Thursday, July 30, 2015

Chocolate Crumble Recipe

Vanessa and I rarely get together outside of the markets anymore since I'm in Colorado and she's in Montana. It's a real bummer, especially because we love to create together!! On Monday, she flew in for 2 days for a special project (that we hope to tell you about soon!) and we were able to get a little bit of baking in. 

We went shopping for some fun oven safe vintage containers, and found a few gorgeous ironstone bowls at A & J Antique Mall here in Fort Collins. I guess I hadn't really thought about the fact that any oven-safe container would work, so now my horizons are expanded and I will look for those ANYTIME I'm out! 

We found a recipe for chocolate cobbler  and thought we'd try it since the prep and cook time together equaled 30 mins. We had an hour to bake it, style it, shoot it, and then run out the door for the airport. Living on the edge. 

The topping didn't seem like it would have the crunch we were looking for, so we did more of a crumble topping. Delicious!! We also altered the amount of brown sugar in the filling since we were putting more brown sugar in the topping, and we both like our chocolate a little less sweet. The result is this gooey, moist, chocolately filling with a perfect crunch on top. Warning: it's rich. I don't know that I could eat an entire one by myself (Ok, I do know. I tried. I failed.)

Hope you enjoy!!


Chocolate Crumble

filling recipe adapted from HERE

1 stick butter, melted
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup flour
3 tablespoons oats
2 tablespoons butter
a pinch of salt

Instructions for topping:

Mix dry ingredients, add melted butter, and mix until small clumps form.


1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. In a saucepan, melt butter & chocolate chips on LOW, stirring until smooth (about 5 min).
3. Remove from heat & add brown sugar.
4. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs & vanilla. Add chocolate mixture.
5. Add flour, cocoa, & salt.
6. Grease oven-safe dishes, preferably small creme brûlée dishes. Pour in batter & add topping.
7. Bake 12-15 minutes based on your dish size, but be careful not to over bake. It should have a slightly gooey center.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

An airy & Contemporary Home

This home has been a long time coming to our blog! It belongs to Jennifer Little, photographer extraordinaire and proprietress of HEYDAY, a new store coming to Fort Collins that features fresh, playful, curated, simple-living furnishings + apparel! I can not wait to shop! Follow her Instagram for updates on the shop opening! She posts sneak peeks of the brands they plan to carry -- it's going to be AMAZING!

A few months ago, I teamed up with Jen to create a video and blog post about biscuits and almond milk. We filmed it at her house and I just fell in love! Her home has such an ease to it. It's comfortable, beautifully-styled, and extremely welcoming....just like Jen. 

NOTE: Paint sources are documented at the end of this post.

Jen said that the floor plan was not large, so they redesigned a lot of the spaces to maximize space and storage. The kitchen cabinets went to the ceiling for more storage, and they expanded the opening between the kitchen and living room. Hardwood floors are used throughout the house to keep a good flow, and they used a lot of white to keep the home open and fresh.

Jen is from Georgia and she has always loved hardwood floors. She wanted to mimic the look of southern homes while keeping a touch of Colorado. The bathroom floors were inspired by Jen's great aunt Willa who had a gorgeous home in the Virginia Highlands of Atlanta. They wanted a look that was timeless and classic, hence the hardwood, hexagon tile, subway tile, white walls, and plantation shutters. To update the look a bit, they added gray interior doors. LOVE the pop of color they provide!

Ohhh...all that MARBLE!! So gorgeous and boy is it easy to prep cook on!

Jen inherited a lot of these pieces from her great aunt Willa. Willa had amazing taste!

Can you believe that Jen HAND PAINTED all the polka dots on her walls?!

 If you'd like to follow along with Jen's HEYDAY adventure or contact her about photography, find her on Instagram HERE and HERE!

White paint + trim: Kwal, Deer Feather
Downstairs bathroom walls: Sherwin Williams,  Urbane Bronze
Grey interior doors: Kwal,  Estate
Wallpaper in mudroom: Anthropologie Topsy Turvy (no longer available)

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