Feline Floral #FashionFriday

I love Hello Kitty and have for years and years.  about a decade ago I bought a Hello Kitty necklace and I still love wearing it.

When the Hello Kitty mobile café came to visit in May, I knew I had to go.  Unfortunately it’s a huge deal, brought in a ton of people, and we never made it to the front of the line, but it was still fun.

I wanted my outfit to have all the Hello Kitty vibes, so I chose a fun floral print dress and paired it with sky high pink sandals.

Everyone thought I blended right into the truck!

When we met friends for an al fresco dinner, I added a hat to protect from the sun and it really made the outfit pop.  I haven’t worn hats much until this summer, but now I am falling in love with them.  They can really change the look of an outfit.

Do you have a favorite accessory for when an outfit needs to pop?

Dress: Carmen Marc Valvo // Shoes: Charlotte Olympia // Hat: Inverni // Bag: Louis Vuitton

Game Day – Tigers Vs Indians

As Mom and I watched the Tigers opening day on TV this year, we both thought it sounded awfully fun to go to a game.

And then we remembered the one and only time we went.  It was the fourth of July and at least ninety degrees.  That is until the skies opened up and it poured rain.  That was about fifteen years ago and we didn’t think about going to a game since.

Until now.  but we wanted to go in comfort ant style, not having to worry about rain or heat waves.  So we asked our friends who talked about sitting in a club and staying inside.  It turns out they have access to season tickets and offered us a set for a game.  So nice of them!  (Hi, Dick and Linda 🙂 )

It turned out to be a beautiful day, as the Tigers took on the Cleveland Indians.  Even better was that our seats were covered by the roof, so the hot sun wasn’t beating on us all day long.  They are padded seats and so perfect for lounging for hours without a care in the world.

In the beginning of the game, a young kid did an amazing job singing the National Anthem, the ceremonial first pitch was thrown, and then little kids took the field to have a moment in the spotlight.  When the players took their positions, they each greeted the kids, which was really cool.

We enjoyed a bit of the first inning and then headed to the Tiger Club for lunch.  It’s a huge, indoor, air conditioned area and we were lucky to get a table near the window to see the game.  It’s still hard to follow from inside, but it was fun to check things out.  And the food is awesome!

Most people eat off the large buffet, but I don’t do buffets (gross!), so Mom and I ordered off the menu, a lobster roll for her and a kale and beet salad for me.  I cannot believe how good that food was; definitely restaurant quality.

Mom and our friend Art headed back to the seats, while Dad and I explored the gift shop and left with a few souvenirs.  Then we walked the whole concourse of the park.  It was so fun exploring all the different areas.

But I wanted to get back to watching the action.  I’m not a baseball fan, but I just loved sitting and watching the game.  All sports are more exciting in person.  Mom and I took a break in the bottom of the sixth to go get some Dunkin Donuts coffee.  I can’t really explain to you why I wanted coffee, but I did, and it totally hit the spot.

The Tigers were losing.  Badly.  They aren’t very good this year.  But we didn’t really want to leave, so we stuck around just for the fun of it.  And then in the ninth inning, they hit a couple homeruns and started a comeback.  The score went from 11-1 to 11-8.  While they didn’t pull out the win (which would have really been something), it was super fun to see the end of the game.

None of us really wanted to go home.  It was one of those perfect days that should never end, but at least we have the memories.  And we totally want to go to another game!

Cherry Poke Cake #SundaySupper

I told you Friday about our adventure at the Country Club of Detroit last Saturday.  Well, last Sunday Mom and I went to Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle for the first time for Dave Coulier’s seminar Failing your Way to Success.

It was a funny and interesting afternoon, and I got to ask Dave a question, along with many others.  And I like many others didn’t exactly get the answer for which I was hoping.  Dave said he wanted us all to succeed and that we could contact him via his website with more questions, but this is not the case.

So, I thought I would take this opportunity to write an open letter to Dave in hopes he might see it.

Hi Dave!

