Weekend Fun + Banksy’s Newest Art

Hope you all had a great weekend!  I’m going to keep it short and sweet here.  


We did a little wine tasting. 🙂



We hung out.



I took impromptu photos! 😉



It was so beautiful.  🙂



Karen Doo-Doo got me this!  



We went here.  Cold Spring Tavern.  Beer + Live Music.



Ate good stuff.  🙂

Weekend highlight?  Standing on my dad’s deck, with the awesome view of Santa Barbara in front of me, with a warm fire in the chimenea, talking to Heather, while eating a cinnamon roll.  What about you guys?  Hope you all did something fun!

Have any of you seen the latest from Banksy?  It looks like a “score one for the vegans”, but I’m not sure!  What do you guys think?  Here’s a link for you to go see what I’m talking about.  It’s called Siren’s of the Lambs.  Go check it out!  




Weekend Round-Up

I hope you guys really lived it up this weekend!  I hope you had fun, lots of naps, and lots of good (vegan!) food with friends.  🙂  I’m going to keep this post short and sweet!  …And yes, we had a very nice, very relaxing weekend around here!



Saturdays do not suck.  After an epic nap, we did a little margarita fun times with guacamole, sat out on our deck and enjoyed the beautiful, warm, sunny evening.  


Saturday I also did a little experimental baking.  



I wanted to see if could make those amazing walnut date cookies (two posts ago, I think) using pecans, maple syrup, and using less oil.  

….the recipe still needs the kinks worked out.  😉  Also, it didn’t help that I over baked them!

Sunday was fab–relaxing morning and I made more banana yummies…



…then went wine tasting at the Old Creek Winery with some really wonderful people that I’m lucky enough to have as friends.  Frank & Kathryn, you know you are total dolls!  It’s true! 🙂 



Nothing like a little afternoon hanging out and laughing to cure what ails ya!



My boys.  🙂  What sweeties!

Then, after wine we were off to the Farmer and Cook for some amazing vegan dinner times.  


Vegan tamale anyone?  We ate outside, had probably too much fun, and are thinking about starting a weekly dinner party get-together.  

After dinner wrapped we came home and crashed out like a boss.  

What did you guys do this weekend?   

Great Weekend!

Okay guys.  It’s Monday.  Again.  Booooooo.

I personally think that the weekends should have one more day included–so that every weekend would be a three day weekend!  Who’s with me!!  If the Roman emperors could add a whole MONTH in their honor, surely adding one measly day in, every week, wouldn’t be THAT hard, right?  We could call it “people’s-day.”  🙂

I hope you all had a great weekend!  Here’s what I got into, mostly via photos! Yay photos!

Saturday I wrapped this:


Nothing says “I’m glad we are family!” like a giant, paper bow, right?  🙂  This is my gift for Son of Doo-doo–Catan.  Also do note the Warkak and Snoozle making a cameo….

Then, I met some friends for lunch who I haven’t seen in years (no joke, literally years!  sad and true) and it was so nice to get a bit caught up.

Then, we headed to Santa Barbara to celebrate Son of Doo-Doo!


We got lost and ended up on Miramar beach, not Hammonds.  How is possible I’ve lived in SB most of my life and never heard of these beaches!?  Anyway, it all got sorted out.


We brought the dog.  This proved to be a mostly regrettable choice.  He was crazy excited and there was food EVERYWHERE, right at his face level.


I can’t wait for him to not be a puppy any longer and we can trust him to just hang out and be good!  Wrangling him was Nick’s full time job, and my part time job, which made it somewhat hard to just enjoy and have fun with everyone.  Here he is, totally crazy because he wanted these:


Not. Vegan.


Beach fun!


We then headed to Montecito for a quick birthday drink at Los Arroyos.  While the people who worked there were rude to us, the margarita was super good.  Post drinks Nick, crazy-eye pup, and I headed home, relaxed, and watched Lilo & Stitch.

Sunday was great, too!  We headed back to SB for more birthday shenanigans!

We had a little snack-y picnic down at the harbor and I snapped a photo for your viewing pleasure:


We then took my dad’s boat for a sail.  And by “we” I mean my dad took us for a sail. 😉


Captain Don for president!  Go ahead, if you see him, ask him what his policy is on Syria!  😉


Nope.  Doesn’t suck.  I took TWO Dramamine pills so that I wouldn’t get sea sick.  I felt totally fine during the sail, but was SO. TIRED. from the “less drowsy” formula and I’d hate to see what regular type would do to me! 😛


Bye bye SB Harbor!  You were great.  Now, out into the open sea!  Where there was wind, oh my lots of wind!  The boat was healed over so hard, the only photo I managed to take of the rest of the sail was this:


I didn’t even realize the film on my iPhone had changed!  Ooops!

A great time was had by all.  After the sail, Son of Doo-Doo and his sweet girlfriend, Heather, invited us back to their place to play CATAN.  My dinner last night was chips and candy and it was AWESOME.  No joke.  Sometimes you just need to do it.

Our Catan game was cut short owing to the time–we needed to tend to the pup who we’d left home yesterday.

So, today, I feel relaxed (in spite of having to pay quarterly taxes), totally tired (my brain can’t even seem to spell words right today wtf), oddly hungry (I suppose from the lack of “real food” last night? ha!) and looking forward to Tuesday where we will have a Catan rematch.  I’m not going to pile up on ore this time.  For those of you who know the game, yay!  For those of you who don’t, boo and shame on you, go get yo’self one.  🙂

Oh, and Kickstarter.   T-Minus THREE days until I launch!!  THREE DAYS people.  No one wrote back to me from Ellen, Oprah, or even on the local level.  Uhm……how does it get better than this?? I’m going to make some caffeine filled hot tea for lunch, then email them all, AGAIN.  And write birthday trees.

Have a great Monday and I hope you had a splendid weekend!!


Hehe, well, for the few of those that check this thing, YES, I’m still here!  Sorry for the long hiatus!  BLOG FAIL. 😉

….business has been busy and I’ve been spending a LOT of time putting together my kickstarter project!  Now, let me tell you something.  Getting something “on” kickstarter might seem easy.  No.  Don’t be fooled!  Not. Easy.

I *thought* I everything together for it, was ready to submit, then couldn’t because I had to get stuff in line with Amazon!  Yes, Amazon needed to verify my information.  Yes, Amazon needed to check my tax information.  Yes, Amazon needed to verify my bank information.  Whew!  I thought I could have everything ready to submit on my dad’s birthday (Friday, the 6th.).  Ha, well, THAT didn’t happen!  So, finally all is in order, and I’m just about ready to pull the trigger, so to speak!  My stomach is FULL OF FLIPS.  AH!

NEXT and also VERY interesting, the Warkak and Snoozle is finally out!!  YES!

Also, I have been baking, but I’ve been a bit too busy to photo/post up.  I made a bang up vegan coconut cake to go with the heat wave we had last week.  Okay, do you ever just want pineapple, coconut, or mango just because it is hot out and you want to feel “tropical”?  …hm…perhaps it’s just me then. 😉

Oh, also, I guess I should wish anyone reading this a happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  We were busy around here–saw friends, ate great food, went for a walk on the beach with the dog, laughed way too much, stayed up a bit too late, and feel like I’m paying for it today.  AH!

Okay, I’m off to read my kickstarter thingy again….for the millionth time.  I just know there is a typo or something that I’ve missed!  I’ll try to be better about this posting thing, okay?  Okay. 🙂