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  • Tuesday, August 14, 2012

    We found these delicious looking salad recipes on Martha Stewart and we can't decide which one looks more delicious.  As much as we love simple and healthy salads, we love having lots of ingredients that give flavor, nutrition and crunch!  These were our favorite four, but you can try all six recipes on her site here.  


     Steak Salad With Bacon, Crispy Potatoes, and Blue Cheese Dressing

     Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 30m| Total Time: 30m



    -4  ounces  sliced bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    -8  ounces  Yukon gold or fingerling potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    -kosher salt and black pepper
    -2  teaspoons  canola oil
    -1 1/2  pounds  sirloin steak (1 inch thick)
    -3  ounces  blue cheese (such as Stilton or Roquefort), crumbled (3/4 cup)
    -1/4  cup  sour cream
    -1/4  cup  buttermilk
    -1  teaspoon  red wine vinegar
    -1  scallion, chopped
    -1  head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces (about 8 cups)



    1. In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
    2. Add the potatoes to the bacon drippings, season with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper, and increase heat to medium-high. Cook, tossing occasionally, until browned and tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to the paper towel-lined plate.
    3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a second large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the steak with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook 5 to 7 minutes per side for medium-rare.
    4. Let rest at least 5 minutes before slicing.
    5. In a small bowl, mix together the blue cheese, sour cream, buttermilk, vinegar, scallion, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Divide the lettuce among plates, top with the steak, bacon, and potatoes, and drizzle with the dressing.



    Grilled Shrimp Panzanella With Basil

     Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 15m| Total Time: 25m



    -1 1/2  pounds  peeled and deveined large shrimp
    -1  teaspoon  finely grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    -4  tablespoons  olive oil
    -kosher salt and black pepper
    -1  small baguette (about 8 ounces), split lengthwise
    -2 1/2  pounds  heirloom or beefsteak tomatoes, cut into wedges
    -2  cups  fresh basil leaves



    1. Heat grill to medium-high. In a large bowl, toss the shrimp with the lemon zest, 1 tablespoon of the oil, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Brush the baguette with 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil.
    2. Grill the baguette and shrimp, uncovered, until the baguette is golden and crisp, about 1 minute per side, and the shrimp are opaque throughout, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Cut the baguette into bite-size pieces.
    3. In a second large bowl, toss the shrimp, baguette, tomatoes, and basil with the lemon juice, the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.



    Chopped Greek Salad With Pita Chips

    Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 15m| Total Time: 15m



    -2  pitas, split horizontally
    -4  tablespoons  olive oil
    -2  tablespoons  red wine vinegar
    -1/2  teaspoon  dried oregano
    -kosher salt and black pepper
    -1  small head iceberg lettuce, chopped (about 8 cups)
    -1  pint  grape tomatoes, halved
    -1  green bell pepper, cut into bite-size pieces
    -1/2  English cucumber, sliced
    -1/2  red onion, chopped
    -1  15.5-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and coarsely chopped
    -4  ounces  Feta, crumbled (1 cup)
    -8  pepperoncini (optional)
    -1/4  cup  pitted kalamata olives (optional)



    1. Heat oven to 350° F. Place the pita halves cut-side up on a baking sheet, brush with 1 tablespoon of the oil, and bake until golden and crisp, 4 to 6 minutes. Let cool, then break into pieces. 
    2. In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oregano, the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper. Add the lettuce, tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, onion, chickpeas, Feta, pita chips, and pepperoncini and olives, if using, and toss to combine.



    Grilled Chicken and Corn Salad With Avocado and Parmesan

    Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 30m| Total Time: 30m



    -1/4  cup  fresh lemon juice
    -2  tablespoons  chopped fresh rosemary
    -4  cloves garlic, finely chopped
    -4  tablespoons  olive oil
    -kosher salt and black pepper
    -2  6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    -3  ears corn, shucked
    -5  ounces  baby spinach (about 5 cups)
    -1  avocado, cut into bite-size pieces
    -2  ounces  Parmesan, shaved



    1. Heat grill to medium-high. In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, rosemary, garlic, 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Transfer half the dressing to a small bowl; set aside. Add the chicken to the remaining dressing and turn to coat.
    2. Rub the corn with the remaining tablespoon of oil and season with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Grill the corn and chicken, covered, turning occasionally, until the corn is tender and lightly charred, 4 to 6 minutes, and the chicken is cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Cut the kernels off the cobs and slice the chicken.
    3. Toss the spinach, chicken, corn, and avocado with the reserved dressing and sprinkle with the Parmesan.
    Which one do you want to try first?
    Do you have a delicious family recipe that you would like to share with us?  We would love to feature it on our blog with our Cookbook collection!


  • Monday, August 13, 2012

    View Mai's maternity-friendly outfit: tiered orange dress, floral bangles, burgundy kitten heels

    I've been feeling pretty much the same this week. I'm still feeling great, lots of energy, and I have a good appetite. The baby has been kicking quite a bit more, especially at night before I sleep. I hope it doesn't mean that she's going to be a little night owl and keep us up all night!

