An Afternoon with Goats

Closeup Goat

A couple of weeks ago, I made friends with goats. Let me explain: covering 42 acres of the beautiful island of Maui, Surfing Goat Dairy produces fresh goat cheeses with unforgettable flavors. The dairy farm currently raises over 180 goats, taking proper care of the animals to ensure quality milk and cheese. In fact, many restaurants around the island use Surfing Goat’s cheeses.¬†¬†During the tour of the dairy farm, we¬†had the unique opportunity to feed and milk the goats. There¬†was also a cheese tasting, which wouldn’t be complete without a large glass of¬†Surfing Goat’s¬†fresh lemonade.

During my visit to this farm, I couldn’t get enough of watching the baby goats, also known as ‘kids,’ sleeping and playing on oversized surfboards and logs. For a unique afternoon spent with goats and great cheese, Surfing Goat Dairy is a welcomed change of pace from laying out on the beach.

Surfing Goat

Farm with Rainbow

Sleeping GoatsGoats Eating

{Photos by Lauren}

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Gifts for Any Occasion

¬†1. World’s Largest Gummy Worm¬†/¬†2. Kissing¬†Beagle Salt and Pepper Shakers
3. Donut Pool Float¬†¬†/¬†4. Custom Jones Soda Label¬†/ 5. Customized M&M’s

¬†Sometimes when I am looking for gifts for friends, family, or for a host/hostess,¬†I cannot for the life of me figure out what to get them. Unless I find a gift far in advance that is perfect for someone, it takes me a lot of brainstorming to come up with something special. Though there aren’t as many gift-giving holidays in the summer as there are during the winter, there are always birthdays, graduations,¬†BBQs, just because, and thank you¬†gifts that are waiting to be given. I laughed out loud when I saw the 3 pound gummy worm…I am a major fan of all things gummy (and sour), but this is just too much! The¬†pool float¬†is also hilarious.¬†I saw it in person at a random store last weekend and it is even better in person – it’s also perfect for these hot summer days. Customized gifts can be pricey, but if the situation calls for it, I think it can be really meaningful with limitless opportunities to include inside jokes.

The Food Group

1 | Vanilla Mascarpone Coeur a la Creme with Edible Flowers
2 | Spring Cupcakes with Sugared Flowers
3 | Grilled Scallops with Ginger and Orange Sauce (recipe in French)
4 | Prosecco with Hibiscus Flowers
5 | Carnival Flowers (recipe in Spanish)

As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers,” and as we transition into April, flowers are one of the beautiful things we have to look forward¬†to. We just have to get through the rain first.

When¬†May’s flowers are in bloom, there are multiple ways to make use of them in lieu of a colorful bouquet. For one, some flowers are edible and make for excellent dessert¬†and dish toppers. Here is a chart I found for you to reference, just to be safe. Certain flowers, such as hibiscus and rose, complement bubbly drinks or ice cream. Whether you choose to eat the flowers or not, they are a lovely spring dish, dessert, and drink addition that¬†contribute a little something extra to your meal.

Interior Cooking

Lonny Magazine - Mar/Apr 2011 - Interior design by Daniel Pafford

Hang postcards, inspiring and vintage images, and photographs on a board in an area of your kitchen where it will constantly be seen. Cooking while you stare at pictures that make you happy? Pure bliss.

Architecture and interior design have always been a visual interest for me. I love spending time flipping through Architectural Digest and searching for online blogs that feature fresh designs and ideas. I recently came across Lonny Magazine, a bimonthly online magazine that spotlights lifestyle and home decor. I immediately adored not only the layout of the website, but the interior designs of the kitchens that were featured. I want to have a house full of kitchens straight out of Lonny Magazine.

Lonny Magazine - Jun/Jul 2010 - Interior design by Ellie Somerville

Cover your kitchen walls with patterned wallpaper and a bold piece of art.

Lonny Magazine - Apr/May 2010 - Interior design by Ashley Wick

Utilize your wall space by hanging a blackboard to write recipes, take-out phone numbers, and other random reminders. An elegant chandelier is a lovely touch.

Lonny Magazine - Jul/Aug 2011 - Interior design by Adam Braum Straus

Art is for displaying, not always for hanging. Lean a framed photograph against the window, accompanied by an antique bust.

Images via Lonny Magazine

Sealed With A Kiss

Valentine’s Day is in less than one week, and if you plan on sending something to a loved one but don’t know what to get him/her, here are some ideas. Remember, you can’t go wrong with food. For a guy or girl. Make sure to place your orders ahead of time! Don’t wait until the last-minute – let this post be your friendly reminder.

