Thursday, April 9, 2015

First Day of School Wonderment

The hubs and I are cleaning up files and files of photos on the computer (this is a moment where I miss flipping through old pics, from a box.  Some stuck together, some way out of focus...) and my heart nearly split in half when I realized my little sugar has 3 'first day of school' pictures.  Seriously Logan, I adore the stuffing out of you.

First Day of Preschool.

She got in the program the day before this picture was taken,
as we were wait listed, as we had just decided we were buying
a house in the town, and got her on the wait list.  I remember
dropping her off.  She was so confused because she couldn't find
her best little friend that she went to a little 'school' progam with,
in our old community (in Oklahoma).  It broke my heart, but she
had the biggest heart and loved to play...I knew she would be great!

 First day of Pre-K

Oh dear. Seriously, this was as good of a pic I could
snap on that day, but I cherish it because that was
where she was in life.  Now, she can ham it up for the
camera...just wasn't into it then.

 First day of Kindergarten.

 As the first year of elementary is in its final weeks
I am still most  thankful for our walk
to school each morning.

Now time, slow the heck down!!!





Friday, March 6, 2015

Crunchy Coconut Cookies


Kid Tested and Approved!

I remembered, super last minute, that I needed to bring a dessert to a party.  I popped a quick look in the pantry and came up with these cookies.  So easy (as they start with a bag of cookie mix) and so so so tasty!

What you need:
1 bag of Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
5 T butter (soft)
3/4 cup Shredded Coconut (unsweetened)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla bean paste (a must for your pantry!)
1/4 tsp pure almond extract (optional, but lovely)
1/4 tsp sea salt
raw sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

 Combine all of the ingredients listed above (except the raw sugar) 
and use a small kitchen scoop.  I end up creating 2 dough balls from
each scoop (this is a small, roughly 2 tablespoon scoop).  So, if you do not have
a small scoop, roughly size out a heaping tablespoon for each dough ball.
Then roll the tops of the dough in raw sugar, gently pressing the dough
to create a disc.  Place cookie dough discs, sugar side up, on a parchment
lined baking sheet (you will fit about 20 small discs on a standard size sheet)

Bake for 9-11 minutes, until the edges start to turn golden.


Allow cookies to cool and then you will have delicious, 3 bite cookies
that are crispy and crunchy on the outside and a little bit chewy on the inside.

Trust me, these will be a crowd pleaser!!

xo.

Friday, February 27, 2015

2015 Sundance Film Festival, Part 2

We arrived in Park City and hit the ground running, quickly accepting that once again we were on a kid-free trip, yet we way-under-rested-mamas would not sleep a wink!

Ethan Hawke.  He looked a bit rough last year,
so it was so nice to see him cleaned up a bit this year. 

He will forever be a favorite, because of Reality Bites,
but I am excited for all the acclaim he is receiving this
awards season for Boyhood.

Christopher Abbott.  Who I looooved as Marnie's
boyfriend on Girls.  Later that day we got to see him in the
premiere of James White.

Hailee Steinfeld in town to promote Ten Thousand Saints,
We tried for tickets.  No dice.  A solid cast, and I heard
good reviews during the week.  I can't wait to see it.

He is a Sundance staple!  I do love me some

Clearly I heart him.  I practically wrapped myself in his jacket.
 As always, my scruples are out the window on this trip.

Emile Hirsch. Was this before or after he drunkenly
beat up a women, at an industry party, during the
festival? I liked him, as an actor, until I heard about
that bit of shenanigans. 

Jeff and Jordan.  They met on Big Brother, but
I remember watching them on the Amazing Race.

and...I was the only one who recognized them
and knew their names.  If there is ever a
wicked low brow version of Jeopardy, sign me up!


Emile Hirsch and Hailee Steinfeld.

Hailee Steinfeld & Kristen Wiig

She then recognized me from the airport.  I told
her she looked much less 'flu-like' and should now
stop for a real pic.
Haaaa!
James Marsden.  We chatted OKC with him.

Can we have a moment?  KEVIN SMITH!
Dear God, I love him!  

We were so excited we scored tickets to this film

James White was a good see.  Hard to watch at times, but overall 
I do appreciate the story, and the casting was spot on. 

Here's Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon during the
Q&A with the audience, after the premiere.  I say it every single
time, but it is such a treat to hear the cast and crew discuss the film.

Christopher Abbott and the film's director, Josh Mond

post premiere Q&A. 

I geeked out when I saw director Cutter Hodierne.
He brought the excellent film I mentioned after
last year's festival, Fishing Without Nets (which
began as a short film at the festival in 2012, and received
funding to then be made into a feature).  It was nice
to chat with him, and some of the people behind that film
and to hear they were at this year's festival to receive a
grant...so I know that means more goodness to come on
the screen, by his direction.

He might be the douchiest of celebs:

I have never seen him act, but his maj douche-ness 
on Main Street leads me to assume he blows 
chunks all over the big screen.

