sweet spots

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! I hope this next year brings new adventures, blessings, and loves. Have a great time out (or in!) tonight, be safe, and I’ll catch you in 2015!

“Bring Your peace into our violence
Bid our hungry souls be filled
World now breaking Heaven’s silence
Welcome to our world
Welcome to our world”  ~Chris Rice, Welcome to Our World 

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Stop digging…?”


spaghetti meat sauce

spaghetti and meat sauce | sweetsaltcrunch.com

As 2014 counts down its last few sunrises, I am happy to end the year with a savory kick. Every time I make chili mac (a recipe for another day), I end up with most of a 28-oz can of crushed tomatoes that I never know what to do with. Which means it ends up likely frozen or left in the fridge and forgotten about. Eek, waste!


sweet spots

Merry Christmas Eve! I hope you all enjoy the holidays with people you love and make wonderful memories. <3 Maybe you have certain rituals that bring you into a good headspace after the craziness of the holiday rush. I like to gaze at the Christmas tree all decked out and lit up after everyone’s gone to bed and sing carols softly to myself. Something about the hushed quiet of the night quiets my soul and gives it space to stretch and sing.

origami art at starbucks | sweetsaltcrunch.com
rigami art at Starbucks HQ


spreading joy…


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… to food banks this season!

Sometimes, we can get so wrapped up in the shopping and gifting and eating that we forget some of the simpler things about the holiday season– the joy of sharing time and memories with our loved ones.

This year, my siblings, a good friend, and I decided to pool the money we would’ve spent on presents for each other to donate food to our local food banks. Now that we’re older, we can donate more than just ramen. For my siblings and me, giving back is especially poignant because when our family first moved to Seattle, we didn’t have a lot of money and received food and toys from our local Salvation Army that first Christmas.

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sweet spots

Its a busy time with Christmas coming up so quickly. I can’t believe its already mid-December. One of the best things that happened this past week was shipping off all my Christmas packages- all thirteen of them with lovely little bites of love on their way to the people who have touched my life this year. Glad to take a step back and breathe.

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pretty fountain at University Village


sweet spots

Happy hump day!

One of the best pieces of advice when starting a blog is to look at other people’s blogs, note what you like, and go from there. I was browsing through Cupcakes & Cashmere‘s blog after a friend sent a link about food photography and saw that Emily does a weekly roundup of five images of things that bring her pleasure in life. I absolutely love that idea. Bringing focus back to what is important to us helps recalibrate our direction and recenter our attention. I hope to do something similar and post a few things every week that is important, inspiring, beautiful, thoughtful, and/or precious to me.

strength by glassybaby– a candle to light the way in the dark

rocky road chocolate bark

Rocky Road Bark | sweetsaltcrunch.com

For the past three or so years, I’ve been making treat packages for my friends. The holidays are the best time for trying out new recipes, so I try to explore new recipes every year. Even with chocolate bark, a favorite every year, gets an overhaul. This year, I had my heart set on marshmallows, which led me to think about rocky road, which– clearly– paved the way for rocky road bark. (more…)

hot apple-lemon-ginger cider

hot apple lemon ginger cider | sweetsaltcrunch.com
As we gear up for the holiday season, be forewarned that the next few weeks will be very sweet. That being said, there can only be so many hot chocolates I can drink before I crave something hot, sweet, and… dare I say… energizing?

When I was doing my psychology practicum at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, we had a postdoc resident who always went to this little (now defunct) cafe called the Newsroom and brought back this ah-mah-zing smelling drink that she swore was non-caffeinated, healthy, and very invigorating. One day, she invited me to join her in her daily sojourn to get her hot juice. At the Newsroom, which was located in Robertson Plaza and a quick walk from our building, she pointed out the juice menu to me. All the juices had quirky little names, like the Deja Voodoo or the Red Haute; the name of this hot juice was “Hot News.” (more…)