Macaroon Kisses


My mom called me the other day to tell me that she tried the most amazing cookies at the Granville, Ohio farmers market over the weekend. When she mentioned they had Hershey Kisses smooshed into the middle I of course immediately needed to try them.

I'm obsessed with Hershey Kisses. I blame my Grandma, growing up she always had a glass jar filled with candy and a lot of the time it was Hershey Kisses. Every time I went to visit I would completely clean out the jar.

At 99 calories each you won't feel bad for snacking on one of these.. or two.. okay five i've had five cookies. I just can't resist.

Macaroon Kisses 

1 pkg. (3 oz.) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons almond extract
2 teaspoons orange juice
1 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
54 chocolate kisses, unwrapped (9 oz.)

Beat the butter, cream cheese, and sugar in a large mixing bowl until light
and fluffy. Add egg yolk, almond extract, and orange juice.  Beat well.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt.  Gradually add to butter mixture.
Stir in 1 cup of coconut. Cover tightly and refrigerate one hour or until firm
to handle.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shape dough into one inch balls. Roll in
coconut. Arrange on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake 10 to 12
minutes or until lightly browned.  Remove from oven and immediately press a
kiss into center.  Cool one minute and transfer to wire rack. 

Notes: The recipe calls for 54 kisses, I ended up with 35 cookies so I only used 35 kisses!


Poor House Bistro


We had zero plans this weekend and it was so nice! That almost never happens, our calendar is normally jam packed with weekend getaways, festivals, or hiking trips.  Friday night we just relaxed around the pool, grilled out and watched the movie "joe"

Saturday we both worked all day and were staaaarving by the time we got done so we headed to the Poor House Bistro in San Jose. This place was amazing! Its in an adorable old house with a huge patio that they play live music on every night.

We got the sausage/cheese stuffed french bread for an appetizer, it came with a side of creole mustard for dipping, it was uhhhhhmazing! Then for my main meal I ordered a beef dip sandwich and we shared potato salad and cajun fries. Next time i'll just skip the sandwich and order the cajun fries and sausage bread for my meal. We heard that they have really good bread pudding so I need to save more room for dessert next time :)

I'm so thankful to have a fiancé that loves snapping shots of all of our fun adventures, I on the other hand am always distracted.. and if its food then theres no way its getting photographed before I'm stuffing my face, so embarassing!

Sunday we met one of Allen's friends at Aqui in Campbell for brunch and then we shopped around the farmers market for a bit. 

After we finished at brunch we all came back to our apartment, lounged by the pool all day and played volleyball. We ordered our usual Coliseum stromboli and garlic knots for dinner.

Poor Charlie can't handle all of the weekend excitement. 

Wine Tasting in Napa


Soooo I guess since we spent the weekend in Napa I should also talk about the wineries we went to and not just the food! It being our first time there we decided to stick to the well known touristy wineries to start with and then next time we go we'll check out the smaller places.

We took the "new" highway 29 and stopped at the wineries along this way. Theres also the Silverado trail which we took on the way home but didn't stop at any wineries, this way is most definitely the scenic route and next time we go we want to check out the wineries it offers.


 Stop 1: Beringer 

Our first stop just so happened to end up being our favorite winery of the day. The mansion was so gorgeous. We took the 30 minute tour which included three tastings and I believe it was $25. Our tour guide was so darn sweet and the tour was so informational + we got to see the underground caves where they keep the wine, so neat! 


Stop 2: Castello Di Amaroso

This winery was our least favorite stop. This is the "castle" winery. We did not do our homework very well, by the looks of the winery you would think it has a lot of history.. nope it was opened in 2007 so that was a little dissapointing.  We paid $15 for the self guided tour and it included five tastings (we were only given 4 for some reason? ) definitely worth a drive by but the tour wasn't impressive. 

Stop 3: Sterling 

We really enjoyed this winery. You get to take a tram to the top of the hill where the winery sits and the views are incredible! During our tasting we had the pleasure of chatting with the nicest old man who worked there named Cliff, he was so knowledgeable and so passionate about the winery. We got to learn a lot about the process of wine making and see behind the scenes, this was also another self guided tour with wine tasting stops along the way. 

Loved seeing all the organic farms! The picture on the right is baby grapes!

Eating my way through Napa Valley


I woke up this morning, there was no organic breakfast tea waiting for me outside my bedroom, no gourmet breakfast brought to me while sitting outside gazing at the sun coming up over the vineyards, I was no longer at the Chateau De Vie in Napa Valley... How depressing! But how lucky we were to spend such a beautiful weekend in such a beautiful place.

