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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Spokane Trip!

I didn't take a million pictures like I usually do, so I am just putting this all in one post! This was my first time visiting my grandma in Spokane alone since I was a teenager! J and I went in August a few years ago, but other than that it has been a while since I've been back. I booked tickets a few months ago because I needed a break from grad school life, and it definitely was much needed! Although things at my internship have slowed down a lot, I am still so anxious to be done with school and move. So, it was nice to get away for a bit and clear my head. 


I left really early on Saturday morning. Like... 6:00am early lol. It was so crazy because I got to the airport at 5:00 thinking I would surely have enough time to make my flight. Well, after I checked my bag I walked to the security line and noticed it went pretty far back. So, I followed it to the corner where it ended. EXCEPT IT DIDN'T END AT THE CORNER. It went farrrrrrrr into the hall behind the corner lol. 

So long story short: I got into the original line. An airport employee grabbed everyone who was going to Seattle out of that line and put us in a different line. Then 10 minutes later (5:20 at this point, my flight left at 6:00) told all of us we had to go back to the original line and it wasn't her fault. Then (around 5:30) a different employee came and got us out of the original line AGAIN to be in the "Seattle 6:00 flight" line. The guy in front of me was totally not on the Seattle fight and they tried to make him get out of the line but his flight also left at 6:00 so he refused and got a little angry at them hahaha. They kept saying, "We're not going to fight with you sir" and ended up letting him stay in the line. They eventually got us through and I boarded the flight like 5-10 minutes before it took off! So, needless to say I would not recommend the Newark airport, but I would recommend Alaska Airlines because they are the ones who got all of us in our own line and got us through. The guy in front of me who wasn't on the flight was on a different airline that left at 6:00 and I didn't see anyone from that airline trying to get people through. So, yay for Alaska! 

The flight was really pretty with the sun rising. I flew into Seattle for my layover and was sending J so many pictures of it from the sky saying, "Look! They have suburbs!" "Look! These could be our new mountains!!!"

The flight from Seattle to Spokane was on such a baby plane haha. There were only two seats on each side! Anyway, I made it to my grandma's house safely :) My grandma is so cute and puts these little treats out <3

Since I haven't been a meat eater in Spokane yet, I tried all the burgers I used to love/that are staples! Our first stop was D'lish and they were probably my favorite of the trip... although in hindsight I only had one other burger hahaha. Anyway, still. They were good. 


Sunday we had breakfast at Chaps, which is the cutest place! The line was long but it was definitely worth it! The woman taking our order thought I was related to their hostess because we looked like, "twins". She wasn't there at the moment, so we sat down and a few minutes later the waitress brought the hostess all the way over to our table to show us each other lol. It was so funny because I didn't really think we looked the same, but we both have bangs, so the hostess was like, "it's the bangs!" which is what I always say when people say I look like Jess from New Girl haha. 

We visited my grandpa's grave at the prettiest cemetery with like, 3 levels. I don't know how to explain it, but it is so pretty and has all these different levels to it and a lot of pine trees. 

I honestly can't remember what we did the rest of this day, other than we hung out at home and my grandma made a delish pasta dish. Also, this is the view from her kitchen that I loveeeeee. I love the evergreens and am so badly hoping we end up in Washington next haha. It was also such nice weather there and I loved that too. I am so incredibly sick of bad winters haha. 


Monday we did my favorite walk down Manito Boulevard. The houses there are so cute. It's definitely a dream house area in my book. If you know of anywhere similar near Seattle, let me know because I'm on the hunt for those tree lined streets!

Anyway, we always walk to Rockwood Bakery which is v delish. I love how they serve their "to stay" things so cute. 

I have been craving See's candies since we went to Denver (which I also need to post about) so I finally went and got some! I love their truffles. I can't remember what I get there? Something like a lime truffle, I think. 

