March Stuff!

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March began the way I wish every month started: with a bounce house, snow cones and piñata shaped like an ice cream cone. It was my dude’s birthday, so I figured I’d do something fun and throw him a surprise party. This was my first go at throwing a surprise party and dude! did I get into it…

Planning a surprise party requires lots of lying. And for the record, I’m a super terrible liar. I kind of do this uncomfortable laugh when I lie–it’s majorly weird. So that entire week was full of lots of awkward conversations and me nervously laughing when speaking.

I learned that if you’re turning twenty-eight, a bounce house is a necessity. It proved for a pretty awesome time. And even Amelia got involved.

Josh and I are obsessed with Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray Soda–it’s a total deli classic! So, inspired by that soda I made a cel-ray flavored syrup for snow cones. Del-i-cious. And a little weird.

There was also some mango basil and strawberry and black pepper syrups. If you’re gonna get a snow cone machine, make some fancy, homemade syrups. People will be into ’em.

I put Amelia in the bounce house and we all jumped. She was pretty weirded out and confused that the ground was moving. But overall, I think she dug it.

After we cut the cake, smacked the piñata and ate a bunch of guacamole, Amelia had enough.

She got a little sleepy.

My friend Nastassia had a housewarming party. Aren’t those little mirror stars the cutest? Her boyfriend did them himself. Pretty handy!

On a random Monday night, I made some gnocchi and drank wine.

Recipe coming soon! (As in tomorrow.)

During the month of March I had a slight obsession with grapefruit. I literally put it in everything I could get my hands on. First, there was this Grapefruit and Rosemary Spritzer and this Grapefruit Yogurt and Thyme Cake.

And then there was this Hazelnut and Grapefruit tart with an almond sable crust. Pretty tasty!

I got a new-to-me book for a little inspiration: Homemade by Yvette van Boven. Good gracious what a beautiful cookbook. The pictures are gorgeous and the recipes look delicious, but what I really love is how the cookbook’s chapters are organized and how the recipes are written.

They’re written in such a casual way. I think sometimes I get obsessive about writing too many notes and too many detailed instructions because I want people to be successful. This recipe writing feels more casual, almost like you’re on the phone with your mom and she’s loosely telling you how to make the cake you loved growing up.

St. Patrick’s Day arrived as it always does and I got my nails painted green, which actually just reminded me of avocados.

I made my favorite Irish Soda Bread EVER. Whiskey and raisins are a good match.

I ate the best falafel (I think) in Los Angeles at Joe’s Falafel. Look at this plate of beautiful food. And it’s a super cheap eats place, too. Like, $8. SCORE!

March was full of walks with Amelia.

Here she is trying to make friends with a cat, again. No dice.

On this particular day, Josh and I were walking Amelia and came across a swing.

It’s these simple moments that I live for.

One Sunday, we took a trip to Eagle Rock Brewery to grab a beer. On our way out, we were invited into a backyard party. There were tons of Peruvians and Chileans dancing, eating and having a good time.

We bought a few piccarones, which are kind of like Peruvian funnel cakes. These were made with a pumpkin batter and topped with a sweet and spice-laced syrup. They were super crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. These women knew what they were doing.

For Amelia, March was the month of the dog park.

I’ve had dogs in the past that were super meh about other dogs. They usually liked people more. But her? Oh man, she loves her dog friends. And honestly, I’m super stoked that she has a social life. I think it’s good for her to have friends of her own, you know?

Malcom has become her favorite playing partner. He’s always there at the same time everyday so now we make sure we get there when we know he’s going to be there.

Amelia also has a fellow corgi friend named Lenny. He’s older and wise than her. I think she’s too rambunctious for him, too immature. They’re friends but not besties.

Spring officially arrived in a very big way in California. Everything is a bloomin’!

Lilacs, peonies and ranunculus are all having their moment. I support this, naturally.

English pea season is here, you guys. And I couldn’t be more pumped. Last year I made these English Pea Fritters.

This year I’m playing around with them in a different way. I’m excited to share new pea recipes with you.

Spring also means Spring cleaning. I jumped on the bandwagon this year (with still lots more to do) and tried to get my life (a.k.a. my pantry) together.

Mason jars of all sizes help tremendously.

My most exciting and long awaited purchase of March: an ice cream maker. I bought this model from Cuisinart in the very demure color of lime green. So far so good!

And oh man do I plan on spending lots and lots of time over the next few weeks perfecting an ice cream recipe to share with you all.

The first one Josh made was a blood orange, vanilla and cardamom ice cream. Pretty amazing.

Looking back, March was full of beautiful, simple moments.

I hope April is full of the same.

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

dervla @ the curator April 1, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Aww i love that shot of Amelia and Lenny. He certainly looks a little perturbed by her energy. Can’t wait to see what April brings for you either!! :)

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Adrianna April 1, 2013 at 8:07 pm

HA! I know. He only half likes Amelia.

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Sarah April 1, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Looks like you had a pretty boss month of march! These are great photos, leaving me with a desperate falafel craving.

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Adrianna April 1, 2013 at 8:12 pm

So boss!

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Michelle April 1, 2013 at 8:02 pm

March was so totally full of awesome!

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Adrianna April 1, 2013 at 8:12 pm

It was truly an awesome month.

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Tieghan April 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I love these post and OMG I think I am more excited about your ice cream maker than you are! I have the same cuisinart and LOVE it! i just posted a recipe for homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Blizzards! I can not wait to see what you come up with!

