We are back and have an announcement, during these past couple of months Raphael and I have been planning our wedding that took place in Napa, California on Friday December 29, 2017.
Raphy and I have been together for almost 6 years, and time has really flown for us. We’ve always known that one day we would get married when the time was ‘right’. Then next thing you know 5 years passes by, and we realize no moment is ever going to feel like the perfect time for us. Fast forward–to planning our wedding in just over 1 month.
We can say with no regrets it was perfect just how we pictured it small, very intimate, and filled with love with the people we love. We are sorry to have been gone for such good chunk of time. But we just wanted to have all focus on our special day, and enjoy each and every moment of planning it all out. It was definitely the best way to end our 2017, and begin the new year on this new journey of marriage.
We wanted to pop on here and share some photos with all of our friends here. Hope you enjoy!
Thank you all for reading, we will be back with more soon!
This was peeled the next morning, yay for not being stuck to the liners.
We have a wonderful recipe we want to share with you all for our Chocolate Almond Butter Banana Bread bites A whole food healthier treat for everyone. The recipe is simple and includes some really great ingredients. Keep reading for the recipe and step by step instruction.
Chocolate Almond Butter Banana Bread bites Recipe
Makes 16 muffin sized bites, Prep Time 15 minutes. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350°F. Until you are able stick a toothpick in and it comes out clean.
1 1/2 Cup Spelt Flour – (Bobs Red Mill carries some, we picked ours up at a local health foods store in the bulk section)
2/3 Cup Chocolate Chunks – (Semi Sweet or Dark/Milk your choice)
2 Medium Eggs
1/2 Coconut Sugar
1/3 Cup Creamy Almond Butter
3 Medium sized bananas
1/4 Coconut Oil – Liquid
2 Tsp Vanilla extract
1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
1/4 Tsp Baking powder
1/4 Tsp Nutmeg
1/4 Tsp Cinnamon
Preheating oven at 350°F while that’s getting ready start mixing all dry ingredients together: Spelt Flour, Coconut Sugar, Baking Power, Baking Soda, and Spices.
Mix all together
Next take another mixing bowl peel the bananas and mash them but leave them a bit chunky, because you will then add the almond butter and cream/mix together.
3. Take a cup or small bowl and beat the 2 eggs before adding into the wet mix. Then add the vanilla, and coconut oil and mix thoroughly.
Add all together and mix
The end result of the wet mix should look like this nice and creamy.
4. Finally add the dry mix into the wet mix in small batches until you get a smooth thick batter.
Should look like this
5. Lastly add the chocolate chunks, one tip we like to use is to sprinkle a bit of flour on them before adding to the batter to ensure they don’t sink to the bottom. (You can save some for topping if you want a more ascetic presentation.)
7. Prep the muffin tins with liners, we wanted to make ours festive for October so we used Halloween themed liners.
Finished Product should look something like this. One tip is to let them cool down completely so that the sides don’t stick to the liners. As you can see in one of the photos we did not have any patience and had tried some fresh out of the oven then realized the sides were completely stuck to the liner.
This was peeled the next morning, yay for not being stuck to the liners.
This was peeled fresh out of the oven very much stuck to the liner.
Hope you all try out and enjoy this recipe it is a great treat for kids to through into their lunch bags, also great for adults with their tea and coffee anytime of the day. This is a yummy dense and rich tasting bite you can enjoy without the guilt. Please feel free to add any nuts or dried fruit of your choice. Even switch out the almond butter for peanut butter, cashew butter, any nut seed butter you like.
Here is our second installment to our Top Products series, these are products we’ve been trying out and really enjoying. Keep reading to see what we’ve been into.
First up we have this awesome STASHER BAGS, these reusable bags are plastic free platinum silicone food storage bags. These bags have been really convenient to have around not only can they be used for storing food items but also works well for travel we put our head phones and charging cables to keep them all in one place nice and neat. You can use these bags to cook in (a method called sous vide) Click here for a review we found, freeze food, pack picnic items, pack lunch, microwave safe, dishwasher safe. Stasher claims a reuse up to 3000+ times. The pinch and seal bags are super convenient and better for our environment of course.
We highly recommend trying them out if you think it suits your life style. Each cost around $11.99 usd each which sounds crazy but its really an investment. Atleast that’s how we viewed it upon purchasing it ourselves.
