A Fresh Prospective

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It’s been awhile you guys and this past year has been a whirlwind. I got MARRIED (pics to come soon but you can check out our Green Wedding Shoes feature here). We moved from the East Bay to the South Bay onto my husband’s parents ranch to save money (read insane housing prices in the Bay Area here).  I started up my own small business as a boutique floral designer for weddings (check that out ova here). And we planted our first ever  m a j o r  edible garden. Oh yeah, and we tore out our backyard this summer, and totally re-did it. Probably the biggest DIY project we’ve tackled thus far and it was like whoa.

So why the new blog name? And why doesn’t the blog URL match the new blog name?

Well, I felt like when I was blogging before, it wasn’t me.  Blogging became a chore, and I wasn’t enjoying it. So for the past year, I let my blog go dark. It hasn’t felt right to write up a post until now (but I’m so happy to be back)!  I needed a fresh start like a lot of us often do. After brainstorming a blog name that I felt represented me better, and hiring an artist to develop a logo, I got excited again to start up this next chapter in my life. Eventually the blog URL will change over to mashmakes.com, but I haven’t gotten that far yet so bare with the mis-matchy logo + URL.

Also, you should probably know that this blog isn’t going to just be recipes. Obviously I love to cook, and I’d say a large chunk of posts will be recipes. But there will also be recipe round ups because sometimes I’ll just want to share my inspiration and findings with you guys. And then there will be lots about gardening because it’s kind of my new found love. I’ll post pictures of good eats around the Bay Area and wherever else I’m traveling, and will use this blog as my photography diary (I just got a Canon 6D woop woop)! I promise I’ll keep things exciting, but I can’t promise you won’t gain ten pounds.

Oh! And how  a m a z i n g  is that steel stag head wine pourer I got pictured above? Talk about an essentiallll. They have an OCTOPUS which is totally my next must have. Because drinking wine is fun, but more fun when it’s coming from an animals mouth right?  You can purchase them here.

My next post is going to be  a l l  about fall kitchen essentials, so stay tuned!

For the love of food, booze, and adventure – let’s do this.





Korean Chicken Tacos

Kimchi Chicken Tacos

Kim – chee If you aren’t familiar with kimchi yet, get familiar. You’re gonna wanna put it on everything. Ok maybe not everything, but it adds such a yummy crunchy, tangy, spicy flavor I just can’t get enough of it! So what the heck is kimchi you ask? Pickled cabbage with a variety of seasonings…

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Kale and Radicchio Salad

Kale Salad with Radicchio

    Heyoooooooo, break out that trendy kale ya’ll because you’re putting it in this healthy, crunchy, and equally creamy salad. Do you ever find yourself eating kale and thinking “SHOULD I BE EATING THIS LEAFY, BITTER, TOO TOUGH AND HARD TO CHEW LETTUCE?!?” I think that all the time you guys. Honestly it never…

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Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon Feta Mint Salad

    Oh hey summer. We just got back from Chicago you guys and it. was. epiccccc. We were only in the windy city for a little over 24 hours (it was a pit stop on our way to Columbus, Ohio for my brother’s wedding) and somehow we managed to fit in like 17 meals…

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Poached Egg and Avocado Sandwich

Poached Egg and Avocado Sandwich

  This is the only way you can get me to eat eggs. You guys, I loveeeeeeee poached eggs, but can’t stand them if they’re cooked any other way! WHAT is wrong with me? Scrambled? WOOF. Omelette? Double woof. I think the one and only reason I don’t love going out to breakfast is because…

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Sweet and sour sloppy joes

Sweet and Sour Sloppy Joes

  And to think I once thought Sloppy Joes could never be classy.  Psssssssssh, you guys these are so classy they should be featured in Anchor Man 2. Should I send a batch down to San Diego? It turns out when you mix together green onions, a little soy sauce, ginger, tomato paste, brown sugar,…

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