huevos rancheros by wonder thrills

October 10, 2014

guest post / recipes

huevos rancheros | almost makes perfect

hey y’all! jordan here from wonder thrills! i’m really excited to share a simple recipe with you guys today! molly has been so busy with planning her wedding that it seemed like a no brainer to come and help out with a blog post!

we share a love for eggs and anything latin. this recipe tied in well with our common obsessions, and is perfect for any season! enjoy!

huevos rancheros |  almost makes perfect

ingredients (serves 2)

- 4 eggs
- 4 corn tortillas
- 1 can black beans (or beans of choice)
- 1 tomato (diced)
- 2 limes
- 1 avocado
- salt (to flavor)
- cilantro (for garnish)

directions

01 | in a medium frying pan, place the tortillas down and fry them on either side for 30 seconds to get warm, and a little crispy.

02 | place them on your plates, and oil the pan keeping it on a medium heat, add your eggs, and fry fry fry!

03 | in a small sauce pan, add the beans, and some diced cilantro. cook until hot. (you can also use a microwave if you please.)

04 | place the beans down on top of the tortillas, as well as 1/2 of the diced tomatoes.

05 | when the eggs are cooked to your liking, place them on top of the tomatoes and beans, and top with avocado.

06 | add salt to taste, and garnish with cilantro! (I add way too much cilantro, because it’s not just a garnish for me, haha!)

huevos rancheros | almost makes perfect


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diy wood ring box

October 8, 2014

diy / our wedding

diy ring box | almost makes perfect

one last minute simple wedding DIY we made was this ring box. we wanted something minimal and a little masculine, and i had this plan of making this super rad intricate one — but with time permitted, i decided to keep it easy by using a premade box.

i purchased this acacia salt cellar and stuffed the inside with padding and voila! a custom little ring box that fits both of our rings and feels really safe and sturdy.

diy ring box | almost makes perfect

materials

  • salt cellar
  • a few sponges
  • black velvet or fabric of your choice
  • scissors
  • fabric glue

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directions

01 | fill your salt cellar with layered sponges cut into circles until you reach the height you want. i wanted mine close the top.

02 | once you have all your sponges ready to go, cut the top layer of sponge into three pieces (if you are only using for one ring, cut into half instead)

03 | cover the three individual pieces with your fabric, secure with fabric glue.

04 | glue down to the layer below. let dry overnight and stick your rings in!

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well how easy was that?

freeloader // downloads from type & title

October 6, 2014

downloads / guest post

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hello friends! it’s maggie from type & title!

i’m super excited to be here with a free download for you while molly gets married & heads out on her honeymoon (congrats girl!) i can’t wait till she’s back with all the DIY details.

so, i have to be honest. i can’t take credit. using this phrase for today’s download was molly’s brilliant idea. i’m going to go ahead and assume that means “theme of her wedding.”

get the download (for iphone & desktop) below! oh, and just in case you have no idea what we’re talking about, here’s a pretty excellent explanation.

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payday wishlist by the veda house

October 3, 2014

guest post / wish list

the veda house wish list | almost makes perfect

i am a HUGE FAN of cassie of the veda house, so i asked her to share some autumn inspired items for this weeks wish list! if you haven’t checked out her blog, go do it asap. then go see her amazing graphic design portfolio.

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hi guys! while molly is off tying the knot is palm springs, i’ve been invited to share a few of my favorite products that get me in the mood for fall. i’m more of a summer kind of gal, so beautifully designed products that just scream “COZY” definitely help make the transition towards a cooler season.

as a minimalist who’s drawn to very monochromatic color palettes, the items are perfect autumn pieces my home/wardrobe. i’m loving the more aggressive materials (iron & leather) paired with the softer wool items. enjoy!

huge congrats to molly and her beau! thanks for having me molly.

01. ceramic mug
02. leather jacket
03. black & copper wall lamp
04. wood storage
05. arina sweater
06. wool blanket


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diy wedding program fans

September 30, 2014

diy / our wedding

diy wedding program fans  | almost makes perfect

even though we’ve made a ridiculous amount of things for the wedding — you’re probably wondering why i haven’t posted any DIYs for any of the projects. there are two reasons. one is that i didn’t want to ruin any surprises for the guests, the second is that we’ve been working at my moms house on everything because our apartment is way too cramped to do any sort of bulk projects. but her house is really dark, so i haven’t really been able to take process shots. i will still explain how i did everything when i get the photos though!

but here is one project that i can share right now, because it’s SUPER EASY and NOT REALLY THAT EXCITING.

we had been checking the forecast for weeks and weeks, and had been prepared for the worst (i’m talking 110°). why did we choose palm springs?! we felt like we were obligated to make the programs into fans, which was a little tedious to make, but they work surprisingly well.

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materials

  • two sides of programs printed on thick cardstock
  • popsicle sticks
  • scotch tape
  • double sided permanent tape

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directions

01 | print your double sided design, we had our bridal party listed on one side and our timeline for the evening on the other. we had ours printed on cardstock #100 at kinkos, which was a horrible idea. we spent way more than we would have liked on this, so i would suggest printing at home if you can.

02 | tape the stick onto one side with enough scotch tape to make it feel secure and tight.

03 | apply a piece of double sided tape to each corner of the paper, 4-5 small pieces works fine.

04 | take the other sheet and slowly line up on one side, slowly push down to the other to line up the full piece.

