{taco pizza}

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What happens when a taco meets a pizza?  Let’s taco-bout it……

That was so bad, sorry…HA!

Raise your hand if you love tacos?

Raise your hand if you love pizza?

It’s safe to say, I see all your hands in the air.

I think we all know by now, that pizza is my jam.  Tacos are a very close runner-up though.  So, why not combine the two for Taco Tuesday?

 

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Years and years ago, I made a taco pizza.  I totally forgot about it, till last week.  I decided to re-create it.  Give it a shot.  See what my peeps think.

Well, it was a hit!  I got thumbs up!

Kinda like a Mexican Pizza, but kinda not.  You know what I mean?

Let’s take a moment and marvel at that pizza.  That crust.  Those toppings.  Bubbly cheese.

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{friday 5}

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Yep, it’s finally Friday!  And this girl is ready to shake a tail feather.  How about you?  It was a damn good week.  I got shit accomplished.  This weather….straight up beer drinking weather.  What’s on the agenda for the weekend?  We’re hanging out Saturday and headed to the city on Sunday for a mother-daughter date ♥

Before I wrap up this day…..

Let’s chat about what I’ve got on my mind?  Just some things I’m currently diggin…..

 

ONE – Fanny Pack //  Ok friends.  I’m thinking about pulling the trigger on a fanny pack.  Crazy to think the 90’s fanny pack is making its way back.  Goes to show, everything comes full circle.  Ha!  There are so many cute options, but obvi I have my heart set on a not so budget friendly pack.  I think it would be so great for vacationing.  Weekends.  Shopping.  Anything really.  What do you think?

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I found this on Urban Dictionary…lol:

A pouch or other device used to hold items usually worn around the waist. Most often used as an alternative to a man-purse.
Frank keeps his lube and lipstick in his fanny pack.

 

 

TWO – Songs // Do you ever listen to a song over and over till your almost sick of it? Me too!  Ha!  Midland has been on maj repeat.  This Old Heart + Burn Out have been my jam.  Having a little FOMO for Stagecoach.  Midland is on the lineup too!

Midland – Burn Out

Midland – This Old Heart 

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THREE – Snackin’ //  Hummus!  Like always, jazzed up!  Good ol’ Trader Joe’s hummus.  With a drizzle of olive oil.  And a couple sprinkles of TJ’s everything but the bagel seasoning.  Cut up veggies from the weekend meal prep.  TJ’s beet crackers, which I’m IN LOVE with.  I have to hide them or Bay + Cory will polish them off.

Jazz up your hummus this weekend and watch it disappear.

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{avocado toast 4 ways}

 

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My love for avocado toast is deep.  Like soooo deep, I made 4 different types of avo toasts over the weekend.  We’re just gonna go ahead and call it avo toast, k?  It’s kinda my Saturday + Sunday jam!

But before we dive into avo toast, let’s get down to the basics……

How to pick a ripe avo.

There is nothing better than cutting into a perfect avo.  Am I right?  Especially when you just spent $3.99 for each of those little fuckers.

I even wrote a post about it!  {avocado love affair} Haha!  Which brought to my attention, that I’ve been making avo toast since 2015.  That’s before avo toast was even cool.

I buy about 4 avocados a week.  All different stages of ripeness.  That way they last me all week.  Cause I don’t want a hard ass avo.  And I also don’t want a brown-ish mushy one either.

Here’s what you do:

Remove the stem of the avocado to reveal the ripeness……

Green – under ripe

It may feel OK from the outside, but the inside will be hard as a rock…..no bueno.

Dark Brown – overripe

When you cut the avocado open it will be brownish, sometimes smelly and super squishy with the pit un-intact …gross!

Yellowish – just right

Avocado perfection.  The pit will be intact and it will have the perfect shade of green!!

I leave my avo’s in a bowl on the counter.  If you want an avo to ripen sooner, place it in a paper bag.  Always room temp!!!

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And don’t think this is just something I make for breakfast.  Avocado toast is completely acceptable any time of the day, in my book.

Wake up hangry or hungover?  Avo toast!

Looking for an easy snack?  Avo toast!

Dinner when you don’t feel like cooking?  You guessed it….Avo toast!

 

To begin, there is ONE GOLDEN RULE!

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{weekend notes}

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Hello Monday!  I woke up on the right side of the bed this morning.  So, I’m taking full advantage of the day.  Even made it to 5am Kaia!  I truly believe that a weekend well spent brings a week of content.  Last week was a shit show, so this one is bound to be great.  The ebb and flow of life.  If one week sucks, the following is probably going to be wayy better.

