Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sun and the City

It's spring in San Francisco.  Beautiful sunny weather and tulips at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market.  I had the most amazing brioche orange roll from the Rose Pistola market stand paired with a latte from Blue Bottle Coffee.  I'll have to try brunch at Rose's Cafe in Cow Hollow.

Jet Setting

Life is good when you love your job!  This week I had the opportunity to tour a nuclear power plant, visit the beautiful town of Avila Beach, and ride in a private jet.  It's going to be hard to go back to commercial air travel.  Although nuclear power is low-cost, clean, and reliable, it has understandably been getting a lot of attention recently due to the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear facility in Japan resulting from the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami.  If you're interested in learning more about nuclear power check it out here.
Imagine air travel without the security lines, you can carry on all the liquids you desire, and park for free less than 100 feet from the plane.

Views from the plane shortly after flying over Hearst Castle.

Security is taken very seriously at the plant and we were not allowed to take any photos on site.  My favorite warning sign exclaimed, "Do Not Enter!  Deadly force may be used to protect this facility."  I decided it best to follow the rules so I refrained from sneaking a few shots with my phone.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Royal Wedding Fascinator

Royal Wedding set to record at 1 am on NBC, Friday morning brunch invitations put out on Facebook. Now I just need a Fascinator.

I'm not going to find one at this late date in my small town so looks like I'll be making one!

I like this one...

From Etsy shop TiarasandFascinators,

and this one.....

Midas Touch  -  Peacock Feather Flower Fascinator with Birdcage Veil

from Etsy shop Head Full of Feathers

Or maybe even this one....

Deep in the dark forest, lives a rare bird indeed- Unique Couture Fascinator
Another view....

Deep in the dark forest, lives a rare bird indeed- Unique Couture Fascinator
 from High Lane Millinery

But not this one, just not MY style....

The Queen of Hearts  -  Merry Widow Veiling and Feather Fascinator

Do you think this will ever catch on in America? The fancy girl in me secretly hopes so...just for a little while!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Made with Love

I'm having fun making art using recycled materials.  Next up, making a table for outdoor dining using left over bathroom tiles and an old closet door.  Any ideas?

A Pretty Bauble

Happy Monday!
Here's a pretty thing to shine on your Monday morning from Poppy Layne Studios, on Etsy...

Blue Mystic Quartz Necklace on Oxidized Sterling Silver
We had a busy but fun weekend, hope your's was good too. I'll post pictures later!

A Little Spring in my Step

Happy rainy Saturday! I hope the sun comes out tomorrow for our Easter Egg Hunt! I think these sandals are like a little ray of sun on a cloudy day.I bought them yesterday at Old Navy for our upcoming trip to Hawaii, do you think I should keep them? Hope you have a Happy Easter!! Love, Big Sister

Friday, April 22, 2011

Friday Family Dinner

This is what I had for dinner tonight, followed by chocolate gelato of course (did I mention 1 more pound is gone? Seriously!) To continue with the obsession I've had with really good food, I tried a recipe from a book that Little Sister bought for me, "The Family Dinner" by Laurie David, you can check it out here. I don't know about you, but I am always a bit leery of a recipes from cookbooks that have an alternate agenda; but so far the recipes I have tried, especially the one I made tonight have been suprisingly tres delicieux. And by that, I mean it is a little bit of spring breeze on your tongue!
Tonight's meal came from  page 75 and is called Tasty, Tangy Shrimp Tostadas. The shrimp are marinaded in lemon, lime and orange juice mixed with jalapenos, red onions, red pepper and celery then spooned on top of a warm, crispy corn tortilla layered with a bed of cold, marinated cabbage salad and topped off with sweet, creamy guacamole. We all loved it, including Bella, my 4 year old. Little Sister, I even think the vegetarian in you would like this without the shrimp. I'll make it for you next time we're together! I love the idea of the book and it is a fun read with all sorts of interesting games and conversation starters for families to make the dinner experience more exciting and meaningful.

Bella ate all of hers!
So following Laurie's lead, for tonight's dinner I asked my family to come to the table ready to share a poem they love. Believe me when I say I was anxious to know what they'd choose (if anything at all!) But, Bella immediately started spouting off "Little Boy Blue" and dancing around when she heard the challenge (I love her spirit!). Later, at dinner, she recited "Jack and Jill" and proceeded to run to get her nursery rhyme book so I could read a few more of her favorites!
Now, you're probably thinking, "O.K., but my husband would never go for that idea!," and truth be told, I was a bit nervous about springing silly dinner games on my husbster who prides himself in being the Anti-Metro/John Wayne type, but to my surprise, he joined in wholeheartedly(with the help of his iPhone) and I actually had to ask him to save some poems/quotes for tomorrow's culinary convergence! Really!!
Try it yourself at your next dinner and see how much fun it is!

Revelation In Someone Else's Words

Comfortable where you are, captivated by who you are with.  (author unknown)

Monday, April 18, 2011

My Own French Skinny Experiment, week 4

So, on a quiet Sunday evening, I serendipitiously came across the French Skinny Experiment blog, which, of course caught my attention because I have been strangely obsessed with all things French for the last year and have also been trying to lose those last 12 pounds after giving birth to my daughter (who, by the way, is now, gasp!, four.) I've low-carbed, run a half marathon, completed (most of, I panicked during the swim when someone DIED) a triathlon and NOTHING. Well, it's been 4 weeks now and I have creped, croissanted, steak au poived and baguetted with butter my way out of 8 pounds without hardly lifting a finger (other than to cook some scrumptious meals, which has never burned any calories before.) Could it be true? Yes, shockingly, easily true. No exercise, no restrictions. Eat when you are hungry, stop when you are satisfied. No processed foods, and don't eat anything that isn't amazingly delicious. How low will the scale go? I have no idea but I love how I feel and am enjoying every minute, except when I am cursing American-size portions that tempt me to overeat. I have also found that Mexican food, which I adore, also tends to tempt me to overindulge, especially if we serve up at the table and my luscious guacamole is staring me down. It STILL feels really wrong to leave any! Funny, now when I eat too much I really regret it for how uncomfortable and sluggish I feel, yuck! Well, I have no doubt this will continue to be my new lifestyle but it will be interesting to see if I am correct. By the way, the nicest bonus is that my stomach has shrunk and I eat such small portions that I am spending WAY less money at the grocery store which means hopefully I can afford to buy some new, smaller-sized clothes! Thanks Karen and Shaboom and check them out here to be inspired too!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Before and After

I'm a sucker for a good reveal and love the before and after shots.  Here's one from my home.