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second backpacking trip

9 May


my little garden

4 Apr

Check out my mango tree:

mango tree

Looking so healthy!

In addition to the mango, I’m growing cherry tomatoes and jalapenos in my Aerogarden (the salsa kit!).

tomato blossoms

 I’ve also got some other peppers growing in a pot outside.



If you don’t have an aerogarden yet, I highly recommend it. Not only do herbs grow wonderfully in it, put any plants near it and they thrive also. It’s great!

The Ritz!

28 Mar

Ritz Carlton

Today we had a lunch at the Ritz Carlton Resort for the boyfriend’s grandmother’s birthday! I hadn’t been there yet and was super excited to go. It was a long drive and situated right up against the mountains.. it was beautiful! Spring is here! The trees are turning green and there were wildflowers everywhere!


The food and service were excellent and we all had a great time.. the weather was perfect! When we got home we looked at our fruit bowl and veggie drawer and decided it was time to juice. I shop once a week and whatever we don’t think we’ll eat before my next trip (tomorrow) gets juiced.

great for composting!

We juiced carrots, celery, a cucumber, a tomato, mandarin oranges, a lime, a few blueberries, and ginger. It tasted so fresh and packed a lot of ziiing! After finishing our juice and cleaning the kitchen we hit the pool to relax and soak up some sun!

Because we had such a big lunch we decided to take it easy and have some of the pasta salad I made Saturday.

In the mix are cheese tortellinis from TJ’s, tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, artichoke hearts, olives, feta, basil, crushed red pepper, and artichoke pesto. I like to make this salad in the summer because it’s a yummy, quick, cool meal perfect for hot days.

I’m off to bed.. have a great week everyone! 🙂

upside down pineapple cake!

20 Mar

Saturday afternoon I got in the mood for some baking.. after skimming some cookbooks I came across a recipe I had all the ingredients for.. pineapple upside down cake! This cake is one of my all-time faves because of the tartness of the pineapples and the moistness of the cake! My gave me this total 1970’s bundt pan awhile back and I thought it’d make it super easy to bake and flip this cake and it did! I’m pretty sure as long as I don’t start making jello molds (ew!) with it it’s OK to keep around. The cake came out great! We immediately dug in and enjoyed some nice Kona coffee from Hawaii with it!

And because we stuffed our faces with cake in the middle of the afternoon, we took it easy for dinner and had a nice fresh spinach salad with turkey, avocado, corn, cucs, and tomatoes!


I love lazy Saturdays!

backpacking adventure recap in pictures

18 Mar

corned beef & cabbage

18 Mar

Happy St. Patty’s Day! I love any excuse to make this dish and making it in a crockpot couldn’t be easier! We roughly use this recipe from Food Network: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/slow-cooker-corned-beef-and-cabbage-recipe/index.html and it turns out great each time! This year we used Rolling Rock for the beer because it’s all we had and it was perfect! The boyfriend chopped away all morning and threw it in this morning because he had the day off (luck of the Irish, I suppose!). We had a couple friends over and it smelled so good we practically all ate it out of the crockpot! We also had some adoreable mini cupcakes I picked up from the store but they went so fast I didn’t get a pic.

He also got this shot of a rainbow in the sprinklers.. and I love it!

But what does it mean????? 🙂  

grilled chicken and calabacitas

16 Mar

For dinner we grilled up some chicken breasts marinated in a Jamaican jerk marinade/grilling sauce we got at Big Lots for only $2! We added some of our favorite hot sauce for some extra heat.

We served calabacitas along side our chicken.

Everything came out great! I can’t wait to add the leftover to a spinach salad for lunch tomorrow!