{recipe} The BEST Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

I’m headed to Panama tomorrow – lucky me! I always like to bake cookies to take on the airplane with me, and these oatmeal cookies just came out of the oven. The only problem is that I think there is a very good chance that I might eat them all in the next 12 hours, and there won’t be any for the plane ride.

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I sort of hate the trend of calling food “guilt-free,” but I will admit, it is easier to enjoy something when it’s, well, less likely to make you feel bad about yourself for eating it. So I’m going to stop just short of calling these guilt-free, but I feel it would be dishonest not to mention that it’s how I think of them.

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March 26, 2015   No Comments

{happy birthday} How To Make a Super Cool Thomas the Train Birthday Cake

Let me give you a quick piece of parenting advice that I learned the hard way: do not let an almost-2-year-old browse train birthday cakes on Pinterest. If you do, be aware that he may come to his birthday party with some seriously lofty expectations! This is how we got to this point. Luckily my sister–who, FUN FACT, earned a trophy for cake decorating in the 7th grade–was there with her super steady hands, clear design eye, and patience to help me work this out.

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March 21, 2015   No Comments

{recipe} Buttery Cheese and Asparagus Scones

Sounds weird, right? When have you ever had asparagus in your scones? But once Spring rolls around and asparagus is in season, I try to find ways to put it in everything–even a buttery, flaky scone laced with shredded cheddar cheese. So good!

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March 2, 2015   No Comments

{i can’t even} 10 of the Absolute Worst Ideas on Pinterest

There are a lot of bad ideas on Pinterest, but these are some of the ones I personally find to be the worst. And if you knew how many times I thought “I can’t even” during the writing of this post you would start painting acorns or something.

So without further ado, these are ten of the worst ideas on Pinterest.

1. “Weird and Wacky Bologna Cake”

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Just so we’re clear, this abomination of a “cake” is made of bologna, cream cheese, dry ranch dressing mix, and squirt cheese. Let me just give you a moment to throw up in your mouth.

 

2. “Giant Faux Photo Booth Wall”  [Read more →]

February 26, 2015   5 Comments

{real talk} How To Tell If a Man Is Gay, in 5 Easy Steps

Do you feel like your “gaydar” is broken? Do you have trouble telling whether a man is gay or straight? Here are 5 easy and surefire ways to tell if a man is gay!

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February 23, 2015   2 Comments

{travelogue} My Favorite Places in Barcelona

I recently spent a week in Barcelona with my husband and almost-3-year-old. We scouted some excellent restaurants, sights, and neighborhoods and even did a fantastic food tour. Here are my favorites!

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February 17, 2015   No Comments

{read this} Around the World in 20 Books

I am one of those lucky people who gets to travel a lot, and when I do, I try to find books set in the place I’m visiting. There is nothing quite so immersive as reading a book set in the very place you’re experiencing!

Of course, only a rare few of us can travel as much as we’d like, so in between we can read books that take us around the world. I thought I’d share this list of 20 books that can take you around the world from the comfort of your living room sofa. These books make you feel you have taken a grand trip, without the jetlag. And please let me know what you think is missing from this list! I’d love to hear your favorites.

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Around the World in 20 Books – 20 Great Books That Transport You to Another Place

Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres – Greece [Read more →]

February 5, 2015   2 Comments

{easy appetizer} Bruschetta with Prosciutto, Asparagus, and Stracchino

I am surprised it’s taken me so long to share this “recipe” (which is really more of a how-to than a recipe) because it so often makes an appearance at my house. The key is to get great quality ingredients and let them really shine.

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January 26, 2015   No Comments

{sf} 10 Things To Eat in San Francisco Before You Die

I am one of those rare San Francisco natives – that’s right, I popped out at UCSF hospital and grew up in Cole Valley. After a stint in San Diego for college, and a few formative years in Brooklyn, I moved back to the city for good. I tried out the Tenderloin, the Mission, and even (gasp) Oakland before settling into the Castro. So believe me when I tell you that I know my San Francisco treats. Here are 10 things to eat in San Francisco before you die, in no particular order.

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Carnitas Burrito “Dorado Style” at La Taqueria

What if you took a perfect, rice-free burrito and then grilled it on a flat-top to give it an extra crunch? That’s what they have been doing at La Taqueria for decades. This is the best burrito out there. I love it so much I constructed an epic gingerbread La Taqueria last Christmas. It’s that good. It was also recently voted best burrito in the U.S. Don’t listen to those carpetbaggers who claim allegiance to Taqueria Cancun or El Farolito. I theorize that those people only eat burritos when they are drunk so their burrito judgment is impaired.

Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies at Dianda’s 
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January 13, 2015   4 Comments

An Open Letter to the Guy Who Is Annoyed That I Brought a Small Child on This Flight

Dear fellow citizen,

Here we are sharing that most intimate of experiences, the economy section of a modern airplane. Welcome! I can see by the sour, pained look on your face that you have already decided that you hate me and everything I stand for because I am traveling with a small child. I sense you are annoyed. I’d like to take this opportunity to clear the air (ha ha.)

January 9, 2015   7 Comments