February 11, 2016

DIY Homemade Almond Milk

Almond milk is the perfect alternative to traditional dairy milks, plus it’s super customizable!

Today, we'll be sharing how to make a traditional plain almond milk. This velvety elixir is perfect for cereal, chia seed pudding (mmm),  adding a little extra creaminess to smoothies, and as a substitution for any recipe that calls for dairy milk.

What you’ll need:

-1 Cup Raw Almonds

-3 Cups Water

-High Speed Blender

Step 1: Soak almonds overnight. If you're crunched for time, you can boil 1 cup of almonds with two cups water for about 15 minutes to soften them up.

Tips on how to fill the 15 minute void often felt whilst waiting for almonds to boil:

Practice bad jokes on your plants!

“What happened to the succulent in her math class?” “She grew square roots!” Get it?… Anybody?…Tough crowd.

Step 2: After boiling or soaking your almonds, you’ll want to drain them in a colander and let them cool a bit before blending.

Step 3: After your almonds have cooled, transfer them to a high speed blender (We use a Magic Bullet, which works just fine!). Blend with 1 Cup of water until a relatively smooth mixture is formed.

Step 4 (Very Important!): Choose an aesthetically pleasing jar to strain your milk into.

Step 4: Strain yo milk! You can use a cheesecloth, however we use a nut milk bag (lol) which works wonders. We suggest picking one of these up from your local Whole Foods or from Amazon, as they are reusable and will save you money if you make almond milk on the regular.

And that’s all folks! Now kick your feet back and enjoy a delicious almond milk chai latte. We're using a local favorite, Chico Chai. Yum!

January 21, 2016

The BEST Hot Chai Tea Recipe for Winter!

It's getting colder and colder and the rain keeps falling. What's better than bundling up with your favorite book and cup of tea and listening to the rain? We found the best Chai Tea recipe ever from The Green Backs Gal and we wanted to share it so you can try it too! 

Ingredients:

1. 1 Chai Tea Bag

2. 1/4 cup of boiling water

3. 3/4 cup of milk

4. honey to taste

 

Instructions:

1. Steep your tea for three to five minutes in the water in your mug

2. Heat the milk just until warm

3. Add the milk and honey to mug. Serve hot!

 

We hope you love it as much as we did!

 

November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Reese's Dessert Recipe!

One of our favorite holidays of the year is upon us - Thanksgiving! 

If you were delegated to bring a sweet treat to your dinner and still haven't picked out what you're making, don't worry! We found this Reese's Turkey Dessert from InsideBruCrew and we know it would be perfect to make and wow your friends and family. 

Here's what you will need:

  • 12 Full size Reese's Cups
  • 12 Mini size Reese's Cups
  • 1 Bag of Candy Corn 
  • 24 Candy Eyeballs
  • 1 oz. Candiquik, melted

Here's how you'll do it:

      • Use a toothpick to spread a thin layer of chocolate on the back of the small peanut butter cup. Attach to the big peanut butter cup so the edges are together. Use a knife to shave off the bottom so the turkey will stand up.

      • Cut the tips off the candy corn. Save for later. Spread a little bit of melted chocolate on the back end. Arrange around the top of the small peanut butter cup.

      • Cut the tips off the candy corn. Save for later. Spread a little bit of melted chocolate on the back end. Arrange around the top of the small peanut butter cup.

Happy Thanksgiving from the For Elyse family to you! 

XOXO // @ForElyse

Recipe from: Inside Bru Life Crew

November 18, 2015

The Best Hot Chocolate Recipe EVER!

November is here and so is the chilly weather! One of our favorite drinks during the cold winter months and holidays is the classic go-to: hot chocolate! We searched high and low and found the best recipe ever. Make this after a long day at work or school to relax, or at your holiday party this year to impress all your family and friends! You won't be disappointed by this sweet treat!

 

Ingredients: 

  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup good quality cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan combine all ingredients. Cook and stir over medium low heat until the marshmallows are melted, about 10 minutes. (I actually had mine on the stove for about 30 minutes and I just stirred occasionally)
  2. Remove from the heat and pour into mugs.

Easy as that! For the best hot chocolate ever!

The trick in making this rich and thick cocoa was to add the marshmallows directly into the pan while cooking! We recommend using the Ghirardelli Chocolate Sweet Ground Chocolate and Cocoa as your quality cocoa. 

We hope you enjoy your cocoa! 

XOXO @ForElyse

Recipe adapted from: I am Baker

 

October 30, 2015

DIY: Halloween Costumes in Your Budget!

Ladies, get your DIY skills out - because it’s Halloween!

If you're looking for a cute & fun costume on a budget we have your back!

Every year Halloween comes around and we search the stores for a costume that’s relatively priced and still fun, and come up with our pockets empty with a costume we use once. Our simple yet chic Halloween costumes are meant for your style, your budget, and your year round enjoyment!

 

Outfit One: The classic Kitty Cat

Halloween Cat

  • Get a pair of cat ears and a tail from your local store
  • Cost: $10 from your local Halloween store or Target

 

  • For your kitty whiskers and nose you can easily use black eyeliner
  • Cost: $1 at your local Target

 

  • For your outfit try our Taylor Inspired Romper in black! You won’t just get one use out of this, you can wear again and again!
  • Cost: $44.99 at For Elyse

 

Pair with black booties and you are ready to prowl the streets for Halloween night!

 

Cat Make-upCat Costume DIY

 

Outfit Two: The chic Masquerade Ball Victorian

 Masquerade Ball

  • Purchase a mask from your local Halloween Store.
  • They have many styles and designs to chose from!
  • Price: $10 from Spirit Halloween

 

  • Style your mask with our Going Out Tonight Dress!
  • Price: $44.99 at For Elyse

Slip into a pair of black heels and dance the night away!

 Masquerade Mask

You will be Halloween ready in no time!

XOXO // @ForElyse

September 21, 2015

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

What's a better way to start off this fall season than with this pumpkin spice latte recipe!  




Start your day with the cozy and delicious taste of traditional fall flavors. It's your favorite
Starbucks drink, but better. With only 5 steps, healthier ingredients, and a little homemade love this Pumpkin Spice Latte will boot your daily coffee out the door!


Ingredients
  • 1 shot of espresso
  • ¾ cup of milk of choice (coconut milk is our favorite)
  • 3 TB of organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 TB of real maple syrup
  • 5 drops of stevia (or substitute with another ½ TB of maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of coconut sugar for the topping

Directions

First Step
Use an espresso machine to create the espresso shot. If you do not have one you can still get the same
intensity of an espresso shot if you concentrate your regular cup of coffee to 4 ounces of liquid.

Second Step
Once the coffee is ready use a blender to mix with the pumpkin puree, spices, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.

Third Step
Use your espresso machine or (saucepan over a medium flame) to warm up milk and stevia (or syrup)

Fourth Step
Once milk and stevia comes to a simmer add to blender and stir on high to create a foamy milk. Let it sit for a minute.

Fifth Step
Separate liquid from the foam with a spoon, and add a sprinkle of pumpkin spice or Coconut sugar on top.

Enjoy!