As 2013 Comes To An End

As 2013 comes to an end, I find myself thinking a lot about the past year and a lot about my New Year’s Resolution.  Last December, I forced kindly invited Joey to recount all the fun we’d had that year and forced kindly invited him to do the same this year when I suddenly realized it was the end of the month already (where did December even go?!).  I thought I’d take a moment to do so here as well.

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In January, I started the new year with the resolve to be more open and say yes more.  I also saw a bajillion movies in preparation for award show season, made fancy pancakes and got honest about how January basically sucked.

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In February, I enjoyed Denver Restaurant Week, the Oscars and my first time at the Boulder International Film Festival.  Oh and helped throw our second Super Bowl bash.

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In March, I said yes to a trip to Arizona with Joey’s family, celebrated the arrival of Spring (hello, warmer weather) and said yes to a promotion, which turned out to be a lot less scary than my unrealistic mind had imagined.

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In April, I celebrated another Rockies Home Opener, dyed my hair red(ish), took Joey out for his 26th birthday (Linger & Little Man, for the win!), took my sister out for her 21st (!!!) birthday, said yes to another summer bowling league (why?!) and got in a Twitter fight with Robert Irvine.  Yes, seriously.

April was a good month!

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In May, I celebrated my (future) Mother-in-Law’s 50th birthday with a surprise party in the Coors Field Warning Track suite!  Followed by our 6 year anniversary and a trip to Vegas, baby!  It’s called Vegas, baby!, NV, right?

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In June, I participated in the Denver Heart Association’s Heart Walk, drew up an epic Summer Bucket List, joined a CSA, celebrated Jenn’s birthday and got sick for the third time in four months.  I now legitimately have a fear of colds.

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In July, I celebrated the 4th of July, my own 24th birthday and my best friend’s engagement within the first 10 days of the month.  Excitement overload!  I also said yes to being her Maid of Honor, although that was the easiest thing ever to say yes to 🙂 The end of the month was spent celebrating my dear mother’s birthday.  July is just a month for celebrating, I guess!

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In August, I said yes to a weekend trip to Joey’s family cabin.  Turned out I’d be avoiding something I ended up loving! Go figure.  Then… WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!  My mind is blank of anything we did after that 😛

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In September, we celebrated our first homebrewiversary (and haven’t brewed a single batch of beer since…), Colorado flooded 😦 and… WE GOT ENGAGED.  I said yes in a BIG way!  My mind is blank of anything we did after that too 😛  P.S. I swear that ring is on my left hand… stupid camera reversal!

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In October, we (sort of) settled into our house, (sort of) settled into wedding planning and took a trip to New Orleans, where we got to forget about needing to get settled into anything but that vacation mentality.  I also experienced my first Halloween, full of trick-or-treaters, as a homeowner!

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In November, after a grueling 9 hour wait, we reserved a public park for our wedding ceremony and officially had a wedding date! We also tackled a bunch of house renovation stuff (okay this was more Joey than me…), attended an engagement party thrown in our honor, finally got to see our engagement photos and enjoyed two fabulous Thanksgiving celebrations.  I ❤ Thanksgiving.

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In December, I revealed our mini bathroom reno (I’ll leave it up to you to decide if mini is describing the bathroom or the reno), bought a new fridge and range, changed up our KBCO Studio C tradition, got totally spoiled at Christmas, had my first out of town guest at the new house (my cousin is still here actually!) and… said yes to skiing! <—More on that at a later date, though 🙂

In case all my underlining didn’t tip you off, I’m pretty happy with how my New Year’s Resolution went.  I honest to goodness kept it in mind all year and tried to be more open to trying things I might normally say no to.  Most of them paid off, one of them didn’t.  I’m never bowling again 😛  And although some were really easy to say yes to (I think you know which), others weren’t and I’m proud of myself for being more open.  2013 was an amazing year and yet, as amazing as 2013 was, I think 2014 is going to top it!

Happy New Year!

Final CSA Things & Thoughts

So I thought our CSA pick ups went through this week, but it turns out our last one ended up being while we were in New Orleans.  Luckily, my dad was available to drive over to the farm and get our loot for us.  Thanks again, Dad!  I’m sorta sad we didn’t get to make the final trip ourselves but at least we got to enjoy the veggies one final time and I’m pretty proud to say I think we used up every single thing we got.  Going out with a bang!

Instead of listing out everything we got and giving you a lengthy blurb about what we cooked (I know you all love those!…), I think I’ll just show you.

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Potato & Chard Hash with an Egg on Top and Bread on the Side

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Homemade Falafel Wrap with Spinach, Hummus & Watermelon Radishes (the coolest!)

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Harvest Cobb Salad

I could live off of Cobb & Caesar salads.

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Spinach, Bell Pepper & Pepper Jack Pizza on a Homemade Crust

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Kale & Potato Soup made by Joey 🙂

Afterwards, we watched the original Carrie and then I dreamt about it all night.  And this is why I am now trying to convince Joey that Harry Potter is a scary movie.  I’m such a baby.

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Homemade Pumpkin Puree!

We got a tiny sugar pumpkin in our loot that I roasted then pureed.  What should I use it in?  I’m thinking of trying a pumpkin roll but I’m sort of terrified.

Final CSA Thoughts:

Joey and I both agreed that the produce we got was A+++.  No, seriously, even when the farm was hit by all the rain in September and they had some flooding, our produce was amazingly fresh and beautiful.  I’ve never seen anything so perfect and we were blown away by the taste of everything we tried.  Things we also loved were the every two week pick up option, — I would have been so overwhelmed with veggies if we had done a once a week pick up — the variety of the produce and the ability to try a bunch of things we’d never encountered before.  It’s fun to think outside the box sometimes 🙂

All that said, the drive to the farm was pretty long.  Especially after moving to Denver, the drive home felt super long.  I guess we have until next year to decide if the pros outweigh that one con.  One last thing, every two weeks we drove past this pasture of oddly colored cows.  I looked them up the first time we drove by and discovered that they are called “Belted Galloways” or “Belties” for short.  They’re the Oreo cookie cow!  How ridiculously cute are they?!  I keep asking Joey for a Baby Beltie.  Mostly so I can say Baby Beltie.  I’ll miss them.

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Have you ever done a CSA?

Where do you get your produce?

Have you ever seen an Oreo cookie cow?

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For All Other CSA Posts:

First Pick-Up

It’s Garlic Scape Season!

Faaava Beans

Familiar Things

Pleasantly Surprised

Purple Veggies

All By Myself

And in case you’re a local and want to know… Red Wagon Organic Farm