Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Bumble and bumble LIVE!

Last weekend we had the opportunity to go to Bumble and bumble LIVE in Beverly Hills. It was fun to get all dressed up and spend time with a group of amazing people in my industry. The event started off with a cocktail reception where we got to mix and mingle with the best of the best. Mik's highlight of the hour was chatting with Peter Lichtenthal the president of Bumble and mine was meeting Amanda the face of Bumble's Thickening campaign (picture below).

Mik's brother, Tyler let us stay with him while we were in California and we had an extra ticket so he joined us! After the reception we spent 3 hours in heaven (haha I don't think Mik would agree with me, but i was LOVING it!). Howard McLaren (Bumble's head stylist) did a big presentation showing us videos he put together, did some live haircuts and left us with some inspiring words. I left feeling motivated, inspired and ready to conquer the salon world!

We were seriously star struck when we met Howard! We were fumbling over our words and makin' a fool of ourselves! But he was a good sport and was extremely nice, I'm sure he deals with salon dorks like us all the time.
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Monday, June 27, 2011

Sisters and brother

We attended our cousin Kara's wedding reception last weekend. It was lovely and she looked beautiful! Mik snapped a couple pictures of us sisters......and Kyler.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Stuffed French Toast

Mik and I are never on the same schedule in the morning, which means we always grab breakfast to-go. So when our ward switched their Sunday meeting time to one o'clock in January we decided to take full advantage of having our mornings together and started a new tradition of making really yummy breakfasts that we normally don't have time to make. We've tried everything from aebleskivers to german pancakes but I was in search for the perfect stuffed french toast recipe. I took a little recipe inspiration from Martha Stewart and Williams Sonoma and came up with my own recipe. Now I'm definitely not one that posts recipes on their blog but after all my trial and error it would be a shame not to share! (excuse the photo I used my phone!)

1 loaf Italian bread (I just bought the "baked fresh daily french bread" from Days Market but you could easily use any bread you like or have)
3 tablespoons apricot jam (anne made makes the yummiest apricot-ginger jam)
1/4 cup (2 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice (last Sunday I didn't have any lemons so I used Lemon essential oil, make sure yours is food grade)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk (we use soy)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Maple syrup, for serving

Using a knife, cut a horizontal slit in each bread slice to form a pocket. In a bowl, blend jam, vanilla, lemon juice and cream cheese. Spoon some of the mixture into each pocket. In a bowl whisk together eggs, milk, and cinnamon until combined. We have a little indoor grill thing that you plug in so we use that but you could just as easily use a pan, etc. Lay the bread slices in egg mixture, letting them soak 5 seconds on each side. Then dip them in oats or sprinkle the oats on top (I tried adding the oats to the egg mixture but the oats soaked up all the eggs!). Place slices on skillet and cook until golden brown. Repeat with remaining bread. We serve ours with good old Mrs. Butterworths. Bon appetit!
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