Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

I’m on a lemonade bender! I keep bringing home bags of lemons from the market and doing fun summery experiments. This fresh squeezed pineapple lemonade is the best of all…

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

I’m on a lemonade bender! I keep bringing home bags of lemons from the market and doing fun summery experiments. This fresh squeezed pineapple lemonade is the best of all summery worlds — a little tropical, a little tangy, and a whole bunch refreshing. It took me about 20 minutes to make with just our little hand held citrus squeezer, and we were sipping this stuff in no time.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 12 lemons)
  • 2 cups fresh squeezed pineapple juice (about 1 large pineapple)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Step 1: Cut all lemons in half and cut the pineapple into large chunks (removing the skin).

Step 2: Juice all lemons with the citrus squeezer. Do the same with the pineapple! I found it to be way faster than blending and straining. Just put a couple of chunks into the squeezer and squeeze as if it was a lemon. You can fold the remaining pulp in half and squeeze again to get excess juice out.

Step 3: Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir to mix sugar. Chill in refrigerator; serve over ice.

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

That’s it! I like my lemonade pretty tangy, so this is perfect for me! If you like it on the sweeter side, try adding an extra 1/4 cup of sugar. Or you can pour 2/3 of a glass over ice and fill with club soda to make it a sparkling pineapple lemonade, which is extra delish to the mish. I have to tell ya, folks, you’re missing out if you don’t try this one! Happy squeezing! xoxo

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Spiked Watermelon Rosemary Punch for July 4th

The 4th of July is coming our way, and I’m so excited to celebrate! There’s a special place in my heart for the 4th. I love that it’s a holiday…

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The 4th of July is coming our way, and I’m so excited to celebrate! There’s a special place in my heart for the 4th. I love that it’s a holiday that the whole nation can celebrate together, to take some time to appreciate our history and the things that have made us great. I also love that it’s in the dead of summer, because that means we get to celebrate with all of the things that summer brings — swimming pools, BBQs, and a little something cool and refreshing to sip. So we whipped up this little punch recipe for your July 4th celebrations, so that we can all say cheers for America together! It’s a perfect, simple recipe to bring people together for a laid back Independence Day party.

Ingredients (Makes 8 Servings)

  • 1 1/2 cups Smirnoff Watermelon
  • 1/2 large seedless watermelon
  • 5 lemons
  • 6-7 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • club soda

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To start, cube your watermelon and squeeze your lemons. Remove the leaves from 4 rosemary sprigs and chop coarsely. Add watermelon, lemon juice, rosemary, and sugar to a blender and puree for about 30 seconds. Once blended, strain the mixture to remove all rosemary and watermelon pulp. (You can make this part the night before your party and chill it so it’s ready the next day!)

In a pitcher, mix 1 1/2 cups of Smirnoff Watermelon with 2 1/2 cups of your pureed watermelon mixture to create your punch.

Pour a half cup of your punch mixture over ice, top with club soda, and add a sprig of the extra rosemary for garnish.

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I love how the rosemary adds just a little extra oomph to the watermelony flavor! And since I’m such a watermelon fiend in the summertime, this punch is right up my alley. So! What will you be doing this 4th of July? Do you have any special traditions or celebrations? Hopefully there’s a firework or sparkler thrown in there somewhere. And while you’re planning your festivities, you’ve gotta try this crazy delicious recipe and make a #Punch4Everybody! Please, as always, remember to celebrate responsibly and have a safe & fabulous 4th! xoxo

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Where to Eat in Los Angeles

LA Travel // Where to Eat

We had a few days in LA recently where we hit up all of my favorite eateries, and tried a couple of new ones along the way! It ended up…

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

We had a few days in LA recently where we hit up all of my favorite eateries, and tried a couple of new ones along the way! It ended up being a good-food-fest, with one meal after another that was totally bangin’. So if you find yourself hungry in Los Angeles any time soon, I thought I’d share our favorite spots so you can get in on the culinary action.

