Month: April 2015

Guilt-Free Chocolate Doughnuts

It’s almost Friday, and if you’re like us you use the weekend as an excuse to indulge. At Zola, we can’t pass up the opportunity to snack on a doughnut. It’s our sweet of choice. But today, we’re turning to our friends at POPSUGAR for a healthy take on a simple craving we can never be cured of. Yes, you heard that right – these are guilt-free doughnuts that taste amazing. Just maybe wait to tell your fiancé and friends what’s in them until after everyone has taken a bite… I know what you’re thinking. Chocolate frosted doughnuts on a health and fitness blog? They have to taste like cardboard, right? But no. Oh no. While baking a batch, the sweet chocolate aroma lured my dessert-loving husband into the kitchen, and after inhaling one, he reached for number two as I casually said, “They’re vegan.” And he said, “I can’t even tell anymore.” Woot! Seriously. These. Are. So. Good! Like wouldn’t-guess-that-there-are-chickpeas-in-these-doughnuts GOOD! Yes, you heard right. There are chickpeas in these delicious doughnuts, adding protein, fiber, and a satisfying softness. Obviously, at 180 …

Don’t Stress: Wise Words from #ZolaCouple Mark & Antoinette

“Don’t stress,” is the mantra that #ZolaCouple Mark & Antoinette seem to live by. Whether it’s road tripping down the California coast, staying calm about packing for their honeymoon, or proposing on an ordinary morning before their coffee run, this outdoors-loving couple is comfortable doing things their own way, at their own pace. Get to know Mark & Antoinette and help them count down the 17 days left until their May wedding. How did you get engaged? It’s not really all that exciting for other people, but it is for us. Mark had been ring shopping for at least a month or two before he actually proposed. After a month or so Mark said let’s just go look at some rings together, so we found a ring that we both loved and he held onto it for a month before he proposed at 6 a.m. on June 9th. I had just gotten out of the shower, and he asked me to marry him, which he had actually done jokingly a few times, so I didn’t believe …

An Eco-Friendly Wedding Registry in Honor of Earth Day

As a newly-engaged couple you and your spouse are undoubtedly looking forward to a bright future and a growing family. Protecting the health of yourself, your loved ones, and your environment is easier than you think. Going green isn’t just for nature-lovers and definitely doesn’t mean you will have to fill your home with crunchy-looking décor. In honor of Earth Day, we’ve rounded up products that will allow you and your spouse to plan for a sustainable future without sacrificing style and charm. Check out these brands and single accessories for your home: 1| Acaciaware         Made from eco-friendly Acacia hardwood, this beautiful collection of dish and dinnerware is perfect for any home. These safe materials are healthy for you to eat off of, lower our carbon footprint, and look amazing! Check out the full line of products here. 1. Oval Appetizer Plate, Set of 4 2. Calabash Bowl, Set of 4 3. Flower Tray 4. Calabash Bowl with Salad Servers  2|Glass Containers  Pack your lunch, save your leftovers, and stop using plastic baggies! Reusable containers (we …

Learn To Plan Ahead With #ZolaCouple Liane & Mark

From lobster bakes and blueberry pancakes on lazy Sundays to an engagement in Austin, TX and a potential move to Costa Rica (oh, and all the wedding planning in between), this #ZolaCouple knows what they want. Count down the 25 days to Mark & Liane’s wedding with them and get inspired by their tips and registry picks! How did you meet? Mark and I met on July 3rd. We were at my friend’s to watch the fireworks and feast on a lobster bake, and Mark snuck a kiss in the elevator at the end of the night as he was walking me to my car. Mark would like you to know that he fell in love with me that very night and just knew he was going to make me his wife. I would like you to know that I was hesitant about this tall handsome southerner. Mark would have to work hard over the next 3 years before I’d commit. How did you get engaged? Because I travel quite a bit for work, Mark was forced to spill the beans about the …

How Sweet It Is: Spring Dessert Recipes

Spring has sprung, and the shift has us craving a menu that’s fresh, fruity, and filled with flavor. With the abundance of seasonal produce now available at the farmer’s market, this is the ideal time to head to the kitchen, break out the KitchenAid, and bake the day away! We’ve rounded up some spring dessert recipes that are perfect for a party on the porch or just great to whip up for a night at home with your loved one. Passion Fruit-Coconut Bars Classic lemon bars get a tropical twist in this recipe for Passion Fruit-Coconut Bars. Simple and sweet, try cutting them into bite-size pieces for a potluck or larger squares for a decadent après dinner treat. Roasted Strawberry Milkshake Roasting might not be the first cooking method you think of when it comes to strawberries, but leave it to the brilliant Jessica of How Sweet Eats to concoct a milkshake dreams are made of. April through June is prime time for strawberries, and a frothy Roasted Strawberry Milkshake with Chocolate Pistachio Brittle is just the thing to cool off now …

