Scenes from the Weekend

Hi lovelies. I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine had a rocky start because I was feeling really yucky but thankfully I started feeling better and was able to enjoy my Grandma’s 88th birthday surprise celebration! We always do something fun for my Grandma’s birthday and last year went to Vegas! This year we stayed in town and had an amazing time and my Grandma was over the moon- just how everyone should feel on their birthday 🙂 Hope you all have a great Monday!

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Ready for a change- shorter hair for summer!

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A very surprised Grandma when she saw the limo!

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The fam in front of the limo, ready to embark on Grandma’s special birthday!

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My first time at the Tonga room and my Grandma’s first time back in over 40 years!

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Queen of the Tonga room with her strawberry banana daiquiri!

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I’m such a lucky Grandaughter to have the most amazing Grandma!!

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Surprise round 2- Sound of Music the next day!

Questions:

-When’s the last time you were in a limo?

-How was your weekend?

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Scenes from the Weekend

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend and a fantastic Easter if you celebrate! My weekend was busy with some fun events and a few great surprises. It all started on Friday with a surprise visit from my Delta Gamma little, Ella! She lives in LA and I don’t get to see her that often but she decided last minute to come up to SF for the weekend so we were able to get together! We had lunch together at Plant (my fave restaurant) and then walked to the Ferry Building to explore and so I could pick up some goodies from Mariposa which is the most amazing gluten-free bakery in SF! Saturday was spent picking up my Grandma and going to Sacramento (my old hometown) for a bridal shower for my brother’s fiance. It was a beautiful day and we had so much fun! The next day I woke up and found a gluten-free, dairy-free Easter basket waiting for me courtesy of Daddy Jeff… I mean the Easter bunny! It was such a fun surprise and I was so excited! He really is so amazing. Next up was an amazing, powerful Easter church service and then we went to Blackhawk to feed the ducks and walk around a bit before brunch. My brother and his fiance came and surprised my Grandma at brunch and we had a wonderful time. All in all, it was a great weekend!

Big-Little love!!

Big-Little love!!

The gorgeous bride-to-be and I were color coordinated!

The gorgeous bride-to-be and I were color coordinated!

So amazing treats!!

So amazing treats including a gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free cupcake from Miglets! 

Grandma and I at church- I'm not really quite that much taller than her, but I was wearing 5.5 inch heels!

Grandma and I at church- I’m not really quite that much taller than her, but I was wearing 5.5 inch heels!

The beautiful, flower-covered cross

The beautiful, flower-covered cross

A little overcast but still a nice day and barely any rain!

A little overcast but still a nice day and barely any rain!

Grandma and Daddy Jeff feeding the ducks!

Grandma and Daddy Jeff feeding the ducks!

Questions:

-What did you do this weekend?

-If you celebrated Easter, what did you do?

-Do you have a favorite bakery?

 

Daddy’s Day

Hi lovelies! Long time, no see! Sorry I’ve been a little MIA lately- things have been so busy but I’m happy to be back around the blog. I have some recipes to share with you, some fun adventures in the city, my trip to Indy, fashion and much more! But today, I thought I’d start with the most recent– Father’s Day!

I spent the weekend celebrating my Daddy Jeff- the most caring, compassionate, loving man I know. I feel so lucky to be his daughter and it was a pleasure spending time with him and making sure that he felt extra special, because he truly deserves it. We went to the CA Academy of Sciences and Japanese Tea Garden on Saturday (more on that in a separate post) so we decided to do church and dinner on Sunday. To stray from the norm, my mom and I decided it would be fun to cook dinner for Daddy Jeff. He chose the general idea of what he wanted, and then I turned to some of my favorite bloggers for recipe inspiration. We came up with gazpacho (recipe to come), Mama Pea’s Yukon Gold White Bean Basil Burgers and dessert in the form of Averie’s Peanut Butter Cocoa Krispies Smores Bars.

