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{healthy-ish chicken salad}

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Hallelujah….kids are FINALLY back in school.  Insert happy dance!  Doesn’t if feel like they’ve been on break for an eternity?  Bay’s been sleeping till about 10 am each day, so to my surprise, I heard her alarm go off at 5:45 am.  And she actually got up…ha!  She set her alarm extra early so she could curl her hair.  Remember when she got the Conair Infiniti Pro Curl SecretBay can curl all her hair all on her own.  And I don’t have to worry about her burning herself or our house down.  Coolest curling tool for kids.

What I’m really here to talk about today is my Healthy-ish Chicken Salad recipe though.  Now that Bay’s back in school and we’re back to our regular routine, I’m ready to tackle the new year.  Even though it’s day #8 and not day #1.  Better late than never, right?

I meal prepped like a boss over the weekend.  Chicken Fajita Bowls.  Chili Lime Walnuts.  Washed + chopped all our veggies for the week.  Hard boiled eggs.  Made dressings + sauces.  And lastly, this Chicken Salad.

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My Mom tried it for lunch yesterday and gave it two thumbs up!  Whoop Whoop!

The walnuts give it the best texture and crunch.  I wouldn’t ever ruin a recipe by adding fruit, but I’m sure you fruit lovers out there would dig grapes in this?  Sounds disgusting to me though. HA!  I added a grainy Dijon mustard and some white vinegar.  I’m telling your, it’s really good.

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{new years eve cioppino}

If you want to impress your family or homies with a dinner they’ll be talking about….keep reading!!

2019 is officially right around the damn corner.  4 days and counting 🎊

Did you know that fish is believed to be a “lucky” food to eat on New Year’s Eve? Fish scales resemble coins. And fish swim in schools.  Which invoke the idea of abundance.

So, if you too, are banking on 2019 being your year of health + wealth…I suggest you eat a shit-ton of seafood on December 31st, like myself.

Cory whipped up a cioppino the other night (I was his trusty sous chef) and it knocked our socks off.  It’s a little hoity-toity for a weeknight dinner.  So save this one for a weekend where you’ve got a table full of your favorite peeps ❤️

Cioppino is a seafood stew originating from the good ol City by The Bay, San Francisco.  It’s an Italian-American dish using a sauce consisting of tomatoes + wine + loads of spices.

Served along side warm crusty bread for sopping up all the delicious broth.

Although cioppino is impressive in appearance, it’s a fairly simple recipe to execute.

Pour yourself a big glass of wine.  Pull out the biggest stock pot you own.  And get to making THE best pot of fisherman’s stew.

 

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{weekend notes}

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Cocoon Cardigan  // Vintage Tee // Denim // Flats // Leather Tote // Sunnies

 

One week left till Christmas.   Are you one of those freaks that’s all ready?  Haha…I used to be one of those freaks, till this year.  Or are you like me, and still searching for the perfect gift for the peeps on your list?  I’m getting there….slowly.  I’m hosting our girls Hand + Foot card night, which I came to realize was a blessing in disguise.  It really lit the fire under my ass.  I finally set our table.  Finished decorating for Christmas.  Hosting makes you do all the things you’ve been putting off.  So, I really have my card girls to thank for getting me a little more into the Holiday spirit.

 

Intentions for the Week:

  • get all my wrapping done
  • host hand + foot cards night
  • make a shaved brussels sprouts cesar salad
  • take Bay to see Mary Poppins
  • ornament exchange with girlfriends
  • get blonde AF
  • share a simple everyday centerpiece
  • stocking stuffer gift guide
  • drive around town to look at Christmas lights
  • slow the fuck down!

 

Highlights from the weekend……

Friday evening Bay + I got fresh mani’s.  Then got Bay ready for her first middle school formal.

And off she went.  With a full face of makeup…..Looking like a 15-year-old.

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While Bay was whoopin it up at the dance, I went home.  Got in my Pj’s.  Poured a big glass of wine.  And made my {asian turkey + green beans}

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I have been in a weird cooking frenzy.

Lori Carrion’s Spiced Nuts were made first thing Saturday morning.  This a great recipe for gifting.  Pour some in a cellophane bag and stick in an initial mug.  Or gift them on their own…so good.

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and breakfast sandwiches.  I picked up hash brown patties, like McDonald’s.  Yumm.  I baked them and they turned out so good.  Just a little carb loading before we headed to the city.

