• The Easiest-Tastiest Guacamole

    Okay, so here is something about our household = we LOOOOOOVE guacamole!

    I mean like really, really love it. As in if we’re at a Mexican restaurant and it’s on the menu, it’s a sure bet that we’re going to order it . . . AND if we’re at home and have the right ingredients in the kitchen along with a bag of glorious tortilla chips, I’m definitely making it. Catch my drift?!

    That’s great and all, Jenna, but why are you telling me this?

    Well, because I made my guacamole while we were in Nebraska [tried of hearing about THAT trip yet? lol.] and everyone who tried it kept asking, “What’s in it?” – making me believe it was high time to share the avocado love here on LLM ;) yep, I love you that much!

    SO, here’s my uber simple guacamole recipe:

    The Easiest-Tastiest Guacamole

    Ingredients:

    8 medium-sized avocados

    12-ounce container Pico de Gallo

    10-ounce package Cojita cheese

    Directions: First off, take out your avocados, slice them in half, and slowly twist them apart. To remove the seed, use a chopping knife and [carefully] slam the blade into the seed so it’s stuck. Then slowly twist the seed right out of the avocado half. Now, don’t throw it away just yet! Nope. Please set it aside along with all your other seeds. [I mean you are cleaning 8 avocados after all!] Next, with a spoon, scoop out the insides of all the avocado halves and place the guts inside a large bowl. It’s mashing time, folks. Take a wooden spoon, OR if you’re like me, I use this nifty Mix ‘N Masher from Pampered Chef. It’s an absolute marvel. ANYWAY, mash your avocados. Pour in the Pico de Gallo and mix it in. Last [but not least] crumb the round of Cojita cheese over the bowl’s other ingredients and stir it in as well. And presto-chango, you have yourself some scrumptious guacamole. But why did you make us keep the large seeds? Good question, class! If you’re not eating this delicious treat right away, place the seeds evenly around the top of the guacamole. This slows the browning process and makes it able for you to only have to scrap a little off the top in order to serve it. OH! And by the way, this recipe serves 4-6 people and is only good for a day [MAYBE two].

    “I make love like my afternoon shadow is long. I’ll bring the foreplay, if you bring the guacamole. 
” ― Dark Jar Tin Zoo, Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91.

    I hope you enjoy my take on guacamole as much as #meandD do! It’s one of our main go-to snacks on #sundayfunday :)

  • Sunday Fun Day: Polo

    Sunday is by far my most favorite day of the week.

    Why?

    Mostly because it’s the start of the #meandD weekend ;) what can I say? The guy works A LOT and I patiently wait for our fun day together each week.

    Sunday Fun Day: Polo

    This past Sunday was polo. My friend, Allison Andrews [yes, that's right = Ms. Fashion Week San Diego herself!] invited us to join her and her hubby at their V.I.P. table. Neither D or I have ever attended a polo match before, SO this was one for the books – and honestly, we had a blast! We were surrounded by lovely people, cooler weather [thank goodness!], food, champagne, and [of course] the ponies. I was overly impressed with the skills of these riders. I mean I showed horses for 12 years . . . BUT I know for a fact that I could not run around on an animal while swinging that mallet around. HECK, I can barely put one foot in front of the other without gaining a bruise! Lol.  I would TOTALLY end up hitting someone or some animal in the head. We DEFINITELY don’t need that!

    “Playing polo is like trying to play golf in an earthquake.” – Sylvester Stallone

    Thank you, Allison and Elliot, for the wonderful afternoon! As always, we thoroughly enjoyed your family, friends, and hilariously conversation. This event just made me that much more excited about all the Fashion Week San Diego madness NEXT WEEK!

  • Well Hello, iPhone 6!

    Last Friday was the weirdest, best day.

    Well Hello, iPhone 6!

    (My Former iPhone 5 with My New iPhone 6)

    See, I’ve been having some issues with my iPhone 5 as of late. And since I’m a one-woman business, I haven’t really found the time to go into a Verizon store to have it looked at, because, well, who has the time to wait in those kinds of lines?! ANYWAY, after we got back home from Nebraska, D had told me about a Verizon opening up on Carlsbad Village Drive = that’s only a couple blocks away from our current home! SO, I went into the new location last Wednesday and found out two things:

    1) Both me and D were eligible for phone upgrades.

    AND

    2) The iPhone 6 would be available at said new location on Friday.

    I could not believe my ears! MOSTLY because I only knew “of” the new iPhone 6. I had no idea what was new about it nor when it was coming out. For some odd reason, I had October drilled in my brain, but I’m a little crazy like that ;) okay, now back to the story! As soon as the nice Verizon guy told me about this fabulous news, I [of course] shot D a text about our newly-found good fortune. He was completely on board. Therefore on Friday morning, we got up bright and early. D went straight to the store to get in line and I ran to Starbucks for some much-needed caffeine for the both of us. This is where things got strange. Here I am, standing in line at “Four Bucks,” when D texts me, “We’re the first ones in line.” It was about 7:00 a.m. at this point. I was just baffled. Did I get the day wrong? After I got our eye-opening beverages, I quickly joined D in line a couple blocks away. Upon my arrival, I was shocked. We were not only the first ones in line BUT the only ones in line. [CrAzY!] So we stood there. And stood there. We even saw the Verizon guys come in and start setting up. It wasn’t until about 7:45 a.m. before we were joined in line . . . by one other lone soul. It made me giggle. How are we the only fools in line?

