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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Trip Report Tuesday: California Day 5 Part 1 // San Francisco

Hello, friends!  Ready for some more trip report fun?  Great!  Can't wait to share more with you today!

Day 5 - Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The only thing that made leaving Yosemite National Park that morning easy was my curiosity about our next destination, San Francisco!  We had never been and I was excited to see what adventures awaited us next!  We hopped in the car and set out to trade mountaintops for cityscapes and bay views.

Arriving in San Francisco...

Upon arrival to San Francisco we entered the fast paced hustle and bustle of the financial district.  Boy, is it hopping there!  One thing I loved about touring this diverse state were days like this.  Just that morning we'd been surrounded by breathtaking views of rugged mountains and towering trees and by afternoon we were in a completely different setting, the heart of a lively city!

My excitement grew and grew!  Check out that view!

The Golden Gate Bridge was even more beautiful to see in person than I'd anticipated!

A classic car FULL of teddy bears?!  How could we not take a photo with that?

Jason, being the awesome husband he is, scoped out not just one, but three different areas for us to view the Golden Gate Bridge from!  We could not have asked for a clearer day.  It was perfection!

Lombard Street, The Famous Crookedest Street

We couldn't resist traveling down San Francisco's crookedest street!

Time to check into our hotel and then check out more of this city!

We stayed at a Courtyard by Marriott and could not have been happier with that choice.  It was nice, clean, had a city view from our wall of windows, and best of all, it put us within walking distance of everything we wanted to see and do within that part of San Francisco! 

We basically dropped our bags, snapped some room pics, and were off again to explore!

It was an absolutely glorious day outside!  The sun was shining, there wasn't a cloud in the sky, and this view had me instantly swooning.  What awaited us across the street had me giddy and nearly drooling!  Welcome to Ghirardelli Square, home of the original Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop!  

Ghirardelli Square // Original Chocolate Manufactory
For a big time fan of chocolate, visiting this historical Ghirardelli gem was a real treat!

I felt like I'd won a golden ticket watching this chocolate flow!

Well, that my friends is a sweet spot to break in the middle of day 5!  Next week I'll show you around Fishermans Wharf, take you along for our first trip to In-n-Out Burger, and more!  Hope you'll be back for more virtual vacation storytelling to come!  

Wanna see video footage from this day of our trip?   Head on over to my family's YouTube channel,  Eat, Sleep, Dis, Repeat!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Five Loves on Friday

Happy Friday, friends!  This has been a bit of a rough week here as the majority of my family has been feeling unwell.  I started the week sick, my husband has been home for the entire week sicker than I've seen him in years, and our youngest has a nasty cold.  Yet, these types of posts are fantastic at fixing my focus on things to be grateful for, so I'm looking forward to grabbing a handful of highlights out of this difficult week to shine a bit of sunshine on the situation! ;)  The show Five Loves must go on! ...

One  //  Prime Rib Perfection

Last weekend Jason picked up prime rib from a specialty meat shop.  I think this is the first time in my life I've had prime rib.  While it's never been my choice on a restaurant menu, it was love it first bite!  If you haven't noticed food is my love language. ;)

Two  //  Valentine's Day:  Thai & Television

L-O-V-E  this show!

As previously mentioned we've been dealing with illness this week.  We still wanted to enjoy our Valentine's evening the best that we could, which meant a cozy date night in.  Jason let me choose which led to some delicious Thai takeout.  (I'm so predictable! :))  We plated our cuisine for couch comfort and settled in for several episodes of one of our current faves, Timeless.  I haven't loved a television show this much in a while!  If you haven't seen it, I'll sum up the series without any spoilers for you.  There's a criminal who stole a time machine in attempt to change American history.  A team made up of another time machine pilot, soldier, and historian chase him through historical events trying to stop him, doing their best not to alter history.  There's a whole lot more going on, but that's the gist of it.  If you have Hulu you can binge it there!

