Monday, May 30, 2011

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

I've been meaning to make these delicious dark chocolate covered pretzels ever since one of my favorite bloggers Cupcakes and Cashmere posted ones similar on her site. These are the perfect treat to make when time is of the essence. Not to mention, only three ingredients are required  - pretzels, chocolate and sprinkles. It was a friend's birthday and I wanted to bring a little something over to surprise him. I already had two of the ingredients in my pantry so after a quick run to Publix for pretzels, I went to work. I think this took me a total of 20 minutes, plus drying time. I recommend using chocolate candy coating instead of the chocolate morsels you find at the grocery story because candy coating melts and dries much faster. I used white sprinkles because I already had them but next time I am going to have to try different colors. How perfect would these be in pink or blue for a baby shower? Or, make them in team colors for a game viewing party. So many tasty options!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Just Gone Thrifting

All these fashion blogs I read (guilty pleasure) are constantly posting photos of cool things they find "thirifting." Granted, there is nothing in South Florida like the Brooklyn Flea but I decided there must be  one or two places around town with hidden gems. So last weekend when I was in Boca I recruited my mom to help scour a few second hand shops. Knew she would be down to put her bargain shopping skills to work. It was a Sunday so not a whole lot was open but we were able to find this one shopping center with four different stores. At the JCC Thrift Shop, I discovered this for $5! Wasn't really sure what to do with it at first but after a few coats of gold spray paint (it was an ugly green) and a couple bamboo sticks from the dollar store - voilĂ ! Good luck all year round.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Beachy Keen

We'll show you severe thunderstorm warning and 40 percent chance of rain. It was a beautiful day today on South Beach. A couple hours to soak up the rays is just what every weekend should consist of. Brought my camera along with my telephoto lens just to goof around. The beach was packed with locals and tourists despite that "the season" is coming to an end. Just a few weeks left till summer arrives - can't wait!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Happy Thoughts

It's been one of those weeks when you look around and feel very thankful for what you have - family, friends and good health. We often take these things for granted, but I've been reminded the past few days just how important and precious they are. Here are just a few things that have been making me happy.

Downtown and actually all over Miami we have beautiful bougainvillea trees. Inspired my mom, I snatched up a few fallen branches and put together this little bouquet.

Here's a view from the top of the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run last week in Miami taken with my iPhone. Truly could not believe how many people come out to this event - like 30,000! Despite the sweaty pushing to get to the start line,  I had a great time bonding with my colleagues. 

I made Michelle Bernstein's chimichurri recipe earlier this week and here's a shot before I doused the ingredients in olive oil. Drizzled over skirt steak with sweet potatoes and veggie rice on the side - Bone Appetit!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Sights & Sounds of Sunfest

We made our way to Sunfest on Saturday afternoon and it was a pretty fun day. We got there too early though and after several hours in the steaming hot sun, we were ready to head home and sadly missed MGMT. Oh well, better planning next year. The art was pretty decent though and we saw Ziggy Marley play which was cool. The highlight of the day was by far the pineapple chicken concoction, actually served in a pineapple. We were pretty impressed. Here are just a few shots I captured walking around.