Low Fat Lemon-Blueberry Muffins



Another muffin recipe today....this one is an example of "what I had left in my refrigerator."


I had 1/2 cup of blueberries, a blueberry yogurt, eggs, and a lemon.  So, blueberry-lemon muffins it was!  These turned out a lot better than I expected.  Super lemon-ey, not too sweet, and moist from the added yogurt.  Use any kind of non or low fat blueberry yogurt you like.  


My absolute favorite yogurt ever, of all time, for eternity is Wallaby yogurt.  It is so creamy, low fat, comes in unique flavors {like PEAR!}, and the best part - no artificial sweeteners.  I hate the taste of artificial sweeteners.  Yes, even Splenda.




Low Fat Lemon-Blueberry Muffins {makes 10 large muffins}
-1 cup all purpose flour
-2/3 cup oats {old fashioned or instant}
-1/3 cup white sugar
-1 low fat blueberry yogurt {about 1 cup}
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 egg
-the zest from one lemon and the juice from 1/2 a lemon
-3/4 cup water
-1/2 cup blueberries


1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and spray a standard size muffin pan with non-stick spray.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients {flour, oats, salt, baking soda, and sugar}.
3. Whisk the egg and add it along with the yogurt, water, lemon zest, and lemon juice to the dry ingredients. Finally, stir in the blueberries.
4. Spoon the batter into a muffin pan {this makes about 10 large...or 12 if you want to make the muffins a bit smaller} and bake for about 25 minutes.




Enjoy!

April Wrap Up



So, April happened.  It was kind of a weird month for me.  Not sure why, but I felt kind of blah for a lot of it.



If you're new here or missed something - a few of my favorite posts from April:

*A mushy ode to my sweet little pup, Gordita.

*A few photos of my small Spring Collection.

*Well, Instagram happened and I am obvs obsessed with it.

*I love my 2012 Bridal Collection.  I really, really do.



*I celebrated my four year wedding anniversary and wrote a little post about my husband.

*I love these two dogs....and the new vintage effect I downloaded for Photoshop.


Thanks for sticking around...here's to a fantastic May :).

Wear: Anniversary Dinner

My husband and I went to dinner for our four year anniversary Thursday night.  I showered, watched Bravo for an hour while my hair dried, realized it was almost time to go and put on colored denim, a tank, and a light cardigan.  {Pretty much this outfit.}


I looked in the mirror and decided to change.  You know, dress it up a bit. An anniversary only happens once a year....so I threw on my favorite $15 dress.  If a $15 dress doesn't say "married for four years" then I don't know what does.









p.s. My husband took these pictures...which is why they're all a bit mad.
p.p.s. Aren't my new Blowfish shoes so cute?  I won them on a blog giveaway. Proof that good things do happen to those who enter giveaway after giveaway... 


Also linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Insta-Gramming: Week 3 & 4


Follow along on Instagram!  I am @AcuteDesigns. 



5 things friday

Happy Friday!


1. My 2012 Bridal Collection was featured on Emmaline Bride this week in a post called "skip the veil."

2. I shared a simple fabric tape diy over on Scoutie Girl this week.  It is such a fun and simple craft - try it!


3. Stop by Yellow Heart Art for a chance to win a copy of Photoshop for Bloggers and a $15 {Acute} shop credit.

4. This low carb pizza crust {on my food blog, taste} is not only healthy, it's also so freaking good!  You should try it this weekend {after you make your own tape, of course}.


5. I am having a sale on all {Acute} glitters through Sunday night.  Check out my latest newsletter for full details!




I hope you all have a fun weekend!
xoxo

Low Carb Pizza Crust



I have seen low-carb pizza crust recipes on a lot of blogs and I was always a bit skeptical.  I mean, one of the points of pizza is carbs, right?  In my attempts to eat healthier {more fruits and veggies, less carbs, meat, etc}  I decided to give this recipe a try.


I grabbed inspiration from a few different recipes and came up with my own.  


Despite my skepticism, I was pleasantly surprised!  The crust was thin, crispy, an had a nice flavor from the flax meal.  Also, after eating a huge portion, I didn't feel bloated and stuffed.  Which was nice.  I love to over-eat pizza but I don't love the stuffed feeling afterwards.


I cooked my crust in a pie dish because I wasn't sure how it would hold up on a flat baking pan.  I think it would turn out fine if you baked it on a baking pan/cookie sheet that is covered in parchment paper and sprayed with a little non-stick cooking spray.


Low Carb Pizza Crust {makes a pizza that is enough for 2-3 people}
-2/3 cup ground flax meal
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/3 cup parmesan cheese
-1 egg
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-1 tablespoon honey
-salt and pepper


1. Use a wooden spoon and mix together everything.  Use clean hands to form the mixture into a ball and press into a pie dish {that has been well sprayed with non-stick cooking spray}.  Or, line a baking sheet with parchment paper, spray it with non-stick spray and press the dough out into a large circle.




2. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.  
3. Remove crust from the oven and top with your favorite ingredients - I used lots of thin onion slices, fresh arugula, leftover roasted beets, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, goat cheese, and dried oregano.





4. Put the pizza back in the oven, increase the heat to 400 degrees and bake for another 15-20 minutes...or until cheese is cooked and bubbling.


Enjoy!


These Two

These two are just the best.  One day I might have a human child, but for now, these two are my babies.  And I love them more and more each day.

Every evening they run around/wrestle in the yard and the other night I caught them with my camera.


I gave all of these photos a vintage effect in Photoshop Elements.  I downloaded this action from The CoffeShop Blog.  After about a thousand minutes, I figured out how to install it and voila - vintage doggies!

{Installation is super easy if you actually scroll down the entire page and find the instructions for your specific operating system and read them ALL.  Impatient = me.}


Four Years Ago



Four years ago I was married.  I found myself saying the other day "four years is a long time to be married!"  But really, it isn't that long of a time. It just goes by so quickly....I cannot believe it has already been four years.


A few weeks ago when I was walking my dogs, I started thinking about my husband {I do my best thinking on dog walks} and I challenged myself to come up with five words that describe him.


Part of me wanted to say things like "annoying" or "crazy" because sometimes a husband/partner is annoying and sometimes they can drive you crazy.  But I decide to go the positive route.  It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day and forget what is so great about this person that I chose to marry.




Neil in five words:


1. Loyal - When he loves he loves whole-heartedly and he will defend them to the death.


2. Sensitive - he wears his heart on his sleeve and is not one of those guys who "hides" his emotions {I am the one to do that}.


3. Silly - he is just so funny.  He always makes me laugh with his malapropisms, unnecessary drama, and overall craziness.


4. Empathetic - Neil really feels for people.  In their good times and in their bad times.


5. Charming - but genuine.  His charm is not something he fakes. He means it.  He might forget about it in five minutes...but he means it.  It is why he is so successful in his career and why his employees always tell me he is the best boss they have ever had.  It is also why - no matter how hard he tries to push people away, they want stick by him.  His bark is far worse than his bite and deep down, he is sensitive and sweet and charming.


A few months ago I shared one of Neil's poems on this blog.  He is a fantastic writer.  Today I am going to share the poem he wrote the night before our wedding and read at the reception.


When you smile,
I smile with you,
When you cry.
I am nervously silent,
When you speak, 
I try to listen,
and each dancing day
I know.
I am walking next to God's moment
in time,
I am walking next to friendship
in life,
I am walking next to all that matters,
and I smile at the end.
Finally.
Finally.
And as that breeze come off the ocean and clears my mind
I realize
You and I are together
You and I are smiling
My friend
My love
My smiling bride.

I am not much of a poet - so I will use this line from a Death Cab for Cutie song....


Happy Anniversary to my crazy, funny, and sweet husband!

Ad Space Giveaway!

Hey Friends!  I have a special little pop-up giveaway for you today.  It's a quick one that ends on Friday...so get your entries in now :).




For this giveaway, I am teaming up with my friend Tammy {pretty lady above} of Lemons, Avocados, and The Bay {do you read her blog? you should....just sayin} and we are each giving away two months of Large ad space on our blogs.


There will be two winners - one of you will get the ad space on my blog and the other one will get the ad space on Lemons, Avocados, and The Bay.


All you have to do is fill out the entry form below OR pop over to Tammy's Blog and complete the entry form....good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sponsor Faves - Part II


To highlight my sponsors this month I am choosing a product or blog post {or more} that I love.  Check out my favorite picks from each of them - they are all pretty awesome.


Blue Eyed Owl - Every Thursday, Liz hosts a thrift score thursday link party.  She posts her recent thrift scores and everyone links up theirs.  I love it.  I have a thrifting problem and it's nice to know that I am in good company.


All Kinds of Complicated - I loved Kai's honesty in this post. So great.


Lemons, Avocados, and The Bay - Tammy is so funny and open.  This post about budgeting is something I have had to face in the past....I am sure we all have.  And her post about her amazing facial made me laugh.  She is someone I have friended in real life and I love how her personality completely shines through her posts.


Ma Nouvelle Mode - Natalia does the best hair tutorial videos.  This latest one makes me want to NOT have messy hair ;).


Pineapple Lily - I love everything about Melissa's outfit in this post.   Girl looks good.  And she has about 17 kids - all under the age of three {not really, but kind of...}.  Amazing.  Melissa also posts almost weekly beer reviews.   Mmmm, beer.  She is totally a girl after my own heart.

