Must Love Mondays! – Funny Animals Edition

Happy Tax Day Monday Sweeties! ::cringe::  With today being Monday and Tax Day I’ve decided to create a little Monday series called “Must Love Mondays!” Each Monday I will try to share 10 things that make me smile. They might be new awesome items you’d want to covet, awesome illustrations, cool posts about stuff – whatever it is, it’s supposed to make Mondays much sweeter.To make today even more amazing, I’ve decided to make today’s “Must Love Mondays!” post about the cutest things ever – animals doing adorable things! I bet after you scroll through these pics your Monday just may become the best Monday ever! (at least I hope!)
Picture

Draw in your dog’s eyebrows and try not to smile like this guy!
Picture

  Best photo bomber ever!
Picture

So sweet! Look at those lashes!
Picture

Yes please! Today is an “I need cuddles” kind of day.
Picture

Don’t mess with this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle! He’s got two daggers on his back!
Picture

OMG, that face!
Picture

This is a Quokka, the happiest thing on the planet. I need one
Picture

With this guy, every time is tequila time!
Picture

I too want to look this fabulous!
Picture

Pink. Unicorn. Pug. ‘Nuff said!

The Donut Man

My Top 5 Disneyland Desserts

PictureToday I’m talking about 2 of my favorite topics melded into one sweet package – Disneyland + Desserts! One of the best reasons to go to Disneyland is for all the treats that you can find. They impart that Disney magic on everything, even the food! Now, I still have not been to Disneyworld (I know, gasp!) so here I will share with you my favorite desserts from the Disneyland Park in CA in addition to a little ode to a sorely missed favorite of mine.

5. Caramel Apples

Picture

Now, even though these are farther away from my number 1 Disneyland dessert, the artistry of the caramel apples around the park are not to be dismissed. Disney is great at creating so many different types of caramel apples that you can’t help but want to collect them! The problem is that they are perishable so you can’t! I’ve seen the standard Mickey and Minnie caramel apples but I’ve also seen some awesome ones like a Cheshire cat apple, bunny apples, pumpkin apples and even a rainbow apple.

4. Churros

Picture

Imagine this – you’re walking around Disneyland, you’re tired, it’s crowded, you’re about to kill the people that are in your party because they don’t want to take a break and your feet are killing you and all of a sudden you smell it – the churro cart and everything melts away. All of a sudden you realize – “Hey, I’ll tell my friends it’s churro time!” After they oblige you’ve got an awesome Disneyland treat AND a reason to sit down and take a break! You can’t beat the churros at Disneyland. It’s not like they are a ton better than ones you can get outside of the park, but because you are in the park they do seem better. Also, some of the churro carts in the park offer dipping sauces like chocolate!

3. Mickey Ice Cream Bar

Picture

Ice cream shaped like Mickey – this is one of my favorite Disneyland summer treats! What’s great about most of the ice cream treat stands around the park is that they have a 3-D display of the ice cream novelties that you can buy. It’s always nice to have a visual of what you are about to eat like when you go to the Japanese food court at Mitsuwa (It’s a Southern California reference if you’re unfamiliar). This is a classic Disneyland dessert at it’s finest.

2. Mickey Shaped Beignets

Picture

Ummm, hello, fried dough + powdered sugar + Mickey mouse shapes = Smiles! I think the Mickey Mouse beignets at Cafe Orleans are one of the most unique things about Disneyland park. I mean, how do you get them that shape? Do they have a special cutter to do that? I almost want to stage (aka intern) in their kitchen just to learn how to make them. They are perfection.

1. Dole Whip

Picture

Ahh, and now we’ve come to my number one Disneyland dessert. I’m listing the Dole Whip as my number one treat mainly for nostalgic reasons. You can find the Dole Whip at the Dole Whip shack in front of the Tiki Tiki Room. The Tiki Tiki Room is one my parents favorite attractions at the park so getting a Dole Whip and watching the show always reminds me of family (Ohana). You are even welcome to enjoy your Dole Whip treat during the Tiki Tiki Room show but please, don’t throw it at the animatronics or I will hunt you down and kill you =)

And now, a little blast from the past – Fantasia Ice Cream

Picture

Now, I did tell you that I would share with you one more Disneyland dessert treat that is sadly no longer with us – Fantasia Ice Cream (super sad face!!). Back in the day, Disneyland’s main ice cream sponsor was Carnation Ice Cream. Carnation created an ice cream flavor ONLY available at Disneyland in CA and later at Disney California Adventures. This ice cream flavor was a color extravaganza with Banana, Pistachio and Cherry ice creams! It was almost like a rainbow sherbert without the sherbert and a taste similar to spumoni without the chocolate. Unfortunately, Carnation (which was later taken over by Nestle) was replaced by Dreyers and they felt there was not much demand for the flavor and the recipe has been lost to the public forever. You can recreate the flavor at Cold Stone Creamery, kind of, but of course it is nothing like the original. One of my life’s goals is to get this back in the park. If anyone who reads this has any incite on this lost gem please email me!
And there you have it, my top 5 Disneyland Desserts! What are yours?

