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June 2015

Sarah Post

Don’t Be Salty…

June 26, 2015

People have been using salt to cure, cook, and barter with for thousands of years. One of the five basic taste sensations, saltiness is something most of us seek out now and then, from pretzel to potato chip, or even in margarita form. Awhile back at my local Farmer’s market, I stumbled upon Hepp’s Gourmet Salt stand and fell in love with their variety of flavored finishing salts. After months of many different recipe experiments, here are three of my favorite ways to add a little salt to your summer…

SAVORY: I am obsessed with this Black Truffle salt. Of all the salts in my salt bar, this one gets used the most by far. Delicious on both eggs and asparagus, but my favorite way to enjoy it is on popcorn! My corn kernels of choice come from Tiny But Mighty Popcorn which I air pop, add a little olive oil to, and then toss a healthy splash of Truffle salt on top. Quick, light, crunchy, savory and of course, salty. WARNING: you will start shoving handfuls of popcorn in your face…like an animal. No judgement.

SIP IT: Originally I was determined to make the world’s greatest Bloody Mary using Hepp’s Scorpion Salt, but a few too many tomatoes and testers with this SPICY salt had me creating a brand new concoction to cool down. I’m calling it Sarah’s Scorpion and it is my official drink of summer. Sweet, spicy, strong, and refreshing, this is a must try:

Ingredients:

Vodka
Dry Cucumber Soda
Cucumber slices
Hepp’s Scorpion Salt
Ice

Directions:

Start with a glass and fill half way with ice. Then add one part Vodka, preferably like Eight Degrees that has a pepper finish, and top with two parts Dry Cucumber Soda. To garnish take a cucumber slice and LIGHTLY dust one half with scorpion salt. Place cucumber salt side up in glass and enjoy!
Remember, a little salt goes a l o n g way!! So use sparingly. The salt will slowly release off of the cucumber giving you sweet sips that bite! My lips were still stinging for minutes after my glass was empty, but in a good way… so good I made another one…

SAY IT WITH SEASONINGS: My friendships are everything to me and I’m always trying to find little ways to let the ones I love know that I’m thinking of them. I teamed up with Cakeonthefloor friend Aly, from The Pineapple Paper Co, and had these little tags made up that say “Because you are the salt of the earth”, signed with my initials. I then took small sealable bags (they can be purchased at Michael’s), filled them with 1tsp of salt and attached them to the cards. Aly also sent me a set of her “BFF Stationary” that is so rad I can’t stand it. The collection has three hashtag sayings; #BFF #Bestie, #Hoemance, and #Amishyou, in either gold foil writing or black. I wrote a little personal note and recipe suggestion on each one, then included a flavored salt packet and mailed them off to my girls. I can’t wait for them to try their salts! Contact Aly yourself to have custom cards made just like mine, or collaborate to come up with your own special way of keeping in touch.

So go ahead, give summer sweets a break and get a little salty…

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Kristina Post

Book Clubs & Hammocks

June 23, 2015

When I was asked to be in a book club over a year ago, I really didn’t know what to expect. I only knew one girl in the club and here’s the kicker, I had read under ten books since high school. That’s like one book a year. I thought these ladies would sense my surreptitious* past in the first meeting and realize I wasn’t bringing much to the literary table. Boy, was I wrong! This group of ten woman has welcomed me with open arms and we have become wonderful friends. I’m still in the club, YAY!

As I lay in my hammock in our woods reading this month’s book, I’m super proud of myself for making time to read. I tend to reach for the remote when I have downtime and although tv has it’s enjoyment too, I find reading elevates my thoughts and expands my vocabulary to boot. Every month is a new challenge to find solitude and less screen time. 

A little bit about the club: Each month a new person picks the book and also picks where we will meet. We usually meet on Tuesday evenings around 6:30pm and have enjoyed Seattle’s cuisine from China Town to the U-District. Most months the person in charge has coordinated the theme of the book with the restaurant they choose.

One of my favorite memories was early on in the book club we read, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jaime Ford. We met at The Panama Hotel for tea and discussed Seattle’s sad past of the Japanese Internment and young love. As we left the building we were standing in a circle saying our good-byes when two wildly and wonderfully dressed women approached us, mimicking that of Iris Apfel. One woman spoke and said it made her so happy to see a group of young women enjoying the hotel. She asked us what we were all up to and we eagerly told her about our book club and what book we read. She preceded to tells us how she is the owner of the hotel and one of the characters in the book is based off of her. We were all so excited to meet her and she gave us very encouraging words of how women need to follow their dreams in life. She even signed our books (those who brought them). Before parting I commented on her fox fur/scarf that was draped around her shoulders. I said something like, “Wow that is quite the fox!”. She immediately took it off and put it around my neck. I had instant feelings of guilt and joy by her kind gesture and while feeling sad the animal died for fashion. But it was so freaking soft!  I couldn’t help but laugh at her wonderful sense of exuberance for life.

