You Miss Your Old Familiar Friends...Waiting Just Around the Bend...

Who doesn’t love Full House lol.

Happy summer my friends! Seems that everyone enjoyed the carrot cake pancake recipe I posted yesterday! Really hope you will let me know if you sample the recipe or make any changes! I love hearing from my readers!

Brandon and I had a low-key evening: grocery shopping, dinner (Lightened up Fettuccine Alfredo), and planning a California vacation!! We started researching last night and decided San Francisco was the place to go! When we googled “best couples vacations,” this was the destination that topped the list! We are thrilled because we both need time away from work and it’s the perfect time in our lives to travel; we don’t have anyone to be responsible for but ourselves (and Boo, of course)! We are thoroughly enjoying our time as a couple and relishing alone time…before kids and a mortgage come in to play.

 In any case, everyone deserves a break and don’t you agree that work seems so much easier when you have something to look forward to? I can’t wait to have 10 days off…in a row!

The only dilemma?  We need to plan an itinerary. Since I’ve only been to L.A, I wanted to come to my readers’ for suggestions on the best places to stay, eat, visit, swim, shop, etc. We should definitely go visit the Tanner’s no? Uncle Jesse…hubba hubba. haha No seriously, if you can give me any suggestions, we would be most grateful!

A few other things:

  1. I will be hosting, in conjunction with FoodBuzz, a Tweet Chat on Twitter about smart snacking! We will be providing ideas for how to make time for snacks! This will take place on Monday, June 28th at 6 pm. I encourage everyone to participate. I will be providing the link later in the week! (If you haven’t yet check out Health Buzz this month, I encourage you to do so! 3 of my posts are being featured and I would love the support!)
  2. My Blueberry crisp recipe is being featured on Faith, Fitness, and Fun today!
  3. Whole Wheat Blueberry Banana Bread muffins anyone?? Check these out at How Sweet It Is!! Jessica is a genius!
  4. Looking for a fun giveaway? Check out Simple Shaka!! She’s giving away a fun goodie bag!

I posted this on facebook yesterday…have you become a fan of The Healthy Apron yet?

QUESTION: LOVE/HATE–> Brussel Sprouts!  I had a lot of people tell me they LOVE them! I have only eaten them once at a buffet in Las Vegas and I was NOT impressed. I’m sure I would have a much better experience making them at home…right?


28 comments to You Miss Your Old Familiar Friends…Waiting Just Around the Bend…

  • First things first, I used to detest brussel sprouts. Now, I cant say I love them, but they have earned brownie points in my book now that I have eaten them as an adult. :)

    And then San Fran, oh my, you will have the best time ever, there is soooo much to do! For touristy things, going to Alcatraz was really awesome, and you get a beautiful view of the water and the bridge plus the Alcatraz tour itself. We also really loved feeling like kids and ordering hot fudge sundaes from Ghiradelli at Ghiradelli Square. :) And if you have the time, DEFINITELY make the drive up to Napa!!!! It is well worth it and will be just beautiful at this time of the year. Hands down, my fav winery there is V. Sattui ( because their wines are fabulous and they don’t distribute so you can only purchase them on location.

  • Ohhhh San Fran! When are you going? If you can get away, you should REALLY go to Sonoma or Napa while you’re there. I went last year and am going again this year and am in utter LOVE with the place. LOVE LOVE LOVE. So worth it – especially if you’re looking for a couple-y place to go.

  • Kristin Stadler

    San Francisco is an amazing place to visit. I was there for 6 weeks for my first clinical. I would suggest going to Fisherman’s Warf, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Park, Ghiradelli Square (the chocolate place), on the other side of the bridge is a cute town called Salsalito (can get there by ferry), Chinatown (one of the biggest), union square (has a lot of shopping especially Westfield San Francisco Center), take a walk up Lombard Street (the most crooked street in America), a must is a Trolley ride. If you go outside the city I would suggest going to Palo Alto where Standford is. If you like to hike there is this trail called “The Dish” and has gorgeous views of Standford and the suburbs of the city. Another cute place is San Carlos outside the city and they have this place called Harmony which is an all natural frozen yogurt place. It was one of the best places for real frozen yogurt and the best part about it is that it is healthy. I also know some other trails with some great views. If you want more info I can give directions or send you some maps. It was a really great city and you will love it. The only downfall is that it is EXTREMELY expensive but worth it. Hope this helps and let me know if you want any detailed info.

  • One more thing….I do love brussel sprouts :)

  • Nick and I always try to plan something for the weekends, even something small, so we have it to look forward to for the rest of the week! You are right, it makes time fly.
    I have only been to Santa Monica in California, and it wasn’t very long, so I’m not any help. Too bad Nick isn’t here, he used to live in California and I’m sure he could list off a bunch of things to do. hmmmm…maybe not, he’d just say GOLF! haha
    Enjoy your trip!

  • I LOVE SF! sadly it’s been 10 years since I was there so I can’t really remember any of the place we went to then or before that (been there twice!) but envy you for going, have fun!

