I recently finished a cute little love story and I think it’s a great “lay by the pool” + “soak up some sun” + “drink some iced coffee” kind of book. It’s not award-winning and it’s totally predictable, but I just really enjoyed it! It’s called The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe.
It also had a long list of DELICIOUS foods! It made me hungry and I was longing to travel out to Maine for all the goodness. I am currently in a book club that meets every few months or so and I always put together the food list for our meeting. Then we split up the list and enjoy the foods of the book while we discuss the story and our favorite characters.
Even though this wasn’t a book for the book club, the food was just too good not to list somewhere. So, I hope you enjoy the list and make the blueberry muffin recipe at the end.
Apple Cider Doughnuts
Tuna Salad: albacore, celery, onion, capers, mayo on mixed greens
Sandwiches: Rare roast beef & brie with sliced tomato on toasted french baguette; Chicken salad with baby greens, tomato, sprouts, grapes and crumbled gorgonzola; Oven-roasted turkey breast, savory stuffing, and fresh cranberry sauce on whole wheat
Happy June! I wanted to share some of my favorite things with you.
My S’ip by S’well thermos from Target. Bret saw it and knew I would like it. It’s yellow and has a bunch of little honey bees on it. Keeps my cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot for way longer than a normal water bottle.
Summer board shorts I found on amazon. I always feel a little exposed in my bikini, but I’m really liking these swim shorts. They’re conservative, cute, and comfortable. I got a pair in coral and in aqua because they are super inexpensive. I recommend getting one size bigger than you normally wear in shorts.
Chicken Soup from La Especial Norte. Recovering from surgery means lots of couch time, Gilmore Girls, good books, and soup. The BEST soup I’ve ever had is from La Especial Norte and it totally hit the spot.
I’ve missed this. It’s been a while since I have posted and I am looking forward to writing and sharing some things here! Finding time to keep up with blogging is difficult, but I recently had a surgery that has forced me to rest. So, silver lining, folks!
In March we enjoyed lots of celebrations:
A beach birthday party for one of our favorite 12 year olds
Started two very different, but very good novels: Landline and The Nightingale
Went to dinner and a Jose Gonzales concert with one of our favorite couples ever
Celebrated 5 years of marriage with my sweet, handsome, enthusiastic, funny, strong, kind husband
Spent a weekend away in Las Vegas on the lake, enjoyed a Gordon Ramsey burger, and the best breakfast I’ve ever had at Bouchon Bakery
Bret treated me to some shopping and I ravaged the Anthropologie sale rack
Date day at VGs, Zumbar, SD Zoo, and El Indio
Celebrated EASTER SUNDAY at the Flower Fields in Carlsbad
Celebrated my husband turning 30 years old! Whoa…good thing he has the best baby face I’ve ever seen.
In April we enjoyed:
Co-Birthday 30th Birthday Party for Bret and Steve
Beach walks and runs
2 Fountain Valley girlfriend dates
Fun celebration work dinner
Guy and Girl hang outs with our Jr. High kids
Candle making class at Mr. B’s Necessities shop
A beach birthday party for one of our favorite sweet 16 year olds
Broke my pinky toe playing beach soccer
Spanish themed Cooking Club – I made olive tapenade toast and mushrooms sautéed in garlic and white wine
Spike ball Sunday
My mom came to visit from Idaho! We had a beach day, watercolor night, Community Group, and dinner together at Benihana (her first time hehe).
In May we enjoyed:
Bret traveled with one of our Pastors to Reno for an Acts 29 Conference
Primos tacos and gelato with our Community Group
Date Night at Target and The Flying Pig
Mother’s Day dinner at my oldest and best girlfriend’s house
Book Club meeting for The Nightingale with the best french food spread ever
Said goodbye to the palm tree outside our front door…I loved that thing
8th Grade Graduation party with our Jr. High kids – SO fun!
Lofty Coffee with Jocey
In home massages (late Christmas present for Bret)
Memorial Day appreciation and BBQ with friends
Something else that happened in March and is just now beginning to wrap up is an unexpected health update. My GP looked at my neck back in March and she thought my thyroid gland looked enlarged. She ordered an ultrasound which revealed that my thyroid was normal size but they could see there was a mass growing on the right side. I was then sent to a specialist. He did a biopsy and recommended I get it removed due to its large size. The biopsy came back a few weeks later as negative – PRAISE THE LORD! But I still had to consider surgery. I felt the most peace with moving forward with surgery and I am sure glad God directed me that way. Just this last week, they removed the mass and the Doctors laughed to each other when my husband asked how big it was. They said, “That thing was impressive!” So the mass is gone, it’s not cancerous, and I still have most of my thyroid intact. Recovery isn’t fun, but I am so grateful for God putting good doctors around me and for helping me to get healthy. I’m also so grateful for all the people who have prayed for me – God heard all of those prayers. And for those who have brought me flowers and food and cards and blessed me with your company. THANK YOU SO MUCH. My body is in pain but my heart is full.
Until next month…I hope you enjoyed hearing about “our full life” over the last few months.