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Day 6 December 6, 2010

Filed under: Cooking,My Life — kateliveslaughsloves @ 11:45 pm

6. Baking-

I obviously love to bake and around the holidays i get to bake whenever i want, and i dont feel guilty!

I want to make these soo badly!


After two practice pies, i finally mastered my Grandma’s Apple Pie (the best apple pie ever)!!

There are endless treats I love to bake around the holidays. Cookies, pumpkin bread, caramel oatmeal topping, brownie pudding, it never ends! Happy Holiday baking!


My 25 Favorite Things About the Holiday Season

Filed under: Cooking,Fashion,Movies,My Life — kateliveslaughsloves @ 7:00 am
One for each day before Christmas. Since I missed the first 5 days, here they are:

1. gloves

Just got these at Target



2. Movies

New Favorite Movie

Favorite Holiday film

3. Boots




4. Scarves


5. Hot Chocolate



Hopefully I’ll remember to update tomorrow with another favorite thing 🙂


Bittersweetness November 15, 2010

Filed under: ART,Cooking,Food,Movies,My Life — kateliveslaughsloves @ 7:31 am

the reason i made the title of this post bittersweetness is because the past couple weeks have been just that, bittersweet.


I have been working a lot and doing a bunch of school work, but still managing to have a social life.  The last week of October was amazing and horrible all at the same time.  I drove down to SF for the day and went to the De Young with kelsey for the Post-Impressionism exhibit!  It was breathtaking, amazing. I got to see Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet, Seraut, Degas, etc, some of my favorite artists.

That evening we watched the Giants game and made nachos and an amazing drink with tequilla, lime juice, lemon juice, and sparkling cranberry-apple juice. It was an amazing day spent with great friends.

Upon returning to Sonoma the next morning, bad news struck. My Grandma, who had been sick for a while, passed away that morning. I didn’t know how to deal with it, I still don’t.  No one close to me has ever died.  I am heartbroken, but don’t want to be weak in front of my family, or anyone.  I was able to talk with friends who were there for me, which helped a lot.  I feel like I was supposed to just stay home and cry, but I couldn’t.  I needed to be with people, which I think helped me cope and deal with this a lot better than if I didn’t have people there for me.

I love my friends!! I hope they know that I am grateful for them!

That weekend was Halloween and i decided to just stay home and me mellow.  My friends Eva and Brooke came over and we watched SCREAM! It was filmed in Sonoma, which I thought was soooo cool so we had to watch it, and they had both never seen it!  I still need to see the 2nd and 3rd and cannot wait for the 4th to come out in April!

The first week in November was pretty uneventful, one of my friends moved to mexico for 6 months! I already miss him soo much, but know that he is having a blast and i cant wait to go visit him, hopefully!

Something that my friends and  I cannot get enough of is Just Dance 2 for wii!!

It is sooo much fun and actually a good workout! Alyse, Erin, Kris and I played two days in a row a couple weeks ago and then Erin, Kris, and kelsey and I played again on Friday! SOO FUNNNN!


This week was pretty busy, I had a paper due on Wednesday in Art, and had to complete some Work Experience hours.  I worked most of the week, went to my friend Michelle’s Jewelry Party Saturday, and babysat that night.  i also made some cookies for my Grandpa, his favorite, my great-grandmother’s hamburger cookies.

Yesterday, I received some amazing news! I’ve been accepted to SF State for spring semester!! HUUUUU WHAAAAA yaya so stoked!


This week is busy once again, and Harry Potter is coming out! Thursday at Midnight, already got my ticket.





Fall is HERE! October 12, 2010

Filed under: Books,Cooking,Movies,Music,My Life,Television — kateliveslaughsloves @ 7:05 am

while driving home tonight, i looked outside my window and saw how windy it was, all the leaves were flailing around and right then i decided that it was finally fall.  During the days, it is still pretty hot, but at night it is perfect, sun setting early, cool breeze and leaves falling on the ground, always lets me know that fall is approaching.

That means its time for Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Fall Television (Grey’s Anatomy, Weeds, Dexter, and so on), MLB Playoffs (GO GIANTS), baking (and lots of it, especially pumpkin muffins :D), etc etc.  Here is something for the baker in everyone, found at SIGN OF THE BEAR! yaya

Also this month I’ll be attending some amazing concerts, one which already happened at the end of September,

Carrie Underwood!!

This week, I will be going to my second Maroon 5 concert and could not be anymore excited!! I’m going with my friends Erin and Megan and am trying to memorize their entire new album by Friday! Check it out!

Next week, i will be going to the Justin Bieber XBOX 360 LIVE TOUR with my younger sister who is obsessed with him.  But I cannot lie, i definitely have BIEBER FEVER!! bahahaa

my friend shared this link on FB, I though it was hilarious!

<a href=”http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/the-10-sexiest-pictures-of-justin-biebers-dad”>


I also just bought 3 new books and am soo excited to read them!

