03.08.17

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hi guys. just stopping in for an informal hello/check in. things have felt really positive for me over the past few weeks….

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03.08.17

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 72

hand-drawn love | designlovefest

“the palette of this passage from rumi is inspired by a photograph by .” –

hand-drawn love | designlovefest

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03.06.17

CHURROS WITH CHOCOLATE SAUCE

churros with chocolate sauce | designlovefest
churros with chocolate sauce | designlovefest

this is my family’s go-to chocolate sauce recipe and i haven’t found anything that beats it. the source is the original Joy of Cooking but it is not included in their current version of the cookbook. we typically serve it over ice cream or dip graham crackers into it but today we decided to pair it with churros. something ivan and i have been wanting to make for awhile. the chocolate sauce is insanely easy to put together and can be made right before serving. it has this great granulated texture and it’s not too sweet which is key. it keeps well in the refrigerator and can be re-heated as needed. i hope you make it and love it as much as we do. if you’re short on time and hosting a party i’d say skip the churros, buy some ice cream at the store and just make the chocolate sauce. also, we show chocolate chips in the picture but that’s because it’s all we had on hand. buy bars of unsweetened chocolate – joanie

churros with chocolate sauce | designlovefest
churros with chocolate sauce | designlovefest

churros (adapted from ) 
makes 16 mini sized churros 
• 2 cups water
• 2 cups all purpose flour
• 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 3 tablespoons sugar
• 4 tablespoons coconut oil
• 3 1/2 tablespoons white sugar ( more for coating)
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon salt
• canola oil

hot chocolate sauce:
12 servings 
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 4 oz good quality unsweetened chocolate (bars or squares not chocolate chips even though that’s what we show)
• 1 cup half and half
• 3 tablespoons butter
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

churros with chocolate sauce | designlovefest
churros with chocolate sauce | designlovefest

to make the chocolate sauce: mix all of the ingredients except for the vanilla in a sauce pan and heat. stir until dissolved and it comes to a boil. boil without stirring for 7 minutes. remove from heat and add vanilla.

to make the churros: in a medium pot, heat 2 cup of water on medium heat. mix in the sugar, coconut oil, vanilla extract, salt ad bring to a boil. remove from heat and add in the 2 cups of flour. stir all the ingredients using a rubber spatula until mixture forms into a ball. in a cast iron skillet heat canola oil to 375 degrees F. its a good idea to fill up the cast iron skillet about 1-2 inches of oil so that the churros will cook more evenly.

churros with chocolate sauce | designlovefest
churros with chocolate sauce | designlovefest

• fill a piping bag with a medium star tip on the end. once the oil is hot squeeze out long strips and cut with scissors to the desired length. fry until golden brown on all sides, about 1 minute (if the oil is too hot they will brown quickly and not cook on the inside). once cooked, remove churros onto paper towels to soak excess oil and to cool a bit. in a small bowl mix 1/2 cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. roll churros in the sugar and coat evenly. serve with the hot chocolate sauce.

churros with chocolate sauce | designlovefest

styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: see more recipes here

03.03.17

WEEKEND AT HOME / 53

things to upgrade in your apartment | designlovefest

while renting has its setbacks for improvements, there’s still quite a few things you should always change out in your apartment. it’s worth it even if it’s just for a year or two. simple things that you use everyday can make a big impact when you upgrade them. here are five essential things to upgrade in your rental. happy weekend!

apartment upgrades | designlovefest

1. shower head. i consider this one essential. most apartments come with an old shower head that doesn’t flow well. you shower daily, so why not invest in a good shower head? you can get a good one starting at $25 and it takes a few minutes to swap out your shower head for one that makes you look forward to showering.

things to upgrade in your apartment | designlovefest

2. light fixtures. lighting is key. switch out your light fixtures for something unique to make a statement and bring the space together. see more light fixtures here.

things to upgrade in your apartment | designlovefest

3. handles and knobs. hardware can make a big difference in a subtle way. things like knobs and cabinet handles can be switched out quickly with a few screws.

things to upgrade in your apartment | designlovefest

4. install shelves. if storage is limited, adding a few shelves to your space can add space. see more shelf ideas here.

rental upgrades | designlovefest

5. toilet seat: kind of a give-in, but they’re super simple to swap out and only cost about $20-$50 to change.

things to upgrade in your apartment | designlovefest

what are things you upgrade in apartments? let us know in the comments!

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03.02.17

DRESS YOUR TECH / 180

dress your tech | designlovefest

made these lovely floral desktops for us this week. aren’t the flowers pretty? click through below to download them for your computer and phone.

dress your tech | designlovefest
dress your tech | designlovefest
dress your tech | designlovefest
dress your tech | designlovefest
dress your tech | designlovefest

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