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Paletas Please

There is almost nothing better than a home made popsicle on a hot summers day. With the funky Zoku popsicle molds and Fany Gerson's Paletas book on hand, we thought it was time to whip up a sweet treat!

Paletas de Yogurt con Moras 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lemon
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1½ cups plain unsweetened Greek-style yogurt 
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries, or the berry of your choice
  • Rinse the lemon, then peel it. Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the mixture comes to a boil and the sugar has dissolved. Add the lemon peel, lower the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes. Let cool to room temperature. Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve, then refrigerate until chilled. 

    Put the yogurt and honey in a blender, add the chilled syrup, and blend to combine. Pour a bit of the yogurt mixture into each of the molds, to a height of about ¾ inch. Freeze until the mixture begins to set, about 40 minutes. 

    Divide the berries among the molds, then pour in the remaining yogurt mixture, dividing it evenly among the molds. Freeze for 8 hours and enjoy!

     

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    Peach Pistachio Caramel Crumble

    We approached one of our favorite food bloggers, Stephanie Le of I Am A Food Blog, and asked her to use our timeless Falcon Enamelware and Caramel Sauce in a recipe. This is what she came up with...

    I used to LOVE eating canned peaches. The syrupy sweetness, the strange canned mealy texture, the convenience of those little snack cups – they were the perfect treat for my five-year-old self. I can’t remember the last time I ate canned peaches, but I’m thinking I should definitely go ahead and can some for a taste of sunshiny summer in the middle of winter.

    I haven’t gotten around to canning yet, but the abundance of peaches at the market are begging to be eaten. Peaches are delicious out of hand, but I love a good crumble. Crumbles are a fast and easy way to fancy up fruit. I used salted caramel to sweeten this crumble, but if you don’t have any salted caramel you can always use brown sugar.

    When I made this, I intended it to be a dessert for two, but I ended up eating it all by myself. After the first bite, I was hooked. The creamy, cool ice cream melting into the warm, cinnamon-y, soft, sweet peaches, the crunch of toasty pistachios, and the satisfying crumbs were a bit too addictive. I managed to let Mike [Stephanie's husband] have a bite or two, but let’s just tell it like it is: I demolished it and called it dinner.

    PEACH PISTACHIO CARAMEL CRUMBLE RECIPE

    serves 2

    CRUMBLE

    • 1/4 CUP SHELLED PISTACHIOS
    • 1/4 CUP PLUS 2 TABLESPOONS FLOUR
    • 3 TABLESPOONS BROWN SUGAR
    • 1/4 TEASPOON CINNAMON
    • SPRINKLE OF SALT
    • 3 TABLESPOONS CHILLED BUTTER, CUT INTO SMALL PIECES

    FRUIT

    • 2 PEACHES, PITTED AND SLICED
    • 1 TABLESPOON SALTED CARAMEL OR 1 TABLESPOON BROWN SUGAR
    • 1 TABLESPOON CORNSTARCH
    • 1/2 TEASPOON CINNAMON

    TO SERVE

    • ICE CREAM OF CHOICE
    • PISTACHIOS, ROUGHLY CHOPPED
    • SALTED CARAMEL, WARMED, OPTIONAL

    Preheat the oven to 375°F.

    In a dry pan, toast the pistachios over medium heat, shaking pan occasionally, until toasty and delicious, about 4-6 minutes. Remove from the pan. If inclined, use a clean kitchen towel to rub off the skins, if not, let cool and then roughly chop.

    In a small bowl, toss the peaches with the caramel or sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Place peaches in a small ovenproof baking dish.

    In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Use your fingertips to work the cold butter into the mix until it starts to clump up into crumbs. Add most of the chopped pistachios (setting aside about 1 1/2 tablespoons for topping). Evenly spread the crumb topping over the peaches.

    Bake the crumble for 30-35 minutes, until fruit is tender and bubbly and topping is firm and golden. Rest for 15 mins then enjoy with ice cream, reserved chopped pistachios and warmed caramel, if using!

    Thanks Stephanie, beautiful work as always!

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    Succulent Flower Crown in 5 Steps

    Succulents and San Diego go hand in hand. The same can be said for Pigment and the fleshy plants that we love so much. These sun loving beauties are the backbone of most of our creations at Pigment, and we think they deserve to be the star of your floral masterpieces. Join us as we take a closer look at what it takes to include succulents at your special gathering.

