Vegetarian Cheeseburger Pizza (via abeautifulmess.com)Oh man, you guys, I know cheeseburger pizza probably sounds like something from a Pizza Hut menu circa 1995, but I promise this is SOOOO good. For protein, we've got marinated, seasoned tempeh that gets topped with onions, tomatoes, and kale. Yum! There's a thick crust topped with colby cheese, and then the whole thing gets drizzled in a spicy mayo. 

It's a little different for pizza, but oh-so-good!

Vegetarian Cheeseburger Pizza (via abeautifulmess.com)      Vegetarian Cheeseburger Pizza (via abeautifulmess.com)   You can bake this crust a number of ways, but if you have a large (12 inch) cast-iron pan, I recommend baking in that as it will result in a thicker crust. Something that borders on deep dish, but not quite that thick. Baking in a cast-iron is similar to baking on a pizza stone as you can allow the pan to heat up while the oven preheats, resulting in a crusty on the outside but still soft in the center pizza crust. 

Are you sick of me talking about this pizza yet? Sorry, I'm just obsessed. Let's just get baking...

Pizza toppingsVegetarian Cheeseburger Pizza, serves 2-4 depending if you serve with a side

3/4 cup warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons (one packet) active dry yeast
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cornmeal

For the toppings:
4 oz. tempeh
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon cumin
pepper
1 clove minced garlic
1 tomato
1/4 red onion
4 oz. colby jack cheese, shredded
1/2 cup chopped kale

For the sauce:
2 tablespoons mayo
1 tablespoon hot sauce (Sriracha or choluha)

In a glass mixing cup, stir together the warm water and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Then sprinkle the yeast over the top of the water and allow that to sit for 5 minutes. It should foam up some in this time; that's how you know it's working. 

In another bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Stir the yeast water in with the flour mixture. Once a dough ball forms, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 4-5 minutes. Lightly oil the bowl you just used and place the dough ball back in there with a clean dish towel over the top. Allow to rise in a warm spot for an hour to an hour and a half (until doubled in size). 

Pizza doughMeanwhile prep the tempeh. Shred the tempeh with a box grater. It may crumble apart as you shred it and that's fine too. The goal is to get the tempeh into very small pieces. Place in a small bowl and add the soy sauce, cumin, some pepper, and minced garlic. Stir together, cover, and allow to set in the refrigerator until the dough is ready. 

Preheat the oven to 400°F with the cast-iron pan inside. While that preheats, roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Once the oven is ready, remove the pan and sprinkle with cornmeal. Place the pizza dough in the pan. Be careful as the pan will already be very hot. Bake for 5 minutes. 

Then top the partially baked crust with the tempeh, sliced onion, sliced tomatoes, and cheese. Bake for another 10-12 minutes. 

Cast iron pizzaThen top with the kale and bake for another 2-3 minutes.

In a bowl, stir together the mayo and hot sauce. Once the pizza is done, drizzle the sauce over the top.

Vegetarian Cheeseburger Pizza (via abeautifulmess.com) These toppings are all things that I like on top of a (veggie) cheeseburger, but you could change up the toppings some based on what you prefer or what you have on hand. Happy pizza night! xx. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

Wallpaper2ways_elsielarson_2048x2048Friends! This past week I did an interview with Hygge & West and I wanted to share it with you here!

TGIF! Elsie

Cinnamon Toast Tiramisu (via abeautifulmess.com)The other day I was thinking about tiramisu. Because that's normal, right? :) I was thinking that I love the creamy and almost tanginess of the mascarpone alongside the flavors of espresso and, well, a little booze. It's often made with Marsala wine, but I think rum goes really well in this classic dessert too (and as you know, I'm a rum fan). 

And then I started thinking about the lady finger cookies that make up part of the filling. They are a very dry cookie, which works well in this dessert because they will hold up longer over time and also soften with the dessert to make that perfect, custard-y texture that tiramisu is known for. But I have to admit that the lady fingers are my least favorite part of the dessert.

