our full life: march, april, may

Hello again!

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:

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  • 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:

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  • 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:

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  • 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.

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Until next month…I hope you enjoyed hearing about “our full life” over the last few months.

xo sarah

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our full life: january & february

Hello friends!

Can you believe February is already over!? What happened to the time?? Now, March brings Daylight Savings and EASTER! Wow…2016 is flying by. I wanted to share what the past couple of months looked like in the Theis Family.

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In January, we enjoyed:

  • LOTS of rain and hail at the beginning of the month
  • Yummy gelato at the shop down the street from us
  • Annual Tea Party with my friends from OC
  • I celebrated 1 year working for Planning Center Online
  • I also celebrated my friend Stephanie and the coming of her sweet baby Poppy Marie
  • We had dinner at a co-worker’s house and got to meet his sweet family
  • We went to Winter Camp up at Mile High Pines with our Jr. High students
  • I got sick…the cold, the fever, the whole thing everyone is getting
  • This is the best news of all right now: I had the OBGYN appointment I had been waiting for and we saw that ALL my abnormal cysts are GONE! Praise the Lord!!!! The doctor had all good things to say and I go back in 3 months for another check-up to see if anything else that may have changed. To say I was shocked is an understatement.

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In February, we enjoyed:

  • Our Community Group women started gathering every Saturday to share the stories of how Jesus saved us
  • I had some fun beach days
  • Bret started an apologetics class at Talbot
  • My Book Club gathered to discuss “The Lake House” and eat all the yummy foods that came up in the book
  • I had some crazy, fun, wonderful weeks at work culminating in our Planning Center University event
  • Bret got a new position and a raise at his work!
  • Bret and I celebrated Valentine’s Day on Coronado Island
  • My dad and I shared our birthday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • I finished my second book of the year…trying to read 12+ this year
  • Bret and my CG Leaders threw me a Birthday Party with all my favorite things and fun games
  • Bret and I have gone on 2 Saturday coffee dates and finally checked out Local Tap House together…look at this silly, wonderful, best friend of mine!

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I’ve kept up the Bible reading that I started in January which is such an accomplishment for me. I hope I can keep saying that as this year progresses! And February was a wonderful month for celebrating and making memories. I won’t soon forget it.

Goodnight from here!

xo sarah

our full life: july & august

Welcome to the last two months! Holidays, birthdays, beach bashes, family, community, and work celebrations…big months! I will be posting again this week about some other news from August, but until then – Enjoy these little snapshots. This is our (VERY) full life.

j1 Our annual Red, White, & Brunch party went off without a hitch!

j2 Four girls in red, white, & blue…and a photobomber!

j3 A Wednesday latte, crumble, and good read before dinner.

j4 We went to Disneyland with our family this July. So many good memories made!

j5 Jr. High photo scavenger hunt in The Village. This was worth a lot of points so they had to strike a pose and flex.

j6 Just a normal day at Moonlight…just kidding! The Switchfoot Bro-Am brought out crazy amounts of people. It was a good day.

j8 Bro-can at the Bro-Am.

j7 Sun, surf, and clear horizons. :sigh:

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All kinds of FUN-FETTI up in this birthday party.

j10 Sweetly reading together about spiders.

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Summer salad: romaine, blueberries, cucumbers, tomato, and goat cheese with a homamde creamy herb dressing.

j12 This cutie was in trouble. He was having silent time and looking quite adorable to me.

j13 Friend time at Tower 30 Beach Night!

j14 Breakfast is served on a late Saturday morning.

j15 Enjoying a staff dinner at Bagby’s in Oceanside. Good friends, food, and drink for the win.

j16 Gelato with the Fandeys. We were all trying to decide which is better – this place in The Village or the little Florida shop we go to every other year.

j17 My cute date at golden hour. Let me tell you…this is guy is so good to me.

j18 Youth Summer Camp never looked better.

j19 My watermelon fell apart into this heart! The kids were so amused. ❤

j20S’mores and chats and waves crashing in the background. Summer at its finest.

a4 Succulent love.

