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Seared Ahi Salad

I grew up in a family of sashimi eaters. Mom, dad, and my sister all loved raw fish but I couldn’t get past the texture. That is until one day I was given a bite of tataki, a seared tuna served with a citrus soy sauce dressing. From there I learned how to appreciate the delicate taste of raw fish. If you have a newcomer to the raw fish world, I suggest trying this recipe as a gateway to the world of YUM! This lightly seared tuna with the roasted sesame dressing does the perfect introduction without any of the ick factor. 

 

 

To Create this dish for yourself click the link below to my recipe posted on Bloody Decks Outdoors.

CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE

 

Moving Day

I recently moved into my first apartment (YAY!!!) and boy has this been an eye opener. The whole process of just finding a place that fits your needs and wants is a whirlwind but the actual moving in process is nothing short of exhausting. (Stairs… you have become a mortal enemy.)

Here is my list of the top 5 things you need to know when moving into an apartment. (for the first time)

  1. HELP, ALWAYS accept help, friends, family, that random person who asked if you would like carrying some boxes.. Honestly you never realize how much energy it takes to move your life from one location to another so put away the pride and don’t be afraid to ask for help. (Be sure to properly thank and do your best to compensate the help though, I have noticed that drinks or dinner/lunch seem to work best.)
  2. Measure twice, cut once. My grandfather always told my dad measure twice cut once and I never truly understood the value of this saying until I had to buy furniture and fit it into the tiny space I now call home. Don’t get me wrong it’s a blast playing Tetris with your living room but measure once.. mark it down and then measure again… and then after that make sure you bring your measuring tape with you EVERYWHERE you go.. it will really save you a lot of headaches down the line.
  3. Invest in a tool kit. When I graduated high school one of the most memorable and used gift I received was a pink tool kit. It came complete with a hammer, all sorts of wrenches, screwdrivers (with tons of different adapters), a measuring tape (see item 2), and a “stylish” pink matching carrying bag. My 18 year old self couldn’t imagine the amounts of times that this bag would become my best friend. There are countless uses for a tool kit in every day life but it is a real life saver when it comes to moving. Furniture, doors, appliances that require some assembly… you name it! I cannot stress how wonderful it is to have a tool kit with you when you’re trying to tighten and tweak things for your new home.
  4. Toilet paper, paper towels, a plunger, and trash bags. You should not enter the doors of your new places without these items.. Just trust me.
  5. TIME It’s not a race. Take your time and really get into the idea that this is real life and not one of those reality shows where the person moves into a dump and after the commercial break the place is completely put together. You will have tons of boxes. You will have moments of wondering if you are a a delusional hoarder. You will get there and one day suddenly realize that you’ve done it! You’ve finally unpacked your last box. Even if it takes a year before that happens!

 

What are your tips for people moving into a new place? I’d love to hear some helpful comments or experiences of your moves.

OH BABY!

Imagine a crepe and a custard had a love affair… and then after sitting in a hot cast iron in the oven at 475 degrees for about 18 minutes..they had a baby. A DUTCH BABY that is (also known as a German Pancake.)

Four eggs, a cup of flour, cup of milk, a healthy dab of butter, and a pinch of salt, thats it! These little.. or actually GIANT babies are AH-MAY-ZING! My preferred way of eating them is with lots of powdered sugar, butter, and a squeeze of lemon! If you’re looking to try making one of these yourself then I recommend “Brown Eyed Baker’s” Recipe.

Or you could be lazy like me and head over to Elmer’s. A classic American Style diner that serves these bad boys up just the way I like them. Years ago when I was much younger my parents would take me to the Elmer’s located in Indio (it has since closed down). Dad would get some eggs or such and mom would always get the “German Pancake”. I love the crisp puffy sides the way they billow over the giant plate.

Luckily after moving to Palm Springs I have rediscovered my love affair with the giant. If you haven’t tried one out grab a friend and order one for yourself! Bon Appetite!

4-H Farmers Market

Did you know that I used to raise chickens, pigs, goats, and so much more?

1996 Farmers Fair with my Chicken (Dovey) *Side note.. I smashed my finger in a car door, the chicken did not bite me*

Why? Because I was in a youth program called 4-H. Similar to FFA (Future Farmers of America) 4-H teaches children and teens about animal husbandry as well as other crafts and skills. I raised animals of all shapes and sizes and sold them at auction year after year until I was 19.

One of my goats (Lokelani translation: Heavenly Rose)

I like to believe that choosing to spend my spare time outside of school learning how to care for a garden and properly take care of animal projects shaped me into the person I am today.

Playing on the John Deer Tractor from RDO

Once a year my former club the Desert Sandblasters 4-H Club puts on their annual produce sale. This little produce sale has grown and transformed since it’s first year back when I was leading the charge! (Did I mention I was club president for a number of years?)

Sweet Corn donated by PRIME TIME at the start of the line!
Acorn and Butternut for sale!

Now days the club partners up with the Indio FFA as well as a couple of other local agriculture groups to have a one day produce sale. Commercial local growers each donate product for the kids to sell (Prime Time, Ocean mist, Peter Rabbit Farms, and so many more.)

