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  • I drink almond milk pretty much every day, so I was ecstatic to hear I could make it myself with just 2 ingredients. Almonds and water! I used this simple recipe to make my first batch this morning: Organic Almond Milk

    And just like that I had my own homemade almond milk ready for the week, in the awesome milk bottle I got from World Market this past weekend (yes I’m a nerd!)

    And on top of that I spread out the remaining almonds on a baking sheet to dry out in the oven for a few hours and viola! Almond meal! This is a great substitute for breadcrumbs (such as on fish or chicken). 

    Yum!

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  • "When it’s 100 degrees in New York, it’s 72 in Los Angeles. When it’s 30 degrees in New York, in Los Angeles it’s still 72. However, there are 6 million interesting people in New York, and only 72 in Los Angeles." -Neil Simon

    I was searching for awesome quotes about New York and this one made me laugh out loud. So true, but I still enjoy year round 72 degrees ;-)

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  • Spanakopita a.k.a. spinach pie.  This recipe is very time consuming but worth all the extra leftovers for the week! Its basically alot of spinach, onions, feta and eggs all wrapped up in a ‘hot pocket’ puff pastry.  One day I will make it with filo dough. 

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  • Yesterday my mom and I went to the Flatiron district named after this building, the Flatiron Building. Apparently when it was built the strong wind currents around the building coined the phrase “23 Skidoo”, which was what police men would shout at men who tried to get a glimpse up a womans skirt when it flew up from the wind.

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  • Built in the late 1700’s, the Montauk Lighthouse may be sitting on some treasure buried at its base by pirate Captain Kidd.  But probably not…

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  • vanessamakesthings asked : Yay about the photo selection! Your so work is so good I definitely think more people should see it! :)

    Thanks Vanessa!!

  • original-photographers:

    missyork - Sexy in pink.

    Thank you to Original-Photographers for selecting my photograph for your original photography blog!

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  • missyork:

    I wish I had read photographer Asher Svidensky’s "What do I fall in love in?" before we went to Antelope Valley in search of this years poppy blooms. After weeks of checking the reserve’s updated photographs of the fields we finally decided to head over last weekend. Since poppies curl up in the wind we planned our day trip around the weather. I even wore shorts! Well when we made it out we both seemed to be less than thrilled at what we just drove an hour and a half to see. It was so windy my hat flew off my head as we tried to eat the lunch I had made. Not to mention the area around looked quite, sparse. Luckily once we started walking into the park the winds died down and we saw little pocket of poppies. But I still wasn’t ready to take out my camera.

    Normally I’d spend a trip like this behind my 50mm lens. I love getting close to flowers and playing with depth of field and color (as seen in my most recent post here). But given the conditions I just couldn’t get any of these flowers to stand still. So I abandoned the idea and felt the whole trip was a bust. Steven suggested we continue deeper into the trails and before long we had found bigger pockets of poppies. Unfortunately at the end of the day the poppies were still closed, but there is always next year! I did end up with some truly great photographs none the less and found what I loved about Antelope Valley. =)

    Thank you to imiging for selecting my photograph for your original photographers blog! 

    (via imiging)

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  • This was our first hike in quite a while, and boy was it difficult. 3 miles straight up a mountain—I sure do know how to pick them. But the view was well worth the trek and unlike most trails in Los Angeles we only saw one other person. Unfortunately he was running up the mountain as we were huffing and puffing. These are the Santa Susana Mountains in Valencia, and if your in the area for a good hike definitely check out Newhall Refinery afterwards. You won’t regret it ;-)

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  • My friend Aida recently told me about the Gordon Ramsay show The F Word (seasons 1-3 are free on Hulu!). Given it’s name I never would of thought it was about food ;-) But, it’s a really interesting show that shows the much softer side of Chef Ramsay. And then I thought how I used to post food on this blog. Why did I stop? Here’s dinner the other night: a squash and zucchini “noodle” with broccoli. One of our ‘go to’ fav’s!

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  • In ancient Greece the Gods were determined to take over cities to which each could receive exclusive worship. Thus Poseidon and Athena competed against each other to give their name and patronage to the ancient Greek city of Attica. They each offered the city one gift. Poseidon, God of the Sea struck the ground with his trident and produced a salt water spring, symbolizing trade and a strong naval power. Athena, Goddess of Wisdom created the olive tree which brought wood, oil and food and symbolized peace and prosperity. 

    The city chose Athena as their patron and she named the city, Athens.

    Our day trip to Ojai turned into an informative tour of Ojai Olive Oil Company, a family owned olive grove that grows, presses and sells their own olive oil. What I didn’t realize about olive oil is that amongst other crazy adulterations alot of major olive oil corporations let their olives sit out for days before ‘pressing’ them which greatly decreases the value and health benefits of the oil. For every minute an olive sits out it’s quality diminishes.  So, the best olive oil comes from locally grown farms that pick and press their olives right away, and only sell olive oil from the current season.

    Also, did you know an olive tree can live for thousands of years? Talk about sustainability!

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