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An Easy 3 Ingredient Dessert

September 1, 2015

an easy 3 ingredient dessert that would be perfect for an end of summer party M Loves M @marmar
Oh you guys, this LA heat wave has been pretty unbearable. It was so hot the other night that Matthew and I wrapped ice packs with a towel and put them on our stomachs to help us fall asleep. Sad but true! The late summertime heat is a bit of a deterrent for me to bake desserts so I wanted to make something that would be cold cold cold! 

This Blackberry and Mint Granita recipe is it! It's delicious and so refreshing. If you're wondering what a granita is, it's a semi-frozen dessert that uses sugar, water and flavorings of choices. It's similar to a sorbet or Italian ice. Granitas are perfect on a hot day, or when you're just wanting to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

If you're looking for something to make for Labor Day that doesn't require use of your oven, this recipe is it! There are only three ingredients involved: blackberries, sugar, and mint, so you won't need to hunt down a bunch of things, or spend a lot of money. Both those factors tend to be important when I'm making something, especially for a crowd!
fresh blackberries and mint M Loves M @marmar
making blackberry and mint granita M Loves M @marmar
homemade blackberry and mint granita dessert M Loves M @marmar
Blackberry and Mint Granita Recipe. Perfect for a Summer Party or Holiday. M Loves M @marmar
blackberry and mint iced granita dessert M Loves M @marmar

Blackberry and Mint Granita
makes 6-8 servings

INGREDIENTS
1 lb blackberries
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup water
2 bunches of mint, plus additional for garnish

DIRECTIONS
Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and add mint leaves. Cover and let steep for 1 hour. Remove the mint leaves and chill the syrup in the fridge.

Puree the blackberries and simple syrup {recipe makes about 3/4 of a cup} in a blender. Strain out the seeds and the pulp.

Pour into a container {I used a loaf pan} and freeze for about 5-6 hours. Every hour, remove from the freezer and rake the mixture with a fork.

When finished, add into dishes and serve with a spring of mint.
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This recipe is extremely easy with it's short three steps! The one thing you have to do, though, is make sure to be home while you're making it since you do need to rake the mixture about every hour for the 5 to 6 hour freezing time. I started making this in the morning on Sunday and spent the day cleaning and organizing, so it worked out easily for me. It was nice and ready for a late afternoon snack!

Here are some other easy dessert recipes
Or go big and make this Strawberry & Rhubarb Pie. It's one of my favorites!!

xox

styling with neutrals

August 31, 2015

trench coat with white button up and pink pleated skirt and leopard heels M Loves M Los Angeles fashion blogger @marmar
I've been so excited about shooting and sharing this outfit with you all! I became obsessed with this pink pleated skirt when I saw it online and waited anxiously for it to arrive in the mail. It reminds me of this longer version I had last winter {worn here}. Paired with a classic white button up shirt, this would be a great outfit for the office, but how cute would it be styled with a light pullover sweater? An animal print seemed like the necessary addition for this outfit so I added in these new leopard shoes. I love how all these neutrals work together! It's feminine but so fun...just my style!
white button up with pleated pink skirt M Loves M @marmar
neutral feminine outfit with henri bendel bag M Loves M @marmar
trench coat, white button up, and skirt with leopard heels M Loves M @marmar
feminine and work appropriate outfit M Loves M @marmar
tortoise sunglasses with white button up shirt M Loves M @marmar
necklace layering with kendra scott and gorjana M Loves M @marmar
pretty and polished outfit. would be cute for work. outfit details available by clicking through to M Loves M @marmar

SHOP THIS POST:
trench coat Nordstrom {under $100!}, shirt J.Crew, skirt Banana Republic, heels J.Crew, bag Henri Bendel, sunglasses Karen Walker Number One, necklaces Kendra Scott, Gorjana, and gift from a friend, bracelets Loren Hope onetwo, three, lipstick Ciate Cashmere



How was your weekend everyone? Mine was busy! I hosted an event down in Orange County on Saturday that was a lot of fun, and then Sunday Matthew and I did a ton of research for an upcoming trip. I think I'd mentioned to you guys before that we've been wanting to go on a Europe trip. As excited as I am {we booked our flights!}, it's so exhausting researching hotels, flights, and possible itineraries. I guess there's a reason why we like going to Hawaii...it's so easy!

Also, I've been working on designing our front living room and finding a side table in a specific color and width, and not crazy expensive, has been such a challenge. I'm hoping to share more of the design process with you soon because I'm so excited about this room! I just need to find that darn side table!

Have a great day everyone!

xox
photos by Valorie Darling

the friday five

August 28, 2015

the friday five green pleated top, jeans, tassel flats, gold rush necklace, gray bag M Loves M @marmar

Happy Friday everyone! Sorry for the lapse in Friday Frives around here! They're one of my favorites posts to put together but I recently got a new computer and I haven't gotten Photoshop yet. I'm excited to start putting together some fall outfit inspiration collages though!

This outfit makes me so happy when I look at it. I love the orangey red tassel flats and the aqua green pleated top. I think these colors look so fun and vibrant together!

Yesterday I went to lunch with Katie Dean who owns her own handmade jewelry company in LA. She is one of the sweetest people and is so creative. I felt like I could have chatted with her all afternoon. She was wearing this adorable gold nugget necklace {aptly named Gold Rush}, which of course is from her own collection. It's a piece that would be great for a West Coast resident, or anyone searching for their own precious gold.

This gray tote is so practical and I love that it has good interior and exterior pockets. Gray bags are awesome because they go with everything. It's a versatile neutral when you don't want to wear brown or black. I think this bag would be perfect for traveling as well!

Have a great weekend everyone!

xox




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