Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Quadruple Date Night


Last Saturday we had a quadruple date night! A bunch of us got together at our house and everyone brought something to share -- Dan and I did all the veggies and Brazilian Lemonade, Evan and Monica brought some awesome fish from Evans last voyage, Dany and Ev brought an amazing apple pie and Shanny and Justin brought a tasty salad. It's so much fun having last minute get-togethers, especially when everyone chips in. After dinner we played some glow-in-the-dark bocci ball and then drove up to the Long Beach Laugh Factory. The ticket seller noticed that Justin was a Navy Pilot, so they bumped our group up to the front row...where the comedians proceeded to rag on us all night. Awww the perks of having a military I.D. Baaahaha. It was a hilarious, amazing evening.




























Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Gooey, Amazing Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Marshmallow Sticky Buns

These little treats are so easy and fun to make and they're unbelievably yummy.

Ingredients:
1 can of refrigerated Crescent Rolls
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
10 or so large Jiffy Marshmallows
1/2 cup butter (melted)

Directions: 
-Spread out your crescent dough on a flat surface
-Mix your brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl
- Dip one marshmallow at a time into the melted butter and then roll it in the brown sugar-cinnamon mix.
-Wrap the marshmallow in the dough and place it on a lined baking sheet.
-Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees.
*Make sure you pinch-close and smooth out any openings in the dough...otherwise you'll have a sticky mess when baking them.

In the end you'll have beautiful little sticky buns with a chewy cinnamon vanilla flavor. 
P.S. the marshmallow disappears into the dough!



We had ours with a cup of Mexican hot chocolate. Mmmm.
Perfect combination.

Fancy Taco Night


Dan and I had some friends over last week. We thought it would be a nice excuses to use our wedding china. I think it was the first time I've ever eaten a taco on china...ha-ha.We had steak and spicy chipotle shrimp tacos. Mmmmm. Kelly made some amazing blue margaritas with some kind of Brazilian liquor. Sooo good. And then we had Mexican hot chocolate and brown sugar cinnamon sticky buns for dessert. After dinner we played "You Don't Know Jack" the rest of the night. Too much fun.

Super Easy Taco Soup {Slow Cooker}


Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef

1 large sweet onion (chopped)

3 14oz. cans of pinto beans

14oz. can tomatoes with chilies

14oz. can chopped tomatoes

15oz. can tomato sauce

1 pkg. dry Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix

1 pkg. dry taco seasoning mix

15oz. can corn, drained

Directions:
-Brown beef and onions in a pan. Drain.
-Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker
-Cover and cook on Low for 4 hours.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Make Your Own Cards




 What you'll need:

I also found some cheaper ones on Ebay

And a little bit of creativity <3
Simple as that.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Ahi Poke

Dan made some awesome Ahi Poke the other day. He tried to make it taste just like our fav from Bear Flag...he came pretty close!


Ingredients:
4 cups of Ahi (fresh sashimi grade)
1 cup of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of sesame oil
1 cup of sweet onion (diced)
1/2 cup of green onion a.k.a. scallions (diced)
1 clove of Garlic, (finely minced or pressed)
1 teaspoon white sesame seeds
Salt (Sea salt or Kosher)
Pepper

Directions:
Clean your fresh Ahi Tuna and slice it into 1 inch cubes. Mix the soy sauce, sesame oil, onion, scallions and garlic in a bowl. Add the Ahi Tuna. Finish by sprinkling with sesame seeds, slat and pepper.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

My Bridal Showers

 
Here are some pictures from my bridal showers last summer. Not one, not two but three showers! I am one lucky lady. The first one was an afternoon lunch with my friends -- filled with funny games, beautiful handmade decorations and presents that would make you blush. I am so blessed to have such amazing gals in my life. Second was a neighborhood brunch with all the ladies from the hood, thrown by the lovely Susan and Tina. The fresh flowers were donated from gardens around the neighborhood and arraigned by the ladies and the famous Ernesto: King of Decor and Flowers. I have the best neighbors in the world. And the third shower was a wonderful family get-together hosted by my Aunt D with all of my Aunties, Mommala and cousins. I love you all so much. Thanks for all the love and support.


 


 


 
 



Friday, January 25, 2013

Queen's Bakery & {Sweet Cucumber Mint Sparkling Water Recipe}

Queen's Bakery is an adorable girly bakery in Costa Mesa, California. They serve the "Queen's" favorite treats from a variety of fascinating teas to sophisticated salads, fresh sandwiches, delectable desserts and pastries. To name a few...almond amaretto petit fours, rose cupcakes, hazelnut lattes, chipotle mocha's, Italian cream sodas, and sweet orange blossom water etc. Their menu is so much fun! This place is every girls dream!

Sweet cucumber and mint sparkling water

How to make:

{Serves 5}
1 small cucumber finely minced or shredded
1/3 cup finely chopped mint
5 cups of sparkling water
1 cup club soda
1 cup of simple syrup

In a large pitcher
Muddle the cucumber and mint in the simple syrup
add sparkling water and club soda
pour over ice.
 

 A Parisian salad with cherry vanilla tea.


Petit fours

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sammy Dress {Cheap, Cute Clothes}

So I found this AMAZING website full of really cheap, but really cute clothes! It's called Sammy Dress. It's a wholesale clothing company based in China. I've heard some complaints about their shipping taking longer than expected,  but hey...for $8 a dress I'll wait!

Here are some outfits I ordered. I can't wait for them to arrive!








P.S. these look just like the Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flats that cost $747...mine cost $19.37! That's more like it!

These jackets remind me of Chanel. I got the black one!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Taylor and Hailey's Wedding

Daniel and I went to Taylor and Hailey's wedding a week or so ago. It was held at Casino San Clemente, a historic Spanish style casino where Judy Garland, Dothy Lamour, Mickey Rooney and many other old-timey celebrities enjoyed music, dining and dancing under the stars. The wedding was absolutely gorgeous! Taylor and Hailey were beautiful and beaming with happiness. It was a complete joy to witness their celebration of love.











 




























Pictures: 3-13, 24, 28, 33-34 picture by Troy Grover Photography all the rest were taken by A Bit of Bees Knees