2012 Wrap Up

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a fantastic holiday season and had a wonderful time ringing in the New Year. I’m so excited to show you some pictures from both holidays and the fantastic gluten-free/dairy-free dishes I made for Christmas Eve, including one that my family declared is now an essential for every future holiday. But before we get to that, I thought it’d be fun to look back on some of the highlights of 2012. Sometimes reflecting on a year can be difficult but having a blog makes it easier!

Also, I wanted to draw your attention to two brand new pages on GGG that are on the top menu. I’ve added a Fashion page where you can find some of my past outfits and What to Wear Wednesday posts and a Parties page, devoted to some of the fun parties my friends in the city there- definitely a place to start when trying to think of your next party idea!

January Highlights:

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I started off the year with a bang when I flew to New York to model for Loft’s denim guide. I had an amazing time at the shoot and was lucky enough to spend the weekend with my best friend enjoying everything NY has to offer… including an amazing brunch at Sarabeths! I hope another NYC visit is in my future soon! Later in the month, I celebrated my mom’s birthday by attending the National Ice Skating championships which were absolutely amazing! I have so much respect for those talented athletes!

February Highlights:

In February, I started cooking things that weren’t already prepped by Trader Joes and realized how much I enjoyed it and that it was possible to cook healthy meals even when I got home from work late! I made Southwestern Quinoa Filled Zucchini and one of my all time favorites Sweet Potato Veggie Chili. Of course, sweets made an appearance as well when I made Slutty brownies for book club.

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March Highlights:

In March, I attended my mom’s best friend’s afternoon tea– it was a wonderful time to catch up with family and friends and everything was delicious! I also went to a fun fashion event with my girlfriends- the opening of the San Francisco Alice & Olivia store!

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April Highlights:

My April highlight is obvious- taking my Grandma to Las Vegas to celebrate her 87th birthday! It was a complete surprise and even after my parents and Grandma arrived in Vegas, she had no idea that my brother and I were joining in on the fun too! We went out to delicious meals, explored and my mom even took her to see Donny & Marie! It was a weekend full of memories I’ll always treasure. During this month, my mom, Grandma and I also did a photoshoot which was so much fun!

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May Highlights:

Looking back, I think May was one of my favorite months this year! I got to hold a baby pig, attend a fantastic Derby Day party (complete with a grilled cheese and mimosa bar) and the most exciting part- go to Indianapolis for the Indy 500! As a huge Indy fan, this was actually the first race I’d been to and it set the bar super high for all future races. It was such an exciting, fabulous time and I loved sharing it with my mom and Daddy Jeff.

June Highlights:

Much of June went undocumented because it was a big health-issues month for me consumed with lots of appointments trying to figure out what was going on with me. But there were still some highlights like attending the Bachelor Auction (see my friend Katie’s blog for a post on it!) and attending Grease the Sing-A-Long at the Castro theater with my girlfriends!

July Highlights:

After kind of a rough June, July was an awesome month. My brother got engaged and we had a surprise engagement party (the wedding is in May and I’m a bridesmaid!) Later in the month, I went to see the Jean Paul Gaultier museum exhibit, went wine tasting in Napa and attended a Bachelorette Finale party, Olympics party and book club brunch! It was a very social, fun month!

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August Highlights:

In August I had Jury Duty which I loved (but didn’t get to be picked as part of the jury-darn), created a recipe for healthy summer ratatouille, went to the Indy race in Sonoma, and did a little modeling at the SF store for LOFT and got a chance to preview their fall collection!

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September Highlights:

September (my birthday month) was full of lots of fun things! I went wine tasting in Napa again, went to San Francisco’s Fashion’s Night Out and a Giant’s game. The birthday celebrations took over the last two weeks of the month and I was showered with love at my Birthday Dinner Party, a family celebration at a favorite restaurant and the most amazing LA reunion trip with my college besties.

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October Highlights:

October brought fun social events like 7×7’s Hot 30 party, my friend’s Halloween party where we all dressed as Disney princesses, and an amazing trip to LA for the O! You conference with my mom as a birthday treat! I still owe you a post about that and this is a good reminder!

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November Highlights:

The month started off great with a visit from one of my best friends who now lives in DC! It was so fun to have her here and reminded me how much I missed her! I also absolutely loved cooking Thanksgiving dinner even though it was my first one being gluten-free and dairy-free. It was so much fun to try new recipes and make delicious foods for my family.

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December Highlights:

December was a very busy month but full of lots of fun activities like a visit from another best friend, going Oyster shucking in Tomales Bay, celebrating my friend Ashley’s birthday with a fun party, and of course Christmas and New Years Eve! Blog posts on much of the aforementioned soon!

