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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Holiday Gift Guide

Every Christmas I make it my goal to be finished with my Christmas shopping the week before Christmas (almost never happens). I usually tend to forget one person or present, which causes me to get sucked back into the holiday shopping crowds but this Christmas I am proud to say that  I am completely finished before Christmas eve. They are all wrapped and under the tree ready for Christmas morning. For those of you who still have some shopping to get done here are some quick, easy ideas for all genders and ages. Remember the gifts don’t have to be perfect its the though that counts !! I wish all of you last-minute shoppers the best of luck !

  1. Target – Plush Electric Warming Blanket – $34.99
  2. Anthropologie – Loomed Bowl – $14.00
  3. World Market – Basic Black Knobs – $9.98
  4. Victoria’s Secret – Athletic Sleepshirt – $22.50
  5. Crate and Barrel – Natural Reindeer Ornament – $5.95
  6. Crate and Barrel – Beer Mug – $6.95
  7. Crate and Barrel – Brunswick Soup Pot – $14.95
  8. Target – Ring – $16.00
  9. Target – Necklace – $16.00
  10. Best Buy – Avatar – $23.99
  11. Best Buy - Hangover - $14.99
  12. Amazon – Snow Gaiters – $34.95 (Great male present)
  13. East Bay – Nike Dri Fit Sweatshirt – $39.99
  14. Target – Cannon Powershot – $109.99
  15. Target –  Sunburst Mirror - $84.99
  16. Amazon - Giants iPhone Case – $34.95
  17. Nordstrom – Roxy Beanie – $24.00

Cinnamon Rolls

Breakfast is my absolute most favorite meal of the day, I could eat it any time of day… all day! Although I do love eggs, oatmeal, and fruit in the morning (my healthy go to meals) sweet sugary carbs (pancakes, french toast cinnamon rolls) are my favorite! Since Christmas is around the corner, I have been on a hunt for an appetizer recipe to have on Christmas day. Instead I came across these mouth-watering caramel cinnamon rolls. As a kid making cinnamon rolls was a piece of cake… you just popped them open,  placed them on a sheet, stuck them in the oven for 20 minutes  and BAM there done. However the  process of making homemade cinnamon rolls is not quite as easy as Pillsbury makes it seem. It took a whole 24 hours before we could actually eat them, but the wait was well worth it. They are a must try, my brother said “there better than Pillsbury’s” … see for yourself and try to make your own!

{ Handmade dough, ready for rolling }

{ Rolled out into a rectangle }

{ Bring on the Butter }

{ Coat it w/ Sugar, Brown Sugar and Cinnamon }

{ Roll It }

{ Cut It }

{ Place It }

{ Cover/Cool It }

{ Bake It }

Tis’ the Season


Yesterday morning was a toughie. My family and I had to be out of the house by 5  in the morning to be at Glide Memorial Church in SF by 6 am. Every year my mom, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandma and I make the trip to the city during Christmas and Easter (sometimes more than twice a year) to help serve people who are less fortunate than us. We volunteer at Glide Memorial Church on Ellis Street, in SF. This year we had a new addition to the crew, my sister’s boyfriend Tim. Since we all have been to Glide several times before, we all knew what to expect, but when  Tim saw little children who had been waiting in line since 4 am just to receive a free meal he was in disbelief. This experience is such an eye opener every year, and really makes you appreciate what you have. During our shift (breakfast 7-9am) we helped put the fruit, milk, and coffee on the table while also helping serve the food in an assembly line. Hopefully my pictures below inspire you, your friends, or your family members to get involved with your community this holiday season or even in the future. As they walked in, my aunt greeted them with a smile followed by a “good morning” and then proceeded to hand them their plate of oatmeal, bread and eggs. It was amazing to see the amount of people who had thanked her for her kind warm loving smile/greeting (something we obviously take for granted). It goes to show you that one person really can make a difference, whether it’s in someone’s life or someone’s morning, small gestures like a smile can go a long way. So see what you can do to make a difference this holiday season.

