salty honey-matcha butter + The Year of Cozy giveaway //

You know when you’re waiting for something in the mail that you really want to come? That was what waiting for The Year of Cozy to arrive was like! Every package that wasn’t Adrianna’s beautiful hardcover book with 125 recipes, crafts and other homemade adventures was a letdown. So when it finally arrived I couldn’t wait to dig in and try out some of her fun projects and recipes.

Joanna and Adrianna of the A Cozy Kitchen have been internet friends ever since she wrote a Scrumptious Gingerbread Bundt Cake recipe for Jojotastic’s Ziploc holiday collaboration. They quickly became friends IRL, which doesn’t surprise me at all because they’re both so freakin’ talented. Without further ado, try out this easy recipe from The Year of Cozy and enter to win a copy below!

salty honey-matcha butter + The Year of Cozy giveaway //


  • 2 tablespoons honey, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

In a small bowl, add 1 tablespoon of the honey. Pour in the matcha and whisk vigorously until no lumps are visible. Pour in the remaining 1 tablespoon honey and blend.

salty honey-matcha butter + The Year of Cozy giveaway //

Stir in 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt. Add half a stick of softened butter and mix until completely combined. Serve softened or chilled. To chill, transfer the butter to the center of a sheet of plastic wrap. Shape into a log and wrap tightly. Store in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

salty honey-matcha butter + The Year of Cozy giveaway //

For a handmade hostess gift in minutes, add your salt honey-matcha to a small jar before chilling and refrigerate for at least two hours. Wrap with ribbon or twine and bring along with a baguette for a thoughtful after-diner treat.

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This Is Oakland + Old Oakland Neighborhood Launch Party

This past weekend was practically a bonanza of awesome events in the Bay area. One of my favorites was the launch party for This Is Oakland (read more about this awesome book over on Anthology). In the true spirit of this awesome community, boutiques, bars, restaurants, and makers flocked together to share their wares in celebration of Melissa Davis’ new book. I haven’t spent much time in Old Oakland, but the event was enough to make me fall in love with the historical neighborhood. The shopping alone (and donuts from Doughnut Dolly) is enough to keep me coming back over and over again. Here are a few of my favorite sights from the party.

jojotastic - This Is Oakland + Old Oakland Neighborhood Launch Partyjojotastic - This Is Oakland + Old Oakland Neighborhood Launch PartyOne of my first stops was the Flora Cultural Society. This sweet boutique is the perfect inspiration for slowing down and appreciating the small things in life. One of my favorite ‘moments’ was the flower menu. How sweet is that? I walked away with a bundle of blooms, plus some new bath treats.

jojotastic - This Is Oakland + Old Oakland Neighborhood Launch PartyI think by now we all know my adoration of all things vintage… but Mercy Vintage seriously blew my socks off.

jojotastic - This Is Oakland + Old Oakland Neighborhood Launch PartyWhat’s a Saturday afternoon without a spot of rosé (plus, the boys at the table were really cute)?

jojotastic - This Is Oakland + Old Oakland Neighborhood Launch Party
jojotastic - This Is Oakland + Old Oakland Neighborhood Launch Party
jojotastic - This Is Oakland + Old Oakland Neighborhood Launch PartyAnother favorite shop was Oak Common. They have an amazing assortment of jewelry, soaps, candles, and ceramics. I think I’ve found my newest ‘go to’ gift shopping location.

This Is Oakland + Old Oakland Neighborhood Launch Party This Is Oakland + Old Oakland Neighborhood Launch Party One more favorite: Umami Mart. This place satisfies my cravings for Japanese treats in a big way. I walked away with some fancy Cheetos and umami salt… I’m planning to use the latter to perk up my bread dough. The store itself is minimal and really beautifully curated, almost like a museum.

jojotastic - This Is Oakland + Old Oakland Neighborhood Launch PartyIf you’re in the Bay area, I urge you to pick up a copy of This Is Oakland and explore the neighborhood for yourself.

photography by Jojotastic

jojotastic // my latest reads

Always an avid reader, lately I’ve been digging into books even more. There’s just so much good stuff out there, I want to read it all! I swear, my nightstand has a stack of books THISTHICK on it, all just waiting to be devoured. Every night before bed, I tuck myself in and read for at least 30 minutes (or as long as I can keep my eyes open). It’s always been a habit of mine and one of those small luxuries that I’d be lost without. Are you like that? And I’m always open to suggestions — I’d love to know what to add to the stack.

jojotastic // my latest reads
Issue 13 of Anthology Magazine is the sartorial edition… aka a must read. Be sure to subscribe, while you’re at it!

jojotastic // my latest reads
Besides being the most perfect shade of pink maybe ever, It by Alexa Chung is absolutely darling and a total work of art. I’m one of those people who believes that everything Alexa Chung touches turns to gold; this book is no exception.

jojotastic // my latest reads
Is it wrong to have a cookbook as bedtime reading? If so, I don’t want to be right. I’ve always been a fan of the über curated look of Kinfolk, the magazine, so I recently picked up the cookbook. I have let to try the recipes, mostly I just marvel at the amazing photography.

jojotastic // my latest reads
If you need a good belly laugh, this is THE book. I first became hooked on the Hyberbole and a Half blog thanks to this absolutely hilarious post (seriously, I read this post over and over again to help me distract myself from being nervous before a job interview once). Well, now there is a book. Any time I need a laugh, I open up this gem and I highly recommend you do, too.

Also highly recommended: Tiny, Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. This is perpetually on my nightstand. Lastly on my ‘to be read’ list, The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison.

Top photo by Jojotastic.

Last year, Dan gave me a Kindle and I must admit, if there is one electronic I use without fail every day, it’s the Kindle. I am obsessed. As a kid, I devoured books {mostly Nancy Drew…} at a rapid pace. Every weekend, my dad treated me to two new books and every week, by the following friday, I was chomping at the bit for more. Then, about two years ago I woke up and realized my attitude toward reading had relaxed; I was only lackadaisically reading a few books here and there until I fell asleep.

Well, the Kindle has totally changed that. My appetite for reading has been reinvigorated… In 2012, I read 14 books. I’ll admit, some of those books were part of some, ahem, well-known trilogies. Angry, tattoo-laden girls, teen adventure dramas, and sexual fantasies aside, I did read some ‘real’ literature, too. I plan to do the very same thing in 2013, but maybe with some more serious lit thrown in? Here’s my plan for 2013:

  1. re-read the entire Harry Potter series — at the urging of my Twitter buddy Mandy. I’m already under way and they are just as edible as the first time around!
  2. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
  3. Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington
  4. Sweet Tooth by Ian Mcewan
  5. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
  6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  8. Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz
  9. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemmingway — gotta mix in some classics!

Have any other suggestions? As you can see, I don’t have nearly enough listed here to get me through 2013.

PS – I’ve also curated my favorite suggestions over on Luvocracy — check me out here!