{gg’s crumb coffee cake}

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Life is short….eat cake for breakfast!  And I’ve got the quintessential breakfast cake for you…..

This is a classic!  Mainly, since it’s one of GG’s recipes.  Which I treasure ♥

It’s also a recipe I almost forgot about.  Until we planned the menu for our family Memorial Day Casini Ranch camping trip.  I’m working on a big ol post all about Casini Ranch…coming soon!

The reason I remembered this recipe….it’s something my Mom makes every camping trip.  Clearly someone had to step up to the plate and bring the tradition along.

Guess who volunteered?  Bay 🙂

Any reason she can find to pull out her kitchen aid and bake!!

 

Trust me, this is not just a camping recipe.  Since Bay made it Memorial Day weekend….we’ve made 2 more batches since.  A slice of GG’s Crumb Coffee Cake with a warm cup of coffee in the morning…..pure heaven!  Bay swears it goes great with her chocolate milk too 🙂

Make it for a weekend breakfast and let me know what you’re peeps think!!!

 

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{friday 5}

Hello and Happy Memorial Day Weekend.  Whoop Whoop!  A weekend with a little taste of summer, that I always look so forward to.  In true long weekend fashion, I plan to celebrate the long sunny days with my family camping.  Whether you’re hanging out at home or heading to the lake, it’s one of the best laid back holidays where ice-cold beers and barbecues are the priority!

I’ve got 5 things on my mind…..

 

ONE – Dinner Al Fresco // We had our first backyard dinner last night.  And celebrated #nationalwineday!  I gotta say, it was a good day 🙂

For Mother’s Day, Bay got me new chairs for our outdoor table.  I’ve been waiting and ready to sit around the table and enjoy a dinner.  Annddd #chradsohard.  It was probably the most perfect night we’ve had so far this year.  I made grilled pizza and it was legit.  Go to #2!

Dinner al fresco was one of the items on my {spring to-do’s}.  I’ve got 25 days left of Spring to cross off more of my to-do’s.  But, let’s be real…I’m already drafting my Summer to-do’s at the moment…Ha!

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TWO – Grilled Pizza // I straight up, stepped up my pizza making game with this one.  Crispy, charred, cheesy goodness.  Once you have your toppings prepped, this comes together in just minutes.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 lb pizza dough (Trader Joe’s is the only way to go)
  • 1 lb fresh mozzarella, sliced or shredded
  • 3/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 5 oz pepperoni
  • olive oil
  • flour

 

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Here’s what you do:

Remove pizza dough from package and allow to set for 30 minutes.  If you’re using Trader Joe’s.

Prepare toppings and have everything organized and ready.

Sprinkle a sheet pan with flour.  Using your hands, press or roll dough out into a thin rectangle.

To Prepare Grill: Using a paper towel soaked in oil, rub gates of your grill.

Carefully slide pizza dough onto grill over high direct heat.  Close the lid and cook 3 minutes.  Check to see if lightly brown.

Using tongs, flip the dough so it’s grilled side up.  Brush top of crust lightly with olive oil.  Spread pizza sauce.  Top with mozzarella and pepperoni.  Add additional toppings too!

Close grill and cook 2-3 minutes or until the bottom is crispy brown and cheese is melted.

As soon as you get the slide and flip motion down, it’s easy!

Try it!  Maybe over the weekend.

 

THREE – Lunchbox // Not just any lunchbox, say hello to the OmieBox.  A smart bento box for kids lunches.  You guys, I ordered this back in December.  It’s been out of stock for months.  Then it would become available, but only in blue.  I’m not that big of a pink snob…I just wanted what I ordered 5 freaking months ago.  So I waited.  It finally arrived and Bailey was a pretty happy girl!  Not only is it cute AF, but this is the first lunchbox with an insulated thermos that actually works and doesn’t leak.  I put it to the test.

Check it out…..

  • Thermal insulated bento lunch box with two temperature zones for storing hot and cold foods
  • Integrated stainless steel vacuum insulated thermos food jar provides powerful insulation for hot foods
  • Double walled, air insulated bento lunch box keeps fruits & vegetables cool and fresh
  • 3 separate leak-proof bento compartments keep food separated and visually appealing
  • Food grade safe, FDA-approved, BPA-free materials

 

OmieBox – Amazon

 

I didn’t realize that the thermos came out when I made her first lunch.  I shoved the sandwich in it…lol.  Bay couldn’t believe it when she opened her lunchbox at school that day.  She was cracking up when I picked her up, telling me what a blonde moment I had 🙂

Oh and the other good thing about it….dishwasher safe!!!

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FOUR – Target Top // Dramatic cold shoulder with embroidery?  Yesss!  And it’s $19 peeps.  The back is so good.  Scroll down (since I can’t take a picture of my back..Ha) and check out the image from Target’s website.  You can’t tell in this picture, but I paired this top with white denim and Tory Burch flip-flops.  This will be on repeat.  I can promise you that.  Just one more reason to make a Target trip this weekend ladies 🙂

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{sutter’s fort}

Tuesday we left Woodland early in the morning for the Plainfield Elementary School 4th Grade Sutters Fort over night trip.  We told the girls we were pretty sure the Donner Party would have made a Starbucks stop too, if they had the opportunity.  They clearly thought it was a great idea too.  We got some funny looks 🙂

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The 4th Graders took a bus to Old Sacramento where they rode though Sacramento to Sutters Fort.

