Vintage collection 02

Vintage collection 02

Its officially fall… but I’m not quite ready to admit it. I still haven’t retired my shorts, and my coats are currently gathering dust in the crawlspace. We are now in that awkward time of year, not yet ready to bid farewell to long warm days but also secretly looking forward to the cozy comforts of cooler weather. Most of us are still clutching tightly to our summer duds while also feeling zero guilt about beginning to collect pieces for the cold days ahead. One minute it’s ice coffee, the next it’s pumpkin spice lattes.  

I recently ordered myself a full length puffer coat and can already see myself dropping the kids off at school, clutching a coffee between mittens while my puffy jacket wraps me in a warm cocoon. Today, I dropped the kids off at school in a tee shirt and jeans, so as much as I look forward to my puffer, I’m not in a huge hurry to need it.

My most recent vintage collection has a similar vibe to this time of year and features pieces that can’t quite decide if they are for fall or summer, but can probably swing both ways. There are a few pieces for warm weather, cool weather and everything in between, but as always minimalist silhouettes and quality fabrics like silks and linen feature prominently.   

Here’s a little taste of whats new for vintage in the shop. A few pieces got snapped up right away but many are still available.   Also, all open toe sandals are on sale now at 20% off, feel free to dm me for the coupon @lesagevintage on IG.

All these and many more are available in my etsy shop.

Paleo plantain burgers

Paleo plantain burgers

Anyone who has been on the Paleo train for more than a minute has likely eaten their share of lettuce wrapped items.  And while I too enjoy a good lettuce wrap from time to time, there are moments that just call for something a little more substantial. 

The other day I picked up local grass fed beef and decided to kick off the end of summer with some grilled burgers.  Because nothing helps me forget that this summer flew by in a nano second and that the leaves are already falling more than a thick juicy patty grilled on an open flame.  It is the quintessential food of summer. 

As I began assembling my burger toppings I felt a tinge of jealousy.  While I should have been drooling over the smell of the grill I was actually feeling sorry for myself about the fact that I was about to eat yet another lettuce wrapped thing while my kids and husband enjoyed their burgers on a bun.  So I made a quick u turn on the lettuce wrap and decided to try a different breed of burger, a plantain burger. 

OMG yes! As soon as I bit into my burger all jealousy subsided.  Not only was I more satisfied than I am after my usual lettuce wraps, I was in flavor heaven.  I actually felt sorry for the rest of my family not eating their burger on a plantain.  Seriously, I can’t believe I haven’t done this before!

The key to a plantain that will hold up as a burger bun is to use a very starchy plantain, aka a green one.  Once  your plantains have reached the point of yellow with black spots they’ll probably be too soft to hold all your toppings.  Yellow plantains also take on more of a sweetness that lends itself better to sweet flavours, imo.

My favorite way to enjoy plantains is twice fried, also known as tostones.  They become soft and fluffy on the inside with a great crunchy shell, the perfect vessel for all your burger needs.  One full plantain is a good size for one burger so if you make these for a group make sure you get a bunch. 

For one burger you will need:

One plantain

One tbsp coconut oil

Sea salt

Directions:

Heat your oil over medium low heat

Slice your plantain in half and slowly start to brown in the hot oil. Don’t cook it too fast as burned plantains take on a bitter flavour, allow it to caramelize slow and low.

When your plantain is golden brown on all sides remove from the heat and place on a paper towel to cool for a minute. 

Using the back of a glass gently flatten the plantain to just over ¼” thick. 

Return to the oil and continue frying slow and low until it super golden brown and crispy. 

Drain on a paper towel and sprinkle with sea salt while still hot.   

Top with burger toppings of choice and enjoy.  

Easy DIY succulent garden

Easy DIY succulent garden

I was recently part of a gift exchange with a $20 limit.  Being someone who hates excessive waste, the though of buying someone a crap gift just for the sake of buying it felt yucky. In this day there is not much, (aside from books) for $20 or less that isn’t objectively garbage.   I needed something that would not end up in the donation bin in a week.  Coupled with the fact that the exchange would be of a Yankee swap variety, my gift had to be something that would appeal to any member of the group. I was stumped. 

I started at the thrift store…just to get ideas, lol. I ended up leaving with a huge bag of new finds for the shop but I also came across a super interesting wood and glass bowl and the ideas started flowing.  Using a 3.99 thrift store vessel and a few $3 succulents I was able to create a gorgeous gift with mass appeal that everyone wanted to swap for!   

This is a fun easy DIY that is super giftable, gram-able and pinterest worthy.  Succulents are an amazingly easy way to add green to almost any living space.  All they need is a little sun and occasional watering.  You do not need a green thumb to pull this together or keep it alive. 

Just head to your thrift store to find a home for your plants and then to your local plant nursery for a handful of interesting succulents…the rest is easy.  Succulents don’t have a deep root system so a wide shallow container is the perfect vessel for showing them off.  A container with drainage at the bottom is optimal but if you can’t find such a container a thick of layer of pebbles on the bottom of your planter will give those roots some room to breathe.

