Healthy Breakfast Idea: Strawberry and Pomegranate Quinoa Salad

Finding a healthy satisfying breakfast is always challenging for me. I usually crave eggs and bacon and we all know nothing can compare to a delicious bacon-y breakfast. The recipe I’m about to share does not beat out bacon BUT it was really satisfying and has been energizing my mornings all week. It never occurred to me to use Quinoa as a breakfast food!

Strawberry and Pomegranate Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • Strawberries - as much as you like
  • Pomegranate Seeds - - as much as you like
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp of Mint chopped
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • Bee pollen - as much as you like
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds

Instructions

  1. This is a salad so just cook your quinoa (set aside and cool) and in another bowl mix all your other ingredients. Then toss it together. Lasts about 3 days before the fruit gets too soggy.
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Like my paper bowl? Haha. Sorry for the less than stellar picture I forgot to take one when I made it at home, so this was taken at work.

Ladiespalooza 2013

I just scored such a rad house for this years Ladiespalooza trip in Palm Springs!

You can check out the house here:

http://www.shakennotstirred.info/

But here are a few pics:

Pool Seating

Outdoor Dining

Kitchen

 

 

LOLA’s Bday Invite

I am super excited to be plotting and planning with Brittany for LOLA’s 2nd birthday (I can’t believe she is already 2)! LOLA wanted a Minnie Mouse theme so Britt and I have been pinning loads of stuff which you can see here. I’ll of course post our final product in a few weeks but for now here is a look at the invite.

Dov Designs

My bestie Britt has expanded her Etsy shop and has added all kinds of fun new designs and a new product, these felt garlands:

St. Patricks Day Shamrock Felt Garland (multicolored)

Rainbow Felt Heart Garland

She has gotten really creative with the thumb print guest sign-in artwork here are just a few of my favorite’s from her new collection:

Hand Drawn Ink Guest book Art- Love Robots with Balloons

Hand Drawn Ink Guest Book Art: Birch Trees and Banners

Hand Drawn Ink Guest Book Art: Vintage Airplane 2 with Balloons

Check out her shop:

HERE

 

Rosemary Goat Cheese Tart with Prosciutto

When the frozen puff pastry arrives each fall at Trader Joe’s I get super excited, it is the easiest stuff to work with and always inspires me to try some new recipe’s.  You may have caught this little gem I posted on instagram last week, Rosemary Goat Cheese Tart with Prosciutto. Super simple to make.

Follow the directions on the puff pastry box to prep it.  Then brush with an egg wash, layer on some goat cheese slices, chopped rosemary, and bundles of prosciutto.  Pop it in the oven for about 15 minutes and drizzle with a balsamic reduction.

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]

The “Getting Old Is A Challenge” Neon birthday party

So I turned 29 this week, officially living in my 30th year. Since I was going to be up in Sacramento visiting my bestie we decided to throw a big party and get lots of our friends to come visit. I came up with this theme – Getting Old Is A Challenge- based on the idea that we would play a series of minute to win it type games.

We decided to neon-ize this party just because we love neon and make it sort of an Olympics based concept – so we would have a podium and medals, etc. Most of that happened but the reality was we were having to much fun to really take the whole game thing really seriously. Let’s take a look at some of the decor we used:

First up was the baked potato bar wall centerpiece.  I found a quote I liked and made a print online for the focal point then I came up with this idea to use crepe paper and make a flower boarder to anchor it.

Brittany made me a beautiful coconut cake that matched.

Oh and these cupcakes.

Here was the winners podium/photo backdrop we made.  Brittany is an art teacher and so we used some of her kids’ artwork to pull it all together.

I don’t have many pictures of me and my friends yet, they are on another camera so that might end up being a separate post. But here are a just a few:

(Bianca’s new little guy Noah)

Thanks Britt for everything, it was a blast!

Here is a look at some of the other printables from the party:

 

Our visit with LOLA

For my birthday this year I wanted to go see my god-daughter LOLA who lives up in Sacramento.  She is 1.5 now and starting to talk, it is really fun watching her try and say all kinds of new words.

When they picked us up from the airport we headed to whole foods to get Jon some beer (typical) and it was really fun because we started chasing each other around the store, that is, until LOLA discovered the “world music” sample listening station.

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We headed back home where I gave LOLA her new baby (a mermaid tooth fairy doll) and we played the rest of the night until bed time.

The next day we had lots of crafting and prep to do before the big birthday party Brittany threw me. LOLA was very cooperative, entertaining herself while we worked away.

LOLA loves wearing glasses, well any accessories really. When she puts them on she makes this really “hard” face, see below.

That night we went out to a great dinner at Smith Flat House, LOLA got all dressed up.

Afterwards we went back home and got to play some more, one of LOLA’s favorites is sock hands.

The next morning we were BUSY with setting up the party, at one point we turned around and found LOLA exactly like this…she knew what was coming later that day. LOL

We spent the better part of the day decorating and at one point LOLA got into the basket of neon sunglasses we had gathered up for the party.  Being obsessed with glasses, she naturally started putting multiple pairs on and moved on to ask me to do the same.  At some point I had to start telling her we were all done and she is so smart she changed her normal sounding “pease” to a doe-eyed, soft toned “peeeaaasssee” (insert head tilt and sad face).  Needless to say she got her way. I even caught some of it on video:

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It was a great visit.

LOLA love

It’s been a while since I have showed off the complete adorableness that is my god-daughter LOLA.  Here are a few of my recent fav’s:

In her Halloween jammies playing dress up as usual. Girl loves her accessories.

