Diane's Vintage Zest!

SOAP FARM feature

Check out the wonderful Shop Small Saturday Showcase feature from SOAP FARM!

Bananacue recipe (Sweet Asian Plantain Skewers)

A super easy and summer-ready dish: Sweet Asian Plantain Skewers!

Summery Project Round-Up

Check out these awesome summer project ideas!

Açaí Bowl Recipe + Tips

Açaí Bowl Recipe + Tips

Do Tell Tuesday #76

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

Monday, June 29, 2015

15 Berrylicious Desserts + Do Tell Tuesday #80!


15 Berrylicious Desserts on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipes #dessert #sweet



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.  Before we get to this week, let's meet the hosts!


Do Tell Tuesday on Vintage Zest

Keep up with us at:

Mabey She Made It : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus
Vintage Zest : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus
Little Red Window : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus
Lil Mrs. Tori : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus


Now for the features courtesy of yours truly!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Strauss Vintage Shoppe feature, promo & GIVEAWAY!


Strauss Vintage Shoppe feature & GIVEAWAY on Shop Small Saturday Showcase at Diane's Vintage Zest!


This week, I have a lovely shop to share with you all that I seriously cannot get enough of!  Before I even saw Candice of Strauss Vintage Shoppe, I knew that she had to be a woman of good taste.  Her shop is an eclectic mix of treasures she finds, fixes up, and curates, as well as items that she makes herself.  Seriously, she even teaches classes on how to make her gorgeous image transfers on wood.  Sign me up!

So today, we there were so many items in her shop I wanted to share with you all that I ended up including just a couple more pictures than normal.  Oops!  :)  You'll agree with me once you read through the rest of the interview below.

Then after the interview, enter to win a one of her gorgeous wood transfer images in the giveaway and check out the promo code to save 20% off of anything in her shop.  Let's get to it!


Strauss Vintage Shoppe feature & GIVEAWAY on Shop Small Saturday Showcase at Diane's Vintage Zest!

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Tell me a little bit about yourself!

Hi, my name is Candice Strauss, I live with my husband and daughter in Southern California, about 15 minutes from my childhood home, here in the San Gabriel Valley. My dad's in construction (and a life-long picker), and my mom is a true maker (crochet, sewing, & embroidery), so I spent my childhood neck deep in building, crafting, collecting, and treasure hunting.


Where did the name of your store come from?

I wanted something that represented who we are, and we are a family business. If you stop by any of my pop-up shops, you will most likely meet my dad, mom, daughter, or husband.

I couldn't do this without the support of my family. From my dad Johnny, who helps me cut wood and set-up my booths, to my husband Eric, whose man-cave is bit by bit becoming our warehouse, and my daughter Delilah, my fave junkin' companion, the whole family is part of the team. (Though Delilah finds it quite hard to part with a rare bottle or sweet vintage camera, both of which she collects.)


Strauss Vintage Shoppe feature & GIVEAWAY on Shop Small Saturday Showcase at Diane's Vintage Zest!


Why did you start making goods for Strauss Vintage Shoppe?

I'm someone who likes learning new art forms and techniques. I have an extensive “creative bucket list,” and last summer I finally learned how to transfer images onto wood. I loved the process! At first I was making them as gifts for friends and family, then I began receiving order requests, and the rest is history.


What is your favorite item?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summertime Skin Care for Sensitive Skin!

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Neutrogena. I received samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”



Summertime Skin Care for Sensitive Skin on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #ad #ChooseSkinHealth #IC


It's officially summertime!  Being a Southern California girl, I know I get the sun and warmth for more days in the year, but it excites me every time I know it's officially the season for BBQs, pool parties, and soaking up some sun!  This summer, I have so many fun plans in store, which I plan on sharing with y'all.

Most of the plans involve being outside, so I'm definitely making sure to keep my trusty sunscreen handy.  Although I'm one of those lucky people who usually tan quick (not trying to humblebrag), for the first time ever while I was in the Philippines this January, I burned and peeled!  Remember, it's summer there when it's winter here.  :(  It was pretty gnarly, so now I literally feel the pain of everyone who has extra sensitive skin.  This summer, I am definitely taking extra care of my skin with the help of Neutrogena and their award-winning Sun products.


