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Dressing for the holidays.

I love the holidays.  It’s a time for family, food, friends, gift giving, and dressing up.

We happen to live in a place where you don’t ever really leave your flip flops and casual clothes, unless you’re going to a wedding.  The holidays are always fun for me, because of all of the holiday parties we get to dress up for. Here are a few things for the ladies, and they happen to be budget-friendly.

xmas collagePictures top, left to right: Isabella top/Faux leather accent top

Pictures bottom, left to right: Animal print dress/Cesile dress



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Thanksgiving meals

Happy Friday!  I’ve been looking for some new recipes for Thanksgiving this year.  It’s just going to be the two of us (kind of 3, haha.) I’m still going to make us a full Thanksgiving meal.  Here are some of the dishes I have my eye on…

thanksgiving collageRoasted brussels sprouts with lemon mustard parsley dressing/Rosemary roasted carrots recipe

Two-way stuffing with mushrooms and bacon/Roasted garlic green beans with lemon and parmesan

Roasted acorn squash and apple with quinoa, kale, and tahini dressing/Rosmary potato kale tart



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apple picking

apple1This past week we drove out to the country to do a little apple pickin.  I’m only working till noon at another job right now, then come home and work on orders for the store.  I decided to take a break from it all, and go have a little fun.

We decided to stop and have lunch at the famous Andersen’s Split Pea Soup.  It was awesome!  We each had two bowls. We were nice and full and wanted to take naps, but we drove over to the apple orchard, and even made a quick stop at the pumpkin patch.  I have never been apple picking, but I see pictures of friends on the east coast doing it every year at this time.  I’m so happy we went, we had a ton of fun!

Oh, and while at the pumpkin patch we bought a huge bundle of hay to put on our front porch, with all of our pumpkins. True country livin’.  I wish.

apple7^^^This place was the best, if you’re ever in Solvang, go!^^^


apple5^^^Obligatory apple orchard picture.^^^


apple2^^^I feel so bad for all of the apples that don’t make it.  What a waste.^^^


apple2^^^My partner in crime.^^^







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The fourth of july!

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day!  We were pretty mellow around here.  No beach, no picnics, no nothing, just some good ole fashion relaxation.  The hubby worked, and I made a yummy peach, blueberry, apple, gluten-free cobbler.  At night, I grabbed a couple of friends and ventured out to watch the fireworks.  I decided after being in all day, that I really needed to get out of the house.  We have been very busy with lots of upcoming things going on, that it was so nice to just veg all day long.  We watched the fireworks from a parking structure, which turned out to be the perfect idea, then, we didn’t have to deal with all of the beach traffic.  I also got to snap some photos of our beautiful city.  It turned out to be the perfect fourth!

Now, time to start trying to eat healthy AGAIN!

PicMonkey Collage

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Filed under: Food, Friends, Holiday

Happy memorial day!

We’re excited that Memorial day is here!  For many it means the beginning of summer, bbq’s, parties, and pools…

We are also grateful for all of those who have fought, in all of the wars,  for the rights that we have today.  Especially for those who have given their lives for us.

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

PS we have been enjoying all of the beautiful flowers around our area and at our local farmer’s market.

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Weekend Shenanigans


I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter, or just a wonderful Sunday. We had a fun-filled weekend. Lots and lots of eating. On Friday we dyed eggs and ate pizza, Saturday we baked cupcakes, and Sunday we tried to go on a morning hike, but the rain decided to bless us with its presence, so instead we met friends for brunch. I made a big, yummy Easter feast for dinner, for the hubby and I.
 Now, time to get back to the healthy eating and cutting out the sweets. I’ve been doing so well, but caved this past weekend. It’s ok, life isn’t fun unless you treat yourself to treats. Ha!

Oh yeah, Happy April Fool’s Day!!!

Excuse the hair and attire, it was a super casual day.

Homemade cupcakes from scratch.

My new cake stand the husband gave me for Easter. Love!


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A Valentine’s Day To Remember

I had the most amazing Valentine’s day. My husband, who always has something up his sleeve, pulled off a good one. We went to eat at one of my favorite restaurants, Opal. We had a lovely dinner, and then came time for the dessert. I see the waitress walking over with a candle on the dessert, and asked “Why does she have a candle on the dessert”, Dave said “I don’t know”. She arrived at the table with a plate that said “Happy Valentine’s Day” in chocolate with a box sitting along with it, that had a Canon EOS Rebel T3 in it. Oh My! I sure was surprised. The funny thing about this, was that on our way to dinner, I told my husband that I didn’t really need to have that camera that I’ve been obsessing about for a while. Ha!

What a fun night. I only wish I was as good as my husband with gift giving. He always goes to the extreme. No complaints here.
 Thanks, honey.

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!


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Valentine’s Day


Happy Valentine’s Day!

We started our morning off with lots of kisses and hugs. I got to deliver all of my little treats last night, because the husband said he planned something special for the two of us tonight. So we’ll see what the mister has in order. He always has great surprises!

Yesterday was a full on bake day. With lots of goodies packed up to deliver to our friends. We wanted to let them know how much we love them and appreciate having them in our lives.

ps check out the red chocolate chips, they’re perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!


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