Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Between Breakfast and Lunch...

I think that if I had to choose, I would say that brunch is my favorite meal of the day.  For a long time I even said I wanted to have a brunch wedding...and then I realized that it was pretty unrealistic once I actually started planning a wedding and scrapped that idea for a more traditional dinner and open bar type situation.

But that doesn't mean that my love for brunch runs any less deep.  In fact, my brunch-love is so well known that whenever I am home with my family, my mother usually has a brunch party to celebrate me being in town (I have said it before and I will say it again...that woman is a saint).

Last time I was home, my mom and I made this amazing quiche...


...the thought crossed my mind to keep this little beauty all to myself, but I guess I will share the recipe with you guys.

Bacon and Spinach Quiche from Paula Deen

Ingredients

1   9 inch refrigerated piecrust, fitted to a 9 inch glass pie plate 
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese 1 lb cooked bacon crumbled 2 cups chopped fresh baby spinach, packed Salt and pepper to taste 6   large eggs beaten 1 1/2 cups heavy cream


Directions 

Preheat the oven to 375.  Combine the eggs, cream, salt, and pepper in a food processor or blender. Layer the spinach, bacon, and cheese in the bottom of the pie crust, then pour the egg mixture on top. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes until the egg mixture is set. Cut into 8 wedges.



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dirty Little Secret

I don't normally do too many product reviews because I feel like most people are WAY better at finding makeup and beauty products than  I am.  I am, admittedly, more of a follower when it comes to hair, skin, and nail products and usually just prefer to just read reviews and make decisions from there.

However, at 6:30 am on Saturday morning on my way to a technology in education conference I had to make a split second decision.  I was not getting up ANY earlier than I had to that morning and that meant that my hair was NOT getting done.  I had straightened it the day before and was hoping to extend my blow-out a few more days so I stopped at CVS and bought this...

  
Why?  I have no idea. I have never used this brand in life and I just reached for it and checked out.  And honestly, I used it in the car...a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

The verdict?  NEVER BUYING ANOTHER DRY SHAMPOO AGAIN.

This stuff rocks.  First of all, it's clear.  Yup, no weird white spray that is kind of a mess/pain in the ass to comb through hair.  And it works!  I am going to be honest here guys...I used this stuff ALL weekend and got my hair from Friday morning to last until Monday (and it's been HOT here in Los Angeles).

Here is my 4 day old hair before heading out to lunch with a friend and her new baby boy (and...confession...I worked out that morning too...sweat is just water...right?)



Yup...I may never use real shampoo again...

 

PS. I took a shower Monday night incase anyone was nervous :)
Monday, September 8, 2014

I Dropped out and Joined a Band Instead...

A few weeks ago I tweeted this:


...it's been so freakin' hot and even humid in LA lately that I cannot even think about fall.  All I can think about is buying an air conditioner.  And air conditioners don't exactly say crunchy leaves and pumpkin spice to me.

Instead, I am just going to ride this summer wave as long as it will take me.  

Saturday, a friend of mine and I indulged in a quintessential Los Angeles summer tradition: Hollywood Bowl Concerts.  Saturday was Ben Folds & Elvis Costello with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.  Amazing music, warm nights, and wine...what more could you ask for!





...and if this concert did anything it was rekindle my love for Ben Folds.  Excuse me while I listen to "Zac & Sara" on repeat for the next week...
 
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Eat, Drink, and Be Marry

I have been very lucky to fall into a group of friends who likes to do "Sunday Night Dinner". (Almost) Every Sunday, we meet at a different home and enjoy a home-cooked dinner and wine...always wine.

A few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to join a friend of ours at her and her husband's beautiful home in Mt. Washington.  Mt. Washington is one of my favorite neighborhoods in LA.  It is up past downtown in an area often called Northeast Los Angeles and, like the name suggests, it's a hilly neighborhood.  Needless to say the views and the food were to die for.



