{advice} Ten of the Best Travel Tips, From a Super Frequent Traveler

You probably know by now that I am a very frequent traveler, and I thought it was about time I put together my top ten travel tips. What did I miss?

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Ten of the Best Travel Tips, From a Super Frequent Traveler 

  • If there are 2 of you traveling together, and the plane has a 3-seat configuration, book the aisle and the window seat. If no one has the middle seat, you can easily trade with that person so you can sit together. The middle seats are (obviously) the least popular choice so they are last to book and most likely to be left empty in case of a flight that’s not totally full.

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May 22, 2015   No Comments

{recipe} Strawberry Popper Cocktail

I am kind of on a cocktail kick these days. Fresh off the success of my Dolores Park-inspired drink, I decided to take another stab at creating a sweet, spicy, tart cocktail. A sweltering spring day called for an ice-cold concoction with muddled strawberries, fresh lemon juice, vanilla paste, and a jalapeño slice. A healthy pour of vodka and some agave to sweeten it, and another great cocktail was born.

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May 18, 2015   3 Comments

{old school} Classic Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

This is one of the recipes I use most often for a quick, last-minute dinner. It’s so simple to put together, takes very few ingredients, and is always absolutely delicious. A few years back I did some serious research and experimenting on Spaghetti Carbonara, which you can read about here if you’re interested. The upshot: the recipe below is the “real deal” when it comes to this classic recipe!

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Recipe: Classic Spaghetti Carbonara
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May 15, 2015   No Comments

{recipe} Easy Homemade Cruffins with Vanilla Custard Filling

You’ve probably heard of cronuts by now, but are you hip to cruffins? Yes, hot on the heels of the hybrid croissant-donut that became the notorious cronut, we now have a custard-filled croissant-muffin mashup called a cruffin. If you’re like me, and don’t fancy standing in a long line to get one, I have good news for you: you can make these beauties at home pretty easily by using frozen croissant dough.

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May 12, 2015   1 Comment

{see the world} 5 Must-Read Articles on Traveling with Babies and Toddlers

If you’ve been following along for awhile, you have probably figured out that I love to travel – a LOT. I have (as of this writing) a 3 year old son who has been to 16 countries on 5 continents, not to mention all the repeats and domestic trips. So as you can imagine, I know a thing or two about traveling with babies and toddlers. I don’t write specifically about that aspect of travel here, so I thought I’d share a round-up of five great articles on traveling with babies and toddlers.

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If you’ve got the itch to get up and go, but your baby is holding you back, let these inspire and inform you!

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April 30, 2015   2 Comments

{recipe} Easy Caramelized Strawberry Jam

Recently I made a pretty life-changing discovery, which is that I can make incredibly delicious strawberry jam with only 3 ingredients, and it’s super easy to do. Jam consumption in the household has skyrocketed, but since it’s so easy to make, it’s no big deal to turn out another batch.

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April 17, 2015   2 Comments

{make this} Smitten Kitchen’s Shakshuka

Have you heard about Shakshuka yet? It’s a funny word but a delicious thing to eat – a spicy North African tomato sauce with soft-cooked eggs on top. It’s equally good for breakfast or dinner. It’s pretty easy to make but makes quite an impression.

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I’ve tried quite a few recipes from here and there, and the best hands down is from Smitten Kitchen. Just the right amount of smoke and spice. I highly and heartily recommend giving it a try!

You can get the recipe from Smitten Kitchen.

April 12, 2015   3 Comments

{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.

best gluten free oatmeal cookies

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