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Day 212: Oysters

29 Jul

Today we got ready early and went to Fort Bragg to take a ride on the Skunk Train. It was a nice train ride through a bunch of coast redwood trees. After the Skunk Train, we beelined to the Mendocino Cookie Company to get some of the best cookies ever made (Jen’s note: apparently Temoc doesn’t like my cookies! haha). Then we made our way to Mendocino where I found an oyster stand!

The oysters were so good! After I ate these, I wanted more, but we had already left Mendocino.


Day 186: Patriotic Dessert

3 Jul

Summer is my favorite season because of the warm weather (although it might be a bit too warm right now), and because of the fruit. I think we ended up buying 10 pounds of fruit today, including the strawberries and blueberries in the picture below.
This dessert is approximately 80 calories (1 cup strawberries, 1/4 cup blueberries and 2 tablespoons fat free cool whip).

Day 182: Junk

29 Jun

We’ve come across a bit of a stumbling block with this project. Our monitor should have been thrown out about a week ago, but before we could actually throw it away, we had to accept the idea of spending money. We finally gave into the idea and bought a laptop on Sunday; however, it hasn’t even shipped yet (it’s supposed to be delivered between July 1-7). I wish we shopped around more because I’m not sure how much longer we take with this monitor… The lines are blurred and there is dark streaking across the entire screen… Viewing pictures on the camera’s little screen is easier than on this monitor. Ugh.

Happier thoughts. My mom gave me this magazine and it might force me to get a bit crafty or at least bake some cookies this weekend! Aren’t these cookies pretty? My dream job would be to work for Martha Stewart. Maybe Temoc should apply to Columbia Dental School? :)

Day 171: Blueberries

18 Jun

We bought blueberries last weekend and then totally forgot to eat them. The solution? Make blueberry muffins!

The recipe is not healthy, but we can splurge once in a while, right?

Day 170: Yawn

17 Jun

This week has been incredibly boring for me. I get to see Temoc in the evening (yay!), but then I get to prepare dinner and wash dishes. Then I have to quietly move about the house, catering to his needs. I’m trying to be a good wife, so I don’t break his concentration, but it makes me want to talk to him even more when I know I have to leave him alone. I really should get used to this now because I have another week to go… and then *hopefully* several more years.

Notice the drink in the bottom right hand corner? He requested a peanut butter shake because I didn’t make enough food for dinner. Oops. ;)

All kidding aside, he doesn’t expect anything from me and I really do like helping him in anyway that I can (which is limited to washing dishes and making edible, but apparently not filling meals).

The peanut butter shake is amazingly good. The original recipe can be found here. I unintentionally changed the recipe by cutting the milk in half, and I’ve never added the sugar. I intentionally reduce the calories/fat by using light ice cream, unsweetened almond milk and reduced fat peanut butter (I use only 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, but of course it’s even better with 2-4). Yum!

Maui – Day 5

31 May

We made our way back to Ka’anapali Beach before it got too busy. Another great start to a beautiful day! We thought we were smart and brought an umbrella, so we didn’t have to endure the sun. However, Jen came out with a ugly and painful sunburn on portions of her legs and arms. Apparently you have to wear sunscreen even when an umbrella is completely covering your body. :/

We decided to check out the northern part of West Maui and got to see how rich people vacation. Someday, right?! (Wrong, I’ll always be frugal!). This part of Maui looks more like Lake Tahoe than Hawaii. We found out Justin Bieber is in Maui, but sadly we didn’t see him. ;)

We decided to keep exploring and stopped at Four Sisters bakery for some treats. Yum! We have been craving malasadas since we visited Kauai. These definitely weren’t as good, but tasted great in their own way.

Next, we visited I’ao Needle. Again, this area of Maui is very different from South Maui, which looks more like a desert. Very green (and cold!). We saw a few different fruits and taro.


Temoc was very excited to look at every fern because he learned about them in plant biology. My cute dorky husband. :)

By this point we were beat, so we drove back to the condo for some relaxation. Very difficult to do on Maui (haha).

Day 130: Cake

8 May

If you couldn’t tell by now, Jen loves to bake. Here is what she baked for her birthday/ Mother’s Day celebration. The cake is a 4-layered white and yellow cake with an almond frosting and a chocolate glaze. The strawberries are stuffed with a vanilla cream cheese filling.

It was so good.

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