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

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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 🙂

Weekend Things

Real Talk: On Friday, I told Joey that I was waffling back and forth between feeling irritable and melancholy or charged and joyous.  I want to blame a new season, or maybe the moon?  Or, maybe I’m just always like this and I’m just really noticing it right now.  If you are an even tempered person living life at a steady pace of emotions, please consider yourself very lucky.  The emotionally sensitive life ain’t easy!

All mood swings aside, this weekend was blissfully low key.  I’ve got a post-work commitment every single day this week and while it’s all fun stuff I want to go to, I know, come Friday, I might need some serious introvert time.  So while I didn’t plan for the weekend to be so relaxed, I think it was kismet considering the busier week ahead.

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Friday was my little sister’s birthday and we celebrated at La Loma with Happy Hour margs, fajitas on the fluffiest fresh-made tortillas and, of course, ALL THE CHIPS AND SALSA.  I made my sister pose for this picture outside and then we all pretty much ran to our cars because it was windy and cold in downtown Denver.  April weather is as moody as I’ve been 🙂

P.S. Weird how my sister turned 25, but I continue to think of us both as younger than that.

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Sometimes you gotta have a pep talk with your body that goes something like “look, let’s sleep in tomorrow, okay?”  I still woke up at 6:45 on Saturday but managed to fall back asleep till 8:30.  YES!  Upon finally getting out of bed, I made us waffles.  Was feeling so antsy while I made them — as in “WHY IS THIS TAKING SO LONG??  I JUST WANT MY WAFFLE!” antsy — but once this crispy syrupy beauty was on my plate and I was sipping coffee and watching Katie Lee make a really good-looking roasted chicken I forgot all about how long it took to get to that point.

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I had a 1 o’clock massage scheduled with my mom, but I was majorly early so I decided to take a little walk down memory lane, aka park in the neighborhood I grew up in and walk the little path to the park I spent SO MUCH time at growing up.  Old town Louisville might be busier, with newer restaurants and re-built houses, but this part of town seemed completely untouched.  I even peeped my old backyard and missed it so much!  Anyway, back to my massage.  Mom brought me back those little pins from her trip to NOLA and I love them SO MUCH.  Gonna pin them on my jean jacket probably!

Almost squeezed in a trip to the grocery store afterwards but decided to just relax before the Rockies game instead.  We almost never go to Saturday night games but they start earlier than Friday games and once we were back home, in our pajamas, planted comfortably on the couch by 9:30, we were wondering why we don’t go to Saturday games more often.  For the record, the weather was nicer than we’d expected and we won!  In conclusion, Saturday was sort of perfect.

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Sunday started with another 5-miler, cept Joey joined me this time and got to enjoy me setting our blazing pace of 10:30/mile 🙂  Afterwards, we cleaned ourselves up and headed to breakfast at Onefold.  I love that place (and that burrito!) so much, but dear lord, that thing is messier and messier every time I go.  I swear it was once a hand-held breakfast but now it’s unquestionably a knife and fork situation.  Life’s hard when you have high expectations and a zero tolerance policy to change.

Grocery, laundry, lunch prep, backyard reading/sun-soaking/napping ensued post-breakfast and then we made one of our favorite warm weather dinners (Green Mexican Rice with Corn + Fried Plantains) and pretended it’s not going to be cold, rainy and maybe even snowy (NOOOOO!) later on this week.  How was your weekend?