We Are Thankful For . . . . . .
Funny Videos That Actual Teach Something Important Like How To Pronounce Wines.
Creative People That Come Up with Ideas Like This We Just Would Not Put the Powdered Sugar On Top (too messy)
Amazing Sales Such As Baby Foot's BOGO Offer If You Don’t Know Baby Foot & You Have Winter Dry Feet Check Out Their Website.
Lastly But Certainly Not Least We Are So Grateful For Our Wonderful Clients That Invite Us Into Their Homes & Their Lives For A Time, Making Our Work So Enjoyable. Thank You, Cathi and Mary Alice.
The events of this weekend have our musings focusing on our love of France and looking for a few extra reasons to smile.
Yes, we know the pumpkin “everything” is a bit over-done this year (have you been to Trader Joes recently?), but when we saw this recipe for a pumpkin bourbon shake we were intrigued.
Sunday Dinner Time
Fall always feels the perfect time to start gathering the family for Sunday dinner. Fine Cooking put together a collection of classic recipes for such occasions. We love their Roasted Lemon Chicken with Garlic & Herbs.
Vogue, Vogue, Vogue
Vogue magazine started a video series last year called "73 Questions". The series features various actors and personalities answering 73 questions as they walk through their homes, office, etc. It seems to us that the questions are not spontaneous, but we love the peak it gives us into some beautiful homes.
Hofmann Architecture firm does a lot of cool and unique projects, but it was their Airstream reinventions/updates that caught our eye. Check out the 1957 Overlander 26' they turned into a portable guest-house.
Crafting A Great Beer Bar
World-renowned Mikkeller Bar is coming to Downtown Los Angeles. Mikkeller Bar will be located on the corner Olympic and Olive. The plans include a room with over 50 craft beers on tap served at various temperatures, restaurant and even a coffee bar.
An Answer To One Of The Whys???
Real Simple magazine had an informative article on why leaves change color in the fall. So next time a child is asks a barrage of WHY questions which you cannot answer why not distract them with your knowledge on leaf color.
Practically Silly Gift Giving
Will you be asked to bring random gifts to parties this holiday season? Stupidiotic.com has a large selection of odd/funny/potentially useful gift ideas. They sell gifts such as the beer counter, or the cookie dipper (pictured) or how about a lanyard to keep your extra slice of pizza? Be warned some items are a bit inappropriate.
The Back Story
A photo went viral a few weeks ago showing a father and stepfather walk “their” daughter down the aisle. CBS news did a profile on them and here's the video of that sweet story.
A Little More Pumpkin
Ok we couldn’t resist one more pumpkin share. This one happens to be a Raccoon named Pumpkin. He was in pretty bad shape with a broken leg and his mom did not return so the Own family decided to intervene and help raise Pumpkin.
Rich Or Happy?
Ashton Kutcher’s, APlus team, asked some kids if they would rather be asked kids if they would rather be Rich or Happy?. While kids might not really understand the value of money some of their thoughts on money and happiness were right on.
Mighty Fun Dancers
How cute are the Mighty Mite Hawks football players? When the players hear Watch Me Whip, one of their favorite songs, start to play they cannot resist the urge to dance. When the ball is snapped they get back to the game, for a minute, before returning to the Stanky Leg.
Sangria Not Just For Summer
Great tasting American grown apples are everywhere now including the fantastic Honey Crisp. Here is a recipe for Honey Crisp Apple Sangria from Sally’s Baking Addiction.
More Apple Love
As mentioned above great apples are everywhere. One of our favorite chef’s the Barefoot Contessa just shared her easy Cranberry & Apple Cake. Add a dollop of vanilla ice cream and enjoy!
Hard Boiled Egg 101
Some of us are egg-cooking experts others seem to struggle with the difference between soft boiled or hard-boiled egg. We found this fun infographic, which shares a simple way to know if your egg is ready.
Concrete Floor Inspiration
There are many options for finishing them that can really change the overall design of the loft. Domino.com recently shared a slideshow with several flooring ideas.
We loved this leather blanket carrier from Nine Space. Instead of juggling loads of things tucked under your arms. Think yoga mat, picnic blanket, and a throw to sit on at the soccer field. It is stylish and the best price we have seen for one made of leather.
Timing Is Everything
Orbitz Travel Insider shared the best days to book your holiday travel. These dates are based on extensive research and typically are proven right. An important note: this is the week. Look at the circled dates in October for booking Thanksgiving through New Years.
Sunday Dinner Thought Starters
Entrepreneur magazine published an article this week titled, The 11 Questions Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Ask Themselves. These 11 questions will liven up the conversation at any dinner party. If you write a journal you might find them helpful as thought starters.
Buzzfeed got two Scotch experts to review cheap whiskey. The guys is a bit hoity-toity, but the tasting and review of Fireball is priceless.
