Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup

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Even though this winter has been mild at best, since we have been having 75 degree afternoons, when I wake up in the morning and it’s cold it out, it makes me think about our dinner meal which follows my morning mood. So wanting to try this soup has been on my mind these past few cold mornings as I walk the kiddos to school.

This soup couldn’t have been easier, you could swap out the quinoa for orzo, tubetti, etc..and I got a roasted chicken from the market which I shredded. I also used Meyer lemons which could have made it so sweet. Doesn’t get much easier than this!

Check out the recipe for this delicious, cozy and easy Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup

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Easy Chicken Curry

easy chicken curryThis was a super easy dinner I made tonight, my first of Cat Cora’s recipes. The only modification I made was adding some finely diced carrots. Very flavorful, made the house smell delicious and a huge hit! Recipe is here Easy Chicken Curry with Peas Recipe | Kitchen Daily

Do It Yourself Thanksgiving PhotoBooth + Props

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My son is having a Thanksgiving party in his classroom and I don’t know what came over me but I was obesssed with the idea of creating a photobooth for the kids. I’ve had such an overwhelming response from posting it, here are the steps I took in creating it.

I started by locating free printables and found this one and this one which I liked a lot. (This beak and turkey talk looks cute too) I printed them on thick cardstock and cut them out perfectly. Next stop was Michael’s where I got lollipop sticks for the props and simply taped them on the back, thoughtfully. For the photo booth I decided to get their Foam Board in 18×24 and I got Burlap Garland. In their Thanksgiving section I found some felt pumpkins in garland form which I put on top of the burlap as a border. There were really cute fall leaves and other things that would totally have worked as well. After cutting out foam board with a 4 inch border, I just used my handy dandy glue gun to secure it all down. And it didn’t hurt having models who were willing, able and ready!

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Delicata Squash & Tofu Curry

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Last night I decided to finally use my delicata squash I found at Gelsons. I’ve been scouring the internet for something that would catch my eye since I love Pamela Salzman’s Roasted Delicata Squash and Apple Salad and then I found this Delicata Squash and Tofu Curry. I used grape seed oil instead of canola and put it on top of some wild rice. Delish!

Malibu Tiny Tot Olympics: Sunday, September 21

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This is something our family has done in the past and we LOVE IT! Unfortunately we will be out of town this year. Please go if you have kids under 6!

City of Malibu Parks & Recreation presents the Tiny Tot Olympics on Sunday, September 21 at 11:30am; Torch Run begins at 12pm sharp at Malibu Bluffs Park. Free admission and parking.
  • Olympic inspired games (modified) for little athletes
  • Opening Ceremonies and Torch Run begin at 12pm sharp
  • Suitable for children ages 2-6
  • All participants will receive a participation medal
  • Games, craft and bounce house (tickets $1)

For more information call (310) 317-1364 or visit www.malibucity.org.

Marvin, French Bistro on Beverly Blvd.

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Over the weekend we had dinner with friends at the four month new Marvin and really were surprised by how good it was, the atmosphere was lively, music a bit loud at times, great decor and a menu that anyone would find appetizing. Marvin is a project from restaurateur Bruce Marder (Capo), Max Marder (Bruce’s son), and Steven Arroyo (Escuela). The decor inside is open and beautifully lit with large aluminum cans, stripped of their labels, line the ceiling and reflect the light from inset bulbs. There’s a long bar with a dozen stools in front and 200 bottles of wine behind. Right now they currently serve only wine and beer, which was fine with me but not for the tequila drinking husbands we were with (2 bottles of red vino later…)  Just watch out from the little step up to the dining room as my friend Jessica gracefully fell but almost made a face-plant on the way to the bathroom. 🙂

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This is what we had that I highly recommend:

Appetizers: Beets and Goat Cheese Salad, Argulua with Shaved Fennel (really light and great), the Asparagus with a fried egg on top, the Ratatouille (we had two orders for 6 of us) and the Heirloom Tomato salad with Figs and Burrata (my personal favorite).

Entrees: The Roasted chicken (least memorable but the plate was empty!)  the Braised Lamb with mint (a little bit fatty), the Loup De Mer (light and great) and the Pomodoro pasta (fresh, thick rigatoni pasta and wonderful, my favorite).

Sides: Brussel sprouts were great, the roasted mushrooms were just ok but the Potato gallette was off the charts great. Scalloped potatoes with butter on top baked and crispy. WIN WIN!

Dessert: The bread pudding no one cared for, the peach cobbler was divine as was the Pot de crème.

I would go back anytime!

Halloween Gingerbread Haunted Houses

I really love all things Halloween…and since we have been a home base for trick-or-treating since we’ve had kids I’m always looking for fun things for us to decorate or for the kids to do. So that’s why I was ecstatic to see these Gingerbread Haunted House Kits at Williams Sonoma!

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I found another one here but I really think the one I got above is SO CUTE and great for a gift. And if you are are looking for a gift to mail to loved ones far away, I LOVE Eleni’s in NYC.

Beverly Hills Police Pancake Breakfast September 14th, 2014

It’s back!!! One of our favorite family Sunday morning events.

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No-Bake Granola Bites

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This was an amazing after school project I did with BOTH kids. We measured, stirred, made a huge mess and Nathan determined he was the “chocolate taste tester” of our family. These are really delicious, would probably be better if I froze them (so I just froze half) and with the oats and ground flax seeds, I used a combo of honey and agave nectar as well as almond butter instead of peanut butter, I’m pretty sure it was no big difference. For a nut free option just try Sunflower Butter. They were so a big hit, pretty filling and ready after after homework, bath and then dinner.

Enjoy these No Bake Granola Bites!

Come For the Beach, Stay for the Food Trucks…Marina Del Rey on Thursday nights

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I love it when I find out about new things that are up my alley (or my kids…my husband…good luck!) so thanks Danielle for this one. I definitely plan to check it out soon and if you haven’t seen Chef yet you MUST!

Marina Beach (Mother’s Beach) is transformed into a waterfront food haven every Thursday evening with “Beach Eats” where popular food trucks gather to offer the hottest bites in town. Pack a picnic lunch for your day with the kiddos at Mother’s, and then don’t even worry about dinner – just fill them up and then bring them home to dump them in the tub! Start time is 5 pm and it ends at 9 pm. You can check the weekly schedule for all the trucks that might appeal to you.