What We’ve Been Up To

Salmon Chowder Recipe

It’s getting to be sort of cozy and fall-ish around these parts, which means I can indulge my love of making soups. This soup is made with salmon (this recipe calls for raw salmon, but you can easily just pop in some leftover cooked fish instead), which is my go-to protein to feed my daughter…. Read more »

Appetizers, Bacon, Entrées, Recipes, Sides & Veggies

Wild Kauai

Scarlet went to sleep-away camp for the first time this summer – the same camp I went to as a kid. She loved it! I, on the other hand, was having mini-panic-attacks the whole time. It was so weird not to be able to talk to her for a week. My panic attacks were, however,… Read more »

Family, Girls Getaway, Travel, Travel Adventure

Zucchini Bumper Crop Recipes: Roasted Zucchini Mexican Style

It’s that time of year when zucchini is abundant and your tolerance for eating it is not. Once you’ve made our famous Sweet Zucchini Pickles, Healthier Zucchini Bread, Curry & Ginger Zucchini Chips, 5-Minute Creamy Pesto Pasta with Zucchini Noodles, and even Dark Chili Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (with Zucchini) you may feel a bit tapped… Read more »

Appetizers, Entertaining + Food, Recipes, September, Sides & Veggies

10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your All-Inclusive Vacation

Drink mucho top-shelf margaritas. The end. I kid, I kid, there are many OTHER ways to get the most out of an all-inclusive vacation. Our family of 5 recently returned from a trip to our favorite gourmet all-inclusive resort, Karisma Hotels & Resorts Generations Riviera Maya and over the course of our 3 day visit… Read more »

Family, Travel

Salmon Chowder Recipe

Salmon Chowder Recipe It’s getting to be sort of cozy and fall-ish around these parts, which means I can indulge my love of making soups. This soup is made with salmon (this recipe calls for raw salmon, but you can easily just pop in some leftover cooked fish instead), which is my go-to protein to feed my daughter. She loves “pink fish” but I get bored of it quite easily. I like this recipe because the chowder is not “fishy” at all – and it was a huge hit with my family. You can customize the recipe to whatever you have on hand (add or subtract veggies and herbs), but if you leave out the bacon, just replace with a few tablespoons of healthy oil or fat (butter). Other than that feel free to add and subtract as you wish. I hope you enjoy my Salmon Chowder Recipe… (more…)

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Cactus Pin Cushion Pattern

img_4533It had been a while since I’d done anything crafty and at a certain point it became hard to jump back in. Ever feel that way? Yesterday I grabbed a scrap of wool felt and some embroidery thread and forced myself to stitch. I had wanted to make a cute cactus pin cushion for a while so it felt the the perfect quick project to start with.

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It was so rewarding to use my hands again and the girls thought it came out super cute. They want to use the pattern to make more pin cushions and even pillows now. If you and your craft are on a break, I highly recommend a reunion.

Here’s how to make a Cactus Pin Cushion with our Free Cactus Pattern. (more…)

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Mid Mod Patio Update

So I recently shared with y’all that Carleton and I took the plunge and bought ourselves a house. We were so excited to immediately buy all new furniture and remodel all the bathrooms, but then the toilets all backed up and we had to fix the plumbing. Then the sprinklers broke. Then the pool heater broke. Then I found roaches in my kitchen. The list of expenses goes on and on, sigh. So for now we decided to focus on our favorite part of our new home: the outdoors. We live in Los Angeles, where it is supposedly “fall,” but it was 110 degrees last week. In Southern California, especially in the valley where we now live, a deck is basically another room in your house almost year-round. We have been hosting weekly pool parties, and we really want to make this space beautiful and functional for entertaining and also just for our family days hanging out at home. So here’s a few “before” pictures. This is the long view of the area I’d like to make into a sitting area. house-before-2-copy There’s an opportunity here for some seating and/or storage. Maybe a nice bar type thing where that bench is? house-before-31-copy This is where the couch and hopefully a dining table will fit. house-before-5-copy And over here is the entrance to my master bedroom. I’d eventually like to get new doors but for now I’m imagining a fire pit seating area. house-before-72-copy And new sod, or something. This grass is a hot mess. house-before-83-copy

And here is my inspiration board. Mid Mod Patio Inspiration I’m working on the gardening, pulling out the dead stuff and adding some local drought-resistant plants, and re-designing the furniture, layout, and outdoor lighting with the help of Lamps Plus. I’m really excited to share with you the after pictures! I’m working on it now, wish me luck! Here are the items I’m thinking about… (more…)

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Elephant & Piggie Like Reading: The Cookie Fiasco and We Are Growing

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It seems like just yesterday, we were shedding tears over Elephant & Piggie’s impending retirement with their last book, The Thank You Book. SURPRISE! In partnership with Disney Books, we are thrilled to announce that these two are back in a new early-reader series called “Elephant & Piggie Like Reading.”

