Tuesday, April 15, 2014

iphone photo dump

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Melissa and I had a 1 pm ceramics class in Emeryville, we decided to try a local restaurant for lunch.
While walking back to the car we noticed this door. Melissa swore it was a portal to another world. The building is for sale, should Chris and I move to West Oakland?
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The item on my registry that I am most coveting. 
My weekday breakfast: 1 basted egg on a whole wheat piece of toast.
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I can't believe it's been I year since I've seen Chele and her family.
Apple and cookie butter for dessert, nuff said.
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Ice cream on a rainy Saturday. Their bourbon vanilla salted caramel may be the best ice cream that I've ever had!
This guy was a Murder She Wrote guest star, I knew that I knew him but couldn't put my finger on from where. All of the sudden it dawned on me, duh, he was the general on Armageddon!
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Mini golf outing with major terms (I won).
The best BBQ I have ever had!

DSLR photo dump

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Ranuculus to brighten up a rainy afternoon.
Sam watching the rain.
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I'm very into straws lately.
Trying to get into this, I've read (and loved) every other Dan Brown book but I just can't seem to get into this one?
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Every once in awhile I will call Chris and ask him to bring me home a surprise, this usually means that I would like for him to bring me home a beer. Instead he brought me this orchid.
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It's gorgeous.
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Now that baseball has started I can't wait for hockey to end. I want the big tv!
A short walk through a redwood grove.
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The perfect weekend breakfast. 2 basted eggs, white sweet potatoes with pepper jack cheese, maple syrup sausage and heirloom cherry tomatoes.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Date Night {dinner and a movie}

Ever since I watched the movie Pitch Perfect, I've wanted to do the whole food truck scene. Last Friday night Chris and I hit up Moveable Feasts for dinner with plans to hit the drive in after.
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We got there before the crowds which was nice. Mexican Squirt was also nice.
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We decided to split 2 entrees for maximum tasting abilities. First up was the Ultimate Fried Chicken (UFC) Club from Eat on Monday I had been wanting to try this for a long time and it didn't disappoint, the bacon that they used was maybe the best bacon that I've ever had!

Next up was a lobster roll from Sam's Chowdermobile. Sadly it was utterly disgusting!! I took one bite and then threw it away! 
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Chris' kimchi quesadilla from Koja Kitchen I was too grossed out by the lobster roll to take another bite.
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We got 2 cupcakes to take with us to the movie from Fairycakes.
OMG!!! The cupcake up top, a FAT ELVIS, so ridiculous, so amazing, organic banana cake filled with chocolate ganache, surrounded by peanut butter buttercream. WE BOTH AGREED THAT WE MUST HAVE THESE AT OUR WEDDING.
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After Moveable Feasts we headed over to the drive in to watch Captain America. What's better than the drive in? Seriously you get to watch a movie in your own space, with your own food, pillows, blankets and a beer or two should you feel so inclined. 

Captain America was much better this time around. I didn't care for the first one but did enjoy this one.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Road Trip {Sonoma County}

Destination:  Sonoma County
Miles Traveled:  180

Chris parents stayed in Windsor, CA (wine country) for a week. Chris and I decided to join them for a few days. We drove up Friday night, late. 
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Saturday Morning Brunch at Backyard.
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Pork Sausage Hash.
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An amazing thing happened at Backyard, I finished a plate for the first time in my life, simple but so good!
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We explored Forrestville for a bit. It was charming, old and overgrown, just like these steps.
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Vineyards.

There was a farm / petting zoo across from the resort that we stayed at.
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The emus reminded me so much of the velociraptors from Jurassic Park.
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Brahma cows from India.
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Chris fell instantly in love. He is convinced that he needs to become a cattle farmer.
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The lambs were my favorite.
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We spent Saturday afternoon walking in Healdsburgh Square with Chris parents, sister, brother in law, niece and his old army buddy Miguel (our local tour guide).
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We met the most gorgeous pair of Great Pyrenees dogs, along with the friendliest dog owners that you ever did meet.
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We spent a good 20 minutes chatting, B loved them too.
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Shopping.
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We taught her to say yee haw!

Chris, Miguel and I separated to brewery hop while they wine tasted.
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Bear Republic was our first stop. 
A little Mexican restaurant (with Coors Light) was the second.
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That double vision.
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B had an extensive wine list when we met back up.

The 7.5 of us had an amazing dinner at Charlie's.
My camera was put away for the day. I highly recommend the prawn / risotto dish, delish!

Funny story, while the dessert menu was being passed around the table B desperately wanted to see it. She got her hands on one, scanned the menu for a moment and confidently said to our waitress, 
"I'll have QRS.... and coffee!"

Monday, March 17, 2014

Let's catch-up

Hello again.

I hit a wall on this blog of mine. When I started it Chris and I were living in a fixer upper and doing house projects / DIY's on the regular. I started the blog to document those projects, intending to throw in a recipe here and there, perhaps a cute pic of the pup from time to time. Shortly after I started the blog we had to move and this space became more of a lifestyle "thing" waiting for the eventual day that I could get back to my interests. DIY, decorating and cooking.

I stopped blogging altogether because I hit a wall.

I've decided to come back in a limited capacity and focus on things that do interest me. Cooking / food, travel and photography.

Some major life changes have taken place as of late. Chris and I are engaged.
 We pretty much planned the wedding in 30 minutes over a few apps and beers at Bj's.
Sliders, fritters, and fried artichokes, yum.

I'm not going to be a bridezilla, I'm pretty much the anti-Bridezilla type but I do want to have some records/ photos of the process.

AND

We have a huge vacay planned in July and are considering moving out of state in August / September.