Beach Time

Thursday, January 29, 2015

January has flown by! It's been almost a month since I got hired on full time at Project READ and it has been amazing, I seriously love that place. I somehow dodged getting sick when it seemed like everyone around me was ill but it finally caught up to me a couple days ago and completely wiped me out. Chills, aches, sore throat, no voice, etc. Thank goodness for Tim taking are of me even though he is super busy at work. We are praying he doesn't catch it since he is working on some big projects at work and has a business trip next week.

In better news we had a lovely weekend last week and were able to get outside to enjoy the gorgeous weather. We went over to Half Moon Bay (our favorite beach super close to our apartment!) walked around, then made our way down the coast to Ano Nuevo and then Santa Cruz.

I had heard that you can see elephant seals at Ano Nuevo but had no idea they would literally be right in front of you lying on the sand. Tim and I were just walking looking down at the beach and luckily looked up and one was sleeping 5 feet in front of us. They are such massive creatures. They were pretty fun to watch.

Favorite Home Recipes: Cauliflower & Sweet Potato Soup

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

After trying several recipes I love combining all the aspects I love and then adding my own ideas. I have been trying cauliflower soup all winter long and am basically in love with it. I've also been addicted to sweet potatoes for the last 6 months or so and decided to throw a bunch into the soup last week. I about died from deliciousness. Tonight I made it again and added a few more things and it is just too good not to share. 

Sweet Potato & Cauliflower Soup 

2 tbsp butter
1 chopped onion
1 head cauliflower broken into florets
2 large sweet potatoes peeled and diced
2 chicken bouillon cubes 
Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning 

  1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Saute the onion in the butter for 5 minutes. Stir in the cauliflower and sweet potato and saute for 5 more minutes.
  2. Dissolve bouillon cubes in 2 cups water, add to pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, or until all vegetables are tender. Transfer to blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add creole seasoning to taste. Enjoy! 

Christmas Break

Friday, January 9, 2015

This year we spent 2 whole weeks in Utah for Christmas. I basically froze my buns off the entire time. I was also under a pile of blankets or next to the fire. I think it was my first Christmas not seeing ANY of my immediate family members which was really bizarre. My parents are in Puerto Rico, brother is in Argentina and my other brother and his wife were in Denver. I was happy to be able to see some extended family and spend lots of time with my wonderful in laws! I got a little sad seeing how much my nieces and nephews had changed in the 6 months since we saw them last. I wish we didn't have to miss any of them growing up.

To sum up the trip I would say that we ate, slept, played games, had parties, watched moves and repeated. It was pretty glorious honestly. I think we had a total of like 7 or 8 family parties with all sorts of variations of family members.

Being in Utah again was a pretty weird thing for me. Being in a landlocked area made me feel kind of claustrophobic. It sounds really weird and bizarre but that is the best way I can describe it. I loved seeing the mountains again. I didn't love how cookie cutter and uniform a lot of Utah is though. Such mixed feelings! It'll be interesting to see where we end up someday. As always I definitely missed out on a lot of photo opportunities and I'm sad I didn't take more!