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bento box snacks! 25 Aug 2016

Bento Box Snacks

As a mom of two, it’s a daily struggle to figure out new and healthy things to make for my kids that they will actually eat. Inspired by the new Curate Kids bars, today, we’re going to create a few versions of a Bento Box Tray that your kids will love. Check out our video below to see how to make one!

// CREDITS //
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: "Let's Go" by Handsome and Gretyl
Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Asst: Jessica Hong
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Still photos: Casey Brodley

{Sources: White tray by Poppin, Animal forks from CuteZCute, Silicone cups from IPOW.}

currently snacking on... 8 Aug 2016

Oh Joy Passion Fruit Yogurt

...fresh passion fruit! My friend Catherine dropped off a bag of passion fruit from the tree in her backyard, and while I have always loved passion fruit-flavored things, I have never really eaten straight from the fruit! Yesterday, I had it simply over yogurt and mixed with some champagne grapes, and it was perfection. So I scoured Pinterest for a few others on my "must make with passion fruit" list that I wanted to share with you...

Passion Fruit Cheesecake Ice Cream by The Kate Tin

Passion Fruit Cheesecake Ice Cream by The Kate Tin

Passion Fruit Popsicles by Sweet Style CA

Passion Fruit Popsicles by Sweet Style CA

Passion Fruit sandwich cookies from Gourmet Traveller

Passion Fruit sandwich cookies from Gourmet Traveller

Passion Fruit Meringue Pie by Drizzle and Drip

Passion Fruit Meringue Pie by Drizzle and Drip

Passion Fruit lemonade by Love & Olive Oil

Passion Fruit lemonade by Love & Olive Oil

Clearly, I'm obsessed...

{Top photo by Oh Joy, other photos credited below each image.}

 

summer berry tart! 28 Jul 2016

summer berry tart by sweet laurel

Few things are more refreshing then a berry tart on a summer day. Today, our friends Claire and Laurel from Sweet Laurel are sharing this beautiful dessert with us that takes only 15-20 minutes to make! And what's even better, for those of you have food allergies, this tart is gluten, grain, dairy, refined sugar free! Here's how... 

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pink lemon & grapefruit granita! 15 Jun 2016

pink lemon and grapefruit granita

With summer in the air, icy cold treats are one of my favorite indulgences. I came across some pink lemons at Trader Joe's and knew we needed to make something with them. So today, we're sharing a recipe for pink lemon and grapefruit granita! Granita is pretty fool-proof because you don't need an ice cream or sorbet maker, and you can make it ahead of time and serve when you're ready. It's fun to eat (or sip) on a hot summer's day...

pink lemon and grapefruit granita

You'll need (makes 4-5 servings):

- 1/2 cup sugar

- 1/4 cup agave syrup

- 1 tsp grapefruit zest

- 1 tsp pink lemon zest

- 1 cup unsweetened grapefruit juice (about 1 grapefruit)

- 1/2 cup pink lemon juice (about 2 lemons)

- a dash of cayenne pepper (optional)

- 3/4 cup water

pink lemon and grapefruit granita

Here's how: 

1. Combine sugar, agave syrup, water, cayenne pepper, grapefruit zest, & lemon zest in a small sauce pan. Stir frequently over medium heat until it reaches a steady boil. Let boil for 1-2 minutes. 

2. Pour syrup into a small bowl and let sit for 20 minutes.

3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

4. Pour syrup through a mesh sieve to remove zest.

5. Add grapefruit & lemon juices and mix well.

6. Pour the liquid mixture into a shallow baking pan, cover with plastic wrap, and place in freezer. Let freeze until solid, about 8 hours.

7. Use a fork to scrape it into fine ice crystals, and scoop out to serve. Top with extra cayenne if desired and some basil leaves.

Enjoy!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Julia Wester & Jess Hong} White ceramic bowl by 1882 Ltd..

the most beautiful açai bowls... 5 May 2016

Frozen Açaí Bowls

Even though I live in Los Angeles (the land of the super healthy), I can't say I live that gluten-free, macrobiotic, eat-some-oxygen-for-breakfast kind of life. I like being healthy when I can, but I also love things that taste good (hello donuts and fried chicken). And the combo of those two things can be hard to find.