Childrens Hunger Fund 2015 - bPacked some huge pallets full of food for the hungry in our San Diego neighborhoods with my coworkers. Great day and a great cause!

a1 Enjoying a margarita and waiting for all our Family Fun Friday guests to arrive and events commence. :deep breath and exhale:

a10 Looking fancy dancy at Agave Del Mar for the annual work dinner.

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Splashing around in the Carlsbad Lagoon at PCO’s Family Fun Friday. It took ALOT of planning to pull this day together, but it was SO fun and one I won’t forget! (photo by R.Helms)

PCO FFF 15-96-bPCO volleyball! Again, SO fun! (photo by R.Helms)

a2Much needed relaxation after a crazy couple of days.

a3Better Buzz coffee drinks on a lazy Sunday. I got a honeybee latte…YUM.

a5Finishing up Bread & Wine at Pannikin in Encinitas. If you are looking for a good iced tea, the sport tea there is my favorite.

a6I had four drinks at my desk…I’m blaming it on the heat.

a7I had four drinks at my desk…I’m blaming it on the heat.

a8 Little cutie Lucy! She is so funny! I have missed her so much and her and her family is visiting from Alabama this week. Trying to soak it up where I can.

HEY – Let’s start this full month of September right! My recommendation: 100 days with Jesus. It leads up to Chirstmas time! Let’s do this together and be encouraged. Sign-Up HERE.

Until next month for more fun photos!

xo sarah

our full life: february

This is what February looked like:

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 Launch video shooting at Planning Center.march 2Found our next date night: Booze Brothers.

march 3Launch Party Brews.

march 4Del Mar is one pretty special place.

march 5Extraordinary Desserts with some of my favorite ladies!

march 6It really was extraordinary!

march 7Valentine’s Bouquet from my love.

march 8Breakfast dessert for my birthday!

march 9Whole foods has so many flavors of macarons. Perfect for a picnic.

march 12No one makes me laugh harder or be sillier. ❤

march 10 Gelato & iced tea. What could be better!?

march 11Reading a good book and soaking up the sun. My idea of a perfect day.

march 13Coronado Sunsets for days.

march 15Birthday hike. 8 miles – WOOT!

march 16I have the same birthday as my dad. It’s pretty special! We hiked and ate some really amazing mexican food.

march 17The Elfin Forest was so gorgeous.

march 21Keep looking up.

march 20Brunch is served.

march 19I loved these clouds!

march 18Peet’s makes work errands better. It just does.

march 23Winter Camp beauties! How awesome is this snow fort they built!?

march 22Foggy weekend up in Arrowhead! So much fun, but glad to be home.

Thanks for checking in and reading about OUR FULL LIFE!

xo sarah

our full life: week fifteen

This life is abundantly full of God’s grace.

While this week had tears, conflict, and stress…it also had laughs, rest, and beautiful people. I can truly see the goodness of my Savior and His amazing grace in this life. I hope you enjoy week 15!

iced latte for here.jpgIced latte for here…at home, that is! I add some honey while the espresso is hot and then pour whole milk over ice.

going greek.jpgGoing greek. That jar has some pretty killer salad dressing!

lofty coffee april.jpgLofty Coffee work meeting.

thursday singing.jpgSinging hymns at home.

essential oil rubs.jpgI made my friend some essential oil coconut rubs. They smell amazing!

sister & hazel.jpgMy beautiful sister and baby Hazel at her baby shower. ❤

korean meal 2.jpgFirst time eating Korean food. Oh my goodness, I can’t wait to go back.

korean meal.jpgLots of carbs & veggies!

april birthday cake.jpgChocolate cake with fresh whipped cream and strawberries. Thanks for the perfect recipe Shutterbean!

jocelyns 26th.jpgThe beautiful birthday girl! ❤

the snows.jpgSome of my favorites: The Snows.

bret & gigi playing.jpgMy husband is going to make a really great father one day. Here he is playing with our buddy Gigi.

