Monday, November 21, 2011

Winter Wearables

I'm pretty excited to wear my new winter gear. Its been getting chilly in LA and I know it will be cold when I'm home for Christmas!

and a new instagram of us on our way to Target. Something about this weekend made me feel super grown up. I kinda liked it.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


So not that Pintrest is anything new but I've been using it lately and I'm seriously loving it. Its fun to spend 10 minutes a day going thru inspirational images and tagging them to your own boards! I also found it extremely helpful for designing my wedding inspiration board.

So if you're on it please add me!

Jack and Till Pintrest Boards

Below is a single image from each of my current boards

Things I like

Hot Men


Wedding Inspiration

Dream Homes

Travel Dreams

Monday, November 7, 2011

Farmers Market Goodness

This weekend I tried to see if we could shop exclusively at our farmers market and we came pretty darn close!

We're really lucky and at our farmers market we have meat, dairy and egg suppliers! The only thing I can tell we are missing is a grain farmer. We would have sucessfully been able to shop only at the farmers market except the meat/dairy farmer was out of butter which I needed for a plum cake I'm planning on making later in the week.

Have you been able to shop only at a farmers market? Any tips? Do you find you save money?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Wow November is here already! I've got an action packed month - bestie coming to visit next weekend, maybe another friend the following weekend and Thanksgiving! Pretty soon its going to be December! I can't wait!

Plus it feels like fall in LA with the cool nights and cool sunny days!

*photo via weheartit

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween! Almost...

Halloween falls on a Monday. Boo. So we celebrated all weekend by watching Halloween movies and for breakfast today I made Pumpkin Waffles.

Seriously, maybe the best waffles I have ever had. They're a little sweet once you get the whipped cream and syrup on top but that's why you make ham and eggs to balance out with some saltiness right?

I don't know what I'd do without my ipad! Its the best cookbook.

Everything's all mixed up, egg whites folded in and the waffle iron is hot!

If you're interested in making them here's the recipe with my additions in (parentheses).

Best Ever Pumpkin Waffles

makes 4 round “Belgian” style pumpkin waffles or 8 small square waffles

• 1/4 cup light brown sugar
• 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
• 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
• 2 tsp. ginger
• 1/4 tsp. cloves
• 1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg*
• 2 large eggs
• 1 cup whole milk ( I subbed in Vanilla no sugar added almond milk)
• 1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin

(• 1 vanilla bean scraped in (add to the milk/egg/pumpkin mixture).........)

• 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and warm

*Grated and lightly packed into the spoon, use 1/2 tsp. Grated and loosely scooped, this is about 1 tsp. of nutmeg. If you have to use pre-grated, dried nutmeg, use 1/4 tsp.


1. Lightly oil the waffle iron with vegetable oil, and set it to the desired temperature.

2. Combine brown sugar and cornstarch in a large bowl. Whisk together to break apart the cornstarch. Add the remaining dry ingredients, and whisk to blend.

3. Separate eggs: yolks go in a medium sized bowl and whites get set aside in a smaller bowl.

4. Add pumpkin and milk to the egg yolks. Whisk to blend and set aside.

5. Whip egg whites with a hand mixer on high until stiff peaks form – about 1 1/2 – 2 minutes. Set aside.

6. Pour melted butter into the yolk/milk/pumpkin mixture. As you pour, whisk to combine.

7. Add the pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients, and mix them together until just combined. A little lumpiness is fine. That will smooth out when the egg whites are added.

8. Slide the whipped egg whites out of the bowl and onto the mixture you just prepared. Gently fold them in until no white bits are obvious.

9. Once the waffle iron is heated, you’re ready to pour the batter! I continued to cook them until they were a nice golden brown color and a little crispy. They are much more moist and do take a little bit longer.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Wedding Venue

We've finally picked our wedding venue! It took a lot of going back and forth but in our hearts we knew we'd only be happy having our wedding at the Marvimon in Downtown LA.

It is exactly what I have always envisioned for what my wedding would be!

Beautiful greenery and exposed brick walls but with lots of kitschy areas.

*all pictures borrowed from all over the web

Monday, October 10, 2011

Weekend Round Up

I might have had the laziest weekends of weekends. I did manage to make it out of my house for Zumba, a manicure and the farmers market but that is about it. For some reason I needed to catch up on some major z's. It was actually really nice to relax at home for once!

This picture is the only proof I made it out! Taken in front of our favorite little french restaurant having an iced latte while waiting for a friend to hit the Mar Vista Farmers Market! I'm stoked to go to this farmers market! They have organic, sustainably farmed seafood, beef, poultry, goat, lamb, eggs and raw milk! Plus lots of organic/sustainable fruit and veggie farmers! It feels good to shop local and support my farmers.