Just sayin'!


Okay, I am out for now, but stay tuned for
more mamarazzi chronicles!!
xoxo

Monday, February 2, 2015

2015 Sundance Film Festival, part 1


One of my best friends and I ditched our husbands and kids for a few days of adventures in Park City, Utah for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The adventures began, the minute I departed my airplane as I had a long ass wait at the airport, waiting on my friend's arrival.  We had a slight mix up on our flight arrival times and I arrived 7 hours before her.  This girl here (me) made some damn fine lemonade out of those aiport lemons.  I got my camera out and went to work doing my mamarazzi thing. 


I legit had no clue who she was, but was like I totally 
know that face, and her name is Jennifer.  I did some
follow up research after latte purchase (see, we were at the
airport Starbucks). I think my ridiculous photographic
 memory can be credited to all the nights in college I slept 
with a  picture of Albert Einstein under my pillow. 

I was on the phone with my girlfriend (who at this point 
wasn't even at the airport to fly and meet me...we are 
quite the pair), drinking a latte WHEN I freaked the
eff out, hung up on my friend, spilled a bit of latte
on my leg as I noticed Kristen Wiig was walking past.

Whatevz, worst pic ever and she is totes a favorite.
I should try and remedy this upon arrival in Park City.

Or...I could march on over, let her know I didn't get
a good pic and ask for a redo right then and there.

We chatted a bit, but she was hesitant for a picture as
she was just getting over the flu.  So...she decided
this would cover up her flu face.  As if.  I still
absolutely adore the stuffing out of everything
she brings to the screen!


Where's Kevin Bacon, Yo!?!

Kellan Lutz insisted I be in the pic with him.  Too bad I decided
to dedicate my gaze to someone else's camera.

Mamie Gummer.  She looked HANGRY.

Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots

I can't even.  Adrian Grenier


Gaaaaaaw I was sooooo crazy excited!!! John Cusack
is one of my most favorite actors.  The driver didn't 
flinch over my excitement.  That's when it dawned 
on me Oh, Joan Cusack...I was still excited.

Joan Cusack arrived, and I realized she was crying
her eyes out.  So, I didn't keep snapping.

Jack Black.  He is not a favorite of mine, but the
 reviews of  The D Train, which premiered at the festival, 
have me excited to see this film. 



He goes by: Kid Cudi (musician)/Scott Mescudi (actor)
Had the pleasure of him seeing him the next day
in the film James White. Excellent!

Well friends, that's a wrap ON MY 7 HOURS AT THE SLC AIRPORT!
Just you wait...this year's festival was loaded with many a celeb sightings!!

Soon friends, soon.  I promise.
xo

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Fig & Arugula Flat Bread


Last weekend as my friend and I wandered up Main Street in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival we were invited to "lunch" by a sponsor of the events.  Dear Lord, their idea of lunch and our idea of lunch...different planets.  Though, I am so thankful we popped in as they were serving up  an amuse bouche of the most amazing flat bread I have ever had the pleasure of trying, and thanks to a few ingredients I had on hand I decided to attempt a copy cat version.  I think I won, as it tastes pretty spot on.

 
What you need:
  Flat Bread
Fig Spread
Honey
Arugula
Gruyere Cheese
White Truffle Oil
Sea Salt Flakes

On a baking sheet I placed store bought naan (which is a freezer
staple, in this house.  These were smaller in size, found at Costco). 
I topped each naan with a heaping tablespoon of Fig Butter (Trader Joe's)
 
 Lightly drizzle with honey

My little Benny is obsessed with the honey bear. He carries
it around and pats it on the back, like a baby doll.  It is the cutest/
messiest little thing ever, as I am constantly checking 'baby' to
make sure it isn't leaking all over the house.  
 
 Top with slices of Gruyere cheese.  
 
My sous chef Logi used the slicer to slice all of the cheese.  She was so proud.

Place baking sheet in a 350 degree oven and bake for 6-8 minutes,
 until the cheese is melted.

Immediately top warm flat breads with arugula,
then drizzle on white truffle oil and generously 
sprinkle with sea salt flakes.
 
This can be served as an entree, or sliced small
as a starter (or lunch, if you are a vendor during Sundance)

I am patting myself on the back as this is so spot on to the deliciousness
we wanted more of last week!  The blend of sweet from the fig and honey is 
perfectly balanced with the tender bite of gruyere cheese, the pepper of the
arugula and the buttery love of the white truffle oil.  
 
Oh and it was on the plate to be gobbled up within 20 minutes.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Parisian Rubbish


For reals, my mind was blown when we turned the corner off the sweetest little cobblestone alley in Paris and saw the most ridiculous pile of trash, waiting to be picked up.




Zac looked at the pile, looked at me, looked at the pile...and kindly
reminded me we were heading to Morocco and not taking a bike
with us.  Oh the injustice!