Category Archives: design love

  Healthy holiday cookies : Carrot Oat Cookies – sponsored by Heinen’s

Hello friends and happy holiday season to all of us! Wasn’t yesterdays warmer weather simply divine? We finally got all of the leaves up from our front yard it was awesome. We also got most of the house decorated this weekend which is a pretty awesome considering that decorating with a 4-year-old means decorating and then decorating again once he goes to bed…haha! We also hopped around to some of the holiday, maker sales including the awesome show at Lake Effect Studios, the studios at the Art Craft Building and it wouldn’t be a holiday without the annual Hot Toddy Party at the Banyan Tree in Tremont. Let’s just say, I got a great jump on checking off my shopping list!

Yesterday I also did a bunch of my weekly meal prep while the guys were watching the Browns game in the living room. Typically I make ahead, hard boiled eggs, I cut up and roast a bunch of veggies for mid-week salads and I grill chicken breasts also for salads. I always feel so accomplished when these basic prep things are done as I enter a busy week.

This week with the holidays just around the corner I decided to try my hand at a healthy, holiday cookie. One that I might be able to bring with me to friends parties, school gatherings and even grab for a breakfast treat…enter the Carrot Oat Cookies.

This cookie is not that sweet, super moist and tastes almost like you are eating a slice of carrot cake, minus the frosting. It has the standard, gluten-free chewy consistency which I personally really enjoy… fewer crumbs for my car commute to work.

Thanks to Heinen’s for asking me to participate in their holiday cookie bake-off. Cheers to shopping local and supporting Cleveland’s local grocer in your holiday shopping needs! If you were looking to make them even sweeter I might add a cup of the Nestlé mini chocolate morsels…I bet our little guy might like them even better…next batch! I hope you enjoy the recipe below, happy holiday baking!

Ingredients
– 1 1/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats
– 1/2 cup brown rice flour
– 2 tsp baking powder
– 2 tsp ground cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp nutmeg
– a pinch of sea salt
– 1/2 cup melted coconut oil (you could substitute melted unsalted butter if you don’t like to cook with coconut oil)
– 2 eggs
– 2 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 cup organic maple syrup
– 1 cup freshly grated carrots

Directions
Preheat oven to 350º and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a hand mixer or KitchenAid, use the paddle attachment and mix together the coconut oil, vanilla, egg, and maple syrup. In a separate bowl, mix together the oats, brown rice flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix. Fold in the carrots. Place your bowl of batter in the fridge for 20 minutes or more. This will help your cookies from melting too fast and becoming too flat. Scoop dough onto baking sheet. Bake for 15minutes or until they are golden brown. Allow to cool on a cooling rack. Enjoy!

SPONSORED POST: Thank you to Heinen’s for inviting me to explore healthy holiday baking. Thanks for supporting Heinen’s, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  See you at Hullabaloo!

OMG you guys…just 5 more days until the final Hullabaloo fashion show and celebration presented by Yellowcake! I am so excited to attend as I’ve always been a big fan who loves all of their bright colds, bold styles, and funky aesthetic! This season I am really loving the flirty, feminine styles Valerie and her team have designed and I can’t wait to get a look at them up close and personal.

I LOVE this red, off the shoulder dress! It would be such a fun holiday vacation dress…I can’t wait to see it walk the runway.

Defined as an uproarious occasion, Hullabaloo is a fashion show fundraising event of fantastically colorful proportions. Yellowcake Shop is a local contemporary clothing company run by Project Runway alumna, Valerie Mayen. Specializing in Cleveland made, high quality clothing for women with local roots and quality aesthetic. This years event beneficiary is the non profit; Wigs for Kids.

This Saturday, November 3rd at the new, GORGEOUS event space, The Madison. This year promises to be a “confectionary dreamland of runway-worthy garments inspired by the tastiest sweets & treats this city has to offer.” They had me at “confectionary!”

Have you purchased your tickets? I have a 15% off treat for you using the coupon code HB18TEAM. Enjoy my sweet friends…I can’t wait to see you guys Saturday night!

 

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

  An evening at Michaelangelo’s

Last night I had the privilege of attending the Michaelangelo’s Burgundy Truffle Wine Dinner…and honestly, I still can’t stop talking about it.Have you ever been to Michaelangelo’s? It is perfectly tucked away off Murray Hill Road in Little Italy. The restaurant itself is in a charming brick building reminiscent of an Italian cottage from the old country. The interiors are warm and welcoming and the bar is the perfect place to cork a good bottle of wine and settle in for an evening of great food with a friend.

