{weekend notes}


Hello, Monday!

We’re at it again.  Another start to a new week.  We had a super low-key weekend.  Lots of sleeping in and relaxing.  Extra cups of  coffee.  Not much on the calendar for the week (unlike last week) And I’m really happy about it.

Hope you had a great weekend.  And here’s to a new week!

Intentions for the week:

  • Delete photos to clear up space on my computer + iPhone
  • Make someone happy
  • Create a springy mood + inspiration board
  • Drink 75 oz of water each day
  • Set a pretty Easter table
  • Balance checkbook (I’m off $1.83…makes me crazy)
  • Finish up our Spring To-Do list
  • Asparagus soup
  • Easter brunch menu

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}


Highlights from the weekend……

Friday night Beers + adult Connect Four tournament


When the Fricke’s drop off loads of asparagus

I’ve been googling asparagus everything today.


Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Green beer + green top

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{friday 5}


The weekend has finally arrived.  Is it just me, or was this week a doozy?  Between Bay + I, we had someplace to be each night after school + work.  Grocery shopping is done.  House is clean.  Gas tank is full.  (you know how happy those things make me) I’m ready to power down my desktop and get in full weekend mode.

Probably sweatpants + a skinny, skinny marg + DVR…let’s be real!

First let’s chat about what I’ve got on my mind this fine Friday afternoon……


ONE – Easter Basket //  Or St. Patrick’s Day Basket?  Or both!  Bay spotted this basket a couple of weekends back while browsing the isles at World Market.  She loves the store as much as I do.  She scooped it up and reminded me she “needs” a new Easter Basket.  Her adorable (super expensive) white pottery barn basket that she’s had for yearrrrssss mysteriously went missing.  I said no.  Then she said, “but it’s only $9.99!”  Ha….obvi I said yes.  It’s so unique and fun.  Wouldn’t it be perfect for a Farmer Market basket?  Or I may use it around the house for decor.  Anyway, Bay is with baby daddy this weekend, so we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day a day early.  Each year I collect a bunch of inexpensive (I spent about $7 total) green goodies that Bay loves.  “It’s a tradition!”  I heard her explain to the carpool girls this morning ♥

I’m already on the hunt for cute Easter Basket goodies.  I’ll be sharing soon.


Gathered Top Galvanized Wire Basket



TWO – 4-H Officer //  Each month, before the 4-H meeting, we get an email with the meeting agenda, details on upcoming events and get to know your officers.  Bay was one of them this month.  Did you read it?  Be still my heart ♥

I followed up and asked her if it was a trick question.  She said, “No, I just couldn’t think of anyone else off the top of my head”

I’ll take it!

And I’ll remind her when she goes to college and I visit weekly for a dinner date!

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THREE – Lip Sleeping Mask // HOLD THE PHONE!  Do you have dry chapped winter lips?  I know I’m always saying, this is the besssttt product ever.  Ha.  I really only share the stuff I truly love.  There are many times I order something or try something and don’t love it.  So, I don’t share it.  I’ve had messages before saying I love everything.  Nope, just the stuff I share 🙂  And this is HIGH on my LOVE LIST!  I’ve been using this lip mask every night since it arrived.  I do a lip scrub.  Rinse.  Then lather this mask on with the applicator right before bed.  Wake up and my lips are so soft and smooth.  I’m a believer.  My homegirl (she doesn’t know it yet) Lisa Allan raved about this product.  I googled it.  Bought it on Amazon to save a buck or two (I’m so cheap) Not realizing it was coming from frickin China.  After 4 weeks, it finally arrived on my doorstep.  So, don’t do what I did.  Buy this stuff from Sephora like a normal person and fall in love.

LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask


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{asparagus salad}


Today, is the day.  I can finally share my asparagus salad recipe without cringing while I type “what you’ll need!”  Ha!  Writing about food ALL last week was a total buzz kill.  I had no idea I’d feel that way.  Just goes to show, I need to write about ALL THE THINGS….not just one topic.  Thank god I didn’t start this blog as a food blog.  This space would most likely be retired by now.

