Tuesday, April 15, 2014

iphone photo dump

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?
The item on my registry that I am most coveting. 
My weekday breakfast: 1 basted egg on a whole wheat piece of toast.
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.
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!
Mini golf outing with major terms (I won).
The best BBQ I have ever had!

DSLR photo dump

Ranuculus to brighten up a rainy afternoon.
Sam watching the rain.
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?
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.
It's gorgeous.
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.
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.
We got there before the crowds which was nice. Mexican Squirt was also nice.
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! 
Chris' kimchi quesadilla from Koja Kitchen I was too grossed out by the lobster roll to take another bite.
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.
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. 
Saturday Morning Brunch at Backyard.
Backyard Breakfast.IMG_6678
Pork Sausage Hash.
An amazing thing happened at Backyard, I finished a plate for the first time in my life, simple but so good!
We explored Forrestville for a bit. It was charming, old and overgrown, just like these steps.

There was a farm / petting zoo across from the resort that we stayed at.
The emus reminded me so much of the velociraptors from Jurassic Park.
Brahma cows from India.
Chris fell instantly in love. He is convinced that he needs to become a cattle farmer.
The lambs were my favorite.
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).
We met the most gorgeous pair of Great Pyrenees dogs, along with the friendliest dog owners that you ever did meet.
We spent a good 20 minutes chatting, B loved them too.
We taught her to say yee haw!

Chris, Miguel and I separated to brewery hop while they wine tasted.
Bear Republic was our first stop. 
A little Mexican restaurant (with Coors Light) was the second.
That double vision.
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.


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