Sunday, April 8, 2012

Spring Break

Boohoo it's nearly the end of spring break. My dad and sister were in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania for the week so my mom and I were on our own, which was quite relaxing. 
I started my break off right with my friend, Sydney at Aroma's. We caught up for a few hours (it was warm enough to sit outside!), browsed in some shops and bought our very first lotto tickets. Unfortunately, we didn't win. I went to a 3 hour play at school with my mom in the evening (required for my theater class). It was better than I expected and had lots of singing. 
I painted my nails
On Sunday, Anna and I went to yoga then Menchies as a reward. That evening we went to Xander's for an open house birthday party. 
J. Beibs
Miley and Hurley and fried chicken
I had to work on Monday at 8:30, which basically meant that I almost fell asleep at work but hey, I got paid!
My mom and I went to Abbott Kinney in Venice on Tuesday to go shopping. Everything was expensive so all I got were some Tibetan prayer flags for Lena. I was also chilly because I wore these really cute leopard shorts. We had a very healthy vegan lunch at the Harei Krishna temple and poked around the shop. 
We ended our day on Sawtelle, getting Starbucks, going to Giant Robot and shopping at Nijiya for miso. 
We ran errands on Wednesday and I bought a paintbrush with my Carter Saxton gift certificate (from the Night and Day contest). I also bought part of Katey's birthday present at the mall!
I watched Funny Face and Katey, it made much more sense to me this time! It was still a cheesy movie but the ending wasn't as sudden as I thought it was before. 

Sydney and I hiked Fryman on Thursday. It wasn't too hot, making it the perfect day. And of course, we capped it off with Starbucks. My mom and I ran more errands and before coming home, went for a coffee and slice of pie at the Republic of Pie. I got an almond milk cappuccino and my mom got a latte and a slice of strawberry rhubarb pie. It had a crumb topping, which is the best thing to put on a pie, in my opinion. 
Cutest wine covers at Ikea
My mom was sick on Friday so being a wonderful daughter, I walked to the market and got her a fancy ginger beer (also because I made hard boiled eggs that may or may not have caused the stomachache). 
We went to the Grove in the afternoon and looked around Crate and Barrel, Anthropologie and Barnes&Noble before heading to LACMA. 
Noodle/tube installation

Plastic giant saucers

Alexa Chung for Madewell boots

The last exhibit with the Avanti car was my favorite. It was all about California lifestyle in the '50s/'60s, which is also my favorite era! It had lots of designs by Eames and vintage Barbie dolls and clothing. 
my lunch on Friday, it was just so pretty and colorful that I had to take a picture
Before work on Saturday, I sat on the back porch and did some homework. It got up in the 80's I think yesterday. We had lots of Easter/Passover goodies at the bakery and I wanted to buy a bag of chocolate toffee matzoh but it sold out. There were also chocolate dipped macaroons, which looked amazing but I didn't get any of those either. However, we had to clean out a lot of the items because Big Sugar's closed today so I took 10 cupcakes, 6 donut muffins, a large chunk of vanilla cake and a piece of banana bread. And Tyler took all that plus 2 full cakes, so we are set for the holiday. I gave my baked goods (aside from the bread which is Anna's favorite) to Artisan Cheese and the lady gave me a chunk of triple cream brie from France and some goat milk gouda from Holland in exchange. I know, I don't really like cheese, but Anna or my mom will eat it!
Ooh also Idina Menzel came into Big Sugar and she is really nice and totally pretty! If you don't know who she is, she was in Wicked, plays Rachel Barry's mom on Glee and is married to Tay Diggs. 
I immediately started making coconut macaroons when I got home for my sister's Easter/Passover present. 
First time and I think they're good!
Coconut Macaroons - recipe from the Bakers Coconut Bag
1 bag of sweetened coconut
4 egg whites
1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
10 tbsp. matzoh meal (or 6 tbsp. flour)
Preheat oven to 325. Mix coconut, salt, sugar, flour in a bowl and add egg whites and almond extract. Mix till well blended. Drop in mounds on greased/floured baking sheet (or parchment paper), about 1 tbsp. each and 2 inches apart. Bake for 20 min or until edges are golden brown. 

My family likes them and I thought they were good although I may have made them a little too crispy the second batch. And above all, they were soooo easy to make. 
This morning I woke up and made my dad's Easter/Passover present: pumpkin muffins! 
They are amazing, my dad's eaten 3 and it's been almost an hour since they came out of the oven. I actually liked the batter a lot, it tasted like pumpkin pie and I would put it in my oatmeal. Anyways, they were super simple to make and vegan, but you can add normal milk too and they'd turn out fine!
Seriously, I encourage everyone to make them, they're really good!
Happy Easter and Passover everyone! I hope that it's as sunny where I am as it is for you! Enjoy the day with friends and family and good food! 

xxx S

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