The perfect mix of lifestyle + fashion + exploring + food keeps me feeling creative and excited to share.  So, I think I’ll keep it that way for the future.  What do you think?  Are you into the mix?  Or do you click on my link just for a recipe?  Or outfit idea?  Now I’m curious 🙂

So, I realized this salad should be named the Rainbow Salad or something much cooler than Asparagus Salad.  Don’t you think?  I was telling Bay how important it is to eat a variety of colors.  Fresh colors.  Not red doritos and green fruit snacks…lol.  She said, kinda like the rainbow.  Yes!  Yes, like the rainbow.  Whenever my plate is full of color it makes me happy.  That normally means, it’s fresh, healthy….and pretty!  If it’s pretty (aka instagram worthy) then I’m definitely trying it.



This salad is all those things!  I actually saw this on and instagram story.  I screen shot it and recreated it.  And now I feel like jerk, because I can’t remember who created it so I could give some recipe cred.

Anyone else have a camera roll full of instagram screen shots?  I just figured out how to make folders.  Totally off topic…we’ll chat about that later.  Maybe next week?

Since it is officially asparagus season, we’ll stick with Asparagus Salad.  Have you noticed how ridiculously cheap you can get a bunch now?  I grabbed this large (skinny) bunch from Pedrick Produce for $1.29.  So, I knew I had to make asparagus something.  I’m thinking asparagus soup next?  Doesn’t that sound killer?  Maybe roast it, then puree it?  Now my wheels are turing.

This salad also gave me a reason to bust out my The Quails & Olive goodies my homegirl Nicole gave me.  She visited the store in Carmel Valley and bought me the Champagne Mimosa Vinegar + Lemon Olive Oil duo.  The combination is unreal.  I’d never even heard of champagne vinegar.  And I’d been on the search for a good lemon olive oil after tasting it at a restaurant in downtown Berkeley.  I believe you can find lemon olive oil at Nugget now.  Try it!  BIG THANK YOU Nicole!!!  Love you mucho!

You can totally use regular olive oil + red wine vinegar for this recipe.  It will be equally delicious!


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{turkey meatballs over sweet potato ribbons}


Day #4 of the Trader Joe’s recipe round-up!  Not going to lie, I am so sick of talking about food…lol.  It’s been a food filled few days and I’m ready to move on to some cute #ootd’s or some kind of decor.  Who’s with me?

What a week!  Getting home from Tahoe and taking off to Alliance Redwoods the next morning, kicked my butt.   Bay’s now home!!!  Ready to get back into the swing of things!

Weekend plans: kickin it!  I’m itching to get some Spring cleaning done too.  Even though there is rain in the forecast.  The month of March always gets me wanting to clean + organize.  My closet desperatly needs some attention!  Meal prep.  Monday, I will be doing a little 2-day cleanse followed by a sugar cleanse for the remainder of the month.  Drink some wine with the girls!  Polish off the rest of the girl scout cookies.

Sounds like a damn good plan to me.  What’s on your agenda for the weekend?


Bay claims that I saved the best for last…..

Turkey meatballs!


Trader Joe’s products used to create this meal:

  • Sweet Potato Ribbons
  • Tomato Basil Marinara
  • Ground turkey


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{15 minute beef stir-fry}


It’s Thursday friends!!! Believe it or not, I’ve got another Trader Joe’s dinner for you today.  Day #3 of the Trader Joe’s recipe round-up.  I saved a good one for you.

But, I’d like to interrupt our TJ’s round-up for just a sec……

Because its International Women’s Day and I can 🙂

I read this about 15 times and I really, really love it.


Share or tag me in your favorite International Women’s Day quote.  I can’t stop readying them and I want to share them all!  Every.single.one!

Ok, now back to the recipe……

Who doesn’t love a quick dinner??  I’m always down to save some time.  Which therefore allows more time for me to catch up on my BRAVO shows.  Vanderpump.   Summerhouse.  Beverly Hills Housewives.  Who’s excited for New York to begin next month?  Man, I watched the teaser and they look + act crazier than ever!

