I am thankful. Thankful for so many blessings they’re impossible to count. Most of all for my family and their support and love. Friendships that feel like family.
So — in my absence, I’ve actually been doing lots of things, taking lots of photos and not getting around to posting any of it — ah well, life.
But, there are a couple of great Thanksgiving traditions we have at our house, that are super duper easy and that everyone in the house loves (yep, even the Teenager participates!). These are beyond easy, friends, so gird yourselves.
First off – lessons in gratitude. It’s an oldie, but a goldie. Take one slip of scrapbook paper (cut into 2×3 inch squares) and write down one thing you’re grateful for on it. Fold and put in the ‘Gratitude Wagon’ (see below).
We’ve been doing this for years – and anything goes. You’ll get everything from silly to serious & that’s okay, because at least your entire family is thinking about all they can be thankful for in their lives — even if it’s Legos. Over dinner, we take turns pulling slips out of the wagon & read them aloud. If we’re headed out for the big meal, we’ll come home afterwards and go thru the slips.
Secondly, we play Thanksgiving Day Parade Bingo.
You can find the link to the cards here. It seems like we’ve been doing this since the kids were pretty little.The cards are fun – it makes watching the parade even more interesting & generally we can keep the competition level down.
Hoping you have some fun family traditions around your place too. xoxo K
Caffe Italia is located in one of the best places in San Diego – Little Italy.
If you’ve never been to Little Italy, get your fanny there. If you can go on a Saturday morning you can catch one of the best Farmer’s Markets in the city & maybe catch a Bocce match (which is awesome). It’s cool that there are still some residences on the main drag of mostly restaurants, coffee shops and Italian markets. The fence line below is one of them.
Today I got to sit, relax & listen. It was molto bene, mi amici (I think that’s right – one year of college Italian, don’t fail me now!) First of all, I love shop front seating – it’s a great place to people watch & it was cool to see locals hanging out front (it’s not where we sat, more on that in a sec).
This is where we sat…
it’s a little oasis in the middle of real live city. Add to it, the four older Italian gentlemen talking to each other (in Italian) & I could almost believe I was taking a little holiday – aaaaaahhh. The latte (complete with foamy art) was lovely, conversation even lovelier (thanks H!).
A side note about the older Italian gentlemen – I love older gentlemen. Older Italian gentlemen, I lurve! They were great, they’re too cute & it’s awesome how they chat up every female that comes in. When we left, they had moved on… across the street to the Trattoria!
Next time you’re in the ‘hood – definitely take in Caffe Italia. Xoxo K
Okay – so I’m straying from my normal thing here, but I just can’t seem to help myself, because I have some burning issues here friends.
Any men lurking out there, warning! This is a chick heavy post.
Today is my monthly-ish appointment to do battle with the tinsel that insists on growing out of my skull. While getting ready to go, I had a terrifying moment…
I had a chin hair (eeeew all on it’s own) that was white and glittering in the bathroom light. Aaaaaaaaaaaack!!!! After this truly scary revelation, I had to fully examine the rest of my person for any more of those little bastards.
I. Found. Five. More. These were all on my face & neck (friends who see me regularly – you gotta let a girl know these things, please). My tweezers were busy, busy – happily, all of the offenders are gone.
But, I’ve been obsessing about them for hours now. See?!? Here I am, obsessing…
They all seemed to pop out over night, although I’m sure they didn’t. But, seriously, I’m not all that old – & the Witchiepoo gray chin hair was almost more than I could bear. (If you don’t know who Witchiepoo is, you might not be old enough to read this post 😉.
Now that my hair is fabulous (thanks to my fabulous stylist-you’re awesome M!)
Look, shiny! With the tinsel a distant memory, I’m thinking more clearly about all of those gray/white buggers. They might not be as bad as I was making them out to be. I mean, really, the alternative to aging isn’t exactly desirable (you get what I mean?).
So while I’m realizing that as time goes by, more and more of those little hairs may make an appearance, I plan on handling them as gracefully as possible (& armed with a great pair of tweezers). I’m also going to remember that I really like the woman I’ve become & I’m excited to see where I’m going with it!
So, be excited for your journey – there’s peace to be found in just going with it. Xoxo K
I’m so enjoying the cooler weather here – we drop down to a high in the 60′s & it’s a reason to celebrate a new season!
In addition to busting out my leggings and boots, I’m getting to cook more of my most favorite food — soup!!!