Send Eleni’s¬†cookies – they are seriously one of the nicest gifts to receive. The¬†cookies are delicious¬†and the designs on top are skillfully and beautifully¬†applied

Make a cute little bag full of his/her favorite candies with a plastic toy shovel and a sweet tag: I Dig You

Chocolate AND fruit? Yes please!

Bake a batch of cookies with these awesome stamps and send it on its way

You really can’t go wrong with¬†chocolate/Godiva

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Romantic Meals

Happy February 1! While Valentine’s Day doesn’t¬†represent all that¬†February has to offer, it is a month that is¬†visually filled with more love than usual. Love should be celebrated every day of every month, not just in February. Whether you’re celebrating something big, like an anniversary, or just celebrating being with someone special, it can be fun to change things up. If you usually cook meals at home or do take-out, switch up your routine by going out (and vice versa).¬†The¬†location¬†doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but somewhere where you can sit down and enjoy each other’s company. If you’re a table for one, treat yourself somewhere extra special!

I’ve witnessed a romantic dinner right before my very eyes…it was nighttime, the steps were lined in candles, there was live music playing, and after lounging on cushions drinking wine,¬†the couple moved to a table for dinner, where I’m sure he popped the¬†question. Cue this song to complete the moment.

Here are some romantic locations for a lovely meal over candlelight…

‚Üí Looking over the water on the pier

‚Üí On the beach…cheesy? super romantic? too fancy? All of the above.

‚Üí Double date on a platform surrounded by twinkling lights

‚Üí The rooftop makes a serene and romantic location, especially with the city lights against the night sky

‚Üí Breakfast in bed – best way to start the morning

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New Years Bash Part II: Attention to Details

Here is Part II of the New Years party posts. New Years is one of the best holidays of the year! I love new beginnings, and the new year brings new opportunities, experiences, friends, and adventures. Whether you are celebrating with family or friends, these are some great holiday party details that you may want to include at your big bash. Check out Part I for more celebration ideas!

{Add some sparkle to your donuts with edible glitter}

{Wine¬†bottle lights – here’s how to make them}

 {Glitter stars on sticks/straws as drink accessories}

{Spray a mason jar with gold paint for festive and reusable party cups}

Friday Features

I went to see New Year’s Eve this week and saw a trailer for The Lucky One. Of course, Nicholas Sparks¬†really knows how to tell a story and make anyone with a heart¬†feel some kind of emotion¬†(trailer below). I am also obsessed with that hamburger wrapping paper. So clever and creative. What did you watch and crave this week? Have a wonderful Christmas and a great weekend!

♥  Trailer for The Lucky One

‚ô• Flavor your own popcorn for movie night!

‚ô• Admittedly excited for Titanic 3D

‚ô• I heart Starbucks

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Homemade Gift Ideas: Food Edition

{Homemade cocktail mixers in tall glass bottles (The Container Store has these bottles)}

If you are on a tight budget, handmade gifts might be a great way to go about your holiday “shopping.” I often find that handmade gifts are extremely meaningful and have the potential to be super creative. These gift ideas are so fun and fairly simple. When hand making a gift for your friend or family member, think about an inside joke you share or a memory. This will help you narrow down what to make for each person and it’ll be extra special because it relates to something you both experienced.

{Make cookie dough, freeze it, and gift it in a cute container}

{Snowman Soup: In a clear bag, include a packet of powder hot chocolate, chocolate bars, marshmallows, and candy canes. Add hot water and voila!}

{Sugar scrub cube - a great way to use sugar! Click on picture to find out how to make!}

{Decorate a sugar cookie with a Christmas design and cut into puzzle pieces}

{Put a picture in a jar and fill with olive oil}


Pumpkin Bowls

Now is the time of month to start adorning the house with Halloween decor and lining the porch with skillfully (or not) carved pumpkins. If you don’t feel up to carving a face or any other design into the side of the pumpkin, make a bowl out of it! Cut the top off and scoop out the gooey insides of the pumpkin as you normally would. Here’s a handy how-to to get you going. Cut a shell-like wave, zig-zag design, or squares¬†on the rim of the pumpkin to give it a little extra something. Here are some great ways to put your pumpkin to work:

‚ô¶ Candy for trick-or-treaters

‚ô¶ Serve as an appetizer dish

♦ Pumpkins bring soup bowls to a whole new level

‚ô¶ A new way to serve your sorbet to admiring guests

‚ô¶ Chip and dip at the next sports party or family event

‚ô¶ Put your smoothie or juice in the pumpkin and drink directly from there – an alternative cup!

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