Wednesday, September 20, 2017

l o v e it


Who wants the perfect beach, farmers market, meeting/catch all bag? I do... I do... I do! Place your order and I can ship them out to you asap... Of course if you're local you can meet me at the rustic rooster garage space and pick yours up! I use mine all the time and l o v e it!  Trust me you will love it 
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

happy sunday...



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

coastal alley sale



Monday, September 11, 2017

monday {menu}



i n g r e d i e n t s:


  • 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips, divided
  • 4 graham crackers, chopped
  • 1 cup Mini Marshmallows

p r e p a r a t i o n:


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Place the beans, eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar in a food processor and puree for 1 minute.
3. Add the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt and pulse to combine.  
4. Stir 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips into the batter and pour into a greased and parchment paper lined 8 x 8 inch pan and top with the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips, graham crackers and marshmallows.
5. Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. 
6. Use the parchment paper to remove the brownies from the pan and cut into even squares.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

happy sunday...



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

call the dr. {interior design}


When you've been asked by one of the top Pediatric Dermatologists in San Diego to design her new office space... You don't think about it you DO IT! I've had the pleasure of knowing and going to Dr. Bari Cunningham {Comprehensive Dermatology} for years. So this opportunity was so exciting and thrilling for me!  


When Dr. Cunningham purchased the new practice she hired a commercial medical design team to do everything, but saved her little office space for me. I liked to think she hired me because of my fabulous jokes that keeps her in stitches every time I go in for my 6 month mole check {wink}! Nope, I got the job fair and square. We both had the same style!   


I started designing her little box right away! I consulted with my favorite cabinet maker and had a plan! She needed storage with style and a room that set her apart from her day to day routine. 


I had the cabinets painted a cool grey/beige color. Beyond stunning! The rest of her practice is pretty modern... With tons of clean lines and minimal decor.  So by adding the color and beading to her cabinet door fronts... Her little space went to the next level.  

With all the accessories that I put in I made the space feel warm and cozy. She also wanted to incorporate her families photos somewhere in the room. I asked for 3 important pictures and then organizing them together {same frames} and made them pop. Too many gets confusing and then the eye starts to wonder. So this placement of frames worked out nicely!  We didn't want too many accessories as well because she new that her paperwork would start to build up and get messy from time to time.  So it is true what they say, "Less is best!" 


On the left side of this bottom cabinet... We added a mini fridge. She wanted to be able to store drinks and a snack. Such a great idea {1 point for Bari}. By putting it to the back left you can't even tell its there because her chair hides it {1 point for Alexandra}


Well, I hope you enjoyed my first little doctors space I designed... I had a blast from start to finish. Look forward to many more in my future. OH and I highly recommend going to her for your children dermatology needs. Taylor and Ryan go to her and they adore Bari.  Rooster Approved


Monday, September 4, 2017

labor day


H A P P Y   L A B O R   D A Y 


Today is a day dedicated to appreciating the contributions of the working class and how they help build our country's strength and prosperity! Labor Day has been a national holiday since 1894 and is often celebrated with summer activities. For most of us, it's the unofficial end to summertime and yes, that means all the fun stuff, like last-minute barbecues, camping, picnics and parades. Hope you all stop and give thanks to the men and woman that truly make the good old U S A grow. Stay safe and have a wonderful Labor day! 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

happy sunday...



Saturday, September 2, 2017

wild ride {life}


I can't believe how fast this summer went by... I feel like just last week my kiddos were out for the summer. C R A Z Y! Well, my not so little's are back on school and were chugging right along. Soccer season is starting... And our annual heat wave is here, in full force! I can't believe how HOT it is right now. I just have to think that I'm sweating out all my impurities and in the end I'll look fabulous {hahaha}! 

Sorry, for the blog silence I'm engrossed in a few major new projects {amazing}, our home remodel {so exciting} and kids back in school {craziness} that I'm slightly spinning getting it all under control. Everything is wonderful... I just have to remind myself, that its life... And you will always have speed bumps, good or bad. Truth all you need to do is take one step at a time and wrote everything down! Life is wild, mistakes happen and if you can't roll with the punches, you'll be spit out at the next rest stop. Every time I  make a mistake and mess up I remind myself that I'm human and it is OK... When someone judges you or gets angry at you for a mistake you just have to feel sorry for them and take a step back. You can't control  other peoples actions, but you can control your own. Be grateful and enjoy the ride... FYI people we are all human and reality is, we all make mistakes! 

Hope you all have a fabulous Saturday... Stay cool and enjoy the ride of life! Smile and compliment 5 people today. Trust me... You will feel good and so will they!  


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

back to school


 
{1st day of PEC, Aug. 2017}
 
Well, the clock keeps rolling forward for me and my little ones... Y I K E S! Monday Taylor and Ryan started school. They're now in 4th and 6th grade. Isn't it crazy to think just yesterday I walked them in to kindergarten. This will be the last year that both of my babies are at the same school... Until high school. I don't know how I feel about that. On one hand they're growing up so beautifully and on the other hand... It's all going to fast for me. I know I've said this a million times before, but my kids are my entire life... We have gone through so much that our bond is beyond insane and without them I don't know how I could have made it through the past. I tell the kids we went on an adventure and we now can laugh and learn about it!  So with each step that we go forward I shower them with so much love and attention.  Yes, it is true what they say, In a blink of an eye they're grown up. I'm still very thankful that my kids love to travel with me and kiss me good bye each and everyday. I will never stop trying! Good luck in a new grade... You will have so much fun this year! Momma loves you with all my heart!    
 
