{weekend notes}


Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  It’s Monday and I woke up ready to kick some ass.  I saw this sign at Pena Adobe this weekend.  Seemed kind of fitting for a Monday, don’t you think?  YOU GOT THIS!


Intentions for the week:

  • Return library books (that we never opened) + check out new books (that we’ll probably never open…lol.
  • Celebrate with girlfriends
  • Water + sleep on repeat!
  • Face mask night with Bay
  • Get Poinsettia Fundraiser flyers printed/sent out
  • Boo some friends
  • Booze some friends
  • Pumpkin Patch date
  • Find the perfect fall nail polish.  Anyone have a favorite?
  • Watch my girl ride
  • Christmas card outfits


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Here’s a peek at our weekend….

Dinner + a Movie //


Dinner at Symposium in Davis.  How is it that there is a pizza place that I’ve never even heard of?  The food was fantastic.  Lots of delicious options, but you know me, I stick to the pizza.  We ordered the Yianni’s Special.  Bacon + sausage + salami + pepperoni + olives + shrimp + mushrooms + fresh tomatoes.  I will be going back.


The Greek salad – bomb.

Oh and the Spanko Triopita was so good……

SPANAKO TIROPITA –  Filo dough basted with butter and stuffed
with spinach and feta cheese, baked in the oven until golden brown

It was like a savory baklava.

Speaking of baklava, the Corbett babes invited me over for another Baklava making night next month. #happyaf

And I watched American Made.  Remember it was like the ONLY think on my to-do list for the weekend?



I didn’t realize until the movie started that it was a biographical film, which made it so much more interesting.

Barry Seal was just an ordinary pilot who worked for TWA before he was recruited by the CIA in 1978. His work in South America eventually caught the eye of the Medellín Cartel, associated with Pablo Escobar, who needed a man with his skill set. Barry became a drug trafficker, gun smuggler and money launderer. Soon acquiring the title, ‘The gringo that always delivers’.

Running Group //

Toni + I completed our first day with the running group.  We met at Dave Douglass Park (98 + El Dorado) go to Woodside Park.  Then back.  I believe it was a 1.5 mile loop.  We did run/walk intervals.  Which we’ve done in the past.  Together.  That’s pretty much why we are doing it now.  Kaia posted about this 5K training for the Running of the Turkey’s through the Community Center.  I emailed Toni….”should we do it, for old times sake”.  Her reply “Signed Up!”  I’m so happy we’re doing it together again.  It’s nice to chat + get in a little exercise at the same time.  Typically when we get together, we are tipping wine glasses over conversation…haha.

If you’re interested click below for more info:

C2F’s Running of the Turkey 5k Run/Walk Training



Benny Bear //

Watching Benny play soccer was a highlight, that’s for sure ♥

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{friday 5}


I hope your week has been a good one.  It’s been a chaotic, but productive one over here.  I’m beginning to think Friday’s are my new favorite day of the week.  Sorry Saturday!  I think it’s the excitement of wrapping up the week.  And obvi starting the weekend.  If only I didn’t have to work on Friday’s.  In other news, I’ve been wearing the exact same pair of shoes for 2 weeks straight.  I can’t take them off…true love!


Ok, and now on to 5 things on my mind…..

ONE – To-Do’s // You guys, I have nothing on my to-do list for the weekend.  I mean, I’m sure there are a million things I could do, but I don’t have anything I HAVE to do.  WTF am I going to do?  Ha!  The struggle is real.  I work to not have anything to do on the weekends, then when I have nothing to do, it kinda stresses me out.  I’m such a mess!  I take that back, I really, really want to see American Made.  Not a huge fan of Tom Cruise, but I keep hearing this movie is GOOD!  Has anyone seen it?  I’m sure I’ll add about 23 things to do by the end of the day.  That’s just how I roll.

Here’s the trailer…..

American Made Official Trailer




TWO – Veggie of the week // Butternut Squash!  Probably my favorite so far.  I’ve had it many times.  I’ve cooked with it many times.  I decided to try 2 new ways of preparing it, rather than my normal roasting.  Butternut Squash Pizza…Oh My God!  Delish!  Then I went and made a pasta sauce using only pureed butternut squash + shallots + garlic + a little reserved pasta water.  Equally delish.  And this one deserves it’s very own post.  I’m hoping to get it on the blog next week!


Butternut Squash Pizza


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Butternut squash
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked + crumbled
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Pesto
  • Mozzarella Cheese, thinly sliced
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt + Pepper


Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees + line a baking sheet with foil.

Peel + slice butternut squash in 1/2 inch slices.

