Monday, April 20, 2009

California Dreamin'


We're back from a fabulous vacation in Southern California!! I had never been that far west and just loved every minute of the trip (it went by much too fast!). We started in Santa Barbara and made our way down the Pacific Coast Highway to Orange County! We got to catch up with some friends and see some beautiful scenery...and taste some excellent wine!!

Here are some highlights:


Sunset in Santa Barbara...it was incredibly windy (I kept blaming the Santa Ana winds) and COLD but it was BEAUTIFUL.

Wine tour in Solvang and Los Olivos. The picture below was taken at the tasting room at the Koehler Winery.


Roblar Winery...by far the most beautiful.


Any Sideways fans will recognize this spot:


Quick tour of Pepperdine University...how do these kids get any studying done with views like this?!


Lunch at Moonshadows in Malibu...made infamous by Mel Gibson's drunken rant. The views are amazing...right on the Pacific Ocean.




Had to stop by UCLA where Jake tried his best to get into Pauley Pavillion...he had to settle for a picture with the Bruin instead.



Santa Monica pier:

Beverly Hills! I'm the creepy creepster hiding out behind the sign.



Rodeo Drive!


Hollywood Walk of Fame


The Pacific is COLD!


Dodgers Game!


Good friends:

And good food (Sprinkles Cupcakes & In-n-Out Burger):

Hopefully I'll be back in the kitchen soon! Preferably making lighter fare...did I mention Sprinkles and In-n-Out burger?!

Monday, April 13, 2009

2nd Annual Doggie Egg Hunt!

This past weekend Deacon was the gracious host of the Second Annual Doggie Egg Hunt! He got to invite 2 of his buddies over to hunt for eggs filled with wheat-free dog treats (one of his pals has an allergy!) and enjoy some playtime.



Finnegan the Pug was the only one to actually find an egg on his own...but Deacon and Bella loved sharing the treats he found!



And here's a look back at some pics from last year's egg hunt...I can't believe Deacon was ever this small!

One thing hasn't changed even if he's added 65+lbs...and that's his love of hunting lizards and rustling them up out of the jungle that is our backyard!

Lizard hunter then....

And now....

Monday, April 6, 2009

Happy Easter!!


I saw these cakepops on Bakerella's blog a while ago and thought that there just couldn't be anything cuter! And then my friend Kara, blogged about her foray into the cupcake bite world and her results were just adorable too! So when I found myself with a long afternoon and a husband that was out of town, I figured I'd give it a shot!


I used red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting as suggested by Bakerella. These little chicks are not only adorably cute, but they also taste great! Usually when something is too cute or pretty to eat, it tastes pretty vile...not so with these little guys! I played Easter bunny today at work and passed these out and they got rave reviews!


Bakerella's site walks you through exactly how to do it...and has several other equally adorable ideas for Easter! So I wanted to go ahead and get this posted in case any of you want to give it a try before the holiday! Also, since it took me roughly 5 hours to put these together yesterday, I'll likely be staying out of the kitchen until it is time to eat Easter dinner!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Success!!!

Check it out:

You are looking at the baby fruits of a plant that I have managed to keep alive for over a week!! 11 days to be exact...and yes, I'm counting!


Plants in my care generally don't do so well. I'm like a highly trained, perfectly methodical assassin when it comes to plants.


Now I just have to keep an eye on these little tomatoes...here's hoping they last long enough to ripen!


And here's a too cute picture of Deacon that my friend Heather took this weekend at the beach.