Train to Santa Barbara (part three)

We started our last day in Santa Barbara the same way we started our first, with a walk to the beach!  From there we went to brunch at a spot above the marina, and that’s where we spotted “Lil’ Toot.”  We found out that Lil’ Toot is a water taxi that will take you from the marina to the far side of the pier, and vice versa.  Our next planned location was right off the pier, so it was perfect!  Plus after seeing this adorable little boat and hearing its little “toot” we felt we HAD to go on it! When in Rome, am I right?!

Train to Santa Barbara

Train to Santa Barbara

Train to Santa Barbara

Train to Santa Barbara

Train to Santa Barbara

Train to Santa Barbara

Train to Santa Barbara

Train to Santa Barbara

Off the pier was a bike rental spot.  It had beach cruisers, tandem bikes, four person carriages, and our choice, the “Deuce Coupe!”  It was a low riding, two person, three wheeled bike with a big basket in the back.  It was super unique and perfectly fit us AND our luggage!  We were able to ride along the boardwalk next to the beach and then continue on a large bike trail that took us up near the Santa Barbara Zoo.  It was a really fun way to see a different part of the city.

Train to Santa Barbara

Once our biking excursion was finished, it was time to get back to where it all began, the train station.  When our train arrived, there was just enough time to grab a cheese plate and juice from the train lounge, pop some bubbly, and settle into our seats before watching the sunset along the coastline.  Finally the coastal train view I’d been waiting for!  It was a tranquil ending to an exciting weekend.

Train to Santa Barbara

Train to Santa Barbara

Train to Santa Barbara

Train to Santa Barbara

Train to Santa Barbara

Train to Santa Barbara

So what are you doing this weekend?  I hope this post has inspired you to take a weekend getaway for yourself sometime.  Maybe you’ll visit somewhere you can fly to, or maybe just a friends house in the next town over.  No matter where you end up, a couple days away can be just the thing you need.  Hey, you might just end up on a train to Santa Barbara!

Cheers!

Traci

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Train to Santa Barbara (part two)

Since this was my first time visiting Santa Barbara I really didn’t have any expectations.  I was happy to walk out the door and experience whatever came my way.  Joel on the other hand, since this was his third time visiting and he knew a little bit more about what was going on out there, had a couple of “must do’s” on his list.

1.Wine Tasting

2. Visit City Hall/ Clock Tower

There are several tasting rooms scattered throughout the downtown and waterfront areas, so after our walk to the beach followed by a breakfast appropriately accompanied with mimosa’s, we were ready!  Joel really wanted to revisit the tasting room where his cousin and wife had their wedding reception.  It was called “Wine Cask” and since it was near City Hall we figured it was a good place to start.  It was still a bit early in the day, so we were given the privilege of having the whole tasting room to ourselves.  (We started our day with mimosa’s so it makes the rest of the day open for drinks! Right?!)  While we relaxed and chatted on the leather couch, we sipped a delicious medley of wines that kept refilling our glasses.  Once the wine stopped flowing, we happily made our way over to our next stop, Santa Barbara’s City Hall and Clock Tower.

Train To Santa Barbara

Train To Santa Barbara

We started our self guided tour by going up to the top of the clock tower where the views took our breath away.  To the left we saw vast hills, to the right we saw the ocean, and orange tiled roofs filled in everything in between.  Those views were just the beginning of beauty we would see during our time at the City Hall.  The entire building boast beautiful tile work and historical murals.  Everywhere you looked, the walls, the ceilings, the floors, and even on the stairs, amazing art work was there to be seen.  It’s so unique and captivating that it takes the whole idea of a court house wedding to a whole different level!  Joel’s cousin and wife made an awesome choice in having their wedding there, it’s just so neat!

