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fig and goat cheese sandwiches

We love seeing all the fresh stone fruit and figs available in the markets right now, yet another reason to celebrate summer!  We bought some figs a few days ago and decided to make a couple of quick sandwiches for lunch.

Makes 2 sandwiches.

1/8 - 1/4 lb. of goat cheese (our favorite is Capricho de Cabra)

1 teaspoon of lemon rind

2 figs

4 slices of bread (we used Boudin sourdough)

maple syrup or honey for drizzling

Toast the bread and spread goat cheese on (as much as you like).  Sprinkle lemon rind and drizzle maple syrup or honey on the goat cheese.  Slice the figs and place them on top of the goat cheese.  Top with another bread slice and enjoy!

Adapted from a Cooking Light recipe, June 2004.



kendra's shower

Kendra’s pink and red baby shower was in February.  I provided decoration details and photographed it!  It was a wonderful celebration to welcome Kendra’s baby girl!

Flowers made using the templates from Paper Source's Magnolia Paper Flower Kit.  Paper Source is one of my main sources for paper and  I love their diverse color palette!

Hot chocolate on a stick favors thanks to AmberLee's recipe on Giver's Log (one of my favorite blogs!).

Plates a la Martha and white paper cups with ricrac-trimmed name tags.

It was my friend Melodie’s idea to serve cheese in the shapes of baby things!  Who knew cheese could be adorable.

These angel food cupcakes topped with a wonderfully light strawberry mascarpone frosting were provided by JiYoung Choi of Choix Events.

Congratulations, Kendra!


summer portrait special

If you live in Orange or L.A. County, I'm running a portrait special for the summer!  If you refer 3 of your friends and they each book a session, you get a free portrait session.   You can view my work at  



hip hip hooray

The Hip Hip Hooray blog is now live!  Check it out for some kids' party inspiration!


a sweet treat

These candy-filled crackers were easy and economical favors that I made for our little 4th of July shindig.  I used tissue paper, paper towel tubes and ribbon.  Starburst candies were the surprise inside.  Not only did they serve as favors!  Stacked in a pile, they were an informal and bright centerpiece on our food table.  Here's the how-to on