Thursday, September 06, 2012

Weekend in Santa Cruz - Show and Tell Friday

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Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!

Last week my girlfriends and I spent Thursday - Saturday in Santa Cruz, CA.  It's only about 30 minutes away from home but it was like a mini vacation.  One of the friends made the amazing Caprese Salad with heirloom tomatoes pictured above.  What put this over the top was the basil salt that she made.  I don't have the exact recipe but she said you take fresh basil and sea salt and put it together in a food processor, then you spread it out on a baking sheet and bake it on low until the basil dries up.  She put it in a salt shaker and put it on the tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.  It was so good!  She put this salad together in our hotel room!  


We had a blast on Friday night. We went down on the beach to a concert.  A local band that has been around since I was in high school, Pappa Doo Run Run was playing.  

Earlier in the summer some 20-something young guy came up to us and told us we look like the Golden Girls.  I think he must have seen the shock in our faces so he quickly said "in their teenage years."  Now we call ourselves the Teenage Golden Girls!  Haha!


The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has free concerts every Friday night in the summer.  It's the perfect venue to listen to good music right on the California Beach!  This concert was the last one of the season.


There we are up front (on the left) dancing!


We stayed at the Dream Inn and this photo above was taken from our hotel balcony!


Good times with good friends!   Life doesn't get better than this!  We are headed back to Santa Cruz again this weekend! This time we will be staying at my friend's parent's beach house!  I'm really sad that summer is ending but this was a great way to end it!!


I also got some exciting news to share! My old bedroom photo is being used on About.com's article on French Country Bedroom Furniture!  You can see the article here: French Country Bedroom Furniture. What a honor!  I also have a couple other things in the works that have me excited.  I'll share those when (and if) they happen!


If you are joining in on Show and Tell Friday, please remember that your Show and Tell needs to be something from your home or garden.  If you would like to join in, please enter your name and leave your exact Show and Tell blog post link, not just your blog link and as a common courtesy link back to my blog.

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34 comments:

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Looks like y'all had a blast!!
Thank you for hosting.
<3 Christina

AshTreeCottage said...

You are golden girls because you are all blondes! Looks like you all had a really great time.

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

You all look like such fun girls to party with! I love your pretty lace top. Thanks for hosting Cindy!
xo, Andrea

Liz said...

Hi Cindy!
What a fun weekend. I think you all look like a million bucks! :)

Congrats on the photo credit. That is awesome. I can't wait to hear your other big news.

Thank you, as always, for hosting!
~Liz

Marydon said...

So love Santa Cruz. See you had a grand time. How fun!

Have a lovely weekend ~

GIVEAWAY ends 9/9

TTFN ~
Marydon

suzyq said...

Thanks so much for hosting
I'm a blond - I should have been with you all, lol
Hugs,
Suzan

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Cindy, this looks like a fun time! Thanks so much for hosting!

Tazas y Cuentos said...

Oh! I see you spent very funny days with your friends, and summer... beach...
Besos from Argentina (still winter...waiting for spring please!) Silvina

Sarah said...

Looks like a fun time, Cindy. It's great that you and your girlfriends share good times.
Thanks for hosting.......Sarah

Anne said...

Cindy,
Looks like a great time!Thank you for hosting!
xx
Anne

Shabbygal said...

Cindy, Hi just came across your beautiful blog! I love the pics of Santa Cruz so pretty! Aren't all CA girls Golden girls? LOL Looks like so much fun! Traci

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Congrats on the feature! Looks like a fun weekend! Thanks for hosting!...hugs...Debie

Kathy Moody said...

It looks like you had a blast!! Loved seeing the photos. Thank you so much for hosting.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

You'all look like your having a ball in Santa Cruz! You girls are looking terrific too. Thank you for hosting such great party. Enjoy the weekend.
FABBY

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

That looks like such a fun weekend, Cindy--you all look happy and beautiful! Congrats on being featured at About.com--very cool. I do appreciate you hosting the party tonight, and hope that you have a great time next weekend at the beach again!

Debbiedoo's said...

Sound exciting Cindy! You girls looked like you had a ball!

Jo Coastal Home Love said...

Hi! What a fun weekend!!
Thanks for hosting :)
Jo x

Pollyanna said...

Oh, Wow, so much fun!! What would we do without girl friends, and it looks like yours are a blast!!

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Thanks for hosting, Cindy! Looks like you and your girlfriends had a fantastic time on your mini vacation! Have a lovely weekend :)

SavannahGranny said...

You look like you were having a ball...in your teenage years. That is so funny.
Thanks for sharing and hosting, Ginger

SelenarteDecoupage said...

You and your girlfriends look lovely there. This is my first show and tell Friday. Thank you so much for hosting.
Selena

Barren @ Midtown condominiums said...

Love the collection and the layout, also the designs of the homes are just perfect.

Jeffery @ Rental of furnished studios in NYC said...

Love the place, would surely love to stay in here so as to spend the vacation.

Carolyn said...

Glad you are enjoying life!

Thank you for hosting,

Carolyn

melissa @ daisymaebelle.com said...

Thanks so much for hosting! Looks like you had a great time! Life to the full, Melissa

Curtains in My Tree said...

You all look so good together,

I miss my girlfriends , one is in Kentucky, one in Oregon , one just too married to have fun LOL

keep it up tell your girlfriends HOORAW

Debi Bolocofsky said...

Thanks so much for hosting every week. I would love it if you would link your salad at my party. It is going on now.
Debi @ Adorned From Above

Cottage and Broome said...

Looks like you are continuing to have a great summer!! Thanks for hosting, Laura

Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage said...

Good back track! What was he thinking? You guys look fabulous. Well, I bet he had a crush on one of them at least ;) Santa Cruz is a wonderful place to vacation. I didn't know about the free concerts. How fun! Congrats on your picture being used.

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Thanks for hosting! Looks like you gals had a fun time!! Wishing you a grand weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It looks like you and your friends had a wonderful time in Santa Cruz! Enjoy the rest of the summer.

Jennifer said...

Congratulations on the About.com piece! Your trip looks like it was a blast! Thank you for hosting Cindy!

Bohemian said...

Okay so now I'm TOTALLY making myself some fresh Basil Salt for my next Caprese Salad!!! YUM!!! You got my attention with that lead Photo and my mouth watering! *Winks* And how Cute are you all... the Blonde Bombshells!

Dawn... The Bohemian

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Cindy: Sat right on that spot, on that beach, many times during my teen-age years. My husband and I both are Santa Cruz born and raised, our kids live in Soquel..Many happy memories at the boardwalk. Looks like you and your friends had a great time..Happy Wednesday..Judy