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Dinette is just a little walk-up window on the street in Echo Park, but it’s got a short menu full of winners. I can never turn down avocado toast and it didn’t disappoint. Turns out the avocado toast also pairs perfectly with a waffle. You guys know I’m a waffle fiend and this one was the best I’ve had in recent memory.

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

LAMILL is the perfect spot if you like to sit with a great cup of coffee or tea. Located in Silverlake, the land of the painfully cool hipster, it’s full of big leather chairs and banquettes and has a beautiful coffee bar. The breakfast menu is pretty great too (I told you I can’t say no to avocado toast — this one is a little fancier than Dinette’s but they’re equally delicious); Mr. Lovely was totally into the Silverlake Breakfast.

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Joan’s on Third (Studio City) is a perfect spot for lunch. This second location of Joan’s is a carbon copy of the first, but slightly larger and way less frantic — there’s more patio seating, too. The space is beautiful and airy and black + white perfection. I love to get a trio of salads from the deli (this winning combo was couscous, kale salad, and tarragon chicken).

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Lemonade is one of my very favorite spots in LA. And they’re everywhere, so you don’t have to schlep to one part of town to eat there! It’s cafeteria-style California comfort food, and it’s all crazy fresh and flavorful. I usually like to just get a bunch of market side dishes and call it a meal. Mr. Lovely swears by the truffle mac and cheese + the strawberry lemonade mini cupcakes. And if they have watermelon rosemary lemonade when you’re there, you’d be a fool not to get it.

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Gracias Madre was one of the new spots we tried and it was so incredible I forgot to take any photos except this foot selfie of the tile in the bathroom. It’s actually vegan and organic Mexican food, but don’t let that scare you if you’re a carnivore — it was so filling and hearty and stinking delicious I want to go back ASAP. Our menu recs: the flautas, the bowls, and the margaritas!

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Sockerbit is an old fave but I had to go back to stock up on my very favorite sour cola chewy candy. This place is just the most beautiful candy store you could hope for, with all kinds of crazy Swedish candies. Get a bag and try one of everything. You think I’m kidding but I’m totally not.

Are any of your favorites on our list? I’d love to know if you’ve ever ended up at one of these spots! Happy eating, Angelenos! xoxo

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Father’s Day Recipe // Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Ever since Ryan got me a waffle maker a few Christmases ago, waffles have been our weekend thing. Ya know, #wafflesindeed. He usually beats me to it and mixes us…

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Ever since Ryan got me a waffle maker a few Christmases ago, waffles have been our weekend thing. Ya know, #wafflesindeed. He usually beats me to it and mixes us up a batch of waffles for us to share. I had the idea to do a waffles-in-bed type of thing for him for his first Father’s Day, until I realized we’ll be out of town! So I surprised him the other day with a new waffle recipe and it was a major hit. And these ain’t no ordinary waffles, guys — they’re packed with protein and nutrients and good-for-you stuff (but they’re so delicious Mr. Lovely didn’t even notice how healthy they are).

Ingredients

The secret to this little recipe is the Vanilla Protein from ALOHA. When I found this stuff I was so  excited — protein powders usually taste like chemicals to me but this stuff just tastes delicious. It’s all vegan and organic, and has so many nutrients it’ll make your head spin. It also made this batch of waffles totally filling and didn’t leave us with that shaky sugar high an hour later.

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Mix the protein with your usual waffle mix in a large bowl. Add egg, oil, and your milk of choice. Stir gently until the mixture is smooth. In the meantime, heat up your waffle iron. Once heated, drop a large dollop of mix into each section of the waffle iron and cook as usual.

