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Friday

20

May 2016

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Banana Hazelnut Bread

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Banana Hazelnut Bread via Deco Tartelette
Banana Bread is classic…with the crunchiness and nutty flavor from the hazelnuts, this loaf continues to appear on our brunch table again and again…we love it. It also freezes quite nicely! Happy baking!

Banana Hazelnut Bread
Ingredients:
2 cups organic, all-purpose flour
1 cup super ripe bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup organic hazelnuts
2 large organic eggs
1 stick of butter at room temperature
1 cup organic sugar (floral sugar is lovely in this recipe as well)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon rose salt

Hazelnut Banana Bread via Deco Tartelette
Directions:
Cream butter and sugar in a stand mixer fit with a paddle attachment. Add eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla. Mix until smooth. In a separate mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda. Mix until combined. Add the bananas then hazelnuts. Pour into a buttered loaf pan (9″x5″x3″). Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. Insert a toothpick or cake tester into the center of the loaf to check for doneness…the bread is done if the toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for about 5-10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool for another 15 minutes. Serve with butter, coffee, and fresh fruit. Enjoy!

Recipe + Photography by Cassie Winslow

Tuesday

17

May 2016

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Goings on…

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Lily Lace Top Anthropologie via Deco Tartelette
In love with this lace top (quite similar to a particular pineapple top I have in my closet as well…)

Miette Hayes Valley San Francisco via Deco Tartelette
The cutest little alley in San Francisco…just around the corner from my favorite SF bakery + candy shop, Miette

Brunch at 20th Century Cafe in San Francisco via Deco Tartelette
The best brunch and the prettiest plates at 20th Century Cafe

Reformation Striped Tee Free People Boater Hat Madewell Denim via Deco Tartelette
Striped Tee: Reformation similar here and here, Denim: Madewell (seriously the coziest), Neck Scarf: Vintage similar here, Boater Hat: Lack of Colour via Free People, Sunglasses: Karen Walker, Handbag

Top Knot + Pink Peony via Deco Tartelette
This peony was literally the size of my head!! Shop my white halter here…a summer staple indeed…

Vintage Painted Portrait | Deco Tartelette
We have been back in Santa Cruz long enough to start nesting and decorating by way of hanging up old favorites…including this gem of a vintage portraiture whom I call Georgia…

Colorful Succulents and potted plants of Lavender via Deco Tartelette
…and my thumb is getting greener…

Homemade Rosemary Sourdough | Deco Tartelette
Thinking about baking this Rosemary Sourdough this weekend…one of my favorite recipes…

Tillamook Ice Cream | Deco Tartelette
Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee, California Pistachio, TCHO Double Dark Chocolate, and Oregon Marionberry Cheesecake…all delightful flavors from Tillamook’s new line of specialty ice creams…the texture and flavor of each is on point! Just in time for summer..which flavor would you like to try?
Violet Gingham Blouse: J.Crew, Denim Cut-offs: Vintage Levis similar here

Photography by Cassie Winslow + Nicholas Winslow

Thursday

12

May 2016

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A Budget-Savvy Way to See Napa Valley in a Day

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Napa Valley Countryside via Deco Tartelette
Napa Valley is a beautiful travel destination offering a variety of five star restaurants and lavish hotels, which can be intimidating for the budget-friendly traveler. However, my husband and I recently spent 24 glorious hours in Napa Valley which proved to be relaxing, casual, adventurous…and economical!

What more can one ask for?

Bouchon Bakery | Deco Tartelette

Bouchon Bakery via Deco Tartelette
Bouchon Bakery

We arrived in Napa, dog in tow, on a Friday morning around 11. Having missed the morning rush at Bouchon Bakery, we walked through the door surprised to find only a small line of patrons. With an assortment of unusual pastries and loaves of bread nearly reaching the ceiling, Bouchon did not disappoint. We treated ourselves to a cappuccino, delightful pastries (the raspberry cream cheese danish was scrumptious), a hearty loaf of sourdough for our planned picnic dinner, and of course, a doggie bone for Rufus. We explored the small village of Yountville on foot, admiring the rose-covered white picket fences and enjoying the fresh, country air.

