Sunday, October 18, 2015


"California Donuts"
3540 W 3rd St.

Los Angeles, 90020
There is really not much more to say than that. Just simply look at that box of heaven! I have been craving donuts... GOOD donuts for more than 6 months and I will soon be there. California Donuts here I come!!! In just 4 days I will been in Los Angeles and at your doorstep which thankfully is open 24 hours.  God Bless America!


Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Day is Dumb

As I haven't posted in about a month (my compliments again to the true bloggers out there), I was thinking about what to write and the most obvious choice would be Valentine's Day seeing as how it is tomorrow. Let's begin this with… I am NOT a fan. I feel for Valentine's Day the same way I feel for New Year's Eve. The concept of romance is so forced and people feel they have to perform and do romantic things simply because it is that day. So Dumb. My husband knows me well enough not to bring me flowers tomorrow and most definitely not roses. Please, just no. He brings me flowers at other, unexpected times and it is soooo much better. Yes, that was a major hint to the men out there. Flowers (even a simple tulip) is always appreciated. Obviously.

I think my jaded outlook on Valentine's Day probably started back in the 4th grade. I was  totally and completely in love with Tommy Dee. The kind of love where you never actually spoke to the person but just stared at them during recess. On Valentine's Day I decided to go for it and declare my undying love to him with a poem.  The poem was of the "roses are red, violets are blue" variety and there might have been some chalky conversation hearts thrown in as well... I can't be sure. Sad and tragic end to the story is that he showed it to all of his friends and they all laughed and made fun of me. Yeah, from that moment on I pretty much hated Valentine's Day. Don't get me wrong, I am still totally eating chocolate tomorrow and blaming it on the dumb holiday. Hello perfect excuse. I have also had my eye on a pretty silver ring that I just might go purchase and tell my husband that it is his gift to me. Again, love a good excuse to indulge. So, let's just say a big "Buon San Valentino" to me and thank god I am no longer in 4th grade.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Crepe Obsessed...

I went to sign up for the gym today (hello bikini 2015), while I was there, I decided to attempt the horror that is known as weighing myself. While I shooed everyone away and squinted down at the number, sure enough, it was bad new and I had gained 2 kilos. Damned Christmas holidays… but really, if I want to be honest, it is not the holidays that did the damage, it was my new found love for all things crepe! So freaking good!! My family now asks me to make them daily, and foolishly I do so. I never really liked making pancakes because it always seemed like a big production & they always came out differently. Sometimes fluffy, sometimes thin, sometimes delicious and sometimes not. Well move over pancakes as I am a crepe girl now! I have discovered a fool proof crepe recipe that is so crazy easy and you simply mix it all together in a bowl. I love minimal clean up.

Basic Crepe Recipe:
1 C. all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1⁄2 C. milk
1⁄2 C. water
1⁄4 t. salt
2 T. butter, melted

*I always double this recipe & then store in the fridge for up to 2 days in a mason jar.

Whisk together flour and eggs. Gradually add in milk and water, stirring to combine. Add salt and butter; beat until smooth. For best results, refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight but I never have the patience for this.I use a non stick crepe pan, but if you don't have that (although I strongly suggest you buy one), simply butter a regular pan. Pour about a half of a cup of the mixture in the middle and then spread it around with your crepe tool. Please go and buy this as in my opinion it is essential!!!

After you put the mixture onto the pan, use your tool to swirl it around. The crepe will cook very fast since the batter will start to cook upon contact. Cook until the crepe starts to slightly to bubble, the bottom is lightly browned and the batter looks set, about 1 minute.Now it's time to flip the crepe. Simply use a small, flat spatula to lift the edge of the crepe, then carefully grasp the edge and quickly flip the crepe over in the pan. Cook until the second side is slightly browned and set, about 10 seconds more.

We usually eat them immediately as I cook them, but if you want to make a few at a time simply stack them up with pieces of wax paper in between so that they don't stick.

There are so many toppings that you can use so I will leave your imaginations to that. My family prefers Nutella, while I am a cinnamon and sugar kind of girl. Enjoy and let me know how they turned out!

Happy Weekend!


Monday, January 5, 2015

New Year, New thoughts...

Ok, so my first of the year post didn't really happen. So much for my #1 New Year's Resolution of "stop procrastinating". I do have a good excuse as I went to Rome for the weekend (picture above) & it was amazing!!! It was my first trip in 10 years with no child & no husband! True story. I went to go see my friend Maria for her 50th Birthday & it was totally worth it. I am a crappy blogger and barely took any pictures and didn't write down what we did or where we ate because really, it was just all about my friend and partying relaxing.

So yeah, my New Year's post was going to be about the stuff we promise to ourselves every year such as lose weight, get organized, eat healthy, blah, blah, blah... But honestly it's all been done a million times so what is the point. I then came across this by Maya Angelou (love her) and it just seemed like such a better use of my post space. Enjoy...

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a ‘life.’ I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

— Maya Angelou


Saturday, December 13, 2014

6 Gift Wrapping Ideas...

Last year's gift wrapping post had such a positive response that I decided to do another little round up of simple, cute, DIY packaging ideas.

1. I really am into feathers and love the whole boho vibe so this would be perfect for some boho loving, hippie friend.

2. I love any type of recycled wrap ideas & have a huge fondness of twine.
3. I don't know about where you live, but here, making pom poms are all the rage and this is the perfect use for them by Sugar & Cloth.
4. Have an odd shape to wrap? This is simple & perfect.
5. Love the look of this stamped paper and neon washi tape via Vorstellung von Schong
6. Totally obsessed with anything adorned with bakers twine.

And there you go. Have fun shopping and getting all those gifts wrapped!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Weekend in Milan...

So, for the first time since my son George was born in 2004, he went away for the weekend without us. 11 years… long time I know. He went to Rome to do a 3 day Talent Weekend with an organization called "Younite". My best friend Nan runs this amazing company and you should definitely check it out.

Alrighty, so no child for the weekend meant we were FREE... free free free!!! It was definitely time for a weekend away and we chose to go to Milan. I have been feeling really homesick lately (see last post) and needed a big city experience. We left Saturday morning on the Frecce Bianca, which is the fast train here in Italy and got to Milan in just 3 hours. If you are going to be in Milan for at least 24 hours, I suggest you purchase the 24 hour metro/tram pass. Totally worth it at only 4,50.

We stayed at the Nhow hotel (picture above) and it was freaking awesome!!! Super simple to get to on the metro from the main train station with just a short walk through a funky neighborhood and we were there. It was modern, minimalist and chic. Perfect for a getaway weekend with no child. *wink wink*

After we got settled in, we set out to explore Milan. I think we saw absolutely everything in 2 days as according to my Fitbit, we walked more than 40 kilometers! To be perfectly honest, after seeing o much, it's all a bit of a beautiful blur, but here is what we checked out:

- Duomo & La Scala (must see but filled with tourists)
- Brera - San Babila - Via Bagutta (my favorite charming area)
- Corso Garibaldi & all the way up until the new part with the sky scrapers
- Isola (very cool newer area with great shops & restaurants)
- Navigli & Porta Ticinese (great aperitivo places & funky shops)
- Porta Venezia (so many "all you can eat" fusion/sushi restaurants in this area)
- Corso Buenos Aires (many high street shops)
- Via Montapoleone - Corso Venezia - Via dell Spiga (High end window shopping)
- Chinatown (go to Corey's Soul Chicken for lunch)

We of course also went to the highly talked about Eataly which was unfortunately incredibly crowded. Hello Christmas! It is a gorgeous store filled with all sort of yummy Italian food and reminded me a lot of Dean and DeLuca. We also went to the famous la Rinascente which was crazy! It could have been a really beautiful spot to shop at but I felt like we were in Times Square on NYE. Insanity. So many people. Too many people. We also ran across an ice skating rink and Christmas market near the sky scrapers. So pretty and festive. I didn't mange to get a picture of that. Bad blogger girl.

My Man Getting Me Some Coffee To Go At California Bakery

My Man even Carries My Bag When We Travel. 
Can't Remember Where This Was, But It Was Gorgeous!
I Prefer To Take Pictures Of My Man Than Forever Edit Bad Ones Of Me. 

Ahhh… I Do Love You Italy.
So Milan was amazing and I definitely will be back. I must say that after all of the cultural, chic and interesting places, one of my most favorite finds was "Corey's Soul Chicken" in Chinatown. I know it wouldn't be your classic tourists dream spot as it is fried chicken, homemade corn bread and baked beans, and even pumkin pie! However for this tourist, well... I was in heaven. After more than 15 years living in Italy, meeting Corey from Kentucky (whom by the way is incredibly cool),and eating his amazing home cooked food Louisiana style was the highlight of my weekend. You can take the girl out of America, but ya can't take the American out of this girl.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Birthday Blues...

Tomorrow is my Birthday and honestly I don't even care. This is NOT normal for me. I LOVE my Birthday. Like loooove it. I love that all of my family calls me on that day. I love how I get special messages on my cell phone and Facebook from friends from all over the world. Really, it's all about me. For one day, it's my own special day.

We didn't grow up with a a lot of money but my Mom always made our Birthdays special. She had this rule that on our Birthday we didn't have to do anything that we didn't want to do. I mean sure, we had to go to school, but you didn't have to do chores and what not and my Mom would make us anything we wanted for dinner. It could be pancakes, french fries, macaroni & cheese… or all three! Anything we wanted. She also made us any Birthday cake we wanted. My Mom is an awesome cook and every year I would ask for Cheesecake. (except for when I was 16 & insisted on a Weight Watcher's cake… gross) My Mom's cheesecake is the best! I would even eat it for breakfast the next day. So good, you really have no idea. 

You see, this is why it is not normal that I am so ambivalent about it this year. It could be because all my friends have moved away. Sad but true, and the only close friend I have left here is out of town. You might be thinking, "ummm, what about your husband?" Well, I have always celebrated my Birthday with my girlfriends. It's a total girl's night out with loads of food, good wine (usually too much), often includes dancing and is always crazy fun.

So, besides the fact that I am getting old *cringes slightly*, it's really not about that. I miss my friends. I miss my family. In general, I suppose I am just a bit homesick.

What do you all suggest I do to perk up my mood? What do you do when you are feeling a bit down? Happy thoughts needed...