{friday 5}

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Happy Friday, friends….hope you had a great week!  Cant even begin to believe that Christmas is two weeks away.  NUTS!  My weekend to-do’s are growing by the minute.  What’s on your list for the weekend?  I get to see one of my favorite group of ladies tonight for margs + cheers.  Baklava making with the Corbett babes.  Sleeping in.  Myabe even brunch?  And of course, wrapping gifts.

Have a good on, k!!

Don’t even think I’m going to let you go that quickly….I’ve got 5 things on my mind first…..

ONE – Goat Cheese Balls //  When I say it out loud all I can think of is Stassi on Vanderpump Rules.  Her love for SUR goat cheese balls is real.  She even tweeted about it: here!  Ha.  Anyway, I was assigned an appetizer for our yearly Omega Nu Holiday party.  I knew it had to be cheese, for obvious reasons.  I LOVE CHEESE!  And I’ve yet to play with goat cheese.  Soooo, I googled that shit.  Came up with about 8,732 recipes.  ALL fried.  I don’t fry.  Therefore I had to play with it a healthy it up a bit.

Goat cheese + honey + herbs + BAKED!  Bam!  Healthy-er!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 8 oz. goat cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey (extra for drizzling)
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 cup walnut, crushed in food processor

 

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Stir together goat cheese + all spices + honey.

In two separate bowls you’ll need whisked egg + chopped walnuts.

Using a cookie scoop, scoop goat cheese mixture and form into a ball.

Roll goat cheese ball in whisked egg then walnuts.

Place on lined cookie sheet.

Repeat will remaining goat cheese.

Freeze for 1 hour.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Bake on cookie sheet for 10 minutes.

Serve warm with additional honey drizzled over the top.  Crackers or bread are a must too!

 

 

TWO – Ojai // I’m devastated to hear about the fires in Southern California.  Hasn’t CA had it’s fair share of fires for the year?  Or forever, yet?  Then to top it off, as I’ve been working on my {ojia // travelogue part #2}, the best part of the trip.  I was saddened to see that Ojai Valley Inn, the most beautiful resort I have visited to date, is under evacuation.  See this photo below?  I took this as I was sitting at the Ojai Valley Inn pool.  Less than 30 day ago.  It’s unreal that this could be gone.

Pray for California ♥

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THREE – Christmas Tree Frap // Starbucks debuted the seasonal Frap yesterday.  It all stared with the Unicorn Frap the Dragon and Cherry Blossom Frap.  The Zommbie + Vampire made a quick go around during October.  Which leads us to the final for the year….the Christmas Tree Frap.

Delicious mocha and peppermint are blended with milk and ice, topped with a festive tree made of matcha infused whipped cream, a caramel drizzle and candied cranberries finished off with a strawberry tree “topper.”

I picked one up for the queen of seasonal fraps….aka Bay.

I personally thought it looked like a seven layer dip in a Starbucks cup.  With a strawberry on top. It even smelled funny too.

The Frap Queens review:

It tastes like melty mint chocolate chip ice cream + coffee.

She LOVEEEDDD it.  And is currently wanting to hit every Starbucks insight to scoop up one of these $5 drinks before they vanish.

My review:

Dis-gus-ting!!!!

Coming from a black coffee non frap drinking girl.

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{apricot balsamic pork chops}

Apricot jam + golden balsamic vinegar….drool!  Pork chops with a sweet + sour glaze.  It’s a combo you just can’t go wrong with.  Then you add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little added spice.

Perfection!

 

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Remember a couple of months ago I canned apricot jam with my Aunt Penny?  I wrote about it here: {weekend notes} Well, I’ve been meaning to incorporate the jam into a new recipe since.  It’s just so good, that I knew it would be a key player in any recipe.  And I was 100% correct.  Don’t worry though, store bought will definitely do the trick too!

I like sauce and I cannot lie, but I could have drank the leftover sauce from the recipe.  Not even joking.

Not to mention, this recipe is quick + easy.

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{peanut butter cup cheerios treats}

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Move over Rice Krispies Treats, there’s a new treat in town.

What could be better than Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios + marshmallows?  NOTHING!  Trust me!  Nothing at all.

