Ross and I planned a date night. We needed date night ideas outside of the stereotypical going to dinner. We have about two date nights per year, against our therapist’s good advice. It was super warm out and we were wanting to get the rental painted…so we used our date night to paint. How bad are we at romance, for real!? So we dug out our crappiest clothes…well I dug out some crap clothes and Ross wore his standard. 😉 but Ross always looks hot in his standard…I think he was once called the best-looking man in North Dakota…by some drunk missus in a bar. #eyeroll #howifeelaboutthat #ndgirlsaren’tshy
On the left is the before – ugly grey. The right is the after – crisp white.
Ross bought a new paint gun that he’s been dying to shoot, so we fired up the Graco Magnum Project Pro and went to town. It was windy as hell so it wasn’t the easiest of tasks. We had to tape off the freshly painted roof and that actually took up the most time – the painting itself went pretty fast.
We painted all of the trim and fascia black.
For some odd reason Ross was really juiced about me manning the paint sprayer, which was not my idea of a good time. It requires superb balance as you lean every which way on the ladder twenty feet in the air, and if you hesitate for one second (and I love to stop and check my work) you are going to have a bad time. I attempted spraying three times and Ross was more frustrated than a cowboy with an unbroken horse. He kept saying “NOPE!” #lmfao If I was on his crew I would have been fired. Or at least verbally ridiculed. #ifyouwantitdoneright
The most terrifying moment of my life. Ignore the windpants.
I don’t think the paint drippings killed the project though- I told Ross I love to tape and I’ve been waiting my whole life to tape poly over roof fascia. I was pretty proud of my work…cuuuz I could stop and check it out whenever I gd wanted. I also got to touch up the new window trim by hand with a brush. That black paint really likes to bleed onto the white siding, especially when it starts getting dark…but my sweatshirt came in handy when my brush got out of control!
This is what the garage looked like before
The garage is now bright white (yes, we need a new garage door…try to ignore that)
The house definitely looks crisper with new white paint – although it wasn’t terrible before. The garage looks a thousand times better because it matches the house now. We are in desperate need of a new garage door and of course we want to get all fancy, but we have to remind ourselves the garage door is not going to be the selling point of the house. #ohyoufancyhuh
The house painted crisp white. And, two thumbs up!! 🙂
Meanwhile I’m going to chill and pin fancy garage doors on Pinterest, because a girl can dream.
We were sooooo lucky to be invited to a destination wedding in the surfing town of El Pescadero, Mexico. It is not very touristy, it is more of a surfer destination, and therefore not a town we would have ever picked on our own, so I’m glad it came onto our radar. I wish I knew how to surf…or had enough time to learn how to surf. The logical part of my brain insists I shouldn’t spend time trying because we live in Minnesota so it doesn’t make sense as a hobby. I tell myself tennis is more logical – at least it doesn’t involve the ocean which is 1800 miles away.
Beautiful wedding…more beautiful bride
Social hour at the wedding venue
The amazing ocean view from the wedding
We stayed at an oceanfront home called La Alianza. It was difficult to find in the dark as there are mostly dirt roads in El Pescadero. But watching the sun rise and set over the ocean from this house was amazing. It is a beautiful home in a beautiful location. Luckily, there was a main house with a pool that we were able to use, and this was critical because it was almost always over 90 degrees.
The pool at the main house of La Alianza
Sunset view of the beach from La Alianza
As always, we traveled light. We only brought two carry-on bags and didn’t even bring a stroller – I hauled Julius along in my Moby Wrap (facing outward) and he loved it. A customs lady even stopped me and asked me all about it, to my delight. We had to get a rental car because El Pescadero is about two hours north of Cabo San Lucas and we wanted to be able to explore. We purchased car seats at the Walmart in Cabo…they were more expensive than we expected at $100 USD each….apparently there is a premium on car seats as most locals don’t use them…
A mashup of El Pescadero and Todos Santos videos…
We were there four days, and outside of the wedding, we spent most of our time visiting restaurants and swimming in the pool. One afternoon we went to Cerritos Beach, but because it is primarily a surf town, the waves were pretty tremendous therefore it was too rough for us to really swim or build sandcastles. George was knocked down pretty quickly and we only stayed for a few hours. Nothing like the bathtub beach on Isla Mujeres!