 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

master bedroom {interior design}


LOVE the before pictures that I always take when I first meet with a new client. I'm sure the clients are terrified of what I'm going to do with them. Of course I would never, ever embarrass my clients {wink}. Hello... The before's are the b e s t! Truth, it all works out in the end!
I really enjoyed working with this family. The wife absolutely cracked me up. It was never a dull moment when I came over to her house. I loved hearing about the master bedroom neglect... She was horrified when friends would come over and she would have to make a million excuses on why it wasn't pretty. She kept apologizing for the room... I totally understood her pain. Sometimes certain rooms get neglected because you want other parts of your home to get completed first. Plus, you want to finish some rooms first that are more visual than others. Believe me I completely understand! 



The feeling that we wanted to achieve in this room was a calming and tranquil space mixed in with classic tones. My clients kids are at the age where they are all "hanging out" down stairs in the family room... Instead of kicking the kids out, they decided to keep the kids home safe, but have a their own space to retreat to and feel comfortable! We accomplished just that... If I had installed a mini fridge in the room life would have definite been even more complete for them. But, If I did install a fridge... I don't think they would have ever come down stairs again!  



I love these classic leather chairs I chose. They're beyond comfortable and very durable. Let me remind you they had 2 cats and 3 dogs so they needed durability. All of the fabric was sealed for stain resistance. We wanted too go the extra mile... Just incase! 




I had so much fun designing this master bedroom. This job was so much fun and extremely easy because I had fabulous and beyond trusting clients... They understood I had a vision and I was going to make their dream come true! A new master retreat! I hope you all enjoyed my before and after photos. See it all really does work out in the end {wink}!
 

Monday, August 21, 2017

monday {menu}




crispy slow cooker carnitas


INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (4-5 pound) lean boneless pork roast, excess fat trimmed, cut into 3-inch chunks
  • 1 cup beer (or chicken stock)
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle powder (or 1 chipotle in adobo sauce, minced)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat oil in a large saute pan over high heat. Add the pork and sear on each side until browned (about 1-2 minutes per side). Transfer pork to a large slow cooker.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker, and give the mixture a stir to combine. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours until the pork is completely tender and shreds easily with a fork.
  3. Once the pork is cooked, preheat your broiler to high heat and prepare two baking sheets with aluminum foil. Use a fork to shred the meat into bite-sized pieces, and then use a slotted spoon to transfer it to the prepared baking sheets, spreading the pork in an even layer and leaving the juices behind in the slow cooker.  (Don’t discard the juices, we’re going to use them later!)
  4. Place one sheet under the broiler for about 5 minutes, or until the edges of the pork begin browning and crisping up. Remove the sheet from the oven, then ladle about 1/4 cup of the juices from the slow cooker evenly over the pork, and then give it a good toss with some tongs.  Broil for an additional 5 minutes to get the meat more crispy. Then remove and ladle an additional 1/4 cup of broth over the crispy pork.
  5. Repeat with the other baking sheet of pork.
  6. Serve immediately in tacos, burritos, salads, or whatever sounds good to you!  This pork can also be refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 3 days, or frozen in a sealed container for up to 3 months.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

happy sunday...



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

exterior of the day



WOW... Talk about an impressive home! I feel like the minute the front door opens you would see a rolling green lawn for miles... I can just feel the crisp fall air looking at this picture. Would you move in? I know this is definetly a dream home for me. I have sleepless nights thinking about moving to the East Coast... My only fear is the weather there. Truth, I'm so spoiled by the weather here in Southern California that a slight breeze throws me off. Ok I'm not that dramatic, but staying in the cold for too long makes me a little crazy. So I guess the best thing that I can do is 1.) Visit the east coast all the time and 2.) Build my dream home here! Win Win!  

Monday, August 14, 2017

monday {menu}


I'm going to call this... The Ultimate Fighting Machine. W O W this board is to die for. Fruits, veggies, meats, cheese to tons of different sauces. Beyond creative! It is true color is everything along with presentation! I definitely look forward to making this... Hopefully soon! Enjoy!




Sunday, August 13, 2017

happy sunday...




Friday, August 11, 2017

for sale







OK timing really is everything! So with that said, the time is just right for me to sell the Volvo. Out wth the old, in with the new! I need a change! Since I have so much positive change happening in my life I thought it would be a great idea to sell my car and start making more fabulous memories in a new car. So If YOU or if you know of anyone that is interested in a 2008 Volvo V70 please let me know {alexandra@rusticrooster.com}. I can't even tell you how solid this car is. I can load so much in it and it's beyond reliable. Of course it has normal wear and tear, but over all it looks fabulous! FYI I have never been in an accident in it. Oh and they don't make this model anymore... So technically I have something very special! Do I call it a classic car? haha I haven't posted this car on any sights... So you get first right of refusal {wink}!  




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