It's nearly time for the 13th Annual One of Kind Show Chicago held at the Merchandise Mart December 5 - 8! It's my favorite show of the year, and this season my booth will be filled with dresses, jackets, vests, and our favorite new accessory--wrap bracelets. Here's sneak peak of few new items especially made for this year's show. Click on the purple button below for free tickets to the show!
Photos courtesy of Philamonjaro Studios. Clothing modeled by Sandy Tragos and styled by Bryna J.
Every now and then I need a break from sewing, so I preheat my oven to 350 degrees, inventory my cabinet contents, and pull out a baking dish or pan. This weekend I wanted to make Scotty a pie, and apple pie is his absolute favorite. I also was going for something that was on-diet (aka: grain-free and refined sugar-free). What I came up with is a combination/adaptation of several recipes I found online and in my new favorite cook book, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam.
1 1/2 cups of blanched almond flour
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup grapeseed oil
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
5 medium apples peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 cup apple juice
1/4 cup agave nectar
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups blanched almond flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup grapeseed oil
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
To make crust, combine almond flour, salt and baking soda in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk together the grapeseed oil, agave nectar and vanilla extract. Stir the wet ingredients into the almond flour mixture until thoroughly combined. Press dough into a 9 1/2 inch or deep-dish pie pan and bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool before filling.
To make topping, combine the almond flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk together the grapeseed oil, agave nectar and vanilla extract. Stir the wet ingredients into the almond flour mixture until coarsely blended and crumbly.
To make filling, heat the grapeseed oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Saute the apples, stirring occasionally until lightly caramelized, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. In a medium bowl, whisk the apple juice, agave nectar, lemon juice, arrowroot powder and cinnamon. Stir the apple juice mixture into the skillet with the caramelized apples.
Spoon filling into the pie crust. Sprinkle topping over the fruit filling. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes, until the top of the pie is golden brown. Let the pie cool for 30 minutes, then serve.
My hubby S is an ultra runner, meaning that he runs 50k to 100 miles ultra marathon races usually in the most beautiful terrains I've ever seen. Luckily, I get the chance to tag along as support crew, where I drive from aid station to station providing him food and water, minor medical attention, and a little cheerleading. Last Saturday, S and I ventured to Leadville, Colorado to crew one of S's fellow ultra runners as he tried to conquer the Leadville Trail 100.
I couldn't help be distracted by the Colorado landscape as we drove from aid station to aid station. On a post-race drive through the mountains, I saw hues that would make Pantone, the global authority on color, quiver.
I'm so grateful for the opportunity to see Colorado, and I fully plan on bottling up that color palette and applying it to some new handmade happiness.
Happy Tuesday, ya'll!
I'm crazy about batiks! Did you know that the most developed batiking techniques are found in Nigeria? Traditionally, indigo, derived from a plant that grows throughout Africa, is used for the dye. Here is a dress I made using batik fabric from Africa.*Love*
I *heart* summer! And this weekend I spent some time whipping up a few new summer tops. Yay, summer!
The upcoming Randolph Street Market certainly has us thinking about the many festivals to come. Are you festival ready? Our tribal print skirt is the ideal festival wear. Whether you are spending the day listening to your favorite band or visiting a craft show, this skirt will quickly become your go-to! And the best part – drumroll – our tribal skirt can be worn as a maxi skirt or even a strapless dress!
Spring is here! Today and tomorrow we are expected to finally see spring-like temperatures in Chicago. Now is a great time to refresh your closet with fun spring hues! We are loving this fuchsia jersey knit dress. Pair it with a bold necklace or belt the waist to achieve an effortless look. Perfect for a busy day at the office or even after work cocktails with your girls.
My mom taught me to sew when I was 7 years old. One of the first things
I made by hand was a pair of overalls for my sister's doll, Linny Wilbur.