Taste of Adams Avenue 2018: Recap

We love to attend Taste Of events throughout San Diego, and one of our favorites is the Taste of Adams Avenue, held annually on the last Sunday in June. Through these events, we’ve been introduced to many local small businesses and restaurants that become favorites over time. This year we attended with a large group…

Taste of Gaslamp Quarter 2018: Recap

We love to attend Taste Of events throughout San Diego, with a little group of our friends, and those friends’ friends and plus-ones. One of our favorite events is Taste of Adams Ave, so in the past we haven’t attended Taste of Gaslamp, as it is always held the week prior. This year we decided…

Low Carb Caramel Pecan Toasted Coconut Shortbread Bars

My mother was a June Cleaver and my younger sister a Martha Stewart, and together these forces of feminine formidability ushered me into adulthood as less-than-confident when it came to my baking, cooking, and entertaining skills. As an angsty teen, I wrote a journal entry which declared superlatively that I was more afraid of pleasing…

Instant Pot Gyros with Low Carb Pita Bread and Tzatziki Sauce

Our first “place” wasn’t a place at all: it was a rented bedroom in a house with 5 other adults who were also renting rooms. The San Diego housing market, let me assure you, is not for the faint of heart. The Mister was working nights and weekends, so we tried to respectfully tiptoe around…

Low Carb Ham and Cheese “Hot Pockets” with Hatch Chiles

I’ve been in search of non-eggy low carb breakfast foods because I am trying to be healthy but I hate, truly hate, eggs. When well-meaning internet sources suggest what they claim will be “non-eggy!!!11” breakfast foods, they need to just shut their evil faces, because those dang low carb pancakes ALWAYS taste like eggs. But…

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

While attempting to help one another fall in love with one another, my husband and I were bound by the strictures and preambles of courtship, a practice we will never impose upon our own children whereby relationships are effectively chaperoned from start to finish and dictated by the lady’s parents. We were legitimized by adulthood—I,…

One Bowl Key Lime Tarts

One of the last really important things I did before leaving my hometown to marry my husband was to throw a baby shower for my decade-long bestie. I cut up pages from Winnie The Pooh books to make the invitations, and I labored over Asian chicken salad with toasted almonds and crunchy noodles, and these…

Apple Crisp

When you’re homeschooled, you have more friends who live far away than friends who live close by, so it did not feel strange to me that some of our closest friends lived hours away. We reunited quarterly or less, and were during our travels inseparable, then retreated back to our respective corners of the world….

Fettuccine Verde

When I was a young teen, we attended a Home Church, which was mostly a courtesy title. There were a few hymns, masterfully accomplished in four-part harmony by the twelve children of the host and hostess; there was a –sermon? Could you call it a sermon? It was mostly a few words of admonition and…