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DIY Baking Soda Scouring Powders in 3 All-Natural Scents

Baking soda in a scouring scrub is a safe yet effective way to get stains and grease out of surfaces, but Hello Natural takes it to another level with these all-natural powders infused with luxurious ingredients like dried rose petals and herbs. Not only would we feel good about using these green cleaners, but we’d break them every chance we get just to enjoy the wonderful scents!

Discover how to make your own with these three recipes from Hello Natural below.

Cinnamon Clove Scouring Powder

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves (loosely ground)

Combine ingredients and store in an airtight container.

Floral Scouring Powder

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup dried roses (loosely ground)

You could also try a combination of lavender and rose and use 1/4 cup of each. Combine ingredients and store in an airtight container.

Herbal Scouring Powder

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 heaping tablespoon each oregano, thyme, rosemary (all loosely ground)

Combine ingredients and store in an airtight container.

For the full post and for more natural beauty inspiration, visit Hello Natural!

Photography: Hello Natural

Strawberry-Balsamic Goat’s Milk Frozen Yogurt

There’s something about the combo of strawberries and balsamic that really wakes up your palate; the acidity adds wonderful complexity to sweetness that we can’t get enough of. Just in time for the warm weather ahead, Fix Feast Flair transformed those flavors into an ice-cold treat that will be our go-to all spring and summer long! How insanely delicious does this strawberry-balsamic goat’s milk froyo look?!

While this recipe is simple and easy to make, Alana from Fix Feast Flair says this recipe needs inactive time for the goat’s milk yogurt to strain and chill and the strawberry-balsamic purée to chill, so be sure to plan ahead!

Check out Fix Feast Flair for the full post and more delicious recipes!

Strawberry-Balsamic Goat's Milk Frozen Yogurt
prep time
10 Hour/s
cook time
30 Minute/s
total time
10 Hour/s 30 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • STRAWBERRY-BALSAMIC PUREE
  • 12 oz. (~2 c.) strawberries, hulled and halved or quartered
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • FROZEN YOGURT BASE
  • 6 c. goat's milk yogurt
  • 2/3 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. corn syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • TOOLS
  • Mall saucepan
  • Blender or food processor
  • Whisk
  • Fine mesh sieve
  • Cheese cloth
  • Large bowl
  • Plastic wrap
  • Ice cream machine
  • Silicone spatula
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Storage container
  • Parchment paper
Instructions
  1. STRAWBERRY-BALSAMIC PUREE
  2. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and cook on medium heat, stirring often, until the strawberries are soft and some of the liquid from the strawberries has cooked down, around 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Let the strawberry mixture cool slightly, then transfer to your blender or food processor and purée until smooth. Should yield around one cup.
  4. Refrigerate until cold.
  5. FROZEN YOGURT BASE
  6. Line your fine mesh sieve with a few layers of cheese cloth. Spoon in the yogurt then gather ends together and twist shut at the top. Refrigerate for at least six hours.
  7. Once strained, remove yogurt from cheesecloth and strainer then whisk in the granulated sugar, corn syrup, and honey. Whisk until the sugar dissolves completely then whisk in 3/4 cup of the strawberry-balsamic purée. (Reserve the remaining purée to top the frozen yogurt.) Refrigerate for one hour.
  8. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker; process according to manufacturer's instructions.
  9. Transfer frozen yogurt to a storage container. Press a sheet of parchment onto the top of your frozen yogurt, wrap with plastic wrap and transfer to freezer until set (at least two to four hours).
  10. Serve and enjoy!

Photography: Fix Feast Flair | Recipe: Fix Feast Flair

Modern Etiquette with Chloe Malle

Let’s face it, times are a’changing, and it’s getting harder and harder to sit through a dinner without feeling the urge to glance at your phone. But where should we draw the line? Luckily, the incredibly chic Chloe Malle took a break from writing some of our favorite Vogue stories to share her tips for modern day etiquette. Take a peek at this funny and helpful how-to in the video below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lavender Inspired French Countryside Luncheon

I do believe if I had the privilege of sitting down at this gorgeous lavender-infused luncheon planned by Modern Dame, I would never want to get up. Between the breathtaking florals from Holly Flora, the delicious nibbles from Haute Chef LA and that picture perfect cake from Sweet and Saucy - I would have more than enough to keep me blissfully happy. Well, thanks to Steve Steinhardt‘s gorgeous images I can take my virtual seat at the table here.


