#OttEuropeanInvasion Food Inspiration – Cornflake Clusters

While we were in Zermatt, Switzerland we were told to visit the beautiful chocolate shop, Laderach. We were also told to try the Cornflake Clusters because they would change our lives.  Life changing chocolate? Um.. yes please. So we followed these wise words of wisdom and we were not disappointed.  As I devoured this tasty treat, barely coming up for air, I said to my sisters… “Sisters, these are probably pretty easy to make!”  Here is the next entry into the #OttEuropeanInvasion Food Inspiration series.  (The first entry was a Mojito from Barcelona.)

So, I set out on a little experiment… Think of it as a chocolate alternative to the Rice Krispy Treat.  It turns out, it is so simple! And all you need is cornflakes and chocolate. Yep. Told you it was simple.  (I tried other batches by adding butter or golden syrup and the consistency wasn’t right.  Why mess with something so easy?!)


1/2 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 bag of milk chocolate chips
3 cups of cornflakes

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cornflakes8Now… Enjoy!

Same Page Monday

1. Caroline is done with school in Switzerland.  Crazy to believe!! She is all packed up and can’t wait to get her butt to Nantucket for the summer!


She is also excited about DAFFODIL Weekend…  WHICH MEANS MILLY & GRACE IS OPENING (not this weekend but) NEXT WEEKEND!!!!

2.  WHICH MEANS….. EMILY IS AT THE STORE WORKING HARD TO GET READY TO OPEN….. WHICH MEANS SHE IS NOT ANSWERING MY CALLS OR TEXTS….. WHICH MEANS NO PICTURE OF HER.  (But she did send a picture of Ivy when I asked her to send a picture of herself earlier… obsessed mom? Just sayin.)

3.  Ivy still has to wear her stupid cozy cone.  Boo.  We can’t wait for her to get back to her Ivy Adventures sans cone.

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4.  I have been busy getting back into the craziness that is LA and the pursuit of my dreams.  I have really been kicking up the working out (because that is part of an actor’s job)… Luckily, Tracy is in town and is teaching a master class to her clients. She really is an inspiration.  The energy when she teaches is magnetic. I love her!  3 days down and 2 more to go…  This is the calm before the sweatiness…

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Our tools…

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5.  I used to go to Starbucks everyday but now I am obsessed with something else… MATCHA GREEN TEA!!  I really have noticed a difference since I started drinking it this past week.  I think it has even helped with my energy during my workouts!  I mean either all of a sudden I am becoming a badass worker outer or it’s the Matcha Green Tea… I would put my money on the power of Matcha.  I might have to try a few days without to see if I do notice a difference. I will get back to you on the results.

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6.  The only thing people in LA have been talking about for the past couple weeks has been Coachella.  Does the rest of the world know what this is or that it is happening this weekend??  This town is obsessed.  Coachella this.. Coachella that.. Coachella is a music festival out in the desert in Palm Springs/Indio.  People dress like bohemians and camp out and party.  Young Hollywood takes over… even Leonardo Dicaprio.  Check out his amazing dance moves.  It cracks me up.

7. And finally, this little clip of Pharrell on Oprah. It made me happy and made me tear up.

True testament to loving what you do, believing in yourself and coming from a truly authentic and loving place…do all that and you will achieve amazing things!

And that’s it for this Monday!!

Its the end of an era

This is what this past week looked like for me.


I wrote my last final of the semester on Thursday and I can’t tell you how much of a relief it feels to be completely done with the schoolwork of this year. It’s been harder and more challenging than I think any of us anticipated. Despite the fact that I am so happy to be done with the academic part of this semester, I am sad that this year is coming to an end. It has been the most amazing experience (to say the least) and I am so grateful for this opportunity to see the world. I have been completely humbled and I have learned so much.


I learned that I love the mountains. I didn’t know that about myself really before coming here. I guess because I never spent time in the mountains growing up. But, I have fallen in love. Snow on the pine trees that cover the mountain is probably the prettiest thing in the whole entire world. So, I will make an effort to go to the mountains more often when I’m back in the states.


I learned that I loved traveling. Sure, I knew I loved the idea of it and I had visited places before. But, I have officially caught the travel bug. I just don’t think I could see enough of this planet. This world is magical (as cheesy as that sounds) and sometimes we forget to appreciate it because we get stuck in our daily routines. That’s probably why I have now seen more of Europe than I have of my own home country of the United States. It’s sad. And I want to fix that.


On top of that, I have learned to be a tourist in your own city. There are so many places that completely pass you by because it’s your everyday life. We take the same routes to the same destinations over and over. And we forget to explore. You never know what you’ll find. Even if its just trying out a new restaurant.


I have learned how to pack efficiently. Ask anyone…before coming here I was the queen of over-packing. But, now I have got it down to a science and I’m much more practical.


I have learned that even though I absolutely love traveling that I don’t want to ever be away from my family as long as I was again. I miss them too much.


I have learned how to plan a trip and I’m really good at reading maps now.


I have learned how to be cautious of your surroundings and escape weird people who are following you.


I have learned how to go with the flow. Traveling makes you go with the flow. If you don’t, you will be completely defeated. As hard as you can try to plan the most perfect trip, something will not go according to plan. You can choose to either let it overwhelm you and be frustrated or just realize that things happen and move on to enjoy the rest of your day. A little hiccup isn’t worth ruining any part of your day. So, going with the flow is always the best option. This is coming from someone who would get anxiety from just hearing those words. I have crossed over to the other side and I promise it’s much happier over here on this side.


I have learned that I had prejudices that I didn’t even know I had about cultures I hadn’t even experience myself. But, once you choose to not believe these perceptions that have been fed to you by the society and culture you grew up in and choose to make an effort to understand other cultures, you gain the respect for others that they deserve.


I have learned American history from the perspective of a British professor who lives in France but teaches in Switzerland. To say the least, it was not the same American history that I have learned over and over again growing up, even though we were covering the exact same material. Learning your country’s history from the perspective of other countries around the world makes you realize that you had been taught with a bias attached. And maybe completely innocently, but nonetheless it makes me more aware.


I have learned that pretty much every European can speak multiple languages. And to be honest, it makes me feel incredibly dumb when a waiter walks up to me and says hello in five different languages to see which one I respond to and then proceeds to speak fluently in my language when I can just barely make it by in his language. And I’m the guest in his country. It’s a humbling experience.


I have learned that it is indeed possible to function on 40 minutes of sleep. I have also learned that I never want to try that again.


I have learned that it’s possible to turn a house full of 70 strangers into a home.


I have learned that it’s important to remember that you cannot let school get in the way of your education. Don’t get me wrong, school is important. But, experiencing other cultures, exploring the world around you, meeting new people, trying new activities teaches you just as much, if not more, than a textbook and a professor. Experience is everything.


Lastly, I have learned to really make a conscious effort to appreciate every second you have. This year has sped by so fast I don’t even know where it went nor do I believe that I’m leaving in a couple days. I’m happy that I didn’t give into my tiredness and exhaustion instead of going on a trip because I’m never going to get this kind of experience again. I learned that it’s worth it to live every day like its your last because tomorrow is not guaranteed.


I’m sure I’m forgetting a million other things that I learned. But, I felt like I needed to try to get this all out and reflect on this chapter of my life before I go back to reality. So, if you made it to the end, thank you for listening/reading. Now, I’m on to packing up all of my things. Wish me luck that everything fits!