They’re just as sticky + sweet, but with the new Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios in place of the rice krispies.  That’s it!

I fell in love with this cereal.  And if you follow me on instagram stories, you are well aware of my new-found love.

I was 100% winging it on this one.

And the results….

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Happy Monday.  Happy Thanksgiving week/short week!  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  Here’s a little peak at ours……

 

Intentions for the week:

  • Friendsgiving x2
  • Go to the damn gym (it’s been over a week)
  • Enjoy time with family + friends
  • Set a pretty table
  • Christmas cards in the mail…Early AF, I know.  It’s how I roll.
  • Make Monkey Bread + Turkey Pot Pie
  • Dickens in the Valley Tickets
  • Catch up with Stover
  • Decorate the Christmas Tree
  • Toss all the pumpkins
  • Go through Christmas bins (shit you not, I’ve got 6 bins filled to the top)
  • Hold my new nephew as much as possible
  • Running of the Turkey’s
  • To Black Friday or not?  Still deciding.

 

Highlights from the weekend…..

 

Baby love //

I got to give my new nephew lots of squeezes this weekend ♥

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I could hold him forever and never get tired of it.  Until he cries, then I pass him to his mama 🙂

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Spencer turned 1 //

We celebrated Spencer’s 1st birthday!

The cake smash.

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Bay would have kept Spencer’s gift, had I let her.

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I was over served.  And I can’t blame it on Martini Mama Liz this time.

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Watched //

I rented The House.  For the second time.  The first time I paid like $16 and never watched the damn movie.  Redbox won that time.  So, I rented it again.  Do you ever just want to watch a funny movie?  This is it.  Dumb AF, but funny AF.  Just want I wanted/needed.  Will Ferrell + Amy Poehler play the part of parents.  Start an illegal casino in their neighbor’s house to make money to send their daughter to college.  They get busted.  Picture those two characters as parents?

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Holiday Cards //

Stamped + ready for the mailbox.  The day after Thanksgiving?  Maybe?  Melika beat me!

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Trader Joe’s //

I’m talking more about hosting + prepping tomorrow on the blog.  But, I always make a Trader Joe’s pit stop for fresh eucalyptus + Bogle chard.  Two key players in any dinner party.  Don’t you think?

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Apple Hill //

Fall Bucket List √

Christmas Tree Hunting!

I know.  Not before Thanksgiving.  I say fuck it.  Do what you want…ha.

Not to mention that the weekend before Thanksgiving is the calm before the storm.  I may get my tree this weekend forever.  Have you been to Apple Hill on the weekend?  Then you know what I’m talking about.

We had no traffic.  No lines.  It was perfect.

We chose Harris Tree Farm this year.  Mainly because it’s one of the ONLY tree farms open before Thanksgiving..lol.

My Tree hunters!

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We walked up and down the acres of tree hunting for the perfect tree.

We found it!  Gram found one too!

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Adorable ornaments that come with the purchase of a tree.

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Harris Tree Farm is the one stop Apple Hill shop!

Cut a Tree

Sit on Santa’s lap

Apple cider donuts

Full Bakery + Lunch options too

Lot’s of decorations for sale.  Ornaments + wreaths + reindeer.

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{the best quinoa salad}

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Just a friendly reminder: remember to eat a fucking salad!

Eating a salad is always a good idea!

And I’ve got The Best Quinoa Salad for you today!

I’ve tried so many quinoa salad recipes and they never do it for me.  To be honest, I’d rather go to the Nugget salad bar and pay $10 for a big ol scoop of their quinoa salad.

Then I dissected the Nugget salad one day and came up with a winner!!!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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{weekend notes}

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Good morning, friends!  Everyone all rested + relaxed after the time change?  Yeah, me either.  The time change always take a little getting used to.  Coffee on top of coffe!  That’s how I plan to get through this Monday!!

 

Intentions for the Week:

  • Lay low!!!  You guys, I think I’m getting sick 😦
  • Plan Christmas table setting Plaid + white ♥
  • Donate/sale Bay’s clothes
  • Pack for backpacking trip + Ojai
  • Keep on the Keto train – I fell off after Ojai
  • Have Allison do her magic on my roots
  • Plant/pot all the new plants
  • Clean the back patio

Last weeks intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Our weekend highlights and not so highlights….

