A few things...

Audrey Kawasaki  -  You will forever be a favorite obsession

Audrey Kawasaki-  You will forever be a favorite obsession

If you are new to Things We Heart, welcome!  If not, then you already know a little bit about our newest column, A Few Things.  

A few things is a look inside our brains, hearts and spirits to see what we are loving at this moment.  Things we are obsessing over, pining for, dreaming about or just something that sends our spirits soaring.  

In this weeks edition of AFT we are all over the place from our bellies to fashion to decor.   But the funny thing is we must be dreaming of the crisp air of fall to hit us because our picks are all about inviting warmth.

Miyoko's Creamery.  The diamond standard for all non-dairy cheeses.

Miyoko's Creamery.  The diamond standard for all non-dairy cheeses.

Whether you eat non-dairy cheese because you are vegan, want to save the planet, allergic to animal dairy or just like the way non dairy tastes and feels you will kiss us again and again after trying Miyoko's Creamery cheeses.  You will never have a more decadent, creamy, obsession worthy, taste explosion than her plant based cheeses.   They are all hand made with love, compassion and culinary art.   

We have given her cheese to anti-vegan friends/family and they were LITERALLY licking the wrapping after the cheese was devoured.  

Her message is save the world one person at a time through compassion and better food choices.   She became a chef after her mom forced her to make her own food as a teenager and fell in love with the idea of plant based food.   You will never miss the richness, texture and flavor of dairy cheese ever again!

Her Winter French Style Truffle is stuff dreams are made of.

Her Winter French Style Truffle is stuff dreams are made of.

They ship all over and select retailers carry her products.  When we can't wait for our shipment we make a (very short) pilgramage to our favorite boutique grocery store, Organix LA

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Once upon a time (a few weeks ago) a certain jinxy and myself came across the most gorgeous Milliner, Gladys Tamez.  We both tagged each other in posts we found about her amazing Zodiac Hats.   We had never seen anything like them.  Beautifully created, delicately detailed but more stylish than imaginable. 

Her  instagram  will make you go into virtual debt!  The Zodiac Collection.

Her instagram will make you go into virtual debt!  The Zodiac Collection.

Gladys became obsessed with being a milliner when she visited a 4th generation milliner in Spain.  She fell in love with the craftsman ship and delicate designs.   Her own work embodies that of the past generations of hat makers.  Each is hand made to order with love and care.  Dear Santa....

 

We have pinned this gorgeous yet inviting room over and over again.   

We have pinned this gorgeous yet inviting room over and over again.   

The designs worth a thousand pins.  There is no doubt you have pinned or seen these images again and again on the web.  They are that of the incredible designer, Tamara Kaye-Honey.  

The gorgeous store front of HoH before it was cool to do all black.

The gorgeous store front of HoH before it was cool to do all black.

We discovered Honey not after our 104th pin of her rooms but after driving by the coolest store in the most random place called House of Honey.  We got honks from drivers behind us because we couldn't take our eyes off of the amazing all black store with white life-size (faux) sheep in the windows.  

Hello dream space!   You are being pinned right now!

Hello dream space!   You are being pinned right now!

Honey got her degree in fashion and merchandising at FIT and quickly became a clothing buyer for Bergdorff's.  You can see her love of fashion in her work.  It is tailored and edited at the same time as being eclectic and opulent.  Never sparse but totally modern and timeless at the same time.  Yup that is possible.  She never follows the trends but instead seeks to create spaces that stand the test of time.     Her retail stores are just as gorgeous as her designs.  

 

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A Few Things.  This is everything.  No words can describe the way it feels to have your kids watch their parents do what they do best.  This moment will last forever.  

A Few Things.  This is everything.  No words can describe the way it feels to have your kids watch their parents do what they do best.  This moment will last forever.  

Smmmmmooooothh (ie)

If there is one thing I think we can all agree upon its yummy shakes... they are basically dessert that need no hands!  So when smoothies came on the scene in the form of Jamba Juice and Robecks our hearts were a flutter (ok, our stomachs).  I mean...a "healthy" smoothie??!  Oh wait..what?  They have 50-80 grams of sugar, frozen yogurt (thats dessert people...yogurt is filled with sugar and dairy is horrible for us, our skin, bodies, digestion, and especially the planet and cows) and 500-1500 calories?!?!?!   

So we curtailed our love for blended fruits and veggies for years until we realized... we are smarter and more awesome then just giving up... lets blend our own!   (and it doesn't hurt that we got a Vitamix and a Nutribullet Rx...makes it easier and faster)

Here are a few of our all time (and believe it or not our KIDS) favorite recipes!  Made with nothing artificial...nothing filled with the white devil ...aka sugar.  Just whole fruits, vegetables, nut butters and a few other incredible ingredients from this gorgeous planet we all love.  

The Greena Colada is hands down the most refreshing heathy smooovie we have ever had and its insanely filling.  We have lovingly adapted this recipe from the awesomely famous Punch Bowl bar... (you can order the Coco Special from the owner and he will serve one up to you) 

1 handfull of kale (frozen or fresh)

1/2 avocado

1/2-3/4 cup frozen pineapple

Coconut h2o

1/2 lime squeezed for the juice

*hint- we love to add hemp seeds and after workouts some rice protein powder)

Directions-  blend and watch your waistline shrink, your skin glow and your tummy be happy!

 

Breakfast in a glass smoothie- perfect for breakfast or after workout smoothie

1 frozen banana (if not frozen just add some ice to keep the drink cold)

1 cup non dairy milk-  we love almond, soy or coconut

2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter-  the kind you have to mix with no additives

1/4 oatmeal  (uncooked "flakes")

1 tablespoons of chia seeds (get at any market now!)

Directions-  blend away and enjoy your day!

 

Dessert all day smoothie

Take the Breakfast In A Glass smoothie from above,  add unsweetened cocoa powder (not hot chocolate :) )  and a date and if you have hemp seeds lying around (trader joes now sells them for a deal!...Blend and  voila!  You may never want a banana split again!  Ok you will but this is seriously rockin!

 

Rasberry Buuurre

Bye Bye sherbet...hello amazing!

1/2 cup frozen raspberries

1/2 cup  frozen strawberries & blueberries

1 banana 

1 1/2 cup coconut h20

1 scoop vanilla rice protein powder (or leave out for a summer refresher if you don't want protein)

And a couple we are dying to try!

Tumeric n' Mango

Avonanakale

Over the weekend our readers gave us a ton of great ideas for add ins and here is a list of our faves...

- Coconut Oil

- Cacao

-Maca

-LSA

-Tumeric

And a super cute printable for all things smoothie...

Your challenge is to make each one of these and let us know what you think!  

PS If you please, pass TWH on to the ones you like and love!  thanks!

xoxo

TWH