Friday, June 30, 2017

white chocolate apricot scones

sometimes, you have a craving for something very specific out of the blue. a couple of summers ago, I was on a muffin kick. I found myself baking muffins every weekend! lately, I have had this random craving for white chocolate apricot scones. I even got my fill at the seattle airport on the way back from our honeymoon, but it only made me want to eat more white chocolate apricot scones! as I write this, I'm remembering the white chocolate raspberry scones from the nordstrom cafe I used to order before work every once in a while. I'll have to add those to my scone to-make list. also, moral of the story, anything white chocolate is delish.

the week that we got back from our honeymoon, I made sure to whip up some scones in our new kitchenaid mixer. I've never actually made scones before and it was kind of fun, forming dough balls and cutting them into triangles. this recipe makes 16 scones, but I froze half of the dough so I'm ready for the next time we have weekend company!

Monday, June 26, 2017

hawaiian honeymoon: doors-off volcano and waterfall helicopter ride

 I hope you like lava pictures, because this post is full of them! when we booked our helicopter tour, I was really excited because the paradise helicopter site shows some really intense lava pictures and I really wanted to see lava in real life. definitely seems like a bucket list type activity, right? well, it was. while the lava wasn't wildly erupting or shooting up in the air, this helicopter ride was definitely the best way to observe the flowing lava in the kīlauea volcano on the big island.

the travel channel calls this tour the “hottest helicopter ride on earth!” kīlauea volcano has been continuously erupting for 30 years, and even at 500 feet above the flowing lava and open vents, we felt waves of hot air rolling off the lava flows, which can reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees! 

Friday, June 23, 2017

hawaiian honeymoon: top 5 things to do in kauai

kauai is nicknamed "the garden isle" thanks to the tropical rainforest covering much of its surface, and it's the fourth largest island in hawaii. the dramatic cliffs and pinnacles of its na pali coast have served as a backdrop for major movies, while waimea canyon is a major hiking destination. we really enjoyed our time in kauai and this post is a great summary on the top 5 things to do if you find yourself in kauai. it's a relatively small island and we accomplished all these activities in less than three days!

Monday, June 19, 2017

hawaiian honeymoon: kauai coffee company

when planning our kauai trip, we definitely didn't have a coffee plantation listed as a must-do activity - we knew we had to do that in kona on the big island due to its reputation for world renowned coffee. it all started at our daily breakfast at koa kea resort, we really liked the coffee and our waitress informed us that it was in fact, kauai coffee not kona coffee. later that day, we happened to drive by the kauai coffee company plantation and made a mental note to fit it into our schedule if possible.

kauai coffee company ended up being the cutest little stop and it even includes a self-guided walking tour! I was all about the self-guided tour, I hate waiting around for the designated tour time to start and then being forced to spend an hour touring an attraction that you really only wanted to spend half that time learning about. anyway, kauai coffee company has got it figured out.

Friday, June 16, 2017

happy goats make happy soaps: serenity skincare

you may know that I work in automotive sales training, and it goes without saying that I have the pleasure of working with a lot of very cool individuals. many of them have awesome work-related stories, be it international travel for vehicle launches, celeb events, side hustles, etc. 

however, to my knowledge, only one of my coworkers owns a farm of sweet goats that make all natural soaps, lotions, and more. seriously, just wait until you see the goats. as if the products weren't yummy enough, the beautiful packaging just seals the deal. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

what I read in may

woohoo! glad to be back for the monthly show us your books linkup with steph and jana. I packed so many books for my honeymoon and guess how many I finished? one. yep, that's right. I watched the big little lies mini-series months ago and then decided to read the book, definitely not the recommended order in my opinion. I have been drowning with that book for months and only made it halfway through - I totally like it, I guess I'm not motivated to finish it since I already know what happens. I finally decided to retire big little lies and start a new one: luckiest girl alive. I finished this book in about three days!

luckiest girl alive by jessica knoll
as a teenager at the prestigious bradley school, ani fanelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve. but ani has a secret. there’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything. with a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, luckiest girl alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that's bigger than it first appears. the question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set ani free? {}

my take: A
I have said it before, but I love reading fast-paced thrillers that don't follow your typical gone girl recipe. I love a good murder mystery like the next girl, but lately I am really interested in reading books that stray from that pattern. that being said, this book was goooood. I loved the beginning of the book, the main character sets the stage for how daunting nyc life is and how hard you have to work to keep up to subtly portray old money. through all of the past pain and hard choices, ani finds herself and starts over again. this book has a lot of plot twists that keep you interested and is definitely a page turner. 

have you read luckiest girl alive? I definitely heard about it from the march show us your books linkup, so thank you to whoever recommended it and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 9, 2017

hawaiian honeymoon: waimea canyon

when we booked our trip to kauai, I knew we had to check out waimea canyon. it's considered the grand canyon of hawaii and it is definitely breathtaking. on our second day in kauai, we hopped in our car, crossed our fingers for the weather, put the convertible top down and made the hour drive up to the canyon. it was a beautiful, relaxing drive up the coast with many scenic points to stop along. 

the island of kauai gets so much rain, in fact it rained every day we were there. while there was a huge rain cloud overhead at waimea and we did get a few drops, we were pretty lucky to enjoy this natural wonder of kauai without torrential downpour and with a clear view.

Monday, June 5, 2017

hawaiian honeymoon: na pali sea caves excursion

I'm back from a three-week wedding and honeymoon hiatus in florida, kauai, and the big island! even though it was three whole weeks, it went by so quickly. finally after days and days of photo editing, I have so much to share with you. we spent three nights in kauai and five nights on the big island, we felt it was absolutely the most perfect amount of time.

I'm kicking off my hawaiian honeymoon series with our craziest adventure of the whole trip, which we happened to book on our very first day of the honeymoon. let me just say that our tour guide was great; however, I do not think that the experience resembled anything like the picture on their website. I expected a beautiful day frolicking in and out of sea caves with the sun warming our shoulders, taking a dip in the ocean, etc... HA. it was the exact opposite of this vision - torrential downpour, the worst waves I've ever experienced on a boat before, and no way in hell was I getting out to snorkel. with all this craziness, I'm still glad we did it since I'm not sure when else I would have the opportunity to go into sea caves, especially these famous na pali caves which can only be seen by helicopter or boat.