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June 2009


The Power of Costco [Personal Musings]

Only when I’m in Costco, do I think buying 4 pounds of blueberries is a good idea.  I have anti-oxidant visions of blueberries on cereal, in pancakes, in muffins, you get the idea.

It’s only after I’m home that I realize it’s only a matter of time before I have a plastic container of rotting blueberries on my hands!  So, after eating them with breakfast all week long, I set to work finding a good blueberry recipe.

I settled on Blueberry Crumb Bars from Smitten Kitchen.  This recipe is remarkably easy and uses a ton of blueberries!

I love that our house has a lemon tree right outside the kitchen.  When a recipe calls for lemon zest or juice, like this one, I can just send the kids outside to pick a fresh lemon.  Yeah for southern California lemons!  Oh and cute $10 H&M dresses!

This also brings me to another favorite kitchen tool.  The Microplane.  It makes zesting lemons a breeze.  And it does a pretty good job on parmesan cheese too.  We feel all fancy like in an Italian restaraunt when we eat pasta with freshly grated parmesan!

I’m a huge fan of kids helping in the kitchen.  Yes, it takes a little longer, but it teaches them math skills, fine motor skills, plus hopefully they’ll grow up to love baking.

Here’s the finished product.  Yum.

I think I may have to go pick up a flat of peaches next time I’m at Costco.  So if you know of a good peach recipe, send it my way!



Juicy Sisters [Long Beach Newborn Photographer]

Who can resist designer brands in mini-sizes??

Mom decked out both girls in Juicy Couture…it was the cutest!!

Normally I’m trying to get babies to fall asleep so they are peaceful and able to be moved around, posed, etc. but this cute little girl was having a hard time staying awake!  We got a few awake pictures of her before she conked out.  🙂

What sweet little sisters!  I bet they’ll love looking back on these some day.



New Shoes [Personal Musings]

These aren’t technically “new” but I wore them today, and I love them so much I had to blog about them.  Are you the kind of person that gets an idea in her head and cannot shake it, no matter what.  Some might call this obsessive, personally I say driven. 🙂  Anyway, when I first saw these Frye shoes, I couldn’t shake it.  They beckoned me…the perfect shade of tan, practical ankle straps, a few inches for my short frame…and I’ve always wanted to own a pair of Fryes.

Jake took these pictures of me because I also wanted to share my other newest favorite thing, boyfriend jeans.  Now, I don’t have a waify figure, so they don’t look exactly as they should, but they are so stinkin’ comfortable and I’m past the age of wearing shorts, so I just may wear them all summer!

Now, I have to give all credit to these recent favorites to my friend, Laura.  She’s the visual director at the Newport Anthropologie, always looks cute, has great style and seeems to be able to find deals everywhere she goes.  The great news is she’s started a blog…Ascot Friday!

And here’s a funny picture that Jillian took of us (yes, my kids use my camera…but only with the neck strap on!) while we were planning my first back drop for the Rascals to Rebels mini-photo sessions.  We were eating at Pei Wei and Jillian was stealing flowers from the planters for our hair.  Who says one flower behind the ear is island chic…more is more. 🙂

Happy Shopping!



No joke [Personal Musings]

The cake I’m about to share with you is for die-hard dessert enthusiats only.  If you’re one of those people who aren’t really into chocolate, you need to just skip past this post.

I found this recipe on Smitten Kitchen and made it for a dinner get-together with friends.  Can I just say, triple layer chocolate cake, peanut butter frosting and chocolate ganache.  Um, it’s no joke.

Find some friends, an excuse to celebrate, a gallon of milk and make yourself a chocolate peanut butter cake. Seriously, people.



Home from the Lake [Personal Musings]

We are finally back at home sitting around drinking coffee from a new French Press…Brent’s Father’s Day present.  I think I can get used to drinking black!

I just wanted to share the last few pictures from our week at the lake.  It finally got warm enough to take a boat ride.  The kids jumped right in and kicked and paddled their way across!

The last day of day camp ended with a clown parade so the kids got their faces painted by some of the counselors.  Cooper even sported a mohawk for the event!

I’m excited for the first week of summer at home.  We have a fun week of sports camp and maybe a few more trips to Disneyland before our passes run out!



Tuesday [Personal Musings]

I don’t know what it is about being in the mountains, but days feel like months!  It’s just Tuesday…so we have more than half the week left to have fun!

This morning we did a pancake breakfast early in the morning at Inspiration Point.

As you can see, some of us look a little tired.

The weather never warmed up, so we didn’t go out on the lake.  Instead, we headed over to the tire swing again.

Here’s hoping the sun comes out tomorrow!



Be back at 1:00 [Personal Musings]

…on June 20th, that is.  My dad had his own small business when I was growing up and would put up the “be back at” sign from time to time.  So, I’m hanging my “be back at” sign for June 20.  Don’t worry, I’ll still have email access, but no cell coverage…so if you need me, email!

And since a post isn’t a post without a picture, this is a recent cutie in the white chair I rehabbed.

I’ll be posting some fun pictures from the week, so stay tuned!



Baby Kirsten [Long Beach Newborn Photographer]

Cute rosebud lips, perfect complexion, fluffy head of hair…need I say more??

What a sweetheart she was too, just letting me move her around…not even making a fuss!

Here’s her proud mommy and daddy.  You can see where she gets her good looks!

What a fun afternoon!  Thanks for making the long drive out, Josh and Laura!!



Just for you! [Long Beach Newborn Photographer]

Because I know you guys are waiting…and I haven’t had time to properly go through your pictures to choose some for blogging!

I quickly grabbed two of the many many adorable pictures to share with Josh and Laura…and all their friends and family.  More to come soon…I promise!!

Can’t wait to get to the rest of these…Kirsten is such a beautiful baby!!


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