My mom and I thoroughly enjoyed your seminar Failing your Way to Success.  You are very funny and it was great to hear your stories and find insight into Hollywood.

I asked you a question about how to get my writing career off the ground.  I have been writing for just about ten years now.  I have five screenplays and five novels finished.  They aren’t all masterpieces, but some are good, really good even.  I just can’t find an agent, even though several have now said I am a good writer and should keep pursuing it.  I think that might even be more heartbreaking than hearing “you suck” as you mentioned you heard early in your career.

You said I should self-publish.  It’s something I’ve been told before and something I thought about and dismissed, but it is admittedly a thought I keep revisiting after hearing you suggest it.

Here’s the problem.  I have this little blog right here.  It’s not the best on the internet, but it’s good.  I put a lot of effort into the posts and photos and recipes.  I’m always thinking about what I can post and trying new ideas to try to build a bigger audience.

And for the most part, none of them work.  This blog has been around for five years and it hasn’t really grown at all for the last three.  So how do I get people to buy my book without fancy agents and a publishing house behind it when I can’t get them to read my blog for free?

How do I build an audience?  How to I break through this plateau and the anxiety and overwhelming disappointment that hitched a ride along with it?

You said you want us all to succeed, so I am asking if you will directly help me.  Maybe connect me with an agent.  Help me self-publish.  Give one of my scripts to a friend at Netflix.  Something.  Anything.  Maybe you could even read one of my scripts and work on it with me.

At the seminar, you told us to keep working and keep the faith and it will happen, but for a lot of us that hasn’t worked and we really wanted to hear something more.  With the exception of the karate comic, because if he doesn’t use that idea you gave him, he is a fool.

I’m a fan.  I grew up watching Full House, and it’s cool seeing someone from this area make it.  I hear a lot of people talk about how Mike Nichols mentored them, and I wonder where people like that are today.  Perhaps you could be my mentor, because the position is open and you are a qualified candidate.

Like just about everything else I do, I’m not sure I expect this to work, for you to even read it, but like just about everything else I do, somehow that little glimmer of hope in my heart remains.  If you read this, thank you for your time.  And if you help me in anyway, I really cannot express how incredibly grateful I will be forever and ever.

Cheers,

Laura Dembowski

Now for the rest of you here for foodie business instead of Hollywood business, I give you Cherry Poke Cake.  This is actually a paleo coconut flour cake that may just be my new go to recipe for cake.  It’s light, fluffy, moist, and flavorful.  With the syrup and frosting, it doesn’t stay paleo, but I’m sure you could swap maple syrup for the sugar in the syrup and make a coconut whipped cream.  Though this is a poke cake, it tastes a bit more like tres leches and with the whipped cream frosting, it is pretty much irresistible, plus gluten free.

Here’s to cake and summer and dreams coming true.

Cherry Poke Cake #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 9 servings

Ingredients

Cake
¾ cup coconut flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
9 large eggs
1/2 cup olive oil
½ cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
Syrup
4 cups sour cherries, pitted
½ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup milk (I used coconut – almond, use what you love)
Frosting
1 pint heavy cream
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

Instructions

  1. Make the cake. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Oil an 8 inch square pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, baking soda, eggs, oil, syrup, and vanilla until well combined. Pour into prepared pan and bake about 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean or with a few crumbs. Cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Make the syrup. In a small saucepan, cook the cherries and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil and simmer, stirring frequently for 5 minutes. Cool before pouring into a blender and blending until completely smooth. This can be done a few days ahead of time.
  4. When the cake has cool 15 minutes, using the handle of a spoon, poke holes all over it, going all the way to the bottom. Combine about ¾ cup of the blended cherry syrup with the milk. Stir to combine and pour evenly over the cake. Cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to overnight. Extra syrup can be used in drinks or on top of ice cream – yum!
  5. When the cake has chilled, make the frosting. In a large bowl whip the cream until stiff peaks form. I did this by hand, but a hand or stand mixer will definitely work. Beat in the sugar and vanilla. Spread most of it over the cake in an even layer. Save extra for dipping cookies or making an ice cream sundae.
  6. Serve immediately. Cake may also be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Notes

Additional chilling time is necessary

Cake recipe adapted from Elena's Pantry

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Peachy Keen #FashionFriday

Last weekend was one of those absolutely gorgeous, sunny, perfect weekends.  And we did some super fun things!

