Featured, Living Well

Fit From Home: Online Workout Subscriptions To SURVIVE COVID19 Social Distancing

March 15, 2020
Fit From Home: Online Workout Subscriptions to Survive COVID19 Social Distancing

Greetings from the epicenter of the U.S. Coronavirus outbreak, Seattle!

While many of us are stuck at home implementing and adjusting to the new reality of social distancing, there are still plenty of ways to stay fit. Below is a curated list of subscription services and free workouts encompassing everything from yoga to boot camp to keep you feeling strong and healthy despite the current circumstances.

BARRE CLASSES | PILATES

Barre3

Pure Barre

The Bar Method

Ballet Beautiful

Xtend Barre

Melissa Wood Health

CARDIO | STRENGTH TRAINING | TONING

Daily Burn

Crunch Live

Tone It Up

Obe Fitness

Body By Simone

modelFIT

Tracy Anderson

YOGA

CorePower

Gaia

Glo

Alo Moves

YogaWorks

FREE YOUTUBE WORKOUTS

Yoga With Adriene (full length and short yoga classes)

Blogilates (pilates and cardio workouts)

PopSugar Fitness (HIIT, dance cardio, strength training, yoga, pilates)

Fitness Blender (HIIT, cardio, total body)

Boho Beautiful (yoga, pilates)

Tone It Up (strength training, cardio, HIIT, yoga)

NOTES

If I missed any subscription services or YouTube workouts you love, comment below!

In addition, please stay updated on any COVID19 related news and updates from science-based and/or credible public health resources like the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control. Irresponsible, anti-science rhetoric and misinformation is rampant right now. We have a responsibility to consume and share accurate information.

Dessert, Featured, Food

Matcha Dark Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

February 28, 2020
Matcha Dark Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats

Presenting Matcha Dark Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats. A combination of three of my favorite things: matcha tea, dark chocolate, and vegan treats. Made with just 5 simple ingredients, these striking green-hued morsels are as delicious as they are beautiful. This recipe is vegan & gluten free.

Ingredients:

Matcha Dark Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats
Matcha Dark Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats

Instructions:

  1. In a large pan, melt Earth Balance, on a medium heat.
  2. Gently, using a spatula, fold in mini marshmallows. Mix well to combine.
  3. Add in crispy rice cereal, plus matcha and mix until the cereal is completely coated with the marshmallow mix.
  4. Using a spatula, add mixture to an 8 x 10” or 9 x 11″ baking pan. Press firmly using the back of a spatula to set in pan.
  5. Cool completely. Coat with melted chocolate chips if desired.

Notes: Recipe adapted from candicekumai.com. Ceramics by Yokky Wong for Lawrence & Scott.

Dessert, Food

Chocolate Beetroot Cake [Vegan + GF Option]

February 8, 2020
CHOCOLATE BEETROOT CAKE [VEGAN + GF OPTION]

Superbly moist and creamy, this decadent chocolate cake gets its perfect texture from gorgeous, earthy beets. The taste is completely undetectable, only adding natural sweetness and desirable texture.

Ingredients:

Cake
  • 1 cup beet puree (see instructions below)
  • 2 tablespoons flax meal
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (or gluten free, all-purpose flour)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Chocolate Ganache
Chocolate Beetroot Cake (Vegan + GF Option)

Instructions:

Beetroot Puree
  1. Peel and quarter 3-4 medium sized beets (about 1 pound of beets). Steam the  beets for 15 minutes or until knife effortlessly pierces them. Add the cooked beets to a food processor or high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Measure out 1 cup and set aside.
Cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Prepare an 8″ round cake pan with parchment paper and grease around the side.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flax meal and water and let stand until thickened (5-10 minutes). Meanwhile in a large bowl, sift together flour, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the centre and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flax mixture, beetroot puree, olive oil, almond milk and vanilla. Add the beet mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Bake for 50-55 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean).
  5. Remove the cake from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the cake form the pan, remove the parchment paper, and cool completely on a wire rack.
Ganache
  1. Add the chocolate pieces to a medium sized heat proof bowl. In a small saucepan, gently heat the coconut milk until steaming (not boiling). Carefully pour the heated coconut milk over the chocolate and stir until all the chocolate is melted. Allow the ganache to thicken at room temperature for 40-50 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid chunks of unmelted chocolate. (See notes)
  2. Using a spatula, frost the cooled cake, decorate using freshly cut flowers, and serve.
Notes
  • If your coconut milk has separated during storage (it has a thick layer of fat and a watery layer), it’s important that you mix it back together before measuring; simply whip it up in a blender or food processor.
  • The ganache may seem runny at first, but it will thicken to a spreadable texture after the alloted thickening time has passed.
  • To state the obvious: Discard flowers before consuming.
Chocolate Beetroot Cake (Vegan + GF Option)

Enjoy!

Favorite Things, Lifestyle

Favorite Things: February 2, 2020

February 2, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW: FEBRUARY 2, 2020

Books

I’ve been a long time reader of the blog The Simply Luxurious Life where the mission statement reads, “The simply luxurious life is something I believe every one of us can attain if indeed we are seeking quality over quantity, sensibility rather than frivolity, personal style instead of trendy fashions and a truly fulfilling life instead of being led around by the nose, thereby creating a life of true contentment.”

Blogger and author Shannon Ables eloquently talks about curating and elevating the everyday on her blog, podcast, and in her two books, Living the Simply Luxurious Life and Choosing the Simply Luxurious Life. If you like food, fashion, great book recommendations, and all things France, prepare to swoon.

I also recently received a copy of Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I’m only about 40 pages in, but I’m already loving this stunning piece of historical fiction.

Television/Film

Booksmart

Academic overachievers Amy and Molly thought keeping their noses to the grindstone gave them a leg up on their high school peers. But on the eve of graduation, the best friends suddenly realize that they may have missed out on the special moments of their teenage years. Determined to make up for lost time, the girls decide to cram four years of not-to-be missed fun into one night — a chaotic adventure that no amount of book smarts could prepare them for.

Directed by Olivia Wilde and co-produced by Will Ferrell, this movie is certainly not lacking in laugh-out-loud moments.

Miss Americana

In this revealing documentary, Taylor Swift embraces her role as a songwriter and performer — and as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice.

Intimate and intriguing, even if you aren’t a fan of Swift’s music, you certainly can’t deny her impeccable work ethic and strategic business brain after watching the documentary.

Kitchen/Home 

Tea:

Matcha Love has a divine ceremonial-grade matcha powder from Japan that makes the most sensational tea lattes. This is something I have delivered monthly as it’s my go-to morning beverage.

For more information about matcha (the how, what, ect…), definitely visit chef Candice Kumai’s website. She’s the matcha queen.

Lawrence & Scott x Yokky Wong ceramics:

I discovered Hong Kong ceramic artist Yokky Wong’s work after watching an episode of Samantha Brown’s Places to Love. I was particularly moved by a series of ceramic dishes that use Yokky’s grandmother’s knit afghan pattern as an imprint, creating uniquely textured pieces. 

As many of you know, my husband and I co-own a luxury home interiors company, Lawrence & Scott, where we strive to curate, design, and provide the best home products to our diverse clientele. After seeing these pieces on TV, I knew I needed to bring them back to our Seattle showroom. There are still a few of these stunning knitwork pieces left – check them out while we still have them!

Music/Podcasts/Videos

Alexis Ffrench is a contemporary pianist and composer from the UK. He studied at The Purcell School for Young Musicians, the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His music recently caught my attention on Spotify this past week and has been on a constant loop ever since.

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