Salmon, salmon everywhere

I’ve been craving a good bagel and lox and since I couldn’t get that to happen I compromised and decided to buy some lox and use my Everything but the Bagel seasoning and sourdough to create a bagel feel.

I toasted my sourdough, shmeared some whipped cream cheese, sprinkled on the everything seasoning and layered on the lox. Let me tell you, it was not the same as a bagel (duh) but it was a filling and yummy lunch!

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I tried it with avocado (we had some ripening and in need of use) and loved it, but to be completely honest I did not enjoy this lox. I will probably be sticking with the TJ’s version. I’m super picky about flavors of fish, chicken…any meat. This was really fishy!

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I love having salmon once a week (hopefully we’ll work up to the twice a week), but in our small apartment it can really smoke it up when I pan cook it. I wanted an easier way to make it and decided to bake it and then put it on broil to create a little bit of a crisp on top. This salmon was so delicious!

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If you’re intimidated by making salmon in a pan I would highly recommend just throwing it in a 350 degree oven. For these two pieces it took about 12 minutes or so to cook and then I broiled it for a bit. I am already looking forward to next week’s salmon!

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What’s your favorite fish to eat? How do you cook it?

Happy Halloween

I absolutely LOVE this time of year! I love the buzz of excitement in the air when it’s holiday season. It’s just so magical-everything from the beginning of October through Christmas just fills me with warm, cozy, festive vibes!

I am super excited about settling down and decorating for this time of year, but until then I am perfectly content with having some sweet treats and lighting my autumnal candle! I am at work so to bring in some festivities I made some fun goodie bags with Annie’s bunny cookies (organic version of animal crackers) and some kettle corn.

How are you guys celebrating Halloween? Let me know in the comments below!

Cookies and Closings

The week of October 13th was an exciting one to say the least! It was a busy and odd week that kinda ran together and felt super long at the same time. To sum it up there were cookies and we (finally!) closed on selling our house!!

We tried a new make your own pizza place on Wednesday called Pizza Press. It was delicious, but I would pick Blaze any day of the week!

On Thursday came some cookies we ordered! We had to try out some of Bang Cookies new flavors (and some oldies, but goodies). We waited till the weekend to try them, but they were delicious none the less. We wanted to try all the flavors so we only ate half each and froze the other half.

Thursday is also the day we got the text confirming that we had finished the process of selling our house! It was a very bittersweet moment. We obviously had loved our little home in the Valley and put a lot of effort into making it go from house to home, but we were very happy and relieved to have finished the selling process.

This was the first home we bought together and boy did we learn so much! It was quite the journey ❤️

I was also working Thursday and Friday so it was a bit of a blur!

Our weekend was kicked off on Saturday with a workout and breakfast at Denny’s. We both ordered the same veggie sizzlin’ skillets. and shared half of a pumpkin crackle cookie.

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We walked around and enjoyed the gorgeous weather and walked into a Barnes and Noble. I headed into my favorite section which happened to have some really interesting and funny finds.

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I also noted this book that I want to buy at some point!

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We also did some grocery shopping so our Sunday selves would thank us 🙂

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After dropping off groceries and dropping in some laundry we headed out for a nice walk and some caffeine.

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When we came back we went to TJ Maxx and got this gorgeous, fluffy blanket from TJ Maxx and some fun wrapping paper from Target!

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By the time we came back we were in much need of a snack so I had some TJ’s Harvest Chili and sourdough toast. We may or may not have had half of this cinnamon whiskey crackle…by “we may” I mean we definitely did.

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I finished up laundry while hubs wrapped up a present and we enjoyed some In n’ Out and more cookies for dinner!

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I don’t know about you, but that is a pretty productive week for us! I hope you guys are having a great start to your weeks and I would love to know what you’ve been up to-let’s talk in the comments!

Loving

I remember when I used to do these posts weekly, but I feel like I enjoy doing them more spread apart because there are more things to include by the time I get to writing one up!

I have recently found some things that I am kinda in love with and wanted to share with you guys.

