Sunday, February 26, 2012

Relaxing Weekends Are the Best!

I hope you all have had a lovely weekend! My weekend was great and full of fun, hiking, and great food! On Friday night, I just relaxed at home. I don't know about all of you, but once Friday comes around, I am completely drained! Haha so Josh and I just did nothing (literally sat on the couch and talked) and he left around 9:30pm because I was more than ready to crawl into bed! On Saturday morning, my sister Jamie and I decided to hike up Garcia Trail in Azusa.
This is not our best photo ever because of the sun/sweat haha!

It is an INTENSE hike! Switchback, uphill, for a solid 30-45 minutes (that's about how long it takes to get up there). It is a greattt workout! Evidence of that is my sore butt, legs, and thighs today! Haha!

Once you get to the top though, you understand why it is so popular amongst Azusans and APU students alike :) There is a white cross at the top that looks out across the is beautiful. I took this photo as we were getting ready to go back down! I thought it looked like Ireland :) Haha!

After our hike, we headed to Trader Joe's to get some healthy groceries! I got so much food for $50! Love it! Because of my grocery shopping trip, I decided to make my absolute favorite salad for lunch!

This is a spinach salad with grilled chicken, strawberries, red onion, feta cheese, and a fat free raspberry vinagrette! It is fantastic! And on a weightwatchers scale, it's only about 5 or 6 points! Make it for anyone and they will love you forever!

Later on, Josh picked me up to go to our usual Saturday night church service at 6:15. I took this picture as the sun was setting and wanted to share the beauty of Southern California in February with those who may not know what that looks like (even though I do miss my snowy winter, I thought this was pretty!)

After church, Heidi, Nichole, Elizabeth, and I had a little pot-luck girls night. I was planning on making my delicious guacamole but my avocados weren't ripe enough :( Note to self--feel the fruit/vegetables before buying them at the store haha! But then I had a great idea--BRUSCHETTA! So, I decided to be bold and try making one of my favorite appetizers that I had never made before! And guess what?! It turned out great! I was really proud!

It's hard to tell from the picture, but it's on whole wheat sourdough bread! I also didn't use vinegar like the recipe called for because honestly, I'm a college student and don't have all of that fancy stuff haha! But it still turned out great! If you want a quick and super easy recipe for something anyone will enjoy, look at it here!

I'm continuing to love cooking and experimenting in the kitchen! Every time I cook, I feel like I'm using it as in artistic outlet (because I have no artistic abilities with actual art so cooking makes me feel special haha). My favorite though is cooking for Josh! He loves my cooking and it makes me feel good to cook for my man ;) hehe

Lastly, I must tell you about slutty brownies. Now, the name sounds crazy and slightly inappropriate. But Elizabeth came across this recipe on pinterest and decided to go for it. 

You can't see too much from my picture, but they were amazing! It's a layer of cookie dough, followed by a layer of oreos, and topped off with a layer of brownie mix. Holy cow. If you are a chocolate fan, please try this! You may clog a portion of your arteries, but wow they were amazing! Click here for the recipe!

That has been my weekend! Relaxing, yummy, and fun! :) Hope you have all had a great weekend so far too! I'm making a chicken curry tonight so I will post that later to share how it turns out! 




  1. Looks like a GREAT weekend! I've had those slutty brownies pinned for a while, but I haven't made them yet. They look awesome!

    1. It was so relaxing! I had fun reading about your weekend too! Your photos were too fun! Oh girl if you make them, be prepared to get rid of them! I had to throw them out so I wouldn't eat more haha!

  2. love all of this! and i agree with the brownies.

    love the blog!

  3. New to your site, but love it! Hope you are having a great day and don't be afraid to stop over at Truly His ;)

    1. Thank you!! I will go and follow you right now :) haha

  4. I absolutely adore your blog! So inspiring and encouraging.

    1. Thank you Sara! I'm so glad you like it and can be inspired from it :)