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Blood Orange + Beet Salad
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AFullSizeRenders the temperatures rise over the weekend here in Los Angeles we'll be craving some refreshing and filling. We couldn't resist to share this recipe when we were looking thru our cookbooks, does that look delicious or what? This recipe was actually created during the holiday season by Chef Corey at Flour1, but we want to make it RIGHT NOW. Fresh feta, toasted walnuts and an orange vinaigrette, yum!

 

 

So here's what you'll need:

Ingredients

2 lb/910 g beets, a mix of red and gold

1 tsp kosher salt

1 cup/115 g walnut pieces

2 blood oranges (or regular oranges if you cannot find blood oranges)

8 cups/200 g loosely packed baby arugula

8 oz/255 g soft fresh goat cheese

Blood Orange Vinaigrette

1 blood orange (or regular orange)

1 small shallot, finely diced

2 tsp Dijon mustard

2 tsp honey

1 tsp kosher salt

⅛ tsp freshly ground black pepper

3 tbsp sherry vinegar

¼ cup/60 ml extra-virgin olive oil

Special Equipment: rimmed baking sheet, Microplane or other fine-rasp grater

Steps:

1. Cut the tops of the beets, leaving a little of the stem intact and scrub them well. In a large saucepan sprinkle salt and add water to cover the beets by about 2 inches. Cover and bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce heat to a medium-low and simmer for about 1 hour, or until the beets are tender and can be pierced with a knife. Drain and set aside until the beets are cool enough to be handled. Use a kitchen towel that you don't mind staining to hold the beets. Remove the skins by rubbing the towel firmly against the beets. When the beets are completely cool, cut them into bite-size wedges.

2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and place a rack in the center of the oven. Spread the walnuts in a single layer on the baking sheet and toast in the oven, shaking the pan once or twice for even toasting, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the nut are golden brown, Remove from the oven and let cool.

3. Cut the top and bottom of each orange. Stand one of the oranges on a flat end. Using a sharp paring knife, carve away the rind from the orange, starting from the top and cutting downward and curving inward, until all the rind is gone and you are left with just the fruit. Repeat with the remaining orange. Cut the oranges crossfire into thin slices and set aside for the salad.

4. TO MAKE THE VINAIGRETTE: Working directly over a small bowl, grate the zest from the orange with the Microplane. Cut the orange in half and squeeze the juice into the grated zest. Add the shallot, Dijon mustard, honey, salaam and pepper. Whisk in the vinegar and then slowly whisk in the olive oil until well blended. Taste and adjusting seasoning as preferred.

*The vinaigrette can be made up to 1 week in advance and stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Bring back to room tempter and rewhisk to combine the ingredients before using.

5. Arrange the arugula in a large, shallow bowl. In a medium bowl, toss the beets with 2 to 3 tbsp of the vinaigrette, coating them evenly. Top the arugula with the beets, orange slices, walnuts, and dollops of the goat cheese. Serve the remaining dressing on the side.

For more delicious recipes from the chefs at Flour Bakery + Cafe pick up the cookbook Flour, Too  at Rolling Greens Los Angeles.   IMG_9137

 

DIY Pumpkin Succulent Arrangements.

Fall is in full swing & that means: PUMPKINS! We love these squashes of the season and figuring out all the fun new ways to creatively use them each year.  We had our October Learn + Grow Workshop this past Saturday, which is always a fun-filled saturday creating succulent pumpkin arrangements! (If you didn't go, you definitely missed out!) We wanted to share our secrets on how to create our signature pumpkin succulent arrangements!

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 STEP 1 | Gather up your tools & what you'll need. These items include:

- Pumpkin, any kind will do, but the fairytale pumpkins have always been our favorite! Pumpkins with a flat top will work best for this project. - Moss - Hot Glue or Crafting Glue - As many Succulents as you wish! - Floral Wire

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Step 2 | Use a hot glue gun (or crafting glue) to adhere the moss onto the top of the pumpkin. You want the moss to be about 1″ deep. Trim the edges when you’re done.

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Step 4 | Begin to arrange the succulents. Start with the large cuttings first and fill in with the smaller ones. Make sure you pack them in tightly and try to shake off as much excess dirt as possible so you can add more in!

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Step 5 & 6: Use floral wire cut into small segments and folded in half (like pins!) to keep your succulents in place so they don't slide around on top of your pumpkin. After that, you're all done! You've made your very own Pumpkin Succulent Arrangement. Too easy right?!

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Take a peek at our amazing workshop we had this weekend! EVERYONE was so creative and did such a great job creating their own arrangements!

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These lovely ladies are starting off the class right! Checking which succulents are the largest and using them as a focal point; then working around that focal point.

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We got down and dirty with a bunch of the mini 2" succulents we had in store. Too much fun!

IMG_9916 copy IMG_9922 copy IMG_9943 copy They turned out great, didn't they!? We always have ton of fun during this workshop every year! We get so excited over Fall and jumping head first into a season of holidays and celebrations. Both of our locations have all of the tools you'll need to create these awesome pumpkin succulent arrangements. Don't forget to stop by if you need any tools or tips & tricks! Happy Crafting!

Halloween at Rolling Greens!

Time to get Spooky! Holidays are the best reasons to get creative and whip out seasonal decor. Our Halloween displays this year are to die for! (pun intended, but we don't house monster's so you're safe!) We hope you enjoy our bit of fun at our Los Angeles store, enjoy the spirit of the season, and stop by to explore the displays yourself!