Train To Santa Barbara

Train To Santa Barbara

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Train to Santa Barbara

Train To Santa Barbara

Train To Santa Barbara

Train To Santa Barbara

Train To Santa Barbara

Train To Santa Barbara

Train To Santa Barbara

Train To Santa Barbara

Train To Santa Barbara

The rest of our day was filled with more exploring, wine tasting, making new friends, and eating tasty food!  Besides City Hall, our two favorites of the day were the Riverbench Tasting Room and Seven Bar and Kitchen.  Both of these places are located in an area called “The Funk Zone.”  I highly recommend the “Bubbles Flight” at Riverbench, and don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with your fellow tasters!  We ended up meeting a super nice couple and their pup Zeph while we were there, and spent the rest of the evening parading around town with them!  Which included dinner and drinks and Seven Bar and Kitchen.  This place had a plethora of house made yummies including a “garden menu” full of all things veggie, and some bar favorites like sliders and fries, but with a foodie lovers twist!  My go to pick was the “Peño Bites” since I’m OBSESSED with everything that is a jalapeño popper!  They were handmade in their kitchen with FRESH jalapeños and a unique bacon beer batter!  If you stop by this joint, trust me, and give these guys a try, you’ll be glad you did!

Until Part Three…

Cheers!

Traci

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Train to Santa Barbara (part one)

A few blog posts back I started a little “California Bucket List” of things Joel and I would like to see and do while living here in Southern California.  As soon as finishing writing that list, we decided the only decent thing to do was to start checking things OFF that list!  And why not go big and check TWO things off at once!  And if you didn’t guess it by the title, we took a train to Santa Barbara for the weekend.  CHECK CHECK!

We left on a Friday evening after work.  Unfortunately by that time the sun had set so we didn’t get much of a view on our way up, but I thought ahead and made sure our trip north would be a success no matter what with a mini cheese platter style spread!  Joel had packed a couple bottles of wine to bring along on our trip, so we popped one open and enjoyed our own personal happy hour aboard the Amtrak Pacific Surf Liner.  It was the perfect way to end a long week and start our week away…

Train To Santa Barbara

On this trip we decided we wanted to try out an Airbnb rental instead of a hotel and the one we chose was just a short walk to the beach, so our first morning began with just that!  They way to the beach included an area of preserved land that lend right up to a cliff with beautiful view of the coast line.  It also just happened to be a completely off leach dog area so we were greeted by lots of new puppy friends!  Just beyond the park is where we found the “Mesa Lane Steps” that lead us down to the beach.  The tide was high, so we weren’t able to walk on the beach this time, but we had the pleasure of watching the waves roll in, and surfers trying to catch them!

Train To Santa Barbara

Train To Santa Barbara

Train To Santa Barbara

Train To Santa Barbara

Train To Santa Barbara

Train To Santa Barbara

Train To Santa Barbara

Train To Santa Barbara

To avoid a suuuuuper long blog post, I’m dividing our trip up into a few different parts, kind of like a mini series!  So check back soon for more on our adventure!

 

Cheers!

Traci

 

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At Home Valentine’s Date

This past weekend my boyfriend treated me to a weekend away, and with that trip being so close to Valentine’s Day I asked him to please not plan anything for ACTUAL Valentine’s Day.  The trip was more than enough!  We had SO much fun, but more on that trip later!  Even though we celebrated early, I couldn’t let the day pass like any other day. I still wanted to do a little something to celebrate this day of love.  Yes I know, many of you out there are probably saying “ I love my partner everyday, I don’t need a special day to show them that I care.”  That’s fine and all, and I love my boyfriend everyday too, BUT I like the idea of using any excuse to celebrate.  Why not!  Life’s short, so CELEBRATE it!  With that being said I still didn’t want to go overboard, so to keep things simple, stress free and budget friendly, I put together a little  “At Home Valentine’s Date”

At Home Valentine's Date

At Home Valentine's Date

At Home Valentine's Date

At Home Valentine's Date

At Home Valentine's Date

At Home Valentine's Date

At Home Valentine's Date

At Home Valentine's Date

At Home Valentine's Date

THE MEAL

If you follow my blog, you’ve probably realized by now that I really enjoy cooking and being it the kitchen, but even for me, planning a big elaborate meal can be stressful at times, especially during the week!  So I went ahead and took to the internet to help plan my meal.  These are the recipes I went with:

Easy Pan Seared Sirloin Steak

Roasted Veggie Salad with Avocado Dressing (the only change I made was using less salt)

And seeing that there was a killer deal on shrimp at the grocery store I decided to turn our meal into a surf and turf!  I simply sautéed the shrimp with a little bit garlic and basil and BOOM!  5 minutes later it was delicious and done!

