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A Warm Summer Evening Fashion Inspiration

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1. Brass Sparrow Hair Pin by Amano Studio, Shop Ruche.

2. Seaside Shells Embroidered Dress in Lime, Shop Ruche.

3.”Rock Candy – Teeny Teardrop” Rosé Earrings by Ippolita, Nordstrom.

4. Vintage Solitaire Faux Diamond Necklace, Etsy.

5. Seychelles You Started Something in Tan, Heels.

6. Vintage White Crochet Shawl, Etsy.

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Sunrise in San Pedro overlooking the Los Angeles Harbor

This week my husband and I have been getting up early to go jogging together before he leaves for work. The most rewarding thing other than getting to spend quality time together is to see sunrises like this.
A beautiful morning overlooking San Pedro and the Port of Los Angeles. 60 degrees at 6am; thank you California weather.

17 Bean and Barley with Mushrooms

I found this beautiful blend of beans and barley from Trader Joe’s and decided to give it a try. It seemed like an easy one pot meal that would last us a few days. I was going for a tomato based italian flavor similar to minestrone.
First I soaked the blend overnight in a pot of water. Then rinsed and picked through them before adding them to their broth.
On the stove I sauteed some red onion, garlic, mushroom, crushed red pepper, dried thyme, dried oregano, salt and pepper in olive oil.
Next I added 4 cups of broth and one small can of tomato sauce and let it simmer for a few minutes.
Then I added the beans and let it simmer for 30 minutes, added 2 cups more of broth…
…Let it simmer another 30 minutes. At that point some of the beans still weren’t as soft as I like so I let it go a few minutes more. By this time it was more like a stew or chili, so if you like more of a soup add extra water or stock.
Serve with crusty bread or your favorite crackers. YUMMY!

Roasted Brussel Sprouts in Our New Oven

We were gifted a new range by my dad for Christmas! We had it shipped to our house and it just arrived this week! The first thing I made were these simple roasted brussel sprouts (and a few green beans) with olive oil, balsamic vinegar garlic, pine nuts, salt and pepper. Delicious indeed.
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pine Nuts

I baked them at 400 degrees, approximately 20 minutes per side.

My Feelings in the New Year

Hello to anyone who reads my blog! I’m feeling a little stressed about not having time to post anything since before the holidays! I have this sense of failure that I don’t post regularly, even after having tons of recipes and photos prepared for this very scenario. It doesn’t help when you don’t turn on your computer for over a month. I really only have time to check email/facebook for a few minutes at a time on my husbands’ laptop. The rest is spent being a full time mom!
Of course I got sick after all of the back to back parties and get-togethers and am still not quite over it. Also as our baby grows and becomes more mobile much more of my undivided physical attention is needed and I go back and forth between feeling guilty about taking time for myself to do something creative and spending every minute with him.
A snowflake on my glove:




A few highlights of the past month:
1. My brother, his wife and 5 month old son came to visit for the first time; the cousins finally got to meet!
2. Our baby boy, now 8 months saw and felt snow for the first time!
3. My husband and I had 2 hours to ourselves while the grandparents watched the baby for us. We started to organize our garage. (So far we only have boxes for “toxic waste” “donations” “cabin decor” “trash” and “recycle”. It was a great once over and we got all of our floor space back.
4. The best news of all: Our son has slept 11-12.5 hours the last 4 nights!


A photo of grandma with the 2 grandsons:




Daddy and Baby in the snow:


Phew, I feel a little better already just with a little sharing. Also one last thing to get off of my chest! We are feeling the squeeze this month as our property tax, homeowner’s insurance, fire insurance (or is it earthquake?), car insurance & health insurance are all due at the same time!!! WHY?

Oatmeal Cream Pies Recipe

So I’m trying to actually make recipes that I “pinned” on Pinterest, and this is one that I tried for Thanksgiving. The original comes from here: Baked Perfection
Mine were much flatter, but still soft and delicious. I didn’t want to use vegetable shortening in the cream, so I used butter, which of course wasn’t as stiff.

Due to the “flattness” mentioned above, I ran out of cream quickly, so I topped the rest of the cookies with dark chocolate…excellent choice. As a chocoholic I preferred these.

Christmas Tree Shopping & Spontaneous Hike at Friendship Park

We bought a small 5′ tree this year and were able to fit it into our Camry trunk! It was so easy! AND for the first time since we’ve had Oliver, we went on a spur of the moment hike. (Instead of an hour of prep time, only to realize it was feeding or nap time…and give up, or go with a fussy baby).
We happened to be next to Friendship Park between San Pedro and RPV and had an awesome hike as well as a nap for Oliver in his Ergo! So rejuvenating…crisp fresh air for tired parents. 🙂

A Winter Walk Along the Palos Verdes Cliffs

Enjoying a nice day of California Winter!
We parked at Terranea Resort and went off their path to the public trail along the cliffs, a breathtaking day.


Rainy Night House by Joni Mitchell

Ladies of the Canyon was my first introduction to Joni Mitchell. This is one of my favorites on the album; I used to sit on the living room floor as a kid and listen to my parents albums for hours.