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home sweet home!

May 4, 2012

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ahhhh, the feeling of being back in seattle… earlier this week, while driving and appreciating the mountains, lakes, and sunshine [yes, the weather was somewhat decend!], i caught myself realizing how seattle has really become home! as much as i enjoy going back to florida or brazil, this is where i belong now and i love every bit of it. i’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend [which will include mani/pedi, a massage, and maybe even a nice walk] before i take off again next week. have a lovely weekend!

toronto

May 2, 2012

i wasn’t joking when i mentioned that life was going to get crazy when i shared about my upcoming business trips [here]. as much as i enjoyed the first part [fort lauderdale & toronto], i was so ready to get back home and sleep in my own bed! the past 10 days were a whirlwind and i’m happy to be back in seattle for the next few days… i’ll then be off to europe for more fun :)

even though the trip up to toronto was super short, i had a blast getting to see the city. i stayed an extra night and one of my awesome coworkers took the time to show me around. after a walk around downtown, original [toronto] steam whistle beer, amazing crepes at caffe demetre  and tim hortons’ vanilla coffee i felt like i got to experience quite a bit on canadian soil.

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sunny south florida

April 23, 2012

even though the work craziness continues, i am thankful for business trips – especially because this first one includes sunny south florida! i needed to get down here for work this week and decided to fly in earlier to enjoy some time with the fam and friends. i had a lovely [and relaxing] weekend, which included a beautiful sunrise to welcome me on friday, drinks overlooking the ocean with dad, and a sunday fun day @ the international polo club palm beach.

i’m off to toronto for a couple of days tomorrow, but will try to share bits and pieces of the trip while not working. you can follow all my photos on instagram (@labruno). have a great week!

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tasty tuesday: peanut butter noodles

April 17, 2012

and this week is already off to a crazy start… read: it’s 2am and after working through a never ending inbox, i am wired. so why not post about tonight’s dinner, right? right! i had to come up with something easy and quick so i defaulted to one of my go-to’s. these peanut butter noodles are super easy to prepare and quite yummy!

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ingredients:

– 1/2 cup chicken broth
– 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root
– 3 tablespoons soy sauce
– 3 tablespoons peanut butter
– 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
– 2 teaspoons hot chile paste (optional)
– 3 cloves garlic, minced
– 8 ounces rice noodles

how to prepare:

– bring a large pot of water to a boil. add noodles and cook until tender according to package directions. drain.

– meanwhile, combine chicken broth, ginger, soy sauce, peanut butter, honey, chili paste, and garlic in a small saucepan.  cook over medium heat until peanut butter melts and is heated through.  add noodles, and toss to coat.

** i sauteed some chicken with onions, peppers, and broccoli and added it to the mix for more substance **

oh the places i’ll go…

April 16, 2012

…and there went an insane week! i missed posting and can’t even believe i was away from the blog for that long… but i barely had time to breath last week. work has been absolutely crazy and i’ve been beyond exhausted. thankfully this weekend was super chill [filled with lots of sunshine] and i was able to get some much needed rest.

the upside of the work craziness though, was finding out on friday that i’ve got some very  fun [business] travel plans in the near future!! i had mentioned a while back [here] that i would possibly be travelling, but still wasn’t sure of the details. even though i’ll be going to all the places below for work, i’m really excited to enjoy the weekends with family and friends.

i’ll try my best to keep up with the blog [especially by sharing bits and pieces of the trips]… but please forgive me in advance if i end up slacking a bit because i’ll be gone for the next month.

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[images via pinterest]

sips of the weekend

April 9, 2012

hope your easter weekend was as lovely as mine. the weather did turn out as forecasted – sunny and warm in seattle! not only did i get to wear a dress [as i had been planning per this post], but  also finally got to catch some rays :) looking back at my instagram photos (@labruno), it  turns out my weekend translated into a lot of fun sips [oooops]… so here they are. happy monday!

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happy [easter] weekend!

April 6, 2012

i’m looking forward to yet another relaxing weekend in town… hanging out with friends, going to church, and enjoying lots of good food on easter sunday! what are you up to this weekend?

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[image via pottery barn]

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