Thursday, September 20, 2018

orange you happy


{all images from rustic rooster pinterest}

Truth when I look at the color orange I don't really get the feeling of happiness... It does wake me up though! Not saying, orange isn't a pretty color it just doesn't evoke joy in my eyes! But, after looking at these images I do feel awake and ready to conquer the day! What's your feeling about orange?








Wednesday, September 19, 2018

garage doors

 


Q U E S T I O N... Why don't people focus on their garages and make them look pretty? Hmmm maybe the question really is, why don't garage door companies give more pretty options that aren't custom for the general consumer. I know garage doors can be pricy, but oh man if I were in that line of business I would be killing it! lol I guess what I'm trying to say is, I wouldn't give my customers only choice A, B and C... I would add D, E and F to the selections! For the same cost. Then if a customer wants to get supper fancy like a wood garage door, more windows or different style windows... etc. Then let the price go up, up and up! What do you think? Keep them simple or go crazy and make them pretty {cool}?!?! You all know my answer! What's yours... 



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

fall feels





Fall is around the corner... Little signs are starting to pop up here and there and guess what I'm ready!  Truth... I'm craving cool breezes, leaves changing and cozy camel sweaters {mixed with leopard accessories}! All these images make summer coming to a close A OK for me! I can handle it! I know San Diego's fall is n o t h i n g like an east coast fall, but I'll take what I can get here in my quaint little seaside town! Burnt orange here and rustic red there... Bring it on {smile}!  What images come to mind when you think of fall... Please share! 






Monday, September 17, 2018

monday {menu}

{recipe from here}


HONEY EARL GREY FIG CAKE


INGREDIENTS

Earl Grey Cake:

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 earl grey tea bags
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 Tablespoon ( 1 1/2 teaspoons) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste, or vanilla extract
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

Honey Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 oz unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Toppings:

  • figs
  • honey
  • pistachios

INSTRUCTIONS

Earl Grey Cake:

  1. Microwave milk for 90 seconds to 2 minutes until very hot. Steep tea bags for 20 minutes. Squeeze out as much liquid from tea bags. Remove tea bags.  Stir in egg whites and vanilla paste. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour two 6-inch cake pans. Line with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Sift together cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together softened butter and sugar. Add 1/3 of dry flour mixture. Mix on low speed. Add 1/2 of liquid mixture. Continue to mix on low speed and add another 1/3 of dry flour mixture. Add remaining liquid mixture. Mix on low and add remaining 1/3 of dry flour mixture. Scrape down bowl as needed to ensure thorough mixing. Batter should be smooth. 
  5. Divide batter between two prepared cake pans. Level batter using the back of a spoon or a mini offset spatula. Bake for 30-35 minutes, rotating once halfway through baking. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes before unmolding. Place cake on wire rack and allow to cool to room temperature

Honey Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Scrape down bowl as needed. Add confectioners' sugar, honey, and salt. Mix until frosting is smooth and thoroughly combine.

Assembly:

  1. Level cooled cake as needed. Place one cake layer on a cake stand or cake plate. Spread a generous amount of honey cream cheese frosting into an even layer over cake. Place another cake layer on top. Top with frosting. Place sliced figs on top of cake. Sprinkle pistachios on top. Drizzle honey as desired. Keep cake stored in the fridge until ready to serve. Let cake sit at room temperature for 20 minutes to allow cake to soften. Drizzle additional honey, as desired, before serving.


Sunday, September 16, 2018

happy sunday...






Sunday, August 12, 2018

happy sunday...




X O X O
Alexandra

Monday, August 6, 2018

monday {menu}

{recipe here}


LEMON VANILLA 
FRENCH TOAST with STRAWBERRIES 

ingredients

  • 1 loaf vegan lemon vanilla challah or another challah/brioche cut into 1 in slices
  • 1 1/2 cups nondairy milk 
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder or 1 teaspoon extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Zest of a lemon
  • Coconut oil for cooking

instructions

  1. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla, salt, and lemon zest. Dip the challah slices into the egg mixture, letting them soak for a minute each side.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium heat with about a teaspoon of coconut oil. Once the pan is hot, cook 2-3 slices of french toast at a time, until golden, about 3 minutes each side. Repeat until all of the bread has been used. Serve immediately with coconut yogurt, strawberries, and maple syrup.


enjoy
Alexandra 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

happy sunday...


