The Pinteresting 5: Hallway Decor

Many people focus primarily on decorating rooms when they buy a new home, however the hallway is also a great place to show off your style! Check out some of these beautiful hallway designs to inspire you to put this underused space to work!

All images via our Pinterest

 

Advertisements

San Diego Holiday 2017 Events Guide

The holidays are for having fun and making memories! Need something to do to get you in the holiday spirit? Check out these great San Diego events!

Holidays at Legoland

November 18th – January 1st

Carlsbad

Image result for legoland holidays san diego

Experience the magic of the Holidays at Legoland with music and twinkling lights and the world’s largest lego Christmas tree.  Enjoy live entertainment with Lego Friends Live in Heartlake City, Santa’s elves singing in Fun Town and a life-sized lego brick Santa and reindeer that make for a perfect family photo! Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Sea World’s Christmas Celebration

November 18th – January 6th

Mission Bay

Image result for seaworld christmas

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is a holiday waiting to be made, with seasonal shopping, festive food and drinks, and stunning live shows. As holiday music fills the air, a sea of lighted trees sparkles, transforming the park into a wintery, watery wonderland. Click here for more information.

Screen Shot 2017-11-20 at 4.54.22 PM

Global Winter Wonderland

November 19th – January 7th

SDCCU Stadium

New this year to San Diego, the Global Winter Wonderland features dazzling light-up scene from around the world, its own “Circus of Light”, food, rides, shopping, pictures with Santa, and more! You don’t want to miss this event! Click here for more information and tickets.

Skating By The Sea

November 23rd – January 1st

Coronado

Image result for skating by the sea san diego

Come down the Hotel Del Coronado after Thanksgiving to get into the Holiday Spirit by ice skating by the sea!  The ice rink opens up the day after thanksgiving and will be open until January so come get your ice skating fill! For more information click here.

December Nights

December 1st – 2nd

Balboa Park

Image result for december nights balboa park

Come to Balboa Park December 1 and 2 for festive fun, food attractions and complimentary admission to all museums! This is one of the most popular events in San Diego, so come early for parking or take public transportation. For more information click here.

Encinitas Holiday Parade

December 2nd

Encinitas

Image result for encinitas holiday parade

This year’s Encinitas Holiday Parade theme is “Celebrating the Arts.” Encinitas has a thriving art scene, and for the 2017 Parade, nearly 100 expected entries will go all out, showcasing amazing and beautiful floats, performance art and music.  Click here for more information about the event.

Santa by the Sea Christmas Tree Lighting

December 3rd

Del Mar

Image result for santa by the sea l'auberge

The Del Mar Village is hosting this annual tradition once again! Join others in the lighting of the tree that will shine in the heart of Del Mar throughout the season! There will be cookies, cocoa and more.  Share the holiday spirit by bringing a brand new Teddy Bear for a child in need. Click here for more information about the event.

Holiday Celebration with Santa

December 6th

Carmel Valley

Image result for holiday celebration del mar highlands

Head down to the Del Mar Highlands Town Center for two spectacular laser light shows at 5:15 pm and 6:15 pm, complete with falling snow! Take photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elf, sing along with the Dickens carolers and enjoy performances by local schools!  This year’s holiday celebration is going to be one you won’t want to miss! Click here for more information about the event.

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights

December 9th

Oceanside

Related image

Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks ,and dingys will be dressed up in holiday swag and circling the Oceanside Harbor to enchant onlookers at the harbor, restaurants and beach on December 9th. One of the best viewing spots is along the side of the Oceanside Harbor near the fishing dock and police station. Click here for more details about the event.

34th Annual Hannukah Happening 

December 10th

La Jolla

Image result for hanukkah happening san diego

Come down to La Jolla and celebrate the 34th annual Hannukah Happening! It will take place December 10th from 11:00AM – 2:00PM.  This is a community-wide holiday extravaganza for all ages! Pricing for admission is $2 per person if you are a JCC member and $3 for everyone else.  Kids 2 and under are free! Don’t miss this holiday event!  Click here for more details about the event.

The Nutcracker Ballet at the Honda Civic Theatre

December 9 – 23

Downtown

Nutcracker at the San Diego Civic Theatre – 2017

Feel the magic of the holidays at a performance of City Ballet of San Diego’s award-winning production of The Nutcracker. Following each matinee performance, members of the cast will be in the lobby to greet audience members.  For more information click here.

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

December 10th and 17th

San Diego Bay

Image result for sd parade of lights

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights will entertain the bayfront crowds during the evenings of December 10th and 17th.  Participants in this year’s highly anticipated holiday boat parade will decorate their boats to fit this year’s theme, A Pirate’s Christmas. For parade route information and approximate times, click here.

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade 

December 10th

Downtown San Diego

Pet-Parade-Page-Header-pic-1170x585 gaslamp san diego

Deck those paws with bells so jolly and jingle all the way through the Gaslamp Quarter for The San Diego Union-Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade. Pet owners and their furry, feathered, and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes for this jolly promenade and pet expo on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at MLK Promenade Park.  Click here for more information.

