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Summer Cake

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This week we had a bake sale at work and this was one of my contributions! A red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. Okay, so I used a box cake, but I added a secret ingredient (ok, I will tell you! 1 cup of sour cream in the mix!). But really, this cake is all about the gorgeous, summery decor! I totally stole this idea from Pinterest (of course), but I think it came out so lovely, don't you! 

SLO Life Magazine

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My bibimbap recipe was published in SLO Life Magazine! Check it out! http://www.slolifemagazine.com/local-food-by-local-people/162/bibimbap/

Herbivores

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I took these photos of the garden about two weeks ago. Now the lettuce and snap peas are just about done but the tomatoes, cucumbers, and melons are just getting started! Pretty soon we will have so many cucumbers again we will have to start pickling again. That or lots of cucumber, mint mojitos!  Romaine lettuce - my fave Cucumbers and cantaloupe The peaches are coming in nicely. Just like the color of a sunset. Hope we get to them before the birds do! A new addition to the garden this year - snap peas! Remember when these snap peas looked like this? The radishes are ready! (Rad-i?) Holy Popeye! I put the camera lens on the spinach leaf so you can see how big it is. So big, I squealed every time I went out to the garden. Almost mutant looking. We had one tiny little strawberry about the size of a marble. But, Steve had to pick it because apparently the first year of growing strawberries, you are supposed to pick off any new fruits so tha

Oh, hello June!

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I can't believe it is already June. We are officially half way into this Happiness Project! Catching up on May's goals: Throw a dinner party Well, I did have two gatherings at our place in May. The first was more of a dinner than a party. We invited Steve's intern and his girlfriend over for dinner before they embark on their new journey to Berkeley this month. I made tri-tip, a home-grown salad, barbequed pineapple and shrimp kabobs, and a peach toffee crisp for dessert.  Also, in May I had a Bachelorette season premiere viewing party which was more of a party than dinner. We snacked on nuts, crackers, brie, and dried apricots, and making its debut, Butterfinger Cheesecake , for dessert. And of course some champagne. :) My pick for Emily? Arie or Sean! Go Somewhere New in SLO County Thanks to my Leadership class, I was able to visit a new place during the month of May that was absolutely fabulous! Dancing Deer Farm in Templeton. Dancing Deer is a p

Palmies

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Some before and after shots of our amazing palm trees that we planted within months of moving in. Our nursery neighbor told us that the 3rd year would be the most incredible change in size. Boy, was he right! These pictures were all taken during the second year of growth - April 2011 and the third year, April 2012. 2011 2012 - BOOM! 2011 - the palm on the left actually died and we had to replace it shortly after this was taken.  2012 - see the tiny little replacement tree? And WOW, what a huge difference a year makes! 

A plum with a bum

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Our plum tree is packed with these little babies. But, this little plummy in particular made me laugh. A tiny plum bum! 

Homemade Snickers Bars

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Just for fun, I decided to try a new sweet treat that I came across on Pinterest. Homemade snickers bars.  They were incredible and tasted almost exactly like the real thing!! This recipe makes an entire tray of snickers bars so of course, I brought them into work and they were gone instantly.  Recipe from  How Sweet It Is  found from Pinterest. Makes one 9 x 13 pan Bottom Chocolate Layer: 1 1/4 cups milk chocolate chips 1/4 cup peanut butter Thoroughly grease your baking pan. Melt ingredients together in a saucepan and spread until even. Let cool and harden completely. Nougat Layer: 1/4 cup unsalted butter 1 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup evaporated milk 1 1/2 cups marshmallow fluff (YES!!!) 1/4 cup peanut butter 1 1/2 cup salted peanuts chopped, roughly chopped 1 tsp vanilla extract Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add in sugar and milk, stirring until dissolved and bring to a boil. Let cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add i

Wedded Bliss

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Saturday was a gorgeous day for a wedding. Steve looked as handsome as ever in a full tuxedo - the first time he has ever worn one! I loved Josh and Rachel's sweet and elegant wedding. The audience was in tears as they shared their hand-written vows to each other. Rachel promised to encourage Josh's golf game and Josh vowed to make her laugh every day. Bless their hearts! Josh's home-brew flowed and the dance floor got a little wild as we celebrated two very special people. I love wedding season as it reminds Steve and I how lucky we are to be married and so much in love. 

Memorial Day Memories

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The family gathered over memorial day weekend in Lake Havasu, Arizona to celebrate my grandpa's 80th birthday and my cousin Melissa's graduation from high school. I haven't been to Lake Havasu in years so it was good to be back and remember all of the fun times I had there as a child.  We rented a house for the weekend and it was the perfect location for relaxing, cooking, and having a party! There was a jacuzzi, pool, outdoor kitchen area and a shaded patio for those hot afternoons. The gourmet kitchen suited us well for making food all weekend long instead of having to go out to eat. There was a pool table, bar, and everything else you need to have a good time.  I really enjoy being with my family and lucky to get to share such fun times together making new memories. This is what life is meant for - to celebrate each other's milestones, accomplishments, and dreams coming true. Love you all! My aunt Cathy and Mom, cousins Charisma, Melissa, and Serene