Monday, April 29, 2013

Must Love Mondays - Want List

 Happy Monday! Usually Monday is not the most favorite day of the week so I'm here to show you some cool things to like, adore, covet and hopefully brighten your day! (All the pics have links so you can find out where to get the fun!)

Above is a Cupcake Ukelele!! Umm, I need to learn to play the ukelele just so I have an excuse to buy this thing!
I love analogue film photography and I'd love it even more if it was powered by Hello Kitty
This will definitely bring out the rainbows after the rain!
Hedgehogs + measuring cups = best time cooking ever!
I've been obsessed with Disney pins lately and I need to get this one in my collection!
I love coffee so much and I super love this coffee print almost as much
Heart Shaped Tea Time!?!??! I'm in!
Honey Bunny! This is soooooo cute that I'd have honey with everything if I had this!
Awesome Dwight Schrute pin from Sweet and Lovely
This cloud cutting / bread board would make anything taste good

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Profiles In Awesome - Charles Phoenix

Today I want to tell you guys about one of the coolest cats around - Charles Phoenix! Just like Zooey Deschanel is my style icon, Charles Phoenix is my outlook-on-the-world-around-me icon. He is known for his retro Kodachrome slide shows of the most colorful decades in American history - the 1950s and 60s. A Charles Phoenix show is like watching non-office scenes of Mad Men and everything you love about thrift/antique store shopping. You know that feeling you get when you find that amazing mid century modern furniture piece that you think would look great in your living room or finding a colorful collection of Pyrex dishes that remind you of your grandmother's house. He brings the past to life. I mean, look below! The Color Extravaganza!
Being a Southern California native (like me!!) Charles Phoenix grew up inspired by his dad's used car lot, theme parks and fashion fads. Charles Phoenix had a career in fashion before that fateful day when he found a box of Kodachrome slides labeled "Trip Across the United States 1957." Ever since then he's been sharing these gems with the world. The Charles Phoenix fun doesn't stop at just slide shows though, he also does a "Disneyland" tour of Downtown Los Angeles where he basically compares parts of Downtown LA to the "lands" of Disneyland. Genius!As you can tell I can't stop talking about how great Charles Phoenix is. I think it's time you find out how great he is too! He has a few slide shows coming up and you should get your tickets before they sell out, which they often do! Visit his site for more info on events. Once you experience the blast from the past he takes you on you'll probably end up obsessed just like me! (I know I'm starting to sound stalkerish, but this guy is too cool. Charles Phoenix, if you read this, will you be my best friend? I'll send you a pair ofdonut cufflinks for a friendship trade XO Karen)
Check out this fantastic Charles Phoenix Video Mash-Up. How can you not fall in love?!:

Monday, April 15, 2013

Must Love Mondays! - Funny Animals Edition

Happy Tax Day Monday Sweeties! ::cringe::  With today being Monday and Tax Day I've decided to create a little Monday series called "Must Love Mondays!" Each Monday I will try to share 10 things that make me smile. They might be new awesome items you'd want to covet, awesome illustrations, cool posts about stuff - whatever it is, it's supposed to make Mondays much sweeter.To make today even more amazing, I've decided to make today's "Must Love Mondays!" post about the cutest things ever - animals doing adorable things! I bet after you scroll through these pics your Monday just may become the best Monday ever! (at least I hope!)
Draw in your dog's eyebrows and try not to smile like this guy!
  Best photo bomber ever!
So sweet! Look at those lashes!
Yes please! Today is an "I need cuddles" kind of day.
Don't mess with this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle! He's got two daggers on his back!
OMG, that face!
This is a Quokka, the happiest thing on the planet. I need one
With this guy, every time is tequila time!
I too want to look this fabulous!
Pink. Unicorn. Pug. 'Nuff said!

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Donut Man

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

My Top 5 Disneyland Desserts

PictureToday I'm talking about 2 of my favorite topics melded into one sweet package - Disneyland + Desserts! One of the best reasons to go to Disneyland is for all the treats that you can find. They impart that Disney magic on everything, even the food! Now, I still have not been to Disneyworld (I know, gasp!) so here I will share with you my favorite desserts from the Disneyland Park in CA in addition to a little ode to a sorely missed favorite of mine.

5. Caramel Apples

Now, even though these are farther away from my number 1 Disneyland dessert, the artistry of the caramel apples around the park are not to be dismissed. Disney is great at creating so many different types of caramel apples that you can't help but want to collect them! The problem is that they are perishable so you can't! I've seen the standard Mickey and Minnie caramel apples but I've also seen some awesome ones like a Cheshire cat apple, bunny apples, pumpkin apples and even a rainbow apple.

4. Churros

Imagine this - you're walking around Disneyland, you're tired, it's crowded, you're about to kill the people that are in your party because they don't want to take a break and your feet are killing you and all of a sudden you smell it - the churro cart and everything melts away. All of a sudden you realize - "Hey, I'll tell my friends it's churro time!" After they oblige you've got an awesome Disneyland treat AND a reason to sit down and take a break! You can't beat the churros at Disneyland. It's not like they are a ton better than ones you can get outside of the park, but because you are in the park they do seem better. Also, some of the churro carts in the park offer dipping sauces like chocolate!

3. Mickey Ice Cream Bar

Ice cream shaped like Mickey - this is one of my favorite Disneyland summer treats! What's great about most of the ice cream treat stands around the park is that they have a 3-D display of the ice cream novelties that you can buy. It's always nice to have a visual of what you are about to eat like when you go to the Japanese food court at Mitsuwa (It's a Southern California reference if you're unfamiliar). This is a classic Disneyland dessert at it's finest.

