This past Sunday I went to the Beverly Hills Farmers Market with my boyfriend and bought so many beautiful sunflowers.
These above are called Teddy Bear Sunflowers. I asked the florist from Mayeda Farms if I could arrange these with regular sunflowers and she gave me a thumbs up. So I got home (after stopping at the market for some items, including more yellow flowers: tulips) and got to work. After, of course, putting everything perishable in the fridge!
I recently bought these vases at the supermarket, of all places. They’re really pretty and they make flower arrangements look spectacular.
I love adding a splash of color around the house.
With the tulips, I got a helpful tip from the florist at Bristol Farms. To make the tulips stand up straight, uniformly, she told me to make a grid within the vase using scotch tape. Before you do this though, you have to line the vase with large leaves (and I forgot to ask what kind of leaves they were) and this is the trick to making your bouquet look like a million bucks!
Here is what the scotch tape grid looked like…
Then filled with pretty flowers…
And I’m still enjoying them 3 days later! Flowers make me happy…
My good friend in Tokyo, Howard, recently sent me an email with some really entertaining pictures that I wanted to share. Below are pictures of the lunches of some very lucky elementary school children in Japan. It looks like some people have a lot of time on their hands. Speaking of having some time on my hands, I just organized my spice drawer in alphabetical order.
When I went to school here in the states, I saw a lot of plain sandwiches in brown paper bags.
Instead of the deliciously carby peanut butter & jelly sandwich, my mom liked to pack me turkey sandwiches with mustard. She was super cute because she’d pack lettuce and sliced tomato in a separate ziploc so the bread wouldn’t get soggy by the time I was able to eat my lunch.
Dear Mom, I know a simple “Thank you, Mom” doesn’t cut it for all the sleep lost every morning when you made me some sort of hot breakfast before school, as well as a bagged lunch. Oh yeah, and dinner too. But I just want you to know that I am sooooooo thankful for all the delicious food you made for me growing up. I really lucked out because you’re such an amazingly talented cook. You helped me fall in love with so many different cuisines with the variety of meals you prepared, and now, as an adult, I have a tremendous appreciation for the time and effort that goes into each dish. Much love and hugs.