Exciting News!

2 Orchids is featured in Birchbox Magazines January Issue!  Lauren’s hair (photo on the right) is featured as well as the photo we took of the Beauty Protector’s New Protect & Oil (center photo)! We’re thrilled to have been chosen to review the product before it was released, and just as excited to be featured in Birchbox Magazine! Click on the link below to view the article.
 
 10 Birchbloggers review Beauty Protector’s Brand – New Protect & Oil
 
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Turn Candy into Décor!

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For this Valentine’s Day, I wanted to create something that was fun and eye catching.  Typically, this glass hurricane would hold my favorite pillar candle with some accent beads, or lemons and limes for a splash of color in the kitchen.  Of course, that’s when it’s not collecting a little more dust than I would like!  I purchased a variety of candy to make this colorful arrangement that is perfect as a centerpiece for my table or countertop.  This is a versatile accessory that is ideal for showcasing my seasonal decorative pieces throughout my home.  Oh, and it’s edible.  Sorry kids, hands off this one for a while!

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This hummus recipe uses edamane beans instead of garbanzo beans typically found in hummus recipes. The use of the edamane beans with the recipe created a tasty hummus that was delicious!  We indulged with blue tortilla chips, spread some on pita bread,  and sampled on a variety of vegetables (celery, carrots, etc.) for the health conscious.  To keep this semi-healthy, we paired with a skinny style margarita, of course!

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Edamane Hummus

1 cup of edamane beans (cooked and out of the skin)

2 TB lemon juice

1/4 cup of tahini

2 cloves of garlic

1/8 tsp cayenne

3 TB extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

pepper to taste
Mix all in a blender and serve with tortilla chips and fresh vegetables.
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Skinny Margarita

3 oz. tequila (Jose Cuervo Silver)
1 1/2 oz. Cointreau or Grand Marnier
1 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
A splash of club soda
Shake well in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Serve in a margarita glass. Garnish with a slice a lime.
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This Valentine’s Day, treat your sweetheart to something they will remember.  Using any boxed vanilla cake mix (ex: we used Betty Crocker Super Moist French Vanilla) and the Strawberry buttercream frosting recipe below, we made these adorable cupcakes.  Of course, we had to find the perfect cocktail to drink with this yummy treat and low and behold we did.  It’s a raspberry vodka and champagne concoction that enlivens an ordinary champagne into a delightful cocktail.  Using the creative arrangement that we did below, surprise your special someone with a fun and romantic atmosphere they are sure to love!

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Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Simple Strawberry Syrup Recipe

Raspberry Vodka Champagne Cocktail

 

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This past week we had a Mexican craving that needed satisfied.  So we decided to take on a couple of simple and traditional dishes, but with a little twist.  We used a guacamole recipe we found from the Food Network that you can whip together in no time.  Not only was it simple to make, it was fresh and came out delicious.  We purchased a mild salsa along with some blue chips for dipping. Then came the spice factor, the Hot Jax.  We found this jalapeno and cucumber infused margarita on an episode of Vanderpump Rules and had to try it.  We both agreed that this is our new favorite margarita! And the beauty of this cocktail is that you can control the level of spiciness to your taste or tolerance.  Don’t be afraid to offer your guests one of these at this year’s Super Bowl party!

 

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Follow these links for recipes and instructions on how to make:

The Hot Jax (A Spicy Margarita featured on Bravo TV, Vanderpump Rules at SUR Lounge)

 Guacamole Recipe  (The Barefoot Contessa-Ina Garten, Food Network)

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