Monday, April 12, 2021

monday {menu}

{recipe from... here}

 Miso Caramel Pear Porridge

Miso caramel pear porridge makes one of my favorite desert flavors into a breakfast worthy indulgence. Tender caramelized pear, a quick honey-miso-butter sauce and toasted seeds for crunch. Soak the oats the night before for best results, and make sure to use ripe pears.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 3/4 cup almond milk (or other milk, I often use a mix of almond & coconut milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • pinch of salt
  • toasted pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds to serve
  • Greek yogurt to serve
Pears
  • 2 ripe pears, halved and cored (I use beurre bosc)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon white miso paste (adjust to taste)
Instructions
  1. Soak the oats the night before - combine the oats, chia seeds, milk, vanilla and salt in a bowl and refrigerate overnight. If you forget this step, even 30 minutes of soaking is worthwhile.
  2. Half and core the pears. Heat up a fry pan big enough to fit all the pears, cut side down.
  3. Melt the butter, honey and miso in the frypan and add the pears. On a low-medium heat, cook for about 10 minutes (depends on pear ripeness) until almost tender. Be careful not to burn the pears - low slow heat is good. I find putting a lid on the pan speeds this step up. When the pears are fork tender, if they are not caramelized underneath enough turn the heat up a bit for a few minutes.
  4. To cook the porridge, transfer the soaked oats and milk to a saucepan. Cook on a medium heat for 5 or so minutes until desired thickness reached. If it gets too dry for you, add a bit of water or more milk.
  5. Meanwhile, toast the seeds in a dry pan.
  6. Serve the porridge in bowls topped with caramelized pear, toasted seeds and Greek yogurt.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

happy sunday...

 





Friday, April 9, 2021

stylish picks for your pooch...



Meet Molly...



Molly is my third child. And just like my other children, she has managed to accumulate a lot of stuff. I don't mind that she has her favorite things strewn throughout the house. However, if they are going to be there, I would rather they not offend my eyes. So I have been on the hunt for stylish pet products that blend seamlessly into our shared space. Luckily, there are some great products out there to choose from. Here are a few of my latest finds... 




 


































XOXO
Alexandra 





Monday, April 5, 2021

monday {menu}

 


xoxo

Alexandra

Sunday, April 4, 2021

hoppy easter

 



Hoppy Easter!


XOXO
Alexandra 

Friday, April 2, 2021

friday finds

 






I don't know about you... But sign me up f a s t
I want all of the items! 

  • House {check}
  • Adorable spring outfit {check}
  • Homemade pop tarts {check} 
  • rustic rooster's silver cup {check}

By the way this silver cup is available for purchase! 

Such a sweet little cup... Perfect to hold pencils & pens in, great  flower vase & even fabulous to use as a little cocktail cup! Why not... You definitely will look cute drinking! haha



 $ 14.00
{plus tax & ship}

measurements: 
2.5" H x 2.5" D 

e-mail... info@rusticrooster.com if interested in purchasing!

xoxo
Alexandra 


Thursday, April 1, 2021

coastal coffee table books...

 

I love a good coffee table book! Not only are they filled with design ideas, but they are also great to use as décor themselves. You can use them in any space to add color, elevate other items, and showcase your interests. 


Since I have been spending more time at home lately, I’ve had the opportunity to flip through some of my favorite coastal design books and wanted to share some of my favorites with you. I hope that you find them as beautiful and inspirational as I do! 


Do you have any favorites? I am always open to recommendations. You can never have too many books…











Wednesday, March 31, 2021

spring table settings...

It's finally that time of year! Time to get ready for some much needed time outdoors, soaking up the sun and enjoying a good meal. We are so lucky to have great weather all year round in San Diego, but once spring hits, we are outside all day, every day! So I have been rounding up everything we need for a festive spring table setting that will last all season!


✔ Hurricanes 
✔ Placemats 
✔ Flatware  
✔ Tablecloth  


Don't forget the flowers!  





Monday, March 29, 2021

monday {menu}

 



{recipe from... here}

Grilled Crostini with Burrata, Figs, & Prosciutto 

6-8 slices sourdough bread

Olive oil

1 garlic clove, halved

1 cup baby arugula

1 (8-oz) ball of burrata cheese, sliced

2-3 fresh figs, sliced

4 oz sliced prosciutto

Honey

Balsamic glaze

1. Preheat the grill to medium and drizzle the sliced bread with olive oil on both sides. Place the bread on the hot grill and cook for a couple minutes per side, until slightly charred and toasted. Remove from grill, and while still warm, rub the bread with the halved garlic.

2. Top the bread slices with the arugula, prosciutto, burrata, figs, a drizzle of honey, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Season with salt and pepper. Serve!


xoxo

Alexandra

Sunday, March 28, 2021

happy sunday...