Aaaaaah…soup! It warms the cockles (it’s a word!) of my heart. I was perusing the October issue of Rachael Ray Magazine (not a plug – a subscription) & came across a recipe for this Farro & Sausage Stew. Go there, right now, & get this recipe — it’s sooooo worth it! It’s okay, I’ll wait….
…okay – you’ve got it, right? Let me tell you, friends – EVERYONE in my house liked this stew!! Yeeeeehaaaaw!! I’m calling that a success. This also has kale in it — my kids do.not.eat.kale. Until now — cuz they thought it was spinach at first. I told them it was kale after they ate it and loved it. Sneaky and underhanded. Yes. But that’s how I roll.
I’ve also decided that farro is now one of my favorite things. I have a deep and abiding love for barley and farro may have weaseled its way into my heart as well, it’s got that nutty, chewiness that I love about barley. We added hot red pepper flakes to some of ours (everyone over the age of 11), and they added a nice kick.
What are some of your favorite soup recipes? I’d love a peek! xoxo K
Okay – so I’m a pretty driven, quick moving gal (no, really!). Very rarely do I move about at a leisurely pace, but I’m trying to stop and enjoy my surroundings a bit more. The other day I went for a non-leisurely workout walk while the Little Man was in a class. I was within striking distance of Balboa Park.
So I thought I would detour down into the xeriscape garden. Here’s what I got to see..
When I pulled these up — I couldn’t believe how blue the sky was (I didn’t mess with these pics at all). I don’t claim to be some sort of genius photographer, but these were beautiful. More than anything, they captured the day. The sky really was that blue, the succulents that striking — and I managed to slow down long enough to enjoy it and capture it.
I’d recommend stopping by this garden if you’re ever in the ‘hood. How will you enjoy your moments? xoxo K
Well, hello there! I feel like the Phoenix rising from the ashes – life has begun anew. The very big event I was co-chairing has come and gone. It was a success, I had a blast, I slept for two straight days, cuz I’m gettin’ old, friends. Now I’m back!! Woo hoo. So come on in, join me for a lovely little cup of somethin’ and relax.
Seriously, I do feel like it’s already the end of the school year. I had a great time with my fellow peeps – the event met and exceeded its financial goals, but I’m ready to get back to normal life (whatever that may hold).
Keeping in mind that this is one of my favorite times of year – I love the slant of the light and coolness of the nights. I decided to wrap up this week with a yummy warm drink — coffee (of course!!). The Hot Irish Mocha is a gift from the drink makers of the world. Find the full recipe here, you can make single versions of the drink, just cut the ingredients. I added a drizzle of chocolate syrup down the side of the cup…mmmmmmmm. I also used the good china cup… see….
A side note about china, crystal, ‘the good stuff.’ What are you saving it for? Use it! You and your family are worth using it! Don’t wait — there’s no time like the now.
Enjoy friends — it’s so good to be back! More next week. xoxo K
One pumpkin + four wheels + two axles + nail polish + ingenuity = ??? Well duh!!! Pumpkin racing, friends!
My sis-in-law has hosted a pumpkin race/ Halloween party for the last couple of years – we missed the last one, but didn’t want to miss this one (my SIL throws a mean party).
Check out the digs – saweet!
I love the skeletons having a long chat! Ha!! It’s all over the top, super fun for kids!
About midway through the night, we had the actual pumpkin race. I present to you… The Ninja!!!!!
Imagine the voice of the boxing announcer from that Bugs Bunny episode.
Meet our pit crew
Little Man, Big Man, Flower Girl.
I wish I could tell you that we killed it – but alas, that would be a lie. We need to work on our alignment. The Ninja hooked hard right, much like a giant backwards C on the course.
However, we had a great time making him, testing him & crashing him. I highly recommend some pumpkin racing in your future! Xo K
When the Big Man & I moved to San Diego umpteen years ago, downtown San Diego was just beginning to be a place you’d want to hang out. Now, it’s the place to be.
I have zero claims to any sort of hipness, but I do love being outside & The Brickyard Coffeehouse has one of the cutest patios ever…
It’s super big (I was basking in the great weather, forgot to take pics of the other end of the patio….); it has cool art, and comfy padded chairs. If you have little ones into trains, you can’t beat the free show
It’s kinda unassuming from the front – it could easily be passed up
But it would be a shame. Take a peek – I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Have fun – where do you go on your field trips? Xo K