Succulents prefer soil that is a bit dry and sandy.  You can purchase a bag of succulent soil at your plant nursery or just mix a bit of gravely sand in with whatever potting soil you use at a ratio of about 1:2 in favor of the soil.

You will need:

One pot/ vessel for your garden, thrift shops are the best place to find unique quality items for low prices.

5-6 small assorted succulents

A few cups of small pebbles (I grabbed some from a local park and washed them well)

Soil for succulents

 

Directions:

Fill the bottom of your succulent garden with a thick layer of pebbles an inch or two deep.

Add your succulent soil to the planter so it is about ¾ full.

Arrange your succulents while still in their plastic potting until you settle on an arrangement that you love.

Gently plant your succulents in the soil and fill the rest of the vessel with soil so that it is lightly packed and all the roots are covered.

Top with another fine layer of pebbles if desired.

Put it in a sunny spot and enjoy the view. Water infrequently…about twice a month is just fine

If you enjoyed this simple tutorial please pin and share and let me know in the comments if this inspired you to make your own succulent garden!

Peanut butter and jam cookies

Peanut butter and jam cookies

Peanut butter is one of those foods right up there with chocolate. Creamy, delicious, fattening and all over the place when it comes to health claims. Is it healthy or not? It seems every week new article are published citing health benefits and health concerns pertaining to the stuff.

I’m of the camp that believes a diet rich in variety is the key to health. As long as any allergies or intolerances are avoided, food should be explored, enjoyed and consumed with gratitude. Bottom line… peanut butter is delicious and a girls gotta eat.

These cookies are a childhood favorite reinvented into a perfect little dessert. As with most of my recipes they are free of gluten and dairy but can’t make the claim of being paleo due to the legume-iness of peanuts. They are simple to make, contain just 5 ingredients and come together in a snap.

The jam filling is optional. These cookies really are amazing all on their own, but this rhubarb vanilla jam from Worthy seriously takes them to the next level. This is the best jam I have ever tried. hands. down. and you can order it directly through my friend Ashlee’s etsy shop here. I am not an affiliate for her… I just really like her jam!

Ingredients:

1 cup natural peanut butter

3/4 cup coconut sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp baking soda

Directions :

Preheat your oven to 325

Cream the peanut butter and sugar together. If your peanut butter is unsalted or if you like a bit of extra salt with your sweet you can also add 1/2 tsp fine sea salt (recommended)

Stir in the egg, vanilla and baking soda. It should start to thicken up as it comes together.

Scoop out rough tablespoons of the dough, gently flatten them with a fork to about 1/4 ” thick.

Bake 10 minutes.

Allow to cool fully before spreading with jam and assembling your ‘sandwiches’. They are crumbly when warm but cool into the perfect hold-in-your-hand, soft, chewy cookies that you would expect from even the most glutenous and refined sugar rich recipe.

Some other delicious filling ideas are; Nutella, coconut whip cream or even more peanut butter. If you’re a pb fan, get into the kitchen and make these asap! And if you love them please pin and share.

Vintage collection 01

Vintage collection 01

Im going to start posting my vintage collections on the blog as I list them in my Etsy shop because I. LOVE. VINTAGE!

I’ve been picking and selling vintage online since before it was cool. Seriously, it’s been a very long time. I have watched empires be built on picking vintage all around me, but for some reason I never really took it very seriously for myself. It was always something fun I did in my free time, my side hustle…my stress reliever.

For the longest times I listened to the opinions of others and kept my ‘normal job’ so I could feel like a respectable member of society but my head was always dreaming up new designs and my heart was trapped somewhere in a small town thrift store.

Now I’m old enough to no longer care what society thinks of me. I thrift when my heart desires, and turn those designs in my brain into tangible items that I can feel in my hands and wrap around my body. I love that I do something that is creative, joyful and good for the planet. I am staying true to my heart and doing so in an ethical way.

The pieces I pick for the shop are the kinds of minimalist items that were just as cool years ago as they are today. They are the pieces that quite simply, I would want for myself. I no longer get caught up on an items age or era, but instead search for quality fabrics and classic designs.

Silk, linen, time softened denim and leather can be found in my shop in abundance. My color palette is fairly neutral… and I love a great boot. Seriously shoes of all kinds are my *ahem* Achilles heel.

If you are in the market for some timeless vintage pieces that are made of lovely natural fabrics, come check it out. I’m currently running an end of summer vintage sale… 10% off any order over $100 with coupon code TAKE10 and 20% off any order over $200 with coupon code TAKE20.

Choosing vintage is the best choice you can make for the environment, it’s also really fun to own pieces that are a bit unique and special. Next time you’re in the market for some new duds, before you hit the mall, try your local thrift store or let someone else do the heavy lifting for you and hit up an online marketplace!