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I hope you all had a splendid Thanksgiving last week! I had a wonderful time spending time with family, eating and drinking. Although I may over overindulged a tad.. Oh well, life goes on!
Friday Five | @innatsshoes1. Girl Scout cookie season is around the corner. These will tide you over until the real deal is available to purchase!

2. Whether you enter to win something for a loved one (or yourself, no judging), you won’t want to miss The Lazy Travelers’ holiday gift guide giveaway here! It’s pretty amazing and I’d like one of each, thanks.

3. Or you could enter to win some of Mrs. O’s favorites in honor of her blog’s 5th anniversary here, including trips to luxurious locations! Yes, Mrs. O is quite generous!

4. This soup is quickly becoming my favorite to order at restaurants. But now I’m eager to try Jessica’s easy way to replicate it at home.

5. While Iceland has been on my top travel destinations for a while, these photos from Mara’s foodventures are making me even more eager to visit!

Friday Five

I am so happy it’s Friday! Especially since next week is super short and leads into my favorite holiday of the year: Thanksgiving! I’m excited to eat all of my favorite foods and drown any negative feelings/thoughts in gravy. You with me? 


1. A friend gave me a brûlée torch a while back. THIS dessert of my childhood dreams is what I’ll be using it for!

2. Welp, next week is the best holiday! And what could make gathering with loved ones while indulging on tons of food better? This recipe. I’m dying to try it!

3. In the spirit of the gratitude holiday, I loved reading this article about how spending more on experiences can make one happier and more grateful. More travel? Okay!

4. Gahhh.. the other holidays are around the corner! Yes, Christmas and Hanukkah are mere weeks away. Luckily, Sally shares this compilation of the best cookies for the season!

5. G & Q have officially made this Canadian city a must visit after their rave reviews. Like seriously, my passport is ready. (So are my liver and belly!)

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Anyone else having an emotional roller coaster of a week? Whether due to your political views or what’s going on in your personal life, I’m a firm believer that it doesn’t take effort to be kind to any person you encounter (in person or online). So with that thought in mind, go give a stranger a compliment. Tell your parent(s), (fur)babies, friends, and family you love them. Hold the door open for that person walking in behind you. Maybe even pour your glass of wine/bourbon/chocolate milk just a little bit more full. Kindness doesn’t have to be difficult.

Now on to our regularly scheduled Friday Five programming!

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1. Ummm… a chocolate tasting room in the heart of wine country!? I cannot wait to try this place out!

2. Excited to say I’ve been to the only Napa mention on this list of new wine country restaurants!

3. Wow! This chick is accomplishing a huge feat before she turns 27. Anyone else feel like an underachiever?

4. This is the cutest DIY craft for my absolute favorite holiday! If I make it, I’ll be sure to share!

5. Toffee is one of my go-to cravings. This recipe for toffee bites from Aimee at Schugary Sweets is too cute and too easy!

Friday Five

I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween! Last week, I prepped some spooky Halloween cookies with my friends. I’m quite proud of how my decorating turned out. Especially the cat with wonky eyes, creepy spikes, and a sinister mouth/whisker stich going on. Very scary, indeed.

We celebrated #halloweekend in San Francisco on Saturday night, dressed as Jim and Pam from the Office. AND I got to meet my chef crush AND take a pic with him. I died of happiness! Photo proof to come soon on my Insta. On actual Halloween I was a Scrooge. I turned off my porch light and read a book in my pajamas.

Okay, enough about my Halloween. Below are my favorite finds from the week!

Friday Five | @innatsshoes1. Joy makes Ina’s apple pie bar recipe and now I need to. I mean, just look at those pictures!

2. Heading to the Hawaiian islands? This awesome guide from Sunset gives you all the “must dos” for each island!

3. Apple cider AND bourbon?! This pie recipe sounds amazing and is absolutely perfect for Thanksgiving.

4. Erin at The World Wanderer ate her way through India last year. SO jealous! In a recent post, she shares all of the foods she’s looking forward to indulging in on her trip back next week!

5. OMG. After seeing all of these cool new additions to Walt Disney World, I’m devising my plan to get there in 2017!

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN (WEEKEND)! I can’t wait to dress up (check it out on my insta tomorrow!) and indulge in candy and cocktails this weekend. Last weekend, I carved the most amazing sugar skull pumpkin (below). It took for absolute ever but I was so proud. It was on display all last week, but with all the wonky weather we’ve been having, it died before Halloween *womp womp* Oh well. Let’s get this Friday Five going! Friday Five | @innatsshoes

1.The ladies of the Lazy Travelers drank all the wine while visiting Portugal, here’s proof. Okay, at least they tried.

2. Have you heard of these candles that (supposedly) smell like home? This Northern California candle has my name all over it — even though I’m not homesick.

3. I cannot get enough scallops. However, cooking them myself is a bit intimidating (and I’ve never tried!). This recipe from Tasting Table makes the process of cooking the scallops sound easy and delicious — a win-win!

4. I just discovered a whole slew of Napa Valley happy hour listings and I cannot wait to try all of these out! Thanks, Two Guys from Napa.

5. Umm.. Bailey’s chocolate mousse?! This will definitely be on my holiday menu! So easy!

Spicy Chicken Teriyaki Fried Rice Bowls

The weather in Napa has been quite erratic lately, but I’m not complaining. No, I rather like this slightly rainy, slightly overcast weather we’re currently experiencing. However, it makes me far less productive than normal, as I want to be dressed in my comfy clothes, curled up under a warm throw while sipping tea and reading for leisure. Or in the kitchen cooking up something comforting and tasty.Like my new favorite chicken teriyaki fried rice bowls.  Read the rest of this entry

Friday Five

I’m so thrilled it’s Friday! I have big plans to do absolutely nothing all weekend and I could not be more stoked. So until the weekend officially starts, I’m going to pretend I’m back in Mendocino at the beach and leave you all with some of my favorite links I found over the week. Deal?

1 I’ve already busted out my slow cooker this season for some delicious pulled chicken. Can’t wait to try this recipe from Pinch of Yum!

2. Pola’s top 10 reasons to visit Valencia (here) has me itching to go!

3. I’ve always wanted to go on a yoga retreat and this list of the top ten is only encouraging me. Relaxation, yoga, beautiful scenery.. what could be better?

4. Soup season is upon us and this easy recipe from Cafe Delights sounds so tasty! Now to figure out when I’ll make it..

5. Loving that so many Napa Valley favorites made this list of  Best Food and Wine Resorts: Readers’ Choice Awards 2016 by Andrew Harper!