The French Laundry Napa Valley | Deco Tartelette

Oakville Grocery | Deco Tartelette
Oakville Grocery

A must stop when in Napa Valley, this market sells everything from local cheese, bottles of wine (of course), and a variety of made-to-order sandwiches and freshly squeezed juices. We gathered some cheeses and charcuterie for our picnic dinner and a carrot-orange juice for the road.

Oakville Grocery | Deco Tartelette
Hall Winery

Our next stop was Hall, a very pet-friendly winery complete with a vineyard surrounded by lavender, a bocce ball court, and a patio overlooking their vines. We took a stroll through the vineyards after relaxing and tasting on the patio, exploring the grounds and enjoying the lavender scented breeze.

Dean + Deluca is located right next door, a specialty market perfect for collecting some goodies to take home; they have an array of foodie-adored pantry items and their chocolate selection is astounding.

Gotts Roadside | Deco Tartelette
Gotts Roadside

From grass-fed burgers and local produce to handcrafted milkshakes and wine from local vintners, Gotts Roadside is another must-stop while in Napa. We munched on cheeseburgers washed down with strawberry milkshakes and Rufus may have eaten a French fry or two

Bothe-Napa Campground

Napa Valley is known for its luxurious hotels and spas, yet this glorious campground is nestled in the heart of the valley and is within walking distance from numerous wineries, including the historic Beringer. We booked a tent site though they also offer yurts. We enjoyed a delicious picnic dinner with a variety of goodies we had collected throughout our adventurous day…then fell asleep under stars, our bellies filled with delicious cheeses and cabernet…what better way to get in touch with the terroir…

Beringer Winery | Deco Tartelette

Napa Vineyards via Deco Tartelette
Model Bakery

On Saturday morning, we packed up our camp and started our descent down Highway 29. We stopped at Model Bakery for breakfast on our way out of town…they have delicious egg sandwiches made with house-baked English muffins and their coffee was perfectly strong…

Hop on over to Darling Magazine to see the feature…

Photography by Cassie Winslow + Nicholas Winslow

Monday

9

May 2016

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Homemade Donuts with Blackberry Lavender Glaze for Darling

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Blackberry Lavender Donuts | Deco Tartelette
There is nothing better than biting into a warm, homemade donut. With a fresh, blackberry glaze and a touch of floral goodness, these donuts will be a new favorite in your household! The idea of making homemade donuts can seem a bit daunting yet the process is quite simple, and the result, a delightful treat. Happy baking!

Hop on over to Darling Magazine to see the feature…

Homemade Donuts with Blackberry Lavender Glaze
Makes two dozen
Ingredients:
3 + 1/3 cups plain flour
4 tablespoons caster sugar
2 teaspoons rose salt
4 teaspoons yeast
4 organic large eggs
3/4 cup warm water
9 tablespoons organic, unsalted butter (at room temperature)
Organic canola oil

Blackberry Lavender Donuts | Deco Tartelette
Directions:
Place flour, sugar, salt, yeast, eggs, and water in the bowl of a stand mixer…mix on low speed for about 5 minutes until well combined and elastic. Then, slowly add pieces of butter while mixer is running on medium speed until well combined for another 7 minutes…stop the mixer occasionally to scrape down the side of the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise in a sunny, warm spot until it has doubled in size…this can take anywhere from 1-3 hours. Then, remove from bowl and roll out on a floured surface to a little under 1 cm thickness. Using a 2.5″ round cookie cutter and a nickel-sized round piping tip, cut out the donuts and centers. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and cover with a kitchen towel. Allow to rise for another hour. 15 minutes before you are ready to fry the donuts, place two inches of canola oil into a high-sided pot (I used this one) and bring the temperature up to 360 degrees Fahrenheit. You will want to maintain this temperature as you are frying the donuts so keep an eye on the thermometer and raise/reduce heat as needed. Fry 2-3 donuts at a time, flipping once golden, about a minute on each side. Remove from oil using a slotted spoon and place on a layer of paper towels to drain. Once you are finished frying the donuts and they are cool enough to handle, dunk the tops in the Fresh Blackberry Lavender Icing (recipe below) and place on a cooling rack. Enjoy immediately.