Once your waffles are made, roughly chop up two sections of the ALOHA Superfood Chocolate. And how brilliant is it that by adding chocolate to these bad boys you’re actually adding more nutrients?! The Superfood Chocolate is made with fruits, veggies, fair-trade cacao, coconut sugar, and contains a whole slew of antioxidants. Also, I was pumped to find out that it melts like a dream. Put your chopped chocolate in a small bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir to smooth it out and drizzle it on those waffles like a professional. Finish the plate with a little dusting of powdered sugar if you’re into that sort of thing.

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate DrizzleI asked Ryan if he’d lend me his hands to get a photo of the waffles, and after I took the photo he literally took the plate and ate them all before I even realized what was happening. Soooo — I guess they’re pretty good. And I couldn’t get too upset with the guy, I mean they’re Father’s Day waffles, after all!

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Have you tried any of our waffle recipes? What’s been your fave so far?! xoxo

This post is created in partnership with ALOHA. All concepts and opinions are my very one. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking! xoxo

Donut Waffles

Donut Waffles

Just a quick stop by today with a Public Service Announcement: We recently tried Steph’s recipe for Donut Waffles and we both approximately died because it’s so delicious. I’ll let…

Donut Waffles

Just a quick stop by today with a Public Service Announcement: We recently tried Steph’s recipe for Donut Waffles and we both approximately died because it’s so delicious. I’ll let you head over to I am a Food Blog for the full lowdown, but I had to post just a couple of photos of our masterpieces here because, ya know, #wafflesindeed.

We had a great debate over whether to put the donut in the center of the waffle maker, or on the side. So we did one of each. Betcha can’t guess whose is whose. And a word to the wise: these taste like funnel cakes and you will want to eat them until you cease to exist. So beware. Go get the recipe! xoxo

Donut Waffles

Donut Waffles

Crumb Coffeecake Waffles

Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake Waffles

Hey gang! Just stopping by quickly to let ya know that this month’s Lovely Indeed newsletter will be heading your way soon! And true to my word, it’s got a…

Crumb Coffeecake Waffles

Hey gang! Just stopping by quickly to let ya know that this month’s Lovely Indeed newsletter will be heading your way soon! And true to my word, it’s got a little something special for you — the recipe to these insane cinnamon crumb coffee cake waffles. They’re so easy and so bangin’ delicious it’ll make you smack yourself. If you’re not signed up for the newsletter, you can sign up to get it below! And if you are, I’ll just leave these photos here for you to drool over until the recipe makes its way to your inbox… xoxo

Crumb Coffeecake Waffles

Crumb Coffeecake Waffles


DIY Edible Flower Waffles

Easter Brunch Idea // Edible Flower Waffles

My love for waffles is growing deeper and deeper. It’s bordering on a Leslie Knope-type waffle love situation. Ever since Ryan got me a waffle maker for Christmas a couple…

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

My love for waffles is growing deeper and deeper. It’s bordering on a Leslie Knope-type waffle love situation. Ever since Ryan got me a waffle maker for Christmas a couple of years ago we’ve been trying out recipes and eventually I realized I Instagram so many waffles I gave them their own hashtag. It’s been a million years since I did a waffle post on the blog so these spring beauties were the perfect time to bring it back! The perfect idea for an Easter brunch: edible flower waffles!

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

They’re crazy simple to put together — all you need is your favorite waffle recipe (which obviously should be this one) and some edible flower petals. All of these insanely gorgeous flowers came from Flower Muse and I had the absolute best time pretending to be a florist! We worked with Flower Muse on Meet/Make/Do last year — they’re an absolute dream. You can order flowers online and they ship right to your door direct from the farm. When these showed up they were so fresh and perfect.

So! Whip up your waffles. For these, I liked waffles that didn’t reach the edges of the waffle maker so they had unfinished edges. To get that look, just don’t fill your waffle maker with batter — leave a little space around the sides. Once your waffles are made, stack ’em up and sprinkle them with petals. Here’s a great resource about what kinds of flowers are edible. Always be sure to check whether they’re safe before you ingest any plants or flowers! We used tulip, rose, peony, carnation, and dandelion petals.

especially think you should serve ’em like this:

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

How pretty is this for an Easter brunch?! It’s like a meal and a centerpiece all in one. Boom. Two pretty birds. One pretty stone. You can drizzle them with syrup or honey, or even dust with a little powdered sugar, too. Hope these petals find their way to your table! xoxo

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

Flowers for this post were graciously provided by Flower Muse.

