Style Me Pretty – Grandma’s Favorite Recipe Contest

Last week I received some great news! My Cherry Galette recipe made the top 10 finalist on the Style Me Pretty Living blog “Grandma’s Favorite Recipe Constest.” Say that 10 times… As a wedding photographer Style Me Pretty is kind of a rock-star! Knowing that my humble recipe inspired by the lessons and stories that my mom shared with me when I was a little girl is humbling and amazing! Please head on over to Style Me Pretty and vote for me! I promise that it will not take longer that half a second. All you have to do is leave the word V O T E. The person with the most votes wins!

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Shepard’s Pie + Practicing Thankfulness

Happy Monday! Hope that you are all ready for Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite Holidays, I love to share the table with family and share stories of Thankfulness. I have been cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the last 3 … Continue reading


This humble blog of mine was featured for the 2nd time this year on Apartment Therapy “the Kitchn.” I am so excited and humbled! The dish that was feautured was the “Breakfast Stuffed Poblano Pepper.” The photo is not the greatest which makes me even happier because I know that my post was not based on a beautiful image but rather the dish itself 😉

Favorite Things

I have an addiction… I look forward to Saturday mornings, because the farmers’ market these days, get better and better. Every Saturday is a high to my husband and I, this is attributed to the sudden appearance of new produce, new blends from our favorite coffee shop,  & creations from local artisans.

It’s our Saturday morning ritual. Morning run, breakfast, coffee, farmers’ market, and yard sales! All of this before 11 am. Last Saturday my morning went from great to amazing at the appearance of berries! All berries…strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries.  Yes, fellow foodies, summer berries are finally here. I love berries if you have ever compared typical grocery store – out of season – overly sized berries to those the farmers offer up starting May you know that they might as well be different fruits. They taste completely different… The sun kissed, in season, organically grown berries are definitely visited every night by the sugar fairy. Yes! the sugar fairy! These berries taste amazing! Bliss, just like nature intended them to be. I wait all year for this moment, and as soon as the are available I  buy multiple baskets of the tiny, juicy berries to bring home with me and eat in every way possible. I eat them alone, in smoothies, make home-made paletas (recipe coming soon) and blackberry pie (recipe coming soon as well).

The finds at the farmers market can be endless…I am loving the asparagus, brussel-sprouts, and sugar peas 🙂

True Foods – DIY Tuscan Kale Salad

I love Kale…that is true! It’s wonderful and nutrient dense. I use it in so many dishes and shakes but lately I was craving something else. I wanted to spice it up a bit. But could not come up with the right combination of spice. Until a few weeks ago…I was in Santa Monica and  had a food revelation when I had the Tuscan Kale Salad at True Foods. Seriously if you have not tried it, you must! Go!!! This salad hit every spot it was so delicious I almost wanted to lick my bowl!

I have been obsessing over it since then. I needed a dose of extra-wholesome goodness. Last week kale started to pop up in my farmers market so I picked  some up and decided to re-create my favorite salad! Chopped up green goodness tossed in a vibrant- lemony parmesan dressing…it’s like spring in your mouth. You would never believe that this recipe only calls for a handful of ingredients. But make sure that you use the best.

DIY Tuscan Kale Salad

  • 1 bunch  kale
  • 2 thin slices of artisan bread ( I get mine from the Rustic Loaf)
  • 1/2 roasted garlic clove
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus additional for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons of GOOD extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly squeezed juice of one lime or lemon
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

How To –

Remove the middle rib from the kale and thinly chop.

If using the bread, toast it until golden brown on both sides and dry throughout. Tear into small pieces and pulse in a food processor until the mixture forms coarse crumbs, if you like finer crumbs keep pulsing. If you don’t have a food processor try to crumble it with your fingers.

Turn the roasted garlic into a paste by lightly pressing a knife against it. Transfer the garlic to a small bowl. Add 1/4 cup cheese, 3 tablespoons oil, lime juice, pepper flakes, and black pepper. I pour mine in a mason jar and shake until combined. Taste, if salt is needed then add some. Pour the dressing over the kale and toss very well, the dressing will be thick and need lots of tossing to coat the leaves. Let the salad sit for a few minutes, then serve topped with the bread crumbs.

