• 2019,  Cabo,  Christmas,  Family,  Holidays,  Mexico,  Musings

    Cali Girl Does Cabo: A Warm Christmas, Kinda…

    A warm Christmas always sounds so dreamy… And it fully is in reality! The Parentals have been saying it for a while, but they didn’t book it far in advance like they usually do. Sometime after we arrived home for our Hawaii trip, we got an email that Poppa Bear had booked our warm Christmas…but we’d come back on Christmas Eve. I don’t mind, either way, I just anticipated if we were going somewhere we’d miss Christmas in Sacramento altogether. But we didn’t, so we got the BEST of both worlds — warm vacation in December and home for the holiday! Oddly, the trip threw off my whole Christmas obsession.…

  • 2019,  Musings,  New Year

    Musings: 2010s, A Colorful Decade

    Not your average end of the year post. I honestly didn’t even think that as 2020 approaches, not only are we ending 2019, but we are ending a decade. Funny how life works out that way. As I sat here thinking about the last ten years, I was trying to think of the highlights, which proved a little difficult… Off the cuff, I came up with the following: 2010 – Traveled solo for the first time (Kauai) 2011 – Completely hiked Half Dome for the first time 2012 – The SF Giants won the World Series 2012 – Started my career at Blue Diamond Growers 2013 – I started blogging…

  • 2019,  California,  Diary of a Non-Cook,  Easter,  Family,  Holidays,  Pinterest,  Sacramento

    Diary of a Non-Cook: Bacon Wrapped Dates

    It’s all in the name… Although the name literally tells you exactly what to do, I was still interested to see how a Book Club (BC) friend made these. I’ve had them before, but at the BC I hosted, Lynsi brought these and I’m pretty sure I ate about ten of them. She mentioned she brought them because they were Whole 30 approved. I didn’t really care about that, I just loved how delicious they were. Bacon around anything is pretty damn delicious. So, when I was assigned an appetizer for Easter, I knew I wanted to make these. I say ‘make’ very loosely, because it is more like curating…

  • 2019,  Family,  Friends,  Musings,  Valentine's Day

    Musings: I Love Love

    I truly do. There is nothing more this soccer playing, weight lifting, race running Girly Tomboy loves, than LOVE. Despite my Girly Tomboy exterior/persona, I am a true romantic a heart. I absolutely love everything about being in love, seeing love shared between others, and those cheesy Hallmark movies! Is it overcommercialized? Hell yeah. Do I care? No! Why not take the time to tell those in your life you love them, one extra day out of the year? If it comes in the form of a present, food, or a card — you get to decide. Celebrate it or not, I’m just here enjoying sharing my love a little…

  • 2019,  Chinese New Year,  Musings

    Musings: Gung Hay Fat Choy

    It’s our year, Pigs! Or boars, which ever you prefer. This half-Chinese, half-Filipino gal is wishing you and yours a wonderful and prosperous new year! I feel a need or desire to educate those who come to my space about this holiday. I’ve done it every year, for the past handful of years. So, I don’t think I’ll go into all those details. Rather, I wanted to share some of the Pig characteristics, becuase so many of my friends were born in the same year as I, thus we are all PIGS together! Do you ever read something, such as your astrolgical sign or your zodica animal, and sit there…

  • 2018,  Christmas,  Diary of a Non-Cook,  Family,  Holidays,  Pinterest

    Diary of a Non-Cook: The EASIEST Appetizer Ever

    Well Christmas came and went like a whirlwind. And as per the usu, I was tasked with an appetizer for our big celebration. I really should ask for dessert, since I can never get there on time. But, it makes the suspense that much more exciting for everyone 😉 Happily, I was done with most of my Christmas stuff a week or so-ish before the big day. Little things here and there, but nothing like the last few years of stress and more stress. Easy and light, just how the holidays should be. But I didn’t really feel like making an extravagant appetizer, so I ran to Pinterest and found…

  • 2018,  Christmas,  Diary of a Non-Cook,  Holidays,  Traditions

    Diary of a Non-Cook(ie) Party

    Another December, another yearly tradition. I introduced you to our Cookie Party tradition in 2016, but Lil and I have been attending it for over two decades. It’s been going on for three to four decades, from what I’m told. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that it happened again this year.  I wanted to make something, but the party landed on a very busy weekend. The night before, the Guidette and I hosted our holiday party. I knew we’d be up late and tired from all the shenannegins of throwing a party. To be fair, I didn’t do much, she did most of it. I was just there co-hosting,…

  • 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…

  • 2017,  Mother's Day,  Pinterest

    Musings: Smiply Crafting

    Crafting done simply.   Pinterest, my disdain still lingers, even though I continue to use it regularly. However, I think that with the ever fanatic use of the app/tool, people forget to come back to reality and remember most of us have full-time jobs, kids, commitments…A LIFE! Pinterest crafting takes way too much time and money to really do it correctly…thus, simply crafting done MY own way!!Pinterest seems to put an emphasis on taking the simplicity of creativity out of the picture. Everything needs to be curated to the nth degree. For those that don’t give any F’s, kudos to you. It’s hard not too, human nature doesn’t make it…