December 20, 2014

O Christmas Treats

Last week was my final "Call to Care" group, where I had 15 wonderful participants for 12 weeks of a class/psychoeducational group for Caregivers. These were the NICEST people ever! I wanted to bring a festive treat for their "graduation". On Monday morning, I made these "pinecones" I saw on Pinterest. I made 14, as two group members would not be there.


You simply make a "dough" of 3 T. soft butter, 1/2 c. peanut butter, 1/4 c. Nutella, and a cup of powdered sugar.


Stick a pretzel stick in the center to have a "handle" to form the pine cones, then stick in chocolate cereal, starting at the bottom to form the pine cone.



Sprinkle with powdered sugar, and you're done! Then I made another batch!


They were ready to transport on Tuesday, and I was ready to leave for work from 1-8 p.m..


I left the kitchen for two minutes to grab my book bag for work. When I returned, DEVIL DOG, Luigi was standing on the kitchen counter EATING MY PINECONES. He had polished off three, was starting his fourth, and had licked the powdered sugar off the rest! He had to have jumped from a chair, onto my kitchen table, with a leap to my desk, then up onto the counter behind his cage. A NEW trick!

I took out butter to soften, locked Luigi in his cage, and left for work. I made new pine cones that night and finished them at 10:30. Luigi and I had a "Come to Jesus talk", and he has been good since, but I am not holding my breath.

The Christmas Scale

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December 12, 2014

Annual Intern Holiday Brunch


Wednesday was my annual Holiday Brunch for my interns during our group supervision time. We enjoyed fruit, berry scones with lemon butter and jam, and "Harry's Eggs".

We all brought an ornament to exchange, but did not play the "stealing game", just each grabbed a wrapped ornament. I LOVED my contribution, and also got one for myself.


This time of the year, we are challenged with more than the usual client traumas, child abuse, losses, holiday stress, and we need to be extra kind to ourselves. After brunch, I passed out my gifts of bookbags from Venice (purchased in July). It was a fun morning.


That evening 10 of us got together for dinner out to celebrate Nora passing her final licensing exam. She is our newest LMFT (Licensed Marriage Family Therapist)!


Congratulations Nora!


December 2, 2014



One of the fun things we did on our Las Vegas Thanksgiving weekend was to have breakfast at Giada's at the Cromwell. The restaurant is beautiful, and the food did not disappoint!



I remember reading about the restaurant, Giada's first (and only), when it was being built. She has the second floor of the prime real estate, across the street from Caesar's, Bally's and Bellagio. She spared no expense, importing the marble, dishes, flatware and pizza oven from Italy. It is the only restaurant in the expensive Cromwell, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. In Spring 2015, she is adding weekend brunch, an Italian "dim sum" concept.

Her name is EVERYWHERE.



She even has light fixtures with her quote, "I eat a little of everything, and not a lot of anything." That must be how she stays so slim!


Enough of the decor! Let's get to the food!


Brad had "Polenta en Cocotte": Creamy polenta, spicy sausage, dried cranberries, Calabrian chile with two poached eggs and sourdough toast. YUM


I ordered a "Sunrise Polenta Waffle": a light, crispy waffle with pancetta (in the batter and on top), chives, two sunny-side up eggs, bechemel sauce and maple syrup. I know the bechemel sounds weird with syrup, so I ate half with the sauce, a quarter with syrup, and then both on the last quarter. It worked!


November 12, 2014


My group snacks this week were "acorns" made from donut holes dipped in Nutella, sprinkles, and a pretzel stick "stem". They were quick, easy and delicious! Check out Pinterest for many more fun food ideas.


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I am a Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist with a private practice in Palm Desert, California. My passions include travel, especially annual trips to Italy, food, and all things Italian. I drink LOTS of coffee, love to cook, entertain, shop and decorate. Read More
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