Five Things for Friday

Foggy Morning

1. Here in California we’ve had some wonderful, foggy mornings this week. I love cold, foggy mornings like this. Makes the ranch look so rustic.

Breakfast at Zephyr Cove

2. On Thursday night Shawn and I planned a last minute trip to Lake Tahoe for the weekend, just the 2 of us. It’s so fun having weekends free! We had long, lazy breakfasts at our favorite spot and played the word jumble in the paper. There wasn’t quite enough snow to ski, so we treated ourselves to some massages instead. Fine by me!

Casino Dinner

Then, on Saturday night we were invited to the Player’s Club Banquet which was pretty funny once we got there and realized we were the youngest people by about 20 years. We were cracking up. But hey! Free food and drinks! We have too much fun together.

Slot Machine

3. While we were up in Tahoe we did a lot of some gambling. LOOK at how close I was to hitting the progressive jackpot on this penny slot! That would have been over $1000! Dang it!

Holiday Candle

4. Since we’re going to be out of town for Christmas, we aren’t getting a tree this year. But I was feeling a little sad not having the house decorated for Christmas. I picked up these cute little wreaths from Trader Joe’s for just $6, and they make the house smell so good! They were the perfect size for my favorite flameless flicker birch candles I have from Pottery Barn. The best flameless candles ever! There’s a little flame shaped piece of plastic at the top that flickers when it’s on, looks just like a real candle. And I don’t need to worry about the house burning down.

Putting up Christmas Lights

5. I think my little Christmas candle decorations got Shawn in to the Christmas spirit, because when I came home on Wednesday I found Shawn doing this.

Our House with Christmas Lights

I’m secretly glad he did because our teeny house looks so cute decorated with Christmas lights! Like a life size gingerbread house. I love our little house SO much! It is filled with so much love.

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup with Parmesan

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup with Parmesan |

TweetThis creamy tomato basil soup with parmesan cheese recipe is the best tomato soup I have ever had. Directions for stove top cooking method or slow cooker cooking method. Easy to make since it’s made with canned whole tomatoes, and only takes 10 minutes of active cooking. Me and cooking tomato soup did not get off to the best start. […]

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$300 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway


TweetAs a thank you to all of you lovely readers, I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you a $300 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway! If you’re like me, you still have all some Christmas shopping to do. What better way to get it done than from the comfort of you own home with free money? Best […]

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Five Things for Friday

Parks Thanksgiving

Tweet 1. We spent Thanksgiving Day at Shawn’s aunt and uncle’s house with his side of the family. The weather was so nice in California, we ate dinner outside! How lucky are we? Shawn has a lot of cousins and siblings that are our age, and we are all really close and hang out all the time. Was fun being […]

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Chicken and Mushroom Fricassee

Chicken and Mushroom Fricassee |

TweetEasy, 1 skillet chicken and mushroom fricassee. A one pan dinner of tender chicken topped with a savory mushroom and sour cream sauce. I think I was the laziest I have ever been on Sunday. Shawn and I watched 5 movies in 24 hours. No, that is not a typo. Five movies. On the couch, wrapped in blankets, listening to […]

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Roasted Cranberry and Orange Crostini

Roasted Cranberry and Orange Crostini

TweetRoasted cranberry and orange crostini with cream cheese and orange zest. Can be made 5 days in advance, making it the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. Shawn and I both live within 5 minutes of our families. One of the many perks of marrying your high school sweetheart. On Thanksgiving Day, we go over to Shawn’s parents house and have dinner with […]

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Five Things for Friday


Tweet 1. We had the best time in Carmel this weekend with my sister Nicole and her husband Ken! We couldn’t have asked for better weather, 65 degrees and sunny. Fall is the best time to visit the Northern California coast. We ate lots of delicious food, and drank some great wine. After going to Carmel for so many years, […]

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Healthy Mashed Carrots

Healthy Mashed Carrots |

TweetHealthy mashed carrots make a great low carb substitute for mashed potatoes. Creamy, velvety texture that is full of flavor & low in calories. Our Christmas trip to Mexico is now officially 1 month away! But there’s a small problem. Do you know how many starchy, sugary, carby foods are going to be served up between now and then!? Between […]

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Five Things for Friday

Installing New Door Knobs

Tweet 1. I’ve always been a little jealous of Starbucks name spelling fails. They’re somehow always spelling my name right. That is, until yesterday! Now I can join the Misspelled Starbucks Name club. My life is basically complete. 2. Our old ranch house had these ugly brass door knobs, and the locks were very “sticky” and hard to unlock or […]

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Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats |

TweetI made a major etiquette faux pas at a wedding we were filming on Saturday. It is still haunting me! It was right before the wedding, and the brides aunt came up to me to let me know that if I needed help tracking anyone down, to let her know since she knows everyone in the family. I told her […]

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