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In these books, released just last week, the pair of friends will introduce kids to their favorite books with “bumpers” written by Willems. “The idea is that now that Elephant and Piggie are retired they are spending their time reading books by somebody else. So they introduce each book and at the end they comment on why they like it,” Willems said.

And just like Elephant & Piggie, we love these books! They are both clever, funny, heart-warming, and beautifully illustrated by amazing artists/authors, Laurie Keller and Dan Santat.

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Check them out… (more…)

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Wild Kauai

View from St Regis Room KauaiScarlet went to sleep-away camp for the first time this summer – the same camp I went to as a kid. She loved it! I, on the other hand, was having mini-panic-attacks the whole time. It was so weird not to be able to talk to her for a week. My panic attacks were, however, mitigated by the fact that I spent the week in Kauai with one of my very best girlfriends. Kauai is pretty much the definition of paradise. And with a direct 4 hour flight from LA, no customs, no currency exchange, etc. it really is just such an easy trip. Being that this island is where Jurassic Park was filmed, and it is so lush and green and majestic, I did feel like a velociraptor was waiting around every corner. Check out some of the highlights. From Waimea…Waimea Cottages KauaiWaimea Canyon Kauaito Wailua…Wailua Kauai to shave ice in Kapaa…Tege Tege Shave Ice Bee Pollen Lemon HoneyTege Tege Shave Ice Kauaito Hanalei Bay…View from St Regis KauaiSunset St Regis Kauaito the Napali Coast…Napali Coast from Helicopter Kauai to perfect Poke…Koloa Fish Market Kauai Poketo helicopter views…Helicopter Kauai 1.Helicopter Kauaito perfect Hawaiian sunset meals..Duke's Hawaiian Lihueto long rides by the seaside…CJM Stables Kauai I did a lot of research and put together a guide to the island from one end to the next, which you can read in full on Venuelust.

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Zucchini Bumper Crop Recipes: Roasted Zucchini Mexican Style

zucchini bumper crop recipes_roasted zucchini Mexican styleIt’s that time of year when zucchini is abundant and your tolerance for eating it is not. Once you’ve made our famous Sweet Zucchini Pickles, Healthier Zucchini Bread, Curry & Ginger Zucchini Chips, 5-Minute Creamy Pesto Pasta with Zucchini Noodles, and even Dark Chili Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (with Zucchini) you may feel a bit tapped out with our scratchy, squashy friend. I feel you. But still, I have one more idea for you to try. Trust. It’s a simple way to make a delicious side dish that is rather unexpected. It’s a bit like our elotes recipe… flavorful Mexican spices with a zucchini twist. Roasted Zucchini Recipe Mexican Get the easy-peasy recipe after the jump… (more…)

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10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your All-Inclusive Vacation

img_4178 img_4153 Drink mucho top-shelf margaritas. The end.

img_4207img_0831I kid, I kid, there are many OTHER ways to get the most out of an all-inclusive vacation.

Our family of 5 recently returned from a trip to our favorite gourmet all-inclusive resort, Karisma Hotels & Resorts Generations Riviera Maya and over the course of our 3 day visit (yes, too short but still wonderful) I kept thinking of all of the things I wanted to share here on Pretty Prudent when I got back. Basically all of the ways that we got the most out of our little relaxing adventure.

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STORKS-inspired Baby Shower with Baby Bundle Cake Pops

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Today when the kids came home from school and saw all of the things I was making for our partner Warner Bros Pictures, first they said “give us cake pops please!” and then Quinn said “This stuff reminds me of the new movie STORKS!” My work here is done folks! Everyone is excited for this one! It looks so funny and sweet and cute and all the little pink and blue haired babies are giving me the baby fever. It doesn’t take much! Have a friend who is about to have a special delivery from Mr. Stork? Why not throw them a STORKS-inspired baby shower?

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This new animated film comes from the studio that delivered The LEGO Movie, and features an all-star voice cast including Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Anniston and so many more. Grab your flock to see it in theaters September 23.

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Below you will more ideas for a STORKS Baby Shower plus easy instructions for Baby Bundle Cake Pops. Full disclosure: I had never made cake pops before. They were really fun and easy to make.

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