Apple Chips

These baked crispy apple chips are a great healthy snack that you can easily make at home.

Is it Monday already? I’m going to keep things simple as it’s been a really long day. For two years now, I’ve been telling myself I will make my own apple chips. Even though it’s really quite easy, I just never got around to it.

Finally, finally, I did it. It helped that I had Mr. K in the kitchen. He sliced the apples for me using our  mandolin slicer, which can cut thin slices quickly and at an even thickness. (I did have to watch him carefully though because he almost sliced his hand since he wasn’t holding it properly and that blade is sharp!) One of these days I’m going to invest in a nice one, but for now, we use this OXO hand slicer which works pretty well for those on a budget.

Hello Kitty likes apple season. Can you tell?

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Hello Kitty. To celebrate, the world’s first ever official Hello Kitty Convention is taking place this weekend in downtown Los Angeles at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. If you weren’t able to get tickets (they are sold out now), there are many other activities to celebrate Hello Kitty’s anniversary that are taking place in Los Angeles as well (more details at the end of this post).

Longtime readers know my love for Hello Kitty. The convention runs from Thursday through Sunday, but on Wednesday evening, they had a media preview, which allowed us to have an opportunity to take photos of the set-up before it became flooded with people. Of course I had to go!

Through this post, I’m sharing the highlights of what I saw on preview night as well a road map for those attending the Con. I’ve been actively following the happenings from Thursday and Friday, so hopefully I can provide some good tips for people attending the weekend sessions.

Inside Geffen Contemporary, you’ll find a lot of photo opportunities: Hello Kitty displays, a look into the Hello Kitty world, exclusive convention items for purchase, vintage collector items, art displays, fashion displays, an artist corner where you can get sketches from various Hello Kitty artists, a tattoo parlor, and vendors selling Hello Kitty items.

There are many adorable life-sized pieces that you can step inside for a picture.

Fruit Leather

I love making homemade fruit leather. It’s a healthy snack, a great way to use up a lot of fruit, and it makes nice gifts too. It’s so simple to make and your homemade version doesn’t need to have preservatives and other additives.