{no churn circus animal cookie ice cream}

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.  Especailly with these tripple digit temps we’ve been gatting!

Oh, and did you know this Sunday is National Ice Cream Day?  Can I get a hell yeah!

This easy ice cream will be a hit with your kids!  And the 30 and over crowd too 🙂  Promice!  Peeps wont believe you whipped this up in no time at all + without an ice cream maker.

Just a couple of simple ingredients.  Freeze overnight.  Scoop + serve!  Done!

For starters – If you don’t LOVE Mother’s Circus Animal Cookies, then we can’t be friends!

To be completely honest, you could legit add any cookies pieces to this reicpe and it would work great.  If oreos are your jam, add em!

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{lemon spaghetti}

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I like carbs and I cannot lie!  The way I see it, God invented carbs for a reason!  #yolo

This isn’t your typical meat sauce + noodles.  It’s light and refreshing.

It’s an unexpected combo that works so so well together!  Perfect for a summer side dish.  I typically have all the ingredients on hand too!

A couple of thing before we get started.  “Good” olive oil is KEY!  It’s one of the main ingredients on this dish.  I bet you already know what I’m going to say, huh?  Seka Hills Olive Oil is the #1 in my book.  I don’t even mess with the store-bought stuff anymore.

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You guys, Seka Hills invited me out for a farm tour a few weeks ago.  I’m still blown away.  Over 17,000 acres!  Different olive varieties.  Grapes #wineo  Almond trees.  Honey (bay’s fave) Asparagus, which I have a new-found respect for.  Not that I didn’t love it before, but did you know asparagus has to be harvested daily?  By hand!  It’s a labor of love, my friends!

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60 acres of asparagus.  Crazy, right?

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The honey!

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Did you know they grow all the produce that is distributed to wine club members?  I figured they sourced it out.  Nope!  This photo below is where they grow the produce we get!  Just another plus!

Oh and if you’re interested in joining their wine club, here’s all the info: Seka Hills Wine Clubs

And can we talk about the fact they now have Beef Club, I might need to get in on that one.

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But the olive trees, they are beyond impressive.  Seka just released a new variety of Olive Oil.  It’s called the Tribal Blend.  It’s a unique blend of estate Frantoio + Picual + Arbequina.  The results are a medium to robust intensity.  It’s different.  More bold.

This week, I cracked open my second bottle of the Tribal Blend EVOO!  And It’s what I used in this Lemon Spaghetti recipe!!

Basically, I’m obsessed with it.

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The funny thing, I’ll drink cheap ass wine.  Pizza from Little Caesars.  But when it comes to olive oil, I straight up do not mess around with the cheap stuff.  Ha!

#oliveoilsnob

Lemon Spaghetti // 

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{diy flag luminaries + fruit pizza}

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!

Enjoy your family + friends today!

If you’re looking for a fun + festive little craft to make with your kiddos, I’ve got it!  Flag luminaries!

Bay + I whipped up three of these 4th of July luminaries in about 5 minutes.  They are gorgeous once you stick a candle in them!

And Bay’s sharing a super easy fruit pizza.  Think sugar cookies + cream cheese frosting + berries!  It perfectly festive!  And perfectly easy for littles to assemble too!

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DIY Flag Luminaries // 

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • pickle jars (or mason jars)
  • american flags
  • scotch tape
  • mod podge
  • sponge paint brush
  • twine
  • glue
  • candle

 

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I used pickle jars for this fun DIY.  I measured the flags with all the jars in my house and found the pickle jars were the perfect size.  No need to cut the flag.  GG had some laying around that I was able to take off her hands.  Any jar will do the trick.

If your jars have labels, just soak them in warm water + dish soap.  You’ll bed able to remove them pretty easily.

Scored the 3-pack of American Flags in the dollar spot at Target.  3 flags for a buck, you can’t beat that.  Carefully remove the flags from the wooden sticks.

Tape the American Flags to the jars.  This will help keep them in place.

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Using the foam paint brush, apply a coat of mod podge over the top of the flag.  Wait 20 minutes and repeat with a second coat.  Remove scotch tape.

Allow to dry overnight.

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Add twine or ribbon to the top and add a dab of glue to keep the twine in place.

Stick a candle and you’re good to go.

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I love coming up with fun festive crafts to make with items I have on hand.  Or can pick-up from the dollar spot!

 

 

Bay Bakes // 

And check out Bay’s adorable fruit pizza!