 

Link //

Our beloved pet rabbit passed away Friday afternoon.  We are guessing old age?  Or possibly the move.  He never seemed nearly as happy at the new place as he used to be.  I do know one thing, he lived a good life.  I will miss my morning rabbit greetings in the morning.  I still catch myself opening the slider and calling his name.  Bay is the fence about getting a new pet.  She’s assured me that, no pet could be as cool as Link.  I think she’s right.  Maybe with time….

You can read a little more about him here:

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Always photo bombing…..

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Our Christmas cards came and I completely forgot that I added this picture above to the back out our cards.  Our little tribute to Link ♥

Some of our favorites…..

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RIP Link ♥

You even made this cold-hearted bitch shed crocodile tears!!!

 

We spent the rest of the weekend doing anything and everything to salvage what we had left of it.   Cooking + shopping.  Two of my favorite things!  And Bay got to cut a rug at the Father Daughter Dance ♥

 

Father Daughter Dance //

Bay + her dad (aka baby daddy) went to the Father Daughter Dance.  I love this tradition of theirs.  She did her own makeup and looks about 15…I die!!  But, she felt beautiful and looked beautiful, so that’s all that matters.

She said it was like a date night with her dad.  So sweet!!!

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UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sale //

When they say they’re having a plant sale, they are not messing around.  We found our way to the Teaching Nursery located near the Arboretum.  Plants are organized by shade + sun.  Grasses + trees + shrubs + succulents.  Indoor + outdoor.  They even supply the wagons for you to load up with plants.  Garden experts ready for all the questions.  We had a student walk us to our car and load up our plants.

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Look at all the pretty plants I scored.  Actually, 2 of them are my Mom’s.  My 6 plants cost $25.00.

If you’re interested in the next sale, click on the link below.  I believe this was the last sale for 2017.  I’m sure there will be more come Spring.

Plant Sales at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery

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Davis Farmer’s Market //

I can’t remember the last time I went to the Saturday market.  I had apples on my mind.  In search of the best apple to make my first apple pie.

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I found all kinds of goodies.  And another plant.  Everyone needs a Christmas cactus.  When I spotted a white Christmas cactus, I knew it was meant to be.  The honey nut squash, which I’ve also never seen before is our veggie of the week.  It came with a recipe: roast honey nut squash with rosemary and gruyere.  OMG!!!  Stay tuned!

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{friday 5}

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Don’t you just love Fridays?  Dumb question.  Of course you LOVE Fridays!  Especially ones that don’t come with a jam-packed weekend.  What’s on your agenda?  I was hoping to get a hike in, but not sure the weather is going to allow it.  Maybe the Davis Arboretum Plant sale?  Meal prep.  Movies.  Long mornings in our PJ’s.  Ready!!

 

5 things on my mind…..

 

ONE – Holiday Cups // November 1st, Starbucks debuted the 2017 Holiday cup.  No big deal, just the day after Halloween.  Not going to lie, I almost think my coffee tastes better in the Holiday cup…Ha!  And I look festive AF with my red matching sweater, don’t you think?  Anyway, go get your cup of cheer and make shit happen.  5 o’clock is just around the corner!

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My sweater above is now available online at Target.  And comes in a cream color too!  I’m obsessed with it.  The sweater is also included in the spend $40, get a $10 giftcard!!

Bishop Sleeve Pullover – A New Day

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TWO – Gratitude // Seems to be the theme of November.  And I’m totally into it.  I’ve already completed #1 + #2.  Promised Bay a Dutch Bros. after school, so does that mean I can cross off #3?  Make a Trader Joe’s weekly stem purchase on my lunch break #4.  #5 is going to be tricky.  WTF are my strengths?  And 3 of them.  Anyway, I think it’s a fun list.  Feel good shit.  Join me and try it out.

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THREE –  Halloween // So many kids.  So much candy.

We start Halloween night every year at GG’s house.  We gather all the cousins we can for the annual Halloween costume picture.  GG had a smile on her face the entire time.  Can you believe she’s the creator of all this.  All these great grand kids.  And that’s not even all of them.

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