Note: I used 1 butternut squash for 2 recipes, so I only used about 1/2 of the skinny-er side of the butternut squash.  About 8 slices.  Once you get to the bottom of the squash, you’ll find seeds and wont be able to get perfect slices.  

Brush slices of butternut squash with olive oil and season with salt + pepper.

Roast for 20 minuets.

Remove from oven.  Spoon marinara or pesto over the top.  Top with sliced mozzarella.  Then add bacon crumbles + thyme.

Back in the oven for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.


Bay tried them and said they were not her favorite, but if she were really hungry, then she’d eat them all.  Ha.  I guess I kinda won that one?  Maybe?

I on the other hand LOVED them.  Had the leftovers for lunch and told everyone in my office about them.  I’m thinking caramelized red onions would be a great addition next time around.


THREE –  Microwave // We’ve been without a microwave since we moved.  About 7 weeks.  I haven’t really missed it.  Maybe a handful of times.  Bay says every once in a while she wishes we had one.  Not that I can’t just go and get one.  I was curious if we really NEEDED one.  Honestly, I think they are ugly.  I don’t like extra shit on my counters.  At our last house it was above the stove and didn’t bother me at all.  This morning I was out of K-cups so I hit the Starbucks drive-thru.  Got ready for work.  Realized my coffee was cold AF.  I did the unthinkable.  I had to!  Re-heated my coffee in a pot over the stove.  As if Starbucks coffee doesn’t taste burnt enough as it is.  Bay witnessed and said, “I think it’s time, Mom!”  And guess what?  I’m still not 100% convinced.  Ha!  Maybe we’ll do an Instagram Story Poll….wondering how many peeps have microwaves?

Can you live without one?



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{mini pumpkin pies}


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Happy National Pumpkin Pie Day!!  At least according to my homegirl Martha Stewart.  I’ve seen some conflicting dates.  Some claim December 25th is the official day.  In my book, what Queen Martha say, goes!

Obviously I will be sharing my favorite, simple pumpkin pie recipe with you today!!

Mini Pumpkin Pies



Doesn’t everything mini taste better?

Not only are these pies adorable, they are also the perfect individual portion.  Not that I would ever over indulge or anything.  Ha!  I’ve been known to kill two of these in a sitting.

They are GOOD #justsaying


(styled by Andrea)

We served these mini pies at my sisters baby shower over the weekend.  Andrea gets styling cred.  The whole display was more that I could pull off.


Here’s what you’ll need:

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{sweater weather}


It’s officially sweater weather in California!!!  I’ve put one on every day this week and loving every second of it!

I grabbed this cute pink leopard print cardi last week.  Remember when I tried on the dress that Instagram Story Polls said “NO”?  Ha.  Clearly, I can’t let it go.  Not yet!  Maybe tomorrow 🙂

Do you follow Target Does It Again on Instagram?  If not, you really should.  Unless you don’t like Target.  Or super cute stuff from Target.  And if you fall under either of those categories, then we can’t be friends.

The reason I tell you, FOLLOW Target Does It Again….

They always post pics of the New Arrivals.  Sometimes before they’ve even hit the internet.  Then you drop what you’re doing.  Hop in your car.  Drive straight to Target to find the super cute shit they posted.

That my friends is how I found this cardigan.


$29.99 by Mossimo Cardigan


Not to mention, they always look so damn cute in everything they post.

It’s currently only available in-store (not online yet).  Target Davis had a shit ton of them.  I  haven’t been to the Woodland store yet, but chances are they’ve got them too.


The rest of the ootd:

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{baked chicken tacos}



We’re BIG on tacos!  I can honestly say, I’ve never met a taco I didn’t like!  But, you already knew that.  Kinda like pizza, tacos are our thang!  Pretty much weekly.  If I’m not whipping them up in the kitchen, then you will most likely find us bellied up to a booth at Maria’s Cantina for Taco Tuesday.

You also know my love of “jazzing” things up a bit.  I can’t have the same ol taco every single week.

I came across these Chicken Street Tacos on Daily Dose of Pepper.

When she say’s they make a mess, she’s not joking.  Not messy, like they make a mess when you make them….pot and pans everywhere.  Or make a big ass mess and fall apart when you’re eating them.  What she’s saying is, they make a mess of tacos.  A whole bunch of them.  20 to be exact.  So for all you chicks with #hellakids, this one’s for you!!!


They are crunchy, but not fried.  HUGE plus.  You’re house wont stink for the next week:)

And what if I told you that you can sub a few ingredients making these a whopping 90 calories a piece?  2 Smart Points (weight watchers).  Pretty good, huh?

Here’s what you’ll need:

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{weekend notes}


Hi Friends + Happy Monday!