Fierce French Bulldog
We loved this video of a 20 pound French bulldog chasing away not one but two brown bears from the front yard. Way to go Frenchie!
This One Takes The Cake
As most of you might know Mary Alice enjoys a great buttery chardonnay from time to time. One of her favorites is Cakebread. This week they released their 2013 Chardonnay Reserve. If you too are a fan of a buttery Chardonnay we recommend it.
Southern Living put together a collection of recipes highlighting the flavors of September. Recipes include: Carmel apple brandy sauce, chicken and black bean chimichangas, tomato & red pepper soup and many more.
We are both big fans of lemon (anything) so we enjoyed seeing Ina Garten's blog this week with her recipe for Lemon Bars.
Picture Perfect History
If you are on twitter and enjoy history a great site to follow is History In Pix.
History In Photos.
Up All Night
This Saturday the Music Center will host another Sleepless event. Spend a night enjoying music and fun events until 3am. They currently have a waitlist you can join, or just sign up for the October event.
SplashID is a great online service and app where you can store all your passwords. We have used it with great success for a few years. Here is a link to learn more about SplashID and their free basic account.
Choosing paint colors can be overwhelming at times. If you are thinking about painting, Benjamin Moore's website offers inspiration, tools and lots more to help you find the perfect color.
What could be more made in America the Kentucky Bourbon? Maxim.com shared 7 summer bourbon recipes perfect for your Labor Day BBQ this weekend.
Easy As Pie!
Simple Summer Cooking
Delish.com shared 55 of their favorite summer recipes to enjoy this weekend. Lots are designed for the grill, but there are a couple of great soups and hearty salads. The blackened salmon with avocado salad and the grilled shrimp tostadas especially caught our eye.
Made In America
There are lots of companies represented on the Made In America site. One of the companies we discovered is RedNek. Their champagne flutes are a unique twist on the mason jar glass trend.
We loved this video put together by Wire Tap for Canadian Broadcasting (CBC) sharing wisdom through the years. The 88 year olds advice about sweets and the 18 year olds thoughts about hanging on to your Legos were classic.
London’s Covent Garden is a charming shopping arcade with restaurants and street performers. Covent Garden is also home to a temporary art installation of 100,000 white balloons. The exhibit runs through September 27th.
The classic Fiesta dinnerware, flatware, etc. by Homer Laughlin is another wonderful Made In America story. This Ohio company been turning out colorful dishes and accessories since 1873.
Let The Fantasy Begin
Are you losing your family this weekend to a fantasy football draft? If you want to learn a bit about what all the fuss is about here are a few links. The NFL’s What is Fantasy Football? ESPN has a wide variety of resources to learn about Fantasy Football and tips on how to draft a winning team.
Not A Morning “Person”?
You might feel Ryer's pain. Did we mention Ryer is an Otter at the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco?
The Fanny Pack Come Back
Ok full disclosure, fanny packs have never been our thing, but we have noticed a lot of our friends are jumping on this trend. Which made us want to share a Made In Los Angeles story. Avenue Dee based in Downtown LA makes had made fanny packs as well as other items such as duffel bags, wallets and more. While most of their fanny packs make quite a statement we think the understated black leather is the better choice.
Pineapple Mojito? Yes Please!
Daily Catch shared 5 refreshing summer cocktail recipes. We have not yet tried a Dark and Stormy but it seems everyone is talking about it.
Chill’in While You’re Grill’in
If you have not tried grilling Pizza we highly recommend it. Here is a great step by step on how to make the perfect grilled margarita from Simple Recipes.
White Hot Summer Nights
Friday night Los Angeles played host to the Paris summer tradition known as Diner en Blanc. This surprise location event has become a summer must attend event. LA Times did a nice write up on this year's events.
Retaining History While Improving (We Hope)
World-renowned architect Frank Gehry has joining forces with the team leading the way to revitalize the LA River. There entire space with the views, bridges, etc. is ready for some improvement. We just hope they keep the original character and history.
Ready, Set, Action…
Dwell has a wonderful catalog of Interior Design videos. Topics range from design ideas and inspiration to their experts series. In this video Nate Berkus shares
his thoughts on modern family kitchen renovations. We love that most videos are short and to the point.
Battle Of The Steak
Recently while having lunch the table next to us was having a passionate debate regarding the best cooking method for steak. This passionate argument over the “right way” inspired us to share two videos on how to cook the perfect steak. First up: Gordon Ramsey's method next is Jamie Oliver. Bon appétit!
We really enjoyed the reaction of this little boy and loved that his Dad cared enough about manners to check in (test) how grateful his son is. Kind of a win-win because now everybody gets guacamole!
Thank You, No No No Thank You!
Speaking of teaching children manners when they are small we loved these color me in thank you cards from tinyprints.com. What a nice to let children feel connected to the thank you process at a young age.
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