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Olive Heights Trading Company feature and GIVEAWAY!

Check out the wonderful Shop Small Saturday Showcase feature from Olive Heights Trading Company and enter to win a fantastic giveaway!

Plátanos Maduros (Sweet Cuban Plantains)

A super easy and summer-ready dish: Sweet Cuban Plantains!

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Need a gift for mom? Check out these awesome ideas!

(Budget-Friendly) DIY No-Slip Hangers!

Use this hack to make your own no-slip hangers!

Do Tell Tuesday #71

Come Link Up at Do Tell Tuesday for some inspiration and the chance to be featured on all 4 blogs!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Silicate Studio feature & GIVEAWAY!


On this week's Shop Small Saturday Showcase, I am happy to showcase the fantastic creations of Kevin Anderson from Silicate Studio!  At last year's Unique L.A., I was immediately drawn to the rustic and clean designs, and I absolutely loved the combination of wood and metal of the Turnbuckle shelves.  Then, I saw all of the different designs and knew I just had to feature the shop and share with all of you.  Just check out the fantastic headboard below, and you'll know what I mean!

Lastly, the giveaway today is extra special because we will not have just one winner... but three!  That's right, three of my lucky readers will have their choice of one of Silicate Studio's beautiful geometric mirrors.  There are a few pictures in the interview below, so keep an eye out for which one you'll pick if you are a lucky winner.  :)  Now, let's learn all about Silicate Studio from Kevin, shall we?


Silicate Studio feature & GIVEAWAY on Shop Small Saturday Showcase at Diane's Vintage Zest!


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Tell me a little bit about yourself!

I come from an interior design background and I also come from a cabinetmaking design/construction background. I decided to start my own business after realizing that I loved furniture and the creation of it more than designing white rooms.


Where did the name of your store come from?

It sounded like the beach to me, and I am a full-blooded beach boy. But it also sounded unique and related to mirrors and glass.


Why did you start making goods for Silicate Studio?

I have an insatiable need to create things with my hands. I can't control it.


Silicate Studio feature & GIVEAWAY on Shop Small Saturday Showcase at Diane's Vintage Zest!


What is your favorite item?

Don't have one, how can you say which child is your favorite?  If I had to pick it would be our turnbuckle shelves. They started as a uber-quick solution. I needed a nightstand to put into a photoshoot and I had turnbuckles, a few slabs of old wood and soem random pieces of harwdare. They just sort of fell together and I realized after gettign TONS of questions about them instead of the bed in the picture, that these had some cool potential.



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Friday, May 22, 2015

Korean Bean Sprouts Salad (Sukju Namul Muchim)


This week, I am bringing you another healthy side dish, perfect for summer time!  I don't know about you, but when I eat Korean BBQ, I am all about the side dishes.  I already shared this pickled radish recipe, and this one is another favorite!

I searched everywhere for a good bean sprout (AKA mung bean sprout) salad recipe that did not use too many specialty ingredients, which would require a trip to the grocery store.  Initially, I wanted to make a Japanese bean sprout salad to accompany my sushi, but each one had an unusual ingredient.  Instead, I ended up with Sukju Namul Muchim (숙주나물 무침), which is pretty similar and uses only the most basic ingredients.


Korean Bean Sprouts Salad (Sukju Namul Muchim) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #vegetarian #healthy


As I said before, I didn't need an extra trip to the grocery store because I already bought the bean sprouts on sale earlier that week.  It is possible to find them in a regular grocery store, but they will most likely be a little pricy.

My suggestion is to either grab them when they go on sale, or visit your local Korean/Asian market.  They sell huge bags there for an insanely cheap price.  Believe me, once you try the recipe, you will want more than a few sprouts for your second go around.

Now, let's get cooking!


Korean Bean Sprouts Salad (Sukju Namul Muchim) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #vegetarian #healthy


Korean Bean Sprouts Salad (Sukju Namul Muchim)
Adapted from My Korean Kitchen

Monday, May 18, 2015

Summery Project Round-Up & Do Tell Tuesday #74!


Summery Project Round-Up on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Welcome to Do Tell Tuesday!  Do Tell Tuesday is the time where WE get to see what YOU are up to! Share your projects and recipes, then take time to look around at your fellow creatives.  Not a blogger?  That's ok!  You can still take a look around and discover some new ideas and inspiration!

Each week a featured host will be bringing you a set of features.  This week is Lisa's turn!  Before we get to this week, let's meet the hosts!


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Now for the features courtesy of Lisa!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

SOAP FARM feature & promo!


On this week's Shop Small Saturday Showcase, I have a long overdue shop to share with you!  As you know, I prefer using natural products whenever possible.  When I spotted SOAP FARM's beautiful products at one of my favorite craft shows, I knew they had to be a part of my series!

