Lavender Ice Cream

The Sundae v. the Sandwich? Does a graham cracker even qualify as an ice cream sandwich ? Who knows, who cares. Either way you serve it, this homemade No-Churn Lavender Ice Cream is pretty great. I adapted mine from this recipe from Twigg Studios, minus the blueberries. I served it with up with homemade Raspberry Jam, which really helped cut through the richness of the lavender. 


Brighton & Daniel

This couple was a dream to work with and ordered my 3 favorite flavors for their beautiful wedding. Banana Cake w/ Cream Cheese Buttercream; Chocolate Cake w/ Strawberry Basil Buttercream; Cinnamon Cake w/ Mascarpone Filling & Fresh Nectarine Compote.

| Photography by Jordan Rands |

Erin & Keaton

This summer, two of my dearest friends have gotten married. I was lucky enough to make cakes for both of them. For Erin, the cake was trimmed in edible gold leaf. The bottom tier was a Vanilla Bean cake with fresh Raspberry, Blueberry, and Blackberry Compote, and Mexican Vanilla Buttercream. The top two tiers were Chocolate Cake w/ Basil Buttercream. Cake florals by Le Loup.

| Photography by Andra Meyer | 

San Francisco: Part 1

The more time I spend in this city, the more I love it. The food finds here easily make up for anything the city lacks (which is little). Mission District eats, midnight trips to the Golden Gate, freshly fried donuts at 1 am, firework watching from Treasure Island, nights at the Exploritorium, birthday dinner splurges, shopping spree's, and the boy of my dreams. I wish I never had to leave. Bye San Francisco, I'll be seeing you. 

Birthday meal for Conner at Tartine Bakery included this Proscuitto and Arugula panini, the best Peach & Blackberry Tart, an Cocao Nib Rocher and a Lemon Bar to take home.

Birthday meal for Conner at Tartine Bakery included this Proscuitto and Arugula panini, the best Peach & Blackberry Tart, an Cocao Nib Rocher and a Lemon Bar to take home.

Best Vietnamese food we've ever had. Ironically, in Chinatown.

Best Vietnamese food we've ever had. Ironically, in Chinatown.

Bi-rite Ice Cream. A close second to Molly Moon's in Seattle. Balsamic Strawberry + Hazelnut w/Cocao Nibs.

Bi-rite Ice Cream. A close second to Molly Moon's in Seattle. Balsamic Strawberry + Hazelnut w/Cocao Nibs.

Firework watching from Treasure Island.

Firework watching from Treasure Island.

Bob's donuts: secret 24 hour gem. 

Bob's donuts: secret 24 hour gem. 

Day trip to Monterey/Carmel ended with ocean side classics on Cannery Row. Then back to Carmel beach for surf-side naps as the sun went down. Best week ever. 

Beach House // May, 2014

I'm fortunate enough to have parents with a tiny house by the beach in Orange County, CA. Great friends and great places are all this post is about. 

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Right before we all got soaked by a much more massive wave. 

Right before we all got soaked by a much more massive wave. 

The Mission at San Juan Capistrano. The most beautiful location.

The Mission at San Juan Capistrano. The most beautiful location.

This man was so sweet. Didn't speak a word of English but loved my camera and hugs.

This man was so sweet. Didn't speak a word of English but loved my camera and hugs.

Dream boat. 

Dream boat. 

More dream boats.

More dream boats.

Kindred

Reality. A day in LA with one of my three amazing brothers, all of which are artists in their own right. Thankful to my mother this week, who let us all believe we should follow our dreams. 

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Lounging.

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Hiking to the Griffith Observatory.

Grow: Part 1

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I've been working away like a slave these past few months, and its only the beginning,. That said, I'm really excited about what has been happening, and all of the wonderful people I have been able to meet and collaborate with. Its been the most rewarding part of starting Le Loup.

In all of the madness, I often forget to let my mind and body wander past the daily rush. I know I'm not the only one. So cheesy post and cliche's aside, I've decided I'm going to post more often. Somehow I've ended up with a massive amount of florals that I'm going to show periodically, instead of lumping them all together in one post full of nothing but petals and stems. 

I just want to thank everyone for their kind words and support. It means everything. 

x

 

FLORALS

Picked up these beautiful Garden Roses at the Vintage Whites Market today. Needless to say, my brothers were making fun of me because I couldn't stop taking pictures of them.

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Love Fest

Valentines Day should really be called "Buy Yourself All of The Fancy Food You Normally Could Never Afford and Eat It All." 

I'm a near-broke college student, but V-day is the one time a year that I really allow myself to splurge and go all out. It does(n't) help that my boyfriend is equally as obsessed with good food as I am. We'll be spending the night making a dinner of prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, panko pork chops, with homemade applesauce and mash. Plus our favorite fancy cheese and not to mention the loads of fruit and chocolate we bought! Oh. And panna cotta. Cause we need it, right?

I seriously can't wait. Then we're taking it all to some secret romantic location (this is the one time he's successfully kept a secret from me--I don't know how he's doing it because I'm the WORST at letting myself be surprised. 

So this is my gift/surprise for him this V-day. A lovely Chocolate Cake w/ Strawberry-Basil Buttercream. Its bigger than it looks here. But we WILL be eating it all. 

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The makings of it......

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I made this batch earlier in the week--hence, the ice chips. Also, freezing helps lock in the moisture of the cake, Fresh strawberries pureed in a blender, and then strained, give the frosting that light pink color. I think food coloring is gross, so I try not to use it whenever possible.

I made this batch earlier in the week--hence, the ice chips. Also, freezing helps lock in the moisture of the cake, Fresh strawberries pureed in a blender, and then strained, give the frosting that light pink color. I think food coloring is gross, so I try not to use it whenever possible.

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Hope your V-day is as good as mine has been already. 

xoxo

I hate raw kale with a passion,  but cooking it really takes out that harsh flavor. These kale chips are super fast and make the best snack or hot salad.

Transient

Take an entire bunch of kale--wash and dry well. Toss in a tiny bit of olive oil, soy sauce, and sprinkle with lemon pepper (or cayenne if you crave the heat). Put them under the broiler for 5 minutes until crisp (make sure to watch them--personally I like mine crispier, and they're fine if they get a little brown).

Toss these in a bowl, and you're good to go! Adding some lightly sautéed strawberries or fresh pear transforms this into a wonderful salad. It definitely benefits from something sweet due to the saltiness of the soy sauce, but serve as a good salty