Travel

Backstreet Boys, Britney, Bread and Being in the Moment

This past weekend, the Husband surprised me with a quick trip up to San Jose to go see the Triple Ho Show (a local radio station concert similar to Jingle Ball)

Why the surprise for this show? Because both Backstreet Boys AND Britney Spears were performing at it and well… it goes with out saying that for my teenybopper loving self, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience (he’s the best!)

And you guys, the show was incredible! I broke out my vintage BSB jacket that I begged my mom for during the Black & Blue Tour circa 2001 (thanks, mom!) majorly fan-girled and spent the night partying like it was (November 8th) 1999 (My first ever Backstreet concert) and it was SO much fun.

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BUT honestly I have to admit something: social media made this concert a bit stressful for me. I was constantly trying to post to my snap story, my instagram story, take iPhone video to send to

Improvised Scones (as inspired by the Jersey Shore)

Ok so Scones aren’t the first thing you thing of when you think Jersey Shore, I know

Drinking, gambling, screen printed touristy t-shirts and Snooki come to mind, sure.  But devouring gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free, dairy free & Paleo scones? Yeah… not even in the top 250 list of “Things you MUST do when visiting the Jersey Shore”

Unless you’re reading my list. In that case, it’s number one.

I discovered the gem of a coffee shop that is No. 7311 in Ventnor city last year, their almond milk lattes, small batch baking and overall cuteness made a major impact on my soul. (Be warned: You will want all of the things)  So when I returned with the Husband (ah, how weird is THAT to type?!) it was at the top of my list.

The almond milk latte? still delicious.

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But this year they had a new addition.

Dust Off That Waffle Iron… And Other Fun Kitchen Hacks From My Appearance on Windy City Live!

In case you missed it – I had a blast sharing more kitchen hacks on Chicago’s Windy City Live!  You can watch it here!

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Over the years through work and through falling in love with baking and cooking, I’ve amassed a plethora of kitchen gadgets. Couple that with The Boy moving in AND this whole registering thing that you’re supposed to do before you get married and let’s just say my cabinets and kitchen drawers are looking like a very messy and overstocked Bed Bath & Beyond…. mostly the Beyond section.

Spend five minutes in that Beyond section staring at the walls and walls and walls of kitchen gadgets, and you quickly convince yourself that your life will not and cannot be complete without every single one. Of COURSE I need both an Avo Saver, Hard Boiled Egg Slicer and Melon Baller. How did I exist up until this point without one? What kind

En Route To Chicago: Raising the bar with RX Bar and a Tune In Alert!

Hello there!

I’m currently writing to you from above the clouds on my way to Chicago for a few days on my old stomping grounds. So excited about some quality time with friends and undoubtedly, great food. I still think that Wi-Fi on planes is just about the coolest thing ever. Am I the only one that not’s over it yet?!

Also, I forgot my jacket back in LA sooo this should be really fun.

Before I get to the whole foods and friends part of my Chicago trip, I’ll be stopping by Chicago’s Windy City Live on ABC tomorrow morning at 11am (CST) for some fun! I had such a blast last time and can’t wait to visit again to share some more kitchen hacks to save you time in the kitchen! If you aren’t in Chicago, you can watch it live here!

I spent the day yesterday down in San Diego so

Healthy Eats & Lots of Treats: My Day at Disneyland!

Is there anything better than a day at Disney?! I don’t care how old or generally grumpy of a person you are, as soon as you walk through those turnstiles and see the castle, happiness takes over and you suddenly forget it took you an hour to park because well, there’s Minnie Mouse and I swear her dress just gets cuter with age.

So the other day The Boy & I headed to Disneyland with my brother, sister-in-law, 4 year old niece and 1 year old nephew, Ben, to celebrate his birthday!

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The park was decked out for Halloween and yes, Micky as a Pumpkin is pretty adorbs. And as always the celeb sightings NEVER disappoint:
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Fan girling over Fairy Godmother #BippityBoppityBoo
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Um, sooo what’s your secret Rapunzel? I’ve got a LOB (long bob),  I need to grow out by my wedding! #IsItPantene?

Dessert for Breakfast + National Coffee Day + Chicago = One Happy Me! (and here’s the cake in a mug recipe from Windy City Live!)

You guys!!

I had SO much fun on Windy City Live this morning!!!

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Yes, I am eating (coconut milk) ice cream straight out of the pint before noon. Because I’m a grown up.

 

The hosts were fun, the audience was fab & I got to eat gluten free cupcakes at 11:40 a.m. and call it work… so to me, the day was already a gold star sticker kind of day by 11:45.

I had so much fun showing off different dessert hacks but I was so caught up in the cake-in-a-mug fun that I forgot to say how much flour to use! #oops

So here is the full recipe!

Cake in a Mug:

I made a chocolate chip cookie dough cake in a mug this morning and it’s so easy you probably have everything you need sitting in your pantry right now. Because that

Back in the Windy City for Windy City Live!

It’s SO great to be back in Chicago!! I lived here for 5 years and every time I come back it feels like coming back home!

I spent the day with some of my favorite people visiting some of my favorite Chicago spots (If you’re ever in Chicago check out Beatrix for brunch!) and spent the afternoon getting ready for my segment tomorrow on Windy City Live!

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Testing out recipes in the adorable kitchen of one of my favorites- J Silvs!

If you’re in Chicago you can check it out at 11 a.m. Central on ABC or again at Midnight for all you late night TV watchers!

I’ll be showing some clever dessert hacks to make all things sweet tooth related easier which means you get to the yummyness a whole lot faster-  which is always a good thing!

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and with the hacks I’ll of course

EATING MY WAY THROUGH THE EAST COAST: ADVENTURES IN “HEALTHY” EATING

The last week I’ve been on vacation on the East Coast and it’s been wonderful! Seeing friends, seeing family, spending time with The Boy and… what everyone really cares about on vacation, a whole lot of great food.

For most of the vacationing population out there and especially those who choose to spend their time off in New York City & Down the Shore in Jersey, vacation food means soft pretzels, ice cream cones and salt water taffy. But for those of us who are of the Gluten Free, Try-to-be-Dairy-Free,  Almond Milk Latte loving variety, vacation food takes on a whole new meaning. We are constantly searching for the hidden little gem that offers up indulgences that still say “Enjoy! Relax! Calories Shmalories! You’re on vacation!” But that also says “You won’t get a crazy break out that will make you look like you’re in 9th grade all over again.”  Otherwise known as foods that taste great but don’t make you feel like crap.