Delicious chili baskets filled to the brim!
This Produce sale also had transplant babies from Headstart Nursery! Pictured: Baby basil

Getting out to go grocery shopping is great but doing it to support my local 4-H club is even better. Why not research your local 4-H or FFA and see what fun events they will be hosting next!

My sister, brother in law, and 4-H member Ryan Percy.

To see what my old club is up to check out their instagram!

https://www.instagram.com/desertsandblasters4h/

7 Reasons to Escape to Palm Springs!

It’s no secret that I LOVE Palm Springs from the Palm trees, gorgeous architecture, tasty treats, to the fun places to see it just keeps growing!

Here are 7 of my reasons that you need to Escape to Palm Springs this summer!

 

 

1) You can score a fabulous luxury pool home rental at super affordable off-season rates!

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Acme House Company Vacation Rental  “Blanca Vista” 

 

Have you ever visited a place and stayed in a tiny hotel and had to pay hundreds of dollars for a tiny room and then have to pay for parking at the hotel? FEAR NOT I have the best solution! Stay with Palm Springs best vacation rentals ever! Who is that? ACME House Company! They manage some of the most gorgeous luxury rentals in Palm Springs! Wish you could live in a art exhibit? They have a house for that! Love the tart refreshing lemonade? They have a house for you! No joke one of my favorite houses is one called, Lemon Twist! It’s this tart little slice of sunshine complete with a pool, mini golf, and an amazing lounge by the outdoor fire feature. Treat your self and some friends and stay in one of these houses! You will not regret it!

2) Bonding time –

spending low key quality time with your peeps. Just spend most of your time floating in the pool, laughing, connecting – you never really have to leave the house! Vacation should be easy!

3) The Certified Farmers Market moves inside to the air conditioning! Looking to browse fresh produce but not ready  to brave the summer temps? Palm Springs has an amazing Farmers market indoors! Check it out at 401 South Pavilion Way Palm Springs (CLICK HERE FOR HOURS)

 

4) Ice cream. Need I say more? On the north side of Palm Springs take a stroll over to the Arrive Ice Cream & Shop (pe) for one of their delectable flavors! Sample them all and then buy a scoop! Did I mention there are FREE self serve toppings?

5) We’re OPEN! Unlike in the past summers where Palm Springs would all but close up for the “off season” stores and restaurants are staying open all year long! Wish you had gotten a chance to eat at EVZIN  but could never score reservations? Now is the chance to taste some of the most amazing dishes the valley has to offer! Locally owned healthy plates of YUM what more could you ask for? Stop by for dinner, or lunch on weekends even!

6) Over the Rainbow Desserts – magic from Roman in the form of his cupcakes is so worth the trip. After you have had a great meal at Evzin and then an amazing desert at the Ice Cream & Shoppe it’s time for SECOND DESSERT! Yes ladies and gents step right up for cup cakes that are small in size but never in flavor! And by small.. I mean you can fit it in you hand.. and not look like a complete glutton.

7) Destination Palm Springs.

20180509_GirlsTripDay2_176 How often do you visit a touristy trap store and see the same old key chains with the names of the location swapped out. Or maybe a cheap tacky shirt. Have I saved the best for last!! Destination PSP is the ultimate shop for everything you want to take home from Palm Springs (Even if you live here). This one of a kind shop features local artists as well as custom designed apparel in Palm Springs Mod style.

 

So what are you waiting for! Book your stay in Palm Springs this summer the Hottest destination!

The most beautiful…

Tucked away in a magical shop in Palm Springs, aka The Shops at Thirteen Forty Five, lies a room filled with the most BEAUTIFUL vintage scarves I have ever laid eyes on! The first time I walked in was true love at first sight! Bold colors artfully matched with patterns of flowers and shapes, I couldn’t help but feel transported to another world. I’m gushing about Candice Held of course!

When you visit desert looking for a piece of vintage Palm Springs Style you absolutely must visit the Candice Held Boutique. There are two locations, one in Palm Desert’s El Paseo Shopping District and the other inside of The Shops at Thirteen Forty Five. If you’re lucky and you visit the Palm Desert flagship store you might even run into the artist herself.

For the West Elm Girl’s Trip powered by Acme House Company I had the honor of being styled by Candice herself! Never have I worn a piece of clothing that felt so light and breezy. The Palm Springs climate is notorious for being hot and sunny but wearing these silk scarf pieces felt like a cool breeze. I loved the way that every piece had fashionable ties that helped to custom fit every piece to my body.  The scarf tunic was one of the most amazing of the pieces because of it’s ability to more from one style to the next being completely reversible!!! (No joke I must have worn this 4 different times in 4 different styles because I loved this one so much.) Going on a vacation? Take this piece with you and instantly and effortlessly rock a resort chic look.

Can you tell that I am in love with the entire Candice Held line yet? Elegant silhouettes, breezy silks, beautiful vintage inspired prints, custom fits?! Should I keep going on or are you ready to run over and pick up one of your own.