SO MUCH!

Yesterday Ben and I pulled into a Starbucks drive through and I saw that they have S’mores frappuccinos.

S’MORES. FRAPPUCCINOS. YOU GUYS!

Me: Can they make frapps with soy milk?
Ben: I’m sure but you can ask.
Me: I want a grande soy caramel frappuccino with no whipped cream.

So Ben pulls up to the magic talking order box.

Ben: Can you do frappuccinos with soy milk?
Magical Talking Order Box: Yes!
Ben: Okay, I’ll have a venti s’mores frappuccino with soy and no whipped cream.
Me: *HOLY SHIT BEN IS ORDERING A FRAPPUCCINO! QUICK, LOOK AT ALL THE SNOW IN HELL!*
Magical Talking Order Box: There’s whipped cream on the bottom, that’s what makes it “s’mores”, so you don’t want that either right?
Ben: There can be NO DAIRY at all in the drink.
Me: Wait, are you ordering this for me!?
Ben: *The Look*
Me: I wanted a CARAMEL frap with no whipped cream.
Ben: I’m sorry, can I make that a CARAMEL frapp? My wife has said a lot of things.
Me: Grande.
Ben: *The Look. AGAIN.*

I got a venti soy caramel frap with no whipped cream. And a lot of looks.

Then as we were pulling up to the window I pulled up my app so that he could use it to pay and set it on the center console. Then he pulled almost PAST the window which I thought was odd but he joked with the barista about it and off she went to make our drink.

Then he got his debit card out to pay.

Me: Wait, no use the app.
Ben: *more of The Look*
Me: No REALLY. Use the app, it’s 11 points!
Ben: *smile*
Me: BEN! I NEED YOU TO USE THE APP. WE NEED THE POINTS FOR FREE COFFEE.
Ben: *still smiling*
Me: WHY AREN’T YOU SAYING ANYTHING! BEN! IT’S 11 POINTS! I JUST GOT A FREE COFFEE! YOU NEED TO USE THE APP!
Ben: *laughing hysterically*
Me: THIS IS NOT FUNNY! THIS IS VERY SERIOUS. BEN, I’M SERIOUS! YOU HAVE TO USE THE APP!
Barista: It will just be a second.
Me: DON’T TAKE THE CARD! I HAVE MY PHONE!
Ben: *laughing harder*
Me: OMG IS THIS WHY YOU PULLED UP SO FAR SO I COULDN’T SEE THE BARISTA AND TELL HER TO TAKE MY PHONE!
Ben: Yep!
Me: BEN I’M SERIOUS! YOU’RE MAKING ME CRY!
Ben: You’re crying because you are laughing so hard.
Me: BUT STILL! WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME!?
Ben: Because you are predictable and I knew it would be funny.
Me: But you’re paying with my phone, right?
Ben: I was never going to use my card.
Me: I HATE YOU SO MUCH!
Ben: *grin*
Me: SO MUCH!

PS – I don’t really hate him. He teases my like this daily. DAILY.

Aside: Truthiness in Target

While browsing Target for something to finally start decoration my master bedroom walls:

Cassidy: Look, this one says, “This home is filled with Happiness and Love.”
Me: Is there one that says, “This home is filled with sarcasm and farts?” Because I feel like that would be more appropriate.
Lady in the next aisle: *snorting while trying to hide laughter*
Cassidy: *shrug*

Recipe: Veggie Quinoa Salad

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Lately I’ve been trying to find more vegetarian or vegan recipes to make at home. We haven’t cut meat completely, we still eat fish a few times a week and occasionally get chicken when out to eat, but we don’t have it at home and I found that most of my recipes had either chicken or turkey as a main ingredient so I’ve been scouring the internet to find great recipes that make everybody in the family happy.

So I came across this really delicious Thai Quinoa Salad on Foodie Crush the other day and knew from the flavor profile that we’d all LOVE it. I’m linking the original which you should ABSOLUTELY try but there are a few things I had to change because Ben can’t have onions and I can’t have cabbage. So here is my version:

Salad:
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups veggie stock (to cook quinoa)
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and shredded (I use a mandoline for this)
1 cucumber, de-seeded and peeled
1 cup edamame
½ cup chopped peanuts
½ cup chopped cilantro
¼ cup chopped basil
1 whole avocado, chopped

Sauce:
4 teaspoons fish sauce (my cousin told me you can get vegan fish sauce which will make this a completely vegan recipe)
3 limes, juiced
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon sesame oil
pinch of red pepper flakes

Cook quinoa in veggie stock according to package and let cool. Add all the other salad ingredients and stir. Combine sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add to salad, stir. EAT! Tastes better when it has some time to sit and cool first and even better the next day.

I double the recipe and we have it as a main dish but it would also make an excellent side dish.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016

I thought I’d put together a little Mother’s Day gift guide. There are so many different types of moms out there so I just thought about things that I’d love to receive. You know your mom best! Think about what she loves to do, what her hobbies are, things that make her happy and I’m sure you’ll find her the perfect gift. Here are some ideas to get you started!

Mothers Day Lush Set Lush Mother’s Day Gift Set ($59.95): If your mom enjoys a bath like this mom does then this will be a gift that’s put to some very good use. I try and get a bath in at least twice a week and every bath I take I use either a bath bomb or, my favorite, a bubble bar. I have been a Lush believer since my very first purchase there a few years ago and rely on them exclusively for my hair care, the majority of my skin care and ALL of my bath time perfection.

Funko Pop BB8 at Target Funko Pop BB8 ($8.99): I started collecting Funko Pops awhile ago. I tried REALLY REALLY hard to resist them for over a year then I saw a Borg Locutus Pop one day when I was in Barnes and Noble and I HAD to have it. Since then I’ve been collecting them from all the geeky fandoms I love and lining them up on the half wall in my little corner of our computer loft. I also have a Sherlock Pop on my printer at work. They are just cute and make me smile.

Mother Day Flowers The Bouqs Company The Bouqs Company Ladybug Arrangement ($50.00): I LOVE having fresh flowers at home. When I do my weekly grocery shopping trip I always stop by the floral department and pick out some fresh flowers for the living room and/or my bedroom. I know a lot of people think that flowers are kind of an afterthought gift but if you know they are something your mom might love then I say to go for it. Even though they are temporary, they are an awesome and delicious smelling reminder that you love her. Bouqs even offers a subscription service so if you want, you can give a gift that will last for the year!

mug03 Mug from The Hold Fastery on Etsy ($14.99): I have know Britney online for, SO MANY YEARS NOW. She was one of the very first blogs I followed regularly and it’s been really neat to watch her grow, get married, start a family and make really cool stuff! As a legitimate coffee addict, I have collected many cheeky mugs and absolutely fell in love with hers when she started selling them. I’ve already purchased this one for myself because it holds so much truth in our household. She also has some cute and witty Mother’s Day Mugs available for purchase too!

Hummingbird feeder on Amazon Hummingbird Feeder ($27.17): I came across HUMMINGBIRDSXOXO on Instagram the other day. She lives here in California and feeds hummingbirds every day in her back yard. She even has hand held feeders and she’s been feeding them long enough to have earned their trust so they will come perch on her hands to eat that way! Since then I’ve been hunting for new feeders to hang in my back yard and I really love these hand blown glass ones on Amazon. We already have quite a few of them that fly in to feed off the flowers in the yard so I know if we had a few dedicated feeders we’d have quite a few to watch!

General Disclaimer: None of these are affiliate links and I’m not being paid in any way for this blog post. These are all just products I really love and thought I’d share in case you all need some Mother’s Day ideas.

Feeling the Bern after seeing the finger.

Also, new car decoration. #FeelTheBern

About a month ago I put this sticker on my car. I saw it when I was buying a Feel The Bern shirt and it made me laugh so I added it onto the order as an afterthought. I didn’t buy it intending to put it on my car, I was thinking that I’d stick it on my PC or iPad cover, but Ben and I both laughed about it again when I got the package so I put it on the car just to be cheeky.

The response has been mostly comical. Right after I got it Julie and I took the kids to the beach in Santa Cruz and a couple of guys behind us at a stoplight were pointing at it and cracking up. I’ve also seen two people take photos of it at stop lights.

I thought that eventually I’d get a comment or a dirty look from somebody but living in a pretty liberal area, I was starting to think that I’d never have to deal with that… Till today.

I’d been cruising down 85 in the middle lane for over 15 miles. There were no cars in the left lane for awhile and a motorcycle slowed as it passed me on the left and I could see him do a double take at the back of my car. When he got to just in front of my window he revved his motor to get my attention then flipped me off. I just went with my standard response to finding myself at the receiving end of the middle finger. I smiled as big as I could and waved as enthusiastically as possible. He shook his head, flipped me off one more time and sped away.

And I laughed hysterically then had this exchange with Ben once I got home.

FTBBen

I really do think it’s so funny because all he accomplished was giving me a good chuckle and making me even more happy to be Feeling The Bern! I only wish he knew how spectacularly his finger flip backfired.

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