Handmade Gifts with Brika
November 29, 2013
happy black friday! hope you all had a wonderful and filling thanksgiving. did any of you guys get up bright and early this morning to fight the crowds for black friday deals? personally, i'm a fan of shopping online – i have no patience for fighting for parking and crowds! now that it's officially time to start thinking about holiday gifts, i wanted to remind you all brika! the place where you can find an assortment of handmade gifts – brika works with unique designers and makers from all over the us so you're sure to find something special there.
from now until december 8th brika has got an amazing contest going on – to help you get everything on your gift list... and perhaps your own wishlist! check out the full details here. you can check out some things on my giftlist and wishlist here.
1. HEDLEY BENNETT APRON • 2. BRONZE DECO SATURN • 3. SUEDE POUCH • 4. SPOTTED VESSEL • 5.DOT BAG • • 6. CHEESE BOARD • 7. CHESTER • 8. WALNUT BOWL • 9. COASTERS • 10. KITTY ONSIE
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November 27, 2013
are we over the bacon and chocolate combo? well i went there again... i had some left over chocolate and not enough ingredients to make what i wanted so decided to throw together some bacon chocolate snacks. despite the craze i am still a fan of salty and sweet combos.
BACON CHOCOLATE adapted from bhg.com
1 package of thick sliced bacon
2 tablespoon of maple syrup
4 ounces bittersweet or dark chocolate, chopped
handful of chopped nuts (your choice)
1. preheat the oven to 375 degreesº. coat bacon with maple syrup then bake in a shallow roasting pan for 20-25 minutes or until crisp. once done allow bacon to cool.
2. line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. in a small sauce pan heat stir chocolate until melted, then dip part of the cool bacon into the chocolate. if you are adding nuts sprinkle them on the bacon while the chocolate is warm! allow bacon to cool on lined baking sheet and enjoy!
Gifts for Everyone! with UncommonGoods
November 26, 2013
oh how quickly time goes by. it's already the last week of november and thanksgiving is only a few days away – which means holiday shopping is in order. i think my two favorite kinds of gifts to receive are 1. things i wouldn't necessarily buy myself but would love to have and 2. really functional gifts (literally – i asked for glass tupperware one year and this toothpaste wringer is one of my favorite things). and for those two reason i love uncommongoods for gifting time. uncommon goods features unique quirky designs and handcrafted gifts for everyone.
for your hostess friends you can pick them up one of these cookie stamps or this fun footed bowl. for the techies in your life dress them up in this or send them a virtual message in a bottle. so many great things to choose from you can check out lots of fun options here and here. what do you have your eye on?
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1. WOOD CHARGING DOCK • 2. AGATE COASTERS • 3. STATE NECKLACE • 4. BEER BOTTLE TUMBLER • 5. TUBE WRINGER • 6. COOKIE STAMPS • 7. FOOTED BOWL • 8. USB CUFFS • 9. MESSAGE IN A USB BOTTLE • 10. MOSS TERRARIUM
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A Beautiful Tabletop for Every Season
November 19, 2013
the holidays are pretty much in full swing! with thanksgiving only a week away are you ready to plan your holiday table? my talented friend justina blakeney is teaching a class on how to style your tabletop for every season. she's invited kelly cuadra of brown paper design along to share her floral designing tips and i even make a guest appearance! i'll be sharing some photography tips on how to best capture your tabletop design.
please hop on over to skillshare and sign up for her class it's only $19 and with code "JENNIFER" you'll get a special 25% off! justina's a great teacher and i'm sure you all won't be dissapointed. can't wait to see everyone's photos from her class!
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November 14, 2013
death valley was such a drastic contrast to sequoia as you can imagine. lots of trees and greenery to a whole lot of nothing, but i thoroughly enjoyed it. we visited bad water basin which is the lowest point in the us - the floor was filled with salt (i may or may not have picked up a piece to try...) it felt a lot like walking in icy cold snow a crunch with every step. there is actually a small pool of water note how it got it's 'bad water' name. i like how the salt crust forms hexagonal honeycomb shapes all around the area.
right outside of death valley we also visited manzanar. manzanar is one of ten camps where japanesse american were incarcerated during world war II. it has a small museum that was really well designed and informative – the view at the manzanar monument has a beautiful view of mt whitney (the tallest point in the us). definitely worth a quick trip over.
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Sequoia National Park
November 13, 2013
a lot of people ask me if i miss seasons since i've moved to la and sometimes i do but i do a good bit of traveling so luckily i get to experience the the ones that i miss. a couple weeks ago i headed out for a short road trip to both sequoia and death valley (more on that later). thankfully the parks just opened back up after the federal government shutdown – i can't imagine all the people who were turned away! my friend and i spent a day in sequoia, where everything looked perfectly fall - the air was cool and crisp. i got to see general sherman – the worlds largest tree! i absolutely love the textures you find on the trees i would have love to take a piece home to try an attempt my own bryan nash print. will share some photos from my death valley later this week!
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Cauliflower Fried Rice
November 07, 2013
inspired by the sriracha book and my trip to the sriracha fest a couple weeks ago i decided to make some srircha fried cauliflower rice. i think it's probably better if i call it kitchen sink fried rice because i literally just put whatever i had left in my fridge into the dish. it's actually the only way i remember my dad ever making us fried rice. i think as long as you have rice (or in my case cauliflower rice), egg and some soy sauce as a base you can pretty much layer on some veggies and meat on top.
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1 small cauliflower, cut into florets
2 carrots, diced
2 eggs, scrambled
3 bacon slices, chopped
1 cup of pineapple
1 cup kale, chopped
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon soy sauce
salt and pepper
1. pulse cauliflower in a food processor a few times until they are small and rice formed. in a large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crispy, remove bacon and set aside.
2. in the same skillet, add the carrots and cook for 5 mins or until slightly tender then add cauliflower rice, kale and pineapple. allow mixture to cook for 5 minutes or until warm but not mushy.
3. toss in scrambled eggs, bacon, soy sauce, fish sauce and sriracha and combine well. add salt and pepper to your taste and enjoy!
for more sriracha inspired recipes check out the sriracha book!
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i've got a lot of traveling ahead of me in the next few months – headed home to atlanta for a wedding and then back again for the holidays and i'll be spending my birthday in brazil and argentina! thanks for everyone's recommendations, my sister and i were able to squeeze in some extra days for our trip so we didn't have to decide between the two after all.
when i'm on the go – i always carry my apple headphones for conference calls, movie watching on the plane and music. frankly those headphones are getting really old and beat up so when frends asked if i was interested in checking out their headphones i was on board. i brought along the taylor headphones to palm springs and received so many compliments on the look.
i use the layla headphones at my desk and the ella when i'm running. i love all of them, initially i wasn't used to having anything on my head but they are really comfortable. the sound is great and one of my favorite things about the headphones is that they work with my iphone so i can take my conference calls in style! the headphones are designed with women in mind – it's genuine leather, with handcrafted metal and the cord has a soft fabric touch!
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