Crust and Crumbs: books, sugar, random, and home

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Happy Weekend! My site is back, yay! I switched hosting companies yesterday, so I had to stay out of my dashboard. That was so hard to do! I apologize for any downtime you may have experienced, but now my site should be faster and easier to use!

Ready for some Crust and Crumbs? I’ve got lots of random and sugar for you!

1. We headed to cooler ground for the 4th of July weekend: the SF Bay Area (Burlingame, to be exact). It’s where I grew up, and my parents were out of town, so we used their house as a hotel to enjoy some of the things we love so much about the bay area.


It turned out to be a Mel & Dorothy love weekend. We took Jordan to Montara Mountain, where we used to hike pre-kid and pre-move away. Right on that spot where Jordan and I are standing, Mel and I fell in love 13 years ago!

I was SO proud of Jordan on this walk. It’s been so many years since we’ve done the mountain that we forgot how far up you have to go to come down the non-steep side. Oops…it ended up being a 3 mile hike and Jordan did it all! Complete with what I am calling the “Poison Oak Boogey” up there in the left side photo. I told her not to touch the plants, so she walked that way for about a mile!

Jordan’s been asking to see where we got married, so after seeing a BFF from childhood, we headed over to the College of Notre Dame (now Notre Dame de Namur University) to show her where we met (as students) and where we got married.


It was a little sad, because we couldn’t go into Ralston Hall. It’s seismically unfit – you can actually see the tilting in the doorways and windows. I hope they can fix it – I’d hate to never be able to go inside!

That hallway in the upper right is where Mel and I used to chat before class. It’s where I decided I was going to stalk him and make him date me. I’m not kidding.

Then, we ate. The best part about going home to visit is eating the foods you love so much!

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Clockwise from the top: Village Host Pizza on Broadway, Prestons for ice cream, The Fish Market, and Stacks. Then I needed a wheelbarrow.

This is the view from the street near where I grew up. This is, hands down, my favorite view of anywhere. It literally chokes me up when I stand in this spot…because I love it so much. I would give anything to live in Burlingame (or anywhere on the Penninsula) again…


But I just can’t give the required $1,000,000 for a house. I’m not joking: it’s $500k for a 1 BR condo and $5,000 a month to rent a house half the size we live in now.

It just really sucks that I literally can’t go home again. It makes me sad.

2. So…to cheer myself up, I made peanut butter cinnamon rolls.

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Want one?

3. How about some ice cream? Cookies ‘n Mint and totally fat-free.

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4. Recently I received my new favorite cookbook: Summer Thyme by Jennifer Dempsey, aka Mother Thyme.


It’s a delicious book filled with perfect-for-summer recipes, like this Summer Pasta Salad. It’s like a greek salad with pasta…and it’s SO delicious. I can still taste the dressing!


With other amazing recipes like Orzo with Peas and Pancetta, Southwestern Corn Dip, and Cornmeal Pancakes, this is the perfect summer cookbook. Follow me on Instagram to see what I make next!

5. This Salted Caramel Chocolate Skillet Brownie by Roxana’s Home Baking is making me drool. Want.


6. I’ve been going through a lot of books lately. Here are some of my favorites:


Heat Wave by Nancy Thayer, Collateral by Ellen Hopkins (all her stuff is really, really good), 32 Going on Spinster by Becky Monson

The Accident by Linwood Barclay, Comfort & Joy by Kristin Hannah, Drinking and Tweeting by Brandi Glanville

Angel Fire by Lisa Unger, Too Good to be True by Kristan Higgins, and The Sweetest Thing by Barbara Freethy

What have you been reading?

7. I guest posted for the amazing Christi at Love From the Oven this week. Go check out my recipe for Peppermint Pattie Brownies!

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8. Last night I attended the Best Friends for Frosting Relaunch Party at the West Elm store in Roseville. It was so much fun, and there were so many bloggers there! I was honored to be invited! BFFF has just undergone a total transformation to a lifestyle blog filled with recipes, style tips, DIY, and more. Go check them out!


