Valentines Day Sweets • Coconut & Chocolate Brigadeiro {Brazilian Truffles}

Coconut-&-Chocolate-Brigadeiro-Recipie-Valentines-Day-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJOne of my best friends always has Brigadeiro – a Brazilian-style confection that’s somewhat of an intersection between a truffle, fudge & caramels – at her kids birthday parties; and I think Billy & I enjoy them more than the kids do!

Two weeks later we were still reminiscing about the soft, delectable little candies, so I started googling recipes, figuring how hard could they be to make? BIG MISTAKE!!! Not only are they ridiculously easy to make, but only require a handful of ingredients – and we’re already on our second batch! Out of fear of consuming them all, I’m giving the rest away as little Valentines Day gifts {hence the festive baking cups & sprinkles} – so if you’re going to make these, you have been warned!

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COCONUT & CHOCOLATE BRIGADEIRO
Adapted recipes from here & here.

A can of sweetened condensed milk & pat of butter is all you’ll need to get started, plus I added a pinch of salt to both recipes to balance out the sweetness. The chocolate recipe called for a few tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder {I’m a bit of a chocolate snob and always use the good stuff!}. First time around with the chocolate batch {yes I made both the chocolate & coconut batches twice each!}, I added the cocoa directly to the condensed milk & butter as the recipe suggested. The cocoa formed little lumps, and while that didn’t affect the taste I assure you, they were rather difficult to fully whisk out. So the second time around I dissolved the cocoa powder in a few tablespoons of leftover morning coffee*, which resulted in a smooth creamy batter & intensified the chocolate flavor.

For the coconut recipe I added a few drops of coconut extract to bump up the flavor complex – but oh the things you could do with this base! Next time I’d love to try adding almond extract and then rolling them in crushed pistachios, or a pinch of cayenne & Mexican cinnamon to the chocolate variety for a little bit of heat then rolled in mini chocolate chips, or maybe adding some nutella then rolling them in hazelnuts – I’ll stop now b/c this could go on for hours! Oh, and because toasted coconut is always, always better than the raw variety, I toasted mine which not only bumped up the flavor, but added a nice little crunch factor to the soft candies.

Chocolate Brigaderio:

  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 pinch of salt – I use kosher
  • 3 tbsp. good cocoa powder dissolved in approximately 4 tbsp. of leftover cold coffee*, until slightly runny
  • colorful sprinkles and/or mini chocolate chips for decorating
  • mini baking cups

Preparation

  • In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine condensed milk, butter, salt & cocoa.
  • Place over medium heat until ingredients are completely combined, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, and continue stirring constantly until mixture thickens & begins to come together  – when stirred it will pull away from the bottom of the pan {refer to image 2} – around 15 minutes.
  • Place mixture in a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled all the way through –  approximately 2 hours.
  • Lightly spray your hands with cooking spray. Using a tablespoon or small scoop, scoop some of the chocolate mixture into your hands and roll into a bite-size ball. Roll the brigaderio in sprinkles or mini chocolate chips and place in mini baking cups. Continue with the remaining chocolate. Store the brigaderio in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Coconut Brigaderio:

  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 pinch of salt – I use kosher
  • 1/2 tsp. coconut extract
  • sweetened flaked coconut toasted, for decorating
  • mini baking cups

Preparation

  • In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine condensed milk, butter, salt & coconut extract.
  • Place over medium heat until ingredients are completely combined, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, and continue stirring constantly until mixture thickens & begins to come together  – when stirred it will pull away from the bottom of the pan {refer to image 2} – around 20 minutes.
  • Place mixture in a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled all the way through –  approximately 2 hours.
  • Crush the toasted coconut with your hands – it will stick to the brigadier best when it’s a bit smaller.
  • Lightly spray your hands with cooking spray. Using a tablespoon or small scoop, scoop some of the coconut mixture into your hands and roll into a bite-size ball. Roll the brigaderio in the crushed toasted coconut and place in mini baking cups. Continue with the remaining candies. Store the brigaderio in the refrigerator for up to a week.

*Leftover morning coffee – A little bit of coffee added to anything chocolate just bumps up the chocolate flavor, and doesn’t make it actually taste like coffee! But if you’re hesitant, or don’t drink coffee {please don’t go out and buy coffee just for this!}, you can always substitute cold water!

