Monthly Archives: June 2011

summer: style

Summer professional

Summer Girls night

Summer lunch date

Summer beach + farmers market day

Summer date with my Preston J

Summer lake side lounging

While I haven’t gotten to any of the recipes I listed yesterday, we did have basil blue cheese turkey burgers last night for dinner. P grilled them to perfection and we topped with avocado, grilled oninions, tomatoe and smoked gouda. Oh my yummy.


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summer: food

Can you believe it is almost time for the Fourth of July!? I, for one, am tickled that it is already time to lather on the sunscreen (yes, even you, Preston Jacob) grab a towel and book and enjoy the sunshine.  Of course, what is summer without delicious recipes with all of the fresh seasonal ingredients?  Here is my to-make list for the next few weeks:

Mexican Quinoa with Avocado and Black Beans

Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken

Oven Fried Zucchini

Lemon Coffee Cake

Homemade Pickles!

Corn, corn and more corn. We LOVE corn.

Fish/ Shrimp Tacos

What is on your summer to-cook list? If you are hosting an Independence Day shindig, here is my inspiration board!

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Here is what we have been up to lately! Our past few weekends have included the Ringling Brothers Circus, Del Mar Fair, a Padres game and lots of enjoying Mr. Sebastian!

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dear friends and family,

May you please all relocate from Seattle, Las Vegas and Texas to San Diego? And may you please do this quickly? We miss having friends. And I am quite in the mood to throw a dinner party. You see, if I were to throw dinner parties in San Diego, it would be for only for Preston and I… and then we would inevitably eat too much food and drink too much wine… and let’s be honest – my behind does not need excess of either! So, in an attempt to not-so-subtly encourage you to move closer to P, Sebastian and I – here are some images of the kind of get-togethers that have been on my mind lately…

A carnival party – how darling is the cupcake wheel?!

A breakfast birthday party! So sweet – I think we are going to have to do this next month when my sweet momma in law, Lisa comes to visit to celebrate her birthday (which was this past Saturday!)

A tea party – we used to have these at my Auntie Lori’s house for all the girls in the family. She would get us a new special tea cup for our birthday’s each year – I think this tradition should be restarted!

A desert party… need I say more?

An outdoor summer dinner party – how perfect are the cantaloupes?!

Speaking of fun events, when I head to Seattle in August, my momma, sister and I will be hosting a girls night on Saturday, August 6th at Hannah’s cute place in NE Tacoma! If you are a lady and will be in the area – join us for crafts, wine, relaxing and great company!

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Do you ever get so caught up in life that you forget to appreciate it? I do. I forget how incredibly blessed I am to be living this wonderful life. I want to cherish every little moment – I want to embrace each person I meet, each meal I eat, every bike ride I take, each and every family member I am blessed with. So here I am, taking a few minutes to be thankful for so many things…

1. A God that loves me beyond any shadow of a doubt no matter how selfish or silly I may act.

2. A best friend who I will soon get to call my husband!

3. A home I adore, where I feel safe, comfortable and loved at all times.

4. Another best friend who I am blessed to call my sister.

5. A puppy boy who gives me big slobbery kisses even when I have crazy hair, smelly feet and am grumpy!

6. The flexibility + ability to do whatever I want in life.

7.  SO MANY THINGS to look forward to – visits from lots of family, upcoming Seattle vacation, wedding dress shopping, sister time, the fair, summer picnics

8. The ocean – and the fact that I am greeted by its beauty every morning.

9. Books. My Eyes. The Library. This wonderful little trio that gives me endless hours of entertainment, tears, laughs and satisfaction! On my summer reading list is The History of Love, Same Kind of Different as Me, The Help and Bossypants.

10.  Modern Technology. And its durability. I’m very thankful that my computers, phone and I-pad are all able to withstand daily water spills, regularly occuring (unplanned) trips to the floor and every other imaginable accident that comes with belonging to a clumsy person.

11. Alright, I was going to keep this list to 10 things, but there is one more thing I simply can’t go without mentioning: Food Trucks. Now, I didn’t mention it on this post yesterday because, well, I was a little jealous that I wasn’t the one to think of this idea. At the wedding we went to this weekend, at around 11:00 p.m., just as everybody was starting to feel their 3rd cocktail set in and their dancing feet start to get a little sleepy – a food truck with HEAVEN-SENT sliders and tots showed up. In my life, I have never seen a group of wedding attendees get so excited. Then, yesterday I stumbled upon this Mashable article discussing 16 of the Top Food Trucks. People, there are such things as Gourmet Grilled Cheese and Creme Brulee food trucks! So today, on my blessings post, I am feeling especially thankful for the amazing person who had the idea of creating a mobile restaurant, as well as to myself for choosing to divulge my inner fat kid with all sorts of deliciousness on a regular basis. 

And I can’t end this post without expressing how thankful I am that it is Friday and I have the Del Mar Fair, friends in town, paddle boarding and a neighboord event involving a beer garden in my near future. Happy Weekend!

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c/o 2011

While in Las Vegas, we also got to see Hannah graduate from Coronado High School! We had a fun celebration lunch at Terra Verde (the harvest salad + creme brulee were to die for) and she had the most fabulous Hello Kitty graduation cake! She is attending UNR next year and we are so excited for her!

As part of her present, P and I put together a list of 50 tips for surviving college that we had learned through the years. Here are a few of them…

“If you bring a car to school, said car doesn’t stop needing any and all mechanical maintence just because mom and dad aren’t there. Learn how often you need an oil change.”

“As generous and loving as you are, it is not neccessary to buy everyone at the bar a round of shots after you’ve had several cocktails and your favorite song comes on. It may take a few surprise $150 charges on your bank account for this one to sink in.”

“Theme parties are not nearly as fun or prevelant when you leave college. Take advantage of them – rock that side pony and leotard.”

“Employ the buddy system for tailgates, parties, games and any other event that doesn’t involve a professor or community service”

Congratulations Hannah – we love you to pieces!

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wedding goodness

While in Las Vegas this past weekend we attended the Mackin wedding. The wedding was absolutely beautiful, as were the sweet couple. I have stolen a few pictures to share (thank you Facebook) because I was so busy drooling over every perfect detail that I barely remembered to take any pictures! Preston was a groomsmen and couldn’t of looked any more handsome!

It looks as if this was straight out of my Real Simple Wedding magazine. I promise these are real people, not models!

My Internet stalking skills seem to be decreasing…I can’t find the photographer’s site to link to. Regardless, the photos are beautiful!

While P was busy looking handsome for lots of photos, I danced and drank with this cute girl!

I think this is the one normal-looking (almost) photo of P and I the whole night – I am terrible!

Super blurry – but too cute not to put up!

It was the first wedding Preston and I have been to since we were engaged and it was so fun to think that it will be us in just over a year!

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