Welcome to the family, Ducky! This baby was rescued by the sister of a friend, and joined our family last night. She is the sweetest. Happy early birthday to me!

Real celebrations start tomorrow (which is my actual birthday, though I'd argue celebrations started today at a SugarFish lunch). I took the day off and am looking forward to hanging with the kitties, getting in a workout and a massage, and enjoying my weekend.




Usually for Mother's Day (and Father's Day), my parents elect to stay home and I offer to make brunch for us to enjoy and relax. Much more manageable than making reservations for a crowded restaurant! This year, with brother off in Hawaii, it was just the four of us (D & me, mom & dad). I kept things simple and did most of the prep work at home in LA before making the hour drive to Rancho.

The hot smoked salmon was made using this stovetop smoker - a wedding gift that has gotten unbelievable use! It's incredibly easy to use and the results are super healthy and tasty.

The potato salad is a modification of this recipe (I used regular light mayo and sprinkled fresh dill instead of using pea sprouts), and the arugula watermelon salad is this recipe. I served fresh fruit with homemade lime whipped cream for dessert (really, just homemade whipped cream with some lime zest grated in) - didn't catch a pic but the whipped cream was SO good and I wish I had made twice as much (though my waistline thanks me that I didn't).


Mom's Day.

(Pic of me and my mama at my wedding)

This week seemed to take for-ev-er to me. I am so antsy to start our move and get settled into the new place! This weekend should be a good one though. Sushi tonight with good friends, a birthday party for our favorite almost one year old, and mom's day on Sunday with my folks. I am making lunch, and if I manage to grab a few good photos, I will share them with the menu here. Happy weekend!


Our Wedding on Style Me Pretty!

Post on Style Me Pretty on our wedding day. Feels like we were just hanging around the pool in Palm Springs, sipping sangria with our favorite people in the whole world - I can't believe it was over 6 months ago! More wedding-related posts here, and Michael's killer DJ mix of the night here.


Green Juice.

Last weekend, D and I headed over to the new place to give it a little elbow grease before move-in (less than 2 weeks!!), and I grabbed a bottle of green juice from the grocery store for sustenance. I was not a fan - the taste was kind of chalky and a little bit slimy (not my thing, sorry Kombucha fans of the world). It had been awhile since I'd made my personal fave green juice, so I picked up provisions on my next grocery store run.

The beauty of this green juice recipe is that just an old beat-up blender will do the trick. I don't own a juicer and don't plan to in the near future - just another kitchen appliance to collect dust. Since this is made in the blender, it keeps all the fiber in the juice, which is another bonus.

This recipe is basically the love-child of at least 5 other recipes. I'm sure it would be even more dreamy if blended in a Vitamix, but my cheap old blender does the job just fine!

Green Juice
Makes 2 large glasses

// handful kale, spinach or both
// 1/2 cup canned pineapple chunks with juice (fresh would be delish, too)
// 1/2 green apple, chopped
// a few sprigs to 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley
// juice of 1/2 lemon
// 1 celery stalk, chopped
// 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
// knob fresh ginger, grated (as much or as little as you prefer)
// water as needed, to thin
// ice cubes
// Optional: 1-2 tbsp ground flax seeds

Add all of the above ingredients (except ice) to the blender and blend for 2-3 minutes. If it is difficult to blend, add a bit of water in increments until desired consistency. Add ice cubes (I usually use about 5, but more or less is fine) and blend on ice setting for about a minute.