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October 13, 2017

Around Here Lately!

Hey, and happy Friday! 

Here's a bit of this and that and what's been going on with us lately!

Owen is off for two weeks right now for fall break! This week we're checking off a bunch of fall bucket list items like bake pumpkin bread, visit a pumpkin farm make a chocolate haunted house, decorate for Halloween etc. and a few other fun activities, and next week Owen has soccer camp. When I first looked at the school calendar for the year I was a bit worried about how I'd fill these breaks throughout the year, but this one is already going by quickly.

Kindergarten is going really well! I've seen some great progress in Owen recently in his number sense, as well as his interest in learning to read words and write stories. Watching our children learn new things is definitely one of the BEST things about being a parent. The huge bonus here is that as Owen is getting more interested in reading, Luke is obsessed with being read to. I don't always have time to drop everything and read (although I know Future Me is reading this and wishing I had), so I just suggest to Luke that he bring Owen the book. The above picture is a common scene around here lately!

Owen started soccer last month, so every Saturday we can be found cheering him on from the sidelines! ...or chasing after Luke on the nearby playground. Keith and I take turns watching or playing. Owen's team name is the Green Sharks. The kids kind of decided on the name together and Owen keeps asking me what a green shark is, because all the sharks we've ever seen have always been a gray-ish blue. Ha! He's been getting pretty into playing with his team, but he's still occasionally the kid who runs in the opposite direction to try to catch a butterfly, but that's just totally our boy.

He posed like this all on his own and wanted me to take his picture. I just LOVE this boy!
 Luke on the other hand thought it was pretty funny to squirm out of every photo op. Stinker!

We did the pumpkin patch thing last weekend with some of our good friends! Owen is such a great photo taker, but Luke was feeling off so it was hard to get any of him. The kids fed goats, ate sugar cookies, took pictures with pumpkins :), rode the little train and braved through the haunted house. We rewarded ourselves with lunch at The Half Moon Bay Brew Co., cause it's a tradition and we love that place.

Sorry for the awkward InstaStories quality photo, but I wanted to share this fall / winter dinner hack with you. I bought this Cheddar Broccoli bagged soup mix at Safeway this week to use for a quick dinner one night, and it turned out great!

You'd never know that the entire thing took minutes to put together and all came from bags -- zero prep here. I think I'll stock up on these items so I can have them in a pinch when I don't want to cook.

Step 1 - Sautee the sweet potato / cauliflower crumbles in olive oil and butter. Salt & pepper to taste. 
Step 2 - Add the soup mix + 4 cups chicken stock and 4 cups water, let it simmer for 12 minutes
Step 3 - Then add the chopped broccoli and let it simmer for another 10 minutes.

Not super healthy, but at least there were a variety of vegetables in it.

I participated in a little Sip & Shop a few weeks ago with a few other ladies! It was my very first time doing any kind of in person LipSense sales, so I was a little nervous, but it all ended up working out. I loved getting share my love for this lipstick and show people all the beautiful colors and benefits!If you want to hear more follow my LipSense pages on Facebook and Instagram!

We got our community garden box last week! The previous owners of the box must have given up on their garden and just left it to its own fate. Most of the plants are in poor condition, and we'll be uprooting them all to plant our own, but Owen has SO much fun pulling up what's been left behind! He literally stuffed his pockets with as many radishes and carrots as he could.

So that's what's been going on with us! Have a happy weekend, thanks for reading, and as always, you can usually keep up with us on Instagram and Instastories!
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September 30, 2017

Cider Sangria + Macy's Culinary Council with Chef Marcus Samuelson

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy's; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Hello there! I'm popping in on a Saturday morning to share a delicious fall twist on your standard sangria recipe.

The recipe comes from Chef Marcus Samuelsson, acclaimed chef and restaurateur, and author of The Soul of a New Cuisine cookbook. Marcus will be demoing some of his award winning dished at Macy's Culinary Cooking Council event next Wednesday, October 4th at 6pm in San Rafael, CA.

Attendees of the event will learn from the master-chef some of his best kept culinary secrets, as well as the techniques he uses to prepare some of his award-winning dishes. There will also be plenty of drinks and and food to enjoy at the event!

While I'm bummed I can't attend the event myself, I decided to make one of his recipes at home! When I saw the recipe for his Cider Sangria I knew I had to give it a try.


Yields Serves 2
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Difficulty Easy

1 granny smith apple
1 honey crisp apple
2 cups seedless grapes
1 lemon, sliced
1 orange, sliced
2 cups fresh squeezed or blended grape juice
2 bottles ginger beer
1 cinnamon stick

Fill pitcher with cinnamon stick, apples, grapes, lemons and oranges.
Add all other ingredients and mix.

I was able to put the sangria together Friday afternoon while Owen was in school and then I let it marinate for a couple hours. I set some aside for the boys, since it's non-alcoholic.

Then in the main pitcher I added a few glasses of dry white wine for Keith and I. When Keith came home we all enjoyed our cider drinks to kick off the weekend!

 It was a fun and refreshing treat for all of us!

If you'd like a chance to meet Marcus Samuelsson, hear his stories and see some amazing live looking demos you can RSVP here for the event!