May 25, 2016

Yogurt Parfait Popsicles

Ok, these are seriously the prettiest edible things that I have ever created and they’re really yummy too! I found the recipe on the prettiest blog :: Le Zoe Musings (her photos are beautiful). Super easy to make with a standard popsicle mold (it was my first time making popsicles so there was a bit of a learning curve). I used the Norpro Ice Pop Maker from Amazon and I like it. 
Ingredients
Vanilla yogurt
Strawberries
Blueberries
Kiwi
Mango (a must cause it’s so sweet!)
Granola
Honey

Instructions
Layer vanilla yogurt with fruit and finish with some granola and honey drizzled on top so it sticks. Freeze overnight if you can (I did 3 hours and that was almost enough). Run under warm water to wiggle them out of the molds. Easy, right?!

A couple of fun facts I learned:
1. Put the sticks in after the lid… yeah, I’m dumb.
2. Next time I want to add more granola. So good!
3. Make sure they’re totally frozen. I had a few where the stick came out while I was trying to wiggle them out and they ended up being eaten out of a bowl (courtesy of my husband at 11PM).
They’re almost too pretty to eat! … Almost… 

xo Sécia


F O L L O W   U S   O N   I N S T A G R A M   ::   @seciasophia

May 23, 2016

LAVENDER & HONEY ESPRESSO BAR

We're back with another favorite spot in our Brunch Love series :: Lavender & Honey Espresso Bar. This is the cutest, little coffee shop in Pasadena and they have such a yummy twist... a toast bar! These toasts are incredible! It's so hard to pick a favorite (and honestly, you don't have to... I just get more than one!).
If you're looking for a light brunch treat then this is the place. The coffee is delish too (and oh so pretty). I'm dying to try their hot chocolate bar but there are so many yummy flavors, I can never choose! We love a good frozen hot chocolate and guess what... THEY HAVE ONE! Can't wait to go back and keep trying new treats! L&H date anyone?!

xo Sécia

LOCATION & HOURS
Lavender & Honey Espresso Bar
1383 E. Washington Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91104
Monday - Saturday: 7AM - 5PM
Sunday: 8AM - 4PM


Check out more from our Brunch Love series here!

F O L L O W   U S   O N   I N S T A G R A M   ::   @seciasophia

May 20, 2016

INSTA*LOVE :: ANA MARGARIDA MARQUES :: @anamarques210376

It's INSTA*LOVE time again and this week we're traveling all the way to Portugal for a Q&A with the super talented Ana Margarida Marques :: @anamarques210376. Her photos are gorgeous. Like seriously, amazingly gorgeous. I'm utterly in love with her pale, pastel color palette and her feed reminds me of some soft, dreamy, far-away wonderland.
Where do you live?

I live in the Beautiful and historical city of Lisbon in Portugal, but I spent my childhood in a rural village full of charm and details. 

What do you love/love to do?

I Love the moments that I spend with my family, my roots, travel and photography! 

What inspires you?

My travels (every year I choose a new destination to meet). Also inspired with romantic and historical atmospheres. Simple things that nature offers, little details, books and music.
What do you look for when taking a photo?

When I take a photograph, I try the best points of light, streamlined and minimalist environments. Love details. 

What are your favorite apps and filters to edit with?

Well I have a daughter... I live in color pink world. I always have tendency [for] soft colors, pastels and light backgrounds roses. I only use the Filters of instagram: reyes, myfair, june! And I Love to play with lights! 
Who are your favorite fellow Instagrammers?

There are so many talented people in instagram, it's difficult to choose but 
I Love the work of some photographers of instagram @elena_sheneilova, @adrianemurray, @mysuburbanfarmAnd my creative friends @in_somnia_ and @violaondaviva.
Isn't she lovely? I love that every year she chooses a new place to travel and explore. What a great idea! I just can't get enough of her dreamy photos. I love her composition and use of negative space. And those colors! This is just a taste of what her beautiful feed has to offer. Head over to @anamarques210376 and treat your eyes to Ana's amazing dreamscapes and say hello! 

A special thank you to Ana for taking the time for our INSTA*LOVE Q&A!

xo Sécia

F O L L O W   U S   O N   I N S T A G R A M   ::   @seciasophia

May 16, 2016

GLUTEN-FREE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

These gluten free chocolate chip cookies are insane! For years, this has been my trademark recipe but one of my besties is allergic to gluten so I thought I'd mix it up and try this new version so she can enjoy the yummy goodness too. Guess what happened... they are even BETTER!

Ingredients
2 1/4 cups oat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks melted unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups chocolate chips

Instructions
Combine the flour and baking soda in a bowl and mix together.

Combine the melted butter with the sugars, vanilla and salt. Mix in the eggs. Stir in the flour mixture just until all of the dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in the chocolate chips. Let the dough rest in the fridge for 2 hours or even overnight.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Scoop rounded tablespoons of dough on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 9 (gooey) to 10 (crispy) minutes. Remove from the oven and let the cookies firm up on the pan for about 5 minutes. Serve with ice cold milk (cause it's the best for dunking of course!!).
Soooooooo good!!! Of course, you can totally be creative and add nuts, swap out the chocolate chips for something equally yummy or even toss on some sprinkles! Whaaaaat?! Hope you love them as much as we do!

xo Sécia

F O L L O W   U S   O N   I N S T A G R A M   ::   @seciasophia