Summertime Skin Care for Sensitive Skin on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #ad #ChooseSkinHealth #IC


Monday, June 22, 2015

12 Can't-Miss July 4th Projects + Do Tell Tuesday #79!



12 Can't-Miss July 4th Projects 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.  Before we get to this week, let's meet the hosts!


Do Tell Tuesday on Vintage Zest

Keep up with us at:

Mabey She Made It : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus
Vintage Zest : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus
Little Red Window : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus
Lil Mrs. Tori : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus


Now for the features courtesy of Tori!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Nature Skin Shop feature!


On this week's Shop Small Saturday Showcase, I have a lovely one to share with you!  I met Terri from Nature Skin Shop in the midst of all the food vendors at Artisanal L.A., and the scents of her pretty products were still able to stand out from the crowd!  Not to mention, she was as cute as a button, in a lovely flower dress that matched her equally lovely bath and beauty items.  :)

I absolutely love her gorgeous products, and because she is so multi-talented, all of the beautiful photos you see below are hers!  Take a look and read through the interview, then tell me you don't want to try every single one of her items.  I dare you!


Nature Skin Shop feature on Shop Small Saturday Showcase at Diane's Vintage Zest!  #bath #beauty #natural

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Tell me a little bit about yourself!

I am a jack of all trades with a short attention span. I like to be creative in many different ways. I am a wannabe artist! Running a soap company gives me the opportunity to move through many projects throughout the day from scent blending, recipe development, web design, and designing and marketing. My background is in photography, web design and Photoshop.


Where did the name of your store come from?

The name of my store originated from the fact that all my products are all natural, and I wanted my store to reflect that with in the name!


Nature Skin Shop feature on Shop Small Saturday Showcase at Diane's Vintage Zest!  #bath #beauty #natural




Why did you start making goods for Nature Skin Shop?

I’m also a cosmetics junkie! This has lead me to where I am today.


What is your favorite item?

My favorite item is my cleansing conditioner because it is formulated for hair just like mine, which is dry and damaged from being addicted to dying my hair from one color to another.


What is your most popular item?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sausage & Veggie Deep Dish "Pizza Pies"

 I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for P.A.N. Cornmeal. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


As you know by now, I definitely consider myself a food explorer!  I totally love trying new foods all around the world when I travel, and then recreating them when I get back home.  The month before I began Vintage Zest, I was in South America where I have traveled a few times.  Right now, I'm working on my perfect arepa recipe, but today I am sharing one of my absolute favorite recipes that I make from time to time, using the same base ingredient: cornmeal!  Cornmeal is such a versatile ingredient that I use it as the base of my deep dish "pizza pies!"  There are several types of cornmeal, but I used the 100% white corn meal from P.A.N. Cornmeal, the number one brand in South America.  It looks almost identical to a regular crust from far away, which is a fun surprise for guests when they cut into it!

I love making this dish because unlike making a traditional pizza crust, the cornmeal version is quick and easy, plus it is gluten-free!  Also, you can customize the toppings to accommodate any dietary restrictions.  That means it is wonderful for a party... plus you could even make mini versions!  You'll just have to adjust the cook time depending on how small you make them because they'll bake up MUCH quicker!


Sausage & Veggie Deep Dish Pizza Pies on Diane's Vintage Zest! (ad)  #PANfam #IC #recipe #glutenfree


After I made the three versions below, I asked which was the favorite of the bunch.  The feedback was that each one was good... so they couldn't pick!  Initially, I was worried because I had a pizza purist in the taste-testing bunch, but it passed the test.  This is not a direct substitution for a traditional deep dish crust, but everyone always thinks it's really delicious.  Whew!  In all honesty, I couldn't decide if I should call these cornmeal tarts, deep dish "pizzas," or something else instead, but I just know this dish is a crowd pleaser.  :)

Now, let's get to the recipe!


Sausage & Veggie Deep Dish Pizza Pies on Diane's Vintage Zest! (ad)  #PANfam #IC #recipe #glutenfree


Sausage & Veggie Deep Dish "Pizza Pies"
A Vintage Zest original

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