Saturday, March 1, 2014
Blogiversary/ Bloggaversary/ Blogaversary? Which way do you write it? I can’t decide which spelling is best, but either way, today marks the fifth anniversary of my little blog.
I like taking a moment each anniversary to reflect on all that has happened. The blog started as a little side project, but has obviously evolved into something much more.
I’ve said this many times, but it still holds true. I could never have imagined all that has happened since I started this blog. The people I’ve met, the friends I’ve made, the foods I’ve eaten, the places I’ve been. I’m still amazed and forever grateful that people continue to find the blog and read it. Without readers, I don’t think I would have the motivation to continue to post, and to work on improving on my photos, writing, food knowledge, baking skills, etc.
It’s always fun to look back and to see how the blog has changed. I cringe when I read old posts– it’s like going through my high school year book. But I guess that is also a positive sign. If I was satisfied with the photos or writing from previous years, then it means I’ve stopped making any progress.
This last year has been a pretty fun year. I’ve made more friends, met more people, had many more memorable experiences. I’ve also spent the last few months on a very exciting project related to the blog. I’ll be sharing the news later when I have more details.
On the personal front, I recently became a first time homeowner! It’s been pretty exhilarating, though also very time consuming.
Since becoming homeowners, I’ve seen sides to myself and Mr. K that I didn’t even know existed. I’ve never thought much about home decor, but now I found myself constantly on pinterest looking for design ideas. And Mr. K, who never showed any signs of being handy or good with repairs, has been churning out sketches of all these things he wants to build for our home. And there really is something about owning a home. When I was renting, I questioned if I even wanted to own a home. Why did I want a giant mortgage and other monthly expenses. But now that I own one, I get it. I feel such an attachment to it, feelings I couldn’t understand before.
Over the next few months, I’m hoping to share some parts of the home when they are finished, especially some of my favorite rooms and the garden. But that’s for another day.
For this post, I just wanted to keep it simple. But I also wanted to do something a little different to mark the occasion. So I thought it would be fun to share five random facts about me:
Friday, February 28, 2014
During my recent trip to Los Angeles, I really wanted to check out Cafe Maji, a charming little cafe offering a cotton candy affogato, Italian sodas, latte art, and dessert waffles.
The cafe is oddly located inside a Fitness Center, but has become so popular that many visitors are there just for the food and drinks.
I started with a matcha latte. They drew the most adorable sleeping bear. So cute!
The drink itself was just average quality, but I loved my bear. Each latte also came with a small cream puff.
This was one of the main reasons I wanted to come here after seeing several Instagram videos posted by my friends. Generous scoops of vanilla ice cream is topped with a tall tower of fluffy white cotton candy. On the side is a steaming espresso. You drizzle the espresso on, instantly dissolving the cotton candy and creating caramelized sugar on the vanilla ice cream, offset by espresso. It’s really fun to watch and eat.
Here’s a video taken with Mr. K’s phone camera:
Friday, February 28, 2014
It’s been awhile since I did a giveaway, so I have a couple of fun ones lined up, including this one for some new yummy candy.
With my sweet tooth, I’m always trying to find ways to feel less guilty about snacking on candy, so when I was given a chance to sample a new line of caramel and fruit chews that contain no artificial flavors, colors or high fructose corn syrup, I definitely wanted to give them a try.
The Lovely Candy Company is a fairly new business that has come out with a line of caramel and fruit chews. There are three varieties currently available: Original Chewy Caramels, Chocolate Swirl Caramels and Superfruit Chews (cranberry, raspberry and blueberry). The chews are available at Target and select retail grocery stores. You can find the whole list here.
I really enjoyed trying out these candies. You can definitely taste the natural ingredients. They aren’t as sweet as typical candy either. When I usually eat candy, I get a big sugar rush and a sudden urge to snack and eat even more. But I didn’t really feel that way with these. They were pleasant and enjoyable, but not too sweet.