Month: June 2015

Just Another Tuesday

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Just some food for thought.

Also —

“Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.”
– Elizabeth Gilbert

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Bedroom Envy

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Sometimes all I want to see is a room in its simplest form. It’s complicated, really, because when it comes to interiors I do love the process of design and layout and color palettes and detail and whatnot. Other times, though, I’m more drawn in by rooms like these; rooms that aren’t meant to be admired but just lived in.

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All images via Tumblr.

Easy & Healthy “Ice Cream”

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Please, please, please don’t be fooled by the lack of color in the picture above; this really is about the most cheerful dessert you can make in less than 5 minutes! So easy anyone could’ve thought this up (as I’m sure they have) but go ahead and take the credit while you’re putting this together in the blender. All you’ll need is:

  • 1 frozen banana (I recommend an overripe one for it to be sweeter)
  • Nut butter (I used almond)
  • Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Nibs (the secret ingredient!)

The measurements for these ingredients is really up to you. If you’re wondering, I used about 1 generous tablespoon of almond butter and about half the container of the Dark Chocolate Nibs. Just mix all these ingredients in a blender and voila! You may want to only do half the banana first with the full measurements of the other ingredients, then blend in the other half once it’s mushier. Wow. Never though I’d use “mushier” in a sentence. The Dark Chocolate Nibs really do make all the difference! Of course the dessert is still good without them, but they do help. If there isn’t a Trader Joe’s in your area, you could use a dark chocolate chip alternative, though these are a lot closer to actual cocoa versus the store candy, so get it as natural as it can be with none of that milk chocolate stuff. Happy blending!

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Playing Tourist: Old Town Pasadena

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With the unofficial beginning of summer (I’m looking at you, Memorial Day weekend), comes all the other unofficial beginning of summer traditions. I’ve already eaten my fair share of cherries and Mexican frozen paletas. It’s looking like Los Angeles will have its first massive heat wave this week (100 degree high on Wednesday!) which of course means it’s time for all of us to start griping for Autumn. And, confession time, I already began listening to Christmas carols this week. Is it holiday season yet?

LA offers many shopping treasures in its many cities, one being Old Town Pasadena. It offers the feel of a charming small town shopping center, but with some big brand names. It has all the cute small coffee shops (try Intelligentsia!), and frozen treat stops you’d want, along with their Sunday farmers market, which actually features live music. Yes, I could’ve taken images of these more visually appealing sounding scenes, but for whatever reason I chose the “bricks and plants” route. I wish I could say I was surprised but I always somehow end up with s good share of bricks and plants photos. Go figure. So please, enjoy these bricks and these plants!

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