Crispy Black Rice Fritters

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I’ve been on the hunt for easy weeknight dinners that are just as simple to make as they are delicious to eat. These crispy black rice fritters are exactly that. So simple to throw together and taste like you slaved away in the kitchen for hours! They’re jam packed full of basil and arugula which add so much flavor and then topped with a scrumptious sun-dried tomato cashew cream. Yes my friends, they are creamy and crispy and totally satisfying!

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I like to start out the week cooking up a big batch of grains that I can use in recipes throughout the week and this recipe is perfect of use up any leftover rice. If you’re not familiar with black rice I suggest you head to your local grocery store and pick some up. It’s rich, nutty and so much tastier than white or brown rice. It’s also full of antioxidants which always scores extra points in my book!

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Crispy Black Rice Fritters with Sun Dried Tomato Cashew Cream:
makes 12 fritters

Ingredients:
Fritters
– 2 cups black rice, cooked fresh or leftover
– 1/3 cup bread crumbs
– 1/3 cup arugula, roughly chopped
– 1/3 cup pecorino cheese, grated
– 1 tablespoon basil, roughly chopped
– 1 green onion, finely chopped:
– 3 eggs
– salt and pepper
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
Sun Dried Tomato Cashew Cream
– 1 cup cashews
– 1/3 cup water
– 1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes packed in oil
– 1 clove garlic
– juice from 1/2 a lemon
– salt and pepper

Directions:
Fritters:
– In a mixing bowl comine all ingredients except olive oil. Mix until combined. Form the mixture into small patties, this mix should yield about 12.
– Heat the olive oil in a skillet and add the rice patty cooking on each side for 3-5 minutes. Flip and cook again for 3-5 minutes. Continue until all patties are browned.
– Transfer patties to a baking sheet and continue to cook in a 350 degree oven for 7-10 minutes. The fritters will be crispy on the outside and soft and delicious on the inside!
Cashew Cream:
– Blend all ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender. Adjust seasoning to taste and add more water if needed.
– Top each fritter with cashew cream and enjoy!

Gladiator Obsessed

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Rag and Bone Tank (similar) // J.Crew Shorts (sold out, similar and on sale!) // Phillip Lim Bag // Zara Sandals (similar look for $40)

If it isn’t totally obvious by now I’m completely, 100% obsessed with these lace-up gladiator sandals. They take even the most basic of outfits up another level and add an instant chic vibe to any look. One of my favorite ways to style them is with shorts, usually denim cut-offs as seen here, but recently decided to go for a more polished look with these J.Crew shorts. I finished off the look with a lace paneled tank and a cobalt blue handbag!
Have a great Wednesday!

Essentials of a Cozy Guest Room

headerWhen Marc and I lived in San Diego our guest room served as more of a storage/extra closet/ laundry- folding room. It was used for basically anything but hosting overnight guests, but in our defense we lived just a few miles from the majority of our friends and family. It was very, very rare that we had overnight guests.
When we moved to Hawaii I knew that our guest room would be well used so I wanted to create a comfortable, relaxed and cozy room that our guests could enjoy and feel at home in. Here are my 6 essentials to create a cozy retreat for overnight guests:

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-Invest in quality bedding, you don’t have to break the bank on bed sheets just make sure you get the best that your budget allows for. I always, always, always buy white sheets…they always look crisp and are super easy to keep clean (thanks bleach!!).

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2. Fresh Flowers
– Nothing brightens up a room like fresh flowers or a small potted plant. Place small bouquets throughout the room. Think bedside tables, dresser and even the guest bathroom!

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3. A Basket Full of Snacks (& Water!!)
– Stock your guest room with water; sparkling and still and a few snacks for your guests to enjoy. You might tell your guests to make themselves at home and help themselves to the kitchen but the truth is, most people won’t go rummaging through the pantry looking for a snack. Add local treats (like Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts from Hawaii) as well as pretzels and trail mix which make great midnight snacks.

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4. A Comfortable Sitting Area
– Adding a chair or a bench to your guest room is a must. Guests need a place to sit while they tie their shoes or to relax with a good book. Either way go for a chair that fits well in the room. My guest room is lacking the extra space for a set of oversized chairs but this simple slipcovered chair adds the perfect touch.

