The Great British Baking Show

Squeeee! The Great British Baking Show (or Bake Off) is now back on Netflix with 2 extra (new-ish) seasons, and I am so very excited. Can you tell (re: Squeee!)?

Becca’s Christmas Wreath Sultana Bread (Season 2)

If you remember from my Thanksgiving post, I was trying to feature The Great British Baking Show as a family-friendly show to binge instead of football, but it was no longer on Netflix so I had to modify. Post worked out well, but alas, my love letter to GBBS had to go unwritten…

…until now. The Great British Baking Show is a reality baking competition with the nicest, and sweetest competitors ever. Seriously, every time I watch it, I wonder how the American version would be a bit more ruthless with a “you vs. me” attitude. Thankfully, GBBS is refreshing in this way. Though a competition, competitors genuinely focus on their own faults and achievements, and help each other out when needed. And lemme tell you, when one of those competitors works their butt off cooking but doesn’t make the cut….tears. Genuine tears.

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Weekend Links

Happy Saturday! This week was crazy for me…was it crazy for you? TGI…S? Hope you’re having the loveliest weekend…

This easy fried rice recipe gave me life this week. Remember to use cold rice!

Harry Potter wedding cakes of your dreamssss….

I had happy hour with a couple of friends this week and one big topic of convo was sex after pregnancy. The reviews seem mixed.

Ruth Ginsburg could kick my booty!

Small and chic. Love the use of this space.

A beautiful love letter that made me laugh and weep at the same time.

These chocolate hazelnut eggs make me want to celebrate Easter.

‘Tis the time to start planning a vacation…at least, for me. I like to plan ahead. Cabo seems nice.

 

x-Greta

(Photo shot by Jonas Berg & produced on Entrance)

 

 

 

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7 Cute, Affordable Rainboots

It is winter here in Los Angeles, which means…it’s “rain” season. Sometimes, it’s super rainy and sometimes it’s super…not. Fortunately, this year, it has been quite rainy and the land has been happily soaking it up (Go to Griffith Park or to the Hollywood sign and you’ll see what I’m talking about). The only things that haven’t really been happy are my feet. SO, I’ve been hunting for a pair of affordable, easy rainboots, and here are my cute finds…

Hunter Original Thurloe Lace Up Rain Boots $39.97

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Weekend Links

The last week of February is already approaching us. Whoa! Hope you guys have the loveliest weekend…

Tongue Touch. Forgive yourself. Ways to find zen in times of uncertainty.

Your cute of the week. P.S. it’s his favorite stone.

This is something I’m working on. Um, like, silence is ok?

Have a cry. A good, lovely cry.

Geometric wall art…w/ plants. Love.

The most relaxing song in the world. Reduces anxiety and heart rate.

There is a Golden Girls Cafe in NY. Thank you for being a friend!

This Finnish sleeping shed is what dreams are made of. Gorg.

 

x-Greta

 

(Photo credit: Jordan Kushins & Dwell )

 

 

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Lessons I Learned During A Power Outage

Did everyone have a lovely weekend? I did…for the most part. Yes, except for the 30+ hours of zero power and hot water, it was a delightful weekend.

30+ hours without power?? Some may say “so you can’t binge-watch Netflix, big deal”, others may say “WHATDIDYOUDOAHHH”. I was somewhere in between. Yes I was bummed that I couldn’t hole up in my apartment during the storm dubbed “Lucifer”, watching Netflix and snuggling on the couch, but honestly, when it came down to the 11th hour, I was plain bummed that I couldn’t take a shower, couldn’t eat all the food in my fridge before spoilage, couldn’t walk around my apartment without several blankets and a candle, and didn’t have any connection to the outside world.

So, if I were to go back in time and do things differently, what would I do?

I’d purchase this flashlight. Yes, I have a bajillion candles, but there’s nothing like an electric-powered light that’s strong enough to light up a room so you don’t have to walk around with a hot candle in your hand.

