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Archive for February, 2011

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Blog Feature: Felt & Wire

Thanks to Felt & Wire for including our Stressed = Desserts card in their Gourmet Paper Goods feature. It’s worth noting contributing writer Alyson Kuhn’s clever clarification: “This reversal of dessert fortune, so to speak, only works if you have plural desserts — which we generally recommend.” We couldn’t agree more, Alyson!

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Blog Feature: Stressed = Desserts

Thanks to Scrap, Scribble and Stitch for posting our Stressed = Desserts card! Anyone else out there in need of less stress and more dessert?

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Vitamin C — With A Twist

from Kate

Winter in California is citrus season. Yards are full of all kinds of fruit trees — lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange — just begging to be picked. People have so much extra, they give you all you can carry. This morning I opened the door to a large bag of lemons, but I’ll leave that for another post…

This is my neighbor’s tree. Even though these beauties look like grapefruit, they are really oranges. Very delicious and great for juicing. I am apt to reserve fresh-squeezed orange juice for a breakfast treat, but with the Oscars coming up I’m in the mood for a creative cocktail.

There are many, many libations that feature orange juice as an ingredient from classic to innovative concoctions. Looking through my favorite cocktail books (The Savoy Cocktail Book by The Savoy Hotel, Killer Cocktails: An Intoxicating Guide to Sophisticated Drinking by David Wondrich and Zero-Proof Cocktails: Alcohol-Free Beverages for Every Occasion by Liz Scott), I’m intrigued by a drink called the “Olympic.” There are certainly more adventurous recipes (like the classic Trader Vics Scorpion Bowl), but I’m going with the Olympic because it’s a sister to the Sidecar and invented at Paris’s Ritz Bar made famous by Hemingway and his contemporaries.

Here’s the recipe reprinted from Killer Cocktails:
2 ounces VSOP Cognac
1 ounce Cointreau
1 ounce orange juice
To finish: 2 drops Peychaud’s Bitters (optional)
Shake and strain into a chilled glass. Tip a couple drops of bitters on top, if you desire.

Though it is not called for, I’m going to garnish this baby with a twist of orange peel. Can’t let any of this beautiful fruit — or season — go to waste!

P.S. Fresh citrus is easy to order online from places like Harpos Organics.

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

The Might of Light

from Jamie

Check out this awe-inspiring lighting installation designed by Bruno Monro at the Salisbury Cathedral in the UK. 16,000 water bottles were laced with fiber optic cables that change colors as they react to the classical music being played.

(Found via Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations; photos courtesy of the Huffington Post)

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Kuwait’s Newest Language: Momglish

We couldn’t be more excited to report that we just fulfilled a Momglish order that’s now on its way to Kuwait! Destination: the Oleana Boutique, in AlSalam, home to all that is hip for the new mama. The big takeaway, other than the big 40 pound box that went out the door? Though we all share different geographies, languages and customs, mamas around the world have one thing in common… the very unique, yet oh so universal experience of creating life and nurturing the next generation. Cheers to mamas everywhere!

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Egg2Cake’s Favorite Picks on Felt & Wire

Thanks to the fine folks at Felt & Wire for inviting us to put together our own collection of favorite works from the curated marketplace for designed paper goods. Let’s just say it was a real challenge picking our top 12, but ultimately, we couldn’t help but be drawn to inspiration, humor and simplicity in message. A bit like life… short, but oh so sweet.

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Erin Pata: Real-Life Style Maven

from Jamie

I have no doubt been putting off this post for awhile now. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to do it; frankly, it’s been overwhelming trying to get my head around the perfect post about long-time friend, Erin Pata. Erin and I went to design school together many years ago, but the funny thing is, I feel closer to Erin now more than ever, even though we live thousands of miles apart. This gal has created a life for herself and her family that all would relish. And when it comes to style, Erin is unmatched. We all catch glimpses of awesomeness in magazines, movies, TV and online. And a lot is staged and fabricated. But Erin is the real deal when it comes to authenticity, living and breathing it in every moment.

Of course there’s way too much to speak to here but I’d like to mention a few ways that Erin is so inspiring.

Erin: the family historian/photographer. Documenting life on a California butterbean farm and cattle ranch. Just wait ’til these kids grow up and look back on this childhood.

Erin: the fearless breeder. Three’s company: there can be no shortage of fresh content with these little ones!

Erin: the location scout. Did I mention that the family’s stunning 1,500 acres happen to sit on a classic two lane road often used for car commercials? And that the long and winding road ends at the ocean, where they often camp?

