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Father’s Day.
Sunday, June 16, 2024

mister a's rooftop

mister a's rooftop

mister a's rooftop

mister a's rooftop

My pops and I have exactly 3 things in common: our love for The Beatles, our nose, and our love for a good rooftop (@ Mister A’s)

Unlike my sister, who, when we visited the Philippines, my dad’s sister told her, ‘You look exactly like your dad… from all angles.’ 🤣

Happy Father’s Day to all who celebrate!

Ugly.
Tuesday, May 21, 2024

explainingtheuniverse

I sent Alicia this Christmas card one year, then accidentally sent her the same card the next year:

sorry you're ugly christmas card

I found a box of this same card on eBay, and I’ve been sending her this card every year for the past decade 😆

Anomaly.
Sunday, May 12, 2024

mother's day 2024

mother's day 2024

Christine’s kids got me the sweetest card and flowers for Mother’s Day 🥰 I may not be their mom, but I’m the fun aunt who makes them pizza cupcakes 😜

When I asked Jessie what she wanted for her first Mother’s Day, she was like, ‘A hotel room. Alone. Just me.’ 😅

Happy Mother’s Day to all who celebrate! Hopefully you got to do everything you wanted today (even if it was nothing at all!).

Good Friday.
Friday, March 29, 2024

vday gift bag

I don’t observe lent, but I’ll use any excuse to make goodie bags and use this bunny filter 🐰

bunny filter

Hoppy Easter, y’all!

Luck.
Saturday, March 9, 2024

st. patrick's day goodie bag

Who needs luck with all this charm? Just kidding (give me all the luck!).

Since I know Donna loves chocolate (so much so that she had ‘HERSHEY’ emblazoned on the back of her dance sweater in middle school, while my sister had ‘BABY LONELINESS’ LOL. I wasn’t in dance—I was still traumatized from the time I played the glow-worm in our class production of James and the Giant Peach in the second grade and had to wear a turquoise leotard in front of the whole school and pretend light was coming out of my butt), and I’m seeing her next weekend (she’s meeting us in Nashville), I made a St. Patrick’s Day goodie bag for her 💚

Plans.
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

valentine's day plans

Love Language.
Saturday, February 10, 2024

vday gift bag

My sister’s husband heard me huffing and puffing up their stairs and he’s like, “What you got there?” and I was like, “Target delivery. I bought all this candy for Valentine’s Day.” And he’s like, “You making gift bags? You’re such a good friend doing this every holiday, but I’ve never seen someone send you a gift bag!” I’m not the kind of person who gives expecting something in return ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Giving is my love language, y’all ❤️💕 Well, BBQ is also my love language (I’m hella lingual).

Valentine’s Day may be a made up holiday, but these goodies are very real 😋

harry potter on godric shirt

I also made these matching “On Godric” shirts for my sister and her husband. I’m not hood or a Potterhead (so I’ve never said, “on God,” and def have never said, “on Godric” LOL) and IDK what the fuck this dude is saying, but Pammie and D like him 😆

Smol.
Thursday, January 4, 2024

world's smallest gifts

Everyone knows I love miniature things, so for Christmas my dad’s sister sent me The World’s Smallest Battleship, Jenga and Lava Lamp. I’m also clumsy as fuck, so I dropped them all on my way to my room. Pammie was like, “Did you pick everything up? You don’t want to accidentally step on a tiny battleship!” And guess what I stepped on barefoot today??? I was like, “WHAT THE FUCK!” and I looked down and there it was… the world’s smallest battleship.

i hope you step on a lego

Oh, it’s personal.

123123.
Sunday, December 31, 2023

gingerbread crinkle cookies

Last bake of 2023 ✌🏼 I hate actual ginger, but I love gingerbread anything. I’ve been known to eat a whole sleeve of ginger snaps in bed. If there were any gingerbread crinkle cookies left, I would’ve taken them to bed with me.

pf chang's copycat lettuce wraps

My relatives requested that I make my copycat lettuce wraps from P.F. Chang’s in case this party wasn’t Asian enough.

We left the party early because we were tired by 9:30. My aunt was like, “You’re going already? You’re leaving the lettuce wraps, right?” 😆

I’m not gonna make it to midnight, guys. Happy new year from this old broad 👵🏻

How I Holiday.
Sunday, December 24, 2023

mini chicken and waffles

I think miniature versions of things are the cutest, so I made these adorable mini chicken and waffles. I just bought some Eggo Minis, a tray of Chick-Fil-A Nuggets, these cocktail picks, and served it with some quality maple syrup. So cute!

bread pudding

My chocolate bread pudding fixes things in the universe.

charcuterie board holiday wreath

My charcuterie boards always have a theme 🎄

banana nut bread

I made my banana nut bread last Thanksgiving and was asked multiple times where I bought it! Now I have to make it for every family party.

