Maryanne Moodie

By May 7, 2014 Art

One of my favorite art projects in elementary school was a silly little tapestry I weaved. I got to make my own loom and used big, chunky yarn to weave the tapestry. I remember visiting a weaver’s home and being so impressed with her loom that at the time seemed larger than life. So when I found out DLF would be hosting a weaving workshop, I was stoked. The workshop will be taught by Maryanne Moodie, an Australian native now living in Brooklyn. She creates these gorgeous woven tapestries with geometric patterns and color palettes that make me smile. Make sure to check out her website.

Maryanne Moodie

Maryanne Moodie

Maryanne Moodie

Maryanne Moodie

Maryanne Moodie

Maryanne Moodie

Maryanne Moodie

Maryanne Moodie

Flashback: 2012 West Coast Road Trip

By April 13, 2014 Life, Travel

A road trip is one of the best tests of a relationship. I once dumped a guy after a day trip to Milwaukee because I couldn’t stand his voice by the end of it. He also didn’t have any money for gas. I’m not a gold digger, but I’m not an idiot either.

I intro with this because traveling with Justin has always been a walk in the park. In August of 2012, we hopped in my VW wagon and spent two weeks driving up the coast from Los Angeles to Seattle. My two best ladies Nikki and Ashton were with us through San Francisco. All photos below were taken on my iPhone.

Our first stop was a berry farm in Santa Ynez, California.

TTB: Road Trip

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This donut shop is where I first saw the Garfield clock that is now sitting on my kitchen wall. Thanks, eBay.

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Big Sur is hands down the prettiest spot on the West Coast. I will admit, I teared up a bit because it was just so damn beautiful.

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Justin immortalized The Duke on a rock.

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We found an amazing vacation rental in San Francisco on VRBO. Vacation rentals are my favorite way to experience a city. You get to pretend you live in the city and are allowed to really submerge yourself in the culture. Plus they’re typically much cheaper and bigger than a hotel.

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We went to Outside Lands at Golden Gate Park. Metallica, Neil Young, Jack White, The Kills to name a few.

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After San Francisco, Justin and I departed from Ashton and Nikki and made our way to Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Absolutely stunning. I became a tree hugger.

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Driving through a tree. No big deal.

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Our campsite outside of Waldport, Oregon. Right on the beach. The cold, windy beach. This is where my awesome cold that tried to ruin our trip set in.

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A quick stop at Rogue in Newport before heading to Portland. I got a root beer float because I’m real mature.

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We stayed at an urban farm in Portland, complete with chickens and goats. It was the perfect amount of weird to introduce us to the city. You can read more about the farm here. Although our trip was overshadowed by my cold that was in full force by now, we still managed to do a lot of eating, shopping, and goat walking. Yes. I said goat walking.

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Our last destination was Seattle. Pike Place Market was first on the list. We visited the original Starbucks and The Crumpet Shot (yum).

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We also got to visit the EMP Museum. They had an exhibit on Nirvana which was pretty magical. I nerded out a bit over the cover layout for Bleach and the photo retouching notes on the Nevermind cover. “If anyone has a problem with his dick we can remove it.”

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Sadly we aren’t hobos and had to get back to work, so we began the seventeen hour drive home. Now I’m determined to someday do the East Coast version of this trip. Someday.

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European Vacation

By April 6, 2014 Life, Travel

OMG, people. Justin and I booked a trip to Europe. I’ve only been once during college, and Justin, sadly never. I’ve been obsessing about going back for awhile, and it reached a new high when I stumbled across a cheap flight. Thank yooou, Internet. So the flight has been booked, and I’ve been drooling over Pinterest and Airbnb since. Where are we going, you ask?

European Vacation

For a magical twelve days in October, we will be traveling to Amsterdam, Bruges, Paris, and Copenhagen. It’s a short amount of time for four cities, so we’re focusing on Amsterdam and Paris with overnighters in Bruges and Copenhagen. We have a few must-sees on our list, but overall we plan to get lost in each city… eating, drinking, and being (really, really) merry along the way.

Been anywhere on this list? Help us plan our trip in the comments below!

Photo credit: George Czyrba, Kris Atomic.

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Sunday at the Melrose Trading Post

By March 30, 2014 Life, Los Angeles

I spent my Sunday afternoon rummaging around the Melrose Trading Post with my girls and Jackie Boy. MTP is a great little flea market on the corner of Melrose and Fairfax in Hollywood, stock full of cut-off shorts and rehabbed furniture. The plethora of flea markets in the Los Angeles area is definitely on my short list of reasons I love this city. That and taco trucks. Mmm, tacos.

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Veggie Spaghetti & Meatballs (Whole30/Paleo)

By March 24, 2014 Food + Drink

Sghetti & meatballs, you say? HELL YES. It took throwing out those deliciously enriched gluten-lovin’ noodles to realize that what’s most important about this classic dish is the sauce & balls (ahem).

