Frozen ring pops
When I bought these Jewel Pop Molds, I experienced major nostalgia. They reminded me of the many pink princess party that filled my childhood; these pop’s would have definitely enhanced the party’s theme. The added plus is they’re reusable [ I am dying to try Pom Juice, grapefruit juice & maybe even eggnog & cinnamon during the Christmas season ]. For my first trial, I used low calorie lemonade with organic lemon juice from Trader Joe’s & threw them in the freezer. These are perfect for parties, summertime or just a quick sweet, thin treat.
Jewel Pop Molds
Low calorie pink lemonade from Trader Joe's
The rings come in different shapes
Let freeze overnight
Ready to wear rings
My little sister, Faye’s birthday was Monday & I wanted to surprise her with mini cupcakes [ my version: tinybites ]. I added flaxseed to my mixture- which is fab because it does not really taste like anything, but has tons of nutrients [ tons of antioxidants & very filling ]. After my baking was done, I placed them on two sparkly, vintage plates that I found at flea market; the tinybites turned out to be a tasty success.
* Quick skinny tip: Add a couple scoops of flaxseed to anything- the trick works best with cookies, cakes & cereals!
A light beer at Cucina Urbana
Over the weekend, Michael & I decided to explore Hillcrest in San Diego; Cucina Urbana was the first on the list. We had a candlelit dinner [ hence the dark, romantic lighting ], which began with a light beer [ that cured my hangover from Saturday night ], & then led in to a savory bottle of 2480 red wine [ hey- it was Sunday ]. Our appetizer was the brussels sprouts with olive oil- instead of butter, a split farmer’s chopped salad with light dressing & lastly, the gluten free pasta with fresh tomato sauce which I ate half of [ a must: modify restaurant meals, subtract what's unnecessary!!! ]. Bonus: the alluring ambiance & our waiter, Kevin.
The brussels sprouts with extra virgin olive oil & hot sauce
Farmer's chopped salad
2480 red wine
Gluten free, tomato pasta with fresh basil, capers & shrimp
[ A man-mosa, @ T's Cafe, w/ a splash of OJ ]
This past week has been hectic because of work, but these are things that are currently making me happy. I wanted to say again, how grateful I am for all of the support of friends and family. Thank you all so much! Hope everyone has a fabulous week!!!
[ A homemade vanilla cake w/ chocolate frosting made by my stepmom, Julie ]
[ 'Day of the week' workout socks ]
[ Fresh roses at my family's house ]
[ Missoni rain-boots ]
This drink is ideal when I am out in a club and have limited options. Bartending at Delicias, I tend to hear a lot of women request a “vodka soda” or “vodka, soda with a splash of cran.” Personally, I do not like soda because its bloating- I prefer this: a shaken Chopin [ it's made from potatoes & gluten-free ] with water, and then a splash of grapefruit juice over ice. It is amazing how the grapefruit counteracts the vodka and takes the bite out of the alcohol. Add a lemon twist & it’s the perfect club cocktail [ P.S. check out Crush Jewelry Design that I am wearing below- so fun ]!