Category Archives: Holiday

Fall Floral Inspiration

Fall is among us and I couldn’t be more excited to finally see a few leaves change color! I started looking for fall floral arrangement ideas online and realized that there are very few that don’t look like they belong in a window display at Kirkland’s. But here are some exceptions that really stood out. Happy floraling!

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Thanksgiving 2011

Thanksgiving was AWESOME- despite being away from my family. I have SO MUCH to be thankful for- one thing being that I have friends that can cook!  I was lucky enough to spend the evening at la casa de Nichols with good friends and great food! Thank you Jesus for all of this:

My contributions to dinner (and I would recommend them ALL!):

Cranberry Sauce with Pears and Cardamom.  This is a slightly elegant twist on a classic Thanksgiving Day staple. First time trying my hand at cranberry sauce and it turned out beautifully! Recipe found here at Epicurious.com 


Mom’s Apple Cake via Smitten Kitchen. This was probably my favorite item of the evening- and not just because I can get away with eating the leftovers for breakfast. This cake was so full of fall flavors, so moist yet SO incredibly simple. This recipe is a keeper ladies and gentlemen.

I’ve made these before and I’ll sure as heck be making them again. I wouldn’t say they’re a knock-off of Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bars– more like a reinvention of an already delicious blondie. Ok-yeah, they’re a knock -off. Cranberry, orange, white chocolate, chewy cookie…ness. Why wouldn’t you want to know that off??

Also my first time making yams- of any variety. Brown Sugar-Glazed Sweet Potatoes–  This dish was a hit. Even with people who weren’t yam fans. “So glad they’re not covered in marshmallows,” people commented as they shoveled them into their mouths. Umm…they totally used to be until they melted into invisibility! Sshhh….

How gorgeous was the table setting? I know, right?!  Tina never ceases to amaze me.

Big, beautiful, delicious bird. This was  Tina’s first time preparing the turkey and most definitely not her last. It. was. perfect.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is Brian the vegetarian. THAT’S how good the turkey was!

Mrs. Nichols also made a killer pumpkin icebox pie and chocolate ganache tarte.

Needless to say, I had to be rolled out the door.

Hope everyone had a fat and blessed Thanksgiving!

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Stop what you’re doing, go find some pumpkin butter, and make the heck out of these cookies. Please. I’ve been completely overwhelmed with pumpkin dessert recipes this fall- trying to find one to put all my time and effort into has been no easy task. But I’ve done the work for you. Or at least found someone who’s done the work for you. Jessica, author of the How Sweet It Is blog is my new hero. CHEWY, to die for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Don’t let this season go by without making these babies!

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Annie Hall

It’s been waaaay too long since my last post. Just want to share my costume inspiration from this Halloween. A beautiful movie with beautiful people: Annie Hall.

How amazing are these prints by Mike Oncley??


Annie Hall inspired fashion:

THE Annie Hall

Annie Hall costume inspiration

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Lucky 3

As of today, I’ve been lucky enough to have been dating a pretty awesome fella for three years now. THREE! Wow…Most of my fillings haven’t lasted three years. Unfortunately, I’m not able to spend today celebrating with him. I’m still stuck in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I will however be very close to matching his Mexican skin tone by the time I get back to LA. 🙂

When I first got to Kona, three weeks ago, I wrote his name in white rocks along the shore where I go jogging. Somehow it remained untouched the majority of my trip so I was able to see his name beautifully contrasted among the black lava rocks every morning. A wonderful reminder of how lucky I am to have been a part of his life for so long. I can honestly say that he’s made me feel more beautiful these last three years than I’ve ever felt-EVER. He’s a special guy who is ridiculously good at making me feel special.

OK- that’s more sap than I’ve dished out in a LONG time.

Love you Paul. Here’s to three more beautiful yrs!

 

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What makes me happy- Day #22

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This is my wall of bday cards that I still have up from last month! It makes me feel loved.<3

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What makes me happy- Day #11

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I was due to be born on Easter day but ended poppin’ out early! But this meant that I was a bunny baby, of course. My room was covered in bunnies; every shower gift was a bunny in some form or another. Lots of Peter Rabbit paraphernalia and little collector bunny figurines. So needless to say, bunnies are pretty nostalgic for me. I saw this spread on collector bunnies in my last issue of Living and I could have sworn I had 3/4 of those in my room as a child. Yaaay
for bunnies- especially the one that brings my delicious easter basket full of candy every year!