Archive | September, 2011

Blogroll – Gingerbread Bagels

30 Sep

If you have a sweet tooth like I do and you have not been reading this blog…well then you are just not living at all. You have been missing out on life’s sweetest pleasures, Gingerbread bagels. Lindsey defines her blog as baking pure delicious love and I could not agree more. From cookies and cupcakes to breads and pies, I frequently share her recipes on Twitter. Not only is she creative, she also utilizes everyday snack food, ahem Oreos, in her baked goods. How could you not fall in love?

Looking for fantastic sweet treat recipes? Then gingerbread bagels is where it is at!

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Weekly Obsessions – September 28

28 Sep

I spent this past weekend eating, shopping and watching TV… seriously that is all that I did. However, I did discover a couple of items worthy of sharing with you.

2 Broke Girls – Seriously, I think that this is the funniest sitcom to hit TV’s this Fall. It is full of sarcastic, witty and sometimes inappropriate humor. Basically it is centered around a wealthy socialite who has lost all of her money because her father was involved in some illegal activity. She starts working at a diner and meets Max, who has always had to work hard in life and doesn’t take crap from anyone. They become friends and dream of one day opening a cupcake business. I almost peed myself when I watched the pilot episode and if that is an indication of what’s to come I am really, really excited! Oh and by the way Cat Dennings is frickin hilarious… she makes this show!

Pumpkin – It is everywhere, literally! It is in beer, coffee, baked goods, body wash you name it, pumpkin is in it. Don’t get me wrong I love this time of year when people put away their bathing suits and belly tops and bust out their Uggs and sweaters and start singing Pumpkin’s praise. However, I do feel a bit like I am being bombarded by it… I am not complaining, really, I am quite content to wear fuzzy boots and drink pumpkin spice lattes all day.

Oh and this is how I spent my Monday evening… this was taken from my blackberry so you can imagine how close I was 😉 No big deal I am not bragging or anything. Keith Urban you rock my world…Nicole who?

On my Nightstand

27 Sep

Again with the dirty thoughts, really people it’s a book review and will continue to just be a book review… that’s it, I swear!

Much like the Sweet Valley Confidential review I have again gone back to my teenage reading habits. However, this time it’s with the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I am not sure what sparked all of these adult sequels but I am definitely not complaining. When the Sisterhood series began I was instantly hooked and could hardly wait until to get my hands on the next novel. After 4 books Anne Brashares cut me off cold turkey. It was rough but I got through it. And now here she goes again getting me totally hooked with a 5th novel, “Sisterhood Everlasting”.

However, this book was much different from the ones written before it. It was definitely adult focused and started in a very tragic way. I was pretty devastated and I will admit I kind of wanted to go back to the fluffy teenage drama but I continued reading because I had to know what happened, and I am definitely glad that I did. The book was fairly intense but I loved the fact that you felt like you got to get to know the sisterhood all over again. Bridget, Tibby, Lena and Carmen may have grown up but they are still the just as interesting, if not more so. I can’t say much more without giving away the important details or the storyline for that matter but I can say it was an awesome book, just trust me okay!

If you were a fan of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series than this is a must read. Go get it… Seriously!

Galileo Coffee

21 Sep

I feel very fortunate that I get to spend a fair bit of time in Whistler for both work and pleasure. Driving the sea to sky highway on a clear sunny day is truly spectacular. Words can not explain how beautiful this backdrop is, if you have never done it get out your bucket list and add another bullet, you will not be disappointed. Words also can not explain why Galileo Coffee is soooo delicious.

This place is seriously the bomb! Yes I just went back in time and used “the bomb” like it was still a cool thing to say…sorry I just couldn’t come up with a better way to describe it and it really is the bomb! Located just off highway 99 in Britannia Beach, between Furry Creek and Squamish, Galileo Coffee Company and Roastery is much more than meets than eye. It may appear to be a random house on the side of the road with and open sign, but it’s really a heritage house filled with coffee goodness.

Once you are inside you will be blown away. They roast their beans right inside that cute white house, literally, you can even watch if you want. They also serve a selection of different coffees, teas, sandwiches and baked goods; everything is made fresh in this house of love.  Next time you are driving along highway 99 be sure to stop and grab yourself a latte, caprese sandwich and a giant cookie…your taste buds will thank you, I promise! If you enjoy drip coffee grab yourself a bag of the sea to sky blend, whatever you do just pull over and go inside and experience the delicious smell of freshly roasted coffee beans and the best cup of joe ever!

