What I’m Loving Lately: Late Summer Edition

On Tuesday, we went to Red Rocks for our last concert of the summer — Young the Giant was incredible and Sameer’s dance moves are the very best! — and it was legitimately chilly!  Last night, my dad texted me about how it’s getting darker earlier in the evening.  I’m feeling that (self-created) pressure to do everything I haven’t crossed off my Summer Bucket List and all of this can mean only one thing: it’s officially late summer.  But, I’m going to refer to it as “late summer” instead of “the end of summer” because that’s just too depressing for a Friday post 🙂  Here’s some stuff I’ve been into lately!

Binge Mode

Guys, I spend a significant amount of my life trying to hide how deeply immersed in Game of Thrones I truly am.  But I fear I’m actually doing a terrible job because my blog, my Twitter account and my real life conversations seems to be about 80% GoT references and 20% food.  So now that it’s out in the open, I wanna tell you that I’ve been listening to this Podcast (so much that I’m actually speaking like the podcast hosts now — shouts to Binge Mode!) and now I even have Joey listening!  It’s pretty legit and also really funny, so I highly recommend it.

The Savvy Cook

Mentioned this cookbook here and there but I’m making my way through some of the MANY recipes I have dogeared and so far, I’m loving everything we’ve tried!  Made some egg-free French toast with MISO-DATE BUTTER (can you even?!) and it was so so good!  I can get weird about eggs sometimes so I was delighted to find a recipe for French toast that did away with them completely.  Also, that butter is a sweet savory dream and leftovers make for some incredible oatmeal.

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Iced Lattes

In the summer, Joey is ALL ABOUT iced coffee and I get it because that stuff can be incredibly good but I’ve been falling for a creamier cold coffee drink lately, so lattes are where its at.  My local coffee shop just switched from using almond milk to oat milk, but as long as it tastes like caffeinated cereal milk, I’m don’t really care what kind of non-dairy milk they use.  P.S. I ordered an iced lavender latte last week and life felt too good to be true.

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Peaches

I truly love a stone fruit.  And there is NOTHING better than a perfectly ripe, sweet, in-season peach.  For real!  You know when you get one that tastes so good it’s almost like you’re eating cobbler?  And your entire summer is built around finding THAT ONE perfect peach?  I’ve been lucky enough to eat several of those this summer and it makes me wonder what I’ve done to deserve such happiness.

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Gel Manicures

Growing up, I always had great nails.  Somewhere around 2011, they started to suck.  They were thin and brittle and ripping on the sides ALL THE TIME.  I’m gonna chaulk it up to a major increase in cooking, aka washing a lot of dishes, aka drying my nails out but who really knows.  What I DO know is that I got a “Oxygenating Medical Grade 10-Free Gel Manicure” at my fav place at the beginning of June and my nails have been killer ever since!  I’m not going to question this magic, I’m just going to enjoy it.

On the weekend docket: Rockies, Yoga on the Rocks, Frozen Live, smiles, hugs, LOVE!

What I’m Loving Lately: It’s spring!

Spring in Colorado is a wild ride.  It can be sunny and warm and lovely, or rainy, cold and wet.  Or worst of all, it could be snowy.  NO THANK YOU.  While, I KNOW snow in April (or May even!) is a definite possibility, my brain always seems to block that out so that I can feel completely shell-shocked when it happens every year.  I really treasure spring, but right now, I just really want summer.  So this post is an attempt to stay in this moment, recognize the things I love about this season and feel happy for this time.

Cashew Creamer

I already told you guys I made cashew ice cream from this post on Wholefully, but since I bought a big bag of cashews, I figured I might as well try the cashew creamer as well.  Fact: It straight up tastes like melted ice cream!  I asked my in-house ice cream aficionado to confirm this and he agreed 100%.  But when you put just a splash in your coffee, it gives it that perfect hint of sweet creaminess.

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This is actually a picture of the cashew ice cream but shhh, it looked mostly the same.

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Radio 

I think I might be all in on Nathaniel Rateliff because while “S.O.B” is fun and I really loved “I Need Never Get Old” when I first heard it on the radio, he actually has a lot more non-radio hit type songs that are GOOD.  Really into “Mellow,” “How to Make Friends” and “Howling at Nothing.”

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Champagne Mangoes

Way cuter and yellowier and mangoier (really pushing it with these fake adjectives right now) than regular mangoes.  I used one to make this salsa for fish tacos a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t decide if the mango or the avocado was the most buttery, I just know they both tasted amazing.

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April Rockies Games

Okay, so Monday night’s game was a little chilly for my taste, but the Rockies like to be a huge tease early in the season, meaning we’re winning lots and it’s fun to watch!  Will it last?  Who knows!  But let’s love it while we can.  Also, cooler April weather means I get to wear my Rockies jacket!

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My Office

I bought a bunch of cheap-o decor when I first moved into my new office, but decided I should wait until the entire renovation was over — aka all the dust had stopped flying — to actually hang/set up anything and MONTHS AND MONTHS later it’s finally up/out!  Joey hung that little gallery wall for me and I love it and him the most.  Now I need to get a succulent for that glass terrarium.  Anyone want to wager a guess to how long that will take me?…

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A Little Bit of Balance

My truest life struggle* will be to find the balance between wanting to try all the restaurants and also cook all the recipes.  This week is a bad example because I’ve barely cooked, but lately I’ve felt like we’ve fallen into a very good and healthy balance between these two things.  As in, we’ve got Tuesday date nights and Sunday breakfasts set (mostly) in stone and I’m genuinely excited to get in the kitchen and make awesome home-cooked things on the days in between.

*But not really, because if that’s the hardest life ever got, I’d be the luckiest person on Earth.

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Tuesday tacos at Dos Santos

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Our favorite kale and mushroom quesadillas

Tell me what you’re loving right now 🙂