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It’s that time of year again, Summer Solstice is here!  Santa Barbara turns into one big party, and I LOVE it!  You can check out last years post and pictures here.  I’ll make sure to post some from this year after the mayhem subsides.

Happy Solstice!!!

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midweek links

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I’m loving this new cookbook!  You’ll love everything in it.  I want her killer body.

I’m completely obsessed with these, and just bought this one. They’re very feminine and girly.

These guys are coming to the Santa Barbara Bowl.  Unfortunately tickets are already sold out.  Husband, can you pull any strings?!! PLEASE!

I finally bought this book, and WOW!, what a hidden gem.

I’m longing for a nice long vacay here, it’s been waaay too long!  I’m excited to go in the fall, with my hubby.  Can’t wait to visit my favorite spot.

If you have little ones, you should definitely shop here.  Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING is adorable.

Why would anyone even attempt to remake this film?.  This was my favorite movie when I was younger, the original one.

Have you had these?  Probably.  I’m normally a straight water drinker, but I have a new little obsession with this particular one.

Who wouldn’t want to live here?!

Could this little one be any cuter?! I mean.

Happy midweek!

 

 

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things

We have a few new things around our home that I wanted to share…

things 003^^^We like to go to the beach and grill, so now we have our own portable one.  Also, when we go camping we don’t have to worry about finding a specific place with a grill, we have our own.  Found this one, here.^^^

things 008^^^Loving our new pouf.  My feet happen to be propped up on it right now.  Makes a great meditation pillow, or a foot rest.  We found it here.^^^

things 017^^^Love, love, love our bolga basket.  It makes for the perfect farmer’s market basket.  Also, for collecting flowers.  You can find one here.^^^

things 019^^^We have carpet in our place (boo), but I have to deal, because we rent.  But, we decided to throw a shag rug down over the carpet, to try to make it look better.  I yearn for hardwood floors.  You can find this one here.  I also FINALLY got a pedicure.^^^

things 022^^^I took my weekly trip down to Target, and found myself some cozy pants.  My husband calls them my blogging pants.  Ha! I say, they’re really cute, and comfy.^^^

things 028^^^We love records!  So naturally if I’m out shopping, I’m stopping by this awesome place!  We’re running out of space and need something new, to hold all of our records.  I was thinking maybe one of these options.  My dream is this.  Maybe someday.^^^

things 010^^^I love having fresh flowers in the house at all times, they make me happy!  My husband brings them home to me every week.  I love him so.^^^

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currently noshing…

After being on a complete junk food binge, I’m back to being somewhat healthy.  I remember back in the day, when I had a flat tummy, I would wake up in the morning and start my day with a bowl of Fage 0% greek yogurt.  I have tried lots of different greek yogurts, but this is, by far, the best one in my book.  It’s gluten-free, vegetarian, diabetic-friendly, protein-rich, pregnancy-friendly, and has no added sweeteners or preservative’s.  The way that I eat Fage yogurt, is by adding strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries, then I add hemp seeds, we like this brand and use almost all of their products.  Sometimes I will add Chia seeds, and almost always I will add maca powder.  It’s such a healthy breakfast, or even a mid afternoon snack that won’t make you feel guilty.  You can also find lots of different recipes on the Fage website, that are easy to make.  So do yourself, or better yet, your body a favor, and go grab some healthy deliciousness and indulge!

Happy Weekend!

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summer selections

Here are a few of my favorite things, that I am eyeing for the summer.  Something for the beach, something to read, and something to eat.  I’m buying the book and making the salad pronto!  I’m saving my pennies to buy something from Ace and Jig.  If you’ve never looked at their gorgeous pieces, check them out.  You’ll find something you will want.  I promise.

Feel free to share your summer favorites.

