{weekend notes}

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Good Morning.  Good Afternoon!   I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and were able to carve out a little time for the special Father figures in your life.  We had another great weekend.  And like I said Friday, we took a quick trip to Salinas to visit friends and beat the heat.

Here’s some weekend highlights…..

 

We brake for burgers //

Inside out burgers, as Bay used to call it when she was younger.  We still refer to it as Inside out and she gets annoyed 🙂  It’s always our go-to stop whenever we are taking a road trip.  I recently downloaded a new map app, Waze.  Recommenced by my homegirl Nikki!  It’s the shit.  Download it!  It made it super easy to find the closest Inside Out burger from the freeway.

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S A L I N A S ♥ //

We pulled up to the Hostert’s house around 7:15pm and it was 70 degrees.  It was still wayyy into the 100’s back in Woodland at this time.

I’m sure you’ve heard me say this before, but I just love Salinas and their Father Of the Bride house.  The neighborhood and this house make me think of the movie every time drive up.

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Nicole’s orchid has got me wanting one for my dinning room table too.  How fucking gorgeous is her plant?!?!

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We stayed up extra late….Nicole + I drinking wine and catching up.  (although we didn’t even finish one bottle #recordbreaking)  While the girls talked slime 🙂

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Hank the Tank!  He’s go to be the biggest black lab I’ve ever seen.  And he’s a helluva boomerager too!

 

We woke up to a breakfast burrito delivery.  I swear Nicole legit has the kindest friends.  This is the second time this has happened while I was visiting.  I know I sound like a broken record when I say this…..El Charrito is the breakfast burrito king.  Nicole knows when I’m in town, this is a must!  The charizo + egg is bomb.com.  This time I tried the chile verde and it was almost as amaze as the charizo.

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Bay was skeptical.  She tried the ham + cheese.  Anddd….she’s too, a huge fan!

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Pool day at Chamisal is also a must!  This place is beautiful.  And do you see the video below….75 degrees at 11:15 am!  Perfection!

 

The margaritas!

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The poolside lunch delivery!

I love that Brian was Regan’s burger holder.  He just sat there and held her burger in one had and her ranch dip in th other.  She would lean in and take a bite.  I love her!

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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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{weekend notes}

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Good morning and welcome to Monday’s Weekend Notes!  I woke up with a healthy dose of panic this morning.  My to-do list for the week is at an all time high in preparation for the long weekend.  Today I’m taking the advice I give Bay…..take it one step at a time and start with the most difficult item first.  Monday is always a bit of a beast, but Friday will be here before we know it and it will all be worth it!  Here’s to a productive day.  Hope you’re off to a great start!  Be a rebel and have a great day!

 

BALL PARK FRIDAY //

Love watching my nephews play ball.  Friday was Joe’s last game of the season.

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BAY THE BAKER //

Bailey was recruited to make the cake for Spencer’s Baptism Saturday.  She said YESSS, before she even knew what the baking task would be.

The naked carrot cake is back and more beautiful than ever.  I even invested in some new Wilton 8 inch pans.  Which made baking a breeze.

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I have become a professional taste tester…lol.

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BAPTISM //

Baby Spencer was baptized over the weekend.  We were so happy to be a part of the special day.  Even though I got lost on my way to the church.  Ha.  Only me.  How do you get lost in Winters?  The after party was a good one, as always.

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Bay + Spencer ♥

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{friday 5}

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Man oh man, this week felt like it would NEVER end.  TGIF!!  What’s on the weekend agenda?  I made shit happen this week…clean car, full tank of gas, groceries purchased, yard work done, meals planned…which means only one thing.  I get to #chardsohard and lay out in the sun with every spare minute this weekend!  Whoop Whoop!

I’ve got 5 things on my mind…..

 

 

ONE – Cold shoulder for girls // I have to admit, I wasn’t sure I was down with this trend on my daughter.  Anyone other mamas feeling the same?  Don’t get my wrong….I’m all about the cold shoulder for me.  But, my 10-year-old?  I had to remember how obsessed I get with new fashion trends.  She’s my daughter…it’s in her DNA to love the same things I do.  So, I caved and bought her one.  No wonder Bay fell in love with this adorable cold shoulder flutter sleeve top.  Cute, Stylish + Trendy!

And those blue eyes….I die ♥

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Cat & Jack Cold Shoulder Top

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TWO – Grilled Mango Salad // Not really sure why I call this a salad?  Salads don’t have to contain leafy greens, right?  Think potato salad.  Or pasta salad?  Fruit salad.  So guess what I did?  Googled that shit…..

