Welcome to Olive and Bleu.
I'm Lauren & I'm so glad you stopped by!
This is a collection of musings on design,
art, craftiness, fashion, food, decorating,
weddings and other things that make
life lovely. I hope you enjoy!

XO
-L 

 

 


Entries from May 1, 2010 - May 31, 2010

Thursday
May202010

Cake pops and doodle bops (and some stuff I'm craving)

Hello random Thursday. What's a doodle bop you ask? I have no idea- it just rhymes with cake pop, so I threw it up there. I'm a little silly from staying up way too late making some cake pops for a fun girls weekend this Saturday, and doing laundry-because we are totally out of clean clothes. If you are not familiar with cake pops, where have you been? They are amazingly delicious little balls of heaven. I have made the oreo ones about a billion times, but last night I was feeling adventurous so I made Red Velvet cake ones too. YUM. 

Oreo Cake Pops image via slash food

Red Velvet Cake Pops image via bakerella

Oreo Truffle Balls (adapted from this recipe)

Ingredients
• 8 ounces light cream cheese, softened
• 1 Bag Oreos, chopped into powder in the food processor
• White or Milk Melting Chocolate

In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese for a couple minutes to smooth out. Add in just over 1/2 of the chopped Oreos and mix until thoroughly combined. Add in the rest of the Oreos and mix just until combined - some bigger pieces are ok.

Cover bowl and chill for an hour or 2. Scoop out dough and roll into 50-60 balls. (I like to use a small ice cream scoop to make them all even.) Cover and place back in the refrigerator to firm up.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave according to package directions (be sure to watch it closely so you do not scorch it.) Remove and stir to melt the rest of the chocolate. Dip each truffle ball in the chocolate and set aside on foil or parchment paper. If the chocolate mixture starts to firm up, gently - in the microwave. Store in the refrigerator after all are dipped. I like to take the opposite color of chocolate and pour into a plastic baggie, then I snip off the end and drizzle it over the truffles to make them stripey and pretty.

To make Red Velvet Cake Pops, simply swap the crushed Oreos for a baked Red Velvet cake- mix it with the cream cheese and follow the rest of the directions after...(or get the full recipe here.)

Viola!

And because I'm feeling totally random this Thursday, here are some treats I am craving right now.
Enjoy!

XO
-L

1. The SAK Silverlake Crossbody Bag in Dark Amber via Piperlime
    (My friend Julie & I got this for my friend Laine for her birthday and I loved it
    so much now I WANT ONE!)
2. Roxy Day Trip Romper here
3. Wandering Dreams Sleep Pants via Anthro
4. Great Mustaches Mug via PlasticLand
5. Feather Catchall Dish via Urban Outfitters
6. Pictorial Webster's Rubber Stamp Kit via Plasticland

Wednesday
May192010

Sash Panache

Happy Wednesday lovelies! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. Other than pulling my neck getting dressed yesterday (getting old...) my week has been splendid. I even saw Jane of Sea of Shoes yesterday at Blue Mesa- she is even more beautiful, and tiny, in person. 

So, if you have visited my little blog before, you know that I am smack-dab in the middle of planning our September wedding (eek! 4 months to go!) My goals this month are to finish a boatload of DIY projects, get G's wedding band, and finish accessorizing my dress. I already have lovely green shoes, and am wearing G's grandmother's stunning pearls, but now I'm on the hunt for the perfect sash for the waist of my dress. I have gone round and round- do I want a green sash to match my shoes with a flower on it? Or maybe something sparkly? I'm even considering making my own with a trip to the notions store (check out this great DIY sash post from Classic Bride.)  Here are some of my fave options from etsy and some inspiration photos. I'll let you know what I decide! 

XO
-L 

Image via Ashley's Bride Guide


 

1. Lolita Bridal Sash via LoBoheme on etsy
2. Pearl Vintage Ivory Sash via Bridal Shoppe on etsy
3. Crystals & Pearls Wedding Sash via Little White Dresser on etsy
4. Tulle & Bead Sash via Twisted Crystals on etsy
5. Huaka Crystal Sash via Kirsten Kuehn Designs on etsy

Tuesday
May182010

(Grilled) Peaches for me

Good morning lovelies! I hope everyone had a great weekend- we did. We finally bought a grill! YAY! Now our foodie obsessions can journey outside for the summer. I'm picturing us with yummy margaritas in hand, hanging out on the patio doing some grilling. Last night we made grilled, stuffed portobello mushrooms, couscous, sweet potatoes and for dessert-grilled peaches! They were amazing! I saw Bobby Flay make them on Food Network a wile ago and have wanted to try them and I have to say, they did not disappoint. The grill really brings out the flavor, so you could get great results from even slightly under-ripe peaches. Check out the recipe below (super easy) and also some cute pics of Geoff and Calvin building the grill.
Happy Wednesday all!

XO
-L 


Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream 
 

Ingredients

  • 2  tablespoons  light brown sugar
  • Spray Butter 
  • 4  fresh peaches
  • Light Vanilla Ice Cream

Preparation

Cut peaches along the seam all the way around and twist halves off the pit. Spray cut sides with spray butter and sprinkle with brown sugar. Cook on grill 3 to 4 minutes each side. (make sure sugar is melted and fruit is tender.) Serve with light vanilla ice cream.


Thursday
May132010

Owl be seeing you...

Ok, dumb title, but the neckalce is cute. And it features on owl. Yes please!!
Plus, Daily Candy is giving you 30% off designs by Julia Failey when you enter the code DC30 at checkout.
Happy Thursday all!

XO
-L

Owl Necklace by Julia Failey

Wednesday
May122010

Now I know my ABC's...

Next time won't you sing with me?! Ok, maybe I'm a little old for the ABC song. I'm still totally obessed with type-and am toally loving all of the alphabet art I keep running across. Looks like I am going to run out of wall space...

XO
-L

1. Alphabet by Bookhou
2. ABC Love Print by Made by Girl
3. Letterpress Alphabet Poster by inkpetals on etsy
4. Robot Alphabot by boldandnoble on etsy
5. Red Initial Letterpress Print by YeeHaw on etsy