Is it even an Asian party if you don’t play games for money??? I learned that my cousin’s husband moves really slow after eating edibles and I suck at flip cup when I’m completely sober 😅

I was too busy taking pictures of my food to take any pictures of myself, but I wore this cute ass Christmas light strand sequin sweater dress that was festive as fuck 🎄

Hot Cocoa Bar.
Thursday, December 21, 2023

diy hot chocolate bar

I’m officially off of work till New Year’s, so I’ll just be here till then ✌🏼

Custom.
Thursday, December 21, 2023

One Christmas, my aunt texted the whole family and was like, “If you’re married or over the age of 25, you will not be getting a gift this year.” I was like, “So not only am I old and single, I also won’t be getting presents this Christmas???” 🤣 My mom’s sisters and grandma used to give all the kids gifts and with all the kids having their own kids, it was getting to be a lot.

I usually don’t give gifts to all my cousins and their kids (there’s over 20 of those little fuckers!), but with my health scare this year, and all the love and support I’ve received, I thought why not???

I hardly use my cricut the rest of the year, but I bust that shit out for Christmas.

personalized whiskey glass

personalized ornament

san diego padres beer

personalized shadow box

It was already a bitch to weed out all the letters before the strokes, but it was even tougher after. The strokes made my hands weaker and shakier, so it took me longer than necessary to weed all the letters. I also need more help opening jars. I used to have beautiful penmanship, but now I try to print everything I can on my computer. I only write my rent checks and sign restaurant receipts 😅 I also used to have a nice singing voice (I was in advanced choir in high school—I have the sequin dresses and nude character shoes to prove it), but after the strokes, I kinda sound like Marge Simpson 😅 I was telling the girls this story about this Manhattan Beach woman who had Alzeimer’s that I used to see missing flyers for. She went to LACMA with her husband, used the bathroom and then wandered off. I was like, “And years later, they found her BONES!” and Shi was like, “Your voice makes your stories sound 100x scarier!” 😅

custom christmas gift tags

That’s a wrap on 2023!

Fir.
Tuesday, December 19, 2023

harry potter christmas tree

My sister had a real Christmas tree last year, but didn’t want to deal with vacuuming all the needles and having to trash it afterwards again, so she got this artificial one.

aroma360 scent cold diffuser

She and her husband love the real tree smell, though, so I got some fraser fir fragrance oil for my scent diffuser, and now it smells like Christmas up in this bitch.

FYI if you didn’t already know, my sister is a Potterhead.

Holiday Swag Bag.
Friday, December 15, 2023

holiday swag bag

Get you a friend who gives holiday swag bags (It’s me. I’m the friend.) ❤️💚

Holidays.
Saturday, December 2, 2023

yorkie

My sister is in Vegas again, so I’m at my parents’ house cuddling with this good boi and I’ve already burned 2 bags of popcorn in the microwave. Feels like the holidays.

How I Holiday.
Saturday, November 25, 2023

spiked hot chocolate in mason jar with baileys

BRB making spirits bright around here 🎄

spiked hot chocolate with baileys

What, you don’t like Irish whiskey and a massive amount of mini marshmallows in your hocho? Or do you not call hot chocolate ‘hocho’??? 😆

Holla Days.
Friday, November 24, 2023

Only 30 more days till Christmas!

hidden money candy mason jars

Spoiler alert, I’m the fun aunt 💰🎄🎅🏻✨

Feast Mode.
Thursday, November 23, 2023

It’s leg day, y’all! 🍗

I had to get this tiny cornucopia, partly because it’s Thanksgiving, but mostly because it reminded me of The Hunger Games.

My mom’s deep fryer decided to stop working after we already dry rubbed four cornish game hens, so my uncle just deep fried them on the stove in a big ass pot of peanut oil. They turned out great! They were so small, they looked like baby birds, but I was assured these weren’t babies LOL. One time, I was watching an episode of Chopped, and one of the secret basket ingredients was a suckling goat and I burst into tears and changed the channel when I saw it. As a rule, I don’t eat any baby animals. Only fully grown animals that have had a good life 😆

Update 11/24/2023: Pammie told me that cornish game hens are slaughtered when they reach 4 WEEKS of age, so I won’t be eating them anymore 😅

king crab legs

King crab legs were on sale for $199 for 10 pounds at Costco! I’ve seen it upwards of $400, so this was a steal. Plus, we were near the Costco Business Center, so we went to that one and there were no lines on a Saturday!

Pumpkin pie hack: I bought a big ass pumpkin pie from Costco, used a biscuit cutter to cut out individual servings, and topped them with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. Adorable!

The Costco Business Center doesn’t have a bakery (or food court), so we went to the Grossmont Costco and it was CRAZY. There is a hell, and it’s the Costco in La Mesa the weekend before Thanksgiving.

banana bread

My banana bread fixes things in the universe.

mahjong

If your family doesn’t gamble at holiday parties, are you even Asian???

Food Network.
Wednesday, November 1, 2023

food network holiday shows

If you need me, I’ll be here ✌🏼

Jingle Ball.
Sunday, October 29, 2023

jingle ball nyc 2023

New York in December, anyone???

Independence Day.
Wednesday, July 5, 2023

strawberry pretzel salad

I’ve always wanted to make this Strawberry Pretzel Salad (“a favorite dessert at many white trash gatherings” according to this website). It’s now a favorite dessert at Asian gatherings, and I’ll def be making it again!

smores cookie bars

These S’mores Cookie Bars lets you have s’mores (my favorite) without the campfire.

fruit

I cut up some fresh fruit to confuse my body.

fireworks

Pammie’s rooftop is my favorite place to watch fireworks. She has a perfect view of the Olympic Training Center.