THE DESSERT

Since I planned on making a home cooked meal (and since baking isn’t really my thing!) I decided to go ahead and let a professional help me with the dessert.  Joel and I went to Whole Foods the night before and picked out a mini cake together.  They had so many amazingly delicious looking treats in their fresh dessert/bakery area that we both stood there for over 10 minutes trying to decide which one to pick!  It was definitely the most difficult part of this whole celebration, LOL!

THE DECOR

Everything I used to decorate above our dinner table I threw together out of tissue paper and twine that I already had at home in my “gift wrapping box.” YAY FREE!  And it took me MAYBE 10 minutes to assemble, WIN!

Whether you stayed at home, went out on the town, celebrated big or small, I hope you enjoyed the special time with the one’s you love! And had lots of cuddles! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Cheers!

Traci

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Simple Chicken Dinner

So it’s officially mid-week and I know for me, this is when things can start getting a little wobbly.  I’m not as well rested as I was at the beginning of the week, and the upcoming weekend is still just a speck in the distance.  This is the time that I like to have a super easy meal on the menu.  I LOVE making new elaborate meals on the weekend, ones that take hours to prep, marinate, slow roast, etc, but mid-week I want something eeeaaassssyyyy.  I know sometimes when we get tired or over busy it seems easiest to just grab something frozen from the grocery store throw it in the oven and call it dinner.  With this “Simple Chicken Dinner” I hope to have you skip the frozen aisle and still have an easy no-brainer dinner on the table in no time.  One that’s pretty healthy too! And guess what, it only has 10 ingredients….and that’s INCLUDING salt, pepper, and cooking oil!  Do those really count as ingredients though???  Anyway, this is definitely a “no frills” meal, but it’s one that I make time and time again and always feel good about.

Simple Chicken Dinner

So let’s start with the chicken, we are doing lemon chicken here folks.  Super easy and crowd pleasing. This recipe can be made bigger or smaller depending on your families needs, tonight I made 4 chicken breast so there would be leftovers for salad lunches the next day.  As a side we are bringing in roasted Brussels sprouts, and then rounding it out with a simple romaine and tomato salad.  There’s a couple things that help keep this recipe from being super boring and bland though, so here are some tips! You’ll need two lemon slices per breast and I highly suggest using olive oil as your oil of choice with this one.  I’ve tried it with a few different oils, and olive oil definitely gives the finished product the best flavor.  You also want to make sure and be generous with the salt and pepper on the chicken.  Since we are only using a few ingredients, we want to make sure the meat is well seasoned.  There will be some yummy lemony pan juices left in the cooking dish once the chicken is done cooking, don’t let it go to waste!  When plating, slice the chicken breast and drizzle each once with some juice, it will act like a delicious thin gravy.  And finally with the Brussels sprouts, use BUTTER!  Again we are only using a few ingredients here and butter taste GOOD!

Simple Chicken Dinner

Simple Chicken Dinner

Simple Chicken Dinner

Simple Chicken Dinner

Simple Chicken Dinner

Simple Chicken Dinner

 

Simple Chicken Dinner 

This is pretty much a “no recipe” recipe, but  here we go!!