Three things I want to mention before you run out and stock up on zucchini:
1) Buy a julienne peeler. It will make a huge difference in the texture of your veggie noodles.
2) Read your labels. If you’re buying sauce, many are full of soy, sugar, etc. If you can’t find a compliant sauce at your store, simply make one. Don’t stress. Life is fun.
3) No, this is not our kitchen.

Veggie Spaghetti & Meatballs (Whole30 & Paleo)

Veggie Spaghetti & Meatballs (Whole30 & Paleo)

Veggie Spaghetti & Meatballs (Whole30 & Paleo)

Veggie Spaghetti & Meatballs (Whole30 & Paleo)

Veggie Spaghetti & Meatballs (Whole30 & Paleo)

Veggie Spaghetti & Meatballs (Whole30 & Paleo)

Veggie Spaghetti & Meatballs (Whole30 & Paleo)

Veggie Spaghetti & Meatballs (Whole30 & Paleo)

Veggie Spaghetti & Meatballs (Whole30 & Paleo)


Meatballs

1 pound ground beef or turkey
2 tablespoons chia seeds (wahoo fiber!)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
coconut oil

Sauce
24 ounce jar marinara sauce
1/2 cup basil, chopped
1 shallot, chopped
1.5 cups mushrooms, sliced
coconut oil

Veggie Spaghetti
5 small zucchini
4 parsnips or carrots


Directions
Use julienne peeler to peel zucchini and parsnips (or carrots), and throw them into boiling steamer pot. Steam for around 10 minutes.

Knead meat. Mix in chia seeds and black pepper. Roll meat into 1 inch diameter balls. Coat pan with coconut oil. Cook meatballs until well done.

Coat a separate pan with coconut oil. Sauté mushrooms. Once mushrooms begin to look moist, add shallot. Once shallot begins to brown, add basil. Stir in marinara sauce.

Place on plate, garnish with basil, and enjoy.

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Baked Coconut Shrimp (Whole30/Paleo)

By March 17, 2014 Food + Drink

There are few recipes even I can’t screw up, and here is one of them — baked coconut shrimp that is Paleo and Whole30 approved! You can use this same breading recipe for coconut chicken as well. I know, brilliant! I like to make more than I need so I have leftovers for work. They’re not the best reheated in the microwave, but if there’s a toaster oven near, you (and your shrimp) are golden. Scroll for recipe.

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Baked Coconut Shrimp

Baked Coconut Shrimp

Baked Coconut Shrimp

Baked Coconut Shrimp

Ingredients
1 pound raw shrimp
2 eggs
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 teaspoon chili powder or paprika
sea salt + pepper to taste
coconut oil

Mix dry ingredients. Peel shrimp. Beat eggs. Cover shrimp with egg. Coat shrimp one by one in the dry mix. Place in pan coated with coconut oil. Bake at 400° for 10-15 minutes. Serve with dijon mustard. Done.

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Happy Caturday

By March 15, 2014 Cats

Happy Caturday! This week features a mashup of two of my favorite things: cats + Jurassic Park. If you haven’t already seen this video, you’re welcome.

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Whole30: The Beginning

By March 11, 2014 Food + Drink, Life
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It’s basic human nature to push things you’re passionate about onto others, i.e. You haven’t seen True Detective? WTF is wrong with you? You have to watch the entire first season THIS WEEKEND. So, after I completed my first Whole30 challenge in January, I successfully convinced a few people to try it out, including my best friend. The only caveat? I’ve gotta do it with her. (If you’re not familiar with Whole30, you can read about it here.)

So today is the start of a fresh Whole30, and it feels like old hat. I already went through the tough stuff when I did it in January. I weened myself off all things fluffy and covered in sugar. I accepted that a block of cheese and box of Triscuits doesn’t classify as a well-rounded meal. I went through a really bad breakup with gluten. I started eating things that were green. I learned that water is actually as refreshing as Mexican Coke.

I know the joy that is that 30th day, so I’m going into this with more optimism than the first time around. I’ll be updating you on my progress throughout the 30 days, and if you’re doing it along with me, you’re my favorite.

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A Weekend In Big Bear

By March 10, 2014 Life, Travel

We took a little road trip to Big Bear to celebrate my honorary nephew Jackson’s 4th birthday. What a drive. Every time we take a road trip in California, I fall a little bit more in love with the state. You can start your day with snowboarding in the mountains and end it with dinner on the beach. Not that I know how to snowboard. I’m the worst at it actually, but you get my point.

Our weekend didn’t go without some mishap — a rockslide delayed a good chunk of our party. But once we were all in the cabin, the weekend was full of snow, naps, and bacon.

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Hello Benna!

By March 10, 2014 Cats, Life
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I’ll dip my toe in the water again. I have yet to successfully maintain a blog, mostly because of how tedious and intrusive they become. I come out of the gate with the highest of expectations, but shit, these things are easy to avoid when you’ve got a guy and full-time job.

I want this blog to be range across a few different categories — food, design, photography, shopping, travel, and CATS! Hopefully one of those things interests you. If not, I don’t think you will like me.

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