And who doesn’t love an easy dinner?  Less dishes to clean.  Less prep.

Being in the kitchen is how I unwind each night.  Normally with a glass of wine in hand and the record player playing something good.  Just typing that made me smile:)

Oh and I almost forgot, I’d also be wearing my sweatpants + slippers…ha.  How did I almost forget the first thing I do when I walk in the door?

Where was I going with that?  Anyway, I love being in the kitchen, but weeknights can be cray-cray sometimes.  I try to plan at least one super easy dinner each week.

I look over my calendar and decide what night I’m going to take advantage of the pre-prepped veggies + protein.  Then save the tougher, longer to prepare dinner for a night that I don’t have much going on.  When you’ve got a little extra time to pour a glass of wine and take your time.  And maybe insta story as you go 🙂  Not that I’ve ever done that…lol.

This stir-fry was a hit in our house.  So easy.  So fresh.  So good.  BOMB.com leftovers.


Trader Joe’s products used to create this meal:

  • Asian vegetable stir-fry (fresh veggie mix)
  • General Tsao stir fry sauce
  • Frozen brown rice (for bay)



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{trader joes cauliflower crust pizza}


Day #2 of the Trader Joe’s recipe round-up!

Also, day #3 of my 6th grade field trip hostage situation.

Only kidding.  I actually signed up to do this!

I wrote this post last week, so I’m sure right now I’m dying for a shower + my bed + a big ass glass of chard.  Ha!  Maybe not.  Maybe I’m enjoying the hell out of the slug snail trailing across my face.  Who knows?!?!

Remember a couple of weeks ago, when I insta storied my cauliflower pizza experience?  I had TONS of DM’s asking how the crust turned out.

I Stacy Brown, self proclaimed pizza connoisseur, make this solid promise to you, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part…. (that was a little much)


I didn’t miss the traditional crust at all.  Not even for a second.

But, you HAVE to promise me one thing….

You HAVE to follow the pre-cooking process to achieve the best crust ever!


Trader Joe’s products used to create this meal:

  • Cauliflower Pizza Crust
  • Shaved brussles sprouts (the remainder from the halibut tacos)
  • Prosciutto
  • Vegan kale, cashew & basil pesto (this stuff is to die for)

*remember, I hate to waste food.  I decorate with herbs that I’m working with that week.  I utilize all produce purchase.  If it begins to wilt.  Roast it.  If it’s freezable…freeze it!  Throw it over greens.  Smother it in ranch.  Just use it.  For instance, the prosciutto, I baked the remaining of it.  Bay likes to snack on it for breakfast, kinda like bacon.  The shaved brussels sprouts.  I bought them for this pizza recipe, but decided to use them of a slaw on the halibut tacos too.  Instead of buying a package of slaw too.  Think ahead.  End of rant!  

Take a look at that pizza ♥


Here’s what you’ll need:

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{halibut tacos + roast corn salad}


Today kicks off day #1 of the Trader Joe’s recipe round-up!  And it only makes sense that we start with tacos!  Not just any plain ol tacos.

Halibut Tacos!

With a roasted corn salad on the side.

And how about a can of pinto beans?  That’s Bay’s fave.  With a touch of cotija cheese over the top!  Yummm!

Halibut is hands down (or should I say hands up in the air waving like I just don’t care) my favorite fish.  And I NEVER buy it.  It is a little pricey, but 100 worth it.  I vow to make halibut appear on my dinner rotation more!

You know what would go good with these halibut tacos?  One of my Skinny, Skinny Margs from {friday 5}.  Make dos to be safe and make some tacos tonight!


Real quick –

Asking for prayers!

I’m currently at Alliance Redwoods with Bay’s 6th grade class for their week long trip.  Me + 7 tweens in a cabin.  No wine.  No wifi.  No nothing.  Pray.  Pray hard, K!

Ok, and now back to our regularly scheduled taco talk……

Trader Joe’s products used to create this meal:

  • Shaved brussels sprouts
  • Green goddess salad dressing
  • Pico de gallo
  • Corn + wheat tortillas
  • Chile lime seasoning


Here’s what you’ll need:

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