On Saturday our friends took us to the Country Club of Detroit.  It was just beautiful sitting out on the 18th green of the golf course, watching the golfers, a wedding reception, and a bunny just enjoying his grass.

The property is fantastic inside and out with tons of flowers, old architecture, and lots of outdoor sports areas.  We enjoyed touring it before relaxing with cocktails and dinner.  The food did not disappoint as well.  Mom’s Wagyu NY strip was the BEST, but the duck flatbread, crab and avocado salad, sticky buns (you guys, sticky buns!), and macaron made the meal one to remember from first to last bite.

We rounded out the evening by checking out the gardens at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.  It was dusk and got buggy quickly, but it was rather magical and beautiful.

As we drove down Lakeshore Drive, we could see the moon glistening on Lake St. Clair and fireworks at the Edsel and Elenore Ford House in the distance.  What a way to end a summer night.

For our sophisticated summer evening, I wore this bright one shoulder dress.  I’ve actually had it for years and it was the first made to order dress I bought.  The delicate fabric is so wonderful for summer.  I paired it with super tall glittered Jimmy Choos aka dinner only shoes 😉

What fun summer activities have you been enjoying?

Dress: J Mendel // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bag: Dior // Bag Charm: Tiffany

Pitbull and Enrique Live!

You guys, it’s summer.  I love just about everything about summer, and one of my favorite things are concerts.  I actually have one a month for the rest of the year, so get ready to party!  And let’s hope the weather in November and December is a tiny bit summer like.

Earlier this year, I went to see Bon Jovi, and a few weeks ago Mom and I headed up to the Palace to see Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias.  We’re both super sad that this will be one of our last visits to the Palace because it is such a nice venue.

This latest concert was no exception.  We skipped the opening act and made it through the traffic pretty well.  After getting settled in to our aisle floor seats (always the best choice), we jammed to DJ Flipside.  He was playing tons of great music and got the crowd going.  I really enjoyed this as opposed to the normal music playing over the speakers.

Before too long Pitbull took the stage.  I have to confess that I love Pitbull and have a crush on Pitbull and cannot sit still during any of his catchy songs.  Mom typically isn’t so convinced, but even she had to admit that he was awesome.

From start to finish, Pitbull’s performance captivated as he moved from hit to hit with some dancers to accompany him.  what’s even more interesting about Pitbull is that most of his songs feature other artists.  This sounds like it would make for a boring show with him just bobbing along to the music, but that is not the case.  He jumped up and down and kept the crowd super energized and motivated.  My favorite songs were “Timber” and “Rain Over Me” but there was not a dud on the setlist.

He interspersed some motivational speeches about how resilient Detroit is and how we’re all hard workers.  He talked about jobs going to other countries and how they should stay in Detroit.  While I am sure Pitbull makes similar comments in other cities, these felt very personal and tailored to our city.

A massive, and I mean massive, amount of confetti ended his set which made nice use of large video screens, fire, smoke, and laser lights.  The light show was really my favorite part of the evening visually.  This is something more and more shows are relying on and it is really a welcome addition to the shows.

After about an hour and a half, DJ Flipside came back out to entertain us as we waited for Enrique Iglesias.

I grew up on Enrique’s music.  Those early songs in his career like “Hero” and “Bailamos” were on the radio every single day, and hearing them live brought back all those memories.  Enrique is definitely a fan favorite and he did everything he could to be as close to his fans as possible, including walking through the crowd, jumping off the stage, and climbing the set pieces.

The music was great, even if it was a little hard to follow along to several Spanish songs.  But here’s the thing about Enrique, he spends far more of his time looking at the crowd and encouraging the crowd to cheer and pointing the microphone at the crowd than he does singing.  That was the first thing both Mom and I noticed.