May the peace and grace of God be with you in the week to come!

xo sarah

our full life: week thirteen

I’m three days late….

for posting my thirteenth week! Here we go again.

salad lunch break.jpgDesk lunch: arugula, wild rice, roasted sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes, chicken apple sausage, and lemon garlic vinaigrette.

best day sunset.jpgI threw my hubby a surprise party last Friday. This was the view that night.

surprise drinks.jpgSurprise party drinks.

smores brownies.jpgS’mores brownies! My secret: just triple everything.

surprise party plaid.jpgThere was no plaid requirement – just a funny coincidence. Also…look at the guy in the middle! My baby LOVED his surprise party!

surprise snacks.jpgMost of Bret’s favorite snacks: wasabi peas, Doritos, popcorn, and pretzel m&m’s.

little lovely.jpgCHEESE!!! ❤

surprise bestie.jpgMy bestest girl and me having such a blast.

cg beach lunchSaturdays are for picnics by the water with friends.

sub zero.jpgSUB-ZERO.

lu snuggles.jpgWatching Caillou and snuggling.

lu bathtime.jpgWhatchya doing pretty girl?

tsh date.jpgI met Tsh Oxenrider from The Art of Simple. She inspired me to read and write more as we discussed her new book: Notes From a Blue Bike.

nicole & me.jpgMy friend Nicole is something special. I love getting to spend time with her.

rear view view.jpgRear view view.

bday boy.jpgThis guy. I don’t deserve him and I am honored to share life with such an amazing man. Happy 28th Birthday to my one and only true love.

homemade cheesecake.jpgLastly, I made him the most incredible cheesecake. Thank you Stephanie Day for your perfect family recipe. And thank you for telling me my layers were fabulous.

Enjoy the week ahead friends!

xo sarah

our full life: week six & seven

Get ready for A LOT of pictures! It was a FULL and wonderful last two weeks. The first week was filled with good friends and good food. The second included Valentine’s Day and my Birthday! Enjoy.

OSIDEDowntown Oceanside is so much prettier than I remember.

wall osideWhite as snow.

le petit bakeryTreats, almond iced coffee, and two super cute boys!

swings osideThis park is amazing: Swings, the Pacific Ocean, and the pier!

tower 1 osideFluffy white clouds on a gorgeous Monday afternoon.

set cloudsI love the sunsets and clouds I get to see when I am leaving work.

talbot nightVisiting Talbot while my hubby takes a test. I loved reading in the library and watching the sun go down.

KS dateKarl Strauss double date. I realized how much I like the Windansea Wheat. Yum!

tea partyThis was such a special day. My friend Paloma and I took a drive out to see our friend Brittan and had a tea party. Her place was so beautiful.

anthro lustI found the next books I’m buying (off amazon) at Anthro.

tea party 2There was a second tea party too! Visiting my friend Elise was such a blessing.

bakery goodsI loved this little tea/flower shop & bakery.

pj breakFresh squeezed pineapple juice break at work.

lunch time goodiesMy favorite lunch from this week: tuna salad, peppercionis, carrot sticks, potato chips, and iced green tea.

donuts valentineValentine treats for my co-workers.

blaze pizzaThis new place opened by our house – Blaze Pizza. We got the Art Lovers pizza. Pretty darn good!

la jolla seal dateValentine’s Day date to La Jolla Cove to see all the seals.

my valentineMy best friend and only Valentine.

seal shotRusted from many years of wonderful sea weather.

bliss cafeAny one ever heard of Pirch? It is a home design showcase and it’s incredible.

pirch complimentsThey serve complimentary coffee drinks. I got a caramel latte!

end of the bayThe end of the San Diego Bay…about to go see some Whales! More on that later.

SD cityDowntown San Diego. I love this city.

54 26 birthdayLast, but certainly not least, birthday lunch with my dad was a perfect end to a great Birthday weekend. He and I share the same birthday, so we always try to do something special together. He turned 54 and I turned 26. I think there will be some big things ahead for both of us this year. God is always good and works all things together so we can be transformed into the image of Jesus. I am thankful for all the years God has given to us both.

Until next week!

xo sarah

our full life: week thirteen

This post is a couple days late. Sorry everybody…but I think Easter is as good an excuse as any! Right? Right.

