eating this: white chocolate chip cookies


I love white chocolate macadamia cookies. But not super into macadamia nuts. So I don’t know how that works really but I was like hey – what if that cookie was even more delish because it had no macadamia nuts. You catch my drift.

These had a chewy but shortbready kind of texture that people who tried loved. Every last cookie in the batch of like 24 was eaten.

White Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from About.com)

4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups white chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, stir together flours, baking powder, and baking soda. In a mixer, cream together butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Beat eggs and vanilla extract into butter mixture. Gradually stir in flour mixture. Stir in the white chips. Drop by level 1/4-cupfuls, about 2 inches apart, onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until light golden brown. Allow cookies to cool for 2 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.


organizing this: the fridge


This is an intimate post. I should be really embarrassed about what it looks like inside. Okay, I am embarrassed. Sometimes it can look pretty good after a big shopping session, but after this long and lazy weekend, I noticed it really not looking acceptable in the refrigerator.

Oh jeez. I think it looks worse in pictures? So I understood our problems. The freezer’s problem is that we love Trader Joes. Oh, and I keep a bulk supply of croissants and muffins in there too. You know, so you can have a blueberry muffin whenever you want. Adult living. The fridge’s problem is that we have a whole lot of everything in there. Especially stuff we don’t need/use/would never want to eat at this point.

I started by purging. I threw out a couple bags of frozen biscuits that looked totally gross. And frozen challah. From like a year ago. It also looked gross. I also decided that we do not have to keep our taco bell sauces in the fridge anymore. They don’t keep them in the fridge at taco bell, right?

Next, I finally transferred all the flour into the flour container. Been meaning to do that. I then decided it needed a label to look nicer. I also decided the eggs would look nicer and be more accessible if I ripped off the top of the carton. SO MUCH BETTER!

Next, organizing the fridge by category. I put the fruit in one section. The cooking stuff (fresh herbs) together. The dairy on top (duh). And organized those millions of condiments and sauces in sections as well as I could make up. I reused a plastic container (and a pretty label) for those annoying leftover tablespoons of butter.

The freezer drawers are so weird and shallow that no matter what, they looked crammed with bullshit. Especially when they’re crammed with bullshit. La Brea Bakery makes frozen baguettes. Naturally I have hoarded enough of them to fill an entire freezer drawer. Ugh. I also finally stuck ALL of the cheese in one drawer. And ALL of the onions and shallots in another (we love onions and shallots). And all of the fresh produce we forget to eat in one place.

So that’s about as organized as it can be. Not a total betty but a vast improvement.

And just to remind you of where it came from (makes the after look slightly more impressive)

Wow, that before picture really is gross.


my long weekend


We went and got a dozen oysters and burger meat from McCall’s. They don’t schuck there. So left to our own devices, I shucked my first oysters! It was surprisingly painless and unsurprisingly rewarding. If you live in LA, do yourself a favor and go get everything there. Gonna do a post on making a burger with their meat soon.

We also saw Moonrise Kingdom. It was so so so cute. And planned on going to the Zoo. That was a bust. Overpopulation caused us to go mini golfing in the 90° valley.


eating this: lime drizzled shrimp


Do you like lime? OK well do you like garlic? OK! Well do you like bread? Perfect. You’ll love this dinner then.

My stepmom gave me this recipe after she took a tapas cooking class (a gift from us!). It’s so easy and so good! You can make it with raw shrimp or partially cooked. Cooking this dinner is much easier with partially cooked so you don’t have to remove the shells.

I think I increase the amount of the ingredients every time. So this is my version, because I love the sauce and prefer way more of it.

Lime Drizzled Shrimp
(serves two)

4 limes
1 lb of shrimp
2 tbsp of olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1-2 tbsp chopped parsley
1/2 tsp vermouth
bread, toasted or grilled

Grate the rind of 2 limes and set aside. Squeeze the juice from all of the limes and set aside. Mince the garlic.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the garlic and cook until lightly brownded.

Add shrimp and cook for 5 minutes (or until browned, I would say cook longer depending on the shrimp’s starting point, cook it longer! I didn’t cook mine long enough I’ve now decided!)

Mix in lime juice, rind, and vermouth. Stir well. Add parsley.

Top grilled bread with shrimp and that delicious lime juice.


monotone dining


It seems like I’m always on the quest for chairs. Well, we finally sold our dining chairs on craigslist and now are considering going with black ones. Our table is wood, our floors are wood, and our rug is pretty much the color of the wood. I looked for inspiration of black + white + wood.


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making this: diy painted wooden spoons


One of the easiest, fastest, and cheapest fun DIYS is taking some of those wood spoons everyone owns tons of and making them TOTALLY PRETTY!

You tape a line on each spoon at whatever height you’d want. I wanted mine mostly color but they might look good with more of just an accent.

Paint them with a foam brush. You’re done. Whoa, that was easy. I luckily had this box conveniently sitting next to me as I was painting and realized I could stick the spoons in to dry. Now I am keeping this box forever. You could also clip them onto something?

A couple hours later, take that tape off and display them somewhere visible. (And hand wash them. Duh.)

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we had a picnic


After buying this picnic basket, I decided we must immediately go have a picnic now. We went to Griffith Park, had complete privacy, ate a ton and read a little.

The menu was pasta salad, caprese sandwiches, grapes, and arnold palmers.

The sandwiches were cooked, so they took a little longer but were so worth it.

Oh, did I mention we brought the tripod?

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