Month: May 2013

A Passport to Adventure: For Your Summer To-Do List

Elizabeth Banks May 28, 2013
Looking for fun summer plans? Katie has some great ideas for you… Xx EB

A Passport to Adventure: For Your Summer To-Do List

My spring/summertime essentials include a pair of fresh Keds, a kick ass strawberry shortcake recipe, and my National Parks Passport. The Passport is a little blue book—half guidebook, half wishlist—outlining all the historic sites, parks, and memorials that the National Park Service cares for. At each site, there is a unique stamp that you can use to make a cancellation in your passport while you, as the NPS motto states, “Experience your America.”
To say I’m obsessed with my National Park Passport is putting it lightly. Last year, in a frenzy, I visited the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Clinton Castle, Federal Hall, and the birthplace of Teddy Roosevelt in three days! I felt like Nicholas Cage in National Treasure (only with much more believable dialogue).
I’ve become captivated with collecting the stamps at parks and memorials that dot the country, marking America’s treasures. I’ve found myself going out of my way to finagle routes that include of the spots listed in my passport. The best part is: every place I’ve visited has surprised me, taught me something about our past, and touched me.
Here are just a few of my favorite places so far on my quest to fill my National Parks Passport: Read more

Let Them Eat (Mondrian) Cake

BeautifulNow May 22, 2013
modern art desserts3Food and Art, two of our passions, intersect in a new crop of gorgeous “cookbooks.”

Piet Mondrian’s thick black lines are replaced with chocolate ganache. His crisp white squares are now moist, spongy vanilla cake. The dashes of colors are dyed blue, yellow, and red velvet cake.

Modern Art Desserts: Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Confections, and Frozen Treats Based on Iconic Works of Art, by Caitlin Freeman, (Ten Speed Press, 2013), is filled with 27 recipes for sweets based on artworks on exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It provides step-by-step recipes for crafting culinary works of art.

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