Author: Abbey

Retreat Recap + Playlist

This past weekend, four of us hopped into the car and bypassed the Gilroy Garlic Festival (though not its traffic-*sigh*) in favor of a weekend in Santa Barbara. It was three days of lounging on comfy white duvets, munching on homemade bread topped with TJ’s everything bagel spice, slurping up espressos, boogie boarding, snapping photos (in my case, endless amounts),…

Simple Flourless Chocolate Cake

I’ve made this Bon Appetit flourless chocolate recipe four times in the past three weeks. It’s light and fluffy (thanks to the whipped egg whites), but also decadent. The original recipe includes a glaze, which I’ve never made although I’m sure it would be delicious as well. My favorite part of this cake is that is saves INSANELY WELL and…

Pick of the Summer: Orphan Train

I just read a book, recommended to me by my mom, recommended to her by my grandma (this makes it an automatic winner)! The book of note is Orphan Train, written by Christina Baker Kline, and it combines a historical storyline (a young Irish orphan, Niamh, is sent on a train to the Midwest to be adopted out in 1929)…

Slides on the Rise

I’ve got to admit- I’m having a real love affair with slides right now. They’re easy to put on, quick to throw off, and they are so darn cute. If you have a bright, summery pedicure, your toes can peek out so nicely. Casual summer barbecue? Slides. Out to drinks with friends? Slides. Work in a casual office? You got…

Laid-Back Work Playlist

Hello worker bees! Need a mid-week pick-me-up? Here’s my current work playlist, exciting enough to keep me interested, but generally happy and low key enough to have in my ears even while thinking critically about freshwater quality (in my case). Note: it might require a couple listens to become background noise, especially for the songs your brain hasn’t heard yet.…

Your Next Summer Dinner Staple

Last week, I had the freshest, most flavorful lunch that also involved enough bread and protein to keep me full all day: a banh mi. Then I watched an intriguing instastory where Sara Forte made a veg version involving avocado (!). And suddenly, I couldn’t stop thinking about making my own. Luckily for me, the New York Times, Food &…

Reading Diversely: Emma Ewert

Below we feature an interview with Emma Ewert, an environmental educator living in the West. She made a commitment a few months ago to read books written only by people who aren’t white men for a whole year, in order to consciously seek out the underrepresented voices of literature. Now Emma has a blog, Reading Diversely- a year of not…

My 5 Favorite Games

Every couple of weeks, Wesley and I rustle up some friends and convince them (usually after we’ve all met up┬áto get drinks) that wouldn’t it be JUST SO FUN to play a game? We are unashamed to pull out our cards and game pieces even in public places like breweries, and every time interested passersby look on longingly and ask…

Artist Feature: Alex Siegel

A year and a half ago, I took a magical college class on California native plants in which I got to travel around the state and go on hikes with 23 other amazing humans. I first met Alex Siegel when he showed up to one of our camping trips (his sister was in my native plants class) and participated in…

The Easiest Bread (But Not the Quickest)

I love love love baking bread! And while I normally stick to a classic rosemary focaccia recipe, this weekend I decided to branch out and try my hand at “no knead” bread: it takes foreeeeever to rise but the bread pretty much makes itself as long as you plan ahead. I followed this recipe on Pinch of Yum, which promises…