Fawn and Flora
 - I just bought this tape from Fawn and Flora.  Love me some lace.  If you purchase a little something from {Acute Designs} you might just se it on your package!



Jessica N Designs - Jessica gave a little sneak peek of these herb markers {make from vintage knives} on her facebook page and I loooove them.  If I ever get my herb garden together, I am going to purchase these.  {btw, an herb garden has been a yearly goal for me - everything always dies!}


Mama and The Dudes - Mandey is in the process of moving her little family from SoCal to Portland {exciting + stressful!} and this post about their temporary house made me jealous.  Doesn't it look awesome?  I love SoCal, but sometimes I feel like moving...a change would be nice.

Driver Photo - Amanda of Driver Photo is the sweetest and this couple session that her and her biz partner/husband shot is so cute.  

Thanks for reading a bit about my sponsors today!  They all mean a lot to me and I am so thankful to have each and every one of them ♥.


Interested in sponsoring {Acute}?  I am offering 40% off all ad space through the end of July {you can pay now for months beyond that and get the discounted rate!}.


Check out my new Sponsor Page for details and enter code BlogHer2012 when you purchase.

Sponsor Faves - Part I

To highlight my sponsors this month, I am going to share a few of my favorites {blog posts, products, and so on} from each of them.


Enjoy!  And go check them out, they are an awesome bunch.


The Love Stitch - Julia has decided to start a home decor section in her shop and this week introduced a crocheted wall hanging.  In mint.  Isn't mint just the color these days.   I cannot wait to see what else she has in mind for her home decor line....


Jac & Elsie - Jaclyn of Jac & Elsie has added some new friendship necklaces to her shop - so cute.  If you love her style, you can enter to win one of her necklaces right here.

{just.lovely.things} - Have you been following along with The Beauty Files series on {just.lovely.things}?  I never seem to know anything about beauty products so I find these posts to be extremely helpful.  And there'a link-up.  Link-ups are usually a good time :).

Chic Moda Glam - These little turquoise earrings are so cute.  Such a fun color for Spring.

Janne Kunst - I love Janneke's Simple Closet posts.  She is just too cute.  


Emergin - These duo triangle necklaces come in so many fun colors.  I love how they are so simple, yet unique.


Lauren Nygard Photography - Lauren's photography is pretty awesome.  
Her Photo Walk in Carlsbad reminded me that I need to get my butt up to Carlsbad - so pretty!


Yellow Heart Art - I saw this print in the Yellow Heart Art shop and it made me laugh.  I love it and it's totally me on a daily basis.


Part two coming up later today!  


Interested in sponsoring {Acute}?  I am offering 40% off all ad space through the end of July {you can pay now for months beyond that and get the discounted rate!}.


Check out my new Sponsor Page for details and enter code BlogHer2012 when you purchase.


Sponsor {Acute}



Are you guys familiar with Passionfruit?  It is a new-ish ad selling/buying system and it is SO awesome.


I have noticed it around the blogosphere for the past month or so and have used it to purchase a few ads for this blog and my shop.  The process of buying ads through Passionfruit is super simple so I decided to set it up for this blog.


I should have done this from day one!  It makes my sponsorship spots so easy to buy and so easy to sell.


I am still running specials for my BlogHer 2012 trip so if you want some discounted ad space - you can buy ads on {Acute} through July at 40% off!  


Just enter the code BlogHer2012 at checkout.


Ads will run as soon as they're approved/the spot is available and will stay live for 30 days.  No more waiting until the beginning of the month for your ad to run


Check out my sponsorship page for stats and to purchase your ad spot!


Questions? email me 

Weekend Wear - Katniss + Sunshine + Food

Saturday was a great day.  We live just enough inland that most days we get to avoid the marine layer that can make San Diego a little gray during the spring.  Saturday was one of those days.  All morning was sunny and warm.


I washed my dogs while my husband did yard work.   Yard work + my husband is a rarity.  I think it was maybe the third time I have ever witnessed such an event.  I blame the sunshine.  It makes people do crazy things.




Later that day we headed to the beach to meet a friend for a late lunch and a few drinks.  It was really cloudy by the beach, but the food and drinks were perfect.  


We ate at Raglan Public House.  This is actually the third time we have eaten there in about three weeks.


If you're in the San Diego area, you must go to Raglan.  By far one of the best burgers I have ever had - and I am quite the burger connoisseur.  I get one almost everywhere I go.


And the bloody mary's are amazing.  I am definitely not a bloody mary connoisseur {I mean, I think the one on Southwest is good, so you know.} but this one is extra extra good.  In my non-expert opinion.




I wore my hair in a side braid and my new favorite coral pink pants.  




My husband said I looked like Katniss.  Actually, he left to walk the dogs and when he got back I was ready to go and he said {not unlike a 14 year old girl} "it's Katnis!!!"


