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A-Frame Fried Chicken

I really love fried chicken but not the fast food kind.  I couldn't remember where the last place was that I had really good fried chicken, so I did what comes naturally, I Googled "best fried chicken in L.A." and A-Frame was the result.  David and I sat there trying to remember from our childhoods what restaurant this used to be.  We thought maybe a really old I-HOP or some kind of chain, pie serving, coffee shop of the kind every neighborhood in Southern California used to have when we were kids.  I remember going to places like this with my parents when I was little and thinking they were huge with soaring ceilings when in fact this is a really tiny spot.


If anyone has a guess what this place used to be (Lisa, I'm looking at you), please let me know.

All the food here is meant to be shared family or picnic style, and comes on platters.  You're encouraged to use your fingers as much as you want.  We started with sesame leaf wrapped tempura shrimp with fried cucumbers and Kitchen Fries, which you can sort of see in the background.


Moving on to the chicken that brought us here, which I did not photograph and this potato, sour cream, panko concoction.  Thank goodness for websites that have photos of the exact meal we ordered.


And then we arrived at dessert: pound cake churros that we dipped in malted chocolate milk and vanilla ice cream.


A fun, delicious meal with interesting takes on some old favorites.

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DIY Feathered Bag

I saw a few people do this DIY last winter, and sort of kept it in the back of my mind as something to think about doing.  When I was cleaning out my closet a few weeks ago, I came across this old Anne Klein evening bag that had been a little to close to some glitter and thought I'd give it a try.


I'm still seeing a lot of Gatsby-inspired pieces out there for fall, and this really had a 20's feel to it; plus, why buy another bag when you can just redo one you already have with a few inexpensive add-ons like a feather duster and some fabric ribbon.


I was pretty shocked that I was able to find a feather duster at the grocery store.  I guess people still use them.  I simply cut off the feathers as close to the base as I could.


And then I laid them out on the bag to see where I should pipe the hot glue.  I wanted the edge of the feathers to slightly overhand the edge of the bag.


Next I simply piped the hot glue across the bag and started applying the feathers, slightly overlapping.


I continued to add feathers making sure none of the leather was showing through until I felt it looked full enough.


Then I cut the ribbon to length, folding the rough edges over and gluing into place.  I then glued it across the top edge and over the quills of the feathers.  I decided to go with the silky blue ribbon because it provided more contrast and gave the bag more of that flapper vibe I was shooting for.


I only did one side of the bag because I thought it would hold up better if I had the leather to hold when carrying it instead of feathers, but you could just as easily do both sides.

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Back to Beautiful Workshop




Kim Acedo, Jeanette Chasworth, and I will be hosting a free workshop on September 25 at Brookside Golf Club to kick off our new Back to Beautiful Program.  If you join us that evening, you will receive the first module of the program as well as information on the rest of the amazing two week program, which is kicking off on October 6.  Seating is limited to 50 for the workshop on Sept. 25 and only 10 for the program, so if you are interested, please click on the link to register or call as soon as possible.  We had a full house the last time we did this over the summer.  If you'd like further details, please leave a comment below or send me an email.  I'd love to see you there.



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Happy Fall


Everyday into the new season brings us one day closer to eating treats like this, the Gingerbread cake from Trader Joe's.  It's a dense, moist gingerbread cake with cream cheese frosting, white chocolate curls, and soft-baked gingerbread men on top.  With a cup of creamy coffee, it's the perfect fall/winter treat.  This is my favorite time of the year, but as I write this, it's 91 degrees in Southern California, and it's only expected to get warmer this week, but I'll be looking at clothes for cooler weather, thinking of pumpkin and gingerbread, and I've just found a recipe for beef stew in a pressure cooker that would be perfect with a crusty loaf of bread and some wine.  Oh well, it will be here soon.  Until then, I'll be sitting under the air conditioner as I do all my planning.

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