Thursday, 17 April 2014

Easter Ideas


Today I thought I'd share a couple of Easter ideas from last year!

My mom and I decided to try out marbleized Easter eggs, and were pretty stoked with how easy it turned out to be, as well as how rad the eggs turned out.  The original tutorial is here if you'd like to give it a go!


And cupcakes.  Haha.  So classic.
These toasted coconut nest cupcakes are super fun for all ages, and are incredibly quick to put together while still looking adorable.  Here is the recipe if you're thinking about whipping up some cupcakes this weekend!



Jordyn and I are thinking of dyeing eggs tonight...and we just may add glitter into the mix!  You're really never too old to make coloured eggs.

p.s. ♥ kelsey

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Paska (Easter Bread)


Sometimes you eat sweet bread for breakfast, and pretend like it's not actually dessert.
No judgement, right?


It's Paska season!!!

Now, if you're of German, Ukrainian or Russian descent....then you probably know what's up with Paska.  If you're not, then you might be a bit confused.  Paska is a sweet bread that is made for Easter, and is often topped with icing and sprinkles!  (You can read more about it here.)

All you really need to know is that it's white bread with sprinkles.  That gets an A in my book any day!




My lovely momma helped me whip up this batch of paska, as she is the expert bread maker in our house!  She's a pretty swell teacher, and I hope one day I can bake bread as well as her!

If you're a bit nervous about yeast baking....don't be!  Homemade bread always wins.

This recipe comes from my Auntie Irene (who technically isn't my aunt, but is best buds with my mom....you know how it is).  She has such a generous spirit, and is known for baking batch after batch of this stuff and gifting it away to everyone she meets.  She's the best!

Paska
from: Auntie Irene

Ingredients:
2 1/2 tsp yeast
1 cup warm water
2 tsp sugar

2 cups milk
3/4 cup butter

5 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 lemon (juiced and zested)
9-10 cups flour

Directions:
1)  In a small bowl, mix together yeast, warm water and sugar.  Set aside for about 10 minutes to let rise. (If it doesn't get nice and puffy, try again.  If your yeast is old and not rising, you'll want to buy some new stuff!)
2)  Add milk and butter together in a small saucepan, and heat until butter is melted.  Remove from heat and cool.
3)  In a large bowl, beat eggs until frothy.
4)  Slowly add the sugar to your eggs, then add salt, vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest.
*Now this is when you'll want to pour the mixture into a Bosch bread mixer (or attach a dough hook to your beaters).
5)  Add yeast mixture, as well as the butter and milk to the egg mixture.
6)  Start adding flour, and stop when the dough starts to pull away from the sides of your bowl.  For us, it was around 9 3/4 cups, but it'll be a bit different every time depending on the size of your eggs and lemon.  This is quite a sticky dough, so don't be tempted to add any more flour than you really need to....otherwise you'll get tough paska!
7)  Once your dough has pulled away from the sides, keep mixing for another 8 minutes.  (Or you can always knead by hand!).
8)  Transfer into a large, greased bowl, cover with a clean tea towel, and let rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours (or until doubled in size).  Then punch down, and let rise for another half hour.
9)  Form dough into loaves (or buns) and place on greased pans to rise for another 1-2 hours.
10)  For loaves: bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes, and then at 275 degrees for 15-20 minutes more until nicely browned.  If you're nervous about them not being done, you can always cut a loaf open to make sure the inside isn't gummy!
For buns: bake at 325 degrees for 13 minutes.

Optional:  You can choose to serve these with icing or toasted with butter.  Here's our favorite butter cream icing recipe.


Paska is best fresh, so we pop most of ours into the freezer (sometimes we slice our loaves before that), and then take them out whenever we desire!








Some people like icing the top of their bread, others like to slice it and then ice the face of the bread.  My family loves toasting it and topping it with butter!  Sweet and salty.  So good.

There really isn't a wrong way to do it.  So whatever floats your boat is just fine!





All of the sprinkles that were used in the making of this post made me insanely happy.
What didn't make me happy was walking on sprinkles, and sweeping up sprinkles forever and ever.
They're kind of like glitter....you can never really get rid of them all!

p.s. ♥ kelsey

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

blossoms and yellow pants


So, after an eternity (aka: maybe a year) of searching....I finally have a green military parka!  Seriously though, it's been on my must-have list for so long, and I never could find the right one.  I actually got this one for Christmas (after picking it out...hehe), and I'm pretty happy with it.  Of course nothing ever quite lives up to "the one" you've built up in your head, right?  Haha.

Anywho....it's Spring!  And here it actually feels like Spring.  We even hit 20 degrees this week.  Pretty stoked about that.  Oh ya, and the cherry blossoms are also in full bloom and are ridiculously gorgeous.  I'm thinking someone needs to engineer an ever-blooming cherry tree.  Who's with me? 

parka: the garage // chambray top: plenty // pants: clothing swap // shoes: target







I love Spring.