Turkey Day @ The Bungalow & Cyber Monday Sale Favorites

Thanksgiving-Table-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI hope you all had a wonderful & happy Thanksgiving! Sincerest apologies for dipping out all week last week, I got completely caught up in a few last minute client projects, along with preparing my own house/table/menu for Thanksgiving, and time just got away from me. As usual, Turkey Day at The Bungalow was a complete whirlwind – I feel like a blinked and it was all over! I decided to start dinner earlier this year, around 1:00, so everyone could be on their merry way before most other people had finished eating. However it didn’t actually work out that way, as we all ended up just eating and drinking longer – ha!

Thanksgiving-Table-Flowers-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAs per my usual, I got so caught up having a good time I barely took any pictures! I did manage to snap a few pics of the table on my iPhone before our guests arrived. Last year our table was set for 12, so in lieu of having a tablecloth custom-made to accommodate the 10 ft. table, I picked up some cheap burlap to achieve a seamless look. This year our table was quite a bit smaller, so I just trimmed down the burlap from last year to fit – I love the subtle texture it brings to the table, allowing the other elements to take center-stage! The flowers were supermarket bunches from Wegmans that I combined and arranged in driftwood hurricanes. And the place settings were a combination of old – my Great Grandmother’s china and vintage Lenox glasses; and new – Pier 1 chargers, Pier 1 napkins, Anthropologie hobnail glasses (similar here & here), Pier 1 napkin rings, Rifle Paper Co. place cards (similar), bamboo flatware, cutlery I picked up on our trip to Bordeaux (similar) and gold leaf plates (similar).

Thanksgiving-too-much-turkey-thai-red-snapper-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBy Saturday we were pretty sick of turkey, so we headed out to one of our favorite Thai restaurants to devour this guy. And seeing as I don’t do Black Friday crowds (way too intimidating), here are a few of my favorite Cyber Monday sales:

  • 6PM • 15% off w/ code 6PMCYBMON113020141535
  • Anthropologie • 20% off sale & free shipping on all orders
  • Asos • 30% off w/ code ILOVEMONDAYS
  • J.Crew •  30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no minimum w/ code MONDAY
  • Piperlime • 30% off sitewide + 40% off markdowns w/ code CYBERSALE


Happy Shopping!

Turkey Day • What to Wear

Madewell sweater dress {also love this one for under $40 use code ONSAVENOW for an additional 20% off & this one for under $30+free shipping} // Loren Hope earrings // J.Crew Scarf {also love this one for under $20+free shipping} // A.P.C. Andrea Bag // Aquazzura suede booties

We’ve hosted Thanksgiving for the past few years, and one of the things I’ve learned is the ovens fluctuate the temps in kitchen and surrounding rooms pretty drastically throughout the day, so chic-comfy layers are an absolute must! I’m really loving this Madewell turtleneck sweaterdress right now, which can be worn bare-legged or with tights (I’m obsessed with this fleece-lined pair for really cold days!). The orange toned earrings and scarf add the perfect amount of festive flair without overdoing it, and how gorgeous are those green suede Aqauzurra booties?!

Have you ever hosted Thanksgiving? Any tips? Would love to hear from you!

The Holidays • The Casual In-Betweens

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The Holidays are one of my absolute favorite times of the year! I’m pretty much a traditionalist when it comes to color schemes for holiday decorating & the table setting {always adding in a fun twist, of course!}. However as our family continues to grow, we don’t get to see everyone that we’d like to the day-of. Casual “in-between” get-togethers amongst family & friends have become more & more common, which I actually really love – the more parties the better, in my opinion!

I like to switch up the color scheme for such occasions, and right now I’m loving the idea of using powdery whites with different shades of blue and a shiny pops of silver for a festive flair. My entertaining style in general is pretty casual, and for these occasions I especially like to keep things low-key, serving all the food from the buffet. A cozy sweater, gorgeous scalloped plaid skirt, comfy flats and a little bit of bling is perfect for hosting such occasions – and compliments the buffet quite nicely!

How do you handle not being able to see everyone you like to the day-of? I think it’s a lot of pressure to put on one day. Would love to hear your thoughts!