Playing Spoons

Brushing teeth with Mom

Practicing her rockstar moves

Feeling Small

Driving Boats

Being Adorable

With her stunner shades on

Her excited face

Hope you enjoyed your LOLA fix. :)

Ladiespalooza Memories

Well it was another amazing trip this year.  I am the luckiest girl to call so many fantastic girls my friends. Here are a few shots from our trip:

Our Pad

The girls

Goodies

Thanks to all the girls who make this trip happen each year.

Off To Ladiespalooza

It’s that time again, my annual all girls camping trip – LADIESPALOOZA. This trip originally began with tents, s’mores and sleeping bags but over the years we have allowed the term “capming” to take on another meaning – queen size beds, pools, and gourmet kitchens. So in our usual style we have rented out the main house at Los Laureles Lodge in Carmel Valley for 4 days.  The house will be filled with 8 of my favorite ladies all prepared for a weekend of wine, swimming, and girl talk.  Ladiespallooza is one of the highlights of my year and I just can’t wait for it to start.

Here is a look at this year’s menu:

And it would not be Ladiespallooza without the annual soundtrack. Every year I try to put together a list of some of my favorite songs, I make each girl a copy and it becomes a reminder all year long of our exploits. Here are this year’s jams:

Ladiespalooza 2012 by Amanda Smtih on Grooveshark

A Baby-Q Shower for Bianca and Justin

My BFF Brittany along with a few other friends and fam threw a shower for our friends Bianca and Justin last weekend.

Bianca went in to labor 2 months early and little Noah Cox is still building his strength at the hospital (read their birth story here and grab a kleenex). Don’t worry it has a happy ending, which is why there was a lot to celebrate at the shower!

Photo: Thanks for the cool hats, Morgan Ake-Earley!Britt did an amazing job pulling all the details together and I was lucky enough to be asked to contribute with some custom printables for the party.  Here’s a look:

If you’ve followed this blog then you already know that Britt sells these in her amazing Etsy shop: DOV Designs

LOLA was there, looking as cute as ever.

 

Congrats to the Cox family and bravo Britt for pulling of this fabulousness.

Here are the printables if you ever want to use them.

BABY-Q Poster

EAT Sign

Forked & Spooned Sign

Misc. Signs

 

Friday Favorites: LOLA Edition (long post alert)

Last week I got to kick off summer with a visit from my god-daughter LOLA and her parents (Brittany – my BFF and her hubs Sol).  I seriously could not wait for them to fly in, I was watching the clock at work all day.  Despite my excitement I somehow managed to forget what airport they were flying into and found out the hard way when I was parked at the curb going “Well I’m at terminal C and I don’t see you…” but once I found them the fun began!

We headed from the airport straight to my Dad’s for a BBQ (we had a few hours to kill before Sol’s flight came in). My Dad made some delicious food and we played with LO in the yard.

 

My Dad's stuffed mushrooms with bacon

 

We also discovered LOLA’s love for corn on the cob as seen here:

By evening time LOLA was ready to head home to my house and get the party started…lol!

The next day was SUPER sunny and glorious so we headed to the beach in Laguna (thanks Court & Emily).

She had such a blast at the beach once she got over her frustration about the sand.  And that yellow polka dot bikini was just tooo cute on her.

After the beach we headed home to set up for a little Fiesta we had for more of our friends to come over and catch-up with The Kammans.  A lot of our college friends live in San Clemente so it was a mini reunion of sorts.

The following day we had planned to head up to Long Beach and make an appearance at a 35th Birthday Pub Crawl. I know what you’re thinking…”you brought a 1 year old to a pub crawl!?” but don’t worry we only stayed an hour and the first place we went to was more of a restaurant than a bar. Plus, as I mentioned last week the pub crawl was neon themed so we could not resist the chance to deck LOLA out in neon.

From there we headed to San Pedro to the Port of Calls Village. My SIL had told me about a great seafood place you can go and we decided to check it out. The port is super cool if you have not been before, it looks like something out of Star Wars, with all the big equipment.

The place we ate at was called the fish market and you basically walk in to this huge fish counter, pick out anything you want, they cook it for you, and bring it out on a big tray. There is a large patio we sat out on and watched the gigantic ships roll by.

It looks like this:

The next day we went to breakfast with my Mom and Sister and went on a nature walk.

Later that day we met up with some friends at Salt Creek to have some munchies and watch the sunset.

The one thing I am neglecting to mention in this post is that in between all this stuff we were totally addicted to True Blood and were watching the 1st and 2nd seasons at nap time.

On the last day of their trip we relaxed and had a delish brunch at RJ’s here in Dana Point.

All in all it was an amazing visit and Jon and I enjoyed every minute!

We miss you guys already!

 

Event Envy: Travel Themed Baby Shower

You guuuuuuys! I am super excited to show off the shower my best friend Brittany put together (with the help of her amazingly talented party throwing Mom) for her sister Kelley.

They chose a travel theme because Kelley and her hubs Roger have a love for roaming the globe.  They hosted the event at their Mom’s house and created food stations out of Kelley and Roger’s favorite destinations. Take a look:

They used lots of old suitcases around the house to bring the travel theme full circle.

Love all the colorful lanterns…I’m such a sucker for rainbow colors.

I love a good photo-op and I think it has rubbed off on Brittany, so proud of this display she came up with.

They also set out these vintage postcards from other places the Kelley and Roger have traveled on some of the tables around the house.

This is a super fun uni-sex shower game where you try to sculpt the baby, people can get really creative with this…and perverted so be careful.

The parents choose the 1st and 2nd place winners.

Brittany does these amazing tree-guest book things, she draws them by hand – I am harassing her to open an Etsy shop.

Nice work gals! And congrats to Kelley and Roger!!