2. This CANNON MX492 wi-fi printer, honestly this is just the cheapest basic version they carried at Best Buy here in the states, priced around $60 usd this thing is amazing. We feel as though we had been living in the dark ages without it. Printing, just became so much more easier. I’m sure many of you already have wifi printers, and yes we are very late, of course we do not like to print unnecessary items because in our opinion is very wasteful we only print the things we need to have physical copies of verses digital. But somethings do require printing and we are thankful it has become less of a hassle since our phones are connected to our emails, we can just pop on our phone and turn on the printer and effortlessly print that item as needed. Instead of before having to get out our laptop wait for it to turn on and load fuss around with cords while rummaging through our emails to finally being able to print that one item.
3. Travel Wise Packing squares, these have made us not dread packing for trips. With these everything is separated out by category his, hers, pants, socks, underwear, sleep wear, tops ect. We are now able to pack loads more while keeping it all really organized. We picked these up on amazon $22 usd for a 5 piece set they have a wide selection to choose from, but they carry them at Target also. These aren’t the best quality but they get the job done, and that is all we ask for. If you struggle with packing like us before then you will appreciate these trust us.
4. La Croix, unsweetened, 0% sodium, flavored sparkling water. Price ranges from $3-5 usd for a pack of 8. We’ve been going through cans of this like crazy for a long time. Its just nice to have something fresh and bubbly to gulp down without being sugary. We are thinking of investing in a soda stream just to use for sparkling water. As for now, we’ve been loving these for about over 2 years we always forget to keep the boxes to share with you all. Our top flavors have to me the cucumber blackberry, lemon, lime we would say all of the flavors are pretty good. But those are just the flavors we gravitate towards. These are widely available in your local supermarkets, target and sometimes gas stations. They are everywhere, believe me. If for some reason you can’t seem to find them, They should be available on amazon and jet.com.
5. Kombucha, which is a fermented tea drink made from all different types of fruits, veggies and herbs it is very acidic tasting which is not a flavor everyone will like, but we do enjoy. We have a couple of bottles about 2-4 times a week just depending, and yes they are not the cheapest thing to buy so we appreciate every drop a bottle can range anywhere from $3-7 usd just depending on the kind, size and where you are purchasing. But there are so many benefits for gut health and your health in general if you want to know more click here. We always forget to save our old bottles of kombucha, but we wanted to share on here some of our favorite brands.
Kevita, Master Brew, is one of our favorites lately our go to brand, sold at Target, gas stations, local markets. Try their pinepple peach, ginger and really any flavor.
Kauai Juice Co, We enjoyed some local kombucha brewers in Kauai Hawaii they would probably be hands down our favorite of all time. Try it out if you are ever on the island, you will not regret it. They also have so many other options like smoothie, milks, juices ect. Unfortunately the last time we had them was in April of 2015, but all the more reason for us to go back.
Trader Joe’s, They carry some good kombuchas don’t quite remember the names exactly but you will see it in the refrigerator section. Try out their mint tea flavor.
GT’s Kombucha or Synergy, They were probably one of the first brands of kombucha in major markets. Try out their lavendar and mango flavors.
Scoby which is the bacteria used.
Cute shop front.
Honestly, not all are made equally. Just like with anything in the world. So we recommend trying them all out to see which ones you enjoy. That is exactly the approach we take.
Hope you all enjoyed catching up on all of our favorites, Please let us know down in the comments if you’ve had experiences with any of the products listed good or bad. As always thank you guys for stopping by and reading 🙂
We’ve been gone for a bit, but we have not forgotten about you all. We have just returned from holiday in Mexico, so for the month of July we were caught up preparing for our first international travel together as a couple. Which came with a bit learning curve for us, you know when you think you’re prepared but you never really know until you go through it kind of experience? Haha. . Yeah it was one of those times.
It feels good to be back and we wanted to share our trip and document it for ourselves also. Being our first international trip together to decided to go to Mexico because it wasn’t too long of a flight or too big of a time change for us. We stayed in Playa Del Carmen which is centrally located between Cancun and Tulum, Mx.