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All the parents met at the Fort to get their stations ready for the kids arrival.

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All 47 4th graders in character arrive to the fort at 10am ready for a fun day.

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{weekend notes}

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I asked everyone I was with this weekend and the vote was unanimous –  You definitely start MONDAY!!  Haha.

We headed to Westside Regional Park New Years Eve afternoon for a weekend of camping with our Trailer Hood.  7 camping trailers filled with friends, makes for a fun weekend.

We rang in the New Year over April’s amazing seafood stew….sea bass + prawns + mussels + clams.  Sat by the fire with drink in hand till midnight.  Yes, I actually kept my eyes open past 10pm.  I was even impressed with myself.

Spud Point was conveniently 1/2 mile from our campground…score.  Have you ever tried their clam chowder?  Do it next time you’re in Bodega.  You wont be disappointed!!  Our trailer hood packed up and headed out by foot and bicycle.  This was our fieldtrip for the day 🙂

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Friday night the Truitt’s + Barclift’s  threw a fiesta.  I mean the real frickin deal.  The food was on point.

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Sombreros + Ponchos included.  See our cute models below 🙂

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{weekend notes}

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My favorite shopping day of the year.  Who’s with me.  Shopping from the comfort of your own computer.  No crowds.  Hallelujah.

ps….your boss is shopping online today too, so it’s totally OK!!

Abercrombie Kids: 40% off + free shipping.  Use code MONDAY40

Anthropologie: 25 percent off sale items + free shipping.  Use code XTRAGOOD

ASOS: 30% off everything.  Use code BLESSED

Banana Republic + Gap + Old Navy:40% off EVERYTHING (no exclusions)  Use code BESTCYBER

Boden: 30% off.  Use code 7J4Z

Forever 21: 21% off off + free shipping.  Use code RSTYLE21

J.Crew: In stores & online: 40% off 507 styles & 30% off everything else + extra 40%–50% off sale styles (free shipping too)  Use code MONDAY
 
J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything (prices as marked) + get an extra 15% + free shipping.  Use code TODAYONLY
Madewell: 25% off.  Use code SHOPATWORK
Pottery Barn Kids: 20% off + free shipping.  Use code EXTRAGIFT
Target: 15 % off + free shipping.  Use code CYBER15

 

Believe it or not, I even placed a couple of orders from my cell phone laying in bed in the trailer this weekend….seriously!!

Ok – let’s get to the weekend.

Friday morning we headed to Lawson’s Landing in Dillon Beach to spend the weekend camping.  Lawson’s Landing is a fishing and boating resort and campground, situated at the mouth of Tomales Bay, Californian.  It’s known for generations of family camping fun.  Who remembers trips to Dillon Beach back when they were kids?  We spent many weekends clamming + camping + vacationing growing up.

 

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Our first fam photo with Sally the Sun Chaser

(photo cred to April)

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{friday 5}

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I love a short work week.  I was in desperate need of a 4 day weekend.  Now that Thanksgiving is over, I’m in full Christmas mode.  Christmas tree this weekend too.  I CAN’T WAIT!!!

Here’s my Friday 5:

ONE – Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year // I’m sitting this one out this year.  Just mildly stressed about the deals I will be missing.  But, let’s be real, I typically buy everything for myself on black Friday anyway…lol.  Guess I can save my pennies till Cyber Monday.  Check out the HOT black Friday deals + adds here.

Glitter Guide posted all the active promo codes for today:

Amazon Fashion: 30 percent off select clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry with the code 30BLACKFRI

Anthropologie: 25 percent off everything with the code SHOPTOIT

ASOS: Up to 60 percent off with the code BLESSED

Athleta: 20 percent off entire purchase (restrictions apply) in stores, and online with the code WORKIT

Banana Republic: Half off sweaters and 40 percent off the rest of your purchase (restrictions apply) with the code BRFRIDAY

BaubleBar: Snag some snazzy new jewelry with 30 percent off sitewide

Express: 50 percent off everything in stores and online, plus free shipping

Gap: 50 percent off everything in stores and online with the code BLKFRIDAY

H&M: Up to 60 percent off in stores and online, plus free shipping on all orders with the code 3265

J.Crew: 30 percent off select full-price items that are never on sale—plus an extra 40 percent off sale items—in stores and online with the code HOLIDAY

J.Crew Factory: 50 percent off everything in stores and online, plus free shipping on orders of $50+ with the code SHIPGIFTS

Kate Spade: Surprise sale! Up to 75 percent off select items

LOFT: 40 percent off almost everything (only excludes new arrivals from Lou & Grey) with the code BF40

Macys.com: An extra 25 percent off clearance designer handbags; 50 percent off select juniors’ collections; 60 percent off select women’s coats

Madewell: 25 percent off your entire purchase in stores and online with the code CALMDOWN

Nordstrom: An extra 25 percent off selected sale items in stores and online

Old Navy: 60 percent off hundreds of styles, 50 percent off even more and 40 percent off everything else online; 50 percent off everything in stores (restrictions apply)

Ralph Lauren: Up to 60 percent off, plus an extra 20 percent off select already-reduced styles with the code TURKEY20; online only

I hope Cyber Monday delivers, because God knows, I’ve got a lot of shopping to finish up.

Shop till you drop friends!!

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