1. The Time Traveler’s Wife, one of my favorite books, which I have read 3 or 4 times already and love it more and more each time!

2. True Prep, a book that I read an excerpt from in Vanity Fair, and just had to buy it!

3. L.A. Candy: Sugar and Spice, c’mon every girl needs a trashy novel every once and a while 😉

Cant wait to read these!

i also just saw Life as we Know It, with Josh Duhamel, and Katherine Heigl last night and it was way better than expected! i cried, I laughed, and Heigl plays a baker with her own fine foods store, which I always love! Go see it!


That’s all for now, Enjoy!







Spring Break April 2, 2010

Filed under: Cooking,Food,Movies,My Life,Television — kateliveslaughsloves @ 9:49 pm

Saturday 4/3

slept till almost noon! took my sister to Fluertique to show her a dress and say HI to Kelsey. made Orange Pound Cake for Easter. lazy day with the fam. Chicken Pot Pie for Dinner. Kelsey’s House to have Wii night with Sierra, Megan, and Kelsey!! Before we played wii, we made these delicious Carrot Cake muffinish sandwiches…with cream cheese frosting in between! SOOOO GOOD!! I had a great night especially cuz i got to see Sierra!!

Sunday 4/4


woke up super early to shower and find my Easter basket and then the whole fam headed to Los Gatos to visit with the rest of the Neely Clan. First we went to visit my Grandma (Mom’s Mom) up in the mountains for a bit, which brought back crazy memories from being small in this huge house and now after not being there for 10 years the house seemed soo small…CRAZY. After the blast from the past we headed back to Los Gatos for Easter with my Dad’s side of the fam.  The “children” found their eggs outside and then we had a late lunch.  Then the worst part came. 1. It started pouring, like windy rain almost hail. 2. I had to drive back to SB in that weather. Seriously? I did not want to drive back in the first place and then to have to drive in that awful weather just made me depressed.  I made it back in one piece around 10pm and passed out by midnight. School at 11am the next day. GOODBYE SPRING BREAK 😦

Updated 4/6/2010


let me break this down for you because my spring break has been pretty fantastic so far and I feel the need to share it with everyone!

Thursday 3/25

CRAZYYYYY DAY!!! after taking my Pre-Columbian Art History Midterm (93% baby!!), I headed down to LA to visit Kyle and hang out before Erin arrived! He really wanted to take me to The Grove, an outside shopping mall where famous people go all the time 😀 and then after we would go pick Erin up at LAX….so much for shopping at the Grove….on our way Kyle’s car pretty much EXPLODED!! well not really…but green fluid started spraying onto the windshield and his car started smoking…so we pulled over and after waiting THREE HOURS for the tow truck we were finally on our way to LAX…thanks to Kyle’s awesome friend Tatiana!! Erin ended up having to wait for like an hour at LAX and I felt soo bad, but we finally got there and then later that evening we went to TIGERHEAT, a club in Hollywood, which was sooo fun! we stayed out pretty late and by 3am we were headed back to Calabasas and passed out right away.

Friday 3/26

8am (5hrs after going to sleep) “Kate, wake up! We need to go now!” Because Kyle has no car Erin and I had to take him to school and we needed to get through the canyon before construction started…great.  I dragged myself out of bed (couch?) and got ready…good thing we went to starbucks 🙂 and Erin got to see Malibu, which is beautiful, and Pepperdine, which is amazing! Erin and I then drove back on PCH because it was a gorgeous day and driving right on the coast is always a plus.  When we got back to Santa Barbara, I took Erin to a beautiful beach in Montecito, called Butterfly Beach…gorgeous!  After that we went downtown and I took her to Pinkberry…can you say Mango FroYo?? YUMMM. We shopped around a bit and then by 2pm we were ready to take a nap! Instead we went back to my apartment and I showed her all around Isla Vista, went to FREEBIRDS and then we saw Repo Men (Crazy good BTW)…after the movie we went back and just stayed in and watched  The Office and Cougar Town and ended up going to bed at like 11:30pm

Saturday 3/27

wake up. pack. get smoothie. drive up 101. stop in Arroyo Grande. get Starbucks. drive some more. King City. Subway and Gas. 101. Krispy Kreme. SF. and finally, Erin and I get home to  SONOMA!!  Very tired but happy to be home, my Dad and I watched Top Gun…on VHS…Classic.

Sunday 3/28

8am…once again “Kate, wake up!” Headed to Los Gatos/San Jose for the day to celebrate my Grandma’s Birthday, Hawaiian style!! YAYA. Dinner at Cheesecake Factory and Green Zone with Dad and Brother.