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What didn’t make the blog

I mentioned here and there about my health struggles but the extent of which wasn’t ever covered and I’ll probably keep it semi-private. However, what you all do know is that I was finally diagnosed with celiac and am no longer in constant pain! I’m seeing an amazing doctor and am so thankful for my parents who stood by me tirelessly as I endured many a hospital visit and change of plans. I’m on the road to recovery and feeling very excited for what’s sure to be a wonderful 2013.

 

 

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A Gluten and Dairy-Free Thanksgiving

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all are having a wonderful week so far! Is it just me, or does this week feel like it’s dragging on? I think we are all excited for some time off next week! I’ve always loved Thanksgiving but I’m pretty much all about any holiday that allows me to spend time with my family… they really are that amazing. This year though, I’m presented with a slight challenge in that I’m now gluten and dairy free. So those mashed potatoes and corn casserole of years past that are full of cream and butter will be no more! Luckily, I have an incredibly supportive family and everyone is jumping on board to create a Thanksgiving meal that will be just as delicious. I’ve been collecting recipes from countless blogs and Pinterest pins and here are some of the sides I’m considering… because let’s face it, Thanksgiving is ALL about the side dishes in my book. Note: The pictures below are courtesy of the links above.

Roasted Pumpkin Sage Soup via Skinny Taste

Non-Dairy Rosemary & Garlic Mashed Potatoes via Fork & Beans

Baked Acorn Squash Rings via The Tolerant Vegan

Vanilla Bean Honey Butter Sweet Potatoes

I have to admit that I’ve been on a pinning spree of pumpkin and squash dishes lately but I’m trying to narrow it down for Thanksgiving. As my mom pointed out, not everything needs to be pumpkin. Oh well! I can’t wait to make these all and fill you in on how they go. To see some of the other items I’m considering check out my Pinterest. Oh and if you can eat dairy and gluten you should really make the stuff on my Food/Entertaining board- so much deliciousness!

Questions:

-What are your favorite Thanksgiving foods?

-Any GF/DF recipes I should consider?

November Happenings

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful Halloween! Can you guys believe that it is already November? Where has the time gone?! October has been kind of a crazy month in GGG land… there have been some highs and lows and my blog has kind of gotten pushed aside. I’m really hoping that this all changes in November and in honor of a new month and season (it’s starting to feel like Fall in SF) I thought I’d do a list of things that I’m excited about in November!

1. Foodbuzz is coming to SF!

This weekend, bloggers are taking over my city for Foodbuzz fest! Since I’m not a Foodbuzz featured publisher, I can’t attend the actual event (sad) but I am very excited to see some of my favorite bloggers while they are in town! This will be my first blogger meet-up and I can’t wait to get to know these wonderful women in person, whom I already have the pleasure of knowing via our blogs.

2. Loft Event!

As a Loft Girl, I sometimes get to hold events for them from time to time and this month, I’m hosting an event in the brand new San Francisco store. Located in Embarcadero 4, this new LOFT store is going to be better than ever! The evening will be an amazing night full of shopping, cocktails and appetizers… and what could be better than that?! And don’t worry, I’ll post more details as the night gets closer!

3. Red Cup Season!

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Today officially marked Red Cup Season at Starbucks… which, if you ask me, should be considered a holiday. There is just something about drinking a hot beverage from a red cup that makes it feel like the holidays are here. I’ve heard rumors that they might be offering sugar free peppermind syrup this year which would basically make me more of a Starbucks devotee than I already am. Although I usually stick with Americanos, I see a Nonfat Latte with 1 pump of peppermint in my future! Yum!

4. Fall/Winter Clothes!

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Now that summer is winding down in San Francisco, I’ve got my eye on coats and boots galore. Although it doesn’t get that cold here, I feel the need to dress for the occasion. I’ve been lusting after a certain pair of boots for quite sometime and now that Fall is here, I think it’s time to take the plunge! I’m also excited to stock up on some cute sweater dresses and the perfect cape!

5. Thanksgiving!

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Christmas may be my favorite holiday, but Thanksgiving is a close second. Any excuse to spend time with my family is a winner in my book and Thanksgiving is the perfect excuse. Throw in lots of delicious special holiday foods? Well, I’m sold. I’m especially excited about stuffing- a food that I used to avoid, but now can’t seem to get enough of. My brother’s favorite is my Grandma’s corn casserole recipe that I make… and he’s already requested it!

Questions:

-What November events are you excited about?

-What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?