For the chicken: 

  • Chicken Breast (however many needed, this can be made for 1 or 20!)
  • Lemon slices , two per chicken breast
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

For the Brussels Sprouts:

  • 1lb Brussels sprouts, each sprout cut in half
  • 2+ Tablespoons butter cut into little cubes
  • Salt & Pepper

For the salad:

  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes of choice (I used Roma) diced
  • Your favorite dressing

Preheat your oven to 425.  Place chicken breast in glass baking dish and drizzle with olive oil, flipping the meat to make sure both sides are lightly covered.  Generously season both sides with salt and pepper.  Top each breast with two slices of lemon. Cover pan with aluminum foil.

Cut each Brussels sprout in half and place cut side down onto a baking sheet.  Top with cubed butter and season with salt and pepper.

Place the chicken and Brussels sprouts side by side into the preheated oven and cook for 23 – 26 mins until chicken is cooked through and the Brussels sprouts have started to caramelize.

There will be some yummy lemony pan juices left in the chicken’s cooking dish, don’t let it go to waste!  When plating ,slice the chicken breast and drizzle each once with some juice, it will act like a delicious thin gravy. Plate up the sprouts and salad and you’re set, ENJOY and relax!

 

I hope this simple dinner makes your mid week a bit easier and a little bit brighter!  As always please leave any questions or thoughts in the comments below!

Cheers!

Traci

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California Bucket List

California Bucket List

When it comes to fun activities and experiences, California has a lot to offer.  You can even go surfing AND snowboarding in the same day if your heart so desires.  Over the last few years we’ve checked a few activities off our “must do” list, including wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma, riding the famous trolleys and eating fresh crab on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, and getting away from it all during a long weekend on Catalina Island.  But there’s still so much to see and do that I decided to start a “California Bucket List” to keep track of everything and to give us a better chance of actually getting out there and DOING these things.  I tend to be a bit forgetful, so lists like this help!  Here’s what we’ve come up with so far.

1.  Take the train….ANYWHERE

With train stations dotted through the state, there’s several locations to choose from.  The Pacific Surfliner Train boast “a unique vantage on the Southern California seascape”  which definitely peaks my interest.  Regardless of our final destination, with a quick visit to the bar cart paired with some beautiful coastal views, the train ride alone should be a pretty nice experience all in itself.

2.  Weekend trip to Santa Barbara

My boyfriend Joel made a visit Santa Barbara for his cousins wedding a couple months before I made the big move down from Seattle.  I remember him telling me how beautiful it was and that he HAD to take me there one day.  Years later with jobs and just LIFE happening, we still haven’t made it up there. Hopefully by putting it on this list, we can make it a reality!

3. Day trip to Stone Brewery 

Joel is a big fan of IPA’s and in particular, Stone IPA.  Stone has two brewery locations in Southern California.  We’ve been told that if we had to choose between the two, the Escondido location wins out.  Apparently the grounds surrounding the brewery consist of luscious gardens and pretty water features.  I’m not a beer drinker myself, so this feature along with some yummy food from their kitchen will make this a fun outing for the both of us!

4. GO GLAMPING!

This trend has been going strong for a while now, and we want in on it!   The hardest part is going to be choosing between staying in a classic Air Stream, a fancy canvas tent, or a vintage trailer by the ocean.  Heck, maybe we’ll do all three!

As of right now, that’s the list!  If you have any other suggestions for my list I would LOVE to hear them!  I’m all about exploring this state and experiencing it’s finest, big and small!  And if you want to get out and see a little more of your current living area, I suggest making a bucket list of your own!  You know that saying “if you build it and they will come”?  WELLLLLL… if you write it down, it will happen!  It could be the small first step you need to start the grand adventure you’ve been dreaming of!

Cheers!

Traci

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Hiking Dartmoor Road Trail

The last couple of weeks have been incredibly rainy in southern California…uncommonly rainy.  Like, it’s the most rain I’ve seen in the entire time I’ve lived in this state.  In fact, I read that it rained so much that San Diego County is officially no longer in a drought.  Now that has all passed though and the sunshine is back!  And to celebrate the return of our warm weather I decided that I wanted to surprise my boyfriend with a hike in Laguna Beach.  My boyfriend LOVES to hike.  We don’t go hiking very often, mostly because of my great fear of rattle snakes, but since it’s not considered “rattle snake season” right now it sounded like a great idea!  If you follow me on Instagram you may have caught a little bit of our hike on my  “Insta-Stories” as well as the pre-hike breakfast I made us!  And if you don’t follow me, maybe you should start! 🙂 Click here!

