Showing posts from August, 2012

Romantic Getaway

Here are some of my favorite moments from our weekend away in sunny San Diego for Tylia and Chalon's wedding.  Walking around the shore cliffs of La Jolla hand-in-hand. Cool trees, energy, scenic views, and yummy burritos. Room service dessert to make up for an AWFUL dinner downtown. (Loved that it came with roses!) BTW, we also got room service for breakfast on Sunday morning. We have never ordered room service before, so it felt like we were living large! We only left the hotel room once for dinner (we wanted to make the most of it - we got an upgrade to a high floor and a larger room!!!) We chilled in our matching robes, lounged on the patio (love hotels that have windows or doors that actually open!), drank beer, and watched the homeless shenanigans below. Sunday afternoon in Mission Bay, on a shady patch of grass. We lounged on a blanket and shared an authentic burrito. There isn't much better in this world than a San Diego burrito. Meeting up

Rogers Crew

As promised, here are a few of my favorite professional photos from our family reunion in Myrtle Beach! Love these. Grandmama, the matriarch, has 4 children, 9 grandchildren, and three and a half great grandchildren! She is an amazing woman and I hope to always be as soft and sweet as she is. I have such fond memories of summers in Georgia, running around my Grandma's house, dressing up in her jewelry, and chasing fireflies.  All of the 'Rogers' cousins Chris Rogers fam The Dwights! My sweet cousins This is my favorite picture because it shows the magic of life! Look what Grandma created!  Her life continues to touch so many people and her loving spirit and nurturing heart runs through all of our blood.

Dance Joy

Have you been watching So You Think You Can Dance? The performance and results show in one, and the two-week Olympics hiatus really messed things up this season. They've had to get rid of 4 contestants at a time, which really breaks my heart! In fact, this week they got rid of the only eye candy on the show - the Ryan Gosling mini-me. On one hand it is refreshing that they aren't keeping people around purely for ratings, but hello! Sex sells!  Anyway, enough of my rant. My mom was in Lake Tahoe a few weeks ago for my cousin's dance competition and guess who was there?! Joshua, the winner from season 4! One of my fave SYTYCD seasons of all time. 

Endless Summer

Thankfully we live in a climate where garden season seems to last forever. We started with snap peas and lettuce and we will end with peppers and tomatoes. Lately, our strawberries have been popping, and it's like Christmas every time I go out and hunt for those juicy red morsels. These are the BEST strawberries I've ever had and so cool that whenever I want a sweet treat, I can just walk outside and grab a handful.  We tried a new cucumber variety this year - Armenian cucumbers. They stay yellow and get HUGE. Unfortunately, so far their flavor hasn't been all that great. In fact, they sort of taste like a very dilute and salty honeydew. Ew. But, one of them grew in the shape of a J, so I can't give up on them yet!! And check out that radish below. Hideous and alien, but zesty and fresh.

Summer Mosaic

Tylia's wedding shower in Mission Viejo Summer treat - home grown fruit, a scotchmallow, and a glass of wine Date night at Castoro Cellars to see Peppino D'Agostino Bathroom remodel continues with my handy hubby Sky art in San Luis Obispo All photos taken with my iPhone. Getting ready to bite the bullet with a new lens for my Canon.


My mom is an excellent cook and one of her favorite things to make for people is Pot Stickers. A few years ago when I was visiting the fam in Bozeman, we all sat down and made Pot Stickers together. At the time, I didn't pay much attention to the recipe, which befuddles me because knowing what I know now, I don't have a clue how I survived over the years without these savory treats. It all started when my friend Maren was about to have a baby and I wanted to come up with a  fun, unique, and yummy dinner to deliver to her family after the baby was born. I immediately thought about creating home-made chinese take-out, which got me thinking about those pot stickers.  Pot stickers are relatively easy to make but they do take some time, so be patient and don't leave them to the last minute! Pot Sticker Ingredients: 1 pkg wonton/pot sticker wraps (round) - I couldn't find round, so I bought square and trimmed off the corners. 1 lb ground pork (not sausage!)

Real life love.

July - Marriage Don't sweat the small stuff Have one official "date night" per month Week of Extreme Nice Help Steve in the yard Patience! I couldn't be happier with our marriage. We hardly ever argue, especially when I am biting my tongue over those Cheerios on the ground or hat not hung up. Some things I don't understand when it comes to MEN. Like, how come they feel the need to leave their socks lying around? And why is it that they don't want to put anything into drawers? I will never understand, but I can try to find solutions. Steve tends to leave his dirty and/or gently worn clothes on the floor next to his side of the bed. There is a dresser one foot away, but the only thing that dresser collects is dust. So, I asked Steve if it would be easier for him if I put a hamper right next to that dresser so he can toss the dirty clothes in there, and then hang hooks on the back of the door so he can hang his clean stuff there. He said he'd give i