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There’s a million other things we should have been doing Saturday, but instead we ditched ALLLL responsibility and went to the city.  Best decision!

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I gave Bay the option of going or staying home….and I was so happy she chose to come with us.  I know one day we’re not going to be fun anymore, so I’m soaking up all these fun day trips.

It was a gorgeous day in the city too.  We got to mark everything off our list to do + see.

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lavender latte at Home Cafe  reminded me when Sara first introduced me to them in Ojai ♥ {ojai // travelogue part #2 }

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Bay had her first latte and went with the birthday cake!

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Then to the beach, always the beach.  The news called for huge storm waves, so naturally we wanted to check that shit out.

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Palace of Fine Arts, just because we stumbled on it as we were heading into the marina.

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Crazy beautiful architecture.

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I got some questions about my cocoon cardigan…it’s back in stock so get your hands on one before they sell out again!!

Woven Patterned Cocoon Cardigan – Universal Thread

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Cocoon Cardigan  // Vintage Tee // Denim // Flats // Leather Tote // Sunnies

Here are all the outfit details….you can click on the images to be directed to the retailer…..

  Woven Patterned Cocoon Cardigan – Universal Thread

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The Tipsy Pig

Cory and I have been stopping here from the beginning.  I can’t tell you how many strawberry fields we’ve consumed over the years…lol.

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So we took Bay to our old stomping grounds.  Back on our “kids free” weekends.  The outdoor area is so prefect.  If you’re planning on making a trip to SF, add this spot to your list.

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The Fairmont is our favorite.

Last February we stayed at the Fairmont for the weekend. {weekend notes} It’s fucking magical.  The best customer service.  The hotel is gorgeous.  And the flags, I just love all the flags at the entrance.

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My dream……

Bubbles for days!

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We make a Fairmont stop each Holiday season to take a peek at the giant life-size gingerbread house.  It’s a tradition.  And I was so happy that Bay was still totally down for it.

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You can walk though it.  And it legit smells like gingerbread.

Fairmont San Francisco’s talented culinary and engineering teams have joined forces to meticulously plan construction of this year’s enormous Gingerbread House, which will be even larger than last year’s stunning, two-story-high Victorian! Once complete, the impressive, edible abode will stand more than 25 feet high, 35 feet wide and 10.5 feet deep and will feature more than 6,000 house-made gingerbread bricks (largest bricks to date), 1,650 pounds of candy and 3,300 pounds of royal icing. The gingerbread house’s railroad track also delights guests of all ages, who happily gaze upon this favorite feature.

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The Top of the Mark

What you didn’t see in my stories, was that we waited in line for 30 minutes at the Mark Hopkin to get up to the 19th floor, Top of the Mark.

Worth it!  Bay and I have been, Cory had not.  The penthouse lounge provides 360 degree panoramic views of the city.  It’s hard to tell, but to the right of my wine glass is the Golden Gate Bridge.  Right outside the window from our table.  Perfect place for a happy hour drink + Shirley temple + snack.  They open at 4:30pm, so you get to watch the sunset!

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Bay taking in the view, while Cory + I #chardsohard

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Union Square or bust….

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{turkey + loaded veggie chili}

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Anyone else straight up craving all the greens + veggies?  After over indulging (in every way possible) last week, I’m so ready to get back on track.  I was a no limit solider.  All the desserts.  All the leftovers.  All the wine.  I even stole some cookie dough Bay was hiding in the fridge.  Shhhh!  I won’t even dare step on the scale for a while…lol.  But, I was living my best life #YOLO

Now I’m like, Bring on the soups + salads!  STAT!

This chili is healthy + hearty + comforting.  Loaded with veggies.

Oh and I didn’t mentions, this chili is ready in under 30 minutes!  Makes lots of leftovers.  I love to serve it over baked potatoes or sweet potatoes day two.  I’ve been known to make a pretty mean chili dog with this recipe too!

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The veggie chopping is the most time-consuming.  I typically do all my chopping the night before.  And I swear by this Vidalia Chop Wizard

I use this for everything.  I’m kinda of a freak and I really, really dig all my veggies to be uniform in soups.  Ha!  I can’t believe I just admitted that.  It’s super easy + dishwasher safe….whoop whoop!

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I used to call this the Weight Watchers Chili 1 Point Chili.  Did I ever tell you guys I used to be a Weight Watcher?  I lost 20 lbs using the program when Bay was 6 months old.  Even became a lifetime member!