We ate dinner at a place in Kendal yards that overlooked the river. It was really good and v cute. I love open spaces with a view, evergreen trees and water. So it was a real nice combo of all the above. 


On this specific trip, we were on the hunt for a dress for my graduation in May... even though I am not walking lol. I ended up finding a really cute neutral colored Betsey Johnson dress at Nordstrom Rack, but I am not sure I am going to wear it for graduation because I was hoping for something more spring colored. But, we'll see! 

We ate dinner at Caruso's which had very good pizza and salad. I would recommend. 

Also on this trip I was finally able to watch Big Little Lies thanks to my grandma's HBO <3 I really loved it and would 10/10 recommend! I loved that it was just one season and at the end you feel resolved. They are coming back for a second season, though, but it's not like they leave you with a cliff hanger at the end of the first one. (Which is annoying to me when they do, since I don't have cable and forget what happened by the time they release the new season lol.) 

Anyway, watch it! Also my grandma had this cute heater that looked like a fireplace and I am obsessed with it. 


 On Wednesday we had breakfast at this place called Frank's diner that is actually a train car converted into a restaurant lol. Everyone there was so nice. When the waitress brought me my hot cocoa she said, "It's like a little party!!!" and it made my day haha.

We tried the macarons from Common Crumb Bakery and they weren't my favorite TBH. They were just a little dry and crunchy. The best macarons I have had are at the Grand America in Salt Lake City. There is a little French bakery attached to the hotel, but I can't remember what it's called. They were the macarons I chose for my wedding after tasting MANY MANY MANY MACARONS. 

I also tried Zip's hamburgers! I liked D'lish better but they were good. I did however, LOVE their fries here. They were to. die. for. 

We chilled at the house before heading out to dinner. J laughs because with my family all we do is eat, which is true. But it's the best thing to do while traveling! We definitely structure our days around the food, not the other way around hahaha. It's always weird to me to travel with people who don't do this. I'm like, what?? Your day doesn't revolve around the food you are going to eat?? So strange lol. 

There was a new Mexican place by my grandma's house that we wanted to try. We thought it was a restaurant, but it turned out to be a drive thru but we just went in anyway. I wasn't that hungry (see the above hamburger lol) so I just got chips and salsa. My grandma and her husband didn't like their food that much, but LOOK HOW BIG THAT BURRITO IS! I sent this picture to my mom and she said, "that is big! Are you guys at home??" And we all laughed for such a long time that she thought we were at home. I guess it's kind of a you-had-to-be-there story, but it was funny because they are on paper plates with plastic silverware and there is a food tray too lol. 

We had ice cream to "wash away the taste of that food" according to my grandma's husband lol. This is one of the macarons from Common Crumb bakery.


This was the day I left. We got manicures in the morning and I tried gel nails for the first time in my life. I am liking them so far! I like to grow my nails out but they always break, so I'm hoping they stay long with this on them!

How pretty is this lookout? I really miss being able to go somewhere high up and see pretty views. I also loveeeee how it's so green in the middle of winter!

 The flight home was good! I started browsing the inflight movies and saw they had so many I wanted to watch. I brought out my headphones and saw this:

FML lol. So, I ended up finishing Absentia which I had downloaded on my phone earlier. I would recommend it! It was really good and interesting the whole time. I sometimes wonder if I don't think movies/shows are good because I am ALWAYS doing something else while watching them. Like right now I am typing this and watching Frankenstein Chronicles. I guarantee you I will turn this off in like half an hour and be like, "Oh, it's not very good" when in reality maybe it is?! If I were just paying more attention?! #millenials

I got in at midnight and J picked me up. He brought our dog child, a drink, and a butterfinger. What a QT. We got lost in Jersey for a second but made it home and immediately went to bed. I woke up at 7:00 the next day, took a shower, and then fell asleep for 5 more hours lol. 

