Just when I thought I could not love Fresh & Easy markets any more than I already do, I discovered (and Instagrammed) this juice on our recent weekend trip to Manhattan Beach. It's delicious. Do you like pineapple juice and/or coconut water?
I'm getting antsy waiting to go to my next live show, so I've been recapping all the ones I never bothered to write about over the summer. I don't know why I was so surprised that Matchbox Twenty was really talented and amazing live last July. It was definitely a great night from our summer of shows. I loved their unexpected cover of Jumpin' Jack Flash by the Rolling Stones.
I love my nieces and I wish I could celebrate with them in person today! One of my greatest joys over the last 14 years has been becoming and growing into my role as an aunt. I wanted to get them something pretty and special to commemorate such a special birthday! I vividly remember turning 16. I am no longer in touch with any of the girlfriends I celebrated my 16th birthday with at Spaghetti Works in the old market in Omaha, NE. (Fun fact: my best friend from college, Erik, had pizza with us at Zios before our wedding rehearsal dinner in the Old Market in Omaha and said it reminded him of San Diego.) I don't remember my 17th.
I love you, Alicia and Brandi. I hope this is your best and sweetest year yet. I'm glad we have our new necklaces to connect us, and I love being your aunt.
I learned a lot at my first Abilities Expo. I feel like It is going to take me forever just to go through all the free swag we brought home. I love Push Girls even more now. I'm also excited about the fact that I can walk supported on the beach again, thanks to the magic that is Sand Pads!
Happy Monday! I spent a lot of time this weekend reading, eating soup and watching the huge rain storm outside my apartment. I have a migraine, so my 2014 Oscars recap will be late. Do you have music you only listen to when it rains?
Thank you so much to Seattle Dee for this amazing cookbook by Judith Weisnstock, The Kingston Hotel Cafe Cookbook: Free spirited recipes to Warm the Soul. You have beautiful handwriting, Dee, and I am loving this cookbook! I have food allergies but I don't let them stop me--I get flavor inspiration from all sorts of sources, and I'm so glad this beautiful book can now be one of them.
The recipe that most intrigued me was the Pumpkin, White bean and ancho chili soup on page 22. I'm excited to make that Done With Corn-style!
Here's the list of everybody that participated in this cookbook swap: