Keeping Up With the Jones

It wasn’t until this year that I came to the realization that most of my “dream vacations” are drawn from Indiana Jones movies. A few years ago, my sister and I went to India. At the time I thought I wanted to go simply because it had always, for some inexplicable reason,  seemed like a mysterious and intriguing place. Actually, it was because the second Indiana Jones movie takes place there. I’m not going to lie, that trip wasn’t my favorite. So I was a little nervous when just two weeks ago I took off on a plane toward the one Indiana Jones location that had delighted and intrigued me beyond all others: the monuments of Petra, Jordan.

And, guys, not only was Petra incredible, but also Jordan itself and neighboring Egypt (both visited on the 9-day tour I participated in through Intrepid) were full of more amazing sites than I can do justice. So — as usual — I’ll let my photos do the talking. (Below are just a small selection of the photo highlights. To see more, visit my Picasa gallery.)

Petra, Jordan by Kim Orr

 

Dead Sea, Jordan by Kim Orr

 

Wadi Rum, Jordan by Kim Orr

 

Nuweiba, Egypt by Kim Orr

 

Giza, Egypt by Kim Orr

 

Alexandria, Egypt by Kim Orr

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Madness

Chocolate Lava Cookies -- Kevin & Amanda

I know we’ve posted a lot about cookies — especially the chocolate chip variety. But when you see an image like this, how can you resist? And this is exactly my kind of recipe: It calls for a muffin pan (check!) store-bought dough (check!), chocolate chips (check!) and a plastic bag (check!). That’s it! Of course, you could get all fancy and make your own dough, but I just love that Kevin & Amanda are all for the store-bought variety, too.

… This could be dangerous.

A Mad Men World

Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks), Roger Sterling (John Slattery), Lane Pryce (Jared Harris), Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser), Don Draper (Jon Hamm), Bertram Cooper (Robert Morse), Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss)  Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks), Roger Sterling (John Slattery), Lane Pryce (Jared Harris), Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser), Don Draper (Jon Hamm), Bertram Cooper (Robert Morse), Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

I’m way too excited for Mad Men to begin its new season this Sunday, March 25. And to add to my obsession, I just discovered this absolutely fabulous blog dedicated to Mad Men crafts! Who knew such a thing existed. Think tutorials on how to make Joan’s attention-grabbing pen necklace, classic martinis, even Peggy’s scooter-embroidered kitchen towel. I had no idea even half of these things appeared on the show. Guess I’m not the only woman who’s mad for Mad Men.

Around the World in 50 Breakfasts

Moroccan breakfast - via hostelbookers.com blog

Portuguese breakfast - via hostelbookers.com blog

Brazilian breakfast - via hostelbookers.com blog

Italian breakfast - via hostelbookers.com blog

Filipino breakfast - via hostelbookers.com blog

I love breakfast. And it’s become one of my new favorite things about the weekend: waking up to enjoy a nice big cup of coffee and an old eggy favorite or, every so often, something more unique. I must admit, I get a little disappointed when I travel someplace that doesn’t go all out for breakfast. So I’m loving this list put together by Hostelbookers.com of some of the 50 most fantastic breakfasts around the world.

Time to re-scramble (no pun intended) my top 10 must-go locations … The Moroccan, Portuguese, Brazilian, Italian and Filipino breakfasts (pictured above) are some of my standout favorites.

Also, how crafty and awesome is it that Hostelbookers.com also offers backpacker recipes?

[Photos via Hostelbookers.com]

Geeking Out On Office Supplies

 

Scroll Pen - Uncommon Goods

One Day at a Time Stationery Set - Uncommon GoodsFuzzy Wuzzy Pencils - Spoon Sisters

Pro/Con Journal - Knock Knock

Mac Shortcuts Poster - Etsy

It occurred to me recently – mainly because traffic is getting progressively worse – that it’s back-to-school season. Seeing as I’m no longer in school, this is of no great consequence to me, but it does remind me of how much I used to LOVE getting those lists of required school supplies for the year. When it comes to school/office supplies, I totally geek out. I could literally spend hours in any store that offers more than one or two kinds of pens or pencils. Oh, and organizers — swoon!

So in the spirit of back-to-school season and my office supply obsession, I thought I’d round up a few fun finds from around the interwebs:

1. Scroll Pen – Anything that combines a paper and pen is a magic in my book.

2. One Day at a Time Stationery Set – I’m not usually a Type A personality unless it comes to office supplies and this is about as good as it gets.

3. Fuzzy Wuzzy Pencils – Cute! And fuzzy.

4. Pro/Con Journal – I could’ve used this last month with my moving saga. I’m sure it’ll still come in handy, though.

5. Mac Shortcuts Poster – Stylish and functional.

I’ll Toast to That

Girlfriend Toast via Cheeky Kitchen

You probably wouldn’t know it by looking at me, but I eat A LOT. And it’s usually not healthy food either. There’s even a tradition in my family that once you’ve finished one meal — or sometimes while you’re still cooking it — you discuss what to have for the next one. That’s how much I love food.

Luckily, “the boy” feels the same way as I do. But after recent trips to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, Indian, Ethiopian and repeat pastrami bagel sandwich and biscuit and gravy breakfasts at Nick’s, an amazing diner in Downtown LA, he suggested that our next breakfast consist only of fruit. Of course, my first response was, “Fruit?! Can we at least have toast with it?!”

Cheeky Kitchen blog to the rescue. I think this recipe for “Girlfriend Toast” would be just the thing to satisfy our need to avoid heart attacks and still have something drool-worthy for breakfast.

{Photo via Cheeky Kitchen}

Animals, Humor … I’m Sold

Horses Gonna Horse by Aled Lewis

Deception by Aled Lewis

Maybe Next Year by Aled Lewis

By now, I’m sure anyone who reads this blog is fully aware of my obsession with art that involves animals and/or offbeat humor. So, for those who can’t get enough like me, here’s more. Aled Lewis’ “Toy Stories” art prints are both hilarious and adorable, which pretty much means I’m completely unable to resist looking at them over and over again while hovering over the Buy button.

This is probably the first time in years that I can honestly say I’m in need of more art for my walls. So … temptation accepted.