Chit Chat

Sep
13
2013

Chit Chat Fifteenth Edition

It’s Friday! Yay, welcome to another edition of my chit chat page, just a little bit of what’s been going on in the Picky Palate house :)

Pax 1 years old

Can I just say that there is no way that my Pax is a year old already.  How does 365 days go by in the blink of an eye?!  One year ago today I was sobbing endlessly praying Pax would get to come home from the NICCU.  If you haven’t read what happened when Pax was born, you can do so HERE.

There isn’t a day that goes by that I am grateful to have this little boy in our home!!  Love you Pax, now slow down the growing up ok?

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School is back in session for my big boys.  We had the best summer.  I am so grateful to be their mom.  They fight like crazy but I know deep down they really love each other.

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 I get so giddy when I see these bad boys at Target!!  Can’t wait to start my Fall baking!

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My friend Catherine has a new cookbook, Weelicious Lunches.  Catherine is amazing and has the absolute best lunch ideas for the kids.  This is a must get.  Be sure to pick up your copy ASAP.  I have been using it since the boys got back to school.  So helpful!

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So excited for my friend Kathy of Panini Happy.  Her cookbook The Ultimate Panini Press is out and it is fabulous.  I am a sucker for any panini.  You get more than 200 recipes in Kathy’s book! Pick up your copy today!

Nutella Cookies

A couple of Sundays ago, the boys and I decided we wanted to make some fun cookies.  I used my Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and substituted Nutella for the Oreos.  I highly recommend you try this.  They were sinfully delicious!

Disneyland

Pax got to meet Cinderella last week at Ariel’s Grotto, a fun lunch spot in Disney’s California Adventure. His face was so funny meeting the princesses, he was not amused…at all, lol!  Another shot of my boys and I playing at Disney over the summer.  Hope they always remember our Disney adventures :)

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This is week two of our fitness challenge.  If you haven’t read about what we’re doing, you can click HERE.  I am so proud of myself, I never thought I would be able to limit my sweets the way I have been. I am down 4.5 pounds since last week.  Check out these healthy chicken veggie bowls my husband and I prepared so we have lunches to grab that are totally ready eat.  It’s been so great.

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I thought I’d leave you with Pax enjoying his first ever birthday cake.  He entertained us all as he enjoyed his first real taste of sugar, lol!  Go get em’ Pax!


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Aug
16
2013

Chit Chat Fourteenth Edition

Welcome to another edition of my chit chat page, just a little about what we’ve been up to and things I’m loving right now :)

How fast has summer gone by? Some of your kids have already started school. We’ve got a few more weeks. Looking forward to our school year routine….but not the lunch making everyday, lol!

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Took the family to San Diego a couple weeks ago and had the best time bike riding down the beaches.  So pretty in Mission/Pacific Beach area.  Nice to have some good family time.  We went to some amazing restaurants, they’ll be featured on Picky Palate soon!

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Completely dying over Hash House a go go’s pancakes!  They were enormous and this Strawberry Frosted Flake Pancake did not disappoint.  It’s a must visit when you are in San Diego.

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One of my good friends, Jenna started a new blog with her 3 sisters called Show up for Life.  They are also on Instagram HERE.  They are inspiring and uplifting, be sure to check it out! Below is a little about them.

“We are 4 sisters and we have a deep desire to assist and help others in finding hope and living a life full of the love and joy they deserve. We are not experts or Dr.’s, but we have found through our years of learning, experience, and research;  tips and exercises that have been successful for us. We will be sharing here what we have learned and have high hopes that it will be beneficial for anyone who has ever experienced those moments in life that may seem hopeless.

This blog will be a place for the hopeless to find hope. For the fearful to find their courage.  A place to find spiritual, mental, physical health. A place of love.  A place where we will share stories, inspiration, and insight. This is a place of joy and happiness. A place of safety and security. A place that we hope all who come will be enlightened and lifted.”

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I might be crazy, but I am starting a very small jewelry store on Instagram that I am calling Picky’s Box.  I will be selling very affordable designer inspired pieces that I hand pick from various vendors.  Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more pictures and information.

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We’ve been having so much fun at Disneyland this summer.  I take the boys one on one in the evenings and we stay until closing.  Get a load of that Ghirardelli caramel filled chocolate.  Swoon!!

