Julianna Strickland

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Lemon Sunshine Icebox Cake

I've always been fascinated with vintage everything: dresses, movies, cars, cookbooks, pyrex, photographs, the list is practically endless.  In line with this is my particular fascination with vintage recipes.  While a lot of recipes from the 50's & 60's are unquestionably gross (fish infused gelatin, lobster relish, frozen cheese: I rest my case), there are some pretty delish ones too. 

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Surprise Your Mom with Some Fancy-Looking Balloons

This year for Mother's Day, I've teamed up with two of my talented friends who are new moms, Ashley Adams and Brandi Milloy, to share a few projects for a sweet Mother's Day party.  These ideas could be for your mom, for your friends who are moms, or even just for yourself (shhh...if you're not a mom, I won't tell). 

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How to Organize Your Gift Wrapping Supplies

Julianna Strickland’s Gift Wrapping Resume:

Wichita Kansas, 1998: Attended afternoon gift-wrapping class with mother.  Learned various ways to enfold items in cellophane and tulle. 

Wichita, Kansas 1998 – 2004: Worked as “Strickland Family Personal Gift Wrapper” (an esteemed but unpaid position).  Wrapped everyone’s gifts except for own. 

Los Angeles, CA 2010: Was short on cash and put listing on Craigslist as, “Freelance Professional Gift Wrapper.” Hired once, made approx. $75.

Los Angeles, CA 2010 – Present: Currently in possession of one extremely messy under-bed gift-wrap storage box (see below).

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5 Packing Secrets From a Professional Organizer

I haven’t always been a light packer.  Growing up (when there was free checked luggage on flights), I adhered to the “more is more” mentality.  This escalated to a point when I was twelve years old and brought an enormous, person-sized blue feather and a four foot inflatable crayon on vacation to decorate my hotel room.  I remember carefully arranging those items in the room and thinking THIS HAS GONE TOO FAR.  Surprisingly, I didn’t learn to hone it in until I was in college, but I suppose better late than never.

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Lattice Top Apple Pie

For Thanksgiving this year I went with an old-school classic: apple pie.  I never want to make anything too basic though, so I spiced it up with lemon zest and a splash (well, a few splashes) of brandy. The result is a pie that's bright and highlights the natural sweeteness of three different varietals of apples.  ENJOY!

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