Bay + I hit the sheets early last night.  Right after I completed my to-do’s for the week.  My blog content schedule.  Okay, so how was your weekend friends?  Saturday was absolutely frickin gorgeous.  Sunday too, till about 5pm when it started DUMPING!  Looking forward to more weekends just like this one……

 

Intentions for the week:

  • workout  (5 days last week and nothing feels better)
  • al fresco dinning
  • spruce up the back patio
  • meal prep
  • avocado taost blog post (say that 5 times fast)
  • hostess the next Omega Nu meeting
  • keep organized
  • positive vibes
  • set a pretty table – (coming this week)

 

 

Highlights from the weekend……

Breakfast + coffee date with my Mama!

Which inspired tomorrows post {avocado toast 4 ways} Stay tuned, it’s a good one.

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UC Davis Arboretum plant sale.

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They offered $10 off to everyone, since they rescheduled last weekend due to rain.  I’ll take it.

Some of the more unique plants.

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Our picks.  Succulants…always.  And some other pretties.  I’d tell you all about them, but I can’t remember what they’re called.  Why do plants have the most awful names?  The green leaf right in front is going in a pot on my front porch.  Little daisy like flowers will come summer time.

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Arboretum stroll

I can’t tell you how gorgeous the Arboretum is this time of year.

3.6 mile loop with views like this.  I really need to spend more time here.

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The poppies are everywhere.  Turtles galore.  Ducks for days.

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Perfect place for a Saturday stroll.

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A surprise Lavendar Topiary plant delivery from my homegirl Sarah P!

I mentioned to her last week, that I’ve been wanting one.  These are a Costco score.  So run now, they sell out quick!

You’re the best Sarah!!!

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Watching both of my nephews baseball games.  Benny got 2 doubles and Joe got an awesome hit too….he even slid into home.  Love watching them play.  And spending time with this little cutie.

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Happy Hour with the fam-bam!

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Sunday Hike

All over Putah Creek + Berryessa.

We pulled off on the side of the road and took the trail down to the Lake.  I never even knew there were trails.  So cool.

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Callie loves a good day hike too ♥

 

Pit stop at Turtle Rock for a cold beer + egg roll.  Always!

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Look for our $1 next time you stop.  It’s right under the sky light 🙂

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Greasy goodness!

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We stumbled upon Nichelini Winery.  Up the road from Turtle Rock about 3 miles.  We actaully saw a sign in the bar and the owner at Turtle Rock told us we should check it out.

Done!

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Nestled right on the side of Sage Canyon Road, you’ll come up on Nichelini Family Winery.

You’re probably passed by many times, like us and never stopped.

Do me a favor.  STOP next time.

You won’t be dissapointed.

It just so happened to be their Rosé release day.  And I just so happened to be wearing my Rosé the day away shirt.

The owners asked to take our photo for their FB page.  Yes, Yes + yes!  Ha.

It was meant to be! Rosé is the day — Nichelini Rosé is to die for!
Stacy and Cory

 

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Their Caberbet Sauvignon Rosé is to die for.  We both agreed.  And I’m not always a Rosé gal.

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{friday 5}

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Happy, Happy Friday!  Today, for the first time all damn week, I’m feelin it.  FINALLY!  I’ve been in such a funk, for no particular reason at all.  Originally, I was calling it a vacation hangover, but not sure that’s still a legitimate excuse come Thursday.  I could not go one more day as grumpy ass Stacy.  So, I got up, made a cup of coffee and went to the mirror.  Looked myself dead on and said “Bitch, today is a new day.  It’s gonna be a damn good day.  Smile.  Drink that coffee and kick some ass!”  And go buy yourself something cute.  Haha!  It did the trick!  Maybe it being Friday was the kicket?  Who knows, but I’m gonna keep up with the pep talks!

 

Wanna know what’s on my mind today?  I’m about to tell you anyway 🙂

 

ONE  – My 4-H Girl // 2017 vs. 2018.  HOLY COW!!  Every April, Bay goes to the 4-H club meeting in her whites.  They do a little presentation to show the newer members what they need for Spring Show.  I took the picture on the right Monday.  Then the picture on the left showed up in my memories the next day.  One year.  365 frickin days.  And the change is so crazy.  I bet she’s at least 6 inches taller.  Not to mention she looks like a total tween…OMG!  Last weekend she spent her own money on a mini backpack, which I’m not a fan of, but she’s obsessed with.  So clearly, she’s going to rock it every.single.place we go for the rest of time.  Where did my baby go?