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Katie @ Blonde Ambition April 1, 2013 at 8:36 pm

I love that last picture! So pretty.

And it feels like you were just talking about that surprise party, like, yesterday. This month went by tooooo fast.

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Laura Heck April 1, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Hello!
I made your Irish Soda Bread early on Easter morning and man was it a hit! Everyone loved it and said it was the best they’d ever had! The whisky raisin syrup, of a sort, for drizzling on the slices at the end was by far a game changer! I absolutely adore your photos (and Amelia!) and your recipes are all so genius! Every time a new one is posted it is made (here in the dorms at college) and all my friends devour it. Thanks for making me the chef of my building :)

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Adrianna April 3, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Dude! I love this. I used to cook in college, too. Love it.

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Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe April 2, 2013 at 2:49 am

Sounds like you had an amazing yet simple month! Here in Italy Spring hasn’t arrived yet so I’m trying to recreate some Spring-y atmosphere in the kitchen. I’m sure your ice-cream and peas recipes will be helpful!

Have a great April,
xo, Elisa

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steph @ stephsapartmentkitchen April 2, 2013 at 5:24 am

Love love love this! It’s around this time of year when I get super jealous of everyone who lives in California where the produce and flowers are starting to bloom. Your pictures are so gorgeous and I can’t wait for some pea recipes!

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Tina April 2, 2013 at 6:01 am

What a rad march u had! What a great girlfriend u are! Those palm trees are so dreamy :) Amelia is getting big soooo cute :) hope ur having an epic time in NYC!

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Adrianna April 2, 2013 at 9:22 am

NY is being super awesome to me. Thanks, Tina!

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Megan April 2, 2013 at 6:24 am

Whoa, you threw the best surprise party ever! Love that you made your own snow cone syrups. Seriously, that is so rad! And I love seeing all the pictures of Amelia! She’s one cute lady!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) April 2, 2013 at 7:16 am

Love all the Amelia updates! And that party, with the homemade snow cone syrups, looks amazing. So fun and creative. These posts are some of my favorites.

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loryn April 2, 2013 at 8:11 am

So awesome. I made that grapefruit and thyme yoghurt cake–it was bananas! I mean grapefruits! (i mean fabulous.) Also, I love Yvette’s books, too. I got myself the winter one a couple of months ago and drooled all over the thing. Also I made some stuff. Happy Spring!

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Adrianna April 2, 2013 at 9:21 am

Grapefruits! Also, I got my hands on the her Winter book too, yesterday. Gorgeous!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 2, 2013 at 8:16 am

Amelia is such a heart stopper! LOVE her! also, those snow cones look so fun!

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Stacey April 2, 2013 at 9:00 am

LOVE these posts! Amelia is way too cute for her own good. Lenny will hopefully come around!

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Michelle April 2, 2013 at 9:23 am

Hi
I have recently followed your blog because I love Amelia. She’s really adorable!
We have 2 jack Russell’s. you are welcome to come see their pictures on my blog!!

Enjoy spring!

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Marie @ Little Kitchie April 2, 2013 at 9:26 am

Your March looks lovely! I just bought a bunch of English peas yesterday and was wondering what I should do with them… Love the idea for fritters! Heading over to check out the recipe right now!

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erin @ yummy supper April 2, 2013 at 11:13 am

Sounds like March was good to you Adrianna. I have to tell you… I still like bouncy house birthdays and I’m 40! And sno cones are the best – we usually add a nip of booze for the grownups.
When is your book coming out? Can’t wait!
xo
E

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Adrianna April 3, 2013 at 7:58 pm

May 28th. Eeeeee!!! And next time I get a snow cone machine, not sure when that’ll be, I’ll definitely take your recommendation and put some booze in there!

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Holly Henderson April 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Would Josh share his ice cream recipe? Looks fantastic!

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Adrianna April 3, 2013 at 7:57 pm

He never writes everything down and does stuff in such a crazy way that it’s hard to keep up. I’ll make him make it again and I’ll take notes. Recipes to come!

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ashley - baker by nature April 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm

You sure know how to live, lady!

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thenik April 2, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I totally adored this post. And not only because I found out that I’m not alone in labeling my mason jars with masking tape. Heck yes! ps: ice cream recipes soon, please!

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Adrianna April 3, 2013 at 7:55 pm

I could buy a label maker but then everything would look too perfect. I hate perfect. :)

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Adri {Food-N-Thought} April 3, 2013 at 6:38 am

Oh! I love the snow cones with homemade syrups idea! I am planning a Cinco de Mayo soiree and this will be a must!

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Iris April 3, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I’m dying to get a welsh corgie!!! I love them so, and I now have a new cookbook to purchase :)

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Becca April 24, 2013 at 8:27 am

Adrianna,

Due to your love of Amelia and Corgis I saw this and immediately thought of you:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/this-is-what-it-happens-when-140-corgis-have-a-beach-party

Enjoy! (Also, I didn’t know the appropriate place to post, so I posted it here :) )

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Adrianna Adarme April 24, 2013 at 9:01 am

Ahhhh. I can’t. It’s insane. I almost went but I found out sort of last minute. I might’ve fainted!

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Kristin May 1, 2013 at 4:20 am

Oh gosh, that picture of Amelia and Lenny is hilarious! Ha, too cute.

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