My First Pinterest Fail & WIAW #47

Good morning!

How are you? How is Wednesday treating you so far? So far my day is off to a great start, and by that I mean I’ve made coffee. So listen, I ate some food yesterday and I’d really love to tell you all about it! Interested? Then read on for this week’s edition of…

 

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday 6/2/15

 

8:30am – Coffee! I usually drink my coffee on the move as I wander around the house each morning tidying up, and then I’ll put it somewhere pretty to take a photo.

bulletproof coffee #WIAW

At the moment, this is as pretty as it gets. Our house is in a constant state of semi-mess right now while all of the camping gear and other random equipment we need for our trips and travels this summer is sprawled all over the place. I’m trying to be really casual about the mess.

 

Mid-morning, I had Andrew’s leftover smoothie for a snack.

mini smoothie #WIAW

 

Andrew came home for lunch yesterday! So I had to make something more exciting than plain tuna and pickles. Around noon, I prepared avocado and tuna bagel melts…

Avocado tuna bagel melt prep #WIAW

Served with pickles and kale chips.

Lunch: avocado tuna melts with pickles and kale chips #WIAW

 

And then, because I really wanted to sell Andrew on the whole “coming home for lunch” idea… CAKE!

lunch cake #WIAW

 

Pinterest Fail Cake

Ok, so about this cake. It’s a raspberry yogurt layer cake with lemon buttercream frosting. And it tastes just as amazing as it sounds (in my opinion). Where it’s lacking, however, is in the visual category. (Also up for debate, read on.)

sprinkle cake

To be honest, by the time I finished baking, cooling, slicing, icing, and decorating the cake, I felt pretty proud of myself and thought it looked pretty great. Keep in mind this is my first cake-baking experience, so it’s only natural that I would use an entire bottle of sprinkles and write “bye felicia” in cursive on it.

frosted sprinkle cake #WIAW

But then I pulled up the Pinterest recipe to compare mine against the original, and I immediately felt the shame of a Pinterest Fail.

Here’s my cake…

MY cake #WIAW

And here’s the one it was inspired by on Pinterest…

Pinterest cake fail #WIAW

Which would you rather eat?

It’s actually pretty hilarious how terrible my cake looks in comparison, when I don’t think it looks THAT awful in real life. Plus, it tastes really good, so I’m still pleased with the end result.

Here’s the link to the Pinterest cake that I based my recipe off of. I modified with goat’s milk yogurt, in case you were wondering.

 

Mid-afternoon, I cut up a couple peaches. A yellow and a white to be specific.

peaches #WIAW

And had a couple pieces of bacon jerky… mostly because I wanted to show this stuff to you guys (and it’s not good enough to make Friday Favorites).

bacon jerky #WIAW

For those of you who shop at Trader Joe’s, have you seen this? In theory, I like it, seeing as most jerky is just trying to be bacon anyways. I don’t need the sweet Sriracha flavor though, it just makes it taste sugary and feel sticky. It was a funny impulse purchase that I don’t think I’ll make again. But hey, bacon.

 

Andrew had dinner plans with a friend, and I had plans to take a kickboxing class at my gym so I was on my own for an early dinner. It was the perfect opportunity to use up some of the many leftovers in our fridge.

green beans, brussels and sausage, kale pasta #WIAW

Roasted green beans (left), shaved brussels sprouts with chicken sausage (top), and kale pasta (right). All eaten while catching up on the SYTYCD premiere from Monday night.

All of a sudden, there is a ton of TV to watch:

Bachelorette (I’ve embraced it)
So You Think You Can Dance
Extreme Weight Loss

Question: What are you guys watching? What’s missing from my list? 

 

Happy Wednesday and Happy Eating. See you guys later!

Amy

 

Check out what others are eating here or here.

Baldwin Hills Stair Hike

Hello and good morning.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend that left you feeling relaxed, refreshed, and ready for the week ahead. Andrew and I had a fun weekend that started with some happy hour drinks at Oldfields on Friday night.

Happy Hour at Oldfields

 

Saturday started off slow, but ended up being a productive day. We spent a couple hours inside a magical camping store called Adventure 16 (Outdoor and Travel Outfitters) making some final purchases for an upcoming camping trip. The store was magical in how un-REI it was.

Adventure 16

It felt like being inside a giant log cabin, and had little camping displays set up, along the lines of ones you’d see in a natural history museum. There were signs around the store warning that they’d be closing early on Sunday because the whole staff was going camping. They’re really walkin’ the walk there, if you know what I mean.

 

I also baked a cake! My first cake, in fact. A double decker.

My first double decker cake

I’ll be sharing more on this cake at a later date, but the two most important things to know about it are: 1) it was a great-tasting lemon raspberry yogurt cake, and 2) it was a hilarious Pinterest fail from an aesthetics standpoint. More to come…

 

Baldwin Hills Stair Hike

The highlight of the weekend for me was discovering the Baldwin Hills stairs. They’ve been recommended to Andrew and I on several occasions, but we’ve never been able to figure out where they are until now. (They’re not difficult to find once you actually pull up google maps.)

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

Baldwin Hills has a pretty cool scenic overlook that you can access several ways. You can drive to the top, hike along a 1.25 mile zig zag dirt path, or you can take the stairs.

Baldwin Hills Stairs

A round trip stair climb is about 2/3 of a mile, and many people do several rounds. There’s a nice open spot at the top where you can check out the view or do some body weight exercises if you feel so inclined. Andrew and I took the stairs up and the dirt path down two full times.

View of the city from Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

I’m glad we finally found the Baldwin Hills stairs. It’s certainly a popular spot; there were tons of people, but crowding wasn’t an issue on the stairs at all. There’s a gazebo that I know you can reserve near the overlook for ceremonies and events because I vaguely remember looking into it when we were planning our wedding a couple years ago.

Baldwin Hills gazebo spaace

One other nice thing about hiking Baldwin Hills is that there is a visitors’ center near the top (apparently it’s rarely open) with restrooms that are always unlocked. It’s a nice feature for those who drink a full cup of coffee right before starting the hike.

How was your weekend? What did you get up to? LA locals – have any of you ever done the Baldwin Hills stairs?

Amy