Saturday morning started out a little rough. There was a lot of frustration and bickering. But as planned, we drove out to Lake Cuyamaca for an afternoon by the lake. He fished. I watched. The weather was beautiful. We were away from our normal scenery and had time to breathe. We had time to talk. We even came home with a little sun on our faces. Even if the start to our day wasn’t ideal, it ended up being a great afternoon. It’s days like this that make me extra grateful. Grateful for the way that Philip loves me, even in the midst of an argument. He always asks the right questions, gives me time to think, is open minded when listening to my side of things, and never hesitates to forgive or to say that he’s sorry. I am very blessed.
For the very first time, Philip and I will be participating in a pop-up marketplace. We will be at The Cider Cellar this Friday, December 14th from 4pm-7pm. All of our lamps will be 20%-40% off, so this is a great night to do some holiday shopping. Well will be among great company. There are a lot of very talented artisans/ craftsman that will be selling their goods too. You can also expect live music and a film screening by Wes Bruce and Bryan Bangerter. It’s going to be a very festive night and we’re excited to be involved. Hope to see you there!
Lately I have been realizing how much relationships impact our everyday life. It’s so easy to get caught up in the craziness of working, trying to run your own business, being married, keeping up with house work, our maxed out calendar, etc. Its a constant balancing act. Often times I lose sight of some big important things in life. Like being more intentional with my relationships.
I decided that I needed to see more of my girlfriends. Instead of trying to make plans with everyone individually, I realized that a girl’s night was the best solution. It was such a great night and I think it needs to happen more often.
I’m so grateful for the community we have here in San Diego. We have so many amazing friends from the years past and have been meeting so many more this last year. We really are blessed.
Fall has been trying to show it’s face here in San Diego. We’ve had a couple of brisk days and a handful of chilly nights. Anytime it’s slightly cooler than 80 degrees, we’ve been taking the opportunity to enjoying soup.
When we were first married, my friend’s mom was sweet enough to send us a bag full of soup ingredients and this recipe. It’s one of our favorites. It’s really filling and it takes hardly any time to make (big bonus!). I buy all of the ingredients at Trader Joe’s, but I’m sure you can pick them up at any grocery store.
Tuscan Bean Soup:
1 pkg Mire Poix
4 cloves of garlic
3 T of olive oil
1 box of organic chicken broth
1 box of beans from the refrigerated section (I used to buy the 6-bean medley, but I’m not sure that they carry it anymore. Lately I’ve been buying the lentils)
1 cup of Puttanesca Tomato Sauce
1 bag of frozen meatballs
In a large pot, sautee the veggies + garlic in olive oil. Add the chicken broth + the Puttanesca Tomato Sauce + let simmer. Defrost the meatballs. Cut them into halves or fours. Add meatballs and beans to soup. You’re done!
Easy, right? With just the two of us, this lasts quite a while. What’s your favorite soup to make when it’s cold out?
Coffee is a pretty big deal around here. We drink a lot of it. Therefor, I am pretty picky about what we drink and how it’s prepped. This is how my coffee prep goes:
1. I fill up the tea kettle and heat it up on the stove.
2. As the water is heating up, I grind the coffee beans.
3. I add the measured grounds into the french press, add the boiling water, and stir. After four minutes, I press the coffee and it’s ready to drink.
When I’m home by myself during the week, I like to sit at the window and watch the city street down below as I drink my coffee. There’s always something interesting to see. Is coffee or tea apart of your morning routine?
Textures are the ultimate inspiration for me. I’ve always thought it was visuals. I’ve now realized that with the millions of inspiring photos floating around the internet, textures make a much bigger impact on me. Which is funny because this is a blog post, so the visuals of these textures will just have to do.
We had the privilege of doing a lighting installation for a special performance from The Tree Ring and Camarada at Luce Loft. We had so much fun collaborating with everyone involved with this project. Deston Daniel Cretton did an awesome job capturing the evening, I had to share it.
The Tree Ring just finished recording their newest album, Brushbloom. They will be celebrating the release at the Birch North Park Theater on Saturday, October 27th. If you are free, I highly recommend that you go. Seeing them is such a treat. You can purchase tickets here.
Philip usually wears nice lace-up, oxford style shoes. On a random day when I was wearing mine, I was watching my 2 yr old nephew. The first thing he noticed when he saw me was my shoes. Before saying anything, he pointed to my feet and said, “Philip”. He’s very observant.