This didn’t make our enjoyment of the show diminish, but Enrique seemed a little tired and even admitted a few times he’s getting “old.”  More confetti and giant beach balls floating through the air (how I hate those balls), rounded out the show that did not include an encore or Enrique and Pitbull singing together, despite the fact they have several songs together.  That was a bit of a disappointment, but the night was a blast and the music was great.

I don’t know if I’d see Enrique again, though I am glad I saw him at this show, but I’m up for another Pitbull show anytime.  Plus, two shows in one night is always a good time!

 

Frozen Peach Margaritas #SundaySupper

One of my favorite things about where we live is all the wildlife around us.  Birds, squirrels, skunks, ducks, deer, frogs, dragonflies, butterflies.  Every day our walk and a glance out the window is a new adventure that brings a smile to our faces no matter what else is going on.

My favorite is probably the groundhog.  Though I hate to play favorites, because they’re all adorable.  We’ve even had baby groundhogs.  If you’ve never seen baby groundhogs, you need to Google it.  So.  Freaking.  Cute.

We hadn’t seen any groundhogs in awhile, but just recently one popped out of its favorite hole in our neighbor’s front yard.  It’s kind of small and adorable and everything that is good about the world.

But not according to our neighbor.

Don’t get me wrong, though we aren’t exactly close with any of our neighbors, most of them are decent people trying to do their best just like us, including this neighbor.

And I realize some people see groundhogs as pests instead of joy.

But to fill the groundhog hole with giant sticks isn’t really cool in my book.

In fact, I’ve been upset about it all this week.  Like all week.  Every time I look at the hole and see the sticks instead of the groundhog, it breaks my heart.  I want to see the groundhog and I don’t want to live in a world in which people are mean to each other on social media and cut each other off on the highway in a constant hurry and place sticks in an innocent animal’s house.

Dad said he will remove them, we’re just waiting for the perfect moment aka when they’re not home.  #sorrynotsorry

As a reward for Dad and a pick me up for me, I made Frozen Peach Margaritas.  I knew I wanted to make them for this beverage themed Sunday Supper, but I had no idea they would turn out this good.

You have to make these margaritas this summer.  YOU HAVE TO!  They are icy cold and frozen and gluten free and kind of sort of healthy since a huge portion of them is fresh fruit. Win!  Really, though, four ingredients and a super high-powered blender kind of create magic, and real-life magic whether in the form of groundhogs and butterflies or margaritas and cake is the best kind.

Frozen Peach Margaritas #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: About 5 margaritas

Ingredients

¼ cup Grand Marnier
1 cup tequila (I used Sauza because Justin Timberlake <3)
½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
6-7 cups frozen peaches

Instructions

  1. Thaw the peaches slightly either on the counter for a good 30 minutes or in the microwave in 1 minute increments until they easily break apart but are still mostly frozen.
  2. Place the Grand Marnier, tequila, and orange juice in a high-powered blender. Add the peaches.
  3. Blend for about 1 minute until there are no large pieces of peach left. If you have a Vitamix, you will need the tamper.
  4. Serve immediately!
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Strappy Summer Sandals #FashionFriday

I am a different person in summer than winter.  I love life and I take every moment possible to have fun and let loose a little, which lately has included going out both weekend days.  Yep, I’ve gotten all wild and crazy.

A few weeks ago, my parents and I headed to Clarkston for a casual day out.  Okay, casual for me.

After a quick bite to eat at Honcho and some cold brew, we walked around.  Honcho’s patio is amazing.  And though we didn’t love all the food, the guacamole was absolutely fantastic.  It was the perfect way to try the restaurant and the vibe there was fun and funky.

It was a beautiful day, the birds were singing, and the flowers were in bloom.  Just one of those perfect moments you want to remember forever.

