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D&D’s Featured on the Wedding Chicks Website!

March 16, 2010

We are so excited to share with all of you that D&D Design is a finalist for the “Wedding Chicks” StyleLab Wedding Style Board contest!  Our super cute style board is below for your viewing pleasure.  Wedding Chicks is a great website and resource for brides, grooms, event professionals, and people who just love great style.  Please visit the Wedding Chicks website and vote for us!

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Wedding Ceremony Music Suggestions

March 15, 2010

Your wedding ceremony should reflect you and your fiance’s personal style and spirituality.  Depending on your religious affiliation, there will be certain requirements imposed upon your ceremony processional and recessional music. A traditional Catholic ceremony, for example, will be discussed with the officiating priest who will outline the acceptable pieces.  If you have more flexibility in your service or are choosing a non-denominational ceremony, suggestions are listed below along with a link to the hear the music.  We hope you find these helpful for your upcoming special day.

Happy Listening!


Processional Songs:

“Trumpet Voluntary” (the Prince of Denmark’s March): Clarke

“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” from Cantata 147: J.S. Bach

“Air on a G String”: J.S. Bach

“Air” (from Water Music Suite): George F. Handel

“Wedding March” (from a Midsummer Night’s Dream): Felix Mendelssohn

“Spring” (from the Four Seasons): Antonio Vivaldi

“Romeo and Juliet Love Theme”: Tchaikovsky

“Coronation March for Czar Alexander III”: Peter I. Tchaikovsky

Entrance of Bride Songs:

“Trumpet Voluntary” (the prince of Denmark’s March): Clarke

“Canon in D”: Pachelbel

Recessional Songs:

“Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”: Handel

“Allegro Maestoso” (from Water Music Suite): George F. Handel

“Trumpet Voluntary” (the Prince of Denmark’s March): Clarke

Green Friday Tip-Earth Friendly Laundry Detergent

March 12, 2010

Green Friday – Going Green is about positive actions that we can take for the health of our body and our environment.

Tip for the day: Go Phosphate Free

Buy laundry detergents that are phosphate free.   Phosphates are added to detergents to make them more effective, but they cause a lot of trouble to the environment.  If you want your sheets and towels white -make sure you don’t use bleach or laundry powders that contain chlorine bleach/bleach alternatives.  Chlorine bleach is a poisonous gas.  It is a hazardous chemical.  That being said here are two natural alternatives to getting your laundry white: one is to add a half cup of lemon juice and the other is to add a couple of scoops of Oxo Brite Non-chlorine Bleach (www.ecos.com)

Gorgeously Green favorite laundry detergents:

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy!

Please visit the gorgeously green website for more helpful hints: www.gorgeouslygreen

Marvelous Minestrone Soup

March 8, 2010

Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and thickly sliced

1 yellow zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and thickly sliced

2 large carrots peeled and sliced

½ tsp. dried rosemary leaves, crushed

4 cups of vegetable broth

1 small can of tomato paste

1 can (14.5) ounces diced tomatoes, drained

1 can (19 ounces) white kidney beans (cannelleni), rinsed and drained

½ cup uncooked corkscrew-shaped pasta

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese (optional)

Cooking Instructions:

Heat the oil in a 6-quart saucepot.  Add the garlic, zucchini, carrots and rosemary and cook until the vegetables are tender-crisp.

Stir in the broth, tomatoes and tomato past and heat to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low.  Cover and cook for 10 minutes.

Increase the heat to medium.  Stir in the beans and pasta.  Cook for 10 minutes or until the pasta is tender.  Serve with cheese, if desired.

Enjoy!

D&D Design’s Favorite Things – Cooking 2!

March 2, 2010

As with our first, D&D Design’s Favorite things – Cooking!, post we will be talking about our favorite products to use while cooking, what we use when we’re making lunch, baking, or just entertaining friends.  We’re always here for comments and questions, so let us know if you’re having trouble finding any of our favorite things.

1. Bob‘s Red Mill Gluten-Free Flour: We have fallen in love with the amazingness that is Bob’s Red Mill and their line of products.  The gluten-free flour is easy to work with and still creates the texture we’re looking for in our vegan baking.  It’s not right for every recipe, but you will see some recipes to come that it is showcased.  A big thank you to Babycakes bakery who opened our eyes to this phenomenal product.

2. Back to Nature Cookies & Crackers: These cookies and crackers are not only a delicious little snack, but they are made with healthy, simple ingredients.  Back to Nature is also very environmentally conscious, which we love, and detail all of their amazing work on their website.  They can be found at almost any grocery store like Whole Foods Market, Target, and Safeway.

3. So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer: This is a wonderful alternative to your traditional dairy coffee creamer and an even better choice than soy creamer.  As vegan, or health conscious eaters, we need to be smart about eating too much soy since it is a popular alternative.  This is why we love coconut milk creamer, the original version can even be used in place of heavy cream when cooking and baking!  They can be found at almost any grocery store like Whole Foods Market, Kroger, and Safeway.

4. 365 Rice Milk: Rice milk is a great alternative to dairy milk, because the texture and taste are very similar to skim milk.  It’s fantastic to cook with or for eating a bowl of cereal – D&D has even made mashed potatoes with it!  365, the Whole Foods Market brand, is a personal favorite of D&D.

