Goat Cheese Crackers with Rosemary and Almonds

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Hello! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve shared a new recipe but now that my new house is unpacked and I’m back in the kitchen making magic happen, you’ll be seeing a lot of new recipes pop up on here. One of my new favorites…these savory shortbread, goat cheese crackers. They are creamy and full of flavor, made from a few simple ingredients: goat cheese, rosemary and honey mixed with almond meal then sliced and baked into cracker perfection. The recipe calls for diving the dough into 4 rolls (you can keep them in the freezer until you’re ready to slice and bake) which makes them the perfect cracker to have on hand when guests pop by. Add them to your cheese board or enjoy a few while sipping on a chilled glass of champagne!SAMSUNG CSC

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Goat Cheese Crackers with Rosemary and Almonds:

Adapted from The French Market Cookbook

Ingredients:
– 8 ounces goat cheese
– 2 tablespoons fresh, finely chopped rosemary
– 2 teaspoons sea salt
– 1 teaspoon honey
– 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
– 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
– 2 large egg yolks
– 2 cups almond meal
– 1/2 cup coconut flour, plus more if needed

Directions:
– In a large bowl mash the goat cheese with the rosemary, salt, honey and pepper. Add in egg yolks and olive oil. Mix until well combined.
– Add in the almond meal and coconut flour and mix until absorbed and has a dough consistency. Add more coconut flour if needed.
– Transfer to a clean wood board and kneed dough. Divide into 4 equal pieces and roll each into a log, about 1 inch thick and 6 inches long.
– Wrap in plastic wrap or parchment paper and freeze for 1 hour. (If freezing for later use, wrap tightly. When ready to use, let chill for 1 hour in the refrigerator)
– Heat oven to 350 degrees and gently slice the dough log into 1/2 inch pieces. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment.
– Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a rack to cool.
– Crackers can be stored for a couple days in an airtight container.

ENJOY!

Spring Uniform

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SAMSUNG CSCVAVA by Joy Han Top c/o // One Teaspoon Bonitas (I size up for a looser fit) // Vince Espadrilles (sold out, new style) // Asos Clutch (old but LOVING this one)

Cut-offs paired with a loose blouse have become my day to day outfit of choice and I have been living in different variations of this outfit since moving to Hawaii. I am having a serious love affair with off the shoulder tops and this one from VAVA by Joy Han does not disappoint! The lace back is a fun detail and when paired with cut-off jean shorts you get more of a casual/cool outfit which is so perfect for tropical weather! This blouse would be equally as cute paired with skinny jeans and a fun pair of heels and would make the perfect date night outfit.
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Inspiring Spaces: Outdoor Dining Room

The start of spring is a great reminder that summer is on its way and along with that comes afternoons spent outside that turn into dinners enjoyed al fresco. I know I’m getting a little ahead of the seasons but taking the time to create an outdoor “dining room” can take a bit of time. I’m starting to gather inspiration now so that when the first warm, summer evening rolls through I’ll be ready (with a bottle of wine in hand) to spend it dining outdoors. Here are a few outdoor rooms that have me inspired and ready for a long summer of outdoor entertaining!77c9f68736c2bcf677485ef5b7c0aaa7

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Palazzo

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Forever 21 Palazzo Pants // James Perse Tank // Necklace // Steve Madden Shoes // Hobo Bag // Oliver Peoples Sunglasses

I picked up these pants right before my move and have been looking for the perfect opportunity to wear them. These palazzo pants are lightweight and breezy which make them the ideal pants for casual Hawaiian nights. I wore this outfit last week to walk into town for dinner and a stroll around our local farmers market and could not have been more comfortable! Styled with a bold necklace an tan accessories for the perfect casual outfit.

I hope you had a great weekend!

Aloha Friday

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IMG_4416Waikiki Sunset- since we live on the East side of the island we don’t get to experience the beautiful sunsets. But, we do get the awesome sunrises so I just need to get my butt out of bed in time to catch it!

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View of Lanikai from the Pillbox hike (a must do if you’re visiting Oahu!)

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Happy Friday and happy, happy spring! I’m so happy its the weekend and I am planning on spending it exploring the island! This past week flew by and I think that’s partly due to the fact that I’m still working on unpacking (finally got through the last box!!) and organizing but hey, thats ok with me!
Some highlights from the past week:
– Hiking the Pillbox trail. Seriously drop dead stunning views of Lanikai and Kailua the whole way up!
– An amazing sunset in Waikiki. We had some friends that were in town which was a blast. It was fun to see some familiar faces and enjoy drinks and dinner in Waikiki.
– Thursday night farmers market. This is quickly becoming our weekly date night.
– Finally taking Penelope to the beach. The little pup absolutely loves the beach so it was fun seeing her so excited running through the sand and water!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Best of Winter

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Cashmere // Tropical GangsterSlide1Suit // Blue

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Crop Top // Houndstooth
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Neon Florals // Jogger

Happy last day of winter and hello spring! Spring has always been one of my favorite seasons for fashion and I think it has something to do with shedding the heavy coats and endless amounts of black in favor of bright colors and fresh patterns. But, before we jump into spring I wanted to round up my favorite outfits from this past winter…
PS- I totally realize that most of these outfits aren’t all that “wintery” and that I’m only really one real coat in one of these outfits, but I’ve gotta work with the weather I’ve got!
Which outfit was your fav?

Beach Tunic

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Barbara Gerwit Tunic c/o // Scala Beach Hat (old, similar and under $15) // Stella McCartney Sunglasses (in black) 

I wore this embellished tunic as a swimsuit cover-up this past weekend to the beach and loved it so much I almost didn’t want to take it off! The neutral detail and white linen paired perfectly with my oversized beach hat nude sunnies. I’m always on the hunt for cute cover-ups, especially now that I live in Hawaii and I love how this one can pull double duty for a day at the beach then styled white skinny jeans for happy hour. A few other Barbara Gerwit pieces I have my eye on; this colorful dress and this pink beach bag…so cute!!

Empty Hawaii House Tour

Here she is! All bare and empty but loaded with the potential for a cozy little beach cottage! I rushed to get a few pictures taken before our movers showed up so I could share the before and after transformation with you guys. If you’ve been reading here the past couple of weeks you’ll now know that Marc and I just moved to Hawaii and spent the last three weeks staying in a hotel and looking for a new home that fit all our wants and needs. We stumbled upon this little gem and instantly knew it was the one. The house is located it the quaint little beach town of Kailua, on the east side of Oahu and is situated a couple blocks from the beach and center of town. We are still working on unpacking and arranging everything but are really excited with the space and location.

house3This view is from the far corner of the living room looking towards the entry and breakfast nook, which then leads to the kitchen.

house1 The future dining room as seen from the living room.

house4Large master bedroom with tons of natural light!

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The layout of this house is pretty quirkly (one of the things I love about it) and the master bedroom doesn’t have an attached bathroom. The master bath is attached to one of the smaller rooms which will become my office / closet (I’m pretty excited about this!!) which will be a totally DIY project!

I didn’t get a chance to take pictures of the guest room, kitchen or guest bathroom but I have a few projects in mind for each of the rooms so I’ll make sure to share the finial results with you guys.
If you have any great decorating tips or tricks please share!