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5. T.V.
– Not everyone is into having a T.V. in the bedroom but early rising guest might appreciate laying in bed and watching the news or a movie. Since we don’t have cable in our guest bedroom we hooked-up a Roku to the T.V. so guests can watch Netflix, Hulu or any other streaming service.

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6. Fresh Towels and Toiletries
– Stock the guest bathroom with fresh white towels. Again, I only use white towels for the guest bathroom..nothing looks more crisp or cleans up better than white! Make sure to stock the bathroom with extra toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, and your favorite shampoo/conditioner. Keep an extra hair drier under the sink for your guest to use during their stay!

Do you have any tips or tricks for hosting overnight guests?! I’d love to hear them!!

 

Tie-Dye Sundress

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Gypsy05 Dress c/o // Clare Vivier Clutch // Dolce Vita Sandals (on sale!)

A versatile sundress is a piece that every girl needs in her closet. One that can be dressed up for special occasions or events and dressed down to wear on a hot summer day. I try (try being the key word here) to stick to buying pieces that can be worn multiple ways to ensure that I don’t have too many one & done pieces that take up valuable real estate in the closet.
This Gypsy05 tie-dye dress fits the bill when it comes to versatile sundresses. I recently dressed it down to keep cool on a hot afternoon and I’m planning to wear it to an upcoming wedding and again later this week for date night. Not only is it adorable on but it’s made from the most silky lightweight fabric that is ideal in this late summer heat!
Have a beautiful Monday and thanks for reading!!

Aloha Friday

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– stand up paddling out to the Mokes in Lanikai-

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– we had a blast at the Paradise Cove Luau, I’m now convinced I need to take Hula lessons! –

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– stopping for lunch at Elephant Thai Truck on the North Shore. The Panang Curry and Pad Thai were to die for. If you’re visiting Oahu this is a MUST! –IMG_7011

–  a quick photo op at Chinaman’s hat in Kaneohe on our drive to the North Shore –
IMG_7080– growing up on the beach I’ve seen my fair share of sunsets and didn’t realize how much I took them for granted until we moved to the east side of Oahu. One of the things I miss the most. BUT- we get some pretty spectacular sunrises, I just need to get my butt out of bed to catch it –

Hey Friday!!
After an exciting week playing tour guide and spending some quality time with my mother-in-law I’m ready to take it easy this weekend. I plan to do a bit of cooking and spend as much time as possible outside.
My mother-in-law hadn’t been to Hawaii in over 30 years so both Marc and I were excited to give her a tour of the Island making sure to stop at all our favorite spots. A few highlights:
– a day on the North Shore exploring a few different beaches and feasting on some of the best Thai food, from a food truck, on the island.
– taking a drive around the southern tip stopping at Sandy Beach to play in the shore break and visiting the Halona Blow Hole.
– kayaking and stand-up paddling to the Mokes from Kailua Beach. The Mokes are two islands off the coast of Lanikai, one has a beach that you can hang out/picnic on. The water is crystal clear the entire way out and the view looks like something from a postcard.
– Paradise Cove Luau. I indulged in one to many Mai Tai’s but had so much fun watching the different Hula dances and I’m now convinced I need to take some hula lessons!
Any fun plans over the weekend?

Slow Cooked BBQ Baked Beans from Scratch!

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The fourth of July has come and gone and we’re now in the height of summer. Seriously, where does the time go?! There is nothing I love more than a backyard BBQ, especially if that BBQ is equipped with all my favorite, quintessential summer dishes. Pesto Potato Salad and BBQ Baked Beans are hands down my favorite BBQ (or cookout) side dishes. I made these BBQ Baked Beans from scratch for the 4th of July and my-oh-my were they AMAZING! Oh, and these beans are full of bacon-y goodness because baked beans without bacon are just not the same.
This dish is pretty simple to make and one of those magical dishes where you dump all the ingredients into a crock pot and come back 10 hours later to find the most fabulous baked beans stewing away.
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Smoky, think cut bacon and navy beans are cooked together for 10 hours in a tangy BBQ sauce which results in a sweet and savory dish. These BBQ Baked Beans are best served warm but are even better after the second day. This is definitely a side dish that you can make ahead and heat up when ready to be served!