 

 

TWO – Avocado Crackers //  You know I’m a BIG fan of avocado toast.  Like, real big fan.  I’ve been carb loading lately.  A week of vacay + Easter at the same time….KILLED ME.  So, I’m trying to kick it on the carbs a bit.  These TJ’s Crispbreads have 7g carbs.  That’s like less that 1/3 of what a slice of sourdough bread has.  I still get that yummy avocado toast taste that I love.  And have you ever tried a hard-boiled egg on avocado toast?  BOMB!  This makes a great breakfast or lunch option.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • two hard-boiled eggs
  • 2 TJ’s grain cripsbread (or gg crackers)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • TJ’s everything but the bagel seasoning

 

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Mash avocado in a small bowl.  Divide and spread over crackers.

Top each cracker with 1 sliced egg

Sprinkle with seasoning.

Inhale in 5 seconds.  Because they are that good!

 

 

THREE – J.Crew //  J.Crew is killing it on their promo’s + sales lately.  Like this adorable one-shoulder bow top.  The elastic around the top for a stay-in-place feel is so good.  No tugging at all.  I grabbed it for $11.99!  What a steal, right?  Funny thing, two of my best gal pals also ordered the same top.  #twinning.  I kinda want to pair it with black jeans…hmmm.

Wanna see what else I ordered last week?

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{mexican hot pot}

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M O N D A Y // back to work after 10 days of Spring Break. It’s bittersweet. I’m craving my routine + schedule, but feel like just one more day would sure be nice lol. Anyone else with me? And the rain in the forecast, I can’t. But it gives me a reason to share this soup recipe I’ve been saving…..

I’m sure by now we are all familiar with Pho.  That shit is delish.  And the Pho restaurant closest to us is called Pho King.  So, depending on how you pronounce Pho (“fuh”), the name of the restaurant if kinda fun to say.  Fuh-king.

Anyway, if you dig Pho, then you’ll dig this!  A hot pot is traditionally a Chinese soup containing Asian ingredient.  It’s prepared at the dinning table in a simmering pot of soup stock.  While the stock is simmering, ingredients are added.  Like, thinly sliced meats + veggies + seafood.  Then ladled over noodles, like Pho.

Sounds good huh?

Then you throw a mexican twist and ladle over rice.  Boom!  You’ve got a mexican hot pot.

Bay devoured this soup!  My Mom (the official taste tester) gave it a thumbs up.  So, it’s basically a keeper.  And a sharer.

This hot pot would be a fun dish to make for company.  Especially picky eaters.  Each soup bowl can be customized with favorite toppings.

I’m BIG on toppings.  The more the merrier.  Bay just a little cotija + lime and she’s good to go.

And you can’t forget the avocado crema.  OMG.  Crema is my jam.  Stir it in last-minute and you’ll be a happy camper.

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I was finally able to give my Martha Stewart cookware a run for it’s money.  Best gift ever.  Thanks Mom!!!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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{asparagus tart}

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Happy Tuesday friends. This post is coming in hot from our balcony at the Casablanca Inn. Everyone is still sleeping, so I’m sitting here sippin my baileys + coffee, catching up on the ‘gram and finishing up a post for you.

Spring Break in Santa Cruz might have to become our new tradition. We sat on the beach for the longest time yesterday. Played beach volleyball (I truly suck BTW). Walked downtown for pizza. Splurged on Marianne’s Ice Cream. Strolled back to the hotel. Living my best life, let me tell ya.

We’re headed to the Boardwalk to hit the Giant Dipper and grab a tall can. Tune into Insta-stories.

What I’m really here to talk about today is a new recipe. The asparagus tart you’ve all been patiently waiting for.

Asparagus is in season.  Which means it’s finally affordable.  Paying $6 for a bunch is ridiculous.

Thanks to the Fricke’s I have asparagus coming out my ears.  In a really good way!  Originally I wanted to make a batch of asparagus soup.  But, then the sun came out and it got so nice + warm and soup wasn’t on my radar any longer.  I came across an old Martha Stewart classic while searching for Spring asparagus recipes.

Martha Stewart is my idol.  She’s such a bad ass!  Who else do you know that can go to prison + host a show + craft + garden + make a homemade pie from scratch?  I told you, bad ass!

Do you ever get weird craving and just go with it?  I’m currently obsessed with mustard.  Dijon.  Grainy.  Any mustard really.  So, that’s how I switched this recipe up a little.  Mustard.  Dijon mustard. Honey!  The combo is yumm!

And whenever I can use all my Seka Hills products, then I’m happy.  Bay could eat their honey straight from the jar.  I’ve actually seen her do it.  The olive oil is hands down the very best everyday olive oil.  It’s worth a trip up the valley to grab some of their products.  Don’t forget a bottle of rosè!!

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