Hot Dog Summer.
Tuesday, July 4, 2023

nathan's hot dog eating contest

…or how I start every 4th of July.

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest was delayed for 2 hours because of the NYC rain, but I eventually got to watch Joey Chestnut win his 16th mustard belt 🌭

Swag Bag.
Tuesday, July 4, 2023

4th of july goodie bag

I got hot sauce in my bag, swag

– Beyoncé, “Formation”


They’re like the goodie bags my friends give out at their kids’ birthday parties, only better (plus you don’t have to fight any kids for the Mexican candy after they hit it out of the piñata).

If you want more Furikake Chex Mix, you can find my sister’s husband at the Otay Ranch Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays. He says he’s gonna sell it there 🤣

Happy 4th! 🇺🇸

Happy Father’s Day.
Sunday, June 18, 2023

seneca

seneca

dole whip

All my dad wanted for Father’s Day was a beer on a rooftop (@ Seneca)

The dole whip at the food and craft market below was a bonus. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

Happy Mother’s Day.
Sunday, May 14, 2023

You’re funnier since you had the strokes. I mean, you were always funny, but you’re funnier now.

– my mom to me after I razzed my pops

Maybe my migraines were hindering my funniness (I haven’t had a headache since the incident, and I used to take Excedrin every day!). Or maybe it’s just because I’m on anti-depressants now LOL.

I don’t know about funnier, but I’m definitely meaner. Or maybe I’ve always been mean ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Anyway, get you a mom who always laughs at your jokes.

Happy Mother’s Day to all who celebrate!

Hoppy Easter.
Sunday, April 9, 2023

bonit valley

Hoppy Easter (@ Bonita Valley Community Church)

See’s.
Saturday, March 18, 2023

see's scotchmallows

See’s is everywhere in LA, and I never understood how they stayed in business until I had a Dark Scotchmallow in my thirties.

I ordered some limited edition Dark Mint Scotchmallows from their website (they were sold out for St. Patty’s Day at my local See’s), and I allow myself half a piece a day LMAO.

(FYI, I also like Dark Salted Caramels and Toffee-ettes.)

Happy New Year!
Sunday, January 1, 2023

Reindeer Games.
Monday, December 26, 2022

If your mom isn’t swinging an ornament between her legs for money, is it even Christmas???

Here We Go.
Friday, December 23, 2022

Escaping LA for the holidays be like…

Holiday Cheer.
Thursday, December 22, 2022

LA kings holiday ice at LA live

pink's hot dogs

Two things still warm this heart: freshly zambonied ice and chili dogs (@ LA Live / Pink’s)

Bah Humbug.
Wednesday, December 21, 2022

christmas is canceled

…or my work sending out a departmental email letting us know that we’ll only be getting the day after christmas off instead of the entire week (like we have for the previous 7 years).

Excuse me while I open this box of fruit-by-the-foot I bought for my nephew and eat my feelings.

Christmas Bush.
Monday, December 19, 2022

fiddle leaf fig christmas tree

Who needs a christmas tree when you can just throw some lights on a fiddle leaf fig bush?

How I Holiday.
Sunday, November 27, 2022

jingle juice sangria

Jingle Juice

3 oz merlot
¾ oz fireball whisky
1 oz orange juice
1 oz pomegranate syrup
6 pineapple tidbits
1 lime (squeeze and drop)
1 orange slice
1 cinnamon stick (for garnish)

Labor Day.
Tuesday, September 6, 2022

BBQ with a side of UV this past holiday weekend.

I escaped the LA heat for Pammie’s house where she keeps the thermostat at a cool 68°. Jessie came over and was like, “68?! I only do that in a hotel!”

Uhh, is this not a hotel??? My sister’s husband told me checkout is at noon 😆

Party in the USA.
Tuesday, July 5, 2022

nathan's hot dog eating contest

My sister’s husband is convinced that I secretly have a poster of Joey Chestnut in my apartment, and I can’t confirm or deny that.

patriotic charcuterie board

Red, white and blue (cheese) – I was that asshole at three different grocery stores looking for that slice of heaven that is humboldt fog in the artisanal cheese aisle to complete my board.

rooftop bbq

Views and ‘cue – two of my favorite things. This private rooftop is a dream.

Not pictured: me almost lighting my hair on fire after some lunatic let me be in charge of the short ribs

king crab legs

Listen, sometimes you have to choose between buying a box of costco king crab legs or paying your rent. Luckily, Pammie bought these babies and afforded me another month in my studio. Ha.

white claw fridge

Is it even a party if you don’t stock your wine fridge with white claw???

icee maker

Alicia got me this icee machine for my birthday a few years ago, and I don’t know why I waited so long to bust it out (besides diabetes and the lack of counter space). I’m pretty sure Shi and I had more icees than the kids did!

crumbl

Christine came through with the Crumbl cookies!

fireworks

Added bonus: The rooftop has a clear view of the fireworks from the olympic training center.

sparklers

I hope everyone’s 4th was as lit as the illegal fireworks we bought on the side of the road!

Thanks to Pammie for hosting the best party ever at her new digs! Same time next year???