Wedding Registry Essentials: Saving Time in the Kitchen

Finding a work-life balance is hard! Between career, family, and finding time for yourselves, the modern couple struggles to stay on top of it all. Trust us, we’ve been there too. As newlyweds, we know how important it is for you to find time to make dinner at home, but cooking and cleaning can take time… lots of time! That’s why we’ve pulled together a must-have list of wedding registry essentials that will save you time and stress in the kitchen. Pressure Cookers This will change your life. Throw in a broth, chicken, and a bunch of vegetables and leave for work. You will come home to delicious soup! Make a roast on a weekday, keep rice warm, and steam vegetables in a matter of minutes. Pressure cookers are time-saving necessity! Immersion Blenders Easy to clean and easy to use, we recommend every household have one of these! Don’t bother with cleaning extra bowls, this blender is as versatile as it is powerful. Use this for making soup, mashed potatoes, hummus, whipped cream, smoothes, or pasta …

How This Busy #ZolaCouple Does It All

When Sarah and Kevin met they knew instantly that they were going to be together forever. A little over a year after they met this #ZolaCouple got engaged! The happy couple soon began planning their big day, but for a business school student and a nurse working the night shift, finding the time to plan their perfect day has been a bit of a struggle. With love, a lot of breaks, a few glasses of wine, and Zola (!), they were able to stay excited through the process and are now are sharing tips on how to manage jobs, socializing, and wedding planning! How did you meet? We were introduced by a mutual friend who thought we’d kick it off and be perfect for each other. The moment we met it was all over. We never stopped talking and quickly became a long distance couple between Charlottesville, Virginia and DC. Luckily for Sarah, she got to keep her job as a NICU nurse in Charlottesville because Kevin was moving down to attend graduate school. We fell in …

Our Favorite Spicy Drinks

Sometimes the best way to cool down is to heat up with a spicy cocktail. Here at Zola, we love putting a new spin on classic drinks so we put together a list of our favorites for you to try yourself. If you’re feeling adventurous, these flavorful cocktails are anything but boring and will leave your tastebuds dancing! Spice up your next garden party or bartend your next date night with one of these exotic recipes. Just remember, when it comes to these hot drinks, a little spice can go a long way. Try building the flavor by adding a little spice at a time until you find that perfect balance between hot and sweet. Spicy Grapefruit Margarita We found this cocktail recipe on The Life Styled Blog and absolutely loved it. It fuses delicious grapefruit and cayenne pepper for a refreshing kick of flavor. 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup water 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 4 oz grapefruit juice 2 oz tequila How to make it? Combine the sugar, water, and cayenne pepper in a saucepan over low heat. Once the sugar dissolves, take …

Dinner & A Blizzard: Where Things Began For #ZolaCouple Sara & Brooks

A big group dinner. A blizzard. Philadelphia. October, 2011. That’s the scene that sets the stage for how #ZolaCouple Sara & Brooks met. Although Brooks almost didn’t make it – due to the snow – it’s a good thing he did, or he might have missed out on his future fiancé! The two bonded over wanting to see the “amazing/terrible” movie In Time, and after a rousing round of karaoke, Sara asked him to that movie the following weekend. Both soon realized there was something truly special between them… With 23 days left until their wedding, now is the perfect time to get to know this spontaneous #ZolaCouple, take notes on their wedding tips, and check out what they’ve selected for their newlywed home. How did you get engaged? We were visiting the Mociun store in Williamsburg and found a beautiful ring that we decided to buy. When we got outside, Brooks asked for the ring back so he could properly propose later, but neither of us really wanted to wait. So we got engaged right there on the streets of Williamsburg. It was the …

Wedding Shower Favorites: Our Top 10

Can’t wait for your wedding day? You’re in the final stretch and bringing you one step closer to your happily ever after is your wedding shower. Your friends and family will love getting together and celebrating your soon-to-be marriage, so don’t skip over this party and pay it less attention than you should. Wedding showers by definition are gift-giving parties, so make sure you register early for the perfect pre-wedding gifts. To help you out, we put together a collection of our favorite picks for your wedding shower gifts. Here are our top 10: 1| Old Dutch’s Hammered Moscow Mugs, Set of 4  Ideal for refreshing cocktails or a cup of hot chocolate, these mugs are charming and chic. You will use them for outdoor hosting and for indoor cuddling. 2| Kate Spade New York’s Daisy Place Odds and Ends Dish This fanciful plate is an excellent gift to receive. Playful yet polished, this little accessory will brighten up your home in a big way. Use this to hold your keys, jewelry, or loose change. 3| Rosanna’s Les Petite Sweets Compote …