Tuesday, February 22, 2011

sweets and such

since being back from my ventures out west i've been so inspired. in the kitchen, in my craft room and even in my dress closet. I've been scheming up new ideas for cute little frocks and crushing almonds into flour to make macaroons. I've been inspired by the ever lusting powers of parisian macaroons! Friend and owner of the Almond Tree has turned me on to these beauties!

While in San Francisco I visited a well known macaroon place, Paulette!

amazing little macaroons from Paulette, San Francisco.

my, not so pretty macaroons.

turned out alright, they tasted so great!

cute little frock for Marmalade designs.

also, i made this little bohemian vegan chocolate cake. with vegan coffee buttercream :)

that's it for today, more bites tomorrow.

i'm getting some oral surgery this week, ill be posting some more while im bed ridden for days.

Friday, February 18, 2011

last hoorah in San Francisco.

the last few days in California were breathtaking. the weather was perfect. I am sitting sipping my cappuccino, wishing I was there right now, although the weather here in Nashville is absolutely gorgeous.

1. adorable little french bakery in Santa Cruz
2. amazing cappuccino's too
3. our old RV that broke down in Santa Cruz, we left it for a lady when she gave us a newer one to use. We went and visited her, so sweet :)
4. great little Cafe with the most superb brunch ever!
5. Jesse at Cafe Brasil
6. Brunch at Cafe Brasil
7. Jesse and I on the beach (before a short hike)
8. Little place next door to where we stayed in San Francisco, called Sugar Cafe
9. We were surprised by how inexpensive it was for being in Union Square, but so good. $3 gin+tonics!

Oh this trip was the best. My mom and I are perfect for trips, we eat and drink the same, and pretty much shop the same. We love sharing a bed and watching the food network in hotels and talking about food. We are perfect for each other :)

vacation: Santa Cruz

while in California, my mom and I got to visit with my 1 cousin, Jesse and his wife Margot. They live up in the mountains along side the beach outside Santa Cruz. Their little cabin in the woods is amazing, and they also have a wonderful little yurt.

1. long afternoons at wonderful little bookstores (that serve you local wines)
2. Capitola (beach town by Santa Cruz, cousin went to surf there...too cold)
3. Mom and Jesse in Capitola
4. eating at Jesse's cabin (about all we did :)
5. Sweet little cabin in the woods
6. cooking in the cabin
7. found a wonderful vegan indian place in santa cruz :)

trying to round up the last of my photos to move on my from my trip....