Monday, September 15, 2014

rustic rooster {menu}



Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cake

INGREDIENTS:

1-1/4 cup All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
4 Meyer Lemons {zest and juice}
1 cup Sugar
2 whole Eggs
1/3 cup of Melted Butter {that has cooled}
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
2 tablespoons Half & Half
FOR THE GLAZE:
1 cup Powdered Sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons {reserved} Meyer Lemon Juice, strained

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray {I use my mister} and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl whisk together the all purpose flour, salt and baking powder. Set it off to the side.
In a large bowl combine a cup of sugar and the zest from 4 meyer lemons. Use your fingers to rub the sugar into the zest.
Add in 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed {and strained to catch seeds} meyer lemon juice. Crack in two eggs, pour in the melted {and cooled} butter, the teaspoon of vanilla and whisk to combine.
In a small bowl combine the 1/2 cup ricotta and the two tablespoons of half and half, stir until smooth.
To the egg/sugar mixture; add one third of the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Add in have of the ricotta mixture and whisk some more. Repeat with the dry ingredients and ricotta. Mixing after each addition.
Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50-55 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
Let the cake cool for 10 minutes before running a knife around the edges and using the parchment paper as handles to lift the cake out of the pan. Allow the cake to cool completely before topping it with the glaze.
FOR THE GLAZE: Add a cup of powdered sugar to a mesh strainer that is set over a medium bowl. Sift the powdered sugar into the bowl. Slowly whisk in a tablespoon at a time of the reserved meyer lemon juice until you've reached the desired consistency.
Pour the glaze over the cooled cake.
Serve once the glaze has had a chance to harden.
Enjoy!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

happy sunday...



Thursday, September 11, 2014

hahahahahaha




Don't laugh... But my roommate in college used to say to me, You should be a foot model. You could make so much money! OMG just think of all the things "we" could do with a few hundred dollars. You have gorgeous feet. Of course I thought I could... She was a great motivator {thanks Tia}. I believed I could do it {wink}! So one afternoon we decided to get out the  wanted ads and look up foot modeling agencies. OMG... No joke every place we found... Was all for foot porn. Well, my foot modeling career ended very quickly after the last phone call we made. I think I peed in my pants laughing so hard. Oh a girl could dream! hahaha But, for some reason when I started the rustic rooster's Instagram account... I think my foot modeling career took off. I would just take a picture of my feet depending, where I was, what I was doing or what shoe I had on {poc = pop of color} that day. Now, I do get teased about my feet shots... But you know what A girl can dream. lol Do you take selfies or footsies! 

xoxo
Alexandra 


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

it's time...

 
 

 
I'll be the first to raise my hand... It's time San Diego cools down! This heat wave is so crazy! I'm ok with a few days of heat mixed in with humidity... But really I have slightly wavy hair {looks like I stuck my finger in a light socket if I don't straighten it} and my bun is looking old!  My boots have so much dust on them. I'm now complaining of allergies. When I look at my sweaters I break out in a huge rash and start itching. Now I can't sleep because of this heat... 2 fans and all windows open doesn't even cut it!  All I want to do Is bake yummy fall treats... Yaaa I tried that Monday night and almost fell over because of a heat stroke... Shhhhh I was stuffing my face with a few too many blondies as well.  I missed my sculpt heated yoga class Monday night because it was too hot! I haven't done a proper run in days...  Oppps I've just realized that I'm complaining way too much. Sorry! Is this heat wave killing you all too? Do tell!!!! What have you been doing to keep cool! I guess I need to do more outside meetings and drink tons more ice water... I will remind myself nothing negative stays that way forever... It will soon change in due time {wink}!   
 
xoxo
Alexandra

Sunday, August 31, 2014

happy sunday...





Friday, August 29, 2014

new... new... new...