    This weekend, Josh and I went to pick up color swatches for paint options for the nursery. I'm really leaning towards painting the room light yellow, khaki, or mint stripes. I started a Pinterest board for the baby nursery at home and my "office" nursery. So many pretty options! I'll update my boards pretty frequently so please stop by and follow me.  =)

    Update on the name:  We're still searchin.


    See Mai's maternity-friendly clothing picks and previous maternity posts! ♥





  • Monday, August 13, 2012

    Weekends are the perfect time to relax after a long week at work or school. While it may be easy to fall into the routine of throwing on a t-shirt and jeans the second the weekend hits, these cute dresses are the perfect alternative for an effortless weekend style. Below are a few of Scrapbook's unique and comfortable dresses that make the perfect weekend uniform, whether you are having a picnic at the park or simply running errands around town!


    (shop floral dresses: one & two)


    Pair ankle boots and a denim jacket with these sweet floral prints to create a laid-back, feminine look.


    (shop neutral dresses: one & two)


    These detailed neutral dresses can be styled with any colorful accessories for a casual, yet polished weekend ensemble.


    (shop geometric printed dresses: one & two)


    Both these unique printed dresses can make a statement on their own, as well as with a few simple accessories. Get Beth's full casual weekend outfit with our clock necklace, teal purse and western booties!



    For more casually fashionable attire, see our Weekend Errands Dresses here




  • Monday, August 13, 2012

    To build your own Ruchette wardrobe, see our styling tips and essential pieces that every girl should have in her closet. Good luck!


  • Saturday, August 11, 2012

    Do something that makes you smile on this lovely Saturday!


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  • Friday, August 10, 2012

    All I wanted to do was sleep, watch Twilight with some girlfriends and talk until 3 a.m., but there were thirty youths waiting to go on a hike to the magnificent Falls Creek Falls in Carson, WA. Surprisingly, when I called home I found that my mom and dad were coming and that Trevor was at the house helping make sandwiches.Odd...I thought to myself.


    Rewind almost 9 years to a swimming pool baptism service, I turned to speak to my friend and came face to face with the most long-lashed, green eyes and...bright yellow shorts! Well, that’s what hit me first. A few years later he’d tell me that his first thought was “that’s the kind of girl I want to marry." Only two weeks earlier my mom and I were having lunch together and I told her I was so happy not to have any guy drama, really, I was very content. Sigh. Smile. I continued eating my sandwich. 


    So Trevor Marquis and I became friends, both of us had very busy lives so most of our conversations were by phone. In fact we became so comfortable talking for hours on the phone that when we’d see each other, shyness would take over and a rather stilted conversation would ensue. I thought he was the most interesting guy I’d ever met, the most attractive by far...but we were headed in two different directions. At the time he was racing wave runners and working three jobs while I was heading off to college, hoping to do mission work in a Latin American country. We lost contact for almost two years. I never thought I’d see him again, but I thought of him almost daily.


    Through a string of crazy circumstances that are too complicated to try and explain in a few sentences, we ran into each other, and the long conversations resumed. But this time I wasn’t so starry eyed over “Mr. Cool”, oh no, it was much worse. The “just friends” deal wasn’t doing it for me.



    One night he called me from Dog River Coffee, after the “how was your day” small talk, he blurted out “this, this...friendship can’t go on...” my heart sank. I knew what he was referring to, that’s right, I was just the friend that he talked to, not the girl who had his heart. So I started to say “I know, well, I hope...” In my haste to cover the pain, I almost didn’t hear him say “I really really like you and want to know if you feel the same way about me”. We had both made serious mistakes in past relationships and desired to honor God, each other and our family this time. That being said, I took a big breath and said, “I REALLY like you, would you be up to talking to my dad about starting on this adventure?”


    After a long conversation in a cold car, my dad said something to the effect of “I just don’t think you’re the right guy for my daughter," to which Trevor replied “what would make me that kind of guy?” For starters: learn Spanish (my dad is the pastor of a Spanish speaking church, my mother and her side of the family are Mexican), have a good job, a degree, etc., etc. And while this may seem ludicrous to some and most would have probably thrown their hands up in disbelief, Trevor took it as a challenge and set to work. For the next few years, our relationship was incredibly difficult in a stop and start kind of way as we talked on the phone and often cried into the wee hours of the morning.  He came to our church as a drummer on the worship team (I played keys) and we worked together leading the youth group events. He endured the endless (good-natured) jokes in Spanish about being a “gringo” and not being able to roll his “r’s”, but as time went on and we went through this trial, we fell more in love and were more convinced that there wasn’t anyone else in the world we’d rather be with. 



    Now flash back to the day in Carson, WA. It had been eight years since we’d met and we set out on a hike--our future still uncertain.