    Making a Flower Crown

    Materials:

    • Succulents
    • Floral Wire
    • Flowers (Ranunculus, Dahlias, Thistle, Astilbe)
    • Floral Tape
    • Twine

    5 STEPS

    • Cut a base wire almost to the circumference of your head.  Prepare succulents by removing all soil, excess roots and dead leaves. Thread another wire through the base of each succulent so that you can fix this to your base wire at a later stage.
    • Prepare your florals by cutting them to 2-3″ in length and carefully thread wire through the base of the flower as your did with the succulents.
    • Now is the exciting part… Start on one side of your base wire and work your way around by attaching succulents and flowers to it with the floral tape. We recommend mixing fillers and succulents next to your bigger blooms.
    • End off with wrapping both ends of your wire with twine or ribbon, this will not only be aesthetically pleasing but also more comfortable.
    • Tie your twine together to complete your headband.

    Other succulent decor ideas that are just as easy to do...

    Learn how to build your own Macramé hanger or get it here!

    Don't forget to replant your succulents so that they can stay with you for long after the "I do's"...  Wishing you all the best for your big day! 

    Visit Exquisite Weddings to win your very own Pigment flower crown.

     

    xo - Pigment

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    Coffee with Tatum

    We caught up with Tatum Lenahan, of LoveTatum, over coffee. Besides being a successful jewelry designer, she's a stylish and fun lady who's paving the way for other female entrepreneurs. We asked her a few questions about her line and what it's like creating and designing natural works of art that people love to wear.

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     What's been going on with LoveTatum jewelry since we last met up?

    "I’ve been involved with many new exciting collaborations with celebrity stylists, Beijos Events- an event planning company based in San Francisco, FINE Magazine, Locale Magazine, San Diego Magazine and now gearing up to go gemstone collecting for Summer!"

    Do you have a favorite place to travel for work? or to get inspired?

    "My international travels have always inspired my designs, especially Ireland and Barbados but there’s nothing like living in San Diego. I have the best beach and plant-life at my fingertips to draw inspiration from year round."

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    Necklaces by LoveTatum Jewelry

    Which celebrity would you love to see wearing LoveTatum?

    Jessica Alba & Nicole Warne

    With all that's going on with your line, how do you stay focused and centered during the craziness?

    "It’s important to have balance in your life, even during the craziness. My release is photography, cooking, gardening and spending time with my little Frenchie, Dumpling. What keeps me centered and focused is surrounding myself with very supportive friends and family."

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    What do you think people love about your jewelry in particular?

    "I’m pretty obsessed with unique gemstones, and I think people love the same things I love about my jewelry… the beauty of natural gemstones that have meaning."

    The stones you use in your designs are so stunning and unique! How do you go about choosing just the right ones for your designs?

    "I started as a rock collector when I was very young, so I'm automatically drawn to the rarity of each stone and look for unique shape, dimension, quality, clarity and origin."

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    Painters Palette Ring - LoveTatum Jewelry

    Everyone is finding out about LoveTatum! How do you feel about making your mark in jewelry design?

    "I feel truly blessed. If I ever took this for granted, I feel like this would all disappear, so I reflect constantly and I'm grateful for all of my new & loyal supporters. Thank you!"

    Where do you see things going for LoveTatum in the not too distant future?

    "LoveTatum continues to grow locally and expand into a home accessorizing brand."

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    Love Tatum Jewelry

    If you love what you see, swing past our shop this Saturday for the LoveTatum Trunk Show. We'll be around 10-7, see you there!  

    Thank you for chatting with us Tatum!

    Photos by Chantal Pasag

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    Tillandsia Trunk Show

    Just about a month ago, we held a our very first  Tillandsia Trunk Show, and in case you missed it here is a recap of what we hope to have more of in the year to come!

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    Sharing the amazing beauty of these curious plants was just part of the inspiration for the exhibit, it was also an opportunity to learn more about them.

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    Here are just a few fun facts about Tillandsia care and keeping one in your home:

    • Tillandsias have the unique ability of absorbing water through their leaves, allowing them to sit free-standing of soil or planters!  Be it nested book-side on a shelf, or clinging to a piece of weathered driftwood; displaying air plants is fun and super easy. When watering your Tillandsias, mist the leaves and center of the plant (not the base) with a spray bottle.  The amount of water will vary depending on humidity.  In drier climates, like our own here in San Diego, we recommend 3-4 times a week.
    • You can tell if your Tillandsia is happy and healthy when it's leaves are growing up and out.  Brown at the edges and curling, the plant isn’t getting enough water (careful, too much water can cause them to rot).
    • In nature, Tillandsias grow under the shade of trees.  They prefer dappled light as opposed to direct sunlight.  A covered porch, patio, or a shelf near a window are ideal locations for your air plant.
    • If your Tillandsia has a mini version of itself growing from it's base, that is a baby air plant! After a few months, you can either leave it attached to start a Tillandsia "clump," or carefully separate them to start growing another specimen.

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    What are those things that look like roots?

