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Weekend Review

It still counts as a weekend review even if we’re closer to the following weekend, right? This is what happens with 3 day weekends.

This past weekend we went to California to visit Dan’s parents, take in some sunshine and get much needed R&R. We spent Saturday on the beautiful Catalina Island. The weather said it was going to be 60s, so we dressed for 60s. It ended up being sunny and 70s, so I was dying in my jeans and button down. I won’t complain about the sunshine though! I was overdressed the whole weekend and had to buy flip flops in Huntington Beach so my feet could breathe. We went down to Newport Beach on Saturday and Sunday and ate our way down the beach. Which then required a run on the sand to counter-act the calories. I haven’t ran in months and thought I could go on a nice, easy beach run with Dan and his brother. It ended up being a grueling 5 miles and made the burger I ate after it worth it. It was such a great trip to California, especially since I had never been to Catalina or Newport Beach!

Catalina Island

Coming up on Catalina Island

Catalina Island

Reminds me of the French Riveria.

Catalina Island

Beautiful blue water.

Catalina Island

Seriously, so beautiful.

Catalina Island

Also, I love my new camera!

Catalina Island

Lucky seagull gets to live here.

Huntington Beach

Macadamia nut creme brulee for Dan’s birthday at Huntington Beach!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and New Year surrounded by loved ones. We decided last minute to drive down to San Francisco to visit Dan’s family the Sunday before Christmas. We had a great week visiting and eating our way through the city. Dan’s brother-in-law’s family has a great tradition of oysters and crab on Christmas Eve and we happily obliged. On Christmas Day I attempted my first apple pie and pumpkin pie from the Dahlia Bakery Cookbook. On the day after Christmas Dan’s brother and sisters took us into the city to check out the Ferry Building, eat at Hog Island Oysters, and take pictures/drive over the Golden Gate Bridge. Can you believe I’ve actually never been there? Thursday we ate at Dan’s brother-in-laws amazing restaurant, Postino in Lafayette. Saturday we visited Dan’s uncle at Anchor Brewing and had a great lunch at Nopalito right next to Lincoln Park. On Sunday we did the long drive back from San Francisco to my parent’s house. We’re finally home and while it’s been great to be with family, it’s so nice to finally be home and be reunited with the cat. I’ve already been quite productive making butternut squash orzo, organizing the food cabinet and I’m on my way to make banana bread after I post.

As the new year rolls around I’ve decided to make some resolutions for myself. I’m hoping this blog will help me keep them!

  • Meatless Mondays – I’ve wanted to do this for awhile, but I found myself always forgetting about it. This year I’m going to try and consciously remember to abstain from eating meat on Mondays, both for my health and for the environment.
  • Put more effort into blogging- I’m sure by now you guys have noticed how up and down I am with blogging. I would like to keep blogging most consistently, at minimum twice a week. I don’t think I’ll always have a recipe, but maybe I’ll find something fun you guys will enjoy! Suggestions are welcome!
  • Try to save money and budget – Let’s be honest, I try this every year… But this year will be the  year! … Right???

Thank you guys for spending so much time with me on this blog! I truly appreciate each one of you and hope to stay in better contact this year! Here are a few pictures to let you guys know what I’ve been up to in the past few months. Happy 2013!!!

Thanksgiving Day Breakfast Bloody Mary

Ugly sweaters for my birthday party

World’s best burrito

View from the condo in Puerto Penasco, Mexico

Puerto Penasco

Clams that were caught that morning

Our Christmas tree

Dahlia Lounge Pumpkin Pie

Dahlia Lounge Apple Pie

Ferry Building

Oyster Wreath

Golden Gate Bridge

Burrata Plate at Postino

Anchor Brewing

Totopos con Chile at Nopalito

Cabinet organizing, I was too embarrassed to take a before picture

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Slow Cooker Caramalized Onion Pasta

Hello! Apologies for the long delay between posts, I’ve just started a new job and I’ve been running all around Portland, Seattle, Atlanta and back. Thing are back to normal (for the most part) so I’m hoping to be more pro-active with my posting! It’s my favorite time of year, and I can’t wait to finally settle in and decorate with the leaves I made last year, hang out around the fireplace, and eat delicious fall foods. We’ve vowed to use the Crock Pot more this year and have been looking for recipes left and right. Dan found this recipe on the Seattle Times. I braved the wind, got on Lola the Bike and went to Trader Joe’s to get ingredients for dinner. Just a little word of advice – If you haven’t biked in quite awhile, it’s not the best idea to start again on a windy day with a 50lb backpack full of food. Whoever created the analogy “it’s like riding a bike,” didn’t do it in those conditions.

If any of my readers are out on the East Coast – stay safe and warm! Our thoughts are with you!