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{ The Kitchen }

{ Oatmeal, Eggs, and Bread }

{ Getting milk out of the big bin }

{ Filling the Fruit Bowls }

{Alina starts the assembly line by passing the plates, to Fred to put oatmeal on, then it goes to Luis for the Eggs, then to Fernando for bread and so forth….}

{ Filling up the coffee }

{ Norma, who just received her caffeine for the day }

{ Tim receiving very important instructions on how to distribute the Sugar }

{ Tim’s Organized for the rush }

{ Family Effort }

For more information about Glide please visit http://www.glide.org/

Weekend Wrap Up

{ Wrap ‘em Up }

This weekend was one of the most relaxing weekends I’ve had in a while. I  was finally able to sit on the couch ALL day, and not have to worry about a paper, test or project that was due. Friday and Saturday I sat on the couch, next to the fire with a cup of coffee. I  snuggled up and watched the Law & Order: SVU marathon that was on TV, while wrapping Christmas presents, and looking for new recipes to try. The only time I left my house this weekend was on Sunday night, to attend a concert that my friends band  (The Coconut Brigade) was performing at! It was such a blast and they did amazing. (stay tuned for a more detailed post about the concert/band) I’d have to say, that my first weekend of break was a success.

{ My weekend supplies }

{ CocoNut Brigade }

Mr. Clause says Support a Cause

In the middle of studying for the two finals that I have today, I received a phone call from my grandma. She is a huge supporter and fan of my blog. She insisted that I come take a picture of the lunch our neighbor prepared for her annual holiday luncheon where each person is encouraged to bring a gift for loaves and fishes. Since it was just a block down the road, I couldn’t say no. When I entered, I planned on just taking a few pictures of the chicken enchiladas, drop off the gift my grandma forgot and then hurry home and get back to studying. Instead, like always I stayed a little longer than I planned. Avoiding studying I stayed for the scrumptious chicken enchiladas and homemade ice cream pie that Jan had prepared.

As the luncheon came to an end Jan (my neighbor and grandma’s friend) pulled out mini pajamas and sweat pants that she had made (pictured below). Not only is she an amazing cook but an incredible seamstress (I can barely sew on a button), she hand made each outfit with extra fabric that had been laying around the house. She shared with the neighborhood gals, that her son Steve who is a RN is going to India in January to assist doctors and surgeons while they operate on children with cleft lips.

Many of you may have seen advertisements of these children either on TV or in magazines. Many of these kids are ostracized, because of this malnutrition birth defect.  Jan has decided to make as many sweat outfits/pajamas as she can before her son leaves in January. For every child that Steve and his crew operate on, he plans to give the little child/patient an outfit that Jan (his mom) has hand made.

I was touched by their generosity of spirit toward the less fortunate. Because fabric can be costly, I told her that I would do as much as I can to help gather fabric for her cause. The fabric used for the clothing is especially soft (cotton interlock or flannel). It takes roughly 2 yards to make a top and bottom, which she can whip out in 15 minutes (amazing) !! Her goal is to complete 60 outfits by January 1st to be able to send with her son Steve to India.

Any donations of FABRIC REMNANTS that you may not have use for, would be greatly appreciated to help Jan complete her goal.  The fabric that works best is Cotton Interlock or Flannel. Your FABRIC donations can be mailed to:

Once your donations are received I will personally deliver them to Jan’s home. Jan’s collection of pajamas for the children in India will be posted on my blog as well as my facebook at a later date ! Stay tuned for more…

{ Chicken Enchiladas }

{ Homemade ice cream pie }

{ Flannel Jacket }

{Matching sweats }

{ Matching Holiday pajamas }

Please help support Jan’s cause by donating FABRIC to the address listed above !

Post the fabric you have donated on Kailani’s Korner Facebook page.