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  1. Shrimp and Vegetable Soft Tacos

    October 7, 2013 by denise

    Garlic Zucchnini Shrimp Taco

    A couple months ago my brother and his lovely lady came for a visit.  While here my brother asked me why I’d stopped blogging.  I had no response, but promised to get back into it just for him.  Shoot to two months later, I’m home sick and officially tired of watching TV.  So, as I sit here with nothing but time on my hands, I figured I might as well post something.

    Brother, this one’s for you. (more…)

  2. Santa Barbara’s Farmers Market

    March 26, 2013 by denise

    Farmers Market

    Santa Barbara’s Farmers Market is one of my happy places.  The variety of sights, smells, colors, people, dogs just feels like Santa Barbara.  The abundance of fruits and veggies, fresh herbs, nuts, oils, jams, breads, pasta, pies, cheese, meats, and eggs is a food lovers paradise.


  3. Baked Black Bean Tacos

    March 18, 2013 by denise

    Baked Black Bean Tacos

    Some days are awesome.  Some days you sleep in, then get coffee with a friend, take a walk on the beach, go to the gym, and still get home with plenty of time to make the most elaborate of dinners.

    Annnd some days you go to work, run errands of your lunch hour, leave work to go to the DMV (always a good time), followed by a trip to the gym and by the time you get home all you can think about is taking a hot shower and crawling into bed.  If only it weren’t for the one minor issue: you’re starving.  This meal is perfect for those days, but it’s also delicious enough to make just because. (more…)

  4. Double chocolate mango pineapple scones

    February 27, 2013 by denise

    Oh, does Psych return tonight???  I had no idea!  I certainly didn’t make these scones referenced in Forget Me Not (season 1, episode 9) in anticipation of the new season.  And I definitely don’t have other Psych related meals planned for the day… Should I be embarrassed by how obsessed I am with this show?  Probably.  Am I?  Not even a little.  Psych-Os are awesome.  It’s a fact. (more…)

  5. Ethiopia in Santa Barbara

    December 16, 2012 by denise

    Christmas has come early. Santa Barbara FINALLY has an Ethiopian restaurant!  I could squeal I’m so happy!  In fact, I’m trying to remember, I might have when I heard the news.  I can guarantee there was at least an inappropriately large gasp of excitement.  Now, to be fair, we don’t exactly have an Ethiopian restaurant.  What we have is a French restaurant, the owner of which happens to have an Ethiopian wife.  It’s not much, but it’s so much better than nothing. (more…)

  6. Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffins

    October 6, 2012 by denise

    IT’S OCTOBER!!  I love this month.  Cooler weather, scary movies, costumes, bestie’s birthday.  So much awesomeness packed into 31 days.  This week my husband and I had our first scary movie screening of the month.  Since that cooler weather I mentioned up above, hadn’t actually made an appearance yet, I decided to make pumpkin pie ice cream.   That way we still got to enjoy the flavors of the season, even if mother nature wasn’t cooperating.
    The last couple of days, the weather has been hanging out in the high 70′s.  I’m almost afraid to say it, but I think we might finally be on our way.  So, this morning, with left over pumpkin from the previously mentioned ice cream, I decided this morning to make some cream cheese pumpkin muffins.

  7. Coffee and Chili lime chicken bugers

    August 24, 2012 by denise


    I was thinking the other day about how I had decided to take the summer off from blogging… No, I’m totally lying.  I never made any such decision.  I just got lazy.  And then it got hot.  That just added to the laziness.  But then something magical happened.  After weeks of (relatively) high temperatures, I woke up to cool, crisp air.  I was so excited.  I was able to order hot coffee!  It’s the small things in life.

    Seventy degree weather also meant I was willing to stand over the stove to cook dinner.  So I made these Chili Lime Chicken Burgers from Iowa Girl Eats.  I just discovered her blog, but I think I love it.

    I changed nothing about her recipe.  And let me tell you, aside from being super easy, these burgers are ridiculously delicious.

    Do yourself a favor and check out her blog and make these burgers!

  8. Grapefruit salad

    June 10, 2012 by denise

    I made this salad a few weeks ago and never got around to blogging it.  Partly because ever since I updated my computer I can seem to transfer pictures from my camera to my computer without my computer crashing.  But that’s really not interesting to anyone but me.

    Luckily I took this picture with my phone.  It definitely falls into the “less than great but better than nothing” category.  Once I get my husband to fix my camera to computer problem I’ll update the picture.  This picture just doesn’t do this salad justice.  (more…)

  9. June gloom and raspberry vanilla muffins

    June 10, 2012 by denise

    It’s June now and in Santa Barbara that means mornings look like this.

    To be honest, sometimes the afternoon looks like this too.  When and if the fog will burn off is a fun game you can play everyday, all month long.


    As a California girl who really loves sunshine I surprise myself by how much I don’t mind June Gloom.  I think it has to do with my deep seated love of cardigans and baked goods.


  10. PB Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Cookies

    May 24, 2012 by denise

    These are some of my absolute favorite cookies.  I almost said they were my favorite cookies and then I realized what a ridiculous statement that was.  My favorite cookie is pretty much whatever cookie I’m eating at that moment.  Except for oatmeal raisin.  Is there anything more disappointing than thinking your about to eat an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie only to find out it’s actually an oatmeal raisin cookie?!  Raisins have no place in cookies.

    But I digress, these cookies have some of my absolute favorite things in them.  Peanut butter, check.  Chocolate, check.  Reese’s Pieces, check check. (more…)