5. Near East Taboule: Taboule is a Middle Eastern wheat salad made with bulgar wheat and lots of spices.  The great thing about Taboule is it gives you nearly 25% of your daily fiber, which we all know is very good for you – and your digestion!  The geniuses at Near East have made a simple, clean product that is so easy to make – all you need is your box of Near East Taboule, a fresh tomato, fresh lemon juice, and olive oil!  It pairs perfectly with a Mediterreanean lunch of homemade hummus, pita chips, and sliced tomatoes.  It is served cold, so you always make it the night before and take it to work for a healthy lunch.

D&D Design’s Favorite Things – Babycakes “Vegan, (Mostly) Gluten-Free, (Mostly) Sugar-Free” Bakery

February 23, 2010

Okay, so we are incredibly excited to share this post with all of you!  As a part of our “D&D Design’s Favorite Things” we will be featuring the yummy, “vegan, (mostly) gluten-free, and (mostly) sugar-free” bakery Babycakes.  Babycakes is an all-natural, organic, bakery that is wheat, gluten, dairy, casein and eggs free.  It was started by the amazing Erin McKenna in New York City and she just opened a second bakery right here in Los Angeles. She has found a way to make your favorite baked goods healthier and more figure friendly, she does not use white sugar or toxic chemical sweeteners, instead her goodies are sweetened with agave nectar – a D&D favorite!

Babycakes has graciously allowed us to share one of their, and our favorite, recipes with you.  You will notice some very non-traditional ingredients, so you may have to shop around to find them – we suggest your local Whole Foods Market or health food store.  The ingredients are pricier than your average all-purpose flour and white sugar from the grocery store, but you will be doing yourself, your family, and your friends a big favor by introducing these treats!  Her Babycakes’ cookbook is currently available at bookstores nationwide.  Without further adue, we give you Babycakes’ Double Chocolate Chip Cookies…

Reprinted from the book BABYCAKES by ERIN MCKENNA.  Copyright (c) 2009 by ERIN MCKENNA.  Photographs copyright (c) 2009 by TARA DONNE.  Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc.

Have you been eating twice as much chocolate now that studies have shown conclusively that this miraculous bean is actually good for you? It’s certainly more appealing than gulping down a $7 wheatgrass shot with the rest of the aerobics squad at the health-food store. Here, then, is BabyCakes NYC’s ode to cocoa: A tried-and-true chocolate-worshiping recipe with crunchy edges and a soft, chewy center that will put you in antioxidant overdrive. Bonus tip: If you add minced fresh mint to the dough, the cookies taste just like Girl Scout Thin Mints! So here’s to putting those overachieving little nerdlettes out of business. (Oh, relax. Love, love you gals!)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, mix together the oil, evaporated cane juice, applesauce, cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla. In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, flax meal, baking soda, and xanthan gum. Using a rubber spatula, carefully add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and combine until a dough is formed. Gently fold in the chocolate chips just until they are evenly distributed throughout the dough.

Using a melon baller, scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing the portions 1 inch apart. Gently press each with the heel of your hand to help them spread. Bake the cookies on the center rack for 14 minutes, rotating the sheets 180 degrees after 9 minutes. The finished cookies will be crisp on the edges and soft in the center.

Let the cookies stand on the sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack and cool completely before covering. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Ingredients

1 cup coconut oil

1¼ cups evaporated cane juice

¹⁄³ cup homemade applesauce or store‑bought unsweetened applesauce

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract

1½ cups Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free all-purpose baking flour

¼ cup flax meal

1 teaspoon baking soda

1½ teaspoons xanthan gum

1 cup vegan chocolate chips


Enjoy!

D&D Design’s Favorite Things – Cooking!

February 16, 2010

We are going to start a monthly segment of our blog that talks about our favorite things, we will talk about great products that we use and think you should try too!  This month we’ll be talking about our favorite products to use while cooking, what we use when we’re making lunch, baking, or just entertaining friends.  We’re always here for comments and questions, so let us know if you’re having trouble finding any of our favorite things.


D&D Design’s Favorite Things: Cooking!

1. Earth Balance Organic Buttery Spread: This fantastic product is completely vegan, organic, and natural.  It tastes just like real butter and you can use it in cooking and baking as you would the real thing.  It can be found at Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s, among other retailers that can be found on their website.

2. Skippy Natural Peanut Butter : We are very conscious when it comes to reading ingredient labels on our favorite products and when we started to read the label of our traditional peanut butter we found there were more ingredients that we could not pronounce than one’s we could!  The best option for peanut butter would be grind your own peanuts at a local market, but that is not always possible, so a great alternerative is Skippy Natural.  There isn’t that icky separation that comes with some peanut butters, but it’s still natural and has very few ingredients.  It can be found anywhere you would buy traditional Skippy peanut butter.

3. Ezekiel 4:9 Bread: This is a fantastic product for anyone that is completely flour free and is a complete protein. This is a great breakfast alternative, served with a little natural peanut butter it will keep you full until lunch but is kind to your waist line! It can be found at Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s, among other retailers that can be found on their website.

4. 365 Agave Nectar: As we mentioned in our Green tip in February 5th, agave nectar is a wonderful alternative to proceed sugar products.  It’s sweet, dissolves well, is easy to bake with, and has a lower glycemic index.  This product is found exclusively at Whole Foods Market.