After reading Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, we have gone a little organizing-crazy around our house! It always drove me bonkers when I purchased an item at the grocery store only to find that I already had it at home. Now everything in the kitchen has a home and I can immediately track it down. Each time I open up the cabinet, pantry, or refrigerator, the angels sing and I do feel that sense of joy. I would love to help you achieve the pantry that wows, and I will show you how!
What is the ultimate theatre and art experience? The experience you can eat!! On our recent trip to Barcelona, we splurged by partaking in a 23 course sensory dining experience. Ok, I know what you’re thinking… how on earth can you eat 23 courses in one setting? Some courses were one or two bites, and each course was paced in a comfortable manner. Our three hour meal flew by just as if we were watching a highly-trained Broadway play. If you’re a real food nerd like me, you have heard of place called El Bulli. The chefs at Disfrutar used to work at El Bulli (once ranked #1 restaurant in the world). El Bulli has now closed its doors, but lucky for us, some of its chefs opened Disfrutar! In a city filled with top-notch restaurants, Disfrutar has been ranked #18 in the world!
Creating food masterpieces in the kitchen is such a gratifying hobby. It’s so engaging that I get annoyed when I have to leave the kitchen to look up a fact or conversion. I needed to sit down and write a cheat sheet for all the facts and conversions for which I’m constantly looking. Hurray! It’s finally here– five different cheat sheets that we find most helpful in our household. I am excited to share the information I have learned as personal chef, caterer, and bakery owner to help you in the kitchen and for your next party.
Would you like to elevate the sweet potato dish that we all know and love to new levels? We see a lot of more traditional versions this time of the year–you know the one I’m talking about with the sweet potatoes and marshmallows on top, right? I had an epiphany! I could make the marshmallow fluff on top and pipe it in a way to look like a gorgeous meringue topping. You have several options with this dish like leaving off the marshmallow fluff, buying marshmallow fluff, piping on the marshmallow fluff or simply spreading it on creating nice peaks.
In the fall, I begin feeling giddy. I love fall festivities, but I also know that Christmas is approaching. Decorating the house with Christmas decorations and making cookies fills the house with warmth. Even though I’m an adult, I feel that magical feeling of Christmas that I felt as a child. In this post you will discover our unique Christmas card, our Christmas dinner feast and table-cape, and our method to make cookies ahead of time.
We grow a serious amount of citrus in the Lam household. During both lemon and lime season, we’re continually scratching our heads to determine how we can use up all our citrus. My son is a budding entrepreneur; we thought it would be fitting to squeeze all the lemon juice and build a lemonade stand for him!
I love a decadent treat as much as anyone else, but I also know that I cannot eat treats every day. Monday through Friday, I attempt to eat very clean and stick to my exercise schedule. I’m not a dietician or a personal trainer, but I have lost 60 pounds and have kept it off for a couple of years. Below you will find my favorite smoothie recipe that I have four mornings of each week.
A friend was celebrating her daughter’s 1st birthday. Her vision was to create a garden full of cupcakes that reflected her color scheme. She had an array of pastel colors which included pale pink, violet, and white. She enlisted me to create flowers on top of her cupcakes. The cupcakes and all the other details of this party were so special!
Cupcakes have so much potential to be spectacular and are FAR less work than a cake. So… have fun with your cupcakes and show off your beautiful color scheme and theme of your party. Feel free to buy cupcakes, frosting, or the embellishments for the top of the cupcake.
My favorite bento box treat… Octopus hot dogs! Hot dog octopuses create the most clever sea-themed lunch! Of course, I had to include goldfish with the octopuses. Edamame steamed with a little sea salt gives your kids healthy options in their lunches. My children love edamame, and I’ll bet yours would too!