This and many other monthly memories have become part of my life because my friend Jasmine’s invitation to read once a month. If you want to be in a book club, I say start one! I think you’ll be surprised by the camaraderie and fun you’ll have. I’ve read books I never would have picked out because everyone’s taste is so different. This summer I plan to read as much as I can outside and especially in hammocks. Happy page turning, swiping and scrolling!

-Kristina

*I just learned that word in this month’s book!

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Sarah Post

Ain’t Life A Beach

June 15, 2015

The traffic sucks, our smog has it’s own area code, and you’d have to be living under a dry landscape rock to have not heard about the serious draught we’re stuck in down here. BUT despite the downfalls, there’s one thing Southern Californian’s don’t complain about: our 300 plus sunny days a year. YES there’s a reason I was born in a town that rains an average of 84 inches annually, and bought my house in a town that rains less than 20: SUN. IS. FUN!
But whether or not you have a beach for a backyard, here’s a peek at a few of my favorite things to encourage some sun seeking, sand and socializing this summer…volleyball, cake on the floor, beach, sunglasses, snacks, sunscreen, romper

1. Its in the bag, baby!…

I’ll be honest, I think a reusable grocery sack is a perfectly good beach bag. No matter how adorably adorned with sea shells, you will never catch me shucking out serious coin on a bag that is only being used to make it from the car to the sand. So imagine my joy and delight to find this Merona beauty while perusing the aisles at Target! Besides the fantastically affordable price, I love the boxy shape, simple colors (there are patterned options also) and its just the right size to comfortably fit everything you need. I’ve also found it makes for a great market tote, and it happily housed my fresh Peonies I snagged on the way through Topanga en route to the beach.

2. Don’t get sand in your shorts!…

While feeling the sand between your toes is nice, having sand stuck to you everywhere is a form of torture in some countries. Give your tush somewhere dry to land while taking in the ocean views with a ‘Lucky’ Turkish Pestemal towel. Besides being obsessed with the MANY colors to choose from, I love that these handwoven Turkish cotton towels are so fast drying and light weight, that you can toss it on as a shawl for your evening after the beach. Each one also comes with a glass evil eye talisman (a Nazar) to help protect your perfect beach day.

3. Throw shade…

I have mixed feelings about sunscreen, but as a person who is exposed to sunny stuff on the daily, I do apply a layer to my face, neck, and hands (my most frequently sun exposed spots). My product of choice, TarteGuard SPF 30 because its non-chemical, antioxidant-infused, non-sticky, light weight formula goes on so smooth without making my skin feel oily. It’s recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation and protects against UVA/UVB rays all while being cruelty free. The fact it comes in a super cute bottle is an added bonus.

4. My Future’s So Bright!…

And so is the reflection off the water. Sunglasses, sunnies, shades, whatever name you prefer, are not just a simple accessory for Californians, they’re like an additional limb! We never go anywhere (including indoors) without them. Currently, my favorite pair are William Painter’s, The Hook. Made from aerospace grade Titanium, they’re unisex, nylon polarized, ultra lightweight and have a subtle bottle opener built into the sides so you can pop a brew for bae. After over a year of travels together, these have definitely passed my indestructibility test and come in my favorite color, matte black.

5. Gary Vs. Wilson…

We’ve all seen, or at least heard, a reference to Tom Hanks beloved Wilson from ‘Castaway’. And if you’re obsessed with new show ‘The Last Man On Earth like Kristina and I are, you’ve also met Gary, Phil’s Volleyball. Point being, next to a dog, the Volleyball might just be man’s best friend. Whether you’re a total newbie or a peppering pro, Volleyball is a great way to burn some calories on the beach, have fun, and meet new people. I decided to upgrade my tattered old ball and couldn’t resist this Wilson baby blue beauty. I named her Babe.

6. Cause we sip Rosé when we thirstay….

Sure you can sport the tried and true symbol of summer fun, the red solo cup, but WHY??? Up your snack game and impress your beach date with cheese, olives and WINE! These Shark Skinzz reusable wine flasks make bringing your favorite libation along super easy. They come in different colors and patterns and can be washed and used again, or recycled in an appropriate beach bin. Mine was filled with, duh, Rosé. When looking for a tasty snack, I about lost my mind in complete joy when I discovered Oloves, portable packs of gourmet seasoned olives. Olives are packed with nutrients including potassium, magnesium, and iron, and with added basil or lemon and garlic these babies are SO good! And what goes better with olives than cheese?!? Almost any grocery store will have some options of single serve cheeses. I chose Mini BabyBel Mozzarella and Jarlsberg Minis for their smooth and creamy properties, punch of protein, and because they are waxed wrapped, which means self-contained snack! You could of course add in some bread or crackers, but with these three items you have no mess and no stress. Imagine it, you’re like portable Paris…
I hope this helps you get out and enjoy the summer season. Happy buns in the sun!

