July 16, 2007

over the past two days:

i made breakfast for us late saturday morning:

realized just how easy it is to make pan ini with my grill pan:

had some quality time with the fuzzy members of our household:

bought some new flowers for the yard:

enjoyed freshly picked green beans from the neighbors garden:

-ran errands (target, home depot, costco)
-watched the departed (again)
-painted shelf unit & potted new plants for the front steps (picture to come)
-ate breakfast with friends over the hill (oatmeal, brown sugar, golden raisins & bananas)
-hung out pool-side with wonderful people & shared laughs with a 94 year old woman in a motorized inflatable pool lounger
-had dinner at the neighbors (favorite part: avocado/grapefruit/pine-nut salad with honey poppy-seed dressing!!!)

July 13, 2007

Green Tea Cupcakes for Kevin

this week has been filled with green tea goodies.

July 9, 2007

my favorite things lately:

after dinner dessert & reading

apricots from neighbors yard.

i picked these apricots off of our neighbor’s tree. I’ve been eating them by the handful over the past few week. Every time I walk past the bowl in the center of the kitchen, I grab 2 or 3. I was in such a zone eating them, I bit right into the pit of one. Yowzer! Apricot pits are hard. I suggest avoiding biting into one at all times.

some of my favorite things lately:

-apricots (of course)
-the new issue of Donna Hay (i always LOVE this magazine…maybe I’ll get a subscription for my b-day)
-black sesame pocky
-waking up with the brand new curtains in our bedroom
-walking past our dining room and catching a glimpse of our new dining room chairs
-the new shelf unit in my crafty room
-vanilla cola lip gloss from bigelow & benefit’s “hoola” blush
-cormeal pancakes from Main Street Cafe
-the feeling of being on a rollercoaster and hearing my husband scream like a kid
-holding hands with my 8 year old niece

July 6, 2007

fragments of the 4th

neighbors clothespins



so many things to do!!!!!!!! I can’t believe how many times i’ve cleaned up the kitchen in the past few days. It was like my cabinets projectile vomited on EVERY surface of my kitchen. Having 4th of July on a Wednesday really messed with me. It felt more like a Sunday… I got excited that I had my Sunday TV shows waiting for me on our DVR—- BUT NO! It’s just another WEDNESDAY!…and YES, you have to wake up early for work. Not fair.

Over the past few days:

-found dining room chairs for dining room (silver-leafed just like the ceiling!)
-new custom curtains in our bedroom sewn & installed (a BIG thank you to my mother-in-law!)
-hung out with neighbors & ate leftovers

Things are coming along…now we just need to figure out this air conditioning thing. Having people over when it’s 100 degrees just doesn’t fly.

July 5, 2007

sweets I made for our 4th of july block party

magnolia cookbook recipes:

vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream /chocolate ones too! (frosting was amazing)

banana pudding (very tasty, i have tons leftover since i tripled the recipe!)

July 2, 2007

goodbye napa house

henry & casey

crab & cucumber sitting on my lap

peaches for peach crisp!

towel party

night time swimming

the moon (not the sun)

this weekend marked the last weekend that we will be spending at Casey’s brother & sister-in-law’s house.

    things i will never forget about this house:

-all the times we spent out in the backyard by the pool
-listening to classic rock on the hello-kitty boombox
-watching Emma & Spencer dive off the diving board for the first time!
-watching Casey & his brothers come up with new ways to throw a ball & have someone catch it off the diving board
-blown up barbie heads in the backyard
-lighting our first fire outside
-that night we went to the french laundry & hopped right into the pool without clothes on
-playing catch in the front yard
-the wonderful feeling of being relaxed after spending all weekend in the sun
-the ice cream man…choco taco…watermelon schnapps!
-spencer the master of smores!
-that creepy neighbor & the *damnit-amber* neighbor!
-all the food we ate & the wine we drank….

the good times…the bad times…this house sure did have mojo! you will be missed, dear napa house.

June 26, 2007

drumsticks on a sunday night.


waiting for cars to pass

neighbors house

cambria gets a drumstick

Spending nights outside with my neighbors triggers memories of my childhood. Those nights when it’s almost 9pm and the sky is still bright….playing around the front yard with frisbees (the one i played with got run over by a car!). And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, the ice cream man drove by.