Frank and Son Collectible Show

Imagine this, a place where you can let your nerd flag fly freely. A place where you are transported to a comic book convention every Saturday (and Wednesday!). A place where you can find that toy you lost so long ago because your classmate or cousin stole it behind your back when you were kids and now the mere sight of it brings tears to your eyes. Well my friends, if this place sounds like what you’ve been looking for your whole life then welcome to the Frank and Son Collectible Show.If you are a collector of most things than this place will not disappoint. At Frank and Son there are dozens of vendors that buy and sell comic books, toys, baseball cards, sports memorabilia, Disney pins, video games, barbie dolls, Japanese imports, etc. It really is like going to the San Diego Comic Con but on a smaller scale with slightly better parking. Walking down the aisles is like walking down memory lane. At times I’ve seen barbies that I’ve grown up with in addition to collectible toys that were sold out as soon as they were released.
Most recently I’ve seen this gem and am kicking myself at this moment for not buying it on the spot. Hopefully when I go back it’ll be there:
Picture
In addition to the toys of your past, present and future, Frank and Son also hold signings for sports, TV, Film, and Comic book stars. Look who’s showing up next week!:
Picture
If you are a lover and collector of all things awesome you definitely have to check out the Frank and Son Collectible Show. Here’s the info you’ll need to get there:Address:
19649 E. San Jose Ave
City of Industry, CA 91748They are open two days a week.
Wednesdays 3:00PM – 9:00PM &
Saturdays 9:00AM – 5:00PMBelow are some more pics of the amazingness that awaits you:

Picture
Picture
Top photo: The huge warehouse of Frank and Son
Quad Photo clockwise from top left to bottom left: The boyfriend staring longingly at Optimus Prime, Knight Rider Kiit Car model, Boy George and Partridge family dolls, old Nintendo games

Homemade Almond Milk! Yum!

I made almond milk for the first time after hearing so much about the almond milk from Pressed Juicery! This is sweetened with a little bit of date and some vanilla extract. It’s so fresh and delicious, like a healthy, natural melted milk shake. If you want to make your own just follow these steps:
ingredients:

1 cups of raw unsalted almonds
3.5 cups of filtered water
2-4 Pitted dates, depending on how sweet you want it
1 tsp of vanilla extract, or a whole vanilla bean if you like!
1/4 tsp of cinnamon
A pinch of sea salt
Tools Needed:
A blender (I used my nutribullet)
cheesecloth or specialized Nut Milk Bag or sieve
Directions:
1. In a bowl or container put the almonds in water until it’s covered. You’re going to soak these almonds for about 6-8 hours till the skins are soft. When you are done soaking the almonds drain and rinse them. Now, I took the skins off the almonds by easily slipping them off with my index finger and thumb. Some people don’t take the skins off but I guess it’s a matter of how you want your almond milk to look. Without the skins the almonds are white and therefore will produce a pure white milk.
2. Next put the almonds, filtered water, pitted dates, and vanilla in a blender or something like a nutribullet which I have. Since my nutribullet is small I halved the ingredients and did it in 2 batches.
3. Blend on the highest speed for 1 minute
4. Next strain your blended Almond milk through your cheesecloth/nut milk bag/sieve into another container. If using cheesecloth or a nutmilk bag squeeze the remaining almond milk into the container, almost like milking a cow!
5. Pour the almond milk back into the blender and add the cinnamon and salt and blend on low to combine.
6. Pour into a container and now you’re done! The milk will last for 3-5 days in the fridge. Use it for cereal or anywhere else you use milk! It’s also super delicious on it’s own!

Hobbies!

How many of you out there, like me, try to keep up with hobbies while trying to balance work and life!? I’ve always been a jack of all trades (Masterette of None, unfortunately) and am trying to slow down to enjoy the fun things in life. The next hobby I’m going to under take is sewing! I’ve signed up for my first sewing class (At The Urban Craft Center in Santa Monica, by the way. Jan 28th, join up and say hi!). I dream of making my own bags, totes, dresses and presents for friends. Hopefully work won’t pull me away from it so I can be a sewing machine (Ha!)!A few questions for everyone:What are your current hobbies or hobbies you want to learn?Are there any hobby that you’ve mastered and are pretty good at now?Any sewing learning tips?

The French Macaron – It was love at first bite!

According to Wikipedia the A macaron (/mɑːˈkæ rɵŋ/ mah--rhon)[1][2] is a sweet confectionery made with egg whites, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food coloring. The macaron is commonly filled with buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two cookies.

They are predominantly a French confection

I distinctly remember the first time I ever had a French Macaron. I was with my best friend out on a rare window shopping trip down Montana Ave in Santa Monica. We were having the best time and decided to walk into this small French bakery to make it even better. These little round discs caught my eye because first off I’ve never seen them before and second, they came in so many colors! Sweet pastel pink, green, blue, purple – you had to just imagine what these colors could taste like.To my surprise they were crispy on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside, like a tiny crispy cake! After that I would never forget them and in fact became a little obsessed with them since I had no idea when I would see them again because soon after the little French Bakery on Montana was no longer there. Luckily, they caught on like wildfire here in LA and at many places here there are huge varieties of unique flavors like the green tea and rose at Jin Patisserie on Abbot Kinney. If you’ve never had a French Macaron yourself I definitely advise you to seek some out! You won’t regret it and if you are already a French Macaron lover like me or know one you can express your love for them with the French Macaron Earrings in the Little Sweet Thing Store!

 

French Macaron Earrings. They are available in Pink and Purple. They are also customizable in case you don’t see the flavor you love!