Anyway, they change the points program so often that I can’t keep up of this recipe still falls under the 1 point per serving range.

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Top it with some sour cream + shredded cheese and your kids will never know it’s basically a veggie soup.

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{thanksgiving kids table // graham cracker crust pumpkin pie}

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My dining room table isn’t large enough accommodate the whole fam-bam.  Someday when I grow up (I say this all the time..Ha) I’ll have a table that can seat an army!  Until then, we shall set up the kids table.

Not just a boring kids table though.  A fun + entertaining table is key.  They stay busy = you get to enjoy your wine + pie with a little peace…HA!  Love them to death, but let’s be real.

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I’m also sharing my graham cracker crust pumpkin pie.  Which I’m really sad to announce…I can’t take the credit for inventing.  Bobby Flay patented it about 8 fucking years ago.  What the hell.  As soon as you think you’re onto something BOMB.  Google it and it’s already been done!

Which isn’t always the worst thing.  I honestly had NO idea how long to bake.  So I followed Bobby’s baking directions, which gave me the perfectly set pies!

And how about this kids table.  The activity table-cloth is so perfect.  And the leaves.  My Mom collected each one of them at Casini Ranch while camping last weekend.  They have the most gorgeous trees that were dropping these giant leaves.  Thanks Mom!

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I kept it simple using everything I had on-hand.  Including the used to be white mini pumpkins that are now yellow-ish.  I did buy them in September, so I should stop bitching.  Coloring crayons…we’ve all got some lying around.  Poured some Trader Joe’s chocolate covered sunflower seeds…mainly for the color factor.  But, for snacking too!

This color on activity tablecloth is from the one, the only….Target.  There is a word search for the older kids.  A pumpkin + turkey maze.  Even a spot to write what they are Thankful for!  Love it so much.  It completed the kids table.

Color In Thanksgiving Tablecloth  $3.50 at Target

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Just bring on the turkey…we’re all set over here!

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Here are some of the recipes we will be enjoying for Turkey day tomorrow:

Cory has our Branigan’s Turkey in brine as I type.  He’s on turkey duty and will be cooking it in an air fryer.  I’ll be sure to snap some pictures tomorrow.

Pioneer Women Creamy Mashed Potatoes the main attraction, if you ask me!

I’ve been making these Stuffing Balls for years. I found the recipe in one of the old Kraft Magazines that used to come out monthly.  Do they still do that?  I sub the ground pork for good ol Jimmy Dean sausage.

My Mom will always be in charge of the gravy.  It’s the one thing that I just can’t get down with on the Thanksgiving menu.  Honestly I can’t even make it without wanting to gag.  Bay’s the same.

Her Pretzel Jello Salad (similar to this one) is probably our “weirdest” side.  Poop-A-Doop, my late Grandfather LOVED this salad.  Really, it’s not even a salad.  It’s a layer of pretzels + sugar + butter.  With a cream cheese center and strawberries + jello on top.  So random, so good!

Kissey will forever bring her favorite side, Campbell’s Classic Green Bean Casserole. She makes it the BEST!!!

Along with canned cranberry (the only way to serve it).  With lots of cans of whole olives to stick on our fingers.

Mom makes homemade rolls that are to die for too!

And for dessert, my Mom is trying a new recipe for mini pecan pies and I’ll be serving my, I mean Bobby Flay’s Graham Cracker Crust Pumpkin Pie (recipe below) with homemade whipped cream (made by Bay)

What’s on your menu?  I love hearing about families one random, kinda weird, side dish they can’t have Thanksgiving without.

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{friday 5}

Hi and Happy Friday!  Raise your hand if you’re as happy as I am for FRIDAY!  I have been so inspired lately, it’s the best feeling.  Only problem – not enough time in the day to make it all happen.  I went to TJ’s and grabbed all the goodies to work on a fun Thanksgiving DIY to share next week.  Although, my heart + mind are 100% on Christmas.  Since I’m hosting turkey day, I have to slow my roll….for a minute.  Would it be weird to eat turkey with a Christmas tree in the living room?  Ha!  Just kidding.  I’ll wait till the day after!  Weekend plans: sleep-in (if only till past 5am) watch my nephew play in his championship football game #gobenny!  Take our Christmas card picture (they’re normally already ordered by now…who am I) Check out the Pixie Traders Vintage Market…more on that below!  And dinner with friends.

Have a good one friends!

