Baby It’s Cold Outside – New Year’s Eve at the Cabin

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We spent New Year’s Eve at the cabin this year. We invited a few of our friends and caravanned up the mountain just in time for a mini snowstorm. ^^^My favorite spot in Idyllwild (pic taken by a sneaky photographer – thank’s Dany, u da best). With hot cider in our mugs and a few brews stashed in the boys pockets (oh those boys), we hiked up to the lookout rock to enjoying the view of the canyon before the rain and snow came that evening.
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^Our lovebird friends that are moving to Nashville to finish pharmacy school. We are so stoked for you guys, but we’ll miss our weekly hangs and tasty excursions. I hope we can keep a yearly vacation going… just 3 more years until you move back to us! And we can’t wait to see you in Nashville for that White Coat ceremony!
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I woke up early on New Years day to check out the snow before it melted away. What a gorgeous morning – the perfect way to start my 2017. Then D and I made buttermilk pancakes, eggs and bacon for the crew.
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I pray that you have a wonderful New Year filled with all the best that life can bring. Health, happiness and love to you and your families.
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Champurrado

Champurrado
Every time we drive to the cabin I ask D to take the slightly longer route so we can stop at the taqueria shop on Ramona Expy. They make a mean champurrado – a Mexican hot chocolate thickened with corn flour masa. It’s pretty amazing. Here’s how I make it back at home:

Ingredients
2 cups of water
3 star anise
3 cinnamon sticks
1/2 tsp fresh nutmeg
1/2 c. corn flour masa
4 c. milk
1 Mexican Abuelita (or Ibarra) chocolate tablet (chopped)
1/2 cup piloncillo (unrefined whole cane sugar) or sub with brown sugar

Directions
In a large pot, combine water, star anise, cinnamon and nutmeg. Boil. Cover and simmer for 15 min. Slowly add corn flour masa stirring to remove clumps. Add milk, chopped Mexican chocolate and piloncillo. Stir until the chocolate is melted and the sugar has dissolved. Let simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Serve hot!


Newport Beach Boat Parade

Newport Beach Boat Parade
Every year Newport Beach has a boat parade in December to celebrate the holiday season. Everyone decorates their boats with lights and Christmas decorations. We have gone for decades…Mom would dress us up in the fluffiest winter jackets when we were little. I would complain about looking like a Michelin man (think Ralphie’s little brother in The Christmas Story – I can’t put my arms down), but I was warm. We would drink hot cider and sit on a friends boat to watch the parade or some years we’d be lucky enough to be in it! This year our friends Monica and Evan invited us to watch the parade from their sailboat at the Bahia Corinthian. I love the Christmassy feelings when we watch the parade. I love our home sweet home and this fun Christmas tradition.


A Weekend At The Cabin

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Pics from our weekend at the cabin. We were supposed to go camping in Morro Bay. The waves were good and the boys were excited to get some chilly surf in. I had visions of jiffy-pop around a campfire and wine tasting with Av, but the weather turned grumpy and tent camping in mud didn’t sound fun anymore. We decided to switch it up and head to the mountains instead of the beach. It turned out to be a magical weekend; with a hike to the grotto, the first snow of the season and an unexpected town center Christmas tree lighting complete with hot cider and caroling. It was a perfect way to kickstart the December feelys.
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^Av, Dan and Kelsso leading the way to the grotto.
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Made it to the top! What a view of the valley!
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Lumberjack Dan (with boardshorts) haha. We hiked down to the grotto. In the springtime the snow melts and fills the grotto with icy cold water. It’s mostly dry during late summer and fall, so there wasn’t much flowing. It was fun to check it out and feel that cold breeze rush down the canyon crevasse.
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Big dark storm clouds rolled in the next day and brought snow – perfect timing for the town Christmas tree lighting! Mike showed us how to play with flashlight photography.
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On our way to the town center for some festivities!
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Waiting for the Christmas tree lighting and huddling around the town fire pit, trying to keep warm and shield the kiddos from the wind and snow. Light that tree, light that tree! I can’t feel my feet.
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We ran into the local grocery store to warm the kids feet and order hot pizzas for the walk home.
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Happy, warm and feed.
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Creampuff baby
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Gift Guide for Her

Christmas Gifts For Her

Let the holiday countdown begin! We spent the weekend at the cabin enjoying a hike and the first snow of fall/winter! I needed a snow storm and the town Christmas tree lighting to kickstart the holiday-feels. December is just days away and the gift-giving season is here! This is a little “Gift Guide for Her” your mom, sister, friend etc. Last week I posted a “Gift Guide for Him” to give you a few ideas to run with! Happy Holidays!

Mango thick sweater / Anthropologie opal earrings set / ChloBo mid knuckle ring / Tan floppy hat / Kate Spade eyewear / Aerin Fragrance Coffret / Estée Lauder Gardenia Tuberose / Egyptian Magic face oil / Aesop skincare / Flower Balm Lip Tint / African Black Soap / Herbivore body cleanser / Herbivore Coco Rose / Novica cotton hammock / Turkish cotton bath towel / Trapp Candles No. 7 Patchouli Sandalwood / Kate Spade Pillow / Brass Pineapple Tumble / Anthropologie Cheese Board / Olive wood cheese board / Teal Blue Agate Bookends / Geometric glass terrarium / Sur La Table Twig Spoon / Rustic Wooden Ladder / Organic Hawaiian Spirulina / Navitas Naturals Organic Pomegranate Powder / Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug Cinnamon Gold / Tava Vanilla Bean Ghee / Luxardo Cherries / Montagne Bleue Signature Tea Blend from Paris