Archive | July, 2013

Midweek links

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Here are some fun links for you to check out, for your middle of the week enjoyment…

My dad sent me so many new records and this song is on one of my favorites.

I’m totally in love with anything that has this pattern on it.

A whole menu of meals for camping.

If you are a fan of quinoa, check this out.

Is this chicken coup really more than some homes?

I wish I was a bit taller, to wear this.  I may still splurge on one.

If you like house plants, you should consider this plant for your next purchase.  They’re super cool and look amazing!

If only we lived in a place where there were actual backyards.

The one thing I miss most about owning my own clothing store, is having a indispensable amount of these.  One of the best lines I carried.

I like this artist.

Who wouldn’t want to live here.

I totally want this sweatshirt!

I just got back on Pinterest, and I’m addicted.

Hope the rest of your week goes well.  My mom is coming tomorrow, and I couldn’t be more excited.  I miss that lady like crazy. xo

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back to school fashion, for the littles.

The other day I received a phone call from my niece asking to be on my blog.  Of course,  I said yes, and asked her what we should talk about.  We decided to do a “back to school fashion” post.  The pictures were sent to me via a cell phone, so I’m sorry the quality isn’t the best.  But, as you can see I have a very fashionable little niece, who is going to be completely styled when she goes back to school in a few weeks.  Thanks, doll.  Now,  come see your auntie in Cali!

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Greek Festival

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I Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!   The Greek festival was going on in Santa Barbara this past weekend, so that’s what we did.  We had so much fun!  The food was amazing, and we ate till we couldn’t fit another piece in us.  The Greek House Cafe, provided most of the food, and it was scrumptious.  They also had an array of desserts.  Of course we didn’t pass those up either.

This was our first time to the festival, and we had a nice time.  We will for sure go back next year.  Santa Barbara is well known for their festivals, which are fun and gives you something to do outside almost every weekend.  Next weekend is Fiesta, which is a big, huge PARTY!

Here are some pictures of the amazing food and fun dancing we got to watch.  Of course, Dave wanted to dance, and I didn’t. That sounds about right. Ha!

OPA!

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Check out what some of our other friends were up to this past weekend…

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pizza night

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It’s not often that we carb-load around here, but we sure did the other day.  We made homemade pizza, well kind of.  I bought one of those pre-made doughs at Trader Joe’s, and we put our own toppings on top.  So easy and so good!  I like making our own pizza, that way we can add as much as we like or as little as we like.  We are meat lovers over here, so we used lots of different Italian meats.  This night we used salami, prosciutto, and capicola, and fresh mozzarella for the cheese.  It was yummy!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  And yes, I know all of my posts were about food this week.  We like to eat around here.  Ha!

Happy eating!

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outdoor entertaining

Easy Update:  Mosquito-Repelling Potagerie

Outdoor entertaining is one of the great joys of spring and summer. Until, of course, the bugs invade. In place of spray and pesticides, try a cluster of mosquito-repelling potted plants. Grouped together near a seating area on your deck or patio, they make a pretty and lush addition to your outdoor landscape while also protecting you and your guests. Check out One Kings Lane’s article Easy Update:  Mosquito-Repelling Potagerie for more information about how a trio of lush potted plants will have you saying good-bye to bug spray.

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cake

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I had high hopes of going to the beach this weekend.  The sun didn’t want to come out until later in the day, when I already was in the mood to do something else.  So, I decided to bake a cake, and I wanted to try something different, other than your ordinary cake.  I found this recipe here.  I have to say, we really enjoyed it.  It wasn’t too sweet, yet you could still taste a mild sweetness.

For some reason I felt it was somewhat healthy too, but probably not.  I maybe thought that because there wasn’t any frosting on it.  Ha!

Olive oil cake with bittersweet chocolate and rosmary

3/4 cup spelt flour

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

3 eggs

1 cup olive oil (I used half olive oil and half walnut oil)

3/4 cup whole milk

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped

5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Rub a 9 1/2 inch pan with olive oil.

Whisk the dry ingredients into a large bowl and set aside.

In another large bowl, whisk the eggs thoroughly.  Add the olive oil, milk, and rosemary and whisk again.  Using a spatula, fold the wet ingredients into the dry, gently mixing just until combined.  Stir in the chocolate.  Pour the batter into the pan, spreading it evenly and smoothing the top.

Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown, and a toothpick in the center comes out clean.  The cake can be eaten warm or cool.

Enjoy!

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sushi date

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Sorry it’s been a little quiet around here.  We have been extra busy with life.  Ha!  Usually we have a pretty good balance, but lately it has been going full speed, with not a second to pause.  It’s funny how when it rains it pours, and pours, and pours.  That’s ok, we are up for the challenge.  Anyways on another note, I finally got to have a Friday night, date night with my hubby.  After weeks, even months of him working long hours, and two jobs, we got to spend a Friday night together.  It was pure bliss.  We went out for sushi, which is our absolute favorite, and then went for an hour foot rub.  Oh geez, those foot spas, they are amazing.  We both happen to be on our feet ALL of the time, so we thoroughly enjoy them.  Try one, you won’t be disappointed.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

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Things I’m fawning over!

Right now I have a wishlist a mile long of some new goodies that I really want, but don’t need. Because we have to save every bit of money right now, for something coming up, I’m on a spending freeze. Yikes! I don’t like spending freezes, who does, right?! These two designers happen to make the most beautiful pieces of jewelry, and I wanted to share them with you, especially if your lucky, and can spare to buy one, do, you won’t regret it. My first wishlist designer is The 2Bandits. Check out these amazing pieces. Their sterling silver cuffs are what I have my eye on…

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My other love is, Another feather, her rings are just about the most amazing things I have ever seen. Delicate, feminine, sexy.

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Toms sunnies

We love our new sponsor Toms shoes, who doesn’t. They make some of the most comfortable shoes around. They also make sunglasses, and we love them! Through the end of the month, enter TOMSJULYSPECIAL, and receive $5 off any Toms eyewear. You can also receive $10 off any purchase of $100 or more, by entering TOMSJULYSPECIAL.

Happy shopping!

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Florida

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I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I hopped on a plane down to Florida, for one day. You heard me, one day. I had a little business to take care, which went overwhelmingly well.
I enjoyed my one whole day there, the weather seemed tolerable, I thought it was going to be unbearably humid. It wasn’t that humid, to me, but remember I’m originally from Omaha, Nebraska. I think the whole trip was made mainly because of the hosts that had me into their home. They are originally from Omaha, which is our connection. I have to be honest, in hopes that I don’t offend anyone, but Midwesterners have to be the most down to earth, kind, sincere, loving people around. I miss the Midwest everyday, but I am grateful to live where I do because I sure do love the ocean.
Anyway here are a few snapshots of Florida…

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