Weekend Things

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how amazing the month of September is because it gives us the best of both worlds seasons.  On the summer end, you have hot daytime temps, an overabundance of tomatoes at the Farmers’ Market and baseball.  On the fall end, you have chilly mornings, changing leaves and I guess football for those who are interested in that.  I’m NOT, but I do like when Joey is completely sucked into the Cowboys game and I can slip into our room and sob in private as I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 😛

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Friday, we popped over to RiNo to check out the new street art that was painted last week during the Crush Walls event.  There was one main alley that looked (and smelled) great but the others were less impressive, so we ditched out and headed to an early dinner at Cart-Driver.  Love this place so so much, but guys, I don’t think I like burrata.  Why does it taste like nothing and why is the texture so gross?

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We hadn’t been to the FM in WEEKS, so my excitement was peak!  Usually when we go, I’ve already meal-planned, so I’m looking for specific stuff but since we hadn’t been in a while and weren’t sure what would be there, we decided to meal-plan around what was available.  Made it home with cucumbers, tomatoes, a baby onion, some really beautiful eggplant and THEE CUTEST CANTALOUPE.  It smelled SO GOOD.  (But tasted just okay…)

Made falafel waffles for dinner (so fun!) before heading out to see a movie.  We saw BlacKkKlansmen and it was equal parts funny and horrifying.  I was sort of distracted by the audience yelling stuff and trying to figure out why the real Ron Stallworth would continue making phone calls with the Klan while the white officer would be the one to interact with them in person.  They did not sound the same!  But, John David Washington and Adam Driver both give really great performances.

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Sunday started with a run for both of us (though at different starting times and distances) before hitting the car to head to the mountains again.  Told you leaf peeping was my #1 priority!  We passed Kenosha and it was PACKED so I’m really glad we went last weekend but also glad we drove by again this weekend because it was JAW-DROPPINGLY BEAUTIFUL.  We drove through Boreas Pass and got to see some orange/red leaves among all the gorgeous yellows.  Then we took ourselves to Outer Range Brewing, which we’ve wanted to try for a very long time and it was just as good as we’d hoped!  Grabbed lunch from the grilled cheese food truck and sipped our beers outside with a lovely view of the mountains.

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Back at home, lunches, laundry, lounging.  Oh and the Rockies won, thank god!  Later on, we made salmon and charred orange-chile broccoli for dinner.  Both were so good and both were from Cooking Light and at the same time I was eating this, I was reading about how CL has gone under!  Such sad news considering how many of our favorite recipes are from the magazine and how much joy I get from receiving my new copy every month 😦

In other news, it has been 90+ degrees for the past week and a half and I’m sort of over it.  Also, Friday is GABF and I am beyond excited!!!!!  Please tell me what summer or fall-related things you did this weekend.  I’d love to hear ♥

The 3rd of July

Right now, my brain is a jumble of thoughts like, “wait, what day is it??”  “Which member of the family has a teeth cleaning today??”  “Will I have this headache forever??”  “Were the past three days real or just a perfect dream??”  We spent two days in a tiny house village and it was the most entertaining!  Bobby and Becca got married and the wedding was SO perfect!   The 4th of July was low key, with spur of the moment dessert plans and our dog didn’t give a $&!% about firework noises.  So despite how discombobulated I feel, everything is actually very fine and good.

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The wedding was in Lyons, so Joey and I decided to make a mini-vacation of it and spend a few nights up there.  We headed up Monday night, where we proceeded to check into our tiny house and were SO delighted by it!  I think we’d been there all of two minutes when I proclaimed “I live here now!”  In all seriousness, staying here was the most fun… but only for two nights 😛

Afterwards, we walked to dinner.  We had our hearts SET on this taqueria for WEEKS but found out that morning that it’s closed on Mondays!  WHY?!  But it was okay because Oskar Blues was our back up and despite it’s mediocre star rating on Yelp, it was actually really great.  I loved my beer and the fish tacos were perfectly fried and had an amazing buttermilk sauce.  Only acted slightly like children when we got back to our tiny house but to be fair, any space with a ladder, is a space not to take yourself too seriously in.

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Saturday morning, we walked over to The Stone Cup and had an impressive-for-a-coffee-shop breakfast of Huevos Rancheros x2 then did a little bit of exploring at the LaVern M. Johnson Park.  That water was FRIGID, but it was very hot outside and we could not bear the thought of walking all the way back to our village so we forded the river, like the true adventurers we are.  We also walked into town so Joey could eat a triple scoop of ice cream (“you only let me have three scoops yesterday!” is a real thing he said to me the next day…) but mostly the day was really low-key and I even finished Order of the Phoenix and moved onto Half-Blood Prince!

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The wedding started at 4 PM and what can I say except that it was PERFECT ♥  So well organized, so pretty (The Lyons Farmette is just lovely!) and just so full of love.  Not to be too sappy, but witnessing this couple’s love for each other and all their family and friends’ love for them was truly incredible.  I felt so honored to be a part of it and just so happy for the two of them.  Also drank approximately 50 glasses of wine, danced to Backstreet Boys, petted an alpaca and just had thee most fun.

Also, Marriage Advice: Find someone who wants to act a fool on the dance floor as much as you do!

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Honestly, this 4th of July felt so weird!  Everyone on was out celebrating and I just felt like “but the big celebration was yesterday!”  Our 4th of July felt like a haphazardly thrown together afterthought, but that being said, it was actually really great.  A couple of weeks ago I was considering prepping some ribs ahead of time so we could grill but then Joey told me he’d round up a few meal options and we could just decide day-of what we felt like.  HE’S A GODSEND.

We ended up feeling like pizza so, after picking up breakfast burritos for the road, retrieving Andi from my parents, inspecting our garden (snap peas looking good!) and resting for a bit, we headed to Whole Foods for pizza ingredients and made the spontaneous decision to try no-churn ice cream for dessert.  It all turned out even better than expected!  We did one red sauce/mozzarella/roasted garlic/black olive/basil pizza and one olive oil/mozzarella/fig/goat cheese/arugula/walnut pizza (+ shishitos grilled to perfection) and I loved both so much.  Plus, the ice cream turned out SO GOOD.  It was MEGA-CREAMY and we threw some peppermint extract (1 teaspoon) and mini chocolate chips in.  This feels life-changing!  Also, our neighbors set off fireworks late into the night but Andi didn’t even lift his head at any of them.  THANK GOD.

I hope you all had the best 4th of July but for me, it was all about the 3rd 🙂