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!

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

Monday, June 15, 2015

DIY Organization Projects + Do Tell Tuesday #78!


DIY Organization 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 Cassie!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Denise's Doodles feature & promo!


On this week's Shop Small Saturday Showcase, I have a delicious treat in store for you.  As you know, I love going to all of the shows and when Artisanal L.A. comes around, you better come hungry!  I didn't know this at my first one, and even though I was at the end of the show and waddling around with a full belly, I ran into Denise's Doodles and couldn't help but taste a few of the sweet treats.

At home, I tried a few different items and loved them all!  I'll let you know my favorites at the bottom of the post, so stay tuned for that...  Oh!  And also at the bottom of the post, check out the generous 20% off promo on all of their items, just for my readers!

Now, let's meet the team behind Denise's Doodles!


Denise's Doodles feature on Shop Small Saturday Showcase at Diane's Vintage Zest!  #dessert #cookies

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Tell me a little bit about yourself!

Hi, I’m Denise! My husband and I started Denise’s Doodles back in 2011. I’m the baker and he’s the business.

I have extensive experience in the retail baking industry, having worked for Mrs. Field's Cookies and Ghirardelli Chocolate. Most importantly, I have a serious love affair with all things sweet! I love baking. I have been baking cookies and brownies for my friends and family for years. It brings great joy to my heart when people enjoy the treats I bake for them. In my book, dessert always comes first.


Where did the name of your store come from?

We thought of other names with snickerdoodles or cookies, but when one imagines having a store, there is no better name than your own.


Denise's Doodles feature on Shop Small Saturday Showcase at Diane's Vintage Zest!  #dessert #cookies


Why did you start making goods for Denise’s Doodles?

I wanted to make a sweet treat for my husband, who does not have a sweet tooth, like I do. I pulled out a classic recipe for snickerdoodles that I’ve had for years. He had no idea what a snickerdoodle was, but he loved it! After he brought them to work and everyone kept asking for more, we knew we were onto something. The final test was placing a plate of cookies on the table at a party, walking away, then noticing that they were gone in 15 minutes, and some partygoers had three or four apiece. This is when we knew it was time to mobilize for world snickerdoodle domination!


What is your favorite item?

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