Salad

a cold dish of various mixtures of raw or cooked vegetables, usually seasoned with oil, vinegar, or other dressing and sometimes accompanied by meat, fish, or other ingredients.

Grilled Mango SALAD it is!

It’s the perfect combo of sweet, spicy, sour and salty flavors.  If you like a good kick, this is your salad!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • 1 red jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • 2 mangoes, cut into slices
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped (I forgot this ingredient and knew something was missing)

 

Here’s what you’ll do:

Combine 2 tablespoons lime juice and jalapenos in a small bowl.  Set aside.

Coat mango slices with cooking spray, sprinkle with salt + pepper.  Heat grill pan over high heat until smoking hot (literally).  Coat pan with cooking spray.  Add mango slices and cook without touching for 4 minutes.  You want nice grill marks.  Flip and cook 2 additional minutes.  Then place on platter.

Combine renaming 1 tablespoon lime juice with sour cream stirring till thinned out and smooth.

Spoon jalapenos over grill mangoes.  Drizzle with sour cream mixture.  Sprinkle with cilantro.   Serve with lime slices.

I served this “salad” alongside grilled pork tenderloin.  But, this would be a great taco Tuesday side, don’t you think?

 

 

THREE – Kaia Challenge //  Week #1, I believe day #1? (correct me if I’m wrong) We were introduced to the BRIK Kondition Kamp Challenge.  Holy shit!  It’s a tough one.  For me, personally, the toughest yet.   Jump roping + running are the devil.  Long story short, I’ve got maj bladder issues.  Like so maj that I’ve jumped though hoops the last year to correct and still no results.  Specialist + bladder therapy (I fucking swear it’s really a thing) + gadgets galore (TMI).   Debated for months about writing more about this topic…maybe when I finally find a cure I’ll be more inclined to share?  That means, probably never…ha!

Anyway, back to the challenge…..

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Some days I feel like forest fucking gump and the next like a turtle that gasping for air.  There is no rhyme or reason to it…I just never know what’s going to happen when I hit the pavement.  From week #1 to week #3 I was able to shave 2:17 minutes off my week #1 challenge time.  I gave myself a damn high-five for that.  Ha.  Week #3 I must have had a forest day.  I was runnin!

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{friday 5}

Needless to say, I’m pretty happy Friday is finally here!  Who’s with me?  After this weekend, I’m a free women.  I mean, not really.  But, I will feel like a free women…for a minute or so.  Lucky In Kentucky is Saturday and we are gearing up for the Omega Nu event of the year.  BIG thank you to everyone that bought tickets and is coming to support our organization.  Big hats + mint juleps + skeet shooting and all things Kentucky…can’t wait!!

Now lets chat about 5 things on my mind…..

 

 

ONE – Bitch Straw // Remember I posted Bailey’s Krazy Straw here on {friday 5}?  I mentioned that I kinda wanted to order myself one that said “bitch”  And guess what?  I went to Kaia for the first time innnnn….I’m too embarrassed to admit it here.  Anyway, Mallory, my Kaia coach handed me the bitch straw she had ordered for me!  I mean, how f’n sweet is that?  Pretty sure she intended for this straw to be used for a healthy Kaia smoothy….but, she knows me better than that.  It’s FRIDAY and this just seemed a little more up my ally!  Bogle + Bitch Starw + Friday go hand-in-hand!

Thank you Mallory, you made my week!

Love her!  Almost as much as I love to #chardsohard ♥

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TWO – My Parental’s Anniversary // Whenever it’s someone’s anniversary the first thing that comes to my mind is Tony Toni Tone – Anniversary song…lol!  It starts playing in my head and pretty much kicks it there all day on repeat.  Ha!  Anyway…today is my creators 38th wedding anniversary.  Thirty Eight frickin years.  FOR-EV-ER!  Just wanted to wish them a happy day and many more to come!  Cheers to 38 years!!  Love you guys like a fat kid loves cake ♥

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THREE – Peanut Butter Apple Slices // Not trying to pretend like I’ve been all healthy and shit this week.  If you follow me on snap chat, then you saw detox lunch yesterday.  It was the lunch of champions!  But, this is mine + Bay’s new jam.  Apple slices smothered with Laura Scudder’s peanut butter, then sprinkled with toppings.  You must try this.  I lost my beloved apple corer…sad day at our house.  Luckily Amazon has got my back.   Core apple.  Slice into thin rings.  Blot with a paper towel to remove moisture.  Spread peanut butter goodness over the apple slices.  Raid your pantry for toppings.  And you’ve got one helluva snack.

