For the most part I cook and eat healthy. I eat salad for nearly every meal and I do my best to avoid sweets even though I love them. I even try to bake with a conscience by following vegan or lactose free recipes. But every once in a while I want to make something nostalgic and delicious without having to cut any corners. Eloy and I were recently invited to a house warming potluck and my wheels started turning. I wanted to make something that was a nod to Fall without being pumpkin, something that was an individual serving, and something that you can’t buy in the store. It is important to me that when I put the effort into baking that I create something that can’t be picked up in the local market otherwise… what’s the point? So for this dessert I settled on oatmeal cookies with horchata ice cream sandwiches. My sister was so kind to gift me a Kitchenaid mixer with the ice cream maker attachment so I have been using it and experimenting whenever I have time so this dessert gave me another excuse to use my new toy! Here is how I made these little guys:
1 stick and 6 tablespoons butter, 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 3 cups quick cook oats.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixer cream butter and sugars then add in eggs and vanilla. Mix until well combined. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, and cinnamon then add to butter mixer. Once blended together add in the oats. Drop cookies in 1 1/2″ balls onto baking pan lined with parchment paper (there should be about 40) and bake for 8 min. Move cookies to a cooling rack after about 15 min.
1 cup whipping cream, 1 cup milk, 1 tbsp vanilla, 2 tbsps cinnamon, 2 oz Rumchata
Mix together cream, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon and add to ice cream maker to let churn for 15 min. Add Rumchata and let churn for another 15 min or until ice cream is the consistency of soft serve. Transfer the ice cream to a tupperware and let set in the freezer overnight.
I let the ice cream set over night in the freezer and the cookies to cool over night. The alcohol of the Rumchata and high fat content will keep the ice cream from freezing solid and the cookies will need to be completely cooled otherwise your sandwich building will turn into an ugly mess. Before starting to build my sandwiches I cut my wax paper wrapping to size and my strings, then I start to build. I used a regular soup spoon to scoop my ice cream on to the cookie and and smoosh it into place with the second cookie. I didn’t intend them to be perfect looking since oatmeal cookies are a bit lumpy to begin with. I wrapped up each sandwich and would transfer them to the freezer four at a time. When building the sandwiches speed is key. I even took a halftime break and popped my ice cream back in the freezer for a couple hours before continuing. I let the sandwiches have some more time in the freezer before serving so that they weren’t a drippy mess for people enjoying them.
It’s no secret by now that I love vintage. Sunday’s tea was a great day to use some of my favorites. My blush polkadot dress (previously featured: Tailor Made) was the perfect fit for a ladies tea with a few demure accessories. I found the perfect hat and gloves at Playclothes Vintage a while ago. I love how the colour of the hat matches back to the grey polkadots and that both the hat and gloves have dot details. Just the day before I made a quick stop by my favorite neighborhood store Flamingo vintage where I found the most adorable sheer hostess apron with flocked floral detailing. I have always wanted a fancy hostess apron so this was a huge score. Pearls and a low chignon were a natural choice for a polished ladylike look. I finished my feet off with a pair of low cut oxblood suede pumps to ground the look while adding the slightest bit of sex appeal. I felt so feminine and lovely in my tea time look. I love my hat and apron so much I am already trying to find the next opportunity to wear them!
Photo: Tschka Moran
Last week I took a few days off from posting to ponder and prepare for the High Tea that my dearest neighbor Tina and I hosted on Sunday for a handful of our most special friends. I love hosting gatherings, large or small, intimate and blowouts alike, family and close friends or mixers for strangers. I love seeing people enjoy themselves and life. Since Tina moved literally next door 4 months ago we have been hosting parties together. Having someone who loves hosting as much as I do to share in my joy is rare I think and for that very special to me, not to mention it alleviates a good amount of the stress involved. At the first ladies brunch that Tina and I hosted we decided to host High Tea in the near future. I never hosted tea before so I hopped right on to researching how to execute our vision. The guest list and menu were set, I knew what I wanted to wear, we had the details worked out, and the plan was in motion. Somehow with everything under control my mind still felt flooded. I am a Pisces and a bit sentimental by nature. I tend to search for the deep meaning in things and our pending Tea as no exception. I was overwhelmed with thoughts. How special it was to have such amazing women in my life, what a joy it was to be able to gather together and celebrate our individual successes and happiness, how great it was to be able to have an opportunity to dress up together and feel feminine, how lovely it was to have a relaxing afternoon of etiquette and delicate treats… I was having trouble getting to the root of it all amongst all the goodness. It was the most beautiful day. Tina and I made way too much food as usual, and the menu was a variety of homemade small bites. Before Eloy left the house he set some tea time jazz music for us. Our guests arrived beautifully dressed and we enjoyed delicious tea, champagne, and framboise as the conversation flowed. Mid-way through our tea my friend Tschka showed up as a surprise from Eloy to photograph us. Looking through the gorgeous pictures today it clicked and I got to the core of why it was such a special moment. The pictures say it all: A group of accomplished ladies, celebrating each other’s successes, and being ladies. Today there is a lot of competition and jealousy between women, being feminine is often interpreted as weakness, and having manners is seen as being up-tight. Not so on Sunday. It was a celebration of the power that we have as women to be creative, accomplished, well-mannered, beautiful while strong, and bring beauty and goodness into the world… We need more days like this. We need more days to be women and to take pride in ourselves and each other. If you haven’t yet hosted a High Tea for your inner circle I suggest you do. And please, hats and gloves required.Photo: Tschka Moran
Last Saturday Eloy and I headed out to the Irwindale Speedway to lend a little support to our friend Erik and to see some racing. Earlier in the day Eloy found me a little present that was perfect for our evening of motor sports. I have previously posted about the hands free wonder that is the fanny pack and how they can be stylish, but I didn’t happen to mention how great they are for sporting events. I wouldn’t call myself a true fan of any sport, but I do love live events and also love cheering and clapping. Traditional purses or clutches can be difficult to wrestle with while jumping up from your seat, and stowing underneath the seat leaves your precious hand bag susceptible to soiling from split beverages and peanut shells. Then there is the possibility of loss or theft. After all that I am not sure why I don’t see every woman in a stadium rocking a waist pack. Perhaps the haunting memory of lumpy, neon pouches makes this accessory out of the question for most. Lucky for us, Herschel’s, purveyor of posh packs, offers a two sleek fanny pack silhouettes in a bevy of bold prints that are sure to please. Eloy selected a colourful car print for me in the smaller size pack (still large enough to fit all the essentials). I paired the pouch back to nikes and white denim to keep with the casual street wear vibe and added a digital lavender rose print blouse to fem up the overall look. The blouse adds a bit of sophistication to an ensemble that could lean a bit on the young side. Not only did I love my look, I was happy to enjoy the races comfortably and hands free! Visit Herschel’s online to find your perfect pack! Herschel’s