X O X O
Alexandra

Thursday, August 2, 2018

shower time




Do you have an outdoor shower? We don't, but hopefully soon will! Today our contractor came over to give us a bid for creating one... OH I remember the 1st outdoor shower I ever took. It was on Cape Cod working for CBI {Chatham Bars Inn} for the summer. I got asked to visit a friends parents house for the weekend to go on an adventure. They sent me outside to take my shower... I was actually very nervous and a little hesitant. I thought the world was watching me and I was freaked out. Ha Ha... Once I realized no one could see me I was hooked... Truth I actually got asked to get out of the shower because I was in there way too long. It was so liberating... And free feeling. I loved it! Lets just say, I think I will be outside majority of the time taking my showers from now! LOL

X O X O
Alexandra 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

playing with rocks


How F U N is this rock painting story telling game... My kids are at the age that they kind of would still like to do this... But kind of not like to. I think their attention span might be cut short by social media or Ryan's rocks would be a little naughty {Ugh}! I think I just might try it and make them play with me. lol If anyone tries this with their kids let me know... 

x o x o
Alexandra 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

boho loving



I l o v e a good boho chic look... Cool and very carefree looking!  I have a tendency to go back and forth with a very classic New England style or as my friends call me Ms. J-Crew to long flown hippy dresses {as I call them}. I love to be as natural and simple as I can. No make-up, sun kissed skin with long beach wavy hair. Most days I can get away with that look... And I love absolutely it! Try it sometime... You might "just" like it! Hope summer is treating you all well... I can't believe school is around the corner. Crazy! 

x o x o
Alexandra


Monday, July 30, 2018

monday {menu}


{rustic rooster pinterest}


..mustard salmon bowls.. 


serves: 4
time: 35 m (15 m prep, 20 m cook)
salad dressing:
  1. 1/2 cup olive oil*
  2. 2 heaping tbsp. freshly chopped dill
  3. 2 tbsp. dijon mustard
  4. juice of 2 lemons
  5. 3 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  6. pinch of kosher salt*
  7. pinch of black pepper*
salmon:
  1. 4 (6-8oz) Salmon Filets
  2. 4 tbsp. olive oil*
  3. Kosher salt and black pepper*
bowl:
  1. 1 lb. brussel sprouts
  2. olive oil*
  3. kosher salt*
  4. pepper*
  5. 1 head bibb lettuce
  6. 1/2 cup hearts of palm, sliced
  7. 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
  8. 2 avocados, halved 
instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut woody ends off of the brussel sprouts, then cut in half lengthwise. Toss with 2 tbsp. olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper. Spread on a baking sheet and place in oven, roast for about 20 minutes.
  3. Line a separate baking sheet with parchment paper. Place salmon filets on top. Drizzle each with 1 tbsp. of olive oil and season, to taste, with kosher salt and pepper.
  4. Place in oven and roast until the salmon is opaque throughout, 20 to 25 minutes (depending on the thickness of your salmon).
  5. Meanwhile, In a bowl, whisk together all of the salad dressing ingredients. Set aside.
  6. Tear bibb lettuce into large pieces and separate into two bowls. Top with sliced onion, hearts of palm, and avocado.
  7. When the salmon and the brussel sprouts are ready, add them to each bowl alongside the lettuce and avocado combination.
  8. Drizzle with desired amount of the mustard dressing.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

X O X O
Alexandra 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

happy sunday...


X O X O
Alexandra 

Saturday, July 28, 2018

eye candy


I don't know about you... But I've been completely suckered into staring at this picture all morning long! What is it? The random patterns that all blend so well together? The soft and stunning color pallet? The simplicity of all the items on the nightstand? Little boy blue and baby pink girl colors combined with  strong adult gold? Hmmmm... What is it? I think everything is  just p e r f e c t!  Hope you're enjoy this beautiful eye candy for this Saturday Morning! If you have the answers please tell me... 

X O X O  
Alexandra 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

happy sunday...


x o x o
Alexandra 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

dreamy


I'm so motivated on sprucing up my backyard. I want tons of new and fabulous things, but have to go in baby steps. Plus, I want everything done a s a p! Typical me... But what I'm learning is doing one thing a day or one thing a week is good. If it puts a smile on my face verses stresses me out to get it all done, I'm A OK! Good things come to people who wait. hahah  So my first plan of attack is eliminate the junk and useless stuff that's currently in the backyard right now, then move things where they're supposed to go... Then sit and figure out the layers. That would be pillows, flower pots, flowers, candles and furniture. Wish me luck... 

x o x o
Alexandra 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

happy 4th of july



Tuesday, June 5, 2018

sale {preview}




If I were you, I would definitely stop by our SALE... 

Saturday, June 16th 
from 
9:00 am to 11:00 am

NO JOKE... Our Coastal Alley SALE is in the ALLEY behind our old rustic rooster storefront {930 S. Coast Highway 101 - Encinitas, CA 92024}

xoxo
Alexandra 





Friday, June 1, 2018

coastal alley s a l e




xoxo 
Alexandra 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

happy sunday...



xoxo 
Alexandra 

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