yesterday i mentioned that i immediately tried a recipe from the cookbook Bountiful by Todd Porter + Diane Cu (the White On Rice Couple) and here it is. since i had never made granola from scratch before i was always hesitant for some reason, but this incredibly easy recipe seemed so straightforward and simple, and didn't include any obscure or random ingredients. i found all that i needed at my local Sprouts and just whipped up a batch. i had planned to take some with me to the book signing, but David wouldn't let me take it away! though it made quite a large batch, he didn't want to see it vanish. this is definitely going to be my go-to granola recipe. it has so many layered flavors and is such a great meal with yogurt or even to just snack on by the handfuls (which is what i've been doing ever since i made it last friday). you must try it out.
Monday, February 24, 2014
over the weekend my Anthropologie in Torrance held a book signing event with the authors of Bountiful, an amazing new cookbook by Todd Porter & Diane Cu of the White On Rice Couple fame. even though i don't work on saturdays i made the trip out there to meet these kind and down-to-earth people. not only did they come bearing gifts for all of us Anthro girls (flowers from their garden and beautiful cards of photos from their blog), but they were so friendly and eager to answer any of our questions or offer tips and fantastic cooking advice.
all of the drinks and hors d'oeuvres made by the Anthro team were super tasty. i'm not even joking when i say i had about 5 servings of the crack dip. it lives up to it's name for sure. i'm absolutely serious when i say that each and every recipe in this cookbook is extremely user friendly with only the best ingredients and easy to follow instructions.
i have to admit that i'm kind of a cookbook addict (ask David, he'll tell you the truth) - i have stacks and stacks of them - many only offer the beauty of the cookbooks themselves, with recipes that seem too complicated to even attempt, but not this one. Bountiful belongs with the very few cookbooks that i look through feeling so inspired by the beautiful photography and encouraged to make these simple and approachable meals. and even rarer is it that i actually dive right in almost immediately and try out a recipe (which i did, the granola, and yes it's the best granola i've ever had-look out for a special post).
do yourself a favor and get this cookbook at your local Anthropologie immediately. and also check out their blog for even more recipes and inspiration. i can't wait to make the Meyer Lemon Magic Custard Cake.
thanks again to Todd and Diane, it was such a pleasure to meet you!
Friday, February 7, 2014
must always begin with coffee, quiet time, and these two knuckleheads. i could really get used to these three day weekends, although i know i shouldn't count on them. as soon as business picks up at work i'll have to say goodbye to sleeping in a little on fridays. but in the meantime i'm going to enjoy every minute. today i have plans to check some errands and to-do's off of my list, finish my current read, and maybe even start on an art project i've been bouncing around in my head.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
you know how i told you that David had something planned for me on saturday night for my birthday? well he and my family and close friends surprised me with a birthday party at The Factory in Long Beach. i was completely shocked and overwhelmed with love and honored that so many people were there for me. it was such an incredible night. this birthday has definitely been my best yet. i was so surprised to receive not only the presence of all of those amazing people, but they brought fantastic presents as well! my store manager even made me that gorgeous bouquet and a dear friend gave me those beautiful orchids. i'm such a lucky gal.
thank you to everyone who came to celebrate my 30th year on this earth. it truly is a humbling and fantastic feeling to know you all care.