finished change jar

A lot of people have a change jar.

And a lot of people have an ugly change jar.

One of those people was my boyfriend.

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Angel Island isn’t exactly a hidden gem – it’s the biggest island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay – but it is definitely somewhere that most Bay Area residents “totally want to visit some day.”

mill valley

And oh my gosh, they  should. It’s hard to go anywhere in the Bay Area without running into an amazing view eventually, but Angel Island has a higher-than-average concentration of them.

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Reasons not to go to Big Sur:

1. It is too beautiful.

There is a good chance that on the way there, you will drive off a cliff because you are staring at a beach.

big sur coastline

big sur coastline

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Because sometimes, your little sister gets engaged and you want to make sure her engagement party is as goddamn adorable as possible.

Because sometimes you need to buy 30 vintage plates at a time from Urban Ore.

Because buying crazy industrial glue is fun.

Because, look how pretty.

finished tray

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When it comes to wrapping presents, I stick to brown paper and baker’s twine. It’s classic and a little rustic and simple and basically the lumberjack of present wrapping. And holy hell, do I like lumberjacks.

Sometimes though, you might want to add a little whimsy to the wrap job. AND HERE IS HOW YOU DO THAT.

Step 1: Make sure you have sculpey, a rolling pin, the cutest goddamn cookie cutters, parchment paper, a straw, and a functioning oven.

tag materials

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Yarn dolls, as they are known in our family, are a favorite craft project. Mom came up with the original,  and my sisters and I have been making them ever since. They’re small, bendy, and endlessly customizable  We’ve made flower fairies, knights, ballerinas, native americans, pilgrims…

And Christmas gnomes.


2 pipe cleaners
1 wooden bead, 1/2 inch diameter
Yarn (one color for the doll body, one color for the hair)
Glue gun

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Nanner bread is a wonderful thing, but so are poppy seed muffins. If you’re anything like me, you want to turn anything lemon-flavored into something lemon-poppy seed-flavored. Texture, you guys. So when I found this recipe by 101 Cookbooks, I did. And now you can too. Now you don’t have to decide between/eat both banana bread and a lemon poppy seed muffin.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (3-4 ripe-ass nanners)
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest + the juice of one lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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