Monday, March 31, 2014

Northern California

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The view from Lombard Street
It's been a little over week since returning from the fun of spring break. Despite being sick the last few days and my RAW files refusing to open, I'm excited to finally share photos from the awesome time I had in the Bay Area. Like every family trip, our schedule is always jam-packed with things to do; this trip was no different. (e.g. discovering new ice cream places daily) I also had expectations that the weather would be foggy and dreary, but I was pleasantly surprised that we were graced with sunny 70 degree weather almost every day. I have many places I'd love to see the next time I return, but until then, here are some highlights from the trip:

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Breathtaking details of Stanford Memorial Church
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Delicious homemade pasta dishes from this hidden gem in Sausalito 
Relaxing walk in Sausalito 
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DIY gifting with endless flavors at Ghirardelli Marketplace
Golden Gate Bridge
Driving across the grand Golden Gate
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Running into the talented girls of the USC Sirens near the Ferry Building
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Equally yummy + cute green tea crepe from Belly Good Cafe & Crepes
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Macarons at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market
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Mosaic Moraga Steps...need I say more?!
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A necessary stop at Bi-Rite Creamery...their honey lavender (and probably every other flavor) is the bomb diggity
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The remains of the Sutro Baths
La Trappe Cafe, san francisco
La Trappe's Normandy Mussels
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Donut love at the Android Building

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Dorm Décor: DIY Projects

Since my last Dorm Décor post, I've been itching to get together with a few friends and just have a full-on craft day (complete with lots of glitter, yummy sweets, and some good music). Though this craft day has yet to happen, I figured I would compile a list of fun future projects beforehand if and when the time came around. With less than 100 days of high school left and less than six months until I officially move, this post was more than appropriate for me to start brainstorming ideas of what I want to make > buy. Below are a few of my favorite projects that will certainly liven + brighten up any small space.

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1. Michelle Woo: DIY Headboard
2. Nest of Posies: Pom Pom Posie Wreath
3. Que Linda: String Wall Art
4. Grey Likes Nesting: DIY Marquee Letter
5. Ambrosia Creative: Tiny Polaroid Magnets
6. Wit & Whistle: Typography Pillow
7. Lilyshop: Glitter Dipped Mason Jars
8. The Effortless Chic: Glitter State
9. Libby Lane Press: Yarn Chandelier
10. The Sweetest Occasion: Tissue Paper Pom Poms Backdrop

Monday, January 27, 2014

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

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Valentine's Day is most certainly the day to eat chocolate to my heart's content. Naturally, I crave chocolate-dipped strawberries around this time. They're fun to make and in my experience, friends and family always adore them.

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To make these strawberries, you'll need a variety of chocolate. I used three different kinds: white, milk, and bittersweet. But you can also use dark chocolate or any other flavor you like.

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Wash and thoroughly dry your strawberries. To make dipping a breeze, I poked a toothpick into each one. This method is also helpful if you want to avoid letting your chocolate-covered strawberries dry with a "flat side".

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Melt each kind of chocolate in a double boiler then temper. If you're lazy like me, separate the chocolates into their own bowls and microwave at 10-second intervals + stir in between each heating. The consistency should be runny. Use a touch of vegetable shortening if needed.

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While holding the toothpick, pull the leaves back to avoid a leafy chocolate mess then dip + coat your strawberry.

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Fill piping bags or resealable plastic bags with chocolate and snip a corner to decorate your strawberries. I tried different simple designs: stripes, swirls, dots, and even a tuxedo-print. Don't worry if you mess up (I certainly did!) - they still taste just as good!

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To avoid the "flat side" look, let your design set by poking the end of the toothpick into a Styrofoam board or in my case, an upside-down plastic fruit container.

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After your strawberries have completely set, remove the toothpicks and transfer each one into its own mini muffin baking cup. Enjoy eating your little works of art!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy 2014, everyone! The next 364 days brings an overwhelming amount of emotions for me because I know it will be a year of many changes. I hope this year will be a celebration of past accomplishments and a year to welcome future challenges and new experiences. Here are my resolutions and things I want to accomplish for this year:

- Eat more sustainable + organic foods (and hopefully visit the farmer's market more often with my mom!)
Prioritize health over school work by sleeping more

- Be mindful how I treat my family

- Write down daily what I read, what I learned, and how I'm going to use it in my life

Things to do:
- Make a time capsule that I will open up in 5 years
- Share more DIY crafts on this blog

I hope this coming year for you is full of blessings and great future memories!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

How-To: DIY Kisses in a Jar

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There is no secret I'm a huge fan of holiday-themed Hershey's Kisses. If they have any kind of festive wrapping and peppermint/caramel/cookies and creme in them, I'm there. They are so small and addicting and gah...I know it's bad. This quick + easy project is the perfect gift to share some sweet holiday "Kisses" with friends and young family members. And the best part is they can re-use their personalized jars.

- Variety of Hershey's Kisses
- Mason Jars
- Mason Jar Labels (Click here for a free printable PDF file download of these 2" diameter labels shown in this post)
- Glue Stick
- Scissors
- Hemp/Twine
- Gift Tags (similar here)

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Click here to download these 2" labels

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