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Every year it always seems like…”wow that was quite a year.”  I have to say this year brought a lot of joy and some sadness.  Many ups and downs.  But the ups have outweighed the downs, so that’s good right?   It will be a year I will never ever forget.  Saying good bye to loved ones, saying hello to new friends, babies being born, graduations, and big birthdays!!   It has been a year of a lot of self realization, growing and knowing more about who I am.  With that I say goodbye to a good year and hello to a new one that will be a whole other journey itself.

Here are some of my favorite memories from this year….

Jocey preggers

 My sister is having her first baby!!!

Mom and dad

 Mom and Dad reading over the new George Harrison book at my brother’s in the city.  Sharing their stories about him (not knowing him) but how much they liked him.

v-day card from j

It’s the little things that make me happy.  My Valentine’s Day card from J

Baby Audrey

Baby Audrey is here born March 3rd 2012

la super rica

La Super Rica in Santa Barbara, just a short drive up the coast

jayme and lesie

Jayme and Leslie…..besties for life!!

morning sunrise

One of those early mornings where I caught the sunrise

Joseph and KK

Joseph and KK got married!!!!

deviled eggs

Deviled egg contest at Chrisy and Oliver’s…we came in 2nd!!

Jonathan

Jonathan and I having a first of warm weather dinner outside

dino and J

Dino getting soaked at Splash Mountain…..priceless

summer cocktail

Summer is here…..cocktails are in order

pop's 90th

Pop’s turns 90!!!!

family

All the family together to celebrate Pop’s life

the boys and me

Best friends for life

Gary and Gretchen

Gary and Gretchen at the famous “Beer Can House” in Houston TX

queso

Love me some Texas queso

J and dad

Mom and Dad out for a visit and road trip of the coast…here is Jonathan and my dad enjoying beers in Solvang

daisy

Saying good bye……Daisy Mae 10/1/12

daisy

Daisy at her cutest

r&r

A little healing at the Vicroy in Palm Springs

sunset Ojai

taking in the sunset in Ojai

my b-day

The best birthday present from the hubs….and just the best birthday ever!!

me and j

Me and Jonathan at Eric and Shy’s wedding Point Reyes California

election night

Election night….I’m so nervous I’m biting the remote……YES OBAMA 2012!!!!

brian

Brian out for a visit for the New Year at Deep Creek Hot Springs

 

Recently I’ve been nostalgic about my move to LA.   I moved here the spring of 98, so I’ve been here for 13 years, almost 14.  To say the least LA is my home and most likely will be for many many more years.  When I first moved here, I have to be honest, I hated it here; I hated the people, the food, the arts.  But soon enough I found my group of friends that I’m still besties with, I found the love of my life, I found some of the best restaurants ever, and the arts here are now overwhelming with things to see and do.  It just goes to show you give a little, you get a lot.

To all the LA haters, this is why I love LA:   I love my morning and sunset view.  I love the 75 degree weather we have everyday.    I can have any kind of ethnic food I want.   I can go to a farmers market any day of the week, and get the best seasonal organic foods.  I can be at the beach in 30 minutes.   I can be in the desert in 1 1/2 hours.   I can ski and go to the mountains in 45 minutes.  I can see a street art performance any night of the week.   I can go and see my favorite art pieces whenever I want.    I can walk in my back yard and pick some fruit and veg and make a dinner out of it.   I can go to real silent movie theater with a real organist.  I can eat street food that is actually served at restaurant not a food truck.  I can hike any time of the week within 5 minutes of my house.  Dare I go on.

People like to put LA down and call us plastic.  They say all we care about is our cars and how we look or what celebrity is dating who and that we are all snobs and self consumed.  To them I say your so far from correct.  I drive a used Prius, it’s not a fancy car but I care about the environment and gas prices are $4.50.  I don’t put injections in my face, and for that matter I don’t know anyone who does.  My friends don’t care about celebrities and neither do I.  I don’t consider myself a snob, I think I’m a laid back non-judgmental person, who loves and excepts people for who they are.  Self consumed….I don’t even know what the meaning is.

I’ve been blogging for a year now and this post is to my peeps here in LA.  Cheers to all my friends that I love and adore here.  My friend who is a chef.  My friend who is a graphic artist.  My friend who is an amazing stylist and clothing designer.  My friend who owns the most unique flower shop and makes art from flowers.  My friend who makes commercials.  My friend who makes documentary films.  My friend who is a writer.   My friend who makes the most beautiful and unusual music.  My friend who is the best hair colorist and has the best style.  My friend who is an interior designer and makes amazing furniture.  My friend who is the best photographer and travels the world.  My friend who is a doctor.  My friend who builds installations for the natural history museum.  My friend who is the most passionate about what is going on in our world and actually does something about it.  My friends who are artists.  And last but not least my husband who is the hardest working person I know, but still stays true to what he believes, and who he is.  Cheers to you all.