Friday, September 30, 2011


Today is Friday and I can't wait for the weekend!

Also, a big Happy Birthday to my best friend in the world! I wish I could be celebrating your birthday with you in SF but I'll be sending lots of good wishes your way from LA!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Elderflower Soda

Last week when we had out of town visitors we went to the Galco's the soda pop store. Its a store dedicated in its entirety to soda and old fashioned candy (and a little bit of boozey). I've been there a bunch of times but its always fun to go and pick up a few new flavors. I tried the Elderflower Soda because recently I've discovered I'm a huge fan of St. Germain which is made from the elderflower.

via. exp. realm:wurstkuche

Here's a great little music video that Greg Laswell filmed in Galco's. At the 1:10 mark you can see the owner walk by in his apron!

Last night I cracked open the Elderflower and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Addam's Family

With Halloween only a month or so away all fun things of fall are showing up again - pumpkin lattes, fall leaves, pumpkins, and fun movies such as the Addam's Family! Who doesn't love little Christina Ricci who was in that movie at 11!

I need to dig out my Halloween Movie collection today - Sleepy Hollow, Edward Scissorhands, The Addam's Family and I'm sure there're more! Any suggestions?

How fun is this fashion based off the Addam's family movies?

How sexy is Morticia! I love her eye makeup and long red nails.
*All photo's via

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Vanilla, Pear and Fig Jam

I had one last batch of fresh figs to use so I made another batch of jam. I walked around the grocery store with a bunch of different types of fruit but nothing caught my eye until I saw the crimson red pears and knew they were meant to be together.

My recipe was basically the same as the one for my rhubarb and fig jam except I had only 13 cups of fruit rather than the 16 cups I had before. I just followed the directions loosely again from pomona pectin and when the jam was almost done I added to big gluggs of vanilla to the pot and stirred. I tasted a couple of times to see what level of vanilla I wanted. Not to perfumey but enough to add another layer to the flavor.

My favorite way to eat this is over some vanilla bean ice cream. Yum.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Rhubarb and Fig Jam

The saga of the never ending figs continues......I had another big batch to use and rather than make a cake that would disappear in a day I made jam that would disappear in a day! I realized how much I love to cook as I stirred the moltenous pot (see injury picture below)of fig and rhubarb until it was just a goey sticky lava. I then stretched my design skills and made pretty kraft paper labels to go on top of the jars.

I made 2 big jars of jam - one for us and one for my boss who has been supplying me with the figs.

There was something so satisfying as stacking up all my labeled jars and looking at them.

But it wasn't all glitz and glam. A blob of jam lept out of the pot and landed on my skin leaving me with a nasty jam burn that coincidentally looks like an exclamation mark!

My recipe was based off this website and I used this pectin (which is sold at my whole foods). I have another batch of figs and trying to decide what to do with those!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Laguiole Knives

An oldie but a goodie! I'm crushing hard on these Laguiole knives. One of our favorite french restaurants has a giant stock in these knives. I've had everything from the pearl, stainless steel and neon. J'adore Laguiole!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Fig and Thyme Cake Recipe

Last week, I was given a ton of figs and I've been eating them on my yogurt but we just couldn't eat them fast enough so I started looking up recipes for figs and I found a bunch of delicious ones but they were time consuming - whip egg whites, separate this, blah blah, and I'm making this at 8 p.m. after working a 10 hour day. I wasn't into complicated and I remembered my favorite cake recipe for a pear cardamom cake. I interchange the pears for figs and the cardamom for thyme. It is fantastic.

figs sitting in the brown sugar and butter mixture

Fig and Thyme Upside-Down Cake
Serves 8

1 1/2 cups flour (i used cake flour which required 3 more tablespoons)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 - 2 tablespoons of fresh thyme (this is to taste - I added almost 2 based off how the flour and thyme smelled together. I didn't want it to be overpowering but I wanted it to be noticeable)
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, room temperature, divided
3/4 cup packed golden brown sugar
10 small figs sliced into discs (I covered my entire cake with discs of figs so depending on the size you might need more or less)
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk, room temperature
black pepper (optional)

Whipping Cream (optional)
pint of heavy whipping cream
sugar -to taste

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter a 9-by-1 1/2-inch round cake pan.

2. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder together. Stir in the thyme and set aside.

3. Melt one-fourth cup butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and stir for 2 to 3 minutes, until the sugar has melted and combined with the butter. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan, spreading it to reach the sides.

4. Cut the figs, cut into discs and discard the stems. Arrange the figs in a circle around the cake pan, starting at the center and working outwards. Sprinkle with a dash of pepper (optional). Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.

5. Beat the remaining one-half cup butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until soft and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in the vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl when needed. Alternately add the flour mixture and the milk, beating after each addition just until combined.

6. Gently spoon the cake batter on top of the figs, smoothing out to the edge of the pan and making sure the cake batter fills in around the pears.

7. Bake until the top is a deep golden brown and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Place the cake on a rack to cool for 5 minutes in the pan.

8. Run a small spatula or knife around the edge of the pan and invert onto a cake plate, leaving the pan on the cake for 10 minutes. Carefully remove the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature

9. Make whip cream, pour pint of heavy whipping cream into bowl and add sugar to taste (usually 1-2 tablespoons) and whip with either hand mixer or stand mixer until cream becomes thick and fluffy.

10. Serve, wait for everyone's mouth's to drool while you're plating up this sugary, figgy cake and service with a big dollop of homemade whipped cream.

The only slightly sad warning is this cake doesn't last if you don't eat it past the second day. It might have lasted longer in the fridge but its so moist that it will turn before you can eat it all!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Food Porn - Pan Fried Duck

I love cooking and for me it is like a mental yoga. When the day has been bad or things aren't going the way I planned I can go to the kitchen and cook. Very rarely do things turn out bad. Somethings not as planned but not bad. Recently, Leslie, had posted about an asparagus salad that they had created the recipe via video. This led me to start reading Kinfolk Journal. Which is like the playboy of food journals. It's an amazing website and magazine that documents amazing food and the people that make it. I instantly knew that I need to make this recipe.

I took one measly little photo on my iphone. I was really too hungry to try and photograph it well and to be honest the video is amazing. Why try to recreate it!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Summer Corn Salad Recipe

A few weeks ago when I was in San Francisco, we stopped at an awesome pizza place in my girlfriends neighborhood; Delfina Pizza. To be honest, the pizza is good but their side entrees really stole the spotlight this past trip for me. We ordered sand dabs ( mini fish deep fried) and a summer corn salad. I've been thinking about making the corn salad ever since which I finally did this past weekend twice.

Summer Corn Salad
serves 2
1 large ear of corn - shave off the corn with either a knife or a cool corn tool
1-2 small kumato tomatoes (mine were fairly small maybe 2 inches across) - chopped
2 large handfuls of arugula - washed (or several websites call for basil
olive oil
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon onion - finely chopped

-Shave the corn off the cob and place in a small mixing bowl.
-Finely chop the onion and add to the corn.
-Cut the tomatoes into smallish pieces (or if using cherry tomatoes I would halve or quarter if possible) and add to the corn/onion mixture
-Toss the corn/onion/tomatoes with a bit of good olive oil (I probably used 2 teaspoons)
-Season the corn/onion/tomatoes with salt and pepper to taste
-In the final step, make sure to mix the corn, tomato, and onion mixture well to blend the olive oil into the salad
Place the arugula on the plates and spoon the corn mixture over
*Another option would be to mix the arugula into the corn mixture if that is what you prefer I would add the arugula by sight. Using probably only 1 large handful vs the 2 handfuls.

There are tons of summer corn salad recipes online but a lot of them call for boiling the corn to remove the starch. I didn't and I loved the summery sweet taste of the raw corn. This recipe was sort of made up of what I liked from other people's recipes so feel free to modify! Let me know if you try something new and yummy!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


I'm SFO bound in a few days to spend a much needed Girls Weekend with my Best Friend.

via we heart it . com

I simply can't wait to spend the weekend with her! Its incredibly hard not living near each other but luckily she's just up the coast and not across the world!

Even though I've been there a handful of times we always find new exciting places to try! Please let me know if you have any must see spots!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Diner en Blanc

Say what? Diner en Blanc was a night in Paris where 10,000 people all dressed in white and brought their own picnic to the Louvre and Notre Dame.

Dîner en Blanc -Parvis de Nôtre Dame
via flickr

How amazing would this be? The most amazing part is it was all started by spreading word by word of mouth. Everyone was a friend of someone.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Raspberry Summer Cake

I was reading someone's blog this weekend who linked to Smitten Kitchen's blog about how to make pancakes. Something I'm determined to master at some point in my life. Mine always turn out overcooked or raw in the middle. Ugh, after mentally memorizing how to make perfect pancakes I decided to catch up on some of her other postings. I came across Strawberry Summer Cake. It sounded easy and we might have gone a little crazy with the juicing and bought way to much. Maybe. I needed to use some raspberries up about 12 pints to be exact.

Raspberry Summer Cake

Adapted, unintentionally, from Smitten Kitchen

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for pie plate
1 1/2 cups (188 grams) all-purpose flour (I used cake flour and measured out 188 grams otherwise per cup you add 2 extra tablespoons, I believe)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 cup (200 grams) plus 2 tablespoons (25 grams) granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup (118 ml) milk
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
1 pound (450 grams) raspberries (SK originally calls for strawberries, I only had raspberry on hand)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 10-inch cake pan.

Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together in a small bowl.

(This is where I messed up big time - I know only like 2 steps in. I wasn't paying attention and I mixed the sugar into the flour, baking powder and salt mixture. I continued to cream the butter by itself and add the egg/milk in and then gradually add in the flour. Not sure what the cake would taste like otherwise but mine is still delicious!)

In a larger bowl, beat butter and 1 cup sugar until pale and fluffy with an electric mixer, about 3 minutes. Mix in egg, milk and vanilla until just combined. Add dry mixture gradually, mixing until just smooth.

Pour into prepared cake pan. Arrange berries, on top of batter, as closely as possible in a single layer. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over berries.

Bake cake for 10 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 325°F and bake cake until golden brown and a tester comes out free of wet batter, about 50 minutes to 60 minutes. Let cool in pan on a rack. Cut into wedges.

It was the perfect dessert with our grilled buffalo chicken tenders and margherita pizza made on the grill. This cake is summer.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


I love your sultry smooth voice and I envy your oh so cool 60's vibe with the behive, pointed nails, black eyeliner and big lashes.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


I've boughten into the latest fad even though I hate to admit it. I recently watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (which is on instant netflix currently!) and went out hours later and bought $150 worth of fresh fruits and veggies and an $80 juicer to start juicing immediately. Pictured below are the supplies - mangos, spinach, grapes, large cucumbers, red peppers, tomatoes, figs, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries. Also the juicer is behind the crate of mangos.

The results only 5 days later - I am down 2.3 pounds and feel fantastic. I have replaced my breakfast with a jar of fresh vegetable and fruit juice that I drink slowly most of the morning at work.

I might have bought into the hype but is it a really hype to get more fruits and veggies in my diet? No, I don't think so. I do have to admit I felt like a hoarder buying all these fruits and veggies but we bought 2 giant bags of spinach and we've gone through 1.5 bags in only 5 days.

If anyone has any questions about it feel free to send me a message! Not that I'm an expert but I can share with you about my own experience!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Travel Bug...

Keeps on biting me...I am dreaming of places to go today

Perhaps a warm beautiful island

or beautiful Italy

or maybe Spain

or we could go back to Paris

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Is what they're affectionately calling this weekend in LA. They're shutting down 10 miles of the 405 freeway. I've been told the point where the 405 and the 10 freeway meet is the busiest intersection in the world. I can believe it when I go to target and it takes me 45 minutes to go 3 miles. Grr.


Anyways, the city is advising everyone to stay out of their cars. I'm kind of anxious to see what the weekend will be like. Luckily we're on the right side of the freeway and close to the beach and the fun attractions. Might be a good time to pack a picnic, rent some library books and relax.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cake Night!

Tonight is our monthly girls cake night and I'm hosting but not making a cake!

I'm so excited to hang out with some of my favorite girls, drink wine and eat cake.

Aren't these cakes just gorgeous!

images via

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Happy Wednesday!

Life has gotten extremely dull for me so instead I will share a beautiful picture.

via we heart it . com

P.S. New friend Ashley, if you're reading this send me an email :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Fourth of July!

I wish I had a great excuse for not blogging for nearly a month but I don't really...I finished working on Transformers 3 and took off a week to spend with family and a week to get stuff done at my house. Then after those two weeks, I went back to work on some new films and the weeks got by me!

We try to go away for the 4th of July every year. We've been successful the past few years and rent a cabin in Big Bear Lake, CA.

If you want to see pictures from last years trip click here! Our favorite location to stay is in the Moonridge area. Our cabin this year had an amazing view of the Big Dipper. We unfortunately, didnt' capture the big dipper but if you click on these pictures you will get a bigger size photo of some slow shutter speed night shots.

It is breath taking to see the stars like this. We viewed them from the decks of our cabin.

Got to have a cheesy picture of us to look back in 20 years!

We took a few photo's via instagram (add me if you like - jackandtill)

glamping breakfast - cinnamon rasin bread french toast, and coffee

almost to the base of the mountain

kitschy bear drawings by kids

We had to make sure we had enough libations for the weekend!

Beautiful yellow flowers that cover the mountain side

Bye Big Bear! Thanks for the memories.