Cinnamon Toast Tiramisu (via abeautifulmess.com) Cinnamon Toast Tiramisu (via abeautifulmess.com)    First off, they are kind of hard to find sometimes. Of course you can make your own. And I love trying and making new things, especially baked goods. But on the other hand, having the lady fingers already makes this dessert SO easy to make – there's no baking... just mixing required! 

So there's that, but the second thing is that they are just kind of plain tasting. I suppose that is part of the point... so they can soak up some of the other flavors at play in this dish. But I couldn't help but think that maybe they could get replaced with something else, and it would make the final dish all that more special. 

This left me thinking about dry cookies. Hmm. Biscotti? Quite dry but fairly dense, might be too thick to really soften well in the dish. Hmm.

And then I thought, wait, what about breakfast cereal? It's basically tiny, dry cookies, that are meant to soak up milk. And that's how the idea for this dish was born. Well that, and obviously I was in the mood for tiramisu. 

Tiramisu ingredientsCinnamon Toast Tiramisu, makes 4 large servings (each could be shared as a dessert if needed)

6 egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar
16 oz softened mascarpone
1 shot espresso, or one ounce very strong coffee
3 teaspoons dark rum (I used Kirk & Sweeney 12 yr, but any dark rum you enjoy sipping is fine here.)
2 1/2 cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch
1 tablespoon cinnamon

With an electric mixer, beat together the yolks and sugar for 4 to 5 minutes until the color slightly changes and the mixture becomes very well combined and thickens. Then beat in the mascarpone until smooth. Then whisk in half of the espresso and rum until just combined. You don't necessarily need to measure so you are adding exactly half of each, but if you want to, that's fine. The main point is that you will want to reserve some liquid for mixing with the cereal. 

Tiramisu recipeIn a large mixing bowl, drizzle the remaining espresso and rum over the cinnamon toast crunch. Use a large wooden spoon to quickly stir everything around so all the cereal gets coated a little but nothing is soggy. 

Assemble the tiramisu! In four little cups or wine glasses (whatever you have really is fine), add a layer of cereal, then the custard mix, then more cereal, and then another layer of custard. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, but up to 8 hours.

Cinnamon Toast Tiramisu (via abeautifulmess.com)  When you are ready to serve, dust the tops with cinnamon. These are best served within the 2 to 8 hour range after they are assembled. If you want to keep them longer than that, I would hold off on mixing the cereal with the liquids and assembling until you are getting closer to serve time. One of the batches I made I kept one for about 12 hours to see how it tasted, and I thought it was a little too soggy by then. Could be just my preference though! Anyway, these are great to make hours before and have ready for the end of a special dinner as then all you have to do is pull them out of the refrigerator and dust them with cinnamon. You'll look like a total pro. :) xx. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

Bathroom Organization TipsWhile organizing doesn't exactly come naturally to me (I named this site A Beautiful Mess for a reason – I am very messy!), there is almost nothing in the world that feels as good as setting aside an afternoon to organize a space in my home. My favorites are those neglected spaces – the inside of the fridge maybe, or the laundry room or today's project: our master bathroom. The thing about the master bathroom is it's one of the first and last rooms you see in a day, so it can kind of set the tone. If it's messy and hectic, even if it is just a bathroom, it can start things off on the wrong foot, you know? 

Anyway, we're super excited to partner with IKEA, one of our favorite places to shop for affordable, good-looking home goods. Organization can get expensive FAST, and I'm not exactly looking to spend the big bucks on those types of purchases. So when I find a source that's cute AND inexpensive, that's a WIN-WIN.  Here are the products I used for this post: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

And now, on to my tips for organizing your bathroom! 

Bathroom Organization Tips Tip #1. Collect containers. 

I like to try a lot of different containers when I'm organizing a space. Function is obviously most important, but it certainly doesn't hurt when they can also be pretty, like these baskets

Consistent containers in varying sizes are very useful! I like to mix two types of containers in any given space. Here I mixed clear acrylic boxes with wicker baskets. I always buy more than I need; you can always return what you don't use.

Bathroom Organization Tips
Tip #2. Keep daily use items in sight and random items stored away.
 
If there is anything that you use once or more every day, try to keep that very accessible. For me, it's my face spray and oils, my everyday makeup (a lot of days I only use a couple products), and things like cotton balls and bobby pins. 
 