Erin: the PR guru. Am I the first to write about this slice of heaven? Not by a long shot. Footage has been captured here for movies and commercial clients alike. Pictured here: just another day at work on an Elle magazine photoshoot.

Erin: the entrepreneur. Erin has found many ways to translate her passions and talents into marketable endeavors. Pictured here: a holiday bizarre she hosted at her house; every nook and cranny creatively stocked with eclectic, homemade and handmade treasures by family and friends. Imagine going here instead of the shopping mall!

Erin: the mentor. Oh, and by the way, her oldest has been bitten by the bug too!

Erin: the farmer/stage designer. The family farmstand. Local is where it’s at in these parts!

Erin: the master crafter/costume designer. I’ve seen many a handmade costume for Erin’s kids over the years. Not only are they handmade, they’re also creatively inspired from all sorts of everyday objects. I’ll never forget the Wonder Bread Twins many years ago, made from Wonder Bread packaging. Unfortunately, I can’t lay my hands on the picture, but that’s ok, because the costumes are permanently burned into my mind! Erin also makes purses and other fabric wonders in her sweet workspace which can be viewed on her website.

Erin: the prop stylist. The perfect blend of casual living and well-considered details.

Erin: the graphic designer. Pictured here: a recent birthday party invite.

Erin: the event designer. Preparing the barn for the birthday party/movie night extravaganza.

Erin: the hunter and gatherer. Pictured here: Maintaining the sweet life.

Erin: the curious observer. Seeking out the unusual amidst the everyday.

Erin: the memory keeper. From big stuff to bedhead, she doesn’t miss a beat.

Erin: the writer/comedian. What you can’t get a sense of here? Erin’s finely honed sense of humor and flair for putting down words. You’ll just have to take my word for it. But you can find out more about Erin and her family at their website, shop and blog at

What do I want to be when I grow up? Erin’s neighbor, for one thing. Until then, I’ll keep following every word and move that she shares. I know my life’s richer for it.

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Snow Day Hot Chocolate — Latin American Style

from Kate

California’s version of a “snow” day means lots of mist and rain. The beautiful dreariness makes you want to stay indoors to snuggle up with a good book and something warm to drink. Hot chocolate is a perfect chill kill, but have you ever tried Mexican Hot Chocolate?

One of my favorite films is Chocolat starring Johnny Depp and the beautiful Juliette Binoche. It’s about a woman who opens a chocolate shop called La Chocolaterie Maya in a small village in France where her mysterious wares begin to enrich the lives of the town’s repressed people. The shop’s name references the ancient Mayan tradition of stone grinding cacao beans dating back 3000 years. Still practiced in Oaxaca today, it is said that every family passes down their own recipe for how to convert cacao beans into the luscious liquid. Chocolate is so much a part of the culture of this region that local people supposedly eat 5.5 lbs more chocolate per year than in other parts of the world (think molé sauce!) and hot chocolate is available everywhere — even at state functions.

Oaxacan or Mexican chocolate is different from European-style chocolate. Its unique flavor comes from cinnamon and its texture is more rustic — almost as if you can taste individual grains of sugar. The company, Taza Chocolate, is helping to keep the tradition of stone grinding chocolate beans alive. They have a great recipe for hot chocolate Mayan style on their site — accompanied by a demonstration video showing the traditional chocolate-making whisk, called a molinillo, in action.

Mexican Hot Chocolate can be made with or without milk. I opted for the traditional non-dairy approach. As promised, it turned out frothy and delicious. So, for your next day indoors, I highly recommend adding a little Mexicano cinnamon and spice to keep you all warm and nice.

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

For the Next Baby Shower: Giant Microbes

from Jamie

Looking for a fun and unusual gift for the upcoming baby shower? (Assuming you’ve already showered the mom-to-be with Momglish products, of course!)

How about a plush egg and sperm cell from Giant Microbes? Beyond celebrating the perfect union, they also serve to educate and entertain in the ABC’s of microbes. Athlete’s Foot, Bird Flu, Common Cold — you get the idea. Not only do they resemble the actual cells in shape and color, they also come with tags that will tell you more.

Check out the fun product categories they’ve established: calamities, maladies, critters, exotics, aquatics, tropicals and infirmaries to name a few. A great way to introduce kids to all the reasons why hand washing and hygiene is so important. Perhaps we’ll save the egg and sperm discussion for a later date!

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day!

from Kate

Even Mother Nature is getting sentimental! I found this ivy growing quite on its own up the side of our mailbox — clearly excited by the prospect of love notes inside! Here’s to the art of spreading love. May your Valentine’s Day be filled with all sorts of wonderful little touches of sweetness and light.