Three  //  The Thoughtfulness of My Lovey

With Jason being super sick before and during Valentine's Day he had no opportunity to get me anything.  I totally understood.  Honestly he does so much for me throughout the year that I don't put any pressure on him for Valentine's Day anyway.  I adore the holiday as it's all about love, pretty pinks and reds, hearts and feminine touches, but really a special evening with him is all I need to celebrate, oh and something delicious. 

But, he couldn't go without getting me something.  He did what he could and it was super sweet!  The morning after Valentine's Day he went to the doctor.  He came home with a prescription, a bag from the drugstore, and a smile.  He had picked me up a HUGE bag of Ghirardelli chocolates and a bag of pickle chips (I'm always craving dill flavored potato chips, weird to some, delicious to my taste buds).  It melted my heart that he did all that he could to choose something that I'd enjoy with limited shopping opportunity and ability.  The sweetness behind this gesture, even when he was feeling miserable, made me thankful to have such a thoughtful husband and best friend for life!

Four  //  Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls

My sweet, holiday loving mom made us heart shaped cinnamon rolls for Valentine's Day!  Loved it!  If all of my food could come in either heart or Mickey shaped I'd be a happy girl!

Five  //  Comfy Favorites

These totally belong on a loves list this week, friends!  While feeling unwell they were oh so nice to rest in!  I received one pair for Christmas from my parents, then quickly ordered myself a couple more from Kohl's website.  They are that fantastic!  If you're looking for some comfy lounge wear/pajama pants I highly recommend these!  They're regularly $26.oo and are currently on sale for $17.99.  On top of that, now through February 20th if you pay with a Kohl's charge card you can score an additional 30% off with promo code:  LOVE30 plus free shipping with code:  FEB4FREE  These codes will drop them to right around half their retail price, shipped!  Oh, how I love sharing a favorite and a bargain at the same time!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Wishing you a beautiful upcoming weekend!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Throwback Thursday // Next Stop: Cheesy Eggilicious BACON-Y GOODNESS!

Happy Thursday, friends!  This morning I'm throwing it back to the very first recipe I ever shared here!  I remember what an exciting time that was as I'd just started Chatting Over Chocolate 8 days prior and began sharing my posts at link parties and mingling with other bloggers.  I was tickled pink to have this recipe featured at four link parties that month!  As fun as that all was, those aren't the reasons this post is a favorite to throw back to.  I love this one because it is my husband's favorite dish!  In fact, I made two this week, one for a Valentine Brunch and the other as a gift of leftovers for my Valentine to enjoy throughout the week.  Today I'm happy to (re)pass on this simple, yet beloved family favorite!  If you try it, I hope you'll enjoy it every bit as much as we do!  

Next Stop:  Cheesy Eggilicious BACON-Y GOODNESS!
Originally written and published here on Saturday, January 12, 2013

HELLO, WEEKEND!  Aren't Saturdays absolutely glorious?!  Well, I know just the thing to get them off to an even better start!  SUPER SIMPLE and MIGHY DELICIOUS QUICHE!

I believe this recipe originally came from an old Bisquick cookbook, and is barely adapted from that. It's my husband's hands-down FAVORITE meal! Not just for breakfast, also for second breakfast, elevensees, lunch, with afternoon tea, and for supper! ;) 

Okay, I won't keep you in suspense any longer. Let's get right to it! ... 

Just 5 Ingredients:

8 slices of bacon (cooked and crumbled) 
5 ounces shredded swiss 
2 cups milk 
3/4 cup bisquick mix 
4 eggs

Steps to Creating the Yumminess:
1.  Preheat oven at 350 degrees. 
2.  Spray a pie plate with non-stick spray. 
3.  Sprinkle the delicious bacon (try to resist eating it during this task, IF possible) and cheese, evenly over bottom of pie plate. 
4.  Grab yourself a decent size bowl and blend together milk, bisquick, and eggs. 
5.  Pour over bacon and cheese in pie plate. 
6.  Bake in oven for 1 hour or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. 
7.  Let it sit for 5 minutes. (This is a tough step. Just use this time to set the table or something ;)) 
8.  E N J O Y ! ...& be sure to share with others who love yumminess too!

...Sorry, I've never been one to follow the "Don't play with your food!" rule. ;*)