Monday, April 7, 2014

Warby Parker X Architecture For Humanity


I received an email from Warby Parker the other day asking if I could contribute a post for their new summer collection. Who me!? Of course I will…I love their glasses and I love what they do – They partner with non-profits like VisionSpring  to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.

For those of you who don't know about Warby Parker, they are an awesome internet-based company that sells classically crafted eyewear at a revolutionary price. No more $300 glasses from your Doctor! Yahooo!
And it gets even better…they let you try on 5 glasses at a time {5 days, 5 pairs, 100% free}! They’ll ship you the ones you like so you can try them on at home. You keep your favorite(s) and send back the rest on their dime. Pretty neat, huh?
This summer, Warby Parker is partnering with Architecture for Humanity, a non-profit that improves the livelihood of communities around the world through building safe places to learn, play and live. This Summer Warby Parker salutes Architecture for Humanity’s 15th Anniversary with two collaboration frames, Fowler and Aslin, inspired by an appreciation for streamlined angles and built-to-last materials.
A portion of each purchase goes to the organization, and as always, for every pair sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.
Very Cool.

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And here are some other Warby Parker classics that I love












Here are a few stories of the wonderful projects Architecture for Humanity has done overseas and here in the states. 

























If you want to learn more about Architecture for Humanity click here for information on their current projects and ways you can donate your time or money to help people all around the world.


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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Candied Orange Peels with Clove and Cinnamon


Ingredients
2 oranges
water
½ cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. clove
{+extra cinnamon and sugar for rolling}

Directions:
Peel 2 oranges and cut the peels into strips.
Boil the orange peels in water for 15 minutes. Change the water 3 times {to get rid of the bitter taste}.
Pour out the last round of bitter water into the sink.
Add 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon and 1 cup of water to the orange peels and boil slowly for another 15 minutes. Take out the orange peels and place them on a baking rack with wax paper underneath. The excess glaze will drip onto the wax paper for easy clean up. Once the orange peels are cool enough to handle, roll them in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar and place back on the rack until they have hardened.



Thursday, April 3, 2014

Potluck Time




One of my wonderful neighbors Tamara Miyao, recently started a fabulous website called Potluck Time -- dedicated to sharing delicious potluck recipes that she has created and collected over the years. 

"There’s nothing better than coming together with friends and family to share food and fun times. Many of my favorite recipes were gifts from others. And there is nothing more flattering than when I've made a dish that others want to make and share at their next potluck. My hope is that this will become your source for inspiring, delicious recipes."
- Tamara 

Here are links to some of here tasty recipes!




Good luck with Potluck Time Tamara! I can't wait to try all your yummy recipes!
~Brittany


Monday, March 17, 2014

Peanut Butter Mousse with Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans


This treat is definitely not kind to your hips, but it's OK to splurge once in awhile right? Sometimes I get cravings for some sweet, creamy peanut butter...this is heaven. And the bitter coffee beans add the perfect complimenting crunch.

Ingredients:

Peanut Butter Mousse
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup coconut cream
2 T creamy peanut butter
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp granulated sugar

Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans
1 cup chocolate chips
1 tbsp canola oil
1/2 cup whole vanilla coffee beans

Directions:

Mousse
Whip all ingredients together in a medium size bowl with electric beaters until smooth and semi-fluffy. Pour mixture into individual cups and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans
Melt 1 cup of chocolate chips with 1 tbsp. canola oil in microwaveable bowl for 30 seconds. Stir. Add more time if needed. Chocolate should have a drizzling consistency. 
Pour whole coffee beans into the melted chocolate. Stir with a fork to make sure the beans are evenly coated with chocolate. Scoop out the beans with a fork, tapping any excess chocolate off the beans. Place the beans on a lined {silpat mat or wax paper} cookie sheet.
Place chocolate covered beans in the freezer until hard.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Honeymoon Part 2: Monte Carlo, Monaco

--Part 2 of 14--
Honeymoon

For those of you who are just tuning in, Dan and I had an amazing month long European honeymoon and I'm just getting around to sharing the pictures of our epic adventure. We started in Barcelona, Spain where we spent a few days exploring the city before we boarded a ship and sailed to Monte Carlo.

What a beautiful place to wake up to! We spent the day at the beach and visited Prince Rainier's private car collection {Prince Rainier married the fabulous Grace Kelly in 1956, too cool huh? By the way, did you ever see her wedding dress? AMAZING!}. We had a perfect morning lounging on the beach, eating leftover croissants with jam and nutella that we smuggled from the ship. We found nice spot to set out our towels at the far end of the beach.


Beach Babe. And tiny shells instead of sand.^^^



^^^We decided to hike up to the fortress on the hillside for some great views of Monte Carlo.

^^^A nice couple offered to take our picture on the deck of the ship {sorry for the picture quality, we were using Dan's waterproof camera}.

^^^The Famous Monte Carlo Casino

^^^Is it weird that I like taking pictures of peoples windows? Yeah...it's borderline creepy, but I think they are lovely. Look at those shutters and lace! I would love to be a fly on the wall to see how people live here.

^^^It's crazy how these houses are built on the side of a cliff -- almost on top of each other.

^^^We walked through a tunnel to check out the other side of the city and found these pictures for sale posted on the tunnel wall. Grace Kelly you were one classy lady! 



^^^I found our boat. How magical is this? I dig the bohemian hammock. This will be our little putz around boat, we can dock it next to our giant yacht. Right Dan? No? We'll see...

^^^Pretty details everywhere you look!

^^^Prince Rainier's private car collection. So many gorgeous cars, immaculately restored to their original condition. 

^^^Love that red!

^^^Dan's in Heaven.

^^^ Some kind of snow cat used for polar expeditions.

^^^By the harbor with the palace in the background.

^^^Walking up to the palace.


^^^Picturesque old town Monaco.




^^^A view of Musee Oceanographique de Monaco

^^^A closer look of the rooftop garden and skate park from the previous picture.


^^^My favorite part of the day was when we were walking back to the ship {we had 30 minutes until departure}. We found these cool concrete stairs at the edge of the city that dropped off into the Mediterranean Sea; deep dark blue water as far as the eye could see. We both looked at each other and decided to run back to the ship and change into our suits for a quick swim. 

"Do we have enough time? Will the ship leave without us? We'll be soaking wet when we get back on!" 

So worth it. It was one of those moments that you want to freeze in time. We dove in and floated there. I clung onto my amphibious husband, a little terrified at what might be swimming around us but amazed at where we were -- surrounded by a palace on the hillside and Monte Carlo in front of us. How many opportunities do you get to do something like that? It was priceless.




^^^If you ever find yourself in Monte Carlo, check these out.



What a day!
P.S. We made it back to the ship in time!