Caramelized Onion Pasta

Caramelized Onion Pasta *recipe from here

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours

Ingredients:

  • 3 onions sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound whole wheat fusilli pasta (or whatever kind you like)
  • 8oz sour cream
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup sliced sun-dried tomatoes
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons crushed garlic
  • Dollop of garlic chili sauce (only if you want a little kick!)
  • Parmesan

Onions after 6 hours in a Crock Pot

Directions:

Throw the onions and olive oil in the Crock Pot, turn on high and leave for 6 hours. After the onions have caramelized, heat a pot of salted water, and put the pasta in after it has boiled. When the pasta is ready, drain it, then put it back in the pot adding sour cream, onions, arugula, and sun-dried tomatoes. Salt and pepper to your liking and mix until the arugula starts to wilt. We topped ours with parmesan and I added some chili sauce to give it a little heat. Enjoy!

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China

Ni-hao! Have you all been wondering where I’ve been? I’ve been traveling around China and did a quick weekend stint in Austin. I also started a new job, which means I’ve been busy training and traveling. Dan and I joined his parents on the UC Davis Alumni Group tour around China for 2.5 weeks in September. We started our adventure in Beijing, went to Lhasa (Tibet), Chengdu, Xi’an, Guilin and ended in Shanghai. China is an amazing country with so much history and culture. Over the next few weeks I’ll post about our adventures, but for the meanwhile, here are a few photos from our trip:

Doors in the Forbidden City

Guarding the Forbidden City

Silk Rug

Peking Duck – Carved Table Side

Great Wall

Water Cube and Birds Nest

Potala Palace (Home to the Dalai Lama)

Windows of the Potala Palace

Sera Monastery, Tibet

Debating Monks

Jokhang Temple, Tibet

14th Dalai Lama Summer Home

Pandas in Chengdu

Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an

Boater on the Li River

Cruise Down the Li River, Guilin

 

I took this picture of a water buffalo and was chased for half a mile by an 80 year old woman…

 

Shanghai

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Summer Review

Hello! Do you guys remember me? I apologize, I essentially took the summer off. Life was getting crazy with constant wedding plannings and wedding weekends (not mine, so no surprises there!). Here’s a quick peak at what I’ve been up to for the past 2 months. There was a big move, trip to Walnut Creek, Ca for a wedding, multiple bridal shower and bacherolette parties, another wedding, weekend trips, boating, and food, lots of food. It took awhile for the sun to show up, but when it did, it brought the heat as well! Hope your summer is going well! Recipes are soon to come!

Wedding flowers from the Lafayette, CA Farmer’s Market

Wedding Dessert – Rice Krispy Treat Pops

Wedding Dessert – Mini cupcakes

Wedding Desserts – Plate Number 1

Downtown treat!

Bridal Shower Flowers

Flowers from Pike Place Market

Blue Angels during Seafair

Crab from Long Beach, WA

Live Uni (Not mine!)

Mt. St. Helens Lava Canyon

Mt. St. Helens

Wild Huckleberries

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Weekend Review (Tough Mudder Style!)

This past weekend I went to Whistler with a few girl friends to compete in Tough Mudder. We signed up months ago, and I always told myself I was going to train hardcore, but by the time Tough Mudder rolled around, all I had done was a few push ups and attempts at the monkey bars. Needless to say, I’m very sore today.

We started the morning at my favorite breakfast place then headed up to Whistler Olympic Park on the shuttle bus. The sky was blue with clouds and the weather was probably in the low 60s, a nice surprise from the torrential down pour we had driven through the night before.

For 11.5 miles, we ran up ski slopes; ran down a muddy forest; jumped into colored ice water and submerged ourselves fully then pulled ourselves out; scaled 9 foot walls then tried to “gracefully” get over them; carried a log up and down a hill; jumped into a snowy lake and swam across a portion of it; ran in mud (that sometimes got chest high); got shocked; army crawled through rubber tubes, a snow/ice crawl space, under barbed wire and through more electric shocks; and tackled a few other obstacles. Way to go ladies!

Tough Mudders all nice and clean!

Tough Mudders dirty and done!

Kiss of Mud

Why yes, that is barbed wire a foot and a half above the mud

A gorgeous day in Whistler

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Weekend Review

This past weekend Dan and I went down to LA to visit his parents, watch the Sounders match and celebrate his birthday. We flew Virgin America down to LAX in their Main Cabin Select which offered extra feet room and food and drink! On Saturday we went up to Koreatown Galleria and got food for Sunday’s BBQ and had lunch at Road to Seoul. Saturday night we watched the Sounders tie Chivas USA. Sunday morning we went to the Kozy Cafe on Redondo Beach and spent the day BBQing and hanging out. We went to Santa Monica on Monday before heading to the airport where we shopped a bit, had lunch at La Sandia and walked around the Promenade. The weather was gorgeous all weekend and the temperature stayed in the 70s, it made me understand why everyone moves there!

Drinks and eats

Cupcakes from Cake House

Dan’s birthday cake

Lunch trio

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