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I got to hang out with this fine young lad. He’s super quiet in group settings, but get him alone watching Shark Tale and HE. WON’T. STOP. TALKING. So cute! mac

Made a quick coffee run and we were made 2 extra drinks by accident! Our office thanks you, Starbucks.coffee run

I took a risk and wore a jean jacket this week. The same Levi’s jean jacket I got for $50 my freshman year of high school. It was cool back then, and I think they’re making a comeback now.jean jacket

I made an apple pie again. It’s Bret’s favorite and he asked me to make it for his birthday dessert. My pleasure, sweets!pie

My husband really doesn’t enjoy celebrating his birthday. It just doesn’t appeal to him. However, when I offered an idea of pizza and game night with our 2 best friends…he was SO excited! These two beautiful people are more than we deserve and we had a blast celebrating together! Love you Coopers!besties

The highlight of my week was the Good Friday service at church. Celebrating the Cross of Christ and the radical free gift of grace that Jesus gives. AMAZING! We watched the movie The Passion of The Christ that night (I had never seen it before, but Bret had) and I have a new appreciation and visual sense of what Jesus endured to satisfy the penalty of our sin. GF service

We are smiling because we are forgiven! God is so so good.car rides

I made something this week…can you guess what I made? Recipe coming soon.scone aftermath

My amazingly talented husband and worship team led the Easter Sunrise Service for The Fields at The Flower Fields! It was a beautiful celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus. He is risen…He is risen indeed! sunrise

We celebrated Easter at Bret’s parents home as a whole family. We feasted, we relaxed, we laughed, and we loved on our Little Lucy all day. Here she is looking at her new bubble set with Mama and Papa.bubbles

And at the very end of the night, we sang Happy Birthday to the most wonderful man and best friend in the whole world. I love you, my Bret, and I am so glad you were brought into this world to worship Jesus and bring so much joy to everyone you meet. brets bdayPB cake

That’s all friends. I hope you had a Happy Easter and you are beginning to enjoy this beautiful spring God is giving us. How was your week? Was was your highlight? I’d love to hear all about it.

xo sarah

feijoada: black bean & meat stew

March is my husband’s birthday month. What do you get at the Theis home on your birthday month, you ask? Well the answer is simple: whatever meal(s) you want. So far it’s been very meaty: stew, sandwiches, and pot pie.

My birthday was in February, so in my case I wanted lots of salads, french fries, and sushi. Bret, however, is the stereotypical “man” when it comes to food. So, if you are a woman, a newlywed, or you’re just wondering what to get the boys in your house to eat and thoroughly enjoy – look no further. May I present to you, what I call, “Man Stew” or “Feijoada: Black Bean & Meat Stew.”

This stew has everything a man could want:
Beans – check. Pork shoulder – check. Bacon AND chorizo – check!
Light on the veggies and heavy on the garlic – check.
I hope your man will enjoy this meal as much as mine does.

As much as this stew screams, “I am man! Hear me roar!”…it’s looks really pretty  when you’re making it! That’s always fun. Look at all that goodness…

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  • Makes 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound (or 2 cups) of dry black beans
  • 2 pounds of boneless pork shoulder
  • 1 Tbsp. of kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. of black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. of granulated garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pound of bacon
  • 1/2 pound of spicy chorizo
  • 1 and 1/2 onion
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 quart (32 oz.) of chicken stock
  • Large (6 quart) heavy bottomed pot/casserole
  • Garnish with sour cream and diced green onion

Directions:

  1. {This first step could be done in advance} Thoroughly rinse your dry beans, then place them in your large pot and cover with cold water. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce it to simmer. Cover the beans and let them simmer for 90 minutes or until tender, but not mushy. Once the beans are done, transfer them and all their cooking liquid to a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Cut your pork shoulder into bite sized cubes. Season and coat your pork shoulder pieces with the kosher salt, pepper, and granulated garlic. In batches, brown the pork shoulder pieces on all sides with the olive oil in your large pot over high heat. When all your pieces are browned, transfer them to a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Dice the bacon and cook it in your large pot over medium heat. Break the chorizo up with your hands into small pieces and add it to the pot also. Cook until golden brown.
  4. Small dice the onion, celery, and jalapeño and mince the garlic cloves. Add the onion and celery to the bacon and chorizo mixture and cook until softened, still over medium heat, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and jalapeño and stir until you can smell all the amazing fragrances, about 1 minute.
  5. Return the pork shoulder pieces to the pot with the black beans and bay leaves. Pour the chicken stock over everything and stir well. Bring stew to a simmer and cover to cook for 3 hours. Meat will be tender and the smell will be mouth-watering. Enjoy!

