Recently Consumed

A list of things consumed by my head, heart, eyes, ears and stomach lately.

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The Dry by Jane Harper

Maybe I’m not the best literary detective, but this book had me in the dark till the very end!  There’s nothing worse than a predictable ending, so I really appreciated the way Harper was able to keep you guessing, then give you an ending that felt like it was under your nose the entire time.  I also loved the cast of characters she created.  From the likable main character to the colorful townspeople, they were all well flushed out and entertaining.  The whole time I read it, I felt this sense of lurking danger and suspicion, that was both creepy and enticing.  Give it a shot!

Good Thing by Leon Bridges

Guys, are you straight wearing this album out like I am??  It feels more up-tempo and poppy than his debut album, but in a very good way.  And despite the change in tone, it still has those very lovely low-key slow songs that he does so well.  I’m very impressed by it!

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Arrested Development 

Did you guys watch Season 5 yet?  I want to tell you I loved it, but honestly, I could barely remember what happened in Season 4 (and much of Season 4 didn’t makes sense to me because I couldn’t remember where we left off in Season 3…), so a lot of the jokes and references were not landing like they probably should have.  Still, this was Will Arnett at his Gob-damn best (see what I did there?) and I’m now referring to red hair as “Howard Red.”

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A Big-@$$ Bag of Granola

I ran out of no-bake granola and really wanted the real deal baked stuff, but because I could barely handle the thought of having the oven on for 45 minutes, I decided to make A BIG batch and hope it would last me all the way through the rest of the summer.  Luckily, this Naturally Sweetened Toasted Coconut Granola is A) already a favorite of mine and B) makes something like 10 cups of granola.  I thought I may have burnt it, but it just tastes really delicious.

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Kaleo at Red Rocks

Way back in 2015, Joey and I bought $12 tickets to see Guardians of the Galaxy at Film on the Rocks and were treated to a pre-show performance by an unheard of Icelandic band called Kaleo.  Flash forward to last month when we got to see them headline their own show at Red Rocks!  From Row 7 with Hannah and Josh, no less!  Our babies have come so far.

This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

This was our June book club read and what a discussion it was!  This is the story of a couple with five children, the youngest of whom is born Claude but becomes Poppy at the age of five.  It was so eye-opening, mind-opening, heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time.  Mostly, it just sounds very hard to be a parent.

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Peaches

It’s stone fruit season, y’all!  Just kidding, I don’t say y’all, but it felt right in that moment 🙂  Feels like strawberries had just started to get really good when cherries then peaches popped up at the Farmers’ Market.  So summer fruit seasons have been a little condensed but here we are with peaches in hand, feeling our very happiest.  Or is that just me?  I’ve yet to have that PERFECT PEACH moment yet, but I KNOW it’s coming and for that, I am very excited.

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The Big Lebowski at Film on the Rocks

I took my family to Red Rocks on Monday night to celebrate my birthday and it was just the best!  We ate Illegal Pete’s, listened to two mediocre bands, laughed uncomfortably at a comedian, ate red velvet cupcakes (they were melty but OH SO GOOD!  Joey maybe dropped some crumbs in a White Russian and I maybe ate them :P), then were treated to a Coen Brothers masterpiece that is somehow better and funnier every time I watch it?  Just a perfect night all around!

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All the Wine

I’m your beer girl for real, but something about the heat of the summer has me preferring wine.  A chilled wine, specifically.  I’m not claiming to know anything about wine, I’m just claiming to have drunk many glasses this summer.

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

I won’t say this is a show you can’t live without, but it’s so easy to watch and I find it extremely quick-witted for a 30-minute comedy.  I mentioned to my sister that we were watching the most recent season and when she admitted she didn’t know what it was, my explanation — “it’s about a woman who’s been imprisoned in a bunker for 15 years and when she gets freed, she moves to New York but she hasn’t been in the real world for 15 years so doesn’t know what a lot of things are and also, it’s Jon Hamm who imprisoned her” — sounded weird but don’t be fooled, because this show is great!  Titus is my favorite.

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The Peach Pit from Pizzeria Lui

I’m not joking when I say I’ve been lusting over this pizza since LAST summer.  We didn’t manage to get over to Pizzeria Lui until after this special was gone, so I’d been hoping and praying they’d bring it back this year and they did!  Last night, my sister came over to give me a manicure (!!!!) and Joey was kind enough to go pick us up some pizza.  Biting into that warm peach, creamy ricotta, salty prosciutto and spicy honey felt like a dream come true!

Tell me what you’re reading, eating, watching or listening to these days and please please have a wonderful weekend!

Weekend Things & Turning 28

Life gave me an eye twitch for my birthday.  And to that, I say NO THANKS!

But to everything else — an incredible dinner at El Five, a new cookbook that I’ve already dog-eared to death, soba noodles (don’t ask…), birthday breakfast at my favorite place, two bouquets of the prettiest flowers, a family BBQ, nail polish and a succulent terrarium, red velvet cake and so so many loving “Happy Birthday!” messages — I say YES, YES, YES!  I think I have a real good feeling about 28.

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I could say A LOT about dinner at El Five but I think those photos (mostly) speak for themselves.  THE FOOD, THE VIEW, THE EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY OF EVERYTHING.  Joey and I are now in a thruple with that lamb sausage and hummus dish.  It’s maybe too soon to tell, but I think, of all the Edible Beats restaurants, El Five serves the best food.

Definitely not too soon to tell that this guy is my favorite human ♥

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If you have leftover ricotta, you definitely make ricotta pancakes.  These are the rules, okay?  Post-pancake time, we biked to the Farmers’ Market and were disappointed in the offerings again.  Where the shishitos at, friends?!  We DID buy some corn tortillas and tomatoes for Sunday’s taco feast though, so I guess it wasn’t a total wash.

Oh and we had a totally weird run in with a guy who needed to borrow a cell phone on our way there.  Still not sure what was going on, but he was very desperate to use a phone to cuss someone on the other end out?  I don’t even know!

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Rockies had fun and exciting wins on both Friday and Sunday so of course we went to Saturday’s losing game.  WHOA with these super crowded games lately though!  Also, please know we spent the afternoon cleaning our house and completely ran out of grocery energy, so we laid in bed and ordered them online instead.  I feel very very good about that life decision.

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This is what the start of 28 looks like.  Aka waking up to roses, eating an avocado tartine (so less nauseatingly trendy than avocado toast, of course :P) and multiple cups of coffee.  Not mad about it at all!

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After breakfast, we finished cleaning up our house and while Joey was outside mowing and whatever else he happily does in our yard, I was inside making quick pickled veggies, strawberry simple syrup, lunches for the week, pico de gallo and chimichurri for TACO DINNER!  Sometimes, when you have a group of six and every Denver restaurant feels small and loud, you just decide to host your own birthday dinner at home.  Plus we got to use my new grill and relax in the backyard with margaritas, grilled corn salad and homemade red velvet cake to complete the meal.  WAS SO PERFECT!

P.S. We let my sister pull a carrot from our garden and it was highly entertaining!

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SPOILED! ♥♥♥

P.S. I asked Joey if turning 28 means I definitely can’t pass for under 21 anymore and he said no 😦