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A Place To Call My Own


The last several months have been an insane whirlwind of paperwork, furniture shopping, and cabinet painting.  Apparently, that's what happens when you purchase a home. Which I did!  It's a modest two bedroom condo, but it's all mine.

All this craziness has resulted in a very sad and neglected blog. The good news is that there will soon be a slew of fun DIY and decorating posts. Honestly though, I've been painting for weeks. I started by reading blog posts to get some insight and I'd read that it would take about a week to complete the kitchen cabinet painting project. Right. About a week if you don't have a full time job or children and endless time on your hands. And, I say this with a very small kitchen. But overall, I would say it turned out nicely. I have four more doors to finish and I can't wait to share pictures once I'm all done!

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5 Podcasts For A Restless Mind






This American Life

If the best way to understand someone is to walk a mile in their shoes, This American Life would be the shoes you wear to the destination.  Each episode is a collection of stories based on a theme; most are true with an occasional fictional piece mixed in.  It can be an emotional rollercoaster at times but it's always informative and entertaining. 


99 PI is a podcast for design enthusiasts of any kind.  Each segment pulls an artistic element from everyday life and creates an in depth story filled with history, functionality, and a simple appreciation for good design.  The host, Roman Mars, explores a variety of topics including architecture, cities, objects, and art.  His exceptionally soothing voice makes for absolutely aesthetic audio.


Crime show lovers need to check out the Criminal podcast.  Hosted by Phoebe Judge, each episode digs up intriguing crime stories and gives listeners a close up examination of each case.  Some stories are lighthearted while others are deeply suspenseful.  Regardless, they are always well told and engaging. 

Embedded is a relatively new NPR podcast that started last March, so it doesn't have a ton of episodes just yet. The ones that are up are great pieces of investigative journalism related to a current event.  The podcast takes a news story and makes it personal by getting to know individuals involved. 
From the creators of Design Milk, the Clever podcast is fodder for creativity.  Each podcast is an hour long, in depth interview with a big name in design.  Guests include artists, architects, fashion designers, photographers and more.  Learn about their story of success, what their daily schedule looks like, and where their inspiration comes from. 

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A Coastal California Christmas

I know, I know.  It's been almost a month since Christmas.  I've been dragging my feet on getting this post up but I don't want to miss the chance to share the pictures from my trip. My family and I cruised up the 1 freeway over the holidays.  It was a 4 day vacation that started on Christmas Eve.  We took a day to drive through Santa Barbara, San Louis Obisbo, and Big Sur before making it to San Francisco.  The drive up the coast is beautiful, even with the rain that came and went sporadically.  


Our first stop was Solvang in Santa Barbara where we were able to feed ostriches. If you've never seen an ostrich before, they are ginormous! I'm standing on a raised platform that brings me eye level to the birds so this picture does not accurately portray how large these birds are.   If you ever get a chance to encounter one, I would highly recommend it.  They aren't the brightest things but they are a sight to behold. 


Imagine a little Danish town picked up and dropped into the middle of California.  That would be Sovlang.  The houses are quaint and they are known for the aebleskivers (think doughnut holes but different).  Unluckily for us, all the bakeries closed early for Christmas Eve and we didn't get our hands on any of that deliciousness.


After a night near Hearst Castle, we headed to Big Sur where we noted everything nature-y is significantly more vibrant than SoCal.  The water was an incredible swirl of blues and greens despite how cloudy it was. 


About an hour away was the Point Lobos State Reserve.  The weather made the park seem especially moody. Regardless, the place was packed. It was Christmas day and we were having difficulty finding parking.  


We made it up to SF late on Christmas day and checked into the hotel.  Monday was spent exploring the city like the tourists we were.  The Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, SFMOMA, and Golden Gate Park.


A trip to the bay wouldn't be complete without lots of seafood...


Which we had from Chinatown to Fisherman's Warf.


Delicious and perfect.

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Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pear Dump Cake


Have a holiday pot luck coming up and can't decide what to make?  This brown sugar cinnamon pear dump cake has all the festive flavors you need for a delicious fall/winter dessert. Plus, its incredibly easy to make.


Things you'll need
2 cans of sliced pears in heavy syrup
Brown Sugar
Cinnamon
Vanilla cake mix
1 Stick of butter

Empty the entire contents of one can of pears into a baking dish.  Use only the pears from the second can, leave out the syrup.  Top with a layer of brown sugar (about half a cup) and cinnamon. Empty the cake mix on top.  Slice butter and place evenly over the cake mix. Finish with another thin layer of brown sugar and cinnamon on top.

Bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees or follow the instructions on your cake mix box.

After all that hard work, treat yourself to a banana pear smoothie.  Take the last bit of pear syrup and blend with one frozen banana and half a cup of milk.  Now sit back and enjoy your smoothie while you wait for the cake to bake.

When the cake is ready, serve with a generous amount of ice cream or whipped cream!

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Coconut Lychee Ice Cream

 
 
This delicious coconut, lychee ice cream is incredibly easy to make.
It's just the right amount of sweet and creamy.  Plus, it's a great vegan option.
All you need is one can of coconut milk and one can of lychee in syrup. The two cans should be the same size so that there will be more coconut milk than syrup once the fruit is removed.
 



Remove the lychee and save it for later. Mix the coconut milk and syrup together. Follow the instructions for your ice cream maker.  If you don't have an ice cream maker, just put the mixture in a freezer safe container and let it freeze. Stir up the mixture every 40 minutes to an hour until fully frozen.
  
 
 
 
Dice up the lychee and store it in the fridge.  Once the ice cream is finished, use it as a topping!
 
 
 
 


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