Wednesday, November 28, 2012

what I ate #11

This was a fall feast at it's finest!
Pork loin served with sage and grapes: 

homemade gluten free millet bread:

homemade fettuccine for the little ones (they don't like the fancy stuff):

homemade butternut squash ravioli in a butter and sage sauce:

and roasted squash served with heirloom cherry tomatoes: 

If you're interested in making the gluten free bread, click here!  The recipe comes from Aran Goyoaga, who runs the most beautiful food blog,  Cannelle et Vanille (check it out to the left on my blogroll sidebar!)

What's your favorite fall food to feast on?

Monday, November 26, 2012

thanksgiving: the fallout

Sorry for my absence. I was sucked into the vortex known as thanksgiving break. We had such a great 5 days filled with lots of food, drink, playdates and birthday parties. I was sad to see the boys off to school this morning.

We relinquished Thanksgiving hosting duties to my parents for the first time in a few years. And what a treat is was to be a guest!

I made my annual cranberry / blueberry pie:



and roasted carrots and parsnips. Mr. Meremade made his traditional Greek dill salad and "gigantes" beans.

And look what our friend Michelle made......a turkey fruit salad!

How clever is that? It gets the craftastic award for sure!

There was a little imbibing while the at-home preparations were taking place:

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The table was so elegant:

 I tried to get a family photo of the four of us - we have so few! And you gotta love the "Movember Moustache"!!


And that's about all the photos I got of the big day!

The next morning there was a turkey egg-white omelette:


Somebody was very exciting about losing his second front tooth:

I ran the Gobble Wobble 5K in Santa Monica with some friends to try and run off all that eating!


And with the leftover pie crust (I had about a tennis ball size left) I made these mini berry pies in muffin tins to take to our friends house for dessert last night:


I hope you all had a relaxing Thanksgiving!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

easy art t-shirts

Inspired by this project form Small and Friendly, I recently tried this DIY t-shirt craft with the boys. 

All you need are some t-shirts, fabric markers and, if you'd like, electrical tape. 

I left Mr. P.'s shirt blank (he is quite the artist) and I put some electrical tape across Doodle's thinking that if he scribbled all over, it would look cool to have some blank, clean spaces in between. 

Oh, apparently, you also need milk for this activity (see photo above)

Here's the bat mobile Mr. P. came up with: 

and the scribbly scrabbly from you know who:

Art: bringing brothers closer together. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

walnut basil pesto

This is an easy wintry pesto! Serve over pasta, on spaghetti squash or in a vegetable omelette!

Walnut - Basil pesto

1 cup walnuts
1 cup basil leaves
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic
juice from 1 lemon

Place all ingredients in a blender. Squeeze lemon juice in before blending down.

Saturday, November 17, 2012


Sometimes, I forget I live in Los Angeles. Nothing like being a guest at the Breaking Dawn Part Two, Twilight Premiere to remind me.

I haevnt' been to a movie premiere since sometime in the 80's which meant I was hovering between 6 - 11 years old, so my memory of the whole thing is a bit foggy.

Cut to Twilight. And 8,000 of my closest friends. There was nothing mellow about this evening. And apparently, even though the directions tell you to specifically get there early or else they'll give your ticket away....don't do that! Because you'll find yourself stuck inside the theater (once you get there you cant leave because they're afraid you might sell your tickets / wrist band.) So, we got to know the Nokia Theater. Intimately.

And just because your ticket says the movie starts at 7:, be prepared for it to start around 8:30. The stars have to walk the red carpet. And the movie can't start unless the stars are in their seats.

Which stars you might ask, did I see? Well, it was looking like I was only going to be able to answer you with the guy who played Urkel and Weird Al Yankevic, but at the 11th hour, Taylor Lautner strolled in and the poor guy was literally mobbed. What a weird existence he must lead.

And it made me smile that during the credits, young adult writer, Stephanie Meyer arguably received the loudest screams of adulation. Go writers!

The after party was incredible, the entire rooftop tent was made to look like a winter forest, covered in snow. The vulturi served us champagne, there was tons of food (and Urkel again), an ice bar, and various pieces of scenery from the movie could sit in the meadow or mingle at the wedding scene.

But I think the most surreal detail at the party were the three wolves pacing at the entrance. But then I remembered, I live in L.A. These things happen.

Apparently, PETA was not too happy about the wolf situation. 

(Thanks Matt for the contraband photos!!)

Friday, November 16, 2012

car organizer

Desperate to keep my kids' feet off the back of my car seats, I scoured the Internet to find a perfect car organization pattern. 

Thanks to The May Fly for the inspiration!

While I didn't follow it completely, I am thrilled with the way it turned out! There are four pockets for smaller toys and water bottles and two large pockets for books and magazines. And don't you just love this fabric? 

 Now if only I could get them to stop kicking the back of the seat. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

p.s. arts event

We had a blast at the P.S. Arts event! Held at the Santa Monica airport, this event raises money to bring art programs to underserved communities.  

Mr. P. was very hesitant to go, which surprised me considering the fact that he is an avid artist - always filling up pages in his drawing journal. When I probed him about why he didn't want to go, he said, "I just hope there isn't any beading because I hate beading." This made me laugh. I asked him if he'd done a lot of beading and apparently, the beading occurred last year during a winter camp and he never got over the torture of having to string beads. (perhaps his motor skills weren't up to snuff then?)

In any case, there were plenty of activities to try!

3-d D art with Model Magic:

I had to take a photo of the beads on the table, just to taunt Mr. P. 

There was this cool box city where kids could add to the community project by pasting magazine photos or drawing original artwork:

The kids spent a LONG time at this booth!

We got to paint in a blue lit room with neon paints!

Doodle decorated a piggy bank:

Paper bag hat experts were around to help with this project:

and there was tons of food! Here's my doughnut king:

And I was happy with the discovery of the Pressed Juicery table:

And then, low and behold, look who I stumbled upon.....beading!!!! Apparently, when the beads are made out of sugar and the project is an edible necklace, beading becomes a favorite hobby. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

this weekend

It finally feels like fall in Los Angeles! It was a busy week this week! I'm teaching songwriting at my son's preschool once a week and it's so fun to see their minds at work and then listening to Doodle come home and sing the song we've been working on. 

Our good friend from high school got married this weekend. They didn't let a little rain during the ceremony stop them! And they were rewarded with a huge rainbow that filled the sky. 

The kids had no school on Friday so I took them to see Wreck it Ralph. Considering all the references to 80's Nintendo Games, I thought I'd be a little more into it. It was very, very busy! But the kids seemed to like it. 

Today we're off to the P.S. Arts event in Santa Monica, but I wanted to share a sweet treat I baked: Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls from Smitten Kitchen. 

By the way, we recently got back from Las Vegas where I won a bit on a slot machine. I took my winnings straight to Anthropologie where I purchased:

Smitten Kitchen's first book! 

there was lounging:

We saw a magic show and also perused the Mirage's animal sanctuary. 

And the kids shared the faces they would make should the lions and tigers escape:

fend them off with weirdness, Doodle....good plan!

I've gotten completely off topic.....what is this post about?? I give up. Happy Sunday, everyone!