Month: November 2012

road trip and a need to pamper myself

This past week I haven’t been able to focus much on the creative aspect of my life and rather stayed on track with work and managing a home. I actually hate that but someone has to do it. 🙂 So, in order to break the monotony, I signed up for a day of pampering myself and then volunteered to escort a dear person in my life on a 48hour road trip to pick up a puppy. I am hoping both experiences will enlighten me enough to get inspired so that I can bounce back to my old creative self again.  Stay tuned to see what the outcome is.

gifts for the woman who has everything – part one

{from left to right 1. Burberry rubber mid-calf boots 275USD, Diane Von Furstenberg cashmere scarf 250USD, Diane Von Furstenberg travel adapter 95USD, Diane Von Furstenberg stone leopard ipone case 48USD} {from left to right 1. Herve Van der Straeten 24Kplated earings 195USD, Marc by Marc Jacobs shoulder bag 260USD, Sophia Webster glitter finished leather clutch 595USD, Percossi Pai 24K plated earings 1570USD} {click here to shop for more gift ideas}

nostalgic for picture perfect winter

Since I live in San Francisco  and seldom go up to Lake Tahoe, I have to say I am nostalgic for what I creatively refer to as picture perfect winter days. You know the kind that looks amazing in photos but not so amazing when you live through it.  That kind and just incase you don’t know what I am talking about, please see below 🙂

post thanksgiving christmas decor

One of the must do’s during the Thanksgiving Weekend is of course decorating the Christmas Tree.  While in my household, I use the same decor each year, adding a new ornament to my meaningful collection, my offsprings consider changing it up in theres. But no matter what, the actual exercise is always memorable and the tree lighting celebration rewarding and fun while we toast the beginning of the Christmas season with a bottle of champagne.

thanksgiving recipe: french onion green bean casserole

I love green beans and since it’s on the healthy eating list, I try to at least make a dish once a week with green beans. But, I have always been too intimidated to make a green bean casserole dish for Thanksgiving, so I simply stir fry the beans and put them on the table to eat with a touch of butter. (Boring) This is I am utterly and completely determined to include a green bean casserole into my menu, so I searched high and low, online of course and found the perfect one to make: Here is the recipe for your viewing pleasure and click here  for the video on how to make the casserole. It looks simple and down right delicious. For the onions: 2 tablespoons butter 2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced lengthwise salt and ground black pepper to taste 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar For the white sauce: 2 tablespoons butter 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 1/2 cups milk 1 pinch ground nutmeg cayenne pepper to taste(optional) 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme For the topping: 2 tablespoons melted butter 2/3 cup panko bread …

healthy recipe: thanksgiving salad with kale, cauliflower and parmesan cheese

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays celebrated in the U.S., not because of what it stands for from  the historical aspect of it, but because I literally consider it a “thanks” giving day for my family and the many blessing which go unnoticed throughout the year. So, although most of the fun of thanksgiving revolves around cooking a hearty meal to celebrate giving thanks, I can’t help but look for ways to make the meal  healthy and light.  In light of that fact, one must on our dinner table is a salad, so I was glad to come across a recipe  here which I can  surely include on  my menu, while I host this years Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving Sides :: Kale, Cauliflower + Parmesan Salad Refreshing and clean—a welcomed crunch to your Thanksgiving plate. ½ head of cauliflower large bunch of kale Fresh parmigiano reggiano to grate Juice of one lemon 2 Tbsp Olive oil Salt + pepper Wash and tear Kale, removing spine. Slice quartered Cauliflower with a mandolin. Pour good extra virgin …

photography: night views of san francisco

I dont’ think I’ve voiced enough lately how much I love the city I live in. San Francisco is probably one of the most beautiful cities in the world, providing there is no fog of course. So, I was glad when I found these photos here and posted them on my blog for not only my viewing pleasure, but yours as well. Enjoy 🙂

getting what you want out of life and having the belief that it can happen

While I often ponder over the why’s and why nots of life, like most of us do at one point or another, I coinsidentally came across something here, which not only made me think, but also made me smile.  So, I decided to share the infomration  with as many people as I possibly can, since it is something I truly believe and occassionally lack the patience to see it when it’s right there in front of me. Do you do the same? You Are What You Think 4 steps to creating your perfect world using the power of thought   According to neuroscience studies, the adage that you should “be careful what you ask for” has more teeth to it than you might imagine. Your brain is very good at attending to whatever you direct it to. It’s kind of like when you go to buy a car and you think you’re the only person in the world who will have that shiny, bright purple VW Bug; then you drive it off the lot, and …