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Monday, January 23, 2012

Confessions of a Baker...

With my newfound free time, I've been rediscovering old hobbies such as baking. Baking from scratch is very therapeutic, and it's something I gave up during my volunteer year. I'm definitely glad that I haven't lost my love for baking.

Homemade Granola (Recipe from Joy of Baking) - The recipe called for 1/2 cup maple syrup, but I would put in slightly less next time and try adding 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg.

Almond cookies with chocolate chips (Recipe adapted from - I tried making my own almond milk the other day, and I had leftover ground almond so I decided to make cookies with it. I added 1/4 cup more flour and threw in some chocolate chips.

The verdict: these cookies have a rich nutty flavor. I approve of this recipe - it's a keeper!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Los Angeles

I went back home to California for the holidays, and it was definitely good to catch up with family and friends.

Went for a walking tour in Pasadena to see the Gamble House, which is a beautifully crafted house. I definitely recommend the tour if you're in town.

@ The Grove - great place to window shop and enjoy the fresh air.

@ the Walt Disney Concert Hall

Now I'm back in NY, and it's back to work for this chica!