These pumpkin spice madeline cookies are so yummy that I in fact did buy them twice! They are on the sweeter side of things with a nice flavoring of pumpkin spice, but the thing that does me in is the texture. I love that cakey cookie for this particular cookie-it works so well!

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I don’t know what it is about fall, but it makes me want all the popcorn and although both of these are good I would take the kettle corn over the candy corn flavored popcorn. This Good and Gather brand is from Target and I think it’s new. I’ve been loving their sparkling water too!

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I’ve been loving this nail trend where you have different colors, but they all tend to be from the same family. I wanted to try it out and decided to give it a shot myself. I looked at all my polishes and lined them up and put them on-this is what I got! I kinda love it!

Lindt has been my favorite chocolate for a while now, but I think this might beat it just by a hair. Ritter Sport is creamy and smooth and I love these mini versions. The minis are in breakable squares too and the perfect little after dinner treat!

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I’ve always loved a good Bath and Body candle and still get their emails and eagerly await sales to stock up on wallflowers and candles. I especially love a good fall candle and had been waiting for a good time to snatch one up for a minute now when we decided to just check out Pier 1-simply to walk around, not buy anything. We both love looking at furniture and figuring out our styles, but when we walked in we immediately saw candles and they were 2 for $20 and these were bigger than the Bath and Body. I took a sniff and fell in love-needless to say we bought a candle for winter time and fall. They also too some percent off so we ended up walking away with 2 candles for $15! Definitely a favorite!

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I think these are all my favorites for now! What are your current favorites?

A couple of week of eats

These eats are from the past couple of weeks or so when my schedule was a bit odd and I was on one day/off the next/on again at work and then I was in reset mode. We had a good combination of eating in and out. Mind you, this is not all the food I ate, but it is all the food I took pictures of 🙂

After Yard House I was craving lettuce wraps and so lettuce wraps I made! These were so good and satisfying!!

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We ended up trying a new Mediterranean spot called Zait Bistro and got some wraps. I really enjoyed these wraps and found them to be flavorful and filling. We ate some leftover peppers, carrots, and tomatoes with this to amp up the micronutrients!

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I’ve been enjoying the Benevolent Bacon and have been making quite few BLTA’s. If you’re looking for some added heartiness and crunch in your sandwich…would recommend! Also, those pink things are pickled turnips and boy are they so good…they add such a good zing to anything.

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After moving to San Bernardino and having a Blaze so close by I’ve reconnected with my love for it. Their crust is so good and it’s so fun to personalize your own pizza. They have so many spots that do this now, but Blaze is still my favorite!

I still love these Denny’s sizzling skillets-this one is the egg white version, but I opted for the whole scrambled egg. It’s filled with broccoli, mushrooms, tomatoes, potatoes, and spinach. Give some Cholula to throw on top and I am one happy gal 🙂

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We are still (trying) going strong with having salmon once a week and this dish was fantastic! I cut up some Brussels and pan sauteed them, roasted up some carrots and called it a meal! It was so warm and satisfying.

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Speaking of Brussels, (I don’t know why, but I crave Brussels once the cold weather hits) I took some toasted sourdough, slathered on some vegan pesto, sauteed some Brussels and scramble an egg for this delicious looking toast! It really hit the spot especially after the addition of chili flakes 😀

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Those are my eats from a couple of weeks, but I’m curious what’s on your menu?

Comfort food and cozy vibes

I don’t know if it’s because the temps got slightly cooler here or what, but we’ve been eating some serious comfort foods and so I have some fun random pictures to share with you guys.

After looking high and low for a bagel place here we have finally maybe found one! I really wanted a bagel one Saturday and after a nice long hike we found one at 42nd Street Bagel Cafe. I got the super onion bagel with lox (they were out of the everything bagel 😦 ). This bagel reminded me so much of a NY bagel-it was chewy with a dense crumb and I would definitely come back and get some Sunday morning bagels!

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This was a big comfort food night at Yard House. We ordered what felt like everything-the chicken lettuce wraps, buffalo cauliflower, roasted Brussel sprouts and potatoes, cheeseburger, and the truffle fries.