Hiking Dartmoor Road Trail

As soon as we stepped on the trail, we could tell we were in for some amazing views

Hiking Dartmoor Road Trail

Hiking Dartmoor Road Trail

We also got to see snowy mountain views!

Hiking Dartmoor Road Trail

That piece of land in the distance is Catalina Island

Hiking Dartmoor Road Trail

We were even greeted by this little guy!

Hiking Dartmoor Road Trail

Joel is quite often sneaky with his picture taking and captures me when I’m unaware

Hiking Dartmoor Road Trail

So I decided to do the same!  When I saw him in this stance I had to steal a shot.  He’s OBSESSED with these Cloudline hiking socks, so much so that he exclusively wears them everyday…not just while hiking.

Hiking Dartmoor Road Trail

I’m really hoping someone proposed here recently, because, well, it’s pretty adorable if they did!

Hiking Dartmoor Road Trail

When I told Joel that my idea for the day was to go hiking, he was pretty stoked.  He’s not big on surprises, but I love them, so it made me feel good to be able to spring this one on him.  Just a little act of affection for my guy.  And a pretty sweet way to spend a beautiful Sunday morning if you ask me!

Cheers!

Traci

 

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Top 5 favorites of early 2017

Overall, I consider myself somewhat of a minimalist.  I’m constantly getting rid of things and I hate having “extras” of an item saved for later or having items in excess.  For example, I don’t see the point in having more than one pair of running shoes.  I will continue to wear the same pair until they’re sufficiently worn out and then get a new pair after I toss or donate the old pair.  It’s a similar situation with my master bedroom bedding.  I have one set of sheets, pillow cases, and duvet cover that I adore, and when I remove them to clean, my bed stays naked for the hour or so it takes to wash and dry everything.  That being said I’m not a perfect minimalist.  I can never have enough dresses, my closet is FULL of them.  Clothing is my weak spot for sure.  Life is all about balance though right?  So one bed set and one pair of running shoes to my 1,000 dresses totally works!  I know you can’t read sarcasm, but I’m HOPING you all laughed at that last part!  ANYWAY,   when I do find new items that are super useful or bring a positive aspect into my life, I’m all about it! And today I’d like to share with you my top 5 favorite things so far in 2017.  A few are brand new to me, and a couple are oldies that continue to bring extreme joy and improve my everyday life.  They are all very different as well, so I’m bringing them to you in no particular order, I love them all equally for what they bring to the table.

 

1. Kate Spade New York “All In Good Taste” Travel Tumbler 

Kate Spade "All In Good Taste" Travel Tumbler

This thing is AMAZING! Not only is it cute and doesn’t leak in my purse, but it also keeps hot liquids hot for 3 hours and cold items cold for 9 hours.  This is ideal for my Arbonne detox tea.  Being a massage practitioner, there are days that I don’t have time to finish my tea between clients, but with this tumbler it’s not an issue.  As long as I close the mouth piece it stays nice and hot.  And when it says they say keeps your hot liquids hot for 3 hours, it means the liquid doesn’t start cooling down for 3 hours, so really your liquids will stay at least warm for longer. YAY! Get yours here.