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I’ll be making these for our next backyard BBQ which will most likely be Labor Day, although I’ll definitely be looking for any opportunity I have to make them sooner!

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Slow Cooked BBQ Baked Beans from Scratch:
This recipe will generously serve 12-15, feel free to freeze leftovers or cut the recipe in half!

Ingredients:
– 1 pound dry navy beans, soaked overnight or 4 cans navy beans (or cannellini beans, rinsed)
– 2 cups water or chicken stock
– 3/4 cup BBQ sauce, I used this recipe but feel free to use your favorite store bought sauce
– 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
– 1/4 cup ketchup
– 1/4 cup raw sugar
– 3 tablespoons molasses
– 2 tablespoons tomato paste
– 2 tablespoons maple syrup
– 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
– 6 slices of think cut bacon, fried and crumbled
– 1 onion, roughly chopped and sautéed
– 3 cloves garlic, minced

Directions:
– Soak beans overnight or quick soak following the directions on the bag of dry beans.
– Add soaked beans and all ingredients to a crock pot and cook on low for 10 hours. Once they are done cooking let the beans sit on ‘warm’ or off the heat for 2 hours and the sauce to thicken. Serve warm and enjoy.
– If you are serving the next day, keep beans in the refrigerator then heat them up in a 300 degree oven for 20-30 minutes or until warm.

Enjoy!!

Instagram Lately

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that a lot of/most of what I wear on a day to day basis doesn’t make it onto the blog. My style has become increasingly more casual since moving to Hawaii and my blog pictures usually reflect the few opportunities that I do have to dress up.
What you don’t see is a lot of denim cut-off + tank top combos and a whole lotta flip flops. I am making it my mid-year resolution to make more of an effort to capture some of my more casual outfits to share via Instagram.
For now…here are a few of my favorite insta-snapshots that didn’t make it to the blog.

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The most perfect turquoise tassel earrings thanks to Daniel Stevens Jewelry. Also available in white and pink which I’m absolutely LOVING!

IMG_6792Beach Day Essentials: Lulu Dharma Beach Bag, Turkish Towel and chic mirrored sunnies

IMG_7015-1This is definitely a go-to look of mine. Perfect for a casual weekend or an afternoon running errands. This top has the most adorable embroidery and tassel detailing!!

FullSizeRenderI recently picked up this DVF jumpsuit and can’t get enough of the tribal pattern!! This specific pattern is sold out but I found this fabulous black and white print, on sale!!

IMG_6847A few summer favorites. These slides were a steal (under $25!!!) and are perfect for summer with tassel earrings, a mini bag and a wide brim hat.

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I last wore this OTS top here but equally love it with a pair of distressed denim shorts and my Ora Delphine bag.

Be sure to follow on Instagram (@lauramueseler) to catch the looks that don’t make it onto the blog!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale-For the Home

homerefreshBrass Tissue Holder // Brass Tumbler // Brass Soap Dispenser // Bath Towel // Salad Bowl // Pillow // Voluspa Candle Set // Beach Art Print // Gold Champagne Flutes // Blue Pillows // Chevron Basket // Chevron Towel // “M” Sign // Gold Bar Cart

Not only is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale a great time to stock up on must have pieces for your fall wardrobe but it’s the ideal time to think about purchasing a few new pieces to spruce up the home.  From bedding to monogrammed stemware the Nordstrom Sale is offering up some pretty great deals on pieces for the home. This salad bowl would make a fabulous wedding gift and this Voluspa Candle Set is perfect for a hostess gift!! I’m adding these blue pillows to my wish list and having a serious moment with this lifeguard stand framed print.
Shop my favorite pieces here…

Brass Tissue Holder // Brass Tumbler // Brass Soap Dispenser // Bath Towel // Salad Bowl // Pillow // Voluspa Candle Set // Beach Art Print // Gold Champagne Flutes // Blue Pillows // Chevron Basket // Chevron Towel // “M” Sign // Gold Bar Cart