Anyway, it was a really good trip! I am so hoping we end up in Seattle and can go back to Spokane more. I think it would be so fun to live in the PNW and this trip sealed the deal with how nice everyone was and how pretty everything is! Although we still are going to go check out Portland and Seattle at the beginning of April to see the *exact* places, because who knows. Maybe they will be so different and we will hate it. But, regardless, it will be fun!

I feel v refreshed after Spokane and almost think I'll be able to make it to graduation ;) Lol. But in all reality, it is always so nice to get away and clear your head for a bit! 

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Friday, March 16, 2018


Today was good. J took a personal day from work lol. I woke up at 7:30am, but after my shower fell asleep again until noon! I guess I was a little jet lagged from my trip to Washington (my flight got in late last night and I didn't get home until 1:30am).

We took Tucker to the dog park and went to Trader Joe's. J discovered he likes their sushi which is so good because now he has a reason to go to Trader Joe's ;) (I love their flowers! They are $4 and so cute!). After that we saw Tomb Raider and it got me so hype to be some bad a** woman. Go see it! I want to load up on movies with strong women in them for my babies <3 I'm definitely adding this one to the list!

Since we got home we have been working on our computers and watching The Path. The Path is so good right now omg. Go watch it if you haven't seen it yet! J has been working on his clothing line and I have been working on my art prints (which are due next Saturday, eek!).

Anyway, I want to get back into having this be a diary of the little day to day, because in the end that's what I like to look back on. I have been transferring my old blog posts into a book and it has been so fun to read through them. So, I'm back, bi@tches!

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P.S. Notice J's haircut!! I think it looks so good. I loved the long hair, but since seeing it like this I am maybe loving this more!

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Best Veggie Meal I Make: Squash and Veggie Sausage Stuffed Shells

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Mazola® Corn Oil. All opinions are mine alone. #SimpleSwap #CollectiveBias

This is one of my favorite meals to make! I got the original recipe from here, but I swapped the chicken broth for veggie broth, the sausage for "fake" sausage, milk for soy milk, and the olive oil for Mazola® Corn Oil to make it a little lighter and better-for-you. A recent study has found that adding Mazola® Corn Oil to one’s diet resulted in lower cholesterol levels than Coconut Oil. A previous study found that corn oil can also help lower cholesterol more than extra virgin olive oil. To learn more about the study, see Mazola.com.

This post is brought to you by Mazola®! Mazola Corn Oil is an all-purpose cooking oil that can be used in so many ways, like baking, stir frying, or even in dressing. It’s nice because it has a neutral taste, so you can taste your food’s natural flavor! It also has a smoke point that’s higher (450°F) than most cooking oils. I didn't realize that all cooking oils have a smoke point that, once exceeded, can negatively affect your food’s flavor and nutritional value. So it’s definitely an important part of cooking. Oh, and one last thing: Mazola® Corn Oil is made of 100% pure oil with no additives. Yay!

Here's the recipe!

You will need:
1 butternut squash

1 small yellow onion

3/4 cup milk (can swap with coconut milk or soy milk if you want it to be even more wholesome)

3/4 cup vegetable broth
1 package veggie sausage
2 1/2 cups spinach
3 cloves garlic
12 jumbo shells
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
Additional parmesan, shredded
Mazola® Corn Oil
Salt & pepper

1. Cube the squash, cut the onion, drizzle with Mazola, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook in oven for 40 minutes. (If you don't have time for this, I have also cooked the squash in the microwave and it worked just as well!)
2. While you wait for the squash to cook, cook the veggie sausage and jumbo shells. When the sausage is done, add the spinach and garlic until the spinach is wilted. Remove from heat and cut the sausage links up into tinier pieces.
3. Mix the sausage mixture (with spinach and garlic) with ricotta, egg, and parmesan. This is the filling for the shells.
4. When the squash is done, puree it with the vegetable broth and soy milk. Pour the sauce into a 9x13 pan. Add the filled shells. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.
5. Bake covered with tin foil for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes.