Memorial Day Weekend Things

If it’s Friday and you’re making the spontaneous decision to go eat the best Detroit-style pizza before watching the Rockies beat the Cardinals 10-0 or it’s Saturday and you’re making pancakes in your pajamas, going shopping then having a kombucha date or it’s Sunday and you’re ordering a Bloody Mary then planting a flower garden and making a blueberry upside-down cake or it’s Monday and you’re running the Bolder Boulder, power-napping, BBQing and teaching your niece and nephew how to play Sardines…. OR it’s Tuesday and you’re tired and sore and sunburnt and feeling like you need a day off to recover from your day off, then it must have been Memorial Day Weekend!

Please know that I normally do not condone this type of run-on sentence, but you gotta do what you gotta do.  


Has pizza in the fridge but goes out for pizza: a Lauren Dorsey story.

The little boy next to Joey asked “are sunflower seeds healthy?” and I didn’t know whether to laugh or feel very sad, but Rockies won and I know how to feel about that!


Seems important to have a go-to, pantry-staple pancake recipe and I think this one for Whole Wheat Pancakes might be it.

Grocery shopped then clothes shopped (and Joey picked out both dresses I bought!) before having a kombucha date/monthly meeting re: stuff happening in June and how we did (or didn’t…) stick to our May budget.  Injoycha Açai Hibiscus Guarana Jun for president best booch flavor!


Checked out Brazen for brunch and I know those chilaquiles look amazing but we were pretty unimpressed with the whole experience.  You win some, you lose some.

Made another upside-down cake, but with blueberries and lemon (instead of cherries and lime) and gosh do I love this recipe!


Mostly wanna tell/show you THIS!  

Planted little flowering bushes, re-seeded some veggies in our garden boxes, planted tomatoes & peppers… and a flower garden!!!  Bought about 3x as many flowers as last year and it’s looking so good and cute.  Fingers crossed that it all stays that way!


Felt like I could have used an extra three hours of sleep but we drove into Boulder and ran that BB10K and had the best weather.  We piggybacked to the finish line, thinking it would make for a fun picture but joke’s on me because now my finishing time isn’t registering…

BTW, it was our EIGHTH Bolder Boulder, wowza!


Post-10K, we got iced coffee, napped, cleaned ourselves and our house up, then had our families over for some Memorial Day BBQ action.  

Mom brought the guac to end all guacs (+ coleslaw and brownies!), I made our favorite cornbread + my new go-to potato salad (and that cake!), Joey grilled some chicken to perfection and Lori made an amazing pizza cookie.  So yeah, I ate all three desserts and felt very good about that life decision ♥   

We also watched Space Jam (that soundtrack though!), too many episodes of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Blue is the Warmest Color (which is 3-hours long with subtitles, oy!) and even though I’d like to be at home sleeping right now, at least there’s freshly made iced coffee and book club to make today a little easier.  How was your Memorial Day Weekend??

Salad-in-a-Jar: A Year Later

Breaking News: In addition to graduating college, my sister also recently got a new job and leased her first apartment!  Talk about some major life changes, huh?  My mom mentioned she was worried about not having money now that she has to pay rent and my mom told her “soon you’ll have to bring salad-in-a-jar to work for lunch!”  Um rude, Mom.  Because, here we are over a year later still rocking that salad-in-a-jar habit and I kinda LOVE it.

In case you, like my mom, think this is a sad times lunch that’s holding you back from what you really wanna do (ahem, eat tacos with guac at Chipotle every day), then I’m here to tell you that’s so not the case and if you’re into this salad-in-a-jar thing with me, here’s 5 more we’ve added to our arsenal since that post I wrote a year ago.  (But totally check out that original post for salad-in-a-jar tips!)

Superfood Salad // A very new addition but it’s a winner because it has what a salad needs to succeed… LOTS of stuff!  The more mix-ins, the better!  Make this in spring/summer when avocados are their creamiest selves… and also their cheapest selves.


Greek Farro and Chickpea Salad // Fact: I adore a Greek salad.  It’s probably a combo of all the different textures and the salty feta that ropes me in every time.  You can really use any grain for this one.  We usually do barley because of that one time I accidentally bought two bags of the stuff and we’ll be eating it for the rest of forever.  

California Caprese Bowl // I wait all winter for this one that just tastes so much better in the summer when tomatoes are actually in season.  I once made it with thick-cut bacon and honestly preferred the regular stuff.   


Spinach Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Apricot // The contrast of savory roasted veggies and sweet dried apricots is killer (in a good way!) plus this is one of my very favorite salad dressings.  

Fall Harvest Chopped Salad // I’ve mentioned this one before because the dressing is incredible but the roasted butternut (or sub something more in season), goat cheese, apple, dried cranberry combo is not to be overlooked.  


In other news: I went on my first pre-work outdoor run this morning and it made me INSANELY happy.  That, plus hammock napping, garden inspecting, iced coffee sipping, Memorial Day planning and actual summer time temps means I’m on track to becoming my happiest self.  Howboutyou?