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{weekend notes}

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Good morning!  To be completely honest, I cannot believe it’s already Monday.  I spent the last couple of days in Tahoe and it’s like I blinked and boom, the weekend was GONE!  Not a fan of a Holiday landing on a Wednesday.  Do you celebrate all week?  Last weekend?  Or next weekend?  I say we just celebrate all July?  What do you say?  I get lots of questions about where to eat.  Where to hike.  The best beaches in Tahoe.  I’m thinking of doing a South Lake Tahoe blog post.  Is that something you’d be into?  Leave a comment and let me know : )

 

Intentions for the week:

  • Blog June recapDone {june in review} 
  • Grill peaches for dessert(and a peach galette) 
  • Renew AAA roadside – (a must with all the miles I’ve been putting on the old Pilot)
  • Hike a new trail
  • Make a recipe from the Inspiralized & Beyond Cookbook
  • Take lots of pics with Bay’s Instax camera – (harder than it looks…iPhone pics are so much easier) 
  • Surprise the kids with a breakfast donut board(cool breakfast idea for the kiddos)
  • Celebrate the 4th of July in Tahoe (So much fun with the fam!)
  • Watch the fireworks from the beach(it’s a tradition) 
  • Wear red, white + blue all week long(I rocked all three tops
  • Put up all the American Flags I can find(always)
  • Cook with salmon #craving(made baked salmon over lemon spaghetti…BOMB)
  • Survive the work week + HWY 50(barely) 

 

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend…….

 

Friday night, date night //

I’ve been wanting to check out the Revival at the new Sawyer Hotel in Sac.  But, if you’re a male, you cannot wear flip-flops.  At a bar that has a pool?  Hmmmm!  Doesn’t make much sense to me.  Since Cory, (and I’m sure 90% of males on a 100 degree day) were also wearing flip-flops, we were turned away.  Question, are guys encouraged to rock dress shoes + shorts?  End of rant!

So we checked out Punch Bowl Social again.

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When Stover’s Home //

We get together for drinks + a catch up sesh.  Stover even shopped my closet for her outfit 🙂  Missing some homies, but always a good time.  The three of us here, we’ve been friends for over 20 years.  Crazy!  We can reminisce about the good old days all night long!

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Caboodle Poll //

I got another 100% poll Saturday morning.  Every person who voted, once owned (or still has) a caboodle.  I love when classics become popular again.

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Beach Cover-Up //

I was so excited to pack this cover-up, that I totally forgot to wear it….Ha!

SZ Blockprints™ for J.Crew Kitty top

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Peace Out //

Bikes loaded up, hitting the road

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My favorite Place //

Found my favorite peeps at my favorite spot Saturday morning.  Pope Beach!

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Bay + Daniel ♥

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Straight Chillin

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Daniel loved my hat

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Electra Snobs

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Gangs All Here //

One of the perks to our cabin, a brewery right around the corner.

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South Lake Tahoe Brewing Company

Love their blonde

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We ended up making ourselves at home at the brewery, once we found out there was an active shooter in our neighborhood.  SWAT + police EVERYWHERE!  Right up the street from our cabin.  Luckily it didn’t go on all night.  They finally got the bastard and we were able to go home.  Definitely makes for an interesting night!

South Lake Tahoe – deadly shooting

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Trying new recipes //

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{watermelon bruschetta}

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Tuesday!  Only Tuesday.  And my epic to-do list isn’t getting any smaller.  But, I watermelon bruschetta leftovers in my fridge, so it’s all good!

When you’ve got a shit-ton of watermelon and don’t know what to do with it!  Make something sweet + savory.  My personal fav.

So perfect for the summer months.

I’m not a huge watermelon fan whatsoever.  But, I was doing my weekly Trader Joe’s chard + healthy shit run, and they were serving watermelon salad.  Paired with a rosé, which is what really got my initial attention.  The TJ’s chick promised me (after proclaiming my detest for watermelon) that I would indeed love this sample.  In my defense, she asked me and when I said No, thank you, she wouldn’t take it.  Ha!

She was right, I actually really liked it!

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{weekend notes}

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Hello + Happy Monday!  Did you wake up motivated?  Or are you dragging ass?  I fall in the later category.  Is too much sleep a real thing?  I’m currently downing my second cup of joe ready to kick some ass, kinda!  Image-1 (3).png

 

 

Intentions for the week:

  • Style my nightstand(Did you catch the dets on {a little of this + a little of that})
  • Get Bay packed for Tahoe(Her closet is empty)
  • Seka Hills Fireworks-   – (Always a good time) 
  • Pull out all our red, white + blue decor(Even thought there wasn’t a bike parade :()
  • Make flag luminaries(Coming Wednesday…stay tuned!)
  • Create an appetizer with watermelon(Has anyone tried the {watermelon bruschetta})
  • NO online purchases ALL week FML! – (Epic FAIL!  Too many good sales to pass up)
  • 70 oz water daily(Killed it….till the weekend)
  • Decide on one thing to give up for 30 days…this is tricky!(I may be setting myself up for a massive failure) 
  • Track down some new foodie finds(ohhhh, ACV drinks…sharing the details Friday)
  • Pay Park Winters a visit(Spent the most magical afternoon at my very first influencer event.  We’ll be chatting more about that)

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend:

Girlfriends //

Kicked off the weekend with dinner + drinks with this babes at Morgan’s!

