Eva Series – Pasadena
December 18, 2017
This (lengthy) post is long overdue. We went to Pasadena for a ‘staycation’ the week of Thanksgiving. Working from home has its many benefits, but the biggest is definitely the flexibility to explore new places while still being able to work my 9 to 5. My roommate’s parents graciously let us home-sit while they were out of town and it was the perfect switch off from our crazy LA schedules that we needed.
Be warned: there are lots of house pictures because this is the most incredible California-blended hacienda-style house you’ve ever seen. I’m absolutely in love! I promise I get to some other fun things in this post though, so, scroll on through!
I’m not a cat fan, but they had the most adorable little kittens appropriately named Bangers & Mash (boy and girl respectively).
The two guest bedrooms had themes: one was Parisian-themed and the other was London-themed. Love the concept!
Let’s just say that I could’ve lived in their kitchen for days.
Below is my brother, Jonathan (bedhead and all!), with Mash.
Every nook and cranny of this home is a magical wonder waiting to be explored. If the weather weren’t so chilly at the time, we would’ve spent more time outdoors, but definitely tried to soak up as much time by the fire where possible! Pasadena is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of LA with beautiful homes and lots to do! My favourite part was hearing the birds singing at all times of the day. You’d never be so lucky to hear that in LA as the traffic and constant sirens drown out any pretty noises.
As a complete non-green thumb, I thought this was a lime tree only to be corrected that it was an orange tree that wasn’t ripe yet! Still beautiful nonetheless.
The garden alone did wonders for my soul.
Skip ahead a few days of blissful fireside chats, many a bottle of red wine devoured, and learning how crazy cats are at 3am and we’ve arrived on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.
This consisted of everyone pitching in their favourite dishes for a wonderful feast! One of my dishes was my famous sweet potato fries that I’ve made almost every single week since I discovered my obsession. Of course, this day I somehow managed to forget that I bake them on parchment paper and not aluminium foil. So, the poor boys had a fun time scraping these into a bowl!
Mushy sweet potato fries aside, we had a brilliant meal ahead of us. Below is a red wine-based stuffing! Never making it any other way. It was just incredible.
Two salads: one traditional with croutons and another made of shredded brussels sprouts. YUM! I also attempted to make a vegan mac & cheese dish that was quite good, actually, and would satisfy any cheese craving. However…
Eddie made his famous mac and cheese (with real cheese – 4 different types to be exact) that would toast any vegan-alternative any day. I believe this disappeared instantly!
Can’t forget turkey for the meat eaters. We ended up just having turkey legs & thighs as I didn’t eat any and there weren’t enough of us to justify cooking a whole bird.
My roommate and her mum are called the Pecan Girls for their incredible pecan pie making skills. A work of art!
To burn off all those Thanksgiving calories, we went for a hike the next day. Eva drove us up to the trail and waited patiently for our return.
A beautiful day with blue skies and we were off!
FYI, this matching ethical workout set is from Outdoor Voices in the colour Dove.
Shoes (these are actually men’s shoes! I forgot mine so had to borrow Eddie’s. Yes, I can wear his shoes. #tallgirlprobz)
How cute are these two?
Jonathan was incredibly keen to use his new birthday present and rushed ahead of us to set up his ENO hammock.
The perfect way to end a hot hike and soak in the view!
As our trip came to an end, we enjoyed our last evening by the fire cuddled up with the cats and a glass of bubbly each.
It’s safe to say that this trip to Pasadena recharged the batteries, filled our livers with every type of wine within arms reach, opened a little piece of my cold heart to appreciate cats even a tiny bit and gave us plenty of memories to cherish for the rest of our lives. I count my blessings every day to know just how lucky we are!
Eva got us to, around, and back from Pasadena no problem! I’m keen to take her to more places around Southern California and I feel good knowing that she is helping reduce my carbon footprint on this planet. With the recent devastating fires that have hit California, I’m hoping that some people are starting to realize that global warming is a dangerous threat and that we can easily make small changes in our lives to help slow it or end it all together. Happy to share other ways I’m changing my habits to make a difference and would also love to hear yours!