First arriving to Mexico we dealt with immigration then customs at the airport, after all of that chaos we finally stepped foot outside and were immediately hit with what felt like 98.2% humidity. It was seriously insane, we have never anything like this. Our camera lenses would fog up as soon as we went outside. It was different and pretty cool for us to experience.
Once we finally checked into the hotel we were completely worn out. Our flight landed were super early in the morning 5am in Mexico to be exact. Which meant we really landed 3am our time back in California, so we were tired for sure.
We had so many new experiences and we tried to see as much as we could during this trip so here are some pictures of our time there.
First place is breath-taking, Tulum we visited the old Mayan ruins and relaxed on a beach for as long as we could it was such a stunning magical and HOT place for us. As you can see in a picture we needed umbrellas for shade nonetheless, a must see!
We also visited Chichen Itza which was a much bigger scale Mayan ruin here we really got the chance to feel and be immersed into their rich history, culture, beliefs and rituals.
Up close look
Rubber ball they would use in their sacrificial game.
72 year old Mayan Women
Just to show you guys how humid it was our cameras would fog up the instant you took them out.
As you can see we were sweaty!
Took a ferry ride to an island near by Cozumel, did not capture too many pictures but we grabbed a quick dinner and also enjoyed some shops.
Visited Xcaret theme park, so much wild life and water activities in one park it was cool to see. A very refreshing trip.
Hope you guys enjoyed and Please leave any packing, international traveling tips and tricks in the comments! Oh, and we want to know if any of you have ever visited Mexico share your experience with us too. We would love to hear from you guys 🙂
It’s approaching the end of abalone season where we live, and we recently got the chance to go out looking for some during a low tide. Most people dive for abalone but it is quite dangerous even if you are a well seasoned swimmer the waters off the Sonoma Coast here in Northern California can be some of the coldest and roughest out there. Instead we take another approach and wait for a negative low tide to go out and harvest the abalone closest to shore. There are many rules and regulations to stay up to date on when it comes to going for abalone or just fish and game in general. It’s crucial to follow and keep updated with these in the state you live.
A group of us drove out a few hours on two separate days, in hopes of getting the limit of 3 abalones per person per day (of course with proper license and tags). Once we got to the place we parked and trekked through rocky, slippery wet coastline til we got to the desired spot about a 45 minute walk from the where we parked.
Since we are novice at this we did end up leaving empty-handed as far as abalone go. Although it was still fun to see all of the tide pools and living creatures that reside on the coastline. One of our friends was able to get a couple of abalone and here are some from the two separate days we went, On the first day we attempted the low tide was later in the day around 1-2pm so it was a lot easier getting the spot because most of the rocks were dried up by the sun. On day two it was a darker, misty, foggy early morning negative tide which meant that the rocks were extra slippery because there was no sun to help dry them so it was more difficult but a doable more wet hike.
It is really beautiful there and worth the rugged trek, so much to see from sea snails to hermit crabs to little fish and star fish, sea urchins, mussels, and all kinds of sea weed and barnacles ect the list is endless.
The one friend that was able to get a couple abalone let me snap some pictures their shells are very beautiful and vary in colors so they’re all different. And many people are able to make jewellery, ash trays and all kinds of neat things with the huge shell they carry.
Thank you for reading, the season opens up again from August to October where we live so we will do an updated post if we end up getting one we will let you guys know!
We finally got out to experience Joshua Tree, located in Southern California. It was beautiful and we plan on returning one day for sure. This trip has been on our list for some time now, and we’ve heard that spring time down in Joshua Tree is the ideal time to visit because the flowers would be bloomed and the heat would not be as scorching since it is basically a desert climate. We camped at the first campsite as you enter the park Black Rock Campground it was called – this campsite was amazing it had potable water and running water in the sinks and toilets, which is kind of crazy for camping in our opinion, quite luxurious. But nonetheless it was a nice change from the campgrounds we frequent.
A very clean camp, and located near some awesome trails. We stayed for 1 day and 1 night, which was surprisingly enough time for us. There was an abundance of life from road runners, quails, to all different species of lizards and even an infamous desert tortoise that we could not find for the life of us. Various species of plants we’ve never seen before and unique terrain. We set up camp, hiked for a few hours and then came back and had dinner. The park is massive and filled to the brim with Joshua Trees at every turn. Joshua Tree is known for its unique huge rock and bolder formations as well as the Joshua Trees themselves. Unfortunately our campsite was not located close to these formations. But it was just a short 15 minute drive deeper into the park to Indian Cove Campground – to see a drastic change in landscapes.