5 things on my mind……

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FRIDAY sweatshirt

ONE – FRIDAY // When you find your second favorite F-word on a sweatshirt.  You buy that fucker.  I went to J.Crew Factory earlier this week and it fell in my shopping bag.  So, I had to take it home.  It’s $30 today with code: 2DAYSONLY!  Grab one and let’s be Friday twins Ha!  I also found a shit-ton of other really cute tops + sweaters + vests too.  I’ll be sharing once I get them all linked up for you!

 

 

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TWO – Egg White Frittata // It’s easy.  It’s clean.  It’s delicious.  This was my go-to breakfast this week on my sugar cleanse.  It re-heats so well too.  Top with some hot sauce + avocado.  BOMB!  Serve over roast sweet potatoes…even bomb-er.  Try it over the weekend, okay?!?!

Egg White Frittata

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 mushrooms, sliced
  • handful fresh spinach
  • 1 cup egg beaters (or egg whites)
  • everything but the bagel seasoning
  • parmesan cheese
  • hot sauce

Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to boil.

Spray your frying pan with non-stick spray.  Avocado oil is my jam right now, but any will do the trick.

Add mushrooms and cook for about 3 minutes, flip half way through.

Add spinach and cook till wilted.

Whisk egg beaters or whites till frothy and sprinkle with everything but the bagel seasoning.  Pour over veggies.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Don’t touch the eggs.  Even though you want to.  Once they start to look set, gently run a spatula around the rim.

Transfer frying pan to oven and boil for 2-3 minutes.

Once eggs are puffed, they are DONE!

Remove and add more parmesan….you can NEVER have too much cheese 🙂

Cut frittata into 4 wedges.  Top with hot sauce.  Add some avocado if you’re feeling fancy.

Enjoy!

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{turkey + butternut squash enchiladas}

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It’s Tuesday.  And you know what that means….Taco time.  Today we’re staying with the theme, kinda.  Switching it up a little with enchiladas.

But, not just any ol enchiladas.  These are packed with ground turkey.  (Or leave out the turkey and make it a meatless meal) Butternut squash.  Black beans.  Diced tomatoes.  Slowly simmered with all the spices.  It’s like a big hug.  You know.  Comfort food.  Then filled with shredded cheddar cheese and rolled in the one, the only, Micaela’s California Fresh flour tortillas.

They are back friends!  And as of yesterday, back on the shelves at the grocery stores!  Hallelujah.  A BIG thanks to the Santoni Family for bringing back a recipe + brand we all grew up loving here in Woodland.

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Last week I came home to a package sitting on my front porch.  Let me tell you, it was a straight up day maker!

Better than a J.Crew package!  Ha!  It’s not everyday you get food delivered to your house.   My DM’s blew up asking for all the details.  And since they are available to everyone, today seemed fitting to share a recipe using your tortillas.

So we have a tradition with GG.  We go to church.  Normally 5 o’clock Saturday mass.  Then to our house for dinner.  I always try to make something a little different.  You know, not your average every night dinner.  GG digs trying my new creations.  And since my Micaela’s delivery came just in time.  I made enchiladas.  You gotta love + support your family!

 

This was my 93-year-old grandma’s response:

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And she’s not always easy to please.  So well done Brooke + Charley!  GG approves!

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{weekend notes}

Hello Monday. May your coffee be strong and your week short! I woke up and immediately practiced gratitude this morning. I wrote down the first 5 things that came to mind that I’m truly grateful for. Instead of thinking about all the things I wasn’t looking forward to. It really works. Try it! We had another relaxing weekend. Friends + family + good food + good wine! Lots of laughs. We even snuck in a date night.

Intentions for the Week:

* VOTE!!

* Get my hair done…cannot fucking wait

* Go to be early. The more zzz’s the more better

* Pull out the Christmas tubs

* Plan our Thanksgiving menu

* Hit 15k steps per day

* Stay off the sugar. Goodbye chardonnay 😭

* Share all the things Target

* Not get sick

Highlights from the weekend…..

Doesn’t everyone show up to their homegirls house looking homeless AF? Budweiser sweatshirt + slippers for my Friday night #ootd

These two fell asleep and Tiger Raptor messed with them the whole time.

When Bubba shows up in his new G-ride. When’s the last time you saw a Miata?

Oops….I found Bays stash 🍫

Breakfast for lunch

Meal preppin. Going sugar free AGAIN. Pray for me k? Turkey + lots of spices + spinach + onion. Clean AF!

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But first, we’re having enchiladas. Look at that filling though. Sharing this one mañana.

