Monday, December 16, 2013

A Busy Weekend

Hi! One more week before the Holidays. Not that I'm counting down : )

This weekend was a fun one. Friday afternoon I was super busy running errands and making food for Jake's work Christmas party that evening. I did make a quick stop at the cute cafe down the street I've been wanting to try. It was past lunch time so I was given the "tea set" which included goya sherbet and rare cheesecake with dragon fruit sauce. It was really good and the presentation was awesome. I can't wait to go back for dinner!

For our Christmas party I made cheese potatoes and chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake. The cheesecake was the hit of the party! I was excited that it turned out so well. I will definitely be making it again in the future. 

Saturday we met up with friends at Okinapa, one of the biggest events of the year held at the officer's club ballroom. It was one of the funnest things we have been to since we have been here. It was super fancy with ice sculptures everywhere. There was food every single way we turned. There was a pasta bar with every pasta you could ever imagine. There was a table with lots of sushi. There was a carving station, shiskabobs, crab cakes, and oysters. There were multiple cheese/meat tables (basically my dream). There was a dessert bar and a crepe table. It was pretty incredible and I may dream about the food for a couple of weeks. It was fun to get dressed up and hang out with friends. 

Sunday we decided to go explore so I could show Jake some of the places I found while he was gone. We started by having lunch at my favorite little market place. It has the cutest bakery, outdoor food stands, a gift shop, and a produce stand. I have never seen any Americans there, which I kind of like because you feel immersed in the culture. 

After lunch we drove around and stopped at a few beaches. We also found some ruins at the top of a hill, which was an intense incline on sharp rocks and I was definitely not wearing hiking shoes. The view from the top of the hill was incredible, though. Too bad it was a very overcast day.

During out adventure, what I thought was just tiredness and the sniffles turned into severe cold symptoms, so we decided to head home. Jake cooked me a delicious dinner of frozen pizza while I laid in bed and drank ridiculous amounts of orange juice and watched Christmas movies. I took nyquil and went to sleep very early. I hope I can kick this cold before our trip next week.

This week will be VERY busy packing, getting ready, and preparing for Christmas. I am trying not to stress, but part of me feels like I am missing something for our trip. I keep reminding myself we will be on the beautiful beaches of Thailand in a week!

Linking up with Logan, LisaKimberlee, and Carissa


  1. That cheesecake. Two of my favorite things combined! I'm going to have to make one because I can't stop thinking about it now ;) I hope you feel better soon, especially before your trip!!!

  2. I don't even like cheesecake but that picture is making me drool!!! Everything looks so festive!! And that pink shirt you have on is awesome the color is killer!! Have a great week!

  3. That cheesecake looks amazing!! Anything with chocolate chip cookies added is perfection.

  4. Oh my gosh, that cheesecake! Looks sooo good! Hope you're feeling better soon!

  5. commence the beautiful Japanese landscapes. Have you/do read Marshall's Abroad? Amanda is what started my envy. And that cheesecake needs to be the hit of your blog, hook us up with a recipe girl. I also love that you take him to the places you found exploring. I will have to do this with Nick if were somewhere explore-worthy, he's so hard to convince, especially food places

  6. The cheesecake sounds awesome!

  7. chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake?? that sounds AMAZING.

  8. It looks like you had a great weekend. :) I love looking at all of your pictures from Japan - such beautiful scenery.

    Where did you find the recipe for the cheesecake?

  9. how are you finding communication in okinawa? i'm guessing that lots of people speak english there... or am I way off? :)

  10. I hope you get to feeling better before your trip to Thailand!

  11. I'm glad you had a great weekend and I hope the sickies stay far away!

  12. That cheesecake looks amazing and the landscape is just beautiful. I hope you are all better for your trip!

  13. Great pictures! And that cheesecake…wow!!! I have never seen a cookie crust and now I am thinking I have been missing out! Looks amazing.

  14. What a neat experience!! It's so pretty there! Thanks for linking up on my blog!
    Can you add my linky to your blog?



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