 1.) Tons of new Dash and Albert rugs have arrived
{2x3}
 
 2.) Fun galvanized tin
{we have 2 of them.. Matching}
 
 3.) Vintage white stool
 
 4.) White captains chairs
{we have 4}
2 SOLD
 
 5.) Vintage yellow drop leaf table
{original paint}
 
 6.) Little kids vintage metal folding chairs
{original paint}
SOLD
 
 7.) White 8 drawer dresser
SOLD
 
 8.) White cottage 4 drawer dresser
 
 9.) Little whale dish
{Perfect to hold your jewelry, a little guest soap or desk accessories {paper clips or push pins}}
 
10.) Many different size mercury glass votives
 
11.) White Round pedestal table
SOLD
 
If you have any questions on
measurements or pricing please do not
hesitate to contact the rustic rooster,
760.436.2171

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

orange + black

 
 
OK I know it's not fall yet... But these colors just stuck out in my head today. I felt a little morning chill on campus so of course I automatically started dreaming about sweaters, vest and boots {OH MY}. Shhhh I'm kind of excited for a little season change... I know San Diego's season change isn't as dramatic, but hey a girl can dream! Orange and Black just seemed so fitting today.   hope you all are enjoying your day today!
 
xoxo
Alexandra   

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

tuesday {tell all}

Lately my skin has been pretty bad... Yes, I'm in my 30's and I still get acne. Yes, I have stress and break out because of my hormones {arghhh}... And Yes, I do still pick  my pimples. Ok... I'm human! But you know what as you all were in hours and hours of horrible labor I only pushed for 13 minutes and gave birth to my son... All natural! HA take that! So theirs a trade off in life. {hahaha} 

Ok... Back to the tuesday {tell all} of a beauty product. I was informed by one of my clients that their is a brand at Walmart called Equate Beauty... That's equivalent to Proactive. Her father is a dermatologist and says it's pretty much the exact same product and way cheeper. Well, I'm pretty sure you all guessed what I did after that meeting.. Yes, went to Walmart. No joke my assistant was still in the car... Hey, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!   

 

I would try it... I'm religiously using it right now and so far I can see a change in my skin. Plus, it saves me the hassle of ordering Proactive on line or going to UTC to the little cart and buying it. Talk about expensive and such a headache... 

good luck
Alexandra 

{please remember I'm not a dermatologist so this product might not work for your skin type}

Monday, August 25, 2014

new... new... new...

 
1.) White dresser
 
 2.) White trunk
SOLD
 
3.) Sea Foam shutter front cabinet
{we have 2}
SOLD
  
 4.) Night stand
{pick a color}

5.) Coffee Table
{pick a color}
 
If you have any questions on
measurements or pricing please call
the rustic rooster,
760.436.2171
 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

happy sunday...



I need to remember this... I struggle with getting stuck in the past {constantly}. I know it's normal... And extremely common! We tend to do what is most comfortable to us in life...  But I know it's not going to move me forward to my new chapter. I'm definitely trying to change and grow... I know that's the best ingredients for a successful future!

xoxo
Alexandra  

Saturday, August 23, 2014

congrats...

 
 
 
Congratulations Johnny... You made it to 10 years at the rustic rooster {wow}. Talk about impressive!!!! We absolutely adore your spirit and your amazing talent! It's so fun to see you grow with us through the years. Mom and I believe that the rooster has grown because of your dedication and your ability to learn with us! We are such a great team! Thank you for being so patient and loving! You are definitely apart of our family! John, we love you to pieces... And look forward to 10 more years with you!
 
