Thursday, October 16, 2014

thursday things

1. Last Thursday I went to the Jimmy Kimmel Live! taping with a friend and it was so much fun. Getting to see the behind the scenes action and see how these shows work. They have a comedian that comes out before the show and during the commercial breaks and apparently he's been working with Jimmy for forever. My favorite moment was definitely his schtick where he asked if anyone was from Sweden (which of course I raised my hand for) but then he went back and forth with this guy who definitely was in on the act because he had bagpipes with him.. which aren't even Swedish. So fast forward to a commercial break interlude and I actually got to speak Swedish and be like I'M ACTUALLY FROM SWEDEN. I was happy.

2. I know that these lists tend to repeat over time but I love any list of things that make you smile.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pumpkin Cider Floats


pumpkin cider floats |

Someone answer that please. Because I have no idea where time has gone and all of a sudden my birthday is next week and I turn 25. Like.. what? I need to finalize my 30 before 30 list, even though that can definitely be edited and changed over years.

You know what it doesn't feel like? Fall. It's depressing. It's mid-October and it's still 80+ degrees during the day. There are no leaves changing (though I should find "my" street from last year and see if they've started yet) and it's still a little too hot to comfortably run our oven without having the air on as well (or hiding in the other room in case the fuse breaks and I can't have both going at the same time).

pumpkin cider floats |

Friday, October 10, 2014

Brownie Cookies

Today has been awesome. I sat on the couch and caught up on TV shows all morning, went grocery shopping, did laundry, scoured the kitchen (and cut my finger on the food processor which wasn't awesome), hung out with my friend Molly, and I still have an hour until I have to be at work.

Mornings or days like this are rare for me. Usually when I work at night, I work out, babysit, run errands, or do something that keeps me out of the apartment all day. So when I get an odd day off? I veg and relax. SO nice. Plus when my dad was here last month, we set up the Apple TV that I had gotten about 3 years prior. Netflix AND hulu plus available on my TV is pretty damn awesome. It's also nicer to catch up on TV on an actual TV instead of my 6-7 year old computer.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins

I know I've talked about not liking fruit in baked goods even though I've posted a few different muffin recipes with raspberries and blueberries, but these muffins have converted me. Something about the nutty brown butter muffin base with the streusel topping.. Delicious. I'm a fan.

This past weekend, a couple of my friends and I went to Palm Springs for the weekend and it was amazing to get away from LA. We stayed at our friend's work house and laid by the pool, ate food, and watched movies. We also took this AMAZING tram gondola ride up a mountain. I mentioned it briefly in the weeks Thursday Things but it's such a cool thing. You drive up part of the mountain to elevation 2600ft and then you take a gondola up the rest of the way.  It can accommodate 80 people, the FLOOR rotates slowly so you get a 360 degree view, and it travels up to 8500 ft elevation.

You go from 95 degree F desert and when you get off the tram, it was like 45-50 degrees F in the middle of a state park and forest. It was incredible and beautiful. HUGE pine trees, little hiking trails, and just the complete opposite. It was amazing and I was so happy.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

thursday things

1. So despite the fact that it's October and officially FALL, LA apparently hasn't gotten the memo since today was 97 degrees and it's going to be in the high 90s all weekend. WHY. I want to be one of these dogs. Now that looks like a fun pool party!

2. I can't imagine ever spending $23,000 on a plane ticket but this was really cool to see and read.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt

Sometimes you just want cookies for breakfast. And you know that? That's okay. I will always support you in wanting cookies for breakfast, especially when they're fresh out of the oven and the chocolate chips are melty and they have little sea salt flakes on top.

But first, TV. I am sooooo excited for all of my shows to be back and I'm hoping that there are some new shows I want to watch as well. I remember watching all the previews for the new pilots and there were a few that looked good, in theory. Just hoping that they are actually good.

Though, if not, there are other shows that I've never seen that I want to get started. Like House of Cards, Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black, and Vikings (though I've seen the first two episodes of that). I definitely have been missing out on some great shows, but I'm a little intimidated to start something on netflix. Partly because it's a lot of episodes to watch and also because I'm worried it's going to just suck up days of my life at a time. Thoughts?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Oatmeal Cookie Granola

If you know me, it's no surprise that I am in love with Jessica's blog, How Sweet Eats. Like no joke. Huge blog crush here. It's one of the first food blogs I ever started reading YEARS ago and it's the only one to this day that I NEED to read everyday. Her blog has always made me laugh and feel like we're friends, but more importantly she was always a huge inspiration in the kitchen as I moved away from mixes to making things from scratch.

Before my own food blog days, I would make her peanut butter hot fudge cupcakes with my friend Carolyn in our little dorm kitchen. We also made her fudgey brownie cupcakes for our friend Ala's birthday and I've made them for my brother's birthday before. I've made her spinach and artichoke pizza with that killer garlic herb crust and every time it wows the crowds.  She inspired me to try brussel sprouts again after a bad experience as a child. She taught me how to brown butter. Her blog is the first to go to if I need inspiration, if I want to do recipe research (since I'm still working on developing things myself), or if I need to meal plan for myself. Oh, and the day I suggested something to her on Facebook regarding quinoa in granola bars? And then she made them and linked to me on her blog? I died.

Basically, she's my unofficial mentor, without actually knowing each other.