Seriously, forget Starbucks you NEED to try Galileo Coffee it will blow your mind…sorry Pumpkin Spice Latte I still love you!

Blogroll – The Pioneer Woman

19 Sep

As promised I will be sharing all of the blogs I adore with you. This week i decided to go with the Pioneer Woman. Ree Drummond is seriously the bomb! A former California girl, she is now living on a ranch wrangling cattle as well as her husband and four children. She writes about everything, and I mean EVERYTHING! From cooking to photography to home and garden and her dog Charlie. I love her, in fact in my head we are already friends… no I haven’t ever met her. A girl can dream right!?

Regardless of my strange obsession with this wonderful woman you should definitely check her out – http://www.thepioneerwoman.com

LOVE HER!

Weekly Obsessions – September 15

15 Sep

This afternoon I am off on a mini getaway with some of my best girlfriends. We aren’t heading to far, just crossing the border to visit the land of the free and shop our hearts out! But before I go I thought I would share what I have been crushing on this week.

Almond Milk – seriously soooo good, I actually do not like milk at all. Never have, never will, it’s only use to me is on cereal, in coffee and to use in baked goods. So when I was asked to try almond milk on a recent trip to Trader Joe’s I promptly turned my nose up and said “ummm no I don’t like milk remember”. However, I try to be a good sport and have an open mind so I decided to try it and thanks to my lovely BFF Jen my eyes have been opened to a whole new world. In fact, I think it is the start of a lifelong love affair. Not only is it dairy free its high in calcium and vitamins A, D and E. My favorite, well so far, is Trader Joe’s Almond Smooth in chocolate flavor. Best chocolate milk out there, next up Coconut milk, I will let you know how it goes!

“Take a Back Road” by Rodney Atkins – I know I say this a lot but seriously, best song ever!! It’s  definitely the new honeybee for me. I absolutely love it and may or may not play it repeatedly on my iPod. It’s up beat, catchy, and I really enjoy singing it at the top of my lungs. I’m an excellent singer..NOT! But I definitely do not have any shame. Which I think that we have all realized, considering I created a rap video to try to win Taylor Swift tickets. One word…FAIL! Oh well, it was fun and I am sure the video will haunt me for the rest of my life.

Photo Credit – http://www.itunes.apple.com

Well I am off to spend the next couple of days relaxing in Bellingham…don’t miss me too much!

Xo

The Help

14 Sep

Sometimes I think I read books just to read, it’s like a routine. I get into bed read for a few minutes then shut out the light and go to bed. If this is you, and it definitely is me some times (I don’t tell you about those books don’t worry!) then you are not reading the right books. I know this because every now and then there is a really special book that comes along that captures you from the first page and keeps you engrossed until the very last page. And when I say engrossed I mean you can put the stupid thing down; you read it on the way to work, before bed, while dinner is cooking and even during the commercials of Bachelor Pad. You’re hooked and you NEED to know what is going to happen. I haven’t had a book do this to me for quite a while… so I guess I really need to re-evaluate my book selections. That is until I picked up “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett.

Photo Credit – http://www.amazon.com

Seriously, I can not say enough good things about this novel, I absolutely loved it. I have wanted to see the movie since I first saw preview months ago but I am the type of person that needs to read the book before I see the movie. I still have yet to see it, but if it is anything like the novel I can hardly wait.

The novel is set in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960’s around the time of Martin Luther King’s civil right’s movement. Skeeter, is a southern socialite from a wealthy cotton farming family. However, she has never quite fit in the with society girls; with frizzy hair, tall frame, lack of husband and knack for writing she begins to realize maybe there is more out there for her than the bridge club. With a college degree under her belt, she is determined to become a writer. After witnessing her friends discuss some heinous things about the black community, she solicits the help of Aibileen, her best friend’s housekeeper, to begin writing a novel from the maids point of view. From the first page to the last, there was never a dull moment!

I laughed, I cried, and I completely invested myself in the characters. This book truly had it all and I can’t wait to see it in theater.

Happy Reading!