October 2015 Stuff!


I’ve been very bad about keeping up with the monthly recaps but it’s because the month will fly by and I’ll look back and be like, Meh, I did a lot of nothing, but not October.

October was the month that The Year of Cozy all around the web soon! But every day I check out the hashtag on Instagram and the fact that a family was inspired by the book to go on a fall picnic, like, makes me hormotional. If I think about it too long it makes my eyes well up and my stomach feel all fuzzy. I’m really, really grateful this month.


The month started off with me going to Anne Sage’s cheese board class. (I actually think this might’ve been at the end of September but whatever!)

It was hosted by Tillamook and there was lots of cheese and yogurt and pretty fall fruit.



My ceramics class started again and I’ve been at it!

Here’s a platter I made. It’s currently being fired so I have no idea how it’ll turn out. I also made the salt cellar from The Year of Cozy. In the book, it calls for air-dry clay but I wanted to make a super legit one so I figured why not.


I’m also dealing with a bad bout of carpal tunnel (probably because of all those effing emails I’ve sent this month), so instead of throwing, I’ve been trying to hand build while my hand heals.

(I know this doesn’t sound right because I probably shouldn’t be doing anything. But I’m bad at doing nothing while I’m awake.)

I made this mug and I’m kind of into it. Hopefully it doesn’t look too handmade after the firing and glazing.


Amelia and I both celebrated our birthdays.


I celebrated by making myself brioche fairy bread (and a big friend dinner at my favorite place in LA).


And Amelia was determined to try some. Lucky for me her legs are a lil’ on the shorter side and she has trouble jumping up. 🙁


She got her birthday fill the following week when I made her these cakes with yogurt frosting.


Josh and I got breakfast and he looked lovingly at his breakfast bowl.


There was a really bad heat wave (I hate LA in October) so we went to Pasadena to stay in the cool air conditioning. While on one of our early-morning walks we ran into the strangest/coolest/weirdest palm trees I’ve ever seen. So I made Amelia pose in front of it.


Amelia got a UTI. (Yes, girl dogs get these!) I had no idea. My poor little girl was in quite a bit of pain, luckily the medication kicked in super quickly and she was well on her way.


I had a launch party at Poketo and I took exactly zero photos…except the cheese board I made.


The month ended with Halloween and of course Amelia was objectified. She dressed up a few days before Halloween as a dragon.


And then on Halloween she walked around as a skunk. She hated me at first but forgot about it and the costume became her second skin!


This month is gonna be awesome. This week I’m in the kitchen shooting a bunch of Thanksgiving recipes. I’m talking pies! And side dishes and maybe a cocktail or two.

Then next week I’m off to London for a week. I AM SUPER PUMPED.

Wishing you an awesome November. I know it gets super crazy around this time of year. Remember to breath. I’ll be trying to do the same! xoxo


P.S. If you’ve ever had carpal tunnel, can you please tell me what I’m supposed to do to make it better?! I got a massage on Saturday and I know I’m supposed to rest it which I realize I’m really bad at because, well, I’m typing this!

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  • Reply Tori November 2, 2015 at 2:49 am

    I love your recaps! Congrats on the book and I hope your hands get better quickly! Also, can’t wait to see those Thanksgiving recipes and have fun in London! (No fair, can I hide in your suitcase???)

  • Reply Susan November 2, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Aside from seeing a doctor, which you should do if the carpal tunnel continues, get one of those wrist braces at the pharmacy and wear it all the time. You need one with a separate section for the thumb and a stiff support (metal or plastic) going down the inside of the wrist. A doctor will be able to give you one of these.
    Have a blast in London and let us know what fun things you find; I am going there over Thanksgiving. At the too of my list are the V&A, macarons at Ladurée, and the cheese biscuits at Fortnum and Mason. And maybe the food hall at Harrod’s!

    • Reply Jo November 2, 2015 at 9:40 am

      Yes to the wrist brace. Best advice. I used one and it helped prevent more damage when I could not take time off work, but had to keep typing when I had carpal tunnel, and it definitely helped the healing when I was taking it easy on my wrist.

  • Reply Michelle November 2, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Congrats on your book! I really enjoy all of your recipes and beautiful photography. For carpal tunnel, try wearing a wrist brace at night (or during the day if possible) to limit your hand movement. It helped a lot with mine!

  • Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) November 2, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Maybe you need to get one of those wrist things that restricts movement? I had a similar issue a few years ago (I don’t know if it was officially carpal though) and it helped.

    Have the best time in London!!! [Jealous.] Also, please share photos of those ceramics once they are glazed, because I want to see them!!!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 2, 2015 at 8:25 am

      I think I definitely need one of those. I’m gonna order it off Amazon. I bet it’s gonna look super cute! 😉

      I’ll definitely share photos, too. I’m super excited to see how they turn out. It’s always a mystery.

  • Reply Libby November 2, 2015 at 8:29 am

    It’s on my bucket list to make a fancy-ass cheese board. I’ll pin this for inspiration.

    … I like to have a very attainable bucket list.

  • Reply Ally November 2, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I just bought your book! It was in with a number of home/cooking books at my local Chapters and the cover was so inviting that I couldn’t not buy it. I cannot wait to try my hand at making your graham crackers!

