August 30, 2013

summers' last hoorah.

hope you hone in on this last little bit of summer on the long weekend.
i am headed home to celebrate my parents 30th anniversary with an outdoor fresh-picked brunch.
no better way to celebrate, then around a table.

a few summer bash party menu ideas.

cheers to watermelon, nights on the porch, and crisp finger foods with friends!

August 28, 2013

suffering your kinder.

so happy to be back in the sweet and crazy san francisco general hospital for my final masters rotation.
oh how i have missed the special patients of sfgh.
here's to a busy, challenging, and inspirational semester back in the 4B unit.
love this place.

August 26, 2013

walnuts take sf.

my social calendar was blowing up this past weekend.
brewfest by the bay, foreverland michael jackson tribute concert, brunches, and a delores park date provided for quite a fun weekend as the WALNUTS TOOK SF.
we celebrated the fifth annual luau in our tiny studio with $75 worth of classy decorations and costumes that quickly became the hit outfits for the bay area brewfest.
you would be surprised how much camera time and picture partners some leis and hula skirts will get you. 
never thought i was a total michael jackson groupie fan... until saturday night.
foreverland blew me away.
seriously BLOWN AWAY.
this 14-piece tribute band played at bimbos 365 club in the city and i am still sore/hoarse from the funness of abc123, beat it, man in the mirror, the way you make me feel, and thriller.
i cannot say enough good things about it. go.
and of course some quality picknicking at 'the beach' at delores park complete with carne asada burritos and a stop for the famous iced mint mojito iced coffee at philz. yum.
your weekly dose of all things unclothed, screaming, flirting, and high at the park.
gotta love san francisco.

so much love to all my walnuts here and there- this weekend was WAY too much fun.

August 25, 2013

same love.

too good not to post.
if you didn't see this.
you must watch.
and JT reunited with nsync- i feel like a giddy preteen all over again.

August 23, 2013

read along.

on my nightstand (aka in my kindle).
this i believe.
...the personal philosophies of remarkable men and women...
I believe in the pursuit of happiness. Not its attainment, nor its final definition, but its pursuit. I believe in the journey, not the arrival; in conversation, not monologues; in multiple questions rather than any single answer. I believe in the struggle to remake ourselves and challenge each other in the spirit of eternal forgiveness, in the awareness that none of us knows for sure what happiness truly is, but each of us knows the imperative to keep searching. I believe in the possibility of surprising joy, of serenity through pain, of homecoming through exile.
Andrew Sullivan

read along with me if you so desire.
quite inspiring.

August 21, 2013

a pickled affair.

houston, it's cucumber season at the palmer farm and no matter how many we give away- they just keep popping up everywhere.
i mean everywhere.

we have made salads and infused drinks and eaten panzanellas and sandwiches but to no avail, 
there are way more than we can handle.
thus, we pickled.

bread-and-butter pickled goodness to be exact.
with onions from the garden too.
 i am officially converted to a pickle lover.

some recipes from here and there
really, you should do yourself a favor and make some homemade pickles.
they are so darn good.

August 20, 2013

powerfully sexy.


You know what’s really, powerfully sexy? 
A sense of humor. A taste for adventure. A healthy glow. Hips to grab on to. Openness. Confidence. Humility. Appetite. Intuition. Smart-ass comebacks. Presence. A quick wit. Dirty jokes told by an innocent-looking lady. A storyteller. A genius. A doctor. A new mother. 
A woman who realizes how beautiful she is.

Courtney E. Martin

August 19, 2013

ice cream social.

my 'forever roomies' were in town this weekend.
swensen's date?
i think yes.
 sushi and ice cream cone sunday night to top of the perfect weekend.
fat girl sunday lives on!

August 16, 2013

garden snapshots.

on my weeks off, i spent a lot of time here.

i think you can see why.
major props to the garden expert bill palmer, my dad.
tastes even better than it looks.

thanks for the lessons dad,
can't wait to have my own garden someday!

August 14, 2013



roll on, you fog.
san francisco you are the very best city ever.
grateful to be your inhabitant today.

August 12, 2013

bay bound.

headed back to the bay.
san francisco to be exact.
ready to start my last semester of nursing school.
oh how time flies...
filbert street.
my second home.

August 7, 2013


now i'm not one for sweets. i'll take savory over sweet ninety-nine percent of the time but oh-hot-damn,
zucchini brownies are from the gods. 

you have got to try these. you will not be disappointed- so moist and just the right amount of sweetness.

::: zucchini brownie recipe :::
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
2 c. shredded zucchini
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt

mix all ingredients together and pour into a greased 13"x9" pan. cook for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees fahrenheit. 

August 5, 2013

anniversary trippin'.

a few snapshots from the absolute PERFECT weekend with my boo.
we hiked, cooked, wine tasted, relaxed, campfired, bookstore shopped, coffee dated, played cards, and just simply enjoyed each others company.
something that we rarely have the time to do with just the two of us.
like i said, it was simply perfect.
i mean, lets be honest, is this not the sweetest face ever?!
and if that isn't cute enough, he gave me a copy of '1000 places to see before you die' tabbed with our traveling to-do list for our future and the sweetest of cards for our 'no-present' celebration.
what a catch.

happy anniversary b- i'm the luckiest.

(mush fest is over now, i promise:)

August 2, 2013

six years.

happy six year anniversary b!

this week brandon and i celebrated six years of mushy gushy romance.
i can honestly say i have never been more in love than i am today. 
everyday is a blessing with you b and i can't imagine life without you by my side.
and a few more.
the most sincere, loyal, conscientious, hardworking, hilarious, handsome hunk i know.
off to a weekend of camping, hiking, bonfires, wine tasting, brunching, and smooching in the malibu hills with my lover boy.

i love you b.