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Golden Macarons for St. Patrick’s Day

Hey! Before we get to this deliciousness, don’t forget to head over and vote on Better Homes and Gardens blogger awards! Lovely Indeed is a top 10 finalist for favorite…

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

Hey! Before we get to this deliciousness, don’t forget to head over and vote on Better Homes and Gardens blogger awards! Lovely Indeed is a top 10 finalist for favorite DIY blog, and if you love the lovely you should go tell ’em so. Vote right here. I thank you from the bottom of my gold leafed toes.

And now! I hereby present to you the easiest, fanciest food DIY project you could possibly imagine. What’s better than gold stuff? Edible gold stuff. And since St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, you can make yourself and your friends a fancy little pot of gold macarons for nibbling while you celebrate!

Materials

  • macarons
  • edible gold paint
  • paintbrush (be sure it’s one you only use for food, not one you’ve used for paint)

Make Time: 5 Minutes

I have another secret for you, too. Do you maybe live in a place where there just ain’t a macaron shop on every corner? Dudes, go to the Trader Joe’s freezer aisle! They have frozen macarons there by the desserts, and they’re totally tasty, not to mention pretty. Problem solved.

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

So. Get yourself some macarons from your favorite macaron spot, and get yourself some of that edible gold. Then just brush it right on! The end. After some experimenting, I decided that I liked it in a kind of painterly swash just across one side. Very professional, you know.

DIY Edible Gold Macarons DIY Edible Gold Macarons

That’s it! Set them out at your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, or just eat them all on the couch while you watch Dance Moms. No? Just Me?… xoxo

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

Blood Orange Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

Blood Orange Sidecar Cocktail

Mr. Lovely and I recently pretended we were bartenders and mixed up this pretty little cocktail for our own little boozy Valentine’s Day celebration. But I have to admit, even…

Blood Orange Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

Blood Orange Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

Blood Orange Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

Mr. Lovely and I recently pretended we were bartenders and mixed up this pretty little cocktail for our own little boozy Valentine’s Day celebration. But I have to admit, even though V-Day is gone, we’re still mixing them so I thought I’d share! It’s totally simple but really pretty and even more delicious.

Blood Orange Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

Blood Orange Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

Gorgeous, right? You can find the how-to and recipe right here. And if you can’t get your hands on any blood oranges, you can always substitute lemons! Easy peasy. Now go learn how to mix yourself one tonight. Cheers, lovelies! xoxo

Spicy Lover Margarita

Bottoms Up // Spicy Lover Margarita

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful…

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Leah of Freutcake. Here she is!

Spicy Lover Margarita

Spicy Lover Margarita

Hi friends! Leah here from Freutcake and I’m honored to be here sharing one of my favorite cocktails with you while Chelsea while she spends some time with her littlest Valentine. Whether you’re planning a galentine’s day celebration or a cozy night in for two, I’ve got the perfect cocktail to spice up your night and get you in the mood for love.

Meet the Spicy Lover. The perfect fresh muddled blueberry margarita infused with spicy jalapeno
tequila and rimmed with pop rocks. This spicy baby packs a punch and is certainly fun to drink! The secret to getting those pop rocks to stick? It’s honey, baby! Dip your cocktail glass rims in just a bit o’ honey then into your favorite flavor of Pop Rocks. Personally, I like strawberry or watermelon for this recipe but you can get creative. Or, offer friends all sorts of flavors to chose from! You’ll feel like a kid again in no time…minus the tequila of course. Cheers to a spicy Valentine’s Day!