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Ended up doing the walk of shame down the alley to the Stag.  Haven’t done that in YEARS!

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Birds eye view

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Friday night shenanigans //

When your phone has about 40 of these……

Thanks for all the laughs girls ♥

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And one really blurry “good one” ha!

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My dress from last weeks post: {10 habits by rachel hollis}

 

I really came for the nacho bar

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Check out Jamie James + her no-fear crazy chicks

 

Always admiring the sun when it shines through my dungeon house

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Playing with a new recipe…..watermelon + mint + feta are the main characters.  Coming to the blog this week!!!

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Saturday morning 79 degrees at 7:30 am!  NOPE!

Heading for the coast STAT!

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Just a few of my summer time favorites that I packed up.

 

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Hat: Nordstrom

Slides: Target

Bandana: J.Crew 

Cut-offs: Madewell

Peace Sign Tee: Madewell

Bamboo bag: Amazon

Still working on a Summer Staples blog post.  Hopefully I can get it out this week or next!!!

 

Repeat Offender // wearing this chambray tank AGAIN!  Please excuse the rookie tank lines…lol.

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Dillon Beach //

Have you ever seen that many peeps posted on Dillon Beach?  Me either.  I’ve never endured that kind of traffic either!  EVERYONE and their mother’s headed to the coast to beat the heat!

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Crabbing + Bud Lights go hand in hand

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I think I brought the guys luck!  Ha!  Can’t decide which one of these I like better.

Crab vs. Cory

Hmmm.

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Beautiful day on the water

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I pulled this crab net and let me tell you, it was heavy AF!  No wonder!  It was also full AF!

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First time we’ve caught all Dungeness crab.  Last time we only pulled rock crab.

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Watching the sunset in Jenner, CA

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Dinner at River’s End.  Everytime we pass this restaurant I always say some day I want to stop.  But there is NEVER any parking.  Which must mean this place is legit.

There just to happen to be 1 spot.  So we stopped!  Bucket list CHECK!  √

River’s End is perched on a bluff overlooking the Russian River where it greets the Pacific Ocean.  It’s fucking magical!

Oh and the chard, it was fantastic too!

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I didn’t take any photos of our food other than the butter, ha!  As you can see, even the butter had amazing presentation.  The food was to die for!  I read that they prefer you save your phones + photos for the outdoors.  Once I read that, I obliged.  It was really hard though…lol.

The views from this place were seriously out of a magazine.

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We set up camp at Casini Ranch.  The ONLY campground with a spot left.  Like I said, the amount of peeps at the coast was absolutely unreal!

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Homeward bound lead us through Occidental.  Which I’ve been to once.  After a girls trip to the Happy Hideout.  I think it was the time we left Bodega and stopped for breakfast?  I got violently ill.  I belive it was a possible case of the bottle flu.  So this quant little town looked pretty new to me 🙂

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Pit stop for Michelada’s + breakfast burritos at El Mariachi Cafe.  Total dive Mexican restaurant, but their food was bomb.com

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We went though Sepastopol, which I’d also never visited.  Such a cute town.  I want to spend more time and dig in to all it has to offer.

We took every back road we could find.  Which lead us to another spot I’ve always wanted to stop at…..The Fremont Diner.

This place has been on my radar since Gal Meets Glam blogged about it back in March 2016,

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I had no idea what I got myself into.  I needed about 2 hours to check this whole place out.  That cute trailer is where you place to-go orders.

I highly recommend the peanut butter shake!

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{caprese asparagus}

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I’ve got a quick + easy side dish for you today.  Not only is it absolutely delicious, but it’s absolutely beautiful too.  Raise your hand if you’re totally obsessed with caprese salad!  Or caprese anything really.  I have a vision of a caprese burger.  Yumm, right?  Thinking about trying it out this week.

Caprese consists of a few simple ingredients.  Mozzarella cheese.  Tomatoes.  Basil.  That’s the main components.

But, you know I can’t just leave it at that.  Always gotta jazz it up a bit.

Kinda like my {caprese egg cups} I shared a couple of weeks ago.

So, how about asparagus?  It’s in season and inexpensive right now.

Topped with a balsamic glaze.  Hell yeah!

I just realized I’ve never shared my baked caprese before.  OMG!  Clearly I’ve been holding out on you guys.

Next time you’re having guests over or asked to bring a side dish, MAKE THIS!  Super easy.  Ingredient you can’t go wrong with.  And look at it….it’s pretty AF!

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I used my fave Seka Hills products to make this.  Their newest Tribal Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil(So, so good)  Wildflower Honey.  (Bay eats this straight from the jar)  Which both came in the June wine club bundle. And the Fig Balsamic Vinegar.  My personal fave of the three they offer.

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