Early Bird Special.
Sunday, May 8, 2022

pancake fundraiser

I woke up at the butt crack of dawn to drive down to SD so that my beautiful mom could serve me breakfast at a pancake fundraiser. That’s love. Hope everyone had a nice mother’s day!

Trash Day.
Thursday, January 6, 2022

christmas trees trash

Christmas is over, ya filthy animals.

NYE.
Saturday, January 1, 2022

prince waikiki nye fireworks

It’s a good thing I didn’t have to leave our hotel room to see these fireworks, because I barely made it to midnight Hawaii time!

Happy new year from this old broad (@ Prince Waikiki)

Holidaze.
Tuesday, December 21, 2021

crypto.com ice skating rink

Christmas (@ Crypto.com)

There is a hell and it’s DTLA during a lakers game the week of christmas.

Not pictured: The 500 people in line for ice skating and the $40 parking garage.

Halloween.
Monday, November 1, 2021

fb memory halloween

This Halloween, I deep cleaned my apartment and installed a new area rug. What has become of my life?

Magical.
Sunday, October 31, 2021

halloween redondo beach

What, your neighbor’s halloween decor doesn’t include conjoined unicorns???

halloween redondo beach

11/20: You guys, they’ve updated it for Thanksgiving.

Mother’s Daycation.
Monday, May 10, 2021

mimosa bar

mimosa cheers

Poolside mom-osas, anyone??? (@ Lakehouse Hotel and Golf Resort)

Hope everyone had a great mother’s day!

Salami Mami.
Sunday, May 9, 2021

charcuterie board - salami rose

Thanks to all the moms out there (and to tiktok for teaching me the art of salami roses!). If this graphic design thing doesn’t work out, I think I’ll just make charcuterie boards for a living.

Easter.
Sunday, April 4, 2021

broiled lobster tails

The only shells we cracked this Easter!

Valentine’s Day.
Sunday, February 14, 2021

crumbl cookies goses are red the bruery beer

BRB eating my feelings.

Hot Chocolate Bombs.
Friday, February 12, 2021

hot chocolate cocoa bomb

hot chocolate cocoa bomb

hot chocolate cocoa bomb

hot chocolate cocoa bomb

Sweets for my sweets ❤️

Makers Gonna Make.
Thursday, December 31, 2020

custom christmas gift tags

etched whiskey glasses

personalized acrylic christmas ornament

custom kids apron

san diego padres beer

cricut maker gif

That’s a wrap on 2020! Pammie upgraded me to the new Cricut Maker, so 90% of the gifts I gave were personalized (the other 10% was whatever I could amazon prime at the eleventh hour).

Canceled.
Friday, December 25, 2020

whatsapp christmas canceled

This is the first holiday I’ve spent without my crazy family, and I miss all their ugly faces. Hope everyone had a safe and merry christmas!

Lola.
Thursday, November 12, 2020

Oh, my filipino heart. Are you trying to kill me, Disney??? 😭

They got everything right about our culture, from the mano po to the parol to the sewing kit inside the danish butter cookie tin… Love, love, love this christmas ad and miss my lolas more than ever 💔

Monster Bash.
Sunday, November 1, 2020

halloween punch-a-bunch

deadly diner halloween sign

fill bakeshop mochi donuts halloween

skull cakes

kamayan seafood boil

Double, double, seafood boil and trouble 🖤

Independence Day.
Saturday, July 4, 2020

bbq backyard

Views and ‘cue on this 4th of July!

Level Up.
Saturday, July 4, 2020

(via @heatherland_iaintdoinit)

I need you to be on this level if you’re going to watch the annual hot dog eating contest with me (I’m talking to you, Pamela Jean. Look alive!).

Hoppy Easter.
Sunday, April 12, 2020

bunny filter

Is it even Easter if I don’t use the bunny filter when we facetime today???

Holiday Recap.
Sunday, January 5, 2020

diy christmas gift tags

That’s a wrap on 2019!

diy reinbeers - alpine beer company - nelson

Let’s get blitzen, y’all…

“You smell like beef and cheese alcohol.”

Cuevas family gone wild!

This is what happens when you hide a $20 bill inside a roll of costco saran wrap and tell everyone there’s $100 in there LOL!

One hour and two broken nails later…

grandma bingo

It wouldn’t be the holidays if my grandma didn’t lose $50 playing bingo and and curse like a sailor while doing so! Ha.

Home for the Holidays.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

rocky - in loving memory - dog - personalized custom keychain

rocky puppy hat

The holidays aren’t the same without you, bud 💔

Give Thanks.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

happy endings - secrets and limos - please don't do me - penny gif

…or me when my bff’s family was done going around the table saying what they were all thankful for, and her 6-year-old daughter says, “Now let’s say what we hate about each other.”

I find this kid equally amusing and terrifying.

Turkey Day.
Thursday, November 28, 2019

deep fried turkey

If anyone needs me, I’ll just be out here waiting for this turkey to deep fry and my druncle to stop asking me why I’m not married yet.

Get Lit.
Monday, November 25, 2019

article caliper shelf christmas lights

One month till Christmas!

‘Murica.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Unsolicited fact about me: This is how I start every 4th of July.

Mood.
Tuesday, January 1, 2019

rocky puppy hat

Even Rocky is bummed I have to go back to work tomorrow.

