Sunday, March 31, 2013

San Diego...the sunny part

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I know it's end of March and I'm finally catching up on
photo's from San Diego back in January...
but better late than never I say.

The first half of our trip was rainy{as seen here}
not the sunshine we'd been hoping for.

Although San Diego redeemed itself the last half of our time there,
thank goodness!

We were able to go explore the
beautiful Balboa Park,
take drives along the coast,
walk around the famous Coronado hotel,
and of course hit up the
huge San Diego zoo.

We were glad the sun came out and played with us,
we were in dire need of it
and soaked it up as much as we could.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday & Easter!

Happy Good Friday!
Unfortunately for me, my work 
did not give me the day off,
so rude right?

Ah it's all good, this weekend is Easter
and I love Easter and all that it entails...
{spring weather, bright colored dresses, Cadburry mini eggs and of course all the delish food}
Which is why I thought it only appropriate 
I share a dessert I made the other day.

My taste buds were craving 
something sweet yet refreshing
and this Key Lime Cheesecake from 
The Bakers Chick blog hit the spot.

Honestly best cheesecake I've ever made, 
& not hard to make at all!

If you're needing to make something for Easter,
this dessert just might be what you're looking for.

Key Lime Cheesecake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Yield: 1 9 inch cheesecake
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 24 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 eggs
  • zest from 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  1. Preheat over to 300F.
  2. Combine graham cracker crumbs with butter or margarine. Press into bottom and partially up sides of 9 inch springform pan. Bake for 15 minutes while prepping the filling.
  3. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer beat the cream cheese, sugar, lime zest, and cornstarch until smooth and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, blending just until combined. Add key lime juice with mixer on low. Finish mixing by hand. (Don't over-mix.)
  4. Place a shallow pan full of boiling water onto the bottom shelf of the oven. Place the cheesecake on a higher shelf and bake at 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for 55 to 65 minutes, or until set.
  5. Turn oven off, and let cheesecake stand in oven 30 minutes with the door open at least 4 inches.
  6. Remove from oven- let cool completely and then refrigerate cake overnight, and up to three days.
  7. When ready to serve, whip the heavy cream with an electric mixer until thick and creamy. Add the powdered sugar, and spread over cheesecake.

Enjoy & Happy Easter everyone!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Effortlessly Chic.

I pretty much live in skirts and dresses starting in the spring
all the way till the fall season starts.

They're comfortable, easy to move around in, 
breathable for when it's scorching hot outside, and just
fun and flirty in general.

Looking through The Sartorialist I found some 
fun images that capture the joy of wearing dresses...
in many styles and tastes.

I'm getting excited & geared up for dress-season wear!

All images from The Sartorialist.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Weekend in snaps.

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Hope everyone had a good/relaxing weekend and a Happy St. Patrick's day full of green fun!

My weekend was good, but as usual it flies by.  Here are some fun snaps from my weekend via instagram.
1. My cute niece having fun. 2. Friday evening pedi-best way to start a weekend.
3. The pizza toppings for our pizza night. 4. The aftermath of all the pizza mayhem.
5. My St. Patty's day outfit-a hint of green to avoid pinching. 6. My fun girlfriends being their usual silly selves.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Chasing the Sun

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Best oatmeal for breakfast at the cutest diner.
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Basking in the sun, gosh I love sunshine.
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Eating at Anasazi Grill, a must when in St. George, so delish!
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Last weekend some girlfriends and I headed south to St. George
in hopes of finding some sunshine.

It was a glorious 75 degrees, we were in heaven.
Unfortunately for me I got the stomach flu on our first 
night there, but at least I was warm and getting some 
much needed vitamin D.

Because I wasn't feeling well these are the only photos I got.  
But better than nothing! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A spring in my step...

We survived January & February!

I don't like these two months of the year, 
it's always wicked cold, there's inversion {here in Utah}, 
and it leaves me wanting to stay home most of the time to avoid the frigid temps.

But alas March is here, and that means spring is finally in the air...oh happy day!