Delicious Refrigerator Pickles

Well, AccuWeather tells me the heatwave is continuing well into the weekend here in LA, and I have been taking these early summer vibes in stride. So, in addition to dressing for the heat, I thought I'd share one of my favorite hot weather treats with you all today.

Delicious Refrigerator Pickles. I'm salivating even thinking about these. Actually, BRB - I'm going to go eat a few while I write this. Really. SO! If you like pickles, particularly briny, salty, dill-y pickles - you are going to love these. And the best part is - when you're craving them, you can make them and start snacking in just a few hours. No need to wait weeks like you would for "real" pickles. Check it out below:

Get a pack of small, firm Persian Cucumbers (I use about 10 or so) and slice them very thin. About an eighth of an inch. Go ahead and place your cucumbers in a lidded jar.

Next, add 3 Teaspoons of a coarse salt, I really like this pyramid salt from Trader Joes for this - it's so tasty and has such a great flaky texture. Then, chop your fresh dill and add about 2 tablespoons (or more, to taste) of that.

Finally, pour 1/2 Cup of plain ol' White Vinegar into the jar and seal the lid. Give everything a good shake to distribute and put it in the fridge. In a couple hours, check back - the vinegar should have drawn liquid from the cucumbers, diluting into a delicious brine. But occasionally, this doesn't create enough liquid (you'll want the cucumbers to be completely covered) so it's OK to add another half cup of H2O at that point. Every couple hours, give it another shake, and after its been around 6-8 hours these babies are perfect. (If you can wait that long. Like I said, I started snacking in 2 hours. Oops.)

Let me know if you give these a try! So so tasty, and incredibly easy, too! It'll become one of your new summer staples, guarantee. 

Yellow Power Smoothie

The heat wave continues here in LA, and in light of that, I'd like to share with you my favorite smoothie recipe at the moment. I drink this almost every day. Literally. It's a wonder that my skin hasn't started to produce a yellow tinge yet.

Even if it isn't as warm where you are, this is still a great recipe for those brisk early spring days. Using all frozen fruit, you don't have to worry about finding fresh produce in the store to give it a try.

The best part about it are the benefits - the mango and pineapple are loaded with vitamins A and C, the cinnamon has powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, and turmeric is just really good for you. Seriously. Look it up. Oh - and it tastes good too. Give this smoothie a whirl, and let me know how you like it in the comments below! 

YELLOW POWER SMOOTHIE
1 Cup Frozen Pineapple
1 Cup Frozen Mango
1 Cup Liquid (Orange Juice, Milk, Almond Milk, etc)
1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt
1 dash each Cinnamon and Turmeric
Honey (to taste)

Start by pouring your liquid into the blender. The flavor of your smoothie will change depending on what you pick - I like mine to be bright, and tart, so I use OJ. If you want a creamier, sweeter smoothie, you can use almond or dairy milk instead.

Next, add your frozen fruit and greek yogurt. Top with your spices, and blend. Once it is nice and thick, pour into glasses and serve with a little drizzle of honey.

YUM.

#MOGBLOG Home: Candles for Every Budget

Happy Friday, readers! I hope you're all excited about heading into the first weekend of Spring! (Even if it doesn't feel very spring-like yet). At this time of year, I'm always tempted to open the windows and let in some fresh air. But, if your weather won't cooperate, I know it can feel a little stale after those long winter months indoors. 

Presenting our first #MOGBLOG HOME post: Candles for every budget. Here to ease you out of winter and into spring with some fragrances that are sure to keep your home smelling fresh and clean...even if you aren't ready to throw open the shutters quite yet. Check below for links to shop - and don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to #MOGBLOG for your chance to win our #MOGBLOG GIVEAWAY. 

$ - White Barn Candle Company
Available at your local Bath & BodyWorks, these candles are the best every-day option for when you're on a budget, but are looking for a high quality candle that has a good burning time. At just $22 for a 14.5oz Three Wick Candle, they really are a steal. Some of my favorite scents are: LeavesMahogany Teakwood, and Eucalyptus Mint.

$$ - MALIN + GOETZ
I first fell in love with Malin + Goetz while searching for a new face mask through their skincare line (More on that later). But they also make delicious and uniquely scented candles in two sizes. I had the pleasure of meeting one of their brand representatives here in LA, and he told me that their wax is all soy and vegetable based, which makes the chic glasses safe for drinking after the wax is burned out. (You can see I use my votive size as a mini planter for my succulent). $52 for a 9oz candle. Check out their Vetiver, Cannabis, and Dark Rum.

$$$ - diptyque
Finally, no candle-shopping guide is complete without diptyque. Loved by fashion editors, interior designers and bloggers alike for their sophisticated scents and chic packaging, these candles pack a serious punch - but not without a price. These are what you burn when you have company coming over and you want to impress. In-Laws, anyone? Truly, I haven't smelled a diptyque I didn't like, though my favorites at the moment are Feu de Bois, Vetyver, and Patchouli. Find them at Barney's for $60 for 6.5oz.

Try these out as you ease into spring and let me know if you discover any new favorite scents in the comments below. Enjoy your weekend! x