E and F Get Married

Just Married bride and groom under the chuppah

In December, Evan and I got married!

We planned our wedding in about five months, and it was every bit the magical experience we had hoped to have. We took a very hands-on approach, from hand-letterpressing our invitations and writing our own ceremony to making paper lantern programs for our guests and decorating our own wedding cake. More details to come soon on, well, the details. For now, here’s a little look at the big day.

You can check out the newly updated EandFgetmarried.com for lots more photos, info on our awesome vendors and more.

And don’t forget to watch the best wedding video ever, courtesy of my extraordinarily talented husband.

A Surprise Birthday Proposal!

Last Sunday, Evan and I celebrated our joint birthday (yes, we were born the same day, same year) with a pool party at my parents’ house. After blowing out the birthday candles and passing champagne around for a “birthday toast” Evan proposed in front of our friends and family! I couldn’t have been more surprised, excited, and thrilled! It has been a surreal and wonderful week and I can’t wait for us to get married!

wedding proposal

Big thanks to Jared Hillman for photographing the magic moment and to Evan for editing it together.

Now to start the wedding planning…

Super Cool Stunt: Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare

On Saturday, June 30 2012, two real-life Hot Wheels cars sped through a 6-story double vertical loop in Downtown LA at the X Games – and it was incredible! Lucky me, I got to have a part in working on the social media for Hot Wheels.

Watch and enjoy!

Hot Wheels World Record: Double Loop Dare at the 2012 X Games Los Angeles

Big congrats to Team Hot Wheels drivers Greg Tracy and Tanner Foust on completing the loop and setting a new Guinness World Record!

You can now call me Aunt Francine

Exciting news: I am now an aunt. Nephew #1, Noah Simon, is extremely adorable, and I’m very thankful to have been able to spend so much time with him already.

He arrived the day before Mother’s Day – perfect timing! And I baked a homemade funfetti cake with cream cheese icing. I need to get myself a nice bundt pan so I can make a cake as pretty as this at home.

And on the day of his bris, the whole family got to see the solar eclipse together though a pair of binoculars in my parents’ backyard – the first one I’ve ever seen!

The Porcupine Dance

The Porcupine Dance

My first time playing around with Cinemagr.am: The dancing porcupine we saw in Minnesota last year. This little guy was trying to intimidate us for a good fifteen minutes or more with this impressive dance. Rawr.

A Year In Review

Yahoo 2011 My Year In Review

As we reflect on what happened in the past year in our lives and in the world, it’s hard to remember each moment and what happened when.

Just this past year, Osama bin Laden was finally found and killed, Will and Kate had their magnificent wedding, Steve Jobs and Elizabeth Taylor passed away, Japan was ravaged by a 9.0 earthquake and a tsunami, and the list goes on and on.

In my year, I spent time in Northern California, Vancouver, Minneapolis, and Montreal. I went snowboarding and wine tasting, I learned how to make cheese, I saw Bono, Lady Gaga and Usher perform live, and I found out I will become an aunt.

I’ve been thinking about the past year a lot since one of my biggest recent projects has been creating a social extension for Yahoo!’s popular Year In Review program. Year In Review brings together data and insights gleaned from search and news trends and packages it up into top 10 lists, blog posts and videos. Looking at it from a social perspective, we knew we could make the year’s stories even more personal.

We had a lot of ideas, and ultimately created My Year In Review, a Facebook app that brings together the top headlines and images of the year with a user’s own activities in a timeline set to music. The experience is dynamic, beautiful, and emotional, bringing together moments you may have not thought of for month.

Depending on how heavy a Facebook user you are, the more times you play the experience, the more different versions you’ll see, with new pictures, news events, and timeline images to share.

Don’t just let me tell you about it, though – see your 2011 My Year In Review.

Tips for the best experience using My Year In Review:

  • Allow all the required and optional Facebook app permissions for the most personalized experience. The app will not post any stories to Facebook without your initiation and it does not store any of your data.
  • Turn on your computer speakers so you can hear the music.
  • Play again to see different views of your year. Depending on how heavy a Facebook user you are, the more times you play the experience, the more different versions you’ll see, with new pictures, news events, and new timeline images to share.
  • Share with your friends and family, and add tags for the people that show up in your shared timeline photos.

Happy New Year!

Spinach, Green Onion and Mushroom Pie – With Homemade Ricotta

spinach, green onion, and mushroom pie

This past weekend, we went to the Clinton Foundation’s Decade of Difference concert at the Hollywood Bowl. It was my very first time going to the bowl, and also my first time at a concert with such huge names. Lady Gaga, Usher, Bono, Stevie Wonder, Juanes… it was incredible.

And in true Hollywood Bowl form, we decided to do a picnic dinner, which sent me into full-on food mode. In August, I made a great picnic dinner that we took to LACMA on a Friday night, and it was basically a modification of this same recipe with a few vegetable swaps and mozzarella cheese instead of ricotta.

This time, armed with my new cheese-making abilities and a better stocked fridge, I stuck closer to the recipe from The Vegetarian Epicure, and what I ended up with was a beautiful, tasty pie that traveled well – and was big enough to feed 15 or so!

We finished less than half before the concert, but I just wrapped it back up, stuck it in a bag under my seat, and it looked and tasted just as good at the afterparty.