  • Reply Jennifer November 2, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Rest, rest, rest! I didn’t listen when I was given the same advice, and ended up having my wrist splinted for almost a month…then I didn’t have a choice!

    Loving your new book, dogs in costumes rock, and your cheese board looks scrumptious!

  • Reply RLT November 2, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Both hands or just one? For me (right-handed), my right always hurts so I now mouse with my left. AND I totally agree with the brace. Any time I’m doing heavy typing, I just put it on in advance.

    Tillamook cheese = heaven from Oregon. YUM

  • Reply Greg November 2, 2015 at 10:16 am

    My wife had it in both hands. They would go numb while she was cross-stitching, or doing work that required fine motor control. She tried about everything available. Eventually, she opted for surgery, first one hand, then the other after 6 months. Never do both at the same time. Be aware that there are some personal hygiene functions that you will need help with, even with one hand incapacitated. Her hands work fine now. Good luck.

  • Reply Sarah C. November 2, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Yes, you need the wrist brace. Also try taking Ibuprofen for two weeks……the whole two weeks to get the inflammation down. When you’re resting, rest your hand on your lap thumb up, as if you are about to shake hands with someone. Also, if you find you can’t wear your wrist brace when you sleep, try to sleep in a position where your wrist/hand is flat, keeping everything flat. I thought I was heading straight for surgery a few months ago, but now I’m back baby!

  • Reply Caroline November 2, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Hey girl hey! You are essentially the reason my boyfriend dates me (I bake him all the goods) so I’m so excited to help you out! Carpal tunnel syndrome is when there is compression of a “hand nerve” occurring at that tendon-y region of your wrist. Definitely can get it from typing, since the angle of your wrist really pinches! Before you spend your precious time going to the doctors, you can essentially diagnose and treat at home.

    To be sure you have it, note that when it flares up, you have predictable numbing/discomfort in the thumb, pointer, and middle finger. You can also provoke it (like they would at the drs) by pressing the backs of your hands together- your hands will dangle down and your arms will form a straight line. You can google image phalen’s sign if thats confusing. Interestingly, the most reliable sign of carpal tunnel is if the patient describes that flicking or shaking their wrists relieves the discomfort.

    If you’re like ya ya I did this and it sucks, then the first recommendation from a doctor would be a wrist brace. Its best to use during the day when things are uncomfortable, but you should also wear it at night! Apparently most people sleep with their wrists tucked in the position that causes the discomfort, and its best to tackle there too. You can also take an advil if that helps, but this has been found to be as beneficial as placebo (which is still beneficial, don’t get me wrong). So try the wrist brace! If things get worse or just don’t get better, I recommend then seeing a doctor as they can prescribe an oral steroid or perform an injection which causes relief for approximately a month.

    So sorry if thats overly clinical but hopefully its helpful! I’ll be graduating from medical school in just a few months, so although this isnt exactly a doctor’s advice, its pretty close 🙂

  • Reply stefanie November 2, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Wrist brace yes esp when sleeping is right – there are exercises/stretches that help. You have to take frequent rests when doing these activities and stretch a lot. Also heat helps. I was fine after just these steps but it took months and I did have to abstain from many things I loved sometimes and take it slow.

  • Reply Liora (Allthingsloveli) November 2, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    I also started a pottery class this past month! I made a whole lot of bowls, but after reading this post I want to get back into the studio to venture out beyond them!

  • Reply Fiona November 2, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Carpal tunnel sucks, but resting it and restricting movement is what you need. Try to take a break from any fine motor skills activities. Otherwise you could cause flare ups in the other hand if you keep up the same level of intense activity with the other hand! Pursue other hobbies for a few weeks – long walks, no smartphones, things that don’t involve your hands.

  • Reply Angela - Patisserie Makes Perfect November 3, 2015 at 1:47 am

    So you’re coming to my shores! I’m in Oxford, but it’s only 50/60 miles from London, so I travel into the capital quite a lot.

    Have a fantastic time!

    I love see the pictures of your dog Amelia – she’s adorable, I’d love a pet corgi, you’ll have to visit the Queen’s while you’re here (joke)!

    Looking forward to the Thanksgiving recipes, I don’t celebrate it, but I love seeing all the weird and wonderful things made… do people really cook green beans in canned mushroom soup?

  • Reply Kristina November 3, 2015 at 1:59 am

    Amelia looks adorable in her costumes, sooo funny. Sound like a great month! Last week I finally got a copy of The year of cosy and I’m loving every page of it, it’s a beautiful book, really special, thank you for all the work you’ve done for it!

  • Reply Colleen November 3, 2015 at 6:48 am

    I had carpal tunnel and wore a wrist splint which helped a lot. I got it at ye olde CVS so nothing super fancy but it was great for holding everything in its place.

    I am a recent discoverer of your site and am so happy I found you! So lovely.

  • Reply Mary @ LOVE the secret ingredient November 3, 2015 at 9:38 am

    1. Amelia is just the cutest.
    2. Your monthly recap is hilarious!

  • Reply Allison from Baking: a Love Story November 13, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    You are amazing.

    That is all.

  • Reply Maggie November 18, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Super cute look!