Sunday, April 29, 2012


I haven't posted a little while, my bad. There hasn't been much to report since I've just been busy with school, work, and dance. My mom got a ton of bananas that were leftover from my sister's school so I've been using them all week in acai smoothies. 

I also baked a batch of banana muffins which I made pretty with some crushed banana chips on top!
Last Friday, Anna and I drove to UCLA to visit our cousin, Holly! After living so close this entire year, we finally got to hang out! We saw her fancy dorm (Beiber Hall) which was SO much nicer than Lander and McMahon. And we walked down to Westwood and got Japanese food. I was having some stomach sickness so I only got miso soup and a tofu/avocado salad but Holly got these spicy tuna rolls that looked amazing and that I will try next time I'm there. And it was pretty reasonable, which is always a plus!

Last Sunday, my family (minus Anna) went to Long Beach to visit some family friends and have dinner and exchange Christmas presents (I know). I got a beautiful hand painted book with some recipes in it, including my favorite chocolate ice cream that Catherine makes for me! 
This week, I ended up working on Friday to cover for Bryce and took home a whole bunch of donut muffins & scones (which I donated to the registration at Zoo) and some cupcakes which I shared with a few friends. 
Yesterday, work was crazy busy and at one point we practically sold out of cupcakes. But I'd rather have something to do so I don't mind! Plus I'm glad when there's many customers! I took a box of mini cupcakes and gave them to the baristas at Starbucks and they were nice enough to give me a free drink. 
After dinner, we watched The Descendants, which I really really liked! I read the book and I'm surprised by how much of the dialogue was lifted directly out of the original text. 
I want to go back to Hawaii

Alexandra reminds me of me

Is that weird? Also I want that color hair. Maybe if I sit in the sun a lot more, it'll lighten naturally?
After the movie, my dad brought out some desserts that a friend brought over a few days ago. They're from a bakery called Short Cake, which is located in the Farmer's Market at the Grove. She brought us some brownies (so fudgy, chocolately and delicious), a chocolate chip cookie (which has like a thin layer of chocolate between the cookie part), a mini berry pie and a mini buttermilk pie. And OH MY GOD. They are fantastic. The berry one has a streusel topping (automatic win for me) and some cinnamon or some spice that makes it so unique. And honestly, I didn't think I'd like the buttermilk but it tastes like a really light, lemony custard. Everything's probably made with a ton of butter but it's nice because they aren't super greasy or oily, so you don't feel as bad hahah. Anyways, point is, if you live in the LA area, go check them out! I swear, you won't regret it!
This morning, Sasha, Audrey, and I walked to the farmer's market in SC because it was just such a pretty day! While I was buying dates, this guy came and asked Sash for her number, not realizing the funniness of getting asked on a date in a date stand. I bought Japanese sweet potatoes, broccoli and strawberries and got a free chocolate strawberry from the nice people at the strawberry stand. We walked to Starbucks (my heavy grocery bag in tow) and I got my ghetto iced milky tea. It's good, I swear! So, here's what I do: I ask for an iced black tea with sugar free vanilla syrup (or whatever sweetener you want) and ask for some milk (I choose soy) and it's only $1.50! And if you want to make a ghetto chai, put some cinnamon and nutmeg in it. Right before walking home, we went back in the market for tamales. Audrey got a goat cheese, sun dried tomato, basil one that was really good and I got a spinach, artichoke, corn & chipotle one that was sooo amazing!
I came home and changed into a tank and shorts because it's HOT! Yay! Time for pedicures and tanning and beach trips!
My dashboard is telling me Seattle is rainy so I'll do my best to send some sunshine up that way!
I leave everyone with this song that has been stuck in my head all day:

xxx Sara

Monday, April 16, 2012


I just got the cutest Easter package from Katey in the mail today! 
Cat book, Theo chocolates, Kinder bars and egg dye
I think I'll use the egg dye, regardless of it not being Easter, for whichever holiday comes up next. 
Not much happened this week, making it quiet and semi relaxing. 

