Friday, December 28, 2012

Crispy Baked Parmesan, Garlic Edamame

1 12oz bag of frozen or fresh edamame beans (shelled)
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 clove of garlic (pressed)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbsp olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Place the edamame into a colander and rinse under cold water to thaw. Spread them out on a paper towel to dry. In a bowl, mix the beans, parmesan, garlic, salt and pepper and olive oil together – be sure to coat the beans in oil and seasoning evenly. Spread the edamame onto a 9x13 inch baking pan lined with a silpat mat or foil. Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is crispy and golden, about 20 minutes.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Our Wedding Invitations

Hey guys! As you probably know, Daniel and I got married last August. We just received our wedding pictures about 2 months ago and I've been trying to organize them so I can begin posting about all the festivities...bridal showers, the bachelorette party, the wedding and some honeymoon pictures too. I thought this would be a good place to start -- the invitations.

My wonderful friend Christina Pecora (and also bridesmaid) designed and made them herself! What a gal! We were so thrilled with the way they turned out.
Thank you Christina!

Mug Exchange Party

Have you ever been to a Mug Exchange Party? What a genius idea, right?  Our friend Marissa invited us to one last week and it was hilarious! Instead of bringing the traditional "white elephant gift", everyone brings a wrapped mug. You can bring the ugliest mug, the funniest mug, or one that you know everyone will fight over. You can pick from the unopened pile or steal someones that you like up to 3 times. Things get heated when you want that mug! And after the exchange ended we filled them with hot cocoa, cider and boozy concoctions.
Too much fun.


Photos By: A Bit of Bees Knees and my sweet friend Christine Ly

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

20 Ideas For An Awesome Date

Sometimes our dates are few and far between -- life is busy and we work 40-45 hours a week on, but when Friday night rolls around, we do our best to find something fun to do! Dan and I went to dinner at Embarcadero the other night. I was so stoked to get dressed up and have a nice dinner with my love.

We shared some dungeness crab cakes and a seared ahi tuna roll, with edamame, haas avocados, mango-papaya chutney with a ginger-soy reduction. Dan had a Filet Mignon with Grilled broccolini, lobster mashed potatoes and a zinfandel demi-glace. I had a New Zealand lamb rack with the best creamy basil-thyme polenta, baby zucchini a zesty garlic-oregano drizzle. Ooooooh my gosh. Best food baby ever.

After our amazing meal he swept me off to the mountains for the first snow of the year.
Dan is the best.

Here are some date ideas that we are fond of...good for  newbies or veterans.


1. Hot Groupon Dates (as the one above)! Pick a new restaurant on Groupon...half the price and amazing food!
2. Go on a hike (drive out to a local hiking area or research a new spot. Don't forget to pack a lunch)
3. Beach Day -- grab your boards and head to the beach.
4. Go out to breakfast -- start your day off right.
5. Go for an evening walk with hot chocolate or coffee in-hand. It's nice to slowdown and have a  good conversation while taking a stroll.
6. Wii game night. Invite your friends over and have a competition
7. $1 movie theater (they play reruns for cheap! Check to see if you have one near you)
8. Try a new ethnic restaurant...something different.
9. Hit the city. Sometimes we'll drive out to LA for some fun. Where is your largest city?
10. Take a cooking class together
11. Taco Tuesdays
12. Krav Mega lessons (Dan and I took a complimentary martial arts class once...Daniel got paired with this giant of a man named Mammal. What!? It was pretty funny to watch him defend himself. Haha.)
13.Sky Divining. If you dare
14. Camping
15. Thrift Store Shopping
16. Farmers Market for fresh fruits, veggies, cheese and bread
17. Bowling with your buds. Beer, Pizza and an embarrassing lack of bowling skills.
18. A mountain weekend trip...Drive to your local mountains and rent a cabin
19. A Duffy Ride (for those of you who live near a bay or harbor). Fun little boats to putz around in.
20. Cocktails and pictionary night with a few friends.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

May you have a very Merry Christmas. I hope you are surrounded by warm thoughts, happy faces and the love of family and friends. May all the joys of Christmas fill your heart throughout the New Year.
Our First Christmas Card as Mr. and Mrs.
And first tree!

Peppermint French Macarons before the Christmas Concert

A Christmas lights walk with the fam, during the Boat Parade

Wrapped gifts from Julia

Our First Ornaments...Julia got us some beautiful ornaments to remind us of our trips.


Dad's train set. Love this.

 Aunt Bonnie's Santa

So Thankful.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Gifts For Him