Saturday, December 31, 2011

from me to you

A small preview of my recent holiday adventures. Can you believe this year is over? I have grown so much this year & I am so thankful to God for his provision for me this past year. How has God blessed you this year?

well ta-ta for now. Off to celebrate & welcome in the new year! Have a safe & happy New Years!

lots of lovee

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas to you!

Merry Christmas, my lovely readers! I hope all is well and you are taking this holiday season as a chance to spend quality time with friends & family. Amongst all the crazy last-minute shopping, gift wrapping, and feasting (i'm already stuffed!) lets not forget the real reason for this season.

And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. ” - Luke 1:30-31

lots of lovee

Monday, December 19, 2011

attack the senses..revamp

After much thought I concluded that this segment of my blog: weekly installment of 'attack the senses', was pure inspiration as it has always been but the name can be misleading? Perhaps this is just in my mind. I meant for this as a space to share my latest inspirations, things on my mind, and just photos that I think are provoking. This week on my mind: holiday nail designs, missing those summer fruits, and the smallest details that make an outfit unique.

Enough about me, have a happy monday! :)

I've been watching too much Modern Family

lots of lovee

(creds: Pintrest, tumblrz)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

s n i c k e r d o o d l e s

Nothing says "celebrate the end of exams" like a fresh batch of cookies...particularly snickerdoodles.

I adapted my recipe from this recipe from Kevin of Closet Cooking:

-1/2 cup butter, softened
-3/4 cup sugar
-1 egg
-1 tsp. vanilla
-1 1/4 cup flour
-1 tsp. baking powder
- pinch salt
(*outer coating*)
-2 tbsp sugar
-1 tbsp. cinnamon

I followed the directions as he did except for a few things. **Using softened butter was easier for creaming it with my sugar by hand. I also, personally, love cinnamon and that slightly spicy kick that it gives, so with the outer coating I added 1 tbsp instead of 2 tsp as he calls for, and then added a little bit of the mixture into the dough while mixing in the dry ingredients before rolling it in more cinnamon/sugar. Lastly if you are lazy like me or just dont have unsalted butter in the house, no worries! That just means that later in the recipe only add a pinch of salt instead of 1/4 tsp.

Well I am off to take my homemade cheezit-like crackers out of the oven :) coming soon...

lots of lovee

Friday, December 16, 2011

eat with me.

No matter what is happening in my life there is one thing that will always stay constant: love for food. My tastes have changed a lot since I was little & to avoid becoming a porker/moon-child again I watch what I eat more. However this has allowed to me develop a love for different foods as well as healthier choices when dining out & when cooking. Here are 2 places that I have recently come to love:

First off for the healthier choices spectrum: Tender Greens! I went to the one in Pasadena for dinner after hearing reviews from my staffer, and I must say she was spot on! I ordered the simple baby spinach salad (which included goat cheese, walnuts, &dried cranberries) with the barbequed chipotle chicken (soooo tender&juicy!) and a side soup of the day (it was butternut squash yums). The salads come with two buttered crostini which came to around $10.50, which I would normally consider a lot but it was enough for 2 full meals after I took half home. WORTH IT!

The second destination is of Indonesian inspiration: Wong Java House! After talking with my friend from Indonesia I was curious as to if I had ever had indo-cuisine before, so after scouring I found this quaint little spot on Valley between Atlantic &Fremont (aka so close!). Once I finished my last final Tuesday night my mom & I were able to try it out and we loved it! Everything I wanted: cheap, tasty, and super filling with leftovers to spare :) We ordered beef rendang, lontong, and gado-gado (pictured above ^). If you are adventurist and in the area check it out!

Well that's all for now my hungry friends :) I am now officially on holiday, so relaxation here I come!

lots of lovee

Thursday, December 8, 2011

on my mind...

Thinking about Fall colors; reminded of the names of God; plaid, draping/capelet, loafers all rolled into one; 
& finally outfit ideas for new years?

Dream with me as this uni semester is coming to it's end

lots of lovee

(creds: me, Ellie&Eri, LF boutique)

Monday, December 5, 2011

s p a c e s

One final down! This constitutes some celebratory combing of my fave blogs for inspiration. :)

Inspiration came my way through fresh home & their investigation of the way people have taken advantages of their attic spaces and turned it into an amazing little space. Take a look and dream with me...

For all of you out there with potential attics & an amazing view, TAKE NOTE!

well I digress. Off to my chemistry notes...

lots of lovee