Palm Springs Weekend Getaway

palm springs getaway |

As the arrival of Baby Gavin is only a few weeks away, Jason and I decided to celebrate our 3 year wedding anniversary in Palm Springs, CA. This quick weekend getaway is nice because it’s only an hour and a half from our house. We get time to catch up on the road, but not spend too much time traveling…. 

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Our lil Gavin Baby Shower


When we announced to our families this past winter that we had a little Gavin on the way, they were very excited and some were already anxious to plan the baby shower! It is crazy how fast eight months passes us by and now we are on the eight week countdown! Many of our family and friends live in either Northern or Southern California, although Jason has some relatives that reside on the East coast. So one party turned quickly into two baby shower parties! I wanted to still be able to travel comfortably on a plane, so we chose the month of May to celebrate Baby Gavin!… 

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2014 Babymoon in Bora Bora

babymoon in bora bora

Have you ever found a place so perfect that it becomes like your second home? In the South Pacific there is a tiny little French Polynesian island called Bora Bora that has become our paradise on earth. You will find tropical warm weather year round and incredibly breathtaking views of calm clear blue lagoon waters.  There is a  fusion of European & Polynesian cuisine combined with the friendliest hospitality, we can’t wait to hear the words “La Orana” (Tahitian for Hello) whenever we arrive!… 

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Why I love Food Science


A career in food science is an exciting field where scientists, technologist, engineers and researchers get to “play” each day. Food scientists may be in the lab, production facilities or collaborating with industry partners to create the most innovative and safe food products for people around the globe.  There are many facets and disciplines within food science in which you can navigate your career…. 

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Becoming a Certified Food Scientist

IFT Certified Food Scientist

From a young age I knew that I loved culinary, I think it was seeing the joy on everyone’s faces during family gatherings. I thought it was my destiny to become a restaurant chef but after high school I decided to take my college education down a more scientific path. During my undergraduate studies I learned about food from a new interesting perspective; science, technology, sustainability and safety…. 

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2013 Summer Fancy Food Show

2013 Fancy Food Show entrance

The 59th annual 2013 Summer Fancy Food Show took place in the bustling streets of New York City at the Jacob Javits Center. The show was sponsored by Specialty Foods Association, a not-for-profit trade association for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs. The Fancy food Show is North America’s Largest Specialty Food and Beverage event, featuring 180,000 products in 40 product categories. The 2,400 exhibitors from 80 countries and regions showcased various products such as confections, cheese, coffee, wines, spirits, snacks, spices, ethnic, natural, organic and much more…. 

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Wedding Flashback – It’s been 2 years!


On Friday afternoon of July 1st, 2011 I married my soul mate, Jason Lawrence Gavin. We had an intimate beach wedding with 100 of our closest family and friends at Crystal Cove state park in Newport Coast, CA. The wedding was catered by the only restaurant on the beach which happens to be just a few feet from the wedding site, The Beachcomber Cafe. I can’t believe it has been 2 years since I said “I DO”!… 

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Dad’s Treat Box

Fathers Day box of treats

Nothing is better than receiving a homemade gift created from the heart! I’m a sentimental girl, so if I have some extra time, I love making presents for my friends and family on special occasions. This year for Father’s day I created a Dad’s treat box, loaded with different kinds of edible treats!… 

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Mother’s Day and Meatballs


Look at this beautiful woman, what a special treat! This year for Mother’s Day, Jason and I traveled to Florida to spend some quality time with his grandparents; Rose & Joseph Puglisi. It is always a fun trip visiting Jason’s grandparents. One of the nights we attended The Show Palace Dinner Theatre for “Book of Love, A Doo Wop Romance”, which was like a live musical of my favorite movie, Grease! We also visited with their friends for dinner and took a drive down to Tarpon Springs for gyros…. 

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