We would definitely recommend Black Rock Campground if it is your first time visiting the park, for it offers many trails to hike and beautiful well maintain grounds. All campsites get booked up quickly, so we would recommend looking into reservations months in advance. Although once you go deeper into the park they do offer first come first serve campgrounds one of the most popular camps is Indian cove, and people love to visit camp and go rock climb, though you would have to bring your own drinking water since there is no running water that deep into the park. Next time we visit we would want to stay closer to the rock formations further away from city lights to get an amazing view of the stars.
Hope you all can enjoy the photos we were able to capture.
This is a new series we wanted to introduce to our blog, We will keep them short and sweet. Normally when we snack we try to keep the snacks quick, simple and easy to put together.
To kick off this series our snack of choice for the month of April 2017 was Peanut Butter and Strawberry jam on toast. A classic kids snack with a spin.
Start off by toasting your bread of choice, we’ve been loving this Ezekiel bread (we have the Low sodium version) This bread can be found in your local grocery stores in the freezer section. We love this sprouted grain bread, it really has been a game changer for us. We keep the bread in the freezer and when we want to enjoy a slice or two we heat it right up in the toaster. Honestly it may sound daunting to have to defrost the bread but it takes no time at all. We’ve even toasted some up on the stove top using a nonstick pan on medium heat. Since the bread has no preservatives (which is one of the things we love about it) leaving it in the freezer helps it keep longer.
Next choose your jam/conserve/preserve of choice, we picked up ours from whole foods it’s the 365 brand.
As for the peanut butter we went with the creamy version, Trader Joe’s also carries great options for both items.
Once your bread is all nice and toasted just apply as much or as little of peanut butter and jelly to it and enjoy! We know it’s so simple and takes us back to our childhoods, we just took it and tried to make it a bit ‘healthier’.
Tip – Second Option – PB and J Quesadilla style.
If you want something lower in carbs then you can grab yourself a low carb whole wheat tortilla and toast it up in a pan on the stove top and apply some peanut butter and jelly on one of each side, and enjoy this simple on the go PB &J.
(We ran out of the whole wheat tortillas that’s why there aren’t any photos of this version.)
We love PB and J sandwiches! Hope you all enjoyed this Snack of the Month Segment 🙂
We chose a frame bigger than our cat as you can see, and just arranged them into a format we liked.
We are back with a great photo display/storage idea for you all. These days Polaroid cameras and film have been discontinued and have limited availability to us the consumer. Fuji Film has made a come up with its line of Instax Photography cameras. Many people we know have these little convenient cameras, they are widely available online at Amazon, Michael’s (craft stores), Target, Best Buy all carry these. We will link off to Fuji Films Website where you can see all the available cameras and their variations. We’ll also insert a picture for you all to see what ours looks like.
These photos make cute little mementos to keep or give to friends and family. We love them because they are one shot, and you can’t retake the photo over 50 times, and choose which one you like (Really you could if you were willing to waste some film) anyway for this reason is why we also love disposable cameras, because you never know what you’re gonna get until its developed. Now-a-days we find ourselves and others so caught up in how the picture will look for social media platforms, instead of just enjoying the moment with our friends, family and loved ones. Please go check them out if you are interested.
We have had this Instax Mini 25 for about 3 years now, and we taken it with us on trips and events which means we have collected many snapshots.. honestly they started to become a bit too much to keep track of. Until, recently we were doing some spring cleaning we decided that we needed to do something about all of these pictures that were just lying around, we would literally find them in the most random places like our cars in our dresser drawers, kitchen counter ect. the list goes on and on..
Our solution was to create a collage of them and display it as one big picture. Which worked out really well. I mean we weren’t able to fit all of them into one frame, but we are certainly planning on buying more frames to frame as many as we can.
This is super simple and easy, and you will get an awesome piece to hang anywhere you like in your home.
You will need a frame of your choice, photos, and tape.
First thing we did was find a frame so our go to spots were Marshalls, Tj Max, Target, Ross, and Homegoods we went searching for the right style of frame for us and found ours at Homegoods for about $12 usd which is not a bad deal for the size and style of frame we wanted. This frame had a picture of a flower in it, but we took it out and flipped it around to display a white background for us to arrange our photos. Once you have got the right placement down, you can move on to taping the photos onto the white background.
