August 31, 2015

Healthy Eggs Benny Brunch

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This past week, my Mom came out to visit Seri and I in the Hamptons.  As you may remember from last weeks Blueberry-Pecan Galette post, she came fully prepped and ready to cook for us! Besides the Galette, one of my Mom’s other specialties is her Eggs Benedict.  Since Seri and I share a love of eggs, we decided that this was the perfect brunch idea.

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My Moms recipe is a healthy version that she has always cooked and has become quite famous for amongst my friends.  Whenever a friend comes to my parents house any time before noon, a polite yet non-negotiable request for her Eggs Benedict is made, and my saint-like Mother always complies. And last week she came through, yet again.

Here is what you will need:
1/4 cup plain non-fat yogurt (I used plain Chobani Greek Yogurt)
1/4 cup reduced-calorie mayo
2 tsp. skim milk
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
dash of ground red pepper
nonstick cooking spray
4 eggs
4 slice canadian bacon
2 English muffins, split and toasted

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Here’s what to do:

For the Healthy Hollandaise Sauce:
1) In a small saucepan, combine yogurt, mayo, milk, dry mustard and ground pepper – set aside.

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2) If you have an egg poacher, spray with nonstick cooking spray and submerge in pan with boiling water.  Break egg into the egg poacher and boil until eggs are poached and the yolks are runny to your liking.  If you do not have an egg poacher, spray saucepan with nonstick spray, fill with water and bring to a boil.  Crack eggs into small bowl and slide into boiling water.  Simmer, uncovered, for 3 to 5 minutes or until eggs look ready.
3) Meanwhile, in a large skillet, lightly brown Canadian bacon over medium heat for 3 minutes on each side, or until bacon is browned to your liking.
4) Once bacon is cooked and eggs are almost done being poached, warm your Hollandaise sauce and stir until just heated through, but do not boil.
5) Cut English muffins in half and toast.
6) Layer Canadian bacon and poached eggs on top of english muffin halves.  Drizzle with warm Hollandaise sauce.

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My Mom this recipe to feed all 3 of us, and I will warn you that it is difficult to keep the food warm while you are preparing food for everyone.  I would recommend letting each guest eat their Eggs Benedict once it is ready, other wise you will have to microwave.

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Bon appétit!

xo,
Abby

xx, Abby
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August 28, 2015

Ready, Set, Weekend with Simply Beautiful Eating

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It’s August. What does that have to do with this galette? Let me tell you. Our backyard crops are starting to look like they have reached their peak and I wanted to use up these gorgeous yellow tomatoes in a dish.

I also wanted to add some root vegetables into this recipe for some color and texture. I had beets, sweet potatoes and some carrots hanging around in the fridge so I slow roasted them and set them aside until I was ready to come up with this quick and easy recipe.

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What happens when you have too many veggies for the galette? I whipped up a salad with microgreens and a light balsamic dressing.

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Two dishes are always better than one right?
Root Vegetable Galette
1 roll of frozen puff pastry dough
2 tbls melted butter
2 cups mixed roasted root vegetables, I used beets, carrots, sweet potatoes
1 large yellow tomato, sliced
2 sprigs fresh oregano
3 basil leaves
1/4 cup fresh feta or goat cheese
Instructions
For the roasted vegetables, preheat oven to 350F. Wrap carrots and beets separately in tin foil and bake for 1 hour. Unwrap and peel skin off beets while still warm.
Microwave or bake sweet potato until soft. About 10 minutes in the microwave or 75 minutes in the oven.
Set aside while you prepare puff pastry.
Roll out pastry until it is approximately 10 X 10 inches. Place dough onto parchment paper lined baking sheet or into tart pan.
Brush entire dough with melted butter.
Place vegetable over the top of the pastry.
Sprinkle with oregano and feta cheese.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
Garnish with fresh basil ribbons. Serve warm.

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See ya next week!
Debi @simplybeautifuleatingz
simplybeautifuleating.com

xx, Debi
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  1. Rachel Pierre

    This would be such a great recipe for leftover vegetables, or a brunch! It looks so pretty!

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August 27, 2015

Project Basement in Quogue

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We bought a house in Quogue, NY 5 years ago. Our oldest son was just born and we thought it would be nice to have a home outside of the city to escape to on the weekends and during the summer.

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We had spent about 3 years searching for our dream home out east and we finally found it in Quogue. We love this part of Long Island because it’s so easy to get to from the city. It’s also the most chill town out here, making it feel much like the area in Canada that I used to spend my summers in.

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The house we found was a brand new build. When my husband and I walked through the door we could not maintain our usual house hunting poker face. We folded immediately.

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There were so many special things about the house, I couldn’t wait to get in and start decorating. One of the best parts though, was the unfinished basement. That was a project I was truly excited to one day tackle.

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We lived in the house for 5 years and then the time came and we decided to move forward with finishing the basement. The goal was to turn the basement into a cozy hangout for ourselves, kids and guests. I put together a board of inspirational photos on Pinterest and then made the call to my dear friend Lisa of Abaca Interiors who is my go to designer for all of my home projects.

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I gave Lisa a rundown on what I wanted – most importantly – for this NOT to look like a basement!

I wanted a simple color palette of black, white and grey with specific pops of color:  Yellow & Purple.

