Weekend Things

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how amazing the month of September is because it gives us the best of both worlds seasons.  On the summer end, you have hot daytime temps, an overabundance of tomatoes at the Farmers’ Market and baseball.  On the fall end, you have chilly mornings, changing leaves and I guess football for those who are interested in that.  I’m NOT, but I do like when Joey is completely sucked into the Cowboys game and I can slip into our room and sob in private as I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 😛

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Friday, we popped over to RiNo to check out the new street art that was painted last week during the Crush Walls event.  There was one main alley that looked (and smelled) great but the others were less impressive, so we ditched out and headed to an early dinner at Cart-Driver.  Love this place so so much, but guys, I don’t think I like burrata.  Why does it taste like nothing and why is the texture so gross?

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We hadn’t been to the FM in WEEKS, so my excitement was peak!  Usually when we go, I’ve already meal-planned, so I’m looking for specific stuff but since we hadn’t been in a while and weren’t sure what would be there, we decided to meal-plan around what was available.  Made it home with cucumbers, tomatoes, a baby onion, some really beautiful eggplant and THEE CUTEST CANTALOUPE.  It smelled SO GOOD.  (But tasted just okay…)

Made falafel waffles for dinner (so fun!) before heading out to see a movie.  We saw BlacKkKlansmen and it was equal parts funny and horrifying.  I was sort of distracted by the audience yelling stuff and trying to figure out why the real Ron Stallworth would continue making phone calls with the Klan while the white officer would be the one to interact with them in person.  They did not sound the same!  But, John David Washington and Adam Driver both give really great performances.

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Sunday started with a run for both of us (though at different starting times and distances) before hitting the car to head to the mountains again.  Told you leaf peeping was my #1 priority!  We passed Kenosha and it was PACKED so I’m really glad we went last weekend but also glad we drove by again this weekend because it was JAW-DROPPINGLY BEAUTIFUL.  We drove through Boreas Pass and got to see some orange/red leaves among all the gorgeous yellows.  Then we took ourselves to Outer Range Brewing, which we’ve wanted to try for a very long time and it was just as good as we’d hoped!  Grabbed lunch from the grilled cheese food truck and sipped our beers outside with a lovely view of the mountains.

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Back at home, lunches, laundry, lounging.  Oh and the Rockies won, thank god!  Later on, we made salmon and charred orange-chile broccoli for dinner.  Both were so good and both were from Cooking Light and at the same time I was eating this, I was reading about how CL has gone under!  Such sad news considering how many of our favorite recipes are from the magazine and how much joy I get from receiving my new copy every month 😦

In other news, it has been 90+ degrees for the past week and a half and I’m sort of over it.  Also, Friday is GABF and I am beyond excited!!!!!  Please tell me what summer or fall-related things you did this weekend.  I’d love to hear ♥

Recently Consumed

A list of things consumed by my head, heart, eyes, ears and stomach lately.

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Avocado Toast

Please do not ask me how many times I ate avocado toast while we were in San Diego.  When in Rome Cali, right??  But actually, the trend started before that, at home, and smashing avo on top a piece of toast with a dash of nutritional yeast, a sprinkle of salt and a swish of olive oil is a pretty amazing low-maintenance breakfast.

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Tin Man by Sarah Winman

I read this for book club last month and devoured it in a matter of days.  Which isn’t saying all that much because it’s fairly short, but what I’m really trying to say it that I adored it.  Prose that’s paired down, neat and concise and able to say so much by saying so little is my absolute favorite and Sarah Winman does it MASTERFULLY.  I was blown away by how quickly and effortlessly she endears you to the characters.  So much of this book is truly heartbreaking but there are so many tender moments of love, friendship and compassion too.  I hope, if you read it, you love it as much as I did.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

This is my favorite book.  Ever!  Which leaves big shoes for the movie adaptation to fill, but I’m happy to report that I mostly really liked it.  Lily James was charming and though Michiel Huisman is handsomer than I had pictured Dawsey, I didn’t mind it.  I felt sort of weird about the fabricated Nazi love interest part and I super didn’t care for the hostility they wrote into Mrs. Maugery’s character (one of the most touching parts of the book is how instantly accepting the Guernsey characters are of Juliet) but 10 minutes in, Joey announced that he’d be reading the book and it meant more to me than he’ll ever know ♥

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Cashew Yogurt

Gosh, this Cashew Yogurt (which it totally not yogurt and I feel weird about calling it that but hey, I didn’t name the recipe!) reminds me of something but I can’t place on my finger on what.  That frosting that comes with Toaster Strudel perhaps??  Anyway, I made some a couple of weeks ago and ate it every day straight for a week.  I am a major cashew lover so the flavor was so so good to me.  Need to make another batch!

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The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah

I enjoyed The Nightingale so I figured I’d give another Kristen Hannah novel a try aaaaand, I didn’t totally love it.  I’ve read a few novels that had sort of an arctic setting and look, I’m sure it’s truly beautiful but I haven’t seen it with my own eyes and I’m NOT into cold weather so I think half the appeal of these types of books is lost on me right there.  The plot of this one is also sort of dramatic in a very predictable way, though I will say her writing is lovely.  So I guess I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

I really wanted to love this movie and parts of it were cute and fun but mostly I didn’t find it believable that this adorable and completely normal girl wouldn’t have friends and I was really put off by how the good-looking, athletic, popular guy got the girl.  Totally deserving because his life seemed so unfair up until then…  Also, I felt misled by the trailer because most of the guys she writes loves letters to are basically non-entities.  Anyway, the younger sister was amazing!  (P.S. I listened to a podcast this week and the two women in it had the exact opposite opinion of everything I just said.)

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Bubbly Rose Health-Ade Kombucha

Took a little booch brew break while we were on vacation so I had to hit the store and left with this pretty bottle that tasted just as lovely.

And that’s it for this time!  It’s Friday and we’re thinking of taking a stroll through RiNo to see the all the fresh street art plus a trip to the Farmers’ Market and another drive to the mountains.  How about you?!