I paired my salad with a toasted pita bread…enjoy however you want and the ad-ons are endless. And by the way I actually shot the images above…I figured since food is my passion and food photography makes me smile I should challenge myself and try to learn how to photograph food… 🙂

Sugarbird Desserts

As many of you know my husband and I run a photography business! He is the artist, image making mastermind, computer software genius, and I the business, blog writing, shoot styling, geek. Somehow we make it work. When we embarked on this journey and decided to leave our “college jobs” we did not imagine all of the great, ubber talented, amazing, people that we would meet! I have to say that’s my favorite part of what we do. All the people. Their stories. Their craft and all the passion and dreams behind it. Meet Heather’s work. We met Heather and her addicting Cinnamon rolls at our local farmers market and were completely excited when she asked us to shoot some of her desserts. Trust me when  say these are Deeeee-licious! Feast your eyes on these puppies! I love working with other creative. Love the wave of young and aspiring entrepreneurs that are making a name for themselves in the Inland Empire. We are suckers for dreamers who become doers and are constantly inspired and humbled by their hard work and dedication. Heather, we wish you a lifetime of success!


Featured on The Kitchn!!!

When I decided to start blogging again and committing to blogging about my love affair with food I never though imagined that I would be worthy of followers, readers, or features. Me? But God knows my heart and he knows my passion. He knows that I love food. I love creating it. I love learning about it. I love serving it. Nothing beats a hand crafted dinner shared with those we love. ( I have officilly used the LOVE word more than should be permitted). Food is beautiful. Pass all my doubts and fears my Cumin Tomato Lentil Recipe  was featured on The Kitchn, (yay!!!) one of my favorite blogs! I visit The Kitchn and Apartment Therapy daily! Being featured on here is surreal to me. I’m honored & humbled.

Cumin Tomato Lentils

Ta…Da… It was delicious…

Last Sunday my husband and I committed to the Daniel Fast for 21 days, today we completed 7 days! Let me tell you this has not been an easy task no sugar, no animal products, no starch, no processed foods, & no CAFFEINE! For anyone who knows me you this this is HUGE! so far we are still alive! The first few days on the diet I started having some major detox symptoms as my body is slowly working out all the toxins. I was extremely tired ALL day and just wanted to sit on the couch and pick my nose. By the fourth day I was feeling much better and was able to get off the couch, take a shower and even shave my legs! 😉 This challenge could not have come at a better time. With the new year starting we decided that we needed to make some changes in our lives and committing to this fast has helped bring everything into perspective. I  never understood the type of power that fasting and prayer could have over our lives.

The fast restricts us from eating certain foods thus pushes me to explore with others. In this case the “lentil.” This little bean helps cleanse and stimulate the kidneys and adrenal system, strengthen the heart, promote circulation and increase energy and vitality. Which is awesome because ever since we started fasting and praying this is exactly what we feel like.

  • 1 TBSP of organic coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 a medium tomato, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced fine
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 1 1/4 cups  green lentils
  • 1 quart organic vegetable broth
  • sea salt and pepper
  • 1 TSP of cumin
  • 1 TSP of curry powder (leave it out if you don’t like curry)
  • 1/2 a can of organic tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 green onion for garnish (to taste)
  • balsamic vinegar (for garnish if you like)

Wash and rinse lentils. Few hours prior to cooking pour your lentils in a big bowl and cover with vegetable broth. Set aside covered. After a few hours check on the lentils, they will have absorbed some broth. At this time I find them tender enough for cooking.

In a saucepan or crockpot (I recommend a crockpot or dutch oven because the lentils will take up a lot of room) Drizzle with olive oil and add the chopped onion, bell pepper, & tomato. Cook until the veggies are soft, about 6-8 minues, and then add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.

Add the lentils and about 1 3/4 cup of stock, canned tomatoes, cumin and curry powder. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer stirring occationaly. Once most of the liquid has cooked out, about 40 minutes or so, have a taste to ensure the lentils are cooked all of the way through. ***If you did not soak your lentils you will need to cook longer and keep adding more stock.***

Once the lentils are cooked sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon the lentils into shallow bowls and pair it with whole wheat naan from Trader Joe’s.

P.S. I was going to top the lentils with a fried egg for my husband but he decided he did not want it after all 🙂