Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween Cake Pops

Holiday Baking

Remember how I mentioned the late night baking? My friend and I made Halloween Cake Pops!
We followed the directions from Family Circle. But the flavors were Devil's food cake with mint chocolate, cinnamon swirl cake with caramel frosting and white chocolate, and lastly pumpkin cake!
Rich, but loads of fun!

We had a 4.7 earthquake here last night. 
Now I'm off for a road trip to Oregon!

Happy Halloween!


Happy Birthday Dad & Evan!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Best Week of the Year

Well it's a toss up between that and the Royal Wedding! I can't exactly explain why... just one of those feelings you get... even though I was laid off and will be 'celebrating' my last day of work tomorrow. But I'm really optimistic and feel that it is giving me that push I fully need. Don't despair, I already have lots of promising leads and truly feel that the world is my oyster at this moment in time. 

Besides, if you know me, you should know I have a few projects up my sleeve that I'm excited to share soon! Can't give it all away today though... Most importantly I'm excited for the 'time I'm being gifted' to develop them! ;)

Little Moments of Happiness

Late-Nite Halloween Goodie Baking * Happy Hour (haven't done that in awhile!) * A Friendship When You Can Just Look At Each Other & Know Exactly What The Other Is Thinking * Impromptu Family Gatherings & Sleepovers * My First All-You-Can-Eat Sushi Experience * Cruising in the 73' Galaxie Hot Rod * A Special Women's Sunday Luncheon & Shopping * Steak & Frites (Paris All Over Again!) * Dating While Residing With The Parents - 16 All Over Again In The Best Kind Of Way * Restaurant Supply Stores * Last Day of Work Party! * Topping It Off With Going To My Home Sweet Oregon Coast On Thursday For 4 Nights!

Favorite Ego Boosters This Month

"I talked to Nikki for a half-hour and she took away my headache." - My Uncle L.

"If I was 30 years younger and 30 pounds lighter, I'd be chasing you down." - R. "I'm a hard one to tie down." - N. "I didn't say tie you down, I said chase you down." -R.

"I want a house with a lot of natural light, since that makes me happy." - N. "I'll build you a window anywhere you want." - B

"Oh and Nikki..." - S. "Yes." - N   "You are reallllly hot." - S. A business call at work, nothing like making a girl blush.

"Another chapter closed." Me to Mom regarding my job loss. "This was more like a paragraph." Thanks Mom! :)

Lastly, a little secret. I sometimes use Fortune Cookies for inspiration. They are my reinforcers to follow my dreams.
Today I received on that said: 

Your Dearest Wish Will Come True. 
I happen to think so. 

6 weeks ago I got one that said:

Something Great Will Happen To You This Week. 
It did. Exactly 7 days later. 

Make This Your Best Week Too!

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

What's for Brunch?

How about some Pumpkin waffles with bacon?

Have a great weekend my friends!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mountain Mod

Fashion in Soda Springs

This one is for the band! Jk... When I was in college, my girlfriends and I always teased that we looked like a girl band whenever we dressed up for an evening out. We had a Norwegian blonde, brunette (me), fierce redhead, and sassy Asian in our clan. So when I was arranging this post, some of the photos reminded me of band cover shoot. It's always fun to remember my good ole' college days too!

Dress - Forever 21
Soda Springs, CA


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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Winter to Autumn

I can't believe I've been in Truckee for over 3 months now! We went from winter last week to autumn this week.

That's my car outside of work, and that's this morning's crisp beautiful sky on my morning 5 mile jog (responsible for my 13 lb loss) which I fully intend to blow tonight while visiting my family and eating my favorite chips and salsa made by my Auntie! So I'm off for a 3 hr drive...

Have a great weekend!  

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Links & Things

Some fun & interesting things I wanted to share...

Well said, sister... Gypsy Diaries & Moving On!

Have you heard? The CNBC Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge is back on!!
A chance to win 1 MILLION BUCKS, a Maserati, or a Vacation each week!
Something I've been very into for the past few years... and currently in the Top 1 % again for the 3rd consecutive challenge!

NaNoWriMo is coming up Nov 1st! Are you ready? I'm d-termined!

Happy Wednesday!

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Food of the Perigord

French Food

It's true my travels have been on my mind lately... and there is still so much I have not shared simply because time didn't allow it while in France. So allow me to indulge while I reflect and appreciate the fact that I lived one of my dreams of leisurely gracing old village markets... appreciating agribusiness at it's finest and oldest forms of entrepreneurialism; not to mention stumbling in small shops stocked with shelves of symmetrically labeled cans filled with duck parts in every which way, or enjoying a raw egg on top of my fettucine surprise, partially because I couldn't understand the menu and partially because... when in Rome France.

Bon appetit!

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Girls Night In

Happy Friday!

I've had a lot on my mind lately like what my next step in life will be, the fact that my boxes are still sitting in my parents living room, and I had to shovel 3 inches of snow off my car before work in early October, I don't think I can deal with that all winter. I knew announcing the fact that I am dating and proceeding with my life would hurt some people, but I have to be true to myself and realize this is MY blog, and I can't write and not share about the positive things in my life for the protection of others. Life goes on. But one of the main reasons my healing process has been so much smoother, is the blessing of a new bestie at work. Which is why I'm excited for a Girl's Night In  tonight consisting of comfy pj's, deli, wine, and chick flicks!

So to celebrate empowerment, I wanted to share a poem/ forward all us women have read before,
but gets me everytime and is always a good reminder in life.



enough money within her control to move out
and rent a place of her own,
even if she never wants to or needs to....
something perfect to wear if the employer,
or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour...


a youth she's content to leave behind....
a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to
retelling it in her old age....
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra...
one friend who always makes her laugh... and one who lets her cry...


a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family...
eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems,
and a recipe for a meal,
that will make her guests feel honored...


a feeling of control over her destiny.....
how to fall in love without losing herself.


how to quit a job,
break up with a lover,
and confront a friend without
ruining the friendship....


when to try harder... and WHEN TO WALK AWAY...


that she can't change the length of her calves,
the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..
that her childhood may not have been perfect...but it's over...

what she would and wouldn't do for love or more......
how to live alone... even if she doesn't like it...


whom she can trust,
whom she can't,
and why she shouldn't take it personally...


where to go...
be it to her best friend's kitchen table..
or a charming Inn in the woods...
when her soul needs soothing...


What she can and can't accomplish in a day...
a month...and a year...

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

First Snow

You may not remember, since it was 3 days and all when I was welcoming October with a dress and flip flops. Well I got my first reality check this morning of what happens when you move to an elevation of over 7,500 feet.


My little Florida-born babe got to experience her first snow too!
I don't think she's too pleased, and my knuckles are already cracking...
but it sure is nice to come home to a cozy fireplace, 
a new electric blanket, and a fluffy kitty.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Mono Lake


The weekend was bliss... Probably one of the first times in a long time where I felt completely relaxed. After the morning shoot, we drove along the Nevada/ California border to Mono Lake. It was a peaceful drive with no radio, just the road less traveled with good company.

Followed by my new Sunday routine of an evening drive along Lake Tahoe.

And to make a public statement... yes, I'm dating again.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy October!

Mmm... one of my favorite month's. The mulled cider and pumpkin candles have already been burning around my house though for the past few weeks!

Enjoying some of my favorite Black Rose Tea from Lauderee in Paris!
Today was the first time I've been able to drink from my favorite Anthropologie mug in months...
it reminded me too much of my former life.

Nothing says new beginnings like October!

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