I’ve eaten countless veggie burgers but never made them, so I was excited to tackle this challenge. Most veggie burgers contain rice or quinoa, so I was so surprised when this recipe combined potatoes with beans! It sounds unusual, but it tastes delicious! I followed Mama Pea’s recipe exactly, only substituting gluten-free flour and a small amount of finely diced onions. It was really easy to prepare, but I did make the mistake of not steaming the potatoes enough. That combined with the fact that I don’t have a potato masher resulted in a sore arm, but ultimately, a happy stomach. We chose to serve the burgers atop mixed greens with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. As I was slicing the mozzarella, and obviously employing the one for me, one for the plate philosophy, I was struck again with how much better fresh mozzarella is rather than the shredded stuff in the bag. I may never go back! We also lightly drizzled a bottled, gluten-free Herbs de Provence dressing atop the greens which perfectly complimented the other flavors.

And then it was time for dessert! Daddy Jeff LOVES peanut butter and chocolate, and if you are looking for one of the best recipes, check this one out. Since I made the one I linked to last Father’s day, I knew this year that I wanted something different. Averie never steers me wrong when it comes to her desserts, so I knew she would be an awesome resource. These bars are all over Pinterest, and when you try them, you can see why. I mean, how could white chocolate + marshmallows + graham crackers + peanut butter + cocoa krispies + chocolate ever be bad? Answer: It couldn’t. What’s especially great about this recipe is that it’s super easy to make, virtually no-bake and is easily gluten-free and vegan! Oh, and it tastes like an extra amazing s’more.

As you can see, it was a wonderful day full of great company and good food. It was really fun cooking with my mom, and so great to sit together as a family with a healthy, home cooked meal. I hope Daddy Jeff enjoyed his weekend as much as I enjoyed celebrating it with him.

Questions:

-Did you do anything special this weekend?

-What’s your favorite kind of Veggie burger?

 

Oh Mr. Sun

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a great Monday and your week is off to a fantastic start! This is a busy week for me and I’ve definitely got my eye on the prize– this weekend! On Friday I leave to go to the Indianapolis 500 and am beyond excited. People are always surprised when they hear that I like Indy but I’ve been watching the race with my mom for years. It’s always been a dream to go and after getting tickets a year ago, Daddy Jeff, my mom and I are so ecstatic that it’s finally time!

I spent this past weekend in the sun celebrating a very special friend’s birthday in the park. We had a great time hanging out at Fort Mason eating some red velvet blondies and drinks and enjoying each others company. I had a perfect day but I brought a something unexpected home… the worst sunburn! My back and shoulders are bright red and incredibly painful. Since I’m pale I do have the tendency to burn but it’s been years since I’ve had a burn this bad.

The entire front of my body was “touched by the sun” during a past trip to the Bahamas

Since it’s almost summer (!!) I thought it’d be good  time to talk about proper sun care and how to have fun in the sun without taking home a nasty burn.

Before you go:

-Look for sunscreen with the Skin Cancer Foundation seal, and make sure it prtoects against UVA and UVB rays. There are three active ingredients to look for: PABA derivatives, titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide.

-Apply sunscreen half an hour before going out into the sun. Not only will it have time to soak in to the skin, but you won’t have to twist and turn awkwardly in public trying to rub it in those hard to reach places!

-Most people put on too little sunscreen and the correct amount to use is about 1 oz or a shot glass full.

While You’re There:

-Reapply sunscreen approximately every two hours and if you are sweating or in water, it may be necessary to apply more often. For a day in the sun one person should be using 1/4-1/2 of an 8 oz. bottle.

If you get “Touched by the Sun”:

-Get out of the sun as soon as possible at the first sign of pink. It takes a sunburn 4-6 hours to develop, so keep in mind that a little color can turn into a painful experience later.

-Moisturize! Take a cool shower if you can stand it and slather your skin with a moisturizing product- I’ve been living on aloe vera!

-Stay hydrated by drinking extra water, juice and sports drinks as the burn draws fluid from the surface and away from the body.

By following these tips you can spend time enjoying the beautiful weather and spending time with friends and family. These are all things I’m going to be doing this weekend!

Questions:

-Have you had any bad sunburns?

-What’s your favorite thing to do in the warm weather?