Sunday Snaps, 10-12-2014

Sunday again? I can’t believe it- the weeks seems to go so fast, especially these past few. I not only had one whole week off from work during the first week of October, but I also went to go visit my friend Dani and her fiancé in Vegas. I originally decided that I was just going to take this fall break and chillax at home with the 6 books I am currently reading, but then the temptation of $15 cocktails and hungover Tuesday mornings got the best of me. Just kidding! I really went to go see Dani, who is not only in the midst of wedding planning, but has her own blog, Care to Pair, which she is slowly, but diligently, building up.

Dani and I made a dinner one night, where she taught me all about the basics of pairing. I’ll be posting about it…eventually. I would like to say soon, but seeing as I’m behind on fall recipe posting, and have 15 recipes with pictures but no accompanying blog posts….I’ll get to this one eventually. In the meantime, here’s a picture of our meal:

In addition to doing all the typical Vegas touristy things, Dani and I went to Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and Red Rock. Ahhh-mazing. I am in constant awe of things like dams, bridges, and really really tall skyscrapers; its truly amazing what we as people are able to build.


This fall display at the Bellagio was amazing. 

This fall display at the Bellagio was amazing. 


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Succulents on a car? Count me in. 

Succulents on a car? Count me in. 


Always in love with the Venetian. 

Always in love with the Venetian. 

Oh, and red rock? I can’t believe I have never heard of it before. Not only was it gorgeous, but it sufficiently inspired me to sing the Flinstones theme song in my head for most of our time there. I highly suggest checking it out if you’re in the Las Vegas area. #nerdalert

To my surprise, Vegas was much drier than southern New Mexico. Now that I’ve been here a few months, I am starting to see the nuances between different desert climates, and I can even notice tiny changes in humidity. So could my skin, which is why the face oil from Fat Face Skincare was a lifesaver.

Obsessed. In other news, I never though I would be the girl putting beef-tallow on her face to stop breakouts and help with moisturizing. Weeeiiir-dooo.

As colder weather is starting to seep in, I’ve fallen back in love with stock making, soups, really hot coffee, and fancy warm drinks. My new favorite? S’more’s lattes. Definitely not paleo, by any mean, but there’s a place, Becks, not too far from my house that uses a crème brulee torch over a homemade (whaaat?) marshmallow to give the latte a really rustic, campfire feel and taste. Its incredible. I want one right now. Except its 10pm as I’m writing this and I would be up all night.

Since posting these Sweet n’ Spicy Bacon Wrapped Dates, I’ve made them 3 times. We just can’t keep them in the house because they’re so good. I tried them with turkey bacon once as well, and they just weren’t good- so don’t do that. Stick to the real deal, folks. I’ll likely be making another two batches this week.

Some other updates? I dyed my hair, the first ever time in my life. I decided that after 26 years, it was time for a change. I ended up deciding on a reverse ombre, which I am so incredibly happy with. My stylist, Vanessa, is the best, and I even got to partake in a hair-modeling photo shoot with her a few days later. (Complete with a set, cameras, lights, and 3 hours worth of hair and makeup.) Hopefully I’ll be able to share some the professional pictures with you later. Until then, here are some fabulous hair selfies:

I’ve been so happy to see more and more primal and paleo friendly products hitting the shelves at local grocery stores. Of course, they will never replace fresh vegetables and high quality fats, but a little bit of a break in constantly preparing fresh meals is undeniably awesome. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed a post or two about these paleo cookies from Honey & Soul. They’re incredible, and no, I am not getting paid to say these things. I highly suggest checking them out. Also, make sure to subscribe South of Vanilla via email to stay updated because I’ll be giving a way a box of these goodies next week. <3 Don’t miss it!



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Happy Sunday, and have a great rest of the week!




Sunday Snaps, 7-13-2014

I’m trying something new here on the blog, and I’m a bit excited about it. Mostly because I get to write more blog posts, but also because it’s a surefire way to avoid writer’s block.  (According to my fellow bloggers, anyway. I’ll let you know if their advice is true J )

I’ve decided to create a weekly post, “Sunday Snaps”, where I will share all the fun, random snapshots I’ve taken throughout the week that perhaps don’t make it onto the blog during my regular posts. I’m surprised I haven’t done this earlier, because everyone knows that I love taking pictures of things. Camera phones were probably not supposed to fall into the hands of people like me.  

But seriously. Really.

Without further ado, I present to you the inaugural Sunday Snaps! 


Sunday Snaps, 7-13-14

I went to a birthday BBQ , where the birthday boy was turning a certain age. Here was his eloquent banner, and I think it deserves a regular place in their home:

And they have the cutest dog….who I kept slipping food to under the table. If you’re reading this Dianne and Todd, sorry about that. I just couldn’t resist this face:

My best friend was going through her parent’s basement this week, and found this darling photo of us. We have been looking for evidence of this night for many years, and this is the only piece of evidence we have of our clever but embarrassing Halloween costumes circa 2000? 2001? Not sure, but they are AWESOME:

The past week in D.C., its been extremely sunny and humid during the day with severe thunderstorms in the evening. One night, just after it stopped down pouring, amid all the warning to “take cover” and “stay inside”, I ventured up to my roof and saw this:

I am pet sitting my friend’s fish while she is on her honeymoon with her husband in Italy. Their pictures I’ve seen from their trip are To. Die. For. Pasta and gelato for days, my friends. Beautiful.

While they have been exploring Roman ruins and sunning on the Amalfi coast, I’ve been taking pictures of Betta Fish Azul next to pictures of them in Italy. So Azul won’t get too homesick. I know, I’m so smart….

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Like the rest of the world, I’ve been obsessed with OITNB. So obsessed, that when the second season came out, I stayed up all night watching episodes for week. I was like a zombie at work, and when people asked me why I was so sleep deprived, all I could say was: “So there’s this T.V show on Netflix…” And now I feel like this:

One of the hardest things for me about becoming Paleo was giving up cheese. I still eat fermented cheese occasionally, but I don't have fresh cheese too often. Except, sometimes I just can't resist. Like with this tomato mozzarella salad I made myself the other day. Bellissimo! 

Happy Sunday SoVs! (South of Vanilla-ers)