The Little Things

IMG_3670.JPG |last weekend’s dessert from Sunday Supper at Lucques with my parents|

This week has been a busy one. I started my last year of graduate school in the Master’s of Public Health Program and started an internship in the field. Since life just got busy pretty quick I’ve been treating myself with a little pampering (as you can see below with my new mask and scrub). I plan on doing a little relaxing (and probably lots of cleaning) this weekend. I hope you all relax and enjoyable the three day weekend!

IMG_8991 |I’m loving this mud mask that my sister brought back from New Zealand|

IMG_8995 |our Jasmin growing larger than ever, but how do I get it to bloom!|

IMG_3676.JPG|my hubs made me breakfast for the first day of my internship this week|

IMG_8990 |I bought this amazing scrub from Sabon in NY that leaves you with soft skin and a fantastic scent

Raspberry Kiss

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For Andrew and my first anniversary, his dad and step mom gave us a bottle of St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur.  Besides being an absolutely gorgeous bottle, it is so tasty.  When I first heard of this liqueur I was a little skeptical.  I don’t usually like flower flavored foods and drinks, but of course I had to try it because of the French name.  Since, I’ve had St. Germain in cocktails at several restaurants and have become quite a fan.  St. Germain has a very specific sweet flavor that is a combination of lychee, pear and grapefruit.  After hearing how difficult and specially made this liqueur is, I am even more in love.  In the French hillsides, the elderflower blooms for only a few short weeks in the spring.  The blossoms are handpicked and carried back down hill by bike (how cool is that?).  Then they do some magic to make this wonderful liqueur and number each bottle.  How fun is that?

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Raspberry Kiss Cocktail (makes one glass)
Ingredients:
1/2 oz St. Germain
1 oz dry gin
1 oz Raspberry Cranberry unsweetened juice
1/4 oz simple syrup (recipe below)
2 oz sparkling water
fresh raspberries

Directions:
It’s best chilled! So if the juice, simple syrup and sparking water aren’t cold then combine all ingredients (except raspberries) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a martini glass. Top with raspberries and enjoy!

Simple syrup: Combine 1 part water and 1 part sugar into a sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Let cool and refrigerate. Save any extra for future cocktails, iced tea, etc.

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Links to Make the Weekend Come Back Sooner

After the best summer ever (well second to marrying the man of my dreams last year), I am starting my final year of grad school today and a new internship. Should be a fun, but busy semester. Before I am off to class here are some links to make the week go a little quicker. The majority of these links are all about food because lets face it… I am a little in love with food.
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1. While in New York I tried Momofuku Milk Bar‘s crack pie soft serve and will have to try this crack pie copycat.

2. The most adorable baby (or dog) little red door gate.

3. Back to school lunches that stray away from the everyday pb & j.

4. Rules on where to sit, what to order and how to share at restaurants.

5. Tips on how to craft a better cocktail.

6. Lingo to help you sound like a true wino.

The Little Things

IMG_8860 |a handmade bowl I bought at an outdoor market in Bordeaux, France|

This has been the craziest summer of my life. I haven’t had a weekend at home in 7 weeks. Andrew and I went to Denver, Maui, Bordeaux and then I did a girls trip with my family to New York. This is the summer that every other summer will be compared to. Now that I’m back from all my travels I couldn’t be happier or more excited to get back to normal life. I’m excited for quiet dinner at home with my husband and puppies and cuddling up to watch our favorite shows. Nothing sounds better. Hope you all have just as a relaxing weekend as I have planned.

IMG_8856 |book signed by Hillary Clinton|

IMG_3441.JPG |lopsided Birthday cake from Momofuku Milk Bar|

IMG_3506.PNG |facetiming with my boy while in NY|

IMG_3427.JPG |the best welcome home|

48 Hours in NYC

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This was my third trip to New York City. I love this city! There are countless museums, shops and restaurants to explore. 2 days just isn’t enough! We definitely made the most of our 2 days and hit some sights we hadn’t seen before. Here’s a peak at some of the things we saw (and ate).

IMG_3633 |a NY hot dog before the Whitney Museum of American Art|

IMG_3523.JPG |Jeff Koons exhibit|

IMG_3535.JPG |Rosemary’s aka the cutest restaurant ever with a roof top garden that is used in their cooking|

IMG_3555.JPG |we obvious tourists when we asked for our bagels toasted. we were informed that their bagels are made mulitple times a day unlike LA so they don’t need to be toast. (I still like my bagel toasted–under the broiler with butter and then topped with cream cheese= heaven)|

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IMG_3579.JPG |9/11 Memorial Museum– it’s extremely emotional but worth it|

IMG_3588.JPG |Flat Iron building followed by gelato in Eataly|

image |a soft serve twist of cereal milk and crack pie coated in a cereal crunch from Momofuku Milk Bar|