Christmas Vacation.
Monday, December 31, 2018

christmas-card-lane-san-diego1.jpg

christmas card lane san diego

Someone please buy a house in this neighborhood so I can slang keurig cocoa in your driveway during the holidays (@ Christmas Card Lane)

sugarpaper gift wrap wrapping paper christmas diy bakers twine black white and gold

The gold foil is extra, but so am I ✨

(Materials: Sugar Paper JOY Gift Wrap / Sugar Paper Decorative Ribbon / Mini Christmas Ornaments / iCraft Deco Gold Foil)

cuevas christmas left right center

If your family doesn’t gamble at parties, are you even Asian?

I won $30 off these suckas during an intense game of LCR. I guess I’ll have to put that money towards a new Calphalon baking sheet!

yorkie

Stage 5 clinger alert 🚨🚨🚨

if you can read this, don't bother me i am watching lifetime movies

This photo of Ray in the socks I gave him pretty much sums up the rest of my Christmas vacation (sorry for revealing your secret shame!)

Christmas Cheers.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

christmas cheers

I’ll have one… one of everything! (@ BJ’s Brewhouse)

Alicia and I drank our way through their holiday cocktail list. The blood orange pom fireball sangria tastes like Christmas in your mouth! It’s def going on the menu for any and all future holiday spreads.

Thankful.
Thursday, November 22, 2018

thankful

I know so many people who are going through tough times right now (the death of a parent, the loss of their family home, and trouble conceiving, to name a few)… Besides LA traffic, my only other gripe is that I’ve been working long hours, and my postmates driver (that my work pays for) forgot to include utensils with my order last night, so I had to eat my calamari in my office with my bare hands like an animal. I feel like an asshole even mentioning it. All things considered, I have so much to be thankful for.

Currently.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

LA holiday traffic 405 gif

There is a hell and it’s the 405 during the holidays (and pretty much any other time of year).

Christmas in LA.
Thursday, November 1, 2018

the grinch movie los angeles

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch (@ Redondo Beach)

Halloween Week.
Monday, October 29, 2018

Luckily, I already used the restroom before getting into the elevator at work this morning (@ SKX Advertising)

Independence Day.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

viejas fireworks

viejas buffet beer

viejas buffet lobster

The 4th of July fell on bottomless beer and lobster night this year (@ Viejas)

What a time to be alive.

Love Destiny.
Monday, February 5, 2018

valentine's day plans

Sounds about right.

Back to the Grind.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

morning people vs me dogs waking up in car gif

Actual footage of me waking up for work today after being on vacation for two weeks. Yikes!

Christmas Mass.
Monday, December 25, 2017

adventuresofchris chat

My sister went to Christmas mass while I stayed home to avoid burning for my sins wrap presents at the eleventh hour! Ha.

Happy Holidays.
Monday, December 25, 2017

holiday christmas party invite invitation

mason jar holiday gift money m&m candy

diy christmas holiday gift tags typography modern design

That’s a wrap! 🎁

IDGAF.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

everyday bravery pin - emily mcdowell

Christmas gift from my boss… I think she’s onto me.

Holiday Ice.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

pershing square holiday ice skating dtla

I’ll be here all winter ✌🏻 (@ Pershing Square Holiday Ice Skating Rink)

Holiday Ice.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

la live holiday ice skating rink

Unsolicited fact about me: I can ice skate circles around you ⛸ (@ LA Live Holiday Ice)

Cinco de Mayo.
Friday, May 5, 2017

baja ponchos dog mexican blanket

#FBF to these three amigos in their Baja Ponchos 🇲🇽

Mother’s Day.
Sunday, May 8, 2016

strawberry rhubarb pie - smitten kitchen

I baked my mom a pie, but her love for strawberry rhubarb doesn’t run as deep as mine. Good thing we got her sold-out Adele tickets as a back-up!

The highlight of my weekend was seeing my mom jump up and down and scream like a fangirl when she opened her gift. A very close second would have to be getting carded at the casino. Apparently, I look like I’m under 18 (#stillgotit). I was with my parents and Pammie who was not carded. And highly offended.

Recipe from Smitten Kitchen.

Memory Jar.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

common theory public house

Gingerbread ale and memory jars (@ Common Theory Public House)

I spent my holiday vacation back home in San Diego making memories with family and old friends.

Just after Christmas, my cousin and her family were involved in a devastating house fire that took the life of her daughter and everything they owned. It has been a difficult year for my family in general, and this tragedy solidified 2015 as the worst year ever! Hopefully 2016 is kinder to us all. A friend of the family set up a GoFundMe account if you would like to make a donation to help.

My dear friend, Jay, also lost his mom over the holidays, and I met up with him and friends I haven’t seen in forever at her memorial. I love seeing these guys, because no matter how much time has passed, we can all still pick up right where we left off. The highlight of my day was when Pammie and I walked into the chapel and Jay’s brother greeted us with arms wide open and a simple, “Bitches.” Classic Rome. Jay trying to give me dating advice was a very close second. The lowlight of my day had to be when my ex-boyfriend brought his fiancé and his parents to the memorial, and all I brought was my extra holiday weight. LOL. Just kidding. (I brought my sister, too.)

