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Friday Five

I am ready for the weekend to start! We’re expecting beautiful weather in Napa and I’m looking forward to enjoying it with either a cocktail or glass of wine in hand. I’m not picky.

Friday Five | In Natalie's Shoes @innatsshoes

1.If you’ve ever baked with a bundt pan, you know it’s usually a gamble when flipping your pan over. Will it come out whole? Will half of my cake be stuck inside the pan!? (I’ve actually had this happen before. Ugh!) Well wonder no longer with this homemade tool to help your cake slide right out.

2. Okay, I know I’ve been wishing for warmer summer weather, but after reading about The Lazy Traveler’s visit here, I wanna go like now.

3. I’m a big fan of soy sauce. This list of recipes is right up my ally! Those udon noodles!?

4. Wow, this outdoor adventure looks beautiful, but kind of intense! Perhaps for the experienced backpackers only?

5. Umm.. caramel and chocolate were made to be together. This recipe takes it to a whole new level!

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Friday Five

Greetings, from a rainy and grey Napa Valley. But, hey, at least it’s Friday! I’ll be spending the rest of the day cozied up with a tasty cocktail and a good read. What are your plans?

1. All I want is this cake with a cup of coffee, pretty please.

2. Ever wondered how to sight-see on a limited schedule? The Lazy Travelers have your back in this recent post!

3. I can’t get enough carnitas and these tacos are seriously screaming my name. I need them stat!

4. As I get ready to plant my spring garden, I’m reviewing this list of plants that naturally repel bugs! Pretty and useful?! Win-win.

5. If this doesn’t sound like a refreshing spring pasta dish, I don’t know what does. Plus, it has bacon?!

Friday Five

It’s Friday. All I want to do is get my hands on a tasty cocktail and some sweet cream from Napa’s Miminashi. It never disappoints. But that’s a discussion for another time.

Let’s get to my favorite posts from around the web in this week’s Friday Five!

Friday Five | In Natalie's Shoes @innatsshoes1. If you like street art and “secret” locations, this place is for you! I’d totally be down to check it out.

2. Starburst fans rejoice! I can’t wait to get my hands on this limited edition bag full of deliciousness!

3. You don’t need to be a Somm to enjoy the places on this list. Your favorite Napa local (me, duh) has personally (and frequently..) experienced each place listed and can attest to their collective awesomeness.

4. I’m a big fan of meal prepping for the week, when I can remember/have time to do it! This plan sounds easy, flavorful, and like it won’t bore me for the week!

5. Italy has always been one of my wanderlust destinations. Here‘s exactly why I want to go.

Friday Five

The last few weeks have been a bit turbulent. (And the current political state isn’t making it any easier.) Between overcoming health issues and rebounding from the holidays, I’ve been feeling a bit scattered and not very motivated. It felt weird to share all of these cool things that I’m genuinely excited about without coming off as tactless or superficial. I didn’t want to fake my way through posting in an effort to meet the scheduling I’d set on myself, so I decided a break was in order. And yes, it was definitely not you, it was me. I didn’t really have a timeline for getting back into posting, only that I didn’t want it to be too long and I wanted writing to feel natural again.

But then I saw Zie retweeted this tweet and it really struck a cord.

So now, here I am! And with such timing, too, as I’ll be celebrating f-i-v-e y-e-a-r-s of sharing my favorite recipes, restaurants, trips, crafts and tips with you this month. Time flies! There will be some cool changes coming soon-ish. Changes that I can’t wait to share with you, but will require some patience on your end (I’ve gotta whip some stuff together!) But hold tight! I think you’ll like what I have in store. So in the meantime, let’s get back to our first Friday Five of 2017, shall we!?

Friday Five | @innatsshoes

1. As my photo above indicates, the weather in Napa has been rainy as of late, which means I’m craving soups! This Thai-style soup is what dreams are made of.

2. This vintage map of France is amazing! The origin of every famous French food is mapped out.

3. While seemingly geared toward a family household, I love these tips for creating a happier home.

4. Want to make a sweet gift for Valentine’s Day? This sauce looks both easy and delicious!

5. SO proud of my home region of Napa Valley for making the New York Times’ list of places to visit in 2017! For those of you intent on visiting, let me know! Now to hit up the others on the list I’ve not yet been to..

 

Friday Five

Happy Friday! I’m getting into the holiday spirit big time. Wreath on my door, check. Cookie recipes printed, check. Liquor cabinet stocked, check. Super exciting trip booked post-holiday, check. (More on that later!) How are the holidays treating you? Swell, I hope.

Friday Five | @innatsshoes

Let’s get going with the weekend and this week’s Friday Five:

1. As a cocktail fanatic, I’m loving this list of pretty (and tasty) booze for gifting or stocking ones bar cart. Definite gift inspo!

2. I’d always imagined my (one day) trip to Bangkok would feature me in beachwear and eating street food. After reading this post, I’m thinking my trip will have at least one fancy dining experience!

3. Ugh. I still kick myself for not visiting Slovenia while studying in the Czech Republic many years ago. The photos from this post are making my regret taste just a tad more bitter.

4. Healthy and tasty? These muffins are perfect for the season!

5. I wish I’d read Leah’s post about packing for Paris before my trip a few years back! I’d have looked much more stylish!

Friday Five

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 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!