Fall Inspiration & Updates

Decorating-with-Pumpkins-Outside-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{garden tuteur}

Fall-front-door-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{wreath}

Fall-outdoor-table-setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{tablecloths – similar here, here, here & here}

Fire-pit-cozy-fall-night--via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{fire pit}

Roasting-marshmellows-Fire-pit-cozy-fall-night--via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{marshmallow roaster}

Fall-picnic-Decorating-with-Pumpkins-Outside-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{throws – similar here, here & here}

Fall-mantle-decorated-with-pumpkins-and-twinkle-lights--via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{pumpkins, gourds & foliage // twinkle lights}

Fall-Halloween-Thanksgiving-table-setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJDecorating-with-Pumpkins-Outside-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJFall-outdoor-table-setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{flower arrangements – similar}

When Fall arrives with its crisp cool air, I like to transition out our light-weight accessories, in favor of velvethandknit pillows, warm heavy throws, gorgeous dried flowers & bunches of wheat and a few other trimmings. I don’t go overboard – I still want our house to look like our house! – but find adding a few tasteful accessories sets a nice cozy tone for the season!

Do you like to add a few nice cozy touches to your home around this time of year?

Currently Coveting • Memorial Day Weekend Cocktails

Memorial-Day-Weekend-Outfit-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJNars Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl // J.Crew Embroidered Chambray Tunic // Gorjana Vista Drop Earrings // Essie Geranium Nail Polish (my favorite red polish!) // Target Lace Shorts // Madison Harding Kira Wedge Sandals // Loft Oversize Clutch Pouch in Jasmine

With it’s early arrival this year, Memorial Day weekend completely snuck up on me – I can’t believe it’s less than two weeks away! You may recall my complete adoration of the holiday (referenced here, here, here and here), being the unofficial announcement of summer, and everything red, white and blue! So to kick things off – what I’m currently coveting for Friday night cocktails with friends.

Any fun plans for the holiday?

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Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother's-Day-Brunch-Outfit-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJJuliet & Co. Poly Earrings // Zara Double Layer Top // Rag & Bone The Keaton Round Sunglasses // Jules Smith Americana Bangles // Tory Burch Veronique Shorts // J. Crew Havana Clutch // Isa Tapia Juanita Scalloped Sandals 

My mother and Gram cultivated my obsession with all things blue and white at an early age. I always think of them when I’m using the colors in a design, and it’s definitely one of my favorite combos to dress in during the spring and summer months. I picked up these shorts (here’s a less expensive option) last week, and they are absolutely stunning in person – the embroidery detailing is breathtakingly beautiful! They pair perfectly with this swingy layered top and oversized pearl studs for this year’s Mother’s Day brunch!

Mothers-Day-Table-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignWistera Woodblock Print Tablecloth // Spode Blue & White Plates // Pottery Barn Tava Chargers // Bamboo Flatware // Kate Spade Grace Avenue Napkin Rings // Baccarat Jupiter Champagne Flutes // Mint Julep Cups // Ball Jar

And how perfect does the outfit pair with my Mother’s Day table from last year?! Blue and white is always right!

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Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Cinco-de-Mayo-Party-Outfit-and-Table-Setting-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignCinco de Mayo is my kinda holiday – colorful attire, festive decor, pitchers of margaritas… – what more do you need?! I’m a little obsessed with this otomi skirt at the moment, and how festive does it look paired with this fringe poncho?! Although this dress would be perfect for the occasion as well. Toss in a few more fringed accessories to keep with the theme, like these sandals and bangles – oh and a hat, of course, for the alfresco fiesta!

As for the table, a serape tablecloth is definitely in order, with a bunch of these candle-lit lanterns trailing down the middle for a little ambiance. Throw in a donkey piñata and pom-pom garland – and you’re ready to party!

Currently Coveting • Christmas Day Tartan

Christmas-Day-Outfit-by-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJKate Spade Park Floral Studs // J. Crew Cambridge Cable Turtleneck // Warby Parker Sims Frames // Nars Velvet Lip Pencil in Cruella // J. Crew Factory Skimmer Pant in Plaid // Coach Classic City Bag // Ferragamo Vera Pump

When I was little, my mom dressed my sister and I up in matching tartan dresses for Christmas, with my brother in a matching tie – much to his digress! I loved the festiveness of our outfit selections, and thus Christmastime always has me craving a little tartan or plaid in my wardrobe. While my sister and I won’t be in coordinating outfits this year (at least not intentionally, as we do that inadvertently on occasion) I think these plaid trousers would perfectly satisfy my nostalgic itch!

Isn’t it funny how the holidays have us craving certain colors and patterns – especially ones that we wouldn’t typically be drawn to the rest of the year?! I’m very much a traditionalist, so red and green is right up my alley. What’s your holiday color/pattern preferences?