Happy Monday everyone! Hope you’re all having a great day so far and are refreshed from the weekend! We have been having the most glorious fall weather here in Northern California and it’s been very unseasonably warm with temperatures 10-15 degrees above the norm. I love this warm weather, but I have to say I’m ready for cooler temps so I can routinely start wearing my boots and scarves…remind me I said this when February rolls around and it’s gloomy and rainy everyday 😉
But for now, I have to say I don’t mind these amazing sunsets…my dad sent me this photo and this is looking out from their backyard, simply amazing…thanks dad!! 🙂
Thinking back on my weekend, I realized it was a weekend of many firsts for me. Starting with Friday, it was the first Giada recipe I’ve made this year and it was fantastic! On Tina’s blog Carrots ‘n’ Cake, she had the amazing opportunity to interview Giada and one of the questions was what was her favorite go-to recipe to make when short on time. Her answer was the Farfalle with Turkey Sausage, Peas, and Mushrooms – it also happened to be her hubby’s favorite dish – and coincidentally his name is Todd too 😉 Just the sound of that dish instantly peaked my interest, and then Tina made the recipe and raved how easy and delicious it was so right then I knew I had to make it. And on the side we enjoyed some toasted bread and had it extra fancy with olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette with a small glass of red wine…
- It calls for ground turkey sausage but I only had ground turkey on hand which worked nicely but next time I’m definitely going to do the turkey sausage to give it more oomph and flavor.
- I used the entire bag of frozen peas (16oz.) which was nice in giving it a sweet flavor, and if you want even more flavor add red pepper flakes like Todd did since he likes heat – I on the other hand do not!
- Also, next time I’d use 2 boxes of sliced mushrooms instead of 1 as it seemed the ratio to peas and meat was off and I (we) personally love mushrooms 🙂
Saturday was a wonderful day spent with my family and it started off with lunch at our fav spot, Fresh Choice. Salad beasts and fro yo were consumed in mass quantities…
To anyone that lives in the Bay Area, you must must go to U Love. It.is.amazing. I kid you not, my sis and I were in absolute frozen yogurt heaven, it is to die for and our eyes kept rolling back being in pure bliss. The peanut butter was especially out of this world, the flavor was literally like real creamy peanut butter and the consistency was so luscious and creamy…it was that good!
With bellies full of fro yo, we then headed to the grocery store to get some grub for the evening. As we were walking by the beer aisle and at the perfect moment, I looked over and saw the infamous Shock Top beer that I’ve been hearing all over the blog world…my sister then exclaimed that she had tried it before and loved it. Now if you know my sis and I, we’re not true beer gals, we like our champy, so hearing how much she enjoyed it told me right there that we must buy some and I had to try it, stat!
Dinner was up next – Filet mignon and chicken skewers for boys…although you know us ladies took bites off our men’s plates 😉
Sunday was spent lounging around and a couple more firsts were had…Saturday at the grocery store I also had found another infamous blog world popular item…
That morning we stopped at Starbucks for our Sunday morning ritual and got a croissant (to which I spread Biscoff on) and a classic coffee cake to share…the aftermath
It was a great, relaxing weekend with the people I love the most and I wouldn’t rather spend my weekend any other way 🙂
P.S. Our very close family friend, we basically call her our Aunt, her daughter gave birth yesterday to a beautiful baby boy…she was in labor for 24 hours and went all natural!! I already have plans to get many tips and advice on how she accomplished that as I would like to definitely go natural, if possible. So congrats Katie and Rich, we love you lots! xoxo
And…more exciting news…my sis got a brand new car! So excited (and jealous!) for her…it’s the Jetta SEL and I can’t wait to check it out and test drive it…and it will of course be on our way to U Love 😉
Anything exciting happen over the weekend? Any firsts for you?
Have you tried Shock Top beer and/or what’s your favorite kind of beer? I love love any Hefeweizen, but now Shock Top Belgian Wheat and Pumpkin come in a close second!