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WEEKEND RECAP #39

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This post is dedicated to Greg.  He constantly tells me how much he loves my Weekend Recaps, because it reminds him of what we did and our time together.  So sweet!

Friday afternoon started with me getting a new laptop and playing with it for the majority of the evening.  Love it!  We also watched a few episodes of the new season of House of Cards.  Did anyone else start it?  I'm excited for this season!

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Saturday morning I made us breakfast burritos before we headed out of the house for errands. We dropped off a bunch of stuff at Goodwill, went to TJ's for groceries, and stopped at T-Pumps for tea with boba (Greg's current obsession, HA).

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Later that afternoon Emma came down to visit, and requested my Tikka Masala.  I made that, and we had it with naan.  SO good!  As you can see, we sipped champagne too!  We ended the evening getting cozy on the couch watching Straight Outta Compton (soooo good that I'm bummed I didn't see it earlier).

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Sunday morning we all walked to Urth Caffé for a delicious breakfast!  I had a tea latté and poached eggs with veggies on greens.  It was amazing!  My mouth is actually salivating now thinking about it.  HA!

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That afternoon Greg and I went shopping, and I saw this on a wall.  Not condoning writing on a public wall, but I do love what it says.  #JustTheWayYouAre

My Mom was passing through on Sunday afternoon, so she stopped by for a few minutes to enjoy a cup of coffee with us.  Loved that surprise!

The rest of our Sunday was spent watching more movies (The Martian and Trainwreck, which were also great), and relaxing.  The weather has been chilly and rainy, which is my favorite time to hang inside with movies and a cozy blanket.

I would say that the majority of our weekend was relaxing, and filled with quality time.  My favorite!  How was your weekend?  Did you have a full to-do list, or was it spent relaxing? Maybe a mix of both?

See you Wednesday!

xo.  Jen

WEEKEND RECAP #37

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Happy Monday, friends!  How was your weekend?  Mine was full of quality time with Greg, relaxation, and lots of little to-do's around the house.  Also, I finallyyyyy got a new phone! YAY! It was really fun taking photos with it over the weekend, so I have a bunch for you today.  Take a peek below! Friday night we lounged at home, watched Netflix, had a yummy salad for dinner, then baked cookies for dessert.  SO good!

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Saturday morning was breakfast at home, followed by a nice relaxing walk (with a coffee stop, of course).  Isn't Charlie the cutest?  I can't get over how sweet his little face is!

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Saturday night we had a special date night.  For Christmas I gave Greg tickets to a play about Groucho Marx, so we made it into a special evening!  Before the play we had the yummiest cocktails and dinner at Green Street Restaurant, followed by an evening at the Pasadena Playhouse.  It's been so much fun exploring our new town, and trying new places!  As much as I enjoyed dinner and the play, the best part was being with Greg.  That may sound cheesy, but I just feel really grateful to have such an amazing partner.  He's a keeper for sure.

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Sunday morning was quiet time, list making with my new journal/book, coconut milk lattes, followed by several errands.  Later in the day Emma came down, and we had dinner, watched critiqued the Golden Globes (YAY Leo!!), then booked a trip in June.  We are soooo excited! More about that later...

How was your weekend?  I hope you did (or didn't do) exactly what you wanted!

xo.  Jen

WEEKEND RECAP #28

Good morning! How was your weekend?  Relaxing?  Full of excitement?  Maybe something else?  Mine was a mix of fun, and leisure time.  I ate lots of yummy food, walked around our town, relaxed at the house, and enjoyed spending quality time (primary food) with loves ones. Love that! Friday evening we stayed in and relaxed.  We both had a busy week, so it was nice to just lounge around with no agenda.  I caught up on some reading, too!

photo 1Saturday morning we had the yummiest breakfast.  I made my version of an "Egg McMuffin" with a side of strawberries.  Sourdough English muffin, Swiss cheese, OM egg, faux sausage, avocado, sliced tomato (from our garden), and Sriracha.  Holy moly, it was delicious!

After breakfast Greg and I ran errands (TJ's and Target) and straightened up the house before Sally and Kevin came to visit.  S & K are pretty much like family to us, so we were really excited to have them for the weekend!

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photo 4When they arrived, we chatted for a bit, then headed to Old Town Pasadena for lunch at Le Pain Quotidien.  This was our first time here, and it was amazing!  I had the Salmon Tartine with avocado.  So delicious, light, and beautiful.  Perfect for Summer!  We all also shared a Watermelon-Cucumber juice, and a Banana-Fig Muffin.  Yum!

After lunch we went to my favorite place in Pasadena, Vroman's Bookstore.  We had coffee, and wandered for quite a bit.  Don't you just love bookstores?  I could spend hours there (and have).

photo 5Once we were done perusing the bookstore, we went home, chatted, and got ready for the evening.  We have a friend, Randy Johnson, who is an brilliant playwright, and he wrote and directed A Night With Janis Joplin.  Not only did it come to Pasadena, but it has been all over the country, and was even on Broadway.  Exciting, huh?  Anyway, we went and saw it!  It was absolutely INCREDIBLE!  I was blown away by all of the talent, and totally got all the feels!

photo 1Sunday morning, we lounged around the house, sipped coffee, and talked some more.  Such a great, cozy morning!  After breakfast we walked around town, went into some shops, and had lunch at Real Food Daily.  This is quickly becoming my favorite restaurant in Pasadena.  Think: vegan, organic, non-GMO, and lots of allergy-friendly options.  The food is DELICIOUS!  I got a breakfast burrito, which came with tempah "bacon," and a side of fruit.  So much yumminess....Mmm.

photo 2After lunch, we wandered some more, then said our goodbyes to S & K.  For the remainder of the day we napped, did house stuff, and I colored in my new Mid-Century Modern adult coloring book (one of my favorite past times).  Do any of you love coloring as much as I do? It's so therapeutic.