 

2. Kung Fu Tonic 2

This wee bottle packs a punch!  Kung Fu Tonic 2 is a natural immunity booster that’s organic, raw, vegan, an just plain awesome!  With ingredients including apple cider vinegar, heirloom garlic, ginger, cayenne, and turmeric it’s not only good for you, but freaking delicious!  Just opening the bottle a smelling this stuff makes my mouth water. It’s made locally in Laguna Beach California, but can also be ordered online and shipped anywhere!  You can take this tonic straight by itself or use it to enhance your favorite foods.  I enjoy it drizzled over a salad along with a little extra apple cider vinegar and avocado oil.  A  little bit goes a long way!  Learn more and order yours here.

kung fu tonic 2

kung fu tonic 2

 

3. “Get It Done” Weekly Planning Notebook

So you might be thinking, “Okay it’s a planner, so what?”  This is SOOO not just a planner though!  There are several well thought out sections in this spiral notebook that help you stay on track.  Monday – Friday each have a section for three “Top Priority” items so you can cross those off before anything else, along with a water section to help make sure you’re getting in your 8 glasses a day!  Other great features include a “Things To Be Thankful For” section, a page for weekly menu planning with shopping list, and a full “ETC” page for anything extra you need to remember.  And what’s even better is each week is completely customizable, in that you fill in the dates yourself.  So say one week you’re away on vacation in Belize and you don’t use you planner, you won’t be wasting any pages because they aren’t preset like your typical yearly planner/calendar.  LOVE THIS!  It’s perfect for starting this new year off right!  Nice and organized!  Get it done, here.

Get It Done

Get It Done

Get It Done

4. Mieroglyphs Bracelet

Like many ladies, I enjoy accessories.  Especially jewelry.  These bracelets are hand crafted, vegan, and cruelty-free.  Each bracelet comes with a positive inspirational quote engraved on the inside, but if you have a special quote or mantra that’s special to you, they will happily engrave it in your bracelet and make it one of kind.  The bracelet sizes can be made perfect for your wrist too!  They come in several different designs.  The one I chose is called “Cappo.”  I was drawn to it because of the plaid design.  It’s the perfect bit of pop for an otherwise plain outfit, plus plaid never goes out of style!  (HELLO, BURBERRY?!)  I also really like the “naked” design which is just plain cork along with your choice of metal clasp.  On their website they state “Our intent as the Mieroglyphs organization is to provide accessories as vehicles for motivation, inspiration and positivity. With every Mieroglyphs order you can feel good about being a responsible and conscientious consumer.”  All of this makes me happy, and here at Yes To Champagne it is my focus to find the little things in life that makes one feel good.  This bracelet and company completely fit the bill!  Find what design speaks to you, here.  PS! Use code TRACI for 20% off your order!

Mieroglyphs

Mieroglyphs

Mieroglyphs

 

5. Arbonne Essentials Sleep Well Spray

This is my nighttime savior.  I struggle with having a busy mind as soon as my head hits the pillow.  At times it can keep me awake even if I’m exhausted.  When this happens I reach for my Arbonne Sleep Well Spray.  It’s a slightly sweet lemon-y flavored spray full of Arbonne’s personally engineered vegan melatonin and botanical blend that gently whisks you away to dreamland without the groggy side affects.   Whether I need to calm my mind or need to be well rested for an important day a head, I can always count on this blue bottle to help me get my ZZZ’s.  It never leaves my bedside table.  Stop counting sheep and grab a bottle here.

Arbonne Sleep Well Spray

 

And there you have it, my top 5 favorites of early 2017!  With these items in toe, this year is bound to start off on the right foot.  Maybe they will become a few of your favorites as well <3

 

Cheers!

Traci

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Homemade “Sriracha” Sauce

We enjoy some spice in our house!  We also like to *try* and grow our own veggies.  Sometimes we succeed and other times not so much.  This little jalapeno plant is something we are quite proud of though.  He’s come along with us in his little pot to every place we’ve moved to in California over the past 5 years, and every year he produces more and more peppers!  One thing we’ve learn about jalapenos through this little guy is that if you allow green jalapenos to stay on the plant and “ripen” they will eventually turn red in color and become Fresno chilies!  And guess what you can make with Fresno chilies….SRIRACHA!

