Slice of Life 19: Reader Survey and lots of holiday pictures.

Happy 2015! Welcome to the first Slice of Life post of the new year.

In case you didn’t notice, I’ve changed “Crust & Crumbs” – formerly Whatever Friday – to “Slice of Life.” A few weeks ago my husband and  I were chatting about these posts and he said, “They’re like a slice of your life!”

D’oh. Why didn’t that naturally occur to me years ago? Hello, my tagline is baking…with a slice of life. I am smart, I swear. 😉

Did you have a good holiday? We’ve been super busy…not working. And it’s been fabulous.

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Thank you so much!

Jordan got more than she asked for from Santa, and was so happy about it!


Santa was super nice to me too. He heard me begging for a pair of Tieks and he delivered!


I want to preface this with the statement that I do not work for or with Tieks (although I’d love to…hello over there!!) I wanted to try them for the longest time because I have tried every single flat and have never liked any of them. They hurt my feet, make me sweat, I walk out of them, etc. I’ve NEVER found a pair I like except an old ugly pair of fake Toms.

Tieks? LOVE THEM. They’re worth the money. I plan to get at least one (or seven) more pairs. Seriously, they are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. No sweating – I even wore them without footie socks! No foot pain, no heel pain, no blisters, and they didn’t aggravate my toe arthritis. Five stars to Tieks. Thank you Santa. 🙂


Jordan got me this Starbucks ornament. I promptly ordered a drink.

Every year after the holiday we go to San Francisco for a few nights. Usually we drop Jordan off at my mom and dad’s and go to the city for some alone time. This year we took Jordan to see Elf: The Musical and we stayed in a high rise hotel (her first).

She was smitten.


We also took her to see Neiman Marcus. The look on her face when she saw how much a real pair of Christian Louboutin shoes cost was priceless.

We went to dinner at our favorite San Francisco restaurant, Pazzia. Mel and I discovered it last year (exactly one year before, in fact). Jordan loved their pizza. If you happen to be in or visiting San Francisco, you must go. It’s in SOMA, on 3rd. It’s a tiny little Italian place that’s family run and it’s some of the best Italian food I’ve ever had.


Then we did drop Jordan off at grandma’s…and we went to Half Moon Bay. Have you ever been? My husband lived there before we met, and we used to go hiking there every weekend when we were first married.

This is the spot I fell in love with hiking…and him…almost 15 years ago! {Montara Mountain, BTW}


If you ever visit Half Moon Bay there are two restaurants you must try. First, the take-out counter at Barbara’s Fish Trap. The chowder is amazing.

Not pictured: the fried shrimp and chips we scarfed after hiking 3.5 miles.


The second place? The Garden Deli Cafe at the San Benito House. We didn’t eat there this trip, but we normally do. They bake their bread fresh (it’s the best I’ve ever had) and they make huge sandwiches. The line is always out the door, but it’s worth the wait.


Okay, I lied. Three places. Moonside Bakery is always our last stop, where I shell out the contents of my wallet for one of everything. That middle one is a shortbread cookie covered in Nutella and hazelnuts and chocolate.

Expect a copycat. #OMG


The Half Moon Bay Lodge is a nice (affordable) hotel just a few minutes from down town. The rooms are big, it’s quiet, and they have golf course views. Perfect for drinking wine.

{I want that house in the background. Any of them. Anyone have a million bucks I can borrow? #notajoke}


Half Moon Bay is one of my favorite places. This was the morning view on our walk along the water.


You know that saying I left my heart in San Francisco? Yeah, that. And Half Moon Bay. (And Burlingame, where I grew up.)

Then, when we got home, the best day ever happened: Ashton was in town.

You know Ashton? My BFF from Something Swanky? The gal who was my first blog friend? I love her guts. She was visiting family and carved out a whole day for me. One day wasn’t enough!!


{That’s Hayley on the left and Ashton on the right.}

You know you’re good friends when you can pick right up where you left off the last time you saw each other (or chatted on FB chat). That’s why I love all my blog friends. We get each other. 🙂

I’ve been reading a lot lately. Here are some of my picks for 2015 MUST reads:

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. I love him from travel channel. He’s crass and blunt and chain drinks. His book is really good, about the dirty underbelly of the restaurant industry. (If you don’t like dirty words, this one isn’t for you.)

The Shell Collector by Hugh Howey. Quick read, a little confusing since there’s not much backstory, but it’s a good read. Kind of a chick flick but with some guy flair.

The Atlantis Gene Trilogy by A.G. Riddle. I didn’t know what to expect. It sounded cool, and since I’m a Kindle Unlimited member, I figured I’d try it. I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked the trilogy (and how much I was drawn into it – I couldn’t put it down!) I don’t normally like science fiction type stories, but this was really good.

Second Hand Heart by Catherine Ryan Hyde. She never disappoints. She’s kind of like Jodi Piccoult in that way – heart gripping novels that you can’t put down. She hasn’t disappointed me so far!

And last, before I let you go enjoy this first Saturday of the year, I want to talk about 2015 recipes.

What do you want me to make?

More breakfast? More healthier recipes? A savory here and there? More pie? Tell me what you want!

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  1. We love Half Moon Bay, too.  When we were first married, 18 years ago, we would always spend our anniversary there, at the Beach House Inn, a real splurge right before Christmas.  Walking on the beach in the mild weather was an antidote to the blizzard that we had in Tahoe the day of our wedding. Thanks for the tip re the shoes!  Looking forward to another year of inspired recipes!

  2. Looks like a wonderful Holiday, Dorothy. I love Half Moon Bay. I lived in Palo Alto for 4+ years and went to HMB all the time for hiking and beaching and eating. Seeing all the pics totally brought back some memories! Happy 2015! Yeah!

  3. Lovely photos, Dorothy! Your daughter is beautiful. Looks like she had a lot of fun with you guys! 

    PS: Survey is completed.

  4. My brother in law lives in Half Moon Bay and I agree, it is beautiful!  I love the sound of the lighthouse!!  Those Tieks look comfy.  I never heard of them.  Do you like them just because they come in a teal box??  😉

  5. Those Half Moon Bay pics are awesome…so pretty! And love the pic of you and Ashton and Hayley! How fun!!

    Congrats on your Tieks and I didn’t know you had arthritis! Glad they work for you and you’re lovin’ them! 🙂

    And Jordan is totally a little lady! Growing up SO FAST!!!

  6. My favorite shoes are Dansko.  Have you tried them?  They are hailed as the best shoes ever by people on their feet all day like nurses.  My last pair of leather shoes lasted TEN years.  Crazy!    Now I have 3 pairs but would love 10 ha ha.  

    Glad you had a GREAT Christmas!

  7. YAY for Christmas presents!!! The Tieks look so amazinggg. And it looks like you guys had SUCH a great time in San Fran and with Ashton!