Yup, that is the view of their 3-tier back deck.  Not a bad life out here in Los Angeles.  And if you think the view was amazing, wait until you check out the dinner.  A's husband is Palestinian and cooked us an amazing dinner from a really cool cookbook.


All of that beautiful food came from an amazing cookbook called Jerusalem: A Cookbook.  Not only is the food amazing, but so is the story behind the cookbook.  Apparently the authors were both born in Jerusalem during the same year -- one of them is Israeli and the other Palestinian and they use food as a way to unite the cultures.  


Beautiful message....amazing meal.  

 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Small Touches

I am extremly lucky that my sister will be doing all the graphic design work for my wedding and getting all the printing done at whole-sale cost.  Weddings need A LOT of paper and we will be saving so much money having my sister take care of all of this.

Now, I could be using those savings and putting them into an account to eventually buy a house, but let's face it.  I live in Santa Monica and it costs upwards of $700,000 to buy a one bedroom condo around here so a house is not in the cards right now.  And while I am not blowing all the savings I am lucky enough to have from my sister's design work I am...let's say...reinvesting it.

Reinvesting in "the little things".

I learned this approach from my mother (like most things I talk about on this blog, let's get real, she's a saint).  She never approaches a theme party or a gathering without going all in.  Her motto, if you are going to do it, do it right.  I prefer Ron Swanson's version, but it's the same concept.


So basically, I am going to "whole ass" this wedding.  I am going to invest in the details.  Take the design and the touches all the way.  

Want a preview?  You'll find this on your Save the Date...

Small, the boys aren't even going to notice it.  

But if I am going to do it, I am going to do it right.  The devil is in the details so get your magnifying glasses out...

 
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I Got 2 Pickles, I Got 2 Pickles

My friend Heather (who needs her own blog...get on it woman) is amazing about finding great cooking blogs and recipe. One blog that I have been loving on lately is Smitten Kitchen.  Deb's recipes are always so, so delicious and she does thing cool thing where every post she links back to recipes from that day in her blog's history (all the way back to seven years ago).  Be careful though, you can get LOST in her blog.

I recently decided to make her Bread & Butter Pickles upon recommendation from Heather and I may never buy store-made pickles again.  They were surprisingly simple and absolutely delicious!!


Makes 4 cups of pickles, filling a 1-quart jar

Ingredients
1 pound cucumbers, sliced 1/4-inch thick — “pickling” or kirby cucumbers work best here
1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup Diamond Kosher salt
1/2 to 3/4 cups sugar (see note above)
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 teaspoons ground turmeric
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
1 tablespoon coriander seeds (if ground, use 1 teaspoon)
1/4 teaspoon celery seed



Directions
In a medium bowl, combine the cucumbers, onion and salt. Mix well. Cover the mixture with ice. Let stand at room temperature for two hours. In a pot, bring sugar, vinegar and spices to a boil. Drain cucumbers and onions. Add to vinegar mixture and bring almost back to a boil. Remove from heat and cool. You can store the pickles in an airtight container for up to three weeks in the fridge. They will begin tasting pickled in just a couple hours.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Is it Worth it? Let me Work it...

So with the new job, I work from home a lot. And right now, that means working from the kitchen table. So I am slowly getting a little home office going in our guest bedroom. So far, this is all we got (I can't believe I am sharing this super sad office picture)...



Yup, that's all we are working with. I recently got the desk from target and love it, but the rest of the room needs some love.  I am thinking that a white and teal with accents of gold color scheme is what I want to work with and here are some items that have been catching my eye...

Defining the space with a rug is always a good first step.


Can we talk about this gold & acrylic Kate Spade desk set?


Can't have rings on the new desk, confetti coasters are too fun!


Call me crazy, but that middle row of pots, perfect for holding pens 
and other odds and ends .


Here is the real issue...I HATE DESK CHAIRS.  I literally can't look at the one at my desk for another second.  Any suggestions on alternatives? I would love you forever.
 

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