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Have you checked out my “How to Make the Perfect Mac and Cheese” yet?!  Cannot get enough of this recipe.  Creamy and dreamy :)

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 How creepy are these blinking mustard and ketchup bottles?!  Lol!  Found them at Paper Source and was cracking up :)

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So….Marc Jacobs has a new makeup line.  Let’s just say it’s fabulous!  This lipstick and gloss I couldn’t resist has been a new favorite.  Looking forward to trying more of his line.

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Last weekend, we walked the kids up to RiteAid and somehow all came out with giant Thrifty’s ice cream cones.  I chose the chocolate malted crunch of course :)

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Earlier this week I posted this picture on Instagram and asked, “What’s your tips for not crying while cutting onions?”  There are over 100 great tips if you are curious.  Check out the comments HERE.

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If I had $400 to blow, I would be blowing it on these new Kate Spade ankle boots.  I did the unthinkable and tried them on this week in their store.  Bad idea because I can’t stop thinking about them, lol!  Aren’t they adorable?

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My sweet little Pax has been so “on the go” the last couple months crawling and starting to experiment standing/balancing that he hasn’t been much of a cuddler.  A couple days ago, he stopped what he was doing, climbed up and laid his little head on my shoulder.  Sweetest thing ever.  I had to capture the moment!  Love this little boy so much!

Happy Friday, have a wonderful weekend!

–Jenny :)


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Jul
26
2013

Chit Chat Thirteenth Edition

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Chit chat today :)  Hope everyone has been enjoying summer!

Summer break has been so much fun with the boys.  I have been taking them to Disneyland just one on one.  Talk about the memories we’ve created.  They keep asking when we can do it again. I look forward to these moments with the boys.

Nature Box

We had the privilege of sampling a couple of boxes of Nature Box.  I knew we were going to receive healthy snacks but I didn’t know how amazing they would all be!  We can not get enough of their snacks.  You get a box delivered right to your door once a month.  Be sure to check out their website and see if it’s a good fit for your family.  Stay tuned for a recipe and giveaway with Nature Box in early August.

OC Fair

The OC Fair is on!  We took the boys and sampled all of the crazy food there was to offer, lol!  See our full review of the OC Fair HERE.

Sabra

Had such a great time in Virginia last week for a close look at the Sabra Factory.  Saw bunnies in the clouds, ate pounds of Sabra hummus, painted my own hummus and pita bowl, toured the factory, learned about new spices and had amazing ice cream  It was a great couple days.

Stella and Dot Fall 2013 line

Be still my heart.  Stella and Dot’s new Fall line is so stunning.  The colors, the sparkles….have got to have it!  There are dozens and dozens of new pieces you’ve got to check out.  Be sure to look at my site HERE to see all of the new pieces.

Shopping w Pax

Pax has been in my grocery cart for months and I’m always trying to stack my groceries around his giant car seat.  I’m happy to say that in the last week Pax has graduated to the front of the grocery cart, yay!  Room for groceries :)  He’s happy too.

Boys

Oh my sweet boys.  They wanted Pax to look like a “dude” so they put a baseball hat on backwards, lol!  Pax also got his first haircut this past weekend.  Little cutie pie.

Have a wonderful weekend, see you Monday for a new recipe!!


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Jun
28
2013

Chit Chat Twelfth Edition

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Oreo Cookies

What a fun couple weeks it’s been around here.  School is FINALLY out for summer and our family has been visiting from Arizona.  My Father-in-Law brought me some of these new Oreo’s that have just come out.  Have you tried them?  I am not a sherbet fan, but the watermelon wasn’t as bad as everyone was telling me.  I didn’t mind them, but if I’m being honest, I’ll stick to my regular chocolate Oreo’s :)

Candles and Chocolate Spread

Did some shopping with my Mother-in-Law and stopped in Bath and Body Works.  Loving these baked goods scents they had.  Homemade Cookies?!  Yes please :)  My FIL also brought me this chocolate spread from Ikea.  Have you tried this?  It’s got little caramel candy bits throughout.  It’s pretty good!!
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When our family comes to visit we always head over to Balboa Island to walk, cross the ferry and grab lunch.  I happened to catch this great moment with my boys.  It really looks like they like each other, lol!!  Love these guys.

