Archive | July 2013

Bragging Rights

Just thought I’d share a pic of our future wedding site – Chris and I signed the contract to get married under this here tree! (yay!)

Save the date! 7/7/14

Guilt Free Gelato from The Londoner

My favorite blog just shared this FAB chocolate-peanut-butter-banana gelato. You must try it!

The best part? IT IS COMPLETELY GUILT-FREE! Oh yeah, and it’s also non-dairy!

How can that be? ‘That’s just bananas,’ you say! And you’d be right :D

*Now, I’ve made some adjustments from Rosie’s original directions, but to read hers and to see some amazingly delightful foodporn, go here.

The Londoner’s Guilt Free Chocolate-Peanut-Butter Gelato

(slightly edited)

To make enough for two you’ll need:


3 frozen bananas (peel & chop before freezing!)
1 heaped tbsp peanut butter
2 – 3tbsp good quality cocoa powder


Chuck all your ingredients into a blender/magimix. (That’s it!)
Pour into tupperware to re-freeze or pour into bowls (or mugs) to serve!
The Londoner tops it off with peanuts, but I recommend fresh blueberries :)

**I personally used an extra room-temp banana and some rice milk to help my blender out. It made a softer-serve cream but you can also refreeze it (if you’re patient!)

It’s so decadent, our friends asked “Are you SURE there’s no added sugar?!”

PS – Rosie says:

“This stuff is an incredible source of tryptophan which battles depression.
It works to prevent type 2 diabetes, aid weightloss, lower blood pressure, balance blood sugars, protect against heart attacks & strokes.”

PPS – For some gorgeous photos, beautiful people, a fabulous puppy, and amazing recipes, go to The Londoner!

Rad Recipe – Red Lentil Sweet Potato Stew

Chris and I are back on a no gluten, no sugar, no dairy diet, so it’s time to explore some new recipes!

My favorite resource at the moment is the Martha Stewart Whole Living magazine I bought this past spring. We’ve been making a ton of the recipes from its 21 day diet cleanse, and they’ve all been SO GOOD! This is what we had for dinner last night – it was so good, we’re making it again for True Blood night!

Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Stew

Whole Living, January/February January/February 2013
Serves 4


2 Tbsp coconut or extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 Tbsp curry powder
1 diced large onion
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 minced cloves garlic
2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
2 peeled and diced sweet potatoes
1 diced (stemmed, seeded) red bell pepper
1 1/2 cups rinsed red lentils
6 cups Cleansing Broth
Chopped fresh cilantro


Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook cumin, turmeric and curry powder until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add onion with a few pinches salt, and cook, stirring, until tender, about 6 minutes. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, until tender, about 2 minutes. Add sweet potatoes and bell pepper and cook 1 minute.

Add lentils and Cleansing Broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until lentils are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Top with cilantro before serving.

(Refrigerate stew in an airtight container up to 3 days.)

This recipe was absolutely delicious – my only regret is that we couldn’t pair naan or yogurt with it due to our dietary restrictions… Maybe next time we’ll serve rice milk or almond milk alongside it :)

Vacation Highlights Part 2

I’m so slow! I finally got back from Indiana/Illinois, and I still need to post the rest of my Pennsylvania/New Jersey vacation photos! Let me see what I can do…

Longwood daisies

New Jersey w/ the Family!

We covered the wedding, bowling, & general gallivanting in the city in Part 1… Now onto the Lemcke portion of our trip!

We checked out of our hotel, grabbed our last meal from Dunkin’ Donuts (and some coffee grounds to take back to CA) and returned the car to Philly’s airport, where we met Pop, Aunt Martha, & Uncle Joe. From there we headed to Longwood Gardens, the most lovely gardens I’ve ever seen! (No offense, Descanso, but they make you look shrimpy!)

purple flowers

orange bloomwalkway to a treehouse in the woods

everyone - Martha, Pop me, Chris, Joe!

a portion of well-manicured lawnreeeally tall palms

a perfectly symmetrical walkway to a gorgeous craftsman treehousegorgeous greens out by one of the many treehouses on the property

I took so many pics of the lovely gardens, I think they’ll make a post of their own down the road. Needless to say, I was very pleased to have my new camera by my side!

We got to catch up with the fam and learn more about the Longwood estate and I got to catch up a little on my New Jersey history (mostly Pierre du Pont history, that is). After hitting the Longwood gift shop, we headed back to Martha & Joe’s by way of some delicious mushroom soup!

M&J have an amazing property in South Jersey with acres and acres of space, a fabulous custom-built home, rows and rows of planted fruits & veggies, & lots of birds. I got to shoot a few while I was there…


(get it? like “shoot?” but you know, with my camera? oh come on people, it’s a joke!) :P

We also got to hold some chicken chicks and pheasant chicks – they may be smelly, but they’re cute in a bird-brained way. AND!!! We got to see Twisted Beak, my favorite! Her beak is so twisty, she has to eat feed differently from the rest of the birds. She’s gotten more accustomed to people because of her disability, so when all the others flock away, she comes right up to you. :)

The next day, we went to see Uncle Terry at Wheaton Village in Millville, NJ. Terry is the resident potter (…Terry Potter… get it?) of Wheaton Arts Center, a not-for-profit community centered around fine arts and American art tradition.

We are a leading resource of American craft with an emphasis on the medium of glass, a stronghold in New Jersey’s cultural history. Programs include museum and gallery exhibits; interpretive demonstrations in various craft mediums; an artist fellowship program; outreach and on-site school programs; and collector’s seminars. All serve to educate a multi-level audience on the role of the crafts in both traditional and contemporary life.

It was so cool! We wandered through the Museum of American Glass and learned about glasswork history, both local and abroad. Everything there was gorgeous! Like Longwood, I’ll have to assemble a post for the museum so I can share all these pics. For now, here are a few :)

drawer knobs or door knobs, I think

vibrant green glassold old sailboat bottle

Once through the museum, we went to the glass studio and saw a presentation on Wheaton Village and their current projects. While our presenter was speaking, we got to watch as visiting artists made paperweights and rounds for a window with molten-hot glass. Totally cool! Next time we visit, hopefully we can take a class!

After seeing all this awesome glass, we got to visit with Terry and he gave us the tour of his neck of the woods. We got to see the kilns, the wheels, and his work in all its stages – from clay to final product. I even got a souvenir! Ceramics has always been my favorite 3D medium, so I was really glad to check everything out. Hopefully we can throw a couple things on the wheel next time we head that way, too!

Chris, Terry, meAfter a great meal outside with the whole family, we said our goodbyes and headed back to the house (by way of Pop’s) and looked through some family albums. The rest of the vacation centered around food and tv and relaxation, and it was SO great to hang out with the pups and the peeps. The only other shake-up was covering the plants before they frosted over, but luckily everything made it through the night unharmed!

The next day consisted of a leisurely breakfast, amazing showers, and a trip back to the airport. I picked up a Paddy’s Irish Pub shirt before we boarded, and we got home in time to pass out with the pets. We had such a wonderful time; I can’t wait to go back!


one of the more modern pieces from the museum