Have you Konmari-ed everything? I am still stumbling upon items that I had missed! So I decided to do this once and for all, a COMPLETE checklist to help you thoroughly Konmari your house (including your children’s room) Exclusive for Sprinklesletter subscribers! Become a subscriber now (sign up HERE) and receive it for F-R-E-E via email!
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Coffee much? I wish I could everyday, but I have a super weak stomach. I can only have a few sips before the acid starts to make tornadoes in my tummy. But I still love coffee, I would kill for an iced coffee on a hot day. Well, no one needs to die thanks to cold brew coffee! My husband introduced me to cold brew coffee sometime in May when he stumbled upon Stumptown coffee at our super badass neighborhood bakery. I didn’t think much of it at first, but since I started drinking cold brew, I noticed my tolerance for coffee has increased from a few sips to almost a whole cup. I started to research into this cold brew miracle and found out that it has a lot less acid and many other great benefits. So here is everything I learned from my research, hope you will try cold brew coffee on your next coffee break! (it’s my first time making an infographics, hope you like it =)
Apparently this year’s food trend is toast! Really? Toast? I decided to find out what the big deal is about and there is no better place than The Mill in San Francisco. In case you haven’t heard, their toast is $4 dollars each and they are selling out like hot cakes (or toasts?). The Mill has created quite a buzz around the nation for their posh toast (probably due to $$$$). But I must admit, it is damn good.
What a monumental day it is! Nasa’s New Horizon spacecraft has just completed its mission to fly by Pluto after NINE years in space. It’s the first time in history that we have a close snapshot of what Pluto looks like. I can’t wait to see what they will discover on this tiny planet. Although Pluto was re-classified as a dwarf planet in 2006, it will always be a real planet for me! Celebrate and enjoy this moment!
My husband never comments on my blog. He did yesterday because he found out I tossed out some of his stuff when I KonMari-ed the house. But it’s fine, he said some of the stuff needed to go anyways. Yay, I am off the hook!
So have you been able to influence your significant other to KonMari? I am curious about how it went. My husband actually KonMari-ed his clothes and books, but the drive somehow stopped there. I am wondering how to get him to continue with his miscellaneous stuff category. Any suggestions? Meanwhile, I am having some sleepless nights thinking about stuff he needs to get rid of. Does this happen to you, too?
I might have “accidentally” KonMari-ed some of his stuff without his permission. But I have a valid reason!!! It’s hard to keep stuff separated when you are living with someone else. So it’s not my fault when his ugly shirts appeared in my sight when I was KonMari-ing my closet. For those who have KonMari-ed, you know what I mean right? When you are in the KonMari zone, you are unstoppable!
Anyways, this is just one of the many common KonMari “side-effects” I came across. I want to draw more, but we will see how this one goes (if it doesn’t get me in trouble).
Ever seen an edible arrangement at a party before? I have always wanted to make one because a fruit bouquet makes a beautiful centerpiece at any events. However, it seems like a lot of work and doesn’t allow you to make it ahead of time. Well, I decided to make one for my sweet brother-in-law’s surprise graduation party to thank him for being so amazing. As shown in the photo, it was a success! Here’s the actual cost breakdown, all for under $20! Continue Reading
5. Bye bye impulse purchase, hello smart shopping! Everyone I talked with has become a more conscious shopper! When you use the Spark Joy philosophy to shop, you become immune to discounted deals and special sales.
So what happens after you have KonMari-ed your house? Have you noticed anything different? It’s not just the house that feels orderly and tidy, my life has entered a brand new stage as well. Is it the same for you? These are 9 amazing changes that I have noticed after completing the KonMari method (Part 1 and Part 2). I even Konmari-ed my smart phone and tablet. Checkout how to do declutter your phone and tablet here.
1. Spark Joy decision making goes on autopilot! It’s so much easier now to decide if something sparks joy or not. You become a master of saying YES to what works for you and NO to what doesn’t work!
I am not really crazy about cheesecake, but if it’s from Zanze’s, I am willing to make an exception! Mr. Zanze has been making cheesecake for over 36 years, so it’s no wonder his cheesecakes have won me over. Their cheesecakes are not your typical dense New York style cheesecakes. They have an airy mousse texture that melts in your mouth (somewhere along the line of ice cream and whipped cream). There is also a light sprinkle of graham cracker crumbs on the top and bottom of the cake that blends harmoniously with the creamy cheesecake. I am officially hooked on these cheesecakes. I was looking forward to having it last night, but my husband had polished off the last 2 pieces before I got home. How could he!!! Things you tolerate for love…
If you are not an almond croissant fan, now you will be. As you probably already know, I am on a dessert mission to discover all the best sweets in San Francisco. So far, I have found the most delicious kouign amanns, monkey breads and scones in San Francisco.
Now it’s time for the much beloved almond croissant. Thorough Bread and Pastry has perfected the almond croissant with flaky and buttery crust and creamy but not too sweet almond paste.
There is a good reason why this is the best almond croissant. The owner Michel Suas is the founder of San Francisco Baking Institute specializing in artisan bread and pastry. He has published Advanced Bread and Pastry with in depth information and techniques on baking and he is also a partner at b. patisserie (extraordinaire of kouign amanns). So it’s not hard to imagine why Thorough Bread and Bakery creates the most prize-worthy almond croissant I have ever had. Behold, my Thorough experience:
Summer is in full swing and so is the farmers market! I have been going to the farmers market for years, it’s the only place I get my fresh produce because I love to eat with the season and support local businesses. Farmers market is also a great place to get culinary inspirations. Here are the tips that I have learned from my experience at my farmers market!
