If I told you that you should be on ‘shrooms every day would you think I’m crazy? No? I’ve just piqued your curiosity instead? Thought so! FourSigmatic has created a line of coffee elixirs and drinks that I have been enjoying on the regular for a little more than a year now. This past spring I got to meet the team behind the #onshrooms hashtag and was greeted by super friendly & passionate people. Plus, they talked to me about foraging mushrooms!  (This is the girl who hunted down a chef in South Africa to see if I could accompany him on his foraging trip…sadly IRead More →

I used to joke that fall was Mother Nature’s trickery to get us to accept the darkness of winter. All the goodness of fall was to ease us in to cold days, shoveling snow, and hibernating most of the winter months. But this time of the year does always have me craving the outdoors even more. Maybe it’s just me trying to squeeze in every last drop of daylight, walking barefoot, and fresh summer fruit. But when the air turns crisp I start to quickly accept the change in weather. (Yes, it does get cooler in So Cal, though fall is definitely not the sameRead More →

If you asked me as a teenager if I was creative or artistic I would have said no way. I remember dreading art class knowing that my work would get criticized or erased and redone by my art teacher. Of course as a child I took this as 100% true and gave up on doing any sort of drawing, painting or art and was excited in high school when it became an option and there was no way in hell I was going to elect to take an art.Read More →

“Mmmmmm donuts. Mmmmmmm chocolate. Mmmmmmm chocolate and peanut butter donuts. Mmmmmmm salted peanut butter glaze.” This was my thought process on making these donuts. I had done a chocolate peanut butter donut way back that got a crazy response on social media, but I never nailed down a recipe. In comes a month of weddings out of state and out of the country and in comes my crazy “need to use all of our food so it doesn’t go to waste” bakeathons and cookathons. I’m pretty sure I have made about 324 baked goods this past week. (And yes, I gave most of those away).Read More →

It’s peanut butter jelly ice cream sandwich time! Summer is on like Donkey Kong. Pools are open, school is out, and it’s starting to get hot. These sandwich throwback ice cream sammies couldn’t be any easier. With just 5 ingredients (yes, I said 5) and less than 30 minutes you can be lying in your lawn chair with one of these treats in your hand and your feet in the kiddie pool. Read More →

I have this great memory from a Sunday in summer after a night out with my girls. We woke up in the morning and wanted to go for an exercise walk through town. We stumbled upon a farmers market at the high point of peach season.As we walked into the square the sweet aroma of my favorite stone fruit met my nose and I knew that we needed to try one. I had about $3 in cash and had just enough to buy us each a peach. We sat outside eating and laughing at the ridiculous image of 3 women having peach juice running down ourRead More →

Seriously, Vada Sultenfuss? Could you get a cooler name or be any cooler of a role model for a girl? Riding your bike around all summer in your eccentric funeral home-home with Thomas J as your best bud. I wanted to be her so badly. Her and Thomas J became blood brothers. Blood brothers! Not that I would recommend that at all, but the idea was so bad ass as a 9 year old.Read More →

I’m hot. You’re hot. We’re all pretty damn hot. It’s the beginning of August and we’re in the thick of the summer and no matter where we go (in the Northern Hemisphere), it’s downright hot. And I freakin’ love it. LOVE IT. No jackets, summer dresses, bikini top around the house, beaches, pools, rock pools and boat rides. Summer is LIFE.Read More →

No. No, no. I don’t really like chocolate ice cream that much. I much prefer different flavors like mango, pumpkin, pistachio, and coconut. But nope, definitely not choco….OMG I can’t stop eating this. This is so (insert expletive) amazing. “What did you put in here? I can’t stop eating it. This has to be terrible for you.” “I know, right? But really, it’s just healthy fats with cacao powder and chocolate. And dates, of course.” –Cue mouth drop– (Don’t worry, he closed it fast enough to catch the ice cream from falling to its death). How the chocolate ice cream mouthful-ed recipe creator and taste-testerRead More →

Sooo I might have been on a bit of a lemon kick. My recently posted gateway-to-chia lemon raspberry parfait is now one of my favorite summertime refreshing snacks.  Lemon is so freaking versatile. Put it in your water for some added flavor. Add it to desserts or savory dishes. Add it to homemade cleaning products.  Annnnnnnd as I was experimenting, it even goes with lavender. Like, really goes. Like honey in my tea. Or the jam on my toast. The peanut butter to my chocolate. Like that kinda goes.Read More →

So let me start off by saying that I was not a believer when I first heard of chia pudding. I never ate a ton of pudding as a kid, unless it was in the form of a popsicle. But this refreshing lemon and berry chia pudding parfait with the crunch of macadamia has won me over.Read More →

I have some really big decisions I am making lately. Should I or should I not chop my hair off? Should I visit family and friends back east in July or August? Should I make a mango or a watermelon margarita? Maybe go all crazy and add some jalapeno? Ya know, those lazy crazy hazy days of summer kinda questions. Go ahead, hate me. Because you’re gonna love me after you try these blackberry thyme crumble bars.Read More →