Grilled Peaches + Vanilla Ice Cream

Summer Peaches
Grilled peaches and vanilla ice cream go together like peanut butter and jelly but without two slices of bread. Fashionistas and easy recipe go-toers, I have found your next dessert  for your next dinner party or intimate dinner date. These warm summer months have resulted in bringing incredibly fresh produce this season, especially in the Pacific NW. These are the items you will need to make grilled peaches + vanilla ice cream:

  • fresh  peaches (one large peach has about 4 slices. 2 slices for each dessert)
  • fruit knife
  • maple or brown sugar
  • canola oil (2 tblsp.)
  • vanilla ice cream

sliced peaches
Take your knife and carefully cut around the pit of the peach. One large peach has about 4 slices.
4 peach slices
Once the top and bottom of the peach are cut off, carefully remove the peach pit.
canola oil + sliced peaches
Add 2 tblsp. of canola oil on plate. Flip each side of the peaches so that the top and bottom are lightly coated in canola oil.
Medium heat on the BBQ

Carefully place each slice of the peach on the BBQ on medium heat. Peach slices do not take long to cook, depending on the their size (3-5 minutes). Make sure they’re soft but do not over cook them.
grilled peaches
Once they’re seared on each side, take the peaches off the BBQ and put them aside. Lightly sprinkle brown or maple sugar (only if needed). Scoop vanilla ice cream into your bowl of choice and add two slices of peaches. Serve immediately  – they taste best fresh off the grill.
Add vanilla ice cream
Ta-da! Super simple and very delicious. Grilled peaches + vanilla ice cream.


Eggplant Panko Sandwich

eggplant panko sandwich
I love eggplant – especially when it’s dipped in egg, rolled in panko and then fried. I found this recipe when I was on my favorite app, Flipboard on my iPad via Matt Romero’s Eggplant “Sandwiches”.  I thought this would be perfect for when I have my vegetarian friends over for dinner. Check out this simple recipe below! Enjoy.

Ingredients Needed for Eggplant Panko Sandwich
Eggplant Panko Sandwich Ingredients: Serves 5

  • 1 eggplant
  • basil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup panko
  • 4 large lettuce leaves chopped in half
  • 2 tomatoes (I love tomatoes – so you only need 2)
  • kosher salt
  • frying pan
  • crumbled feta cheese

Sliced Eggplants and Tomatos
Slice the tomatoes and eggplant in 1/2 inch slices. Cut the lettuce leaf in half or smaller pieces. Note: I put the eggplant in salt water – but you should actually lay the eggplant on a paper towel and sprinkle them with salt to let them “sweat out the moisture.” This will allow the eggplant to stay firm while you build your sandwiches.
Sliced Eggplant + Egg + Panko
Beat the two eggs in a separate bowl and put the panko in another. The original recipe called for flour, but I think it burns the oil and the eggplant takes a lot longer to cook, there are more calories for my fashionista friends, and the eggplant pieces look perfectly golden brown when just frying it in panko.

On medium/low heat, heat up the olive oil while you are prepping the eggplant. To test to see if the oil is ready, place a few panko crumbs into the pan. If they begin to sizzle, the oil is ready.

Egg and Panko

Panko Eggplant Ready for the Pan of Olive Oil
Make sure  the front/back/sides of the eggplant are covered. Then start your frying!

Once the eggplant is golden brown on each side, take the eggplant off the burner and transfer it to a pan with paper towels. Dab off the excess oil and sprinkle the eggplant with kosher salt.
Construct your sandwich
Now, it’s time to assemble your sandwiches. Take two pieces of eggplant, lettuce, tomato, basil and feta and Ta-Da!
End result - Panko Eggplant Sandwich

Pictures of Pretty Things

Create a space that inspires you and makes you smile.

My bed side table: create a space that inspires you and makes you smile. 

“Good design has to tell a story. It has to stop people, and it has to make them wonder.   Good design is a conversation.” – Zahid Sardan

Happy Monday, everyone! It has been a week full of wonderful things and sometimes there isn’t enough content to write an entire post about it. From now on, every week, I want to share with you pretty things I find that inspire me for new posts to come, hence the title “Pictures of Pretty Things.” Look for this post every Monday or Tuesday of each week. Most of these photos are on my Instagram (@TediTsuruda). Enjoy. xx

Easy, simple: pomegranate seeds floating in champagne

Easy, simple: pomegranate seeds floating in champagne

To all of my fashionistas out there. There is nothing more simple nor more delicious than champagne and pomegranate seeds. All you need is one pomegranate and a couple bottles of bubbly and your book club or “drinks before going out” is complete. Cheers! Check out my Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail Recipe click here.