Xx – Sarahvolleyball, cake on the floor, beach, sunglasses, snacks, sunscreen, romper

Kristina Post

Hello From The Pineapple Paper Co

June 8, 2015

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Here I was at my friend’s baby shower, and in walks Aly. A vision in black, with green eyes and red lips. I knew most of the people who were going to be at the shower, but I had no idea who this girl was. I thought, “she looks super rad” and asked myself, “Why don’t I know this girl?!” What started as a conversation at the shower turned into an Instagram friendship and is now a full blown hoemance (it’s like a bromance, but for girls). Aly and I think we came up with the term, but we aren’t sure. Aly has continued to impress me since the first day I met her all of 2.5 months ago and we’re so excited to feature her on the blog today!

At Cake On The Floor we are interested in promoting businesses we believe in and interviewing people who are not just creative, but candid too. Aly graciously agreed for me to come to her home and photograph/interview her for our blog. Over wine and blueberries, I hit record on my app and away we went!

COTF: How did you start The Pineapple Paper Company?

PPC: I guess it really started with Yes. Yes is the company before I changed the name. It all began when I started making Christmas cards for myself. I tried to buy some online, but they were so expensive…and they weren’t even that nice. I always wanted to change something about the cards available. Sooo…I started making them myself and people started asking me to do theirs! The business just kind of evolved from there.

COTF: We love your logo! Does the pineapple have special meaning for you?

PPC: Not really, I just really like pineapples! I mean I like pineapple, but it’s not something I can eat and eat…and eat. I see the fruit and I get excited. It brings me to a really bright place. Pineapples represent welcoming and when you see one you just can’t help but get happy. (Similar to hearing Pharrell’s song) I’m kind of the same way about cactus.

COTF: Where do you draw inspiration from?

PPC: Oh gosh! Everywhere! Top three would be…fashion, people, and words. When you think of a word or see a word, it really transfers you to a place. For example, if I say the word poppy. That would bring you somewhere, not necessarily the flower, but in your case you’d think of Poppi Photography. For me, the word palm tree has different meaning compared to PNW natives…I’m born and raised in Florida and the word palm tree doesn’t take me to some tropical getaway, it takes me to my childhood and the things that I used to see every single day. As well as the things that were in my front yard.

COTF: Who’s your ideal client?

PPC: That’s a tough one. I do so many different things like wedding invites and stationery. I guess the best client is one who orders both. (Laughs!) I like clients who are laid back and are really inspiring and vibrant. I draw a lot of inspiration from people. Most of my orders are online and everything is through text, so I have to get a glimpse of that individual, just through the words that she’s saying. I like clients who are excited about the process and are with me… and choose to purchase through the PCC because they like my specific style and modern/bohemian theme.

COTF: Is there anyone in your life, friend, company or celeb or otherwise that you’d love to work with?

PPC: Olympia famous, Stevie Olson! As soon as I met her, I knew I wanted to design for her. It was a goal of mine to be able to sell my products in LOLA Lifestyle Boutique because the type of woman LOLA attracts is the same type of clientele I like. Someone I would want to partner with is The Little Press. They are in Perth, Australia and they are GORGEOUS! They started kind of just like me with a small office and stained hands. They are all letter press and do a lot of collaborations. It would be so fun!

COTF: In a digital world, what makes you drawn to the tangible?

PPC: The senses! I really like the smell of things. So, it’s really odd, but when I get a fresh order of envelopes or paper, I unwrap it from it’s plastic and take it in! I don’t know what it is, but I just love that smell! Also, with every woman in the world having a Pinterest board, I want to bring the Pinterest board to your hand. A real life creation for you!

COTF: I think COTF needs some thank you cards! Do you think you could help us with that?

PPC: AHHHHHH!!! (Screams) YES!

And now let’s talk about Aly as a person!

COTF: What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

PPC: Check my Insta!

COTF: Best vacation you’ve taken?

PPC: When I was in Arizona (I was stationed for active duty military with my husband, Kyle) living in Sierra Vista with nothing to do, we’d take weekend vacations to Phoenix. Last year over July 4th weekend we took a belated honeymoon back to Phoenix again! I absolutely love it there!

COTF: When you aren’t working what do you do for fun?

PPC: When I’m not working…which is like never…I’m really into fashion. Shopping is my fun! Then it just draws more inspiration for The Pineapple Paper Co and I’m back to work again.

COTF: What’s your drink?

PPC: Morning drink: coffee with whole milk. Evening drink: A sweet, sparkling, gin drink of some sorts.

COTF: Favorite social media app?