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We had lunch at Ruby’s Diner on the Balboa Pier and Pax was having a grand ol’ time.  Caught this of him as he was banging the table from his high chair.  Looks like he’s flashing that little front tooth.  Funny baby.

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We went to Knott’s Berry Farm with the kids and our family this week.  It was the most gorgeous day for an amusement park.  The kids had a blast and the adults were loving the somewhat cloudy, breezy weather.

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My sweet mom was here on her birthday this week.  I was so grateful to just spend the day with her.  My dad took the boys to the beach so we could just hang out together.  We watched Bachelorette and went for a walk down PCH.  It was perfect.  I also made her THIS cake.  You must try it.  We had it for breakfast, lol!

Pink Flats and Marc Jacobs

Did a little shopping this week.  Found these cutest neon pink flats at Old Navy on clearance for $12.00.  Love a good deal.  Also found this brand new scent by Marc Jacobs called Honey, it smells perfectly sweet and light for summer.  Could NOT pass it up.  How adorable is the bottle?

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Most nights we walk down to Corona del Mar beach to watch the sunset.  My sister took this photo of Cullen and I.  Love this guy!

Cookies and Cream Waffle Cone

We went to Disney’s California Adventure yesterday.  It was incredibly hot in Anaheim so we took a break at Ghiradelli’s and shared this giant coookies and cream waffle cone.  Cooled us off for a few minutes, lol!

Have a great weekend!  See you Monday for a new recipe.


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Jun
5
2013

Chit Chat Eleventh Edition

Another edition of my chit chat page coming at you! I am getting ready to head to Austin tomorrow morning for the BlogHer Food Conference. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see what we’re up to. You know we’ll be eating our way through the city, lol! Should be tons of fun :)

Here’s what I’ve been up to this past week, thanks for stopping by!

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My baby Pax turned 9 months old a couple days ago and the little stinker is crawling!  Boy oh boy, he’s into anything and everything.  What a joy this little guy is.  Look at that face, lol!

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Had my family from AZ visiting over the weekend.  Had such a great time going for morning walks with my mom and Dad. We were cracking up Saturday morning, we found ourselves in the middle of the 5K by the beach that was going on.  Had to stop and take a picture.

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We tried a new restaurant last week called the Playground in Downtown Santa Ana.  I have no words to describe how amazing our dining experience was.  If you are ever in Southern California get down there for delicious food.

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Seriously?!  This is one more shot from the Playground.  Keep in mind they have a new menu every night but you can always order their burger.  Nuff said.  Haha.

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My sweet Brady is 8 years old this week.  Can’t even believe how old my boys are getting.  They are sweet an ornery all at the same time.  I made Brady this Hershey Bar Castle Cake I found on Pinterest.  Perfect for my little king, lol!

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So, I was strolling through the mall last week and saw that Mac had their new summer line out.  I snatched up this slightly glittery new lipstick called Caliente.  Check it out next time you are out shopping!

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My favorite time of year at Trader Joe’s!!  Peonies!

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 Gina’s Pizza in Corona del Mar.  Do it :)

Have a great week friends!  See you Friday with an amazing cookie recipe.

 


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May
17
2013

Chit Chat Tenth Edition

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It’s Friday!  Yippee :)

What a great week it’s been.  Last weekend we got to spend some time with my sister and her family visiting from AZ.  They got a beach house practically right on the water so we spent lots of time in the sunshine, sand and water.  Here’s my sweet little guy living it up.  This boy knows how to play.

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CanNOT get enough of this Red Raspberry Lemonade Cupcake from B Candy in Corona Del Mar.  I’ve tried many many cupcakes in my day and this is one of my all time favorites.  If you are ever in Southern California, you’ve got to get one…..and the Frosted Flake Ice Cream.  To die for!

Mother's Day Weekend

A few more pictures from our weekend at the beach.  My boys had so much fun playing with their cousins.  It’s always so sad to see them go!

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My Paxerooni got his first tooth!  Little cutie pie wants to eat anything and everything that goes near his mouth, lol!

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Ok, who saw Gatsby last weekend?  I had been waiting to see it for a while and it was really good.  Not your typical feel good Fairy Tale story line, but it was definitely entertaining.  Would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Pax and Banana Splits

Beach time with Pax and a giant Banana Split Sundae of my nephew.