    I had a very passionate HATE-relationship with brussels sprouts BEFORE I made them at home, when roasted and spiced properly they’re very good :)

  • FUN!!! I absolutely love San Fran, my sister lives near Napa Valley so we always take a day trip to the city when we go. I suggest China Town, Fisherman’s Whorf, Golden Gate Bridge and Park, Haight Ashbury(historic hippie area) and of course, I cannot think of anything more but there is so much to do! Also, maybe try planning a trip to Napa or Sonoma? I know they have wine buses and wine trains that take you up to that area. So much to do, I can’t wait to read more about what you decide on.

    Brussel Sprouts-hate. I tried them once and made them at home. I thought they tasted like dirty socks.

    Ps—I am going to have the Full House theme song in my head the rest of the night—thanks!! :)

  • I am a HUGE fan of brussel sprouts! They are one of my favourite veggies!

  • As a new reader I am LOVIN all of these yummy recipes you link too :O) Thanks!

    Never been to SF, except via Full House so I can’t be of any assistance, but I hope you enjoy your vacay! Even without a definite plan, getting away is always nice

  • What an awesome vacation! I’ve always wanted to go to San Fran. Yuck to the brussel sprouts…but definite yum to the carrot cake pancakes. Even trade-off…right?! :)

  • I have always wanted to go to San Fran!! I can’t wait till you go (I’m totally gonna steal some places from you, I just know it!) And expect to see me at your tweetchat! (:

  • Hey girl! I grew up (well part of my childhood) near San Fran- it is incredible! Suite Apple Pie (sarah) is from there and could provide you with some amazing suggestions. I love brussels they are incredible!

  • My mum LOVES brussel sprouts! I keep trying to but I’m just not the biggest fan. When I was younger I used to chop them in tiny bites and swallow them with water before they hit my tounge :)

  • Have a wonderful time in California.

  • Biz

    What a fun vacation! I’ve never even been to California! :(

    Brussel Spouts are nasty – but my MIL can eat them by the dozens!

  • San Fran has SO much to do. I mean definitely Fisherman’s Warf and Alcatraz, have to have to. And for a sweet treat stop at Ghirardelli, they have a huge store and it’s great for a late night snack. Be sure to bring a jacket, no telling what the weather will do. And if you are bold enough, bike the Golden Gate Bridge and head over to Salcito for lunch. They drive you back:)

    You’ll have a blast, can’t wait to hear about it.

    I can say, never had brussel sprouts (woops!)

  • Kaz

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m glad you did, because now I found yours and I’m really enjoying reading it! =)

    I *think* I love Brussels sprouts. I used to hate them, but now I roast them until crispy then dip them in ketchup and mustard. Much better than the tortuous little cabbages our parents used to force us to eat.

    Hah, John Stamos and I actually have the same birthday (though he’s considerable older than me). :D

  • i don’t know san fran very well but it is so fun…….love all your exciting events you have scheduled!

  • I’m dying to go to the West coast! I really want to rent a car and road trip all along California and farther north.

    I’ve been wanting to experiment with brussel sprouts but my store is always out of them!!! I guess people love them around here.

  • Yes! I’m so glad that you are going to San Francisco…it is our favorite place to visit. We stayed at the White Swan Inn, which was a cute ( a bit floral, I will admit) bed and breakfast. You need to go to this fabulous Italian restaurant in North Beach ( And the Mission District is wonderful too. You are going to have a great time!

  • I love roasted brussel sprouts. Not much of a fan of just plain steamed but I’ll steam them.
    San Fran is beautiful! Great choice! I have only been a couple times but stayed with a friend and didn’t do too many touristy(sp?) things. I’ll have to think more about it though.

  • We just visited San Fran for the first time back in February. It was a VERY short trip though b/c it was only one night in San Fran and then 2 nights in Sonoma wine country. It was a blast but I want to go back so I can do more exploring of the city! We stayed at the Omni San Fran, which is a BEAUTIFUL hotel! If you’re looking for an amazing (albeit pricey) dining experience Gary Danko’s is INCREDIBLE. Slanted Door is also amazing but always super packed with people! It’s a modern Vietnamese restaurant and it’s located in the Ferry Building which has an awesome little market inside. We ate at Slanted Door for lunch one day and then picked up cheese, wine and bread from the market on our way out for a picnic lunch the following day. Ahhh I want to go back so bad!! I LOVED San Fran!!

  • I loooove brussel sprouts! If you roast them, they get sweet and delicious. 400 degrees for 20 minutes then flip and 20 more minutes. EVOO, salt, pepper and you’re good to go!

  • Brussel Sprouts are so good but they make me gassy…haha…so the hubs isn’t a fan of me eating them! :)

  • I don’t remember the last time I tried them. Not that I’m opposed to them, it’s just not something I really grew up with (turns out my parents are pickier eaters than I am!)

  • I love brussels sprouts when they are roasted with brown butter. Mmmmmm

    As for San Francisco, good idea asking bloggers. (I recently asked for tips about visiting Boston and got a whole itinerary from Sophie @Yumventures who lives there). I’ve never been, but my dad went last summer and loved it. Hit up the Haight Ashbury for sure. You should consider driving up to Napa Valley too if you have a car rental. If you do, go to Rubicon Estates ( I hear good things.

  • I obviously hate brussel sprouts. :)

    Thanks for the shout!

  • I might be the only one on this planet who has yet to try a brussel sprout…I’m a little scared:) But, I hear they are great roasted!

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