Favorite Things 2014

These are a few of my favorite things from 2014 – I’ll add more as 2015 starts to set in.

Music – Pentatonix ( A Fellow USC alum helped argue this grammy nominated song) –


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Freegal Music – A free legal downloading service provided by local libraries- good Music too http://www.freegalmusic.com/index

Yoga! I found the best yoga teacher in LA for me! Lulu Lam She teaches at LA Fitness in WLA and does private classes at a small studio. You can Follow her on Twitter @Misslululam

Also in the yoga category I love this video for 20 mins of yoga at home.

Candy Cane Cookie Bars

To make things merry and bright, bake these cookie bars tonight!



Candy Cane Cookie Bar ingredients

The first layer is cake mix to give you the ground, you’ll need your base to be solid and sound.


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Then you mix snow with toppings galore, soon you’ll have everyone asking for more.


Sweetened condensed milk to top it off,


makes it come out of the oven all gooey and soft.




I Chocolate Cake Mix (Gluten Free if desired)

1 1/3 cups butter

25 Mini candy canes crushed (About 1 cup)

1 1/3 cups white chocolate chips

1 1/3 cups dried coconut flakes or shredded

1 Can sweetened condensed milk




Preheat the oven to 350*F

Let butter sit out until it is room temperature.

Get some Holiday aggression out by beating the living daylight out of the tiny candy canes. It takes about 25 Mini Candy canes to make 1 Cup.

Pour cake mix in a bowl, add butter and mix till crumbly. Cover the bottom of a brownie pan or casserole dish with the cake/butter mixture. This is the dirt below the snow.

Mix the white chocolate chips, coconut (The snow) and candy cane bits, then spread evenly over the top.

Pour the can of condensed milk over the entire mixture.

Place in the oven at 350* for 20- 30 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool for 1 hour before cutting. I know it’s hard but trust me, if you cut while hot you’ll only have dirty snowy mush!

If you want to be naughty here’s the scoop, after cooking sneak in some reindeer poop (hidden regular chocolate chips).


Don’t mind!

I only write
at night
to stop the fear
the thoughts
the fright
to hope
to dream
to sleep tonight
with pure delight
and wake up in the morning light
well rested
in a new day
a new way
to avoid the games my head may play
my mind is ever turning
and yearning
for learning
but this is my admission
sometimes my mind seems like a juxtaposition
between lion and limpy gazelle
the heat change between heaven and hell
the concept of a kid stuck in a wishing well
that’s swell
let me clarify
or just simplify
I’m physically exhausted from running circles in my head
you’d think I’d sleep when I hit the bed
but then my brain
like a children’s train
goes in circles again
and again
that’s why
I only write
at night