Then place the white background with the taped photos into the frame and close it up and pick your favorite spot to display the master piece.
Another tip that we like to do is label each photo whether it be with the date that the photo was taken or the people in it, or the occasion. We just like to know so that when we look back on it we can see where we were at during that year of our lives.
That was it guys, we know it’s so simple but wanted to share with you all in case you have some Instax mini photos that you just don’t know what to do with. This is a great affordable way to showcase some great memories. Please give this a try, and let us know if you did we would love to see pictures. Thanks for reading until next time! 🙂
Hello everyone! This is are 3rd installment of Local places we frequent. We want to talk to you about this very beautiful place that we have been visiting since we were little kids waddling around. Rockville is just what we call it but it’s called Rockville Hills Regional Park its a place that is used for all sorts from picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, scouts, fishing, to haunted hikes.
The park has 633 acres of dense forests, grasslands, oak woodlands, and two ponds. The trails here are always well-groomed and lots of diverse trails some will take you into awesome views of the area others will take you into denser parts with beautiful red-barked manzanita trees and some into open grassland areas with streams along the trail. The trails have lots of space for bikers and hikers to share and everybody is always friendly and willing.
We’ve have had many good times here going on short hikes to long sweaty hikes. The spring time is always the best time to be here, but anytime of the year is good as well it’s just that during spring everything is nice and green the flowers are blooming and polliwogs fill the ponds edges.
There is a wide variety of creatures here birds, reptiles, small mammals. I love to just stroll through the park starting at all the small things moss growing on the rocks and logs, the ladybugs on plants, small lizards sunbathing on rocks, bees collecting nectar. As a child I can remember being excited during spring to go to the pond to see all the polliwogs, and you can see them in the different stages of life from tiny strings of eggs to dot sized tadpoles then to having two tiny legs sticking out of there body’s. Rockville will always be a favorite spot for me my family and friends if you ever happen to be in the area go in and explore bring your kids your friends you wont regret it . I hope you enjoy and make lots of wonderful memories like we have.
Rockville is a very popular place for moutain biking, they have many meets and events at the park. Also, many families take day trips with their little ones, on ‘Black Friday’ of last year we visited the park and it was great to see people with their entire families spending the day out in nature and not in the shopping malls. On other times we visit we see a lot of boy scouts and girl scouts who frequent the park all year. All in all, just a family friendly place that all ages can enjoy.
We are here again with a super quick and easy noodle recipe. Please keep reading for all ingredients and recipe. Raphy and I enjoy this for lunch or dinner. Yes this is a vegan recipe, and no we are not vegan so for my non-vegans please modify to your liking. We have had this with fish, shrimp and chicken and this recipe is great any way you change it up. So please try it out.
You will need the following:
Organic Millet brown rice ramen noodles
Fresh Basil (any fresh herbs you have)
Portobello Mushroom (any mushroom you like)
Organic salad greens
For the dressing you will need:
2 tsp – Soy sauce
1 tsp – Toasted Sesame oil
1/4 tsp – Hot chili oil (only if you want it spicy)
1 1/2 tsp – Fresh squeezed Tangerine/ Orange juice or (citrus of choice)
First make the dressing, combine all ingredients in serving bowl of choice mix thoroughly.
Boil noodles according to package instructions. Once noodles are cooked, drain and immediately (while still warm) add into bowl with the dressing. Mix well, until all noodles are coated.
Using the same pot as you boiled the noodles in, saute the mushrooms on medium heat with a splash of water (about 1 1/2- 2 tsp), and a pinch of salt (we use this method to cut down on oil.) But if you don’t really care too much about that than add 1/4 tsp of olive oil with pinch of salt. We’ve made them both ways and agree they taste no different in our opinion.
When the mushrooms are done to your liking, before you add them to your noodles place the fresh basil on top of the noodles so when you add the warm sautéed mushrooms it will wilt the basil.
Next add half an avocado, and top it all off with some of your favorite fresh greens.
Lastly, mix it all up and enjoy with your favorite beverage.
Thank you all so much for reading, til next time! 🙂