I feel like we are FINALLY entering into fall/winter weather here in Santa Barbara. For the first time, the weather is in the low 60’s, and it’s cloudy. It actually started raining about half an hour ago. We don’t get rain much here, so I’m not complaining. I’m actually going to admit that I kind of enjoy it. (I never ever like rain) It feels nice, cool (not cold), and moist. Though I do want it to stop by tonight 🙂
I was really stoked last night, when I got to be a guest blogger on Tina’s blog Carrots ‘n’ Cake. Hers was one of the first food blogs I came across, and have been hooked ever since! I shared an easy and delicious Tofu Gratin recipe, and my thoughts entitles “Why Julia thinks Japanese women don’t get fat,” from my experience growing up in Tokyo. Please check the post out HERE, and Tina’s amazing blog devoted to a healthy balance!
I was also stoked cause I did some yoga from Yogadownload.com. Yoga never fails to put me in a better mood. More calm, more grounded, more positive. Love it. Can’t get enough of it!
Last night was James’ birthday, so I baked him a super moist and perfect and delicious Pumpkin Cake. (PS – thanks to all of you who wished him a good one! He blushed when I told him he had so many people thinking of him! 🙂 how cute)
The cake was incredibly amazing for how simple it was! It was soooo moist, soft, and flavorful. I thought of doing a pumpkin pie for his b-day, but pie just somehow isn’t birthday-ish enough, so I went with the cake. But it tastes just like pie! Maybe even better 🙂
I know it’s a simple looking cake, but we are simple people who enjoy the simple things in life. 🙂 And plus, it’s the thought/effort that counts 😉
After putting in all the candles, the cake was full of holes, but it tasted so yummy. This cake recipe is a keeper! (It only has 3 ingredients in it!)
Although the day was fantastic, there was just one sad detail. 😦
I polished off the last bit of my first jar of Barney Butter. I FINALLY was able to find a jar when we went to the Whole Foods in Thousand Oaks. (read post here) I was ecstatic to try it out, and boy, it did NOT disappoint! I tried the Crunchy style, and it kind of made my head spin, it was so good.
Have you all had a chance to try this amazing almond butter? It was heavenly on my bananas, and equally heavenly on bread. I tried with all my will power not to gobble it all down in three days. I fought with temptation, and was able to make it last a whole EIGHT days! Yeeah, three cheers for Julia! I am actually very sad that it is all gone….. I never got a chance to try it with pumpkin. I really hope to get my paws on another jar very very soon. 😉
PS – don’t you just love the beautiful color that is my bedroom wall? I affectionately refer to it as “puke green.” It is most definitely NOT my color of choice (eeew). I’ve been wanting to re-paint it ever since I moved in. But alas, procastination has been winning this war….. I guess it’s not as bad as the bedroom one of my friends recently moved into; NEON ELECTRIC BLUE. Man, I wonder who in the world thought that neon wall color was a good idea? At least puke green is not that offensive…. What do you think would be the worst room color ever?
I generally think anything NEON should be off limits. Also, I would not like to live in a bedroom with black walls; too depressing.
Changing topics, I am psyched that tomorrow is my “Friday.” I can’t wait till the break! My friend and I are going to cook our first ever Thanksgiving meal together, bcs neither of us can make it home this year. I’m very excited about this culinary adventure we are going to have! Hopefully, everythings will turn out OK and we won’t have a kitchen catastrophe.
Hope all of you have a great afternoon/evening!