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!

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Currently Noshing…

I’m starting a new weekly series of our current favorite foods in our household, that we are noshing on.  (eating almost greedily).  Hope you enjoy and always feel free to share what your family eats.
This week happens to be these…

Mandarin Oranges! Easy to peel, no seeds, and the PERFECT sweetness.

Back To The Grind

So sad our vacation is over…

Back to work we go.  It has been a bit chilly in Santa Barbara these last few days home.  Brrrr!

We had such a great time with the folks.  We could not ask for better parents, on both sides.  We laid out, read books, and ate some amazing meals.  Now, back to reality.

On a side note…please keep the mister and I in your prayers, as we are about to endeavor on a few new challenges.  We know God will have our backs, but a little extra prayer never hurts.

Smooch!!!

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.

Good Friends and Yummy Food.

This past weekend was spent with good friends and yummy food.  I thought we had  a holiday party on Friday night, until I decided to check the invite, and it’s  actually this Monday night.  (serious ding-bat move).  So I double checked the  one for Saturday night, and it was indeed on Saturday.  I made a few yummy  things to take and one of them in particular was a hit.  So I wanted to share the  recipe, along with some of the photos from our festive weekend. I hope  everyone is having a wonderful Christmas season.  We have the folks coming in  this week, and we are SO excited!!!


Santa Strawberry Hats

1  16oz skim-ricotta cheese

1/2 cup powdered sugar

3 teaspoons vanilla  extract
Mix all together.  You may want to sweeten the ricotta more or  less, depending on your liking.  Then slice the strawberries in the middle.   Take the top part (pointy side) off and spread ricotta mix on, then place top  part back on and dab the top part of the strawberry with ricotta.  That’s  it!  So easy and so cute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Relaxing Trip To Arizona

 I spent last week and weekend in Arizona.  I went to Phoenix and Scottsdale to
meet up with one of my best friends.  We did absolutely nothing but relax and
eat (I think I gained 10 pounds).  We lounged by the pool, until the weather
decided to turn chilly on Saturday, which was actually fine by me.  We have had
such warm weather in Santa Barbara, that it was nice to have the feeling of Fall
around. We also had some delicious food, followed by dessert, at every meal.  It
was just wonderful to see my girlfriend, and also very kind of her parents for
letting us use their home.
Some of the yummy restaurants we visited were:
Chelseas
Kitchen

Blanco
Dominicks
I suggest trying them all.  They were amazing!
Thanks Andrea and Family for a great weekend!!!

Spice Rack Remedy

  Turmeric is widely used in cooking and gives Indian curry its flavor and
yellow color. It is also used in mustard and to color butter and cheese.
Turmeric has been used in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as an
anti-inflammatory, to treat digestive and liver problems, skin diseases, and
wounds.

Good for you: Turmeric is thought to have
cancer-fighting properties. Researchers have found that curcumin, an antioxidant
in the spice, can help prevent and treat head and neck cancers by blocking a
protein that promotes tumor growth. That same protein causes joint inflammation,
so curcumin could also reduce arthritis risk.
Taste great, too: We use a lot
of turmeric, especially when cooking chicken. You can also add it to
hummus.
Go get spicy, with your spice rack!

Weekend Divertente!

 This weekend we have Madonnari, or street painters, transforming the Mission plaza using pastels on the pavement to create 150 vibrant and colorful, large-scale images.  Santa Barbara is the first to bring this romantic festival to the western hemisphere from our sister festival in Grazie di Curtatone, Italy.

The festival benefits the Children’s Creative Project, a non-profit arts education program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office.

To engage the other senses, live music and an authentic Italian market will be held adjacent to the painting.  Enjoy an array of Italian cuisine and specialty items.

Location: Corner of Los Olivos and Laguna Streets

May 26, 27, and 28

10-6 Daily

Admission is free!!!

DIVERTIRE!

Bars, Yay or Nay?

I was talking to my girlfriend the other day, and she mentioned that she really needs to start getting her 3-year-old to eat better.  “He only wants to eat corn dogs”, she says to me.  I told her to start giving him a Power Crunch or Kind bar, for a snack, he will think it’s a sweet treat, but really it is quite good for him.  So this starts the controversy, are bars good for you or not?After a pretty thorough research, I have come up with Power Crunch bars and Kind bars, being two of the better ones out there.

 Power Crunch Bars

Power Crunch bars have 13 grams of protein.  It’s the best balanced bar.  It has way less fat and sugar than other bars.  It’s amazing how much fat they pack into protein bars.  Some have more than 10 grams of saturated fat in one bar, and upwards of 25 grams of sugar.  Power Crunch taste great (wafer cookie-like with peanut butter and chocolate), and only have 5 grams of sugar in each bar.  Also low in carbohydrates.  One bar has 195 calories, which is great!

Our favorite Power Crunch bar is Peanut Butter Fudge


Kind Bars

This is the one bar I can actually pronounce every single ingredient.  The Kind bar has 150 calories, and they have a good source of fiber and protein.  They have no refined sugar, they are gluten-free, wheat free, non-Gmo, and free of sulphur dioxide (poisonous gas often found in food).

Our favorite Kind bar is Almond & Coconut
Bars can be found at Trader Joe’s.