Eat + Drink

Make | Ginger Goodies

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Ginger syrup is my fav. I love the spicy-sweet kick it adds to my beverages and bites. Last weekend, I stocked up on bottles of Morris Kitchen’s ginger syrup from Salt and Sundry at Union Market to make gingerbread cupcakes and to make cocktails with. I enjoy ginger goodies all year long but they feel especially yum this time of the year. Found these ginger-based recipes on Pinterest and cant wait to give them a go asap.

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chocolate ganache ginger cake
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brandied gingerbread cake 

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Yappy Hour

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As most Labs tend to be, my dog, Dexter, is very social, and loves to be around people and other dogs. He especially enjoys QT with his fav dog-buds in smaller intimate settings. To facilitate this, I like to host “yappy hour” gatherings for Dexter’s doggy buds and my human friends with treats for the four-legged guests and happy hour bites and sips for us. An apartment dweller, I dont have a yard where the dogs can play, so finding a venue for such an event is challenging.

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Dog parks are impersonal, you cant bring treats, (unless you want every dog there jumping all over you), lack control over the guest list, and have laws against adult-beverages and human food. Which is why I am thrilled about the new pet store in my neighborhood, Fido and Kitty’s World.

Not only is it a stylishly designed store, they carry most of the organic pet-food brands, the owner is a lovely lady doing what she loves, but they have a FAB dog play-area in their backyard! Perfect for small dog-human socials!! They have done such a good job with the space. It even has a water fountain for dogs. It didnt take me long to talk the owner Samar, into letting me host a “yappy hour” and introduce the store to my puppy-parent friends.

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A fun social hour, we had a yummy spread with a cheese platter, eggplant dip, salsa and crudites for humans, and Fido and Kitty’s World had organic treats for the pooches. And if wagging tails and happy barks are any indication, the pups had a great time!

 

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The lovely folks at Modgy sent us these portable pooch hydrator pouches which we used to serve treats and water to the pups. And each guests got to take a twin pack home as a gift!  I cant wait to host the next one.

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Cin Cin to more “yappy hours”.

xo

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4 Easy-to-make Halloween Costumes

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Homemade costumes are far more appealing than store bought ones. Invite a few friends over for a fun-filled MYOC (make your own costume) party. Here are four costume ideas that even a non-crafter can make in a hurry.

1. Mac and Cheese 

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Instructions and materials to create a mac and cheese costume.

 2. Hot Chocolate

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Instructions and materials to create a hot chocolate costume

3. Minion from Despicable Me

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Instructions and materials to create a minion costume.

 

 4. Burrito

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Instructions and materials to make a burrito costume.

 

Home + Decoration puppy love

Fall Mood

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My favorite month, October, much like this entire  year, is FLYING by so fast, that I can hardly catch up! I really need pause for a moment to indulge in the beauty and bounty of this colorful season. To feel the chill in the air, sip on PSL (pumpkin spiced lattes), collect fallen leaves, decorate with cozy furry throws, make soup….
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What do you most love about #Fall?

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Instant Update: Area Rugs

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Constant exposure to amazingly decorated homes, via shelter mags, blogs and Pinterest boards, can make our own spaces look drab and blah in comparison. I find it hard to not “add-to-cart” each time I fall in love with a beautiful piece online. While most of us would love to give our homes a decor makeover often, in reality, a complete redo is impractical and, well, excessive. Also, upgrading the look of any room can often become overwhelming and demotivating with nothing more than frustration and, holes in walls and wallets as a result.

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A more practical, and budget-friendly approach to decorating is….patience. Yes, wait it out.  If you long, lust and still love that piece a month, three months, and even a year later, go for it. Except for a few small accessories, anything you are going to love forever, and would want to see everyday, needs to be not just a “Summer-fling”.

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Design solution? One high-quality purchase at a time. Adding just one upscale collectable item, such as an area rug, can instantly transform and upgrade the look, and feel of the space. Luxurious-looking handwoven rugs, in pretty prints and patterns, are like works of art, bring warmth and a cozy feel to the room, and are tasteful design solution to tired rooms looking for an instant upgrade.

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I have wanted a light-colored, handwoven Persian handwoven rug from the day I had my own place. I even tried talking my mom into giving me one of hers, and failed.

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So, when Medallion Rugs asked if I would like a rug from their handpicked selection, I had the biggest smile on the block. An “At last..” moment.  I selected a 10′ x 13′ semi-antique Persian rug with a lovely blend of colors and pattern. It is even more beautiful in person. It ties all my eclectic finds together and makes my living-dining room look cozy and sophisticated.

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As you can see, I am not the only one in love with it.

 

More pics soon.

xo