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December 19, 2014

Fabric Friday

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For our final Fabric Friday of the year, we are going back to basics with this Birch Organic Fabrics, WIDE WIDTH Fleece, Sky fabric. It’s perfect for a one-yard fleece poncho or fleece bonnet to keep warm in the cold, or cut it up to use in a fleece pom pom garland for the mantel. Sometimes it’s hard to pass up all the pretty prints at Fabricworm, but don’t forget it’s key to have a few solid basics in your collection too.

Enter for the chance to win one yard of Birch Organic Fabrics, WIDE WIDTH Fleece, Sky, and find out who won last week’s Fabric Friday after the jump…

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December 19, 2014

Fancy Camera Fun Time Go!

Canon Train
I had such a blast last Saturday with my family at the Canon “Let it Snow Globe” event! They even let me borrow a brand new Canon EOS Rebel T5i to snap pictures of the festivities, like this super cute train village inside a giant room-sized snow globe.

There was even real snow (this is very cool to a six-year-old in Los Angeles who has seen real snow a total of one time in her life).
Canon Snow

The T5i really makes it so easy to take a gorgeous picture. This girl’s face… I could just stare at it all day.
Canon Polar Bear

This guy isn’t so bad either.
Canon Carleton

I also got to hang out with Bryce Dallas Howard, who is just as lovely as you would imagine.
Canon "Let It Snow" Globe

And we had some fun posing.
Canon Let it Snow Globe

I even got a little lesson in low-light photography from a Canon expert from inside a life-sized gingerbread house. Not bad!
Canon Low Light

Then we had a family portrait taken, and they printed it out right there wireless-ly to a Canon PIXMA printer.
Canon Scarlet

What do you think?
Canon Family Portrait

If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the Canon North Pole PIXMA app. It’s so cute! You can write, draw, and create your holiday wish list then watch as it’s sent to Santa’s workshop, where he gets it right off of his Canon PIXMA printer. The kids will have fun with it for sure.
Canon North Pole PIXMA App

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December 18, 2014

Eats from the Islands

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One of the best things about cruising is eating all of the things. Like, until you burst. And then eating more. The on-ship dining options were surprisingly fabulous (our favorite restaurant on the Carnival Valor was of course Scarlett’s Steakhouse…they told Scarlet the restaurant was named after her), and then each day we got to experience a different island and their specialty cuisines. Please join me and my taste buds on our foodie tour of the Southern Caribbean.

We will start each morning with our view from the ship and finish each day with a belly full of local delicacies from San Juan to St. Maarten…

San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Our port of call was San Juan and the food of choice here is Mofongo. Mofongo is a dish made of fried green plantains, which are mashed with a pilón along with broth, spices, and bacon, then served filled with veggies or one of a variety of meats (chicken, crab, shrimp, beef). So. Good.

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St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

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Start your trip off right with some Caribbean beer, aptly named “Carib,” on the beach.

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On St. Thomas, you’ll want to give Conch fritters a try. Or you can make them at home with this recipe from Brown Eyed Baker.

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At Sea

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For your fun day at sea, get your boat-eating on, starting with a room service breakfast (yes, room service is included at no additional charge!)

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Definitely enjoy fresh lobster in the dining room.

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And you can snag a different crazy cup every day. Scarlet loves this fish, and also the blowfish, disco ball, and coconut monkey that we brought home.

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And the creations at Scarlett’s Steakhouse, which is truly a world-class dining experience. The tuna tartare was beautiful and delicious.

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We had a blast at our regular table in the Lincoln dining room, with lobster bibs and all. The waiters dancing on the tables was also pretty fun.

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Barbados

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In Barbados you are going to have to eat fried flying fish. We went with a sandwich.

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Complement it with some golden apple juice. So sweet and tangy.

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St. Lucia

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In St. Lucia you should visit the rainforest, and also eat lots of banana-based sauces. Try banana barbecue sauce chicken and fish cake.

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And definitely don’t skip the fried bread.

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St. Kitts

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On St. Kitts I had my most favorite drink ever. It is called a Tingaling and it’s sort of like Sangria. It’s made by combining red wine with a Caribbean soda called Ting. So sparkly, so refreshing, so good. And the server was pretty cute too.
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On St. Kitts you may also want to try some local cuisine. The island (and it’s sister island, Nevis) is famous for goat water stew, which combines goat, breadfruit, green papaya, and dumplings in a tomato base. Yum.

St. Maarten

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On our favorite island, we spent the day relaxing on the beach and snorkeling with the fishes. But if you really want to eat a great meal with French roots or spicy Indian Creole, this is the place to do so. The flavor combinations are exciting and unlike anything you’ve tried before. Then, of course, you’ll want to purchase a bottle of guavaberry liquor so you can relive your island cocktail fantasies back home.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed your gastronomic tour of the Southern Caribbean. What foods did I miss? Cause I’m definitely planning another cruise soon… my stomach is growling.

This post was created as part of my collaboration with Carnival. As always, all of the opinions, thoughts, and ideas in this post are my own.


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