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 😦

Memorial Day Weekend Things

If it’s Friday and you’re making the spontaneous decision to go eat the best Detroit-style pizza before watching the Rockies beat the Cardinals 10-0 or it’s Saturday and you’re making pancakes in your pajamas, going shopping then having a kombucha date or it’s Sunday and you’re ordering a Bloody Mary then planting a flower garden and making a blueberry upside-down cake or it’s Monday and you’re running the Bolder Boulder, power-napping, BBQing and teaching your niece and nephew how to play Sardines…. OR it’s Tuesday and you’re tired and sore and sunburnt and feeling like you need a day off to recover from your day off, then it must have been Memorial Day Weekend!

Please know that I normally do not condone this type of run-on sentence, but you gotta do what you gotta do.  

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Has pizza in the fridge but goes out for pizza: a Lauren Dorsey story.

The little boy next to Joey asked “are sunflower seeds healthy?” and I didn’t know whether to laugh or feel very sad, but Rockies won and I know how to feel about that!

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Seems important to have a go-to, pantry-staple pancake recipe and I think this one for Whole Wheat Pancakes might be it.

Grocery shopped then clothes shopped (and Joey picked out both dresses I bought!) before having a kombucha date/monthly meeting re: stuff happening in June and how we did (or didn’t…) stick to our May budget.  Injoycha Açai Hibiscus Guarana Jun for president best booch flavor!

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Checked out Brazen for brunch and I know those chilaquiles look amazing but we were pretty unimpressed with the whole experience.  You win some, you lose some.

Made another upside-down cake, but with blueberries and lemon (instead of cherries and lime) and gosh do I love this recipe!

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Mostly wanna tell/show you THIS!  

Planted little flowering bushes, re-seeded some veggies in our garden boxes, planted tomatoes & peppers… and a flower garden!!!  Bought about 3x as many flowers as last year and it’s looking so good and cute.  Fingers crossed that it all stays that way!

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Felt like I could have used an extra three hours of sleep but we drove into Boulder and ran that BB10K and had the best weather.  We piggybacked to the finish line, thinking it would make for a fun picture but joke’s on me because now my finishing time isn’t registering…

BTW, it was our EIGHTH Bolder Boulder, wowza!

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Post-10K, we got iced coffee, napped, cleaned ourselves and our house up, then had our families over for some Memorial Day BBQ action.  

Mom brought the guac to end all guacs (+ coleslaw and brownies!), I made our favorite cornbread + my new go-to potato salad (and that cake!), Joey grilled some chicken to perfection and Lori made an amazing pizza cookie.  So yeah, I ate all three desserts and felt very good about that life decision ♥   

We also watched Space Jam (that soundtrack though!), too many episodes of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Blue is the Warmest Color (which is 3-hours long with subtitles, oy!) and even though I’d like to be at home sleeping right now, at least there’s freshly made iced coffee and book club to make today a little easier.  How was your Memorial Day Weekend??