Soooo, I was Katniss for the day.  Or at least for a few hours until the braid fell out and I looked homeless.


How was your weekend?









Spring Giveaway #4 - Jac and Elsie

Hellloooo Monday -  I hope you all had a fun weekend :).

Today I am having serious issues with the new Blogger format.  You guys see the same thing, but the editing behind the scenes stuff is all different.  I guess I don't like change. #bloggerproblems




Anyways - today I have my final spring giveaway from the lovely handmade shop Jac & Elsie.   Jaclyn of Jac & Elsie specializes in handmade jewelry with special attention to vintage and upcycled pieces.   


This upcycled blue and gold earring + necklace set is so pretty and would be perfect for summer.  


I also love these mint earrings.  I {along with everyone else in the world} am in love with mint this season.


Jaclyn's shop is stocked full of cute accessories and the best part?  She is donating 10% of April sales to the charity Autism Speaks.  Stop by her shop and find out how your purchase can make a difference.


Today Jaclyn is giving one lucky {Acute} reader this crystal cluster necklace.  The winner will get the blue one {pictured on the right}.




To enter you must be a follower of this blog via Google Friend Connect or BlogLovin and fill out the entry form below.


There are about 1 million ways to enter - so get.on.it.  and good luck friends! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Grilled Veggies + Sweet Potatoes



This is one of my favorite meals of all time.  Probably my most favorite vegetarian meal {after pizza}.  It is so amazing and versatile and healthy.


There really isn't a "recipe" so I am just going to tell you what I do.


Sprinkle some veggies {enough for however many pepole you're feeding} with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper {sliced zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus, hearts of palm, or bell peppers are all good options  - my favorite is hearts of palm or zucchini}.


Grill the veggies for about 12 minutes - until they are nice and charred and tender.


While the veggies are grilling, peel a small sweet potato {or more if you need to serve a few people} and slice into large pieces.  Boil the sweet potato for about 12 minutes, until it's fork tender.


Drain the water from the sweet potato pieces and mash with a small sprinkle of salt and a little lemon juice {about one wedge of lemon - more if you have a lot of sweet potatoes}.


On your plate, pile up the mashed sweet potatoes and the grilled veggie.  Top the entire thing with a good dose of fresh lemon juice, chopped fresh rosemary, and cheese - goat or fresh parmesan are ideal.  Goat is my favorite for this dish {and most others}.  Just pick a cheese with a nice somewhat strong flavor.


I know the combination of all these flavors might sound a bit odd - but trust me.  It all works and comes together so well.  You have to try it!




Enjoy!

5 things friday

I hope you all had a wonderful week!  I took a little internet break and have decided to greatly limit the time I aimlessly browse the internet - I need to be more productive and inspired.  And although I find a lot of inspiration online, too much time online can drain my creativity.


In other news, the weather is supposed to be perfect and warm this weekend, which makes me happy =).




*Through Sunday night you can get a discount on my latest e-book Photoshop for Bloggers.  And if you're feeling lucky, you can enter to win a copy over at Rouge and Whimsy.


*I spotted a pair of {Acute} filigree brass earrings on the lovely Shannon of Shannon Hearts


*More {Acute} spotted over at Emmaline Bride.


*I updated the look of my food blog, taste.  I am not sure about it....and it might change again over the weekend!  I sometimes have a hard time settling on a look I really love.


*Finally - I introduced my 2012 Bridal Collection on Monday and am so in love with it!


That's all I got - have a happy weekend friends.

Also, thanks for all your kind words this week.  I was feeling kind of crappy and put it out on the internet and so many of you responded with such positive, sweet, encouraging words.  Thank you for that.  It meant a lot. 


♥♥♥♥♥♥

The internet lately....

I have been feeling in such a rut lately, so I took a little internet break the past two days.  

I was not completely offline {I still answered emails and did some tweeting...} but I didn't spend hours aimlessly looking at blogs, twitter, pinterest, facebook, etsy, etc.

Don't get me wrong - I love the internet.  The internet is kind of my best friend.  It provides endless amounts of entertainment and inspiration, but sometimes it is just too much.

I was falling way down deep into the comparison trap and needed a break.

So, I went thrifting {I didn't find anything...it happens}, went to Target {I always find something}, cooked some delicious food, made fabric tape {yeah that is possible}, finished a few orders + made a few new designs, and started a new jewelry organizer project that will also double as a craft show display piece.


That's a lot.  I got so much done when I stepped away from my laptop.

Although I love the internet and all, it can be a total time suck. I say "I am working,"  but I am really just wasting time....getting lost in things that are not pertinent.

Why am I telling you all this?  I don't know.  I guess I just wanted to say that I love the internet and we're not breaking up.  We just don't need to see each other every second of every day.

Happy Friday friends 




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