Recently we got the opportunity to team up with Crunchies Natural Food to put together a Santa Barbara lifestyle photoshoot. We found ourselves tucked away in the hills at the beautiful Riviera Cottage. This wonderfully put together home was the perfect backdrop with its rustic copper ware and most noteworthy antique kitchen design. We came up with three food recipes and finally one beverage for the campaign. These included breakfast dishes like Strawberry Banana Pancakes (recipe below in post), a hearty fall recipe of a Thanksgiving Sandwich (to do something unique and different with all those leftovers), and to wash it all down a colorful Blueberry Lavender Lemonade. The pictures almost jump onto your taste buds. We can tell you from experience, everything tastes as good as it looks.
We enjoy cooking as much as eating, so putting this together was so much fun for us. Our couple, Britney and Michael, also had a blast learning some new recipes and the big hit was those Pancakes made from scratch with Real Maple Syrup! The antique stove along with cast iron pans made this Santa Barbara lifestyle shoot that much more unique and wonderfully tasty too. Our personal favorite was the Lemonade. Who would have thought that Lavender would be such an amazing addition to the purple and blue hues of the blueberry. Yum!
Santa Barbara Lifestyle Photoshoot with Crunchies Natural Food
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 package of freeze-dried fruit crushed (we had strawberry banana)
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
1 zest of a lemon and half the juice
Whisk dry ingredients together. Make a well and pour in the rest of the ingredients. Whisk together until everything is together but not over beaten, there should still be lumps.
On a heated skillet with brushed canola oil, cook each side until lightly browned. Keep in heated oven on low heat until ready to eat. Top with extra butter and real maple syrup.
We love the look of copper on film. These adorable containers with flour and sugar gave us some of our basic ingredients for our homemade pancakes. Breakfast is good for anytime of day!
Here comes the lavender lemonade. It reminds us of a wedding we got be a part of Kestrel Park. Lavender is a popular flower found at many venues in Southern California. So smelling it in this sugary summer drink takes us back to some of those wonderful venues.