Desert, vacation

Salton Sea

Leo and I had an opportunity to take a week off mid-wedding season last August for a little R&R in the desert. We had an amazing time. I don’t know what it is about the desert, but I always leave inspired and well rested.  It was definitely what I needed, Leo by my side and the open road.

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Palm Springs, Salton Sea, Thermal, Salvation Mountain, CA.

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Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce

I love to cook! In fact the whole point of this blog is to one day turn it into a cookbook/memoir. I want something tangible that I can pass on to our kids someday. I want them to know me, understand me, and be proud of me. Granted, we don’t have any kids yet but I can definitely see it in the near future.

Growing up, my idea of spaghetti is basically tomato sauce with a ton of sugar, hot dogs, and grated cheddar cheese. I am filipino after all. We do things a little different. I wanted  to make this dish different to what I’m accustomed to. Here’s what I came up with:

Ingredients:

9-10 Vine-ripened tomatoes

1 Package of spaghetti

Fresh basil

Salt and pepper

Dash of Sugar

Cooked Italian Sausage

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Directions:

1. Cook pasta and sausage according to packaging directions.

2. In a large sauce pan, saute crushed garlic with olive oil. Add diced tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil.

3. Lower heat, cover, and simmer for 30-45 minutes.

4. Add fresh basil leaves and a pinch of sugar.

5. Toss spaghetti with cooked sauce. Serve warm with sliced Italian sausages.

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It was a hit!🙂

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Edit: Our humble home was featured on A Beautiful Mess. You can view that post here.

My husband, Leo, and I live in an 850 square foot, 1950’s track home in a quiet neighborhood in Ventura, CA.  I’ve grown to love every detail of it as we made it our own. It was not easy to create a more ideal space because we were limited to what we can do since our place is a rental. Good thing is, we both love a good challenge.

For the living area, we managed to acquire a good mix of midcentury-inspired and handmade pieces that tell who we are as a couple and as individuals. And since our living room is part office/work area, our main goal is to keep our home inspiring and cohesive. As wedding photographers, we believe that living in an inspiring and organized home will not only keeps us sane, and our minds fresh, but it will also bring out the creativity in us.

In addition to our living space, we are blessed to have a spacious backyard that we use for barbecues, dinners, board game nights, and cocktails almost every time we have friends and family over. The idea with the backyard is to keep it minimalistic (like the rest of the house,) because we appreciate the open space that it brings. Our outdoor space also offers a quick escape when we feel a bit burnout from processing a ton of photos that we deal with from time to time.

My favorite piece is our Danish modern credenza that we found in Los Angeles while combing through a row of midcentury furniture shops. We made it a home for some of our favorite items in the living room, such as our record player, books, and vinyl. We love how clean and simple it looks.

During one of our frequent trips to Echo Park, we found a home decor shop that sells cardboard deer head trophy. Leo loves it! We like the idea of hanging something like it on our wall, but I find it creepy to hang an actual head of a dead wild animal. So, Leo and I agreed that hanging a cardboard piece is a good compromise.

Leo keeps himself busy with building wood furniture during his free time. In particular, he built our patio dining table and benches from scratch, among other things in our home. It’s always a blessing to be able to enjoy the fruits of his labor. His wood pieces are not only great but they make our place more like us.

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