Saturday, April 30, 2011

Cake in a Cup

I heard about cake in a cup, cake in a mug and couldn't wait to try to make my
own version. I have to admit that I was a little disappointed but I
have been experimenting with different recipes. 
I still think my recipe needs a little more tweaking. 
The cake will be dry and adding a little whip cream or chocolate sauce will go 
a long way.
This is a great treat for kids or when you have that late night craving!!!

2 eggs
4 tablespoons of sugar
4 tablespoons of flour
4 tablespoons of canola oil
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
1/2 cup of chopped chocolate 

Whisk the ingredient's together in a bowl until smooth and transfer to a
microwaveable mug.  Microwave for about 3 minutes. The cake will rise and be
very, very hot.

Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy...

Happy Weekend!!!

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Pier at Manhattan Beach

I had the afternoon off and thought it would be great to visit the pier at Manhattan Beach.
I remember skipping class in high school and driving the hour drive to just lay at the beach, soak in sun, and watch all of the handsome surfers.
I have such good memories and hope to be making some more!!!

Click here to read a little bit more about the Pier.

Happy Weekend!!!

Sunday, April 24, 2011


Happy Easter!!! Wishing you and your family the very best.
I was able to make a quick trip to the farmer's market for fresh flowers for the
holiday table.
I adore sweet peas. These all came home with me.

Roses, roses

and more roses.....

Sea of Sunflowers.....

Easter Bouquets.....

Happy Easter!!!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

5 steps to making Stove Top Coffee

I love coffee and nothing beats making the perfect cup on the stove top.
Check out the May issue of Bon Appetit.  Erin McCarthy of Gimme  in NYC lays out step by step how to make the perfect stove top coffee....

La Vita Moka: 5 Steps to Perfect Stove-Top Coffee

moka-pots-v.jpgWant the kind of dark, rich coffee that any caffe-loving Italian swears by? ('s we love Italy month here at BA.) Get yourself a stove-to-table moka pot, pronto. Click through our 5 Favorite Moka Pots-- including Richard Sapper's for Alessi, pictured left--to pick your favorite. But first, Erin McCarthy of Gimme! Coffee in New York City lays down some knowledge in our moka manual below.

1/ Pour hot water into the base to just below the pressure valve. Preheating prevents the collecting chamber from getting too hot and burning the coffee.


2. Fill the basket with ground coffee, ideally espresso roast. The grind should be finer than drip coffee but coarser than espresso so it doesn't clog the pot.


3. Level the grounds in the basket, place inside the base of the pot, and screw on the collecting chamber: A tight seal is key to prevent hot coffee from leaking.


4. With the lid open, place the pot over medium-low heat. Once the coffee is flowing in a steady stream, remove the pot from the heat and close the lid.


5. Wrap the base with a damp, cold kitchen towel to stop the extraction. This makes for a sweeter, richer flavor. Pour and enjoy.

    Happy Weekend!!!

    Thursday, April 21, 2011

    Wallace Neff

    Wallace Neff was an architect base in Southern California and was mostly responsible for developing the distinct architectural style known as "Californian Style". Neff's influences drew from both from Spain and the Mediterranean.
    I was lucky to visit the archives at the Huntington Librairy and see some of Neff's blue prints.

    This was so adorable. The library was able to find one of Wallace's baby books that had an original drawing when Wallace  was about 6 year's old. 

    This must of been where it all started????

    Wallace loved to draw. This drawing was mostly done when he was 18 year's old.

    Click here to read more about Wallace Neff.

    Happy Friday!!!

    Saturday, April 16, 2011

    The Garden is in Bloom

    My parents garden is bloom and it was hard to
    resist not to take some photos!!!
    I planted the violets about 10 years ago under the fig tree and they
    bloom every April.

    The figs will be ready to pick in about a month or so and
    that's when my Mom and I start making fig jam and anything
    else you can think off. It's figs, figs and more figs all summer long.

    Happy Weekend!!!
    Bloom Big!!!

    Friday, April 15, 2011

    The Los Angeles Antiques Show

    I had an opportunity to go to the Los Angeles Antiques Show for
    a round table discussion with some of the best Interior Designers in Los Angeles.
    The event was hosted by Michael Bruno of 1st Dibs.

    Windsor Smith and Campion Platt.

    Martyn Lawrence-Bullard and Kathryn Ireland.

    Mary McDonald
    After the discussion I had a chance to go and take a peek
    at some of the exhibits.

    I adore the tassel made out of pearls.

    Happy Weekend!!!

    Sunday, April 10, 2011

    Beach Adventure

    I went to the beach early this morning before the tide came in.
    There was so much to see!!!

    Happy Weekend!!!