A Spoonful of Sunshine

Weekend Things January 28, 2014

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Let’s recap the weekend shall we? And by weekend, I mean the one that occurred 2 weeks ago because I have clearly got some catching up to do. IMG_3588

THIS sunrise. I snapped this picture after I got home from 6am bootcamp. If the sweat dripping down my face and muscle shaking workout wasn’t a reward in itself, catching this sunrise definitely made dragging myself out of bed at dark o’thirty worth it. I will always stand by the fact that sunrises >>> sunsets.

IMG_3585Smoothies. I can’t get enough of them. I know most of the country is under a blanket of snow and dealing with below freezing temps and I hate to rub it in, but the weather in Santa Barbara has been SUPREME. Like so supreme, it has been appropriate to go the beach practically everyday since Christmas. #whatdrought. Anywho, this smoothie-in-a-bowl was a mix of papaya, mango, yogurt, and almond milk topped with sliced naners, loads of granola and peanut butter.


Besides this blog, another thing I have been neglecting is my dearest beloved sourdough starter. Don’t fret, I was still feeding fluffy muffy weekly to keep her alive, but I have been seriously slacking on my bread making! I truly missed the smell of tangy sourdough coming out of the oven and my stomach missed those thick slices of crusty bread. I think it is time to rekindle my love of bread making.


After my bread making quota was filled for the week, a couple of my friends and I headed up the coast to Jalama for a little day trip.


I’ll take a Jalama Burger please. With bacon and cheese.IMG_3608

Reason number 234587684569 million why I love the central coast. I will seriously never get bored with views like this. Jalama wasn’t exactly bikini friendly the way Santa Barbara has been recently, but nonetheless, strolling the beach and taking in the beautiful view was just as satisfying.

IMG_3621For Christmas one of my roommates got me a CSA box. Ummm, I know, how perfect/thoughtful/awesome is that present? I got my first delivery and the box was filled to the brim with romaine, spinach, chard, spaghetti squash, leeks, carrots, oranges, apples, AND kiwis. ALL THE PRODUCE! I have since eaten up all the fruit, squash, and some of the greens, but I need inspiration with the leeks and chard?

Does anyone have an awesome recipe that includes chard or leeks. Or better yet, both?


Getting my Mojo Back January 12, 2014

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Just popping in again! I swear I really do miss giving this ‘ole blog of mine the time of day, but please bear with me as a figure out when/how to fit in blogging. While I try to sort that through, let’s recap Christmas.

Let me first say that not having a formal Christmas Break is weird. No glorious three weeks off? Ugh, I guess this definitely means I am living in the “real world” or whatever you want to call it. I worked Christmas Eve and Christmas Day before heading down to my parents house. Luckily I had a nice string of 5 wonderful days off work, which gave me plenty of time to attempt to get my blogging mojo back. Taking pictures of EVERYTHING is a habit that has slipped away, but all this free time provided some motivation to work that in.


Balboa Bars & Frozen Bananas

Yes, there’s always money in the banana stand. Arrested Development anyone? apparently the banana stand from the TV show did make a brief stop in Balboa last year, but in my opinion, the original Balboa Bar is found at Sugar ‘N’ Spice. Frozen Banana with an everything topping, please.




As a kid, I remember my dad taking my sisters and I to the farmers market whenever we found ourselves in LA. But since the area has become increasingly crowded thanks to the addition of The Grove, I don’t think I had been back in years! I loved perusing all the little shops and trying to absorb the collection of smells coming from each eatery. Noteworthy finds included a refreshing bowl of fruit chalked up with some slightly exotic varieties and meat in the shape of pigs. Oink Oink.

IMG_1079After burning some serious kcals being all touristy and stuff, I was more that ready to chow down. With so many options, I had a hard time choosing, but eventually I decided that I was craving some dirty Greek food. Especially since Santa Barbara is lacking in that department. Tear.



But what Santa Barbara DOES have? Dirty Mexican food. Yes, this beaut of a breakfast burrito was consumed on New Years Day after a crazy night…..of working in the ER. Sometimes when I work the nightshift and stumble home at an ungodly hour, I wake up and feel just as wonderful as one would after a night on the town. It’s a good thing my roommates were on the same page and agreed Super Cucas was in order. The #12 reallllllly hit the spot :)

Favorite food to eat when you are home?


Seasons Greetings December 21, 2013

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I will be the first one to admit, my little corner of the innerwebs has been radio silent for far too long. Why you may ask? Well, I’ve been working. A lot. But other than that I have really just been enjoying my life without worrying about whipping out my camera to document. There has been some pretty fine eats recently, so I think I should probably return to being THAT PERSON who needs to snap a picture of everything out of the ordinary.

I truly have no idea where I am going with this, but I figured to get back my blogging mojo, I need to recap the holiday related food. And because I took pictures of it…

TurkeyLet’s start with Thanksgiving. Almost a month ago, YES, but still noteworthy. You guys, I was in charge of the mother effing bird. Pressure much? Luckily our family had a small Thanksgiving of around 10 people since a lot of relatives were out of town, but it was still nerve racking getting that little turkey prepped and ready for consumption. My mom also walked my through the entire process step by step which was oh-so helpful.


And the finished meal x2. It looks pretty identical to last years meal, but what can I say, I am a creature of habit. We’ve got turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, cornbread, mashed taters, sweet taters, and roasted veggies.

IMG_3502And I ate Thanksgiving leftovers on top of a pile of lettuce for a couple says. NOTHING is better than getting sent home with mass amounts of tupperware from family dinner.

LatkesOne of my roommates is Jewish therefore a Hanukkah celebration was in order. Going to catholic school for 12 years of my life never really overlapped with this holiday so it was my first time celebrating. She made us latkes and since she left her menorah at home, we did a make-shift version using random candles found through the house. Those latkes were good, but I’m slightly ashamed to admit that I put ketchup on them. Not traditional, but oh-so good.

Califia NogTransitioning to the impending holiday, let’s talk about this Nog. FREAKING DELICIOUS. I have long been a fan of Califia Farms and not one of the products ever disappoint, but this nog is like crack. I legitimately found myself taking swigs of this during random moments of the day frequently. I guess that would explain why the bottle only lasted 5 days before I polished it off.

If you have ever taken a LOA (leave of absence), how do you get back into your blogging groove?

Who has exciting holiday plans?



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