dress your tech | designlovefest

we’ve got some fun new desktops from for all of you cactus lovers for you today. we’re loving the pink! click through below to download the desktops, and tons more wallpapers here.

dress your tech | designlovefest
desktop wallpapers | designlovefest
dress your tech | designlovefest

dress your tech | designlovefesta





vegan nachos recipe | designlovefest

we’re on a real cauliflower kick over here and have no plans of ditching it anytime soon! this time we prepared it in a cast iron skillet over the stove and it was delicious on its own but maybe even better paired with nachos. these vegan nachos really hit the spot and making the cashew cheese was super simple. i’ve avoided making it in the past because it seemed complicated but i was wrong, it couldn’t be easier. and i now want to add pickled vegetables to everything i make! follow this tutorial if you’re curious on how to make them! – joanie

vegan nachos recipe | designlovefest
vegan nachos recipe | designlovefest

vegan nachos
what you’ll need:
• 1 head cauliflower
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon onion powder
• 1/2 tablespoon paprika
• 1 teaspoon chili powder
• salt to taste
• 4 tablespoons olive oil
• a few sprigs of cilantro
• 1 lime to garnish
• pickled red onions and jalapeños
• 1 can of whole kernal yellow corn, drained and rinsed
• 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
• tortilla chips
• 1 avocado diced

cashew “cheese”:
• 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
• 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon onion powder
• 4 cloves of garlic
• 1 1/2 cups of soaked cashews 

vegan nachos recipe | designlovefest
vegan nachos recipe | designlovefest

cashew “cheese”:
• place all of the ingredients in your blender (we used a vitamix) and blend on high until smooth and creamy. taste and adjust seasoning as desired.

• using a cast iron skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil on medium heat. place the corn on the skillet and let them roast for about 5-6 minutes; moving them occasionally so that they can char on all sides. remove and set aside. cut the cauliflower up into florets. using the same heated cast iron, roast the cauliflower with an additional 3 tablespoons of olive oil. season with the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, chili powder and salt to taste. roast for about 10 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender.

vegan nachos recipe | designlovefest
vegan nachos recipe | designlovefest
vegan nachos recipe | designlovefest

the rest: 
a while back we shared with you this pickling recipe and had a batch from the night before of red onions and jalapeños. our jalapeños came out a bit spicy but so good!

to assemble, place in a large platter with a layer of chips, then add the roasted cauliflower, corn, black beans, avocado, cilantro, pickled red onions, pickled jalapeños, and cashew cheese. spritz with a squeeze of lime and enjoy!

vegan nachos recipe | designlovefest
vegan nachos recipe | designlovefest

styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: 






i’m headed to stockholm, sweden on monday with and i’m VERY excited. i visited about 3 years ago for blogshop (here) and it was one of my favorite places i’ve been. i was teaching then and didn’t have a ton of time to explore, so i’m thrilled to be able to dive deeper into the culture in sweden. i’m working with  who now has a non-stop flight from LAX to stockholm. we are staying at the hotel  by Scandic, which looks full of style and amazing design details…i’m sure inspiration will be everywhere judging by the photos.

ALSO!! there’s a BIG GIVEAWAY we’re hosting with Scandinavian Airlines, Visit Stockholm and Visit Sweden with a prize including 2 round trip airline tickets from LAX to stockholm, a 4 night hotel stay in the haymarket hotel…basically you win the trip we are going on! you have to enter, stockholm is so amazing!! (full terms and conditions of the “Stockholm Like a Local Contest” found ). 


we are meeting up with stockholm cool girl who’s going to show denise and i the fun things to do in the area. and looking at her adorable style, i have a feeling she’s going to know all the right spots…


watch the little video below about the contest, and make sure to follow on to see where we go on our trip next week with !

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to enter the contest go to , find your favorite stockholm spot shown on their feed and comment on it with hashtag #stockholmlikealocal along with why you would like to experience that spot in person. also, don’t forget to tag a friend that you’d like to go with! (make sure to tag them at the end of the comment so it doesn’t turn into a direct message)*

*open to US residence 18 years and older, airline tickets depart from LAX only, winner is responsible to get themselves to LAX. contest open from january 14th 12pm PST and closes 5th of february 2017 at 11:59pm PST. full terms and conditions found . 




weekend at home: seeing green | designlovefest

i’ve been seeing this deep, forest green everywhere lately. it’s such an earthy, natural color, and makes a really cool accent color in a room. after all, greenery made the . a few ideas to incorporate it into a space: paint an accent wall, green upholstered furniture, hang green wall art, and, of course, fill your home with lots of plants! what is your favorite way to add a bit of greenery to your space?

weekend at home: seeing green | designlovefest
weekend at home: seeing green | designlovefest

weekend at home: seeing green | designlovefest
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packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

happy 2017! we’re feeling excited and ready to share another year of recipes with you. in 2016 we really worked to make our recipe collection approachable and balanced and that’s something we’re committed to continuing in 2017. we want to present ingredients, ideas, recipes and companies that we’re currently using in our own kitchen and hopefully inspire you to keep creating on your own. we’re always looking for input and suggestions so please feel free to leave a comment!

packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

this post is extra exciting because as a thank you for following along with us we’ve partnered with to giveaway one of their new new  to a reader! it’s a staple in our kitchen and used to make all three of the recipes below.

packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

one of my intentions for the new year is to try to pack my lunch for the office. it’s more economical, healthier and also helps to avoid skipping meals (which always leaves me tired and grumpy). we came up with three items that are simple to make, hold up well in the refrigerator and can be kept for a few days so you can make a bunch and eat it throughout the week. we hope you enjoy! p.s. you can buy the eco friendly lunch box, ! 

riced cauliflower bowl:

this was the first time that i made cauliflower rice on my own and i was SHOCKED at how easy it was and how well it turned out. i know people always say things like this but it’s true – you won’t miss real rice with this recipe.

packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

what you’ll need: 
• 1 head of cauliflower, roughly chopped
• 1 red bell pepper sliced and deseeded
• quarter red onion sliced
• 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
• 1 cup canned whole corn drained and rinsed
• half avocado diced
• 3-4 kale leaves de-stemmed and chopped
• 1 lime
• 1/2 teaspoon cumin
• 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
• salt to taste
• 2 tablespoon olive oil

packable lunch recipes | designlovefest
packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

heat olive oil on medium heat in a medium sized skillet. Sauté the red bell pepper, red onion, and kale. squeeze half a lime and salt to taste. set aside.

in your Vitamix, set on level 4 gradually drop small cauliflower florets until all the pieces have been finely riced. this step is important, don’t put all of the cauliflower in at once!

In a saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat, once heated toast the riced cauliflower for about 4-5 minutes. mix in the cumin and chili powder, and 1 teaspoon salt.

to assemble, place the diced avocado, corn, black beans, sautéed veggies and cauliflower rice in a food safe travel container. place the remaining lime to garnish. we also served ours with a side of salsa and chips.

As an option, you could also use the light jalapeño ranch dip as a dressing for the riced cauliflower bowl.

light jalapeño ranch dip:
we used the jalapeño dip with both the collard green wrap and the cauliflower rice bowl. it’s also great as a dip for your corn chips!

packable lunch recipes | designlovefest
packable lunch recipes | designlovefest
packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

• 1 cup greek yogurt
• 1/4 cup chives diced
• 2 cloves garlic
• 1 teaspoon salt:
• 1 teaspoon onion powder
• 1/2 jalapeno seeded
• 1/2 lemon squeezed
• quarter cup buttermilk
• crack of pepper

In the Vitamix, add all the ingredients minus the buttermilk. Put the blender on a low setting until the mixture is smooth, then as the Vitamix continues to run pour the buttermilk in a slow steady stream, stopping to scrape the sides with a spatula. mix until incorporated.

packable lunch recipes | designlovefest
packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

cashew butter:
make this at home and keep a jar in your work fridge to pair with sliced apples, on toast with bananas or to eat by the spoon when you need something to tide you over. it’s the perfect snack!

packable lunch recipes | designlovefest
packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

what you’ll need: 
• 2 cups roasted and salted cashews
• 1/4 cup of coconut oil (melted)
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon raw honey

packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

start by placing your cashews in your Vitamix and slowly increase the speed from 2 – 8 stopping every now and then to scrape the sides. this will take around 5 -8 minutes, once it has a slightly creamy texture add all remaining ingredients except for the coconut oil and blend again. if the consistency is dry slowly add the oil while the Vitamix is running. store in an airtight container.

collard greens wraps:
this recipe is killing two birds with one stone – eating more veggies and packing a lunch! blanching the collard greens makes them easy to wrap and the creamy avocado and the spicy jalapeño dip bring it all together nicely (and guilt free).

packable lunch recipes | designlovefest
packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

what you’ll need: 
• 2-3 large collard greens leaves, de-stemmed
• 1/2 cup sprouts
• 1/2 cup chopped purple cabbage
• 1 yellow bell pepper sliced
• half an avocado sliced
• 1/2 cup lettuce diced

packable lunch recipes | designlovefest
packable lunch recipes | designlovefest
packable lunch recipes | designlovefest
packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

blanch the collard greens for a few seconds to soften them a bit. to assemble, place your ingredients on one side of the collard greens and tightly roll from one end to the other. slice in half (we wrapped ours using parchment paper). serve with the light jalapeño ranch dip.

and now for a giveaway! leave us a comment on this post telling us your current go-to packable lunch and we’ll randomly select one winner to receive the new !

packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

here’s how to win… THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! 


1) leave a comment below telling us your current favorite go -to lunch recipe!

one winner will be chosen at random on thursday january 26th. open to US residents only. this price is valued at $600+. by entering this sweepstakes you agree to the official terms and conditions. one entry per person, multiple commenters will be disqualified. 


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