Monday, May 30, 2011

My Visit To The City By The Bay

        We spent the long weekend in The Bay area and enjoyed the beautiful weather and
                        amazing scenery. This bridge takes my breath away! Always.

                                  I loved this shot of The Bay bridge. The day was gorgeous!

                    I could drive around San Francisco for hours and just looks at the houses.
                                                These ones are a few of my favorites.

                                I heart the angle I took of these awesome buildings.

                     We needed our daily dose of sugar and went to Susie Cakes in SF ....
                                    The light green buttercream frosting made me happy.

                                                          Uber cute sign.

                                                                   HEART houses

                            Stopped by Tyler Florences shop in Mill Valley...and upscale
                                                          version of Williams Sonoma.

            Had a beer sampler at the Marin Brewery in Larkspur. Blueberry was my favorite.

                         My girl enjoying the sun and sand on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

        We had such a great weekend and I was so happy to take all of these cool pics of the
        most GORG city in the world. I have lots more photos to share. This is just a sample.
        I hope your holiday weekend was a wonderful one!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

       My mini me shopping with her mini cart...I believe she was looking for San Marzano
                                            tomatoes for her special bolognese.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake

         Ok ladies, it's time to get the dust off of the blender. Grab the keys to the car and go
         to the market.....All you need to buy are 3 ingredients and you will have the best
         shake experience, ever!!!! Ha.

                                                 Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake

      1 bag of large marshmallows
      2 cups of milk
      2 cups vanilla ice cream

     Line a large cookie sheet with tin foil. Place marshmallows on cookie sheet and broil
     in oven until toasty. About 1 to 2 min. Stand by the oven. It happens fast.
     Place milk, ice cream and most of the toasted marshmallows in the blender, save a few
     for the top. Blend until smooth and serve with cute straws.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Weekend Re~Cap

       On Saturday we went to a restaurant called Schooner or later in Long Beach and this
                                                was our view while we were eating!

       This was my breakfast while at Schooner's...the most amazing Crab Eggs Benedict.
          We also had a grilled banana nut muffin that was so incredible that there
                          was no time to take a photo. That's what I call good.

                                    Enjoyed these spicy and delicious Bloody Mary's

                                      Went to an Angels game and had so much fun.

                                           This is the view from our hotel bar ~ loved it!

                                            Hydrangea flowers are my absolute favorite!


Friday, May 20, 2011

Margarita's 2 Ways

                                                                  Beer Margarita's

                  1 ( 12 fluid ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate
                  12 fluid ounces tequila ( I used Cabo )
                  12 fluid ounces of water
                  12 fluid ounces of corona
                  1 lime, cut into wedges
                  Ice and salt for rim

     1) Pour limeade, tequila, water and beer into a large pitcher. Stir until well blended,
     and limeade is melted. Add plenty of ice, and garnish with lime wedges.

                                                              Ice Blue Margarita

                1 teaspoon of coarse salt
                4 ounces tequila
                2 ounces Triple Sec
                2 ounces fresh lime juice
                2 ounces blue Curacao
                2 teaspoons super fine sugar
                1 lime, cut into wedges
            Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Place Tequila, Triple Sec, blue Curacao, and
            sugar in shaker, shake hard for 30 seconds. Serve in salt rimmed Margarita

            I just thought I would share a couple of my favorite cocktails that we enjoy!
            Also, the weekend is upon us and I hope you all have the best couple days.
                                                Have a drink and relax!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Greek Pasta Salad

       I love Greek food and my better half is obsessed with pasta salad's..One day last
    Summer I came up with this recipe and it has been a huge hit. Great for Pot lucks and
    and it's also wonderful warm or cold. Enjoy.

