April, 2016

hiking at palomar mountain + the buffet at harrah’s rincon casino

During our mini staycation, we took off to Palomar Mountain for a fun (and tiring) nature hike. I wanted to revisit the Palomar Mountain School where I (and T) went for sixth grade camp. We also went to The Buffet at Harrah’s Rincon Casino for lunch! More on the buffet later. First up… breakfast!
Breakfast at Starbucks
If it’s after 6AM, there are only 2 options for breakfast at Harrah’s. If it’s before 6AM then Pink’s will be in the mix for …

sarlacc pit cake for my valentine
February 15th, 2016 cake decorating, Mary Mary 6 Comments

If you’re a regular reader of This Tasty Life than you should have already guessed that Jake would be getting something geeky for Valentine’s Day this year. I felt I had to stick with cake this year since last year’s Star Wars Trash Compactor cake was such a hit. This year I went with another Star Wars themed cake and created a Sarlacc Pit cake! I used a bundt cake as my base for creating the “pit”.
But first… I’m going to recap …

hodad’s + birthdays

T turned 17 last week. Jake and I remarked profusely about how time passes so quickly. I feel like summer just started and now we’re nearing the final days of summer instead. T will be starting his junior year of high school in a couple of weeks and I’m amazed at how much he’s grown over the years. For his birthday, we went to Hodad’s in Downtown San Diego with Jake’s mom, T, Jake and I all in tow. I …

attack on titan birthday cake
January 26th, 2015 cake decorating, Mary Mary 4 Comments

Jake’s daughter recently had a birthday and it was up to me to create another birthday cake (she’s now 15, WHAT THE HECK). This time she asked for Attack on Titan birthday cake (flavor: lemon). She loves Attack on Titan and when we went to walk around at Comic Con last year she dressed up as one of the characters and also did the same thing again for Halloween. She’s really into this show. Me? I hardly know anything about it, but …

[recipe] pumpkin chocolate chip pecan bread
November 12th, 2014 Mary, Recipes Mary 4 Comments

Back in the day when Mira Mesa still had a Ralph’s instead of the mega H-Mart, I would pop into Ralph’s in the fall to pick up some of the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. They were like one of the bakery items that I always loved to get at Ralph’s and I never really tried to make it on my own. Since Ralph’s is no one near me now and I don’t think it’s worth it enough to drive to …

zombie cake (+daryl)
October 9th, 2014 cake decorating, Mary Mary 12 Comments

It’s October which means it’s the start of MEGA BIRTHDAY MONTH. S had his birthday last week and Jake also had his birthday last Sunday (which we are celebrating this Friday). Just a few other October birthdays? Jake’s sister, my aunt, like three of my cousins, oh and of course ME. Did I mention that I love October? I do.
I was on birthday cake duty and S asked for a zombie cake for his birthday this year. I’ve made a …

cinnamon coconut oil ice cream sandwich cookies
July 3rd, 2014 Mary, Recipes Mary 8 Comments

My plan was to make my Root Beer Float cookies for the Fourth of July this year. Imagine my surprise when I couldn’t find the root beer extract I was so sure was in the cabinets. It wasn’t in the drawers or in my special set of drawers for all of my baking stuff… maybe I used all of it and just don’t remember? Maybe it’s hiding out somewhere behind a big bottle going, “I’m right heeerrrreeeeee!” Oh well. I …

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