Homemade Almond Butta

I love Almond butter!! When I ran out the other day I thought it was perfect timing to make my next batch from scratch! If any of you aren’t hooked already, almond butter is nutty, creamy and much better for you than peanut butter.image

I put it on my toast, in smoothies and in baked goods! I use a VitaMix so this easy recipe took my me just 15 minutes. If you don’t have one [which I highly recommend], I found these other food processor recipes here and here.

Roasted Almond Butter

Ingredients:

3 cups of raw almonds

1/4 cup of canola oil

Making it:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Spread your raw almonds along a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until they are golden and fragrant but not burned.

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Cool the almonds and place them in the Vitamix with the canola oil. Turn the blender on variable speed and quickly increase the dial from 1-10, then flip to high for 1 minute. You should start to see buttery, creamy deliciousness and you know it is done!

I moved mine to a glass jar and added about half a cup to a small mason jar for gifting. Perfect as a part of any hostess or party gift!

Spring Reading List

Reading is somewhere on my top 10 favorite things to do with my time when its the weekend/ when I am on a vacation but, I have to admit, flipping through picture-filled pages of a pretty book or magazine might be higher. And let me tell you: a fabulous coffee table book collection is wonderful until it comes moving time; they are SO heavy!!

But, that doesn’t keep me from lusting for more! Below are some new books that have recently caught my eye.

The Sartorialist II, Scott Schuman

I was so excited when Scott Schuman’s first book came out that I ran to the first local book signing and snagged a seat at his Q&A forum with a fashion editor. I love the chance to hear straight from an author about their inspirations, trials and favorite parts of putting a book together. It just makes the book so much more personal.

The Sartorialist was pretty successful and since Scott’s fame and following has only grown, I imagine I am not the only one waiting to see what the second volume includes. Word on the street says it won’t be out until September but we can anticipate the best of his street-style photography and tons of exclusives not released on the blog!

Paris versus New York, Vahram Muratyan

A completely new take, but nonetheless still a tale of two cities, except this time its from the perspective of an art director/ graphic designer. I love both cities so much that I can respect the fact that this book promises to be ‘friendly’.

By Invitation Only, Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Who doesn’t love Gilt Groupe? Years ago when I worked for a fashion publication, these women and their “online sample sales” came up in many editorial meetings as the next big thing. Now with more segments and markets than I care to count [Gilt City, Jetsetter, Taste, etc.] and new imitators popping up weekly, they have certainly proved that they are in it for the long game. Their book promises to share “straight talk” on how the women followed their passions and created a start-up with a behind the scenes look at the fashion industry. Kind of a mix of business and pleasure!

You can pre-order the book now but you will have to wait until April!

Diana Vreeland The Eye Has to Travel, Lisa Immordino Vreeland

I’m not sure how much this book weighs [maybe they should start listing that in the book descriptions?], but I’m sure its worth it. The book chronicles 50 years of this iconic fashion editor’s lavish life and international style. It promises tons of photos, original fashion magazine spreads and a glimpse into this visionary’s sense of fashion.

“The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.”

-Diana Vreeland

Valentine’s Day Gifts Decoded

Valentine's Day LOVE

What are you giving your Valentine? I usually give a sweet letter and some type of clever momento and look forward to a lovely date, flowers and handwritten note!


 

Tory Burch oversized leather handbag, $850
Effy Collection post earrings, $2,700
One Kings Lane – Distinctive Designs – Hydrangeas in Vase
Pragmatic Vase, Roses, $48
2012 Daily Journal, Crocodile Embossed Leather Planner | Graphic Image, $90
Sealed With A Kiss Cards, $25
You Complete Me letterpress card | Smock | eco-friendly letterpress…, $4
Squares Plate – monogrammed plates
Inspiration / i heart letterpress
Konstantino – Collections – Womens – Phoebe