Monday, October 29, 2012

Pebble Beach

I spent the weekend working in Pebble Beach and with this scenery, it hardly seemed like work.  
What an absolutely gorgeous place.  I'm already wanting to plan a trip back with some friends!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss

2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
1 cup vodka
1/2 cup amaretto
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
clementines, peeled & separated into segments

Mix cranberry juice, vodka, amaretto, and orange juice in a pitcher.  Cover and chill until ready to use (This can be prepared 1 day ahead).  Fill cocktail shaker with ice.  Pour in 1 cup of vodka mixture; cover and shake vigorously.  Strain into 2 martini glasses.  Repeat with fresh ice and remaining mixture. Garnish with clementine slice and enjoy.  Cheers!


Thursday, October 25, 2012

White Kitchen Design

I'm drooling over this gorgeous white kitchen.
White marble countertops & backsplash, silver hood, stovetop, wine storage cabinet... absolutely beautiful!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Fall Classic Cocktail

1/2 cup sugar
15 sprigs thyme
2 tablespoons apple brandy
2 tablespoons bourbon
2 tablespoons fresh apple cider
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 dash of Angostura bitters
dried or fresh apple slice

Bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.  Remove pan from heat; add thyme sprigs and let syrup cool completely.  Discard thyme sprigs.  (Leftover thyme simple syrup will keep indefinitely in the refrigerator.)  Fill a cocktail shaker with ice; add 1 tablespoon thyme simple syrup, and the rest of the ingredients.  Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with apple slice and enjoy.  

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Eastside cocktail - recipe here

practicing with different nibs/writing styles...

whole foods flowers

Fall front porch

Pumpkin Caramel Blondies - recipe (and much better photos!) here

morning walk in newport beach...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

Thanksgiving Tablescapes

I know... It's not even Halloween yet and I'm already thinking about Thanksgiving.  Since I'm usually not into color all that much, I really love these fall palettes for Thanksgiving.  They're completely muted, while still bringing some beautiful colors to the mix.  

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Inspired by Louise Fili

As I'm on the lookout for inspiration for personal design assignments, I can't help but browse through Louise Fili's work...