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Let the “man stew” eating commence. Recipe inspiration from Martha…mine does not have pig ears or pig tongue though (sorry…except, I’m not sorry). I think I might try some tomatoes in there, next time!

I hope you try this recipe for yourself.
Please let me know if you have any questions at all!

xo sarah

our full life: week seven

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Puzzle time. We are going to finish this soon. Right Bret?!IMG_2973

Feast night. Grilled cheese and tomato soup. Pickles and zucchini. Simple.IMG_2977

Valentine’s Night Dessert at VG’s. YUM!!!!VGnight

Some incredible views from the rooftop garden at Cardiff-by-the-Sea Lodge. Absolutely Gorgeous.CBS1

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Bret and I celebrated my 25th birthday with breakfast at Claire’s on Cedros. The Tuscan Eggs Benedict is totally UHH-MAZING. And my Cafe au’lait was suuuuper yummy. Worth every penny.Claires breakfast

We also spent a good portion of the day on Coronado Island. I had no idea the Hotel Del had a full-blown garden! Cauliflower, purple sage, basil, pepper, tomatoes and more!Coronado herb Collage

Coronado Island is so so SO beautiful. Living here would be a dream.Coronado

Of course…I’m drawn to the giftshops for their cookbooks. I want them all.cookbooks

We had lunch at Island Pasta. The first time we came here was the day we got engaged, almost 3 years ago. We sat at the same table.Island pasta

Garlic Cheesy Bread is a MUST! And I HIGHLY recommend the wild mushroom ravioli.cheese bread

We enjoyed Moo Time Creamery ice cream while we walked around the island. Strawberry for Bret and Caramel for me. And, of course, I had to have some of his too.icecream

I really loved this store display. It reminded me of my friend Brittan’s educational Mood Lighting post.store

San Diego in the evening is really pretty. Especially when you can get a drink at Starlite. Needless to say, we slept really well that night after such an incredible day of delicious food and drink!San diego

Last, but certainly not least, I share my birthday with my dad. We spent a wonderful day together talking, laughing, sharing, giving gifts, and watching Die Hard (his choice). I love you so much dad. You have always been a provider, protector, and leader in my life. Thank you for blessing me so richly and for always being the best birthday present a girl could ask for. I’m so glad we always get to share a cake together!birthday

What a FULL week we had. It was wonderful. The perfect way to ring in 25!

xo sarah

our full life: week six

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Weekly team meeting. SO blessed to do work meetings at Peet’s and drink lattes.IMG_2876

Reading magazines is one of my favorite leisure activities. Getting new recipe inspiration makes meal planning fun.IMG_2880

Rain outside our window. Hail too.IMG_2884

Sent a sweet package to our this abundant list giveaway winner, Janice.IMG_2893

An early Valentine’s gift came in the mail from my sweet man. What a treat! ❤vday gift

Enjoyed a refreshing lunch on Friday. I just love salads.salad

Loved getting to spend some time in the word this week. Romans is legit.romans

Saturday night sushi. Celebrated my birthday a little early this year with some of my best girlfriends. Umai is the best.bdaysushi

We also went to Extaordinary Desserts for some amazing treats and Birthday Tea!extdes

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Thank you for giving me a fantastic 25th birthday celebration, girls. Love you so much!bdaygirls

Lastly, I thought I’d show you all what an easy and delicious Sunday dinner we had. Potato and ham hash with thyme and dino kale. Yum!hash

That’s all friends! Enjoy this upcoming week with the grace and peace of God!

xo sarah

this abundant list {giveaway}

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The list this week is a little selfish, but for a fun reason! In a little less than one month, I will be turning 25! A quarter of a century…whoa. That being said, I am making a list of all the possible ways I could celebrate the day!