                                                              Greek Pasta Salad

         1 package pasta - your choice
         1/4 cup olive oil
         one yellow onion
         4 garlic cloves, minced
         2 cups of mushrooms, sliced
         4 chicken breasts, cut into strips
         1 (14 oz) jar artichokes in water, chopped
         2 tablespoon oregano
         1 tablespoon basil
         1 tablespoon parsley
         1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
         1/4 cup white wine ( optional)
         3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
         the juice of one lemon
         8 oz feta cheese
         handful of cherry tomatoes
         salt and pepper

        1) Cook pasta and set aside. Meanwhile in a skillet heat olive oil on med-high heat.
        Cook chicken until cooked through and set aside. In the same skillet add onion, garlic
        saute for 5 min and then add mushrooms and cook until mushrooms have color.
        Add veggies and artichokes to the pasta.
        2) Mix white wine, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice and spices. Mix well
        and add to the pasta. Top with Feta cheese and tomatoes.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Pictures Of My Life

                               A beautiful Saturday drive through Malibu. Breathtaking.

                                               Ate at, Patricks Roadhouse in Santa Monica

                                 The food was amazing and so fresh. Fish Taco's

                             I truly loved the eclectic decor. I'm a sucker for windows and doors.

                                                                 I heart her! <3

                                             I made some yummy cocktails. Recipe soon.

                            Enjoyed a quiet evening outside playing scrabble listening to music.
                                                I'd say a it was a pretty perfect weekend.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Weekend ReCap

                                               Received some beautiful flowers this weekend.

                                Bought some pretty dish towels at Target. Yellow makes me happy.

               Saturday we went to Calabasas and had a lovely lunch outside at SAGEBRUSH.

                                 Admired my favorite Canyon ...... Reminds me of Tuscany.

          The last picture is what my Mother's Day View looked liked. I pretty much had a
      wonderful weekend....filled with love and great food. I hope all of you momma's had a
                                                              great weekend too!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

PB & J Sushi

    Sushi is a staple in our household, so is PB & J. This is just a cute and creative
    way to serve up a classic. Your kids will love it. Maybe on a Friday night when
    you and your loved one is eating sushi serve this up for the kiddies and give them
    some chop sticks and you are good to go. I make these for myself too. The one's
    in the pics....I ate. Hehe.

    Btw, Happy Cinco de Mayo. I did not forget about you. I will be posting tonight's
    recipes next week. We celebrate Cinco de Mayo at least once a week in our home.

                                           PB & J Sushi

   2 slices white bread-crusts removed
   Peanut butter

     Cut crusts off of the bread and with a rolling pin smooth out and spread pb&j
     roll and cut.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Organizing Make-Up

    I have a confession....I'am a reality T.V junkie. Yes, it's true. I just can't ever get enough
    of it. I love watching The Kardashians and every time I watch it I always see them in
    their bathrooms and I would drool over the acrylic storage make up display that they
    all have. Did you ever notice it? If you watch the show....of course. Ha.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Glazed Turkey Meat Loaf

    Do you know how hard it is to photograph meat loaf??? I think I made it pretty?
    I got the recipe  from Tyler Florence's cookbook, it's his wife's recipe
    and let me tell's the best meat loaf I've ever had. Using Turkey made
    it light and wonderful. I made roasted potatoes and asparagus to go along. A great
    Spring meal.

                                              Glazed Turkey Meat Loaf

    2 slices soft white bread, torn into pieces
    2 cups whole milk
    1 yellow onion, diced
    1 cup diced thick-cut bacon, plus 6 to 8 strips
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    2 pounds ground turkey breast
    1 large egg
    3 tablespoons ketchup
    2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    2 tablespoons salt
    1 cup ketchup
    1/2 cup Dijon mustard
    1 cup light brown sugar

    1) Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the
    bread and milk in a small bowl and set aside for several minutes.
    2) In a medium skillet, saute the onions, diced bacon and garlic over medium heat
    for 10 minutes or until cooked, scrape the mixture into a large bowl and allow to
    cool 10 minutes.
    3) Add the ground turkey, milk soaked bread ( discard any remaining milk) egg,
    ketchup, worcestershire and salt to the bowl with the onions and mix well.
    Divide the mixture in half and form each portion into oblong mound on the
    prepared baking sheet. Top with bacon strips.
    4) make the glaze..In a small saucepan, combine the ketchup, mustard and brown
    sugar and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Use a pastry brush to paint a thick
    layer of glaze onto each bacon-wrapped meat loaf. Bake for 1 hour.
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