My resolution this year is to be better about staying in touch with family and friends. I have a tendency to close myself off, and I’m trying to work on that. You really never know when you’re going to lose your loved ones…

That’s a Wrap.
Friday, December 25, 2015

christmas gift wrapping kraft paper baker's twine calligraphy gift tags

Meant to Be.
Friday, December 25, 2015

thinking bout dat summer bod but also bout dem tacos sweater - tacopedia book

When you give your friend LA’s finest taco sweater, and she gives you Mexico’s best-selling taco book…

Cranberry Bliss Cookies.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

cranberry bliss cookies

CRANBERRY BLISS COOKIES
Adapted from Gimme Some Oven

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE COOKIES:
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup dried cranberries

FOR THE FROSTING:
1 (8 oz.) bar cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup white chocolate chips, melted in the microwave or double-boiler
2 tsp. orange extract
3 cups powdered sugar

FOR THE TOPPING:
1 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
1/4 cup white chocolate chips, melted in the microwave or double-boiler

DIRECTIONS:

TO MAKE THE COOKIES:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt until well-blended. Set aside.

Using an an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla and the eggs one at a time, beating in between to incorporate. Then reduce the speed to low, and slowly add in the dry ingredients. Increase the speed to medium, and continue beating until well-combined. Fold in the white chocolate chips and cranberries, and mix until just-combined. (Do not overmix.)

Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour. Then place dough by rounded tablespoon-fulls onto a baking sheet that has been prepared with parchment paper, at least 2.5-inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden around the edges. Remove pan, and transfer the cookies to a cooling rack until cool. Repeat with remaining dough until all cookies are baked. Wait until cookies reach room temperature before adding frosting and toppings.

TO MAKE THE FROSTING:

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together the cream cheese and melted white chocolate until combined. (**Be sure that your cream cheese REALLY is at room temperature before adding the white chocolate. Otherwise the chocolate could seize up.) Add in the orange extract and mix until combined. Then reduce speed to low and add the powdered sugar. Mix until incorporated. Then use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl, and beat once more for 1 minute on medium speed until the frosting is smooth. You can add more powdered sugar for a thicker frosting.

Spread the frosting on the cooled cookies. Then immediately sprinkle the frosted cookies with the chopped dried cranberries. And use a fork to drizzle on the frosting, swishing it back and forth over the cookies.

Friendsgiving.
Sunday, November 29, 2015

friendsgiving 2015

For Friendsgiving this year, I made an oxtail ragu that would bring you to your knees. It took me five hours to cook, and I didn’t finish until three in the morning! It was worth it, but I’ll probably never make it again (just like the chocolate babka I made in 2012). I hope you enjoyed my tender meat, because that’s the last time you’re ever gonna eat it! Ha.

Wake & Bake.
Thursday, November 26, 2015

ciabatta bread pudding

Bread pudding bound. Happy Thanksgiving, loves ♥

Dia De Los Muertos Festival.
Sunday, October 25, 2015

LA day of the dead 2015

LA day of the dead 2015

LA day of the dead 2015

I’m here for the tamales (@ Hollywood Forever Cemetery)

Netflix.
Thursday, February 12, 2015

netflix profile

Add a box of girl scout cookies and you’ve got my plans for this weekend.

Anthony had me create my own profile on his Netflix account so that my chick flick recommendations wouldn’t get mixed in with his chick flick recommendations, obvi.

If only Amazon Prime had this feature so I could stop getting his beard oil recommendations for a healthier, kissable beard.

Christmas.
Thursday, December 25, 2014

diy christmas gift tags

Venice Vibes.
Saturday, December 20, 2014

venice beach christmas lights

Happy Holidays from Manhattan Beach.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

free parking los angeles

You know you live in LA when free parking is a gift.

Labor Day.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

wood between legs

…or the only day Anthony gets to have his wood between my legs and his meat in my mouth! Not gonna lie, he smokes some damn good BBQ…

From the Heart (and Other Parts).
Friday, February 14, 2014

I think you're really sexy. Even when we're 69ing and my nose is so close to your butt hole.

let's bang i mean let's hang no i didn't

Before I met you, I thought ass sex wasn't my thing.

You don't need a spoonful of sugar to make me go down.

django valentine

ja feel ja definitely feel

Cookie Challenge.
Thursday, December 26, 2013

cookie challenge

This is how my crazy family does christmas!

Sliding a cookie from your forehead to your mouth isn’t easy (I know it’s hard to believe since I made it look so effortless).

$5 richer and missing these clowns already ♥

dwight howard cookie challenge

DIY Christmas Gift Tags.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013

DIY christmas gift tags - typography - kraft paper - baker's twine

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013

dulce de leche cheesecake

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

Ingredients:

Crust:
1 1/2 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup white sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted

Filling:
1 can (13.6 oz.) dulce de leche (you can find this at Target or most grocery stores next to the condensed milk in the baking aisle)
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Glaze:
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1 tbsp chocolate liqueur or heavy cream

Directions:

Make the crust. Position an oven rack in the middle position and preheat oven to 325F. Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides. Spray parchment paper with non-stick spray.

Mix the graham crackers, sugar and butter. Press mixture evenly onto bottom of baking pan. Bake 10 minutes, then place on a cooling rack to cool for 5 minutes.