I would love to hear your suggestions about how to celebrate, where to go, what to do, what to eat, anything! Basically, what should I experience as a 25 year old? I know Joy the Baker has an awesome list of what to do when you are Turning Twentyone and I’d love to compile a list of my own! But as far as celebrating, here’s my list of possibilities:

  1. Visit Coronado. Wear a pretty dress, ride bikes, eat at Island Pasta.
  2. Have a dinner party. Serve bratwurst and beer. Make soft pretzels and have lots of Sprinkles Cupcakes…red velvet, of course.
  3. Get a tattoo. Wait, who am I kidding? Or am I?
  4. Get a massage, a facial, sushi: the works.
  5. Have an old school sleepover with all my girlfriends. Head on over to The Pannikin for breakfast.
  6. Take a cooking class at Sur La Table!
  7. Beach walk at sunset and take-out Chinese food. Lots of eggrolls are a must.
  8. Be a little crazy with laughing and singing at San Diego’s dueling piano bar: The Shout House.
  9. Be a little hipster with some slices from Pizzeria Luigi and Mules at Starlite.
  10. Have a classic game night. Scattergories until we all fall asleep!
  11. Get classy with dinner at Bankers Hill. Then go for a little slice of Heaven and a cup of tea at Extraordinary Desserts.
  12. Go for an early morning hike at Torrey Pines then for breakfast at Claire’s.
  13. Spend the day watching girly movies and making ice cream.
  14. Craft & Sew. Because there never seems to be enough time for it other days.
  15. Throw together a soccer scrimmage and go out for pizza after!
  16. Go bankrupt shopping for tea.

So….in light of discussing birthdays, I think presents are in order:  I am hosting a sweet giveaway! Please post a comment below to be entered to win some of my favorite treats from Trader Joe’s. I would love to hear your perspective. In your comment, please answer one or more of the following: what did you do for your 25th Birthday? From the list above, what is your vote on how I should celebrate my birthday this year? Or, give me your own awesome idea!

NOTE: Giveaway will end on January 24th at 12:00pm. Winner will be selected at random. Winner will be notified via email and I will post their win in the comment thread. Let the commenting begin! Restrictions: Winner must live within the continental United States.

xo sarah

*Photo Credit: Jessica Hannon

julia child turns 100!

“This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!” ― Julia ChildMy Life in France

If you know me pretty well, you know that I have a lot of respect for Mrs. Julia Child. Bret knows, and he bought me her first cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, for my college graduation. It was the perfect gift!

Julia Child was honest, inspiring, and such an incredible chef. I have read bits and pieces about her life and found that she was one dedicated and lovely woman. It popped out to me that this year, on August 15, 2012, Julia Child (if she were still with us) would have been her 100th birthday! I also read that the last meal she prepared herself before she passed at the age of 93 was her famous French Onion Soup. So I got an idea….

I love writing about food, cooking, and getting creative – so I thought, “I know: this year on August 15th, Julia’s real birthday, I’ll celebrate her life through food and have a “Julia Night”: a dinner party with a couple friends, make Julia’s French Onion Soup, and watch Julie & Julia snuggled up on the couch (and then blog about it, of course)! Fun!” However, my plan didn’t go as I had thought. Unfortunately, I got really sick the week of Julia Night and I had to cancel on my friends and cancel on Julia. It was a huge bummer, but I was determined to still make it happen! So, a couple of weeks ago, the husband and I had Julia Night, just us two, and it was amazing! Even though I couldn’t honor Julia on her actual birthday, I know she would understand. I see the kind of attitude she had from the following quote: “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” ― Julia Child

So, what-the-hell, I was a month late, but Julia Night happened anyway! I cooked her famous French Onion Soup, I broiled swiss and parmesan on french bread, I made Caramel Custards, and we drank white wine. It was a celebration indeed! Here are some pictures of the ingredients, the cooking, and the movie watching:

What a wonderful night! Thank you, Julia. Happy 100th Birthday! And thank you for this truly inspiring quote: “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” ― Julia Child

What Julia Child recipes have you tried, or wanted to try? I would love to hear!

xo sarah