Tag Archives: cheap

Simply Wonderful Tomato Soup

IMG_0648There’s just something about homemade tomato soup in the winter (yes, even in LA) that warms me to my toes.  I was never a fan of the canned stuff growing up, but real tomato soup is the perfect accompaniment to almost anything.  When my friend served us this family recipe one night last year, I was blown away by how perfect it was and I’ve been making it two to three times a month since that dinner!  Her recipe is a little creamy, a little tangy and a little spicy.   It also freezes well which has been a lifesaver during busy months.  I recommend pairing it with a grilled pimento cheese sandwich or sweet corn muffins!  Continue reading

2 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

On the 4th Day of Christmas…Give Cookies!

IMG_0434I’ve never used my mom’s ceramic cookie stamps and I’ve been dying to for years.  I decided to make sugar cookies for my son’s therapy school teachers and thought the stamps would be perfect for banging out a large quantity of simple but gorgeous cookies.  At the last second, I thought it might be pretty to dry brush some gel food coloring over the larger designs and they turned out great!   These only took about 2 hours total to make, so they are perfect for a last-minute gift or for making in large quantities. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Backyard California Wedding

Close up of the ceremony arch. A wild assortment of flowers including protea, eucalyptus, and clover.

Close up of the ceremony arch. A wild assortment of flowers including protea, eucalyptus, and clover.

Last summer, I tried my hand at professional party planning for a few friends who were getting hitched and the end result was just lovely.  They wanted something very small and casual, with an emphasis on great food and lots of booze.  Since it was only about 50 people, they asked me if I could handle it all, from planning to catering to flowers…so basically, it was my dream come true!  While we did do our own wedding, it’s definitely more fun to be the person on the outside making everything perfect for someone else.  More photos of the food and flowers after the jump. Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Pinterest Tuesday

The Copy: A painted wallpaper wall!

The Copy: A painted wallpaper wall!

I don’t know about you, but I love Pinterest.   LOVE IT.   But for a while there, I think I was just creating an internet-only beautiful life that I wasn’t fully living.   Virtual life no longer!  I’m cooking the recipes, crafting the crafts and using the inspiration boards for my own decor.  Here’s what I tried out in my own home! Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Save Your Money- Buy Our Groceries: Vol. 32

2 people, 5 days, 70 bucks or less

For more info on this series of posts, click here!

THIS WEEK’S MENU

Breakfast

  • Bananas Foster Oatmeal

Lunch

  • Mini Sloppy Joes with Grapes

Dinner

  • Arugula Pizza with Poached Eggs

Snacks

  • Apple and Trader Joe’s Lite Kettle Corn (We like to have one around 11am and the other around 4pm)

Continue reading

4 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Save Your Money- Buy Our Groceries: Vol. 31

2 people, 5 days, 70 bucks or less

For more info on this series of posts, click here!

THIS WEEK’S MENU

Breakfast

  • Orange Yogurt with Almonds and Dried Berries

Lunch

  • Quiche with Potato Crust and Radish Salad

Dinner

  • Brie Stuffed Turkey Burgers with Purple Cabbage Slaw

Snack

  • Chocolate Rum Pot Du Creme with Orange Whipped Cream

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized