minutes if you like yours medium rare. add 2 more minutes to your time if you like well done. once cooked remove from the grill and have them rest on a cutting board for at least 10 minutes before cutting into them. in the same pan grill the green onions until tender. a trick for more flavorful tortillas is to heat them up in the same grill as they will absorb some of the grease which will add more flavor.

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01.03.19

10 HEALTHY RECIPES!

it’s the beginning of the year. most of us overdid it on the holidays, because that’s what you do in life! but now we want to clean up our act a little. here are 10 of my favorite go-to recipes when i am trying to eat healthier. and you can always sub cauliflower rice if you want to really go for it!

• 1. chicken salad lettuce wraps

• 2. greek bowls (i make these allll the time!)

• 3. tabbouleh salad

• 4. fish taco bowls

5. joan’s breakfast smoothie

6. nancy’s chopped salad

• 7. chicken salad (making this one soon!)

• 8. honey lime salmon bowls

• 9. carrot ginger soup

10. healthy fried rice (with coconut)

cheers (with water for me) to getting back to some healthier habits! aaand working towards feeling great for our wedding this year! xx bri

01.03.19

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 115

words from etta james in colors inspired by a photograph. –

(photo and hand drawn type by for designlovefest)

12.20.18

YEAR-END WITH PAYPAL

year-end review | designlovefest
year-end review | designlovefest

man, this year has been a really challenging in so many ways and at the same time extremely rewarding as well. it’s strange that two polar emotions can exist at the same time but i’m sure all my fellow small business owners know what i mean when i say it definitely happens more often than not. owning a business is definitely about taking it all in stride, the good, the bad and the ugly. asked if i wanted to collaborate on a year-end campaign around being a small business owner and share a bit of my journey and i gladly accepted. i’ve been doing this for about 9 years now and i still have so much to learn and at the same time feel really proud of how far i’ve come.

year-end review | designlovefest
year-end review | designlovefest

is a website (and an app!) i’ve used since day one, to send out my own invoices, pay subcontractors, manage blogshop student payments, my social media workshop, my affiliate relationships, etc. it was an app that really helped me when i was super short on time and managing a ton of projects and made it really easy to send and receive payments and invoices. it’s an app we still use often, it loads directly into our quickbooks, makes it easy to send international payments (because wire transfers are such a pain) and it’s all around something i believe in and i’m happy to support. the business side of DLF is something we’ve been thinking about a lot more lately, so often i’m focused on the creative and the projects but the contracts, invoicing, taxes, licensing, etc is such a big part of running a business that i want to start sharing more about that aspect.

today i took some time to look back through the years at memories of running my own business. it’s important to take a second to do this for yourself!!

AT HOME OFFICE 2011:

year-end review | designlovefest

SHARED OFFICE SPACE 2012:

year-end review | designlovefest
year-end review | designlovefest

BLOGSHOP STUDIO ON THE ROAD! 2013

year-end review | designlovefest
year-end review | designlovefest

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