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Happy Thanksgiving!


Hope your Thanksgiving week is filled with lots of laughter and love, not too much shopping and lots of good food. Next week I’ll be highlighting a few more of our Simon+Kabuki holiday cards and gifts. Plus a few of my favorite gifts that I’ve found this year.

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Back to School and Back to Lunch

I’m sure most of the country is back to school now that Labor Day is over. We start really early here in the Bay Area, August 13th! So my kids have been in school now for almost a month. It took some adjusting – getting up at 6:30am, making lunches, getting homework done and clothes sorted for school. Have you ever seen the movie The Jerk? Do you remember how excited Steve Martin was about getting the new phone book? That is how my kids act on Tuesdays, which are grocery shopping days around our house. They text me from school to remind me to buy things and ask if I’ve gone yet. When they get home they rush into the kitchen like it’s Christmas Day so excited to see what I’ve bought. You’d think they live in a third world country and never eat!

My kids tend to walk around at school lunch to visit with their various friends, so having a good portable/walking lunch is the way to go. Here are some easy lunch ideas that my kids love: 1. pre-made salad bowls, tortilla roll ups with either meat or peanut butter, banana and honey, pumpkin muffins, sausage muffins/quiche, apples with peanut butter, frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (sometimes I make a weeks worth and throw them in the freezer). What about you, any great ideas to share?

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If you haven’t yet finished back to school supply shopping don’t forget to check out our fun collections on Here’s a new collection we designed for tweens, the Prep.


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Gluten Free Potstickers

Screen shot 2014-04-23 at 9.17.54 AMPotstickers are super yummy! When I’m at Costco I usually pick up a bag of their potstickers to keep in the freezer. Yesterday I decided to make my own and make them gluten free for my daughter. Making them from scratch is a lot of work, so make sure you have a couple of hours to devote to this yummy recipe. Mine may not be the prettiest pot stickers in town but they tasted good. And since it was my first attempt we’ll call it a success!

1 cup white rice flour or sweet rice flour
3/4 cup tapioca flour
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons oil
2/3 cup boiled water (adjust if necessary)

1 lb. ground pork
4 cups chopped cabbage (I used pre-packaged cabbage for cole slaw)
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce

Combine filling ingredients and set aside. Combine flours, salt and oil, add boiling water and mix to form a dough. Dust a cutting board with rice flour and roll out dough, not too thin. I used a mason jar lid to cut circles. Fill with pork and crimp closed either by hand or you can use a fork. You can also use a tortilla press if you have one to make perfect wrappers. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to a pre-heated pan and add potstickers. Cook for 1-2 minutes per side, then add a 1/2 cup of water and cover and let steam for 4-6 minutes. I like to take the cover off and cook them a little longer so they have a slight crunch to them. Dip in vinegar/soy sauce and enjoy!

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Grow your own Mushrooms!

For Christmas I bought my hubby an oyster mushroom growing kit by Back to the Roots. We like to eat mushrooms and I thought it would be fun to see them grow. I should have given it to one of my kids because it sat on the counter unopened until now. But… It’s pretty amazing and super easy to do, no green thumb necessary. Mushrooms grow damn fast, you can eat them on the 10th day! It’s like one of those time lapse videos. You spray them with water twice a day – in the morning and night time – and by then they’ve grown an inch. We had to put a little wedge under the box because the weight of the mushrooms will tip the box over. The concept was started by two UC Berkeley students using coffee ground waste. Check out the kits here. Now we can have some fresh home grown vegetables for dinner tonight, yum!

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