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Pancakes for Thanksgiving

by Lee Rose Emery

img_2866One of my all time favorite Thanksgivings was spent with my then 3 year old at a diner in Los Feliz. Just as we were heading over to our friend’s for dinner and we noticed that our little girl had a rash all over her. We knew one of our friends was going to be flying back to Boston with his family the next day – suppose the rash was the beginning of the flu or something? We couldn’t risk it. So my husband packed up our baby and the mashed potatoes and peas and headed to Santa Monica without my daughter and me. I looked at my toddler, all dressed up with no where to go, and wondered what we would do to mark the day? I decided to take her to her favorite spot, Fred 62, and have pancakes. It was surprising how many folks were at the diner that evening. They had lit candles for a special ambience. We ordered silver dollar pancakes, and a turkey sandwich. I was grateful for a few moments alone with my toddler, as my 6 month old had been demanding most of my attention. As usual she was a great company, as chatty as ever. “Happy Thanksgiving.” I said to her, as we chomped into a pancake smothered in maple syrup. “You know what I’m thankful for?” I asked.

“Me,” she smiled.

It’s so easy to get caught up in what Thanksgiving should be, the perfect table, and turkey and the right wine, it’s easy to forget the spirit of the day. I was glad that my daughter reminded me, and that I didn’t have to do dishes.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! And thank you, dear readers, for reading.


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Summer Lemonade (with vodka)

by Lee Rose Emery

There’s nothing like a cold glass of lemonade in the heat of summer. Better yet is a one with vodka in it. I’m positive that you have your own blossoming lemon tree in your garden and squeeze your own lemon juice regularly, but I personally like this 5 minute short cut yet (seemingly) fancy version, with fresh strawberries. The virgin recipe is for the kids. The alcoholic version is for Mom courtesy of the folks at Voli Vodka. Voli is a low calorie vodka that comes in a wild variety of flavors. I am mostly a purist when it comes to vodka, but the Lemon Voli is delicious on its own or mixed with anything.


(how can you refuse a drink of that name?)

1 ½ oz Voli Lyte

2 oz Lemonade

1 oz Agave Nectar

In a mixing tin add ice, Voli Lyte, Lemonade, Strawberry, agave, and shake. Strain into a martini glass, and top with Prosecco. Garnish with a a strawberry.






I use one jug Trader Joe’s Organic Lemonade (I like this one as it is made with sugar and not high fructose corn syrup.)

½ cup fresh strawberries

A handful of fresh mint leaves ***

1) Pour the lemonade in a pretty pitcher. (Hide the big plastic jug!)

2) Blend the strawberries in a blender with a little lemonade.

3) Add the strawberry mixture to the pitcher of lemonade. Stir.

4) Garnish with a handful of mint.

Serve it up, and bask in your faux Martha Stewart summer moment.

You can also experiment with different fruits. I like blueberries, peaches or blackberries.

(Mint is actually super easy to grow in LA, and I have a completely brown thumb. Here’s what you do. Buy a little pot of it at the farmer’s market, and plant it in a planter with some dirt and place it in a sunny spot. Give it a little water every other day, and it will grow like mad.  People will think you are incredibly  fabulous when you add sprigs of mint to everything, or tie it up in a ribbon and bring it to a brunch. “Here’s a little something from my garden…”)

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I wish I could tell you that I was the kind of Mom that was making my kids’ Halloween costumes. Sadly, I am not. I can however provide a fun kid friendly (even slightly healthy) Halloween themed snack tip, thanks to Disney’s Spoonfull website which is full of fun family crafts and ideas for all the holidays, and really for every day. This dip is super easy to make, and if you show up to the school Halloween party a bowl of this,  the rest of the moms may even possibly think you made your kids’ costumes.  For FULL recipe click here.

Then if you really want to WOW your trick or treaters you could also try these ghostly milk cartons! These two are easy to make and just my kind of craft, low maintenance – high payoff. No need to mention how easy they were!

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Yamishiro Farmer’s Market – a great family treat

May 30, 2012 Eat

My new favorite family treat is to go to the Yamishiro Farmer’s Market for dinner on Thursday nights from 5pm-9pm.  It’s $5.00 to valet park, and it does become crowded as the night goes on, so I recommend you bring the kids right at 5pm. There are all kinds of food booths the kids will […]

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Mom bloggers unite & talk education resources

February 23, 2012 Eat

Here’s why I love Mom Bloggers. When we get together there is always so much to talk about and learn from each other. Plus at our events, whether we are just gathering ourselves or being pitched to, somehow there are always cupcakes. Usually there’s great food in general, and of course what would a Moms’ […]

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Skinny Girl Cosmo

February 17, 2012 Eat

Here’s a great drink for girl’s night,  and the best part is that it  requires no prep at all: Bethany Frankell’s new Skinny Girl Cosmo. I had tried the Skinny Girl Margirita over the summer and it was very good, too. These ready to pour drinks are low in calories, 100 calories per 4 oz. […]

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Babycakes LA, a vegan bakery for the allergy challenged, now in Larchmont

February 1, 2012 Eat

Allergies are in the rise. Many of my kids’ pals, and also some of the moms I know, including yours truly, have food sensitivities. Some of us may have them and not even know we do, but that’s a blog for another day. So, what’s an LACityMom or child to do when she has a […]

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TAKE A BAO restaurant in Studio City – kid friendly cool

January 17, 2012 Eat

Restaurants are finally catching on to the modern family’s criteria which is, I believe, the following: If we’re going to go out to dine with the kids, we want to: 1) Feel cool 2) Eat good food 3) Not pay a fortune 4) (perhaps most important) Have a cocktail In return, we the parental consumers […]

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Great new kid friendly restaurant– Mendocino Farms West Hollywood

November 7, 2011 Eat

The other day I had the chance to check out Mendocino Farm’s grand opening in West Hollywood. Mendocino Farms is a casual delicious neighborhood sandwich joint. They are located on Santa Monica Boulevard next to the Target complex.(Just west of Bev Mo.)  So if you park at Target, do some shopping,  you now have a […]

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SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills – an urban Mommy escape

October 3, 2011 Eat

Oh to be a young Hollywood Hipster. You can actually. That is the beauty of living in a big city. Okay, maybe you don’t feel quite like your pre-baby hipster self, and sorry to say…you may NEVER feel that way, but as your kids start to become more independent you will start to feel like […]

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