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My favorite thing here had to be the lettuce wraps and they were so delicious that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them-so much so that I am making shrimp lettuce wraps tonight!

We grabbed some sweet treats from Sprout’s and some of these were good and others not so much. The glazed lemon cookie was a not favorite. The glaze was so sweet and didn’t pair well with the lemon cookie. The rest were actually pretty yummy!

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In order to balance out all the comfort food I went to Panera and ordered a Mediterranean grain bowl. I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. The rice, chicken, hummus, and all the fresh ingredients were really delicious! I would get this again without the dollop of yogurt on the side.

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I ordered this fish dish from Luna Modern Mexican Grill when I went out to lunch with the girls. It was pretty, but not the best thing I’ve ever had…

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Of course, we love sweets a lot in this house and whether that’s cookies or ice-cream we’ve been eating it all!

Have you guys been feeling the need for comfort food recently? How are the temps where you’re living?

Oh the food we will eat…Citrus Kitchen

During the week we’ve been really trying to cook at home and it’s been working out well for how busy we’ve been and for our budget! That being said we needed a little change up and by we, I mean me. My sweet hubs would eat salmon and roasted veggies every night or be perfectly content making one of his chicken concoctions. I love that man!

Sadly for him, I cannot, but we were both excited to discover Citrus Kitchen. They make healthy meals with proteins and veggies and will even make you meals for the week. I love that they offer a couple of different kinds of seasonings for your proteins, a good selection of sauces, and a nice variety of sides. I also like that they are vegetarian friendly and offer tofu for those that don’t eat meat.

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We had somewhat of an idea of what we wanted when we walked in, but our minds were totally changed upon sampling their adobo chicken. It was flavorful and saucy and reminded us of home cooking!

We went for the adobo chicken and cajun salmon for our proteins. Since we got meal versions of those we got to pick 2 sides to go with them. We chose butternut squash, garlic potatoes, couscous, and steamed veggies.

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Once we got our meals we honestly couldn’t stop eating…I mean we barely said two words to each other while inhaling this meal. That’s a big deal for me! I can talk through basically anything!

The salmon was crispy and succulent and very well seasoned. My favorite side was the couscous and hubs enjoyed the squash. The stars of the meal were definitely the proteins and I can honestly say we will be back. These meals can be as light or as heavy as you need them to be and seem to work for whatever nutrient needs you may have.

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I doubt we’ll do any meal prep stuff with them, but for a quick and nutrient dense meal out this would be a good spot!

After dinner we needed something sweet so we ended our night with Handel’s ice-cream. They have a Thursday special of $1.35 for a scoop so we were excited about that. I got a blueberry crumble and the hubs got a chocolate peanut butter something or other.

It was a successful night of eating to say the least!

Have you guys tried any meal prep places? What did you think?

October Shopping Update

It has been about 3 months since I started this journey of not buying any clothes, shoes, or accessories until next July. It’s been about a month since my last update and I know I was feeling pretty strong and had no strong shopping urges.

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Since then we’ve hit another season and I have definitely had some twinges. I did kinda know this would happen. I mean I had done plenty of shopping before July and had plenty of summer items to wear. I’m not saying I don’t have plenty of fall and winter things to wear, but the cute new things are pulling at my heart strings.

My previous plan had been to just avoid, avoid, avoid. I unsubscribed from emails, would avoid walking into the women’s section at any clothing store, and would zip through any insta advertisements. I decided recently that that I may have to change my tactic.

The Target we currently live close to seems to have the biggest selection of women’s clothing and it’s hard not to see it as you walk through the store, but I never go into the section. I decided that it might be good for me to just go in and check out what they have and see if it’s stuff that I would buy to wear and use or just find to be pretty. As I walked through I realized it was more just stuff I found to be pretty.

This was a big relief as you can imagine and I left the store with no purchases. I still have no plans to resubscribe to emails, but I think if I get the urge to shop I will go do some “window” shopping. I think there’s something soothing about just seeing what’s out there and if it’s a need vs a want and something I would use more than once or twice.

