Ladiespalooza 2013

Today is the start of my favorite trip of the year – my all girls LADIESPALOOZA trip!

As I mentioned here we have an amazing house in Palm Springs we are going to this year. I can see it now…floppy hats, vintage swimmies, lovely ladies, and fruity cocktails. Bliss!

Here is this year’s roster:

Here is a look at LADIESPALOOZA’s past:

(After this trip we decided this group of gals are NOT campers)

My new guilty pleasure – Workaholics

Workaholics is a television sitcom that premiered on Comedy Central on April 6, 2011. The series is in its third season, and is predominantly written by its stars Blake AndersonAdam DeVineAnders Holm and Kyle Newacheck who play three recent college graduates and a drug dealer, roommates, and co-workers at TelAmeriCorp, a telemarketing company, living in Rancho Cucamonga, California. [Wikipedia]

Friday Favorites

This was kind of a crazy week for me because I had to go down to San Diego for a work tradeshow, the upside was all the fancy meals I got treated to by my boss. Here is are some snap shots from one of our dinners at Nine-ten in La Jolla.

Nine-Ten Restaurant and Bar

We splurged and did the “Chef’s Mercy” Menu with wine pairings. This was one of the best meals I have ever had.  It’s hard to recall all the ingredients shown above but it was something like: (top left to bottom right) Carrot Panna Cotta Amuse Bouche, Hamachi Sashimi, Seabass with red bell pepper reduction, green garlic ravioli with white carrot…

Here you see some perfectly cooked flat iron steak with brussel sprouts, a Manchego Cheese course, and goat cheese cheesecake with honey and spiced pepitas.  There was so much more I am not showing here it was an amazing experience you have to try if you live in San Diego.

Since we are talking about food I also wanted to share with you my triumph over my arch nemesis, baking. I actually made a pie!  The dough and all! I know, I can hardly believe it myself.  I made it with whole wheat flour and mixed berries so it wasn’t that bad for you either.

Before the oven (only slightly jacked up)

After

Lastly I wanted to share with you some shots I took of the view from my hotel room at the Marriot in downtown San Diego.

Happy Weekend!

Friday Favorites

This week I am so excited to show you my new cocktail dispenser! I got this great beverage holder from Z Gallerie for Christmas and decided to use it to house some infused alcohols that my husband and I enjoy.  The top is Gin and Cucumber, middle is Tequila and Strawberries, and the bottom is Vodka and Pineapple (a house favorite).

It is time for more Austin Burns.

I seriously love this kid and am dying over the fact he is not more famous yet. Check out his latest video:

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Lastly, I wanted to share my score of the century this week. I am heading to a tradeshow next week and needed to pick up a new pair of cute flats for the 6+ hours of walking I will be doing, so I headed to DSW. As luck would have it, they are having a HUGE CLEARANCE right now and I got such killer deals! I got 4 pairs of nice shoes for $90 total!! Check it:

Sur La Table

I have known about Sur La Table for sometime, although I had never actually gone into one of their stores.

Big mistake.

I went last week and was so excited to see an array of fun and high quality kitchen tools and accessories. The prices weren’t THAT bad either. I spent under $40 and got all this:

The small cast iron skillet is what I am most excited about. The little french restaurant that my husband proposed to me at serves herb roasted mushrooms in little pans like this and I have been trying to find the perfect one for about 3 years. Now it is mine. :)

Friday Favorites

My husband got a “Go Pro” camera for Christmas and has been taking such AWESOME pictures! Here is one of my favorites from this past week:

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This week I had to say goodbye to the baby brother as he heads back to Boulder, CO for school.