LA to Vegas Road Trip

Last weekend my friend Jess and I took a mini road trip to Las Vegas. Most of the time the drive from LA to Vegas is a boring 4 hour trip through the desert. This time, we decided to make the most of it. We found this really cool blog that explores all of the weird stops in detail and decided to try some of them out. Instead of the usual 4 hours, it took us 9. If you're in the LA area and have a whole day to devote to the Vegas drive, I highly recommend the following stops...

We got off the 15 in Victorville in order to explore Route 66. The exit you need to take is 153a. It dumps you right on to Route 66. We passed under the Steel Truss Bridge and came upon a few cute antique shops.

The old gas station pictured below is right next to the antique shops.

A little ways down the road is Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch. This place is definitely worth stopping. It's open from dawn until dusk. It's impossible to not take a million photos here.

We got back on to the 15 in Barstow and headed to Peggy Sue's Diner. You can't miss it. I've always wanted to stop here. The most surprising thing to me was how tiny it was inside. It's typical diner food so stick with a burger or a sandwich.

You can walk through Peggy Sue's gift shop and out back is a weird little garden with ponds full of turtles and a few metal dinosaurs.

Our last stop before Vegas was the Calico Ghost Town. It's basically right across the street from Peggy Sue's. You just go under the freeway and down Ghost Town Road until you see the sign below. It's owned by Knott's Berry Farm and costs $8 for adults.

At the end of the town's main road you can climb a little hill and get a cool photo of the entire town. It was about 110 degrees when we were there but we made the hike anyway. Then we grabbed a cold bottle of water and ran back to the air conditioned car.

Last stop... Vegas of course! We stayed downtown and had a blast!


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Cheesy French Toast and Tomatoes

My mom's garden is in full swing right now so I've been eating a lot of tomatoes. This recipe is a personal favorite and it's perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.


For the french toast...
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream or milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup grated mozzarella (jack or cheddar would work too)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 slices thick country-style bread
  • butter or olive oil to fry the toast
For the vinaigrette...
  • 1/8 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • pinch of sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
For the topping...
  • 2-3 tomatoes (depending on the size)
  • blue cheese (optional)
  • basil leaves (optional)
  • crumbled bacon (optional)

Combine the egg, cream, salt, mozzarella, and thyme. Soak the bread slices in the batter for about a minute. Warm some olive oil or butter in a skillet and transfer the bread. Use a fork to grab some extra cheese that has settled on the bottom of the bowl and add it to the bread in the skillet.

To make the vinaigrette, whisk the white wine vinegar, mustard, olive oil, sugar, salt, and pepper.

Remove your french toast when it's nice and brown. Toss the tomatoes (and any other optional toppings) in the vinaigrette and place them on top of the toast. Enjoy!

The Best Part of Summer

I went to the OC fair yesterday. If you plan on going or have a fair going on near you, look for the bacon wrapped deep fried churros. They're so bad but so good!

DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Tote Bag

This is one of the easiest DIYs ever! I grabbed one of my dad's old tank tops (you can also use a t-shirt) and sewed this simple bag in no time. Here's how...

What you'll need:

  • a men's t-shirt or tank top (I used an XL for this bag)
  • scissors
  • needle
  • thread

If you're using a t-shirt, start by cutting the collar and the sleeves off. Cut a few strips of fabric off of the bottom to make your rose. Flip it inside out and sew the bottom shut.

To make the flower, use the strips you cut off of the bottom of the shirt and make some ruffles. I used this technique.

Form a flower using the ruffle and sew it until it's secure. It can be messy.

Turn the bag right side in and sew the flower on. That's it!

Let's Talk Podcasts

I've talked about my favorite podcasts here on the blog before but I've started listening to them quite a bit again so I thought I'd do a little refresher post. These are currently my 4 favorites...

Comedy Bang Bang - I've been listening to this one for a while now and I actually don't think I've ever seen the TV show but I've been meaning to check it out. Anyway, this one is jam packed with hilarious recurring guests including my personal favorite, Nick Kroll.

Sklarbro Country - The Sklar brothers love to talk sports but you don't have to be a sports enthusiast to enjoy this show. I'm not saying they make me want to sit down and watch an entire football game (boring). I'm just saying that they crack so many jokes you hardly notice the sports talk.

WTF - I really like Marc Maron. He has a lot of interesting guests. I also definitely recommend his Netflix special, Thinky Pain. In fact, if you've never listened to the podcast, that Netflix special is a great little preview.

Kevin and Bean - I'm partial to Kevin and Bean because I've grown up listening to them on a local radio station but this is definitely my all time favorite podcast. They update it daily and I never miss it.

4th of July Roundup

Are you ready for the 4th? If not, here are a few recipes and DIYs to get you in the mood...

Cupcake Bunting - Learn how to decorate your desserts with this simple DIY.

County Fair Chili - I'm busting out my award winning chili recipe this year for two different potlucks. I can't wait to do a lot of taste testing while I cook. Get the recipe here.

Drink Umbrellas - These umbrellas are incredibly easy to make. Some red, white, and blue scrap paper, popsicle sticks, a little glue and you're all set!

Peach Cobbler - What's more summery than a peach cobbler? This is my all time favorite recipe.

Flag Shorts - My most recent DIY... I'll be wearing these on Friday!

Hush Puppies - Last but not least, every bbq needs some good ol' fashioned hush puppies. Get the recipe here.

What's Really In My Purse

I'll admit, I'm always interested when people post photos of what's in their purse. I've noticed though that 90% of the time it seems to be a censored version of the actual contents. Let's be honest, half the time I pull something out of my purse and don't remember why it's in there or how long it's been there. That's probably why my bag usually weighs about 50 pounds. Anyway, I figured I'd do a post today showing the actual contents because I think a lot of you can relate.