Aug 30, 2016

Appetizers and Alcohol

Saturday morning I met up with my friend for coffee. We spent a few hours catching up and walking around Old Town. We even ran into my parents while we were there.

Saturday afternoon was spent prepping for our family dinner. We meet up with our parents once a month and we rotate houses {in case I haven't mentioned that before}. This month it was our turn to host. The theme was appetizers and alcohol. We had SO much food! More than ever before, I'm sure. I made antipasto skewers. I did not eat these because I am not a fan of olives. But I did snack on some of the ingredients while making them. 

My mother-in-law made taco cups with all the fixings.

I also made turkey meatballs with grape jelly and barbecue sauce. Did I say I made them? I meant the crock pot made them.

My mother-in-law also made a salad.

She makes the poppy seed dressing from scratch and it's delicious!

My brother-in-law's girlfriend made stuffed mushrooms. I'm pretty sure my husband requested these.

My dad made mini taquitos.

My husband made pulled pork sliders on Hawaiian rolls. I also made {not pictured} bacon and cheese covered tater tots. I was planning on making skewers out of them but I ran out of time.

He also made watermelon jello shots. These were non-alcoholic for our niece.

And these were the ones with vodka. They became stronger as the night went on.

This was the first time our families met Jaxon. I think he made a good first impression. Vader was the wild child, like always.

We all sipped on drinks through out the night and my husband, my brother-in-law and I ended the get together with shots of goldschlager.

We all went to sleep that night with full bellies and happy hearts. 

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Aug 29, 2016

Wine Tasting

My soul sister and I have been talking about going wine tasting for a few weeks now. Living in Southern California's wine country means we have access to about thirty-five {maybe even more} wineries just down the road. This was my third time going wine tasting but I hadn't been in at least three years so it was nice to go again. On Friday afternoon we were able to do tastings at two wineries. 

We started at Maurice Car'rie Winery. We sat on the front porch and relaxed while sipping wine and snacking on sourdough and brie.

They are known for their sourdough and brie and let me tell you, it's amazing! I've had it once before but we bought it and took it home. I've never had it fresh from the oven. Brie just might be my favorite cheese and sourdough is definitely my favorite bread. Together it's perfection. We were able to sample five wines while we were there. My favorite was the sparkling raspberry.

Everywhere we go, we get asked if we are sisters. This used to happen in junior high and high school too. I just think it's so funny. The women behind the bar at Maurice Car'rie was staring at us and she finally asked, "Are you two related?"

The grapes are in season right now so we were warned not to pick any of them.

We took so many photos! Way more than I'm even posting. Our second stop was Wiens. We sampled six wines there and I was able to see a friend of mine who works there. {When she saw Suzanne and I together she said, "You two are identical!" We just laughed.} I ended up buying and taking home a bottle of their Gew├╝rtztraminer for Stephen. 

This is the cellar room at Wiens for their wine club members. Suzanne and I are thinking of joining a wine club together. We just need to decide who has our favorite wines. Two wineries down, thirty-three to go!

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Aug 25, 2016

Closet Clean-Up

I am an all or nothing kind of person. My house is either spotless or a disaster. There is no in between {this same quality has transferred over to my eating and work out habits as well but that's a whole other blog post}. I use the master closet in our bedroom and Stephen and I each have our own separate bedrooms. Stephen uses that closet for his clothes and I use my second closet for purses, scarves, belts, etc. The master closet is filled with all of my clothes and shoes. Mostly because I get ready in the mornings in my second bedroom. Stephen is usually still sleeping so I don't like to keep going in and out of our bedroom to grab stuff. A lot of it ends up thrown in my second room. Basically, after a few weeks it becomes an absolute mess. Below was what my main closet looked like on Sunday afternoon before I cleaned it. 

These are all clothes that I brought in from my second bedroom and threw on our bed so I could organize them.

It's not a huge master closet. I can't imagine sharing it with Stephen. But at the same time, because it's smaller, I should be able to keep it clean.

The shoes didn't look so bad. The boxes were just scattered all over.

I felt like Cher as I searched, discovered, folded, hung up and organized all of my clothes.

After just an hour or two of sorting and cleaning, my closet looked much better.

My shirts are color coordinated in two sections. On the left are my fancier and work shirts. On the right are my t-shirts and workout tops.

I keep dresses, longer sweaters, longer shirts and skirts hanging from the highest bar. Oh, and my wedding dress. I need to get that preserved.

I try to keep my shoes in boxes. I write a brief description of the shoe on the outside of the box so I know which one I'm grabbing. Eventually I'd like to get clear boxes for all of them but I'm not ready to invest in those yet. My tennis shoes are in my second closet. {I just noticed this photo make it look like the bottom shelf is tilted but I think it's just the angle I took the photo.}

This area is always clean. Nothing really changes about this corner. My bedroom {before Stephen and I moved in together} used to have a lot of green in it. I kept a few of those pieces and now they add a little color to my closet.

I ended up not getting rid of anything during this clean up. Because I'm kind of in between sizes right now, it's not a good time to part with any of my clothes. 

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Aug 22, 2016

Doggies, Drinks and a Wedding

When we adopted Jax, he came with a free Vet checkup so I took advantage of that on Friday afternoon. Vader was so sad when we left him home alone. I was actually worried he would run away but thankfully he didn't. Jax was such a good boy. He was so calm and sat quietly with me while we waiting for the doctor to come in. He's soooo photogenic.

Friday evening Suzanne and I went to the mall to do a little shopping and afterwards we had margaritas and dinner at a local Mexican restaurant. We will definitely be going back. The margaritas were delicious and one was way more than enough for each of us.

Suzanne was back at my door at 7am on Saturday morning. We went down to Old Town and walked for a while, went to the farmers market and grabbed coffee. I had been awake at 4am because of the dogs {mostly Vader} so I needed coffee. We went to a Cuban restaurant so Suzanne could eat. I had already eaten at home so I sipped on coffee and chatted with her.

Then we went over to The Press {our new favorite coffee shop} at 8:30 when it opened. I had their butterscotch cold brew which is my new favorite. I don't normally even like cold brew but theirs is so good! I ended up going back to The Press in the afternoon to grab Stephen an iced honey lavender latte when he got home from work. Since I was there I grabbed myself a dopio over ice and added protein to it when I got home. 

We had a wedding to attend Saturday evening so we both got fancy and headed out. I'm probably going to have to frame this one. We ended up matching and my hair also coordinates with the orange in his shirt. 

The bride and her parents. 

The bride was my good friend's younger sister. I have mentioned Marissa before on my blog, I'm sure. Her and I met when I was two and she was one. We grew up next door to each other and we have remained friends all these years. Below is a photo - the only one I've ever been able to get - of all of her siblings. I remember each of them as babies and I've been able to watch them grow. I love this family dearly.

And us with our hubbies. Two of the greatest guys I know! Ris and I are truly blessed. By the way, she's preggers!!!

We did a sparkler send off for the bride and groom. One of the most terrifying moments of my life, I'm not going to lie.

As their guest book, they had us each write something we thought the bride and groom should add to their bucket list. This is what I wrote...

Stephen and I did grocery shopping and worked on chores yesterday. I cleaned my closet. More on the tomorrow. And of course, we hung out with our babies.

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