I wanted to add a wet bar, bathroom and I wanted to turn one of our garages into a cottage type bedroom.

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Lastly, I needed a home to store all of our LMP supplies.

Lisa nailed this project in every which way.  I’ll let these pictures show you how…and for a complete shopping list for everything Lisa used to finish my basement you can click over to this article posted yesterday on the Domino Magazine website.

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All photos taken by Raquel Langworthy of Untamed Studios.

xx, Seri
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August 26, 2015

Vanity Fair Lingerie – Women Who Do

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Working with clients for a second and third time is such an amazing testament to the business that we’ve built. We recently got that chance for the Vanity Fair Lingerie “Women Who Do” Blogger Summit, held in NYC. We helped turn their otherwise plain and unexciting white showroom into an impressive canvas to immerse bloggers into the Vanity Fair brand and showcase their products.
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We started by dressing up the lobby couch with a few teal and silver throw pillows and a shag throw. The reception desk was outfitted with white buckets of green & white flowers and silver spray painted succulents.
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Every showroom had cage walls to hang product from so we thought why not dress it up a little. For the first showroom, we styled the bras along with gorgeous paper flowers in different sizes and colors. To evoke the feeling of a changing room, we added different shaped mirrors to the walls.
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The boring desk chairs were removed and clear ghost chairs were set out to introduce a more modern feel to the room. Plush shag throws were hung on a few chairs and a silver & white striped runner set down the middle of the conference table. Teal mason jars contained branded pencils for each blogger to use or take home. We also added a few more bud vases with white flowers and silver sprayed succulents. A VF branded water bottle was preset for each blogger before her arrival.
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The next conference room was where the guests learned all about the Vanity Fair Brand and were also introduced to the Dress for Success partnership. We styled this long wooden conference table with dip dyed ombre vases filled with grey succulents. Bud vases with a single bloom and pitchers of lemon water also lined the center of the table. VF branded cocktail napkins and a sharpened VF pencil was at each place setting, along with a glass of ice water with a grey patterned straw and a homemade granola bar. The cages in this room were used to introduce and showcase the complete line of VF products.
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The bar was one of our favorite parts of the event. We turned to our faves at Please B Seated Rentals for this amazing chalkboard bar. The Vanity Fair logo came to life thanks to an incredibly talented chalkboard artist we commissioned. As guests arrived they enjoyed early morning coffee, fresh squeezed OJ mimosas and ice cold watermelon juice. After a few minutes of mingling, the passed breakfast bites began to come out…and one was more delicious (and gorgeous!) than the next.
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Cobblestone Catering nailed it again. Buttermilk biscuits with a quail egg and bacon, frittata bites with asparagus and goat cheese, mini pancakes with blueberry compote, french toast skewers with banana, mini quiche wedges with caramelized onion; every morsel was fabulous – and we would know, Seri and I sampled everything that came out of that kitchen!
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In addition to the passed, we set up a lounge area with homemade mini scones, pastries, and a make-your-own parfait bar. We outfitted the lounge area with shag rugs, retro teal chairs and an ombre bra wall.
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To the food table we added watering cans filled with fresh herbs, tons of white and green flowers and inspirational quotes successful women bloggers. We also set out a charging station for smartphones and tablets.
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After the morning breakfast session, bloggers headed over to Macy’s and we turned over the showrooms. A mini dessert bar (our favorite!) was set out in the lounge for bloggers to nibble at after their whirlwind day.
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It was an amazing event with amazing people. We absolutely love working with this entire team and look forward to doing it all over again!

xx, Michelle
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August 25, 2015

A Dinner date on the Beach for the little ones

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We have a summer house that is located 2 miles from the beach. We have been to the beach about 4 times this summer. Yes, that’s all. Why you ask? Because it’s a schlep! There is so much to bring and lugging bags, chairs, umbrellas, etc. through the sand is NOT easy!
I’ve tried and tried to come up with ways to limit the amount of items that I bring…and for starters, I cut down on the number of people that I go to the beach with. Less people, less stuff. It works!
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One of my favorite beach trips this summer was with these two little ones, Harlow + Luke. We decided to take them on a sunset run to the beach for a dinner date one night.
Sounds totally dicey doesn’t it? Well it was GREAT. Until “Sammy the Seagull” stole our food…but I’m not even going to get into that. Let me just tell you how we made this easy on ourselves…
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Here’s a recap of how and what we packed:
To eat: Had to think like a toddler…what do they like to eat? I packed: chicken cutlets cut into strips so they could easily eat with their hands, corn on the cob and watermelon.
How to serve: Paper plates (shaped like watermelons of course).
What to drink: Water. Let’s not get crazy here. Mini bottles of water – easy does it.
How to pack it all: In a watermelon cooler bag. Obviously.
What are we sitting on? A plaid beach blanket of course. Who wants to lug the chairs? Not me!
The toys! I almost forgot the toys. I put the kids in charge of packing the toys that they wanted. They each grabbed a beach shovel, couple of pails and couldn’t have been more content digging up sand, looking for seashells and chasing the water.
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The kids were relaxed and playing footsies. Not sure how I feel about that but I do know it was a perfect beach date.IMG_7952

xx, Seri
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