The evening was a special celebration of truffles paired with Italian wines. It was a decadent, 5-course meal with each course including some element of a truffle. They started off with a handful of exquisite, served appetizers, then we had a light soup, some rich gnocchi, duck, a lamb chop and then we finished the dinner with a rich sweet cream strawberry dessert. Every bite more delicious than the last.

It truly was such a memorable evening, one I won’t soon forget. I loved it so much that I want to take my family there around the holidays when they come to visit. My Dad will love the traditional Italian hospitality, my mom will love their menu that includes many fish and southern Italian dishes and my sisters and I will indulge in the interesting wines and sweets…fun for the whole family!

Thank you to Jon for hosting such an incredible event. Thanks to Michael for creating such a yummy feast. Thanks to Alex, Shibani, and Bob for being the best dinner company around. I can’t wait to visit again…see you in December!

(thanks for the fun photos of me Shibani!)

SPONSORED POST: Thank you to Michaelangelo’s for inviting me to attend their truffle dinner as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this restaurant, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland! If you’ve never been you should for SURE make a reservation to go for your next dinner out.

 

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

  I’m presenting at Alt Summit, join me! (Discount code below)

Yep…that is me and my yellow pants, front row & center at @altsummit in 2015. The woman in the white shirt speaking to the crowd of female entrepreneurs, creatives & makers is the one & only @marthastewart. To say I left that day inspired an understatement.

I have a huge respect and admiration for what the @altsummit conference organizers do, year after year. Designing a conference for those of us who are constant creative dreamers & doers is not an easy feat. If you’ve always wanted to attend but weren’t sure it’s for you…it’s for everyone!!!

What’s even more fun is that next March I am going to be representing & speaking at #altsummit on the “Relevance of the regional influencer; why big isn’t always better.” Get excited! If you’ve been thinking about attending but need a little push. I have a code for $50 off registration…code “CHARITY” get your ticket & let’s plan to hang out in Palm Springs…while the rest of Cleveland is bundled up in the snow!

A few notes on ticket pricing. The current individual ticket price is $849. With the $50 discount, the price for you is $799. On November 1st the new price for individual tickets will rise to $949 and will continue to rise each month. Reserve your spot today!

Last year I set a personal goal to try & so more public speaking. Whether about design, entrepreneurship or blogging. Here’s to making goals happen, stepping out of our comfort zones & taking a risk. I hope you will join me, I’d love to see some familiar insta friends in the audience. Clevelander’s are the best.

Feel free to hit me up if you have any questions. The link to the conference is in my bio! Happy Thursday everyone.

SaveSave

SaveSave

  Designer Dress Days – This week!

Happy Designer Dress Days week to everyone! Do you know what this exciting event is? It’s almost as good as the holidays and your most favorite birthday party wrapped into one high-fashion, for-a-good-cause, estate sale meets boutique shopping extravaganza.

This year, join the volunteers of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) as they celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Designer Dress Days here in Cleveland. The 2018 sale boasts beautiful new and gently worn designer and well know clothing, purses, fine & costume jewelry, scarves, furs, leathers, coats, dresses, etc. Over 250 volunteers help make this 4-day sale both fun and successful.

The NCJW is a grassroots organization of volunteers & advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms through advocacy, community service projects, programs & education as well as their Thriftique and Designer Dress Days events!

The other day I had the privilege of doing a bit of behind the scenes browsing at some of this years, for-sale-fashions…let me just say I was BLOWN away by all of the high-end designer name brands at such affordable pricing. From Chanel to Escada and Tory Burch to DVF there is literally something for everyone. Personally, I love more of the older vintage pieces including coats…if this weather ever cooperates…and they had lots and lot of vintage too!

The sale kicks off this Friday with the preview event ($20 entry) and then picks back up on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday for some serious shopping. Join me at the Mandel Jewish Community Center, 26001 S Woodland Rd, Beachwood, OH 44122. Looking forward to seeing everyone…time to shop till we drop…fashion for a great cause!

Shopping days & times!
Friday, October 12, 2018 – Preview day ($20.00 Fee) 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, October 14, 2018– 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Monday, October 15, 2018 – 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday, October 16, 2018– 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

SPONSORED POST: Thank you to NCJW for including my story about Designer Dress Days as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this organization and this incredible sale, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!