Don’t get me wrong I have no issues purchasing a want over a need, but a part of this process was to figure out what pieces I use and gravitate towards and what pieces are missing from my wardrobe.

So far, I’m still enjoying the process. I still like figuring out what to wear from my own wardrobe instead of running out and buying something every time I feel like I have “nothing to wear.”

I hope you guys are enjoying these updates as much as I enjoy writing them up! Thanks for reading!

Used up…

Hmm I just realized that the title could have negative connotations, but I do mean it in the most positive way. I was so proud of myself for using up some food purchases that I wasn’t super excited about.

I realized the solution to my dry Kodiak Cake waffles was mashing/placing some berries on top of the peanut butter for extra moisture. It also added a nice tart, juicy kick! I got through all 8 waffles 😀 and was super happy to be done and recycle the box!

The egg frittatas from Trader Joe’s I didn’t enjoy so much on their own, but wrapped up in a tortilla with veggies and cheese OR in a rice bowl (with more vegetables) gets a thumbs up from me! Also, box recycled and happy to be finished!

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Remember the Brussels Sprout Puffs? Hubby ended up feeling very snacky and finished them in a couple of nights and he actually enjoyed them! I love it when that happens 🙂

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I think I’ve mentioned on the blog that I use Coffee Mate creamer. I get the big momma version usually in hazelnut or vanilla (soo basic), but I really enjoy it! Over the years I’ve branched out and tried different creamers (Coffee Mate Naturals, plant based creamers, plain almond milk) and I have never enjoyed them as much as Coffee Mate.

I recently bought a Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce creamer and I was so excited, but upon first sip was so disappointed. It left my mouth oddly dry and it’s not a feeling that went away. I drank water, lemon water, had breakfast, had lunch, sparkling water and you guys the dry mouth stuck around.

This was one product I was unable to do much more with so I donated it to the work peeps and I am so curious to what they thought and if it had the same effect on them or if it was just me?!

Let me know if you guys have any “cleaner” creamers that you use and love. I love having more whole food items in my fridge and since this is something I use on the daily I would like it to have a “cleaner” ingredient list.

Thanks for sticking around for another post! I hope you lovelies enjoyed it! Till next time!!

Our weekend in San Diego

San Diego is definitely one of our favorite places to visit. It’s just such a beautiful city with incredible weather and delicious food! There’s been a lot of craziness and mis-matched schedule situations for B and I so we decided we were in need of a mini-getaway. This past weekend we drove ourselves to SD for an overnight trip.

We normally pick AirBnB for our stays because it’s cheaper and we are rarely ever there other than to sleep, but sweet hubs booked us a lovely little hotel close to Little Italy (our favorite little nook in SD).

We arrived around lunch time and went straight to Herb & Eatery after drooling over the Yelp pics. The restaurant is also a little mini store that sells drinks and kitchen goods. We both loved the fun decor and all the light that came in from the windows despite the grayish day.

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We ordered the curry chicken salad and the SD turkey. The curry chicken salad had just a hint of curry-enough to flavor, but nothing strong. The SD turkey was a solid turkey sandwich with the sprouts and the hearty bread! If we lived here I have a feeling we’d be coming here more often then not…

Afterwards we walked around a bit and then headed to our hotel. Hubby had also booked us massages so we dropped off our things, explored the hotel a bit, and headed out. I look so tired here!

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Post massage we were both so relaxed and exhausted so we tried taking a nap. I was on and off mostly because the same weekend we were here there was an EDM concert AND twitchcon. It was a bit noisy from outside the hotel, but lots of excitement and lots of people!

Post nap we left on HGTV and got ready to head out to dinner. We had decided ahead of time to just walk there. It was a 40 minute walk, but it was a lovely day and figured it would fuel our appetite. The walk was a little sketch for a few minutes, but we made it to Cucina Urbana with some time to kill.

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Our reservations were for 6:45pm, but we got seated probably closer to 7pm so we had some time to sit and look at the menu. It was restaurant week in SD too so the larger crowd may have been due to that. We were fine with it because it gave us time to ooo and ahh over the inside of the restaurant and people watch.

