Five Things for Friday

Digging the Patio

1. We had our first free weekend this summer! No weddings. No nothing. What did we do? We decide to dig up our backyard so we can start laying a brick patio. Did I mention it was over 100 degrees over the weekend? Because it was. And did you know that if you want to lay a brick patio, you have to dig at least 8 inches deep? I kept begging Shawn to fire me so I could go watch TV. No luck. But we did get everything dug up and level, about 150 wheel barrel trips full of dirt later. Digging dirt is haaaaard. Can’t wait to lay the brick this weekend!

Dogs Watching

2. We kept the dogs inside while we were digging, because they kept coming up close while we were digging. Didn’t want to worry about hitting them with a shovel. We kept them inside, and Max and Lou kept a very close eye on us the whole time. I don’t think they can stand the thought of being alone. #dogprison

Boys Hanging Lights

3. Along with our new brick patio, our bakyard is going to need some lights! Shawn and his brother Byron hung some of those globe outdoor string lights for us, running from the tree to the house. We didn’t have a ladder, but that’s no problem for these fellas. They just climbed those trees like monkeys. Love our new outdoor lights!

4. Remember how I wrote about having unlimited email and website browsing on our satellite internet plan earlier this week? Welp, after reading that post, Shawn told me that we in fact do NOT have unlimited email and website browsing. I was confusing that with another internet provider that was more than twice the price. The 10 gigs we have is for e-very-thing. Must have missed that memo. Thank goodness we’re grandfathered in to “unlimited data” on our AT&T iPhones. We plug them in to our TV whenever we want to watch Netflix or rent a movie off iTunes. An obnoxious extra step, but saves us buttloads in data usage.

5. Ok friends. You know those recipe videos I’ve been posting? The final product looks all organized and professional (I hope), but if you could only hear the dialogue that is going on in the background as Shawn is filming them, you would probably die of laughter. Usually when we are filming these, we’re exhausted from long days of work, and hungry for dinner. Aka, we have very short patience for each other, and get a little “snappy”. All with love! Kind of…

Remember that coconut lime rice video I posted on Tuesday? We were particularly fussy, and Shawn captured this gem of a conversation on film. This is exactly what we’re like when we’re in super crunchy moods. I secretly wanted to rip Shawn’s head off, but was trying to be as nice as I could. Can you tell?

Shawn was laughing so hard about putting my signature “ending” on the end of this video! Ha!

If you didn’t notice the first time, the first shot of rice (that we actually ended up using anyway, whatever) was totally out of focus. The hardest part of filming is keeping everything in tack sharp focus. I tried scooping the poured rice up out of the coconut oil to do 1 more attempt and it looked…well…as I so eloquently put it, like s***.

As Shawn was editing the video on Monday night, he was laughing so hard he was crying. I asked him what was so funny. He played me these clips, and I was laughing so hard my sides hurt. Hope you enjoy the laugh!

Thai Coconut Lime Chicken

Thai coconut lime chicken |

TweetThai Coconut Lime Chicken brings new life to plain chicken breasts. Full of coconut and lime flavor! Friends. I’m sweating. Non stop. We don’t have any AC, and it has been almost 100 degrees for the past week. So for the past 7 days I have been sporting a very shiny face. I’m hoping I’m coming off as looking “dewy”, […]

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Coconut Lime Rice

Coconut lime rice |

Tweet Want to hear about the most ridiculous problem Shawn and I have? Our new house is on an old ranch, and it isn’t wired with an internet line. So we have to use satellite internet. Satellite internet is a little…interesting. It functions like a cell phone plan: we get unlimited web browsing and email internet use, but for streaming […]

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Five Things for Friday

Us at the wedding

Tweet 1. Shawn and I have a new sister-in-law! Shawn’s brother Sheldon got married to his new wife Berleen on Saturday in wine country here in California. {Photo courtesy of Jennifer Bagwell Photography} I was a bridesmaid (I’m on the far left, Shawn’s sister Jacquie was a bridesmaid too, she’s on the far right) and Shawn was a best man. […]

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Steamed Artichokes with Lemon Garlic Aioli

Steamed Artichokes with Lemon Garlic Aioli |

Tweet Welp, it happened. One of my biggest nightmares. I lost an SD card that had 2 food blog photo shoots and video shoots on it! The worst! I have turned my house upside down looking for it with no luck, and it whereabouts is now the biggest mystery of my life. I don’t know where on earth it could […]

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Five Things for Friday

Us at Wente Wedding

Tweet 1. We went to a wedding…and we weren’t filming it! One of my best girlfriends got married last Friday and had her wedding at Wente winery in Livermore. Was so gorgeous! 2. Shawn did a few home improvements to our place over the weekend, including replacing the super old faucet in the kitchen and the rusted shower head in […]

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Cucumber & Carrot Noodle Thai Salad

Cucumber & Carrot Noodle Thai Salad |

Tweet I have a new theory. If you buy bandaids at the store, you are basically giving your brain permission to allow your body to get major cuts so you can use those bandaids up. After moving into our new place, I headed to Target to buy a few essentials: advil, hair bands, Tums, allergy medicine. I walked right past […]

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Healthy Strawberry Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Strawberry Coconut Milk Ice Cream |

Tweet When we moved into our new little house, I got to open up a bunch of wedding presents that I had stored away. Finally taking them all out and opening them up was better than Christmas! I had so many kitchen gadgets I had completely forgotten about. I took over our only linen closet in the house, and converted […]

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Five Things for Friday


Tweet 1. How cute is our house?! Told you it’s itty bitty. We are making a fun “moving in” video that will have a tour of the inside, but it’s still in the works since we’re still…moving in. But I can’t wait to share it with everyone! There are just a few more things to grab from my parents house, […]

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Peach and Burrata Arugula Salad

Peach and Burrata Arugula Salad |

TweetHi, I’m Natalie, and I’m now obsessed with doing laundry. Our new house had a washer and dryer hookup, but no washer and dryer. I originally thought we would buy an old, used set off Craigslist. We could keep it simple. But then my dad mentioned how much we would save on our electricity bill in the long run if […]

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