 


xoxo
Alexandra 

Saturday, March 27, 2021

today's the day

 


xoxo
Alexandra 

Friday, March 26, 2021

going green...


 

via Home and Garden UK


via Matilda Goad



via Domino Magazine



Green is the color of spring, symbolizing life and hope. With everything around us coming back to life and starting anew, the color green is so invigorating and restorative. I don’t know about you, but I could use some rejuvenation! 

I love adding a bit of green to my home in the spring to welcome the season. Whether it be through plants or platters, green accessories can add a bit of natural warmth and charm to any space. 


Visit us at our COASTAL ALLEY SALE, tomorrow, SATURDAY, MARCH 27from 9-11am 
to find the perfect green accessories for your home. See you there!


XOXO
Alexandra

Thursday, March 25, 2021

blue and white makes everything right...




If there were ever versatile home accessories, it would be blue and white ginger jars and temple jars. I have been using them for years in my designs, being that they can be used in so many ways, and work with so many different styles of décor. If you were to come over to my house, you would see them in almost every room! You can group them together in a vignette, use them to hold your favorite flowers, put them on opposite sides of the mantle… So many fun ways to use these beautiful pieces of art!





I have seen many different shapes, sizes, and designs over the years. 

Luckily, I have been able to get my hands on a few 

of my favorites and will have them available at our upcoming 

COASTAL ALLEY SALE on March 27, from 9-11am

Stop by and add a few ginger jars to your collection!


In the alley behind the old Rustic Rooster storefront.

930 South Coast Highway 101 Encinitas, California 92024



XOXO

Alexandra



Wednesday, March 24, 2021

vintage seascapes...




via Habitually Chic



via Sea Roosts



via Sea Roosts



via Sea Roosts



Awhile back, I came across the perfect little cottage in Montauk, called Sea Roosts. Being that my family and I were not able to travel back east last year, I have been soaking up all of the east coast charm that I can online and making plans for future visits. This place is definitely on my list! 

 

As I sat drooling over the photos, I noticed that there was a beautiful collection of vintage seascapes that could be found throughout the home. Whether you live by the sea, or just love the water, vintage seascapes are a great way to add warmth, charm, and a sense of wonder to any room. 


I'm sure that this property is even more amazing in person. Something to look forward to...



To add a few vintage seascapes 
to your home, stop by our 
COASTAL ALLEY SALE on SATURDAY, 
MARCH 27from 9-11am.

In the alley behind the old Rustic Rooster storefront.
930 South Coast Highway 101 Encinitas, California 92024



XOXO
Alexandra




Tuesday, March 23, 2021

french market baskets...








French. Market. Baskets. Three little words. So many uses. I have had French market baskets for as long as I can remember. I use them as a beach bag, to haul around fabric samples, and to carry all of my farmer’s market goodies. I have also found numerous ways to use these versatile baskets in my home to help keep me organized. They can be used as a catchall in the entry, as small toy storage that can easily be transported around the house, and in the bathroom to hold extra towels. I even use one to hold all of my library books so that when I am ready to return them, they are already in the bag and ready to go! 




via Architectural Digest



Stop by our COASTAL ALLEY SALE on SATURDAY, MARCH 27, from 9-11am
and snag yourself a French Market basket{or two}!

In the alley behind the old Rustic Rooster storefront.
930 South Coast Highway 101 Encinitas, California 92024



XOXO
Alexandra



 

Monday, March 22, 2021

write this down...


XOXO
Alexandra 

 

Sunday, March 21, 2021

happy sunday...

 

XOXO 
Alexandra 

Monday, March 15, 2021

monday {menu}




Quina Power Bowl
{recipe from... here}

Ingredients

  • 14 to 16 oz. Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided (sub avocado oil)
  • 1 Tbsp. adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce)
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 3 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash (from 1 small squash)
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups lower-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 to 3 handfuls of chopped kale
  • Sliced avocado for topping (optional)

Honey-Dijon Dressing

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. honey (sub maple syrup)
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Arrange Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet and toss with 1 Tbsp. oil, adobo sauce, maple syrup, and 1/2 tsp. salt. On a separate baking sheet, toss butternut squash with remaining 1 Tbsp. oil, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Place both baking sheets in the oven, and roast for ~25 minutes, stirring once halfway through, until tender.
  • Meanwhile, combine quinoa and broth in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until quinoa is fluffy and liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Uncover, and stir in kale, letting residual heat wilt down the leaves.
  • Prepare dressing by combining olive oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, and salt in a small bowl; stir with a whisk.
  • Assemble bowls by dividing quinoa and kale mixture evenly into each of 4 bowls. Divide roasted vegetables over top, and drizzle with dressing. Garnish with sliced avocado and/or toppings of choice.

xoxo
Alexandra 

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