Celebrating 25 Years!

This is our big year and we are celebrating big! Our plan is 25 small getaways and new restaurants over the next few months. Here's what we've done so far!

1. Cresent Bay Park, Laguna Beach. January. Picnic Dinner before our nephews basketball game.

2. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) February. You can read all about it here.

3. Disneyland and California Adventure  March. We did it all on a sunny day in March...corndogs, characters, pirates, guacamole and margaritas in Downtown Disney, parades, dulche de leche ice cream, Grand Californian for piano music, people watching, World of Color, car races, elevator rides, Storm Troopers, Buzz and Woody. All followed by a good night's rest! (Thanks Uncle Dewey for signing us in!)

4. Pasa Robles, CA  March. Weekend Trip that included, Hiking, Farmer's Market and Wine Tasting.

5. Swallows Inn Bar, San Juan Capistrano. Dive bar, Monday night Country Dancing. We definitely need to take lessons!

6. San Diego Hilton Mission Bay They were kind enough to upgrade us to a suite!  Fillippis Pizza for dinner-not a separate entry because we have been there several times :) Walking at Mission Beach. **Even with the upgrade, next time I'd stay someplace else (the hotel is a bit tired and in need of a little fluffing).

7. The Carnitas Snack Shack, San Diego....Amazing. Triple Threat Pork Sandwich, Carnitas Tacos, Guacamole and Chips, Chocolate Bread Pudding and Butterscotch Creme de Pot. "Our line is our sign." Totally worth the wait!

8. Southpaw Social Club at the Padres Stadium gate. We loved the tritip sandwich (from their Saturday BBQ) and the garlic flatbread!

9. Jimmy's Famous American Tavern (JFAT) A new favorite. Happy hour i the whole place starts at 3pm. Don't miss the meatballs and the sliders


Jana miller
Today we will celebrate us
and where we have been
and dream about at least 25 more!

Life is crazy sometimes.
And it often doesn't turn out like you planned.

But it's good
and it's real.

And I am thankful
to be doing life with this man.

Paso Robles Weekend California

hiking in paso robles
We took a road trip this past weekend! So fun. Here's the details of what we ate, where we went and what we saw.

Left Orange County and headed up the 405 into Los Angeles-Sunny and beautiful and very light traffic

Stop at one of our favorite decorating stores, Urban Home in Oxnard. Grabbed some new iced tea glasses.

Stopped in Santa Barbara at Lilly's for some awesome street tacos. Do one thing and do it right! Lilly's gets this. The line was out the door! I loved the marinated pork and the beef.

Drove up along the coast on highway 101-taking in the surf and sunshine.

Arrive in Paso Robles around 4:30 and hit the jacuzzi before dinner.

Drove  to the San Luis Obispo Street Fair. The Ribline at the south end of the market-best bbq ever. Pulled pork sandwich and chili finished off with some goat's milk ice cream-honey vanilla for dessert.

Back to our hotel. They upgraded us to a suite. Lucky day!

Next day-Breakfast at Joe's Place. Cinnamon rolls, coffee and breakfast goodness all topped off by an awesome waitress. 101 south to the 41 to Morro Bay.

Go south on Highway 1 and follow the signs to Montano del Oro- Head past the small beach to the far parking lot. Look across the ravine and walk to the guard shack.

Hike the private land owned by PG and E called Point Buchon. Stunning views, beach rock caves, amazing rock arches, huge sinkhole, cliffs, green meadows, wind, cows, slow inclines. 8 Miles of natural beauty!

Lunch at Los Osos at Sylvesters. Juicy burger dive with incredible service. We sampled some local beer Firestones, 805 and ate crispy onion rings.

Head up Highway 1-Pacific Coast Highway just past San Simeon to see the kite surfers and then the Elephant Seals.

Head back down Highway 1 and connect with the 46 through wine country.Wine tasting at Opolo and a drive up to the Daua winery for spectacular views at sunset.

Back to the hotel for a dip in the jacuzzi before dinner.Dinner in downtown Paso at Second Press. Amazing Brussel Sprouts and a flavorful burger.

So tired!

The following day, breakfast back at Joe's place with some cinnamon rolls to bring home.  Stop in Avila Beach for a hike on the Bob Jones Trail and a walk out on the Harford Pier where the sea lions make themselves right at home.

One more stop at Lillys, in Santa Barbara, on the way home for more of those amazing street tacos. And In and Out Burger for dinner.

A perfect weekend away!

Balboa Island || Free Download

 A free download over on my portfolio site.

I put this together for my house and I want to share it with you.

You can download it and print it as an engineer print at Staples for under $4. The frame is from IKEA. It's about 19 x 27 (glass).

Happy Thursday!

Best Lunch Near LACMA

best place for lunch near lacma
Jeans on Third, is visually appealing and the food is fresh and full of flavor. And it's a great place to people watch in LA!

picaso woman at lacma
 Picasso, Bust of a Woman.

car exhibit at lacma
Metropolis II at LACMA-So fun!

picasso at lacma man and woman

My Favorite (above)-The blue tones in this piece by Picasso were unreal. Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973). Portrait of SebastiĆ  Junyer i Vidal, 1903. Oil on canvas. 126.4 x 94 cm. David E. Bright Bequest. (M.67.25.18). Los Angeles County Museum of Art. © Museum Associates / LACMA / Art Resource, NY.

eat cake chalkboard
On Monday we headed to LA for lunch and a stop at the LA County Museum of Art. So fun! Before the museum,we had an amazing lunch at Jeans on Third-the best sandwiches and I don't even like sandwiches very much. (Tuna Melt and a Smashed Chicken/bacon/and cheese concoction)

Homemade to die for pickles and a mushroom brie quesadilla as an appetizer. We also got some side salads but I'd skip those next time. Go early-the place is crazy packed at lunch.

After looking at some Picasso's it was back to Jeans for some Portland small batch ice cream and then over to Magnolia Bakery across the street, to grab some take-home dessert for after dinner. We chose the carmel cake and the hummingbird cake. They are best known for their banana pudding but I'm not a big fan. 
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