Also I got these pants at a clothing swap.  Those are just the best.  You get to "chuck" clothes you don't want, and then go home with new, free stuff.  It's a win win!

p.s. ♥ kelsey

Saturday, 29 March 2014

chicken vegetable soup (aka: clean out the fridge soup)


My family loves soup.  In addition to our "What's new Wednesday" - the day we try out a brand new recipe, "Fish Taco Friday" - the day we have fish tacos (recipe here!), we also have "Soup Saturday".

Yeah we really like alliterations.  And food.

If you haven't figure it out yet, "Soup Saturday" is the day we have soup. It is also bun day, (hmmm do we need an alliteration for that? Wheat Weekend?)  so we often have soup to complement my mother's delicious home made buns.  





We made this recipe when my parents were vacationing in Arizona (with our Grandparents, no fair!), so we didn't have any fresh homemade buns to enjoy.  So, on her way home from work, Kelsey stopped by a local farmer's market and picked up a fresh baked baguette!  It was delicious, and we even added some cheese and broiled it to make some cheesy bread.  It was the best.

Chicken Vegetable Soup
by: Jordyn Siemens

Ingredients:
2 tbsp oil
1 sweet onion
3 cloves of garlic
4 carrots
4 celery stalks
3 red potatoes
1/2 zucchini
1/2 large yam
1 can of black beans
1 cup of corn
1 tsp thyme
2 tsp oregano
salt and pepper to taste
6 cups chicken broth (more or less)
2 chicken breasts (chopped and sauteed)

Directions:
1) Chop everything into bite size pieces (finely chop your garlic)
2) In a large pot on medium heat, heat one tablespoon of oil.  Add onions and saute until translucent, then add garlic and stir to incorporate.
3) Add chopped carrots, celery, potatoes, and zucchini and saute until they start to get soft, then add the chopped yam.
4) Once everything is tender, add black beans and corn.
5) Stir in spices, and add chicken broth.  Bring soup to a boil, and let simmer to fully cook the vegetables.
6) While soup is simmering, heat one tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan, and saute the chopped chicken breast until cooked all the way through.
7) Once the vegetables are fully cooked, add the cooked chicken.
8) Serve!







This soup recipe is super easy, and you can add/subtract any of the ingredients quite easily.  Add any random veggies you have in your fridge - broccoli, cauliflower, chopped brussels sprouts, or add chickpeas instead of black beans. Whatever suits your fancy!

p.s. ♥ jordyn & kelsey

Saturday, 22 March 2014

outfit post: spring florals

Spring is officially hereee!

Too bad I live in Edmonton and on official first day of spring, March 20, I woke up to a buttload of snow in my yard, flurries, aaand -10 degrees... Yep. Welcome to the Canadian spring! Well, Alberta's spring anyways. I miss BC.

Thankfully just a couple days before "spring," I went out for a little photosession with my husband to enjoy some sun and warmth! 
floral kimono: forever xxi  /  jeans: ae  /  boots: rocket dog  /  jewelry: rings & tings

Happy Spring everyone! Hope it's warmer where you are :)

p.s. ♥ clara

Monday, 17 March 2014

a review of rings & tings...

So a little while ago, the ladies of ps.heart received an email from Rings & Tings asking us whether or not we would be interested in receiving some free jewelry in return for a review on our blog. 

Naturally, we were excited.
Of course we said yes. 

We may or may not have had a fit of giddy, excited laughter over Skype.
(...you'll never know and we'll never confirm.)

So without further ado, I present to you our first product review of...
Kelsey and I both received several pieces of jewelry, but I'm going to focus on my two favourite pieces: an anchor bracelet and a braided infinity ring. I was pleased to note that after the Creative & Marketing Director of Rings & Tings contacted us that I received my jewelry promptly in a week.
The great thing about Rings & Tings is the price of their jewelry. It's extremely reasonable. 
That being said, you get what you pay for. Don't expect high quality, durable, and long lasting jewelry. This company offers you cheap, trendy, cute jewelry that'll last you a season. And for the most part, I'm totally okay with that. It can be a real treat to indulge in a variety of cheap, cute jewelry to spice up your collection!

That being said, I absolutely adore the anchor bracelet that I received. It's a simple wire bracelet that's painted gold and for under $5 Canadian, you really can't go wrong with this trendy piece!

Similarly, I really love the simplicity of my braided infinity ring and that I can put it on for any outfit.


Tip Time!  Now, I can already tell that these gold and silver plated pieces are the type that will fade and tarnish easily, so a simple trick of coating them with a layer of clear nail polish varnish makes cheap jewelry like this last so much longer. 
All things considered, I would recommend that if you're looking for some cheap, trendy jewelry,
Rings & Tings is the way to go for online shopping.
Their shipping, customer service, and selection are excellent.

If you're looking for quality, long-lasting jewelry though, you'll want to look elsewhere.
What you pay for is what you're getting at Rings & Tings.

Cheers!

p.s. ♥ clara
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