Happy New Year!

While I am very excited for 2014 and all the fun things that I’m planning and dreaming of but…I still want to give a shout out to 2013 and all the fun things I got to showcase on the blog. Here’s a little 2013 recap!

January 2013 – Our family Christmas Card! Its amazing to me when you look at photos of kids because they grow so fast. Compare this one to the last photo of this post to see how much Georgiana has grown. 😉

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February 2013: Georgiana’s 1st Birthday party! Well actually, her birthday was in November but I didn’t get around to posting the party until February and I was especially proud of the three tiered ruffled fondant cake I made. It actually had a ton of flaws but I seemed to be able to take the exact right shot of it that made it look pretty nice. Oh the magic of photography!

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March 2013: Michael and I visited Nancy Silverton’s restaurant Osteria Mozza which was a fabulous experience. Below is the Orata fish that I ordered and enjoyed immensely. Fab-U-lous!

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April 2013: Michael and I were lucky enough to visit yet ANOTHER awesome restaurant – Plow & Angel at San Ysidro Ranch. The meal was truly “on fire” as you can see. 😉

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May 2013: My recipe for Chamomile Ice Cream. This ice cream deserves another mention because its subtle flavors mixed with the rich creaminess that is ice cream is one of my all time fav’s. If you haven’t already, definitely try it!

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June 2013: A trip to the farmer’s market was a delight to photograph with its vibrant colors and drool worthy produce.

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July 2013:  This year it was all about Ombre. I joined the herd and made this cake!

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August 2013: Sometimes its worth it to look up.  😉

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September 2013:  Fox News Magazine Feature! My ever popular Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Aioli was featured on the Fox News website and I was very honored to be the first recipe shown. I was also excited to shoot a 12 series video on cookie decorating that is on ehow.com. So many fun things things in November!

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October 2013: The weather was cooling down in Santa Barbara and so I thought it was appropriate to share my French Onion Soup recipe. 😉

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November 2013: I was a guest on a radio show! Super fun, exciting, scary, nerve racking and confusing. (Confusing because I kept wondering why they asked me to be on the show….!) I’m very thankful and humbled by the experience….

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December 2013: And the end of the year has arrived. I’m a one year older and hopefully one year better. I learned a lot and I had up’s and down’s. My love has grown for those I care about and especially my darling Georgiana and handsome husband Michael. Happy New Year to everyone and thank you for reading my blog. Every click and comment means so much to me and I only hope that my ideas and recipes have somehow added to your life. Thank you!

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Featured on the Fox New Magazine Website!

I am very excited and honored to be included in the article, “9 Brussels Sprouts Recipes to Make Anyone a Believer” on the Fox News Magazine website. Check it out!

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Santa Barbara Coral Casino

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A little hidden gem in  Santa Barbara is the Four Season’s Coral Casino. Its basically a private club across from the Four Seasons that does spectacular events right on the ocean front. Here’s little window into the Coral Casino’s epic entertaining spot.

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Wedding Drool-Fest

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So, as most of you know, I am a event & wedding photographer by day and a food blogger by night. Actually, reverse that. I shoot almost all my events in the evening and blog during the day!  I’m inclined to feature some of my wedding work since it is chock full of table decoration ideas and FOOD! This weddings was at the unimaginably beautiful Ojai Valley Inn & Spa and my couple was beyond delightful to work with. No bridezilla’s here! The event was designed and planned by Claudia Hoste and can I just say that I’m in LOVE with what she did. With shades of blush, pink and cream, this weddings design was romantic, dreamy and delightful. When I saw the set up I had to literally pick my jaw up from the ground because it was so breathtakinly beautiful. And to top it off, the purple wisteria that only blooms for literally a WEEK a year was in full force. I loved this wedding and hope you do to. Have napkin on hand because you may need to mop up some drool after viewing…

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The view from on high

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Fancy shmancy silver wedding shoes 😉

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To die for champagne wedding dress!

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The wedding ceremony took place in the gorgeous Hacienda Courtyard at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. I love the oak tree!

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Wedding ceremony aisle flowers. I love how romantic and drapey they are….

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Congrats to the Bride & Groom!

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Purple wisteria in full bloom over the reception

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Crystal chandelier hanging over the wedding tables

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The Bride & Groom’s special chair covers. Love!

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I’m obsessed with this birdcage centerpiece.

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This cake was not only beautiful but delicious! It had this super interesting tangelo filling and was oh so scrumptious…

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Gotta love the menu of course….

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Old books tied with twine were used to create levels on the tables and add a nostalgic element.

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Hanging wisteria. Ah…so romantic…sigh

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Wild arugula salad with beets and shaved parmesan

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Cast iron chicken with citrus sauce

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Market vegetables

Cheers to the happy couple and thanks for having me be apart of your spectacular day. 😉