When I wrote my last post and shared my story, I didn’t expect the response that I received. You have no idea how thankful I am to have connected with all of you. And even though we have not met, I truly feel we are friends.
Thank you so much for all your comments and for sharing your personal stories.
“Every morning, I wake up and forget just for a second that it happened. But once my eyes open, it buries me like a landslide of sharp, sad rocks. Once my eyes open, I’m heavy, like there’s to(o) much gravity on my heart.” – Sarah Ockler
I honestly didn’t know whether I wanted to write and publish this post. I have never posted anything so personal, so publicly. Especially on this blog where almost everything is positive and light. But I don’t know how to cope with grief and loss, and I can’t express my feelings and thoughts verbally without bursting into tears and struggling to swallow past that lump in my throat. I was always much better at writing.
It’s okay to skip this post. I don’t mind. I know this isn’t my usual, and this post is heavy with emotions. I just needed a place to speak.
The last week has been so eventful. There’s been a lot of traveling, and I haven’t quite had enough time to recover and get myself back on track yet. So we’re doing my weekly finds and recommendations earlier than usual this week.
But seriously, I am on vacation withdrawal. A few days on a cruise where there’s nothing to do but eat and have fun. Then one day of work before I went to Oakland for a little daycation. How am I supposed to go back to everyday life? I wish I could turn back time and start my vacation days all over again. And maybe redo a few things. Lol
These photos were taken from my quick trip to Oakland. Isn’t the view of the downtown area so gorgeous? It was just a short trip to keep my sister company while she takes her exam, but I don’t go over to Oakland often so it’s always fun to explore.
Club soda infused with fresh blackberries and mint simple syrup. This sparkling blackberry mint soda is delicious and refreshing, great for serving guests at gatherings.
I’ve been back for a day from vacation, and I’m soo ready for another one. Doesn’t it always feel like vacation is so short no matter how long you go for? I’m not ready for reality to set in, and I definitely don’t look forward to waking up early in the morning for work.
My first trip on a cruise started out well, but due to the weather, we weren’t able to explore Ensenada as much as we wanted. And the second night on the ship was a little terrible because of the gusty winds that rocked the ship. I’m so glad that I slept through most of it. Overall, it was so much fun. I just wish the trip was a couple days longer…
You can find some pictures of our Ensenada trip on Instagram, but I’ll share more photos soon on the blog. I just need a little time to sort through all the photos. I also need a little time to catch up on everything else.
In the meantime, since I feel like I’m still in vacation mode, I’m going to share with you this Sparkling Blackberry Mint Soda.
Rich and creamy quiche filled with chopped broccoli, sliced mushrooms, and cheddar cheese. This broccoli mushroom cheddar quiche is delicious and easy to make.
We need to talk about this quiche! I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to share this one with you. So grab your favorite fork, sit down, and hopefully you can enjoy a slice of quiche with me!
Can you tell? I seriously love quiche. Not everyone does, and I get it, but I don’t think I would mind at all if I had to eat it every single day. There’s something about the creaminess of the eggs and cheese loaded with favorite ingredients like broccoli and mushrooms that is just sooo addictive.
Sometimes when I’m feeling a little lazy, I want a dish that is easy to put together. This quiche is simple with ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Plus, if you have leftover quiche, you can always make it into another meal. I always have extra to bring to work or even reheat for dinner the next night. Or you can always freeze the quiche for another time. Or make one to share at a dinner party. So many options!
Before I went on vacation, I had to plan out a few extra posts and schedule them.
Here’s a little peek at how I organize some of my posts and recipes. Can you tell that I’m obsessed with colors and post-its? It’s the only way I know how to stay organized and on top of things. Otherwise, I get so confused and forgetful.
I just finished my last day of work this week, and now it’s officially vacation mode! Yay!
So while I’m off on this current vacation, I’m finally sharing my last vacation trip from way back in September. We went to Southern California for my sister’s birthday. I know, soo belated, but there were so many other things to share that this got pushed back until now.
Be warned. This post will be very heavy in photos. =)
Creamy chowder filled with sweet corn, diced potatoes, carrots, and onions. This simple to make corn and potato chowder is delicious and so comforting, especially on a cold day.
I hope you had a fantastic weekend. Mine was relatively uneventful, which is how I like it these days, especially since I’ve been working more days lately. If it’s possible not to have anything planned, I’d rather have it that way.
The rain has finally let up! And we’re getting a few days of sunshine. And while it looks like spring here in the city, it definitely feels like winter. If I could, I would stay in bed all day long. I’m lazy like that in the winter. I can’t help it! It’s so much warmer than being outside. And I’m even less inspired to leave the house on a Monday morning.
Since it’s a Monday, and Mondays aren’t my favorite day of the week, I thought I could brighten up your Monday, and mine, by sharing this corn and potato chowder.
I’ve been obsessed with soups, stews, and chowders. Maybe it’s because they’re all warm and comforting, and I just want that in my life to chase away the brisk cold. This corn and potato chowder is exactly what I need.
Chocolate bark topped with sweet dried cranberries and nutty pistachios. This cranberry pistachio chocolate bark is easy to make and perfect for gifting.
Just less than a week left until Valentine’s Day!
You know what that means! Lots and lots of chocolate. <3
And guess what? I’m about to add to your stash. =)
Valentine’s Day means that I’m about to go on vacation! And I’m soo excited! Not just because I get to travel to a new locale and eat good food (hopefully), but because I can escape the rain for a little while. I feel there’s been an endless amount of rain in the Bay Area for weeks now. I need a little sunshine in my life. A cruise and a trip to Ensenada sounds perfect.
In the meantime, we’re going to indulge in these cranberry pistachio chocolate bark.