Google+  with milk and sugar blog: July 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Loaded Baked Potato Salad {w/ recipes}

There's something you should know.

I don't like potato salad. 

It's true. I've never cared much for the stuff. At family reunions when my grandma tried to force feed me her famous potato salad, I respectfully declined with excuses of not having enough room on my plate or that I'd have some later. And in instances when excuses weren't accepted (Grandma is very persuasive), I spooned a little on to my plate and ate it. But not willingly.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Adventure is Out There {w/ travel}

Are you a planner when it comes to your vacations? Or do you take spontaneous get-aways? I've always been a planner. As in, tickets are booked 6 months in advance. But sometimes its fun to just get up and go.


Steven and I recently celebrated our fifth anniversary (June 21). Five years went by incredible fast, and this particular anniversary came up even faster than the others, at least it felt that way. We started talking a few months ago about how to celebrate, but didn't make any plans.

I wasn't sure if I could get away from work since I'm still fairly "new" to my new position and a coworker had already requested time off. We thought about having a "staycation" in downtown San Diego or flying up to Napa for the weekend, but we knew those would be great options because we had already done them. And five years felt like it deserved something original. Something we would remember on our 50th anniversary. A true adventure.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Independence Day Festivities {w/ entertainment}

Heading to a BBQ tomorrow? That's the plan for many Americans. And maybe just now you're realizing that invitation also asked you to bring something to share. Whoops.

Not to worry, here are some simple sides and desserts that are sure to please.

Monday, July 1, 2013

a hidden oasis... {w/ travel}

I know this isn’t a very new trend, but man, succulents are really popular right now.

If you told me this ten years ago I would have chuckled, 
and silently wondered how boring cactus plants could ever be interesting enough to be trendy.

You see, I’ve grown up in Southern California, where cacti and succulents abound.
I never thought of them as beautiful or unique, 
but only as dry, dull and pokey. 
Interesting how opinions can change.

Now I absolutely love them and have half a dozen little pots around my house and backyard. 
I wonder if my opinion of them has truly changed (I am 10 years older now) 
or if I’m just jumping on the bandwagon. 
My thought is probably a little of both. 
But somewhere along the lines of life and trends and style and what is “popular”, 
someone decided that succulents were cool. And that someone was pretty smart.

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