Wednesday, December 30, 2009

butterscotch gingerbread cookies & more!

tonight was so fun. i got to hang out with an awesome friend and after a quick trip to the grocery store we made some homemade asian lettuce wraps and talked photography. and we baked!!!

these turned out amazing!!!

butterscotch gingerbread cookies
recipe adapted from

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1/3 cup light molasses
1 (11 ounce) package Butterscotch Flavored Morsels

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt in small bowl. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, egg and molasses until creamy. Gradually beat in flour mixture until well blended. Stir in morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes approximately 4 1/2 dozen cookies.

photo & recipe from baked perfection

tomorrow i want to make:

cranberry white chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.

mint brownies.

i love the holidays. so many excuses to bake. and share.

also, a late christmas gift came in the mail for me today :)

can't you just see me in that dress? love it.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

ho ho ho.

i have the cutest nieces and nephews ever! here is baby jack. santa sat on MY lap this year!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

merry christmas!

this is my 2nd married christmas and i still haven't sent out christmas cards. i wanted to, but this will have to do.

see our christmas photo from last year here.
check out the homemade stockings we made last december. we have a fireplace now so that's exciting.

friends, we are thinking about you this christmas. we're grateful for you and we hope you have a great time with your loved ones this season.

xo, the kings.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

spruce up your holiday packages.

printable gift tags. deers :) get them here.

a little sweet vintage flair from 74 lime lane via cutout + keep.

cute christmas candy boxes. just print and fold. get them here.

from isly.

so fun!

Monday, December 21, 2009

the babies documentary

when i watched this trailer with will online, he asked me if i was going to put it on my blog. i said...yes. anyway i mentioned this movie in this post so i thought i'd follow up now that the trailer is available online (when i first looked it up a few months ago, all i could find was forums where people were talking about how there was no info online about it). the movie comes out in april. will said "i can't wait to watch you watch this movie" haha.

watch the trailer HERE

mongolia + japan + namibia + california. love it.
and love the song in the trailer too. sufjan stevens???
a few of my favorite screen shots from the trailer.

as much as i am obsessed with japan, i am kinda loving the little mongolian baby the best.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

hibbleton holiday handmade sale.

my friend's art gallery is having a cool sale this weekend. see you there?

she's a beauty.

our christmas tree.
green, gold, peacock feathers. remind you of something?

ballerinas and babies.

i like both.

i love photofocus's photo of the year by rafael concepcion.
the photographer captured this photo of his wife jenn (same name, way cool) and their daughter. priceless.

ps: who wants to see that babies documentary with me? with the preview before where the wild things are. looks awesome.
pss: all my friends are pregnant. i'm going to visit one in a few minutes when the cookies beep!

Friday, December 11, 2009

good holiday tunes.

i put together a little playlist.

the top 3....
"the ice storm" - the go team
"last christmas" - pas/cal
"come thou fount of every blessing" - sufjan stevens (and all his other holiday music)

what's in the player:
"the christmas song" - the raveonettes
"christmas is coming soon" - blitzen trapper
"christmas reindeer" - the knife
"jingle bells" - pet shop boys
"frosty the snowman" - fiona apple
"santa claus is coming to town" - mason jennings
"in this home on ice" - clap your hands say yeah
"have yourself a merry little christmas" - coldplay
"christmas (baby please come home)" - death cab for cutie
"christmas day in the sun" - hot hot heat
"last christmas" - pas/cal
"just like christmas" - low
"happy christmas (war is over)" - polyphonic spree
"winter wonderland" - phantom planet
"thank god it's christmas" - queen
"come thou fount of every blessing" - sufjan stevens
"christmas wrapping" - the waitresses

more songs that aren't featured in the player above:
"blue christmas" - first aid kit
"baby it's cold outside" - zooey deschanel
"come on! let's boogie to the elf dance" - sufjan stevens
"jingle bell rock" - arcade fire
"minature overture" - nutcracker ballet
"the ice storm" - the go team
"last christmas" - le sport
"all i want for christmas" - matt costa
"christmastime" - smashing pumpkins

what is your favorite song to listen to during the holidays?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

my sister

my sister jenessa got married in the los angeles temple on saturday. she and her new husband joel are moving to australia today. i will miss her but i plan on seeing her a lot. their wedding day was so beautiful and i was happy to be not only her maid of honor but her photographer too! i put up a few more pictures on my photoblog at so check them out.
i will be working on the rest soon!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

good news :)

dec. 8, 2008

she & him have announced their 2nd album: volume two.
it will be released on march 23rd 2010

01 thieves
02 in the sun
03 don't look back
04 ridin' in my car
05 lingering still
06 me and you
07 gonna get along without you now
08 home
09 i'm gonna make it better
10 sing
11 over it over again
12 brand new shoes
13 if you can't sleep

more info at

this is really good news. ever since summer of 2007 when i saw a pretty girl in a cute dress and cardigan and sweet cowboy boots in a bathroom at an m. ward concert, and then later she showed up on stage singing with him with the most angelic voice i have ever heard (blogged about here), i have been hooked on zooey. i'm quite excited for march.


congrats to the winner of the hot new arkotec tee!

thank you everyone for entering!

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

arkotec...t-shirt GIVEAWAY!


"through art that commentates and celebrates, we propose increased awareness of the environments that surround us."

arkotec offers clothing and products that help make the world a better place.

in celebration of the launch of their new and improved website (built by none other than my husband!) i am hosting a GIVEAWAY....

win this HOT ladies tee!!!

the pomegranate circle tee is made from organic cotton. size will be chosen by winner.

how to enter:
  • visit the arkotec website...check out their clothing, pillows, bags, and toys.
  • leave a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite arkotec product is. make sure to include your email address in the comment. (one entry per person)
that's it! the winner will be chosen by on wednesday, december 9th at 7pm. i will email the winner to find out what size shirt they want and it will be shipped the following day. good luck!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


ooh i love thinking up gifts, browsing gifts, buying gifts, and wrapping gifts!

here are 15 cool holiday gift ideas...

1) a classic typewriter! $325...
would love to have one of these. gotta love the hot pink enter key.

2) giving gleam cuff $68...i would feel like a lovely mermaid in this bangle.

3) best short stories from roald dahl $12 new or $7 of my favorite books!

4) ikaraoke! karaoke on your ipod. $ amazing!

5) canvas camera bag! $16...very first season paul frank-esque

6) old skool cookie jar! plus a bunch of cookie cutters. $25...would love to see this at my mother-in-law's.

7) reprodepot pattern book - vintage textile designs $16...get your creative juices flowing.

8) print (this one is by jessica bruah)... choose from hundreds of prints in many sizes...from $20 - $2000

9) grocery bag kit $35...these look super efficient. they hold 2-3x more than regular grocery bags!

10) vintage headphones $70...helpful when you have 2 imacs running and 2 itunes open

11) talking japanese watches! $15...i have one of these from like 5 years ago. way cool!

12) lost - season 5 $37...comes out next week, just in time for giving as a holiday gift.

13) green chiffon ruffle flower handbag $ feminine and flirty

14) elephant bookend $30...too fun! who doesn't love elephants?

14) kime buzzelli inspired eyeshadow palette $ her art. 
now you can look like a fairy from her paintings.

i could go on forever but i'll stop there. happy shopping!