Hope you all had a great relaxing weekend.  Now we’re back to the grind.


Intentions for the Week:

  • Sleep (going on one solid week of little to no sleep) Finally feeling good again
  • Make Not Yo Mama’s Meatloaf Will be sharing soon!
  • Chill out on the wine I went 6 whole days without a glass…WTF!!!
  • Blog all the recipes I’ve been hording – Failed
  • Running Group Saturday morning – And I actually enjoyed it….Thanks Toni!!!
  • Schedule downtime – I kicked it HARD
  • Stay sugar-free (ish)
  • Go for a hike Convinced my Mom to do Pena Adobe with me!!!

Last week’s Intentions {weekend notes}


Weekend highlights…..

Friday night //

Sarah’s tostada’s were legit.  I can’t remember the last time I made or eaten a tostada.  Thinking they need to be added to the dinner rotation!



Slow mornings //

Morning coffee views.



Wine date //

Spencer came over to hang out.  And meet Link.  So cute!!!


Then my Mom was the ONLY “Yes” vote that screwed up our 100% poll…lol!!!




Cooking + Baking //

My kitchen smelled pretty great.  Mini pumpkin pie.  A seasonal favorite.


Melika’s chili.  I will be sharing this one soon!  It’s sooo good!


Garage Organization //

Have I even told you how much organizing makes me happy?  I can now fit my car in the garage with extra space.  Still have a little more work to do, but it’s begging to look better and better every day.



Flag //

I’ve never owned an American Flag before.  Always wanted one.  So I made that shit happen!  I’m totally in love with it!


Wedding Time //

Bay + her Dad wedding ready.  Bailey did her own makeup.  It’s hard to see in this picture.  I have to admit, she does a good job.



Martini Mama Liz //

Not only did Liz make me a killer martini…..


She also picked up THE dress in Sac for me 🙂

Although Instagam Story polls said “NO”, I said YES to the dress!  Sorry peeps!

Women’s Printed Mini Dress- Who What Wear



Harvest Party //

The Fricke Harvest Party was pretty cute.  I only wish I had Bay with me.  She would have loved it.  Anna – I think this should be a tradition 🙂



Baby Shower //

A surprise baby shower for my sister.  Andrea + Erin did such a great job making this happen.  And she was surprised.


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{friday 5}


Hello Friday, I’ve been waiting for you!  ALL week!

What’s the plan for the weekend?  My to-do list is growing by the minute.  But, it’s OK.  I’m going to sleep in + drink coffee in my pj’s before I conquer the world (and my to-do list) both mornings.  That’s something to definitely look forward to.  I’m going to drink some wine + indulge in yummy food too.  That’s what the weekends were made for!

Whatever you do, have a good one!!

Now, I’ve got 5 things on my mind…..

ONE – Veggie of the week // One of my {Fall To-Do’s} is try a new veggie each week.  Last week we tried Jicama (aka dirty apple).  It was a flop!  This week – Delicata Squash.  I prepared it following a recipe from the one and only, Skinny Taste.  You guys, it was sooo good.  Even Bay enjoyed it.  I have proof on Instagram 🙂  “better than brussel sprouts!”  I won that one!!


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • cooking spray
  • 1 delicata squash, washed (99 cents/each at TJ’s)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line baking sheet with foil, spray with cooking spray.

Slice squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.  Slice seeded halves into 1/4 inch thick slices and place in a bowl.

Drizzle olive oil + salt + pepper over squash slices and toss well to coat.

In a small bowl combine parmesan + parsley + thyme + lemon zest.

Lay squash slices flat on prepared baking sheet.  Sprinkle parmesan mixture over the top.

Bake for 225 minutes until golden brown.

So good.  I can’t wait to make it again.



TWO – Instagram Story Polls //  I’m fucking obsessed.  Who’s dinner looks tastier?  Who likes a full tank of gas + a clean car?  Should I buy the dress?

Instagram even keeps track of that shit.  I hope it stays FOR-EV-ERRRR!  That way you guys can all help this indecisive bitch make life decisions.

I cannot believe you think Bay’s dinner looks better.  I even had mayo!!!  But to each his own.


Everyone can agree, it’s a good feeling!!  I do it every Friday and it makes my day start happy AF!


I didn’t buy the dress:(  They only had it in a size large.  That’s why I’m holding it in the back.  It was huge.  Doesn’t mean that I wont find a nearby store that has a medium instock and drive there TONIGHT.  I’ve been known to do it!



THREE – It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers // I read this.  Laughed my ass off.  Therefore I am sharing it with you.  I want to be friends with this writer.  I think we’d get along GREAT!


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