My favorite NARS palette: Orgasm/ Laguna - peachy-pink shimmer/ sheer light brown shimmer

My favorite NARS palette: Orgasm/ Laguna – peachy-pink shimmer/ sheer light brown shimmer

I love opening up a new NARS palette. It feels like Christmas! I have been using this palette for over seven years… (crazy? nahh). NARS’ Orgasm blush is a perfect peachy color accompanied with just the right amount of shimmer. NARS’ Laguna bronzer is matte and is great to wear for all seasons. Both of these are highly pigmented meaning that their shelf life lasts forever. This is my go to blush and bronzer, but I always like to mess around with bright, bold colors. REMEMBER: If you are on the fence about investing in an expensive item of makeup, just think about how long you are going to have it. Investing in good blush and/or bronzer is a good idea. I would rather spend more money on a good blush and bronzer than an expensive lip gloss. Why? For one, I misplace lipgloss like it’s my job and secondly sometimes if my lipgloss stays in my purse too long or if it’s left in a car on a hot summer day, it doesn’t smell very good.  Remember, “shelf life” when you are shopping for your next makeup purchase.

Crisp, sunny fall day in Portland

Crisp, sunny fall day in Portland

It’s pure bliss when it’s sunny in Portland. It is awfully rainy and gray these days, so when the sun is out, so am I! Even if it’s cold, I want to stand in the sun for as long as I can. REMEMBER: Wear SPF everyday! No matter what (even if it’s raining or cloudy).

Studded gold leggings, Mochi, and a bright Zara bag (perfect combo)

Studded gold leggings, Mochi, and a bright Zara bag (perfect combo)

My little Mochi ball loves to hang out with me when I get ready. She loves to stand under my blow dryer or jump up and say hello. I love MoChI very much but she isn’t the reason why I wanted to share this photo. I am obsessed with crazy pants, whether they’re sequin, patterned, leather, in this case studded. I LOVE THESE!  REMEMBER: Always add a pop of color to your look (purse, accessory, nails, lip stick, jewelry), it stands out from the traditional black and people will notice, promise. I really want to write a photo blog post about these leggings and a bright bag. -Perfect Idea for this week, stay tuned!


Chocolate Covered Pretzels

White and Milk Chocolate Covered Holiday Pretzels

White and Milk Chocolate Covered Holiday Pretzels

Chocolate covered pretzels are easy and fun to make. They make great gifts for your family and friends or dessert at your Christmas party. For the full recipe click here.

Pretzels and chocolate

Cover several cookie sheets with foil

Items you need:

  1. 2 dozen large pretzels or pretzel sticks
  2. 12 oz. (1 bag) of semi-sweet chocolate
  3. 12 oz (1 bag) of white chocolate
  4. Candy cane (3) crushed
  5. Sprinkles
  6. 2 tblsp. of Shortening (2 tblsp. for both the semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate)
Milk Chocolate

semi-sweet chocolate chips

White Chocolate

White chocolate pieces

Melting chocolate chips

Put the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and add 2 tblsp. of shortening. Microwave for twenty seconds, stir and repeat steps until melted. Make sure the chocolate does not over heat (it makes it impossible to work with).

Crushed Candy Canes

Smash three candy canes in a bag. Make the pieces as fine or big as you want.


Use your favorite Holiday sprinkles.

Make sure you add your sprinkles to the chocolate covered pretzels after they are freshly dipped in chocolate.

Chocolate Pretzels

My semi-chocolate dipped chocolate with sprinkles, large and small pieces of candy cane pieces.

White Chocolate Pretzels

Milk chocolate dipped pretzels with sprinkles and candy cane

After your chocolate covered pretzels are perfectly decorated, place the cookie sheets in the fridge. This method of cooling and drying the chocolate makes the pretzels shiny. Serve on a plater for your next party or individually wrap a few and give it to your friends and co-workers for the holidays. Enjoy!

Caprese Salad

This week in Portland, it has quickly transitioned into my favorite season, Fall. Temperatures have dropped, rain is beginning to fall and gray hues are taking over the city. I have been expecting this for a month and now that it has finally happen it feels like Halloween is around the corner. One recipe that is always a great Summer dish is a simple Caprese Salad. It makes a great appetizer, snack or even a light dinner. It’s simple, tasty and fresh. Try it out before the leaves all fall.

Ingredients via Tangerine Tote’s Polyvore

  • Beefsteak (Large) Tomatoes
  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • Basil
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Optional: Salt and Pepper

Pair this with a cheap red and boom! Easy appetizer! My Tangerine Tote philosophy is, is that if you supply the drinks and simple eats, have your friends make the dinner! Enjoy.