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By the time we got our table we knew exactly what we wanted and ordered the chicken liver pate, roasted cauliflower, and for our main got the pappardelle with short rib.

The chicken liver pate had barolo soaked fig on it and came with different kinds of bread. I am super happy about the fig situation because I am not much of a liver person and this pate definitely had an iron-y flavor. Even though this was not my favorite dish of the night it was one of those things you could tell was done really well and was good quality.

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Then they brought out the cauliflower which was dressed with fennel, pine nuts, golden raisins, mint and yogurt. My first bite was a bit sweet, but after that I got some salty goodness from the pine nuts possibly? It was a really incredible dish that gave you all the mouth feels.

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When the pappardelle came out with the short rib, mushroom, carrots, and topped with parm it looked like comfort in a bowl. It tasted like a Sunday roast but made better with the house made pasta.

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We both left full and happy and walked back 40 minutes to let the food settle and ponder our dessert options.

After perusing through some spots we went back to a classic and a favorite-Salt & Straw. I got the child’s scoop of cookie dough in a cup and B got a split scoop with the cookie dough and another flavor in a cone.

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We walked around with our ice-cream and then headed back to the hotel so I could change into comfier walking shoes. We were going to walk to Gaslamp, but after getting into the coziness of our hotel we both decided we’d rather just stay in and relax so instead we went and checked out the firepit/bar/outside balcony area of our hotel and sat around talking until we were both a little chilly and ready for some tele and bed!

On Sunday we woke up to sunnier skies and decided to do a quick workout and enjoy the free breakfast before heading back home. We literally had the quickest workout ever and headed to breakfast which was conveniently right next to the gym.

I had some eggs, spinach, and this biscuit which made the whole meal! I also have this thing for hotel waffles so I had to try this one. I will say it wasn’t the best, but it was okay. I think I may just enjoy the waffles where they give you the batter and you make it in the waffle maker yourself?

We showered and headed out to the Donut Bar before leaving SD. We had visited Donut Bar a few years ago and I remember loving it. We got the pumpkin with cream cheese icing, birthday cake, Boston cream (it was the favorite of the girl who was helping us), a nutella, and the creme brulee.

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Instead of just grabbing and going like we normally would we decided to try out a couple…we went for the pumpkin which was SO good. It was pumpkin spice flavored and the icing mellowed it all out with a good dose of sweetness. The creme brulee that we tried afterwards seemed underwhelming in comparison.

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The donuts here remind me a lot of the brioche type donuts we had in Maui when we went. They aren’t light, but dense and chewy for a yeasty donut.

We kept the rest for later that night and drove home. We had some errands to run in the form of grocery shopping so we did that, some laundry, and then prepped for our week ahead.

When we were ready to grab dinner we decided on Burger IM and ordered what ended up being a lot of food. We got their duo burgers, chili garlic wings, and their half and half side option of sweet potato fries and their special Burger IM fries which we had seasoned with Cajun seasoning.

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We got basic cheese burgers for our duos and they were like mini burgers (bigger than sliders, but smaller than a regular burger). These were just tasty cheeseburgers. We had no complaints!

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The wings were saucy, garlicky, and kinda sweet. They had great flavor! The fries were my biggest surprise. I didn’t think I would like the disc shaped potatoes as much as I did, bu they did a great job at keeping the outside crispy and inside fluffy. They were also a good thickness.

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We went for a really long 2 hour walk after dinner and when we came back we were ready for something sweet. Lucky for us we had some donuts left! The Boston cream had the same vanilla cream as the creme brulee and was again a bit underwhelming. The birthday cake was sweet and pretty close up there with the pumpkin for me. The nutella was also delicious, but I do wish there was more nutella on the donut.

We spend the rest of the night watching football and HGTV on Hulu until we got too tired and headed to bed!

We had a really great weekend of hanging out and eats! Have you been to SD? What’s your favorite place to go when you’re there? Let me know in the comments!