• 2019,  Food,  Musings,  Sacramento,  YEE,  Yelp

    Musings: The Elusive Black Badge

    Wait…you don’t know what I’m talking about?!? Badge, not the card! Does anyone even care about the AMEX black card anymore, anyways? I digress. I’ve been Yelping for N I N E years! Holy shit! That is a lot of time writing reviews. Anything from Khol’s to the newest restaurant to pop up in Sacramento. Yes, you read that correctly. I’ve Yelped Khol’s, among a slew of other things. At the end of each year, I nominate myself for another year of Yelp elitness. Yes, Yelp allows and encourages you to nominate yourself each year. And so I do, with no shame. To think, this all started as a bet…

  • 2019,  Diary of a Non-Cook,  Food

    Diary of a Non-Cook: Paleo Veggie Chili, NO Beans

    Le Cruset is to the kitchen, as Lululemon is to the gym. This winter weather has me craving all the warm things, coupled with trying to make healther food choices + cooking more often. I’m honestly trying to find the joy in cooking. So when I feel the desire too, I’m going with it. No hesitations, just taking it in stride. I really wanted a chili recipe that I enjoy. It is hard to find it the way I like — sans beans. So, of course, I ran straight to Pinterest to find a recipe. Sunday’s dinner came to you via the following Pinterest search: chili, no bean, ground turkey.…

  • 2018,  Christmas,  Food,  Holidays,  Musings

    Musings: My Claim to Fame

    I’m like, kinda Insta-famous… Totally kidding. However, this day in age, when a brand reposts, or even comments on your social, it tends to mean something to some. Some people could give a rats ass about this stuff. I can appreciate that. Then you have those, like myself, who enjoy the sentiment from a brand. This could be becuase this is also my line of work. Or part narcassim, or part (social media) culture. Anywho, I staged a fun pizza pic after the madness of our December Girls Night had died down. There was a plethora of chaotic kid-ness going on and I patiently waited to take my staged photo…

  • 2018,  Diary of a Non-Cook,  Family,  Food,  Holidays,  Thanksgiving

    Diary of a Non-Cook: Pastry-Wrapped Asparagus with Balsamic Dipping Sauce

    Pastry puff makes my heart happy. Mostly because it is a warm and fluffy carb, but I’ve been wanting to make an appetizer with it forever. I’ve had multiple intentions to do so. I’ve even bought the frozen sheets and then threw them out months (if not a year) later. I’m better on being less wasteful, but still not the best at eating everything I buy. Anywho, my standard contribution to Thanksgiving was asked of me: an appetizer. To be fair, I kinda wanted to do dessert, but that is always fulfilled by another family. The pies from Apple Hill were calling my name and I wanted to attempt to…

  • 2018,  California,  Food,  Musings,  Sacramento,  Sacramento

    Musings: My FIRST Best of Sacramento Party

    I love my city! I’m pretty sure you know that by now, but just in case you didn’t…I had to say it AGAIN! We have a local publication, Sacramento Magazine, that has been around forever. Poppa Bear has been a subscriber forever. I always love paging through the magazine at their house or anywhere really. This magazine releases a Best of Sac list every year and then they host an event to showcase the winners, which raises money for a specific charity. Year after year, I’ve seen all the event photos and heard about the event. I was always too cheap to buy a ticket. And sadly, was never offered…

  • 2016,  Christmas,  Food,  Holidays

    Annual Cookie Party

    Established in 1987. So, I can’t really take credit for this cool, annual event…but I’ve been in attendance for a pretty damn long time. Technically she’s my 2nd cousin, but she feels more like an older sister. We call her Joy, but she goes by Clem to those who went to school with her. It is her and her group of girlfriends who took Lil and I in and let us be a part of their holiday FUNstivities since we were really little.   From gallivanting up to Apple Hill to cut down Christmas trees to the annual cookie party, these women have been in our lives for a long…

  • 2016,  Food,  Sacramento

    How NOT to be A Rook at the Sac Burger Battle

    Among plenty of other things, you can add burger connoisseur to my list of self-prescribed titles! I love me some burgers, probably more than the next girly tomboy you know. I am almost always down to eat one. Except for right now, as I write this post I’m nursing a serious burger hangover from last nights cherry poppin’ attendance at the Sacramento Burger Battle!   One. Five. Fifteen burgers. One night. One stomach. Even though everyone told me, multiple times, not to eat too much of each burger and take my time. Do you think I listened? Hell, NO! The burger adrenaline was too real. Mix in the fact that…

  • 2016,  Food,  Friends,  Musings,  Pinterest

    Musings: Hostess with the Mostess

    I have a secret……everyone thinks I love to host parties! Well, technically that’s the truth — but to be completely honest I am a faux hostess. I always wait until the last minute, I always shop on a budget, and I hate to admit it, but I use the hell out of Pinterest for hosting parties. Most importantly, I take shortcuts wherever possible. This post is perfectly timed because this Saturday we are hosting L’s 8th birthday party and I’ve done all of the things listed above. Summer, outdoor parties are my fave to host and plan! Nothing better than taking advantage of the great summer outdoor weather to gather friends && family! Since we always…

  • 2015,  California,  Christmas,  Christmas,  Family,  Food,  Holidays,  Musings,  Napa,  Sacramento,  Traditions

    …and Like That It’s Over!

    Christmas has come and gone… …just like that. If you remember correctly, I was trying to find my Christmas spirit on Christmas Eve. Shortly after I wrote/posted that, it started to sink in and magically I began to start feeling more in the spirit. Maybe it was just saying it out loud (well, really writing it) that made snap out of it. Maybe the super relaxing pedicure that was pure bliss also helped. But by Christmas Eve I was in the full Christmas spirit and ready for all the celebrations ahead. Christmas Eve w/ J’s family. This long weekend was exactly what I needed. Family time. Family time. Friend time. Lets just say 3.5 days was not…