California Bowl

california bowl

Oh hello!  Aren't you pretty?  

A favorite quick and yummy breakfast in our casa is something we call a California Bowl.  I'm pretty sure you can enjoy it in any state, though.   We keep these few ingredients on hand, so it's an easy morning meal to throw together!

California Bowl

  • Frozen shredded hashbrowns (fry in oil in an iron skillet)
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Avocado
  • Bacon
  • Hot sauce or salsa
  • S + P

Also, notice that scrumptious marble countertop up there?   I need to get my tush in gear and take some house After photos, and post some Durings for you guys.  Such a tease, I know.  Coming soon!

Posted on July 24, 2014 and filed under yummy.

Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Question.  Is it embarrassing that I have 2 cookie ice cream sandwich photos in my most recent photo library images?  No?  Ok, cool.  

I'm not a huge sweet tooth, as you know.  But lately I'm having a thing about cookie ice cream sandwiches.  Cookies and ice cream?  Always yes.  My little bro and his girl were in town recently, which translates to I gained about 5 extra pounds of fun food--which included these 2 bad boys:

from Diddy Riese, fresh baked cookies, at only a whopping $1.75.  DR is a Westwood late-night must-eat with a notoriously long, but worth it, line.


from Manhattan Beach Creamery, the Cream'wich.  Right on the Strand in MB so perfect for a sweet treat if you're in the South Bay.

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My go-to combo is pretty boring (read: classic): chocolate chip cookies with either chocolate chip or cookie dough ice cream.   But it never disappoints. 

Maybe I'll try to make some at home, and then I could be more adventurous (strawberry shortcake?  red velvet?  rolled in sprinkles?).  They sound pretty simple to make..

  • Bake cookies, whatever kind you like
  • Let them fully cool - 30 minutes +
  • Add 1 scoop of ice cream (about 1/3 cup) to a cookie
  • Sandwich a 2nd cookie on top
  • Eat (or wrap in plastic wrap, bag and freeze)!

Or of course Martha has a fancy recipe HERE.  Or see Betty's take HERE.  

I guess I'll have to hit up Coolhaus soon, an ice cream sammy place just up the street in Culver City or now in food trucks.  Who's with me?!

Our Home: The Befores

Hiya everyone, and Happy [belated] New Year!

I have been holed up for the past bit, working on some fun TV spots (thanks, Superbowl), traveling for the holidays, and then working on the house in any other sliver of free time.  Let's just say, things continue to be busy around the Wilson house!  

Speaking of our house...I know a handful of you out there have been anxiously (and patiently, thank you) awaiting to see posts about our house.  Now that we are winding down on renovations, and I feel like the possibility of having a life is slowly seeping back into my future, I thought it was about time to at the very least, post some Before photos. 

BEFORE

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Our townhouse was a short sale, and that process can be grueling!  We were very fortunate to have had only a 4 month timeline, as opposed to the 8 - 12 months it sometimes takes.  I'll write more about the short sale process some other time... 

Built in the 1980s, the overall space wasn't bad, but the kitchen and baths were very dated.  Some other details had been more recently renovated (popcorn ceilings removed, can lights installed, etc.) which saved us a ton of time and money.  The conditions were definitely livable, but we knew if we ever wanted to do big renos it would easier to do them all at once, at the beginning, while we're not living there--if at all possible.  So, we went for it!

There were some questionable decor choices, like the plasticky-bright cherry red laminate floors in the main living space, that we couldn't wait to rip out.  I promise it looks cleaner and nicer in pictures--everything was pretty grungy in person...and so many shades of beige.  Yikes.

We love the open downstairs layout, it's prime for entertaining.  And we have a powder room/laundry room on the main floor--yippee!  

The kitchen reno is a whole saga unto itself.  Here it is in its untouched glory.  Luckily we inherited these appliances, so that was a nice bonus.

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Remember when I said the place was grungy?  Check out these grody stairs.  We hated that the carpet wrapped over the edge.  And there was some seriously funky dirt going on--carpet was the first thing to go!

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Upstairs are two really good size bedrooms and two baths.  Great bones, but eeesh--project time!  Here's the Master...

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And the pukey-green guest room...

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Hello cute husband!

I can't wait to tell you more details about our reno process, and show you our progress in photos.  Let's just say, it's looking quite a bit better these days and we are thrilled!  Be back with more soon!

Posted on January 25, 2014 and filed under home, pretty, style.

Thanksgiving, California Style

It's almost turkey time, hooray!  Does everyone have fun and yummy plans for this year?  Since we are in flux between houses (yes, I will hopefully write home reno posts soon...), we are not hosting this year.  But a potluck with dear friends will do the trick!

I thought I could still share some Thanksgiving inspiration with you, since we hosted at our place last year.  I went with a clean + modern twist on traditional Thanksgiving decor.  It didn't hurt that all my decor was free (thanks, Nature), or something I already had.  And the beautiful, crisp Autumn sky was the perfect backdrop for our outdoor meal!

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Our everyday white plates looked so fresh on earthy Kraft paper. I created a center runner of lemons from our backyard, candles, and clean foliage from a tree.  The table still felt autumnal with lighter greens and yellow, instead of traditional darker hues like burgundy, red, or hunter green. 

The first Thanksgiving I lived in LA, we had Friendsgiving on a rooftop patio.  I fell in love with outdoor dining.  I take advantage of it that as much as possible.  Sigh, have I mentioned I love LA?

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We had the most delicious plate of food, mostly thanks to my friend Callie, who is basically a chef.  She made some sinful gluten free versions of old Thanksgiving staples, and our pal Zak made his famous loaded deviled eggs--yum.  

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Oy, I think I just gained 5 pounds just reminiscing about that plate of food.  I was pretty proud of my first solo turkey too!

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This year, I'm going to make pecan pie, potato casserole (totally healthy. psyche!), and THIS delicious recipe for Sausage + Swiss Chard Stuffing--I made it a couple months ago for the Darling Magazine Friendsgiving spread photo shoot, and so I can tell you it is scrumptious from experience (anyone at that table look familiar?)!

via Michelle Mosqueda Photography

via Michelle Mosqueda Photography

Hopefully next year I can give you a peek inside hosting at our new place! 

There's SO much to be grateful for this year!  I hope you all have a wonderful day with friends, family, food and lots of thankfulness.  Happy Thanksgiving!