MLK Weekend in Tahoe

Hello Friends

A few weekends back, I gathered as many friends as I could to enjoy the long weekend up in Tahoe. We have been drenched in the amazing amount of rain we have enjoyed in the last month or two. I love a good rainy day as much as the next gal, but I’m ready for spring and some sun!

But that weekend we had a big dump a few days before and a few days after. It was cold, but with glorious blue skies. Most people didn’t have a sturdy snow care and backed out, so it was a smaller group than expected that made the long drive up there. We relaxed a ton this weekend, eating well, watching movies, sledding and baking! It was a certain someones birthday (Ahem, Joey!!) so we celebrated by baking and eating a delicious cake.

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My dad and I were talking a few days back and apparently Tahoe has gotten a record breaking 24 feet of snow in the month of January alone, which totally makes up for the last two years with basically no snow!

Love,

-S

Birthday Cupcakes

Birthday Cupcakes

So I celebrated my birthday basically all of that week. We started with Brunch at the Ritz, family dinner on Wednesday, and a small celebration with my friends at my new apartment on Friday. I invited a ton of people, but somehow Fall and October in particular is crazy busy for people.

My friend Mick (hi Mick!) brought these amazing cupcakes from this great bakery in Los Gatos, my brother and his roomie came and made guacamole. I had a ton of cheese and snacks and totally forgot to take a group photo, or any photos outside of food (clearly my priorities were elsewhere!)

It was a great evening. How do you like to celebrate your birthday? Do you like to binge on sweets like me?

Love,

-S

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Fall in Love with Fall

I personally really love Fall. I like all of the things that make the cold crisp mornings and start of a new season feel so much better. So without adieu, here is my welcome to Fall Bucket List!

Fall 2015

  • Explore a corn maze
  • Pick out some pumpkins to decorate your house with (i love the white mini-ones!)
  • Bake a pie
  • Make Chili (I love my dad’s recipe!)
  • Go apple picking (have a sunday planned to do that with my brother)
  • Make s’mores
  • Build a crackling fire and enjoy a good book
  • Decorate pumpkins
  • Smell cinnamon Candles at Bath & Body Works and try not to buy every Fall/Holiday candle scent
  • Pull out the ol’ galoshes and splash in puddles
  • Cozy up with your blankets on the couch watching the fall shows premiere ( i’m so excited for so many shows to return)
  • Go for an early morning walk in the crisp foggy air
  • Decorate your front door or porch with some cute fall decorations
  • Start planning your halloween costume
  • Start your morning with a steaming cup of tea instead of coffee
  • find and devour ALL of the candy corn

 

I also love October because it’s my birthday month. Even without that special date, I love everything about the summer ending and a new season beginning. This year it really felt like our California summer lasted from March to well, now! I am really looking forward to pulling out my box of mittens, hats, scarfs and fuzzy socks!

How do you celebrate fall? Do you like the cooler temperatures of the upcoming weeks or do you wish summer would stick around?

Love,

-S

Shopping, My 25th Birthday, Dinosaur Muffins and Cooking on Sundays

This week was insanely busy, which is why I have not had a spare minute to post about everything.  I hope that with time I will get better at balancing work and blogging. If you have any tips, let me know!

The Roomie and I had a five day weekend from school, which was perfect timing as my birthday was smack dab in the middle of it!  On Thursday we slept in, to the gloriously late hour of 9am. We did a few things around the house and then went off to the mall. The Roomie and I found many cute things. We scored at pretty much every store.

Our shopping haul.

Our shopping haul.

On Friday I hit the gym, and it provided a much needed round of happy endorphins. Since I started working full time, getting to the gym every day has fallen to the way side. Starting in a week I hope to build it back into my routine. From the gym I went to my parents house to get Lightroom 5 set up on my mom’s and my laptop. For dinner we grabbed tasty greek food at Opa’s in downtown Los Altos. We had tickets to see Les Mis at the Saratoga Theatre, where two friends of mine were in lead role. I look forward the most to shows with actors I know personally.

After another glorious sleep-in, I set off for the grocery store. I picked up some snack but most everything was for my birthday party later that day. Around 4, people started trickling in, and we munched on tasty Mexican tacos and guacamole. We drank margaritas and horchata and enjoyed the warm evening air. We took a group photo, and I had everyone sign the frame that I would eventually put it in. People drifted in and out, and it was a glorious melding of friends, food and fun.

I made pumpkin spiced dinosaur muffins!

I made pumpkin spiced dinosaur muffins!

Our group photo.

Our group photo.

This morning after the Roomie and I tied up the house I wrote my thank you notes for my birthday gifts. We went over to the Castle and I tucked into cooking with my dad. We made ham and shrimp croquetten, mac’n’cheese and quiche lorraine. After a long round of dishes ( i swear we used every cooking utensil possible!) we tasted the mac’n’cheese. It was delicious and I look forward to munching on it after a long day at work next week.

Tomorrow I will be babysitting the whole day and Tuesday we start back  at work. I have one day of teaching, and then I fly out at the crack of dawn (have I mentioned I hate mornings?!) for my cousins wedding in upstate New York. More details on that later.

How was your weekend? What did you do? How do you balance getting you time and getting your errands done?

I hope you had a lovely weekend.

Love,

-S