    The hike to the falls was difficult, my sleep deprived brain was mostly busy trying to tell my feet not to slip off of the narrow, rocky trail as excited teens rushed past.  All of the sudden, rose petals start appearing on the trail in front of me. Very, very odd. Little did I know that my dad was running ahead of us, throwing down rose petals all the way to the rocky ledge over-looking the triple waterfall. The next few miles were a jumble of dodging falling rocks, climbing up slippery paths, and running from angry wasps . . .no one got to the top of the falls without at least being stung twice. My dad was there, with a big grin on his face. I found myself standing in front of the whole group of family and friends, thinking to myself that we were about to do an impromptu skit, when Trevor pulled something out of his pocket! The thunder of the cascades faded into the background as he got down on one knee and presented me with a sparkling ring. 


    December 17, 2009 (three months later), I was again staring into those green eyes, the warm tropical breezes of Zihuatanejo, Mexico caressing our skin. We committed to love one another through every adventure life would bring, knowing that together we could weather any storm.



    So when our beautiful little boy, born six months ago, one day asks “Mom and Dad, how did you meet?” It’s going to be a looonnnngggg bedtime story!



    --Angelica Marquis





    See the previous Love Stories here! If you would like to submit your story, please see our Ruche Blogger Family page for details. Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

  • Friday, August 10, 2012

    A Wild Tonic's Lauren looks adorable and put together in her two Ruche dresses. We love how she dressed up our Moments Notice Pleated Dress with black heels and how she created a casual, dressed down look with our One Fine Day Floral Dress, flats, and a crossbody handbag. Plus, we can't get enough of her fun glasses!

    We adore Ashley of Southern (California) Belle's feminine ensemble with the perfect little white dress, purple statement necklace, nude heels, and our mint City Girl Satchel. To get Ashley's classic look with a pop of mint, browse our similar handbag style here.

    Lacy from Lacy Rose looks chic and polished in our One Fine Day Floral Dress, printed satchel, and purple flats that she wore on a recent country weekend getaway. Her outfit is the perfect balance of dressy and casual!

    Have you styled any Ruche pieces lately? If so, we would love to see your outfits!


  • Thursday, August 9, 2012

    Guest Post by Ashley


    I visited our local goodwill for a plate and candlestick holder, which I got for a whopping $1.90! I chose a plate with a wider 'brim' so that it would be easier to write on, but really any plate will do! Also, make sure that your chalkboard paint will adhere to glass (most do), and same goes for the epoxy. 



    Step 1: After you wash and dry the plate and candlestick thoroughly, spread the epoxy on the base of the candlestick holder. I'm notorious for gluing my fingers together so be careful!


    Step 2: Center the candlestick holder on the plate (no one wants a wobbly cake stand!) and place some heavy books on top to seal.  Let dry for 2-3 hours.


    Step 3: After the glue is dry, spray with chalkboard paint. Be sure to spray from about a foot away and use short strokes to avoid running. My plate took 3 or 4 coats for a good finish.


    Voila! A lovely little at home cake stand to pretty up any party! Note: For glass surfaces, make sure your chalk's edges are dull to prevent scratching off the paint. Also, use a piece of wax paper under your food for easy clean up.


    --Ashley, from The Uniqueness of Being



    Have a DIY project that you would like to share? We'd love to see it! See our Ruche Blogger Family for details and your chance to become published on our blog.

  • Thursday, August 9, 2012

     1. Mai's adorable maternity style

    2. Some lace details we love

    3. Loveable furry friends

    4. The perfect apple pancakes

    5. Statement shoe parade at the office

    6. Some favorites in our book collection

    7. Sweet cupcake measuring spoons--a kitchen essential

    8. Florals, florals, florals!

    9. Office Style: colored denim and our rose isle floral cardigan



    For more behind-the-scenes snapshots, follow us on Instagram @shopruche!




  • Wednesday, August 8, 2012

    Here is a roundup of what some of our favorite bloggers have been wearing lately. We can't get enough of their stripes, florals, and polka dots and love these transitional summer looks!

    Our beautiful stylist, Mara, never ceases to amaze us with her gorgeous outfits.  She can pull off any pattern, trend or color and she always finds a way to add a polished and feminine touch to her style.  In her most recent outfit post, she wears a high-low dress and a striped cardigan with our necklace and Grey Suede Platforms.


    Melina, from The Caffeinated Closet, has the perfect Ruche girl style.  Her outfits are stylish, inspiring, and full of color.  We admire her ability to remix pieces in her wardrobe in new and different ways and love how she paired our Floral Necktie Blouse with vibrant pops of orange and yellow! We adore Maggie, from Lifesize Paperdoll, because she loves pulling off the some of the most recent trends.  Two of our current favorite styles are colored denim and the classic polka dot print.  In her outfit she pairs our Coral Skinnies with our skinny belt and an adorable polka dot patterned blouse.  She could wear this outfit for a fun date night or for a relaxing weekend brunch.


    What Ruche pieces have you been wearing lately? We'd love to see your outfits for some styling inspiration!


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