Below is a mix of some of the music I was listening to when I moved here…..Cheers!!!!!!

Wilco….I’m Always in Love

Silver Jews….Honk If Your Lonely

Pavement….Passat Dream

Modest Mouse….Trailer Trash

Jesus and Mary Chain….Crackin’ Up

The Pixies….Letter To Memphis

Sonic Youth…The Diamond Sea

Yo La Tengo…..Little Honda

Belle and Sebastian….A Summer Wasting

 

Blood Orange Margarita:

2 oz. fresh squeezed blood orange

2 oz. good silver tequila

Shake, and pour over ice.  Add a blood orange wedge…Enjoy!!!!!!

Yes.. my vacation has officially started.   Baking is done, clients are happy.  So now packing must begin, but first I always like to make a couple of music mixes for the plane ride.  Here is my old school mix…so enjoy!!

I will be blogging during our vacation. More to come this week.

MIX

Jesus And Mary Chain…..Never Understand

My bloody Valentine…..Only Shallow

Television…See No Evil

Lush…..Sunbathing

Pale Saints….Throwing Back The Apple

Slowdive….Souvlaki Space Station

Ride…..Vapour Trail

Love and Rockets….Haunted, When the Minutes Drag

Bauhaus….Bela Lugosi’s Dead

 

Margarita from our favorite place La Cabinita

 

I love me a margarita.  Anyone who knows me, knows they are my favorite drink.  There are so many versions of it you can make.  You have a classic margarita which is tequila, fresh lime juice, and some agave.  Then there’s the Cadillac  margarita, which is pretty much the same but it is topped with grand marnier.  Infused margaritas, which have tequila infused fruit in them are tasty but dangerous!

Margaritas make me happy, as I’m sure they do for most.  They remind me of summer days with the girls, going to the new hot hotel here in Los Angeles to have drinks by the pool and swim and look for cute boys (the single days); hot summer nights at home in New Jersey, where my sister makes a sinful peach margarita, gosh those a good; nights out with my husband at our favorite Mexican place, La Cabinita; or sitting around our deck in the summer with great friends.

Enjoy this Cinco De Mayo with friends and loved ones.  Wash down those chips and salsa with a refreshing margarita.  Happy Cinco everyone!!!

The perfect margarita:

INGREDIENTS
  • salt for rimming the glass (optional)
  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces Tequila
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. If using salt, place in a shallow dish. Moisten the rim of a rocks glass with a dampened paper towel, then dip in salt.
  2. Fill the glass with ice; add tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau; and stir a few times until chilled. Serve immediately.
  3. Enjoy!!

blood orange rhubarb martini

It’s Saturday night, and we are starting the night off right, with a blood orange rhubarb martini. I wanted use blood oranges and rhubarb since I’ve used them in other posts, like my blood orange olive oil cake and rhubarb fool.  I can’t get enough of blood oranges and rhubarb!!

To go along with the mixed drink I thought it would be fun to have a good music mix.  We have a ridiculous music library, that ranges from rock to punk to indie to classic rock to classical to dance.  So I picked some of my favorite songs that make me want to get up and shake my rump.  Take a listen using the links below and enjoy!!!

1. Of Montreal — Gronlandic Edit

2. Sigur Ros — Gobbledigook

3. The Stills — Still in Love Song

4. Daft Punk — Rock’n Roll

5. Electrelane — On Parade

6. Hot Chip — Ready for the Floor

7. Bloc Party — Banquet

8. LCD Soundsystem— Can Change

9. Muse — Supermassive Black Hole

10. Sleigh Bells — Rill Rill

 

For Blood Orange Rhubarb martini:

1 0z. fresh squeezed blood red orange

1/2 oz. rhubarb syrup

2 oz. good vodka

Mix over ice and poor.  To make rhubarb syrup, add 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to sauce pan.  Bring to simmer until sugar is dissolved then add 1 cup chopped rhubarb and cook on low for 30 minutes.  Strain and let cool before using.

gimlet martini

I love making cocktails at home.  Most of the time it consists of margaritas.  But another drink I love is the Gimlet.  It’s similar to a margarita, but you add gin instead of tequila.

Tomorrow is the first day of spring.  The days will get warmer and the nights longer.  So enjoy the day with someone you love and celebrate!!!

My husband gulping the gimlet:

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Hendricks Gin
  • 1½ oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. simple syrup (if you want it more tart don’t add simple syrup)
  • Shake with ice, strain into a chilled glass