Monday 3/29

Slept in finally. Played Rock Band with my bro all day. made dinner (Tacos Yumm)

Tuesday 3/30

Hell Day. Started off amazing having Breakfast with Kelsey @ Big 3, Lemon Pancakes for her and French Toast for me! Heaven in my mouth right there.  Then I’m not going to bore you with my Car Problems but to sum it up i failed my Smog Test but the guy was being very uncommunicative and wouldn’t tell me why it was failing.GRRRR whatever.  Made dinner again, Pasta with sausage and marinara sauce, soo good!! Saw Repo Men again!

Wednesday 3/31

watched The Talented Mr. Ripely w/Jude Law and Matt Damon :), Rock Band again with the brother, Adventure to Taco Bell and Hot Shots with the Bro talking in English accents the entire trip, Raisin Spice Bars. Dinner with the girls, Kelsey, Erin, and Megan at LOKAL, a new European (German) restaurant in town…really good!! Then EDK for dessert, Vanilla Cheesecake with Raspberry coulis…Heaven in my mouth again.  Mom and Sister come home from Washington DC! So excited to finally see them!

Thursday 4/1


took my car to get fixed. Bagel Shop. Santa Rosa to get a transcript sent to SF state. Costco. Old Navy. Target. find out my car’s battery had acid all over it and that my radiator is leaking…lovely.  Went and saw The Last Song with my sister and Brooke! It was really good, definitely a tear-jerker. dinner with the family. Brownie Pudding. Survivor. Grey’s Anatomy. Private Practice. Season Finale of Real World DC :(. sleep.

Today, Friday 4/2

not too much going on, its raining a lot.  Gonna go bowling with the fam and then out to dinner later!  so sad that I only have 2 days left here in Sonoma and of spring break. I cannot wait to move back here over summer and hopefully to SF this Fall!! crossing my fingers I hear from SF state soon!  I am soo excited that my friends are excited I’m moving back!! Love you all xoxo

I will update with the rest of my adventures soon!


Moving Forward March 15, 2010

Filed under: Books,Cooking,Movies,My Life — kateliveslaughsloves @ 8:05 am

Now that I am pretty positive that I will be moving home in May, I’m trying to focus on what is most important.  School is my number one priority at the moment and it is actually paying off.  I have been doing well in my classes pulling off A’s and B’s on my tests and only one C so far.

Since I still don’t have a job, it has been hard to make food like I used too.  But because of a few blogs I have been reading pretty regularly lately and http://culinaryescapades.wordpress.com/ and smittenkitchen.com, i want to get back into baking and cooking home cooked meals, even if they are just for me.:)  I’m going to be frugal in my grocery shopping, but still buy things that i can make a few good meals a week with.  And hopefully I can get a job soon!

Only 2 more weeks until Spring Break, I cannot wait!!! My friend Erin is coming to visit and we are gonna hang out in L.A. with Kyle and go clubbing and maybe to LACMA and then I am going to show her around SB for a few days until we drive up north to Sonoma!! I am so excited to go home for a while!! Once Spring break is over only about a month and a half left here until Summer!!

I am really dreaming big this summer and am pretty certain it will be EPIC.  Even though I will most likely be in summer school for the first half, i want to take a trip back east to DC, Boston, and NYC and also visit my friend Rachel in CO, as well as spend time in Sonoma and SF!!  I’m really looking forward to Summer 2010 and being home again!!



  • Read Lauren Conrad’s second installment of L.A. Candy, Sweet Little Lies! I read it in 2 days and it was devilishly sweet! I loved it!
  • Go see Alice in Wonderland and Remember Me.  Alice is fantastical and lovely and get ready to cry when watching Remember Me (its not about what you think its about).

Winter Break January 11, 2010

Filed under: Cooking,Fashion,Food,Movies,Music,My Life — kateliveslaughsloves @ 6:48 am

I’ve had almost 6 weeks off for break about 10 more days to go and I haven’t written on here once. But I would like to share what I have done over the past month, so here it is.

  • went snowboarding for the 1st time ever!! SOOOO MUCH FUN
  • been working and saving my money
  • hanging out with old friends
  • movies seen in the theatre:
  1. It’s Complicated
  2. Avatar 3D
  3. Sherlock Holmes
  4. Leap Year
  5. Up in the Air
  6. Youth in Revolt
  7. The Young Victoria
  • I’ve also watched about 1,000 movies too.
  • Had a wonderful Christmas and New Years
  • Met Betsey Johnson
  • played too much Wii and Xbox
  • bought some new music
  • baked raisin bars, chocolate crinkles, Raspberry linzer cookies, brownies, chocolate cake, etc.
  • have hardly cleaned at all
  • Went to Fig Cafe  and Cheesecake Factory with my girls
  • Went to Tahoe twice
  • Went to the city for a friend’s 21st
  • Went to the Gym w/Katelynn
  • Computer broke and had to spend some of my hard earned money:(

So this break has been pretty eventful and I am sure that these last 10 days will be twice as crazy as the rest of my break! I getting ready to be ready to head back down to SB but, I love nor cal and Sonoma I don’t want to leave quite yet!