Cruises Far Away

I’ve never been on a cruise, by choice. However, the new ad campaign from Celebrity Cruises has peaked my interest. Bravo on embracing worldly views with gorgeous graphics.

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Ice Cream Social & Gummy Bears

ice-cream-socialTo me, this was the perfect day and set up for a back-to-school ice-cream social. Our kids are spoiled having these awesome moms who put together such a fun and delicious event.

I wanted to thank them but not with the usual flowers or wine. And I wanted to actually make something, a DIY gift. While perusing Pinterest, I found this rosé wine gummy bear recipe on the dessert blog, Sprinkle Bakes. I couldn’t resist.


The recipe is easy to follow. You’ll want these cute gummy bear molds, but what a bonus (especially if you have kids). A few notes… Measure out the gelatin powder if you cannot find individual .25 ounce packets. Mine came out a bit chewy from too much gelatin. Use a toothpick to add the pink food coloring. Mine were more red. I squeezed out too many drops. The Sparkling Wine candy flavoring oil is a must for retaining an authentic taste.


Finally, package these little treats in vellum envelopes and seal it with your favorite washi tape.

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Almond Chai Breakfast Clusters


Our kids started school yesterday, and I am still trying to figure some healthy snack alternatives. Since they both like granola, I’ve been looking for an easy no-bake recipe. I found this one in the Paleo Magazine. Try the recipe “as is” then adjust to your own tastes. Of course, I added chocolate! Sometimes I add more cinnamon and less cardamon. If your child does not have any nut allergies, this savory and filling snack is good anytime of the day. Enjoy!

Almond Chai Breakfast Clusters
Makes 12 clusters (or 24 mini clusters)

1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. ground cardamom
½ tsp. kosher salt
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup raisins, dried currants, or dried cranberries (I used 1/3 cup of dried cranberries and 1/3 cup of bittersweet chocolate chunks.)
¼ cup creamy raw almond butter (unsweetened)
¼ cup honey
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tbsp. ground flaxseed

Line 12 cups of a standard muffin pan with paper liners. Set aside. I used 24 mini-muffin tin tray. These hearty treats work well as a two-bite snack with our family.

In a food processor fitted with the steel blade, process the almonds, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and salt until the nuts are finely chopped, about 10-15 seconds. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.

Stir in the shredded coconut and raisins. If you are using chocolate chunks, chop them for a few seconds in a small food processor.

In a small saucepan over low heat, whisk together the almond butter, honey, and applesauce. Whisk constantly until the almond butter is melted and the mixture is smooth.

Remove from heat and mix in the flaxseed. Pour over the nut mixture and stir to combine thoroughly, making sure all of the pieces are coated.

Use a small one tablespoon cookie scoop and divide the mixture evenly between the 24 mini muffin cups. Press the mixture firmly into the bottoms of the lined muffin cups to create tightly packed clusters. Freeze until firm, about 30 minutes. Store the clusters in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.


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Goodbye Maya Erickson

This Black sesame-cocoa-cassis-charcoal creation was our favorite. We called it the goth prom dress.

Maya Erickson, the pastry chef extraordinaire who had me loving dessert again, is leaving Lazy Bear. I am so very sad! Wishing her the best of luck. I know she’ll be a success wherever she goes. Read More

More favorites…

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Short Reads: Super PAC, Mixologist, Animal Love

Images from Modern Luxury, Rally, and NBC New York

Here’s my weekly short reads on my favorite subjects.

The Riddler, a Champagne Bar Backed by Ladies, Is Headed to Hayes Valley
For Bay Area bubbly fans or Champagne-seeking visitors, mark your calendars for The Riddler.

Rethinking the Modern Bartender
Here’s the reason why my husband has become a weekend mixologist.

Hank Willis Thomas on How His Artist-Run Super PAC Will Disrupt the 2016 Election
A refreshing twist on politics, the art-inspired super PAC.

10 Gorgeous Northern California Glamping Sites
Attention Airstream lovers! Glamping NorCal style.

‘Pokemon Go’ Players Walk Shelter Dogs in Indiana
A win/win for Pokemon Go players and animals. This will make you smile.

What blogs or articles are you reading this week?

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Short Reads: Pokemon, Jony Ive, Teens

Now that Game of Thrones finished for the season, I’m starting my summer reading with “A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One”. Let’s be honest, if you have read George R.R. Martin’s prose, you know it might be winter before I’m done. And how appropriate because winter is here! But I digress.

I love reading about a range of topics, mostly from art and design to raising kids and food (always food), with a few bits in-between, but can’t commit to as many books as I would like. Did I mention that I’m also a slow reader.

This is where articles and blog posts fill the gap. On paper or online, I can read while waiting for my kids’ practices, during a mani-pedi, on a beach, by a pool, in an airport, on a plane, but never in a car because I will get carsick. If you can find small pockets of time to check Instagram or Facebook, you can certainly make time and catch up on your favorite subjects. You get the picture.

Well, let’s get started. Here’s what I’m reading:
Ace Advice From 10+ Moms on Awesome Teens
Sensible, funny and from-the-heart advice.

Dear Jony…
Given the right experience, a design student could become the next Philip Johnson, Alejandro Aravena, or Yves Béhar… so I’m interested.

Student Fashion Designers Learn the Essentials of Sustainability
I’m fascinated by the sustainable movement.

The 11 Best Places for Avocado Toast in the U.S.
Everyone is doing it, even our local dive diner.

Will 22K people turn up to catch Pokémon in San Francisco on Wednesday?
This explains why my family looked like they were wandering aimlessly down the street.

Are you reading anything interesting, humorous, or inspirational?

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The Wisdom of Nelson Mandela


For the Brexit vote, our vote, for today, tomorrow and on, this quote seems fitting.

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