1. Early bird gets the best picks! If you can’t go early, then go late because you can get discounted prices since the vendors want to sell all their products before they go. The trade off is limited selection.
2. Bring your own bags / wheeled cart. I highly recommend a wheeled cart, it makes the shopping experience a breeze because you don’t need to walk around with a handful of heavy groceries, plus you can look stylish. I usually have a cooler bag in the car so that I can put fresh cheese or eggs in it. Continue Reading
Welcome to part 2 of my KonMari summary. (Part 1 HERE if you haven’t checked it out already!) I hope you will enjoy these illustrations and share this KonMari magic with others! Did you know that Marie Kondo has published a second book called “Spark Joy” with more insight into mastering the art of de-cluttering? Check out the 12 illustrated wisdom about her new book!
Tidy-Like-A-Pro Kit has been launched! This Kit will guide you step-by-step from start to finish and offer valuable tips to save you time and energy.
7. Follow the right order of categories. After Clothing category (here’s some inspiration on how to organize your jewelry and how to fold wrinkle-free), proceed to Books, Papers, Miscellaneous (subcategories 4.1-4.7 can be KonMari-ed in your own order) and finally Memorabilia.
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1. Treat your tidying up as a special event! (carrying the balloons is Marie Kondo, the amazing organization extraordinaire)
Yes, you heard it right! Little cronut has prepared something special for his mother (Lady Croissant) this year. As a matter of fact, he has prepared a box of stylish goodies that she will absolutely love (so will I)!
Have a sweet Mother’s Day everyone, hope this post will make you smile =)
What comes to your mind when you think of classic American food? Is it hamburgers, corn dogs, McGriddle, donuts or cinnamon rolls? Whichever it may be, I think it’s safe to say that it’s probably something that you have a love-and-hate relationship with (it’s got to be cinnamon rolls with or without icing for me).
So far, it’s been easy for me to avoid stuffing my face with these classics because they are usually not made with natural ingredients. However, this is about to change~
Have you heard of Kouign Amann? Well, if you haven’t yet, now you will!
This buttery goodness comes from Brittany, France, and is also known as Breton cake. The name kouign-amann is pronounced “kween-amahn”. The direct translation is “cake-butter”, which I personally think is a better name in english-speaking countries because “cake-butter” conjures a much more vivid and delicious imagery than “queen-amahn”.
Call it “queen amahn” or cake butter, this buttery pastry is so good that when you take a bite into its flaky layers of goodness, you frown because you can’t figure out how the heck can a pastry be so flaky on the outside, yet chewy on the inside. If this wasn’t the experience you had when you tasted a kouign-amann, you should go try another place. Continue Reading
When I think of shiso, I think of sushi. I always thought of shiso as more of a garnishing herb until I bought a bundle last weekend at Alemany’s Farmer’s Market. As you probably know, I am a huge farmer’s market fan. I don’t splurge on clothes, but I will splurge on food, especially on fresh new ingredients. Thankfully my husband is pretty open to tasting new dishes, which allows me to concoct crazy combinations and have someone to give me honest feedback.
This sprig of shiso is my challenge of the week. I searched up and down for shiso related recipes but I found that there are not that many recipes online compared to recipes made with more popular herbs like basil, parsley and oregano. But that’s totally ok. Sometimes you just make up your own recipes! This might sound strange to you, but for me to get really comfortable with cooking a new ingredient, my approach is to learn what other flavors / ingredients match well with my new one. By understanding what match well with what can really help you become a more creative cook.
Here is a quick example of what I mean by matchmaking: we all know chocolate is great on its own, but isn’t it amazing when matched with hazelnuts, mint, coffee, or raspberries? Matching an ingredient with the right one(s) can elevate its flavors to the next level.
After doing some experiments and research, here is my foolproof illustration of ingredients to match with shiso. If you know anything else that goes fantastic with shiso, let me know!
We are back! Our seven day trip has been a serious foodie adventure. We literally stuffed our face from Day 1 all the way to Day 7. Normally we would have 3 meals a day, but we managed to have 4-5 smaller meals a day to really get a sample of everything. Luckily we were able to burn off some of the calories through the many gorgeous hikes in the redwood parks.
So here is the 13 best places that we absolutely loved on our trip! Portland has numerous delicious spots, but we also discovered some hidden gems on our drive down the coastline!
We are going to Portland tomorrow! We will be flying into Portland and rent a car to drive all the way down the coast back to San Francisco. I am really excited because I have finally did the itinerary yesterday. I know it’s kind of last minute, but if you have been following my posts, I have been busy (perhaps a little carried away) with the Game of Thrones festivity.
Anyways, it’s all back on track now. Last night I did nearly 3 hours of planning. Basically it involved highlighting all the must-see and must-eat places and then plan each day out so the flow and timing work together. I like to describe this process as trimming the fat. In my younger days, I used to travel like a pinball, hitting all the major places on a tight schedule. But now, I like to travel at a more relaxing pace. Sometimes it means skipping some must-see attractions but I think a thorough experience in one attraction trumps in-and-out experiences in multiple attractions.