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Jalapeño Poppers. Because It’s Sunday And You’re Hungry.

Sunday is marathon eating day in our house. I made the mistake of making these jalapeño poppers, and now like every single Sunday my husband wants them. They are quick, easy, delicious and perfect for parties, football, cocktail hour or just eating in general. Trader Joe’s sells a big pack of jalapeño peppers, and I encourage you to make them all.IMG_8431-682x1024


  • Rinse, halve and de-seed 6 jalapeño peppers. Do. Not. Touch. Your. Eyes.
  • Mix 1 cup whipped cream cheese with a few tablespoons of parmesan and  mozzarella
  • Crush up a handful of butter crackers (like Ritz or Townhouse) and sprinkle over the top (feel free to skip this step, I actually prefer them without the crumbs)
  • Wrap prosciutto around each pepper, secure with toothpick
  • Arrange on baking sheet and bake in preheated oven at 350 for 30 minutes or until slightly golden brown


Arrange them pretty on a plate while they last, and serve with carrot sticks and blue cheese for a pub experience on your couch.

Happy Sunday,

xo, e

images via Baker By Nature

Banana & Date Protein Smoothie



Guilty as charged: I’m caught up in the fad. Fresh made juices and shakes make up a generous portion of my diet. I became hooked on this particular shake while in London, and I literally can not get enough of it. It is considered a ‘clean’ post-workout shake, but can also serve as a breakfast or lunch smoothie. I urge you not to be skeptical of the ingredients as this could pass as a dessert shake in a blind taste test. My husband nearly gags at the mention of coconut water, but he slams this down every time I make a batch up and has even started requesting it as a treat! I have completely made this recipe up, so the portions are tailored to my specific tastes and caloric desires. (I cut the recommended whey protein serving in half.)


  • 1 banana, fresh or frozen
  • 8 ounces coconut water, not from concentrate
  • 3 medjool dates, stones removed
  • 1 heaping t. creamy almond butter
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • handful of ice if using fresh banana

Add ingredients to blender on liquefy setting until smooth. This recipe usually fills one 16-ounce mason jar.


xo, e

Image via Food52

In light of introducing our new virtual, flat fee room design, here is a mock living room design. Let’s talk about the coffee table choice; I have a major obsession with these hammered silver drums from World Market. I first used them last winter in the castle, and have since suggested them any chance I get; I am also considering swapping out my trunk coffee table for these as soon as they go on sale again. The tops come off and can easily hold tons of books, magazines, toys, a down comforter, pillows…you get the idea. I love the round shape, the textured surface, and light reflective quality these bring into the living room. SO much better than a heavy, blocky, dark chunk of wood  taking up all sorts of space in the middle of the room.

Choosing a big metal drum for a coffee table is definitely a “risk” for many people, but this is how and when you create a unique space- when you choose non-mainstream options that still aesthetically and FUNCTIONALLY perform. This is real material- not pressed wood that the dog can chew on, not delicate wood that will have water marks after a late night of entertaining, not a painted surface that will wear on the edge you kick your feet up on. This is hammered steel, people! Durable, functional, BEAUTIFUL. And if you fancy eating your supper in front of the tube, post on up and then wipe clean. No one will ever know!

Here is a pic of the hammered tables in the wild at the castle. Throwing a little pouf like these from West Elm on the floor for seating makes these even more functional:Ellice Castle-30

Go ahead, take the risk! In decorating, it’s always worth it.


xo, e

DIY Hot Oil Treatment


There’s nothing better than whipping up a miracle beauty treatment with ingredients you already have in your kitchen. I travel a lot and that means my hair is subjected to all sorts of drying conditions. Hard water, chlorine, dry airplanes and the drying shampoos and conditioners I find myself using when I forget mine at home all wreak havoc on my color treated hair. As a rule, I shampoo every two to three days, heat style occasionally with a heat protectant, and air dry whenever possible (the California climate is conducive to that, but living in a colder climate forces you to blow-dry more often.) On top of all that, I have extremely sensitive skin which limits my beauty product usage immensely.

So what’s a girl to do? Mix up an all natural, organic, home made intensely hydrating hot oil treatment of course. I had my hair cut a few days after doing this and my stylist couldn’t get over how soft, shiny and conditioned my hair felt.

Hot Oil Treatment

  • 4 T California olive oil
  • 2 T pure almond oil
  • 2 T organic unrefined coconut oil
  • few drops jasmine oil
  • few drops patchouli oil
  • few drops lavender oil

Mix all ingredients in small microwavable bowl and microwave for 15+ seconds. Comb hair smooth, add the hot oil starting at the ends working your way to the scalp. Finish with a scalp massage, comb oil through hair, secure with a clip and leave on for as long as you can. Follow with a gentle shampoo & conditioner and let air dry if possible.

xo, e

April Complimentary Color Consultations


For a limited time- now through April 30, we are offering complimentary online color consultations. You can submit your photos and color questions here to Ellice. Please limit your inquiries to up to TWO colors and allow 48 hours for a reply.

*Consultations are online submissions only. We reserve the right to post the original photo with the suggested Benjamin Moore paint color. Offer valid through April 30 only for first time customers only.

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