Let me start by saying if you are ever in Napa Valley , you HAVE to stay at Chateau De Vie in Calistoga, it is thee most amazing bed and breakfast ran by the two sweetest guys (Peter & Phillip) they literally think of everything! Sunscreen/bug spray on the patio, bowl of hershey kisses in the living room, snacks and water bottles in our room, brown towels for makeup removal, free flowing wine, comfy robes and flip-flops in our room, they thought of everything.

Napa is definitely a foodies paradise.  Our first night we went to Tra Vigne in St. Helena, beautiful restaurant! We had an amazing appetizer called Mozzarella "al minuto" which is hand made mozzarella made to order, they even pull it at the table and it goes right on top of grilled country style bruschetta, so good!

The next night we went to the Calistoga Inn. This was my favorite restaurant atmosphere wise but the food was a little bit of a let down. I ordered the Steak Frites. The fries had garlic and cheese on them so they were a winner but the steak was just a huge thick chunk of meat.. way too much for me. The restaurant was beautiful though regardless of the subpar meal, they had a ginormous patio with beautiful plants and pretty lights, they even had a live acoustic guitar player. 

I'd have to say my favorite meal was our Saturday lunch, we stopped at the most amazing grocery store in St. Helena called the Sunshine Market Grocery (a must stop!) and picked up some pasta salad, broccoli salad and blue cheese stuffed olives (yum!) we also had a french loaf, cheese and salami. We laid out by the pool at Chateau De Vie and snacked while chatting with some of the other guests. I wish I had a picture of our amazing lunch but we scarfed it down so heres a picture of the pool instead! 

Every morning they had coffee and tea waiting for us outside our room so we would grab a cup and go for a walk through their vineyards.

Our last food adventure was in the city of Napa. Our plan was to stop at the Oxbow Public Market to grab some lunch but after walking around for a bit we decided we weren't too impressed and decided to go elsewhere. Which landed us at BurgerFi. Holy. Cow. this was good, real good. I'm not a fast food person at all but I was impressed. I got the brisket burger, onion rings with secret sauce for dipping and a red velvet milkshake (best shake ever)

Fourth of July Weekend


Fourth of July has come and gone and I'm left with an extra five pounds (too much dessert, burgers, drinks, you name it I ate it) a messy house, a sunburn, swollen bruised ankle (fatal trip on Charlie's dog bone) swollen eye lid (swimming with contacts) and most importantly a million great memories!
We had a pool day all day on the fourth and grilled out for lunch then decided to take the ferry ( so neat!) to San Francisco for the fireworks at night. It was freeeeeeezing in San Francisco! Everyone was in their hats, scarves and winter jackets.. Definetly not what you picture for the Fourth of July celebration but regardless of the weather we had a good time.
I made some cute little mason jar desserts for us to snack on all weekend. I mixed up some greek yogurt cheesecake filling and layered it with blueberries, strawberries, and pound cake. So yummy!
We had such a good time on the fourth in San Francisco that we headed back the very next day to explore the city some more. This time we decided to take our bikes. We had such a great time biking is most definetly the easiest way to get around in the city, it was so nice not having to deal with traffic and parking. 
We stopped at the palace of fine arts to eat our desserts and take a break from biking, such a pretty place hidden right in the middle of the city!

Sunday we were both exhausted and decided we needed one more relaxing pool day before having to go back to the normal week!

San Francisco/ Yosemite


Where did June go!? I cannot believe its already July and I can't get over how fast this weekend went. Why is it that fun weekends fly by and then a boring work week drags on for decades, its really not fair!
We had the absolute busiest weekend. Thursday we picked up A's family from the airport, Friday drove 10 hours roundtrip to see Yosemite, Saturday I ran 5 miles and prepared food for our cookout while A and his family drove to Big Sur for the day, Sunday we spent the day in San Francisco and Monday we had a much needed pool day with chinese delivery for dinner.

Yosemite is so amazing! We loved it so much were planning on going back again this weekend for a long hike.

I love having family and friends come visit us it feels like a vacation even though were still at home and it was so nice to get to spend time with A's family.

Charlie was so excited to spend the day with us swimming at the pool!
I'm really excited to have a few normal days to work out, rest up, and eat healthy before we stuff ourselves with hotdogs for the Fourth Of July.

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