Weekend Things

This weekend was really really good.  The sun was out and it was just warm enough to sit outside for Friday dinner with Hannah and Josh, do a little bit of garden work and enjoy a park brunch.  It felt productive but relaxed, which means I cleaned out my closet and got lunches made for the week but I also got a Saturday afternoon manicure and took myself to yoga.  I want to relive it all again right now ♥

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I spent all of last fall trying to find the best Pumpkin Spice Latte in Denver and decided it was at Cherry Bean, so on Friday, Joey was adamant about driving over to get me one.  I’m so undeserving of this affection, but who am I to argue against a Friday morning latte present? 🙂

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After work, we headed to Erie for dinner with Hannah and Josh.  We got to see the beginnings of Project Nursery (Side Note: Hannah texted me a picture of the finished product on Sunday and I can’t keep looking at it.  SO CUTE!) before heading out to dinner at Community.  News Flash: That place is still REALLY REALLY good!  We also walked over to a little chocolate/gelato shop where I tried to convince Hannah she needed a chocolate baby carriage and then we listened to instrumental versions of popular songs while we enjoyed our dessert.

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Saturday was just perfect.  We woke up and headed over to the 16th Street Mall because: FREE BREAKFAST BURRITOS AT ILLEGAL PETE’S!!!  Sorry, we were just sort of excited.  We did wait in line for half an hour but so worth it because, turns out, walking around the Farmers’ Market is 100x more fun if you’re also eating a breakfast burrito.  Afterwards, we grabbed coffee from Pig Train and headed inside to do a little work.  Serious Question: Why have we never thought to hang out at one of the many tables inside Union Station??  I need to do that more often.  Plus, it was extra cute in there with all the fall/Halloween decor!

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Back at home, I unpacked our adorably small pears from the Farmers’ Market and then we harvested all the butternut squash from our garden and I am so genuinely excited to use them up this season!  Joey also cleared out everything but our strawberries and parsley and then… WE WENT TO THE PUMPKIN PATCH… IN OUR OWN BACKYARD!  Clearly, we were very excited about this.  We’ve got those little pumpkins sitting out on the front porch for decoration until we carve them for Halloween and I love seeing them every time I leave or come home!

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I got myself a manicure later on and even though it was sort of chilly and windy on my walk there and back, it’s early enough in the season that that briskness kind of feels good!  Joey ditched me to go gamble in Black Hawk that night but it was actually fine by me because I got to finish The Night Of.  I sort of thought the series was just okay.  I didn’t hate it but I definitely didn’t love it either.  What should I watch next??

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Sunday started with brunch for Roman’s 1st birthday — actually, it started with me texting Joey three coffee emojis from bed, but anway… — and it sure was a beautiful fall morning to be out in the sun!  Roman really politely ate that cake and it was just the cutest.  Also, the park we were at was SO NICE.  I kept thinking “where was this type of park when I was a kid?!”

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We headed home afterwards to separately do some Sunday chores — made those Buffalo Cauliflower Salads with Creamy Cashew Ranch Dressing and am seriously excited to eat them this week! — and then I went to yoga for the first time in a long time and it felt so nice.  For dinner, we made Burger Steaks with Mushroom Gravy and it all felt so fall comfort food-y in a way that made me really really happy.

We’ve got a whole week of upper 70-degree weather to enjoy and I’m not mad about it.  Happy Monday!

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!