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{weekend notes}

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Sooooo….I really dont have much to report for weekend notes, hence the late post.  The weather screwed up quite a few plans.  Tried 2 new recipes that turned out awful.  Didn’t even reach my fitbit goal Saturday.  I was a complete lazy ass.  I watched more movies than I ever have before in a period of time.  Ate a lot.  Slept in both mornings.  Annndddd, that’s about it.  Haha.

This was my view for a large portion of the weekend 🙂



My movie reviews:

Burnt – It stars Bradly Cooper, enough said!!

Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) was once a top chef in Paris until drugs and alcohol led to a meltdown that put his career on hold. After moving from New Orleans to London, Adam gets a shot at redemption when his former maitre d’ (Daniel Brühl) reluctantly hires him as the head chef of his fine-dining restaurant. Demanding perfection from his newly formed staff (Sienna Miller, Omar Sy), the acerbic and temperamental Jones gets a second chance to fulfill his dream of earning a third Michelin star.

He Named Me Malala – A documentary following the life of Malala after the Taliban tries to kill her for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education.  December 2014, Malala was the youngest ever (at age 17) to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.   This girl is extraordinary and inspiring.

A look at the events leading up to the Taliban’s attack on Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls’ education followed by the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.

The Night Before – This one I grabbed looking for a good laugh.  It was pretty dumb to say the least.  I don’t mind profane jokes + obscenity and ridiculous amounts of drugs.  But, this movie was a waste of 1 hr 41 min of my life.  Just dumb.

For the last 10 years, lifelong buddies Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have gathered on Christmas Eve to celebrate the holidays with a bang. As Isaac prepares to become a first-time father, the friends realize that their annual tradition is coming to a sad end. To make it as memorable as possible, they plan a night of debauchery and hilarity by searching for the Nutcracka Ball, the Holy Grail of Christmas parties in New York.

Zootopia – I read somewhere, that this movie was predicted to be BIGGER than Frozen.  Ummm, no.  Definitely timely + relevant with a great message.  “Life’s little bit messy. We all make mistakes. No matter what type of animal you are, change starts with you.” Judy Hopps.  The animations were hands down amazing.  Bailey + Addy really liked it.

From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a wily fox who makes her job even harder.


I even watched Scarface Friday night when everyone went to bed.  No wonder I didn’t hit my fitbit step goal…lol.

Bailey came home with a Sutter’s Fort field trip project for us.  It was a good one too.  One I for sure couldn’t do on my own.  Thank god for Cory and Gary, my new Home Depot homie.

Sunday evening we pulled it off.  I guess I should say, Cory (with Bailey’s help) pulled it off.  36 wood journals all bundled up for all the kids in Mrs. Friedman’s 4th grade class.  They will assemble with twine.  Adding the leather pencil holder and flap like the example below.  Thank you Cory – you are the best!!!  And I get all the credit 🙂

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We celebrated our victory with Maria’s Cantina jalapeno martini + dinner 🙂  This drink is my most favorite on their menu.  Try it!!  The right amount of spice and not too sweet, just how I like it…haha.


Sunday I finally got my ass in gear and was ready for the day before noon.  It was something to celebrate, let me tell you.

We  headed to Capay for the Seka Hills Signature Club Party.  Back in December, we visited the winery to pick up some of our favorites (olive oil + honey + wine) and do a little tasting.  We decided to join their wine club.  You can read more about it here.  Sunday was the Pick-up party for the Spring shipment.  It didn’t disappoint.

We enjoyed live music + complimentary wine tasting along with food pairings.  They were to die for.  And they even sent us home with a bundle of fresh asparagus to take home.


Happy customer right here!!

See that super cute burlap bag that I’m holding above.  Check out all the goodies that were beautifully wrapped up inside……

Elderberry Balsamic Vinegar

Bottle of 2013 Viognier

Wildflower Honey

Premium Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Garlic Herb Almonds

I love the variety of items.  Not just wine.  I really dont care for anything garlic flavored, but I tried the almonds and they are pretty damn good.  We are using the olive oil + asparagus for dinner tonight too.  The wine will have to wait till Easter though.

Not only does Seka Hills offer amazing products, they also host Cooking Demos + Paint & Sip Art Classes + Floral Arrangement classes too.  For more info, click here.

Next we headed to Sacramento for one of Cory’s High School friends engagement party.  We got all spiffed up.  I had a new dress I was excited to wear, but had to change things up last minute due to the awful weather.  This dress I scored at Target a few years ago and it’s been my go-to dress many times.


The Engagement Party was held at House Kitchen + Bar on Capital Mall.  Such a great time. Congratulations Kirk + Jess.


{photo cred: Erica Barclift}

We ate + we drank + and we were merry.  It was a slow relaxing weekend.  The rest of the weekends this month are a shit show of madness, travel and FUN!  So I have to learn to embrace the slow ones when they happen.  Here’s to a new week – OWN it!

xoxo stacyb

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