xoxo
Alexandra

Friday, August 22, 2014

big big news


{Aug. 2014 - 3rd & 1st grade - Paul Ecke Central}

Well, Sean and I did something that we've been thinking about for a few years now... Put our little ones into our local public school! This huge decision has been weighing on me for new joke this entire summer! It was so hard for me to make the final decision. Not gonna lie I was the reason why we didn't send the kids to our local public school since the beginning!  Hey, I'm going to own up to that!  See, I was raised in the private school district as a child in Los Angeles... So I figured that's what my children were going to do. In private school... I love the uniforms {no joke EVERY school public/private should have uniforms}, the secure environment {all gates are locked down... hard core security}... No joke white gloved service at pick up and drop off {very safe and organized} and the family environment is so comforting to me.... Plus, they say the lords prayer and the pledge of allegiance! Hello, I believe {cherish} in morals and values and traditions for my kids. I wish all public schools were like that! Ok I won't preach because I don't like it when people do that to me... {wink}. I can't tell you if we made the right move, but I do know that my kids are so happy right now! Monday was their first day at Paul Ecke Central. They told me all the kids are so nice and super friendly. That was music to my ears. I was worried that they wouldn't fit in or make new friends. I know it's still the beginning and time will tell... But just seeing their happy faces makes us so happy and content! I absolutely loved walking on PEC campus this week and running into so many people that I know... It's great to see their jaws dropped and eyes bug out seeing me there {HUGE smile}! HI! 

The funny thing is... I was running last Saturday with my bike partner little man Ryan and made the final decision. It came clear to me that their is more to life than iPods, iPads, cell phones or the latest and greatest purchase or who has what. I want my kids to see the real world through real kids... I want them not to judge or be superficial in life. Not saying that's all private schools... So please don't take that sentence that way at all! This is our feelings for our children... To each his own in life! I do want to show them that trips around the world and volunteering at their local shelter is the real deal. My parents did that with my brother and I. Thank you mom and dad! We will try our hardest to teach our kids kindness and to love all... Poor or rich! Life is truly so short. I had a huge conversation with my dad the night before school started... I asked for him to protect and watch over my babies! Let them find happiness and have so much fun!  He did! Thank you so much dad... I do believe in heaven! I do believe in you... STILL

As I said before Sean and I made this decision for our children... We are happy. We do understand that the kids will have bad days, I will get upset with kids and even parents and teachers... But that's life at every school! Nothing is never perfect, but we do know we will be right there for our little ones every step of the way... The good, bad and then ugly {hahah}! I am scared what the future will hold... But guess what you guys I am real! I will admit my faults and cry or squeal with excitement when I'm right! So onward and upward... It's time to smile and laugh more! OMG I still can't believe that that my kids are in a different school... {smile}! Talk about big big news! 

xoxo
Alexandra   

Sunday, August 17, 2014

happy sunday...

 

 
xoxo
alexandra

Saturday, August 16, 2014

new... new... new

1.) Framed bird prints
 
2.) Buffet
{pick a paint color}
 
 3.) 3 drawer dresser
{pick a  paint color}
 
 4.)2 x 3 rugs
{tons of new colors/styles}
 
 5.) White bookshelf with adjustable shelves
SOLD
 
 6.) White 6 drawer dresser
SOLD
 
 7.) Little black dresser/nightstand
{with pull out writing ledge}
 
8.) Buffet
{pick out a paint color}
 
If you have any questions on
measurements or pricing please do not hesitate to call the rustic rooster, 760.436.2171

Friday, August 15, 2014

looking back...

 

I've been looking back at some of my past projects today {trying to organize my portfolio}... This one home here in Encinitas really stands out to me for many  many reasons. One I just adored the clients and two this project was so much fun designing from top to bottom. The freedom that they gave me... Really helped our design process together run absolutely smooth and extremely fast. We laughed and definitely conquered on this job site! I hope to work on many more homes with this family! It does make a difference when  a client trusts you {wink}. I understand trust is huge... If you don't feel it from the beginning then yes, I do advise you run from the project with them. Hire an interior design that you want to be around. Believe me Interior Designers do that too... If it doesn't feel right you shouldn't work together. Back to this client... Thank you for letting me be me... And make your home absolutely stunning!
 
xoxo
Alexandra

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

tuesday {tell all}


So it's that day again... Tuesday {tell all}! Need plans for tonight... I've got it for you! My dear friend Adrianne Smith Floral Designer is teaming up with La Costa Wine Company for a night of wine tasting and flower arrangement fun from 4pm to 7pm. Love this combination... So if you're bored and need a fabulous night out... Go, go, go! I'm going... And I can't wait! I treat life's outing as an adventure... Go and make a fun memory with your friends or even by yourself!!!!    


cheers
Alexandra

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