Blackberry Lavender Icing:
Ingredients:
2-2 1/2 cups organic powdered sugar, sifted
3-4 tablespoons organic whole milk
3-4 tablespoons of fresh, organic blackberries, mashed
1/2 teaspoon dried, organic edible lavender petals freshly ground (I used this mortar and pestle)
Directions:
Simply mix all ingredients using a whisk until smooth. Voila!

Recipe + Photography by Cassie Winslow

Saturday

7

May 2016

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As of late…

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Peonies + Garden Roses via Deco Tartelette
It’s incredible how color can lift one’s mood…I have been so delighted with the garden roses from our garden this spring…perfectly paired with these apricot peonies from our local flower shop…

Madewell striped jumpsuit
Frolicking through the Marina Dunes
Tie-Front Culotte Jumpsuit: Madewell, Sunglasses: Karen Walker

Free People Sunglasses + Madewell Overalls via Deco Tartelette
Another first bloom from a lavender rose bush gifted by a dear friend…one of the most deliciously fragrant presents I have ever received…
Sunglasses: Free People, Overalls: Madewell, White Collared Blouse: Cloth + Stone, Earrings: Vintage

Cypress Inn Charlie Chaplin Mural Carmel, California | Deco Tartelette
Playing tourist in Carmel has become a monthly ritual…love this mural at the Cypress Inn, a charming hotel co-owned by the lovely Doris Day

Vintage Car in Carmel, California via Deco Tartelette
You can count on Carmel if you are looking for the cutest little vintage cars around every corner…

Sutro Baths via Deco Tartelette
We finally made our way to the Sutro Baths in San Francisco last month after an afternoon well spent at the Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the de Young Museum…the view did not disappoint…

Colorful Succulents via Deco Tartelette
One can never have too many colorful succulents…

Kentucky Derby ready complete with Basil Juleps via Deco Tartelette
Derby ready today…this year we made Basil Juleps…you can find the recipe for my mint julep here…simply substitute basil for mint!
Dress: Cloth + Stone, Hat: Anthropologie c/o, Mint Julep Cup: Vintage similar here

Pink Garden Rose via Deco Tartelette
I have dreamed of growing garden roses for years…the season is finally here and I am tickled pink…literally…I’m also loving the color of our new favorite chair..it makes a great background for photos as well…

Striped romper via Deco Tartelette

Capitola Village via Deco Tartelette
Capitola Village is a charming little place just around the corner from Santa Cruz…complete with colorful villas, a historic wharf, and a restaurant-lined beach, this vibrant town will steal your heart just minutes after putting your feet in the sand. We recently had the pleasure of contributing photo content to the Capitola Village Website…take a peek here
White Lace Dress: Similar here, Striped Hat: Similar here, Sunglasses: Similar here, Basket: Similar here, Striped Beach Blanket: Similar here, Heels: J.Crew

Photography by Nicholas Winslow + Cassie Winslow

Friday

6

May 2016

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam Whiskey Sour

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Strawberry Rhubarb Jam Whiskey Sour | Deco Tartelette
The combination of strawberry-rhubarb isn’t just meant for scrumptious pies…the pair make a wonderful jam and cocktail as well! I love using jam in cocktails because, well, it’s the jam…you’ll see…

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam Whiskey Sour | Deco Tartelette
Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam Whiskey Sour
Makes 4 cocktails
Ingredients:
4 tablespoons Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam (recipe below)
Juice from one lemon
8 ounces whiskey
Soda water
Ice

Directions:
Simply place a tablespoon of jam in each cocktail. Add lemon juice, whiskey, and soda water. Stir. Top off with ice. Cheers!