In walks Amazebowls, a company I came across at a recent event and fell in love with their açaí bowls. If you're not familiar with açaí, it's a berry from South America that has been coveted for its health benefits. And, it actually tastes good (like blueberries mixed with a touch of chocolate). So we asked Amazebowls to share a recipe for Açaí Bowls with us so we can all recreate this deliciousness at home. This was the best and most beautiful breakfast ever (I ate two the day we did this shoot)...and makes for a great snack or pick-me-up pretty much any time of day...

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ruby's 4th birthday party! 12 Oct 2015

Oh Joy / Ruby's 4th Birthday

Today, my sassy and spunky Ruby turns four. Over the weekend, we celebrated with a small party at a local dance school where the kids learned some fun hip hop ballet moves and shook their booties to T.Swift, Justin Bieber, and Meghan Trainor. It was pretty cute to watch...

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ruby's 4th birthday prep! 7 Oct 2015

A Fruity Dance Party

You guys, Ruby turns FOUR on Monday! This weekend we are celebrating her birthday with a small party with a handful of her four-year-old friends with a hip-hop/ballet party at her dance school. I usually share photos of our parties after they take place but I thought it would be a fun change to show you what I am setting up, too. So you can see how it all comes together afterwards.

Here are some of the things I've prepped for the party...

01. Decor - When you're having a party in a space that is not your home, I'm all about getting things that are easy to set-up on the fly. Often, you only have 30 minutes to get everything together so anything that pops-up and stands up easily is very helpful. I'll be using a bunch of these fruit poufs to decorate the little tables that the dance school os providing.

02. Outfits - Since it's a fruit theme, Ruby and Coco will be decked out in their fruity gear. Ruby's pairing her favorite strawberry tank with this crazy, amazing pom-pom skirt we got just for her birthday and some gold ballet flats for dancing. Although Coco can't quite dance yet, she'll be crawling around in her orange romper and moccasins.

03. Table - Paper plates are one of my favorite things ever because it makes clean-up so easy and they come in the best colors and patterns. I got a ton of fruity paper plates, cups, and trays. Her cake will be chocolate and fruit-filled and topped with this glittery cake topper.

04. Balloons - We won't have too many balloons, but just a giant watermelon to hang outside which I'm planning to combine with some hanging fruit poufs that I'll have leftover from the table decor.

05. Favors - For favors, we made fruity wands that the kids will get to dance and play with. And we're giving them a fun fruit tattoo and these cool kaleidoscope cameras.

I've personally requested a lot of Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift songs, so there might be some mamas (aka me) dancing with the kiddos, too!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Joy Cho}

simple syrups, simple homemade sodas... 2 Sep 2015

Oh Joy / Homemade Sodas

I love sparkling drinks...sparkling water, homemade sodas, anything with bubbles just makes me happy. Since traditional soda isn't so great for you, I'm always looking for ways to make my own version at home with real fruit and juices. An easy way to make homemade sodas is to use flavored simple syrups. You can make them in advance and serve with sparkling water at a moment's notice. And, they have way more concentrated flavor then simply mixing sparkling water with juice. All you need to do is choose a flavor and make a simple syrup and adjusting the amount of sugar based on the natural sweetness of fruit. Here's how and a few of our favorite flavors...

To make a simple syrup...

1. Combine ¾ cup sugar and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.

2. Stir in (1 cup fruit) and bring to a boil.

3. Reduce heat and simmer until fruit has broken down, about 6-7 minutes.

4. Strain mixture through a cheesecloth or fine sieve; let cool.

5. To serve, whisk together simple syrup and 4 cups of soda (or add more or less syrup to your desired level of concentration. Muddle or garnish with mint or additional citrus if needed.

Oh Joy / Homemade Sodas

A few of our favorites shown above...

Strawberry-Thai Basil Soda (orange-red with green herbs)

1. Add 1 cup water and ¾ cup sugar to a saucepan on low heat for the syrup base. Add 1 cup trimmed and chopped strawberries and ½ cup Thai basil leaves.

