April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day, everyone! I love our earth. Last year to celebrate, I made dirt cups, but this year with Miami in a few days, I didn't cook or bake anything. So instead, I am showing this time lapse video of Portland that is making its rounds on the Internet. It reminds me how much I miss my home and how beautiful Oregon is. We only have one Earth, so let's not kill it. 

April 18, 2014


Photograph by Britta Lokting
Happy Passover! Okay, I am a tad late for Seder, but charoset is always good for when you're craving a sweet snack, but don't want to grab for the cookies. I love traditional Passover food, and charoset has always been one of my favorites. Unfortunately, it doesn't last long, so I suggest eating it within a day or two before the apples start to mush. With so much leftover Matzo, I may make some more of this; it's quick, easy and all things considering, healthy.

3 apples of your choice, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 red wine or red wine vinegar

To make:
Combine all the ingredients except for the walnuts in a large bowl.
Cover and put in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight so the flavors seep into the apples.
When you are ready to serve, mix in the toasted walnuts.
Scoop onto a piece of Matzo and enjoy!

April 17, 2014

Tiny Tees

I recently bought a plain white t-shirt from Emerson Fry. Of course, like everything on me, it was too long, so I had it shortened just a bit. Or what I thought was just a bit. At first I was slightly alarmed that the now tiny could-pass-as-a-baby's shirt, which hit right above my pants, might make me look even shorter and shrink my waist to odd proportions (for those of you who don't know, I am 4' 9"). Apparently, I am wrong. I asked my tailor and she said this is exactly the length shorter women should be wearing. My skepticism turned dissolved and now I love the fact that it's short.

Then, lo and behold, I am reading everywhere that the crop top is making a comeback. I recently wrote about my dislike for Normcore, and the crop top can feel very 90's (think Britney Spears in the "Baby One More Time" era). But if done tastefully, it could be a refreshing look for summer. I love matching shirt and skirt combinations, and with a crop top, a little skin separates the two pieces nicely. Yet, I own a few matching top/bottom outfits thanks to my mom, and do like wearing the pieces seamlessly together sans belly exposure. Matching or not, tiny tees aren't just for children.

April 10, 2014

Tie-Dye Beach Cover Ups

I have never owned a beach cover up. My go-to is just an old t-shirt and some Nike shorts. After all these years though, I'm starting to realize why people invest in them. They're easy, breezy and can be quite stylish. Unfortunately, as I start my search, I am also remembering why I have never owned one. It's hard to justify spending the money on a thin piece of fabric I will only wear a handful of times. Now, I love crafts for fun, but I am not really into the whole DIY movement (too time consuming and half the time I have no clue what I am doing!). However, the idea of taking an over-sized tank top or white scarf and making a tie-dye cover up or sarong sounds kind of free-spirited cool; something that California hippies might don while wearing hemp bracelets and no shoes (i.e. the lifestyle I fantasize about). Sadly tie-dying in New York might not be feasible...unless I set up camp in Washington Square Park (wouldn't be the most shocking thing ever to happen there ). 

And in the event that I just go out and buy a tie dye cover up (highly likely), I might choose something like these:

April 5, 2014

Chia Seed Pudding

Photograph by Britta Lokting
Chia seed pudding is officially my new favorite breakfast. With the nice weather coming and Miami in a few short weeks, I've been trying to eat as vegan as possible. Chia seeds have great health benefits, and supposedly help with weight loss by expanding in your stomach, making you feel full and subsequently eat less. I imagine that is true given the seeds absorbed much of the almond milk to create a thick, jellied tapioca. The pudding itself is a great base for toppings - I chose strawberries here, but you can add blueberries, almonds, lemon juice, etc. The combination of almond milk and honey make for a sweet breakfast without needing to add sugar. Oh, and did I mention this takes little to no effort to whip up?

3/4 cup of almond milk
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons chia seeds
Choice of toppings

To make:
Combine the almond milk, honey and chia seeds in an air-tight container. Shake well and seal.
Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight
Serve with choice of toppings

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