PPC: Insta (Aly never actually says Instagram. I kind of love it.)

COTF: Best advice you’ve been given?

PPC: This advice comes from my mom. I moved around a lot as a kid and I always hated it. I had to make new friends and I was always afraid people weren’t going to remember me. She told me, “If you are going to be remembered for something, be remembered for something good.” I apply this advice whenever I meet someone…whether or not I’m going to see them again, I want it to be a good memory. Especially if I run into them again in the future. I don’t want them to be like, “Oh…there’s Aly” (makes a sad noise, then laughs)

COTF: There are many charities in the world. If you started one, who/what would you want to help?

PPC: It’s a charity that has already been started, but I would want to help with The Wounded Warrior Project. It hits close to home for me. In 2008 Kyle was deployed in Iraq and was at a check point. While he was at the check point he got hit by a vehicle born IED. (A huge bomb in a car, which basically makes in two bombs in one because the bomb explodes and then so does the car). 15 people were injured and two died in that incident. Thankfully there was a cement barricade which Kyle was behind, however the blast threw him around 50 feet. He remembers being airborne and then falling and waking up in Kuwait. His First Sergeant told him that his team leader didn’t make it and then he was medevac transferred to Germany because he couldn’t walk. Then he was transferred to Joint Base Lewis-McChord here in Washington and it took him a year to learn how to walk again. During that time it was really tough. PTSD, pain meds and nightmares were all consuming and The Wounded Warrior Project gives support in many ways to those who need it. Kyle fought really hard to improve and is the most self-driven person I know. The morale boost the foundation provided was super helpful. I feel like it’s a way to pay back to those people who stepped up and were in harm’s way. They arrange iPads, computers, DVD players to be provided to soldiers who are recovering (even the occasional celebrity visit for a pick-me-up). Kyle not only walks now, but runs marathons! The Wounded Warrior Project has been known to build houses and create solutions for those who have lost limbs free of charge. They raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.

Last question because hey, we’re COTF…

COTF: Favorite kind of cake?

PPC: I’m not really a sweets person, but I’d say plain vanilla cake with rainbow sprinkles. Maybe funfetti cake. I mostly just want to eat sprinkles and ditch the frosting.

This girl definitely adds some serious funfetti to my life and I hope you remember The Pineapple Paper Co the next time you need a card, invite, stationery or announcement! Each card is hand crafted to celebrate life’s best moments. Every piece of stationary touches Aly’s hands whether she is applying water color or applying gold foil or whatever else you can dream up. Thanks to Aly for being super amazing and I can’t wait for Sarah to meet her the next time she visits! Lastly, thanks to Nana and Tinker Bell for posing for the camera!

XO-

Kristina

 

 

Together Is Better

Pretty In Pebbles

June 1, 2015

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The food we ordered was light, so Rosé seemed like the perfect compliment. Then it kind of became the main course. We chatted and sipped, and chatted and sipped and then wouldn’t you know, as we started to see our world through Rosé tinted glasses, a beacon shown through our haze, right in front of us: Pebbles Clothing.

Across the street, tempting us with gorgeous handmade hammocks swaying in the canyon breeze, we immediately finished our glasses, called for the check and hightailed it across the highway. I’ll be honest, I thought it was a children’s only boutique and figured my purse strings would stay tightly in place. In short: I’m an idiot.

The boutique was not only filled with adorable kids clothing, beach accessories, women’s clothing, lifestyle accessories, and jewelry for DAYS, but also with the most infectiously fun owner, Ann.

As we ooooh’d and ahhhhhhh’d over all of the treasures, Ann told us about how she got started, her adorable kids (Lucas & Lucy), the handmade goods she sourced from her friends, and we finally had to stop our gab fest so she could attend to another customer. I say “other customer” but you know we instantly introduced ourselves to Dolphina (check out her Goddess workout DVD), celebrated how awesome she looked in a floor length caftan dress (which of course she bought), and the store started to feel like a gathering place for bad-ass babes, not a retail shop.

Kristina and I couldn’t bring ourselves to leave until every gorgeous thing had been inspected and touched by our fingers. Of course we obviously each hand to snag a few things to take home. Ann was kind enough to pose for pictures with Kristina, and by the time our purchases were packaged up, we felt like we’d made a new friend.

Here are a few of our favorite things we bought at the shop:

1. Best friend necklaces by Mana // I picked the triangle and Kristina picked the thunder bird.

2. A beautiful handmade dream catcher (You can see on our Instagram)

3. A long black tassel necklace (Kristina couldn’t resist!)

4. Bracelet by Wings Hawaii

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So the next time you find yourself in Topanga Canyon, look for Pebbles and let your happiness do the purchasing! We promise you no buyer’s remorse. Cheers to new friends and new finds!

XXo- Sarah & Kristina