Surprise Visit


Last Saturday, I woke up at 4:00am to catch a 6:30am flight to Orange County to surprise my mom. My dad was in on the plan and I was worried my mom would figure us out, but when I rang the doorbell with Starbucks in hand it was clear from the expression on her face that she was completely surprised. 

We moved up to San Francisco five months ago, and my parents visited us two months ago, but with the exception of my semester abroad this is the longest I've gone without seeing my parents. I speak to my mom once a day (sometimes multiple times a day) and could tell that it was time for a visit, especially since we'll be spending Thanksgiving up here with Ian's family and not going to my hometown until Christmas. Plus, my mom's birthday is in mid-December so I figured this was the perfect present.

Typically when I'm home so is the rest of my family and there are friends to see and errands to run, but this weekend I kept things really simple. We did some leisurely Christmas shopping, we had lunch at a favorite spot, we walked on Balboa Island, we lingered over coffee in the morning and wine at night. Now that I'm back in San Francisco I can tell that I needed the visit just as much as my mom (and dad) did.

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What are you guys up to this weekend? I think I'm going to try and kick this cold once for all (it's weakening, I can feel it), but as a result, we'll be mostly home-bound. I am planning to make this at some point and hopefully watch this (which has been on my movie list for ages). We'll see you here on Monday! xo


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A Cozy Fall Look


Here's a little secret that is not so much of a secret if you know me well. I am not a morning person. Alas no, even having kids has not made me a morning person. In fact it has made me less of a morning person. There's nothing like the sound of shrieking cries and screams of "Mom! Mom! MOM!!!!" and subsequent roller coaster energy at 6am, while you're still wiping eye crusties out of your eyes as you stumble around for a cup of strong tea and your clothes.

Yes your clothes. Look, I don't want to walk around in my pajamas all day, but most days when I'm home with the kids I really don't want to wear jeans or shoes at all. So leggings it is. I am not sorry that I wear leggings five  seven days a week. I am cozy. But with the weather chilling slightly here in San Diego I can't wear my flip flops and slouchy short-sleeved t-shirt that I lived in all summer. So I did a fun little swap for this sweet pair of moccasins and this checkered shirt. On that note, I am going to raid Madewell's entire collection of plaid shirts and just rotate through them during the remainder of fall and winter).

And so, this my friends, is what I'll be wearing all season long. I'm happy and I'm cozy.

SHOP: Moccasins / Top / Leggings
Photos by Alexa Evans for Short & Sweet Blog

What Kirby Wore: Elle Runway Collection by Kohl's


I wrote about the Paris-inspired Elle Runway Collection by Kohl's a few weeks ago (in case you missed it, read it here) so I wanted to show you what I picked out: a checked silk top and a quilted black sweater. I love the subtle peplum of the top, and the sweater is more like a light jacket, perfect for fall. And in case you're wondering, my booties are Sam Edelman (similar pair here).

Check out more of the Elle Runway Collection by Kohl's here.

Crust-less Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie. Oh My!


Is there nothing better than the smell of pumpkin pie wafting through your house on a cool November afternoon? No, there is not. Such was the situation a few days ago as I was baking up a storm for our annual Friendsgiving over the weekend. But the pie. The pumpkin pie could not have gluten or dairy. And I was fretting. I've had the gluten free pie crusts (not impressed), and I didn't have the time to whip up a pressed pecan and coconut oil crust myself, so I decided to take the gamble and go crust-less. I mean the filling is the best part, right? But still there was the no dairy. I'm not a huge fan of soy, and almond milk seemed much to thin. Then suddenly it was like a coconut dropped on my head and jogged my memory. Coconut creamer. It's pretty thick, creamy and it's tasty in coffee, why not in pumpkin? So here you have it. Pumpkin pie with neither crust nor dairy, and yet it still is remarkably delicious.
Crustless Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie
1 can of pumpkin
1/3 cup of packed brown sugar
3/4 cup coconut creamer (I used this)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 and half teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix together the pumpkin and the eggs in a large bowl. Add in coconut creamer, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and salt and mix together. Pour mixture into a greased pie pan and bake at 375 for 60 minutes. You can also cook this in small ramekins or even coffee mugs for yummy mid-week dessert. :)