05 | carefully and gently burnish with your fingertips.

diy wedding program fans

place on every chair at your ceremony and any guest at a hot weather wedding will thank you.

diy wedding program fans | almost makes perfect

tulum honeymoon

September 26, 2014

style / wish list

while the wedding is TOMORROW — a lot of my excitement is building up for the honeymoon. in a few days, we’ll be sitting on the beach drinking margaritas and i cannot wait! the biggest problem with planning our trip is that i should have shopped for beach wear before the fall season started. i’ve been looking for a swimsuit in stores and it feels impossible.

we’re staying at two hotels and i’ll be instagramming away i’m sure. so follow me there and i’ll be back with a travel post when i’m home!

tulum honeymoon  | almost makes perfect

SOURCES

PORTABLE SPEAKER / TORRES CUFF / CHARLOTTE STONE SANDALS
J.CREW PANAMA HAT / ZARA JUMPSUIT / SUNGLASSES / LENA DUNHAM BOOK
LEATHER BACKPACK / SEA SALT SPRAY

give better gifts

September 23, 2014

gift guide / roundup

i’m super into giving people gifts they won’t throw into a closet and i’m also super into curating boards full of gift ideas (as you probably know) — so today i’m sharing with you guys this new website i’ve teamed up with called giftry. it’s the easiest way to find the perfect gift for whatever occasion comes up.

giftry lists

along with some of my favorite bloggers, i’m an influencer on the site – so we have compiled different boards of gift ideas. if you like someone’s aesthetic or pinterest, then that’s a really helpful resource when you’re looking for gifts online. and just like you get addicted to pinning, i started getting a little into making boards and doing some virtual shopping, mostly for myself. but maybe for you too.

you can start a board for the said-gift getter. so like : if gideon has a birthday coming up, i can create a board for gifts ideas for him. then i can share it with our friends and family and make sure he gets gifts he actually likes rather than add to a pile of gifts to give away when it’s someones birthday.

he actually got me in the habit of immediately writing down when he mentions he wants or needs something – so now i do it with everyone. i have countless text notes in my phone of gift ideas for all my relatives. it’s kind of the best way ever to keep track of good present ideas, so i highly recommend starting. and it works for non-material gifts too – i am always checking the performers at our nearby indian casino — because if someone good plays there, surprise tickets and a night at the hotel are the best gift ever. but that’s just one idea. i’ve also gotten my parents cooking classes, which they loved. we once got my little sister a beef jerky of the month membership. i really hate it when i get my mom the wrong gift and i see it with the tags on years later. so you can totally avoid this with giftry YAY!

giftry

i don’t know about you, but giving someone things they might actually want is way more exciting to me than giving them an itunes gift card. and you make sure your loved ones are on the same track for gift ideas can avoid the said closet toss.

anyway — you can sign up for giftry, check out my gift ideas and the rest of the influencers’, and maybe create some gift lists for yourself or someone real lucky.

THIS PROGRAM IS SPONSORED BY GIFTRY.
ALL OPINIONS AND PRODUCT CHOICES ARE 100% MY OWN.

roasted artichokes with miso jalapeño aioli by the artful desperado

September 22, 2014

guest post / recipes

roasted artichokes with miso jalapeno aioli | almost makes perfect

hey everyone! it’s gabriel from artful desperado with a foodie guest post.

so as you may know miss molly is getting hitched (yay!). that is one mammoth of a task to handle, i mean the invitations, the guests, the flowers –  i’m already dizzy. since molly and her friends and family must be running on a heavy sleep deficit and little energy to cook, i decided to share a recipe that’s A: super easy to make, and B: tastes like heavenly comfort. perfect for those OMG-i-totally-need-a-snack moments.

cue: roasted artichokes with miso jalapeño aioli. it’s spicy, it’s creamy, it’s rich and sexy. if you want you can totally light some candles and feed your date some artichoke while dipping it in the sauce – it’s like ghost the movie! minus the messy clay scene. here’s the recipe:

roasted artichokes with miso jalapeño aioli
serves 4-6

ingredients
- 4 medium/big fresh artichokes
- 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon non-salted butter, soft
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 large egg yolks, at room temp
- 1 tablespoon white vine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon miso
- 1 small jalapeño, finely chopped (with seeds in for heat)
- salt and fresh cracked pepper to season

instructions
01.  preheat your oven at 375F
02. grab your artichokes and the top 1/4 (from the tip down). you should see some of the purple leaves exposed. if your choke has a stem, peel it the skin off and cut a bit of the dry end.
03. grab some pieces of tin foil (enough to wrap the choke completely). drizzle artichokes with a little bit of olive oil and place a few blobs of the soft butter in between the leaves. squeeze some lemon juice on them. sprinkle salt and pepper and wrap completely with foil.
04. place all chokes in the oven and bake for about an hour ( a bit more if they are huge). to test for doneness simply remove one of the middle leaves and if the bottom is soft and edible you’re good to go. once they’re done, remove from the oven and set aside (leave them covered).

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now let’s make the aioli.

-  place the jalapeno, miso, and egg yolks in a bowl, then slowly drizzle a bit of the olive oil, continue to whisk hard until you see it emulsify (looks like thin mayo), once this happens start adding the rest of the olive oil slowly. once it’s nice and thick, add the vinegar and squeeze the rest of the juice left in the lemon.

- adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and that’s it!

NOTE: if you have a food processor, you can skip the bowl and whisk and do it by drizzling the oil through the feeder at the top.

if your aioli splits, simply whisk like there’s no tomorrow.

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now let’s eat! get rid of the hard outer leave of the choke and get to the meaty ones in the centre, then dip and enjoy. when you get to the core, peel off the furry part and eat the heart. BEST PART.

congrats molly! see ya lata fellas!


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