    “If everyone wanted peace as much as they want a new iPhone, then there would be peace.” – Shira Tamir

    I’m sure by now a few of you might be calling bullsh*t. However, it’s honestly the truth. #meandD got our fancy new iPhone 6’s with absolutely no hassle and the only “wait” we experienced was the time it took for Verizon to active them. I wish this was the case for everyone, but I sadly realize it is not. I will have to say, though, that if you ARE patiently waiting for your new [ridiculously cool] walky-talky to be delivered, it’s definitely worth the wait. The thing is freaking AWE-mazing! I also feel obliged to mention that I opted for the gold one; turns out it’s more rose gold than actual gold. Yep, this copper-tastic feen was pretty elated :)

  • A Ladies Luncheon: Just A Few More . . .

    Sometimes . . . not every aspect of a plan comes full circle. And that’s just life! Originally, Madmade Designs and I wanted to created a video of our Ladies Luncheon to share with you all at home. Sadly, it just didn’t happen. SO, instead of pouting about the whole ordeal, I thought I would post a few more pictures from our event last Saturday. I PROMISE = this is the last one about our joint party. BLOGGER’S HONOR! Lol.

    A Ladies Luncheon: Just A Few More - 1

    As you can see, we had blast. Maybe it was all of the good energy OR maybe [just maybe] it was all of the champagne ;) above is Melissa Duncanson of Madmade Designs being fun per the usual AND below is yours truly cracking up over something my insanely talented photographer friend [Kome] said. She’s the best!

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    I just LOVE this picture of Amy Garner with Stella Dot. HILARIOUS!

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    It was wonderful to see some of my closest friends interacting with one another – that’s how you know when you’ve picked the right kind of gals to have in your life!

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    Kome, her girlfriend [also named Jenna], and my fellow Art After Dark friend, Diana :)

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    My fierce friend, Mitzi, and her killer hair. I just adore her!

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    “If you can find a group of women, any age, who are supportive and kind and love you, that’s the best. I have a group of girlfriends that I would lay in front of a bus for. They’ve picked me up through really, really bad times and I can definitely say I’ve done the same for them.” – Katie Lowes

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    Last Saturday was almost filled with too much beauty. [Sigh.] Have a great weekend, folks! Go out and try to find some gorgeousness of your own ;) CHOW!

  • Copper-Painted Bud Vase

    Ever find yourself wondering what to do with those leftover Health-Ade Kombucha bottles?

    A couple of months ago, shortly after I discovered my new favorite Kombucha brand, I found myself in this very predicament. Well, that was until Madmade Designs and I decided to throw a little Ladies Luncheon. Then suddenly, these saved, amber treasures of mine held a world of possibilityl. AND, since we brilliantly opted to include my color addiction of copper, I knew exactly what to do – paint them in a “rose gold” hue! BUT, not before a little prep work . . . the first part is pretty darn simple. Remove the label. I have [personally] found it’s much easier to pull the sticker off IF you give the bottle time to come around to room temperature.

    Just sayin, folks!

    Copper-Painted Bud Vase: 1

    Next, you MUST have my most beloved product = GOO GONE.

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    Once you have that, place the bottle in an empty sink. I say empty because [even though it's amazing stuff] Goo Gone will mess up any plastic ware it comes in contact with. Trust me. I learned the hard way. So consider yourself warned! Anyway, after “sink placement,” spray that baby down, letting it sit for 10 or so minutes, allowing the Goo Gone to do its magic.

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    Once the time is up, take a sponge, load it up on some dish soap, and get to scrubbing. You need the elbow grease to get rid of the sticky residue and you need the dish soap to cut the Goo Gone off the bottle.

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    If you’re super O.C.D. like myself, you might also want to run that bad boy through the dishwasher. In the end though, it’s your decision.

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    The last prep work is to clear away any water spots. I think Windex is ultimately the best glass cleaner out there, SO that’s what I used. You can do whatever :)

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    Then it’s time for the fun part :D painting! Take some good ole painter’s tape and mark the area where you want the rose gold to show.

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    I elected to do about an inch and a half at the bottom; just enough to cover the water inside the bud vase.

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    I also cheated a little bit and used my glove as a painting cover as well. Thus, no little spots of copper would appear on the remainder of the glass.

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    F.Y.I: this paint dries VERY fast. Please make sure to spray even and in a pretty quick manner without applying too much. I know it might sound stressful, but I know YOU can do it.

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    “The purpose – where I start – is the idea of use. It is not recycling, it’s reuse.” – Issey Miyake

    Now, all that’s left is for you to discard the tape and find a beautiful flower for your new copper-tastic bud vase! Who knew recycling could be so easy yet fun ;)

    P.S. – Dear North County San Diegans, you can buy Health-Ade Kombucha at Cream of the Crop Natural Food Store in Oceanside!