PicMonkey Collage

You can find the top here, the book here, and the salad here

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currently noshing…

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This week, last week, the week before, this is all we have been eating, because it is so scrumptious.  Us Italians call it just “sauce”, Americans call it “spaghetti sauce”.  Yes there is a difference.  I have always made homemade sauce, usually the type with short ribs, cooking on the stove top all day long, ya know.  A good friend of mine gave me this recipe, and we really are liking it, a lot, lately.  Here is the recipe, along with how we serve it;

First, in a separate pan, cook your turkey burger, that is if you want a meat sauce, otherwise omit it.  Cook with a little ghee and add whatever spices you’d like.  Set aside.  Then, dice up onion and garlic and saute in a pan with grape-seed oil or olive oil.  Make sure you do this in the pan that you are going to put all of your other ingredients into.  Grab a couple cans of tomatoes from TJ’s or wherever (FYI, if you ever go to World Market/Cost Plus, grab a brand of sauce called Pomi, it’s the best).  You can also take the time, if you have it, and dice up fresh tomatoes, then put the tomatoes in with the garlic and onion, and at this point add the turkey burger.  As those ingredients are simmering, dice up the kalamata olives, mushrooms, and whatever else you want to add.  You can also leave out anything you’d like.  After you are finished dicing, throw ingredients into sauce mixture, season with oregano, parsley, garlic powder, pepper, sea salt, cayenne pepper, and simmer for 45 minutes.  Again, you can add or omit any of these things.  When you feel the sauce has absorbed all of the yummy flavors and you are ready to serve it, instead of cooking up the carb-loaded pasta, grab some organic spinach (cold), put it in a bowl, and serve the sauce over it.  The heat from the sauce wilts the spinach a bit and makes it so delicious that you won’t even miss the pasta.

I know it sounds a bit strange, but try it, you won’t be disappointed!

Capisce?!

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Currently Noshing…

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 This week we are indulging in, fresh, farmers market strawberries.  Yum!  We like to support the local farmers as much as we can.  We also try to eat almost everything organic.  This is not always the case, but we try.  Also, I just purchased It’s All Good
by Gwyneth Paltrow, and I love it!  The recipes are simple, yet a bit unique.  She also discusses the elimination diet, and shows by each recipe, if it is vegan, elimination or protein-packed.  Worth the buy especially if you’re up for a little change, to a healthier lifestyle.

Hope everyone is having a great week.

We are at Disneyland!  Off we go, to get ready to enter the happiest place on earth.

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Healthy Salad

I recently found a really easy, healthy salad  from one of my favorite bloggers, Bleubird.  I have actually made something very similar to this, only with quinoa.  What is great about this recipe is that you can make a big batch ahead of time, and store it in a glass container, in the refrigerator, for the work week.  If you’re anything like us, we take our lunches to work.  It’s much healthier.

Here are the ingredients you will need:

1 bag of farro (Trader Joe’s has the perfect 10 minute cook)

parsley

cucumber

red onion

red pepper

tomato

almonds

balsamic

olive oil

Cook farro for 10 minutes, drain and set aside.  Chop all of your veggies and almonds into small pieces, you may add or exclude any veggie or nut that you want.  In a large mixing bowl, mix your veggies, nuts and farro together.  In a separate bowl mix the olive oil and balsamic together, using as much as you want, depending on your liking.  Then pour over salad, and mix.  I also threw some feta on top at the end, but you don’t have to.

ps. I also just learned from the same post, that laying a spoon over a pot of boiling water, keeps it from overflowing. Genius!

Enjoy!

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Currently Noshing/Sipping

This week isn’t so much a noshing topic, but more of a sipping topic. I am currently hooked on iced coffee with cinnamon, loads of cinnamon. Cinnamon has huge health benefits to it, and actually so does coffee, if consumed moderately. I’m not sure I can honestly say that I consume coffee moderately. I’ve even started making it at home for an afternoon pick-me-up. It’s yummy!

All you have to do is make coffee, I use a french press, let the coffee cool, I put it in the refrigerator (because I’m super impatient and can’t wait for anything longer than 2 minutes), when the coffee is cooled, pour over ice, leaving room for milk or cream, whichever you prefer, and lastly pour loads of cinnamon over the top of your drink. I like to take a straw or a spoon and mix. I will let you know ahead of time, that the cinnamon does not completely mix in to the coffee as you can see from the pictures below, doesn’t matter it’s still da bomb!!!

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