Weekend Shenanigans

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter, or just a wonderful Sunday.  We had a fun-filled weekend.  Lots and lots of eating.  On Friday we dyed eggs and ate pizza, Saturday we baked cupcakes, and Sunday we tried to go on a morning hike, but the rain decided to bless us with its presence, so instead we met friends for brunch.  I made a big, yummy Easter feast for dinner, for the hubby and I.  Now time to get back to the healthy eating and cutting out the sweets.  I’ve been doing so well, but caved this past weekend.  It’s ok, life isn’t fun unless you treat yourself to treats. Ha!

Oh yeah, Happy April Fool’s Day!!!

Excuse the hair and attire, it was a super casual day.

Homemade cupcakes from scratch.

My new cake stand the husband gave me for Easter.  Love!

Weekend Fun!

   This weekend we celebrated the 8th birthday of a dear friend.  She celebrated eight years of being happy, joyous and free.  Such a neat experience to watch someone grow into something so spiritual.  Who ever knew that believing in a Higher Power, would lead to such a satisfying life. God is good!  The day was perfect.  The weather was gorgeous, and the company was fun!

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!

Valentine’s Day

 Happy Valentine’s Day!

 We started our morning off with lots of kisses and hugs.  I got to deliver all of my little treats last night, because the husband said he planned something special for the two of us tonight.  So we’ll see what the mister has in order.  He always has great surprises!

Yesterday was a full on bake day.  With lots of goodies packed up to deliver to our friends.  We wanted to let them know how much we love them and appreciate having them in our lives.

ps check out the red chocolate chips, they’re perfect for Valentine’s Day.

 Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Happy Mardi Gras!

Today is the official day for Mardi Gras.  Boy, do I sure wish we were in New Orleans.  (I just want to experience it once).  We have a good friend who sent us an overnight package in celebration of the day.  I thought it was going to be a bunch of beads (until I noticed the sticker that read “cake inside”), Of course that REALLY grabbed my attention.  Upon opening we found a HUGE cake.  A King Cake.  The King Cake is a brioche-style cake traditionally made throughout the State of  Louisiana during the weeks prior to Mardi Gras. Usually oval in shape, the King  Cake is a bakery delicacy made from a rich Danish dough (which is a sweetened  yeast bread…a cross between a coffee cake and a French pastry) and covered  with a poured sugar topping decorated in the traditional Mardi Gras-colored  sugars of purple (symbolizing Justice), green (symbolizing Faith) and gold  (symbolizing Power). This colorful topping is representative of a jeweled crown  in honor of the Three Wise Men who  visited the Christ Child on Epiphany (a word derived from the Greek meaning “to  show”). Epiphany, also known as Twelfth Night (i.e., January 6) is when  the Carnival Season officially begins.

 The King Cake tradition is believed to have begun with French settlers around  1870, who were themselves continuing a custom which dated back to Twelfth  Century France, when a similar cake was used to celebrate the coming of the Magi  twelve days after Christmas bearing gifts for the Christ Child. This celebration  was also once known as King’s Day. As a symbol of this Holy Day, a tiny plastic  baby (symbolic of the baby Jesus) is placed inside each King Cake but in times  gone past, the hidden items were usually coins, beans, pecans or peas.

  Today, the cakes are baked in many shapes but originally, they were round to  portray the circular route take by the Magi in order to confuse King Herod,  whose army was attempting to follow the Wise Men so that the Christ Child could  be killed. The origin of the modern King Cake can be traced back to the Middle  Ages, when popular devotion during Christmas turned to the Three Wise Men. In  1871, the tradition of choosing the Queen of Mardi Gras was determined by who  drew the prize within the cake. Today, such a find is still deemed to be a sign  of good luck and it customary for the person who discovers the hidden plastic  baby to host the next King Cake Party.

I guess that means I’m hosting a King Cake Party next year. (I found the baby)

Thanks to our good friend, for such a delicious introduction to Mardi Gras.

Sunday Fun (Super Bowl)

 Yesterday we had some friends over for the Super Bowl.  Boo, our team (49ers) lost.  But regardless we sure did have a good time.  Our neighbors, (we live in a duplex), had a party as well, which was fun.  Everyone was laughing, drinking, and having a great time!  It was nice to be surrounded by good peeps, and some adorable children.  We kind of decided last minute to have the party, and just threw it out there to a few people, and ended up with probably the best mix of people, we’ve had yet. So much fun!!

Thanks, friends.  You guys rock!

 PS things got a little silly, throughout, as you can see.

A Birthday Celebration

Last night we celebrated a good friend’s birthday.  We went to an amazing restaurant in Santa Barbara, called Opal.  The food was great, the company was fun, and the ambiance was perfect.  Celebrating birthdays is always fun and special, because you get to be surrounded by good, close friends.

Happy Birthday, Stephanie!

Also, yesterday I found this, and it was a really great reminder of how to be…

Sunday Bakeday

Remember Sunday funday? Well this is sorta the same thing, minus drinking.  Most of my girlfriends don’t drink, so we find other things fun to do.  This last Sunday I baked and had some girlfriends over to help, and eat cookies.  I actually ended up baking the cookies the night before, and then frosting them on Sunday.  They sure were yummy!  We sat around chatted and snacked.  I sure do love my girlfriends, they mean the world to me.  Thanks girls for being in my life.


A Nice Outing

  The husband and I are pretty much homebodies, but occasionally we venture out.  We have certain things that we do and we sort of stick to that pattern.  We have always done date night, which I think is very important in a marriage.  One of our first dates was eating pho soup.  A good friend of mine from the old days introduced me to pho years ago, and I have loved it ever since.  So when the husband (at the time boyfriend) asked if I liked pho, almost immediately I knew I found a good partner. (I’m being silly, it wasn’t just pho.  Haha).  So that was the beginning of our pho dates.  If you don’t know, pho soup is a Vietnamese dish consisting of broth, noodles made from rice, a few herbs, and meat.  And it’s amazing!  Sometimes on our dates we have friends join.  Last night we brought our good friend Stephanie along.  She had never tried pho, and I think we got her hooked.  After we decided to try a little gelato place we saw on our walk to dinner.  Yum, Yum, Yum, is all I can say.  If you’re local (Santa Barbara), try Spoon, it will not disappoint.

Our Wedding Day

   One of the main reasons I started this blog was for my husband and I to stay connected with friends and family back home, and to share a few recipes and new-found things.  Then, I also remembered that I wanted to start a journal of our life together, and always be able to have it to show our children.  I’m not one for scrap booking, or even writing in a journal, but I do like this little space of ours, that we call goodnewssantabarbara.

I’ve decided to share some of our wedding photos.  It was the most gorgeous, beautiful day of my life.  We had the most amazing friends and family that were able to join us.  Much thanks to our photographer Willa Kveta, she was absolutely amazing.  I loved looking through these photos, it made me wish we could do it all over again…

PS make sure you don’t miss the picture of the beautiful swarovski crystal shoes that my girlfriend gifted me on our wedding day.  Thanks Deniz, I love you!

“there is no greater risk than matrimony.

but there is nothing happier than a happy marriage.”
–benjamin disraeli, 1870

My love For This Camera…

My first love is my husband, then my family, then…Polaroids! 

Lately the only type of picture I want to take is a Polaroid. They are fun and vintage. I decided to go out and buy the Instax Fuji Polaroid camera. I love it! Polaroids remind me of the good ole days, when everything seemed so fresh and pure…maybe I’m just delusional. ha!