Make the filling. Spread the dulce de leche evenly over the graham crust, then place pan in refrigerator while you prepare the cream cheese layer.

Beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the sugar and continue to beat on medium-high for another 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl if necessary. Beat in the vanilla extract.

Pour the cream cheese mixture over the dulce de leche layer and spread evenly, and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until the center only slightly jiggles. Remove from the oven and cool completely-about 2 hours.

Glaze the cake. Heat the chocolate, butter, liqueur and light corn syrup in a double boiler or in a microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring until smooth. Cool for about 10 minutes. Pour the glaze over the cheesecake, tilting the pan to ensure the top is coated evenly. Chill for several hours-or at least 30 minutes before serving.

Lift the cheesecake from the pan using the parchment handles and slice into squares using a sharp knife, wiping it clean after each cut. Let the pan sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes before you lift the bars out and cut them. The chocolate glaze will crack if you cut them while they are still very cold.

Thanksgiving Weekend.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

thanksgiving 2013

  • Our Thanksgiving dinner consisted of enough chinese food to feed a small village plus a turkey (which a chinese restaurant deep fried for us for $25). Ha. Is it weird that I’ve never had stuffing before?
  • Bingo, bitches! Now I know where I get my competitiveness and foul mouth from… I’ve never heard my grandma curse so much in my life!

  • The Debutante @ The Haven. Good beer and good pizza with good friends.

  • I haven’t been home in a while, and Rocky clearly misses me! I found this cuddle bug in my old bed every night I was in town.

Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding.
Sunday, December 1, 2013

chocolate croissant bread pudding - barefoot contessa - ina garten recipe

We had more dessert than actual food on Thanksgiving, and this chocolate croissant bread pudding I made tasted like a slice of heaven! I’m pretty sure I saw the face of Jesus while eating it. This will probably happen again for Christmas.

Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding
Adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

Ingredients
3 extra-large whole eggs
8 extra-large egg yolks
5 cups half-and-half
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
10 chocolate croissants (I used a box of 10 from the Vons bakery)

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the whole eggs, egg yolks, half-and-half, sugar, and vanilla. Set the custard mixture aside.

Slice the croissants into 1-inch cubes. In a 10 by 15 by 2 1/2-inch oval baking dish, distribute the cubed croissants evenly. Pour the custard over the croissants and allow to soak for 10 minutes, pressing down gently.

Place the pan in a larger one filled with 1-inch of hot water. Cover the larger pan with aluminum foil, tenting the foil so it doesn’t touch the pudding. Cut a few holes in the foil to allow steam to escape. Bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for 40 to 45 more minutes or until the pudding puffs up and the custard is set. Remove from the oven and cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Permanent Press.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

new girl - thanksgiving - turkey in dryer - permanent press
new girl - thanksgiving - turkey in dryer - permanent press

My Epicurious Thanksgiving Feast pinterest board won first place and an All-Clad Stainless Roasting Set just in time for the holidays!

Now if only I could figure out how to roast a turkey…

Walker.
Thursday, October 31, 2013

zombie costume

Not gonna lie, I peed a little when I saw Lorenzo at work today.

Clear.
Thursday, December 27, 2012

drinking grandmas

My future is as clear as the shots of vodka my grandmas were doing on Christmas.

Christmas Wrapping.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012

the mindy project pact gif the mindy project pact gif
the mindy project pact gif the mindy project pact gif

The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping

Making Spirits Bright.
Monday, December 24, 2012
sippin on jingle juice stemless wine tumbler
spiked hot chocolate in mason jar with baileys
christmas gift tags typography bakers twine design modern
Black Friday.
Saturday, November 24, 2012

macbook pro with retina display - cracked bezel - binder clips

Oh hey, I’m just blogging from my new Macbook Pro with retina display. No bigs!

I bought it with two credit cards and the promise of my firstborn, but I don’t have to use my old macbook held together by binder clips anymore, so I’m just going to focus on that.

I never thought I’d be shopping on Black Friday or eating Hot Dog on a Stick at two in the morning (or at any time really), yet there I was at Parkway Plaza with my sister and my preggo bestie doing both of those things…

Happy Halloween!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Enjoy Bill Hader corpsing while I go party at an abandoned whitefish factory in Little Israel.

Resurrection Sunday.
Sunday, April 8, 2012

I wanted to have red puffy paint blood dripping from the easter eggs, but I thought the bloody zombie bunny was morbid enough for my favorite 8-year-old. Maybe next year.

zombie easter basket

Christ promised a resurrection of the dead. I just thought he had something different in mind.

– Hershel, The Walking Dead
April Fool’s.
Sunday, April 1, 2012

someecard april fool's pregnant

Half of my facebook friends announced their pregnancies today.

Way to steal my thunder, bitches.

St. Paddy’s Day.
Sunday, March 18, 2012

tiger! tiger! beer margarita

St. Paddy’s Day doesn’t usually register as a blip on my radar, so I intended on having a low key movie night instead… which turned into beers with Shi and Anthony at Tiger! Tiger!… followed by house margaritas at my house… followed by me waking up on my bathroom floor (not pictured). So… just another Saturday.

