If I wasn’t already in love with Sonoma, the second part of the trip really sent me head over heels crazy in love with the place! We had breakfast at a cute little spot in the square called the Sunflower Caffe and had amazing French-pressed coffee and yogurt parfaits with fresh berries. So simple, but seriously so dang good!
We lucked out and got the most gorgeous day we could ask for and spent it tasting two more wineries and then just enjoying the patio at B.R. Cohn for a good chunk of the afternoon. I ordered some of their vinegars and olive oils here and can’t wait to try them out! If we had the option to our extend our trip, I would have done it right then and there. I think I could have spent a week on that patio sipping wine, eating good food and just enjoying the scenery and company of good people.
Since that wasn’t an option, we stopped for lunch back in Sonoma Square before heading to San Francisco again. We ate at The Girl and the Fig at the recommendation of numerous friends and family members and it was totally worth it. I had a baguette sandwich with brie, arugula, coppo ham and caramelized onions (pic above) with a glass of Prosecco that took me straight back to our trip to Paris.
After our lunch, we hopped in the car and made the trip back over the bridge into San Francisco. After a quick change, we grabbed drinks at the Top of the Mark and then met friends that live in San Francisco for dinner at Tyler Florence’s new restaurant, Wayfare Tavern (soooo good!). We grabbed drinks and then met up with some of our other friends who recently moved there too — it was so fun to get to see both couples and catch up!
We woke up Sunday morning, walked down a steep path to get coffee and breakfast — the walk back up pretty much cancelled that out — then said our goodbyes to friends and headed to the airport. It was another gorgeous day which made it so hard to leave, but it definitely left me wanting more!
* If you missed part one of the trip, check it out here!
These days, it’s so easy to get caught up in what everyone else around you is doing, being and becoming successful at and it’s really easy to get to that terrible place where all you do is compare yourself to that person or group of people. Then the why not me questions come pouring in? Why can’t my life be as perfect as hers? Why can’t I meet the right guy? Why can’t my business become successful like hers? Why can’t I just be happy?! These questions suck, and you shouldn’t yourself these. Everyone is different and has a different path to find the things that make them happy, but let’s face it. Sometimes it’s just not that easy to remember that.
Enter Jess Lively. Maybe you’ve read her blog or worked with her before, but if not, check her out. She’s one inspiring and spirited gal who has made it her job to help other people to create lives with intention. Last year, she helped me re-shape my business with intention and I’ve only seen my business grow since then!
It’s amazing to take one of her classes or one-on-one sessions and to feel amazing afterward, but it’s another thing to remember to live out that intention each and everyday. So to help her clients remember their intention, Jess collaborated with jewelry designer Acanthus Jewelry to create these gorgeous gold bracelets. In a beautiful hand-script, they say ‘live with intention’ and are as beautiful as they are functional.
I’ve been wearing mine ever since I got it and I have to say, it works. One quick look at it and I’m reminded of the things that are most important to me and how I can make my relationships, friendships and faith stronger, by approaching each one with that intention.
So whether you’ve worked with Jess or not, these bracelets are simple and pretty and a wonderful way to keep you on track with what you want to accomplish in any area of your life. I’m saying goodbye to those stress and anxiety-filled crazy days by reminding myself to live with intention everyday!
Today’s post is happening a little later than normal because I’m more tired than normal. I started cleaning and packing yesterday and threw away about 6 bags of junk, boxes, recyclables and got rid of my Oliver-chewed dining chairs. I think I went up and down the back stairs at least 18 times! If I wasn’t tired enough, my allergies kicked in once I started dusting (I’m super allergic to dust) and my eyes feel tired and puffy. But even though I’m tired, the sort of sunny skies and warm weather are motivating me to check some things off my list today!
Now onto this pizza pot pie! If you ever get the chance to visit Chicago, I recommend you check out Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder. They’ve been here forever and the food is so good! They specialize in oven grinders, which are basically sandwiches, and, you guessed it, pizza pot pies.
I always opt for the pizza pot pie because it’s delicious and hearty and, well, I just love pizza! I finally got around to try recreating one at home and the first one was kind of a mess, but this one turned out pretty awesome, even though it doesn’t look totally gorgeous. The real key is to have better cheese (mine melted into the sauce so you can’t even see it) and a sauce that’s not too runny. Next time I’ll use mozzarella, not provolone.