Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Assaulted in Bangkok (Part 1)

Since coming back from our vacation I think the most common question I’ve heard is, “Where’d you guys go again?” Thailand. Not Taiwan, not Taipei. Thailand. The reaction I get once people realize where we were for a month is normally something like, “Oh. How was that?” Which makes me want to step on their feet and holler in their face, "IT WAS AN ASSAULT ON THE SENSES, HOMIE!"

Example #1: You take a boat to get to the tourist attractions and I don't know if you can tell or not from this photo, but it's about a million degrees outside.
Example numero 2: People dress way different than they do in the West!

Have I mentioned yet that they have golden palaces that are hundreds of years old? Well, they do!

Are you getting all the handcrafted details here?!! I'm telling you, it was unreal!

Alisha fit right in to the beautiful surroundings because she's the fairest maiden in all the land

The infamous Tuk-tuk. These guys have mastered the art of shooting the gap, and they're kind enough to provide numerous options in the 'Oh, Crap!' handle arena

The wind wiping through your hair, the scent of exhaust fumes filling your nostrils, and Spiderman gazing at you from the back of your chauffeur's seat. What better way to experience downtown?

That's mother of pearl that has been handcrafted into the feet of a giant Buddha. Stunning.

One thing that my senses were not expecting: the poverty that is hiding just behind the gleaming tourist attractions.

Google's walking directions gave us an intimate glimpse of the extreme paradox that lurks in Bangkok

Literally just feet from a bustling luxury mall, this little one and her feathered friends live in squaller

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

real men bake

What's up everybody. This Garrett. Yeah, I blog now. Say what you will about my manhood, but I think I'm pretty cool for driving the public documentation of all the AWESOME stuff Alisha and I do. And you know what? I'm going to make another revealing admission. I have a Pinterest account that I use almost exclusively for finding food I want to consume. Yes, consume. Cause that's what real men do to food. And by food I pretty much mean baked goods. This beauty is one of my most recent creations:

See how the raspberry sauce is artistically running down the sides of the cheesecake bar? Yeah I (read: Alisha) did that!

But no joke, I took one bite of this indulgence and knew that if I didn't share the joy I'd found I would have to count myself stingy indeed.

Here's how I produced this delicious fantasy: 


12 whole graham crackers (crush em with your hands, then use a food processor to get em tiny)
6 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 tablespoons melted butter (that's a whole stick FYI)

Mix it all up in a bowl and then line the bottom and sides of a 9X13 pan like so:

Pop it in the oven at 375 for 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the following until smooth:

24 ounces (3 large packages) cream cheese, at room temperature (yes, it this IS important)
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Then add:

More than 1/4 cup heavy cream or sour cream (or in my case a combo of sour cream, milk and greek yogurt)
3.5 large eggs (I'm not even playin)
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice, optional but I recommend it

Beat it, just beat it (name that tune) until really silky and runny. Pour it evenly throughout your crust and bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees. You will be tempted to bake it longer than this, don't. Just pull it out of the oven and let it cool for 30 minutes. You will be tempted to cut into it immediately, don't. It's the best when it's been refrigerated for a while too.

For those who are interested I can e-mail you the secret raspberry sauce recipe (hint: it's just 2 cups frozen raspberries thawed blended with 2 TBS sugar)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Shabu Shabu

If you've never been exposed to Asian cuisine let me introduce you to one of the best meals the Far East has to offer. While Garrett was in Japan, a friend invited him to a restaurant that served all-you-can-eat shabu-shabu. This dish features lots of veggies and very thinly sliced beef that is all boiled in a special stock. He was delighted when our neighbors the Keslers, both of whom lived in South Korea for a number of years, invited us over for a homemade feast:  

Beef, mushrooms, and baby napa cabbage, oh my! Shabu-shabu is cooked right in front of you in the middle of the table you're sitting at. When some succulent morsel is cooked to your liking, pull it out with your chopsticks!

Chris and Janice Kesler really know how to put out a spread and with Jessie Slezak's fresh berries for dessert, we were spoiled!

Chris hand-sliced almost two pounds of superb tenderloin steak. We were not left wanting!

Ever the gracious host and hostess, Chris and Janice Kesler provided dinner and an entertaining show!

A gathering of friends wouldn't be complete without their little ones. Garrett and Melissa (left) are always battling for Ethan Kesler's affections, looks like Melissa had the one up on this one. Jessie (right) always has her little Ella looking so adorable. Isn't her bow just so precious?

Saturday, April 21, 2012


A journey that started in 2006 has now been completed here in 2012. Yep, Garrett is a college graduate! No he didn't have to repeat classes and he wasn't slacking such that it took an extra two years to crank out his BS, he was just abroad in Japan for two years (a story for another post?!). Needless to say, we were both elated to celebrate the happy occasion with friends and family. BYU has been good to the Beechers and we will truly miss it!

Oh, ya know, just graduating.

So proud of him! There was such a crazy crowd of parents waiting to capture their grad walking off stage. I was no different. "Get out my way fools!" I pushed my way through and got this nice little photo of him walking off stage.

Before graduation we met up with some of our good friends to take photos before we all part ways and move on from college life. All of us wives were graduated and were the resident sugar-mamas as we put our  boys through school. They had it so good. :) 

If we were Catholic we'd be Godparents.

The super graduate!

The proud parents. :)

The Beecher clan. 

With Uncle Matt at Banana Leaf celebrating Garrett's awesomeness.

Cougar for life!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

tory burch

Vogue recently featured Tory Burch’s Southampton home. Isn't it fabulous?

tory burch house

The combination of these patterns are in-sane. And, I love the simple elegance of that white Valentino dress.

tory burch house

Corals and turquoises, yes please.

tory burch house

Monday, February 20, 2012

president's day

This President's day weekend would have been so much better if we were back in San Diego. As much as the Hubs and I have enjoyed this long weekend at home, we've been reminiscing about past vacations. One of our favorites was over the summer when we celebrated our first anniversary at Andaz in the Gaslamp District. My favorite part about the hotel was the clean modern decor and the urban chic roof top pool. Mmmm, I still remember laying out in that warm summer sun.