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam Whiskey Sour | Deco Tartelette
Strawberry + Rhubarb Jam
Makes enough to fill a 6-ounce ball jar
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups organic strawberries, chopped
1 stalk of organic rhubarb, chopped
1/2 cup filtered water
Juice from 1/2 organic lemon
2 tablespoons organic sugar
2 tablespoons organic honey

Directions:
Place strawberries, rhubarb, water, lemon juice, sugar and honey in a saucepan. Place over medium heat. Stir until you bring the mixture to a simmer. Allow to simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Using a potato masher, mash the fruit. Simmer for another 5 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened and turned into a thick jam. Store in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy within a week.

Photography + Recipe by Cassie Winslow

Thursday

5

May 2016

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Cinco de Mayo

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Chamomile + Pink Grapefruit Paloma| Deco Tartelette
I have gathered a few of my favorite recipes, perfect for any Cinco de Mayo feast! These Pink Grapefruit + Chamomile Palomas have to be one of the most scrumptious beverages I have ever made…

Nectarine Salsa | Deco Tartelette
Fresh Nectarine Salsa…I can eat this by the spoonful…

Veggie Tacos | Deco Tartelette
Veggie Tacos…I made homemade flour tortillas (see below) and layered pinto beans, avocado crema, arugula micro greens, and sliced radishes…

Watermelon Lavender Margaritas | Deco Tartelette
There’s always room for Watermelon Lavender Margaritas

Homemade Flour Tortillas | Deco Tartelette
These Homemade Flour Tortillas have become a staple in the Tartelette household…they make any taco combination sing…

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Photography + Recipes by Cassie Winslow

Saturday

30

April 2016

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Asparagus + Avocado Eggs Benedict

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Asparagus Eggs Benedict via Deco Tartelette
Mmm…eggs benedict…is there a better breakfast? Served with asparagus and drizzled with lemony hollandaise, it’s perfect for a springtime brunch or to serve your mother on Mother’s Day…

Asparagus + Avocado Eggs Benedict
Serves 4
Ingredients:
4 English Muffins, halved (I like to use multi-grain for texture)
1/2 pound freshly sliced smoked ham
8 poached eggs
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
Hollandaise Sauce (see recipe below)
Bunch of organic asparagus
2 large organic avocados, sliced

Asparagus Eggs Benedict | Deco Tartelette
Directions:
First make the hollandaise sauce (recipe below). Then, poach the eggs. Fill a large pot with filtered water and two tablespoons of white wine vinegar. Once the mixture begins to boil, add eggs one and a time in batches of 4. Turn off the heat and allow the eggs to cook for 6 minutes. Remove from water using a slotted spoon and quickly drain on a paper towel. Lightly salt. Meanwhile, lightly toast the English muffin slices and set out on 4 different plates. Layer with ham, avocado,
poached eggs, and drizzle with hollandaise sauce. Serve with fresh fruit, grapefruit juice, and of course, a piping hot pitcher of coffee…

Asparagus Eggs Benedict via Deco Tartelette
Hollandaise Sauce
Ingredients:
6 egg yolks
1 teaspoon of each: tarragon + shallots, minced
Salt + Pepper to taste
1 stick organic unsalted butter
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
Juice from 1/2 lemon

Directions:
Place a large pot filled with 3 inches of water over medium-high heat stovetop. Once water begins to simmer, create a double boiler by placing a large heat-proof bowl over the pot. Add all ingredients to the heat-proof bowl. Whisk constantly until the sauce combines and thickens, but don’t cook it through or else you will end up with scrambled eggs. To avoid this, make sure the water doesn’t come to a boil…reduce heat to allow the water to simmer only if needed.

Recipe + Photography by Cassie Winslow