I keep things like my hair blow dryer, full makeup collection, and extra mismatched towels stored away. Nobody needs to see all that all the time. :) 
 
Bathroom Organization Tips   Tip #3. Store like items together. 
 
For some reason I struggle with this one. But when I force myself to evaluate my items and how they are used, it helps me organize them more efficiently. This is great for scatter-brained people who are always misplacing something! 
 
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Tip #4. Keep it simple. Minimize every season! 
 
This is the tip I am most passionate about. In the past year, I got rid of a HUGE amount of makeup and bath and body products that were literally just sitting in my cabinet waiting to expire (or had already expired – yikes!!). 
 
Since having less, I have noticed it's easier to get ready. I only have a couple nail polish options, a couple lipstick options and a couple blush options. And that's all I need! I don't know why I hung on to things in the past – I think it was the guilt of having spent money on it. But that guilt only creates clutter. 
 
Every season throw away everything in your bathroom that you aren't using! Don't think, just throw. I promise you will love the feeling of more space, less options (especially when they're options you don't even want), and a more organized space. 
 
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Tip #5. Create morning and evening rituals. 
 
Lately I have been working on my morning routine. Everyone is different, but I want to be able to get ready in about fifteen minutes every day – so basically lightning speed (not including shower times because anyone who has thick hair knows that adds, like, an hour!). I want to feel ready for the day, cute enough (I'm not worried about looking super done up, but I also don't want to be embarrassed if I run into a bunch of people I know at the coffee shop), and feel fresh. 
 
Currently I don't have as many morning rituals as I would like. Besides savoring my morning coffee and scrolling through my Bloglovin' feed, I feel like I don't put enough priority on making mornings special and enjoyable. 
 
Some of my morning ritual goals include – laying out an outfit the night before, oil pulling, creating a better, quicker beauty routine (especially for my hair – I tend to be all or nothing and wear messy buns most days!), and doing something to spark creativity and inspiration early in the day. 
 
Evening routines are a little more established in my life. I have been going to bed pretty early, have found some really great skincare products to use every evening and always sleep with my phone on airplane mode. These small changes help me feel more rested and less stressed. I struggled with sleep in the past and these habits have helped to improve that part of my life so much. 
 
I also regularly use this pillow mist and make it at home. It smells so good and is completely natural!
 
Bathroom Organization Tips
I would love to hear about your organization tips and any habits that have made your day or night routine healthier or happier. You guys are amazing, and I always love to hear what works for you! xx- Elsie 

Credits// Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.
 

12 incredible wallpaper patterns you haven’t seen beforeHi, friends!! As you know I am CRAZY into wallpaper. So today I thought I would share a few of my most special finds. These are all styles that we didn't use in our home, although we wanted to... but eventually you hit your limit on wallpaper rooms, haha!

Maybe some of you can use these in YOUR homes and send me photos, and I can live vicariously through you? Mmmkay – sounds like a plan! 

First up – six papers to make a bold or fun statement! ONE. This is the same brand where I got my dot paper for our entryway. It's all handmade in Portland, incredible quality, and I REALLY love this patten. TWO. I just recently found this pattern. Isn't it fun?! THREE. Ugh, these flamingos are going to haunt my dreams. If I ever get a Palm Springs house, I'm using this for sure. FOUR. Glitter wallpaper. FIVE. Never enough palm prints. SIX. You know I love this one. So fresh and sweet. It reminds me a little bit of that clementine wall we did in our last home. 

12 incredible wallpaper patterns you haven’t seen before And here are six really pretty neutral options that will add a lot of texture to your space. ONE. This design really is everything I love rolled into one! TWO. Really loving this design. It's definitely one of those that I would have picked if it would have been out when I was shopping (it's really new!). Someone else use it for me, please? THREE. I love this paper. So pretty and soft, but in a cool way. FOUR. This paper is so epic. I've seen it before in a bathroom, I think, and it was SO pretty! FIVE. Super into this. SIX. So soft and unique. I love this one. 

Which is your favorite?? For more wallpaper talk, see my wallpaper guide from last year. xoxo!! Elsie 

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