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Spooky can be pretty, right?! Our Halloween display is crawling with fun accents & cool decor. We adore these glitter skulls; in black they're just the perfect amount of eerie goodness.

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Creepy crows in deep black and glittering spiders add texture and dimension to any Halloween display! Prop them on trees and ladders to add height and dimension to your decor!

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Glitter is obviously our statement making go-to this year. Not in to black so much? No problem! Ivory glitter & sequin encrusted skulls are contemporary, but still bring in the Halloween spirit. Beaded spiders in oil-like shades can still scare, but are much more unique & colorful!

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Adorn your dead tree branches with crows of all sizes; trick or treater's will fear for their lives! Better yet, display some very eerie skeletons in shades of black and ivory, covered in glitter. If their hanging mouths don't cause a scare, we don't know what will!

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Ladders of all shapes and sizes create unique and fun display racks. Shades of amber, browns, and striking black create the color palette we love this Halloween! Orange leaves doused in glitter are perfect for keeping around until Fall rolls into Winter!

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Itty-bitty pumpkin candles are way too cute to pass up! These are also another great piece to keep around for the season. Feeling a little fiery? These Fuego matches with our new skeleton friend on them are the perfect humorous touch!

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Metallic brown votives are fun and super festive! Packages of bones are super versatile, whether creating a rustic vignette or something more on the spooky, gory side. They can also be painted when Winter comes around! Double duty decor is pretty awesome.

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There's plenty of pretty options for the not-so-spooky lovers. Shades of purple, pewter, and metallic accents are another way to stay festive this season! We love this display created by our super talented  Visual Team!

IMG_9312 copy IMG_9316 copyGlitter accents in deep red & purple arrangements are so fun! Our fancy spider friend is making another appearance to lure you into a visit. Our Los Angeles store is teeming with life, experience, and tons of new products. We hope you pay us a visit to experience the store & shop the collection!

All About Pinterest: Greg's Page!

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Rolling Greens Owner, Greg Salmeri, is infatuated with Pinterest. We're seriously not kidding! But as a creative mastermind who is bursting at the seams with innovative ideas, we definitely understand why! Pinterest has become an inspiration source for us; there's no shortage of inspiring photos and concepts that keep sparking up something new! Greg's page encompasses everything from dreamy landscapes to dramatic details that he might be thinking about for a new project or advertisement. Whatever he's pinning, it's always something stunning enough to drool over

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Greg's page features boards like Home Decor, Landscape, Furniture Refinishing, and Greenhouses. He recently created boards with a color theme that have some amazing pins & photos! Pins of chandelier crystals & hanging lanterns are currently popping up in his Advertisements board, while deep, dark florals consume Purple. We have a special love for his Home Decor board, there is always a stunning vignette or room we want all to ourselves!

page2GregsPinterest4GregsPinterest5The praise goes on and on about Greg's amazing pins! His recent Landscape finds are definitely a push to get out into the fresh air and add a new spin on a garden's design. Another love of Greg's? Patterns! His page is filled with amazing pattern finds, from wallpaper to prints of artwork and even more. A gold & blackDamask print is an absolute must!

Want to be just an inspired as the rest of us? Be sure to follow Greg on Pinterest!

 

DIY Seed Bombs.

Nothing like a bit of spontaneous love in the garden! We love the idea of "seed bombs," or mini rounds of potting soil mixed with clay and wildflower seeds. Throw 'em, pot 'em, plant 'em, and most importantly, give them away! We think these would make an awesome surprise gift on your neighbor's doorstep. They're mini bombs of happiness!

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What you'll need for the Seed Bombs: -  Air-Dry Clay - Seed Starting Potting Soil - Wildflower Seeds (or seeds of your choice!) - Water

What you'll need for the Ombre Canvas Bags: - covered work area - 10-12 mini canvas or muslin bags - Ink or Color Spray (We used Heidi Swapp Color Spray in Seafom & Gold) - Stencil Letters (Optional) - Floral Paper - Kraft Oak Tags - Mini Clothespins (We painted ours gold!)

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Start by mixing 1 part clay with 4 parts potting soil; add your seeds and a bit of water to help mix everything together.  After everything is fully incorporated, roll out 1-inch balls of your potting soil dough and let them sit out in the sun for at least one day to dry out.

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To make your ombre bags, lay out your muslin bags on a flat, covered work area. Start by spraying the color spray at a 8-12 inch distance and work your way towards the bag while also angling the spray down towards the bottom of the bag to create an  ombre effect.

To make the "BOMB" bag, place your letters over the bag and repeat the step above! Let your bags dry for 4-5 hours before using!

129 10 To make the tags,  cut out a rectangle of the floral or decorative paper you chose. Choose one end and cut a triangle out of that side to make the banner-like shape. We used a white gel pen on a kraft paper oak tag to write "Throw Me or Plant Me!" These tags would also look adorable with stamped text, or you can print graphics on them! If you're giving these away, be sure to write or print directions on the back!

We painted mini clothespins gold and attached the cards & decorative paper banner to the tightened muslin bags. Ta-da! All done. Super simple, right?

8713These super cute seed bombs make awesome wedding or party favors your guests will love! End of Summer gifts? Even better. We want to see any Seed Bombs you make! Tag any Twitter or Instagram photos with #RGSeedBombs to share with us. Time to get crafty!