August 20th, 2014

Birthday Cocktails featuring Jacques Bezuidenhout and Partida Tequila!

We have an exciting episode for you today!  Since my birthday is coming up in a couple of days, what better way to celebrate than with some Partida Tequila?   We have mixology specialist, Jacques Bezuidenhout, joining me to show us some very special birthday cocktails.  These cocktails are a delicious pair with the Partida Tequila Cheesecake recipe from the other day.  Grab a friend (or ten!) to celebrate and party with me! Read the rest of this entry »

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August 19th, 2014

The End of Summer

End of Summer

As summer is coming to an end, I have been busy preparing material to begin shooting new episodes in the fall.  I’ve been clearing out my summer wardrobe to make room for some warmer clothes and I can’t wait for fall – pumpkin spice lattes, hot chocolate, leaves changing, etc.   I am so excited to begin shooting again!   I’m looking forward to finishing up the house renovations and share all of the exciting and horrifying stories that come with it.

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August 18th, 2014

Partida Tequila joins me for some birthday mixology!

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Master mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout joins me to mix up three amazing cocktails with Partida Tequila! Get our your cocktail shaker out, channel your inner bartender, and celebrate my birthday with me! Full episode premiering in two days! Cheers!

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August 16th, 2014

Partida Tequila Cheesecake

Partida Tequila Cheesecake

It’s the weekend and in my world, weekends equate to shameless self indulgence.  Don’t be intimidated by this tasty treat, it is quite simple to make and even better to indulge in!  Take a break from work, relax your mind and treat yourself to this delicious recipe!

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August 15th, 2014

An Appetite for Renovations, Part 2

Moving

Now that I had an unyielding hunger to remodel or had quite possibly just lost my mind all together, our to-do list had grown to include the following:

1. Redo floors on the entire second floor (including stairs)
2. New paint
3. Hang chandeliers
4. Buy new couches
5. Order another bed for the 2nd guest room
6. Hang Drapes
7. Build and install kitchen cabinets
8. Install all new appliances
9. Install counter-top
10. Install Backsplash Read the rest of this entry »

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August 14th, 2014

Summer Harvest Picnic Sandwiches

Grab your picnic baskets and get ready for this episode!  Picnics are at the top of my list when it comes to fun summer activities that won’t drain your wallet.  Not only are these recipes incredibly easy to make, but they’re light and fast!   And who doesn’t love a good sandwich?   Grab your family or significant other, your favorite bottle of wine, a bag of organic potato chips and head down to your local park or beach with this recipe!  Don’t forget to bring your sunblock!  Read the rest of this entry »

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August 13th, 2014

An Appetite for Renovations, Part 1

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You know how it always starts with home renovations, right? Oh, you don’t?  Well let me enlighten you…

After the move, and a few glasses of well deserved wine, we finally had a chance to really look at our new place. I have never been one to sit still, and I love projects.  The craving for change started small: a coat of paint, pull up that nasty carpet, add window dressings, and bring in my chandeliers from the old place, just few touches here and there. So the to do list in the beginning was just a few things: Read the rest of this entry »

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August 12th, 2014

Summer Harvest Picnic Preview

Summer Harvest Picnic

Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean that the fun stops there!  We have an exciting episode premiering in two days with everyone’s favorite summer pastime – picnics!   Get your picnic baskets and taste buds ready for Olga’s fun twist on sandwiches made with the freshest ingredients from the summer harvest.  Priyatnogo appetita!

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August 11th, 2014

How to Beat the SoCal Traffic

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It’s really hard to listen to books while traveling with Koty, he’s distracting!

I was never really interested in books until I was introduced to the wonderful world of literature by my 9th grade teacher. Since then, I’ve become a huge bookworm. Not only did she help me develop my writing skills, but she opened up a new and exciting world of books for me and my classmates. She had an uncanny way of discussing themes and topics, and challenging us to debates, making me appreciate the world of literature and knowledge. Aside from the standard books in our reading program, she also showed us the works of Bret Easton Ellis, Arturo Perez-Reverte, Irvine Welsh, Umberto Eco,… I could continue forever. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 9th, 2014

Packing, Moving, Unpacking… Boxes are SO expensive – Part 2

Moving

Being the smartass that I am, I decided to utilize my bilingual skills and label everything in Russian since I’m the only one that needs to know where all of my valuables are.   I had main categories written in English (IE: Master Closet) with a description of the contents written in Russian: leather, designer shoes, purses, bijouterie, designer coats and gowns. Read the rest of this entry »

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