Saturday, February 15, 2014

Happy Valentine's Weekend


10 years ago yesterday James asked me to marry him!  Glad he asked -- glad I said yes.  Thankful for all we've shared together.  Life sure is sweeter all the way around with him in it with me!    






Sunday, January 5, 2014

Merry and Happy




“Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.”
―A.A. Milne 

Enjoy the anticipation of what is to come!  Goodbye 2013, thanks for all the lessons, good times, hardships, friendships, and memories -- hello 2014!

Friday, December 13, 2013

It's The Holiday Season

Lots has happened since I blogged last.  My sister, Melissa, came to visit us.  We went to Disneyland and the beach and so many places.  Had such a blast.  I went home to where I grew up and got to be there for my dad's birthday as well as my grandmother's.  Got to judge a big show called Tiger Tunes at OBU's homecoming.  Was in a commercial for the state of Arkansas.  Hung out with my sisters on Halloween.  Went to NYC and my husband James took me and our dogs to Napa for my birthday.  Made new friends, saw old friends, received random acts of kindness and gifts, enjoyed sunsets, read books, and worked out looking at the beach, tried new things like Shape House to name a few things.  

Here is a slideshow (in no particular order) .......




 Sunset happy hour with friends

 Tiger Tunes my Senior Year

One of my fav dance classes in NYC

Picnic's on the beach

 sunset drives

 dinner/drinks on the beach with friends!

fam time

sis time



 Halloween

 friend time

on camera time

"Hello Ladies!"

Disney




Fab dinners



 James in the glasses modeling

Happy Endings!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Enjoying Summer Days B & T Style




Pebre Sauce from Community Seafood Fisherman Santa Barbara



Marinade:
  • Orange juice (enough to cover the shark in a ziplock)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 Serrano pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt
  • olive oil

Pebre Sauce:
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • 1/3 jalapeño
  • 1 serrano
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

Preparation:
Set fish aside in a bag/container with all of the chopped up marinade ingredients and let it rest in the fridge for an hour.

While you wait, make the pebre sauce as it will benefit from having some time to sit as well.  Chop the shallot, garlic, jalapeño, serrano, and cilantro and briefly sautée in a bit of olive oil.  Then put in the food processor and blend. Let it sit for an hour.

Remove fish from the marinade and pat it dry with paper towels. Warm up your grill, season the fish and lightly oil it. Grill the fish for about 5 minutes per side. Then plate it, scoop on a generous helping of pebre sauce and enjoy!


Grilling Again

(picture by Meredith Baird)

We are loving having a grill again!  
We cooked veggie pizzas and enjoyed with friends this past weekend.




Pizza 1
Zucchini 
Tomatoes
Yellow bell pepper

Pizza 2
Mushroom 
Broccoli 
Sweet potato 
Daiya cheese 

Pizza 3
Mushroom
Pear
Arugula
Goat cheese crumbles
Yellow bell pepper 

East Coast To West Coast



 Malibu

Santa Monica

Cali Baby

Got A Bike

my desk

 James mom "Mother Mary" came to visit as did my friend Mahalia.....
From Hollywood and Vine, to the Canals of Venice, to Santa Barbara, to the farmer's markets, to the beaches of Malibu, to celebrating Bo's birthday a fun time was had by all!


Juicing

I have loved juicing this year!  What a great thing to do for yourself and health.  And breville makes some great inexpensive juicers so you can make your own.  Just be sure to consume within an hour if you aren't using a cold press juicer to get the maximum nutrition. And stay away from Jamba Juice and such like if you are trying to be healthy because their products are made from concentrate, syrups, powders -- things that aren't natural.  NATURAL is the way to go -- aka raw -- the real deal!

Loving going over to M.A.K.E for my juices, which M.A.K.E, by the way, made the top 20 list for best vegetarian restaurants in August Food and Wine magazine and was listed in the LA Daily Candy yesterday.  Go M.A.K.E.!  Matthew Kenney really gets it right!!

I'm loving learning and passing on what knowledge I've obtained to others in hopes it will be enjoyed and beneficial as it is to me.

Here are a couple of articles with some recipes and MK's thoughts re juicing and how a raw diet can improve an athletes performance.  Pretty amazing all the natural healers out there and how much we can do for ourselves.

 Me with a homemade carrot juice and kale chips one hot July day this year.





Notes:
photo taken from LA Times

Article from Food and Wine, August 2013