restaurant

WEEKEND RECAP #37

IMG_0373

IMG_0373

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!

IMG_0369

IMG_0369

IMG_0368

IMG_0368

IMG_0297

IMG_0297

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!

IMG_0370

IMG_0370

IMG_0371

IMG_0371

IMG_0372

IMG_0372

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.

IMG_0117

IMG_0117

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 #34

photo 1

photo 1

Good morning!  How was your weekend?  Are you getting excited for Thanksgiving?  I sure am! This weekend was so fulfilling to me.  We didn't go anywhere exciting, or do anything out of the ordinary, but it was AWESOME.  Since we've been gone the past few weekends, I really wanted to deep-clean, organize, cook, run errands, rearrange furniture, and do lots of home related stuff.  To me this sort of stuff is so fun and rejuvenating!  Is anyone else like that (besides my mother, HA!)?  The best part was doing it all with Greg, and taking fun meal and beverage breaks in between.  That made it much more special!  Plus, we were extra hungry this weekend with all of the running around, and deep-cleaning.  Not my standard version of exercise, but I definitely worked up a nice sweat.  ;-) Take a peek!

photo 2

photo 2

Friday night Greg worked late, so Charlie and I had a quiet evening of rearranging items in the house, while I ate a yummy salad and sipped a nice red.  Yum!

photo 3

photo 3

Saturday morning we began cleaning, then headed out to run errands.  Before we started, we tried a new place for breakfast.  I ordered chilaquiles (my fave), and it was DELICIOUS.  As you can see, there was a lot of food.  I ate most of my chilaquiles and salad, and left the rest. This held me over almost all day, which was great!  We then started our errands.  Dollar store, Michaels, Target, and Trader Joe's (for all of our Thanksgiving essentials)!  Busy day!

photo 5

photo 5

photo 4

photo 4

That evening I made a big batch of veggie enchiladas to have for the next few days (to limit as much cooking as possible pre-Thanksgiving day).  We also had a yummy kombucha cocktail made with Kevita's Pineapple-Peach Kombucha + vodka.  So refreshing!

photo 1

photo 1

photo 2

photo 2

Sunday morning was quiet, followed by lots of organizing.  Isn't that photo of Greg and Charlie precious?  I want to frame it!  Love my boys!

photo 3

photo 3

Later that day we ran a few more errands, and stopped for burgers.  Holy moly, my veggie burger was amazing.  So many veggies, and a house-made veggie patty.  Yummy!

Intuitive eating side note: I totally noticed a difference in what my body was wanting this weekend (change of weather and routine).  She wanted more protein, carbs, and fats, which is totally okay.  This held me over, gave me energy to check off my to-do list without getting burned out, and I didn't "over do it."   If intuitive eating is something you want to learn more about, let's chat!

It was a great weekend, and I feel like we got so much accomplished.  I love that!  I hope you all have a great day, and I will see you Wednesday!

xo.  Jen

WEEKEND RECAP #33

Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  Did you celebrate Halloween?  My weekend was very full, but really fun, too.  I have LOTS of photos, so I'm jumping right into it! photo 1

photo 1After work on Friday we jumped in the car and headed to Ventura!  My Dad's birthday was earlier in the week, so we went out for sushi that evening to celebrate.  My rainbow roll was delicious!

photo 2

photo 4

photo 2

photo 3Saturday morning, Greg, Charlie, and I went down to the beach.  It was a STUNNING day! The water was super glassy, and the sun was shining beautifully!  Greg decided to take a bunch of photos, and I am SO glad that he did!  He got some really great shots!  After our walk, we went and had a breakfast burrito on the pier (which ended up holding me over for the majority of the day).

photo 3Saturday afternoon I met up with some friends.  Starla and I have been best friends for 18 years (CRAZY how time flies), and I have know her cousin Jo for just as long, and we're all great friends!

photo 5

photo 1Saturday evening we went to a Halloween party.  Greg was a priest, I was a nun, and Charlie was a dinosaur.  My mom was the cutest kitten ever, and my dad was a USC coach.  :)

photo 2Sunday was church, lunch at Spencer Makenzie's (I got the ahi burger, and shared my fries with everyone), visiting with more friends, then heading home.  We spent the rest of the evening snuggling on the couch, and going to bed early (time change got me all mixed up, haha).

All in all, another fantastic weekend!  Tell me about yours!

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!

photo 2

photo 3

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 #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!

photo 1

photo 1

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!

photo 2

photo 2

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!

photo 5

photo 5

Perfect Sunday morning quote.  :)

photo 4

photo 4

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.

Publication1

Publication1

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