Toppings I used below:

Granola

Sprinkles

Chopped walnuts

Mini chocolate chips

Honey (Seka Hills, obvi) – this one was the BEST!!

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{friday 5}

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F R I D A Y!!!  Weekend to-do list:  Sleep-in √  Catch-up on my DVR √  Sit in the sun √ Drink wine √

I hope your to-do list looks a little something like this too!!

Friday 5…….

 

 

ONE – Bailey straw //  I saw one of these on instagram, googled it, bought it.  So fun, right?  To company is called Krazy Straws.  You select what you want it to say…anything.  I kinda want to get myself one that says bitch 🙂  And they are only $4.99 a pop.  Get you’re kiddo one and they will love you forever.  At least that’s what Bay told me when she opened the package 🙂

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Krazy Straws

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TWO – When last nights festivities leave you feeling subpar….you know it was a good time.  Who plays hand and foot till midnight on a Thursday?  Clearly we do.  Today’s group text messages + emails are pretty great!  Sleeping with earplug.  Birth stories.  Stolen sunglasses.  Little bear.  I could go on and on…Haha.  But the coolest thing, was the wine bottle opener Andrea got Nicole (who’s pregnant).  If you follow me on snapchat you know what I’m talking about..lol.  Cork Pops!  You insert the needle into the cork.  Press the top and it pops out using compressed air.

Cork Pops…The fastest, easiest way to open a bottle of wine! Simply insert the needle straight down through the cork, press once on the top of the low pressure propellant cartridge, and the cork is lifted out with a celebratory “POP”! What could be easier? Each cartridge will open approximately 60-80 bottles before requiring a replacement.

I bet you want one too, huh?  I will be placing my order…I’m sold!

Cork Pops Bottle Opener

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Ps…wish I would have put my sunglasses on for this one 🙂

 

THREE – New York Times No-Knead Bread // I posted a picture of this beauty on Instagram a couple of weeks ago…and since have been asked by a couple ladies to please share the recipe.  So here ya go!  You must try this recipe.  I repeat, you Must try this recipe.  It’s simple.  No bread machine required.  All you need is patience.  21 hours (of patience) and you’ll dive into pure carb bliss!  This is my second time making this bread and I can vouch it is worth it!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • cornmeal

 

Here’s what you do:

In a large bowl combine flour + yeast + salt.  Add 1 5/8 cups water and stir until blended.  Dough will be shaggy and sticky.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rest at least 12 hours at room temperature.  I waited 18 hours this time.  SOOOO LONG.

Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles.  Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it.  Sprinkle with a little more flour and fold it over on itself twice.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let reset about 15 minutes

Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface and your hands, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball.  Generously coat a cotton kitchen towel (not terry cloth) with more flour + cornmeal.  Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for 2 hours.  When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.  (weird, I know…but you’ll get it when you try this)

At least 1/2 hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 450 degrees.  Stick your 8 quart pot (cast iron or Pyrex will  work too) in oven as it heats.  When dough is ready, carefully remove pot from oven.  Slide your hand under the towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up.  It will look messy, but that is ok.  Give the pot a shake till dough is evenly distributed.  Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes.  Remove lid and bake an additional 15-30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned.

Cool and enjoy!!!

 

 

FOUR – Just another reason to make a Target trip this weekend!  You need this crochet tank top.  Altough this is Mossimo, now through Tomorrow….buy 1 get 1 50% off Xhilaration clothing.  They’ve got some cute shit right now.  I’ll pray for you!!

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Mossimo Crochet Tank

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{pink pom-pom sweatshirt}

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This year, the color of spring is PINK!  Yes ladies, pink is officially chic.  Ha!!  When I think pink, the first thing that comes to mind is Barbie doll pink.  Nooo!  Not just any pink.  I’m talking dusty rose.  Pastel pink.  Pale pink.

 

This perfect pink seriously the easiest color to style.  It goes with anything and everything you already own.  Trust me!  Every online clothing site I shop has pink featured all over their website.  Black + Pink…yesss!  White + pink…always safe.  Denim + pink…forever.  How about green + pink?  I vote yes!  Pink + stripes.  Pink + Navy…I could go on and on……

 

Here are some of my pink picks….

Pink Bomber Jacket // Linen Lace V-neck Tank //  Strappy Ankle Tie Sandal // Pink Stripe Tie-Front Shirt // Spaghetti-Strap Bodysuit // Off the Shoulder Tee

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