Spicy Lover (Makes One Cocktail)

1/4 cup fresh blueberries
1 ounce fresh lime juice
4 ounces reposado or añejo tequila
1 1/2 ounces pomegranate grenadine
ice
honey or agave nectar for rimming the glass
Pop Rocks candy for rimming the glass
additional blueberries for garnish, optional

Spicy Lover Margarita

Spicy Lover Margarita

Directions:
1. In a jar combine tequila and one jalapeno sliced in half lengthwise. Allow to sit tightly sealed overnight.
2. Strain out jalapeno before using.
3. Dip the rim of your cocktail glass in honey then in Pop Rocks.
4. In a cocktail shaker muddle the blueberries and lime juice until the blueberries are broken up.
5. Add the tequila and grenadine and a handful of ice to the shaker.
6. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds, and then strain into the prepared glasses. Top with more
ice and a skewer of fresh blueberries if desired. Enjoy!

Spicy Lover Margarita

Spicy Lover Margarita

Thanks Leah! For more gorgeous cocktails, delish recipes, and entertaining inspiration, head over to Freutcake.

Little Brownie Tarts

Little Brownie Tarts

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful…

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Melissa of Lulu the Baker. Here she is!

Little Brownie Tarts

I’m so excited to be here on Lovely Indeed today helping Chelsea out while she spends time with her sweet new baby! When Chelsea first asked me to write a guest post, I thought it would be a cinch to come up with a fun, tasty Valentine’s Day treat. But I was completely stumped until my mom suggested these darling, chocolate-filled pastries from an old cookbook from the 60’s. When I first looked at the recipe, I thought they’d be so hard to make, but I was wrong. These little brownie tarts couldn’t be easier, or more impressive!

You start by making the chocolate filling, which is essentially a simple brownie batter. Then you make the pastry dough. Now, pastry dough can be notoriously fussy and hard to work with, but this dough is downright easygoing. None of the ingredients have to be chilled or handled with care, and the resulting dough is nice and stretchy, and bakes up light and flaky. I may start using it for all of my pies! After getting the filling and dough ready, you cut the dough into little squares with a pizza cutter, put a tiny blob of filling in the center of each square, and fold in the corners. That’s it! No egg wash or sealing or pinching seams–really simple. Finish each tart off with a candy heart in the center, and they’re ready for the oven. A treat that is delicious, adorable, and easy to make? I think I’m in love!

Little Brownie Tarts

Recipe, adapted from the 1963 Betty Crocker Cooky Book

for the filling:
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup cocoa

Combine all ingredients thoroughly in a medium bowl; set aside.

for the pastry dough:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoon vanilla
red candy hearts, red hots, or jumbo heart confetti sprinkles

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Add butter, and mix in with a fork. Add water and vanilla, and continue mixing until you get a nice, smooth dough. I’m not going to lie–I mixed this with my hands, which is usually a big NO when you’re talking about pie dough. But it worked really well in this case. I basically kneaded it until all of the ingredients came together in a smooth ball. Roll dough out on a well-floured work surface to a thickness of about 1/16th of an inch. This is about as thin as you can get it. My counter top is butcher block, so it is great for rolling out baked goods. As long as it is nicely floured, nothing sticks. If you usually have to be pretty careful when you roll things out, here’s a little tip: Wrap a large cutting board or piece of plywood with a flour sack towel. Make sure the towel is pulled tight and secured, and you can flour that and roll things out on it. Cut the dough into 2 1/2″ squares using a pizza cutter and a ruler. You can combine any jagged edges or scraps and re-roll them. Place a small blob of brownie filling in the center of each square. Pull the corners of each square to the center, and press a candy heart into the middle. Place tarts heart-side up on an ungreased baking sheet, and bake 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool before eating. Makes about 30 little tarts.

Little Brownie Tarts

Thanks Melissa! For more delicious bites and sweet projects be sure to head over to Lulu the Baker!