From Modern DameWhen I think spring, I think lavender. More specifically, the lavender fields in the South of France. Can you imagine spending a day in the countryside? Just you, a big, bright blue sky, and rows and rows of fragrant, natural beauty. I for one can’t picture a better way to spend a sunny afternoon which is why, as I sat down to plan a pre-Easter luncheon I wanted to host for all of the lovely ladies in my life (including my wonderfully stylish mother, aunt, and cousin), I knew lavender would be the primary source of inspiration.

Sometimes Los Angeles can’t possibly feel any farther away from the tranquil, picture-perfect French countryside, but, last Saturday, I think we came pretty close to recreating it in my very own backyard. Instead of rows and rows of lavender, though, a single, rustic table dotted with mismatched chairs chosen to create a shabby, yet still chic, look, sat beneath a big, shady tree. Arrangements of garden roses, lilacs, ranunculus, sweet peas, and lavender served as the centerpieces and, along with the dried french lavender placed on each setting, filled the air with a rich, intoxicating scent. Silver trays gleamed in the bright, California sun, and a sprinkling of dried french lavender buds provided the perfect bed for the luncheon’s signature cocktail – St. Germain French 77 with bubbling, effervescent champagne.

On the table, the most gorgeous vintage crystal goblets and coupes worked in perfect harmony with the white china and silver flatware to create an intimately beautiful countryside fête right here in LA. Lavender washed menu cards were tucked lovingly into lace-trimmed napkins and outlined the day’s fare: beautifully crafted tea sandwiches, fresh spring salads, lemon cakes adorned with – you guessed it – more lavender, the creamiest deviled eggs, and fresh fig topped with mascarpone, honey, and pistachios served in their own mini glass jars, which were enthusiastically devoured by all.

For dessert, more masterfully composed on-theme delights filled the table, including a rustic red velvet cake, divine lavender macarons, and some seriously adorable egg-shaped Rice Krispie treats. After lunch, lavender-infused Earl Grey tea was sipped from white-washed tea cups, just as, I like to imagine, we would have done sat out beneath the great big sun, amongst rows and rows of sweet lavender in the South of France. Hope my French country Lavender luncheon will be an inspiration for your event!

Cake: Sweet and Saucy | Caterer: Haute Chef LA | Floral Design: Holly Flora | Host & Party Planner: Modern Dame | Photography: Steve Steinhardt | Rentals: Town And Country | Stationery: Meet The Foley Event + Design | Tableware Rentals: Dish Wish Events

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Easy Cream Cake

Cream cakes are deceivingly easy to make. Shhhh…I even cheat! The mascarpone cream is so lush and sweet, no one even notices that I use a cake mix. Sometimes, I even ask the bakery at our local grocery store for 2 nine inch cake layers that I can take home and freeze. I can make a cream cake from start to finish in just 10 minutes! xoxo Julie Blanner

This cake is perfect for any occasion. In fact, the cake in itself is an occasion!

Easy Naked Cream Cake
prep time
20 Minute/s
cook time
total time
20 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 2 - 9 inch cake layers of your choice
  • 2 c heavy cream 8 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 1 c powdered sugar berries of your choice
Instructions
  1. Lightly freeze your cake layers for easy slicing.
  2. Beat heavy cream until soft peaks form.
  3. Blend in mascarpone cream. Gradually incorporate powdered sugar. Beat until stiff.
  4. Slice your cake layers in half and place your bottom layer on a platter or cake pedestal.
  5. Add a large scoop of cream to the center of your cake and spread using a spatula.
  6. Alternate cream and cake layers.
  7. Top with berries, allow to come to room temperature and serve.

Photography: Julie Blanner | Recipe And Styling: Julie Blanner

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