2. Mickey Shaped Beignets

Ummm, hello, fried dough + powdered sugar + Mickey mouse shapes = Smiles! I think the Mickey Mouse beignets at Cafe Orleans are one of the most unique things about Disneyland park. I mean, how do you get them that shape? Do they have a special cutter to do that? I almost want to stage (aka intern) in their kitchen just to learn how to make them. They are perfection.

1. Dole Whip

Ahh, and now we've come to my number one Disneyland dessert. I'm listing the Dole Whip as my number one treat mainly for nostalgic reasons. You can find the Dole Whip at the Dole Whip shack in front of the Tiki Tiki Room. The Tiki Tiki Room is one my parents favorite attractions at the park so getting a Dole Whip and watching the show always reminds me of family (Ohana). You are even welcome to enjoy your Dole Whip treat during the Tiki Tiki Room show but please, don't throw it at the animatronics or I will hunt you down and kill you =)

And now, a little blast from the past - Fantasia Ice Cream

Now, I did tell you that I would share with you one more Disneyland dessert treat that is sadly no longer with us - Fantasia Ice Cream (super sad face!!). Back in the day, Disneyland's main ice cream sponsor was Carnation Ice Cream. Carnation created an ice cream flavor ONLY available at Disneyland in CA and later at Disney California Adventures. This ice cream flavor was a color extravaganza with Banana, Pistachio and Cherry ice creams! It was almost like a rainbow sherbert without the sherbert and a taste similar to spumoni without the chocolate. Unfortunately, Carnation (which was later taken over by Nestle) was replaced by Dreyers and they felt there was not much demand for the flavor and the recipe has been lost to the public forever. You can recreate the flavor at Cold Stone Creamery, kind of, but of course it is nothing like the original. One of my life's goals is to get this back in the park. If anyone who reads this has any incite on this lost gem please email me!
And there you have it, my top 5 Disneyland Desserts! What are yours?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Frank and Son Collectible Show

Imagine this, a place where you can let your nerd flag fly freely. A place where you are transported to a comic book convention every Saturday (and Wednesday!). A place where you can find that toy you lost so long ago because your classmate or cousin stole it behind your back when you were kids and now the mere sight of it brings tears to your eyes. Well my friends, if this place sounds like what you’ve been looking for your whole life then welcome to the Frank and Son Collectible Show.If you are a collector of most things than this place will not disappoint. At Frank and Son there are dozens of vendors that buy and sell comic books, toys, baseball cards, sports memorabilia, Disney pins, video games, barbie dolls, Japanese imports, etc. It really is like going to the San Diego Comic Con but on a smaller scale with slightly better parking. Walking down the aisles is like walking down memory lane. At times I’ve seen barbies that I’ve grown up with in addition to collectible toys that were sold out as soon as they were released.
Most recently I’ve seen this gem and am kicking myself at this moment for not buying it on the spot. Hopefully when I go back it’ll be there:
In addition to the toys of your past, present and future, Frank and Son also hold signings for sports, TV, Film, and Comic book stars. Look who’s showing up next week!:
If you are a lover and collector of all things awesome you definitely have to check out the Frank and Son Collectible Show. Here’s the info you’ll need to get there:Address:
19649 E. San Jose Ave
City of Industry, CA 91748They are open two days a week.
Wednesdays 3:00PM – 9:00PM &
Saturdays 9:00AM – 5:00PMBelow are some more pics of the amazingness that awaits you:
Top photo: The huge warehouse of Frank and Son
Quad Photo clockwise from top left to bottom left: The boyfriend staring longingly at Optimus Prime, Knight Rider Kiit Car model, Boy George and Partridge family dolls, old Nintendo games

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Homemade Almond Milk! Yum!

I made almond milk for the first time after hearing so much about the almond milk from Pressed Juicery! This is sweetened with a little bit of date and some vanilla extract. It's so fresh and delicious, like a healthy, natural melted milk shake. If you want to make your own just follow these steps:

1 cups of raw unsalted almonds
3.5 cups of filtered water
2-4 Pitted dates, depending on how sweet you want it
1 tsp of vanilla extract, or a whole vanilla bean if you like!
1/4 tsp of cinnamon
A pinch of sea salt

Tools Needed:
A blender (I used my nutribullet)
cheesecloth or specialized Nut Milk Bag or sieve

1. In a bowl or container put the almonds in water until it's covered. You're going to soak these almonds for about 6-8 hours till the skins are soft. When you are done soaking the almonds drain and rinse them. Now, I took the skins off the almonds by easily slipping them off with my index finger and thumb. Some people don't take the skins off but I guess it's a matter of how you want your almond milk to look. Without the skins the almonds are white and therefore will produce a pure white milk.

2. Next put the almonds, filtered water, pitted dates, and vanilla in a blender or something like a nutribullet which I have. Since my nutribullet is small I halved the ingredients and did it in 2 batches.
3. Blend on the highest speed for 1 minute

4. Next strain your blended Almond milk through your cheesecloth/nut milk bag/sieve into another container. If using cheesecloth or a nutmilk bag squeeze the remaining almond milk into the container, almost like milking a cow!

5. Pour the almond milk back into the blender and add the cinnamon and salt and blend on low to combine.

6. Pour into a container and now you're done! The milk will last for 3-5 days in the fridge. Use it for cereal or anywhere else you use milk! It's also super delicious on it's own!