That’s Mindy from Creative Juice, Hayley from The Domestic Rebel, Glory from Glorious Treats, and me. {FYI, my dress is my most recent Stitch Fix purchase.}

And can I say, I am now addicted to West Elm. OMG! As part of the party, we got 15% off our purchases. I got lots of props, but Mel is lucky I didn’t come home with a new table.


9. I’m off to drop Jordan at her theater camp. Tomorrow we go see a production of Dwarfland (aka Snow White). Jordan is playing Bashful in her first play! She did a theater boot camp this week – they have learned the entire thing in only 5 days! I really hope this activity sticks. 🙂 Expect Instagram photos!

Have a great weekend! I’ll be back with a new (cough: peanut butter and chocolate) recipe Sunday!


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  1. Thanks so much for sharing! Love the pictures of the hike:)

  2. Looks like you had a great time last night!!! That pasta salad is something I need!!

  3. Jordan’s “boogy” cracks me up! That is talent right there! That is really neat all that you got to go back and see and share together. I really like your new side bar and those peppermint brownies are calling my name! Off to check them out. I love these kind of posts!

  4. Thanks for sharing – that hike looks like it was super fun! I need to get that pasta salad in mah belly pronto, I love a good summer carb salad 🙂

  5. I have family in Montara – beautiful area! Especially nice to visit when so stinking hot here (Sac suburbs)!

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  7. Thanks for sharing all these little tidbits from everyday life, Dorothy! Hope you have a fun weekend!

  8. OMG! I grew up in Burlingame too — love that place! Have a great weekend! And love the Peppermint Pattie Brownies!

  9. Oh, I absolutely LOVE the bay area! I swear, SF is the ONLY big city I could see myself living in … though it will never happen. But I love to go visit! Have a fabulous week, Dorothy!
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

  10. Montara Mt is my backyard! I am a 1/2 mile from San Pedro Park… 😉 Can’t believe you grew up in Burlingame, it is so lovely out there! BTW those brownies look amazzzing! You got me drooling!

  11. Jordan is playing Bashful? Bwhahahahaha! Oh the irony! 🙂 I can’t wait to see the pictures!!

  12. What hosting company did you change from and to? I have been trying to decide which one is best?

  13. I love the West Elm pics with you and Hayley and BFFF! And San Fran – that sky. And the brownie pie of Roxanas. Your PB rolls. So much good stuff! Switching hosts is …the worst. Hopefully you’re in better hands now.

  14. I always enjoy reading your blog, but had to say SUPER CUTE dress Dorothy!!

  15. Thanks so much for sharing the awesome photos! Looks like such a fun trip. Have fun at snow white!! I am sure Jordan will have so much fun in her first play!

  16. I am totally jealous that you got to go to the bfff relaunch party! It looked like so much fun! Acting camp got me through YEARS of summer breaks, so hopefully it will be just as wonderful for Jordan. That’s so neat that you went back to where you grew up- I did the same thing a few weeks ago and it was wonderfully nostalgic.

  17. Aww Dorothy, you look so pretty and happy in your photos!! And that is SO cute that you showed Jordan around your romantic spots! My parents didn’t really do that with us… They met in Pasadena for college but got married in Arizona at a church that’s no longer there. Oh well, I could just go to Disneyland and say it’s close enough! 😉

    And NO FAIR taunting us with PB + chocolate!! Sunday can’t come soon enough!

  18. So fun! I was wishing I could go to the BFFF party but Roseville is a little far to travel from LA just for a party… And I know what you mean about the Bay Area! I grew up in San Jose and would love to live up there again, but dang, I need a rich aunt to leave me a few million before that can happen. At least we can visit, right?

  19. I love that view from your childhood street!! Thanks for sharing these photos and what you’ve been up to. Love getting to know you better!! 😉

  20. Love all of these pictures 🙂

  21. MMM…those brownies look incredible!

  22. Beautiful photos and that street is really nice.. Prices in Miami are also crazy! We live in a 1940s historic house that is tiny but we just love it

  23. Aw such a sweet trip down memory lane!! So sad that you can’t move home 🙁 Life’s hard like that sometimes.

    On the bright side you have that colorful blue haired beauty living near you now 😉

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