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Another day, another tall boy. This time my fave BLL. Now you see why the sugar cleanse is happening? Lol.

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Date Night. I seriously made reservations for the restaurant that I’ve been dying to try. Put on my new dress. Told him to pick me up at 6. And it worked.

We stopped at The Barn in West Sac. It just officially opened over the weekend.

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Such a cool spot. As you can see, it looks really cool too.

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Situated on the Sac River. In a big open area off to the side of Raley Field.

Family friendly. Dog friendly.

Pizza oven and food trucks. You can totally bring your own snacks to. Which is really cool. Bring a picnic blanket or they have lawn chairs you can use. The really did think of it all.

Outdoor seating. Live music. Fire pits. Lawn games.

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Beer! Lots of beer. I believe they said 50 on tap.

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This was a ring on a string. You release it and aim for a little hook on the pole. This kid was really good. Cory picked his brain for a bit, but still failed to make one.

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They also serve wine and cocktails. We stuck with beer.

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Pretty views too. You can see Raley field and the Bridge.

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When you have a couple beers and find the perfect selfie mirror. You don’t give AF about the girl trying to wash her hands in the back or the fact the public restroom is a complete mess. Lol. Anything for the gram! Linking everything you see here below.

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Dress // Booties (similar) // Denim Jacket // Leather Tote // Necklace // Bracelet // Earrings // Phone Case // OPI

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{10 minute salsa}

I have a killer salsa recipe. And since it’s Tuesday, kinda seems like the perfect time to re-share this classic. It’s super easy. You’ll likely have most of the ingredients on hand already. And 10 minutes…that’s pushing it. I’d say, 5 minutes and you’re ready to top your Tuesday tacos.

This recipe was one of my first blog posts. Almost 3 years ago. Three fucking years. I can’t believe I’ve been sharing random shit since about this time of year, back in 2015. Check it out: hey good lookin whatcha got cooking}

I love looking back at old posts. Really, not much has changed. I mean, they have, but not a ton. My photos have for sure gotten better with practice. Still exclusively use my iPhone 8 Plus. Of course, there are now annoying ass adds. And the look has changed a bit. Other than that, still the same ol girl that’s likes to throw back some wine, cuss a little or a lot, and loves to cook and buy cute clothes.

Anyway, I’m sharing this gem again today, because it’s almost impossible to find on my site.

And it’s wayyy to good to keep it hidden.

It was also brought to my attention how hard it is to search recipes. So I promise I’ll be sharing some shortcuts this week too.

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{weekend notes}

Good day. Ha. Can’t say good morning. Monday rolled around real, real quick! Our weekend was full of family + friends + straight up kickin it. I still wasn’t ready for today though. The answer – coffee, lots of coffee. Followed by wine, lots of wine. That’s just how I roll these days. So this photo above kinda represents life these days pretty well. Throw your hands up and enjoy the wild ride.

Intentions for the Week:

  • Hit my step goal every.damn.day
  • And my water goal #hellaounces
  • Listen to my damn audio book, not sure I dig it yet
  • Bays first sports banquet 🏐
  • Make my Hawaiian chicken
  • Visit Serendipity + bella moda Christmas Preview…the most wonderful time of the year 🎄
  • Talk about my favorite new J.Crew sweater
  • And 10 things I’m diggin
  • Maybe, just maybe get my Portland Travelogue up?
  • Share a good ol healthy chili recipe

Highlights from the weekend…..

Beer me

Friday night at Blue Note. We need to make this a habit again.

How we feel about Taqueria Guadalajara nacho Friday 👍🏻

So, I didn’t win the Lotto Friday night, but I did walk around the corner at dollar tree to find my nephew, Benny with these stunna shades on. So it’s kinda the same thing, right?

Facebook memories that stop you in your tracks.

Watching our #4. Bay even made a sign, which Benny was pretty pumped about.

Orchard dinner set-up. It was all Anna, we just helped. She has a vision like no other and it came out better than I imagined.

To the pumpkin patch. Via jeeps, side-by-sides and pickups taking the back roads. Crossing a ditch and this was the view 🇺🇸

But first, solo cup roadies

And they’re off…..

The cow train

Bay + Spencer!

Hands up in the air, wave um like you just don’t care 🙌🏻

(Photo cred: Alex)

Pumpkin patch kids + Jessie ❤️

Bays shuttle service. She had more fun giving rides than anything lol.

Dinner time

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