I broke out a purple summer dress because life is all about living in bright, vibrant colors for me.  And I paired it with some sparkly crystal encrusted sandals.  Did you know it’s totally a trend to wear strappy sandals all the time?  That’s a trend I can get behind.  Every day deserves some sparkle.

I can’t wait to explore more areas this summer and break out all my dresses and sparkly sandals.  Have to live it up before the nice weather is gone.

Dress: Kate Spade New York // Shoes: Manolo Blahnik // Bag: Prada // Bag Charm: Anya Hindmarch

Baby You’re a Firework #FashionFriday

You all know Mom is my favorite person on earth.  She’s there for me when everything’s going wrong and no one else gives a damn.  Luckily she is also there to have lots of fun with me.  The ups and downs of life are better experienced with your person.  And she’s mine.  (Sorry, Dad, you’re a close second 😉 )

Because we influence each other’s style and even share clothes, it was about time I share my fashion Friday with my fashionable mom.

She has been searching for a couple new dresses and having lots of trouble.  When I showed her this Draper James dress, she loved it.  It’s even better in person and so perfect for all the summer fun we’re having with the beaded fireworks.

I broke out my Draper James dress from a couple years ago.  Yellow so does not get enough love.  I can’t think of a better summer color.

And we are both wearing Loubis!  It took awhile of convincing, but Mom loves these shoes and also has them in black, both on sale last season.  I’m debuting my fireworks shoes that are so fun.  I’m all for anything with crystals on it.

We are ready for the fourth of July with this outfit!  Bring on the fireworks!

Dresses: Draper James // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Necklace on me: Lana

 

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Summer Weekend #FashionFriday

It’s rare that I take almost a whole weekend just for fun, but that’s what I did, even if I did sneak in a fair amount of working on the blog.  #workhardplayhard

The excitement kicked off with the Forgotten Harvest Comedy Night featuring Seth Meyers.  I must admit, I don’t watch Late Night a lot, but it sounded fun to get out and about and I figured he would be super topical and funny.

It was a lovely evening and the Foxtown area was bustling since there was also a Tigers game that mercifully hadn’t let out when we arrived.  We got in to the theater and took our seats in the front row.

Before long, the show began and after a live auction, which raised tons of money for such a great cause, Seth took the stage.  We were blown away by his skill at telling jokes.  He has a great stage presence, even if he rarely came to our side of the stage.  There is an incredible ease with which he tells the jokes, most of which are part of a larger story.

We laughed so hard as he covered everything from Donald Trump to being a husband and father.  I would happily see Seth again in person and am making sure to DVR Late Night more frequently.

After that we headed home just as it began to rain.  The next day, I wanted to get out an about despite another chance of rain, so we headed to Ferndale for brunch.  Ferndale is one of my favorite places to hang out – it has such a fun vibe.

I’ve been dying to try the Conserva, so that’s where we headed despite a barbeque festival taking place right in front of the restaurant.  Luckily it wasn’t crowded.  Service was prompt and the food was pretty outstanding.  The bartender made Mom and me drinks based on a couple questions.  They were both stellar.  I’m not sure about everything that was in mine, but it had allspice, cinnamon and bourbon and I could drink it forever.

The pannukakku was our favorite dish.  A custardy baked pancake that the owner and his brother chef brought to the restaurant from their family members, was topped with apricot jam, berries, and whipped cream.  It was warm and comforting and practically melted in our mouths.  I would compare it to a flourless chocolate cake without the chocolate.

The asparagus omelet with potatoes, peppers, and fried bread was great, but Mom was a little jealous of Dad’s 45 day aged strip steak and scrambled eggs with irresistible potato gratin and hollandaise sauce.  It was Father’s Day though 🙂  The steak was definitely overcooked, but still tender.  All in all the meal was fantastic and I would highly recommend it.

We took a walk through downtown Ferndale after a downpour cleared out and stopped at the Red Hook for cold brew for Dad and golden milk for me.  I’m so obsessed with golden milk!  We picked up some groceries at Papa Joe’s and headed home, happy and tired from a fun and exciting weekend.

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