Vanessa has been making soap since 2001 and really knows how to make a beautiful bar of soap.  She also makes other natural bath and body products and puts together baskets of her items, which make perfect gifts.  Also, she is offering a promo to my readers to receive 15% off of her items.  Lucky you!  Make sure to check that out after the interview, and now let's get to it!


SOAP FARM feature & promo on Shop Small Saturday Showcase at Diane's Vintage Zest!

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Tell me a little bit about yourself!

I am an art school and film school grad who spent my entire adolescence figuring out a way to get to New York City. I am adopted from Korea, grew up in Minnesota with the Mississippi river in my backyard, and, yes, did get myself to New York at twenty after transferring from more than one college. I hated school so much I was truant and graduated high school a year early (just to get the heck out) and finally finished college summa cum, to my father's relief and disbelief.  I am a broadcast news and documentary producer/editor by profession with eighteen years working for the majors in television. I can make a bar of soap and produce your marketing video; a rare occurrence. I have had no professional training or background in soap making or business but I like to do things the hard way.


Where did the name of your store come from?

My father's side of the family are all commercial agricultural farmers from his generation in the American heartland. They grow soybeans and corn on thousands of acres of land. Their kids have gone off into other fields (pardon the pun) and careers. I've always lived in major cities (I'm a city mouse) but always wanted the purity that doesn't exist there. I've always wanted  to create businesses around delivering the essence of nature to the urban masses. Hence, SOAP FARM.


Why did you start making goods for SOAP FARM?

Everything comes from experimentation for me and I was attracted to all natural soap making because it's rather dangerous. Customers came next-and that's what changes why you make what you make.


What is your favorite item?

My first and coveted item, my SUPERFAT SOAP; an all natural, giant, fat bar of soap made with pure essential oils and ingredients that help and heal sensitive skin.


SOAP FARM feature & promo on Shop Small Saturday Showcase at Diane's Vintage Zest!


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Friday, May 15, 2015

Spring Cleaning: Creating an Organized Bathroom Drawer!


Remember last year when I showed you my organized drawer of toiletries galore?  Tons of you totally related to my mess of a "before" picture and loved my "after" as well!  Although that drawer holds the majority of my stuff, I have a single tiny drawer in the bathroom itself where I can store a few things.

It got totally overrun with items, so I did a bit of spring cleaning.  It turned out fabulous and I'm ready to share it with you today!


Spring Cleaning: Creating an Organized Bathroom Drawer! on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Here is the before.  Ugh.  As I mentioned in that previous post, I had about three times the amount of stuff that any one person should have.  All the items from my parents' house from before I moved to Nashville, my stash from Nashville (which was in storage temporarily), and the new stuff I bought when I moved back to California.

I had enough of the craziness when I realized I had no room for the charger of my new skin care brush.  Nooo!  As you can see, I labeled everything so you can see the dirty little secrets living in my drawer.  I had really old glasses and contacts supplies, empty packaging from some of my favorite products, and even some retainers from way back when.


Spring Cleaning: Creating an Organized Bathroom Drawer! on Diane's Vintage Zest!


So I took everything out of the drawers and started the purging and organizing process.  Empty containers and old products were chucked in the trash.  An extra pair of glasses made it into my travel bag, since it makes more sense there anyways.

Then, I organized everything into categories.  The four I ended up choosing were eye care, skin care, dental care, and miscellaneous.  I didn't realize how many kinds of floss I had!!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bananacue recipe (Sweet Asian Plantain Skewers)


Remember last month when I shared two recipes for both savory and sweet plantains?  Initially, I had this dish in mind for my sweet recipe, but when I went to look at the recipe, I was shocked to find out that Bananacue used a completely different fruit!  But let's back up for a second.

Bananacue is a sweet dish found in the Philippines, and it's also sometimes known as banana cue or banana q.  The banana is fried, covered in brown sugar, skewered, then enjoyed as a tasty snack or dessert!  Personally, I love having this in the summer time along with some grilled kabobs for a complete meal on a stick!

The fruit is sweet and almost slightly creamy after frying, but the outside sugar hardens into a sweet, crunchy shell.  So delicious!


Bananacue recipe (Sweet Asian Plantain Skewers) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #dessert #sweet


The surprising thing is that even though it is called bananacue, you probably shouldn't use a regular banana.  Then what should you buy at the grocery store?

The banana that they use in the Philippines is called saging na saba, Cardaba banana, or Asian plantain.  After working with them, I can safely say that they are somewhere between a soft regular banana and the harder plantain.  You can use a regular plantain for this recipe if you can't find this at your international store.  However, as you know from my plantain tips post, make sure that they are ripe!


Bananacue recipe (Sweet Asian Plantain Skewers) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #dessert #sweet


Bananacue (Sweet Asian Plantain Skewers)
Adapted from here

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