So, what did you do this weekend?  Gimme all the deets!

xo.  Jen

WEEKEND RECAP #27

Good morning!  How was your weekend?  Was it exciting, mellow, or a mix of both?  As I mentioned on Friday, mine was jam-packed, but SUPER fun!  Greg, Kanan, and I got to spend lots of quality time together over the weekend, and it was so great!  I have lots of photos today, but I'll also do a brief spiel, too! :) photo 1

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photo 3The weekend started with us walking to get sushi on Friday night.  It was delicious, and super fresh.  Yum!  It ended with another walk, and a cuddle sesh before bed (just Charlie and I)! :)

photo 3Saturday morning I made cinnamon rolls.  Now, if we're getting technical, I really wanted cinnamon rolls, but G + K LOVE them, so it was a win-win-win for everyone! :)

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photoAfter breakfast, we headed downtown (LA).  We went walked through Olvera Street (where the succulent wall is), China Town, and ended up at MOCA.  I love MOCA, because not only does it have amazing contemporary art, but it houses my favorite piece of all time: Jackson Pollack's Number 1.  This piece inspires me each I am see it.  Some may see a splattered mess, but I see beauty.

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photo 1After MOCA, we went to Homegirl Café, where I had the amazing Angela's Green Potion (lime, mint, and spinach) and chilaquiles (my fave).  Homeboy Industries was founded by Father Gregory Boyle, and his organization's mission is to assist former gang members, by redirecting their lives and providing jobs.  It's a wonderful organization!  I have read Father Gregory's book Tattoos on the Heart, and completely recommend it!

Also, if you live in southern California, you know how flippin' hot it was this weekend (98 degrees in downtown LA), so ideally, we probably could have picked a better weekend to walk around, but oh well!  We sipped iced tea and water all day, and had fun regardless!

photo (1)Saturday evening we went to dinner, where we sat outside and listened to live music, and chatted.  So fun!  I ordered this heirloom beet salad and a glass of rosé (sorry for the blurry/dark pic).  So refreshing!

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photo 4Sunday we went to the USC Pacific Asian Museum, which is in Pasadena.  It was our first time there, and while it isn't huge, it is awesome!  My favorite piece was the Bodhisattva above. Beautiful!  Also, the garden area is gorgeous!  It has the sweetest koi pond that I just loved! Afterwards we had Chinese food.  Great fortune, huh?

Sunday ended with my Mom stopping by for a short visit (always love that), a trip to TJ's, and Greg and I relaxing watching Whiplash (which I highly recommend).  While it was a really busy weekend, I feel full, relaxed, and ready to start my week!

xo.  Jen

WEEKEND RECAP #26

Good morning!  How is everyone doing this morning?  Normally I share my Weekend Recap's on Monday, but because of my Body Positivity article on She Arises, I decided to wait until today.  Did you check it out?  Those ladies are awesome! Anyway, on with my recap!

Friday night Greg and I had the BEST date!  So great, that I forgot to take photos.  Isn't that awesome?  We walked to Sushi of Naples, a local spot here in Pasadena, and we are SOOOOO glad we found this little gem!  Holy moly!  Dare I say the best sushi I've ever had?!  At least in the top three!  It was fresh, flavorful, and freakin' amazing.  We sipped on sake, talked, laughed, and talked some more.  We were there several hours, and it was great.  I love that after all this time, we still have stuff to talk about and enjoy each other's company.  I love you, Greg!

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Okay, enough with the love fest.  Ha!  Pretty much all week I was craving pancakes.  I decided that I would make them on Saturday (if I still wanted them, which I did), when I really had time to make them.  I ended up making GF Protein Pancakes with Nuts, a la Bananas Foster.  All I can say is YUM!  They were just what I wanted.  Normally I'm not much of a sweets person, but this was naturally sweet (no syrup), and hit the spot.  Let me know if you want my recipe!

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The pancakes filled us up, so our lunch was more like an early dinner.  I've had random nostalgia cravings lately (since we moved away from Ventura), and I'm loving it!  It's really bringing back things that I grew up eating (especially with my Gram), and I'm throwing my own spin on it.  When I was a child I was pretty much vegetarian, but occasionally at my Grandparent's house my Gram would make me a "Chicago Dog."  My Mom's family is from Chicago, so this was a tradition.  Have you ever had a Chicago Dog?  In a bun (mine is Udi's GF) you put a beef dog (I used a faux sausage), yellow mustard, diced white onion, sweet relish, diced tomato, pickled chile peppers, and the game changer is you top it with celery salt.  It's so friggin' good!  I hadn't had one in yearsssss, and it was delicious.  Mmmm!

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Perfect Sunday morning quote.  :)

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I made a super simple brekkie of OM eggs, and a frozen waffle (TJ's GF) topped with a little ricotta and strawberries.  So perfect!  P.S. TJ's organic strawberries are amazinggggg right now!

Sunday afternoon we hung out with family and went to the Norton-Simon Museum.  Talk about bringing up creativity!  It was stunning!  I especially loved the Matisse paintings.

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Last but not least, I updated a bunch of stuff on the site, including my services page.  Please take a peek, and let me know your thoughts!

Have a great day!

xo. Jen