Moving

Dear Fellow WordPress Friends –

Balanced Bella has moved over to wordpress.org. If you would still like to follow my blog, you will need to subscribe at balancedbella.com since moving has erased all of my previous followers. It has also erased those whom I follow as well.

Thanks in advance! Hope to see some of you again!!

xo,

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DIY Distressed Shabby Chic

DIY distressed shabby chic

One of my first posts on this blog was back in March of 2014. I had written about a Do It Yourself (DIY) project that I had been working on – breathing new life into an old piece of furniture, creating a distressed shabby chic look. I showed before and after photos, but today I am going to show you tutorial pictures that will help you to create this look for yourself. My taste in home decor has changed somewhat since I last wrote about dresser repair; however, I think that shabby chic furniture pieces go with an array of styles. For example, I am currently very into contemporary and eclectic home decor. I’m loving white walls with minimal wall furnishings, green plants, and splashes of gold speckled throughout the house. Yet there is something about a distressed piece of furniture that just blends seamlessly into a variety of decor styles: coastal, contemporary, cottage, and eclectic to name some. Continue reading “DIY Distressed Shabby Chic”

Chocolate Chip & Pecan Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Of all the cookies, chocolate chip with pecan is my favorite. I really, really love them. When I was a kid, my dream job was working at The Cookie House, a store in the mall that’s still there today. I would order three dollars worth of cookies and eat them while I shopped. Come to think of it, my friends did most of the shopping. I think I just went for the cookies. Continue reading “Chocolate Chip & Pecan Cookies”

Toasted Almond & Sea Salt Chocolate Bark

Toasted Almond and Sea Salt Vegan Chocolate BarkSince my first chocolate testing experience using cacao butter, I’ve created quite an extensive repertoire of delicious treats. I mean, what can’t you cover in chocolate? But of all my creations, the toasted almond and sea salt bark is my favorite. The salt adds another dimension by enhancing the sweetness, and toasting the almonds brings out their natural oils, which adds more flavor. The first time I made it, I didn’t add enough toasted almonds (in my opinion), and so I would break off the pieces without almonds and put them back in the container for Justin. Ha! So the next time I made this, I was sure to cover every inch of the bark in toasted almonds. This chocolate is smooth, rich, and nutrient dense. It rivals chocolate sold in lavish boutiques, because after all, the handful of ingredients used to make this are of the finest quality. No artificial or processed fillers here! Continue reading “Toasted Almond & Sea Salt Chocolate Bark”

Vegan Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

vegan fudgy black bean browniesI’ve made these brownies now about a gazillion times, and every time people are shocked to learn that they’re made from beans. When I make them and sell them at festivals, curious passersby will always stop and sample them. There are usually three groups of people I encounter when this happens. The Yes, I’ve heard of bean brownies before but I’ve never…; then there is the Beans? Oh wow I’ve gotta try these group; and then there is the third group, those who have tried them in the past and wave somebody new over to try them. Those people are my homies. They know a good thing when they taste it. Continue reading “Vegan Fudgy Black Bean Brownies”

Curried Split Pea Soup

This soup is a classic. It’s hardy, comforting, and healthy. It’s also pretty simple with ingredients you probably already have. Perhaps it’s the kind of soup you might pass up, but then you try it and you’re sold. I made it last night, so the thought of eating it for dinner again didn’t excite me too much. But I was warming it up on the stove for Oliver, tasted it, and you guessed it, ate it again. And I think it tasted even better today! Continue reading “Curried Split Pea Soup”

Rainbow (Unrainbow) Cookies

vegan rainbow cookies

Okay, so I don’t really know where to begin with this post because there is so much going on in this recipe. Besides the fact that I’ve wanted to create something like this since December 2013 (reasons why I will get to), this multifaceted dessert has layers (literally) of recipes, all of which I’ve intended to blog about before this deliciousness…is it a cookie? a bar? could it be made into a tart? Yes. Yes. And yes. Continue reading “Rainbow (Unrainbow) Cookies”