Artist Date: Norton Simon Museum

art/gallery/museums - artist date

An impromptu Artist’s Date in Pasadena, at the Norton Simon Museum.





After reading The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum, I tried to incorporate “spending time” with certain pieces.


I noticed things.  Creepy things…



…and how some stuff never changes (1660’s Italian fashion speaks to me).


Did you know that Degas didn’t just paint ballet dancers, but actors too?



Outside, there is a lovely sculpture garden…


…with a typical museum cafe.  This is the carrot cake, which wasn’t outrageously overpriced, but nothing special.


You can’t beat the view, though.




By the way, I found the lovechild of Jason Lee and Jason Schwartzman.


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Recipe: Cake Mix Stuffed Cookies

baking - dessert

I’m the laziest baker, as you all know.

I don’t want to measure.  Measuring = More things to clean.  This is why I’m a fan of box mixes.

But I’m also impatient.  A cake can take half an hour or more to bake.

Cake mix cookies?  They only take 10.


I used oil instead of butter.  Because when I use butter to make cookies, I have to clean a whisk or a mixer.  NO THANK YOU.


These are adapted from the Triple Chocolate Cookies I baked in May.  But since I was too slothful to dig Nutella out of a jar, I stuffed them with candy instead and sprinkled sea salt on top.  They bake up soft and pillowy – not crispy or chewy.


Here’s one with a Mounds Bar.  I also made a few with Kit Kats and Reese’s PB Cups (<—my neighbor called those “Crack Cookies”).


They disappeared off of Janet’s beautiful table last night, and look how many other tasty things surrounded it! (Pssst – I’ve got a post over at Thick Dumpling Skin on Holiday Parties/Overeating.)

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C’mon my fellow lazy bakers – it’s worth the effort!


Cake Mix Stuffed Cookies



Preheat oven to 350.

In a bowl, stir together the cake mix, egg whites, and oil until combined.

Scoop out a tablespoon size of the dough, stuff with a piece of chocolate. Roll into a ball and place on a parchment-lined sheet tray.

Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool for 10 more before moving.

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CoFax Coffee

bakeries/cafes/dessert places - breakfast - vegetarian

McKenna recently revealed her obsession with the breakfast burritos at CoFax Coffee.

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Since then, I’ve heard about this place almost every day – it became our quest to try one.

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We stopped by the small (crowded!) spot and ordered one to go…

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We agree – it’s one of the best in the city.  The smokiness of the potatoes and depth of flavor in their homemade salsas bring this to another level.

Also love that it’s not monster huge.  I usually finish breakfast burritos in a food coma.


I’m a fan of the owners’ other restaurants, too – Golden State (next door) and Bludso’s.

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