Congregation Beth Am Menorah Lighting

December 17th

Carmel Valley

Image result for Menorah Lighting

To celebrate Hanukkah, the Congregation Beth Am will host a traditional lighting ceremony, choral performances and refreshments starting at 6:00 PM. Come down to the Del Mar Highlands and join in on the fun and this longstanding tradition! Click here for more information.

Nutcracker Holiday Tea at the Grand Del Mar

December 22nd

Carmel Valley

Image result for nutcracker tea grand del mar

Bring your little ones for a traditional Holiday Tea followed by a charming abridged performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” by Scripps Ballet Theatre with students from Scripps Performing Arts Academy. Click here for more information.

Big Night San Diego New Year’s Eve Gala

December 31st – January 1st

Downtown

Image result for big night san diego new years event

Located at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, the New Years Eve Gala is back! You might want to leave your wallet at home because your ticket includes everything: all drinks included all night, buffet, and entertainment throughout the TEN different party zones! Must be 21 to attend.  Click here for more information!

Recipe: Apple Stuffed Pork Chops

Image result for apple stuffed pork chops

What You Need:

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 6 (1 1/4 inch) thick pork chops
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 cups fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 cups chopped apples
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery

How To:

  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large skillet saute onion in butter or margarine until tender. Remove from heat. Add the bread crumbs, apples, celery, parsley and salt. Mix all together. Cut a large pocket in the side of each pork chop; season inside and out with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon apple mixture loosely into pockets.
  3. In skillet, heat oil to medium high and brown chops on both sides. Place browned chops in an ungreased 9×13 inch baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake for 30 minutes longer or until juices run clear.

Restaurant of the Moment: Mendocino Farms

12873 Camino Del Mar

San Diego, CA 92130

www.MendocinoFarms.com

Mendo-Pre-Opening-1

New to the San Diego community, Mendocino Farms is quickly becoming a local favorite! Occupying the old space vacated by Carnitas Snack Shack at the Del Mar Highlands, Mendocino Farms offers a fresh and flavorful menu using local ingredients.

They are known for their sandwiches, though they also serve salads and even vegan options! Everything on the menu is filling and bursting with flavor, but we particularly enjoyed the Save Drake’s Farm Salad and the Steak BLT. They also offer weekly specials, so if you become a regular at Mendocino Farms, you’ll never get bored of the menu!

If you try to go to Mendocino Farms during lunchtime, be prepared to wait as this restaurant, like almost every eatery at the Highlands, gets quite busy during lunch. Luckily it’s located near the new parking garage so finding a spot is usually not difficult!

Mendocino Farms also has another location in La Jolla.

 

 

Design Trend: Low Maintenance Landscaping

Just because you have a busy schedule doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful yard! You just might want to invest in some low maintenance landscaping options. And no, that doesn’t mean installing astroturf! Stone pavers, succulents, native grasses, lavender bushes, gravel, and mulch are all great landscaping elements that don’t require as much care and attention as other types of plants and materials. We’ve rounded up some low maintenance landscaping inspiration for you below!

All images via our Pinterest

2faddbb717f31b03656d2faffc4d4eef

a33ef96582b596c1c1c09f50e0f44224

 

gallery-1461082796-landscaping-image6

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

6e8ab2ce2ed03c5a1719aa3a43452a65

 

 

 

 

Recipe: Breakfast Sausage Casserole

Image result for breakfast sausage casserole

What You Need:

  • 1 pound ground pork sausage
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 6 slices white bread, toasted and cut into cubes
  • 8 ounces mild Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups milk

How To:

  1.  Crumble sausage into a medium skillet. Cook over medium heat until evenly brown; drain.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together mustard powder, salt, eggs and milk. Add the sausage, bread cubes, and cheese, and stir to coat evenly. Pour into a greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Cover, and chill in the refrigerator for 8 hours, or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Cover, and bake 45 to 60 minutes. Uncover, and reduce temperature to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Bake for an additional 30 minutes, or until set.

Cafe of the Moment: Communal Coffee

2335 University Ave

San Diego, CA 92104

www.CommunalCoffee.com

o (1)

If you’re in the North Park area and in the mood for unique drinks and tasty eats, you have to check out Communal Coffee. They call themselves a craft coffee company, but they also serve tea, lemonade, cold pressed juice, matcha, and more. Our favorite drinks on the menu are the Rose Vanilla Latte, the Sea Salt Caramel Latte, the Sparkling Lavender Lemonade (for those hot summer days), and the Lavender Honey Latte. If you’re hungry, we recommend the Avocado Toast, Lavender Honey Toast, or one of their sweets treats like the Blondie or an Ice Cream Sandwich.

The atmosphere is cheerful and hip – like visiting a carefully curated Instagram feed. In fact, Communal Coffee is practically made for Instagram. They have a collaboration with Native Poppy so the coffee shop is full of beautiful flower bouquets. They also sell fun gifts and cards so be sure to spend some time perusing their selection!

Parking is definitely limited. Like so much of North Park, it’s street parking early. So if you live within walking or biking distance, definitely leave your car at home. But Communal Coffee is definitely well worth the parking struggle!