2. Once the mixture begins to boil, immediately reduce to a simmer. The strawberries should get soft and the leaves will wilt. After 6-7 minutes, take the mixture of the heat and allow to cool.

3. Once cooled, pour through a fine mesh strainer and discard solids to yield flavored syrup.

4. To serve, combine ½ cup syrup with 2 cups sparkling water and top with the juice from ½ a lemon. Add more syrup to taste for sweetness.

Oh Joy / Homemade Sodas

Blueberry-Ginger Soda (fuschia)

1. Add 1 cup water and ¾ cup sugar to a saucepan on low heat for syrup base. Add 1 cup blueberries and ½ cup ginger, peeled and chopped.

2. Once the mixture begins to boil, immediately reduce to a simmer. The blueberries should blister. After 6-7 minutes, take the mixture off the heat and allow to cool.

3. Once cooled, pour through a fine mesh strainer and discard solids to yield flavored syrups.

4. To serve, combine ½ cup syrup with 2 cups sparkling water and top with the juice from ½ a lemon. Add more syrup to taste for sweetness.

Oh Joy / Homemade Sodas

Grapefruit-Juniper Berry (light yellow)

1. Add 1 cup water and ¾ cup sugar to a saucepan on low heat for syrup base. Add 2 tbs fresh juniper berries (lightly crush the berries first) and 5-6 peels from a grapefruit with as little pith as possible.

2. Once the mixture begins to boil, immediately reduce to a simmer. After 6-7 minutes, take the mixture off the heat and allow to cool.

3. Once cooled, pour through a fine mesh strainer and discard solids to yield flavored syrups.

4. To serve, combine ½ cup syrup with 2 cups sparkling water and top with the juice from ½ grapefruit. Add more syrup to taste for sweetness.

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Enjoy! These would be a great addition to Labor Day fun this coming weekend!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, recipes by Ariel Fulmer, styling by Ariel Fulmer and Joy Cho. Lidded bottles from Amazon, Anne and Kate glitter swizzles.}

summer toasts... 12 Aug 2015

Chocolate Almond Coconut Toast

Toasts. They're so hot right now. Every trendy restaurant in Los Angeles carries some version of avocado toast. It's like part snack/part lunch/and all very, very tasty. Today we're sharing three of our own versions of toasts that are so easy to make and so, so, good (and non of them have avocado in them)!

1. Chocolate Almond Coconut Toast (above)
Toasted brioche (cut into strips) + Hey Boo coconut jam + toasted sliced almonds + shaved chocolate + toasted coconut = a sweet, creamy, chocolate-y snack that feels like a perfect dessert that melts in your mouth.

Cucumber and Goat Cheese Toast

2. Cucumber and Goat Cheese Toast
Toasted sourdough boule bread (slices cut in half) + goat cheese + thin cucumber slices + green grapes + cracked pepper = a creamy and savory toast that's perfect as an appetizer or hors d'oeuvre. The grapes add a bit of sweetness to contrast the bit of bite with the cracked pepper.

Peach Ricotta Toast

3. Peach Ricotta Toast
Toasted baguette (cut at an angle) + whole milk ricotta cheese + sliced peaches + crushed roasted pistachios + honey drizzle = a mix of sweet and savory that makes for a great afternoon snacks both for little kids and big kids alike!

Do you guys have any favorite toast combos you love? 

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Ariel Fulmer for Oh Joy}

fruity frozen sips... 3 Mar 2015

Fruity Frozen Sips / Oh Joy

Since I'm on a fruity kick lately, I'm all about ways to get my fruit juicing game on. Inspired by my love of color-blocking, we made these fruity frozen milk bottles which make for a super easy and colorful way to serve up the fruity fun for a girl's brunch or for a kids' birthday party.

Fruity Frozen Sips / Oh Joy

Simply fill glass milk bottles or small mason jars with juice (we used mango, grapefruit, and pineapple juice), then prop the jars at an angle in the freezer. Let them freeze until they're solid. When you're ready to serve the bottles, pull them out of the freezer and pour flat or sparkling water into the top half and finish off with a straw. The frozen section will stay cold for a while, so keep refilling your sips as needed for a pretty and punchy beverage!

P.S. Our fruity ice cubes from a couple years ago...

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy}

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