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Ladies Camping Trip

This past weekend a group of beautiful intelligent ladies went on an amazing camping trip in the Santa Ynez Mountains.  It was an eclectic group but each with their own unique personality to add to the experience and most importantly the many insightful and witty conversations.  Looking back on the camping trip, I really love and appreciate how each person was so different, yet we came together and had a good time.  It was so nice to put life on hold for two nights and venture out into the wilderness without any men and just relax.

I majorly slacked on taking photos, but I did get a few to document our time at Fremont Campground.

Fache & Christine at Paradise Store, Amazing Food near our Campsite

It’s a man.

My Travel Buddy & Tent Mate Lynsi

Walking to the “swimming hole” as we called it that weekend

This is what we found.

Making Friends with the Locals

Lynsi striking a pose

Girls being Girls

Cake Pop A Holic

Warning:  Cake pops are around 180 calories each and extremely addicting.  They are like potato chips where you can never just have one but like alcohol where if you have to much you will feel sick.  Never offer cake pops to a cake pop – a – holic and if someone you know needs help I’m sure cake pops anonymous will be starting in your area soon.  You can thank Starbucks, they are like Mc Donald’s gorgeous but evil little sister.

With that said… hello!  My name is Angela and I am a cake pop a holic.  My latest relapse has been the discovery that I can make my very own cake pops at home!  My very own Cake Pop “Lab” if you will.  I was tipped off to an amazing recipe book (Thank you Jamie) and also to a cake pop maker (Thank you Yvonne).  Unfortunately, JC Pennys has completely sold out of their cake pop makers, I even checked their website, so for my very first dabble in cake pop making I had to do it the old fashioned way.  Thankfully I had my good friend Lynsi to supervise because she had some observation experience from watching her mother make them.

To begin I went to Michael’s and bought a ton of crap I didn’t need.  Actually $65 bucks worth of crap I didn’t need.  I followed the recipe and it called for quite an elaborate array of decor.  I ended up taking back $45 bucks of stuff because I realized that for my first experience I did not need to be so fancy.  Also, I will add that I go all out and sometimes get carried away hence dropping money that I don’t have on dessert that that take one bite to eat,  so for my first time making cake pops I’ve decided to make … PIRATE POPS!

I must say that for my first time, I did’t do to shabby, I also definitely need to work on my ball forming and dipping.  As you will notice I did not have white candy things, m&ms, or little hearts for the ties (those are things I took back because they were expensive!) but they came out okay!  I’m sure as each holiday passes and I make more I will get better!  Enjoy!

Day One: Make Cake Balls

Day Two: Dipping Balls in Candy Coating

The extra coating made candy covered peanuts

Day Three:  Making the Bandanas and Faces

My pirates are a little lumpy and their patches are a little droopy but that gives them character!  I also added some facial hair or sideburns to some to give them that Johnny Depp look!


Wikipedia definition of “Geocaching”:

Geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device[2] and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in theworld. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (tupperware or similar) orammo boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value. Geocaching is often described as a “game of high-tech hide and seek,” sharing many aspects with benchmarkingtrigpointingorienteeringtreasure-hunting,letterboxing, and waymarking.

Geocaches are currently placed in over 100 countries around the world and on all seven continents, including Antarctica.[3] After 10 years of activity there are over 1.3 million active geocaches published on various websites. There are over 5 million geocachers worldwide.

How have I not heard of this before?!  I love treasure hunting and I love hiking around so why not combine the two?  Genius!  Recently, my friend Kim and I decided that while we were in Shaver we would see if there were any geocaches near us.  We were surprised to find that there were a ton!  Some from .3 miles away from our cabin!  We spent a good portion of our time searching for these hidden gems and determined to find a “trackable” which is an item that literally tracks where it is moved to!  Even my husband Andrew joined in on the fun!

My first coin!

Another cache!

Searching for caches brought us to beautiful parts of Shaver Lake that we had never been to!

Kim was an instant pro!

Some were very hidden

We almost gave up on this one!  It was literally buried!

Signing the logs

Micro Cache

Following my compass

I feel like this fun fad gives lazy people like me a reason to push through long hard hikes.  I can’t wait to find more neat caches and although we didn’t find a trackable this time, I am determined to find one!  Look out Pasadena and Pismo, I am coming your way next weekend and I will definitely be searching for more caches!

If you are interested in becoming a part of this awesome hobby then visit http://www.geocaching.com and learn more about how you can download the app on your phone and get started with geo caching!

PS.  Yes, there are even some in Visalia!

Simple Joys

Checking the mail is one of my favorite daily tasks.  Most of the time I throw away or shred 90% of it instantly because it is crap.  Every once in a while though, I am pleasantly surprised by something I get in the mail.  Yesterday was one of those joyous mail occasions.

While sorting through my mail I came across a beautiful white envelope with blue writing.  I immediately opened it and was so happy to receive my first birthday greeting:

My favorite store sent me this cute little card!  Anthropologie just cares about me so much… they always give me a reason to come visit!  Last year they sent me a birthday candle necklace and the year before that a cute little pouch with extra buttons and thread.  Maybe next year they will send me a thousand dollar shopping spree (I could actually buy like 10 things!), a girl can dream can’t she?  15% off is better than nothing, just blind fold me until we get to the sale section please!

Cake Pop Madness!

If you know me or even have just met me since I’ve discovered Starbucks cake pops then you know I am completely obsessed with them.  These little desserts have 180 calories for about 3 bites of absolute perfection in your mouth.  Yes that IS what she said.

If you have tasted a cake pop then it should come as no shock that I decided to take my two favorite cakes pops and do a photo shoot!  (This is also a result of my schedule change at work which allowed me to only work 2.75 hours and be completely bored today).

Chances are in the past few weeks I have either talked to you about cake pops or have even bought you a cake pop.  This is because I think about cake pops like a teenage boy thinks about boobs.  All the Time!  If you are one of the lucky ones I have a bought a cake pop for, I have a confession.  If I drive through the Starbucks drive through and buy a single cake pop I look like a fatty, BUT if I drive through and buy a bunch of cake pops then it looks like I am buying them for a meeting or something.  This allows me to eat one or two cake pops without feeling totally guilty and then I spread the joy of cake pops on to others and in turn they shall hopefully surprise ME with cake pops in the future.  (hint hint.)

If you have never heard of cake pops, then grab a tissue, at the end of this post you may be salivating!

Two little cake pops sitting in a bowl …

My dream… To grow my own cake pops…

Love at first bite!

Our Garden

I posted these photos on my blogger account but since I am ending that blog and continuing here so I am sharing my garden photos with wordpress.  I will be updating soon because lately it has been blooming like crazy!

Our Christmas Tree Tradition

For Christmas, instead of buying in to the mainstream idea of cutting down a ton of trees just to be burned later once we use them to decorate and put presents under.  My husband Andrew and I decided that we were going to start a new tradition for our family.  We are in our first year of marriage where traditions begin!  We went to a local nursery and  bought a redwood tree to use as our Christmas tree and decided that after Christmas we would plant it at Andrew’s mother’s house (since we are renting right now).  Our goal is that every year we will have a tree planted to represent that year of marriage for us.  By the time we have teenagers we should have a pretty awesome tree row of Christmases past.

Pro: We are doing our small part in helping the environment, one Christmas at a time.

Con:  Every one who came over during Christmas laughed and called our tree the Charlie Brown Tree.

Here are some photos of  the tree we planted after it gave us so many memories as our wonderful Christmas tree!