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I found a macaron candle at B Candy this week.  I am in love.  It smells just like a lovely sweet macaron!  It’s by Voluspa.

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My sister had on some fun neon summer flip flops and come to find out she got them at Payless for under $10!  Going to get some asap!

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Headed to Walt Disney World this weekend for the Food Blog Forum.  I’m probably on the airplane right now :)  Kind of tradition to get Cajun Shrimp nails for this event, can’t stop the tradition right?  Love this OPI color!

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Photo via Waltdisneyworld.com

So excited to play at Walt Disney World with some amazing Food Bloggers this weekend!  I’ll be sure to eat a few churros for everyone.

Have a great weekend!!


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May
10
2013

Chit Chat Ninth Edition

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Welcome to another addition of my chit chat page.  Hope you are enjoying these as much as I am.  If not, feel free to click over to the recipes, I’ve got lots to choose from!

First things first, I was cracking up when I saw the e-card above.  How true is this while on Pinterest?!  I’ll be pinning like crazy and realize I absolutely do this, haha!  Oh well, it’s all good fun :)

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I could hardly contain my excitement this week knowing I was going to see a live taping of The Voice with my friend Sara in LA!  We were sitting right above Adam’s seat and had a great view of the stage.  What a fun night it was.  Love Love Love this show.  Grateful to the guy sitting next to us who snuck his phone in and took some pics for us.

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One of my favorite finds this week were these fun summer sandals by Sam and Libby at Target!  Remember Sam and Libby from the 90′s?  I used to wear them all the time.  Love that they are making a come back.  These look so cute on.  You can see mine on Instagram HERE.  Love these leather metallic silver flip flops from Gap too.

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So, last Sunday I was sitting in church with my family and in walks Mindy Gledhill, one of my favorite musicians ever!  So glad I introduced myself and got a picture with her.  She is so sweet.  If you haven’t heard her music, you must check it out.  She is amazing!!

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So…..when Amanda was visiting last week, we made homemade macarons together.  Let’s just say, the version I am posting first thing Monday morning is out of this world delicious!!  I think you can see what I did, haha.

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 Completely obsessed with all of the cherry blossom trees around our neighborhood.  They are just so happy and lovely right?

Jo Malone

Unsure what you should ask for Mother’s Day?  One of my good friends told me about Jo Malone cologne/perfume a couple months ago.  Guess I have been living in a box, because I didn’t know much about it.  Can I just say that they make the most beautiful scents ever?  I’ve never been a huge perfume collector until now.  Great, lol!  The fun of Jo Malone scents is that they are made to mix and match to create your own signature scent.  It’s just too much fun.  Check your local Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales if you don’t have a Jo Malone boutique.  Here’s a store locator to see where there’s one nearest you. Trust me, they are worth hunting down.  My favorites are Nectarine Blossom and Honey, Orange Blossom, Redcurrent and Cream and Blue Agava…and just about all of the others.

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My little angel boy is 8 months old now.  Little cutie pie cut his first tooth on Wednesday this week.  Can not even tell you how much I love this kid.  Pure happiness and joy!!

Have a great weekend friends!  See you Monday for a macaron party!


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May
3
2013

Chit Chat Eighth Edition, Big Traveling Potluck

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend The Big Traveling Potluck which is a food blog conference/event that was held in Temecula, CA.  My friends Amanda and Angie flew down a day early and we may have had a dessert fest.  See below, lol!  Oh yah, what you see above is a chocolate chip cookie dough milkshake from the Shake Shack in Crystal Cove.  It overlooks the beach.  Such a fun spot.

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Angie, Amanda and I decided we definitely had to go visit Melody at her “Sweet and Saucy Shop” in Newport Beach.  Melody has some of the most beautiful and delicious desserts around.  You can see we sampled our fair share.  Party time!

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Here we are doing what we love to do!!  Take pictures of our treats…..then eating them of course :)

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And more snapping photos of our desserts, lol!

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Photo via Amanda

After we checked into our hotel Friday afternoon we hit up a mall in Temecula for a little shopping with Maria.  Of course we spotted a cupcake shop that we HAD to try.  It was called “Truely, Madly, Sweetly.”  How cute is that?

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 You can see we ordered an assortment.  Their S’mores was to die!  A great little bakery.