Declined.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

titanic 3d screening

I’d love to, but I already have plans to wear sweatpants and free up some space on my DVR tonight. Maybe some other time.

Lucky.
Monday, January 23, 2012

chinese new year red envelope

I picked the luckiest red envelope at work today! In other news, I’ve forgiven the white elephant gods for my booby prize.

Happy New Year!
Sunday, January 1, 2012

NYE 2012 Las Vegas

It was my last NYE in my 20s, so I thought I would go out with a bang. Today, I woke up in Las Vegas sore as hell and $300 richer! Sadly, it wasn’t nearly as exciting as it sounds.

“Not your grandma’s flan” cupcakes.
Sunday, December 25, 2011

leche flan cupcakes

I was doing everything short of bending time and space to get these damn flans out of my supposedly nonstick brioche pans when my aunt turned to me and said, “It’s so hard being Martha Stewart, isn’t it?”

It really is.

Oh, cruel world.
Thursday, December 22, 2011

anthropologie birthday discount

Not only did I receive a reminder from Anthropologie that I’m turning thirty next month, but I also got stuck with a “family” frame (for the husband and kids I don’t have) at the white elephant gift exchange at my office today.

If only I had picked the booze that Jesse brought so I could drown my sorrows.

3:18 PM Jesse: so im going to the home depot parking lot in 15 minutes to buy nye tickets from dude off craigslist
  me: i hope you have your gat strapped
3:21 PM Jesse: if im not back in 30 minutes, call the police cuz ive likely been stabbed and robbed
  me: can i have your white elephant gift if you don’t come back?
3:22 PM Jesse: of course
All the livelong day.
Thursday, December 22, 2011

sony earbuds christmas gift

I’m pretty sure this is Jesse’s way of saying that he no longer appreciates hearing me blast Young the Giant in my shitty earbuds all the livelong day.

Merry Christmas to us both!

Homemade Bliss.
Sunday, December 11, 2011

homemade cranberry bliss bars starbucks

I always wish for two things during the holidays:

  1. A KitchenAid Stand Mixer
  2. Starbucks’ seasonal Cranberry Bliss Bars

I figured out how to make my own bliss bars, and now I can have them anytime I want! These were good, but they would taste even better if they were made with a KitchenAid stand mixer 😉

Happy Thanksgiving!
Thursday, November 24, 2011

new girl thanksgiving douchebag jar new girl thanksgiving douchebag jar
new girl thanksgiving douchebag jar new girl thanksgiving douchebag jar
Making whoopie (pies!)
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

bourbon pumpkin spice whoopie pie

I made bourbon pumpkin spice whoopie pies for Thanksgiving this year. They’re filled with cream cheese, love, and that mini bottle of Maker’s Mark that I keep in my purse.

I love baking with booze… and sometimes I even put it in the food 😉

Happy Halloween.
Monday, October 31, 2011

someecard google plus

True story. I’m not sure why I have a Google+ account. Most of the gmail contacts they suggest to me are people that I know, but deliberately choose not to be friends with, and the rest of them are craigslisters I’ve risked my life meeting for casual encounters concert tickets. And so I’m left with 7 friends in my circle. I’d ask them what they’re doing for Halloween, but I really have no idea how to use this thing.

Reminder.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

valentine's day hearts

Arlene’s 7-year-old daughter, Gisella, made me a Valentine’s Day card at school because she knew I didn’t have a Valentine this year. Thanks for the reminder, kid! Haha. I love that little munchkin. I would pin her card up in my cube at work, but it’d be overshadowed by Belle’s gaggle of heart-shaped balloons!

Zen Sanctuary.
Monday, February 14, 2011

zen sanctuary massage

It’s Monday. It’s Valentine’s Day. Some deep tissue action at Zen Sanctuary was def necessary.

Happy New Year!
Saturday, January 1, 2011

let's resolve to make better bad decisions this year

Christmas Recap.
Friday, December 31, 2010

Yes, I realize there’s more footage of food than there is of my grandma. Get off me.

Food and liquor.
Sunday, December 26, 2010

sorry you're ugly christmas card

Should I consider it a warning sign that all the presents I got for Christmas revolve around food and liquor?

You guys know me so well.

Red velvet.
Friday, December 24, 2010

red velvet cupcakes in a jar

Chel gave me this awesome idea to put red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting inside jars for the holidays! Could these be any cuter???

Christmas came early!
Monday, December 20, 2010

I’ve been winning tons of stuff lately… an autographed CD from Meaghan Smith, Konami’s Glee Karaoke Revolution Wii game, that pizza eating contest at Marechiaro’s… (is it a contest if I’m the only one participating?)

Last week, I won tickets for Day 10 of The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s 12 Days of Giveaways! Pammie was the one who signed me up in the first place, so I took her with me to the taping in LA. It was one of the best days of my life, and I’m not lying like I usually am when I say that.

ellen show 12 days of giveaways

We laughed at Ellen’s jokes, drooled over Mark Wahlberg, listened to Olivia Wilde talk about Tron, danced with Ciara as she performed her new single, and screamed as Ellen unveiled all the Amazon.com gifts we were going home with:

Whoever said that material things can’t fill the void in your life has never been given $500 worth of Calphalon Cookware, obvi.

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