Floral shorts from Target
New Revlon nail polish
Anna and I got Pinkberry with Megan and James (who is visiting from Leeds, UK on his MONTH LONG spring holiday) on Thursday. My peach/original swirl with peaches, mango, strawberries and raspberries was delicious. Sadly, James left today to go back to school but we are planning a camping trip to Big Sur when him and Ollie return. 
It poured almost all day on Friday, which was just beautiful. 
I got my hair trimmed since the ends were disgustingly dead, so it's nice to have soft, healthy hair again. 
The thunder we got was really loud and Gabe did not enjoy it. 
The rain let up in the late afternoon and my mom and I drove to Torrance to see my cousin, Wendy, who was home for the weekend. My aunt made an apple cobbler SO GOOD. I also brought sweet potato muffins, which were the same recipe as this one but I just used canned sweet potatoes, rinsed and drained them and then mashed them with a fork. They turned out just as good, and work perfectly when you can't find any pumpkin. 
Pretty sunset on Saturday
5 dozen cupcakes + 2 broken cookies
I donated the normal sized cupcakes to the Zoo and gave the minis to Artisan Cheese in exchange for a chinese chicken salad!
Dinner: Cannellini beans with roasted carrots, brussel sprouts and zucchini

I went hiking on Sunday morning and it was absolutely gorgeous. 

I got Starbucks and went shopping at the farmers market later with Sasha and Audrey. I stupidly forgot my wallet at home so I couldn't restock our strawberry supply at home but Audrey was kind enough to buy me a cappuccino. 
I cleaned out a box of elementary school work and found these beauties: 
Right!? Spice Girl tattoos. I'm so excited to use them. 
Anna spent the weekend at Coachella, where it was a pleasant temperature for once. I reallllly really wanted to go, stupid sold out tickets! I miss that beautiful polo field with all its overpriced food. 
She came home with a highly bruised arm/sprained wrist from a mosh pit but had a good time, nonetheless. 
My ankle is sore because my bambi ankles made me stumble during dance today but it should heal soon, hopefully. 
Does anyone watch Hart of Dixie? I've been keeping up with this entire season and want to talk about it with someone! I'm excited for next week!
Tomorrow's supposed to be in the 80's so maybe I think I'll wear a dress or shorts! Spring is here!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Off to a good (if busy) start

So I seem to have a habit of starting posts and then taking like a month to finish's a combination of several weeks of incremental writing:

Spring quarter has officially begun! And it's going to be a little crazy. It's pretty much all good so far, though.

After leaving LA, I flew into Portland before driving back up to Seattle. I hung out with my parents for a couple of hours, went to the new Nordstrom Rack by my house and bought some boots, and then headed back to the SEA where I watched Pretty Little Liars and went to sleep. Then season finale was as shocking as promised, but it seems that the mystery will never quite be solved with this show.

Oh PS before I picked up Max, I dropped off Jeremy's gift from Sara. Check out his tooth (part of it just fell off):

Anyhoo, it was a week (or three days) of eating out for me. I worked Tuesday before picking up Max from the airport and stopping at Red Mill (very delicious but very bad for you hamburgers) just barely before they closed. The next night after work, a family friend and I had dinner at Bastille in Ballard, which was fabulous French food and definitely a new fave. Thursday night Max and I had dinner with Anna and Aaron at the Ram before getting milkshakes at Johnny Rocket's and seeing 21 Jump Street. We even came away with these gems:

note: my new sweater purchased in LA :)

in case you couldn't tell, the two in the middle are actually Aaron and Max

Friday Max and I headed down to the Oregon coast to ring in my mom's birthday (she would not want me to share what number, but it was a big one!). We took 101 so we could enjoy the view:

While there we mostly just hung out and enjoyed delicious meals!

I even made my fave lemon bars:

They look a little yellow-er here than in real life.

 I don't know how to make this sideways but it's my recipe!

Also I saw this at a store in Manzanita, OR and thought it was fun :)

After a fun fun weekend we came back to school :( It got super busy right off the bat and I'm doing waaaay too many things. The first weekend was boring and full of homework :( But this past weekend was full of quality family time in Portland and some nice Easter/Birthday present time. It's officially my birthday week BTW. So, expect some crazy fun birthday stories and photos soon. To be posted when I'm 21 which is officially this Saturday! Yay! I'm picking out my celebration outfits and the pink ring that matches the one Sara's wearing in that photo will def be part of all outfits!

Also, thanks for the waffle recipe! 


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