Do you have any plans for the 4th of July? With family or friends? Or do you have any annual traditions?
I was away this past weekend and had soo much fun. Some photos from my trip are posted on Instagram, but I’ll share photos and stories of my adventures on the blog sometime soon.
In the mean time, I’m sharing photos from another adventure a couple weeks back.
Just outside of San Francisco, huge redwood trees loom above, covering the skies, at Muir Woods National Monument. Some redwood trees are much older with gigantic trunks and roots, while others are younger and skinnier but just as impressive.
The other day I stumbled across a little free library near my work. Of course, all libraries are free. But I love that this is a tiny little box in front of someone’s house where you can take a book and return either the same book or add a different book. Have you seen one before?
Soft chewy cookies filled with milk chocolate chips and dried cherries. These cherry chocolate chip cookies are easy to make and perfect as a snack for roadtrips.
Only a few more days until the weekend!
I’m actually leaving early on Saturday morning to visit my friend for the weekend in the Monterey area. I don’t look forward to waking up super early in the morning to catch my train on the other side of the city, but I do look forward to a weekend getaway. Plus, Monterey and Carmel are supposed to picturesque and have amazing seafood. I’m so ready for the weekend!
But I think I’m going to need a little pick me up to get me through a few more days of work.
Tender asparagus tossed in olive oil and creole seasoning, roasted with minced garlic, and topped with sliced almonds. This roasted garlic creole asparagus is delicious and perfect as a summer side dish.
There’s only a week left until the 4th of July weekend, and I’m so glad! I’ve been working extra days these past few weeks, and I’m ready for a break. But I wish I had planned ahead and noticed that I had extra days off for the 4th of July. Then I would have made plans for a longer getaway, like Philadelphia where one of my friends is currently living while she’s doing her residency.
But I’m soo excited that I still get to have a weekend getaway to the Monterey area to visit my friend Kim. If you remember Kim, we did a little cruise trip back in February. Sadly, I have never been to the Monterey and Carmel area before, but I hear they have amazing seafood and views of the coast. So I seriously can’t wait!
Since it’s asparagus is in season, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to feature asparagus as a dish! For this particular recipe, I roasted the asparagus, but you can definitely toss them on the grill instead for your 4th of July BBQ. That way you won’t have to deal with your kitchen overheating during hot summer days.
A buttery crust filled with fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, and mozzarella. This tomato basil mozzarella tart is delicious and perfect for summer.
You know what that means!
For me, summer means warmer days, sunshine, and an abundance of stone fruits, berries, and fresh vegetables at both the local farmer’s market and at the supermarket. But supermarket fruits and vegetables don’t have that same fresh taste that you get from produce that you buy from the farmer’s market. So of course, I’m going to use all those fresh ingredients while I can.
Overnight almond chia pudding topped with a blend of dragon fruit and bananas and garnished with frozen blackberries and mint. This dragon fruit layered overnight chia pudding is delicious and perfect as a summer breakfast or snack.
It’s been absolutely gorgeous weather here in the Bay Area these last few days, and I have been soaking up all that warmth. I’m so glad that I didn’t have to work yesterday! So I had the whole weekend off to enjoy the sunshine.
I’m actually really excited. Most weekends for me are really laid back. I use weekends to rest up for the following week. But tomorrow, Christina Lane from Desserts for Two will be in SF for a book signing and a cooking demo, and I can’t wait to attend.