The Little Things 

   |studying my life away|

I finally have a life again.  I took my Masters of Public Health comprehensive exam last Friday. I couldn’t be happier to have finished. Well I’ll be happier when I found out I pass. Studying had taken over my life so I’m so happy to be able to breathe again. I have a whole plan for when I graduate in a month, including many home improvement projects, which I will be sure to blog about. One month and 2 bigs papers left. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I can do it! Have a great weekend!

  |my house covered in theories|
|celebrating my sister’s college graduation at University of Redlands|

  |dinner my hubby made me the night before my exam|

|3rd hummingbird nest to adorn our patio lights|

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Meal Time

My sister, Mia, had to create a movie for school that captures a setting. Mia chose the kitchen as the setting and asked if she could film me cooking. She captured how much time and care goes into a meal (and how little time goes into eating and enjoying the meal). Hope you enjoy!

P.s. Check out Mia’s awesome tumblr.

The Little Things

Blooming Abutilon |Blooming Abutilon|

Andrew and I have been nonstop busy for the past month. It’s been hard to find time for just the two of us.  Our two pups keep us quiet busy too.  We got Doodle fixed last weekend, which was the a saddest thing ever!  Our poor baby is healing and doing much better.  Over the last week all our focus has been on him.  So this weekend I’m looking forward to sleeping in a little (which I haven’t gotten to do in such a long time!) and Easter with our families.  Here’s a couple things that made me smile this week.  Hope you all have a great weekend & happy Easter!

Doodle |Doodle back to his happy self|

Robbin's Eggs |My favorite Easter candy, Robbin’s Eggs|

Bridal Shower Gift Basket|A gift basket I made for my friends bridal shower|

Laguoile |Laguoile Silverware.  A few years ago, I brought my mom back a set when I came home from study abroad in Paris. Ever since, I’ve searched for a fairly priced set and finally found them at Home Goods.  I squealed very loudly when I found them!|

Kale: The IT Green

I’ve been trying out different recipes for the oh so famous kale. I recently shared my  Berry Kale Smoothie, which is my favorite way to partake in the kale craze.  This is a another fun (not sure it’s really fun…) way to eat kale.  Kale chips are light and crispy; they almost melt in your mouth.  I refuse to buy packaged kale chips because they are ridiculously expensive for barely anything in a bag. I’ve made several different versions of kale chips and this is my favorite.  Obviously they don’t come close in comparison to real chips, but they are an easy way to satisfy a salt craving and add some excellent nutrition into your diet.

Kale Chips

Soy Kale Chips
Ingredients:
8 oz kale
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame seeds

Directions:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Remove inner ribs from the kale leaves and chop kale into smaller pieces. Mix kale, oils and soy sauce in a large bowl. Lay the kale out in a single even layer on a silpat lined baking sheet (or parchment lined baking sheet). You don’t want to crowd the kale so depending on how much you make, you may need two baking sheets. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the kale and bake for about 20 minutes. And voilà you have kale chips!

Kale Chips
Kale Chips
Kale Chips
Kale Chips
Kale Chips

The Little Things

This past week was still pretty lazy with many Scandal episodes.  After many hours of binge watching, we have fully caught up, which is bitter sweet.  I’m excited to watch it live, but it doesn’t start for a month and we’ll have to wait a week in between episodes.  I’m actually glad we’ve caught up, because now we can spend our time being productive instead of being glue to the couch.  There are a few house projects I’ve been wanting to do, so maybe we’ll actually get them done this week. Besides being a couch potato, below are a few pictures that made last week delightful.

Sprinkles Cupcake Heavenly Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcake.

Neutrals Shopping in Beverly Hills with my Mama.

Nespresso Cappuccino Cappuccino sample from Nespresso.

Secret MessagesFinding love notes from my hubby.

Hummingbird Nest Mrs. Hummingbird making a nest on our patio cafe lights.