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Left photo via Angie

We showed up for dinner Friday night to the most gorgeous home on a hill with a backyard that opened up to an amazing view.  It was a perfect place to catch up with old and new friends.  I can not get over Diane’s ginormous lemon cream cake that she brought.  It was one of the best cakes I’ve ever had.  Look at our faces, lol!!  Right:  Lisa, Maria and I.  Love these girls!

Breakfast

Here’s the scene of our breakfast Saturday morning.  It was sunny and lovely.  The food could not have been better.  Fruit, yogurt, breakfast pizzas, muffins, breads, you name it we ate it, lol!

Bakerella and Picky PalateAngie and I at breakfast.  We always have the same bright colors on.  Love spending time with Angie.  Soooo wish we were in the same city.  Absolutely LOVED the KitchenAid mixers on display for our fruit.  Lovely!

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More breakfast friends. Left: Maria and Caleb, LoriHeidi, Ali, Me, Amanda and Sandy.

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After breakfast we went right into our speaker sessions.  What a great group of speakers we had.  So motivational and uplifting.  This is Matt Armendariz talking to us about his journey through photography.  Love him.

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Spending a little time outside with my gals.  Maria, Angie, me and Amanda.

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Oh my goodness Whole Foods had the most gorgeous spread for lunch.  Every kind of grain and topping you can imagine.  It was heaven in a bowl.

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Had a fun lemonade spritzer bar from Whole Foods.  How refreshing does this look?!

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Photo via Angie

Later in the afternoon before dinner we had a guacamole party with Gaby Dalkin in this most fabulous backyard.  What a setting for us.  Loved every second of it.

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Ree was here too!  It’s always so fun chit chatting with her.  Fun Fun Fun weekend!

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Our last morning together, we had a beautiful breakfast and said goodbye to our friends.  Here we have…  Left: Dara, Angie, Ethan, Amanda, Me, Lisa.

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One more of more friends! Left: Cathy, Lori, Dara, Angie, Ethan, Brian, Me, Lisa and Rachel 

A huge thanks to Maggy, Pam, Erika and the rest of the Big Traveling Potluck team that worked so hard for this perfect weekend of food and friends.  Loved every minute of our time together in the California sun!

More Big Traveling Potluck 2013 Re-caps.

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Two Peas and Their Pod
Bakerella
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Foodie Crush
Bake Your Day
A Thought for Food


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Apr
26
2013

Chit Chat Seventh Edition

Chit Chat day!

I’m heading to a food conference this weekend with dozens and dozens of my blogging friends.  It’s the Big Traveling Potluck.  You can follow my Instagram to see what we’ll be eating up to :)

Be sure to head over to my friends at Lunchpails and Lipstick.  They are featuring some healthy snacks and shared one of my recipes.

Here’s a little glimpse of what we’ve been up to the last week or so.  Happy Friday!

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The last couple weekends, we’ve been so lucky with amazing weather in Southern California.  You better believe we hit up the beach and take advantage of the beautiful sunshine with the kids!  My 7 year old sure knows how to live it up at the beach.  I just love watching him play.

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We finally re-newed our season Disneyland passes!  Oh happy day, it had been far too long since we’ve been.  Stay tuned for more posts about “Where to Eat at Disneyland.”  On the left is an amazing Peanut Butter Chocolate Sundae from Ghiradelli Chocolate Shop.  Soooo good.  I had a glimpse of the future with my 10 year old son.  I realized that he still holds my hand walking around Disneyland.  I almost teared up thinking in a few years he’ll be a teenager!  Oh boy, the time sure flies by.  Love this boy so much.

 

Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer

I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this “Chocolate Bronzer” by Too Faced before!  It literally smells like the best chocolate ever.  You have to  have it.  My face smells so good, lol!

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A couple weeks ago we went to AZ for the boys Spring Break.  Spending time with my mom, sister and grandma make me so happy!!  Granna made her famous baked beans that I feature in my cookbook.  She is the sweetest.

sc112_turqikatscarfLOVING this bright summery Palm Springs Scarf from Stella and Dot.  This is on my wish list.

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Oh Pax.  What would I do without your happy chubby sweetness?  I love this picture, lol!

 

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I hadn’t made rice krispie treats in ages.  I’ve decided that to make up for lost time I am making them everyday.  Lol!  I wish :)

Have a wonderful weekend, see you Monday for a new recipe!


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