    Those little tendrils allow Tillandsias to anchor themselves to trees or rocks. Unlike most roots, they don't take up nutrients and the plant is not harmed by having them cut off.

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    Large Xerographica

    One of our favorites here at the shop.  At 18" wide, one specimen in the trunk show was the largest the store has ever seen.  We were blown away! They were absolutely stunning.  That said,  Xerographica can actually grow up to three feet in diameter and three feet tall when blooming (can you imagine)!  They're slow growers and their health hinges on good air circulation and proper watering.

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    Look for more events to come in Spring! Happy planting!

    photos by Pigment owner Amy Paul

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    A Pigment Gift Guide | For Her

    Still trying to figure out what to give her this holiday? We have a few pretty lil' suggestions:

     

    1. We love this stunning book of floral arrangements - The Flower Recipe Book.

    2. Wild Flower and Fern Gel has the prettiest packaging, you don't even have to wrap it!

    3. For the lady with the cooking magic  - Rifle Paper Co. Citrus Floral Tin Recipe Box.

    4. Dress it up, or dress it down with this fun little Hobo Honey Ombre Wallet.

    5. In love with Lush's Love Script Ring.

    6. There's nothing basic about this beauty, Baggu Leather Basic Tote in fancy-fun gold!

    7. Botanical Rose iPhone Case is not only super pretty, but really durable too, for those oh so many "whoops...eek!"

    8. Sass it up with the Large Baggu Leather Pouch in Persimmon! Perfect as a clutch or makeup carryall.

    9. A special piece of jewelry for a special lady, handmade by Bearhead Factory - the beautiful Feather Cuff.

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    A Pigment Gift Guide | For Him

    Tis' the season for gift giving! So here we present to you a few ideas for HIM, whoever HE may be.

    Gifts for Him

    1. We are in love with the Griffin Assembly Messenger bag. It is incredibly well made, super classy and pretty practical too.

    2. Dress up that iPhone with Native Union's CLC Walnut & Brass iphone case.

    3. Get HIM fresh with Cedar Wood Soap. Need we say more?

    4. A San Diego made and hand-crafted Leather Blanket Keep by Edison Manufacturing Co. for the outdoorsy and on-the-go guy.

    5. Keep it dapper with Izola's Dapper Dopp Kit the perfect canvas toiletry bag, gift it with No. 3 Cedar Soap.

    6. For the guy that's always in the kitchen (we know you're out there!) a cookbook for some good ol' southern cookin' -  Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey.

    7. Music all day and everyday?  Native Union's Portable Speakers are not only awesome (charges your phone, takes conference calls...) but look really cool!

    8. Keep that mop dressed up with with Izola's Fine and Dandy brass comb. Now who's got style?

    9. Nothing says "Happy Holidays" like an Izola pocket flask! Cheers to the Season - clink, clink.

    Happy Gift Giving!

    Warmly, Pigment

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    Getting Crafty for the Holidays | Airplant Wreath

    The holidays are in full swing, and we are getting crafty with ways to decorate your home for the holidays. As some of you may know, our shop is well known for the varieties of succulents and airplants we carry. This year we decided to take a bit of an unconventional approach to dressing a your holiday wreath.....with airplants!

    Here's what you'll need:

    Airplants

    1. A basic wreath purchased at your local craft store or nursery - we used a grapevine wreath.

    2. A selection of airplants, you can find at a selection of airplants at Pigment year round.

    3. Any accent items - in this case we chose a stag horn and a pretty lil' twig we found during a morning walk.

    4. Reindeer moss - for a pop of color and texture, also available at Pigment.

    The best part about this craft project is that it requires little-to-no tools, making it is pretty mess-free. We just tucked the butts of the airplants into the wreath and using twine tied the accents to the body of the wreath.

    Our in-house planter wizard, Shelby, started out by placing her accent piece.

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    Then she worked around that to and put the airplants in place.

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    Since we didn't need to use glue to keep anything in place, there was a lot flexibility in arranging the airplants, a super PLUS when doing this for your first time.  So you can create any kind of look you like; very ornate or keep things nice and light.

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    .....a bit of moss for a pop of color and texture.

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    And voila! You have an a holiday wreath that is unique, easy to care for and can last beyond the Holiday Season. Airplants and reindeer moss can be watered directly while attached to the wreath; just run the airplants under the water facet to moisten once a week. The reindeer moss needs even less water to keep its texture soft and fluffy; you can water the moss while watering the airplants every other week or so. Let dry before replacing on the wall or door.

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    Feeling inspired?  Join us at our Tillandsia Trunk Show on Saturday, December 14th and or hop onto our mailing list to get all the details and to keep up with future events. Happy Holidays - Pigment

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