Homemade Sriracha

Homemade Sriracha

Homemade Sriracha

The first time I made Sriracha our plant was overflowing with peppers, but right now since it’s winter the growth has slowed down to only a few baby peppers at a time.  So I got help from the grocery store to supplement our supply for this recipes batch.  Although you have to let the flavors of this recipe develop for 24 hours, it’s amazingly simple and SO worth it!  After eating my homemade Sriracha exclusively for a while and then having the store bought kind at a restaurant, I much prefer the homemade stuff.  It tastes so fresh, clean, and vibrant, plus I love knowing everything in it is real food!  **For all my Arbonne clean eating followers, I’ve included an “Arbonne for 30” friendly version too! Just one tiny switch! Homemade Sriracha

Homemade Sriracha

Homemade Sriracha

Homemade Sriracha

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Homemade Sriracha

Ingredients:

  • Approximately 2 cups sliced Fresno chilies with seeds (that’s about 19 peppers to make it easy)
  • 1 packet of Traders Joe’s garlic cloves, roughly chopped (if using a regular bulb of garlic about 7-10 medium cloves)
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • 2 teaspoons ground Himalayan pink salt (sea salt is ok too)

In a 32oz mason jar add the Fresno chilies with seeds, garlic, both vinegars, and salt.  Close tightly with a lid and give it a shake to get everything well blended together.   Let the mixture sit for 24 hours on the counter.

The next day pour all the contents from the jar into a saucepan and add the agave, stirring to incorporate.  Over medium high heat bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer and let cook for 5 mins, stirring occasionally.

Once the 5 mins is up, remove the pan from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

When the mixture is cooled, pour it into a blender and puree until very smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.

After blending, YOU’RE DONE!  Just pour the Sriracha into a jar and store it in the fridge.  Stays good up to 3 months.

**For those of you who are following  the Arbonne 30 day Clean Eating Challenge, this recipe can be made Arbonne friendly by omitting the white vinegar and using all (1 and 1/2 cups) apple cider vinegar.  It will be slightly sweeter, but still dang delicious!

Recipe adapted from bluekaleroad

 

We put this Sriracha sauce on everything!  Tacos, eggs,  Asian dishes…really anything you like hot sauce on, this sauce will do the trick!  And that makes me pretty darn happy 🙂  I hope you give this recipe a try, and I would love to hear what you think!  Feel free to leave questions or thoughts in the comment section below.

Cheers!

Traci

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“HER”

While having my folks and sister in town for the holidays, my reading was put aside, and I happily spent all my extra time soaking up as much quality family time as possible.  Now that everyone has started their journeys back to Seattle I’m settling back into my normal routine, but before getting back in too deep, last night I decided to give myself a bit of “me” time.  In my mind there was no better way to do this than to dive back into my latest book.

“Her” by Harriet Lane is a Thriller (my fav genre) with two main characters, Emma and Nina.  Each chapter is marked with one of their names, and is then told through the namesakes perspective.  Emma and Nina start an unlikely friendship and although Emma sees Nina as a NEW person in her life, Nina somehow knows Emma from earlier in life, but doesn’t share this information with Emma.  As the chapters go back and forth between the characters it seems that Nina is out for revenge, but for what exactly is unclear.  So far “HER” has been very different than any other thriller that I’ve read, and I’m digging it!  There’s so much mystery and deceit I’m so intrigued to see how everything comes together in the end!  Will Emma all of a sudden remember Nina?  Or is Nina going to reveal herself?  Ahhh I NEED to finish this book and find out!

hercopy

If you haven’t read this one yet, put it on your list!  And when you get to Emma’s Chapter starting on page 187, do yourself a favor and read it like I did… I ran myself a bath, poured a glass of wine, and lit a scented candle.  I chose Santa Julia Innovacion Torrontes Pinot Grigio for my wine and Homesick Washington edition for my candle, but choose whatever tickles your fancy!  This chapter combined with my bath and wine completely swept me away.  I felt like I was on vacation in France, and IT WAS FABULOUS.  Just trust me on this one, you won’t be disappointed!

Cheers!

Traci

 

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