{recipe} Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

Have you tried a donut muffin yet? While not as popular a craze as, say, the cronut or the cruffin, I think the donut muffin will yet have its day. I first had one at the inimitable Devil’s Teeth Bakery in San Francisco. This bakery is all the way out by Ocean Beach, but it’s worth the drive across town for so many of their fabulous items, not just their superlative donut muffin. The weird thing is that I don’t really love donuts or muffins that much, but somehow when their best qualities are melded into one baked good, it becomes a really special treat.

Donut Muffins

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May 20, 2016   No Comments

{insomnia} All The Things I Did When I Couldn’t Sleep Last Night

I woke up around 2 AM this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep. Does this ever happen to you? Man, insomnia sucks.

sleeping catThis cat is sleeping peacefully. Sadly I am not.

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May 17, 2016   No Comments

{try this} How To Make Labneh

Do you have enough labneh in your life? It really is delightful stuff. In case you’re not familiar with it, labneh is simply strained, full-fat yogurt – thick, creamy, tangy, and good on everything. It’s a staple of the Levant region (Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Israel, and Jordan) and it should always be in your fridge.

How to make homemade labneh

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May 15, 2016   No Comments

{life} This Is 40: Here’s What I’ve Learned So Far

My friend Whitney wrote a beautiful post when she turned 40 a few years back, and it has stuck with me. It inspired me to write this, on the day of my own 40th birthday.

sunset in panama

Articles like this always have contemplative pictures of sunsets. So here you go.

I am not afraid to turn 40, but I am a little afraid for the world that I am now what passes for a responsible adult! Once you’re 40, there is no more pretending you’re not really a real adult. I grew up thinking that adults–like people who are 40–have all the answers. I guess I’m still a little stunned that I do not have all (or even very many) of the answers.

But I have definitely learned some things here and there, so I wanted to share them on this special day.

15 Things I Know Now That I Am 40 

1. Don’t sweat the small stuff. I know, that is a cliche, but hear me out. Every time you allow yourself to feel rage at a person who cuts you off on the freeway, you are wasting rage that could be better directed towards something really important, like inequality, injustice, running out of sauvignon blanc, etc. [Read more →]

May 7, 2016   2 Comments

{diy} Five Nihilist Pinterest Projects You Can Start Right Now

Do you ever look at Pinterest and think, “I could make that, if life had any purpose?” Here are five ideas for nihilist Pinterest projects you can start right now. 

 

1) THE HEALTHIEST GUMMY BEARS YOU WILL EVER EAT

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Go to the store to purchase ingredients. Blow off work to spend 6 hours looking for tiny bear-shaped cookie cutter. Settle for large-ish poodle shaped cutter. Follow recipe. While waiting for them to cool, spend 20 minutes trying to decide whether they are spelled “gummy bears” or “gummi bears.” Taste gummy/gummi bears and recoil because they are disgusting, and far too large. Remember that you hate gummy bears, and your life. Eat gummy bears anyway.

2) DIY MISSING SOCKS SIGN [Read more →]

April 22, 2016   No Comments

{how to} Mike’s Crispy Shiitakes

My Dad is good at cooking quite a few different things, but his shiitake mushrooms have got to be one of my all-time favorites. The thing about my Dad is that he loves the good things in life, so if he thinks that a whole mess of olive oil and butter will make mushrooms better, then he won’t be shy about making that happen. The main problem with these is that they shrink down so much so there are never enough and we always end up fighting over them!

crispy mushrooms

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April 21, 2016   No Comments

{travelogue} 12 Things I Love On Hawaii’s Big Island

I just got back from a week on the Big Island of Hawaii and wanted to share some of my favorite places and things. I am not going to say that these are the twelve BEST things to do, because I am by no means an expert on the place. But here are some things that I thought were spectacular! I’d love to hear any recommendations for next time, too.

Big Island of Hawaii

BEACHES & ACTIVITIES

Place of Refuge (Pu’uhonua o Honaunau) – Honaunau
A super special place by the sea, this national historic park is worth a visit. Learn about Hawaiian history with cool wooden carvings and replica houses on a palm-shaded seaside. It has a 500-year-old, 17-foot-thick lava rock wall and some neat tidepools, too. [Read more →]

April 7, 2016   1 Comment

{recipe} Fast and Easy Coconut Shrimp Curry

I have not written up a recipe in quite some time but this one is too good, too easy, and too fast not to share. It’s a very simple but delicious coconut shrimp curry that literally takes about 10 minutes from start to finish.

shrimp curry

I like to serve it with basmati rice and a simple oven-roasted cauliflower. So good. Hard to believe it is so quick to make – try it!

RECIPE: Fast and Easy Coconut Shrimp Curry
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March 23, 2016   1 Comment

{recipe} Swirly Valentine Meringues

I have not blogged since before Christmas, because I was busy having a baby! Yay! I made these meringues last weekend and wanted to share the recipe before Valentine’s Day. They look pretty cool, but they are super easy to make and require very few ingredients.

Valentine Meringues

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February 13, 2016   No Comments

{disco christmas} Saturday Night Fever, in Gingerbread

Every year a group of friends comes over and we make a crazy gingerbread “house” – usually more of a scene – to go along with the theme of our Christmas party. Last year I was too lazy to share photos and a description, so this year you get a twofer! We are making this year’s house tonight, so I thought I’d better share last year’s ASAP.

disco gingerbread

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December 17, 2015   No Comments