I’d also purchase this handy dandy crank charger/radio. You can listen to some NPR while charging your phone, or computer. And trust me, after hours of reading, you’ll want something to look at other than a book by candlelight.

Download a show or a movie. Did you know that if you have the Amazon Prime or Netflix app, you can download shows and movies for free? You can’t do it on your computer, but if you have an iPad or tablet or even cell phone, you can. It’ll give you a break from books, magazines, and the general doing-nothingingness during a power outage.

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Weekend Links

Whoa. Is it Friday already? This week has flown by…here are few fun things to take you into this three day weekend…

Goodness in this world.

I’ll be spending my free time this weekend cleaning and organizing. Keeping #2 in mind.

Some California love. I want to go to the Seven Teacups!

Important read. Important docu.

I love it when Nordstrom has epic sales. My fave is the Joie Aiyana top. That crochet-detailing though.

Best new way to protect your cell phone screen? Pretty rad.

Cool new lulu pants. Water resistant and comfy!

Fast, fun facts of our past Presidents to honor Presidents’ day. Abraham Lincoln used to wrestle? Wha??

 

x-Greta

 

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Black Bean Brownies

Brownies. Need I say more? Brownies are one of my favorite foods and I’m not even a “sweets” person. I like sweets, but put a bowl of tortilla chips and salsa in front of me and…I’m spent. Except brownies. I do love brownies.

When I heard of these “healthier” black bean brownies, I was a little skeptical. Why waste the calories on a “healthier” brownie that sort of tastes like a brownie instead of just eating an actual brownie that tastes delicious?

Well, lemme tell ya….these black  bean “healthier” brownies are pretty damn delicious, and are about
several hundred calories less than your conventional brownie, depending on how you make them.

I’m a simple cook and not much of a baker, so I used the simplest recipe I could find and put little tweaks in it to make it my own. For example, instead of just cane sugar, I did 1/2 cane sugar and 1/2 maple syrup. They turned out pretty good, and even my friends who aren’t vegan, gluten-free, health nutters (like me) enjoyed them.

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Fun Valentine’s Things

Happy Valentine’s Day! Yes, most Valentine’s Day critics may decry, “It’s a fake holiday! A HALLMARK holiday!” But, I still think it’s fun to have a day where you think about love. Whether you’re spending the day with a significant other, friend, or just by yourself, here are a few fun things to enjoy…

For someone who needs a little extra love today or if you want to “treat yo self”… You Go Glen Coco!

Not a Mean Girls fan? Here’s another motivational booster. Rock on.

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Weekend Links

It’s been a doozy of a week. In a good way. How was yours? Whether your week was filled with goodness or some struggle, here are some good things to take you into a relaxing weekend…

I love Dr. Bronner soap, especially the lavender smell. Apparently, the soap maker recorded some thoughts about the soap’s history and purpose, which the family released posthumously. It’s fascinating.

Need something to binge-watch this weekend?

Dancing in pink dresses. Embrace the power of pink.

I’m fostering a really active dog this week, and this list helped me challenge her physically and mentally.

This is how you wear flowers.

These dip-dyed stools make me so happy. Black or white?

Recipes for easy vegan Valentine’s Day desserts. Thanks Minimalist Baker!

 

x-Greta

 

 

 

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5 Awesome African-American Ladies

Singer, Baby Esther

In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to take a minute to talk about some of our unsung African-American, female historical heroes. Female Americans of color are not often celebrated or remembered in history, so I’ve compiled a list of some amazing ladies.

  • Esther Jones aka Baby Esther was a singer in the 1920s known for her “baby” style of singing. Her style of singing was copied by caucasian singer, Helen Kane, who sang “I Wanna Be Loved By You” using Baby Esther’s “boo boo boo” “doo doo doo”. This later became the inspiration for the cartoon, Betty Boop, and her “boop boop dee doop”.
  • Alice Coachman basically broke record after record in track before making history as the first African-American woman to win a gold medal at the Olympics.
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