Mexican Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Pie

You wouldn’t think I needed another rejuvenating California fix after my recent trip to LA, but I did. I went to San Francisco for ten days last week and just about died I was so incredibly happy and relaxed.

I got to explore more of the city and a lot of the East Bay. I got to go north to Muir Woods to breathe in that amazing redwood scent and to Stinson beach to dig my feet in the sand while enjoying a picnic with one of my favorite people in the world. I got to spend the whole time with some of my closest friends from high school and college. I got to relax, bake, and go running and hiking; I got to try some pretty freakin’ outstanding restaurants and some trendy SF bars.

Chocolate Cream Pie

I feel so lucky. Oh, and I also made a Mexican Chocolate Cream Pie. Yeahhhh :)  But first, here’s a look into my California time…

Enthusiastic

The theme of the week :)

Graffiti

Dolores Park

Dolores Park

Jack Kerouac

Muir Woods

Muir Woods

Don’t stop! There’s more…

The Year of Making Things Happen

2012. The year of making things happen. I can, and I will. Job search in DC?…bought my ticket, and just went! BAM, just like that! Making that awkward phone call? Went for it. Crazy hard spin class? (sore for a couple of days) but, DID IT!

It’s also a year to be filled with many more delicious recipes. And to catch you up on the magic that happens when I don an apron, there have been sweets abound, but also more soup than I remembered to take photos of. The cupcakes were the lovechild of a “chilly” (read, 62 degree) California day and my joblessness. For the Super Bowl, Caitlyn and I decided, “why not?! it’s Christmas! let’s go for it!” and made “slutty brownies” (…because they’re oh so easy and just a little bit dirty) – definitely one of those things that makes life better.

I also HIGHLY recommend Joy the Baker’s vegan cream of mushroom soup!!! <3