I never thought I would say this but I can’t wait for it to cool down. We’re in October and it’s 85 degrees in Southern California. We love summer here, but it’s time for a change. Do you know how hard it is to think of Halloween and Thanksgiving when you’re sweating in a pair of shorts and a tank top? It just doesn’t seem right. Someone needs to alert the buyers in Southern California that we are NOT READY for sweater season. We are still looking for flip flops and summer dresses.
Last weekend it was 92 degrees. Yes, you heard me. 92 degrees. So what do you do on a hot and sunny day in Southern California? You go to the beach, of course. We decided to stop by 25 degrees for a gourmet burger and some delicious cocktails. We needed to stay hydrated, after all. At the very end of our meal we decided we should live a little and get a dessert. What’s better than an ice cold drink and a burger on a hot day? A milkshake…and not just any milkshake. A Boozy Bananas Fosters Milkshake.
We split the shake in 3 but I would have ordered my own if I had known how delicious it was going to be. Every single sip uncovered a new flavor. This baby is loaded with incredible ingredients: rum, butterscotch and vanilla bean ice cream, to name a few. Trust me ice cream lovers, you have to make this spiked shake. Drinking this shake will bring you to a Southern California beach where you can sit and enjoy the nice weather. Cheersszzz!
It. Is. Happening.
The newborn stage is officially behind us. I blinked and I suddenly have a baby girl who is talking, recognizing my face, and laughing daily. But let me tell you, I’m absolutely adoring every second of it!
Capturing these moments is important to me, so when Avery was just three weeks old, I couldn’t wait for Christian from Kaysen Photography to photograph her. The day and night before the scheduled shoot were utterly horrendous, though. I think I was running off of two hours of sleep when I called Christian and asked to reschedule. He was kind enough to push our shoot back a week.
The day finally came and, honestly, it felt a bit like the twilight zone. Avery was feeling mellow and photogenic bright and early in the morning. Christian is incredible at what he does; he knew exactly how to get the perfect shots. I am so grateful that he was able to capture this special time in our lives and I look forward to utilizing his talent in the future as well! The Little Umbrella featured Avery’s full shoot on their site but here are a few teasers below.
Head over to The Little Umbrella to see the full shoot!
Costco did it again. Every time I walk in to purchase two measly items, I walk out with $200 worth of food. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
And I’m usually okay with that when I’m walking out with my shopping cart bursting to the seams. The guilt doesn’t hit me until I get home and have to look for places to store five gallons of iced tea or a six foot box of oatmeal that I just bought on a whim.
Well, on this trip I thought it would be a good idea to buy 12 cans of sliced peaches. I had a vision while walking through the peach aisle (possibly a delusional one) of all the amazing things I could make with those peaches. All 12 cans. In my defense, I was starving when I walked into Costco, and that made me vulnerable and weak.
By the end of the trip the score was Costco – 1, Me – 0.
So after putting away $250 worth of food in the pantry, I started researching Peach recipes and came across this delicious Peach Cobbler recipe that is ridiculously simple to make.
I gave it a shot, and honestly, it was the best way I could have found to get rid of one can of peaches and to impress my husband all in one night. His reaction after his first bite tells me that I will be making this recipe often.
1 can of peaches down, 11 more to go.
My dad is an amazing cook. The world needs to know this fact. I had to wake up at 7:00 to go to a volleyball tournament almost every weekend when I was a kid, and The only thing to look forward to that early in the morning was my dad’s breakfast. He used to put the most random stuff together and it would always turn out amazing…it baffled me, but I sure didn’t complain!
One of my favorite foods he made was pancakes. He would put oatmeal and one bag of sweet’n’low in the batter. Sounds Weird, I know, but it was Amazingly Delicious! I was visiting him for lunch in between classes a few years ago and he shared his favorite shrimp taco recipe with me. If literally took us 20 minutes to make. anddddd IT’S. SO. GOOD.
How cute are these Taco Holders?