It’s amazes me how much alike a mother and daughter can be – even when they live with 5000 miles apart!

Tatjana and Julie Anne Rhodes

Tatjana and I have always shared interests. We both love to steal away for a matinee (it must be that playing hookie vibe that seems to make the ritual of going to the cinema so much more appealing during the day),

Julie Anne and Tatjana Rhodes at the Tim Burton exhibition at LACMA

meandering through an art exhibition, exploring new places, playing grudge matches at Scrabble…

Pampering and primping together

…  or a day of girlie pampering and primping. We are also both pros at flopping on the beach and doing nothing but a bit of swimming and lazing away the day, or we  have been known to shop until we drop.

Separate shopping trips, different continents, same sandals

I knew we had similar tastes, but I was astonished to find we BOTH had on the exact same sandals when Tatjana arrived home this trip. Purchased entirely independently, without mentioning them to one and other, on different continents. Same style and even the same color (they came in six different colors), pewter! Proof positive that mini is a chip off the old block.

Caramel Corn

Here is an indulgence we both occasionally enjoy at our local cinema – caramel popcorn. Now you can use this recipe to make it at home with your minis too.



8 cups of popped popcorn
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 pinch baking soda


1). Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Place popped popcorn in a large roasting pan. Set aside.

2). Stir together brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, bring to boil, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda. Immediately pour over popcorn in roasting pan, and stir to coat.

3). Bake in 200 degree preheated oven for 1 hour, stirring several times to coat evenly.

4). Cover a jelly roll pan with wax paper. Pour caramel corn onto jelly roll pan, spreading evenly and carefully separating pieces. Let cool completely. Store in airtight container.

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  • August 16, 2011
    9:02 am

    Fantastic! Definitely your daughter! Love the sandals and thank you for the popcorn recipe! What a treat

    • August 16, 2011
      2:45 pm

      A rare treat – swimming it off on holiday!

  • August 16, 2011
    9:30 am

    Great story!

    • August 16, 2011
      2:47 pm

      Thanks hon!

  • August 16, 2011
    9:17 am

    That’s awesome!! It’s mindbloeing how connected we are to our daughters and vice versa.

    What a great story!

    • August 16, 2011
      2:46 pm

      Spooky sometimes, but I guess we installed the programming.

  • August 16, 2011
    9:32 am

    I have been looking for a good recipe for that for AGES!! Thank-you soooo much.

    Love those sandals – shame the weather here deems Wellingtons de rigueur!

    • August 16, 2011
      2:49 pm

      They are making some very cool Wellingtons these days too.

  • August 16, 2011
    12:13 pm

    Very sweet, Julie Anne!

    • August 16, 2011
      2:50 pm

      At least I remembered to get a pedicure before taking the pic!

  • August 17, 2011
    9:23 am

    Oh wow! I have those same sandals in that same color! Love this post.

    • August 17, 2011
      10:03 am

      You have exquisite taste Lisa. 🙂

      • August 17, 2011
        1:32 pm

        Thank you 🙂 I hope you and Tatjana are having a great time together!

  • August 17, 2011
    9:41 am

    That’s too cute. As a mom, this totally tickles me. Probably won’t ever happen with my kids and me…they are both boys!

    • August 17, 2011
      10:05 am

      You never know Ami – I used to share clothes with my ex!

      • August 17, 2011
        4:47 pm

        And that’s perfectly OK! Hahaha.

  • August 28, 2011
    8:09 pm

    What a really dear article! I loved it! mf