Building sandcastles on Cerritos Surf Beach
Our most expensive meal was at Rancho Pescadero, but the food and surroundings were amazing. They grow all of their produce and you can walk around to see the plantings. We had an ahi tuna appetizer, seafood pasta (which I scarfed, so there is no picture) and steak (of course – Ross always orders steak).
Rancho Pescadero grew all of their own ingredients next to the restaurant
Ahi tuna appetizer
Ross ordered steak
We ate most of our breakfasts in the nearby town of Todos Santos, where the little streets definitely reminded me of Isla! We first hit Cafelix, which had two levels – the top level of the bar area was about ten degrees cooler for some reason, so we ate up there. We had eggs, banana pancakes and fruit smoothies with our coffee, and everything was delicious.
Cafelix streetfront in Todos Santos
The wall menu at Cafelix
Our americano and cappuccino at Cafelix
We sat on the second level (bar area) because it was cooler
The wait was a bit long…for us “impatient rushed” Americans!
A little ways away from our rental house was Baja Bean Company, which was an expansive cafe with a bakery-style breakfast counter. I really wanted to try the almond croissant (okay I just really like saying “kwa-sooown,” en francais) but they only had a few of the menu items left, so we ordered egg quiche and egg avacado sandwich with fresh baked jalapeno bread. Totally delicious as well.
Our delicious breakfast at Baja Bean
The dining area at Baja Bean
On our last day we hit up La Esquina in Todos Santos, which was my favorite. The food was amazing, the fresh fruit smoothies were amazing, the coffee was amazing, and the wireless signal was amazing. It was really the only place in the whole region where I could pick up a strong signal. There were a ton of expats there – and/or tourists, but I’m pretty sure they were expats.
Julius just chillin’ it at La Esquina
The day after the wedding we ate tacos at the beachfront house of one of the wedding guests. We watched the sun set which seriously happens within a matter of minutes. If you take a sip of your drink you will miss this magical moment.
Ross and Julius (and George’s hair) eating tacos at the beach house
The sun set within 60 seconds…you had to watch carefully
Ross wanted me to share pictures of the dirt roads. They seriously cut between mountains and in some instances require you to scale a mountain to get somewhere. The directions we frequently heard were “go between the two mountains” and “follow the bamboo fence until you get to the stone fence then take a right when you get to the block fence.” It was totally hectic driving around but we love a good adventure! But stay the hell away from Cabo if you can…Cabo traffic…I have no words.
I wanted to do something with the leftover pumpkin from pumpkin carving, so I decided to use the new breadmaker and make pumpkin bread. I also cleaned and roasted the pumpkin seeds, which are my favorite snack (outside of Reese’s) every Halloween season.
George picked out the stencil and daddy broke out his fillet knife
Our awesome cat pumpkin…Ross loves cats 😉
I used this tutorial from FlouronmyFace.com on how to best clean your pumpkin seeds, salt and roast them. It turned out great – but I’m glad we didn’t make that much because they are so addicting. The first night I woke up so thirsty because of all of the salt. Waking up with dry mouth is the worst.
For making pumpkin bread, I used this recipe for a yeast pumpkin bread for a breadmaker. I left out the ginger because I hate it – I have flashbacks of acid reflux while pregnant with Julius and I was told to drink ginger tea, which is disgusting, imo, so I puke in my mouth every time I smell or taste ginger. I used half white flour and half wheat flour to make it healthier and added a little extra water to be absorbed by the heavier wheat flour.
The baked pumpkin pieces in our baby bullet 😉
Pureed with a little hot water
I baked then pureed the pumpkin chunks in our baby bullet because our blender broke a few years ago and we just never bought a new one. Everything we would need to make in a blender we can make in the baby bullet. It never got enough use from the 6-9 months you need to make baby foods, anyway.
George helped me mix ingredients…for 2.5 minutes
The breadmaker was a challenge. I was tripped up because 1) I mixed up all of the ingredients first, which is wholly unnecessary, and 2) we came back from a long walk and it had over-risen to the glass on the top of the breadmaker, so I hit “stop.” Then the only way to bake it was to start the whole mixing and proofing process all over again.
#wtf sooo…I need a little practice with the bread machine.
I used half white flour and half wheat flour and it worked fine…I added a little extra water
On the bright side, the bread machine works, I just need to get my baking game solid. Also, I’ve learned you shouldn’t even use carving pumpkins to bake, as they are usually overgrown, and the best pumpkin for baking is found in the smaller pumpkins. Which explains why Ross thought it was nutmeg or cinnamon bread. #wheresthepumpkin